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Dyson Hard DC 56 and Swiffer Sweeper Vac review

These hybrid sweeper vacs get mixed marks so far during testing

Published: November 26, 2013 12:00 PM

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Dyson Hard DC56, $330

Hybrid sweeper vacs are meant for people who want something more out of the traditional Swifferlike cleaning tool. Consumer Reports’ tests show the Swiffer Sweeper/Vac and Dyson Hard DC56 at their best—and worst. Our video, below, demonstrates how we test not only how well the two models clean up the usual kitchen spills but also whether their built-in cordless vacuums can pick up dust and spilled cereal.

In our testing so far, we mostly liked how the $330 Dyson Hard DC56 (above, right) and $40 Swiffer Sweeper/Vac (below, right) picked up kitchen spills. Both models, though, cleaned more consistently with a wet-cloth refill than with a dry one. And both hybrid sweeper vacs had some trouble with fine dust. Overall, neither model vacuumed as well as the best stick or hand vacs we've tested.

Swiffer Sweeper/Vac, $40

We’re withholding final judgment pending our purchase and testing of a new version of the Dyson, which the manufacturer claims has improved suction over the one we tested. Stay tuned for an update to our head-to-head comparison. In the meantime, check our buying guide and Ratings for hand and stick vacuums and full-size upright and canister models

—Ed Perratore

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