Dyson V8 Fluffy – compact, powerful, scientific

On a bright Saturday morning, our family headed to Trehaus for a preview of the new Dyson V8 Fluffy.

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The organisers had thoughtfully made this a family-friendly affair, and there were special activities for the children to keep them happy and out of our hair.

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The girls were delighted, and had a great time at this bright and well-designed Kids Atelier section of Trehaus, a co-working space at Claymore Connect, where a parent can rent workspace whilst their kids have access to full day childcare in the adjoining room.

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But what we had really come here for, was the brand new Dyson V8 Fluffy, a spectacular piece of modern-day engineering, and probably one of the best vacuum cleaners money can buy.

First, Dyson’s eloquent PR Executive Malvin, brought us through an educational walk-through of Dyson’s history.

One of my relatives has a Dyson V6 (and their bladeless fan), so I had heard quite a bit about the brand from her. However, it was still fascinating to learn that:

  • Dyson remains a family-owned UK business that is not listed. Since it need not answer to shareholders who tend to be myopically focused on profit, Dyson is able to invest 5 million pounds a week on internal R&D.
  • Founder James Dyson was so relentless in his pursuit of excellence that the first Dyson vacuum cleaner, was the 5217th prototype he made.
  • Dyson has a lab with dedicated microbiologists to research into how best to extract allergens residing in microscopic dust with the force of a vacuum.
  • Apart from its HQ in Wiltshire, UK, Dyson also has a manufacturing plant in Singapore which produces their digital micro-motors with extremely high-end technology.
  • The latest Dyson V8 captures and retains more dust using patented 2 Tier Radial cyclones. 15 cyclones, arranged across two tiers, generate powerful centrifugal forces to spin dust and dirt out of the airflow.
  • Bearing testament to the fact that Dyson’s engineers are constantly pushing the boundaries, they have managed to make the latest V8 50% quieter than the previous model.
  • If you like figuring how things work, you’re going to love the information and videos on this page.

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Although Dyson’s products look very edgy, I was very impressed to learn that their philosophy is that “function dictates form”.  So its design is not for marketing a certain aesthetic, but rather, every single component is designed as such for highly scientific reasons.

My left brain just wants to accord the V8 a standing ovation at this point.

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imageProduct specialist Steve then gave us a very helpful demonstration on how to attach and operate the various tools, as well as the fuss-free ways of cleaning them.

The box set comes with the Fluffy (soft roller cleaner head for hard floors – which picks up large pieces of debris as effectively as fine dust), a mini motorised tool (to get sand or pet hair off rugs and floor mats), a combination tool (that comes with an adjustable dusting brush), a wedge shaped tool (for ridding mattresses and soft toys of dust mites) and a rigid crevice tool (for rigid crevices, haha). It also comes with a docking station which can be wall-mounted, so the V8 has a snug home to re-charge in, after every cleaning expedition.

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Knowledgeable and patient, Steve answered all our questions and demystified the functions and inner workings of the V8 Fluffy. For instance, to wash the filter, just lift up the blue circle atop the motor, rinse, wring and dry.

After the talk, everyone had an immediate chance to ‘test-drive’ the V8 Fluffy. And all the parents indulgently let their kids have the first go – after all, one should never say no to a child who asks to wield a vacuum cleaner!

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Just had to take a shot of the hubs in his incidentally matching garb. Union Jack colours, no less.

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The very next morning, 5 year old B asked what she could clean, and then proceeded to enthusiastically vacuum the entire car interior, including the floor mats! Then they had a field day cleaning their mattresses and monkeying around with their ‘new toy gun’. At just 2.6kg in weight, the V8 Fluffy is light enough for kids to use.

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Beyond converting my kids into cleaning enthusiasts, here’s what I personally liked best about using the V8 Fluffy:

  • Cutting-edge technology and design. The V8’s cyclonic force vacuums up particles up to 0.3 microns in size (that’s one quarter the width of a hair on your head), which is much smaller than a dust mite. The HEPA filter (in blue) purifies the air coming out of the motor – so you can stick your nose at the blue air vent for the purest source of air in the room. How’s that for challenging your mental model?
  • High quality, durable materials. As though it were not enough that the grey material covering the main motor is the same as that used for crash helmets, even the clear bin cover is made from the same material as riot shields. The Fluffy (soft roller cleaner head) also has this smooth ball-and-socket design such that it dances from left to right easily, making it a breeze to reach corners and other awkward angles.
  • Power with Portability. Whilst being sleek in frame, the V8 packs a punch. Compact yet powerful, it reminds me of a sports car. I have thus far only owned vacuum cleaners with cords, so going cordless has been extremely liberating. From being able to move from room to room without having to unplug and lug a turtle-sized machine along, to being able to clean the tops of door frames and window ledges…… all this would not have been possible before. And what we have always wanted (not to mention badly needed), was a very powerful cordless vacuum to rid our car of the inevitable dust and dirt that children seem to constantly and magnetically attract.
  • Battery life has doubled. My relative shared that her major grouse about the V6 was the fact that it can only be used for 20 minutes continuously. The V8 now purrs on for a cool 40 minutes, long enough to clean my entire home (after which I’d be flat out exhausted myself, anyhow). Do note that if you activate the “max” suction mode, it will drain the battery significantly faster. The nickel-cobalt-aluminium batteries last for 1000 charges, so even if you vacuum every day, it will be a good three years before you need to change the battery (as explained to us, the rest of the machine is virtually immortal.)
  • Battery run-time indicator. This new feature lets you know when the battery is fully charged, or running low. The great thing is that the vacuum’s power is consistently strong right till its last breath (when the battery indicator starts blinking). The only down side to me for this entire product, is the fact that it takes about 5 hours to get fully charged thereafter.
  • Convenient dust-disposal. The new bin emptying mechanism is simply a stroke of genius. By just lifting up a catch twice, a trap door opens and the dirt falls gravitationally into a dust bin. No bags to change, no need to dissemble or assemble anything.
Source: Dyson

Source: Dyson

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Double the runtime, half the noise.

How about servicing?

Every Dyson V8 vacuum cleaner comes with a 2 year warranty on parts and labour. This means that if there are any issues during the warranty period, just give them a call, and a specialist will visit your home to assist you, free of charge. After the warranty period, it is recommended that you bring the vacuum cleaner to their office for further diagnosis, since an on-site visit to your home will then incur a $50 transportation fee.

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Now for the slightly more sobering news. How much does it cost to own all that magic?

Firstly, the Dyson V8 is available in major departmental stores in Singapore. Now here’s the price list:

Machine

Includes

Price (SGD)

Dyson V8 Fluffy

Soft roller cleaner head, mini motorised tool, combination tool and the crevice tool

$1,099

Dyson V8 Motorhead

Direct-drive cleaner head, mini motorised tool, combination tool and the crevice tool

$999

Dyson V8 Absolute *Exclusive to Best Denki

Direct-drive cleaner head, soft roller cleaner head, mini motorised tool, combination tool and the crevice tool

$1,199


In comparison with other brands in the market that can remove dust mites and other microscopic allergens, the Dyson V8 Fluffy is actually significantly cheaper. Add that to the fact that it is also very much slimmer (making storage a breeze), it’s really a no-brainer on which vacuum cleaner to get if you are looking for something that is top-of-the-line.

Especially if your children have sensitive airways or skin, a Dyson vacuum cleaner might be a good investment, considering all the potential savings in doctor’s fees. Beyond that, sparing a kid from chronic physical discomfort is of course, priceless.

 

Note: Many thanks to Dyson Singapore for gifting us a Dyson V8 Fluffy for the purpose of this review.

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