Looking for a Dyson Battery Screwdriver? Get the Correct One.

We are often asked on these pages for a Dyson battery screwdriver.

Or more correctly, which is the correct screwdriver to use to remove a Dyson battery.

Confusion arises because most screws on your Dyson are Torx screws like this.

Dyson Torx screw

For those screws, you use the Torx screwdrivers discussed in >this article< here.

But as Dyson like to confuse you, the one screw on a Dyson cordless that isn’t a Torx looks like this.

Dyson battery screw

And that’s what they use on the battery.

All Dyson cordless models use the same battery screw. So it doesn’t matter if you have a DC35, DC44, DC59, V6, V7, V8, V10, V11 or a V15, it’s the same screw to swap over the battery.

That’s called a Pozidriv screw, which isn’t to be confused with a similar-looking Phillips screw on the left below.

Dyson battery screwdriver

To prevent slippage and damaging of screws, you should only use a Phillips head screwdriver on a Phillips head screw, and you should only use a Pozidriv screwdriver on a Pozidriv screw.

Pozidriv screwdrivers come in a variety of sizes as well, so let’s just cut to the chase here and get you fixed up with a Dyson battery screwdriver.

The screwdriver you want to remove Dyson batteries is this one.

Dyson V6 battery screwdriver

With this specific tip.

Dyson battery screwdriver

And here’s where to get one from:

You can get one on eBay >here<

You can get one from Manchester Vacs >here<

They’re not expensive and you will encounter other things around the home that use that specific screw, so it’s a handy addition to any home toolbox. And a must-have for the Dyson trade. So that’s where you get a Dyson battery screwdriver from.

‘Right to repair’ law to come in this summer

Appliances such as fridges, washing machines and TVs should last longer and be cheaper to run under new rules.

Ministers have confirmed that from the summer consumers will have a right to repair on goods they buy.

They are keeping a promise to implement EU rules aimed at cutting energy and bills – and reducing the need for new materials.

Many consumers have complained that goods don’t last long enough, then can’t be fixed in the home.

Manufacturers will be legally obliged to make spare parts for products available to consumers for the first time – a new legal right for repairs.

The aim of the new rules is to extend the lifespan of products by up to 10 years, and officials estimate that higher energy efficiency standards will save consumers an average of £75 a year on bills over their lifetimes.

Protecting the environment

The new rules will be estimated to reduce the 1.5 million tonnes of electrical waste said by the government to be generated in the UK each year and to contribute to reducing carbon emissions overall.

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Our plans to tighten product standards will ensure more electrical goods can be fixed rather than thrown on the scrap heap – putting more money back in the pockets of consumers whilst protecting the environment.

‘Right to repair’ rules brought in for appliances

“Our upcoming energy efficiency framework will push electrical products to use even less energy and material resources, saving people money on their bills and reducing carbon emissions.”

The issue has been promoted by the Commons Environmental Audit Committee. Its chairman, Philip Dunne MP told BBC News: “Cracking down on planned obsolescence in electrical items is key to tackling the e-waste tsunami.

“We must stop using and disposing of quite so much: we must take action if we are to protect the environment for generations to come.”

The think tank Green Alliance has also pushed for a right to repair. Its spokeswoman Libby Peake told BBC News: “This is good news – but it’s exactly what the government said it would do on leaving the EU.

“The big test is whether the UK will continue to keep track with future EU standards.”

Simpler energy labels

New energy labels have also been introduced this month to raise the bar because most products are classed as A+, A++ or A+++ thanks to energy efficiency standards introduced by the EU.

The simplified system is based on an A-G scale, with a higher standard for each grade so that very few appliances will now make it into the top A group.

Emilie Carmichael from the Energy Saving Trust said: “Simplifying the way energy efficiency is displayed on labels will help consumers to make more informed choices to reduce their energy consumption and bills.”

The new regulations should come into force in the summer. They reflect what was agreed by the UK and the EU member states two years ago.

They will apply in Great Britain, while EU rules will continue to apply in Northern Ireland.


Where to buy a Replacement Late Model Dyson Power Cord in the UK

If you are looking to replace the power cord on a Dyson DC18, DC25, DC27, DC33, DC40, DC41, DC55, DC75, UP22 or the UP24 then read this before you buy something cheap and nasty from Amazon or eBay.

Buying replacement Dyson flex (or cable, lead, wire or cord if you prefer) is often a bit of a minefield.

Early Dyson models used to use a pale grey 0.75 mm flex. Often these used to fail where they entered the machine because they weren’t heavy-duty enough.

Later Dyson models used a thicker dark grey 1 mm flex which is considerably more durable.

The terminals on the end of the flexes varied across many Dyson models, and many of the later Dysons had varying different lengths of flexes fitted to them.

This has always created a little bit of a headache for those in the aftermarket and Dyson repairers. Because, for example, if you use a cable designed to fit a DC25 it often won’t wrap correctly on a machine such as the DC41.

Original Dyson cables are rather expensive, so naturally many people seek a good aftermarket replacement.

However, the problem with this is that most of the aftermarket tends to source Chinese products as cheap as they possibly can to meet the lowest retail price point they can.

But not everyone wants Lidl and Aldi do they? Some people prefer Waitrose or Marks and Spencer, right?

Most aftermarket flexes are 0.75 mm finished in a cheap-looking pale grey and shorter than you’d prefer. When fitted to a late model Dyson, these tend to look as cheap and nasty as they are. Many have the wrong spades on the end, badly crimped ones or no spades at all.

Cheap Dyson Power Cord

Its often hard to tell the difference between colour shades, good quality and a bad quality cable when looking at online listings, and by the time it prematurely fails, the window for return will have long passed anyway.

Dyson has always fitted nice little cable tidy clips to their original cables and most of the aftermarket don’t bother to supply these on their cables. Why? Because it adds a few pence to the production cost.

You can swap the cable clip over from your old one, but they are often fiddly and sometimes break.


Imagine if you could buy a good quality 1.00 mm replacement aftermarket Dyson cable? Imagine if it was in the correct dark grey, with the correct terminals on the end and a nice little cable tidy clip already fitted? It may even come in a cardboard box so that isn’t yet more plastic to kill the marine life in our oceans.

And now somebody has – here it is:

Replacement Dyson flex

Totally plug and play and pretty much indiscernible from the original. Apart from being longer than most at over 10m.

