With two kids under 4 years of age, it gets messy in our house quickly, especially since one of them is 2 years old and has really taken the terrible twos thing under serious consideration. I’m a bit of a clean freak so most of the time I can get it all under control in no time. With the exception of the stair cases.
I have to admit that I loathe pulling out the vacuum for the stairs. We own a fantastic Dyson DC77 Upright Vacuum that we’ve had for over two years now and it still works as well as it did on day one. I love it. Except when it comes to the stairs. I just dislike using the hose and trying to stretch it just enough to get as far down as I can.
Instead we’ve been using an entirely different (and inherently inferior because it’s not Dyson) cannister vacuum to get that job done. It’s enough of a pain having to lug it up and down the stairs as you go that we only vacuum the stairs on a weekly basis.
I was sent the Dyson V8 Absolute to review and it has absolutely changed the way we clean our home. The V8 quickly transforms between hand-held and stick modes and easily changes accessories to help you clean down low, up high and everywhere in between. No messing around with cords, no dragging around a cannister, and no fooling around with hoses. Best of all it only weight 5.7 lbs so it is super easy to manoeuvre while cleaning.
The V8 comes with a docking station you can set up on a wall near an electrical outlet so it can charge when not in use, and go for instant cleaning whenever you need it. The dock even has a spot to store all the accessories. This is a level of organisation that really speaks to me.
It works well on both carpets and hard floors with the powerful suction you expect to find from a Dyson motor paired with Dyson cleaner head technology. It also comes with a variety of different attachments to suit a variety of different purposes. You will find included with the Dyson V8 Asbolute: a Soft Roller Cleaner Head (for hard floors), Direct Drive Cleaner Head (for carpets), Mini Motorized Tool (I find this is great for stairs and upholstery), Combination Tool, Rigid Crevice Tool, Extension Hose, Mattress tool, and Mini soft dusting brush.
It also easily converts, as previously mentioned, to a handheld which is perfect for spot cleaning, cleaning the car and any other quick clean ups. I love this feature as we often have need for spot cleaning. With the Dyson V8 Absolute I can just grab it and clean up any spills or messes with ease. Such as my 2 year old sprinkling paprika all over my area rug.
The first time I vacuumed down the stairs I was actually shocked by all the debris in the bin and how quickly I filled it up. It is amazing the difference in power between the V8 and our old vacuum we used to use on the stairs. Also, thanks to the new Hygienic dirt ejector, you never have to touch the debris that’s in the bin. With my other Dyson vacuum I need to scrape out all the hair and debris that clog up the bin but the new bin emptying machanism on the V8 makes that a thing of the past.
The Dyson V8 Absolute is powered by a Lithium-ion battery that can deliver up to 40 minutes of fade free suction or up to 25 minutes with a motorized floor tool attached. There is also a max power mode that can deliver up to 7 minutes of higher suction for heavy duty jobs. This means you should be able to easily clean your home top to bottom on a single charge.
What I love the most about the Dyson V8 Absolute is that you are not sacrificing on suction by going cord-free. It can easily replace both an upright and a hand-held vacuum so if your current upright vacuum is too cumbersome for your needs, then the freedom of going cordless no longer need be a compromise.
For a complete list of features and more information on the Dyson V8 line of products, visit Dyson Canada.
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Erica Ehm’s Yummy Mummy Club. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!