The V15 Detect in the Cleaning Test
Cordless vacuums encounter many challenges during daily cleaning.
We have an objective test that all devices have to go through, so we can see whether a vacuum is up to the task or not.
How we conduct our test?
We spread different kinds of dirt (fine sand, porous oat flakes and red lentils) one after the other on various floor types (laminate, short and long pile carpet). Then we check how the device copes with it. We do all that in our specially designed test areas.
We don’t want to give away too much at the beginning, but one thing’s for sure: The cleaning performance of the V15 is sensationally good. ?
It outperforms even some other Dyson cordless vacuums.
It scored a whopping 100 % altogether.
Now we’ll get more into detail.
Cleaning on Hard Floors
We cleaned twice on hard floors, as Dyson UK has supplied the Torque-Drive standard floor nozzle and the Slim Laser Fluffy attachment for this.
The soft roller works excellent on hard floors: Great mobility and top cleaning results, and it’s also gentle on the wooden floor — a real specialist.
The Torque Drive on Hard Floors
The Torque Drive also did a great job.
It was a bit louder and rougher, but it didn’t leave a single grain of sand behind, either.
Cleaning on Low Carpets
The "new one" showed real class and worked very well on the low carpet.
It made more sense to open the front slots wide with the lentils.
Cleaning on a High-Pile Carpet
The V15 is a real expert on high carpets. No one can hold a candle to it. Other cordless vacuum cleaners often fail here because their suction isn’t powerful enough to get the fine dirt out from the long hairs.
Not so with the V15 Detect. It gave the high-pile carpet a “deep cleanse” and hardly reached its limits.
Cleaning Corners and Mouldings
It’s often quite challenging for a vacuum to clean the mouldings.
However, the V15 proved that it could also cope well with the dirt on mouldings.
A real advantage ?
It’s the same with the corners. Thanks to the powerful suction and the brush’s design, we got even into the last corners in the test.
Cleaning in Everyday Life
During our "long-term test" in everyday life, the V15 proved to be an excellent tool for daily and thorough (extensive) cleaning.
We liked the new Fluffy Laser on our hard floors. A simple solution…
...and yet you see an incredible amount of dirt (hair and fine dust particles, for example) that we couldn’t see before.
It's also super handy and works well for removing a little dirt that the kids often bring into the home.
The V15 has become such a relief in our household, thanks to its outstanding cleaning performance.
Dyson V15 Accessories in the Review: Which Brush is for What?
In our review, the Dyson V15 Detect Absolute comes with a range of sophisticated and high-quality attachments. You’ll always have the right tool at hand. We were particularly surprised by the revised attachments.
We put all individual cleaning attachments through the wringer and will give you a quick overview now.
The Torque-Drive Floor Brush
The Dyson V-Series wouldn’t be the same without the Torque-Drive.
It’s the standard brush for floor cleaning.
You can vacuum hard floors and all kinds of carpets with it. The Torque has an integrated anti-hair comb (conical brush) now. We’ll get more into detail about that later.
The Soft Roller: Slim Fluffy Laser for Dust Detection
It’s the first time that Dyson UK included the revised Slim Fluffy attachment.
This attachment works exceptionally well for cleaning hard floors. The soft roller is gentle on the floor and picks up dirt better on hard surfaces.
So far, so familiar... What's new is the laser function:
A green laser illuminates the area in front of the brush and shows fine dust particles that you couldn’t see otherwise.
The Hair Screw Tool
This one was previously called the mini electric brush.
You can remove pet hair from upholstery with it (read more about that in this review: Cordless vacuums for pet hair.
You can also use this attachment to remove mites from your mattress or to vacuum the boot of your car. (Read more about that in the review of the best car vacuums with battery).
Dyson UK completely redesigned the brush. It has a feature that prevents hair from wrapping itself around the brush now.
And that’s how it works:
The roll tapers in one direction and is open at the end.
In this way, the hairs slowly twist out, "fall" out of the open end and get sucked into the endless depths of the suction tube.
The Practical Wall Mount
This one’s a real advantage.
You can store the vacuum upright and save space with it.
Of course, the battery charges simultaneously, too.
Which screws should you use for Dyson’s wall mount?
You’ll need the two 6 mm screws and the two 6 mm dowels that come with the vacuum.
You also need:
- A cordless drill
- A spirit level
- A pencil
The Extra Hard Brush
This attachment is the perfect tool in the fight against stubborn dirt. You can literally scrape off the dirt with it. So it’s precisely what you’ll need if you want to remove dried dirt from the floor mat in your car.
The Crevice Nozzle
The crevice nozzle is an actual secret weapon.
You can easily clean cracks and crevices with it. Even the crumbs between the sofa cushions won’t stand a chance against it.
The Combination tool: Kill Two Birds With One Stone
The combo brush is tried and tested and very popular.
You can easily vacuum objects, books or furniture with its soft bristles.
If the dirt gets a little more stubborn, you can pull back the bristles and face it with the hard plastic – you can believe us when we say that the dirt won’t last long.
The Flex Adapter: Better for Your Back...
You can attach the flex adapter between the floor nozzle and the suction tube.
