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Should I Buy a DC38 or DC39?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

DC38 Vs DC39

The following article is a brief comparison review of two cylinder (or canister) based vacuums -- the Dyson DC38 Vacuum cleaner and that of the Dyson DC39 Vacuum cleaner -- highlighting their differences in specifications, features and technical aspects, as well as pointing to their similarities in these regards also. To conclude the 'DC38 vs DC39' debate, one will formulate an overall verdict through both the following questions -- 'Which is the better overall vacuum, the DC38 or the DC39?' as well as 'Which vacuum offers the best overall 'value', relative to its price-tag?".

Dyson DC38 Cylinder Vacuum Vs Dyson DC39 Cylinder (Animal) Vacuum

The Differences in the Cleaning Performance

DC38: Constant Cleaning Suction Power -- 170 Air Watts.

DC39: Constant Cleaning Suction Power -- 280 Air Watts.

As can be seen from the above cleaning performance statistics, there is a clear difference (a 110 Air Watts to be exact, in favour of the DC39) and hence presents itself as a factor that needs to be considered when debating on whether to buy the DC38 or DC39.

The DC39 with 280 Air Watts offers itself as an incredibly powerful cleaning vacuum (probably the most powerful out of the entire modern Dyson vacuum range), whereas the DC38 is more than a third less powerful when compared to the DC38. Not brilliant, but not bad either -- the DC38 still has more than enough power to get through the average cleaning jobs a normal house will throw at it, but nothing on the DC39.

The Similarities in the 'Fitted' Technology

DC38: Radial Root Cyclone Technology.

DC39: Radial Root Cyclone Technology.

Both the DC38 and DC39 are fitted with the modern and re-modelled Radial Root Cyclone technology, that essentially prevents you as a user from experiencing a loss of suction with your vacuum, which is an issue with many other competing vacuum models. Where as they vacuum more and more dirt and debris etc. their power suction gradually decreases -- such an issue isn't a problem with a Dyson. Moreover, with the new 'updated' Radial technology, it can allow the vacuum to gather even smaller and finer particles of dust and debris etc. from a range of flooring than that of the standard Root Cyclone Technology found in older versions of Dyson vacuums.

The Differences in Manoeuvrability

DC38: Cylinder Vacuum. Dyson Ball. Weight -- 6 kg .

DC39: Cylinder Vacuum. Dyson Ball. Weight -- 7.5 kg.

Both (as mentioned above) are a cylinder based vacuum (which in terms of mobility really just comes down to preference, you either prefer to use an upright vacuum or you prefer to use a cylinder based vacuum), -- the only cylinder vacuums to be fitted with the unique Dyson Ball technology, that essentially allows you to swivel and turn on a singular point (rather than having to be dragged back and forth like the fix wheeled models). Hence, the only real differing point in regards to manoeuvrability, is the fact the DC39 weighs in at 1.5 kg more than the DC39 and on which basis -- the DC38 can be argued to be more 'mobile'.

The Differences in Practicality

DC38: Size - H: 29 x W: 22.4 x D: 43.8 cm. Cord: 5 m. Reach: 7.8 m. Bin: 0.54 litres .

DC39: Size - H: 50.7 x W: 36.8 x D: 26.1 cm. Cord: 6.5 m. Reach: 10 m. Bin: 2 litres.

In terms of storage practicality -- it is clear the DC38 is the more compact and hence easier to store away. However, in terms of vacuuming practicalities -- the DC39 is the 'greater' in this regard, outperforming the DC38 in every regard (especially in the bin storage capacity aspect) and hence it is becoming clearer that the DC39 is more well equipped for the larger household.

The Differences in Accessories

DC38: Combination Tool. Stair Tool. Mini Flat Out Head.

DC39: Combination Tool. Stair Tool. Musclehead. (Mini-Turbine Head, Triggerhead Floor Tool).

The 'Multi-Floor' versions of the DC38 and DC39, in regards to their accompanying accessories, are largely similar i.e they both get the combination tool and stair tool, however they differ in respect to their cleaning heads -- where the DC38 gets the mini falt out head, and DC39 comes with the musclehead. 

If you were to buy the DC39 Animal version -- you receive the standard accessories as described, but you also get a mini-turbine head (an especially designed attachment to clean up pet hair) and instead of the musclehead as a cleaner head you get both the Articulating hard floor tool (enabled with a 180 degree pivot head with a narrow profile to clean in and out of awkward gaps ) as well as the highly regarded triggerhead floor tool (which is the only turbine that can be controlled at the handle of the vacuum in order to optimise between floor types).

Further Information

Both are fitted with a Life Time HEPA washable filter, that prevents allergens and dust particles from being expelled into the air.

They have also been purposely designed to dampen noise levels.

As well as both coming with a 5 Years Warranty -- parts and labour, when bought new.

Should You Buy the DC38 or the DC39?

DC38 Multi-Floor: £299.99

DC39 Multi-Floor: £299.99 DC39 Animal: £339.99

From the above -- it is rather obvious which is the better canister model out of the two.. the DC39 (in particular the DC39 Animal, due to the added cleaner heads as well as the mini turbine head attachment). The DC39 outperforms the DC38 in almost every aspect (cleaning power, vacuuming practicality etc.), the only real offering the DC38 against the DC39 is that is smaller and  lighter -- however certainly not to the extent as to outweigh the benefits the DC39 brings.

Hence, as they are the same price -- its clear the DC39 offers the 'better' value deal, since it is the better model. However, I believe the best overall value deal is to go with the DC39 animal simply for the fact for an extra £40 -- you are provided with two superior cleaning heads as well as a mini turbine head (that can be used even if you don't have pets e.g. as for me itcomes particularly useful for car-cleaning use etc.).

If you have any questions, concerns or remarks regarding either the DC38 Vs DC39 comparison  review, or about either the Dyson DC38 canister vacuum or the Dyson DC39 canister vacuum individually -- then please be sure to make them in the comments section, that you should be able to find just below.


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