Suction Power3.113.113.113.113.11
Maneuverability2.672.672.672.672.67
Light Weight2.332.332.332.332.33

Dyson DC21 Review

Dyson DC21 Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson DC21 Reviews and Ratings

With Dyson’s great success in the upright vacuum cleaner market, they have added a new type of vacuum to their lineup in the form of the Dyson DC21 Stowaway canister. The Dyson DC21 canister vacuum is currently only available in one model. It wears the same safety yellow color found on its Dyson All Floors siblings, but instead of being just another All Floors model in the lineup, the DC21 adds yet another name to the family of the form of the Dyson Stowaway.



While the DC21 offers many of the features that can be found on its upright siblings, Dyson has added some other features that are unique only to its canister vacuum cleaner. The best feature is its size. Most canister vacuums are relatively compact, but when it comes to storage, there never seems to be enough room for the hose as well as all the other accessories that come along with it. Dyson has resolved this problem by designing a canister vacuum that neatly folds up into a convenient package. The power head attachment has its own storage location at the back of the canister, the hose wraps nicely around the canisters dirt bin and the wand has its own storage slot on the side of the dirt bin. All other included accessories, except for the bare floor attachment, have their own home on the canister, making storage a breeze.  The canister can also be stored in an upright position, on the off chance you are just a few inches short in your closet. The Dyson DC21 Stowaway can also automatically wind up its power cord. While this feature is quite common on some of the higher end canister vacuums, this is the first Dyson model that can do the cord winding for you.

The Dyson DC21 canister vacuum is effortless to drive. The power head can get into the tightest of areas and is sure to help you bring every last dust bunny to its demise. The canister is also easy to maneuver around all your furniture, making cleaning your entire home a breeze. Turning the motorized brush bar on and off is also a breeze with the DC21. Dyson has added a foot pedal switch that allow you to turn the brush bar off an on with a push of your foot. There is no need to stoop over and push a button to change modes. Just step on the pedal and you can keep right on cleaning without missing a beat.

Dyson DC21 Stowaway

Other cleaning features on the DC21 are similar to those of its upright siblings. This vacuum includes the same Root Cyclone Technology that has become a standard in all Dyson models. The vacuum also includes a motorized brushbar, which when combined with Dyson’s powerful suction, can provide a deep down clean to all your carpeted surfaces which is sure to bring every last dust mite to its demise.

This vacuum also offers the user the ability to turn off the brushbar with the push of a button. With this feature you can easily turn the brushbar off when you transition to your hard floors, keeping your floors safe from damage that can be caused by a spinning bar. Transitioning between floor types is also simple with the Dyson DC21 Stowaway. Like its predecessors, it can automatically adjust the height of the brush head. No changes are required by the operator, the vacuum does the work for you.

The DC21 also comes complete with a wide array of tools that can help you clean every last corner of your home.  The vacuum comes complete with a 13 inch motorized power brush, a 12 inch bare floor tool, a crevice tool, a dusting brush, an upholstery tool, as well as a 12 foot hose. Each tool, excluding the bare floor tool, has its own home on the canister, keeping all tools at your fingertips.

Dyson DC21 Stowaway

The best feature of the Dyson DC21 vacuum cleaner is that it is certified asthma friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. With a lifetime HEPA filter, the vacuum sucks up every last dust particle while expelling nothing but clean air.

While the DC21 Stowaway delivers the quality that you have come to expect from Dyson, it is not without its flaws.  This vacuum comes in near the top in terms of weight when compared to its upright vacuum siblings. Although it is smaller than most competitor canisters on the market, it weighs about 23 pounds which makes it quite cumbersome to carry, especially up and down stairs.

The handle on the wand has a gunlike grip, which can make extended use of the vacuum tiresome to the user after a while. It would have been nice if Dyson had utilized a handle similar to that of the ergonomic handle that exists on some of its upright models.

Dyson DC21 Canister Vacuum Cleaner

The cord on the Dyson DC21 canister is also much shorter than we have become accustomed to on other Dyson models. This can make cleaning more of a pain because you may need to unplug the vacuum and plug it in again at another location in order to completely clean one room. While this may not be an issue for most users, it can be quite a pain, especially if you are pressed for time.

The biggest flaw to the DC21 Stowaway vacuum is its price. Like with all other Dyson models, the DC21 sits near the top of the price range when compared to other canister vacuums. The average vacuum buyer may be turned off by the price, especially when you can purchase more than one of a competitors vacuum for the price of one Dyson. 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.

In conclusion, the DC21 helps Dyson build on its reputation of delivering a quality product. With a wide array of features, this vacuum delivers the suction power and cleaning performance that you have come to expect from Dyson vacuums. If you have longed to own a Dyson, but are accustomed to the style of a canister vacuum, and not ready to transition to an upright style, the Dyson DC21 Stowaway provides the best of both worlds. If you prefer the functionality of a canister with the powerful suction of a Dyson, then the DC21 may be the way to go.  Be sure to check out the Dyson DC21 reviews and ratings supplied by the users below or, if you’d like, please add one from your own experience.

Dyson DC21 Motorized BrushbarTechnical Specifications

Model: DC21 Stowaway
Category: Canister
Dimensions: 14.09” x 11.17” x 17.7”
Weight: 23.02 lbs
Capacity: 0.44 Gallon
Power: 1200 Watts
Suction: 220 Air Watts*
Cord Length: 16.4 ft.
Maximum Reach: 28.4 ft.

Product Features

Configuration: Dyson DC21 Stowaway
Root Cyclone Technology
Glides around furniture
Motorized brushbar
12 foot hose
Wraps to store
Onboard tool storage
Foot operated brush control
Lifetime Filters
Warranty: 5 years parts & labor
HEPA filtration technology
Hard 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)

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