James Dyson made his name making high-end, beautifully structured, and functionally impressive vacuum cleaners. An offshoot from the typical canister and upright vacuums Dyson makes is its wireless handhelds, the latest of which is the DC59 Motorhead. The benefit of one of these models is that since they’re so light and maneuverable, it’s easier to clean intermittently. The DC59 can’t match the suction power of a dedicated upright, but it's ideal for quick dust removal, sucking up spider webs, or clearing broken glass. Available for $550.
As the name implies, the DC59 is unique because it has a motor in the carbon fiber cleaning head. The idea, according to designer James Dyson, is to make it as good as a dedicated plug-in vacuum on carpets.
The whole rig weighs just under five pounds, which means it can be held upright to vacuum shelves and corners of rooms. The main tube is detachable, which means the main unit can be fitted with smaller nozzles for use in a car or small closet. It comes with a wall-mount cradle, which holds the various attachments and charges the battery. The nickel manganese battery gives 24 minutes of cleaning, which sounds like a short amount of time, but power is only drawn when the trigger is pulled.
An exterior switch pops the bottom of the bin open to let out the debris. It holds 0.12 gallons, or just under 16 ounces, of waste.
The high price of a Dyson goes towards having the best aesthetics of any vacuum in the industry and the most powerful motors. However, those elements are beyond what’s necessary for most people in need of a portable vacuum for a small cleanup. Something like a Black & Decker 20V Max or Pivot Vac will have plenty of power to clean up animal hair and dust, so long as you have a dedicated upright for heavier cleaning jobs.