Dyson DC 65 Review – Twice the Suction of What? Shark Comparison

The new Dyson DC 65 is the latest full size upright from this flagship company. Dyson vacuums are known for not only their upscale design features but also their amazing suction power.

Though previous models were great at their task, this new model really blows them out of the water in its ability to pick up a wide variety of messes including dog and cat hair, ground-in dirt on carpets and dust (and dust mites)and cat litter on hardwood and bare floors including ceramic, stone, laminate and vinyl.

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Unlike other vacuum cleaner manufacturers, Dyson measures power in air watts rather than amps. It is becoming more well known that a high amperage motor does not necessarily mean it sucks up dirt better. Air watts refers to the amount of power (amps or watts) combined with the airflow of a machine. So, it not only takes the heartiness of the motor into consideration but focuses more on its efficiency. Two different machines may have the same air wattage while having different motor watts or amps.

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Suction Power: Dyson vs Air Watts of Other Vacuums

  • Bissell: 46.8
  • Shark: 58.4
  • Hoover: 78.1
  • Eureka: 78.6
  • Dyson: 180
  • Dyson DC65: 245

These numbers mean the DC65 really does have at least twice the suction of other models. This video will help you get a visual:

The first big change from previous models is the increased suction of this vac. This is accomplished because of the latest cyclone technology. It’s been retuned and amped up vs previous models. Simply put, the shape and size of the air inlets have been changed, allowing more air to flow through them. This extra air flow means the brush bar bristles go deeper into the carpet or bare floor to get out more dirt.

The second big change is the articulating base plate. The plate on the bottom of the vacuum creates a better seal against the floor surface, meaning you’ll get better suction, thus more stuff will be picked up. This is a big hit in reviews of this popular appliance. Overall, in review after review, users love the increased suction.

Another nice thing about this popular cleaner is how close it gets to the edge compared with previous units. The base plate has been redesigned to not have anything extra on its edge, so it hugs right up against baseboards and cabinets. If you’ve ever vacuumed then had to go back and wipe up next to your baseboards or stoop over using an attachment hose, you’ll really appreciate this feature.

Of course, this new vacuum also has the patented ball, so it’s really easy to steer, and the weight of it is well proportioned. The ball has even been cleaned up and now houses more of the components that were previously outside of it, so this new vac is even more streamlined than previous versions.

As for features, the DC65 has plenty. First, the hose is really long. This means you can vacuum at the top of the stairs while leaving the main unit at the bottom. What a relief! The long hose and extension wand give you plenty of room to clean up high as well, like cleaning in high corners and getting at ceiling fans. Also, unlike some Shark models, the unit doesn’t tip over when you stretch out the hose.

Of course, like all models from this company, this new one has the one-touch dirt canister emptying, comes with extra tools, doesn’t use bags, has washable lifetime filters, HEPA technology and a 5 year parts and labor warranty.

Choosing a Model

Buying this vacuum can be a little confusing at first because it actually comes in 3 different models: the Animal Complete, the Animal and the Multi Floor. Here’s what they all have in common:

  • They all include a stair tool and combination tool
  • They all have 245 air watts of suction power
  • All have a high-reach wand and long hose
  • All have a 35’ power cord
  • Maximum reach is 51.7 feet
  • All weigh 17.35 pounds
  • Dimensions are 42.4” x 13.4” x 15.4”
  • All have washable filters and 5 year labor and parts warranty

Now, here’s how they are different. It will simplify your choice to know there are only two differences between all these models – the color and the tools included.

Multi Floor

  • Silver cyclone, red handle, purple accents
  • No extra tools (only stair and combination tool included with all models)


  • Purple cyclone, red handle, purple accents
  • Includes pet turbine tool and soft dusting brush

Animal Complete

  • Bright pink cyclone, red handle, purple accents
  • Includes pet turbine tool, soft dusting brush, Zorb tool, stiff brush, multi angle brush, accessory bag

Of the three versions, the Dyson DC65 Animal Complete is the most popular. In reviews, people who bought this vacuum say that if you’re going to spend that kind of money on a vacuum cleaner, you might as well go all out and get the one that does the most. Which one you choose should, of course, depend on your needs and your budget.

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