Cute. Huggable. Incredibly tiny! Ghostbusters. These were the words that popped into my noggin the first time I un-boxed the Dyson City DC26 Multi floor vacuum up close. It looks like a little blue space rover with a large alien blaster attached to it. Hell, I'm not embarrassed to say I hugged the little blue dude. It's still a Dyson, with the suction and all that, just adorable.
Teeny-tiny size and light weight
Dyson says its DC26 fits on top of a sheet of A4 (8.5-inch x 11-inch) sized paper. I've never compared a vacuum to a piece of paper. Why would I? Needless to say the Dyson marketing guys weren't kidding when they said that this thing was small — it fit on a piece of paper with room to spare! Small is great, but sometimes I wished certain parts were larger. For example, I had to change the dirt canister three times after cleaning three rooms. A slightly larger dirt can Wouldn't hurt, even if it added a bit to the footprint.
I found the extendable barrel tube (reaches up to 23.5-feet) to be very sturdy — not as heavy as those on competing vacs that are made of metal, but not too cheap as to feeling like it'll snap in half. If you use vacuuming as an excuse to burn off those midnight dessert calories (and I know some of you do!), don't expect to benefit much from this tiny vac. I hardly ever had to move my lower body, mainly because of the reach that the barrel goes up to. I'm confident that I could have vacuumed my floors while perusing the New York Times on my iPad, all without missing a beat.
Weighing only 12 pounds, you can be sure you won't pull a muscle lugging this vacuum around the house. Thank heaven someone at Dyson had the sense to keep this thing light. To store it away I just stuffed it in a medium-sized duffle and it tidied up my closet in a jiffy without making it look like a cleaning supply storage.
Turbine suction in a blaster
Don't be so quick to write off the DC26 as being underpowered because of its diminutive size. The DC26 has practically power of a full-sized Dyson vacuum. Upon powering the vac up, I noticed this thing was loud, like I'm standing in front of a blender blending pineapple chunks loud — proof the DC26 is like a Hummer inside of a Mini Cooper.
There are a several head brushes that come in the box, but the MVP is the carbon-fiber brush bar. Its tip has an air-driven turbine that picks up dirt by gliding over it. I gave the DC26 several runs over my flooring, and it picked up so much hair that I really had to reevaluate my sloppiness. My favorite part about this particular head is that its gentle but robust suction worked exceptionally well on my hardwood and carpets — I didn't see any scuff marks which is always a good sign its doing its job well.
Three minute post-vacuum clean-up
The worst part about vacuuming isn't only trying to get into every nook and crevice to vaporize stubborn dust bunnies, but cleaning up the vacuum's dirt bag and filters. Anyone who's ever used a Hoover Dirt Devil vacuum knows what I'm talking about — those things are nigh-impossible to clean up without gassing yourself with dust particles. I'm happy to say that the DC26 has quite possibly the easiest vacuum clean-up I've ever experienced because it doesn't have any dirt bags to clean.
The entire procedure is so simple it's as if Dyson spent hundreds of hours to idiot-proof the DC26. You literally push a latch to release the cyclone tank with the dirt canister from the vacuum's wheels. Then, to dump out all of the dirt, you just push a big red-colored button to open its cover. With the dirt in the trash, to clean up the plastic dirt canister just wash it with water and use a damp paper towel to clean up the cyclone tank. The entire cleaning procedure took me less than three minutes.
Vacuuming is fun again
The Dyson City DC26 costs $400, which is a bit steep for a vacuum. Obviously, you're paying for the Dyson brand, and it's not a brand that gets a lot of complaints about shoddy manufacturing. Besides that, there's something about the City that makes you feel like vacuuming is cool. Wielding it in your hand, taking out dust bunnies, you'll feel a bit like Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters.
If you're going to tackle a mundane-yet-necessary chore, you may as well do it with something that's fun and stylish — and the powerful suction doesn't hurt either. If you can afford it, I say buy it. The City is cute, cuddly and you won't be kicking this thing around in frustration, I promise.