With the correct spades for late model Dysons.

Replacement Dyson power cord

With a nice rubbery cable tidy clip already there.

Replacement Dyson cable


This is a 1 mm, two core, longer than OEM specification, dark grey compatible flex that fits these Dyson models.

      • Dyson DC18
      • Dyson DC25
      • Dyson DC27
      • Dyson DC33
      • Dyson DC40
      • Dyson DC41
      • Dyson DC55
      • Dyson DC75
      • Dyson UP22 Light Ball
      • Dyson UP24 Ball Animal 2

Cross reference with these part numbers: 920913-07, ES1557062, ES1117629, ES1085566, ES1640070, ES1117631, 923427-01, 911399-01, 914269-16, 915736-07.

You can buy it directly from Manchester Vacs here: Late Model Dyson Power Cord (Flex)

If you prefer eBay, you can get it here: Genuine Specification Dyson Replacement Flex Cable Cord Wire Lead

If you are not in the UK (but are somewhere they use UK plugs like Hong Kong, Ireland, Cyprus, Malta, Malaysia, Singapore or Gibraltar) you will find it preferable to use the eBay listing linked above as that will give you full tracked delivery to most other countries. If you are in the trade and want a few, the eBay listing has quantity discounts too.

Dyson DC40 Red Cyclone Release Catches Available

This article is about the new availability of the red cyclone release clip for the Dyson DC40, DC42, UP22 and UP24.

It is Dyson’s way that when a small component that is part of a larger assembly tends to fail they often don’t make that replacement component available. Instead, they charge you for a complete assembly.

When all that is broken is a small plastic clip, in this case, Dyson directs you to buy a full cyclone assembly. This seems utterly unnecessary and certainly not very ecologically friendly. The world doesn’t need even more unnecessary plastic, right?

It’s always pleasing when somebody in the aftermarket is innovative and leads the way.

The Dyson DC40 has always had a similar issue to the DC41 and some other Dyson models in that the red release clip that locks the cyclone into place is prone to break.

It is particularly problematical from a spare parts point of view because DC40s are fitted with two potential clips (the design was revised mid-production), and it is not easy to explain to the customer which one they need. So these DC40 clips are something that the aftermarket has historically shied away from to avoid constant returns and claims they don’t fit, etc.

But now you can buy them.

DC40 cyclone release catch

A comment on the aftermarket

Many of the companies that inhabit the aftermarket, both Chinese and domestic, are quite parasitic in nature. They very seldom innovate themselves – they wait for somebody else to innovate and then copy their ideas instead.

This means the market ends up flooded with ostensibly identical items of ever-decreasing quality and the price becomes a race to the bottom. Some think that this choice is good for the customer because it delivers a cheaper product. What it actually does is stifle future innovation, research and development. The aftermarket often improves a product or solves a design problem by making something a different way. 

When the rest of the aftermarket copies each others’ spare parts instead of bringing their own ideas to market, the subsequent price depression means there is then very little profit left on the part and nobody makes any money. This reduces the inclination for companies to innovate, invest in new tooling and bring further products to market in the future.

That said, many OEM manufacturers make the same argument about the aftermarket responding to market needs and making a compatible item that fits their product. But they could solve that by making small spare parts available themselves instead of gleefully selling expensive larger assemblies when only one small part is known to fail. 

Instead of the monkey see, monkey do approach, more of the aftermarket should try to come up with some of their own ideas. That would increase the availability of spares to a wider range of people and keep more vacuums out of landfill. 

So finally, Manchester Vacs have solved the problem of unavailable DC40 red cyclone release catches and brought them to market. This solution fits ALL Dyson DC40 vacuums, Canadian DC42 models and also the later UP22 and UP24 models that use the same clip.

When you buy one, you are directed to a tutorial on their forums to assist you with fitting the correct part from what is supplied to your machine.

The replacement clip – with the instructions provided – takes anybody just moments to fit and no tools are required. The tutorial you are directed to is very comprehensive and even a non-practical person can fit the part and feel like a competent engineer.

Dyson DC40 cyclone release catch

So if the cyclone unit on your DC40, DC42, UP22 or UP24 no longer locks itself to the machine, or has broken meaning that you can’t empty the bin very easily, now you can buy the little red clip to fix it without buying a full cyclone unit or a handle assembly (923584-03) that often doesn’t fit.

Dyson cyclone release clips on Dyson vacuums all look very similar and it can often be the case that people who don’t read the listing in full simply assume that they’re all the same and end up buying the wrong one. Don’t be that person. Take off your cyclone unit and look at the little silver sticker on the chassis and make sure that your machine says either DC40, DC42, UP22 or UP24 on there. If you have another model, this clip will not fit your machine.

If you are in the UK you can buy it directly from Manchester Vacs here: Dyson DC40 cyclone release clip

If you prefer to use eBay you can find the parts here: Dyson DC40 UP22 UP24 Red Cyclone Release Clip. Canister Bin Catch

If you are not in the UK you will find it preferable to use the eBay listing linked above as that will give you full tracked delivery to most other countries. If you are in the trade and want a few, the eBay listing has quantity discounts.

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A very rare Dyson DC12 in the UK

If you are a Dyson collector or enthusiast you probably don’t need me to tell you what the DC12 is.

For those of you who don’t know, here is a brief synopsis: The DC12 Turbo and DC12 Plus are small cylinder machines that were released exclusively in Japan. Launched in June 2003.

The digital motor fitted on these machines is about half the size and weight of conventional motors but with 50% more power.

This is an extremely rare machine to be found in the UK because any you will find here are imported from Japan.

Dyson DC12


Because vacuum cleaners in Japan run on only 100 volts, if you intend to use this machine in the UK you must use it with a transformer or a converter box of some kind.

The voltage in Japan is 100 volts, which is different from North America (120V), Central Europe and the UK (220-230V) and most other regions of the world. Japanese electrical plugs and outlets resemble North American ones. Plugs come in various versions, but most commonly they are non-polarized and ungrounded with two pins. Grounded pins come either with three pins or with two pins and a ground wire.

Dyson DC12

The machine you see in the pictures here was imported to the UK by Manchester Vacs about five years ago for the museum in their Stockport premises.

