Dyson DC31 Handheld Vacuum

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Dyson DC31


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Dyson DC31 Handheld Vacuum

Perfect for those small spills around the house, the Dyson DC31 handheld vacuum cleaner is the perfect solution for quick clean up jobs. With amazing suction and power all wrapped in a small, lightweight design, this handheld is durable, easy to use, and a breeze to maintain. The Dyson DC31 has 2 suction settings to give you greater versatility and longer run times. The DC31 is even a great gift idea for this holiday season!

Dyson DC31 Product Features

  • Root Cyclone Technology means it will never clog or lose suction.
  • Twice the suction of other handheld vacuums.
  • Recharges up to three times faster with a 22.2 volt lithium ion battery.
  • Never touch dust again! Quick & Easy one-touch system to empty canister.
  • Lightweight at only 2.9 pounds, ergonomic, & easy to use.
  • Nozzle converts into Brush Tool for dusting or pulling up stubborn pet hair.
  • Crevice Tool cleans in tight gaps.
  • Two Suction Settings allow for longer run times and your choice in suction control.
  • High Velocity Airflow Tools agitate and dislodge dust and provide continuous, powerful airflow.
  • LED Battery Indicator tells you the charge on the battery.
  • Durable, rugged construction.
  • See when it is full with the Clear Dust Bin.
  • No Bags to Buy or Filters to Replace. Simply wash the filter every 3 - 6 months.
  • 2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty.

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Q1: I believe that dust mite feces size goes down to .03 microns. Will this Dyson DC31 capture above or do you have another vac suggestion?

A: True HEPA filters use three principles to capture 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns and larger. Dust mite feces range in size though the majority are larger than 0.3 microns and are effectively filtered by true HEPA filters. If you are considering a vacuum and are concerned with dust mites and allergies consider a Miele or SEBO model first. Excellent filtration, sealed systems and bags that keep allergens trapped while emptying are three allergy friendly features both brands share.

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Dyson DC31 Handheld Vacuum

The Dyson DC31 Handheld Vacuum features a new motor and improved suction, all while being Energy Star certified. Lightweight and fitting easily into your hand, the DC31 is a simple and effective way to tackle small messes around the house without lugging out your full-sized vacuum cleaner. With my trusty test model in hand, I took it home and put it to the test.

What I liked about the Dyson DC31

The new motor design for the DC31 handheld is a big plus. Not only does it consume less power and is Energy Star qualified, but the lack of carbon brushes in the motor means there is no carbon dust coming from the exhaust. This has long been overlooked in home appliances. Why dirty up the air in your home while you're supposed to be cleaning? The other plus to this new motor is you get more power in a smaller package. Overall, Dyson was able to further reduce the weight of the DC31 so now it falls just under 3 lbs. This is good news considering we're talking about a small home appliance that will be solely supported by your hand and arm while you use it.

This latest Dyson handheld is ideal for small jobs. Using it to pick up dirt my dog tracks in just beyond the doorway and using it to quickly vacuum out the floorboards of my truck, I found it to be particularly useful in pulling up pet hair from carpet. The included accessories are good enough for most uses with the brush working well in loosening up pet hair, while the crevice tool worked wonders in getting between the seats of my truck.

The DC31 Handheld essentially has two settings. There is a small "65 AW" button on the back of the unit just above where your hand rests. So you can either select the full power or the lower power of 38 airwatts for smaller jobs and a longer run time. This gives you some measure of control that most other handheld vacuums lack.

Like all Dyson vacuums, the dust bin is clear, so it's easy to tell when it's full. Additionally, the filter is fully washable which saves you the expense of replacement. Cleaning the unit is simple, and the DC31 can quickly be taken apart, cleaned, and reassembled. The wall charger fits any standard 110V outlet.

What I did not like about the Dyson DC31

The biggest thing to keep in mind with any handheld vacuum is it is for limited cleaning. Because it lacks a cord, you will always be limited by the battery power, and the greater the suction, the quicker the battery dies. I actually got a little over 11 good minutes of use with above average suction. Though the overall duration was still short, the suction couldn't be beat.  The run time surpassed the stated time primarily due to the fact that the DC31 really only uses its charge while you are squeezing the trigger. As a side note, recharging took around three hours to complete once the battery was completely drained. So for quick jobs, it's perfect. Just don't expect to be able to clean an entire stairway.

My only other concern with this was the dust bin. I actually attempted to suck up some Kibble 'N Bits. I know, likely not the best idea, but I was testing this and that seemed like a suitable situation. While it would pick all of the kibble up, the problem was that with the smaller neck that empties in the dustbin, larger chunks would get stuck. Imagine two elephants trying to squeeze through the same doorway at the same time. Truthfully, sucking up a cup of doggie kibble was likely a better job for the broom and dustpan.

I didn't mind the sound, but I am fully aware that is largely due to the fact that it sounded like an air power tool. Overall, I found the Dyson DC31 to be a respectable handheld vacuum cleaner well suited for most quick clean up jobs around the house. Compact but with great suction, this handheld packs a punch. For many it may be beyond what you would normally pay for a similar model, but with the DC31 you get well beyond ordinary suction.

Dyson DC31 Handheld Detailed Specifications

Vacuum type: Handheld
Best for: General Clean up
Battery: 22.2V Lithium Ion
Bin Capacity: 0.09 Gal.
Runtime: 10 minutes/38 airwatts - 6 minutes/65 airwatts
Dimensions: H 4.5" x W 12.7" x D 8.07"
Weight: 2.9 lbs.
Certifications: Energy Star Qualified
Warranty: 2 year

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Warranty Information

2 year limited warranty


Vacuum Cleaner Replacement Bags and Filters
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