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By Lauren Quan |
September 2020 |
Dyson V6 Absolute, Should I Buy it?
Dyson is a British-based technology company established in 1987. The company produces a vast range of products, including hand dryers, heaters, bladeless fans, and vacuum cleaners, which have dominated the market.
Unlike other brands, Dyson vacuum cleaners use cyclone technology to remove dirt, dust, and allergens from the air. James Dyson, the founder, developed the technology to resolve the shortcomings modern vacuums pose, the most notable being using bags to trap dust. While the bags do a great job at trapping the dirt, they often get clogged reducing the suction power.
Cyclonic technology imitates the centrifugal separators used in industrial settings to remove debris. This means the air inside a cleaner spins at high speeds to create a strong and consistent suction reducing clogs. The technology also separates large and small particles when directing them to the bin. Once done cleaning, you just need to empty the vacuum, and you’re ready to go again.
Dyson is also credited with developing a few other signature technologies. Cinetic science technology is one such invention found in the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball canister vacuum. It delivers strong suction power that captures microscopic particles before hitting the filter. This means there are no dirty filters to replace or wash.
Ball technology is another kind used to design vacuum cleaners that are easy to maneuver around the furniture and small spaces. A slight wrist motion causes the ball to rotate in different directions effortlessly. Also, the vacuum cleaners have a low center of gravity, allowing them to remain upright regardless of how far they are pulled or pushed.
Another signature technology from Dyson is radial root cyclone technology. It uses 12 compact cyclones to produce centrifugal forces for capturing microscopic dust and maximum airflow. Some Dyson vacuum cleaners use two-tier radial cyclone technology to deliver faster and better airflow using smaller cyclones. The Dyson V6 Absolute is one such vacuum cleaner. Here’s an in-depth review of the product.
What is Dyson V6 Absolute?
The device builds on the strengths of the original Dyson V6 handheld and bagless cleaner. It serves as the high-end model of Dyson’s rebranded stick vacuum product line thanks to its two-tier Radial cyclone technology, which picks up more dirt than many mainstream vacuum cleaners.
What’s more, it uses 15 cyclones, all equipped with centrifugal force to pick up microscopic dust particles and bacteria as small as 0.3 microns. If worried about pet hair, the V6 Absolute delivers 150% more brush power and has a special Dyson engineered tool for removing pet hair.
V6 Absolute uses a built-in battery that adds to its ease of use by reducing hand weight. It also means you’ve one charge-worth of cleaning before recharging it for 3.5 hours. As for its battery life, there’s a love/hate relationship. Dyson claims it lasts 20 minutes max on a full charge but managed to deliver 21 minutes of runtime when tested. This is more than enough if cleaning a small apartment.
However, large spaces only get six minutes of suction on high-power mode. Now that doesn’t sound like a lot, but when a cordless cleaner delivers that much suction, you don’t need to spend a lot of time cleaning.
Moreover, with the trigger switch mechanism, you can turn it off when moving from one area to another or moving furniture to clean behind to maximize its run time.
The Absolute V6 combines cyclone technology with a digital motor that spins 110,000 revolutions per minute to produce 100 air watts of suction. What’s more, the 15 cyclones fitted on the two radial tiers help preserve the air pressure circulating in the vacuum capturing the smallest dirt particles.
When empty, the device has a suction of 11kPa or 19kPa at max mode, competing the same way as Dyson’s mains-powered vacuums. What’s surprising is that this device’s suction doesn’t drop when the battery drains or when the bin is almost full.
When it comes to performance this Dyson stick vacuum cleaner aces the test. It uses a direct-drive cleaner head to spin the brush bars and push the bristles into the surface, removing more dirt than air-driven vacuum cleaners. As such, a single sweep on a carpet should remove any cat litter spill. What’s more, the device collects all the dirt without making an additional mess.
It also comes with a hard floor cleaner head for cleaning kitchen spills and picking up fine powders in just one sweep. Also, its ability to filter even the finest dirt particles leaves much cleaner air in the room. Its extra filter allows you to clean bedsheets and mattresses, sucking up dead skin cells and dust mite feces. It is this feature that makes the V6 Absolute an excellent buy for people with allergies.
Ease of Use
The machine weighs 2.3kgs only, and since it's an upright vacuum, its maneuverability is pretty swift. Also, with a 0.4L capacity, it doesn’t hold lots of dirt. With the press a button, you can quickly empty the dust into the bin. This feature comes in handy for people with young children and pets, as they are likely to clean their houses more frequently.
The machine boasts a range of accessories for cleaning hard and soft floor surfaces. Apart from the main floorhead it comes with:
A direct-drive cleaner
Soft roller cleaner head
A mini-soft dusting brush
The direct-drive cleaner equips the device suitable to clean delicate surfaces like carpets, but if it’s too large for the job, the mini-motorized tool comes in handy. You can use it to clean the stairs, steps, and smaller cleaning areas like the sofa.
Differences between V6 Absolute and V6 motorhead
The vacuum cleaners have similar features: a runtime of 20 minutes after a 3.5-hour charge time, suction power of 100 air watts, and stick vacuum designs. Also, both the V6 Absolute and the V6 Motorhead come with a range of accessories that equip them for optimal allergen capture on surfaces. Yet, there’s a vast difference in their pricing that prompts us to look into what causes this difference.
Whole-machine HEPA Filtration
The most obvious difference is the absence of whole-machine HEPA filtration in the Dyson V6 Motorhead. This means it can’t trap the small dust air particles as the V6 Absolute. A device equipped with this feature can trap 99.7% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. This means the machine can trap household allergens leaving space extremely clean for people with allergies. What’s more, the V6 Absolute has an additional filter for cleaning bedsheets and mattresses. This means it can also suck up dead skin cells known to attract dust mites that cause skin irritation.
A closer look at the V6 Motorhead shows that it lacks a range of accessories included in the V6 Absolute package. They include:
The mini-motorized tool: It means the V6 Motorhead can’t pick up pet hair; hence not great for homes with pets
The mini soft dusting brush: The tool is ideal for cleaning smaller surfaces like the sofa, steps, and the stairs. You’d have to use a different device to clean the surfaces if you buy the V6 Motorhead
Soft roller cleaner head: The tool is specially designed for cleaning hard floors. The lack of this accessory on the V6 Motorhead restricts its use to cleaning carpets and other soft surfaces
This means the Dyson V6 Motorhead is suitable for homeowners looking for a lightweight cleaning equipment without paying more for brushes and additional accessories
Dyson V6 Absolute can undeniably replace a full-size vacuum. It has the same features as some mains-powered vacuums, evident from its unparalleled suction, long battery life, and HEPA filtration capability. Also, its vast array of attachments makes it adept at cleaning upholstery and sensitive furniture. If your home comprises both soft and hard floors, this is the machine to buy. Though a tad expensive, it gives you value for money.
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