Dyson V8 Slim Fluffy: Reviewing the brand’s lightest cordless vacuum cleaner designed for small homes
Suck it up
In case you forgot, Dyson first made its name in the '90s with its industry-best vacuum cleaners. Since then, the company has reinvented a host of other everyday objects, including bladeless fans, air purifiers, hand dryers, and some serious hair-styling tools. Dyson's Supersonic hair dryer, Airwrap styler, and its latest Corrale straightener have made headlines in the last few years, so there hasn't been much talk around its killer cleaners of late.
But there's a good reason to bring up Dyson's revolutionary vacs with the launch of the new V8 Slim Fluffy. Engineered for small, tight spaces (though, really, it works excellently for every nook and cranny of your home), it's the brand's lightest cord-free vacuum cleaner with supposedly "no loss of performance".
Before we go into the details of the technology and usability, let me just say that your life will overwhelmingly improve with this machine. Because we all know the perils of living in an unclean home. It can ruin both your physical and mental health. The stakes are high. Dust and unseen debris can kill. Buy a Dyson vacuum cleaner.
It puts less strain on your arms.
The Dyson V8 Slim Fluffy has a new soft roller cleaner head that is 40 percent smaller and lighter than its predecessor, thanks to the use of aircraft-grade aluminum. The carbon fibre filament and felt in the cleaner head are also stitched together (as opposed to using glue and plastic parts to hold the fabrics in place) to shed more weight. The machine itself is 2.15kg. All these mean you'll struggle less when trying to clean tight, hard-to-reach spots, which saves you some serious time and energy.
It really sucks.
I mean, literally. In a good way. This thing is a freaking powerhouse. The V8 motor, like all Dyson's vacuums, is made with the brand's patented cyclone technology, which uses centrifugal force to fling fine dust and other pesky microscopic particles like pollen and even bacteria into the bin, eliminating the use of bags. "Bagged vacuums begin to lose suction as soon as they fill with dust," Sir James Dyson told New York. Powered by fade-free batteries, it deep cleans, consistently, for 40 minutes on a full charge. For my 1,000 sq. ft. two bedder, I could use it twice before it goes flat. The V8 Slim Fluffy+ also does a remarkable job of giving you options with five cleaner heads — one for floors, one that lights up dark crevices, one you can use with or without the pull-out brush depending on the surface, one that transforms into a handheld for cars, and one for mattresses and couches. The versatility is fantastic.
Like a good workout, it'll leave you utterly satisfied after.
Cleaning is cathartic. Clean homes and organised spaces are proven to reduce stress and improve happiness. The clear bin, a signature of Dyson's design, also elevates that post-clean-up feeling of accomplishment when you watch the bin get filled up. So that insane cyclone technology we talked about? That's what separates dust and smaller particles from the airflow. The air-tight bin and post-motor filter then ensure all the dirt and debris are securely trapped within the machine, exhausting cleaner air. Like a low-key air-purifier. While it isn't super intuitive for first-time Dyson users (I had to consult Professor Google on certain mechanisms of the machine), the way the V8 ejects its filthy contents is brilliant: When you pull the lever up, the cleaner bin lid opens, and a rubber collar slides down the shroud, scraping dirt off so you won't need to touch the dirt. Look ma, clean hands.
The Dyson V8 Slim Fluffy (two tools, $549) and V8 Slim Fluffy+ (five tools; $599) are now available at Dyson Singapore's web-store.