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Dyson DC15 Review

Dyson DC15 Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson DC15 Reviews and Ratings

If you are considering upgrading your current upright vacuum, and are intrigued by the “Ball” technology, then you may want to check out the Dyson DC15. The DC15 is the first member of Dyson’s Ball model line and provides a new twist to the average vacuum. This model, just like Dyson’s other models is available in either the All Floors or the Animal and the colors are the same as well. Now all you need to do is determine which DC15 is right for you.



With the wide range of models that Dyson offers, you may be wondering why this model is better than the others. The Dyson DC15 Ball is the first to sport a different drive train than the previous models – it drives like a dream and may actually make cleaning less of a chore and more of a pleasure. When in motion, all it takes is just a flick of the wrist to get the vacuum to go where you want it to go. The back wheels move up and out of the way, leaving you to balance only on the ball, which is what makes quick turns possible. Its competitors make you push and struggle with the vacuum, which we all are aware can become quite straining after awhile. The DC15 only requires a twist of the wrist to get it to go where you want it to go. This makes cleaning around furniture and getting into those tight spaces that your old vacuum may have missed, a breeze.

The DC15 vacuum also offers users the same great Root Cyclone technology that exists on all other Dyson models. This technology provides the greatest suction power of any other model on the market and is sure to get all the “stuff” out of your carpets that you may not have even known existed. Your house is sure to be more sanitary because of it.

DC15 All Floors and Animal

There have been a few improvements made to the DC15 upright that are not available on previous models. It offers users a wider channel which allows the machine to pick up larger debris that may reside on your floor, making it great for cleanup after those art projects that may have gone awry or the big game party the night before.

The DC15 also provides users with 17 feet of hose, which makes cleaning the stairs much more of a breeze. No longer will you need to balance the machine on the stairs with one hand while cleaning with the other. Dyson’s improvements over its competitors allows you to leave the vacuum on the floor where it belongs, while providing a thorough cleaning to your stairs, returning them to the glory you once thought was gone for good.

Changes have been made to the internal workings as well. The DC15 contains two motors, instead of the one that resided in the bodies of its predecessors. With this upgrade one motor is dedicated to keeping suction at top performance while the other is dedicated to running the beater bar. This change is sure to keep the beater bar functioning at its best, which is sure to suck every last dust mite out of your carpet.

DC15 Ball All Floors

The best feature of the DC15 is its HEPA Filtration and the fact that it is Asthma and Allergy Foundation certified, which makes it great for those who suffer from some of the most common allergies. This feature will actually improve the air you breathe, making it great for those who suffer from pet dander allergies, but can’t bear to part with their beloved furry, four legged friend.

While the Dyson DC15 Ball Animal and the Dyson DC15 Ball All Floors model share a lot of the same traits, there are a few features that are unique only to the Animal.  It comes complete with the Animal Turbo tool which makes it great for getting every last strand of cat fur off your couch or chair.  Your furniture will always look its best, leaving your guests to think you don’t own a pet.

The Dyson DC15 Animal also comes with the low reach floor tool, which will help you annihilate every last fur ball that has hidden itself under your bed or favorite chair.  Dust and cat fur tumbleweeds will be a thing of the past with the strength of the Animal at your disposal. There is also the included carpet care kit that comes complete with a bag of Zorb powder and a can of Dysolv Spray that can help you improve the look of your carpets. Pet stains will be a thing of the past with this carpet care kit in your arsenal.

DC15 Ball Animal

While the DC15 upright vacuum provides the same quality performance that you have come to expect from the Dyson line, it is not without its flaws.  Weighing in at nearly 20 pounds, the DC15 is one of the heaviest models in the Dyson line. While it does have an ergonomic handle, its heft can make it quite a challenge for women and children to carry up and down stairs. Another minor flaw with the DC15 is that it doesn’t lay flat like some of its competitor’s models. While this is in no way a major problem for the vacuum, it may require you to move some furniture in order to get your room perfectly clean.

