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As a busy stay at home Mum to two small
terrors angels, hoovering is not only part of our day to day lives, but it’s also become some kind of weird obsession. In the same way the garden always looks it’s best after a good mow, the house never looks quite ‘done‘ until the hoover’s been run round. We aren’t quite ‘lines in the carpet’ just yet, but we can both appreciate a nicely hoovered home. (In fact it’s one of the few domestic jobs my husband fights me for as he insists he’s so much better at it – in which, of course, I humour him every time).
We have had Dyson’s for as long as I can remember – the warranty and service engineer visits have been worth their weight in gold, and we didn’t hesitate in buying a hand-held cordless Dyson a couple of years back, knowing it would ‘wipe the floor clean’ compared to any other dustbuster. Which, by the way, it does.
And so, it was always the case that a cordless stick Dyson was high up there on our home wish list; when the time is right and the planets align. I’ve always been a believer in holding back on the excitement of a brand new concept and sitting tight to wait for the inevitable tweaks and improvements on the launch design that time will surely bring. It just so happened, that the time is now, as I was asked to review the performance of a Dyson V8 Absolute cordless stick vacuum.
Everything about Dyson screams uber cool. The branding and packaging our V8 Absolute arrived in was simplistic, functional and stylish. No fussy instructions or excess packaging – the Dyson V8 and it’s hareem of accessories was ready to click into place with utmost ease. I even managed it fifteen minutes before the school run with a two year old ‘helping’. You know you have something special in a hoover when your two year old describes it as “so lovely”.
I feel as though the Dyson V8 and I were meant to be together. After just a week of using it, I have already forgotten the ties of the heavy Animal we would relocate from room to room, and plug to ‘annoyingly just not close enough’ plug for so many years. I knew exactly which plug reached exactly which point of the room, yet that didn’t stop me trying to reach that last square foot. Every. Single. Time.
The hubbys pretty basic DIY skills were put straight to use as the Dyson was wall mounted with pride of place in our Utility room. A thing of beauty all glistening in this season’s orange, the V8 defies anyone who says hoover can’t be pretty. Quote, my Mum; “It’s almost a shame to use those red and blue heads”.
But use it we must, and I have to say, it’s a revelation. A bit odd at first, having got used to weight bearing down on a heavy hoover, but in no time at all we were nipping between rooms – vacuuming here and there, little and often when needed. Hoovering is no longer any big deal, it’s just as quick as wiping down the work surfaces; you don’t save all of that up till a Friday do you? (Imagine!).
The Dyson V8 comes with two large heads which are designed specifically for purpose. The Soft roller cleaning head is to optimise cleaning of hard floors – like the ones we have through 75% of our downstairs. With the ability to pick up fluff and dust, plus peas and the odd cheerio, this is the perfect tool for our kitchen diner area.
For carpeted or mixed areas, the direct drive cleaner head is your weapon of choice. With a roller ball joint and carbon fibre filaments, this multifunctional bad boy is perfect for your soft carpeted areas or rugs and actually does a pretty good job on hard floors too.
The beauty of the V8 design is that this really is a jack of all trades – the stick, heads and accessories are as changeable as a piece of Lego so you can click and unclick to find the perfect combo for the job. No stick and small head combo, perfect for stairs. Stick and brush head – the only way to remove cobwebs from the top corners of our extension. The car cleaning, the gaps between the sofa cushions and even the Wendy house carpet; no job is too big or too small for the V8.
One of my most impressive abilities of the Dyson V8 is it’s ability to hoover right underneath the sofas – all the way to the back, as there is no heavy box unit to block your path. Just make sure you remember however, unlike me, if you have an unfinished 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle under there. Handy fact; Dyson V8 picks up jigsaw sized pieces NO TROUBLE AT ALL.
Fortunately, the bag free Dyson V8 is also super easy to empty at the click of a button (well, pull up of a lever), as my husband demonstrated all over his feet this evening. “When you asked how to empty it I assumed you were holding it over the bin!”.
With regards to the motor power of this cordless vacuum, I have to admit I had my reservations; Would it stand up to a cord vacuum that we are used to? With challenges like a moulting cat and a moulting Mum, the challenge is certainly on. And what about the battery power? Will it be annoyingly cutting out midway through hoovering?
The answer to both of these questions is NO. The overall concept and engineering of the V8 means that you rarely need to use it past the up to 40 minutes power. Granted, this is reduced to 7 minutes using the direct drive on MAX power but to be honest, you will rarely need to use the MAX power and if you do, that ‘here and there’ approach I was talking about is key. Little and often, and when you have small kids you know I mean OFTEN.
Although powerful, the the Dyson V8 Absolute is amazingly quiet, especially in the standard mode. Considering all the hard work it’s doing that’s quite a remarkable feat of engineering – one of the things I really rate is the post motor HEPA filter. Having worked in the laboratory environment my whole previous working life, knowing the hoover is filtering the air at a microbial level couldn’t fail to wow me. Especially when one of our kids has asthma – it’s reassuring to know not only the carpets are clean but the dust isn’t being thrown back out into the air.
I know, that from here there is no going back for us. The future of vacuuming is all about freedom and power, and combined with the trust built with the Dyson product family over many years, this machine is an investment that I have every faith in bringing value to any home, our precious time and therefore our family. What could be more important than that?
Disclosure: We were sent the Dyson V8 for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are our own.
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