Test Drive: Dyson Cyclone V10 Vacuum
Full confession: I drank the Dyson Kool-Aid about five years ago, and I’ve never looked back.
At that time, I was living in a condo with wall-to-wall broadloom. I would run my battered old bag-based upright over the carpets only the weekly, and figured it was doing a decent job—until the day I brought my first Dyson home. In a single pass through the living room, its canister was filled to the brim with previously invisible dust and debris that years of bag vacuuming had failed to capture. It was an epiphany—albeit a pretty gross one. From that day, I vowed that the only thing I’d ever trade for my beloved Dyson Ball Animal upright would be the Next Big Thing from Dyson. Well, that Next Big Thing is here—and it’s proven a worthy upgrade indeed.
The new Dyson Cyclone V10 has two major advantages over its upright predecessor: First, it essentially combines two vacuums in one, transitioning effortlessly from floor vac to hand vac depending on your choice of attachment. Second—and this is the really revolutionary bit—it’s cordless. With engineering genius James Dyson himself citing it as “the reason why I’ve stopped developing corded vacuums,” the V10 cuts the cord, but retains the brand’s legendary full-size suction power for an impressive 60 minutes. Not only does the cord-free design eliminate the need to change outlets as you move from room to room, but it also makes quick work of traditionally tough-to-vacuum surfaces like stairs (not to mention your car). Another surprising perk? Despite being dubbed the Cyclone, it’s surprisingly quiet: Acoustic baffles built into the motor keep the decibels so low, you can get your clean-freak on in the wee hours without disturbing the neighbours. – Brett Walther
Dyson Cyclone V10 vacuum, from $600, Dyson Canada.
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