When it comes to Dyson vacuum cleaners, it’s no surprise to see innovation — that’s why its name appears in our list of best vacuum cleaners. From LCD screens to lasers to detect hidden dust – to weird air-purifying headphones – the company always seems to be trying something new. I’ve been testing vacuum cleaners for several years now, so I’ve been around the block to say the least, but Dyson always seems to surprise me, and its latest introduction is no exception.
The Dyson Submarine attachment transforms the V15s Detect from a vacuum cleaner into a wet mop. And all you have to do is change the ground heads to do this. Such versatility brings new levels of convenience to this device and makes a task that most of us put off until later, that much easier to accomplish. I actually don’t usually ask for appliances for Christmas, but the Dyson Submarine makes a difference. Here’s why.
Cleaning floors has never been my favorite chore. Once the vacuum is put away, I have to retrieve an entirely separate device to do the job, and if I approach the task with a manual mop, it can become too tiring very quickly. It’s always possible to rely on one of the best robot vacuums with a built-in mop function (or just one of the best robot mop), but to be frank, they don’t offer as clean a deeper than doing it manually, and as a result, areas may end up being missed.
That’s why I was happy to see Dyson making progress in this area. With the new Submarine accessory, you can quickly convert the V15s Detect from a vacuum cleaner to a mop, simply by turning off the floor head. It works by applying clean water from the 300ml water tank to the rotating roller, which then scrapes and deposits the dirty water along with small pieces of residue into another built-in 360ml tank. With such a capacity, it is said to cover up to 1,184 square feet at a time, before needing to be emptied/refilled. It deposits 18ml of water per minute, giving you around 16 minutes of runtime.
In terms of maneuverability, you move it much like you would a vacuum cleaner. It can even pick up small pieces of debris as it goes, although you still need to vacuum first to remove most of it, as it’s not designed for that. There is no suction when this accessory is used, so you don’t have to worry about water reaching the motor; the activity remains entirely within the floor manager. Once you’ve finished cleaning your floors, simply disassemble and rinse the underwater head in water with an antibacterial detergent, before drying it for its next use. It is suitable for use on many types of hard floors including wood, tile, stone, laminate, vinyl, linoleum and ceramic.
This design has some drawbacks. First of all, you need to purchase the V15s to get this accessory. It does not work with previous Dyson models and is therefore not sold separately. In other words, you have to upgrade to access it, and with a price of $949, it’s not a cheap investment. Weighing 9 pounds with a full tank of clean water, it’s not the lightest device to move around the house, especially compared to alternative stick vacuums, but compared to other wet and dry vacuums, it’s quite generous.
Overall, I may have to dip into my savings to get this technology, but I think it’s worth it. The convenience of not having to store a second mop or bulky upright is a big plus. And the ease and speed of switching from vacuuming to mopping makes the chore seem much less of a chore.
The Dyson V15s Detect Submarine is currently available at a number of major retailers, but if you buy it directly from Dyson, you have the option of getting the Submarine Absolute model for the same price ($949). This is sold exclusively by Dyson and features built-in HEPA filtration and a unique gold finish. Plus, at the time of writing, by purchasing this model you can save $200 on a Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Gen1 purifier fan/heater.
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