All About The Dyson DC04 Zorbster

“Do you have any information about the Dyson Zorbster?” many people ask.

The Dyson DC04 Zorbster was made in grey and lavender. These were designed to double up as a carpet dry cleaning machine. They have an aperture on the front of the body that one can fit a hopper to that dispenses Zorb crystals onto your carpet that could later be vacuumed back up — together with the dirt apparently. They were never terribly popular as a carpet dry cleaning machine in our opinion; most people tended to use them as a regular vacuum. Technically, they are quite similar to a standard “all floors” Dyson except for a few technical differences that allow the operation of the carpet cleaning hopper.

When engineers recondition these machines today, they often times convert them to regular “all floors” machines, removing the carpet cleaning facility altogether. However, we had a couple of questions asking us to explain how the Dyson DC04 Zorbster worked as James Dyson intended them to be. So here goes……

Here is a Dyson DC04 Zorbster with the carpet cleaning hopper:

Dyson DC04 Zorbster

Observe the lever on the body of the machine. It is designed to be operated using your foot:

Dyson DC04 Zorbster

This allows you to fit the carpet dry cleaning powder dispensing hopper to the body of the machine:

Dyson Zorbster Parts

To use it you grab yourself a bag of Dyson Zorb powder:

Dyson Zorb Powder

And you open the flap on the front of the dispenser and insert it where indicated:

Dyson Carpet Cleaner

The powder is dispensed onto the carpet by removing the cyclone unit; that makes the motor run at half speed. You let the machine distribute the powder all over your carpet using its built in automatic vibration facility. The Zorb grains are designed to keep new carpets looking new. Millions of tiny sponges absorb dirt from the carpet, which powerful Dyson suction then vacuums away. Ideal for wool and stain resistant carpets, with none of the drawbacks of wet cleaning and no sticky detergent residue.

Have you used Dyson Zorb powder? What do you think about it? Tell us using the comment box below.

7 Responses to “All About The Dyson DC04 Zorbster”

  1. I have a dyson Zorbster which has been brilliant both as a vacuum and a cleaner. Unfortunately it has suddenly stopped working and had died. Will miss the cleaning part as unlike my vax the carpet isn’t left wet.

  2. DC04’s are quite cheap to repair Liane. Probably worth getting it fixed.

  3. I just had mine serviced after 12 years of use, with just a loss of suction being the issue. It has been a great machine.

  4. My zorbster is used as a conventional cleaner but the duct main body has fallen apart due to plastic fatigue. You can buy the DC04 part new and used – my question is will it fit the zorbster?

  5. You can get the correct one here:

    If you wanted a standard cleaner head, yes, they will fit too, but you cannot buy the grey new any more (they are all silver), it will need to be used to colour match.

  6. Many thanks angus but its the main body of the machine thats broken,not the cleaner hear – there is one advertised at appliance spares warehouse under the code DYS 901979-01 will this fit the zorbster?

  7. 901979-01 should be OK on the Zorbster, although I don’t recall if you might have to do away with the micro switch or it will swap over. 902850-02 is the correct number for a Zorbster one, which I see as still available. But the one you saw will likely be OK.

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