Dyson DC33 Multi-Floor Upright Vacuum Cleaner Review


The Dyson DC33 Multi-Floor Upright Vacuum Cleaner is designated as an “entry-level” vacuum by Dyson and replaces their DC14 model, which was the second vacuum Dyson released to the U.S. market in 2004.

I was surprised to find many features and performance measures which were as good, if not better, than the DC33’s “big” brethren.  This could easily be your “do everything” vacuum without anyone knowing it’s “entry-level”.

The DC33 Multi-Floor shares, as all recent Dyson’s do, HEPA filtration as well as a lifetime HEPA filter.  Of course, the DC33 is bagless, with a surprising bin size (more on that later) and, the DC33 has the patented Root Cyclone Technology that the entire Dyson vacuum line is known for and has allowed Dyson to capture one fourth of the total U.S. vacuum market share (as of 2011).  Not bad after only ten years in the U.S., eh?

So what’s different about this vacuum from the other Dyson Multi-Floors?  Why is it “entry-level”?  Can you be happy buying and using this Dyson DC33 for the next ten years are so? Will it last?

I’ll attempt to answer these questions for you. I’ll also point out some minor annoyances you need to know as well as a potential not-so-minor issue if your home is mostly carpeted.

We’ll look at the good, the bad and (perhaps) the ugly.

My goal is to make this the ONLY Dyson vacuum review source you need, and trust, to make a wise buying decision – whether it’s the the Dyson DC33 or some other Dyson vacuum model. If I can help you decide whether to invest your hard earned dollars into a somewhat pricey vacuum line and, maybe have a better understanding how Dyson captured so much U.S. market share so quickly, then I’ve done a fair job I’d say.

As usual, I’ll lay out the review highlighting several key areas I think you should be aware of as you shop for a Dyson vacuum.

Ready?  Let’s get started.

Read the rest of the Dyson DC33 All-Floors Vacuum Cleaner review:

Features

  • Easy to carry design
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to use and empty
  • Root Cyclone technology ensures no clogging or loss of suction.  Ever
  • Bagless
  • 5 year parts and labor warranty
  • Effective for all floor types
  • Clutch driven brushbar with on/off control
  • Telescope Reach Wand
  • Lifetime HEPA filter  – Certified Asthma & Allergy Friendly
  • Hygienic dust bin that is operated with buttons
  • On-board tools

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Assembly

The vacuum comes ninety-five percent assembled and there are no tools needed to finish putting it together.

  • Attach the hose to the base of the DC33
  • Slide the other end of the hose into the handle until it clicks
  • Slide the handle down onto the vacuum until it clicks
  • Push the bottom on the top of the handle and slide the telescope wand into the handle
  • Mount the attachments onto the side of the vacuum
  • Wrap the cord around the cord keeper

Done. Plug it in and turn it on.

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Maneuverability

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The Dyson DC33 Multi-Floor has the more traditional vacuum wheels so it’s more of a push-pull vacuuming experience vs. turning one of the Dyson Ball vacuums.

The vacuum has a fairly low center of gravity and as you can see in the picture, nice large wheels.  You’ll also notice the distance between the wheels and the front of the vacuum is pretty short.  This makes the DC33 easy to maneuver around carpeting as well as hard flooring or tiles.

Couple things to note:

One, the DC33 Multi-Floor cannot pick up debris along wall or baseboard when facing it head-on, as in the picture.  There is about a 1” gap between the very front of the vacuum and the suction opening. To get along baseboards and walls, you must run along side them. Not a big deal but worth noting.

Two, because of the design of the vacuum head, you’re not going to get the DC33 under couches, beds or dressers. You’ll need to use the Telescope Wand and attachments for that. None of the Dyson’s are exactly nimble in this regard but the more “stand up” design of the DC33 ensures you’ll only get a couple inches under your dressers.

Fortunately, having the attachments within easy reach on the vacuum and the quickness of removing and replacing the Telescope Reach Wand, you’re able to get under these obstacles in fairly quick order.  Still it’s something to be aware of prior to purchasing.

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Weight and Dimensions?

  • Dimensions: 14″ W x 13.4″ L x 44.9″ H
  • Weight: 17.6 pounds

The DC33 comes in at the upper end of the weight scale for all Dyson upright vacuums.  Only the DC28 Animal is heavier (by 3 Lbs!). However, the way it handles and carries, it seems like a lighter vacuum.   I believe the shortened head and oversized wheels allows the DC33 to perform like a much lighter vacuum. It just doesn’t seem very hard to vacuum or carry around the house, according to my 5’2”, petite wife.

