Dyson sculpted a fairly unique niche in the high end of the home appliance industry. The company has a long history of transforming plebeian products – air purifiers, hairdryers, vacuum cleaners – into exquisite prestige items at insane prices that always perform better than advertised.
Every year I wonder if this will be the year Dyson jumps the shark and we all realize at the same time that it’s utter madness to spend up to $ 700 on one of the company’s vacuum cleaners. I thought this year’s Omni-glide, the company’s newest stick vacuum, would be. The basic premise is absurd. The name describes a vacuum that can be pushed in any direction and is primarily intended for use on hardwood floors.
But as far as I know all vacuum cleaners go all over the place. Is not it ? And me already use all Dyson vacuums on hardwood.
Well, butter my butt and call me a cookie, because the Omni-glide quickly became my favorite Dyson device. Even compared to Dyson’s previous stick vacuums, I had no idea that a floor vacuum could be this light, handy, and useful in eliminating the total destruction that can result from serving berry cake to my kids as a snack. Damn, Dyson, you did it again.
Currently I have the Omni-glide plugged in next to the Dyson V15 Detect, which is the latest cordless stick vacuum in Dyson’s popular V-series line. The V-Series is already quite light and small, but the Omni-glide is about half its size. He is 3.5 feet tall and weighs 4 pounds.
The style in which you use the Omni-glide is distinctive and smart. Every other cordless vacuum I’ve tried uses a trigger that you activate with a forefinger, much like throwing a water gun on your floor.
However, the Omni-glide turns on with a button on the stem. Then you hold the handle like a wand. This design also uses a unique swivel head. The neck is a long, flexible and supported spring that can rotate 360 degrees. At the bottom of the vacuum cleaner, the head has two soft rollers and four tiny casters which also allow the head to swivel in any direction.
The difference between using an Omni-glide and a regular cordless stick vacuum is like transferring a rolling suitcase with two wheels to one with four. Instead of awkwardly executing a 10-point turn to maneuver it into the airport bathroom cabin with you, you can easily push it to slide it in front of you.
Of course, since the Omni-glide is much smaller than the average stick vacuum, that means the battery and dust bin are smaller. It has an incredibly small 0.05 gallon bin capacity; in comparison, the still-svelte V15 has a 0.2 gallon bin capacity, which is four times the size. I did not find the small size of the trash cans to be a problem as my house is mostly carpeted and I mainly used the Omni-glide to tidy our kitchen and dining area after meals. This might be something to consider, however, if all of your floors are hardwood.
The battery life is a paltry 20 minutes. I was able to inadvertently test this because we recently moved into a new home and didn’t realize that a particular wall outlet in our new home was not working. I only learned that the Omni-glide didn’t charge when he died after using it to scoop up after meals for several days in a row.
Since then I have found a plug that works and it fully recharges every time it is docked. Surprisingly, since then I never had to use it for the full 20 minutes. When a vacuum cleaner is this easy to maneuver, you don’t waste precious battery time placing it in exactly the right spot next to the chair, under the table, or in the corner.