If you don’t have much space to clean, but still want to get the job done efficiently and conveniently, Dyson offers Omni-glide cordless vacuum cleaner just for you. While seeming to target urban dwellers who want to keep their apartments sparkling clean, it can still be used in any home. It's highly maneuverable, thanks to the omnidirectional fluffy head, making those hard-to-reach areas, like under your furniture, a breeze to clean.
Dyson Omni-glide: Price and Availability
The Dyson Omni-glide is available in the USA on dyson.com and goes for $399.99. For those in the UK, the recommended retail price will be £349.99. In Australia, it is already on sale and costs AU$599.99.
It has a swappable battery which will cost an additional $149 / £85 / AU$199.99.
Dyson Omni-glide: Design and Appearance
It's not that hard to notice that it’s a Dyson at first glance. However, it’s a big step away from the standard design of the V series of cordless vacuum cleaners. It's lightweight, easy to maneuver, and toned down. Available in purple, it's designed similarly to other Dyson vacuums in that the tube snaps into the body of the cleaner, which entails a dirt-bin under the Dyson cyclones, located under the five-stage filter part that you can easily screw on and off.
Cleaning the filter is quick and easy. Plus, you can wash out the bin and rollers as well. The biggest, and most noticeable change is the cleaning head, which now sports two fluffy rollers and four castors that rotate 360-degree, allowing the cleaner to move forwards, side to side, and back – basically any direction.
The handle has also been altered, and instead of the familiar trigger grip, the Omni-glide has a smooth wand. There are only two buttons for On/Off and Max power. Press the button once, it goes on. Press it again to turn it off. This model eliminates the need to keep the trigger pressed down when cleaning.
It has a combi-crevice tool that’s designed for sucking up debris in tight spaces, and the brush allows for removing cobwebs or something from your picture frames, wall clocks, etc. There’s also a worktop tool for scooping dirt like spilled rice, sugar, tea leaves, etc. The bin has also been slimmed down so that the cleaner can glide under the sofas or beds, increasing your reach. However, the smaller bin means that you’ll have to empty it more often. Luckily, there’s a rotary catch to release the lid and the fluff.
Dyson Omni-glide: Performance, Cleaning, and Battery Life
The Omni-glide comes with simple-to-operate buttons instead of a trigger switch, and it willfully slides across the hard floors, slips into narrow spaces, and glides around corners without much of a hassle.
This level of maneuverability makes it the perfect machine for cleaning awkward areas in the house. You must accept the fact that this mini vacuum cleaner is less powerful compared to other Dyson models. No wonder it's most suitable for cleaning hard flooring. However, it has powerful suction and is very effective in removing all debris thrown at it. For your rugs and carpets, you’ll have to switch to the motorized cleaning head, which can be a labor-intensive routine.
When it comes to battery, you can only expect around 20 minutes in eco mode and much less time when you set it to max mode. The lack of a battery indicator light to let you know when the battery is about to die is a huge downside, considering how quickly the power drains. It will just stop abruptly, interrupting your cleaning.
The small battery can be detached out of the handle to recharge, but you have the option to purchase extra ones for $149 each. Getting to full charge will take 3.5 hours, which is quite a long time only to use it for 20 minutes.
Converting the Omni-glide to and from a handheld mode is swift. Just like other Dyson cleaners, it requires removing the main wand and cleaning the head. It comes with a set of four tools for handheld cleaning: a standard nozzle with an integral brush, a motorized head (perfect for cleaning the stair and car carpets), and a do-it-all float head.
Dyson Omni-glide: Our Verdict
If you are looking for a compact cordless vacuum cleaner for a small apartment with hard floors, then the Dyson Omni-glide will make for a great buy. It's highly ideal for tight spaces since it can lie flat and be angled in any direction. It's also lightweight and allows you to swap the battery when it runs out.
However, it doesn't come cheap, and if you're on a budget, you might want to consider other brands like Hoover or Shark. If you have a big home, the Omni-glide won't be favorable considering the small bins (which require frequent emptying) and the short battery life. You will be better off saving for a large vacuum like the Dyson V11 Outsize.
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