Tech Corner: The Dyson Omni-Glide
Welcome to the party, pals.
It’s another week and that means multiple things, but mostly for my purposes, it means it’s time for this week’s Tech Corner.
As you are all aware, houses are really expensive in Ireland at the moment and a lot of first time buyers are being priced out of the market by vulture funds, you can read more about that here.
So instead of saving for a house, I’ve decided that I should collect all the necessary utensils that I may need in my hypothetical house, and hope that I either win the Lotto or some kind soul decides to just give me a house.
I’m praying for the former but will happily accept the latter.
This week I’ve been looking at the Dyson Omni-Glide which is Dyson’s new mini venture into the cordless vacuum market. Emphasis must definitely be placed on the word “mini” here.
Basically, Dyson has taken all of its technology and crammed it down into a small stick vacuum.
The Omni-Glide is designed for use on hard floors with a fluffy head that moves in every direction to help you manoeuvre around furniture, which it does rather effectively.
But there is a smaller head which works on carpet and gave me a real reality check about the cleanliness of the carpet in my bedroom. Hint: When you live in an apartment where the hoover has been provided by the landlord and has likely seen better days, it may be time to upgrade for your own piece of mind and dust allergies.
Some of the things I liked:
It is super easy to manoeuvre, and the lightweight design means it’s not a chore to use it around your home. It floats across floors effortlessly and sneaks into tight spaces with ease.
While it's advertised for hard floors and excels there, the smaller head is also hugely useful for carpet.
But if hard floors make up most of your home, and you live in either an apartment or you want a grab-and-go cleaner for smaller jobs, it's kind of ideal really.
Some I didn’t:
The battery life is about 20 minutes on the regular setting, which is not a lot and when you turn up to max, it hungrily guzzles the battery even quicker. You can easily detach the battery and have a spare one ready if you’re that way inclined.
But, charging time varies between 3-4 hours from flat to full and there’s no indicator to show how much battery you have left.
If you’re looking for a small, handheld vacuum which is versatile and useful, then look no further because this is easily one of my favourite gadgets on the year.
But, if you have a big house or more carpets than hard floors, then there’s probably some other options out there for your needs.
Having used it exclusively in my apartment, I found it was the perfect size for cleaning my room and the common areas… as long as you don’t dally too much.
The long and the short of it is, it’s expensive, but it does work very well for hard floors, cars, and most other short vacuuming jobs.
The Dyson Omni-Glide is available at €400 on the Dyson website.