I must confess…I reviewed a vacuum (Dyson V6 Absolute)

In collaboration with Dyson & Kids Business

Yes, you read the title correctly.

I, the worst housewife on the planet, agreed to review a vacuum cleaner. A tool and a chore that I hold the most heartiest of hatred towards.

I must confess I feel like a big fat hypocrite for agreeing to review something I rarely use. But the lure of a brand spanking new vacuum cleaner (one that wasn’t held together by electrical tape) was a temptation I couldn’t refuse.

Why I hate vacuums

There are a few reasons for my enmity towards vacuuming. I detest bending over for long periods of time. I loathe how hot you get as you lug a vacuum cleaner around the house. I hate the monotony of sucking up crap from the floor. Most of all I dislike trying to hold my very old vacuum together so it can just finish the job for another few months…

Old vacuum cleaner - www.myhometruths.com

I tried to Google just how old this vacuum is but it might possibly pre date Google itself…

Vacuuming is up there with mopping as my most loathed household chore.

Yet I agreed to review a vacuum.

But I didn’t agree to try out just any old vacuum. I actually jumped at the chance to try out the Dyson V6 Absolute, the newest and most powerful cordless hand stick around.

And, I must confess, that I could not walk away from the challenge of seeing whether my vacuuming experience would be improved by using the Dyson. In fact, one of the Dyson reps I met in Sydney for a demonstration declared that I would be vacuuming everyday once I got my hands on the V6 Absolute.

Challenge accepted.

Trying out the Dyson V6 Absolute www.myhometruths.com

First challenge – what do I actually do with this thing? It’s been so long since I used a vacuum…

Once I did get my hands on the Dyson V6 Absolute I checked out all the bits and pieces that came with the unit.

Dyson V6 Absolute www.myhometruths.com

The box includes the following:

  • the Dyson V6 Absolute unit itself which can be used as a cordless vacuum on its own
  • 2 different heads – soft roller cleaner head for hard floors and hard bristle direct driver head for carpets
  • a pole for traditional vacuuming of floors, turning the cordless unit into an upright vacuum (as pictured above)
  • 3 extra attachments – one for cleaning skirting boards, one for cleaning the car and one to pick up pet hair
  • wall dock to hold the unit and its attachments
  • recharger cord

The heads and each attachment lock in place with ease and are easily interchangeable. As my house has a mixture of hard and carpeted floors this is great as I move through the house. I can switch between the soft roller for my hard floors, the direct driver for carpets and the mini motorised tool for cleaning the ever-present pug hair from the lounge. There is ALWAYS a lot of pug hair lying around…

My thoughts on the Dyson V6 Absolute

I think everyone knows the unique cleaning power of a Dyson – you don’t need to see me clean up a massive mess to believe that. However, I was astounded at how much dirt and dust the Dyson V6 Absolute cleaned up from an already vacuumed floor.

I first vacuumed the bedrooms with my prehistoric Sanyo, lifting up all the obvious surface debris. And then (because I love vacuuming SO much) I had a go again with the Dyson V6 Absolute. I figured it would pick up some extra dust because it’s light years ahead of my old vacuum but I was truly terrified of what it pulled up out of my “clean” carpet.

Dyson V6 Absolute Simulation www.myhometruths.com

For me, this alone proves the worth of the Dyson V6 Absolute. If I’m going to go to the effort of doing something I hate (i.e. vacuuming) I want to make it worth my time. I want to know that I’m actually truly cleaning my floors and not just pushing dirt and dust further into the pile.

The cordless handstick is trigger operated and not all that heavy to hold so it’s easy to use and manoeuvre. I found it much easier to use than my prehistoric Sanyo and it powered through my floors, leaving me less hot and bothered than I had been after my previous vacuum attempts.

I must confess, I would struggle to justify the $899 price tag for the Dyson V6 Absolute. It’s a lot of money for a household appliance. However, if money was no object I would have no hesitation in buying this unit or any other from the Dyson range. After many years of desiring one, my Dyson has exceeded all my expectations – it really is a powerful, convenient and practical vacuum cleaner.

The only other qualification I have with the V6 Absolute is the battery life (20 mins max.) and the recharge time (3 & a half hours). For a cordless unit the battery life is quite impressive but it’s not that convenient if you have a large home to clean as I do.