The DC33 also carries very well thanks to a handle mounted on top of the canister bin that allows you to simply lift while keeping your carrying arm fairly straight.  It doesn’t seem that heavy, whether you are carrying the vacuum with the head facing to the front or to the rear.  Going up and down stairs, I find, are not a problem.

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Does the Dyson DC33 have Good Suction and Performance?

The DC33 Multi-Floor vacuum comes with an impressive 240 Air Watts of constant suction power. This is the highest rating of all the current Dyson Upright vacuums as of this writing.

What’s an Air Watt?  Good question. It’s a standardized measure that looks at power (air flow) and suction. Air flow is measured by how much cubic feet move per minute, while suction is measured by how many inches of water are lifted through the vertical instrument. The higher the rating, the more power to clean.

Now frankly, that doesn’t mean diddly to me BUT, it’s important to know that Air Watts factors in suction not just raw power (watts).

Most users are very impressed with the DC33’s suction power. Not a single owner has said “I wish it had better suction.”  In fact, a few have stated that care must be used on some (small) rug/floor combinations so the rug doesn’t try to suck into the vacuum.

The Root Cyclone Technology designed into every Dyson, and the main feature Dyson showcased when launching to the U.S., simply will not lose power no matter how full the canister gets or, what you’re vacuuming in your home. I have constantly been impressed and even 5 years after purchasing our first Dyson DC07, it still ‘sucks’ today as much as it did when new.   That’s ‘sucks’ in a good way of course.

This will probably sound biased but I’ll venture to bet you will simply be amazed at how much dirt, debris and hair is deposited in the canister the first few times you use the DC33. I’m still blown away 5 years into my ownership. Every single time I use it.

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Is It Durable?

The Dyson DC33 Multi-Floor comes with a 5 year parts and labor warranty. That speaks to Dyson’s belief of the vacuum’s durability.  You will read and hear people say all the time that Dyson vacuums are made of “cheap plastic”.

This is simply a fallacy. All Dyson Vacuums are made of Polycarbonate – the same material used in safety crash helmets and riot shields. Lexan is one of the trademarked names for Polycarbonate.  The cockpit of the new Raptor F-22 Fighter Jet is made from high optical quality polycarbonate.

Need visual proof?

Durability of polycarbonate vs. plastic (1 min video)

 

I agree, the Dyson DC33 and all Dyson vacuums look like cheap plastic toys.  The very first time I laid eyes on one (a friend’s), I commented “It looks like a cheap Barbie toy.” (some models were a reddish & purple color years ago). But, I have personally witnessed Dyson vacuum’s surviving a tumble down a full flight of stairs to a tile floor (on accident so the kids say – and yes, they survived too) and, being kicked with all a person’s might (said person shall remain nameless) and have lived and thrived to this very day.

Yes, there are mechanical parts and buttons and pieces that can, and will, fail. I broke the bottom lid on my Dyson DC07’s canister after a few months when I simply pushed the button to empty it. The whole bottom piece, along with the crud, dropped into the garbage can.   (A call to Dyson and a new canister was shipped to me the same week).

Dyson spends an enormous amount of time and money torturing every vacuum model before it’s introduced to you and I. And they stand behind each vacuum with a 5 year parts and labor warranty.

With every line assembled, manufactured item, occasionally a lemon will be produced. But I believe it’s the rare exception, not the rule.

Nuff said……..

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What Attachments Are Included?

  • Combination tool which combines a bristle brush and crevice tool all in one.  Simply slide the brush down the shaft of the crevice tool or, slide it up to use as a brush.
  • Stair and upholstery tool

dyson dc40 attachments There are also additional attachments that you may want to consider.

  • Flexi-Crevice Tool that extends and flexes to get into hard to reach spaces.
  • Dyson Groom – an ingenious dog grooming tool that uses retractable stiff bristles and suction.
  • Soft dusting brush that is gentle enough to do your dusting for you
  • Mattress tool that makes sucking up dirt and dust mites from mattresses and upholstery easy.

See the optional Dyson Accessories here

A few things to note on the attachments that come standard with the DC33.

I feel the combination tool, by design, is very convenient to have.  Not only is it one less tool to lug around on the vacuum, it’s one more tool you have in your hand anytime you’re using it.  Slide the brush down and you have a crevice tool for tight areas.  Slide the brush up and you have a brush.

However, as noted in the picture, when the brush is slid down, it takes up some of the length of the crevice tool for those of you who like to “explore deep” those hidden recesses of your fav chair.  Also, the brush, when in the ‘use’ position doesn’t swivel or pivot to multi-angles.

