Which to Buy DC44 or DC59? Which is Better?

Are you trying to decide & justify whether the extra cash for the new DC59 is worth it when compared to the DC44? Or are you simply wanting to know the differences between the two models - the Digital Slim Mark II and the Mark III?

If so, you have come to the right place this Dyson DC44 Vs DC59 comparison highlights both their differences as well as their similarities across specifications and features. Ultimately this guide aims to help you get a better idea as to what both the DC44 & DC59 can offer & which one is better suited to your cleaning preferences & offers the best overall value (respective to their price-tags).

  DC44 DC59
Power Std: 28 AW, Boost: 65 AW Std: 28 AW, Boost 100 AW
Battery Lithium Ion 1.5 times more powerful Cobalt
Charge & Run Time Charge: 5.5 Hrs | Run: 20 mins Reg & 8 mins high Charge: 3.5 Hrs | Run: 26 mins Reg & 6 mins high
Warranty Two Years Two Years
Cyclone Root Cyclone Two Tier Radial Root Cyclone
Motor Dyson Digital V2 Dyson Digital V6
Size 44.1" x 9.1" x 11.8" 47.8" x 8.2" x 9.8"
Bin Capacity 0.09 Gallons 0.12 Gallon
Weight 5.07 lbs 4.6 lbs

Dyson DC59Credit: Dyson/amazon.com

Summary of Differences: Dyson DC44 Vs DC59

  • Larger Bin Capacity with the DC59 (increase of 30%)
  • The DC59 is lighter too weighing just 4.6 lbs instead of 5.07 lbs with the DC44.
  • Dyson Mk.3 is 35 AW more powerful on boost mode.
  • Reduced charge time from 5.5 hours to 3.5 hours.
  • Improved cyclone system (two tier radial as opposed to single standard).
  • It can run for longer too. 20 mins with the DC44 & 26 mins with the DC59.
  • Re-vamped cleaner head (lighter & more effective).
  • A price difference of roughly $100 (DC59 at $480 and DC44 at $380)

Which Offers the Best Suction Cleaning Power?

The Dyson DC44 (Mark II) offers you a dual power mode: 28 Air Watts on the standard setting & then on boost mode which it increases by 37 Air Watts (to 65 Air Watts) of constant suction - with it being fitted with the Digital Motor V1 & 22.2 lithium-ion battery as well as the basic Root Cyclone technology. Which in all is a pretty decent cleaning machine. However, Dyson have rather radically improved on the cleaning power ther cordless vacuums -- with the DC59 claiming it can actually clean to the same standard as a normal corded vacuum cleaner (which I am expecting to be when its on the boost mode setting) due to it being packed with all their latest technological updates & engineering triumphs.

Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Amazon Price: $499.99 $419.99 Buy Now
(price as of Jun 2, 2014)

For instance the DC59 (Mark III) encompasses the new two-tier radial root cyclone (which is a significant leap on the standard Root Cyclone within the DC44 model) allowing it to generate incredibly high centrifugal forces to dramatically increase the rate of pick-up of both microscopic & large dust & dirt particles.

Moreover, it is fitted with a new nickel manganese cobalt battery which provides it with up to 50% more power than the DC44 (based on the boost mode, meaning that it operates at just under 100 AW, which puts it on a similar standing to the Dyson upright DC24 model -- which is pretty incredible from a cordless vacuum cleaner) not only that, but they have also hugely improved the digital motor to be even more powerful (350 watts) & efficient -- now the V6 (a series of five upgrades!). 

Which Offers the Best Cleaning Performance?

As just established the DC59 offers (by far) the better suction power of the two but this is not the only factor that impacts on the cleaning performance, there is also the matter of the cleaner heads. The DC44's carbon fibre filaments head was already a vast improvement on the DC35's, which allowed for a 100% better cleaning with the use of ultra-fine & anti-static carbon fibre filaments.

But, this cleaner head has been vamped yet further for the DC59 to be made both lighter with a featured 'self-tightening' mechanism that basically holds the brush bar in place as well as a separate channel to capture dust escaping -- both contributing to an even far greater & increased suck-up & pick-up rate. In all, it is obviously clear that the DC59 out performs the DC44 within the 'overall' cleaning aspect.

Which is Easier to Use & Handle?