One of the DC15’s biggest benefits can also be considered a flaw. While we all are well versed in the usability of a vacuum, the DC15 actually requires you to forget everything you have already learned. While most vacuums require you to push it around this vacuum can be driven with just a twist of your wrist. This feature may be foreign to many and will require learning a new technique but once you learn it, your vacuuming duties will become a breeze.

In conclusion, the Dyson DC15 Ball provides a new drive train and upgraded features that make it better than the models that came before it. The DC15 All Floors model is great for the average homeowner, while the Animal is great for the active family that loves their pets, but not the wads of fur they leave behind. Whether you live in a pet friendly home or are unhappy with the performance of your current vacuum, the DC15 is sure to satisfy all your cleaning needs, resulting in a better environment for you and your family. Be sure to check out the Dyson DC15 reviews and ratings supplied by the users below or, if you’d like, please add one from your own experience.

DC15 Bin

Technical Specifications

Model: DC15 All Floors Model: DC15 Animal
Category: Upright Category: Upright
Dimensions: 44.09” x 13.66” x 11.41” Dimensions: 44.09” x 13.66” x 11.41”
Weight: 19.2 lbs Weight: 19.2 lbs
Capacity: 0.71 Gallon Capacity: 0.71 Gallon
Power: 1200 Watts Power: 1200 Watts
Suction: 220 Air Watts* Suction: 220 Air Watts*
Cord Length: 37 ft. Cord Length: 37 ft.
Maximum Reach: 51 ft. Maximum Reach: 51 ft.

Product Features

Configuration: Dyson DC15 All Floors Configuration: Dyson DC15 Animal
Stair Cleaning Quick Draw Hose Stair Cleaning Quick Draw Hose
The Ball The Ball
Air Flow Tools Air Flow Tools
Motorized Beaterbar Motorized Beaterbar
Brush Control Brush Control
Glides into Awkward Spaces Glides into Awkward Spaces
Wide Channel Wide Channel
Durable Construction Durable Construction
17 foot hose 17 foot hose
Trigger Quick Empty Trigger Quick Empty
Lifetime Filters Lifetime Filters
Warranty: 5 years Warranty: 5 years
Edge Cleaning Whiskers Edge Cleaning Whiskers
Bagless Cyclonic Power Bagless Cyclonic Power
HEPA filtration technology HEPA filtration technology
Animal Turbo Tool
Carpet Care Kit
Low Reach Floor Tool

* Air Watts (the power of a vacuum cleaner is best measured in airwatts or ‘suction power’; Power wattage only indicates how much electricity is actually used.)
* Cyclonic Power (this debris capture method provides constant suction that never loses power.)
* HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arrestor)

23 Customer Reviews of “Dyson DC15 Review”

Dyson DC15 Review Review by KellyB, February 23, 2009

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Hello everyone, I’m not usually one to write reviews of products but I’m extremely satisfied with this Dyson ball vacuum cleaner that my husband bought for us this last Christmas. Times are a bit tough so he picked up a refurbished model for about half the cost of a new one. I dont know exactly what he paid but this thing really does a number on the floors. I’ve used it on the carpeted stairs and it’s picked up all of our dog and cat hair and fur. Although they both go running when I turn on the vacuum it is pretty loud but not louder than my last Eureka boss. It’s very satisfying to have the same suction coming from the vacuum all the time even if the canister is half to 3/4 full. I dont have to worry about it until the entire house is clean. The ball part of the vacuum makes it very easy to clean the hard to reach areas of our furniture and house. It is pretty light and well balanced altough I still get a pretty good workout moving the thing around. I think the only negative is the place at the top where they put the attachments sometimes they come off when I dont need them. I’ve started just keeping them in the closet which is no big deal. When the job is finished all I have to do is press the button to releas the canister and take it outside and dump it in the trash. I’ve learned the hard way to make sure I’m outside before emptying the canister. If you do it in the kitchen the dust and particles end up all over the place in the air and it just makes a mess. Well that’s about it I guess. In my opinion you cant go wrong owning one of these.

Dyson DC15 Review Review by tregg, February 23, 2009

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This is a MUST have if you’re a pet lover!!! It is a heck of a lot of money to spend on a vacuum ($350 factory refurbished) but it really does a number on our chocolate lab’s fur. Whenever I really go full boar at cleaning the house it looks like new! She even sniffs around afterwards…like it’s a new house!