I’ve heard some take note of the narrow width of the stair/upholstery attachment. They feel it’s too narrow when doing the stairs. Yes, a wider tool would probably be nice but I haven’t found the size to be a hindrance. The attachment isn’t tiny, I like that I can get it into the corner of each stair nicely and it’s also compact as it rides on the vacuum.  And I like a narrower tool when vacuuming the arms of couches, chairs, or the car.  Your mileage may vary.

Both attachments lock onto either the Telescope Wand or hose (when the handle/wand is removed by pushing a button to unlock).  The attachments lock into the end so there’s no worry about them falling off mid-use.  To release, push a button on the attachment and pull it off.

Both  attachments snap into their appropriate places on the vacuum body and stay there. You won’t likely discover one of the tools missing after getting upstairs in your home to clean.

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What Is Maximum Hose Reach?

The maximum reach of the hose from the vacuum is 16 feet, making stair cleaning  doable without having to move the DC33 on most size stairways.

To use the wand, lift a small, vented flap at tdc33 wand in doorwayhe top of the handle and raise the Telescope Reach Wand and extend til it snaps. Push the handle release and remove the handle/wand from the vacuum.  Attach your preferred Dyson accessory and the hose follows. Your ready to use.

A nice benefit, the hose extends from the lower part of the vacuum instead of the middle or top – like on my Hoover Windtunnel (aaagghh!) . This helps prevent the vacuum from tipping over when you pull on the hose for maximum reach.

As stated above, the handle/wand remove by pushing a button and pulling the hose out.  This allows you to attach, and lock, any desired accessory to the hose directly for a more controlled use – like on stairs.

It does reduce your reach by 4 – 4.5 feet but you can just as easily reattach the handle/wand to get those top few steps while still maintaining good control.

To replace the Telescope Reach Wand onto the DC33, line the handle up over the vacuum and push down until the release clicks. Push a button at the base of the Telescope Wand to release it and it will slide back into the handle. Reclose the top flap.

The hose will naturally recoil into it’s stowed position while doing this. Also, the top flap is vented so you don’t have to worry about shutting the DC33 off to transition to/from using the Telescope Reach Wand.

The Dyson handle, telescoping wand and hose assembly is one of the best engineered systems on any Dyson vacuum in this author’s opinion.  yes, it takes a bit of getting used to to find optimal ways to hold the handle and quickly transition to hose use vs. not. But, once learned, it’s quick to transition, powerful to use, and just as easy to stow.

These kind of small differences is what, in my opinion, make the Dyson line of vacuums worth their money – they save us time (over the long run) and just seem intuitive to use.  Those little annoyances and aggravations I had on our Kirby, Oreck and Hoover that I learned to live with, are minimized with the Dyson.

There are still things I’ve mentioned that others, or myself, don’t care for but, in the big picture of helping my wife and I keep our house clean to maximum effect in minimum time, the Dyson is worth the investment.  Again, your mileage may vary.

 

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Maximum Cord Length and Storage?

The cord length, on the Dyson DC33 Mutli-Floor is one of it’s strengths – 35 feet. Add to that the 16 foot reach of the hose/wand and you have a stout 51 foot radius of cleaning capacity. I can do 3 rooms fairly easy without moving to a new outlet.

The cord stores on two hooks on the back of the vacuum – takes a few wraps to get that 35’ stowed.  The top hook swivels for easy cord removal. To release the cord, simply twist the top hook left or right and the entire cord slides into your hand. Drop your hand a few inches to release the cord from the bottom hook and you’re all set, the cord is free of the vacuum.

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Is This For All Floor Types? Info on the Brush Bar

The Dyson DC33 Multi-Floor is designed to clean all floor types – from tile to hardwood to carpet without having to make any manual adjustments, other than turning the clutch-driven brush bar on or off. However, if your home has a lot of deep pile carpeting, you might to take note of this section of the review.  There are several people who report this vacuum lacks a bit in deep-pile carpeting. I’ll try to answer why I think that is.

First, the Dyson DC33 has a clutch driven brush bar instead of a motorized brush bar found on the other current Dyson uprights. With the others, there’s a separate motor, normally located on top of the brush head, that drives the brush bar. With the DC33, the main motor drives a belt into a clutch, which in turn drives a belt that goes to the brush bar. It’s a clutch because the belt driving the brush bar can be engaged or disengaged adc33 bottom base plates needed.

