James Dyson and his band of merry engineers have been creating fantastic improvements to the vacuum cleaner for years, and we can thank them for the removal of the bag altogether. But they’re not done yet, and with the newest fix, you won’t have to worry about your vacuum losing suction ever again.
Removing the bag did a lot for vacuum owners: it made it easy for the dust to collect around a central core, collecting itself into a big heap ready to be thrown out, while dropping the cost of consumables to close to zero since you no longer needed to buy replacement bags.
But it hasn’t stopped people from complaining about the lack of suction.
In fact, this complaint seems to stem usually from the filter not being cleaned out, and even though Dyson ditched the bag in 1993, the filter has stuck around, a part that nobody seems to realise needs cleaning.
With 20 years of research and testing later, Dyson appears to have found the solution with Cinetic cyclone technology, a development that uses a flexible material to work against the Dyson cyclones, stopping the dust from sticking to the filters.
“Getting rid of bags solved the frustration of my vacuum losing suction. But washing filters – or worse – buying them, is still a nuisance,” said James Dyson.
“Dyson Cinetic cyclones are so efficient at separating microscopic particles that everything gets thrust into the bin, and you can forget about fussy filters.”
Multiple materials were tested for the Cinetic vacuum, which also uses a ball head and makes it easier to pull around corners, and the engineers found that if the flexible material used inside the system was too hard, the parts wouldn’t move fast enough, but if it was too soft, the cyclones would shut down.
All up, the Cinetic – also called the DC54 – was created by 29 Dyson engineers for $11.5 million over six years, producing a machine that was tested with over $200,000 of test dust.
Yes, there’s such a thing as test dust.
“It’s a test dust,” said Martin Peek, Senior Design Engineer at Dyson, referring to the material in the image above. “It’s made of short fibres, fine fibres, almost like carpet fibres, coarse dust, fine dust, and almost like talc powder size.”
With all of this test dust, Dyson put the vacuum cleaner through what would be the equivalent of ten years of testing, and thanks to the technology used in this system, found that it would be just as good after owned for that long.