Looking at the feature image of this article, you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’m holding an odd-looking gun.
For your peace of mind, however, I’d like to assure you that it is not some fancy purple blaster. It is in fact the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute+ vacuum cleaner.
Right off the bat, it has to be said that while small, this machine is mighty in power. The last time I used a vacuum cleaner, they were still designed like Noo Noo in Teletubbies.
In recent years, I do feel like I’ve become rather aunty-like, so anything pertaining to household products excites me.
So when my boss, Sarah offered me the opportunity to test this sleek baby (it’s her personal unit) out in the office, I had to say yes, please.
Its Specs Are As Impressive As Its Looks
Retailing for RM3,399, the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute+ comes with 2 main cleaner heads, 5 other extra ones, and an extension hose.
Besides the charger, you get a docking station too that you can drill into your wall or mount it somewhere else.
With it, you can dock your vacuum as it charges, and you can also hang two of your most used cleaner heads on the station for convenient access.
This vacuum is touted for its suction strength, and Sarah couldn’t stop singing praises about how well it works even on its lowest setting (it has three power modes).
According to Dyson, there are 14 cyclones in the machine that generate forces of more than 79,000G that can pick up even microscopic particles like pollen and bacteria.
Its fully sealed filtration system then keeps those microscopic particles in, which lets it expel cleaner air.
The way you empty it is through a ‘point and shoot’ mechanism, where you simply push a latch all the way down the length of the barrel, which opens it up and automatically ejects the dirt straight into a bin.
Since it’s cordless, it depends on a seven-cell, nickel-cobalt-aluminium battery for power, which is supposed to last up to 60 minutes.
With all this information, you can probably imagine how it would function, but let me translate all of that information into layman terms by retelling my experience with it.
Dust Busting The Heck Out Of Our Office
First, I scoped out areas of the office I wanted to target. The fact that it’s a cordless vacuum is great because I didn’t have to think about finding electrical outlets in each area.
Once I decided on vacuuming all of our swivel chairs, our carpeted floor and fake grass carpets near our TV area, I set it to the lowest power mode and pressed the trigger.
It immediately fired up, smooth and rather silent in spite of all that power it’s packing. Most older vacuums tend to be extremely noisy but lack in suction, so I believe how much noise pollution a vacuum cleaner produces doesn’t indicate its power.
I started with an empty barrel, and after vacuuming 13 swivel chairs, I had collected a significant amount of dust.
We’ve tried cleaning our office chairs before, but our poor old vacuum just wasn’t up for it.
At the risk of exposing how dusty our office can be, if you were to slap the seat of my boss’ chair (before we used the Dyson vacuum on it), you’d see a cloud of dust rise.
Once I went over it with the Dyson vacuum, hitting it didn’t give rise to anything else besides satisfaction.
So, I moved on to our carpeted floor. We have a cleaner who comes in once a month to clean our office, and she’ll usually break out the old vacuum in our store for the carpets.
Sure it’s been a while since she’s come by, but when I finished vacuuming the area, I was still shocked by the amount of fine dust that had multiplied in the barrel.
One thing that I really liked was that even with the cleaned air being expelled right into my face when vacuuming, I wasn’t irritated by any dust.
Cleaning Up After Myself
With all this dust collected, all that was left to do was clean out the barrel.
I had to repeat the ‘point and shoot’ motion several times to get most of the dirt out, but because it was so fine (it looked like cement powder), a layer of it still stuck steadfastly to the insides.
In the end, wet tissues had to come to the rescue to properly clean the barrel.
Another thing to note in terms of slight cons is that the vacuum is rather heavy at about 2.7kg. If you’re using it handheld (with the shorter cleaner heads), you’re definitely going to feel the ache after a while (if you’re like me with my noodle arms).
Using its main cleaner head for the floor takes the weight off a bit, so it’s more bearable then.
Overall, I would say that there are more pros than cons to this vacuum that I noticed, which I’ve listed out in the table below:
|Powerful enough even on the lowest setting||Heavy with a weight of about 2.7kg|
|Quieter than your average vacuum cleaner||Cleaning the cylindrical filter is tricky|
|Expels less dust||Hefty RM3,399 price tag|
|Comes with more than enough cleaner heads|
The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute+ is definitely a monster of a vacuum (in power, not size), and if you’ve got some disposable income and are thinking of getting a gift for someone who’s really into cleaning, perhaps this is an option.
Personally, I’d love to own a unit myself if I had my own home. It would also make a great gift for my mother who’s quite the neat freak, but I fear that it might be too heavy for her.
- You can find out more about the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute+ here.
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