Looking more like a power tool that just transported from the Starship Enterprise, the latest hand-held vacuum from Dyson has a 10-minute battery life and a digital V2 motor that delivers constant, strong suction - ideal for small cleaning tasks around the home or in a car, boat or caravan. The DC31 has a dual power mode that gives the operator a six-minute burst of power for higher suction at the flick of a switch. Dyson demonstrated its two models, the DC31 and the DC31 Animal to our team at IFA this month, and gave Gizmag's Kate Seamer an exclusive interview.

The V2 motor was developed by Dyson’s team of mechanical, electrical, aerodynamic and software engineers. It spins at more than 100,000rpm, five times faster than a Formula 1 racing car engine. The microprocessors that control the motor adjust more than 3,000 times per second. And, because it has been specifically designed for battery-operated products, this motor enables the DC31 to be compact and lightweight, yet Dyson says it is more powerful than any other hand-held.

Both DC31 models have HEPA filters, particularly important for allergy sufferers. The filters last a lifetime and can be rinsed clean with water. Dyson says conventional hand-helds rely on other filters to capture small dust particles, but lose suction as the bin fills up. The DC31 features patented Root Cyclone™ technology to spin dust and dirt out of the air. And, with a lifetime filter and internal dirt trap, dust and debris get picked up and stay trapped. A touch of a button hygienically empties the bin when you’re done.

Pet hair hassles

The DC31 Animal’s motorized brush-bar has been designed to tackle stubborn pet hair that can cling to carpets and soft furnishings. Its pivoting sole-plate keeps the machine’s head in contact with cushions, arm rests and upholstery without the need to turn yourself into a contortionist.

The DCV31 is ergonomically designed and weighs less than 1.32kg (2.9lb) while the DC31 Animal weighs 1.51kg (3.3lb). Both machines are balanced for easy handling. The Dyson DC31 retails online for USD$219.99 and the DC31 Animal sells for USD$269.99.

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