Han­dles like a race car

Dyson V8 Fluffy Pro

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Alvin Soon

The Dyson V8 is the most fun I’ve had with a vac­uum cleaner, and it’s also the most ex­pen­sive one I’ve ever used. It is Dyson’s new­est cord­less vac­uum cleaner, with more suc­tion strength than its pre­de­ces­sor, the V6, and dou­ble its bat­tery life.

The V8 costs a pretty penny, at RM2,999 for the V8 Fluffy Pro and RM3,299 for the V8 Ab­so­lute Plus. Both edi­tions ship with the same vac­uum, but the Ab­so­lute Plus has more ac­ces­sories, in­clud­ing a direct-drive cleaner head for deeper car­pet clean­ing. I used it for a month, and this is what I learned.

If most vac­uum clean­ers han­dle like pick-up trucks, the V8 han­dles like a road­hug­ging car that re­sponds to ev­ery nudge of the wheel. It weighs 2.6kg, the same as a light dumb­bell, which sounds daunt­ing when you think about haul­ing it through the en­tire house. For my part, I found it to be fine once i got the hang of it, but heav­i­ness is sub­jec­tive and I can’t say it’d be a com­fort­able weight for ev­ery­one.

us­ing it as a hand­held cleaner was also fine for me. The one body part that did get tired wasn’t my bi­cep, but my fin­ger. con­tin­u­ously hold­ing the trig­ger down to ac­ti­vate the vac­uum got tire­some — it would have been nice to have a trig­ger lock of some kind.

The soft roller cleaner head, which ships with both, is likely the one you’ll use most of the time, and it’s highly ma­neu­ver­able. It can ro­tate par­al­lel to the ground, and smoothly to the sides, mak­ing it easy to get to those tough spots. The other at­tach­ments give you quite

a bit of flex­i­bil­ity to reach into odd spa­ces and get the clean­ing that you want do­ing

The V8 can last up to 40 min­utes on a full charge if you use the crevice and com­bi­na­tion tool, up to 30 min­utes with the mini mo­tor­ized tool and soft roller cleaner head, and up to 25 min­utes with the direct-drive cleaner head. Turn the V8’s suc­tion power on to max­i­mum ef­fort, how­ever, and you get a flat seven min­utes, re­gard­less of the at­tach­ment you use.

i was wor­ried that 30 min­utes with the soft roller cleaner head might be too short to com­plete a full sweep, but I never ran out of juice when us­ing the V8. For a com­plete sweep of my 1,400 square foot flat, i av­er­aged a clean­ing time of 20 to 25 min­utes, which is un­der the Dyson’s max­i­mum run time. It also means that if you have a big­ger place than mine, you should prob­a­bly not get the V8.

I’m con­stantly sur­prised by the amount of dirt that ap­pears in the can­is­ter when vac­u­um­ing floors that look clean. The V8’s suc­tion power is thanks to the V8 dig­i­tal mo­tor, which spins at up to 110,000 times a minute to suck air and de­bris in — that’s five times faster than a For­mula One car en­gine.

In­stead of roar­ing like other vac­uum clean­ers, the V8 runs with a di­min­ished, higher-pitched whine that’s sup­posed to be 50-per­cent qui­eter than its older vac­u­ums. It’s not whis­per quiet, but you can al­most have a con­ver­sa­tion over it. If you hold your face near the back of the V8, you’ll find a cool breeze blow­ing there. That’s where the air that’s be­ing sucked in is ejected, and through a HePA fil­ter no less, which means the air going out of the V8 is likely cleaner than the air that’s going in.

The V8 is a bag­less vac­uum, which means that you save money down the line by not hav­ing to buy bag re­place­ments. But it also means that you have to empty the dirt from the can­is­ter your­self. It’s not a ter­ri­ble chore, but it’s one of the in­con­ve­niences that bagged vac­u­ums don’t suf­fer from.

And the V8 runs on bat­tery, which means that the bat­tery will even­tu­ally run down. Anyone who’s owned a smart­phone for a few years knows that the bat­tery will hold a lesser charge through time, that’s just how cur­rent bat­tery tech­nol­ogy works.

Af­ter a month of get­ting to know the Dyson V8 in all sorts of dirty sit­u­a­tions, I’ve found it to be a thought­fully de­signed ma­chine. But that price, though. For most peo­ple, RM2,999 is a lot to drop for a vac­uum cleaner.

If you en­joy clean­ing like I do, then the V8 is a tool that makes it a lit­tle more de­light­ful. And if you don’t, well, maybe the V8’s con­ve­nience — and the price you pay for it — will en­cour­age you to do it a lit­tle more.

CoN­CLu­SioN it’s pow­er­ful, con­ve­nient, but also ex­pen­sive.

The loud col­ors are there to com­mu­ni­cate. red, for ex­am­ple, in­di­cates parts you can ma­nip­u­late, like the red trig­ger and the at­tach­ment points.

The soft roller cleaner head swivels around smoothly, mak­ing it easy to get the cor­ners.

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