DC33 Vs DC40

The following article is an objective comparison between the specifications and features of the Dyson DC33 upright vacuum cleaner and that of the DC40 upright vacuum cleaner -- pointing out the magnitude of their differences as well as highlighting their similarities. This is then followed up by a concluding verdict -- as to which is the best 'overall' vacuum cleaner as well as which vacuum cleaner represents the best overall 'value' to your specific needs and preferences.

Dyson DC33 Upright Vacuum Vs Dyson DC40 Upright Vacuum

Differences in the Cleaning Performance

DC33: Constant Suction Power -- 255 AW

DC40: Constant Suction Power -- 200 AW

As can be seen there is quite a difference in cleaning power -- the DC33 edges it by more than 55 Air Watts, which is pretty noticeable.  However, don't assume the DC40 won't be powerful enough for your needs, it has more than adequate power for dealing with household tasks such as vacuuming pet hair.


Dyson DC33 Multi-Floor Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
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Differences in the 'Fitted' Technology

DC33: Root Cyclone Technology

DC40: Radial Root Cyclone Technology

The DC33 is fitted with the standard Root Cyclone technology, that prevents the DC33 from losing suction -- the DC44 however is fitted with the re-modelled Radial Root Cyclone technology, that again prevents the vacuum from loss of suction but can also pick up more dirt and finer debris than of the DC33's standard version.

Differences in Manoeuvrability

DC33: Upright Vacuum. Fix Wheel. Weight -- 8 kg.

DC40: Upright Vacuum. Dyson Ball. Weight -- 6.7 kg.

The DC40 is clearly the more 'mobile' vacuum, fitted with the Dyson Ball -- it allows the user to be able to turn the DC40 on a dime, whereas the fix wheeled DC33 has to be dragged back and forth (as well as being a fair bit heavier).


Dyson DC40 Multi floor upright vacuum cleaner
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Differences in Practicality

DC33: Size H:108.4 x W:34.8 x D:34 cm. Cord: 9.25 m . Reach: 14.25 m. Bin: 2.3 litres.

DC40:Size H:107 x W:35 x D:31 cm. Cord: 7.5 m . Reach: 12.4 m. Bin: 1.6 litres.

In terms of storing the vacuums -- as you can see the two vacuums are fairly similar, but in terms of vacuuming practicality, the DC33 trumps the DC40 in every regard (Cord, Reach and Bin).

Similarities in Accessories

DC33: Combination Tool. Stair Tool. (Mini Turbine Head).

DC40: Combination Tool. Star Tool. (Mini Turbine Head).

The DC33 and DC40 comes with the same standard Dyson accessories and if you were to buy the animal versions (DC33 Animal and DC40 Animal) -- they also come equipped with the mini turbine head, specifically designed for cleaning up pet hair.

Further Information

DC40 comes with the unique Quick-Draw telescope -- which simply allows you to remove the telescope hose in one movement, rather than the standard draw mechanism with the DC33 that requires several steps for it to be released.

DC40 also comes with finger tip brush control, which allows you to change the motorised brush head from soft flooring to hard flooring etc. for a more optimal clean without having to bend over and manually change it, like you do with that of the DC33.

Both come with the lifetime washable HEPA filter that prevents allergens and dust particles being expelled into the air from the vacuum.

Should You Buy the DC33 or the DC40?

DC33: $399.99

DC40: $499.99

As you can see from the comparisons made above -- both vacuum cleaners have their positive and negative sides -- the DC33 is powerful and practical, the DC40 is mobile and has better tech, so it really boils down to your preferences and needs. For me, the DC40 edges it as the better vacuum -- however, if you asked me if 'it was a $100 better?', I would have to say no -- and would opt for the powerful DC33 vacuum at just under $400.

Which upright vacuum cleaner would you buy and why? Please let me know in the comments section below along with any additional remarks of questions you have regarding either the DC33 Vs DC40 discussion or the vacuums individually.