Dyson DC12

However, a 2021 restructuring and expansion of the business and subsequent lack of space in their current 3000 square feet premises has made them take the difficult decision to reduce some of the machines in the museum. What this means for collectors is that there are some unusual and rare machines coming onto the market right now.

The DC12 is a must-have machine for collectors and vacuum enthusiasts who like to collect every model of Dyson they can.

Dyson DC12

The DC01, DC02, DC03, DC04 and DC05 machines were sold in the UK.

The DC06 machine was a robotic machine that was never officially launched in the UK, you can find out all about those here: The Dyson DC06.

DC07 and DC08 were UK models. Dyson never made a DC09 or a DC10. They did make a DC11, an unusual twin canister model and the next one in the range that the collector seeks out is these very rare Japanese DC12 models.

Dyson DC12

Edit: This machine has now been sold.

Using Dyson Tools With a Sebo Vacuum Cleaner

Seeing as Dyson have stopped developing new corded vacuum cleaners, it becomes quite challenging to have a Dyson blog on the subject of new Dysons.

Why it’s been pretty quiet around here.

There are cordless Dysons of course.

But despite the marketing hype, in real-world situations most people we encounter find them unsuitable or inadequate as a single main vacuum cleaner. A normal family home will need a proper mains powered machine as well.

Of course, when considering Dyson products we could write about hair dryers, hair curlers, straighteners, purifying fans or even LED lights that cost £1000. But we have traditionally here written about Dyson vacuum cleaners, not so much their other products.

When Dyson announced to the world that they had stopped developing corded vacuum cleaners, the suggestion we were supposed to glean from this is that the final three models that they have on the market at the moment are the pinnacle of excellence and cannot be improved upon.

We would beg to differ.

The UP15 Small Ball is essentially a reworked and updated DC40. The DC40 was plagued with wiring loom faults and a propensity to glue itself to the floor when faced with carpets longer than several millimetres. The DC40 was far from the greatest machine Dyson made (we suggest the greatest machine was actually the DC33 but we digress).

Dyson as a company appears more focused on non-vacuum products and Asian markets then its traditional vacuum cleaner customer base in the UK.

That is no problem because other companies have enthusiastically leapt into that void. The most notable being Sebo.

Sebo: The best vacuum cleaner

The Sebo X1.1 vacuum cleaner

Sebo is a German company that makes arguably the best vacuum cleaners in the world.

A great number of people are now making the move from Dyson to Sebo when their old Dyson dies (or having bought a cordless Dyson, they realise they need something a little more serious as well).

The customer that makes the transition from Dyson to Sebo generally has two complaints:

The first being that Sebo’s range of tools and accessories, while basic and functional, they are somewhat lacking in creativity.

The second being that they have a cupboard full of very expensive Dyson tools and accessories which,  although their Dyson machine has died, they very much enjoyed using those tools.

Dyson have had a propensity to change the tool fittings on their machines over the years, so four main socket types exist. And none of them will fit your Sebo.

However, as usual the innovative aftermarket has sprung into that space and solved the problem for the new Sebo owner.

This is a set of Dyson to Sebo tool adaptors.

They will allow pretty much any Dyson tool to fit any Sebo vacuum cleaner. Simple as that.

Now you can use your Dyson groom tool, tangle free turbine tool, soft dusting brush, flexible crevice tool and any other Dyson tool that you care to mention with your shiny new Sebo vacuum cleaner.

Here’s a video overview.

Where to buy?

If you are in the UK, you can buy them cheapest from the Sebo Shop >>here<<. They charge £6.99 DPD for next working day delivery. However, that charge does not increase if you order more items, so you can add packets of bags, service boxes and other parts and accessories to your order and pay the same flat delivery fee (it becomes free over £120). Buy a couple of items and that is the best value option.

If you are an Amazon buyer you can find them >>here<< on Amazon.

If you prefer a eBay (or you are not in the UK) you can buy them >>here<<. eBay is probably the cheaper option for US, Canadian and Australian buyers. There are also multibuy discounts there. And that comes with tracked international delivery through eBay Global Fulfillment.

Dyson is moving its headquarters to Singapore

Dyson has announced that it is moving its headquarters to Singapore from Malmesbury in Wiltshire.

The move by the appliance maker means two executives will relocate – chief financial officer Jorn Jensen and chief technical officer Martin Bowen.

Other work at Malmesbury will not be affected and no jobs will be lost.

Chief executive Jim Rowan said it was not to do with Brexit or tax but added: “It’s to make us future-proof for where we see the biggest opportunities.”

He added: “We have seen an acceleration of opportunities to grow the company from a revenue perspective in Asia. We have always had a revenue stream there and will be putting up our best efforts as well as keeping an eye on investments.

“We would describe ourselves as a global technology company and in fact we have been a global company for some time. Most successful companies these days are global.”

British bases

Dyson already has a presence in Singapore and in October announced plans to build its new electric car in its new factory there.

Most of its products are designed in the UK, but manufactured in Asia.

The company was keen to stress that it will still be investing money in its British bases.

Mr Rowan said it would be spending £200m in new buildings and testing facilities in Hullavington, and £44m in refreshing office space and adding new laboratories in Malmesbury as well as investing £31m for the young undergraduates at its university on the same site.

“Malmesbury has been the epicentre for us and we will continue to invest all over the UK,” he added.

“The tax difference is negligible for us,” added Mr Rowan, who confirmed that the company would be registered in Singapore, rather than in the UK.

“We are taxed all over the world and we will continue to pay tax in the UK.”


By Theo Leggett, BBC business correspondent

Dyson’s Chief executive Jim Rowan said today he would describe the business as a global technology company.

However, because its roots are in Britain and its founder Sir James Dyson has been a vocal supporter of Brexit, the decision to move its headquarters to Singapore is likely to make political waves.

In practical terms, the change is a minor one. Two senior executives will be transferred to the Singapore office, where the company itself will now be registered.

There will be no impact on its 4000 workers in Britain, and according to Mr Rowan, little impact on its tax affairs either. In 2017, it paid £95 million to the Exchequer.

It will continue to invest in its UK research and engineering sites in Malmesbury, London and Bristol, as well as a new centre in Hullavington, where it plans to develop a ground-breaking electric car.

But the change is still highly symbolic.

