Dyson DC44 Vs. DC59: How Do They Compare?

Updated on April 22, 2019
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What's the Difference Between the DC44 and DC59?

Are you wanting to know (and trying to figure out) the differences between the DC44 and DC59—and basically which vacuum ultimately represents the best value for money, right now? If so then, the following reasonably in-depth comparison overview will certainly be able to help you out. Sit back, grab a coffee, and enjoy committing to a breakdown feature analysis between these two Dyson digital slim models (who said vacuum shopping ain't fun?), so you know exactly what each model does and doesn't offer you in terms of cleaning performance.

If you are just after the quick specs details though, see the comparison table just below.

But firstly, why get a Dyson digital slim vacuum cleaner as opposed to a normal corded Dyson vacuum cleaner? Well, there are many benefits that come with a DC44 & DC59 as opposed to a traditional vacuum, but the main beneficiary factors are the following:

  • They are extremely lightweight. This makes vacuuming hella' lot easier than lugging around a great big 15-plus-pound vacuum up and down your stairs.
  • They are, of course, cordless—so you can literally just whip it out and start vacuuming (without the need for all the fuss and commotion that comes with cords etc.).

I guess a Digital slim comes across a bit like an iPad at first, whereby from your initial observation you don't really see the need for it—but then when you actually get hold of one it becomes abundantly clear how it helps make your life easier. Similarly, a Digital slim can make your cleaning life that much that much easier.

Update: Dyson has recently just released a new version of the DC59, called the DC59 motorhead. Check here to see the differences between the DC59 Animal and motorhead.

Dyson Digital Slim DC44 vs. DC59: Complete Summary Comparison Table

The DC44
The DC59
Cleaning Power
Standard: 28 AW, Boost: 65 AW
Standard: 28 AW, Boost: 100 AW
Bin Storage Capacity
0.35 Litres
0.4 Litres
Dimensions (H x W x D)
112 x 23 x 30 cm
121.4 x 25 x 20.8 cm
Customer Average Rating
2.25 kg
2.11 kg
Combination Crevice tool, Docking station. (mini motorised tool)
Combination Crevice tool, Docking station, (mini motorized tool)
Cleaning Head
Gen 2 Carbon Fibre Filaments
Gen 3 Carbon Fibre Filaments
Fitted Technology
Root Cyclone Technology
Two Tier Radial Root Cyclone Technology
Battery Life
Standard: 20 Mins, Boost: 8 Mins.
Standard: 20 mins, Boost: 6 mins
Charging Time
4 hours
5.5 hours
Price (Variable)
Animal: $399.99
$449.99 (tbc)
Floor Type
Pet Hair

Which Offers the Better Cleaning (Suction) Performance?

  • DC44 -- Standard Mode: 28 Air Watts | Boost Mode: 65 Air Watts
  • DC59 -- Standard Mode: 28 Air Watts | Boost Mode: 100 Air Watts

Note: Air watts simply refers to the amount of suction power being applied (and not the overall cleaning performance, although it plays a significant part).

So both Dyson Digital slims offer two cleaning modes, a standard one (for normal vacuuming) and then a secondary boost option (for intensive vacuuming—to remove particularly dirty, dusty patches). From, the specifications above, we can clearly see that it is in this second mode, where a large difference lies—where in fact the DC59 is 50% more powerful, than an already powerful cordless DC44 vacuum cleaner.

Whereby the DC59 is so powerful Dyson actually claims that it to "suck up as much as dust as even a corded vacuum" (e.g., the Dyson DC24 Ball model, which also offers a 100 AW of suction power), which just shows how powerful a cleaning machine the DC59 actually is. The reason behind this "significant improvement" is due to three main factors: i) updated cyclone technology, ii) improved digital motor, and iii) re-configured battery as discussed below:

Fitted "Cyclone" Technology

  • DC44: Root Cyclone Technology
  • DC59: Radial Root Cyclone Technology

There is a difference of several generations' worth of updates between the DC44 and DC59, with Root cyclone technology being Dyson's pretty much basic cyclone technology and the two-tier radial root cyclone being practically the very latest installment. Basically, all this means is that the latest update is capable of generating significantly greater centrifugal forces than the basic version, which in turn means the DC59 has a far better pick up rate of microscopic dust particles than the DC44 can offer.

