I hate vacuuming – there’s just too much hassle involved. I hate pulling the heavy, cumbersome vacuum out from the cupboard I haphazardly stuffed it into the last time I was forced to use it. I hate being whacked in the head by the many many moving parts that seem to have a life of their own when dragging it out of said cupboard. I hate having to find a wall socket located conveniently close to the mess I want to vacuum up (spoiler alert: there’s never a socket located close to the mess I want to clean up). And lastly, I really, really hate getting the cord stuck under and behind all the furniture that is inevitably located between the wall socket and the mess I am trying to clean up. All of this hate for vacuuming, so why did I simply LOVE Dyson’s V8 Absolute cord-free vacuum?
I never thought I could get this excited about a vacuum cleaner, but when you have a labrador with a seemingly endless amount of hair wafting off its body all the live long day, you learn to appreciate the little things… like cordless vacuum cleaners. What makes the Dyson V8 show special is that it isn’t an ordinary cordless, stick vacuum cleaner – you know, the ones you buy to help vacuum your car and tiny spills around the around the house that just aren’t worth hauling out the real vacuum cleaner? Nope, thanks to a rather impressive battery time and all sorts of nifty features, little baby will completely replace your much-loathed corded vacuum.
If you ask me, Dyson’s got the right idea. The V8 is one of the most easy-to-use vacuum cleaners I’ve ever used, and the lightest. The appliance comes with a lightweight and compact main body (weighing in at just 2.6 KG!) as well as six attachments (all of which store away easily and conveniently, I promise!) and to get started you simply fit an attachment, press the trigger, and go. Switching the attachments takes mere seconds and is super easy to do, enabling you to go from a hand vacuum with a crevice tool to a full vacuum in a jiffy. Plus, without a cumbersome main unit to drag around on the floor, vacuuming becomes somewhat of a pleasure.
Speaking of attachments, there seems to be a tool for everything! There’s a soft roller cleaner head for floors; a direct drive cleaner head with bristles for carpet cleaning; and a motorised tool that works well on pet hair. There’s also a crevice tool for hard to reach places, soft brush for cleaning electronics, and a combination tool with both a brush and a piece of plastic that extends from it to also reach tiny hard to reach areas.Of course, the fact that the appliance is cord-free is also a huge plus. With the Dyson V8 you get up to 40-minutes of battery life on one charge and there’s nothing to unravel, plug-in, drag around and restrict your reach. Equipped with a docking and charging station, you can grab and clean whenever you need to. When it comes to vacuum cleaners, this things is as mobile as they come and I even used it chase my dog around the house a few times, sucking up the mounds of hair he left in his wake as he merrily bounded across my long-suffering wooden floors.
The neat-freak in me also loved the detail of the new bin emptying mechanism. Basically, a rubber collar slides down the shroud, scraping dirt off as the bin is emptied enabling you to hygienically drive out trapped dust and debris in a single action, with no need to touch the dirt. Genious!
The Dyson V8 retails at a recommended price of R9 999. It is available online from the Dyson South Africa website as well as selected @Home, Hirsch’s, Kloppers, Tafelberg Furniture’s, Ivan’s, Claremont Home Appliance, Wakefords Home Store and Masons Stores.
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After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.