Then you can vacuum under your furniture without having to bend down.
The Accessory Holder for the Suction Tube
You don't feel like running back and forth while vacuuming just to get the right accessories?
Then the accessory holder’s the perfect solution.
It works like this: Simply clip it onto the suction tube and attach two attachments of your choice to the holder.
You’ll always have the proper attachment at hand.
The Suction Tube
The suction tube is always an eye-catcher on Dyson’s devices, and it’s also super robust.
It usually stands out because of its metallic colours, but it came in plain black in our model.
Of course, a charger is a must here, too...
Is it possible to charge the Dyson without a wall mount?
You can also charge the Dyson without a wall mount. Just plug in the charger, and you’re good to go.
Cleaning Features in the Dyson V15 Detect review: It's not just about the suction power...
Various factors determine the cleaning (power (cleaning result).
We analysed why the Dyson V15 achieves such strong cleaning results in our review.
The Suction Power: The Motor of the Dyson V15 Detect
230 air watts (learn more... about the air watt unit) and 125,000 rpm have been certified as peak performance.
That makes it the most powerful cordless vacuum cleaner on the market, and the strong suction power is the main reason for the outstanding cleaning results.
How Does the Motor generate 230 Air Watt?
The engine runs at up to 125,00 rpm (revolutions per minute) to achieve this.
The Dyson V15 also has 14 built-in cyclones that can generate a total centrifugal force of 100,000 g.
How Does a Cyclone Vacuum Cleaner Work?
The vacuum cleaner sucks up air and dirt, and 14 cyclones, which are inside the vacuum, spin that around. The centrifugal force presses the dirt out of the air to the inside walls. Then it releases the clean air. (Learn more about cyclone technology).
The Electronic Floor Nozzles of the New Cordless Vacuum
Two floor nozzles are included in the delivery scope:
- The Torque-Drive floor nozzle
- The Slim Fluffy with Laser
Both attachments have their justification and play a significant role in the cleaning result.
Dyson’s attachments are of high functionality and quality.
Since we tested many cordless vacuums from other brands, we know that this is far from standard. Unfortunately, many manufacturers neglect the development and improvement of their attachments.
Thus, they often disappoint with inferior quality.
Which Floor Types can I Clean with the Dyson V15?
We cleaned all possible floor types with the V15 in our test.
Conclusion: Whether parquet, vinyl, laminate or carpet...
There’s not a single floor type that poses a threat to the Dyson V15 Detect.
The Torque-Drive Floor Nozzle
You can use this attachment on hard floors and carpets.
And that’s how it works:
The brush inside has its own motor so that the nozzle rotates at high speed. The bristles on the brush pick up the dirt and catapult it towards the suction tube.
You’ll barely have to do anything. In addition, it also saves battery and improves the cleaning performance.
The Anti-Hair Function (Anti-Tangle):
The Torque Drive has even more improvements to offer. Unlike the Torque Drive of the Dyson V11 Absolute, the new floor nozzle has an anti-hair resp. “anti-tangle” function now.
Dyson UK installed some kind of comb inside for this. It can prevent hairs from wrapping themselves around the brush.
It’s a good idea, but the implementation has room for development because it only catches large clusters of hair.
Adjustable Opening Slots
There’s also a small switch on the front with which you can regulate the size of the slots.
You can easily adjust it to different floors and dirt types. We mainly used the entirely open slots in everyday life because that makes the brush as flexible as possible.
The Slim Fluffy with Laser
The Laser Slim Fluffy attachment or soft roller only comes with the Absolute version. The roller was specially developed for cleaning hard floors.
And that’s how the cleaning head works:
The brush rolls over the dirt, which presses into the soft fabric of the brush. That’s how the brush can pick it up. Dyson UK also added extra bristles across the brush to enhance this effect.
Then it catapults the dirt into the suction tube.
New Laser Technology on the V15 Detect
The V15’s Laser Fluffy Nozzle has an entirely new design.
The new laser technology is the most impressive innovation.
You may think the green laser just looks nice, but it also has a purpose:
The laser illuminates the floor in front of the nozzle so that you won't miss a speck of dust or hair.
That doesn’t just work great in the dark...
It also works very well in brighter rooms. Only in bright daylight, it didn’t add any benefit.
Small but Mighty
The fluffy nozzle is slightly smaller than that of the V15’s predecessors, but it feels handier and more manoeuvrable when vacuuming.
The Automatic Suction Level Adjustment
The automatic suction level adjustment is a super handy feature because it automates the suction process even more.
That’s what happens in the process:
The vacuum cleaner detects the floor type and adjusts the suction level accordingly.
That means that the vacuum will switch to a more substantial cleaning mode for carpets to clean them well.
New And Innovative
Another new feature: The piezoelectric sensor also has a say in the Dyson V15’s suction level.
If it detects that more dirt or coarser dirt is coming up, it also kicks it up a notch.
The Number of Power Settings
It’s still three levels with the new vacuum cleaner:
The Eco mode is suitable for vacuuming very light dirt on hard floors.
We also like to use this mode for cleaning the computer or the PlayStation.
