Dyson V15 Detect Evaluation: Is This Laser-Managed Vacuum Cleaner Actually Price £ 600?

Dyson V15 Detect review (Image: DYSON)

It doesn’t often happen that we’re excited to test a new vacuum cleaner, but when the Dyson V15 Detect arrived on our doorstep, we couldn’t wait to rip open the box and clean it. Why do you ask? Well, this latest Dyson includes some unprecedented features, including a futuristic laser that shows exactly where the microscopic dirt on your floor is hiding, making it easier to spot and vacuum. It also counts the particles so you know exactly how unclean your home was. This laser-guided system certainly sounds impressive, but does it actually work, and does that mean the V15 Detect is worth the £ 600 Dyson wants you to take along to own one?

Express.co.uk has been spinning the Dyson V15 Detect around our house for the past few weeks and this is what we think …


Now you might be thinking that a laser-controlled vacuum cleaner is just a gigantic gimmick from Dyson to trick you into buying a new appliance. And frankly, when we first heard about the technology, that thought also crossed our minds.

Founded in 1978 by inventor James Dyson, Dyson is no stranger to pushing the boundaries of new technology. But we have to admit, the Dyson V15 Detect continues that tradition. Plug in the laser cleaning head, press the power button, and a beam of green light pours across the floor in front of you – revealing every bit of anger, crumbs, and even the tiniest particles of dust trying to hide.

There’s something incredibly satisfying about sucking up those strands of hair, crushed rice nibs, and fluff that you would normally 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 has a laser that shows where each speck of dust is (Image: DYSON)

Dyson V15 Detect review

Dyson V15 Detect review (Image: DYSON)

We noticed that the laser is not optimal in sun-drenched rooms. It’s not quite powerful enough to light up dust on the brightest summer days, so you’ll definitely spot more of that hard-to-find dirt when you use it with the curtains closed or when the sun goes down.

If you don’t mind vacuuming nightly, you will no doubt be seriously impressed – and slightly disgusted – with what this new Dyson finds on your floors. This laser works great on hard floors, with the debris of the day lighting up as you approach it. However, don’t expect the Dyson V15 Detect to reveal what’s hiding in your carpets as it doesn’t.

While that may sound disappointing, V15 Detect comes with another cleaning head that absolutely loves your carpets. The impressive anti-tangle hair screw not only ensures a really thorough cleaning of the fibers but, as the name suggests, doesn’t clog with hair and dirt so you don’t have to clean it.

Dyson says the head was designed for human and animal hair, with his engineers delicately adjusting the precise angle of the tool’s bristles so that the dirt goes straight into the dust rather than tangled up. It works well, and it should certainly mean that you don’t get stuck with the terrible job of pulling old dog hair out of the brush.

Dyson V15 Detect review

The piezo sensor tells you how much dirt is being sucked up (Image: DYSON)

The next impressive novelty of the V15 Detect is its new “piezo sensor”, which analyzes what is being sucked in from your floors. It all happens in real time. A bar graph appears on the built-in display, showing exactly what has been sucked up under your feet.

The colorful graphics look fine to be honest, but it’s hard to fathom what it all means and we’re not sure how many people understand or care about what is being displayed. When was the last time you vacuumed your home and peeked into the cluttered trash can, wondering what exactly is making the most of the mess?

Fortunately, it’s not just a gimmick, because the piezo sensor also detects when an area of ​​the floor is more dusty. If it finds an area filled with dirt, it automatically pumps up the power, which is very convenient.

This automatic setting means that the vacuum cleaner will only add more suction when it is needed, so you can get longer battery life. You can override this option and set things up yourself, but we left it on auto for most of our testing and our floors look sparkling clean with no running out of juice.

Dyson V15 Detect review

The trash can fill up quite quickly (Image: DYSON)

Dyson V15 Detect review

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

In fact, with this option we could easily clean a four bedroom single family home and still have 50 percent in the tank. You can also constantly see how much battery is left in the tank via the integrated screen at the top of the handle.

There’s a lot to love about this clever new V15 Detect, but are there any problems?

Aside from the incredibly high price, we honestly don’t have a lot of complaints. It’s quite difficult to use so may not be suitable for everyone, and the 0.7L dust bin fills up pretty quickly so it needs to be emptied after most cleanings. Fortunately, the mechanism for dumping the contents into the trash can is cleverly designed so you don’t have to touch the dust, which is nice.

As with all Dyson vacuums, the battery is non-replaceable, so running out of juice in the middle of cleaning could be annoying for anyone who owns a Premier League-style mansion – especially since it takes time to get it back after connecting to replenish the network.

Other than that, this is a really impressive cleaning solution that comes with extra accessories – including a grout tool, a torque drive cleaner head, and a quick-release mini soft dust brush – to make sure every inch of your home stays pristine.

Dyson V15 Detect review

Dyson V15 Detect review (Image: DYSON)

Dyson V15 Detect Review: Final Verdict

A laser guided vacuum cleaner may sound like a ridiculous gimmick, but it’s amazing what you can find in sight on your floors while using it. There is something very satisfying about seeing the carpet of mud that you will be wiping out with the heavy suction. Honestly, the futuristic laser actually makes the weekly chores a little more fun.

The anti-tangle hair screw is a nice addition, and the piezo sensor means this vacuum cleaner only uses full power when it really needs it, so you don’t have to worry about battery life when you have power around the house supply.

Yes the price is ridiculous. At £ 600 this vacuum cleaner is hugely expensive but at the moment this is definitely the best Dyson on the market. And if that’s what you are looking for, don’t hesitate to buy one.

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