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Dyson V15 Detect review: Is this dirt bustin’ laser-guided vacuum really worth £600?

Dyson V15 Detect review

Dyson V15 Detect review (Image: DYSON)

It’s not very often that we get excited about testing a new vacuum cleaner, but when the Dyson V15 Detect arrived at our front door, we couldn’t wait to rip open the box and get cleaning. Why, you ask? Well, this latest Dyson includes some never-before-seen features, including a futuristic laser that shows exactly where the microscopic muck on your floor is hiding, making it easier to spot and get it sucked up. It also counts the particles, so you know exactly how unclean your house was. This laser-guided system certainly sounds impressive, but does it actually work and does it mean the V15 Detect is worth the £600 that Dyson wants you to stump up to own one?

Express.co.uk has been whizzing the Dyson V15 Detect around our home for the past few weeks and here’s what we think…

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Now, you might be thinking that a laser-guided vacuum cleaner is just a gargantuan gimmick from Dyson to tempt you into buying a new gadget. And honestly, when we first heard about the technology… that thought crossed our minds too.

Founded by inventor James Dyson back in 1978, Dyson is no stranger to pushing the boundaries of new technologies. But we have to admit, the Dyson V15 Detect continues in that tradition. Clip-on the laser cleaning head, hit the power button, and a ray of green light spills out across the floor in front of you – revealing every bit of grim, crumbs, and even the tiniest spec of dust is trying to hide.

There’s something immensely satisfying about sucking up those bits of hair, crushed rice crispies, and fluff you’d usually miss with a standard vacuum and there’s no doubt that it really works …well, most of the time.

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Dyson V15 Detect review

The V15 Detect features a laser that’s reveals where each speck of dust is (Image: DYSON)

Dyson V15 Detect review

Dyson V15 Detect review (Image: DYSON)

One thing we’ve noticed is that the laser isn’t at its best in rooms that are bathed in sunlight. It’s not quite powerful enough to illuminate dust on the brightest summer day, so you’ll definitely spot more of that hard-to-find filth when you use it with the curtains closed or when the sun goes down.

If you don’t mind a bit of nighttime vacuuming, there’s no doubt you’ll be seriously impressed – and slightly disgusted – by what this new Dyson can find on your floors. This laser works brilliantly on hard floors with the day’s debris glowing up as you get near to it. However, don’t expect the Dyson V15 Detect to reveal what’s hiding in your carpets as it won’t.

Although that may sound disappointing, V15 Detect does come with another cleaning head in the box that absolutely loves your carpets. The impressive anti-tangle Hair Screw not only gives the fibres a really deep clean but, as the name suggests, it doesn’t get clogged with hairs and dirt, which means you don’t need to clean it.

Dyson says the head has been designed to deal with human and pet hair, with its engineers delicately tweaking the precise angle of the bristles on the tool so the muck goes straight into the dust din rather than getting tangled up. It works well and should certainly mean you’re not stuck with the horrible job of pulling old dog hair out of the brush.

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The piezo sensor reveals how much muck is being sucked up (Image: DYSON )

The next impressive new addition to the V15 Detect is its new “piezo sensor”, which analyses what is being sucked from your floors. It’s all done in real-time. A bar chart appears on the built-in display showing exactly what has been sucked up from beneath your feet.

To be honest, the colourful graphics look nice but it’s hard to fathom out what it all means and we’re not sure how many people will understand, or care, what’s being displayed. After all, when was the last time you vacuumed your home and gazed into the engorged dust bin wondering what exactly is making up the majority of the mess?

Fortunately, it’s not simply a gimmick as the piezo sensor is also able to recognise when an area of the floor has more dust on it. When it finds a dirt-filled area, it automatically pumps up the power, which is very handy.

This auto setting means the vacuum only adds more suction when it’s needed so you’ll be able to eke out more battery life. You can override this option and set things yourself, but we’ve left it in auto throughout most of our testing and it’s left our floors looking spic and span without running out of juice.

Dyson V15 Detect review

The dust bin can fill quite quickly (Image: DYSON)

Dyson V15 Detect review

The Dyson V15 Detect comes with plenty of accessories to help clean your home (Image: DYSON)

In fact, with this option switched on we were easily able to clean a four-bedroom family home and still have 50 percent left in the tank. You can also constantly see how much battery remains in the tank via the in-built screen on the top of the handle.

There’s loads to love about this clever new V15 Detect, but are there any issues?