How Singapore sucked in James Dyson

A growing Asian market and fears of Corbyn drew the inventor to the east, writes John Arlidge

James Dyson, with his wife Deirdre
Sir James Dyson, with his wife Deirdre, plans to produce electric cars in Singapore

Pioneer Crescent: Sir James Dyson could scarcely have chosen any other street on which to build his factory in Singapore. Raindrops the size of gobstoppers pounded the roof on a recent visit, forcing Hengky Wirawan, the plant’s leader, to shout to make himself heard as he showed off the production line.

“If you have a vacuum cleaner or hairdryer, the motor will have come from here,” he yelled. “We make one every 2.6 seconds.” Dyson keeps a close eye, even from his Gloucestershire estate. The factory floor is “live and connected to an app, so if James wants to look at it, he can,” said another staffer, Pinky Leong.

The billionaire inventor will soon be keeping an even closer eye on the Singaporean part of his empire. Last week he announced plans to move his headquarters from Malmesbury in Wiltshire to the city state. It is part of an estimated £1bn investment that will also see Dyson open the first car plant there for a generation to make his new electric car.

Critics lined up to accuse the arch-Brexiteer — who advocates a no-deal split from Europe — of fleeing the chaos the threat of no deal is creating just weeks before Britain is due to leave the EU. Labour MP Wes Streeting accused him of “rank hypocrisy”, saying he had “no sense of responsibility” to his country.

Company insiders concede Dyson is disappointed Theresa May’s compromise deal will, if approved, make it harder for Britain to negotiate comprehensive new global free trade deals. But they insist he is far more concerned by the possibility that Jeremy Corbyn might emerge from the morass as prime minister. “A general election is not out of the question, nor a Corbyn victory, and James and Jeremy Corbyn have diametrically opposed views on business,” said one staffer.

Dyson, 71, also wants to make sure that, as he takes his biggest gamble — he is betting £2.5bn that he can make the first upscale electric car using solid state batteries — he is doing it in a region that has the biggest market for electric cars, and where most of the essential components are made. His company, which turns over £4.4bn and employs almost 9,000 people worldwide, will do much of the R&D for the car in Wiltshire, “but it would be stupid to think we could build our own automotive manufacturing plant while our management sat 7,000 miles away,” Dyson said.

Some are not surprised by his Asian takeaway. Dyson, who has a £9.5bn fortune and whose firm last week reported record annual profits of £1.1bn for 2018, has not hidden his admiration for Singapore. In a recent interview with The Sunday Times to coincide with the factory visit, he praised its support for manufacturing, technology and education and the global outlook of ministers. It is an “exciting, ambitious” nation “unapologetically focused on global trade and the future . . . from which Britain can learn as we chart our new course in the world”.

The tycoon has been investing in Singapore for more than a decade, sinking almost £500m into two manufacturing and research plants. Over 1,000 people work for Dyson there, and that number will rise to 2,000 when the car factory is completed. Only a handful of executives will transfer from the UK in the headquarters move.

Dyson sees similarities between Britain and Singapore. Each is small, with a highly educated population. That means they lack the scale to compete in mass production. Nor can they compete on price because brainy workers are expensive. But both can win in hi-tech sectors, such as complex engineering, pharmaceuticals and financial services.

That’s what Dyson calls the Singapore dream — and, whatever you think about a city with an authoritarian government, little free expression and an aversion to chewing gum, the dream has become economic reality. Two centuries almost to the day after Stamford Raffles landed and founded what became the modern city state, Singapore is growing so fast it is beginning to eclipse Hong Kong as Asia’s business capital. GDP growth is rising to $57,714 per head, compared with Hong Kong’s $46,194, the World Bank says.

Dyson is one of several British investors living the Singapore dream. Rolls-Royce’s second-biggest aero-engine plant, after Derby, is on the site of an old colonial British army barracks near Changi airport. By coincidence, Warren East, Rolls-Royce’s chief executive, sits on the board of Dyson, as a non-executive director. Bicky Bhangu, who runs Rolls-Royce Singapore with 2,500 employees under him, is investing in technology to increase production and servicing of his company’s Trent engines and will transfer the technology to the Midlands.

“We’re developing smart manufacturing, robotics, automation and 3D printing before deployment to Derby,” Bhangu said, as he looked out over the engine testing chamber whose walls are made from 1m-thick reinforced concrete.

Encouraged by the success of Dyson and Rolls-Royce, global tech giants Google and Alibaba are moving in, making Singapore the most important regional tech hub outside China.

British banks are investing heavily. Financial services in Singapore received record overseas investment in 2017 — £4.73bn. Bankers are attracted by the growing ranks of crazy rich Asians. Singapore is home to the third-largest number of multi-millionaires, according to analysts at GlobalData WealthInsight.

How has this tiny speck of a city, once so dull it was nicknamed the Isle of Wight of Asia, become so attractive to world-beating businesses? The government invests heavily in the hardware and software of the city, much as Dyson does in his products. Ministers are behind the expansion of the free port that Dyson will use to export his cars to China, and the construction of two new terminals and one new runway at Changi in half the time it has taken Heathrow to get first-stage approval for a third runway.

The government also backs Singapore’s people. Its schools and universities turn out one of the world’s most highly educated workforces, especially in engineering. “The quality you can achieve with the graduates here and the speed with which you can achieve it” makes it worth paying the high wages they command, Dyson said.

The government keeps taxes low. Corporation tax is 17% but can be cut to 8.5% with exemptions and incentives. Dyson won’t comment on what breaks he gained, but the company said the change in its bill would be “negligible”. There is zero tax on capital gains and dividends.

Dyson has taken steps to mitigate his tax bill in the past. He has amassed 33,000 acres of agricultural land, making him a bigger landowner than the Queen (farmland is exempt from inheritance tax). And he has put money into several tax-deferral film investment schemes.

Geography favours Singapore. It is a member of the Asean trade bloc, which has a free-trade relationship with China. That was part of the draw for Dyson. Being near China — but not in it— is politically attractive, too.

Weak trade unions and the stability that one-party rule guarantees also help to lure investors. The centre-right People’s Action Party has dominated Singapore’s politics since independence from Britain in 1963. Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong has been in power for 15 years.

