Should You Buy the Dyson DC35?

This article is a review of the Dyson DC35 Digital Slim which was sent to me by Argos. For more information about this kind of post please read my disclosure for readers page. Kat xoxo

Dyson v Life - an alternative video review from Housewife Confidential

When Argos got in touch with me to ask if I’d like to review an appliance I already knew what I wanted – the Dyson DC35 Digital Slim had been on my lust list for quite some time and I wasn’t about to miss this opportunity.

I first saw the cordless vacuum cleaner at my friend’s house. She casually plucked it from the wall, ran it over the mess our children had left after lunch and my mouth was hanging open. Dyson’s designers seem to have come up with the perfect model for busy family life and I was an instant fan.

Now, ordinarily when it comes to writing about appliances I’m hardly an enthusiast – aside from the KitchenAid (the best ever – current lust) I prefer my technology to have an internet connection or shutter. But I genuinely think the DC35 is near perfect – so much so that I’ve spent the last couple of months making clips of it in use for an alternative review video.


Here’s what you need to know:

  • It clips to the wall – it is brilliant having an actual place for a cordless vacuum, they are so often allowed to go flat if left languishing in the bottom of a boot cupboard for their inconvenience.
  • It automatically plugs in – not only does it clip to the wall but it actually connects to the plug at the same time. You can see this in action in my video below.
  • It is a strong sucker – I’ve managed to vacuum everything I have pointed it at successfully.
  • The motorised head – it’s brilliant, perfect for powering through daily messes and the odd pile of spilled flour. The joint at the bottom has great flexibility making changing direction a breeze.
  • It has good battery usage – the battery lasts for up to 15 minutes, around 8 if you’re using the motorised head and max power button. The battery doesn’t flag as it runs down but continues to give full power until it runs out.
  • Max Power – it has a boost button for when you need that little bit more welly.
  • It has a long nose – The long wand (as they want to call it) makes it incredibly versatile with no tedious bending or dragging the big hoover around to blitz the cobwebs.
  • It is really light – this is fantastic if you’re weakling like me, getting it out isn’t accompanied by a bunch of back pain afterwards.
  • It’s fun – I defy you to have a go with one and not enjoy yourself. Seriously.

Some of the things which I’m not so keen on:

  • Energy Usage – as it’s plugged in permanently there is a temptation to leave the plug on. Not great for saving energy.
  • Emptying  – while it pops open a treat it often needs a little help to ditch its contents.
  • Stereotypes – the product images solely featured women. Sort it out Dyson! I only included myself in the video for gender balance, it’s Mr Kat who really wields the vacuum around here.

You know me well enough by now, housework is not my thing. I’m not going to get worked up about doing chores and I don’t think I have used our upright vacuum in the two years we’ve had it. The Dyson DC35 is totally my new BFF; I’m no longer moaning about having to sweep up after the children or battling into the spider-filled cupboard. I just grab it and buzz around after the children quickly.

And that has to be the biggest test doesn’t it? Keeping the avalanche of detritus from family life at bay. Despite having a cleaner our house is a constant mess so it couldn’t be a better place to really put a vacuum cleaner through its paces.

Can the Dyson handle muddy boots? Reach the cobwebs behind my fridge? Will it last against a car which hasn’t been cleaned in a year? Find out who comes out on top in Dyson Vs Life*…

If you’re reading via email or reader either click through to the main post or watch via YouTube.

The Dyson DC35 Digital Slim lived up to my hopes. It’s light, convenient and powerful. It’s a joy to use and I totally think it justifies the £220-30 price tag. I can’t tell you how long it will last but if it’s anything like our first Dyson it’s cost-per-use will be great value. Sure, it’s not even their newest model (imagine what they have come up with since!) but it’s a life-saver when living with messy people.

*I know there will be some who ask so the on-vacuum shots were all filmed with an iPhone 4S or 5 attached with a GorillaPod. The shots off vacuum are mostly my Canon 5D Mark II.

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