The Dyson DC40 Origin is the least expensive model in the Dyson line of upright vacuums. It's a sleek-looking vacuum with all of the attributes you expect from a Dyson product such as the ball technology and bright coloring, a yellow-orange in the case of the DC40. The DC40 performed well enough, but we have some concerns about its overall durability, concerns you shouldn't have with a $399 vacuum.
Imagine being able to cancel out specific street noises -- your neighbor's car alarm, for example, or those 6 a.m. garbage trucks -- while letting in the dulcet doggie sounds you still like to hear.
Austrian designer Rudolf Stefanich not only imagined such a scenario, but created one in Sono, a concept device that clips onto a window and lets you select which sounds to tune out using noise vibrations and digital sound-processing technology.
It's among the 20 products recently selected as finalists for the prestigious James Dyson Award, an international design prize that encourages the next generation of design engineers to conceive of problem-solving products. … Read more
The CNET Appliances team endured hours of prolonged vacuuming to bring you this list of reviewed upright models. Sure, our arms are tired, but it was worth it because we ended up with a lot of data and buying recommendations for anyone out there on the hunt for a new, luxury vacuum.
Some of the results surprised us. For example, the design of the Dyson DC41 Animal Complete and the Dyson DC50 Animal left us a bit cold. Also, the $200 Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away vacuum we threw into the mix for a budget comparison did as well as the $… Read more
The $199 Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away vacuum cleaner really had a lot to prove at the outset of this review. It claims to "clean carpets better than the Dyson DC41" on the box. So I tested it against the $649 DC41 (and the $499 DC50 for good measure). To diversify a bit more, I also compared it to the $399 Oreck Touch and the $309 Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean.
The $200 Shark is the least expensive of the five models and makes pretty lofty performance claims. So, is it really better than a Dyson? Well, yes and no. … Read more
Editors' Note, October 17, 2013: Confusion between models prompted us to revisit this review. We have now factored the collapsible handle and added a point to the design sub rating. We also retested on hardwood with the brush roll engaged, as recommended for this model. The performance results and some analysis have been adjust accordingly. Our overall impressions of this vacuum remain the same.
It's hard to not be impressed when you look at the Dyson DC50 Animal, or, for that matter, any Dyson upright vacuum. It's sleek, modern, and a bit out-of-this-world-looking with its roller-ball design and … Read more
When you think of Dyson, you probably think: "ingenious design." I know I do. Its products are modern, sophisticated, and undeniably cool. Just look at the Dyson Airblade, one of the most appealing cooling apparatuses ever made. A brilliant idea, executed almost flawlessly -- that's the Dyson reputation.
It's because of that reputation that I was so stunned by the Dyson DC41 Animal Complete. As vacuums go, it's excellent, putting up nearly untouchable numbers in many of our performance tests. But in terms of design, it's a colossal disappointment. I found numerous key flaws … Read more
There are a lot of vacuums to choose from out there. The CNET Appliances team has already delved into the cute and somewhat unpredictable world of robot vacuums and today we're expanding to uprights. Yes, the stately upright vacuum is the most common type of dustbuster found in homes today.
I exposed myself to dirt particles large and small to test the $309 Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean against the $649 Dyson DC41, the $499 Dyson DC50, the $399 Oreck Touch, and the $199 Shark Rotator Pro Lift-Away.
I would recommend the Electrolux Precision Brushroll Clean to anyone looking for … Read more
When I was a kid, I remember seeing commercials for Oreck vacuum cleaners on TV. David Oreck himself usually starred in the ads, and when he did, he'd always cheerfully proclaim the merits of his machine, the 8-pound Oreck XL. The XL had the look of a complete clunker, with an ugly, dated design that seemed like it hadn't been updated since 1963, when Oreck first started selling vacuums in Louisiana. All the same, there was just something endearing and perhaps infectious about Oreck's unapologetic confidence. Sure enough, everyone I knew who used an Oreck XL swore … Read more
You can understand it when two such vast entities as Apple and Samsung start fighting, they'll fight over anything and everything.
However, now it seems that Samsung has annoyed that nice Englishman who makes extremely clever vacuum cleaners.
That large sucking sound you're hearing is the sound of Sir James Dyson wanting to breathe fire at Samsung for allegedly taking advantage of one of his patents.
As the BBC reports, Dyson took one look at Samsung's new Motion Sync vacuum cleaner and exclaimed: "Goodness me, that's my steering mechanism for cylinder cleaners!"
"It … Read more
Last month, NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft suffered a potentially mission-ending malfunction, prompting the eyes of many astronomers and space geeks to grow a little misty. The crippling blow came just as data from Kepler had begun to identify more distant Earth-like planets within the habitable zone.
What's not as widely known, however, is that Kepler data isn't used just to hunt for planets that could potentially support life, it's also been tapped by some intrepid explorers to search for stellar and planetary megastructures created by far-flung advanced societies. Since we've yet to send anything into … Read more