Softer factors include the rule of law, the English language, no corruption, low pollution and what Loh Lik Peng, a former lawyer who is now the city’s best-known hotelier and restaurateur, calls “a new ‘can do’ spirit. Thirty years ago everyone wanted to be a professional. Now it’s about being an entrepreneur.” There are some clouds on the horizon, though. China’s belt and road initiative threatens Singapore’s port. Debt is high — 114.3% of GDP, the International Monetary Fund says. The trade war between America and China threatens growth. The population is ageing and immigration falling. Income inequality is rising. The film Crazy Rich Asians was a tasteless joke to locals who struggle to make ends meet. There are even hints of political unrest, mainly on social media.

But these problems will be swept aside tomorrow when prime minister Lee launches the Light to Night festival to kick-start Singapore’s year-long bicentenary festivities. He will recall the aspiration of his father, the late Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore, that it should become the “Boston of the East”. Dyson’s decision suggests it already has.

Additional reporting: John Collingridge

Great ideas, shame about the engineering

When they arrive at Dyson’s Wiltshire campus, recruits are handed a copy of its founder’s autobiography, Against the Odds, writes Liam Kelly.

The ritual gives a glimpse of what former workers at the vacuums-to-hairdryers empire describe as the “cult of personality”.

Sir James Dyson, 71, has become a business hero since he left the Royal College of Art in the 1970s and developed a wheelbarrow with a red plastic ball at the front. An estimated 67m homes around the world now own one of his products.

With fame and power has come a quirky corporate culture. A cadre of middle managers “second-guess what they think James would like, and do things in his name”, said a former manager. Teams are discouraged from communicating and the company is “unusual and inward-looking”, he added.

Dyson is still involved with all products. “It’s really cool, because you get to have meetings with him,” said a former engineer. “But also kind of annoying, because it’s really hard to make decisions unless James Dyson makes them.”

One former employee described the man known as JD as “like a nice old grandad”. Another engineer who attended product meetings described Dyson as “friendly and approachable”, adding that he “didn’t dominate the conversation at all”.

Not all workers think they are in the presence of an engineering genius. “He’s a great ideas man,” said one. “I don’t think he’s a great engineer. Engineering is about getting the final solution with the smallest number of steps.”

Dyson famously took 15 years — and 5,127 attempts — to make his first bagless vacuum cleaner.


Bagged -v- Bagless Vacuum Cleaners? How to Choose a Vacuum Cleaner.

This article first appeared at Manchester Vacs.

I’ve been in the vacuum business since the mid 1980s, Our shop is the largest independent vacuum shop in the north of England. So I’m probably quite well qualified to opine on vacuum cleaners.

  • Bagged or bagless vacuum cleaner?
  • Which is the best vacuum cleaner?
  • Which vacuum cleaner to buy?
  • How to choose the right vacuum cleaner?
  • What is the most powerful vacuum cleaner?
  • Cylinder or upright vacuum cleaner?

Like any decision you make, you need the facts first. Websites randomly publishing lists of the “ten best vacuum cleaners” as many do is pretty pointless. Best for whom? Against what benchmark? Define best?

We all have different needs. A single person in a bungalow with one cat and Amtico floors has totally different needs to a busy mother in a townhouse full of Axminster, a builder husband with muddy feet, two labradors and three kids who are good at spilling Cheerios on the floor. Those two people’s idea of the best vacuum cleaner will quite rightly be radically different.

“Do people still use vacuum cleaners with bags?” someone asked in our shop recently. Yes they do. And that shows us how effective the marketing of bagless cleaners has been over the last twenty years or so. Bags in vacuum cleaners is not a concept we have ‘moved on from’ though, as some people seem to think.

In fact, with vacuum cleaners at the better end of the market – Sebo and Miele being the most notable examples – they never actually went away.

Let’s take a ramble through the truth and myths about vacuum cleaners with bags and those without bags. Then we can look at choosing a vacuum cleaner that works for you. Corded or cordless vacuum cleaners is another question we will discuss here.

In order for dirt to be collected in your vacuum cleaner, you have two choices as a collection method: Bagless machines or machines with a bag.

Bagless Vacuums – The Pros and Cons

Now let’s be honest. When you think about bagless vacuum cleaners you think of Dyson. They were first to market with a bagless cleaner and have dominated the market ever since with a very large range of models. Nobody else has quite caught them up in the bagless sector of the market and although other manufacturers have sought to emulate them, none have made a notable bagless vacuum we’d seriously consider owning with our own money.

Since bursting onto the market in the mid 1990s with mainstream bagless vacuums, Dyson did a very good job with their marketing convincing many people that bags are somehow old hat, dirty, inefficient and a product of yesteryear.

That isn’t true, and if it were, Gtech wouldn’t just have launched a bagged cordless cleaner(Please note: we do not recommend any Gtech product – here is one reason of many why.)

A bagless machine uses what is known as cyclonic separation to remove dirt from the air flow and deposit it in the bottom of a collection bin. Not all designs are equal though. Well-designed cyclones – as Dyson have mostly made – usually do a decent job of collecting the dirt. Ones made by lesser manufacturers often do a terrible job (I am thinking of Vax and Hoover here among other budget Chinese-made brands).

Cyclonic separation wasn’t a new idea when Dyson began to use it. James Dyson got the idea from sawmills that used the method to collect sawdust. In his own words:

Quote from: James Dyson

I’d seen an industrial sawmill, which uses something called a cyclonic separator to remove dust from the air. I thought the same principle of separation might work on a vacuum cleaner. I rigged up a quick prototype, and it did.

When such a system is collecting uniform items (like sawdust flakes) it is quite straightforward to set a machine up in such a way to make it very efficient. When a machine has many different items to pick up – as with household dirt – it is quite a design feat to get it to work as intended. Dyson have spent many years honing their cyclone designs and it is a continual work in progress. Dysons cyclonic technology evolves over the years as good engineering does.

Quick bagless filter lesson: bagless machines typically have two filters, one after the cyclone and before the motor (a pre-motor filter – on Dysons they are washable) making sure clean air enters the motor, and one after the motor (a post-motor filter) making sure even cleaner air leaves the motor. Second stage air filtration if you like. A HEPA filter is a more effective filter, usually used post-motor, to control the cleanliness of air entering back into your room.

Not all dirt and dust will be trapped in a a bagless vacuum cleaner though, and for this reason they usually have a pre-motor filter of some description. They tend to be less capable when very fine dust is involved such as plaster dust or fire ash. Dust of this nature will often pass through the cyclone and be caught by the filter.

