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Dyson’s V15 Detect is its most futuristic cordless vacuum yet

Dyson sets its sights on the hidden dust in our homes - and the competition - with a space-age laser and advanced dust sensor to tell you more than you ever needed to know about what you suck up

Dyson’s V15 Detect is its most futuristic cordless vacuum yet

Dyson has unveiled its most advanced cordless vacuum cleaner yet, which the brand claims is capable of detecting, removing and categorising the hidden dust in your home for ‘scientific proof of a deep clean’.

If you ever wanted a real-time bar chart telling you exactly how many dust particles you’re sucking up – and what type they are – the V15 Detect is for you.

The latest Dyson cordless, which recently launched in the US and will be available in the UK soon, uses a laser to highlight dust on hard floors and a highly sensitive acoustic dust sensor to detect and record the types of tiny particles it sucks up.

It also comes with novel tangle-busting technology, which prevents hair wrapping round the brush bar on the turbo floor heads.

No exact date has been given for when the V15 Detect will be available in the UK, although you can pre-register your interest on the Dyson website. It will cost £599; the same as the V11 Absolute, and £50 less than the V11 Outsize, which launched earlier this year.

We’ll be trying the V15 Detect out in the coming weeks to bring you our expert first impressions ahead of our independent lab tests, but for now read on to find out more about what the latest model has up its sleeve.

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Dyson V15 Detect: key new features

Core features of the V11 range, including that crucial hour-long battery life, easy bin-emptying, digital display and auto-adapting suction, remain largely the same, but the V15 has several attention-grabbing extras that aim to give it the edge over rivals.

Laser dust detection

It’s previously been a gripe of ours that Dyson cordless vacuums don’t come with LED headlights – useful for highlighting dusty corners – while many cheaper rivals do.

We can’t level the same charge at the V15 Detect.

Not content with mere LEDs, the soft roller Slim Fluffy floor head comes complete with a green laser diode, levelled at a precise angle to illuminate the dust in your path. 

Dyson says the laser is better at highlighting hidden dirt than LED alternatives, although we’ll need to see it in action to give our verdict.

Bear in mind, though, that this feature is only on the Slim Fluffy floor head, which is for hard floors only.

Dust sensor and real-time stats on what you suck up

One for the nerds, this advanced acoustic dust sensor (known as a piezo sensor) tracks how much dust you suck up, and categorises it by size into a colourful bar chart on the digital display.

The sensor works by estimating the number and size of particles sucked up based on vibrations caused when dust hits the sensor, so you get real-time feedback on how dirty your floors are. It’s not just for fun, though, the vac uses this info to automatically up the suction power in dirtier areas.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen this feature. Tineco’s Pure S12 cordless vacuum pipped Dyson to the post with its dust sensor and digital dust display back in 2019, but this is the first we’ve seen that breaks down the different-sized dust particles. Whether this is necessary or a novelty for your weekly blitz, only you can decide.

Dyson says this feature also provides ‘scientific proof’ of a deep clean, as you’ll be able to tell when surfaces are allergen and microorganism-free; an understandable pitch, given the global circumstances.

But while maintaining cleanliness is an important aspect of good hygiene, it should also be noted that no vacuum – not even a Dyson – has magic sanitising powers.

No more tears: tangle-free technology makes for self-cleaning brush bars

The V15 Detect also comes with anti-tangle technology. Like Shark and some other competitors, Dyson has looked to solve the problem of hair wrapping around the brush bar, which can clog the floor head and reduce suction.

Anyone who has had to clean a tangled brush bar will know, it’s a fiddly and unpleasant job. If you have several longer-haired residents at home you can end up needing to do it almost every time you clean, so this is a welcome addition to Dyson’s feature arsenal.

Typically, though, Dyson has taken a new approach to this perennial problem. The mini turbo tool – handy for swiping stray hairs on stairs and sofas – has a quirky asymmetrical conical brush bar which pushes hair to the end so it’s neatly sucked up. The High Torque turbo floorhead is fitted with similar tech, as well as a built-in comb which cleans off hair as you go.

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Dyson V15 Detect: first impressions of the new model

There’s no doubt the V15 Detect has plenty of fancy features to delight fans of futuristic-style appliances. And while some may be more of a passing novelty – depending on how much you really want to know about how clean your floors are – others look to be genuinely useful updates.

Being able to see the dirt in darker spaces and break free of brush bar detangling sessions are definite plus points. But there’s a slight sense of playing catch-up with rivals in an increasingly competitive market. We’ve seen (admittedly less ‘Dyson-y’) versions of some of these features on other cordless models already.

Refreshingly though, the price is on par with, or even less than some V11 models, making the V15 Detect a tempting proposition for those considering the upper end of the Dyson range.

See how Dyson cordless vacuums fare in our lab tests – we’ve tested the whole range so far.

We’ll be taking the Dyson V15 Detect for a spin to bring you our first impressions soon. We’ll also be putting it through our rigorous lab tests, so you can see how it measures up against its cordless competition.

In the meantime, check out the best cordless vacuum cleaners you can buy now to see what the V15 Detect has to live up to.

*Prices correct as of 26 March 2021.

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