DC39 Vs DC47

If you are unsure as to which Dyson Cylinder vacuum to to buy - either that of the established Dyson DC39 or the newly released DC47, then you are in the right place. This brief comparison account will highlight both the differences and similarities in features and specifications of both canister vacuums as well as wholly summarizing which vacuum better suits your specific needs and preferences. 

Differences in Cleaning Performance

DC39: Constant Cleaning Suction Power -- 280 Air Watts

DC47: Constant Cleaning Suction Power -- 180 Air Watts

In terms of cleaning power it is clear that the Dyson Canister DC39 is by far the more powerful vacuum between the two -- offering an extra 110 Air Watts. This being said, the Dyson Canister DC47 possesses more than enough power to conduct a very high cleaning performance in and around your home. However, it just cannot really compete on the same level as the DC39; offering itself as one of the most powerful vacuums in the Dyson range and entire vacuum market.

Dyson DC39 Animal canister vacuum cleaner
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Differences in Fitted Technology

DC39: Radial Root Cyclone Technology

DC47: Two Tier Radial Root Cyclone Technology

Between them, the DC39 is fitted with a slightly more dated system of the radial root cyclone technology (RRCT, still highly accomplished amongst the Dyson range in its own right) whereas the DC47 is encompassed with the latest two-tier mechanism.

The difference being the DC47 essentially has two sets of the RRCT cyclones which allows it produce higher centrifugal forces to pick up micro-dust particles even as small as 0.5 microns. To the naked eye and actual practical finish there will be relatively little difference due to the back of the high cleaning suction power the DC39 offers. It should be noted also that the Root Cyclone technology (offered to only Dyson vacuums) infers that there is 'no loss of suction' i.e as more dirt and debris is sucked up, the suction power remains constant which is a common issue that other vacuum brands exhibit.

Dyson DC47 Animal Compact Canister Vacuum Cleaner
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Differences in Manoeuvrability 

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

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

Obviously both the DC39 and DC47 are a cylinder (canister) based vacuum, which if you are here, this is likely going be the type of vacuum you prefer (and not upright vacuum cleaners e.g. DC41 Vs DC50).

The difference to note firstly is that although they both operate on the Dyson ball mechanism, the DC47 offers you the updated version, now as far as how much better this 2nd Generation version is, remains unclear. It should simply be noted that both are incredibly more practical than your standard fixed rigid wheel mechanism, each can be practically turned on a pin head.

The main variation comes in their relative weight: the DC39 is approximately 1.4 kg heavier (not relative to the actual body of the vacuum i.e the DC47 body is around 4 kg and DC39 is around 5kg) from which inference you can imagine the DC47 being slightly more easy to manoeuvre, however the extent as to which this is true isn't huge. The DC39 certainly still remains an issue-free vacuum to operate.

Differences in Practicality

DC39: Size - H: 36.9 x W: 26.2 x D: 50.7 cm. Cord - 6.5 m. Reach - 10 m. Bin Size - 2.0 litres.

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.

As you can see this aspect of size and practical features is the main difference between the DC39 and the DC47. The DC47 is a lot smaller than the DC39 and hence presents itself as a far more suitable vacuum to those who are concerned about storage space or only live in a small apartment. This is further confirmed with the specifications on offer with regards to reach and cord length -- the DC39 offers in total 16.5m max and the DC47 offers 13.3m, thereby the DC39 offering itself better suited to larger homes.

Moreover, a substantial distinction comes in the respective bin capacities: the DC39 has a bin Size of almost three times larger than that of the DC47 -- 2 litres to that of 0.58 litres. Again, a further indicator that someone who has a larger home (more carpet, floors to vacuum) is better suited to the DC39. (On a personal level, this is certainly an aspect to be wary of as you don't want to be emptying the bin every 5 mins.)

Differences in Accessories

DC39: Combination Tool. Stair Tool. Musclehead Tool. (Tangle-Free Turbine Tool, Articulating Hard Floor Tool).

DC47: Combination Tool. Stair Tool. Dual Channel Floor Tool. (Tangle-Free Turbine Tool).

The Multi-floor (Yellow) Version

With regards to the accessories for the DC39 and the DC47 they remain fairly similar both come with the combination tool (simply a mechanism that doubles up as a nozzle for debris and brush for dusting) and stair tool. Differences come in the vacuuming head, the DC39 utilizes the older standard muscle head tool which can be used on all floor types.

However, the DC47 is featured with the new Dual channel head which operates on all floor types but instead utilizes two air flow channels to suck evenly across the entire head whilst the 'active edges' produce a 'flick motion' allowing the vacuum to get deep dirt from within soft flooring such as carpets. Moreover, it is designed to be essentially flat allowing you to easily access flooring under bookcases, sofas and general furniture, which most cleaner heads (liek the Muscle head) wouldn't be able to as they simply can't fit.

The Animal (Purple) Version

When purchasing the DC39 Animal or the DC47 Animal you will also receive the Free-Tangle Turbine tool which is an effective flexible motor head that picks up pet hair (for more information). Plus with the DC39 Animalyou will also receive the Articulating hard floor tool, which is specifically designed for use on wooden floors etc. and allows for reach within difficult to get to areas (for more information).

Additional Accessories

You should also note additional accessories can be purchased that are compatible with both the DC39 and DC47 in order to increase the range of cleaning options you have available to you such as:

There are many other accessories and cleaning kits also -- allowing for greater cleaning ease and options for your Dyson vacuum for example all three of the additional accessories can be bought in the Home Dyson Kit saving you money via a bundle discount.

Dyson Home Cleaning Kit
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Contains: Stubborn Dirt Brush, Soft Dusting Brush and Multi-Angle Brush.

Further Information

Both the DC39 and the DC47 feature washable life time filters that prevent allergens and dust particles being expelled into the air during vacuuming.

As with all Dyson vacuum products when bought new you are granted a 5 year warranty on parts and labour.

Conclusion: Dyson DC39 or DC47 -- which canister vacuum is right for you?

From the review of differences between the DC39 and DC47 I believe it is clear that they are aimed at two different sets of homeowners. The DC47 is for those who are looking for complete ease of use and/or have a smaller home hence are tight on storage space as well as looking for a cylinder based vacuum cleaner that is sufficient in power. The DC47 certainly ticks all them boxes. Whereas the DC39 is more aimed towards those with the larger home hence the greater suction power and practicality features.

If you have any questions, concerns or general remarks either regarding the article or the two vacuum cleaners: the DC39 or the DC47 then please do not hesitate to leave them in the comments section just below and I will respond to you as soon as possible.

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