When D was born I was obviously in no condition to do any household cleaning, tidying or sprucing up. My recovery was long and tedious and I struggled with even the basic of tasks like pulling myself up to get out of bed. But if you know me, you will know how ridiculously stubborn I am. And how much I yearn for a tidy home. It doesn’t necessarily have to be clean, but I do need tidiness. And while I know that sounds ridiculous to some, it’s simply something my brain has to have, otherwise it won’t shut off and I’ll be agitated until the house is back to my standard. Even through the pain, tiredness and frustration of just having had a baby, I had to tidy and clean. Yes, I gave my orders to B and he obliged as much as he could but still I couldn’t stop myself. I need order amongst chaos. And along came Dyson…
You have no idea how happy I was when the Dyson V8 Absolute showed up at my door. I was like a giddy school girl unboxing this little beaut. There were plenty of exclamations, “don’t touch it”, ” leave that bit”, ‘it’s mine!” as I coveted the much loved vacuum cleaner. I don’t take up a hell of a lot of reviews with the blog but I knew I’d be an idiot to turn down Dyson, who kindly sent this animal to me to try out.
I remember when my folks got a Dyson a good few years ago and I, amongst many, wondered if the price tag was really worth it, because let’s face it, it’s often the cost that puts us off. They said it was, but I wasn’t convinced. So let’s talk about the elephant in the room first, the price.
The Elephant In The Room
The Dyson V8 Absolute is currently available for €599.99 or on sale if you look around for €499.99. That’s a hefty chunk, I will agree and something that I always thought I couldn’t afford or justify.
Well, there is only one thing I can compare buying a Dyson too that may make sense to you and that’s buying a buggy or pram for your little one. I have spent over €1500 in total, probably more, on a few different buggies over the years. A few I hated, one I adore. But I never questioned spending the money on these items, even if they did fall short of what I was looking for.
And yet, I never would have justified the cost of buying a Dyson when I could get an ordinary vacuum cleaner for much cheaper. After using the Dyson I am legitimately cursing myself for not having gotten one sooner. I use a buggy once a day possibly more and sometimes less. I use the Dyson about four times a day, more if I’m honest because it’s just so handy! I can see where I’m getting value for money!
So, What’s So Good About It
I’d love to say everything and leave it at that but I’m not too sure you’d class that as a valid review! But the Dyson has genuinely changed my daily life.
When D was born and I started to struggle and the anxiety took over, I lost control of the house or rather it was suggested to me to lose control so that I could regain control elsewhere in my life. But I couldn’t. As I said before, I can’t let my house falter because my mind takes on the clutter and becomes congested. Everything has its place in my home and that’s simply the way it is. So I clean and I tidy and I run myself ragged to regain control and order. It helps ease my tensions and anxieties to clean but of course I don’t have the time or the energy to continually clean.
Because we live in a bungalow, every room in our house gets intensive traffic meaning dirt, dust and all sorts gets tracked through the house. I can’t handle this and had a love/hate affair with my sweeping brush, especially when I killed my fifth vacuum cleaner and lost the will to live getting down on my hands and knees with the suction hose.
I’ve been using the Dyson for 6 weeks now and, well, I’m in love. It feels somewhat sad to say that a vacuum cleaner has changed my life but it has! Like I said, I whip the Dyson out four or five times a day instead of taking out that pesky, dusty sweeping brush.
For me, the Dyson has given me a freedom to quickly, conveniently and easily tidy. It’s incredibly handy for those two second jobs.
Being cordless, it’s easy and convenient to whip around the house without lugging out a heavy vacuum with a long cable.
It has an impressive maneuverability which means it easily glides along any floor and under cabinets.
I easily get the whole house vacuumed in ten minutes. Yes ten minutes! I am absolutely not joking! (And the Dyson has a 40 minute full charge battery life.)
It’s strong suction is like no other I’ve seen before and laughs in the face of every vacuum cleaner I’ve ever owned. I actually wonder did any older machine suck anything up at all.
With so many attachments available on the V8 animal, you can clean every floor type in the house, and effortlessly clean the car.
Emptying this bagless vacuum is so simple and clean. No messing around with dusty bags!
The V8 Absolute is the type of machine that you will easily pick up for a two second whip around the kitchen to clean up after the little ones decide cheerios belong on the floor instead of their bowl. It’s light, durable, efficient and will be your favourite machine in the house, bar the coffee machine of course.
If you have ever considered buying a Dyson but considered it to be too far out of your reach, I recommend treating yourself to one for Christmas and I guarantee by the New Year you will wonder why you waited.
*** This is a collaborative post. I was sent the V8 Absolute from Dyson for review. All opinions are honestly and whole heartedly mine. ***