Sucking up: the Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre vacuum cleaner
MANILA, Philippines – Mention 'Dyson' to any self-professed homemaker and you will note that a certain giddiness takes over their otherwise normal demeanor. Who can blame them?
From bladeless fans to last year’s game-changing hair dryer, the Super Sonic, to their hard-to-ignore, standard-setting cordless vacuum cleaners, Dyson has been responsible for some of the most significant contributions to home care in the immediate past decade. It does not hurt that they also come in sleek designs to make you believe that – at least for that one moment you're holding a Dyson product in your hands – the future is now.
Recently the pioneering company introduced to Rappler their latest addition to the V8 vacuum cleaners line; the V8 Carbon Fibre. The V8 line is hailed by the company as their “fastest-selling machine ever.”
The thing that surprised me, a first-time tester, is how light the whole contraption is. Clocking in at just 2.25 kg, I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it was to hold it. A quick turn around the room with the machine is enough to tell you that it is well-balanced, even if, technically, you’re holding the motor and batteries in your hand. There’s no fear of tipping over while you do your vacuuming chores.
Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners have been around for quite some time, but it’s still amazing that something battery-operated and hand-held can pack in so much suction power. Pulling the trigger for a go at a messy patch of floor confirms this. It effortlessly picked up dust and debris scattered from the floor, depositing it neatly into the waiting bin.
The cordlessness, of course, leads to the question of battery life. The new V8 machine runs on the latest nickel-cobalt-aluminum battery that does not fade, which is another way of saying “the machine starts strong and ends strong.” According to Sam Twist, a Dyson advanced design engineer, “these are super conductive and allows you to pack a real punch into these small 6 cells.” This V8 model can run up to 40 minutes (low mode) or 5 minutes (high mode) on 5 hours of charging.
A truly remarkable feature of the machine is its ability to filter the air through its post-motor filter. Families who have a history of allergies due to indoor pollution would be happy to know that “the airflow coming out of the exhaust of this machine is cleaner than the air you breathe.” The Dyson machine can capture ultrafine particles as small as 0.3 microns – way, way smaller in diameter than a strand of hair. Working with it is akin to having an air-purifier running at the same time.
We now come to what makes this V8 special: the Carbon Fibre brush bar.
Your standard issue V8 machine comes with two main floor tools. The first is for thick carpets and rugs. It has stiff nylon bristles that dig deep into soft material to remove ground-in dirt and pet hair. The second one has soft filaments to remove dust from hard surfaces. Lifting away bigger debris like rice and dried herbs is a breeze.
Carbon fibre is a curious material to use in a vacuum cleaner. A simple Google search of its uses currently will lead you to products that involve aircrafts and Formula 1 cars. Needles to say, it is one expensive material.
“We don't want to shy away from cost when it provides benefits,” says Twist of this design decision. “Traditional cleaner heads can cause static electricity build up on the floor which effectively attracts the dust particles down. But with the carbon fibre, you don’t get this. So the dust particles are freer and easier to remove,” he adds.
It’s not an idle claim. I tried the machine on a few footprints left on a black matte surface. With just a few back and forth passes in high mode, the V8 Carbon Fibre restored the platform to its former unblemished state.
Lastly, it also comes with a docking station that quietly and conveniently charges the machine on the wall, and neatly stores accessories too. Ever-ready, this vacuum will be there for you whether for some serious weekend-only deep cleaning, or just some quick spot vacuuming for when you accidentally tip over that jar of sugar.
What can I say after a few passes with the V8 Carbon Fibre? It is definitely an impressive machine that is intuitively designed. I am no techie but I actually look forward to doing vacuum chores for the sheer pleasure of seeing this baby in action.
Dyson truly has the capacity to revolutionize how we regard our homes. In a landscape where appliances seem to have reached the peak of their design and functionality, Dyson has been consistent with their breakthroughs – providing consumers with better-engineered household products. True, their products might seem pricey, but that cost translates to massive innovation, unparalleled engineering and ultimately, much better and improved products compared to the usual suspects.
The future of home care is bright with Dyson. – Rappler.com
The V8 Carbon Fibre vacuum cleaner (P47,500) will be available in the Philippines starting Feb 21, 2018 at Dyson stores in SM Aura Premier, Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, and Greenhills Promenade.
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