In 2017, Dyson unleashed the V8 cord-free vacuum cleaner on the world, and changed the face of dust-busting forever. Since then, they've also launched the V10 and V11 vacuums, which boast amazing suction power, battery lives, and um, price points.
In early June, though, in a blast (of powerful air) from the past, Dyson premiered the V8 Slim, its lightest and smallest vacuum cleaner yet, with a new soft roller head that’s a whopping 40 per cent smaller and lighter than its predecessor. We’re talking about 800g lighter than the current V11, which is a lot. There’s apparently no compromise in performance as well. Did we mention it’s also way cheaper than the V11 models’ $899 to $999 price tags? The Dyson V8 Slim Fluffy is $549 to $599 (the extra $50 is for extra tools, for the Dyson V8 Slim Fluffy+). Whoa! Who else wants to run out and buy a V8 Slim now?
1. It’s light. And you can quite obviously feel how much lighter it is. Compared with our current V11 Absolute, it’s a breeze to push around, and more maneuverable too.
2. It’s got a really small head. Again, this is compared to the V11 Absolute. It’s 40 per cent smaller and lighter, and really makes squeezing into tight corners super easy. Basically, it can go where no V11 has gone before, which makes it a very attractive option for Singapore’s small apartments.
3. There’s an awesome new tool called the Light-Pipe Crevice Tool. This slim see-through tool lights up like a purple lightsaber to defeat the dusty dark sides of your home. The LED light allows you to see into dark crevices and really clean things out.
1. The battery life isn’t as good as the V11 machines. Something’s gotta give, right? While the V11s weighed in with an impressive 60min run time on a single full charge, the V8 Slim has a 40min run time (30 mins in Powerful suction mode). Not too shabby still, but if you’re now spoilt and have gotten used to charging your machine less often, expect to have to charge your V8 Slim every 40 mins. Or just vacuum faster, maybe?
2. No LCD screen telling you how much battery time is left. Again, we’ve been spoilt by the V11. Do we need to know if we have 18 minutes or 8 minutes left to vacuum our car? Hmm.
It’s a no brainer. The $549 to $599 price tag makes the V8 Slim Dyson’s most accessible cordless vacuum cleaner yet, and may bring in new fans who were deterred by its previous higher prices. And while other lightweight vacuums may be less powerful, the V8 Slim really did suck up every last bit dust when we tried it. The best thing for us is how light it is, and how easy it is to wield it. The lightsaber is the purple icing on top of a very nice cake.
The Dyson V8 Slim Fluffy+ is $599 (includes LED crevice tool) and the V8 Slim Fluffy is $549.
Available from Dyson stores and retailers and https://www.dyson.com.sg.