Obviously, this is a distinct benefit of getting a cordless stick vacuum over a corded full-sized vacuum -- the fact that it is incredibly lightweight & easy to handle. However, between each other in this manoeuvrability aspect -- there is actually rather little difference between the DC44 and DC59 for there to be had considering they have the exact same dimensions (height: 121 x width: 20.5 x depth: 21.6 cm) & ergonomic design features e.g. the weighting of approximately 2.3 kg with it being distributed within the handle to give the user complete control over cleaning whether it be either high (e.g. cleaning ceilings or curtains) or low & a sense of added lightness.  

Dyson DC44 Animal Digital Slim MK2
Amazon Price: $399.00 $293.98 Buy Now
(price as of Jun 2, 2014)

Introducing the Dyson DC59 (MK.3)

Which Offers Better Practical Features?

They both incorporate a dual power mode mechanism (as briefly stated above), where they can operate on a standard option as well as a boost option (70% more applied power, which is intended for the particularly tough & dug-in stains) -- hence with battery life the run time somewhat varies -- however: the DC44 on standard mode runs for 20 minutes & 8 minutes on the boost mode. The DC59 run time can actually last 26 minutes due to the integrated trigger mechanism, but with constant cleaning on the standard mode it lasts 20 minutes & 6 minutes on its boost mode.

Accessories & Attachements

Furthermore, they both come with the standard cordless accessory set of the the combination tool (allows for powered dusting) as well as the crevice tool & if you get the Animal version of either the DC44 or DC59 (i.e DC44 Animal or DC59 Animal) then you also are equipped with a specialised mini pet hair turbine tool intended for the sole use of effective hair pick up. They are also both provided with a wall mounted docking station for them to be charged on (note: they can actually be charged separately -- taking around 3 hours in total from dead to fully charged) with the DC59's station also being designed to hold two attachments -- so it is a great little extra for helping with storage & keeping everything nicely tucked away. 

Handheld (2 in 1 Vacuums)

Another real advantage with both the DC44 & DC59 is their ability to actually turn into a handheld vacuum cleaner (essentially them both being a 2 in 1 vacuum) -- through simply removing the wand (which is the 66 cm aluminium tube) and attaching the handle to the crevice tool effectively becomes an advanced DC34 handheld for the DC44 stick vacuum & a DC58 handheld for the DC59.

Further Information

With regards to the guarantee & warranty -- the DC44 & DC59 are both backed on a 2 year coverage plan that includes both parts & labour. Moreover, they are fitted with a filtration system to prevent allergens & dust particles from being expelled into the air and are hence to safe to be used for asthmatics & allergy sufferers.

Should You Buy a DC44 or DC59?

I would opt for the latter.

Clearly, the DC59 is by far the more superior cordless cleaning machine when compared to the DC44 -- however which one you buy ultimately comes down to the value it offers you i.e its performance needs to related to its respective price tag. The DC44 is certainly a great cleaning machine to have for supplementing your normal vacuum cleaner in and around the house (I personally keep it as the vacuum for upstairs, saving me the hassle of lugging the heavy DC27 upright up & down the stair way) but it obviously can't pull off the same kind of cleaning performance which the standard vacuum can.

The DC59, however actually could (well just about) & it isn't too much more costly than the DC44 - plus it offers a whole range of extra benefits as well (as mentioned above such as the improved run time) -- if it came down to it, I think the DC59 offers you that extra bit of value that is well worth the difference in price just for the sheer cleaning power it has on offer. Moreover, I think it can actually replace that of your standard vacuum cleaner in many regards (obvious struggles would be the battery life & the annoyance of the small bin capacity relative to that of a standard vacuum), if your house is on the smaller side & in all is a sound option for those who have mobility issues or are elderly.

If you are in doubt over the DC44 or the DC59, then I understand how your feeling, I was the same -- it is like there is no 'clear' use for them -- but I liken them very much to the iPad & tablets that have been recently released -- where if you don't have one - you don't or struggle to see the point in them, but when you have actually get one - it all begins to make sense very quickly, they offer complete convienience & quick easy use.

Please do let me know which one you choose & why? Also, if you have ANY questions, comments, concerns regarding either the comparison article: DC44 Vs DC59 -- or about either of the models specifically (e.g. mechanical specification performance details to compare the DC44 & DC59) then please be sure to make them in the comments section that you will find just below & we will be sure to respond to you as soon as possible.

Overview of the DC44 (MK.2)