This isn’t a bad design.  There’s still that 240 Air Watts of constant suction we mentioned earlier.  It’s just something that should be pointed out (that informed buying decision thing I talked about in my opening paragraph).  However, the main motor does have to handle two processes (suction and driving the brush bar) instead of just one as on the other Dyson uprights.

I believe the issue with deep pile carpet cleaning may come from the design of the head itself.  The brush bar and base plate of the head are fixed – meaning the brush bar stays in the same relative position to the base plate the whole time.  The only difference being whether the brush bar is spinning or not.

Take the Dyson DC25 as an example (review here), the base plate will raise or lower depending on the floor type being vacuumed. On carpet for instance, the base plate raises up a bit and the brush bar lowers for optimal bristle penetration into the carpet fibers, agitating said fibers until they release those pesky bits of dirt, debris and morsels of last Saturday’s dinner.

That’s not to say the DC33 Multi-Floor won’t clean carpeting. But logically, if the bristles are in a fix position and extend a fixed amount below the base plate, it stands to reason that at a certain pile depth of carpet, the DC33 may not be as efficient as it could.

I’d say on thinner pile carpeting and certainly those found in construction grade carpets, you’re fine. And you may be perfectly fine in deeper pile too but, it’s worth considering when you’re talking about a vacuum that will last and perform what, 10, 15, 20 years or longer?

The brush bar on the DC33 is not removable.  Well it is but not easily. Your going to clean the bristles with the bar in place. There are three half-turn locks that need to be unlocked, using a coin or such, and then the base plate can be removed to access the brush bar. A pair of scissors or sharp knife is all that’s needed to cut away those offending hairs, bits of string or who knows what that have wound around your brush bar.

I’ve done this exact process for years on my DC07 and it’s not a big deal.  I’ve also used same DC07 on custom quality carpeting for years (the DC07 using the same clutch, base plate/brush bar design as the DC33), and wife and I have always felt it did great job in cleaning ALL pile depths of carpeting. So have others.

Again, just something to be aware of.

The switch to turn the brush bar on/off is located on the head of the vacuum on the right side as you’re using the DC33.  It’s a knob that rotates forward or back a few degrees. Use the  tow of your shoe to rotate the knob forward to turn off the brush bar for hard floors. Rotate it back to turn brush bar on for carpeting.

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Is the DC33 Multi-Floor For Me if I Own Pets?

The Dyson DC33 Multi-Floors Upright Vacuum Cleaner’s has plenty of top of the line suction power and muscle to remove most pet hair from your carpets, floors, and furniture, making it very effective in the pet owned home.

The only difference between all “Multi-Floor” models and their “Animal” cousins (such heathens!), is the Animal will always come with a ‘turbine’ hand tool of some type to remove those pet hairs that excrete some type of adhesive when contacting fabric and simply refuse to release from said spot WITHOUT major coaxing.  The turbine hand tool is that coaxing. Those hairs WILL release.

I’ve found the turbine tool used only once a month or so in our home with two Golden Retrievers.  Nice to have but not critical just because you have pets. These non-Animal models have a LOT of suction. Most hairs don’t stand a chance.  Still if you feel it’s needed from the get-go, you may want to consider the one of the Dyson Animal models.

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How Much Does the Bin Hold? Is it Easy to Empty?

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The bin holds .61 gallons, the highest capacity of any Dyson vacuum to date. More than enough for the largest of homes for sure. As with all Dyson vacuum’s the bin is clear to.  It never ceases to amaze when I look at that bin and see just what all was hiding in the flooring of our home. I seems to give me a great deal of satisfaction knowing the floor is clean.

To empty, press a button near your thumb as you hold the bin and the bin opens from the bottom. Make sure the bin is already IN the garbage can BEFORE pushing the button.

Some reviewers have an issue about the dust that flies out when emptying the bin, but I like that I don’t have to get near the dirt or deal with a nasty, overfilled vacuum bag (talk about dust flying!) and I simply make sure the bin is down inside the trash can or bag before opening.

Speaking of bags, I can say what a pleasure it is to NEVER have to worry about buying bags again. The cost savings, over the 10-20 year life of a Dyson DC33 will certainly help offset the purchase price of the DC33.  Plus, bags are messy, smelly, expensive over time, and no matter how well designed the vacuum is, WILL reduce the airflow and suction as the bag fills up.

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Is the Vacuum Asthma & Allergy Friendly?

