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Dyson DC18 Review

Dyson DC18 Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson DC18 Reviews and Ratings

With all the models that are in Dyson’s lineup of upright vacuums, each new model seems better than the rest, and that is the case with the Dyson DC18 Slim. This vacuum comes in two different flavors that are somewhat different than the rest of the Dyson line. The DC18 Slim comes in the Dyson DC18 All Floors model and also as the Dyson DC18 Total Access model. The All Floors model wears the same safety yellow that we have become accustomed to finding on the Dyson All Floors model, while the Dyson Total Access model seems to have stolen the prized purple color that we have come to associate with the Animal. It appears as if the Dyson Animal model has been pushed to the sidelines in Dyson’s next iteration of their best selling vacuum cleaner technology, but that doesn’t seem to make much of a difference since the Animal accessories are available for purchase from any vacuum retailer.

The biggest change in the Dyson DC18 Slim is that it is slimmer and lighter that its predecessors. Weighing about 5 pounds less than its predecessors makes carrying it around the house much less cumbersome than with previous models. Its slimmer figure has also improved the functionality of the Dyson vacuum cleaner. Since this vacuum has less girth than its predecessors, it can easily maneuver into those tight spots between furniture that previous models would have required use of accessories to keep clean.

This vacuum also utilizes a form of the “ball” technology, but it appears to have gotten a facelift since its introduction on the Dyson DC15 Ball. While it may look different than its predecessors, operation is still the same. Vacuum users only need to do a quick twist of the wrist to get the vacuum to go where they want it to. This makes for easier maneuverability around all the furniture in your home, and when combined with a slimmer body, your vacuuming tasks may take less time than they once did with a competitors vacuum.

Dyson DC18 Total Access

Dyson has also made some minor improvements to the usability of the Dyson DC18 vacuum.  The handle is more ergonomic, making it easier to hold with your hand. The kickstand release has been improved greatly from its predecessors. If you have had any type of experience with the first “ball” model, you may remember that the release was quite difficult to activate. I myself have resorted to using my hand to lift the lever because triggering the release with my foot seemed almost impossible at times. Dyson has resolved this issue by upgrading the kickstand to a big red lever. All you need to do is step on the lever and the Dyson DC18 Slim All Floors or Total Access is released from its upright position, ready to tackle the days vacuuming chores.

The rest of the features that are on the Dyson DC18 upright are similar to what was found on previous Dyson models. When it comes to cleaning, this vacuum cleaner comes complete with the Dyson telescopic wand that makes sucking up every last cobweb a breeze. No need to balance on your toes with a dusting brush, the DC18 Slim does the work for you so you can keep your home cobweb free. It also includes the combo tool accessory that first made its debut on the Dyson DC24 Ball, as well as a stair tool. Both accessories store easily on the body of the machine so they are easily accessible whenever you need them.

The Dyson DC18 Slim also includes a 17 foot hose, which makes the chore of vacuuming the stairs that much easier.  There is no need to worry about balancing the vacuum with one hand while you clean with the other. The length of the included hose allows the vacuum to sit on the floor while only you and the attachment travel to the top of the stairs.  Cleaning always seems to get done quicker when you can concentrate on the task at hand, and the DC18 Slim’s hose, allows you to do just that.

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The best feature of the DC18 Slim is the one feature we have come to expect from the Dyson line. Like almost all of its predecessors, the DC18 Slim comes with a HEPA filter and is certified asthma friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation.  This vacuum can suck up every last dust mite or pollen particle from your floor, and exhausts out only clean air.

While the Dyson DC18 Slim All Floors and Total Access models are similar in functionality, there are a few features that are specific to the Total Access model. For a little more than the cost of the Dyson DC18 All Floors model, the Dyson DC18 Total Access model provides users with a flexi crevice tool, a mattress cleaning tool and a multi-angle brush. The flexi crevice tool can extend and bend, providing the user with the functionality to clean in those hard to reach areas. The mattress cleaning tool helps to remove the dirt and dust mites from mattresses or upholstery, and the multi-angle brush can twist into different positions so the user can clean the hard to reach areas in their home that the flexi crevice tool just can’t get to.

Since many improvements have been made to the DC18 Slim, it is somewhat difficult to find any functional negatives with this vacuum, but there are a few. Price is one of the biggest negatives to any of the vacuum models in the Dyson line. The average user may be turned off by the price, especially when you can purchase multiples of a competitors vacuum for the price of one Dyson DC. But as the saying always goes, you do get what you pay for, and you do not want to skimp on quality when it comes to keeping your home clean. The DC18 Slim also utilizes a smaller dust bin. This smaller bin may need to be emptied more often, but this is in no way a feature that should prevent you from purchasing this model.

Dyson DC18 Total Access

In conclusion, the Dyson DC18 Slim packs a lot of functionality into a slimmer package. Dyson has upped the ante and managed to improve on what was once thought to be a near perfect vacuum. If you are looking for a machine that can provide a deep down clean while improving the air that you breathe in your home, then the DC18 Slim is the way to go.  Be sure to check out the Dyson DC18 reviews and ratings supplied by the users below or, if you’d like, please add one from your own experience.

