I gave the new Dyson V12 Cord-free Vacuum a road-test. Image supplied.
I was recently given the opportunity to test drive the latest innovation in vacuum cleaners – the Dyson V12 Cord-free Vacuum. And let me tell you that the saying, “tell me you’re in your thirties without saying you’re in your thirties,” has never felt so fitting.
I have always owned Dyson vacuum cleaners and my current Dyson vacuum has definitely seen better days. I have had this heavy corded model for about 10 years – so let’s just say that it’s sucking power is not what it used to be. It’s heavy to carry around from room to room while switching the cord from jack point to jack point. So I most certainly have been overdue for a new vacuum cleaner for some time.
As Dyson really are the engineers of cleaner, healthier homes, it’s plain to see that this vacuum really was designed for optimum usability, convenience and efficiency and let me tell you why.
Let’s start with their laser dust detection feature.
The Dyson V12 Vacuum has a detachable head with an in-built green laser beam for the purpose of detecting dust. The laser dust detection reveals the particles you cannot normally see, with a precisely angled laser integrated into the cleaner head. The idea came about when a Dyson engineer noticed that airborne particles in their home glistened in the sun. They began to research how they could take this notion and apply it to the fine dust we cannot see in our homes. The team experimented with laser lights in the lab to test how this could be achieved, and a new solution was born. This feature is perfect for those who have wooden floors in their homes as it really highlights that hard to see dust in places such as around the bottom of your cupboards, in corners and under the fridge in your kitchen.
As well as the laser feature, the Dyson V12 Vacuum also has an LCD screen at the top of the vacuum that detects dust particles. This feature counts the particles 15,000 times a second using an acoustic piezo sensor which converts vibrations into electrical signals, displaying precisely the size and number of particles sucked up on the LCD screen. There are four colours displayed on the screen and each colour represents a type of particle. The yellow panel shows allergens, the red panel shows microscopic dust, the pink panel shows dust mites and the purple panel shows sugars. As you vacuum each room you will see a visual representation of exactly what the vacuum is sucking up from your surfaces.
Developed by a team of 370 engineers globally, the Dyson V12 Detect uses a Hyperdymium motor to generate a powerful suction and 5-stage filtration capturing 99.99% of dust particles down to 0.3 microns for a deep clean.
“As engineers our job is to solve daily problems, and the past 12 months has created plenty of new ones with more time spent indoors” explains James Dyson, Chief Engineer and Founder. “We are all cleaning more frequently, trying to remove the additional house dust but desperate for peace of mind that our homes are truly clean. Our latest vacuums use laser technology to reveal hidden dust, integrating a diode laser into the cleaner head that is precisely positioned at a 1.5 degree angle to create the best contrast between dust and floor.”
The Dyson V12 has a suction that is second to none, with three handy settings – Auto, which automatically optimises power and run time, with Eco, which maximises run time for extended cleaning and Boost, which is for more intensive spot cleaning. Each setting comes with a countdown timer, so you can see exactly how much time you have left of vacuuming power before the unit will need to be put back on charge.
The handheld unit holds most of its weight in the top of the vacuum – the part you hold, with a lengthened stem and light base with interchangeable heads. This ensures no need for bending as you vacuum. This has been invaluable for myself as I have back issues and tend to bend and put a lot of strain on my back when using a regular cord vacuum cleaner. Once finished, the vacuum is easily stored away next to a powerpoint where you can plug it in to charge, ready for its next use.
Cleaning the vacuum is easier than ever. One click of the button at the top of the stem releases the stem away from the unit and a lever at the side opens the hatch door to the dust chamber to release the waste from inside the vacuum into your bin.
Dyson really has designed this unit, not only for maximum cleaning, but for ease and convenience for the user – let me tell you that once you try this vacuum out for yourself, there is no going back to ordinary corded vacuum cleaners. While this model is an investment – I think it’s price point is reflected in the convenience of this model – being a cordless vacuum, as well as its smart technology. I give this unit a well-rounded 10/10. Bravo, Dyson.