I’m mum to an active, boisterous, loud, and lovable toddler who is an expert at creating artistic masterpieces and marvellous mayhem from wall to wall, and floor to ceiling. I don’t have a lot of free time on my hands, and as such, I prefer my domestic tasks to be completed in the quickest and easiest way possible. Today I’m talking about handheld stick vacuum cleaners… in particular, the new Dyson V6 Absolute. Stick vacuum cleaners are aimed at the ‘cleaning on the go’ crowd, and in my opinion they’re a must-have for cleaning up quick messes such as potato chip explosions, pet hair on your sofa, or crumbs in your stroller or car seat. Check out our full review below.
I’ll just say up front, that I’m not keen on vacuuming. It’s low on my scale of preferred household tasks, and I like it to be over and done with quickly. The convenience of the Dyson V6 Absolute handstick is what drew me to it in the first place. It comes with everything you need for cleaning all the nooks and crannies around your house including carpets, tiles, wooden floors, upholstery, Venetian blinds, and cobwebs in corners and dust bunnies under the bed.
The Dyson V6 Absolute comes with a range of attachments including two vacuum heads, a combination tool, crevice tool, docking station, and mini motorised head. The accessories are easy to attach, simply clicking into place. This vacuum is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre (for kids, adults, and nana or pop too). The suction is controlled by a trigger which lets you switch it on and off as you go to save on battery power. It’ll last you around 20 minutes before it needs to be recharged (a little less if you are using the powerhead) and can also be amped up to MAX mode for 6 minutes of intense cleaning. In addition, if you let go of the trigger in between strokes when vacuuming on hard floor, you can also extend your battery time.
The suction of the Dyson V6 Absolute is exceptional and I’ve found it both easy to use and effective in achieving a great clean, both on carpet and hard floors. It has the famous Dyson HEPA filtration system, which is a must in our house to keep the air clean around the kidlets, and the docking station (which screws onto your wall above a power point) is super convenient. You can click your Dyson into place once you’ve finished cleaning and it’ll be charged up and ready to go for next time.
The Dyson V6 Absolute comes with a range of accessories, which means you can find the right tool for the job (i.e. the crevice tool for tight spaces). The dust bin is easy and hygienic to empty, with a push button system. I did however find the dust bin to be a bit on the small size, which means you need to empty it several times during your clean (if you’re doing a large area). I also found that when vacuuming up pet hair, the hair tends to stick in clumps in the dust bin (requiring me to wedge it out). Fortunately, the rollers on the power heads can be removed for easy detangling of hair, which is very handy.
When it comes to maintenance, you simply need to rinse out the filters every month or so to keep your Dyson in tip top shape.
Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that noise produced by the Dyson V6 Absolute is fairly standard for a vacuum (louder when on MAX mode) and although it scared the jeepers out of my toddler the first time I used it, he has gotten used to the noise and now loves to ‘help’ with vacuuming. In fact, kids may actually find it fun to vacuum with this handstick, as the trigger action and sleek styling of the Dyson makes it kind of look like an intergalactic ray gun or a beefed up light saber.
The verdict? The Dyson V6 Absolute is a time saver and a space saver. I have absolutely no regrets making the switch to the handstick, and haven’t pulled out my old barrel vacuum since. If you have a very large house, you may still find a corded vacuum to be more convenient for deep cleans, due to the 20 minute battery limit on the Dyson V6 Absolute. Personally, I’d rather have the convenience of the handstick, even if it means I have to vacuum in ‘segments’.
KID independent was provided with a Dyson V6 Absolute to test drive for this review. We were not paid for our feedback and the review above represents our genuine opinion about this product.