Dyson DC18 All Floors

Technical Specifications

Model: DC18 All Floors Model: DC18 Total Access
Category: Upright Category: Upright
Dimensions: 16.3″ x 12.0″ x 43.6″ Dimensions: 16.3″ x 12.0″ x 43.6″
Weight: 14.55 lbs Weight: 14.55 lbs
Capacity: 0.45 Gallon Capacity: 0.45 Gallon
Power: 1200 Watts Power: 1200 Watts
Suction: 200 Air Watts* Suction: 200 Air Watts*
Cord Length: 24.61 ft Cord Length: 24.61 ft
Maximum Reach: 41.58 ft Maximum Reach: 41.58 ft

Product Features

Configuration: Dyson DC18 All Floors Configuration: Dyson DC18 Total Access
Handling like the Ball Handling like the Ball
Root Cyclone Technology Root Cyclone Technology
Quick-draw Telescope Reach Wand Quick-draw Telescope Reach Wand
17 ft hose 17 ft hose
Certified Asthma Friendly Certified Asthma Friendly
Lifetime HEPA Filter Lifetime HEPA Filter
Motorized Brush Bar Motorized Brush Bar
Hygienic, easy to empty canister Hygienic, easy to empty canister
Auto Height Adjusting Auto Height Adjusting
Onboard Accessories Onboard Accessories
Fingertip brush control Fingertip brush control
5 Year Warranty 5 Year Warranty
Flexi Crevice Tool
Mattress Cleaning Tool
Multi-Angle Brush

* 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)

6 Customer Reviews of “Dyson DC18 Review”

Dyson DC18 Review Review by nelle11, March 3, 2009

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We like the small size of our dc18 slim and it’s easy to handle. No other vacuum that I have used is as easy to clean or as maneuverable. The bin shows what you’ve clean & how much room have have until it’s full. Dealing with the stairs is no problem. Ours was used when we bought it but it still works like a champ! The attachments are kind of flimsy but that’s not really a big deal. The importnat thing is the suction.

Maybe you should add a rating section for attachments?

Dyson DC18 Review Review by Anonymous, March 8, 2009

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Ok, I’ve had my dyson slim for more than four months now and I think it’s deinitely above average. Is it the be-all end-all of vacuums? Probably not. Let me start with the positives: good suction, very light, easy to move around & get into tight spaces, and easy to clean, and hepa filtration. Some negatives: cheap plastic, kickstand doesnt keep it stading, seems a bit flimsy, not as sturdy compared to the bigger dyson ball relatives and way pricey (but everyone already knows this). Maybe it’s just because it’s the lightest vacuum version. Overall it’s a good vacuum cleaner.

Dyson DC18 Review Review by marco, March 21, 2009

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Easy to use, a lot of features like no other vacuums, very powerful on carpet (even too much powerful with motorized brush), useful accessories, mini turbine head very useful on sofa and duvet. Is not so easy to clean, sometime you need to remove from bin some pill that remain stuck in, but all in all is a very good vacuum.

Dyson DC18 Review Review by Daniel, February 4, 2010

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Great vacuum. Purchased it 2 weeks ago and was surprised on how clean it has gotten my carpets. Compleate diffrence from the prior hepa-vacuum I was using. The only negative thing I can say about dyson is not with the purchase of the vacuume but the customer service response. I still have not recived answers to questions about the vacuume from there internet department in 2 weeks. I would continue to recommend this product to everyone I know as long as personal contact from the company is not on their wish list.

Dyson DC18 Review Review by c clement, August 29, 2010

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This vac is one of my biggest aggravations and I curse the day I bought it and got rid of my old vac.

Yes, it is bagless, if you don’t mind digging out the can every time you try to empty it, and occassionally scraping out the buildup on the metal seives inside because the holes are clogged over with home made cement (a combination of pet hair/oils and dirt).

And did anyone ever try to maneuver “the wand” cleaning tool? Like trying to eat spaghetti with a rake. This big, long, stiff tube comes out the top. You have to stand several feet away from anything you are cleaning because it is so long, and then if you are using the attachment it is just useless. It’s like it came with a toddler’s toy vac. Ridiculous!

The cord, nice and long but just a bit too long, or too short, to wrap it up and then attach it by the clip. The clip ALWAYS ends up at the bottom curve where it is impossible to attach it.

It has been in the shop more than any other vac I’ve ever owned. I’m always having to “reset” the head. It falls over all the time because the “stand up” mechanism is iffy. Hit or miss at best.

It is more maneuverable under furniture, but still not quite good enough that I don’t have to get the broom out anyway.

Suction is good, but what’s the point in spending all that money on something that is not really all that great?

Where the dirt reservoir attaches to the vac is always packed up with pet hair. This never stops. I have dug and dug, but there it is again next time I empty. A big wad of pet hairs sticking out of the vac where it didn’t quite make it into the dirt tank.

I could go on but I don’t want to dedicate any more time to this. Just wanted you to know.

Dyson DC18 Review Review by David R, December 7, 2010

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Wow, great machine. Have owned now for 2 years, would be very sad if this ever gives it up. Nothing has broken at all, very little to improve upon. My only complaint, not a deep cleaner for thick rugs, that is it. Closest to perfect machine I have ever had,and I have had a lot, even the Miele.

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