If the pre-motor filter becomes blocked, dirt can sometimes bypass it and reach the main motor – this significantly shortens the life of the motor. Alternatively, when a filter is blocked, cooling airflow through the motor is reduced, so the motor runs hotter, and again, this significantly shortens the life of the motor. Fire ash and plaster dust (not to mention the odd spilled bottle of talcum powder) kills many bagless vacuum cleaners prematurely.

Some later Dyson machines (known as Cinetic machines) are not fitted with pre-filters at all and these carry warnings about plaster dust and fire ash. Critics of Dyson’s Cinetic machines say they are vacuum cleaners that cannot be used to suck up dust. Dyson say they are not designed for building rubble or cleaning out fireplaces. You can see both sides of that debate.

Most Dyson vacuums are fitted with washable filters which should be cleaned as part of your maintenance schedule (or cleaned/replaced when you take it in for service periodically). On some models such as the DC07, the cyclones can block up making annual servicing not a bad idea.

Dyson often use the claim “no loss of suction” when the machine is full. We’d suggest that is debatable.

Dyson have also occasionally made the claim that “Dysons don’t need servicing” – that is also utter bunkum totally debunked in detail here.

Anyone with a bagless cleaner will be familiar with the mushroom cloud that can emanate from your bin as you empty it. It is not recommended to do that indoors especially if you have allergies.

So bagless vacuums are not perfect as we have seen. But if you are going to have one, Dyson is the best of the lot in our opinion. Many Dysons are extremely capable machines, but like any product, they have their limitations and one should seek expert advice (which isn’t a spotty teenager in Currys) before buying to be sure you are getting a machine that suits your needs. And be aware of the maintenance they will need.

Bagged Vacuums – The Pros and Cons

With bagged machines, the air passes through a bag and the bag catches the dirt and the dust free air is expelled. For this reason, many bagged machines don’t have a pre-motor filter. They don’t need one because the bag is the main filter. The better end of bagged machines often have a pre-motor and a post-motor filter, but you dont need to think about them very much as you would with a bagless machine.

Sebo for example sell a service box you can buy every year or two. Along with 8 bags come two clip in filters. Apart from removing hair from the brushroll as with any vacuum, that is all the maintenance a Sebo will need. No washable filters to contend with on bagged machines.

The earliest commercially available vacuum cleaners that actually worked properly used bags. From the 1920s through to mid century, cloth bags were common.

Washing and emptying cloth bags was cumbersome and design soon progressed into disposable paper bags located inside the cloth bags, often secured by a rubber ring that doubled up as a spare belt. Many of us will remember Hoover and similar machines from the 60s, 70s and 80s that used paper bags (many people still use and love machines from that era).

Some early bags filled from the bottom so changing the bag was a dirty and messy affair. This is the mental image and childhood memory many people will have of bagged vacuum cleaners and an image Dyson were always keen to talk about to sell their bagless products.

However, modern vacuum cleaners and their bags have moved on. There has been half a century of design evolution since the machines pictured above. They fill from above nowadays and often self-seal as you remove them to empty. Modern vacuum bags are usually made out of multi-layer micro-fibre and are designed to maximise the performance, longevity and reliability of your machine.

Sebo bags for example, use multi-layer, micro-fibre construction which harnesses electrostatic attraction to combine high filtration and fade-free performance. The high filtration design enables longer life by preventing fine dust and other contaminants from entering the machine and causing unseen damage to bearings and motors.

Bagged vacuum cleaners often last many, many years due to the very high filtration that vacuum bags offer. And of course there are no filters to wash.

The only downside to using a bagged machine is that as the bag nears full, performance on some models can reduce slightly till the bag is changed. But again, with the top end manufacturers like Sebo and Miele, good design reduces this trait to less noticeable levels. Bag full warning lights usually give you time to change the bag before performance takes a noticeable hit.

The Cost of Bags Argument

Dyson and other bagless manufacturers have always made a big deal about “not having to buy bags” with their products. Their marketing worked as some people still have a blanket “I dont want to buy bags” attitude without even listening to the common sense behind bags.

A recent survey by Sebo shows that 83% of us change our vacuum bags monthly (we find many Sebo owners use a box of 8 a year on average but 12 isn’t unreasonable). This equates to 12 bags a year if you are in the 83%. A typical genuine manufacturer-made bag costs about £1.25, and non-genuine aftermarket ones cost less.

This means a typical user running a vacuum cleaner with a genuine manufacturer-made bag will spend a maximum of £15 a year in bags. Or four pence a day.

Bagless cleaners often cost more to buy. At the time of writing, a full size Dyson ball machine costs typically £100 more than a comparable Sebo. That £100 buys you 80 Sebo bags, which if an average user will last you around seven years.

When coupled with more hygienic disposal that bags offer, no mushroom cloud and no filters to buy or wash, the net cost differential is negligible. Don’t believe marketing nonsense from manufacturers that bags are prohibitively expensive and buying bagless costs less – it’s not true.

So Which is Best – Bagged or Bagless?

There is no definitive answer to this because our needs go beyond simply bagged or bagless. We have said in the past it’s like red wine -v- white wine, lager -v- bitter or Brexit -v- Remain. Everyone has their own opinion and one option doesn’t suit everyone.

It remains a fact that for those with allergies, asthma or a preference for clean air, bagged machines tend to be a better choice. The magazine Which? recently announced that the Sebo K1 Releases Less Dust than Dyson Cinetic on Emptying.

In an online poll you can find >>here<<, when asked to choose between Sebo and Dyson, at the time of writing, 48% to 16% of vacuum owners preferred Sebo.

Most vacuum specialists, collectors and experts will tell you bags are better.

What About Cordless and Robots?

Dyson have recently courted controversy by claiming they are no longer developing corded vacuum cleaners.

They seem to feel that the new Dyson Cyclone V10 negates the need for corded vacuums and their marketing is shouting these claims.

We have tested the battery life of the Dyson V10 live on video and we got seven and a half minutes on full power with the floor head spinning. We dont think that is enough to say a Dyson V10 can replace your corded machine.

In our view, Dyson make the best cordless machines out there in the V7, V8 and V10, but we tend to recommend them as secondary machines for most people and never as a main family machine. If you have kids, dogs and a need for a family machine, you need a proper vacuum as well – a cordless just won’t cut it alone.

