Dyson DC59 Motorhead Review – Motorhead Cordless Vacuum

Are you looking to buy a simple yet powerful, easy to use bagless, cordless and lightweight vac to use either as a handheld or to clean your whole house? If so, the new Dyson DC59 Motorhead is definitely worth a look. While it does have the weightier Dyson brand price tag, it is also has the most powerful suction of any cordless vacuum cleaner on the market today. While it looks slim and trim, it’s completely unlike other sweepers or stick – type vacs.

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Ease of Use

There are several things to like about this latest in the Digital Slim series. Aside from the powerful suction, the overall design makes for a more pleasant vacuuming experience than you may be used to having.

First, the weight of it is really well balanced with the motor sitting very close to your hand so it doesn’t feel very heavy at all. In fact, at under 5 pounds, this cordless model is definitely a lightweight. In user reviews, it’s rated very high for being easy to use.

Because of its lighter weight, we wouldn’t expect it to be able to dig into deep pile carpet to get out the dirt, but that’s not the case here. In fact, the way the head is designed creates a seal against the floor, so the bristles do in fact dig in to get to deep ground in dirt and pet hair, yet they’re soft enough to not scratch your hardwood floors.

We also like that it’s versatile. With the extension wand attached, you can use the Motorhead much like any other upright vacuum cleaner. There is no need to change anything when transitioning from carpet to bare floors either. This is all done automatically, and without the hassle of a cord getting in the way. You can also remove the extension wand and use it as a handheld, and for that purpose, it really is the best handheld vacuum available.

As well as being small and light, it also very low profile when you compare it other models, meaning you won’t be banging it against the underside of your kitchen cabinets. With many vacuums, you need to use the extension tools to get to areas like those, but not with the DC59. It hugs up close to every edge so you can get everything clean right up to your baseboards. It can also be fully reclined to get underneath lower items like furniture and beds. Even in this position, the cleaner head stays flat to the floor to maintain suction.

One of the coolest things about this model that isn’t available in any other except the DC59 Animals that you can easily completely remove the brush bar. This is incredibly convenient if you have long hair that tends to get wound around it. You will need a coin or something else slim to unlock the head, then just pop the bar out, slide the hair off, and pop the bar back in. If you’ve ever tried this with any other vacuum cleaner, you know you need a screwdriver and a lot of patience. Versus other models, Dyson has made this very easy.


Plainly stated, the power of the new DC59 Motorhead is truly amazing. In fact, it has 75% more power vs the DC59 Animal, which is also a very highly rated. While it doesn’t come with specific pet tools, you’ll find it still does a great job at everything from regular cleaning of hardwood floors and carpets to cleaning out your car or boat to picking up breakfast cereal dropped by the kids in the morning.

This DC59 has a strong V6 motor and two tier radial cyclones powered by a rechargeable Lithium NMC battery. The battery will last about 24 minutes in regular mode or about 16 minutes in Boost mode for very tough jobs or really ground in dirt or hair. This means you can get your whole house done in regular mode, but unless you have a smaller home, in boost mode, you may run out of juice. For this reason its best to save Boost for when you really need it.

As for charge time, once you replace the Dyson DC59 back into the docking station, it will take about three hours to get a full charge if the battery is completely depleted.



  • Power: V6 motor with 28 air watts (in standard mode); 100 air watts (in boost mode) powered by a Lithium NMC Battery
  • Dimensions: 8.2″ x 48″ x 9.8″
  • Cord: Cordless
  • Dust Container Capacity: .12 gallons
  • Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Warranty: 2 years parts & labor
  • User Manual

Tools & Accessories

  • Mini motorized tool for stairs, upholstery and smaller jobs
  • Combination dusting brush/crevice tool
  • Crevice  tool to get in cracks and corners
  • Docking station with charger
  • Flexible hose – available but not included


This Dyson comes complete with a docking station which attaches to any wall with two screws, so you can hang up the unit when not in use. It’s also okay to keep it plugged in so it’s ready to go at all times. The docking station also has spots to store the tools so they don’t get misplaced. In case you’re wondering, you don’t have to hang the vac on the docking station to charge it. It works just as well to plug the charger directly in to the unit.

How Does it Compare to Shark Rocket Ultralight?

Plainly and simply, this is a much better cleaner. In addition to being cordless, which the Rocket is not, it has several times more suction, meaning it does a much better job of cleaning vs the Shark Rocket Ultralight. While the Rocket does a decent job and is inexpensive in comparison, if you have the budget, the Motorhead is the one to buy.

How Does it Compare to the DC59 Animal?

Overall, these two machines are very similar, as they are both part of the Dyson Digital Slim series. However, the Motorhead has 78% more power than the Animal version, but the Animal comes with tools specifically geared toward removing pet hair. They are both great machines that are similar in design and work the same way. They both work great on pet hair, but the DC59 Animal does have extra tools just for this purpose, but the Motorhead is overall a more powerful machine.


  • Great suction power
  • Self-adjusting cleaner head for different floor types
  • Lightweight with good design
  • Handheld and upright options


In user reviews, there are two complaints that do come up. One of them is that you have to hold the trigger down to keep the unit running. While this is rather inconvenient, the trigger has a very light pull, so it won’t hurt your hand to keep it pressed. Dyson has designed this vac with that feature for a very good reason: If you kept the power on, it would run down the battery faster. This way, you are only using the power when vacuuming, so it will hold a charge longer.


The only other concern in more than one review is that there is no option to turn off the brush bar. While this is a welcome feature in most vacuums, it’s not as necessary in this one. This is because the suction is amazing, so even on hardwood floors; the brush tends to not fling around debris. Also, because the bristles are soft, they won’t leave scratches even when they’re spinning.

Overall Consumer Ratings

While the Dyson DC 59 Motorhead is higher in price than other models, it really is a good value for the money. It has a great design, great suction and is built to last. If you’re on a tight budget, you may want to choose a more affordable option, but if you can swing the price, it’s a great investment.

Doubling as an upright as well as a hand vac, the DC59 offers at least the versatility of two separate cleaners, and it’s strong enough to get any job done while having the added benefit of being cordless, a huge convenience. While it’s not designed as a specific pet vac, you’ll find you can easily keep dog and cat hair under control with this little gem. Overall, it deserves the high ratings.

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