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Dyson V6 Absolute cordless vacuum cleaner
A handheld vacuum for efficient and convenient cleaning
- Can be used easily on a daily basis
- Bin release a little awkward
- Powerful motor chews through juice quickly
Price$ 899.00 (AUD)
Dyson’s V6 Absolute cordless, stick-style vacuum cleaner is like a juiced-up dust-buster. Except that it’s infinitely better than a dust-buster. It’s like a regular vacuum on a stick, and it can go a long way towards replacing a conventional vacuum cleaner if you live in a small apartment and feel like convenience should be a cleaning aid.
The beauty of Dyson’s cordless stick vacuum is that it has a jet of an engine stuck up near its handle, and the whole thing only weighs 2.3kg. Two speed settings are available to use, and we’ll describe them as powerful and super-powerful, because that’s what they are. Thanks to that engine, this stick makes small work of basic and even not-so-basic vacuum jobs, whether they are on carpet or hard floors. Two head attachments with different suction and dust collecting roller characteristics are provided for these tasks, one has a roller with bristles for carpet, the other has a roller with a cloth-like cover for hard surfaces. They both performed their duty in exemplary fashion.
We used this vacuum cleaner as our main machine to maintain a small apartment. Carpets were cleaned better than our conventional, el-cheapo vacuum could ever perform without requiring a few go-overs, and floorboards were kept dust-free on a daily basis on a single pass, too. The convenience of this stick-style vacuum, and the wall mount that’s supplied to store and keep it charged and ready to go, mean that you can keep this vacuum within reach, within sight, and readily use it to bust dust on a daily basis without having to untangle cords or store snake-style attachments.
It has a straight-forward design with a handle and trigger at the top by the engine, and a clear dust bin so that you can see when it’s time for emptying. The one drawback is that the dust bin is relatively small (0.4 litres), so cleaning really dusty environments will fill it up quickly. A release mechanism opposite the handle allows for the bin’s lid to open so that you can drop dust into a rubbish bag, but that same release mechanism can be pushed a little further to release the bin wholly from the engine. This will need to be done often in order to clean the machine proper. It’s the one aspect of the design that’s a little messy in that it can be awkward to remove and replace the bin, but it’s nevertheless an efficient design for the fact that it uses minimal parts.
Filters at the top and tail end of the machine can be removed without fuss for washing, and they kept all particles confined to the machine, as far as we could tell, even during the messiest of cleaning jobs. The only annoying maintenance will be the removal of built-up dust from the lining of the heads, and also from the bristles and surfaces of rollers within the heads. A brush is supplied to aid in the cleaning of the machine’s parts.
Since it’s such a powerful vacuum, don’t expect its battery to last a long time. At its super-powerful setting, and if the maximum suction head is attached (the one for hard floors), the battery will last 6min. Using just the powerful setting, it will last 20min. We found that we never had to use the super-powerful setting, relying solely on the standard powerful setting for our cleaning, and we were usually done within 10min when just doing a ‘top-up’ clean on a daily basis.
While it’s easy to use on floors, what makes the V6 stick even more special is its ability to be used on different planes and under hard-to-reach places. You stick on the straight attachment if you ever need to vacuum the corners of walls, air vents, or even the ceiling. Short attachments, or even the regular ball-jointed head can be used effectively on stairs. The ball joints of the standard head attachments are the ones that come in handy when you want to vacuum under furniture. The floor under this reviewer’s TV stand has never been cleaner.
Regular dust particles and lint were picked up off hard floors and carpet, as were larger debris, such as crumbs, and food scraps such as onion peels and capsicum seeds, for example. To give the vacuum more of a challenge, we placed some cotton wool on carpet and dug it in deep, stepping on it and really twisting it in. The V6 Absolute with the regular carpet head attachment got rid of this, too, though we did have to perform a few extra passes.
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Basically, what we’re trying to convey is that this is a convenient vacuum to have on hand for all sorts of clean-up jobs. For a small space with a mix of hard floors and carpet, this vacuum is excellent. We recommend it most for daily incremental cleans, as a tool that will help avoid the build-up of dust over time, and also for instant cleans of accidental dry spills in kitchen and dining areas of a home, for example.
Even though its price may seem exorbitant, you are paying for a machine that can live up to expectations. Its ready-to-use and versatile design, its powerful engine, and the quality of its attachments, all combine to make the V6 Absolute a worthwhile purchase. And the best part is that you can just hang it up on the wall; no need to round up cords and snake attachments in order to shove it in the closet.
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