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Should I Buy a DC47 or DC50?

By Edited Apr 1, 2014 0 0

DC47 Vs DC50

This is a brief comparison account of the two newly released (early 2013) Dyson vacuums -- the ultra lightweight Canister DC47 and that of the super compact upright Dyson DC50 (the smallest Dyson upright in the range). Highlighting both their differences and similarities in features and specifications, in order to help you decide which vacuum better suits your specific needs and preferences as well as finally analysing which vacuum ultimately offers you the most value, relative to its price tag.

Cleaning Performance

DC47: Constant Cleaning Suction Power -- 180 Air Watts

DC50: Constant Cleaning Suction Power -- 140 Air Watts

The given cleaning power of both vacuums (coupled with the updated radial technology, more on that later) is certainly more than adequate for most homes, being able to deal effectively with an array of floor types e.g. carpets, hardfloors etc. as these specific models are engineered in such a manner as to perform at the same level of full-sized Dyson vacuums.

As can be seen, the Dyson DC47 has the greater cleaning power by approximately 40 air watts compared to the Dyson DC50. However, this does not by any means suggest that the DC47 is the far superior vacuum in the 'cleaning' aspect -- both the differences in the visible cleaning finish and 'actual' pick-up of debris and dirt will be pretty minimal. So in this 'cleaning performance' department neither vacuum should be disregarded.

This being said, if 'cleaning performance' is a high priority on your agenda, you should probably take look towards the incredibly powerful Dyson (upright) DC41 or a Dyson (canister) DC39 which offers a greater cleaning performance than the DC47 or DC50 e.g. the DC41 offers 255 Air Watts and DC39 280 Air Watts. Note however that the DC41 and DC39 excel and go beyond that of the standard vacuum clean, the DC47 and DC50 perform to the standard expected of a standard sized Dyson vacuum cleaner.

Fitted Technology

DC47: Two-Tier Radial Cyclones

DC50: Two-Tier Radial Cyclones

Both the DC47 and DC50 are fitted with the latest Radial Root Cyclone mechanism, which is a two-tier structure that creates "high centrifugal forces" allowing both the vacuums to suck-up microscopic dust particles as small as '0.5 microns'. Moreover, as with all Dyson vacuums fitted with the patented Root Cyclone Technology, they don't suffer with loss of suction (which you won't find, at least certainly to the same extent, with other competing brands) i.e as you suck up more dust and debris the suction power still remains constant.

Dyson DC47 Animal Compact Canister Vacuum Cleaner
Amazon Price: $449.00 Too low to display Buy Now
(price as of Apr 1, 2014)


DC47: Cylinder/Canister Vacuum, 'Updated' (2nd Gen) Dyson Ball, Weight: 6.08 kg

DC50: Upright Vacuum, 'Updated' (2nd Gen) Dyson Ball, Weight: 5.4 kg

The DC47 and DC50 are both equipped with the 2nd Generation, essentially 'updated', Dyson Ball that allows for precise and effortless movement in comparison to that of most vacuums that operate on fixed rigid wheels, making it difficult and awkward to operate in turn obviously  increasing the difficulty of vacuuming.

Also note that although the overall weight of the DC47 is 6.08 kg the actual body is actually just around 4 kg making it one of the lightest cylinder vacuums on the market. Moreover, the DC50 is recommended by 'The College of Chiropractors' due to its potential in preventing 'musculoskeletal' discomfort, highlighting even further just how easy it is to operate.

This 'mobility' aspect really is the unique selling point of both these vacuums in comparison to almost all other vacuums on the market -- they are ultra lightweight and incredibly easy to use. The obvious difference between the two in this regard is the type of vacuum -- it is up to you to decide whether you prefer either that of an upright (DC50) or a canister (DC47) vacuum, which is an area I can't really aid you in as it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

If you are unsure, I do advise for you to go down to your local store and ask to give both a mini-test run and you are likely going to warm to one more than the other. My personal preference is for upright vacuum cleaners, as I am not a great fan of bending down to sort out functions etc. and it is largely what I am most comfortable with and used to.

