Dyson V15 Detect review: This convertible vac doesn’t miss a thing

The Cult of Dyson has a brand new beaut to covet: the Dyson V15 Detect cordless vacuum cleaner. It’s merely one of the best in an extended line of light-weight, more and more highly effective cordless stick vacs which have earned the model an avid international following.

The V15 Detect is a hyper-polished, ultra-helpful housemate; premium-priced however arguably price it over the long term at $699.95. Weighing simply 6.eight kilos, but lion sturdy, this vacuum is extra-easy to assemble and use in stick or hand-vac modes, making residence cleansing not simply extra handy, however nearly easy—even enjoyable. Coping with a sudden spill or doing a each day contact up is a no brainer when you may have this slim factor hanging on its wall-charging station or stashed in a closet. The V15 Detect provides contemporary options and tweaks, together with a useful laser mild and an modern show.

This evaluate is a part of TechHive’s protection of one of the best sensible vacuums, the place you’ll discover evaluations of the competitors’s choices, plus a purchaser’s information to the options you must take into account when purchasing for this kind of product.

First issues first

The V15 Detect’s revved-up suction energy is its most noteworthy refinement. I believed I had it good with my older Direct-Drive energy head Dyson stick vacs: a 2014 DC59 (aka the V6) and a now five-year-old V8 that continues to be in Dyson’s lineup. However since taking over the V15 Detect for evaluate, I’ve been shocked by the quantity of pet hair and deeply embedded grit, mites, moth eggs, and pollen I see in its canister instantly after working one among my older Dysons over the identical zone. I’d swear I’m respiration simpler this allergy season.

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The Dyson D15 Detect’s dirt-tracking show reveals the each day catch. Over time, the yellow-bar allergen rely (far left) will keep excessive whereas different bars fall.

The V15 Detect’s point-and-shoot canister emptying isn’t a wholly new function, it was first noticed within the V10 and V11 product traces, in addition to on the mega-capacity Outsize, however it has been refined right here. It’s one other guidelines merchandise sure to influence customers of older Dyson sticks to declare “time to improve!” That’s as a result of earlier fashions required you to disassemble the tank and wipe it out. Dustbin dumping is now a super-quick, completely hands-off operation.

Anybody contemplating giving up their cumbersome, clumsy standup or canister vac might be satisfied to make the change inside 5 minutes of laying fingers on this machine. Who wants energy cords and hoses that restrict maneuverability and may actually journey you up? Tellingly, Dyson has grown so assured of its cordless stick vacs’ efficiency that the maker has stopped refining its standup vacuum cleaner fashions.

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Level, push, and shoot: Flushing the dust canister and inside mechanism is as straightforward as pointing and pushing a lever.

The Dyson V15 Detect sucks—laborious

The V15 Detect’s suction energy is approach up, due to airflow enhancements within the three motorized energy heads bundled with the machine: the Slim Fluffy for naked flooring, an up to date Excessive Torque head for carpet and rug use, and a compact Hair Screw device attachment for furnishings and stair cleansing whereas in hand-vac mode. Plus, the V15 Detect’s proprietary Hyperdymium digital motor now cranks 230 air watts and 24 % extra suction energy than the 185 air watts model present in one-step-down V11 collection. Regardless of the elevated energy, the brand new child clocks a full hour run time in Eco mode earlier than needing a battery recharge—or a battery-pack swap, in case you’ve bought a spare. That’s an choice older Dysons don’t provide.

The V15 Detect is a tad top-heavier than I’m used to with Dysons. The battery pack has grown in girth to attain an extended run time (60- versus 40 minutes), and the dustbin has been stretched to enhance its capability. However this factor is just not as bulked-out as Dyson’s newest Outsize mannequin (the one actor/comic Billy Crystal just lately held up with a smile on CBS Sunday Morning when requested what he’d been doing “for enjoyable” through the COVID 19 quarantine.)  And I’ve solely actually discovered the V15 Detect extra unwieldy than my V8 when working it in hand-vac mode on the couch and stairs.

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The Dyson D15 Detect simply converts from a stick vac for cleansing flooring to a handheld unit for vacuuming your upholstery.