Also our cat has less furballs now that we have the dyson DC15 which was the main reason for getting a new vacuum to begin with. The hose attachment works great under the sofa, loveseat, and bed. I dont have to move any furniture to quickly clean the house…it’s very easy to handle with the ball design. I love it & I cant safe enough good things about it!

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Anonymous, February 24, 2009

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Pricey but completely satisfying! The hose attachment takes some getting used to but once you get the hang of it the stairs are a breeze to clean without risking breaking your neck from trying to balance & move back forth the entire vacuum on the stairs. I must say it is rather motivating seeing the clear bin fill up with so much crud and pet hair. Other than the cost I’d say a negative would agree that it’s a bit awkward/heavy to carry up or down the stairs. All in all it was a good buy and I’m not disappointed.

Dyson DC15 Review Review by jax24, February 25, 2009

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Works just like the commercial advertises! I actually enjoy vacuuming the house with my Dyson Ball – it’s hip space age design is stylish, fast & easy to use, and the suction power is amazing. Finally a vacuum that works…what’s not to like? Haha…the price.

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Anonymous, February 28, 2009

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Its a grate vaccuum but a high price to pay for it. Great work done at cleaning and making area nice to live in. A little bit heavy to lift which is not that good.

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Anonymous, March 12, 2009

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Built to last! I’ve had my Dyson DC15 ball since April 2007. Once I got used to maneuvering the vaccum I’ve had nothing but carefree use of it. It cleans remarkably well and there’s really no maintenance. Every once in awhile a pice of bag or thread will get wound up in the bristles of the floor attachment but all you need to do is shut of the vaccum, remove the tangled piece with a knife, then continue. I’ve had absolutely no problems whatsoever! Fantastic vaccum!!!

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Anonymous, March 13, 2009

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expensive, plastic, UK trash…this vaccum sucks. For 500 bucks I can have my apartment cleaned weekly for a year.

Dyson DC15 Review Review by SamanthaG, March 18, 2009

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It’s lightweight and the Ball handles like a dream. My only issue with my dc15 is that I have long hair and it inevitably gets wrapped up in the rotating brushes of the floor tool. Every vacuum I’ve ever owned has this same problem. Can’t they make something that uses some kind of different technology? I have to turn the thing over every time I use it and pull or cut the hairs that are entangled…am I asking for too much???

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Peppenz343, May 15, 2009

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Wow this site is chaulked full of dyson material!!! I live in an apartment and have a parrot that is insanely messy. I see the new dysons are expensive…so i was considering getting a used DC15 (my girlfriend’s mom has one and loves it). I just want to make sure they hold up for long periods of usage. Can you send me an e-mail with a recommendation? I’d appreciate it!

Thanks,

Pep 🙂

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Faber, June 27, 2009

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I think that my dc15 ball is very maneuverable and light…but I’m on the fence about the suction power. It’s pretty good but it’s not anything like an industrial vacuum. I just thought I’d point that out since everyone seems to think that dyson’s have this tremendous suction.

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Jacob, July 15, 2009

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Really good.

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Jean, August 3, 2009

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Suction Power like none other. I get dirt from my floors that I never knew existed. Maneuvers so easily. It’s not light weight, but it’s hard to lift as it’s somewhat disjointed. Nothing to deter your buying this jewel. If ever I have a fire in my home, my Dyson will be considered as one of the first things to grab as I escape the house. Truthfully: go ahead. Take the plunge and buy a DC15 animal. It’s the cats meow!

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Jean, August 3, 2009

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Sorry, I forgot to rate it. 5 STARS in all categories.

Dyson DC15 Review Review by anthony, October 18, 2009

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i am writing to let you know how brilliant the dyson is ok its not the lightist of machines but it picks up dirt i never would of thought would be there this product is amazing gets 5 stars from me

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Naomi, October 31, 2010

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not easy to use on hard wood floors, very heavy and wand\hose for floors is uncomfortable.

