Dyson DC23 TurbineHead Canister Vacuum



Avg. consumer rating = 84/100 

Consumer ratings for the Dyson DC23 TurbineHead Canister Vacuum are good -  not stellar - but typically greater than 4 stars out of 5.  For a Dyson it is not too pricey (depending on where you purchase) and it is said to have strong suction, work well on bare floors & rugs, and to be aesthetically pleasing (a lot of folks mention this).   On the other hand it is not as effective as the Dyson DC23 Motorhead on carpet due to its air driven brushbar.

Consumer ratings for the Dyson Turbinehead were found on several quality retail sites.  All-in-all the ratings are quite good and average 4.2 stars out of 5.

 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  4.1 stars out of 5  37
 Best Buy  4.4 stars out of 5  16
 Target  4.38 stars out of 5  13
 QVC  3.8 stars out of 5  6
 Home Depot  4 stars out of 5  2
 Macy's  5 stars out of 5  1

A review of consumer comments from across the Internet yields the following common Dyson DC23 likes and dislikes:

- Strong suction
- Attractive machine
- Easy to empty dirt canister
- Auto-rewind of power cord
- Good on bare surfaces

- Lots of plastic construction
- Vacuum hose could be longer
- Only average on carpet

Consumer comments also indicate that if you have a lot of carpet the Dyson DC23 Motorhead is likely a better choice (although it is more expensive).  The brushbar on the Turbinehead is air driven while that on the Motorhead is motor driven giving it more power and thus ability to clean carpet.  In both units the brushbar can be turned off for bare floor cleaning.

Dyson Turbinehead Features
The Turbinehead, like the Motorhead, is powered by a 12 amp motor.  It also uses Level 3 Root Cyclone Technology which is said to be Dyson’s most efficient system for removing microscopic dust.  Cyclone technology spins the air extremely fast and uses centrifugal force to remove dust and debris from the air.  Dyson claim that this approach eliminates clogging and ensures that the vacuum does not lose suction over time.  The DC23 Turbinehead produces 220 air watts of suction.

The Turbinehead comes with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration.  This level of filtration removes dust, pet dander, mold, pollen and many other allergens from the air.  The DC23 is certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.  The HEPA filter is also washable so one doesn’t have to buy expensive filters time after time.

Several tools (stored on-board) come with the Dyson Turbinehead including:

A Stair Tool – for removing dust and dirt from stairs
A Brush Tool – comes with long, soft bristles for delicate cleaning
A Crevice Tool – creates high velocity suction and helps vacuum in hard to reach areas.

This is a bagless vacuum and as such it has a dirt canister that is removed, emptied and reattached.  This negates the need to buy vacuum bags.  The clear plastic dirt canister on the DC23 Turbinehead is “bottom empty” and said by most consumers to be easy to empty.  It has a capacity of 0.44 gallons (fair size and larger than that on the Dyson DC25).  The power cord is only 21.6 feet in length however and while we feel that this is too short, it does not seem to be an area of much consternation to consumers. 

Weighing in at 19.5 lbs the Dyson Turbinehead is not exactly light nor is it particularly heavy.  It seems to fall in a fairly average weight range for canister vacuums and consumers don’t seem to comment much on the vacuum weight.  Other features include a lightweight adjustable telescopic wand and a 10 inch wide cleaning path (quite narrow).  It carries a 5 year parts and labor warranty.   




0 # Mr. Sargeant 2011-09-15 18:16
I just bought the DC 23. Worked great-same things that other people have mentioned-short hose, cord, a little rough on some carpet areas. Our Dyson upright is still our main carpet tool. My issue with this model is two things. First the hose can not be stored. It looks like there are two cradles for the hose to wrap around. One is useless. The second is the weak bracket to hold the turbine head when using other tools or just storing the unit. Don\'t plan on moving the DC 23 with the turbine head in the stored position-it will either fall off or break the plastic it is attached to. Love the suction, size,etc.. Hate the storage options and design.
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0 # Bruce schmitty 2011-08-03 06:27
purchased the dc23 turbine head and it works good on bare floors, great suction but when it came time to do the carpet , it failed badly. had to make several passes over and over to get it to pick up stuff. was hard to push around compared to my old kenmore canister. my carpet is 1/2inch tight pile. returned unit and will look for something else.
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0 # Joe weltrubin 2011-03-25 20:44
we have just returned a dyson dc28 animal, it is the worst vacuum we have ever owned, our 10 year old kenmore canister did a better job...we still have it and compared, dc28 lost big time failing to pickup anything bigger than a hair or grain of sand...the only thing we could get the dc28 exchanged to was another dyson so we thought lets try the canister one with the motorhead...but that was not available and we got the dc23 PLUS, its just a dc23 with the small turbine head also sold as animal elsewhere.

we have had it for 3 weeks now, and so far im pleased, suction is great maybe even too much for some things, such as some carpets where the turbine head creates alot of friction making it hard to move across the carpet, but it greatly depends on which direction you move the head...i found it difficult going at it from one angle, but i switched 90 degrees and it became easy.

on hardwood floors it picked up a shirt label that had been cut off,even a sticker from something, along with various grit of different sizes...nice

as with all dysons dog hair gets trapped between the wall and the cyclonic doohickey and when emptying the canister it likes to stay there...why they haven\'t made the insides funnel shaped which would help loosen pet hair is beyond me....usually some shaking resolves this, but other times the cyclonic action has to me removed

i would not want to empty the canister indoors, it can be a mess epsecially when trying to shake out pet hair...luckily the garbage cans are right out side making it pretty easy

all in all i would give it 3 out of 5 stars....hard to move over some carpets...messy when shaking out pethair...otherwise nice...canister is much bigger than dc28, but still small. they say .44 cubic inches, but forget to subtract the space the cyclonic action takes up, but at least now i can vacuum the whole house without emptying...yay i would much rather have gotten something else, but i guess this will do...otherwise we still have our trusty kenmore
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0 # Viktor Melekhine 2010-12-11 23:31
I am not sure why somebody is complaining about anything in DC 23 Turbine. I have just bought one and tried it. I was just blown away with everything in this wonderful machine. OK, I do not have anything decent to compare with, I have been using AEG so far. But EVERYTHING (!) in DC 23 Turbine is exceeding my expectations. Power-cord length and vacuum hose length is just right. If you make vacuum hose longer, people can trip over it. Suction is unbelievably powerful. During my first use of DC 23 I have collected so much dust that it made me thinking that my old AEG did not do any job at all! So, I do NOT agree that it is \"average on carpet\". It is brilliant on carpet! Well done Dyson!
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