If you happen to live in one of these sterile environments Dyson use in their advertising…………

……… then you may get away with one as a main vacuum cleaner. But for everyone else, you’ll need a real vacuum cleaner as well.

Robotic vacuums are in the same category. The £800 Dyson robot we tested was fun, but too tall to get under furniture and seemed to suffer software issues in that it spent ten minutes trying to climb a barstool.

Robotic machines are alright if you have a lot of hard floor and can leave them to collect dust bunnies on their own while you are out at work. You’ll still need a real vacuum too of course. If you want a robotic vacuum cleaner, the iRobot Roomba is the best one we have encountered.

So About the Most Powerful Vacuum?

“Most powerful” is a misnomer – I could write an article on that subject alone. I spend much of my working day explaining to people that motor wattage is not the same as air watts and what role brushroll design and carpet agitation play in effective cleaning. Big watts does not equal power and suction. It can, but not necessarily.

All machines in the EU are restricted to 900w anyway now. So if you want a machine higher than 900w you’ll need to buy old stock or get a reconditioned vacuum cleaner.

Buy a well made vacuum cleaner from a company that makes vacuum cleaners (rather than a company that puts its name on anything it can find in China) that is designed properly and dont obsess about power. Good design will always trump bad design and more motor watts. One reason the old Vax machines with their 2200w motors were still dreadful machines.

I Want Lightweight and Powerful

Lightweight and powerful are mutually exclusive in my opinion; subjective at best. A machine I may find quite light you may think is heavy. Many people think a 7.5kg Sebo or an 8kg Dyson is heavy. I find them alright but think a big Miele or a Kirby are heavy. Many older people get drawn towards what are essentially motorised Ewbanks like Gtech because of the weight and persuasive marketing (please don’t buy a Gtech folks).

Lightweight often means very small motors which usually means less power. It can also mean cheap construction which means poor performance.

I have yet to find a very lightweight and powerful machine that ticks all the boxes. It’s the holy grail of vacuuming every manufacturer is trying to create.

If you really need lightweight, see if a cylinder machine will suit you, and if not see if your usage is light enough a cordless Dyson will suffice.

Upright or Cylinder?

Cylinder machines are like Marmite.

You love them or hate them.

In mainland europe, cylinder machines are the norm. In the UK, we tend to prefer uprights. Upright machines tend to be better on carpet and we British typically have more carpet than those in mainland europe. We have found a north south difference: in Scotland a cylinder machine is an unusual thing. In the north of England, you see some but not many. The further south you go the more you are likely to find people who choose cylinder machines over uprights.

It is entirely personal preference, though.

In with cylinder machines we should probably mention Numatic and Henry type machines. We are lukewarm about Numatic and Henry type tub machines in that they lack any type of design or technology and are cumbersome to use. They are just a plastic bucket, a motor and some hose – about as basic as a vacuum gets. If you really want that type of machine, >>these<< are cheaper and reliable.

What Do You Have at Home?

We as vacuum experts are often asked what we have at home. I can tell you we have both a bagged Sebo X series (for the serious work) and a Dyson bagless cordless V8 (for the quick zip round stuff) at home. The two machines do different jobs and compliment each other well.

Where to Buy? 

Buying a vacuum cleaner is a big decision. A good vacuum will cost a few hundred pounds and you’ll own it quite a few years if you choose wisely. Taking advice from a specialist who should ask about your floor types and usage will help you make the right decision.

Independent vacuum shops are a better place to look at your options than chain stores. In an independent shop you are more likely to encounter experienced staff who use the products and know what they are talking about. Online research has its limits and nothing beats discussing your needs with a vacuum cleaner expert to get a recommendation, and trying a couple of products on a shop floor before you buy. You can’t do that in Argos or online with AO.

Remember an independent store should always be cheaper than eBay or Amazon as if you deal direct they are not paying the selling fees it costs to sell on those platforms when you deal directly.

What Brand to Buy

It’s just a vacuum cleaner, isnt it? Wrong. Have you ever wondered why those “budget” vacuum cleaners are sold next to the toilet rolls in the supermarket? It’s because they’re just as disposable. When it comes to picking a vacuum cleaner from a myriad of choices, dont just go for the cheapest. Spending £99 on a vacuum cleaner may seem like a great idea at the time, but year after year you’ll find yourself needing a replacement. In the end, you will spend more money buying a cheap vacuum year after year than you would buying a decent one in the first place.

We’d suggest you avoid Gtech, Vax, Hoover, Bissell, Shark, Zanussi, Beko, Argos, Bush, Hotpoint, H.Koenig, Russell Hobbs, Duronic, Samsung and anything cheap that you have never heard of in the supermarket.

For cordless vacuum cleaners we recommend Dyson.

For corded full size vacuum cleaners we recommend Sebo. Sebo were voted Which? magazine’s “most reliable brand” and are still made in Germany. You can buy a Sebo from us >>here<<. If you don’t fancy a Sebo, look at a reconditioned Dyson instead.

For more individual or specific advice, feel free to make a free account on the vacuum cleaner advice forums and ask advice there. But if you have read this far, you now know more about vacuum cleaners than most other people you know.

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Don’t Want to Drill the Wall to Mount Your Dyson Cordless Vacuum? Here Is the Answer

If you are the owner of a Dyson V6, V7, V8 or V10 cordless vacuum cleaner, you’ll like this.

Similarly, if you have a Dyson DC35, DC44, DC45, DC56, DC57, DC59, DC72, DC73 or DC74 you’ll like this too.

When you buy a cordless Dyson vacuum cleaner, one of the things that can often stump you after purchase is that whole ‘fixing to the wall’ thing.

Yes, it’s very nice and convenient to have your Dyson cordless vacuum fixed to the wall, but what if, for example, you are in a rented property and your tenancy agreement specifically says “no wall drilling” as many do?

What if you don’t own a drill or aren’t especially practical? For sure, you can knock up a bit of flat pack from Ikea (or find a helpful friend that can), but ask you to break out the hammer drill and rawl plugs and you’ll break out in a sweat. Is that you?

What if you move your furniture around and decide to move your Dyson cordless someplace else in the home next week? You are left with ugly holes in the wall where your Dyson once was.

There has to be a better way.

There is.

Dyson cordless vacuum stand

A freestanding stand for your Dyson vacuum.

