When you live with pets in a home next to a busy highway, dust quickly becomes a prevailing concern.
So when relatives with children come for extended visits, especially those sensitive to dust, five elements come together to create a perfect storm: pets, dust, children, skin sensitivity and respiratory problems.
Such situations can escalate to produce ailments in a sensitive few, from allergies to influenza, and in worse cases, asthma and eczema.
Visit any home care website on how to handle dust and the top sound advice is to “vacuum your house thoroughly”. So I opted for the powerful Dyson V11 Absolute vacuum cleaner, with its top dust-busting suction and cordless convenience.
Right out of the box, the Dyson V11 Absolute offers 20% more suction power than the already powerful V10, thanks to the improved Dyson digital motor V11 with redesigned blades that are longer and thinner, increasing the efficiency of air movement.
The suction is so forceful that the dust chamber ended up with more dust and pet fur than what I expect – and definitely fleas would not stand a chance either.
The Dyson V11 easily picks up scattered pet litter on the floor left by the cat and dog, making the device a handy choice as compared to a broom and dustpan which kick up even more dust.
The unit is quieter than my corded vacuum cleaner with most of the noise coming from the air that is generated by the motor.
With such power, it also clears fine pet fur embedded on the sofa and cushions in one go, which saves precious time and effort of going over a spot countless times.
With all of the Dyson V11’s suction power, it’s up to its filtration system to separate the impurities.
And thanks to its whole machine filtration system, 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns are captured. In its wake, cleaner air is released and that contributes to a more pristine environment.
The Dyson V11 also has a large dust chamber, but the disposal method actually appeals to me a lot.
It’s like “pumping a shotgun” – remove the extension tube, point the dust chamber into a dust bag or bin, then slide the whole dust chamber forward via a lever – that ejects the refuse straight into the refuse bin, all without having to touch the dirt, or to knock it out from the Dyson V11’s clear bin.
You can then release the whole chamber from the motor with a button and wiping out remaining dust particles in the bin interior using a damp cloth.
Although I don’t have a carpet at home, I do have a thick jute rug that traps dust and pet fur. Here is where the Dyson V11 steps up again in performance.
Using the High Torque cleaner head, the unit goes into an “Auto” mode and modulates the right suction power when I switch from my wooden flooring, to the jute rug or mats. It ensures optimised cleanliness while preserving the battery life.
It also saves me the effort of switching attachment heads, which is to me, a big bonus.
Coupled with the High Torque cleaner head that detects the type of surface it cleans is the Dyson V11’s newly added LCD display on the rear of the body that shows the amount of run-time the battery has left.
You’ll notice as you switch from hard floors to rugs and carpets that the suction level amps up and the time left on the battery drops to a new level. And as you shift back to hard floors, the suction drops back to normal and the time on the LCD display jumps back.
This LCD display also displays a troubleshooting guide, providing the user with instructions on how to remove the blockage, or to wash to the filter.
The Dyson V11’s battery is upgraded to pack more power, being able to deliver up to 60 minutes of run-time on Eco mode.
I was also impressed with the Dyson V11’s many attachments that can be clipped on effortlessly as you dust-bust curtains, counter-tops, ceilings and cornices in your home.