This year has been a real challenge for me when it comes to housework. I’ve had a nasty flare up of psoriatic arthritis. This has badly affected my feet and hands this time, as well as all over psoriasis to contend with.
Not only has cleaning been harder than usual but because of the psoriasis I’ve also been leaving a hell of a lot of skin around where ever I’ve been. It’s a double whammy. My hands are too bad to properly treat the psoriasis, meaning more clean up and I’m really struggling to clean up because of the arthritis. Talk about a rock and hard place.
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I’ve had to try out lightweight cordless vacuums as I’m having to vacuum at least once a day around anywhere that I’ve been. I’d always fancied my Mum’s Dyson cordless but was put off by the cost. So I first tried out another well known brand that was cheaper.
I don’t want to name and shame this brand but quite frankly it sucked like an asthmatic hamster!
We also have a long haired cat who leaves more than his fair share of mess around. This cheaper brand was ok at sucking up bits of crumb from hard flooring, but didn’t touch anything much on carpet let alone cat hair. It just wasn’t up to the hype so I sent it back and got a refund.
I gave in at this point and ordered the more expensive Dyson V6 Absolute cordless vacuum cleaner. I’ve been using a Dyson upright for about 20 years and love them so I knew that the brand was good. I’m only on my second Dyson in over 20 years so I also know that they last. Here’s a pic of the V6 Absolute.
What I love is that it is so lightweight. The adverts on tv showing how light they are are actually telling the truth! I’m an eternal skeptic, can you tell!!
The other great feature for me is that you turn it on by a trigger on the handle. This is really easy to use even though my hands are fusing from arthritis. With it being so lightweight as well my job is that much easier.
Here’s a close up view of the trigger (red button under the model’s finger) and a view of the Dyson V6 Absolute with a short attachment on. I use the cleaner like this for cleaning the sofas, stairs and the car. It did a great job on my car after sand got everywhere this summer!
I love the ‘max’ button on the top for cleaning up cat hair. It gives a boost of power and extra suction until the button is pressed again. Great for the ground in dirt and pet hair.
The Dyson V6 Absolute comes with a range of attachments for different jobs. They are all simply clicked into place with a little push and come away when the release button is pressed. No instructions needed for that! I don’t think I’ve even looked at the instructions for that matter.
There are a variety of brush attachments, a hose attachment and three floor attachments, one for carpet and one for hard floors as well as a smaller one for harder to reach places and upholstery. I actually use the one for carpets for hard floors as well as I’m too lazy to change the attachment all the time and it works just fine.
The Dyson V6 Absolute comes with a wall mounting where you can store it and charge it while not is use. My hubby will tell you that DIY and him don’t mix but even so he fitted this with ease. I was very pleasantly surprised.
I keep mine in the kitchen and it’s never got in the way as it’s stored up off the floor. Our cat eats his dinner underneath it!
As for the running time. In my experience, I have been able to use the cleaner on max setting for about 20 minutes before it needs charging again. I’ve never had it run out of charge on me when on the standard setting, and I have a 4 bed house to vacuum!
I think because my cleaning style is little and often this vacuum works well for me. I can grab it while walking past and top and tail the house as needed. Like I said, I leave skin everywhere with psoriasis so I can quickly clean up where I’ve been, especially before visitors.
I only really have one small annoyance with this vacuum. Emptying it. The chamber really needs emptying after every use to prevent loss of suction but more than that, it can be difficult to empty if it’s not done often enough. I then have to try to wiggle my fingers in the chamber to pull out the compacted dust. This is only a small annoyance though as if it’s emptied after every use it’s not much of an issue.
I did find an unexpected bonus to having the Dyson V6 Absolute. My daughter likes it as it’s a gadget. She has started to vacuum her bedroom without even being asked, let alone nagged! On a really good day she will do all the downstairs for me as well. Kids seem to think it’s a toy and us Mums can play on that. 😉
So overall, I really like the Dyson V6 Absolute. Yes, it is more expensive, but if you can afford it I can definitely recommend it. It was so much better than other well known brands I’ve tried. It’s one of those cases where you get what you pay for. I rarely ever use my upright cleaner now. Hubby only uses it for bigger jobs so we have been able to store it out of the way.
I can’t say much about longevity yet as I’ve only had mine for about 6 months so far. But if my two upright vacuums that I’ve had from Dyson are any thing to go by, the first is now over 20 years old and still going strong in my ex’s house, and mine is still going at about 10 years old. So I have high hopes that the V6 Absolute will also last.
As for my psoriasis, I’ve gone back onto biologic injections and I’m hoping that soon it will calm back down. Until then, at least I have an easy way to keep the house presentable.
This review is based on my experiences alone. If you have anything to add, good or bad, please feel free to comment below. I always think it’s good to have a broader review.