Dyson turbine heads (sometimes called turbo heads) are the full size vacuum-driven heads that come with many models of cylinder or canister Dyson vacuum cleaners.
They are designed to replicate the beater bar action of a conventional upright vacuum cleaner by utlising a rotating brush on the carpet to dislodge dirt.
You can buy them for attaching to the wand of upright machines too (But why would you?), but application is mostly designed for canister/cylinder machines.
Over time – such as with the DC05 Motorhead – Dyson have experimented with electrically driven turbine heads. But most are vacuum-driven.
Dyson have produced a myriad of designs of these over the years.
However, as many of those who tried to buy a replacement item have found, fittings can differ greatly between models.
Dyson got in the habit of changing the tool fitting sockets between different models and sometimes the storage hook that mounted it on the machine. The DC19 even had two completely different hose fittings, depending if it was a standard DC19 or a DC19T2 (Telescopic Wrap).
Most Dyson specialists will groan when asked to identify which turbine head fits which particular model. Especially since, with used machines, people may have swapped and changed handles, hoses and wands to make similar heads fit.
Dyson got into the habit of supplying new ones with a range of adaptors. But specialists know that even they do not allow fitment to all models. Far from it in fact. Dyson themselves often supply the wrong part such is the difficulty.
The confusion arises because most turbine heads look something like this.
But here is a similar one.
The eagle-eyed will notice that while they appear to be the same part, the end connector socket that fits to the vacuum cleaner is totally different.
And they are not interchangeable without stripping them down to swap over collars – which isn’t an amateur job.
Thankfully, in recent years, Dyson have began to standardise fittings once more. That isn’t to say all are interchangeable, but similarities exist where they didn’t before on some models.
What has remained unchanged is the price.
As you can see above, a replacement turbine head for a DC23 will cost you fifty five of your hard-earned pounds if bought from Dyson.
For genuine Dyson turbine heads, the after-market parts sellers are unable to offer much in the way of discounts. Margins are quite tight on genuine Dyson stuff, so shopping about may only shave a few pounds off.
So, how to save money?
Well, here at Dyson Medic, we are well-known for making you aware of the bargains.
If you have one of these Dyson cylinder vacuum cleaners: DC19T2 (NOT the normal DC19), DC22, DC23, DC28c, DC29, DC32, DC33c, DC36, DC37, DC38, DC39, DC47, DC52, DC53, DC54 (Cinetic) or DC63, your machines all have on thing in common: The tool socket.
If you have one of those machines, your multi/crevice/stair tools all have this socket fitting:
This not only means you can use the spiffy adaptor to utilise older tools we reported on a few months ago, but it also means that you can get yourself one of these replacement turbine heads.
They do not cost £55 like a Dyson one does.
They cost well under £20 even with UK delivery. You can save over £35 by getting one!
Click the little guy below if you want to know where to get one from.
Any downsides to using one of these?
Depending on your machine model, they may not locate too well (or at all) on the machine for storage. But very few people stow their head on the machine in any event. Most people store them in a tangle under the stairs.
If your machine has not got any amber/orange on it, it may not be a perfect colour match. Do you really care about colour when you are saving over £35?
Erm……… that’s about it for downsides.
Who is out of luck?
If you are a the owner of a DC02, DC05, DC08, DC11, standard DC19, DC20 or DC21, this will not fit your machine. Use the comment box below to ask what your options are if you have one of those models.
This head will fit a DC26 City, but I am not convinced the DC26 has enough guts to generate the suction required to turn the turbine and make it effective. Please report back using the comment box below if you try one of these with a DC26. For Dc26 owners, I would recommend >>one of these<< instead.
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