Yes.  The Dyson DC33 Multi-Floors, as all Dyson’s are,  is Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.  The DC33 has two filters – a pre-filter and a post-motor exhaust HEPA filter. Both filters are washable (every 3 months is recommended) and the HEPA filter is rated as lifetime. The HEPA filter traps microscopic particles down to 1/5,000 of a pinhead (my EXACT cranial capacity, at times, my lovely bride informdyson dc33 particles me).  Particles this small include common household allergens such as pollen, mold spores and dust mites.

Here’s a picture of the amount of particles being emitted from the exhaust of a running DC33 using a particle scanner which detects particles down to .3 microns.  That’s a ‘0’ on the reading. No particles being emitted.

The pre-filter is on the right side of (as you’re facing) the vacuum and sits vertically. You’ll see the filter cover in the picture.  It has a white label on it, above the word “dyson”. There’s a Purple button you press to release the cover and pre-filter which then lifts out.

The post-motor HEPA filter sits below the canister in a clear housing. It’s easy to access – remove the canister, press the cover release and lift the cover. Lift the HEPA filter out.

Again, It is recommended to clean both filters every 3 months, letting them air dry completely 24 hours before re-inserting.

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What Do Others Say about the Dyson DC33 All-Floors Vacuum?

Some of the great features of the DC33 Multi-Floor Vacuum that user’s liked include:

  • Critical sections can be easily taken apart to clear blockages
  • 35ft cord is a significant benefit over the 25ft cord
  • Very Easy to put together
  • The suction and brush bar are clearly more powerful
  • It’s pretty quiet as far as vacuums go
  • Picks up cat hair, dust, dander, dirt, and everything else without a hitch
  • The filters are very easy to rinse
  • It feels much easier to control than the ball
  • This machine does incredibly well on hardwood floors
  • The vacuum is lightweight and easy to store
  • the shape and style of this one seems to make it easier to carry around

Some of the things that user’s say are negatives about the Dyson DC33 Multi-Floor Vacuum include:

  • The only pain has been removing hair from the brush bar.  Yes, it’s not removable, you must cut the debris off with the brush bar in place.
  • The extension arm can be awkward to use. It is designed unlike anything you’ve used before and can take a bit of getting used to rather than just a hose and extension pieces but, I feel the payoff is huge.
  • super suction means it tries to eat small throw rugs. I find I have to step on part of a lightweight throw to prevent this from happening. Runners and such are not a problem. Guess I’d rather have too much suction than too little. You can also just use the attachments for these small, light rugs.
  • The hose is stiff. This can be true with some of the DC33’s. The hose will break in over time and becomes less stiff.
  • You have to step on the base of the vac in order to tilt the machine back to use. There’s no button to push to tilt the handle back for use. You  have to stick your foot out and put weight on the front of the vacuum while tilting the handle to us. “Entry-level” vacuum is appropriate here.

Most of the 200+ reviews are positive. In fact…

Overall, The DYSON DC33 Multi-Floor Vacuum has:

A 4.0 out of 5 STARS RATING WITH OVER 200 FEEDBACKS

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Pros and Cons?

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    • Easy to assemble
    • Easy to use
    • Attachments stay with the vacuum at all times
    • Best suction power of the Dyson Uprights, even with tools.
    • 5 year warranty on parts and labor
    • Large, easy to empty, clear bin
    • Multi-floor design to go from tile to hard floor to carpet without adjustment
    • Brush bar can be turned off for hard/tile floors or rugs
    • Easy to carry
    • Easy to maneuver
    • 16 ft. hose reach and 35 ft. cord give fantastic, 51 ft overall reach

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    • Upright design of head cannot fit under furniture
    • On the heavy side of other Dyson upright vacuums
    • Brush bar doesn’t remove to clean. Must clean in place
    • Rotating switch to turn on/off brush bar located on head of vacuum, must use foot
    • The vacuum won’t fit under beds or low furniture without using the attachments

 

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What’s in the Box?

    • 1x DC33 Multi Floor upright vacuum
    • 1x Operating manual
    • 1x Quick start guide
    • 1x Combination tool
    • 1x Stair tool
    • 1x Product registration card

dc33 out of the box

 

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What’s the Price And Where Can I Buy

I would recommend you check out prices of the Dyson DC33 Multi-Floor on Amazon.com.  They tend to have the most competitive pricing, especially when you factor in their FREE Super Saver SHIPPING.

Want to save money? Dumb question I know. Our first Dyson DC07 Animal was a factory refurbished unit.  Saved a ton and couldn’t tell it wasn’t brand new.  You might want to check out my buying a refurbished Dyson Vacuum article as an alternative to buy new.

Or, if you click this link, you’ll see all the reconditioned Dyson vacuums offered at Amazon.

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