You know you have moved to new levels of auntiehood when you gladly spend a Saturday morning at a vacuum cleaner workshop. Of course, it helped tremendously that the vacuum cleaner is from a renowned brand – Dyson, and there are activities to keep the kids entertained while the parents learn more about the new Dyson V8 Fluffy!
Shall spare you the details of Dyson’s history but I think it’s important to share that Dyson take a lot of pride in their research and development. I am impressed by how they constantly seek to reinvent with better ideas and technologies to solve the problems that are often ignored.
Personally I don’t vacuum often because the heat and seemingly dusty air (makes my nose itch!) expelled from the vacuum cleaner gets to me and it IS tiring lugging around a heavy vacuum cleaner with cords and all around the whole house. But with the Dyson V8 Fluffy, I don’t have such concerns cos this Dyson lightweight machine comes with HEPA filtration!
The Dyson V8 cord-free vacuum captures and retains more dust using patented 2 Tier RadialTM cyclones. 15 cyclones, arranged across two tiers, generate powerful centrifugal forces to spin dust and dirt out of the airflow.
Any remaining particles are captured by the post motor filter – including allergens and bacteria as small as 0.3 microns. And because the entire system is engineered to be sealed, the air that leaves the machine is cleaner than the air you breathe.
That’s cleaning and air-purifying all at the same time! Definitely more assuring to let my asthmatic son and eczema-prone daughter use the machine.
Due to their design, many conventional cleaner heads are unable to suck up fine dust and large debris simultaneously. In order to suck up large debris, a large gap is required between the cleaner head and the floor. This gap can allow suction to escape, and fine dust is left behind on the floor surface and in crevices. To remove fine dust from the floor surface and crevices, a cleaner head needs a tight seal with the floor to prevent suction power from leaking. A tight seal means that large debris is pushed along the floor. Frustrated with the limitations of conventional cleaner heads, Dyson engineers went back to the drawing board to design a new kind of cleaner head that was effective at picking up both fine dust and large debris at the same time.Instead of a brush bar with bristles, the Dyson V8 Fluffy cordless vacuum has a roller covered entirely in soft woven nylon. The larger roller covered in soft woven nylon traps large debris, whilst anti-static carbon fibre filaments remove fine dust.
Hygienic dirt ejector
The Dyson V8 features a new bin emptying mechanism, eliminating the need to handle the dirt directly. As the bin is emptied, a rubber collar slides down the shroud, scraping dirt off. This enables the user to hygienically drive out trapped dust and debris in a single action.
We haven’t reached the point where we need to clear out the dirt yet as we have only used the Fluffy a couple of times the past week, but I’m sure it won’t be of any issue! (Time to clear the bin when the amount of dirt reaches a marking indicated on the bin.)
The Dyson V8 offers powerful, fade-free suction thanks to the compact and powerful Dyson digital motor V8 – it spins at 110,000 rpm, five times faster than a Formula One car engine. The max mode is awesome. It offers higher suction for more difficult tasks, and can be easily activated with a more intuitive new switch.
For hard to reach areas like the space between the car seats, max mode + slim-cleaner-head works magic!
If you’ve tried using a regular cordless machine to clean raised surfaces, you’ll know exactly what we mean. Because regular machines are middle and bottom heavy, it is near impossible and just impractical to clean anything other than the floor. The weight of the Dyson V8 however, rests right in the palm of your hand. This makes the machine easy to manoeuvre, and much easier to lift and clean hard to reach places.
It also comes with different cleaner head attachments that snap on and off effortlessly with a new quick release catch, so you can get the job done quickly without breaking a sweat. There is a tool for every surface.
How ecstatic I am to finally find a vacuum cleaner that can clean our mattresses, soft toys and child-seats with such ease that even the kids can do it!
Double the battery life compared to its predecessor
The Dyson V8 offers improved battery runtime of up to 40 minutes, as compared to 20 minutes in previous generation machines. I haven’t used a Dyson vacuum cleaner before so I can’t really compare but a longer duration is always welcomed, so I rotate between the normal and max modes depending on how dirty the area is. There’s also a new battery runtime indicator which gives a visual indication of cleaning time remaining.
Dyson invests heavily in optimising the acoustics of its technologies. Where more power typically translates to more noise, the Dyson V8 purrs despite the powerful suction. Guess the noise level from the Dyson V8 is acceptable if I don’t get complaints when I vacuum around 11ish at night!
It’s tough and lightweight
Strong materials with durable and lightweight properties were chosen in the construction of the Dyson V8. The polycarbonate clear bin is made from the same durable material as riot shields.
At just 2.6kg, the kids didn’t have much difficulties using it. And you know the product is tough when it can withstand the kids’ manhandling.
The Dyson V8 is now available in major departmental stores and electrical multiples. The machine includes a 2 year warranty on parts and labour.
Dyson V8 Fluffy @ $1099
(includes soft roller cleaner head, mini motorised tool, combination tool and the crevice tool)
Dyson V8 Motorhead @ $999
(includes direct-drive cleaner head, mini motorised tool, combination tool and the crevice tool)
Dyson V8 Absolute @ $1199 *Exclusive to Best Denki
(includes direct-drive cleaner head, soft roller cleaner head, mini motorised tool, combination tool and the crevice tool)
Note: We were invited to the preview of Dyson V8 and provided with a Dyson V8 Fluffy for the purpose of this review.