IN pandemic made most of us be atmanirbhar, at least in household chores. Doing the dishes and mopping the floors – we realized that self-service was the best solution, as we were locked up in our houses for weeks. It has also prompted many of us to invest in technology to help us. Faced with tons of dishes after endless hours of work, I bought a dishwasher as well as a cleaning robot. Both of them will be the legacy of the pandemic for my family.
It’s the same mindset that Dyson hopes to capitalize on its new Omni-glide handheld vacuums.
The new Dyson Omni-Glide is primarily intended for those who are obsessed with cleaning hard floors, which is what most Indians think. Think of it as a motorized version of your mop, without water. In addition, it is a very lightweight model, which means you can clean for longer without letting go of your hands.
The Dyson Omni-Glide also draws on the company’s lightsaber design, but it looks more like a stick and does not offer a grip like the earlier V-Series models. The lack of a handle means it has less room to accommodate a larger battery and relatively less runtime. – about 45 minutes when fully charged.
The design is classy, elegant, and also futuristic, with most of the stuff, Dyson – I never thought I would write suggestions like this for a vacuum cleaner. Also, to make it compact, Dyson made some interesting changes. The crevice tool has a brush that can retract, the fluffy head of the vacuum cleaner folds almost flat and can be squeezed into small spaces, and the bin is relatively smaller than previous models.
The fluffy cleaner is what Dyson seems to be most pleased with. I, too, was impressed with how it works almost like a Gillette blade head, twisting and turning to match the contours of my living room floor and the many obstacles it presents. It folds almost flat to fit under the sofa, and can slide to the side to clear the space between the refrigerator and the wall. Everything is very convenient.
Also, while it does a good job on hard floors, I found this attachment to work better for carpets too, as it ultimately doesn’t blow the flames out of it like hard brushes. Then it is convenient that the fluffy heads can be pulled out and cleaned if necessary.
There is a smaller brush head in case you want to dust off the carpet or mattress for a final clean. The crack tool helps you get to the highest points and sucks in spiders like the Ghostbusters – a feature that my 10 year old child greatly appreciated.
Omni-glide has two speeds. In the end, I switched to max to pick up solid dirt from the ground or get things stuck in my fabric carpet. But in maximum mode, the battery will drain faster and therefore Dyson has chosen a less powerful mode by default.
The design and weight of the Omni-glide make it very comfortable and you can use it in many different ways, and over time you will also find new ways to improvise. And this is one of the best things about this vacuum cleaner for me.
It is very convenient to remove accumulated dust, dirt, cobwebs and Lego blocks from the trash can. The container can even be emptied if you want to see the insides clearly every time you use the device.
On the other hand, battery life was my only concern. You would know that the Omni-glide won’t charge just when you want to use it. But that’s only because I didn’t use a wall dock. If you hang it on the charging dock after every intended use, then there is no problem here.
Dyson Omni-glide is for those who want to literally take matters into their own hands. It’s not cheap, though, like everything else Dyson does, and comes in at a premium Rs 34,900. But there aren’t many other companies that make vacuum cleaners that can be displayed in the living room.