Ah I have to say, the day this Dyson V8 arrived in the post, hand on heart, it was the best thing that I have ever been sent as part of this blog. Don’t get me wrong, I have received some amazing things in the past but to a Mammy who spends a good portion of her day cleaning up after small people, a vacuum that promised to make my life easier was greatly welcomed. Given the cost of it I put this through it’s paces, I didn’t want this review to be in any way to be swayed by the fact I got this for free. I have been using it now for over two months and *spoiler alert!* every time I use it a little piece of me smiles inside.
This has given me back sooo many minutes in the day that I used to spend sweeping the floor. And on top of that there isn’t a surface in the house I have’t cleaned with the Dyson V8. We have a mixture of carpets, laminate and tiles and I use it on them all. The head isn’t too high and the ball joint means I can get in under the sofa, under beds, between things, so handy! The fluffy head is ideal for hard floors and in a matter of seconds I have the whole floor under my three messy ladies clean again. The girls also spend a good portion of the day running in and out of the house, do I care when they run from the front door into the cream carpets in the sitting room? No I do not because the Dyson is all fixing. The charge is probably the biggest query I’ve had since I’ve mentioned I have this. The charge lasts for 45 minutes and it takes 5 hours to charge, both of which seem at first a bit short and a bit long respectively but I can clean the whole house with this and then use it on average 6 times a day (yes I’ve been counting and yes that makes me sound pure anal about cleanliness!) to clean the kitchen and dining room and the charge lasts it all. I charge it at night then mainly but I have never had to hang around waiting for it to charge if that makes sense.This comes with lots of different heads, I use the two large ones the most, one for hard floors and the other for carpets although both heads work for both types of floors perfectly. I love the smaller version of the large heads, this one is perfect for the stairs and the car. I love the small combination tool for cleaning in between the stair rails. I love the narrow crevice tool for dusting places like the rollers of the sliding wardrobe and loads of other awkward nooks and crannies. I love that I can so easily take the orange handle piece out and make it a handheld device which is relatively light but you would get a sore arm if you were cleaning roofs for a long time. It comes with a smallish compartment for holding dirt, if I hoover the whole house I’d have to empty it about two thirds of the way through, but this could be because our carpets are new and still really fluffy. I love that it’s cordless too, an obvious statement perhaps but when I’ve spent the last number of years yanking cords out from under doors or around corners, this is literally liberating.
If I had to pick a fault I would say that in terms of cleaning a car it doesn’t do the best of jobs. Yes it’s handy for cleaning it but it doesn’t get all the dirt, it does a good surface clean but if your boot is covered in sand like mine it won’t get it all out. That said I have only ever used the normal suction on the car, the max one would be better but you only get 7 minutes use with that and quick as I am at cleaning I wouldn’t have a full car done in 7 minutes. I’ve never used the max suction around the house the regular suction power is perfect. In a way I hate to write such a glowing review when it costs so much and I was so lucky to get it for free but in all honestly it is just brilliant. I swear I never pictured myself writing so enthusiastically about a vaccum but how times have changed, these are the small things that keep me sane nowadays! It’s such a lot of money for a vaccum but if mine broke in the morning I would beg, borrow and steal (well sort of!) to get another one. This has made life easier, it’s made my house cleaner and it’s given me back minutes in the day that I’d rather be spending with the girls in the playground.
So to answer the burning question – yes I think it is worth every, single penny!