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The Dyson DC35 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is a lightweight, cordless stick vacuum with some serious power. The vacuum has three main components: the machine, which fits in your hand much like a power drill; the wand, which is a lightweight aluminum tube that raises the vacuum to hip-level; and a motorized floor tool with a brush bar.
Dyson vacuums are well known for their suction power, and the DC35 is no exception. Despite weighing less than 5 pounds, the DC35 supplies 13 minutes of cordless suction that is powerful enough for most common uses, especially if you plan to use the DC35 primarily as a hard floor vacuum. In case you have a particularly dirty spot to clean, DC35 has a high-power mode which supplies more than twice the suction, though it will drain the battery twice as quickly.
Brush bars can be negative features on hardwood floor vacuums because they often scatter particles across the smooth surface of a hard floor. Dyson combats this by adding carbon fiber brushes to the DC35's brush bar. These fibers discharge the static electricity that makes fine dust stick to hard floors, and the DC35's vacuum motor pulls the dust off the floor and into its dust container. The carbon fiber brushes make the DC35 a solid choice for a wood floor vacuum, though you should check with your hardwood floor manufacturer to make sure the brush won't scratch your floor.
The clear dust cup isn't detachable. Instead, it is hinged on the bottom and empties with the push of a button. You will not have to buy replacement filters for the DC35 because the filter is rated to last for the life of the vacuum. Occasionally, you will need to rinse the filter in cold water.
If you need to vacuum your car, couch or any other place where the 26-inch wand would be unwanted, you can attach the motorized head directly to the machine or use one of the two included attachments.
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The lithium-ion battery onboard the DC35 charges in three and a half hours, and it is guaranteed to release its charge evenly. This means that when you are pushing the DC35 to the end of its battery life, the vacuum will not lose suction until it is completely out of power.
The DC35 is expensive, but it does come with a two-year warranty from Dyson. As a hard surface vacuum, the DC35 is more than adequate, and it has the versatility to perform a wide range of tasks in your home.