Other than the incredibly high price tag, we honestly don’t have many complaints. It’s quite heavy to use, so might not suit everyone and the 0.7-litre dust bin fills up pretty quickly, so it will need emptying after most cleans. Fortunately, the mechanism to dump the contents into the bin are cleverly designed so that you don’t have to touch the dust, which is nice.

Like all Dyson vacuum cleaners, you can’t switch the battery pack so anyone owning a Premier League-style mansion might find it annoying when the juice runs out mid clean – especially as it does take some time to refill it again once plugged into the mains.

Other than that, this is one seriously impressive cleaning solution that comes packed with extra accessories – including a Crevice tool, Torque Drive Cleanerhead and Quick-release mini soft dusting brush – to make sure every inch of your home stays spotless.

Dyson V15 Detect review

Dyson V15 Detect review (Image: DYSON)

Dyson V15 Detect review: Final Verdict

A laser-guide vacuum may sound like a ridiculous gimmick, but it’s amazing what you’ll find hidden in plain sight on your floors when you use it. There’s something hugely satisfying about seeing the carpet of muck that you’re about to obliterate with the powerful suction. Honestly, the futuristic laser actually makes the weekly chores seem a little more fun.

The anti-tangle Hair Screw is a nice addition and the piezo sensor means this vacuum only uses full power when it really needs it, so you won’t need to worry about battery life as you power around the house.

Yes, the price tag is ridiculous. At £600, this vacuum cleaner is hugely expensive but, right now, this is definitely the best Dyson on the market. And if that’s what you’re looking for, you shouldn’t hesitate to buy one.

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DEAL OF THE DAY: Save £110 on the cordless Shark Vacuum that’s ‘better than Dyson’

Shark vacuum cleaners were some of the top-selling products in last year’s Prime Day sale, with shoppers always keen to snatch up one of the best selling devices while they’re on sale – and right now, they are.

Usually retailing for £349.99, you can now pick up the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner for just £239.01 – that’s a massive £110.98 discount.

Many of the reviews compared this Shark vacuum to its competitors, such as Dyson – and usually, the Shark won out. One reviewer said: “I have had a Dyson for many years and then decided to try a cordless shark. Well, I am delighted with the results and amazed at how much dust and hair it is still sucking up. I would advise anyone to buy a shark ASAP”.

This innovative vacuum has amassed over 6,800 glowing 5-star reviews, with thousands of reviewers impressed with the device. This reviewer said: “ I love this cordless vacuum, more powerful than my last one. Love the fact that, when used as a handheld, it’s just as powerful. Also, I like the boost trigger and the folding for easy storage. And yes, the hair wrap function really works brilliantly”.

Although the vacuum is cordless, the 40-minute run time helps you get the best of both worlds: the freedom of moving through the house without worrying about cords, and the battery power to get you through your clean without having to stop and charge.

When you have pets, you know the struggle of getting rid of their hair. Not only does it find its way into every corner of the home, but it can also get tangled up in your vacuum and make vacuuming more of a chore than it already is. This vacuum from Shark comes with anti-hair wrap technology that removes hair from the brush roll as you clean, so you don’t have to stop and remove hair build-up, so you can get the job done faster.

Another aspect of pet ownership is vacuuming their hair from the car and furniture, which can be hard to do with a big device. This shark vacuum can convert into a handheld, making this kind of vacuuming quick and easy.

If you have limited mobility, a bad back, or you’re elderly, bending over to get under furniture and into the nooks and crannies of your home just isn’t possible. This vacuum comes with reflexology bends so that it can bend and reach under low-lying furniture.

As we head into hay fever season, it’s best to ensure we’re keeping our homes allergen-free so as to not aggravate allergy-sufferers symptoms. The anti-allergen complete seal in this Shark vacuum traps dust and allergens inside the vacuum, so you can help your home remain allergy-free. This vacuum also gives you the ability to switch from carpets to hard floors with ease, with the two brush-rolls working together in one floor head – no adjustments necessary.

If this gadget seems like just the vacuum you’re looking for, you can pick it up on Amazon while it’s still on sale here.

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Currys just slashed prices on iPhone 12, 4K TVs, Dyson vacuums and more

If you’re after a tech bargain this bank holiday weekend then you might want to check these deals from Currys. The UK retailer has announced some pretty impressive price cuts that even include money off the latest iPhone 12. Apple discounts are pretty rare and this is one of the cheapest deals we’ve seen on the all-new iPhone with over £70 slashed from its price.
As a quick reminder, this device now features a much-improved OLED screen, faster processor and access to the latest 5G data speeds which allow owners to access the web at speeds of over 300Mbps when away from fixed-line broadband.

