On March 24, 2021, Dyson released its latest, and best stick vacuum yet. The $700 Dyson V15 Detect boasts of some advanced features like the laser emitter that highlights dust and dirt particles on the floor. The company says this feature guides you to clean floors with precision. Just how exactly does Dyson V15 Detect perform and is it a worthy investment?
Dyson V15 Detect: Features
Dubbed Intelligent Cordless Vacuum, the Dyson V15 Detect is a game-changer in the vacuum industry. However, the use of the dust and dirt sensor is not new. We first saw the technology on Tineco’s Pure S12 cordless vacuum cleaner back in 2019. Dyson took it a step further by adding a feature that breaks down the particles into different sizes.
The V15 Detect is powerful and capable of delivering 230 AW of suction power. It comes with several upgrades, the most notable one being the laser dust detection technology. The laser diode is installed on the Slim Fluffy floor head and illuminates green light to highlight hidden dirt. Apparently, the laser feature is more effective than LED alternatives, but we are yet to prove this.
Please note that the laser feature is only available for the Slim Fluffy floor head, which is designed for hard floors only.
Four stabilizing castors support the Fluffy cleaner, and it can move forwards, backward, and sideways. The cleaning head has two rollers that rotate in opposite directions, pulling debris to the center of the suction force.
The unit comes with an LCD screen that displays a colorful bar chart with details about the dust you suck up. The screen also displays the power level and the runtime left on the battery.
The acoustic piezo sensor is an 8mm diameter gold disc that uses sound to count and grade the particle sizes it collects. The particles are categorized into different sizes and the unit keeps track of how much dust you sweep over time. It's quite fast, counting at 15,000 times per second, and feeding the information to the LCD screen in real-time.
This feature is not just for fun. The piezo sensor is autonomous and increases the suction power if it detects dirtier floors, even if it was in Auto mode. Once the sensor detects less dirt, it reduces suction power.
The laser diode is fitted at an angle of 1.5 degrees and 7.2mm off the ground. This is a class one laser, meaning it's safe for use around pets and people. The use of the laser is said to deep clean all your surfaces, leaving them allergen and micro-organisms free.
If there's one challenge that faces vacuum cleaners, it’s the problem of hair wrapping around the brush hair, clogging the floor head, and impacting suction power. If you’ve ever cleaned a tangled brush bar, you know that it can be quite an unpleasant task. The Dyson came up with a solution to this by designing an Anti-Tangle Hair Screw (which is a small brush bar), featuring an asymmetrical conical shape that pushes the hair to the end so it's easily sucked up. This feature is especially useful when removing stray hairs from sofas, stairs, and car seats.
The machine comes with a High Torque Cleaner Head with 56 polycarbonate teeth used to shred pet and human hair into small particles, to prevent tangling around the bristles. Thanks to the anti-tangle technology, homeowners with long-haired friends don’t have to deal with this hassle of cleaning the brush.
Dyson V15 Detect: Design
The Dyson V15 Detect shares plenty of design similarities with the gold version of the Dyson V11 absolute. They both feature a hyperdymium motor, which is enclosed in a silver and purple casing at the top of the device. There are 14 cyclones, responsible for generating 100,000g of centrifugal force to hold dust and dirt in the canister, enclosed below in golden plastic.
They also share the same LCD display on the top of the vacuum, although the V15 Detect shows more details than the V11. The unit comes with a 0.2 gallon (0.76-liter) canister. However, in terms of performance, the V15 definitely offers a better kick with its motor that spins at up to 125,000 rpm, generating 230 Air Watts. This is 24 percent more suction power than the V11.
As a result, you get cleaner floors at a quicker rate.
Moreover, the V15 Detect ships with a swappable battery built into the handle. This helps to reduce interruptions between cleaning. According to Dyson, the batteries can last up to one hour between charges. Of course, the duration will depend on factors like power setting and the amount of dirt.
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