My mother has one of the larger uprights, and I own a smaller unit of the uprights. This canister Dyson is just as good as the uprights, except, for the size, a little loss of power, lighter weight, smaller capacity, and a much smaller footprint. The unit does require more emptying as the capacity is a slight smaller than its upright counterpart. If you have a large house to clean, the capacity could be an issue, unless you are willing to sacrifice for weight. The switch from bare floor to carpet does take a little to get used to. The unit is smaller, quieter, and far lighter, than its upright counterpart. I'd suggest you go with an upright if you have a large house to clean, but, for spot cleaning, stairs, or quiet environments, this unit is by-far a nice compact unit. Don't be fooled by its size, its got the true heart of a Dyson upright when it comes to suction, and since the carpet beater bar uses the same technology as the upholstery attachment (it uses diverted suction to drive a turbine to get it running) it is much lighter, and far quieter than having a motor driven mechanism. The carpet attachment is also smaller, and gets under many of the obstacles that the larger uprights can't. One of the neatest things about the unit is the carpet attachment. I mentioned I own an older upright Dyson, which came with an upholstery attachment, except that Dyson must have realized cleaning the hair and other obstructions on the beater bar, is a pain to clear off. My attachment usually required removal of six "star" screws to gain access to cleaning off the beater bar. Dyson must have noticed this issue, as, the DC39 canister, comes with a new carpet / upholstery unit. They actually made it easy to open, and gain access to the brushes. So you can open the units up easier, remove the dirty beater bars, and remove the accumulated hair, etc... from the bars. A nice improvement over my older model. If you are under limited budget, this unit may be a large purchase for its smaller, and less powerful usage. If you want an extra unit, to work alongside a bigger upright, or you require a smaller cleaner, either for size of room, lighter carry, or compact / smaller spaces to get into, this unit could be an excellent investment. If, on the other hand, you want power, capacity, and more of a "heavier" usage cleaner, you may want to go with an upright. For me, I plan on using my Dyson upright for the "major" cleaning projects, and have this "smaller" unit, for my spot cleaning, smaller needs. In all, I am pleased with this unit, and I am sure it will give me years of service.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Color is not a biggie, its silver and purple.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. It's a Dyson, smaller than the upright, but it still has the heart of the bigger brother.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Spot on.