Currys is offering the full range of colours at a discounted price and you can find the iPhone 12 deals below. It’s not just smartphones featuring in this latest sale with a number of TVs from Samsung, Sony and LG also dropped in price.

Along with the discounts, customers who purchase a 55+ TV could also be in with a chance to win the cost of their TV back. Currys recently announced this offer with 1 in 20 getting their shiny new television for free.

Other products on sale include coffee machines, wireless headphones and Windows 10 laptops.

Speaking about the new sale, Ed Connolly, Chief Commercial Officer at Dixons Carphone said: “We want to give our customers amazing tech at amazing prices. That’s why, over this bank holiday weekend, we’re really happy to announce the big savings across the business. Customers can also come into store now where they can recycle or repair their old tech.

“We do understand that not everyone feels comfortable returning to our stores just yet, so customers can continue to access to our amazing colleagues via our digital ShopLive service and Order & Collect.”

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Has Dyson met its match? New cordless Halo Capsule promises the power of a wired vacuum

The competition for the best cordless vacuum cleaner is heating up. Following the launch of the Lupe Pure Cordless, which was designed by a pair of ex-Dyson engineers, and a new laser-guided model from the behemoth vacuum brand they used to work for, Halo Capsule, a new player on the market, has arrived with some pretty lofty claims.
Like the Lupe Pure Cordless before it, the Halo Capsule promises to offer the convince of a cordless design… without skimping on the power or capacity that you’ve previously only been able to achieve with an old-fashioned wired model.

According to Capsule, which has design and development teams in the UK’s Motorsport Valley, its new Halo vacuum cleaner has almost five-times the capacity of other cordless vacuums. In total, you’ll have 1.6 litres to fill with dust, grim and other nasties before you need to kill the motor and empty the vacuum into the bin. For comparison, the laser-guided Dyson V15 only has a 0.76-litre capacity, although Dyson does sell a specific Dyson V11 Outsize to cater to those who want as few journeys to the bin as possible during a deep-clean. The latter has a 1.7-litre bin. Lupe Pure Cordless has a 1-litre bin.

Until now, most brands have limited the size of the dust bin to keep the overall size of the cordless vacuum down and to ensure it’s not too heavy to lug around your home cleaning. Halo Capsule hopes to avoid all of that by using with carbon fibre for the body.

Tipping the scales at 2.6kg, the new model is lighter than you’ll get with the latest-and-greatest from Dyson (the V15 Detect Absolute weighs-in at 3kg) and Lupe Pure Cordless (a hefty 4.6kg). You’d be forgiven for thinking that lightweight design (and enormous dust bin) would mean that Halo Capsule has had to make some compromises on grunt from the motor.

However, Capsule doesn’t seem to think that’s the case. The British company has made some lofty claims about the power of its digital motor. According to Capsule, the Halo a run time of up to 60 mins, enough to leave “both carpets and hard floor surfaces spotlessly clean”.

Halo Capsule also uses paper dust pouches to lock away the dirt and provides an excellent level of filtration through its highly efficient filters, which filters around 99.95 percent of particles down to 0.5 microns. According to the firm, the dust pouches allow for conveniently clean disposal of dirt, so your days of getting covered in dust when emptying your vacuum are gone. Better yet, Halo Capsule dust pouches are made of natural materials and compostable, so you can keep clean whilst staying green.

With a price tag of £370.95, the Halo Capsule is more affordable than both the Dyson and Lupe Pure Cordless.

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Meet the latest Dyson vacuum rival …designed by a team of ex-Dyson engineers

When it comes to cordless vacuum cleaners, Dyson is comfortably the market leader. In recent weeks the company, founded by entrepreneur James Dyson, has announced a new vacuum kitted-out with a laser to highlight dust and grim that’s invisible to the human eye. However, a pair of ex-Dyson engineers hope to disrupt the British brand with their own take on the cordless cleaner.

Lupe Technology, which is headquartered in Chipping Sodbury in South Gloucestershire, was founded in 2015 by a former research manager and engineer from Dyson’s Malmesbury base in Wiltshire. The first vacuum cleaner to launch from the new start-up is called the Lupe Pure Cordless.

Most manufacturers, including Dyson, design their cordless cleaners around a handheld unit. This can be used to vacuum carpets and hard floors, while still being light enough to use to clean hard-to-reach places like stairs, car seats, and behind the back of sofa cushions. The only issue with this design is that all the gubbins – battery pack, motor, dust bin – have to be in your hand. This can make these designs a little heavy, or, in models with lighter batteries, reduce the amount of cleaning you can get done between recharges.