Dyson DC50 Animal Compact Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Amazon Price: $499.00 Too low to display Buy Now
(price as of Apr 1, 2014)


DC47: Size - H: 29.2  x W: 22.2 x D: 44.8  cm. Cord - 5 m. Reach - 8.3 m. Bin Size: 0.58 litres.

DC50: Size - H: 106.4 x W: 28 x D: 35.4 cm. Cord - 7.6 m. Reach - 8.7 m. Bin Size: 0.8 litres.

Both the DC47 and DC50 are highlighted amongst the Dyson range in the sense that they are incredibly compact, however can still function at the same level in terms of cleaning performance. This of course means they are are excellent options for those who are tight on storage space or live in a flat etc.

Relative to one another there aren't any major practicality differences; the DC50 allows for both a greater reach and cord length as well as a greater bin capacity thereby edging the DC47. This could certainly be the tipping-point for someone who was in the balance of choosing either the DC47 and DC50. I know for me on a personal level, the 'bin size' holds a fair bit of weighting in mind, as I don't fancy the idea of constantly emptying the bin (as easy as Dyson make it through - the 'quick click and empty' system) mid-way through vacuuming.


DC47: Combination Tool. Stair Tool. (Tangle-Free Turbine Tool*)

DC50: Combination Tool. Stair Tool. Tangle-Free Turbine Tool.

Both the DC47 multi-floor and DC50 multi-floor come with identical accessories, the combination tool (debris nozzle that doubles up with a brush for dusting) and stair tool. Then if you buy the DC47 Animal or the DC50 Animal you get the tangle-free turbine tool which is essentially an ultra effective tool for pet hairs etc. (check out the tangle-free turbine tool review, through the links above).

Additional accessories can be bought for both the DC47 and the DC50 such as the 'up-top tool': allowing for cleaning at awkward angles and difficult places to get to, 'soft-dusting brush': cleaning in areas that don't want to be scratched and 'stubborn dirt brush': for the difficult to clean areas. All of the above accessories can be bought in the Dyson Home Cleaning Kit, which when bought offers you a decent discount. There are many other accessories and cleaning kits also -- allowing for greater cleaning ease and options for your Dyson vacuum.

Dyson Home Cleaning Kit
Amazon Price: $64.99 $64.00 Buy Now
(price as of Apr 1, 2014)

Further Information

Like all Dysons, both are fitted with he washable life time filters -- preventing allergies and dust particles from being expelled into the air as you vacuum.

The DC50 comes with the new advanced cleaner head, again allowing for even greater pick-up on all types of flooring. The cleaning head can simply be adjusted with finger tip control (obviously not accompanied with the DC47, nor the cleaner head).

Moreover, when bought new you are granted a 5 year warranty for both the DC47 and the DC50.

Conclusion: Dyson DC47 or Dyson DC50 -- which is right for you?

Both the DC47 and DC50 obviously lend themselves as vacuums for those who want either ease of movement and/or are concerned about storage space, however are still after a vacuum that is powerful enough to do a pretty good job. The DC47 and DC50 both tick them boxes easily.

As to which vacuum to buy -- the main points to consider are the following: 1) Do you prefer a cylinder type vacuum or an upright? Which one do you feel most comfortable using? 2) Do you want the extra practicality factor that the DC50 offers? E.g. larger bin capacity. 3) Pricing. The DC50 is usually a little more expensive, up to $50 more, but is that enough to sway you to opt for the DC47 instead? (in regards to the Animal versions of the DC47 and DC50). For me, the DC50 gets my vote, being the preferred type of vacuum that I would opt for as well as offering greater practicality in and around the house. 

Please let me know which vacuum you are going to buy, the DC47 or DC50 and why in the comments section below. Moreover, if you have any concerns, questions or general remarks regarding either the actual article 'DC47 vs DC50' or about the Dyson DC47 or the Dyson DC50 specifically (e.g. mechanical features) please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section just below and I will be sure to respond as soon as possible.

Dyson DC47 Video Summary

Dyson DC50 Video Summary



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