This article will briefly & objectively compare and contrast two cordless cleaning machines from Dyson -- the Digital Slim (DC35) and the Dyson Hard (DC56) -- highlighting both their differences as well as their similarities amongst features and specifications. In all, this account will give you a clearer view as to which of the two represents the most overall value to you, relative to its price tag.
Firstly, just a brief overview of the two respective cordless cleaning machines i.e what is their intended cleaning purpose.
The Dyson Digital Slim (Mark I) - DC35: this cleaning machine is basically Dyson's version of a stick cordless vacuum cleaner that can operate on all types of flooring to a good standard and due to it being so lightweight it can be used for cleaning high too (e.g. curtains, ceilings). Moreover, it has the ability to convert itself into a handheld vacuum cleaner too.
The Dyson Hard Cleaner - DC56: this type of cleaner is pretty unique to the market -- it is basically intended for increasing speed & effectiveness as well as saving time & effort for cleaning your hard-wood floor by simultaneously vacuuming dust & debris and wiping away stains & grime. The DC56, also has the ability to be manipulated into a handheld vacuum cleaner too. For further explanation just check out the DC56 'In Action' video below.
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Design & Specifications
From first appearance they do look incredibly similar -- but that is not all that is similar with these two, for instance they are both reknown for being very lightweight (DC35: 4.85 lbs & DC56: 4.86 lbs) with their weight distribution formed in the handle to allow the user to have control & balance (especially for cleaning high e.g. celinings and curtains) as well having identical practical features (e.g. the bin capacities are both 0.35 litres). Moreover, they are both 2 in 1 vacuum cleaners essentially due to being able to be manipulated (through removing the 'wand' & attaching the combination crevice tool) into a handheld vacuum that functions much like the Dyson DC34.
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Cleaning Performance & Battery Power
They are both fitted with the same 22.2 Volt lithium ion battery, however the DC56 is fitted with the more up-to-date Dyson Digital motor -- the version 2. The cleaning power of the two does remain largely similar though: they both operate on a dual power mode -- standard version (both: 28 Air Watts) and a boost mode for tougher stains & dirt (DC35: 60 Air Watts & DC56: 65 Air Watts), hence the DC56 slightly edges it somewhat. The DC35 as a vacuum, is the better performer as the cleaner head is specifically designed for just dirt and dust pick up though. In regards to battery life both are the same -- with standard mode lasting 15 minutes and boost mode lasting 6 minutes (if you don't feel like that this is extensive enough, you can get an additional battery to have precharged waiting for the other one to die out, effectively doubling the run time). With which they are both provided with a wall mounted docking station for them to charge (takes around 3.5 hours from 'dead' to 'full') and obviously is a rather practical compartment to keep them stored away neatly.
Both the DC35 and DC56 are also encompassed with the basic (yet unique) Dyson Root Cyclone technology (that is pretty much fitted into every Dyson product) that allows them to benefit for three distinct features. Firstly, it allows for the bagless operation which obviously saves you on the running cost of constantly replacing bags as well as allowing you to see instantly when the bin needs emptying. Secondly, it allows the cordless cleaners to produce even higher centrifugal forces which means greater pick up of microscopic dirt and dust particles and finally it prevents the vacuums from loss of suction (which basically means the suction level remains constant despite a build of dirt and debris in the bin container).
Practicalities & Accessories/Attachments
The DC35 and DC56 are also equipped with the same accessories -- the combination tool (which is just a crevice tool that can be used for tight & awkward gaps and spaces which also has a brush nozzle attached to allow for powered dusting). Moreover, if you get the Animal version of the DC35, you also get a specialised hair pick up attachment -- the mini pet hair turbine. They also both come with an LED display to indicate to you what state of condition the battery is in -- whether it is full or in need of a charge soon.
Between the two cordless cleaning machines (so far) there are a lot of similarities -- but this is where the main difference comes in -- the cleaner heads. The DC35 is fitted with a carbon fibre filament head with integrated nylon bristles to remove dirt & dust from both hard-floor as well as soft flooring. The DC56 however has a dual channel cleaner head that basically has two strip channels that suck up like a vacuum to get all the debris & dust particles from the floor and then the main intersection is a wipe to clean any stains & grime (therefore either side you go with the cleaner head you have 'sucked up' the debris etc. and aren't just wiping it across the floor). Hence, carrying out two jobs at once (note: you are provided with 9 initial wet wipes & then after that you can buy them directly through Dyson or Amazon etc.).
Conclusion: Should You Buy the DC35 or the DC56?
Therefore, which cleaning machine you buy either the DC35 or DC56 will mainly depend on what you are wanting or in need of. For instance, if you have a lot of hard-based flooring & cleaning them takes a fair bit of effort & time, then getting the DC56 would be a pretty smart move (along with the benefits it offers of doubling up as a handheld vacuum for your car etc.). However, if you are wanting a super lightweight vacuum to help supplement that of your full sized vacuum (e.g. for keeping upstairs) or when you are wanting to do just a quick hob around the living room before the guests come -- then DC35 will be your better choice.
Please do let me know which one you choose and why? Also, if you have any questions, remarks or concerns regarding either this comparison account 'DC35 vs DC56' or about either of the cleaning machines specifically (e.g. the Dyson Hard cleaning features) then please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section below and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.