To solve this, the Lupe Pure Cordless opts for an upright design. As a result, from a distance, the Pure Cordless looks closer to its corded predecessors than rival cordless handheld gadgets.

But while it might not look as futuristic, there are some real advantages to this design. First of all, you don’t need to drill a hole for a specially designed holster to support and recharge your cordless vacuum. Since it’s able to free stand, it can be stashed in any cupboard or corner.

Second, since you don’t need to support the weight of all of the most important components in your hand at all times, the ex-Dyson engineers have managed to find room for a one-litre dust bin – so you won’t have to keep dashing back to the bin to eject your grim mid-clean. For comparison, the £599 Dyson V11 Absolute packs a 0.7 litre dust bin.

Of course, the upright design of the Pure Cordless also allows for a bigger battery, which Lupe says will keep vacuuming for 60 minutes between recharges. Thankfully, Lupe hasn’t skimped on suction power to achieve that impressive battery life either. According to the company, its new vacuum can provide “up to 10x” more useful suction compared to rival designs.

The Pure Cordless uses a HEPA filter, which Lupe says captures 99.99 percent of fine dust and allergens in your home as you clean. Helpfully, you won’t need to replace that filter either, since it can be washed with cold water and popped back into the vacuum between cleans.

Lupe offers a two-year guarantee on its Pure Cordless cleaner, which retails for £699, but is currently on-sale for around £569.

Speaking about the company, co-founder Pablo Montero said: “A lot of people ask me if I find our competitors like Dyson formidable. The easiest rebuttal to that is they were all like us at one point. and they were ultimately successful. I think certainly with something like a vacuum cleaner, because everyone has got one, there’s room for everyone. Although we are Dyson and Shark as competitors, actually for our business to be successful, we don’t have to be bothering them at all in terms of their businesses. Whilst it is one of those things where you could get hung up about what could happen actually the reality is it’s all fair and it’s all medical. I wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t risk averse, you just take it in your stride.”

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Dyson fans warned about dangerous vacuum cleaner scam sweeping the UK

A number of UK residents have started to receive emails claiming to be from well-known high street stores, like Currys PC World, congratulating them on winning a Dyson vacuum cleaner. If you’ve recently bought something from Currys PC World – or simply logged onto their site to check out the latest Bank Holiday deals – there’s a good chance you might assume this prize draw is the real deal. The email includes a prominent “Get Started” button that supposedly takes you through the process to redeem the prize.

Unfortunately, it’s all a scam.

Currys PC World isn’t dishing out free Dyson vacuum cleaners at the moment. The email has been crafted to try to steal your bank details. To do that, the fraudulent Currys PC World giveaway team ask for a small £1 charge to cover the cost of delivery of your prize. If you input your credit or debit card details, this information is passed directly to the cyber crooks behind the email scam – enabling them to start their own shopping spree behind your back.

“You are the lucky online winner of a brand new Sweepstakes Dyson Vacuum entry for FREE! It will only take a minute to receive this fantastic prize,” one example of the scam email promises.

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A few variations of this scam are currently circulating in the UK, with some versions promising a free MacBook Pro or Nespresso Coffee Machine as the prize. Needless to say, all of these are fake and are designed to use the same £1 delivery charge to get access to your bank details.

Speaking about the recent email, Ray Walsh, a digital privacy expert at ProPrivacy, told Express.co.uk, “Consumers in the UK need to be on the lookout for unexpected emails from Currys PC World to avoid being scammed by a bogus competition. The email looks genuine and includes all the official logos and lettering you would expect to see from the electrical giant.

“If you follow the Get Started link to claim sought after rewards such as a Dyson vacuum cleaner or a Nespresso coffee machine – you will be asked to fill in a questionnaire. This will allow hackers to steal your information for identity theft purposes and further phishing campaigns. Some versions of the phishing email have been forwarding the recipient to a page that asks for a £1 delivery fee to post the prize. If payment details are provided, the victim will be providing their address and banking details to criminals.

“While this is a sophisticated phishing scam that successfully impersonates the popular brand, there are some clues that it is not legit. If you look carefully you will see that the emails are coming from [email protected] and not an official corporate email account. As is always the case, if something appears to be too good to be true then it is probably a scam.”

If you’re reading this article a little too late and you’ve fallen for one of these growing number of email scams, you need to act fast.

First up, report the scam to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040. If you’ve entered your payment details into a website or online form that you believe was set-up by hackers, you should contact your bank to flag the mistake. This ensures they will be on high alert for any potential fraud. It also means they can provide you with a new card if they believe the details are already compromised.

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