Let me sum this review up in one line: I am addicted to my Dyson V8 Animal and I’m not giving it up for anyone.
Pretty succinct I think? I haven’t left you in any doubt what I think about it, right?
I feel distinctly middle aged, but I don’t care; I bloody love it. I feel like I’ve been waiting a lifetime to own this gadget!
I was asked to review the Dyson V8 Animal by John Lewis and was a bit whatever about it, because, you know, it’s a vacuum cleaner. Nobody actually likes cleaning their house, right?
Oh but I do. I have been Converted. Intentionally with a capital C.
Let me explain.
What’s to love?
- The vacuum attaches to the wall so it’s easy to access at all times. Except if your husband puts it in the most awkward spot in your whole house. It’s still super easy to get to even with his lack of thought 🙂
- Not only does it attach to the wall, the wall fixing is the charger. So it’s always charged and ready to go. It literally slots in and out of the charger . You just whip it out and start vacuuming – there are no cables to contend with, there’s no puffing and panting as you carry it somewhere to start. There is no picking it up and realising it has no charge so giving up on the whole vacuuming thing.
- It’s really lightweight and easy to use. In fact it’s so easy to use even my kids are happy to vac with it. Yes you heard me right. The kids don’t complain when I ask them to just whip it round the kitchen. Let’s face it, that right there has to be the biggest bonus of all.
- It’s quite a sucker. As in the suction is great. It powers through the mud in the back of my car (rugby boots, dog, kids) and deals with the dustballs of dog hair that form on the wooden floor in my hallway brilliantly. I know, nice.
- It also has a ‘max’ power button to give it that little bit of extra ‘oomph’ when you need it (and to be honest it rarely does).
- It comes with all the tools you will need; a crevice tool (great word) for down the back of radiators, skirting boards, edges; a combination tool for surfaces, ceiling corners; a mini vac head for the car, stairs, furniture and the large vac head for floors, rugs etc.
- My car has never been so clean. Before, if I had to get the house vac out, I’d literally wait until it was so bad even the kids passed comment. Now a 5 minute whoosh around and it’s pristine (ish) again.
- I actually enjoy using it. That’s something I NEVER thought I’d say about any vacuum cleaner in this lifetime. EVER.
What’s not to love?
- The charge doesn’t last long enough for a whole house vac. But who does that, right? A quick whiz around the lounge and you’re done until tomorrow when you can give the bathroom 5 minutes of your time. If you have it on max power it lasts about 10 minutes. If you don’t have it on max it lasts about 20 and if you don’t have it on max and don’t have any tools attached it lasts about 40 minutes.
However, I’ve found I now just vacuum differently. Ten minutes to do the car on max is plenty. Twenty minutes to do the downstairs is fine etc etc.
- The dirt collector isn’t very big so you’ll be emptying it a lot. But then I guess if the chamber was any bigger, the vac wouldn’t have the bonus of being so lightweight, so you can’t have everything.
- The price. It is rather expensive coming in at around £450. That’s an expensive vacuum. What can I tell you, it lives up to the hype and is one of the best vacuums I’ve owned (jeez I sound sad and middle aged!) Still, the fact remains that it’s rather an expensive bit of kit.
So what did we think?
Well I’d say it’s one of the best gadgets I have in my house. And THERE’S something I never dreamt I’d be writing!
Yes yes alright, I’ll say it; the Dyson V8 Animal has changed my life. And if anyone tries to take it away, I’ll fight you for it.
Many many thanks to John Lewis for gifting this to me.