Comparing the Digital Slim Mk II & Mk III

If you are trying to work out exactly what the difference is between Dyson's latest stick vacuums -- the DC44 and DC59 i.e (Digital Slim Mk II & Mk III) -- & obviously what each can offer you (which the other can't etc.), then this brief & objective comparison guide should be able to help you gain a clearer view & idea of both the cleaning machines. Highlighting both their similarities & differences across their vacuum specifications, design & features -- in all, helping you decide which of the two models offers you the most value.

The Similarities Between the DC44 and DC59

To give a clear explanation of the difference between the models -- I believe it is best to start with what features remain the same or are similar between the DC44 & DC59. The most apparent being that of 'design', where they both still look incredibly similar & exhibit the same dimensions height: 121 x width: 20.5 x depth: 21.6 cm as well as ergonomic intent with both being incredibly lightweight at around 2.25 kg with the weight distributed within the handle (which gives the user an added sense of control & balance for cleaning high & low).

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So in terms of vacuum manoeuvrability it really doesn't get much better than the DC44 & DC59 where both literally featherweight machines when compared to standard vacuums & other cordless stick vacuums -- which makes them more than ideal for quick & easy cleans in and around the house, particularly useful for the elderly & those with mobility issues.

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They also still share a lot of practical features such as being able to be manipulated into a handheld vacuum (through removing the wand component) where the DC44 essentially becomes an advanced DC34 handheld & the DC59 becoming a DC58 handheld (which will become clearer as to why later) allowing you to perform more intricate cleaning jobs such as vacuuming the inside of your car. They also share the same bin capacity size of 0.35 litres, which isn't too large, but with the simple release mechanism it is really easy to empty them quickly. Moreover, the technology of the Root Cyclone on the DC44 & two-tier radial root cyclone on the DC59 also prevents them from loss of suction (i.e as dirt builds up in the bin, the suction power doesn't diminish) as well as to operate on the bagless mechanism (saving you the cost of replacing bags as well as being able to tell when the bin needs emptying instantly, as it is a transparent container, saving you the trouble of second guessing).

They also come with a wall mounted docking station that keeps your Dyson stick vacuum neatly stored away (as well as charging the machine, although it can be charged separately) & the accessories are also standard-- where you get a combination tool (which basically enables powered dusting) & stair tool (which can also be used on upholstery). Furthermore, if you get the animal version of each i.e the DC44 Animal or DC59 Animal (as opposed to the multi-floor i.e DC44 Multi-floor & DC59 Multi-floor) you also get a specialised mini turbine attachment specifically engineered for effective pet hair pick-up.

The warranty & coverage of the DC44 & DC59 are also the same with a two year guarantee structure in place for both parts & labour. They are also fitted with a filtration system in order to prevent allergens & dust particles from being expelled into the air and are hence safe to be used by allergy sufferers & asthmatics.

The Differences Between the DC44 and DC59

The main variation between the two cleaning machines is the radical improvement that has been made with the DC59 with regards to pure suction power - which Dyson claim for the DC59 to perform to a cleaning level with that of a standard corded vacuum cleaner.

We know that the DC44 on its standard mode produces 28 AW & on boost mode 65 AW of constant suction and is also fitted with Root Cyclone technology & a 22.2 volt lithium ion battery as well an installed Digital motor (V1). Now, the DC59 improves on almost all these contributing aspects:

Firstly it has a two-tier radial root cyclone system (which is a significant leap from DC44's standard Root Cyclone technology) which basically means it produces far greater centrifugal forces within the cyclone system that allow it to suck up more microscopic dust & dirt particles (as small as 0.5 microns).

Secondly, it has an updated nickel manganese cobalt battery that basically supplies an extra 50% of power to the DC59 than the DC44 did -- meaning on boost mode, the DC59 should hit around a suction level of just under 100 AW, meaning that it is on a similar cleaning performance as the Dyson upright DC24 model.

It is also fitted with a far more advanced & efficient Digital motor -- the V6 (which has undergone 5 upgrades to that of the DC44 model) exhibiting a 350 watt motor, which is a far greater wattage than the DC44's digital motor V1. 

All three of these factors contribute to a far greater suction power but there is more -- as there has also been advancements made with the actual cleaner head, where it is now lighter as well as having an increased pick-up rate due two distinct factors: i) it now has a self-tightening system to allow the cleaner head to be more stable & hence provide consistent contact with the flooring (note: it is of course suitable to all floor types) and ii) a dust capture channel to allow pick-up of dust that would have got flicked back on to the floor with the DC44's cleaner head, but is now caught with the DC59's updated head.

A final significant performance factor is the increased run time -- where the DC44 operates for 20 minutes on standard mode & 8 minutes on boost mode, the DC59 can last for 26 minutes due to the trigger enchantment mechanism (where battery power engagement only occurs when the vacuum is actually cleaning) & 6 minutes on the boost mode. 

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