The new Dyson V12 Detect Slim, launched earlier this 12 months, affords most of the options we love on the V15 for about $150 much less. After spending about eight hours testing the V12 on a mixture of rugs, tiles, vinyl flooring, and hardwood flooring—generously coated with cat and bunny fur, kitty litter, and bunny poop—we have concluded that the V12 Detect Slim is value contemplating as an alternative choice to the V15, particularly if yow will discover it for $500 or much less.
Dyson V12 Detect Slim
This new cordless vacuum has most of the identical intelligent options because the pricier V15, akin to a laser headlight, a particle counter, and auto-adjusting suction. And it is extra comfy to make use of.
We’ll be conducting extra testing, and we’ll share our full impressions of the V12 and different new cordless stick vacuums quickly. In the meantime, here is all the things we like in regards to the V12 Detect Slim—and all the things we do not.
Dyson lastly ditched the set off
We have lengthy complained in regards to the discomfort of Dyson’s trigger-style switches, which you need to squeeze whereas vacuuming—it is significantly bothersome when you have hand or wrist ache. The V12 trades that uncomfortable function for a easy on/off button. You at the moment are free to change fingers whereas navigating round desk legs and litter packing containers! This is a large benefit over the V8 and V15 collection.
It’s mild and nimble
At 5.2 kilos, the V12 is skinnier and barely lighter than the V8, our present runner-up, and far lighter than the V15 Detect, which weighs 6.8 kilos. Like the V15’s motor, the V12’s is positioned vertically on prime of the stick (versus perpendicular to it, as on the V8). This design helps the V12 really feel extra balanced and simpler to maneuver.
|Model||V8 Absolute||V12 Detect Slim||V12 Detect Slim Extra||V15 Detect|
|Weight||5.5 kilos||5.2 kilos||5.2 kilos||6.8 kilos|
|Run time||40 minutes||60 minutes||60 minutes||60 minutes|
|Charge time||5 hours||4 hours||3.5 hours||4.5 hours|
|Bin capability||0.14 gallons||0.1 gallon||0.1 gallon||0.2 gallons|
|Included instruments||Detangling Motorbar cleaner head, Fluffy cleaner head, crevice device, hair screw device, mixture device, up-top adapter, cussed grime brush, mattress device||Detangling Motorbar cleaner head, Laser Slim Fluffy cleaner head, crevice device, hair screw device, mixture device, wand clip||Detangling Motorbar cleaner head, Laser Slim Fluffy cleaner head, awkward hole device, wand clip, hair screw device, mixture device, extension hose, scratch-free dusting brush||Torque drive cleaner head, Laser Slim Fluffy cleaner head, mixture|
A laser and show that present particles
Do you want a laser in your vacuum? Probably not, however as we observe in our information, in typical Dyson vogue the laser is a component gimmick and half precise innovation. The V12’s inexperienced laser headlight, which illuminates your path and helps reveal grime and particles, is a bit much less highly effective than that of the a lot pricier V15. But we discovered that it is nonetheless vivid sufficient to disclose mud in hard-to-see areas.
Although the laser struggled to detect grime on patterned vinyl flooring, it did turn out to be useful in dimly lit areas akin to beneath tables, on darkish hardwood flooring, and on tiles between the sink and tub. You is likely to be stunned, and barely grossed out, by the quantity of mud and hair that it illuminates, to not point out hidden stains that you’re going to want you may see.
Like the V15, the V12 options an LCD display screen with a particle counter, which estimates the scale and kind of particles the vacuum has sucked up. It will inform you, relying on particle measurement, whether or not you reside in a pollen-, skin-flake-, dust-mite- or flea-ridden residence. (My home? All of the above!) But all jokes apart, is there something you may really do with this info? Not actually, other than wallowing in how gross the world is. The solely sensible function on the LCD display screen is the run-time countdown, so you may race in opposition to the clock to make your little nook of the world a cleaner place.