Dyson V15 Detect function set

The V15 Detect’s cutest new function is a inexperienced laser mild mounted to the entrance of the motorized bare-floor Slim Fluffy brush head. It illuminates in any other case invisible mud (and encourages insomniacs to do some nocturnal cleansing).  Utilizing it didn’t appear to decrease the vac’s battery run time, however it’s nonetheless straightforward to change on and off.

Refinements have additionally been made on the motorized carpet and furnishings brushes, to forestall carpet threads and hair from tangling up on the rollers. Each carried out as promised, although I ought to observe that the conical-shaped, open-at-one-end Hair Screw upholstery brush additionally introduces a little bit of rattling to the in any other case reasonably quiet operation. And I do have blended emotions concerning the retractable combs on the entrance lip of the Excessive Torque rug-cleaner head. These tooth, which I didn’t discover on my older Dysons’ energy heads, definitely “half” the carpet fibers, however they may additionally inadvertently pull some out. The identical is true of the machine’s beater brush.

You may monitor the vacuum’s particle-pickup efficiency (an oddly thrilling factor to observe) on a shade LCD show on the again finish of the physique. Dyson says a piezo sensor not solely counts the variety of mud particles the vacuum is pulling up, it measures them in an effort to robotically fine-tune the quantity of suction wanted for the present cleansing job. You can even manually shift the vac’s working mode from Increase to Auto to Eco and monitor the remaining battery cost time with this show.

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The inexperienced laser on the Dyson D15 Detect’s Slim Fluffy head makes mud in your flooring straightforward to seek out and clear up.

In fact, nevertheless, I not often ran the V15 Detect in Auto mode throughout my evaluate, as a result of the sensor and Excessive Torque head don’t work properly with a few of my very costly, low-pile, hand-knotted wool rugs. The machine would oddly shift into most Increase mode, cranking up the suction and motor revolutions (125,000 rpm max) to such a level that the carpet head connected itself to the rug and wouldn’t let go!

Higher than bug spray

Having simply spent near a grand to scrub and restore three of my woven treasures that had suffered moth harm, the V15 Detect’s suction energy has been most welcome. And the payback, with persistent use, has been gratifying. I’m now not often recognizing even a single moth flitting round the home, whereas I used to sight, chase, and smack down a number of day-after-day. (A couple of non-toxic—to individuals and pets—Safer-brand moth traps additionally think about my pest-control marketing campaign.)

My rug-cleaning obsession does make me worry I’m turning into my grandmother, who Hoovered her condominium nearly day-after-day. However I can’t overemphasize how bother-free the V15 Detect is to run: It’s pint-sized and straightforward to seize, but mighty. Some customers complain about Dyson’s “useless man’s brake” set off—the vacuum shuts off the second you launch the set off—however it doesn’t trouble me, as a result of I admire the motivation behind the design choice: It maximizes the battery’s run time.

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The motor-driven Hair Screw device has an anti-tangle conical brush that spirals hair off and into the bin.

A Catch-22

My seasoned, Iranian-born rug dealer/cleaner/repairer nearly had a coronary heart assault after I bragged about testing a robust new Dyson vac with an always-on motorized curler head. “Cease that!” he declared. “It’s pulling out threads, destroying your rugs! Solely use a vacuum cleaner with a non-motorized head. By no means use a vacuum with a beater bar.”

I do personal and now solely often use one such vacuum cleaner: a high-end, Swedish-made Oxygen by Eureka canister mannequin seasoned vac-repair man as soon as informed me had “wonderful” suction energy. No, it doesn’t pull up the rug threads that I spot within the Dyson dump pile after working over the loose-weave Turkish Kilim in my eating room. However truthfully, the Oxygen additionally fails to suck out the micro-grit deeply embedded on this vintage rug.  

I want Dyson might determine a approach round this dilemma; maybe, with an influence head that has sturdy suction, however it additionally outfitted with a beater bar you may flip off. Till that occurs, I’d nonetheless advocate vacuuming with a Dyson V15 Detect. It’s an oz of prevention that’s price a pound of moth-hole-repairing treatment.

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