DC40 Vs DC50

The following article aims to be a rather objective comparison between that of the Dyson DC40 and the Dyson DC50, highlighting their differences as well as indicating to their similarities -- ultimately answering the following two questions 'which is the better vacuum for you?' as well as 'which vacuum offers the most value for money?'. On first glance you would might say that both these vacuums are rather similar -- in the sense that they are both of an upright design as well as being primarily built to be powerful yet 'compact', but as you will soon see there are some quite distinctive differences between them.

Dyson DC40 Upright Vacuum Vs Dyson DC50 Upright Vacuum

Differences in Cleaning Performance

DC40: Constant Cleaning Suction Power -- 200 Air Watts

DC50: Constant Cleaning Suction Power -- 140 Air Watts

In terms of cleaning power, it is quite clear that the Dyson DC40 offers the greater suction power -- with a difference of 60 air watts compared to that of the DC50. Which may appear like quite a considerable difference on paper, but in reality the difference in cleaning finish won't be that noticeable (if not in favour of the DC50), especially when you consider the DC50 is fitted with more 'advanced' components such as its cleaning head, cyclone technology etc. (as discussed in more detail below). 

Differences in 'Fitted' Technology

DC40: Radial Root Cyclone Technology.

DC50: Two-Tier Radial Cyclones

The Dyson DC40 is fitted with the more advanced Radial root cyclone technology when compared to that of the older standard Dyson vacuum with normal root cyclone technology, which allows it to gather finer particles etc. and doesn't suffer with loss of suction.

The DC50, however is fitted with the very latest 2012 edition of the Root Cyclone technology -- coming in the form of the Two-Tier system which essentially means "19 cyclones working in parallel across two tiers generate high centrifugal forces" allowing for even smaller dust particles to be gathered into the airflow (as well as having no bag and no loss of suction -- as with all Dyson vacuums).

Differences in Manoeuvrability

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

DC50: Upright Vacuum. (Updated) Dyson Ball. Weight -- 5.4kg.

As can be seen the Dyson DC50 is a fair bit lighter with a 1.3kg difference and so on that basis alone I would obviously have indicated towards the DC50 being more mobile and easier to control etc.

However, Dyson have also claimed that they have updated the Ball technology (which in fairness I don't really think I noticed a great deal when testing it out in the local shop -- let me know if you feel differently) claiming it to be more streamlined etc. and hence allowing for better steering and control. It should be noted however, that although the DC50 is a fair bit lighter -- the DC40 isn't exactly overweight, it is still an incredibly light and mobile vacuum.

Differences in Practicality

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

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

Obviously, the two vacuums are quite a fair bit smaller than your standard upright Dyson vacuum, but the DC50 (now the smallest in the entire range) really is small, where the handle hardly passes my waist, making it awesome for those who have storage issues. The DC50 does however lose out to the DC40 in terms of practicality -- having a bin size of half and a smaller max reach (being a few metres off). Personally, I think these are aspects of a vacuum many people overlook, especially bin size -- I mean how many times do you really want to be emptying the bin? So for me the DC40 does edge it in terms of practicality (although this is just my own preference), however if you want to keep storage down to a minimum it is clear that the DC50 edges it for you, in this regard.

Differences in Accessories

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

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

The Dyson DC40 comes as a mutli-floor version as well as an Animal version with the only difference being that with the Animal version is purple instead of yellow and it comes with the mini turbine head i.e the mutli-floor version (yellow) doesn't come with the mini turbine head but does have the combination tool and stair tool. The Dyson DC50 comes only as the Animal version (as of yet).

They both come with the combination tool (basically a crevice tool that comes with a sliding nozzle for dusting), and they both comes with a stair tool -- the only difference being that the DC40 Animal comes with the mini turbine head for pet hair whereas the DC50 comes with the new and improved version -- a tangle-free turbine tool .

Additional accessories can of course be bought for the Dyson DC40 and DC50 either individually such as the Stubborn Dirt Brush, Articulating Hard Floor Tool or in accessory packages like the Pet-Clean Up Accessory Kit and Dyson Car Cleaning kit.

Further Information

Both the Dyson DC40 and the Dyson DC50 are fitted with washable life-time filters, which essentially prevent allergens and dust from being expelled into the air during vacuuming.

Both are fitted with finger tip control to allow the cleaning head to be optimised for cleaning hard-floor and soft-flooring.

Accordingly, the only real noteworthy difference between them is the 'Advanced Cleaner Head' for the Dyson DC50 -- which is said to improve the dirt pick-up rate for all floor types, including being able to remove microscopic dust particles from hard flooring. (Admittedly, I haven't had chance to fully explore this claim, so I will get back to this review on that aspect -- please feel free to share your own opinion on it though). 

Should You Buy the DC40 or the DC50? 

Dyson DC40 Multi floor upright vacuum cleaner
Amazon Price: $499.00 Too low to display Buy Now
(price as of Apr 19, 2014)

[Dyson DC50 is not currently retailing in the U.S but can be purchased through the U.K at around £360, so I am guessing it will arrive in the U.S for around $479.99 (probably less). To be updated.]

Which is the better vacuum cleaner for you?

From the above specification comparison -- I would edge towards the new Dyson DC50, especially if I have a smaller living space (I am guessing you are looking at the DC40 and DC50 because you either have an apartment/flat or are wanting it for the upstairs etc. otherwise you should be considering a larger more practical model like the Dyson DC41), it offers the most up-to-date technology in terms of cyclone technology, maneuverability and accessories and comes at a pretty similar price. 

This being said, if you aren't overly concerned with storage space, not that the DC40 takes up that much anyway plus you don't have a pet so there is no need for a tangle-free turbine tool or a mini-turbine head as well as preferring the slightly better vacuuming practicalities (longer reach, larger bin)-- you are perhaps better off with the cheaper Dyson DC40 multi floor vacuum cleaner.

Which vacuum cleaner offers the most value?

As just stated, I feel that the DC50 offers just that much more as an all-round vacuum cleaner for those who are quite space conscious and at a similar the price, the DC50 edges it. Obviously, depends on an individual's preferences and circumstances however.

Which are you going to buy, the Dyson DC40 or the Dyson DC50? Please do be sure to let me know in the comments section below E.g. Does the better technology of the DC50 appeal to you or does its practicalities put you off? Also, if you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the Dyson DC40 vs DC50 debate 'review' or about the vacuums individually please be sure to make them in the comments section below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.