I recently received a Dyson V6 Absolute Stick Vacuum to review (it was sent to me free for this review, but all the opinions contained in this post are mine). I need to be honest here, I hate vacuuming. Absolutely hate it with vengeneance. So why would I offer to review a vacuum cleaner? Because the fact that I hate vacuuming means that I don’t do it until it’s absolutely necessary and anything that will inspire me to vacuum has to be tried. It’s funny that I hate vacuuming, because the V6 has joined this little Dyson family…
When I tried this at the One Fine Baby show, I realised it could be a game changer for me in the kitchen. I’m a cook. Not a cleaner. I hate spills on the floor because I’m constantly reading organising blogs and the like that tell me that clean floors are the best way to make your house look clean. But I cook with two kids and they don’t like me stopping them from measuring the flour just because they are dropping some on the way to the bowl. The great thing about the V6 Absolute is that it doesn’t discriminate about what it picks up, flour is no problem and nor is larger mess like rice puffs or abandoned smatterings of bread crust. The Dyson Fluffy head actually allows you to pick up the dusty mess and the chunkier mess without needing to change heads or bend down and pick up the larger mess.
So what’s in the box? The Dyson V6 Absolute unit comes with:
- The dyson fluffy head for hard floors (finally something that cleans my kitchen lino without lifting it!)
- The motorised head (shag pile rug tool- seriously- you would be amazed how many sultanas it has sucked up out of the carpet)
- The crevice tool (sticky beak- ideal for edges, skirtings etc or around the oven, dishwasher etc)
- The combination tool (cobwebs begone!)
- The mini motorised head (I’ve used it on the couch)
- The docking station
- The charger
Now let’s talk expectations and achievements. With the fluffy head (non motorised) you get about 20 minutes out of the vacuum cleaner. That’s pretty good, if you remember to keep it charged (we are still discussing where I’m going to put the docking station). With the motorised head it’s about 16 minutes. This is not designed to replace your whole house vacuum. It’s a “quick your mother in law is coming over” vacuum, for under the table after meals, down the hallway when they come home from preschool with the entire sandpit in their shoes kind of vacuum. The motor is very powerful. Watch out lego….here I come! But you can see it all in the barrel, and fish it out….yes I’ve done that!
It’s light, easy to push and the stick is removable meaning you’ve got a very nifty little handheld without the stick attached. If you’ve got asthmatics in the family, the filters are washable and there are no parts to replace, no bags to replace, nothing that means you’ll be spending $ every couple of months. It’s really easy to empty too and easy to clean out the main chamber.
What I’ve loved most about it is the fact that I can do my stairs, cordless and without bending too much. It makes it doable, I’m not carrying a massive heavy vacuum up and down the stairs. Being totally honest, my house is a lot cleaner, I’ve vacuumed a lot more than I anticipated!
These don’t come cheap, at $899 RRP (but I have seen them on sale at costco cheaper and also watch Myer for sales!) but they are an awesome machine and if organising and cleaning are on your New Years Resolution List this year, then it’s a worthwhile investment. Where to buy? Check out this link for more info and retailer info.