Dyson Digital Motor

  • DC44: Digital Motor V2
  • DC59: Digital Motor V6

Again, like the fitted cyclone technology, the motor has been upgraded (with several generations) to be faster (up to 110,000 oscillations per minute, which is 3 times faster than the conventional motor) and more efficient than the previous generation motors.

Integrated Battery

  • DC44: 22.2 Volt Lithium Ion Battery
  • DC59: Cobalt Manganese Battery

This reconfigured cobalt battery installed within the DC59 supplies 1.5 times the power of the 22.2 volt lit-ion battery.

Carbon Fibre Filaments Pick Up Head

  • DC44: Gen 2 Cleaner Head
  • DC59: Gen 3 Cleaner Head

Improvements have also been made to the cleaner vacuum head of the DC59 with a lined capture channel to prevent dust from falling back onto the floor (as with the DC44) as well as a brush stabilizer to hold the cleaner head constant. Both of these factors (as well as making it generally lighter) have vastly improved the efficiency pick up rate of the DC59 in comparison to the DC44.

So you can see on the surface of it all, the DC59 has made improvements in pretty much every area possible (from the DC44) with regards to vacuuming and has made it by far the better cleaning machine, in terms of raw cleaning power as well as efficiency. When you compare it to other cordless stick vacuums, it "wipes" the floor with them, too. Dyson recently did a comparison of the DC59 to the Gtech Air Ram, and it proved it was "ten times" more effective (see video below).


Which Is Easier to Use/Handle?

  • DC44 - Weight: 2.25 kg (5.07 lbs)
  • DC59 - Weight: 2.11 kg (4.65 lbs)

Impressively, the DC59 is even lighter than an already light DC44 (making this Digital Slim) the lightest yet (even lighter than the DC35 which weighed in at 2.2 kg). Also, with all the weight being centralized around the handle, it gives the DC59 and DC44 an additional feeling of lightness. They can also be used (and are encouraged) to vacuum not only your flooring but also your ceiling as well as curtains, etc., a truly practical piece of cleaning machinery.

There has been a slight change in dimensions:

  • DC44 - Height 1120 mm x Width 230 mm x Depth 300 mm
  • DC59 - Height 1214 mm x Width 250 mm x Depth 208 mm

Again, the DC59 seems to edge out the DC44.


Which Provides the Best "Practicality" Factor? (e.g., Bin Size, Battery Life)

There have also been several improvements in the "practicality aspect" with the DC59 relative to the DC44. For instance, they have expanded the bin capacity from 0.35 litres to 0.4 litres (hence fewer trips are needed to empty the dust bin, as easy as that it is, in fairness).

Also, despite the clear advancements in suction power, there have also been developments in the "run time" of the DC59 with a "trigger mechanism" that actually allows it to operate for 26 minutes. But on constant cleaning, the DC44 and DC59 last the same 20 minutes on standard mode and 8 minutes on boost mode for the DC44 and 6 minutes for the DC59.

Dyson DC59 Video

The Wall Mount Docking (Charging) Station

When you buy either the DC44 or DC59, you will also get an accompanying wall-mounted docking station that will be able to charge your DC44 (roughly 4 hours) and DC59 (roughly 5.5 hours) whilst keeping it nicely and neatly stored away (along with two additional accessories for the DC59s docking station). This being said, you do not need the docking stations to charge the Digital slims; it can also be done at the mains. However, it is certainly a cool-looking and useful addition to have come with the Digital slim vacuums.


The 2-in-1 Vacuum: They Can Become Handhelds

Both the DC44 and DC59 are essentially two in one vacuums, as well. Whereby if you remove the wand component (which is the long aluminium tube connecting the handle and brush bar) and simply attach the handle (motor) to the brush bar, you have effectively created a handheld vacuum cleaner. In the case of the DC44, you have formed (pretty much) an improved version of the DC34 and with the DC59 you have something resembling the ultra-powerful DC58 handheld (you can further customise it with the crevice tool and mini motorized tool, etc.).

This provides the Digital slims with that extra usefulness where you can now easily clean stairways, the inside of cars, and so on. Further accessories (that can be bought, see below) will improve the handheld cleaning functionality yet further.

Difference in Versions; e.g., DC59 vs. DC59 Animal

You will come across a model, e.g., the DC59 named as the DC59 Multi-floor and another model that is more expensive called the DC59 Animal. Basically, the difference here is simple. In terms of power, specifications, and build, everything remains the same (apart from the color)—except for the accessories that accompany each model. The DC59 Multi-Floor (basic model) comes with a crevice tool whereas the DC59 Animal also comes with a specialized pet hair tool (more on that later) and the mini motorized tool (and hence this version is more expensive). Apart from this difference, they're the exact model.