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Sean, November 13, 2010

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Let me start out by saying I’m a 16 year old, who in terms of cleanliness WAS definatly below avarage. Hadn’t seen the carpet in my room since the grandparents came over for Christmas a few years back, so many clothes on the floor didn’t even think dust could reach the floor, you know the type. Our old vaccuum just died one day, so we decided to get hire somebody to come clean the carpets. We had heard great things about the dyson and Purchesed one later that day. right after the cleaners left out of curiousity we tried it out. FILLED the canister with dust and dirt and God only knows whatelse.
PARENTS: if you have kids who even come close to the description of myself above, buy this vaccuum. Show them just how much dust is on their floors. I can guarentee that for at least a few months they will proactivly clean their rooms if not out of disgust then out of curiousity for just how full they can get the canister per room. Its actually really intersting, I’ll admit sometimes when im bored I will try it. Only complaint is the removable handle thing is a bit akward in tight spaces, its long and doesnt do a whole lot unless you have alot of head-room.
Expensive? Yes. Worth it in the long run? Definately. Highly recomend it.

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Troy, January 26, 2011

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Why is it that these big fancy over priced vacuums don’t have a head light on theme. I just purchased one and other than the great suction i am not sure I would spend that much again. Even the cheap vacuums at least put a light on them.And keep in mind the lighter the vacuum the more it just skips across the carpet no matter what height adjustment you have it at. I am not even a vacuum designer and I can figure that out

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Jami, January 31, 2011

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I have to say that i was extremely excited when i was driving to the store to buy a Dyson….i have been even more dissapointed since i purchased it. It does maneuver well but Not only does it NOT suck up small pieces, but emptying the unit has to be the BIGGEST product imperfection that i have every seen! When you empty the plastic container, you actually have to shove your hand UP INTO IT to get all the crud to come out! How is that beneficial to anyone? Dust & dirt gets everywhere no matter how tactful you try to be. Dyson speaks of the hepa filter for allergies & such but what good does it do the user when they have to breath in the dush when emptying the container?
Useless waste of hard earned money!! would never purchase another one & will ALWAYS tell everyone i know.

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Jimmy G, March 16, 2011

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Suction power is great, however; the unit is cheaply made and the brush bar motor died within 3 yrs. This is one clumsy heavy unit. My Oreck is extremely light and easy to manuver compared to the Dyson. The vacuum head is high so it won’t go under furniture. Customer service at Dyson is horrific…sent it to a facility they suggested and it took over a month to get it fixed since they did not send the part out to the service facility. The Dyson website stated it only takes a few days to fix. Numerous calls from their customer service center gave me a different story or excuse every time they called. If it goes again I’ll replace with another Oreck. I will have to by bags with the Oreck but it’s worth it and easy to fix myself.

Dyson DC15 Review Review by dd, April 14, 2011

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this vacuum is a great big, over priced piece of crap!!!! I am highly disappointed with it! We’ve had 4 issues with it and their customer service sucks! I havent had a vacuum for over a month now due to servicing. I keep getting phone calls from the place dyson told me to send it to, that my vacuum wont be ready AGAIN, on the date I was told!! Dyson should just stop making these big, over weight, over priced pieces of crap!!

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Mariane Culek, April 30, 2011

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This machine is like any other vacuum when just doing your floors, but when you go to use the hose it is a whole other, AWFUL world!!! This is where the maneuverability fails miserably!!!!! The hose is too short and there is no way to use this on solid surfaces efficiently. There needs to be some kind of joint at the attachement site or something. You can’t get the attachement to touch the floor completely if using the hose with the stick attached…..poor thinking…..definitely was built by a man that never has to really use it!

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Tracy, June 22, 2011

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Used my friends & didn’t like it. To heavy, bothered my wrist & the chord is to short. I’ll stick with my Orek.

Dyson DC15 Review Review by Bette, August 7, 2011

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I love the vacuum cleaner but hate the hose mechanism; I cannot get the hose to release fully and then the “handle” won’t release either. I heve wrenched my back trying to get it to work as it should. It has never worked right, as far as I’m concerned. I will be calling dyson tomorrow to find out just what is wrong.

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