The Dyson Vacuum That Makes Me Enjoy Cleaning Is on Major Sale Right Now

updated Mar 21, 2021
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A good vacuum is the real MVP of any household, but for many years, my MVPs were handheld and less than committed to their jobs. Eventually, they all coughed, sputtered, and were put to rest at a local recycling center. Even then, I wasn’t ready to commit to a good-quality vacuum cleaner, consistently opting for models under $50 to tackle an 800-square-foot apartment. In normal conditions, I didn’t really get bothered by the weak suction power, poor battery life, smelly canister, or toll that using a tiny vacuum could take on my lower back. Well, it took being home 24/7 this past year to make me ditch my mediocre vacuum for good and upgrade to a Dyson. I opted for the Dyson V8 Absolute, a more powerful version of the classic V7 models, yet more affordable and perfect for smaller spaces like mine. It’s been a year since I made the switch, and well…I have some thoughts. For starters, where has this vacuum been my entire life?

I truly regret all the money and years wasted on cheaper vacuums. Sure, a Dyson is a bit of an investment, but it’s definitely going to last more than a few months years. For a full-size vacuum, the V8 Absolute is surprisingly lightweight and easy to use. The design is slim and sleek, but the incredibly powerful suction picks up everything from hairballs and extra-large dust bunnies to tiny specks of dirt and crumbs. It’s so slim that it can clean hard-to-reach areas like those tricky corners under cabinets and the tight quarters between the wall and refrigerator. Confession: I hadn’t tackled that space since moving in almost two years ago and found a graveyard of dried-up chilis, curry leaves, and other decaying food items. As I emptied the canister filled with nasties into the dustbin, I got that feeling of immense satisfaction and pride that only a deep-cleaning session can bring.

The Dyson V8 Absolute has several washable parts, so I never have to worry about the smells of last night’s dinner lingering on my vacuum. It also comes with six handy tools that basically eliminate the need for any additional cleaning gear. There’s the Soft Cleaner Rolling Head that works on both hardwood floors and carpeted surfaces, the Crevice tool that’s good for tricky shelf corners and making sure crumbs don’t languish between couch cushions, the Mini Motorized tool that gives upholstered surfaces a deep clean, and the Combination tool that reaches areas like vents and floor trims. But my favorite? The Mini Soft Dusting Brush, which works like a microfiber cloth, picking up every speck of dust from surfaces, corners, and cabinets.

There are several great Dyson models to choose from, but personally, I’m thrilled with my V8 Absolute. It’s so easy and, dare I say…fun to use that sometimes I feel like my vacuum is taking me for a spree, rather than the other way around. The size is also perfect for my current living situation. It hardly takes up any storage space, and though it comes with a docking station, I just slide my tools and stick under the bed for fuss-free storage.

If you’re sick of so-so suction power and ready to ease up your cleaning routine, I couldn’t recommend the Dyson V8 Absolute enough, especially since it’s $50 off right now. Because a workhorse like this beauty is exactly the kind of MVP that you want in your corner.

Buy: Dyson V8 Absolute, $449.99 (normally $499.99)