Dyson Hard DC56 Merges Vacuum and Mop

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Once a week I pull out the canister vacuum to clean the floors of pet hair, dust, and whatever errant debris tumbleweeding across our floors that I hunt down. Then I pull out a sponge mop to wash off all the surface dirt and oils which can't be removed by suction alone, occasionally hand wiping corners and edges. 

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It's all very Cinderella, with our cats playing the part of the two litter-tracking stepsisters. Soon I'll have the option to do this same chore using a single tool: the Dyson Hard DC56 works as both a cordless dry stick vacuum and a hard surface wet mop.

As revealed to Fast Company yesterday, knighted British engineer James Dyson hasn't been resting on his laurels and accolades after revolutionizing hand drying technology with the Dyson Airblade Tap earlier this year. The man and his company are the domestic equivalent of the British armed forces, serving air (Air Multiplier), sea (Airblade Tap), and land (their array of vacuum and floor cleaners); the latest in their arsenal is the Dyson Hard DC56, a rechargeable stick vacuum very similar in shape to their Dyson Digital Slim. Thanks to a digital motor which can spin up to 104,000 rpm, the Hard DC56 can suck up debris fast and furiously, and also wipe and dry down a wet floor using the standard disposable cloth wipes anyone who owns a Swiffer should recognize. 


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The two-timing Dyson Hard DC56 will be available this September 3 for $329.99 from Dyson.com .

Via Fast Company

(Images: Dyson)

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