Dyson does not hide the fact that this unit is not meant to clean a family home in one go. Its main purpose is for spot cleaning and to more conveniently clean areas like stairs and cornices, something it does very well. But it would be awesome if the battery could last a bit longer.

Then again, the relatively short battery life does give me an excuse to take a break from vacuuming while I wait for it to recharge…now I can’t really complain about that!

All in all, the convenience, power, ease of use and efficiency of the Dyson V6 Absolute makes it a great choice for those looking for a cordless vacuum that really works. Because, take it from me, it really does.

Now, back to the challenge issued to me from the Dyson rep in Sydney. The one who declared that I would be using my Dyson every day once I got it.

I must confess I haven’t used it everyday – for someone who loathes vacuuming as I do, that would be a bridge too far.

However I have brought it out at least every second day to clean under my dining table, remove the ever-accumulating pet hair from the rug and the lounge and do a general sweep of the floors.

Which is pretty damn surprising as I would have been lucky to have vacuumed once a month with my old prehistoric Sanyo. Actually. I don’t remember EVER vacuuming as much as I have done over the last couple of weeks.

Well played Dyson. Well played.

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Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post however I did receive a complimentary Dyson V6 Absolute (RRP $899) to keep for the purposes of this review. My views and opinions are honest and completely my own – even my confession to being the worst housewife on the planet!

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23 Responses

  1. Love my Dyson both the barrel that we’ve had for years and the new V6 Absolute that I too was gifted for a review. We had a lot of fun on a dirty weekend for our review.

    Looks like I’m super early to the I Must Confess party this week. Will need to head back in 20 minutes when the linky opens up.

  2. Denyse says:

    Waves to Raych…up early? Yes, I think so. Happy Christmas to you! Like a review that tells it as it is Kirsty. I have taken over the vacuuming in this new house and whilst we have 2 dysons – stick and barrel, this place has ducted vacuum system in the house which is easy. I am so not dedicated to cleaning. In fact when I was working I always paid someone else to do it. Hub is the dedicated house cleaner but I thought my leisure time needed ramping up with activity. Hope you have a relaxing time over the break and see you back here in Jan. Denyse xx

    • Kirsty says:

      Glad to hear I’m not the only one unimpressed with general household chores Denyse! I hope you have a lovely break in your new home – hope we can have a real life catch up once the kids are back in school x

  3. I have a dyson but I still hate vacuuming.. In fact nothing makes me hate it more than when I see it.

  4. Vanessa says:

    I guess if the battery only lasts 20mins then you would have to vacuum every day cos that’s like one room per day!!

  5. Haha love this post, I loathe vaccuming too so anything that makes it easier is always welcome!

  6. How good is the Dyson?! I am in love with mine. I vacuum way more now, the novelty still hasn’t worn off. Funnily enough my old one was held together with electrical tape too lol.
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  7. Such a thoughtful vacuum that allows you to have a break!

  8. Zita says:

    My mum has one and they are so handy to have, especially with two 2 year olds in the house!!!

    Merry Christmas and thanks for hosting another wonderful ‘I must confess’ year!

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Zita! It’s awesome to have so many regulars (and friends!) who play along each week – makes it the highlight of my week. Have a wonderful xmas with your family too – see you around again in 2016!

  9. I need one of these. Big W had a special a while back but our local Big W had not one. And they don’t get them in either. They are one of those stores specified in the fine sprint that says something like: Not all items stocked at all stores. And they so they don’t have to do rainchecks. So I missed out and ended up ordering a similar one from Kogan too. It’s great but – it doesn’t suck. Literally. Not on carpets or serious dirt. I wish I’d waited until I could get to the city and get a Dyson. My cheaper version is light and great on floors and walls etc, not on dirty carpets or pet hair. And I can’t believe I lust after good vacuum cleaners either!
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  10. Dear gods! That’s an amazing difference! I love mine. LOVE IT! I’ve honestly never vacuumed as much in my life. I can do each floor in my house on one charge, plus the bunnies can come inside more often because all allergy-inducing fluff is gone in a jiffy!

  11. Sam says:

    Dyson V6 is the real beast. Very powerful yet easy to handle. Thanks for your review.

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