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339 of 349 people found the following review helpful
Straight out of the box this looks great. Sleek, lighter than the early models & easy to hold.
Charging is via a 'plug-in' charger that has a green light which goes out once this is done. The Dyson's used to come with a cradle that you could screw into the wall & slip the vacuum into but these cost extra now.
The suction is a big improvement on the early designs too as is the staying power which, despite what the 'blurb' may say, is about 7 minutes on ordinary mode and 4 minutes or so on extra.
This may not seem like long but this is for small jobs not vacuuming the house. So for doing the car or a long set of stairs this is spot on.
The fact it can be almost completely taken apart means even fine dust that makes a complete mess can be vacuumed. Just remember to clean the filters!
Problems? Well a smaller one is that the Dyson 'trap door' beneath the cyclone where you empty the dirt from continues to stick at times and dirt & dust get caught too easily in it.
There remain too many extras to buy but too little provided.
The main problem though is a big one. The batteries suck even more than the vacuum. I'm afraid that Dyson have still not managed or maybe bothered to get to grips with the fact that when people pay close to £150 for this item they expect the battery to last longer than 18 months. It doesn't. You'll eventually find the item keeps cutting out. This begins to happen more & more often until in the end a new battery is the only solution.
So another £40-50 is then needed to make it work properly once more.
This has the potential to be a great product but far too much time spent on yet another redesign & far too little spent on a long term battery solution means this may work well for a while but it will eventually require a hefty cash injection to keep it running long term.
A real disappointment unfortunately.
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136 of 144 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2012
We have recently moved into a three story house and the worst part about vacuuming is doing the stairs, with so many stairs I knew a hand held vacuum would be the solution. I choose Dyson because we have had an upright Dyson for about 10 years now and the suction is still really good (if you keep up to cleaning the filters).

Upon receiving this DC34 I found it well packaged with a modest number of accessories, the unit itself is very lightweight, almost like a child's toy. The suction power is nowhere near that of my upright mains powered Dyson however it does do the job required well and it is quick and easy to empty. I particularly like the main attachment that offers duel function (much better than having two separate attachments). Not only is it perfect for the stairs but I've also found it ideal for light fittings, cob webbed room corners and crumbs in the kitchen. The battery soon runs out if you get carried away.

Since buying the DC34 I quickly realised that I would need a wall mounting bracket that would allow me to store it neatly and also charge at the same time. This is the one that I purchased http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006YSTX6Y/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00. More than ideal for the job but expensive for what it is and with the price tag of the DC34 I would really have expected this to come for free.

In summary the let downs of this product are the cost of the unit and accessories, the battery life and the limited suction power. However having said that in use there are many other features that redeem it and make it worth the 4 stars I have given.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2012
I purchased this cleaner for light dusting in the office, around the PCs, keyboards, printer etc and in general I would say it achieves that. It is handy to be able to use it quickly rather than setting up the large mains Dyson. I have not tried any other portable vacuum cleaners so it may well be the best of its type; however it does have some problems.
The cleaner only works for about 10 minutes at the most and there is no indication as to how much time is left before it will cut out. When the battery expires it simply cuts out with no warning. After that it takes around 3 hours to charge up again. The most annoying thing is that unlike most things under charge, mobile phones, cameras etc, while the DC34 is charging it is not possible to operate it so if you have just a small area of cleaning left to do you cannot complete this by running it from the adapter.
The design means that it has to be used with an outstretched arm which after a few minutes gets quite tiring (the unit weighs approx 1.3 kg). It would be nice if it could be held by a handle at the top or switched on and rested on something while cleaning was done using the extension hose that is available as an extra.
The suction seems nowhere near that of a mains Dyson vacuum cleaner and even with the "MAX" button pressed there are some areas that do not clean well and need to be done by the mains Dyson.
In summary, not a bad product but give us an indication of how much charge is left and let it be useable while plugged into the charger.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2014
We purchased the Dyson after reading all the good revues about the product but when it arrived we where very disappointed . On testing the product we found there was no suction at the front but made a better hair dryer than a vacuum as more air came out of the back. We are very disappointed and would not recommend this item to anybody.
We have a large Dyson ball Hoover and find it fantastic so not all bad news.

The suppliers have been very good so no bad news there and we would do business with them again it's just the product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2012
Love my new little dyson, think a little expensive & would be better if it lasted longer than 6 min on high power & a bit enoying having to press the button at all times! Other than that worth having one in the house esp if u got little ones :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2014
My wife was not impressed with the high price of this Dyson but it is actually worth every penny, very powerful and quite efficient.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2011
Proper job! Does the business, easy to store and light and easy to use. Made my life easier on the stairs, in the car, around the skirting boards and the kitchen.
How did I manage before I bought this little gem?
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2013
I have in the past had a Dyson vacuum and swore I would never buy a Dyson again. However a friend had a Dyson DC34 and when I tried it I thought it was perfect for those little clear up jobs. I bought it in July and now 5 months later it does not work. Reading reviews I see it could be the battery but it is ridiculous that one has to pay apparently over £40 for a new battery every 5 months. When I bought it I had not realised there was a replaceable battery as I would not have considered it. As usual Dyson charge a lot for an item only for customers to continue to pay out for replacement items. No wonder Second Hand salesrooms always have Dyson machines in them.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2015
When I was younger (admittedly rather a long time ago) things were actually built to last for more than a few months beyond the warranty period. Not any more. No sooner had the guarantee expired than my quite lightly used DC34 refused to charge, the charging light going out after about two minutes. I phoned Dyson's 'support' (a term I use loosely) and after an interminable wait accompanied by utility company-style recorded messages about 'exceptional level of calls' I got through and was told I required a new battery at £50. Rather than hand Dyson a thoroughly undeserved £50 I sourced a replacement (new and genuine) for slightly less money. The time came to charge the battery and - you guessed it - after two minutes the charging light went off. I'd wasted just under £50 for a new battery I clearly didn't need. A phone call to Dyson quickly followed and this time I was told that the problem was not the battery but the main body of the machine which - needless to say - is even more expensive. Worse still, I was told (for reasons that were never made clear) that neither of my batteries would work with the replacement main body and I'd need a third battery. As a concession to my already having wasted my money as a result of their earlier advice they offered to supply this free but I told them in no uncertain terms that I would not be throwing any more money at this overpriced junk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2014
This product came with a high reputation for quality and performance and certainly both are true. The balance and suction are good and the emptying mechanism is tightly sealed, yet easy to clean.

However it only gets 3 stars because the power switch is so difficult to use. It only retains intermittent contact so you are constantly losing suction. Even though the battery life is good the vac keeps failing because of the switch. After only a short period of use your arm aches because you are trying to grip the useless switch and struggling to maintain the suction.

Everything else on it works well. Robust and effective. Sadly inattention to a small but critical part of the design makes it a struggle to use. This problem would be much worse if you are elderly or have poor grip.
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