There has also been the introduction of a motorhead for the DC59 (the pink one); again, the actual workings and specifications of the Dyson digital slim is exactly the same for the DC59 as with the animal. However, the cleaner head has been swapped for a more powerful one, that makes it 75% more effective than before (and can actually outclean that of regular upright vacuum cleaners including the Shark Rotator and Hoover Windtunnel models; it is very expensive, though).

... and DC59 vs. DC62; DC44 vs. DC45

You might also find that there are similar looking models that look the same as the DC44 (also called a DC45) and DC59 (also called a DC62). This is because they are the exact same model; however, due to retail and distrubution channels, Dyson has had to dish out two names for the same vacuum. So if you come across a DC62 (that is essentially a DC59), it is not that it is any different from the DC59, it is simply that it has been shipped in from abroad (likely Canada, Japan, etc.).

What About Customer Reviews for the DC44 vs. DC59?

Writing this now, the DC59 has only just been released. This being said, the reception for the DC59 has been extremely positive whereas the DC44 has generally just been received as just positive (with developments in power to be desired, in which case the DC59 has more than duly delivered). But, we will have to wait for later developments on the DC59.

Where Can I Find the Best Price on the DC44 and DC59?

When it comes to finding the best price (or best overall deal) for either the DC44 or DC59, you basically have three main options in my view:

  1. Amazon.com, where they regularly hold significant discounts due large-quantity bulk orders (as opposed to retail directly through Dyson), as well as offering the benefit of third-party sellers who retail through them. Moreover, you will come across some refurbished and used models that are far cheaper than brand-new models, obviously (due to them being previously broken and potentially second hand).
  2. The worldwide carboot sale eBay.com, where they can be sold in a whole range of conditions from new to used/refurbished, but it is here where you will likely come across the best potential deal of the lot—although there is always some risk when it comes to buying from eBay (I certainly feel anyway).
  3. Through researching special codes and vouchers, you can potentially use them at the manufacturer's website directly; i.e, at Dyson.com, to potentially save yourself a significant amount of money. Moreover, you will actually find that Dyson themselves regularly hold special discounts and deals during a holiday period; e.g., they will include the articulating hard floor tool with the sale or offer a certain discount for a limited time only.

What Are the Best Attachments & Accessories for the DC44 & DC59?

In addition to the crevice combination tool (that acts as a brush nozzle for powered dusting as well as a crevice tool for vacuuming awkward and tight gaps) and mini motorized tool (used for efficient pick up of pet hair), you can potentially buy an array of other accessories to fit with either the DC44 & DC59.

By far the most popular additional attachment is the articulating hard floor tool that pivots on a 180-degree basis and is basically a cleaner head designed specifically for collecting dirt, dust, and pet hair from hard flooring (from wooden to laminate). It is actually extremely effective. Moreover, you can even buy a whole package—Dyson Cordless Tool Kit—where you get a wide nozzle tool (for extensive vacuuming), soft dusting tool (for cleaning delicate areas), extension hose (to offer you that extra reach), and stubborn brush tool (for removing particularly tough stains).

Conclusion: Should I Buy the Dyson Digital Slim DC44 or DC59?

Clearly, from the feature-by-feature breakdown analysis conducted above, we can see that the DC59 is practically superior in every aspect—from its cleaning performance (with it being able to operate on a higher suction power of up to 100 AW) to the practicality it offers (of it being lighter than the DC44). However, it is more expensive, and it is up to you to decide whether the difference in price between the two sways it towards the DC44 or DC59.

One last note I'd like to make, though, is that I don't believe the DC44 can replace a corded vacuum cleaner (instead only supplement it). The DC59, however, I believe (if you have a relatively small home/apartment-based living area) does have the capability of replacing that of a fully fledged vacuum.

For me personally, for an extra $100, I would go with the DC59 every time.

If you do have any thoughts, concerns, issues, need for advice regarding either the comparison article carried out above with the DC44 Vs DC59 or about either model specifically (e.g., if you are seeking further clarification over a particular aspect, feature, or point raised above), then I urge you to please leave it in the comments section just below and we will be sure to get back to you as quickly as possible.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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        3 years ago

        Would give a 10 if there were closeup photos of machines and each accessory mentioned. And the date of release of each model


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