The medium mode (Med) or auto mode is sufficient for most everyday dirt, no matter which floor type.
You also have to switch to this mode if you want that the vacuum chooses the power setting for you.
Last but not least: The boost mode.
You can use it when there’s a dirty challenge for the vacuum.
The Handling of V15 cordless stickvac in the review
It’s all about user-friendliness with the V15.
Dyson UK made sure that you can see that with its new cordless vacuum cleaner.
Our experience in the review with the device was very positive – from the start-up to vacuuming under the furniture.
Commissioning the V15
The tension mounting: The new battery-powered vacuum lies packed in front of us.
When you unpack the new device, you will see that Dyson didn’t waste a centimetre of space in the packaging.
Advantage: Dyson doesn’t use plastic for packaging and puts great importance on sustainability.
Once you have unpacked everything, you plug the device together as you like, and you’re (theoretically) good to go.
The plug connections are of high quality and work well.
Power Button for Switching On And Off
One of the favourite topics of Dyson fans and also Dyson critics in the UK is the power button.
You have to pull the trigger on the handle like a pistol to activate the vacuum cleaner. The device starts immediately.
As usual, you have to hold the trigger while vacuuming. It takes some time to get used to it, but it didn’t annoy us in everyday life.
Your advantage: The battery lasts longer because the device is only activated when you vacuum.
Manoeuvrability of the Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
The Dyson V15 feels good in the hand. It glides straight across the floor, especially with the Fluffy attachment.
For this purpose, the attachment has a large roller and "felt pads", with which it can slide smoothly over the hard floor.
The small castors and "felt pads" provide extra mobility with the Torque Drive. The "gliding behaviour" is impeccable, even on high carpets.
Even vacuuming around corners isn’t a problem. Both brushes have a joint connecting them to the suction tube that can bend up to 90 degrees.
Cleaning Under Furniture (Height of the Floor Brush)
You can reach far under furniture with the Dyson V15 Detect, thanks to the 2-in-1 design (floor vacuum + hand vacuum). Of course, this also depends on the height of the furniture.
Simply place the vacuum cleaner on the floor and push it under the furniture.
You can also turn the handle if you need to reach further back (only possible with the Torque Drive). Then the device lies more or less sideways on the floor, so you get a few centimetres further.
How long do Dyson V15 vacuum battery last?
The runtime of one charge is essential for a cordless vacuum cleaner. It should last long enough to vacuum your home thoroughly at least once in one go.
Dyson UK already exceeded the critical runtime for most homes a few years ago.
The > 65-minute runtime of the new Dyson V15 Detect Absolute leaves a good impression here, too.
However, we must note that this runtime applies to the Eco mode. It’s the weakest of the three cleaning modes.
It lasted for 47.28 minutes in Auto mode. That’s still an excellent performance.
The boost mode takes a lot of battery power. That’s why the runtime is relatively short. Since the auto mode (or medium mode) is usually sufficient even for coarse dirt, this won’t be a problem.
How long does the dyson V15 take to charge?
The charging time is quite long – 4.5 hours. We noticed this with many cordless vacuum cleaner models. It seems like the next stage of development is necessary for better battery performance.
Tip: If you don’t want to wait that long, you can get an extra battery. You can buy one on the website.
You can also charge the battery (or the extra battery) without the actual device.
That’s very practical if you don't have a power connection in your box room, for example.
The battery itself is small, so it fits easily on a bedside table or the like.
Can you leave Dyson on charge all the time?
Yes, that is no problem for the battery. Once it is fully charged, the V15 will not use any more electricity.
Good for you: If you need the device, the battery will be charged.
Charging Dock or Wall Mount for the Dyson V15?
The delivery scope includes the practical wall mount. You can install it on the wall in no time and simply store the vacuum upright on the wall. And… It also charges the battery simultaneously.
If you don't want to mount your vacuum on the wall, there’ll be an alternative soon:
Dyson UK added so-called floor docks (or charging docks) shortly after the market launch of the last models of the V series (i.e. Dyson V10 and Dyson V11).
We already tested these docks and found them very useful. They work just like the wall mount, so you can store the vacuum upright and charge it simultaneously.
The charging dock has a pole with a holder for the Dyson at the top. You just have to place it near a power socket.
You can quickly move it to another place at any time and do not have to drill holes in your wall. Very practical!
The Dyson V15 Detect Absolute’s Price
The Dyson V15 Detect Absolute has an RRP of £ 599.
This means that the cordless vacuum is not only in the top league in performance and quality but also in price.
You can consider buying a Dyson vacuum as a long-term investment. You’ll get a device that’ll last for a long time, thanks to the high quality. Not only that, but you’ll use it daily for many years to come.
Good to know: Compared to a conventional vacuum, the higher price will pay off over time since you don't have to buy a bag or filter.
Contact Dyson UK
Customer Service: To contact Dyson UK directly, please call their helpline 0800 298 0298 or visit their live chat. The Customer helpline is available Monday to Friday (8 am - 8 pm) and Saturday and Sunday (8 am - 6 pm)
Registered office: Dyson United Kingdom - Tetbury Hill, Malmesbury SN16 0RP.