Dyson Handheld Stand

Why did nobody think of that?

The Japanese did – several years ago. Cordless Dyson vacuum stands are a ‘thing’ in Japan, Thailand, the Philippines and much of Asia. Those folks are very enthusiastic about their Dyson cordless vacuums and they love extra accessories, stands, tool adaptors and so on.

The one you see here you can now buy in the UK (and the EU, Australia, New Zealand and the US).

Dyson Cordless Wall Mount

As you can see, this one features a little basket and several shelves where you can keep your tool adaptors, spare heads and small accessories (we like that!).

Dyson vacuum stand

The bottom is made from an MDF type of stuff while the frame is grey powder coated metal.

And yes, it fits the new V10 too:

Dyson V10 floor stand

Even vacuum cleaner shops and stores are buying these just to display new Dyson cordless vacuums. Even Dyson themselves offer no decent display solution to independent Dyson dealers.

If for some reason, you choose (or chose) to buy a Shark Rocket, Vax Slim Vac, Vax Blade or Dustcare vacuum (no, me neither) instead of a Dyson, then this stand has the mounting holes so you can use it with those vacuums too.

We’d expect any other regular cordless vacuum can be made to fit this stand with an extra hole or two drilled in the back plate of the stand.

You can’t use it with a Gtech Pro [sic] though, as they don’t come with a wall mounting bracket because it is such an ugly machine you have to hide it in the cupboard. And if you are a Gtech owner, it is quite likely that it doesn’t work anyway and your ‘warranty’ is worthless. People – whatever you buy, don’t believe those glib Gtech commercials and PLEASE don’t buy Gtech. Ask any vacuum engineer why.

If you have a newer Dyson V7, V8 or V10 then you probably found out already that your old tools dont fit and if a Dyson Medic reader you have already the adaptors to solve that rather than buying all new tools.

Dyson vacuum cleaner cordless stand

Oh look, a little basket to keep them in so they dont get lost.

What You Need to Know:

We built this stand today ourselves, so if thinking of buying one, there are one or two things you might want to know.

Yes it’s flatpack, and yes they supply a spanner, but it’s close to useless as most flatpack spanners are. You’ll need a Phillips screwdriver anyway and preferably a decent 8mm spanner or socket to make assembly less painful. Using the included spanner will take twice as long.

The grey screw covers are painful to use – we found the quality of them hit and miss. Some people may choose to do without them, some may choose to replace them with black number plate screw covers from the local car spares shop. The extra 50p or so spent may be more aesthetically pleasing to the fastidious.

Nuts and bolts for your vacuum docking station are not included. Some vacuums come with nuts and bolts – some don’t. If yours doesn’t, you’ll need to find two small nuts and bolts. No issue if you have a decent toolbox as any practical chap has, but tedious for a seller if you mither them over such a small thing and they end up sending out two nuts and bolts to ‘Annoyed of Esher’.

A few pence at any hardware or car spares shop will get you the extra nuts and bolts and/or screw covers you may need.

Overall, we think the quality of the unit is good and are happy to recommend it.


These stands are a first in the UK. The quality is OK, the look and finish is OK, the price is OK and they solve the problem.

Shark Rocket Wall Stand

Where to Buy:

You can buy cheapest in the UK >>here<<. Be sure to select “free delivery” during checkout.

If overseas, try >>here<< – the delivery charges using the “eBay Global Shipping” option are usually quite reasonable to Russia, the US, New Zealand, Oz and the EU.

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Dyson Red Button Tools: Two Sizes That Look the Same. CY22, CY23, Light Ball & Big Ball Adaptors Explained.

We have written here before to try and demystify the confusion with Dyson tool socket fittings and adaptors.

Here is one previous article: Dyson V8 tool adaptors: Use your old tools with your Dyson V7 and V8 (if you have a V8 or V7 – read that instead).

Here is another: Which Dyson ‘Universal’ Adaptor Do I Need?

Dyson have a habit of changing tool sockets quite frequently. Ostensibly to deny owners of tools belonging to other Dyson vacuums the ability to use them across several models or use old tools with newer machines.

We assume this is to make you dash out and buy a glut of new tools.

However, the more savvy person actually goes in search of a tool adaptor. Dyson make the odd adaptor, and the after-market usually makes the ones they don’t.

Dyson’s latest tool socket comes with a red button on the tools, known as a “quick release” type. (Personally, I never found the older ones slow to release, but I digress…..) 

This red button tool design is used on the cordless V8 (and V7) ranges, and also on the CY22 and CY23 Big Ball cylinder machines and some of the later Ball machines known as “Light” ball, “Big” ball, etc., and at first glance the fittings all seem the same.

However, with Dyson’s historical tendency to make tool sockets differ to inconvenience you as much as possible, what they have done this time is made the identical fitting in two different sizes.

Dyson Red Button Tool Adaptors

Now isn’t that jolly?

The smaller one is for the V8 and V7 cordless machines. The larger one is for the CY22, CY23, Light Ball, Big Ball and Cinetic range.

Here they are from another angle:

Dyson Red Button Tool Adaptors

On the left is a CY22/CY23/Light Ball/Big Ball Cinetic adaptor, and on the right is a V8 and V7 adaptor.

Confusing stuff if you are shopping for adaptors, yes? Be SURE to read the sales listings in detail. And remember, nobody makes adaptors to allow electrically driven floor heads to interchange between types, so don’t bother looking for those.

So what about the CY22/CY23/Light Ball/Big Ball Cinetic or other non-V7/V8 red button tool using Dyson owner who wants to use all his or her old Dyson tools with their new Dyson? What if you have the old DC01-DC14 32mm tools, or want to suck air from vacuum bags, etc.? Dyson will tell you that you cannot do that as the correct adaptors don’t exist.

Well they do. If you have a CY22/CY23/Light Ball/Big Ball Cinetic and want the best cross model compatibility you want this set:

Dyson CY22, CY23, Light Ball, Big Ball tool adaptors

If you want adaptability for your Dyson CY22/CY23/Light Ball/Big Ball Cinetic (not V7/V8) red button tool versions with old DC01-DC14 32mm tools, or want to suck air from vacuum bags, etc., you want the set above.

You can find that set on Amazon >>here<<, eBay >>here<< and on Manchester Vacs >>here<<.

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