Matthew Slutsky
July 18, 2010

Vacuuming sucks. Literally and figuratively.

But vacuuming is especially troublesome for anyone who lives in a condo. For starters, where do you store the device? Secondly, how do you work to tight spaces? And, thirdly, condo furniture is often smaller and lower than regular furniture, making it hard to navigate a vacuum around.

The solution? The Dyson DC26 City.

The challenge was “to miniaturize the machine without compromising performance,” Sir James Dyson, the founder of the company, says.

It weighs just 3.25kg (just over 7lb) (probably less than the Toshiba laptop that I am writing this blog from) and can be held in the palm of one hand.

What is most amazing is that folded-up, it fits in a cupboard it is small enough to fit on top of my laptop.

Dyson said: “It took us five years to painstakingly compress and rebuild every single component before we had a machine that was a third smaller than its predecessor, yet could still tackle dirt like bigger machines.”

The only downside… it costs $499.99! Yikes. I’ll just buy a Swiffer Picker-Upper!

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