Find out the underrated yet powerful Dyson V15 sibling
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The Dyson V12 Detect Slim was only mentioned during the official launch of the V15 Detect – it was almost as if Dyson didn’t really want to do much with the V12 because it wasn’t a flagship. But we recently spent a few weeks with both new Dyson Handsticks and we’re pretty impressed with the V12 Detect Slim… at a slightly lower price point than the V15 Detect.
Comparing side by side, the V15 flagship is the clear winner in terms of performance, with better suction, but the V12 Detect Slim comes with headline-making features like a laser slim fluffy cleaning head and a piezo sensor that ‘listens’ What’s up, but in a slightly cheaper package, there’s not much to complain about here.
It has a smaller bin, yes, the same one used in the Dyson Omni-Glide, but it’s also what makes the V12 lighter, and thus easier to maneuver, than the V15 Detect. But, because the sides of the bin are so close to the inner cyclone, we found that clumps of hair and fiber didn’t fall out as easily as they do with the 0.76L compartment on other V-Series models. Almost every time we vacuum the carpet we have to use our fingers to scoop out dirt and debris – not as clean as we hoped.
If you’re not too fussed about it, though, the V12 Detect Slim can match the V10 Cyclone for power (which is a good vacuum in itself) and do so reactively. That means if the V12 detects more dirt in a particular spot, it automatically increases the suction power—the change is minor but effective. However, unlike the V15 Detect when used with a high torque cleaning head, the V12 doesn’t reactively adjust suction when moving from hard floors to carpet.
There’s hardly any other compromise with the V12 Detect Slim. It ships with its own version of the amazing new Hair Screw Tool—a masterpiece of engineering that’s capable of sucking up hair and fur (even thin cables if you’re not very careful) without tangling. K – and you get a digital display of everything it’s getting sucked in thanks to the piezo sensor. However, it costs about as much as the Dyson V11, and if you can manage without a laser-lit slim fluffy tool and “scientific proof” of what you’re cleaning, we’d lean toward just getting the older model because bin capacity.
Dyson V12 Detect Slim: Price and Availability
- Announced in May 2021 with Dyson V15 Detect
- Currently only available in certain Asia-Pacific markets
- List Price: From AU$1,199 (about $895 / £645)
While the Dyson V15 Detect and Dyson Omni-Glide were highlights of the company’s May 2021 launch announcement, a third vacuum cleaner was also mentioned. The V12 Detect Slim comes in the form of the V15 Detect’s cheaper sibling, but only for select markets. As of now, it’s available in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, but in several other countries, Dyson has instead introduced the ultra-lightweight Micro 1.5kg – a lighter model with a maximum runtime of just 20 minutes.
The V12 Detect Slim offers almost as much as the V15 Detect and costs AU$1,199 in Australia (about $895 / £645 – conversions are likely to be higher than the actual RRP), which is the same as the V11 model in Australia.
At the time of writing, there was no official word on whether the V12 models will be available in the US or UK, but we will update this review as we learn more.
A side note: Dyson told us that the company decided to jump a few generations when naming its vacuum cleaners because the numbers 13 and 14 are considered unlucky in some cultures.
Find Dyson V12 Slim: Design
- 0.35L bin
- Power button replaces trigger
- only 11 radial cyclones
Dyson hasn’t deviated from its design aesthetic forever, so the V12 Detect Slim looks like the rest. Except for a big red button on the handheld unit’s barrel. It’s the power button that replaces the trigger that we’ve seen in all other V-series handsticks. For those who have used any other Dyson stick vacuum, you will know that the trigger must be continuously pressed while using the tool and can cause fatigue or pain in the wrist, especially when turning the vacuum in different directions. trying to rotate.
This power button is, in our opinion, a wonderful change as it eliminates the problem of wrist/hand pain – press once to turn on, press again to turn off. That said, it does require your free hand to press each time, so this V-series model isn’t for one-handed use as its other siblings.
The only other major difference between the V12 and V15 is bin capacity. As mentioned earlier, the V12 comes with a 0.35L bin – the same one used in the Omni-Glide – and is large enough for a one-bedroom apartment. If you live in a large home, especially with wall-to-wall carpeting, you may find that you empty the bin often.
The mechanism for emptying the canister is the same as in the V11 and V15 models, but it’s not quite as clean here, requiring you to stick your fingers in to get the hair, fur, and fluff out. If you don’t brag about it too much, everything else about the V12 is like the V15, including its accompanying enclosure. That said, the hair screw tool that comes with the V12 is a bit different from the V15 and they are not interchangeable.
Look realistically, however, and you’ll find that even the flower-like arrangement of radial cyclones is thinner than those of the V11 or V15. Where both these models have 14 radial cyclones, the V12 Detect Slim has only 11. That means there’s less suction than the V11 or V15, but there’s plenty here to do a great job, even on the lowest mode.
The smaller bin and less number of radial cyclones inside mean that the V12 is lighter than the V11 or V15. It weighs only 2.2kg (compared to over 3kg for the other two) with a cleaning head attached, and is also 3cm smaller than the V15. The lighter weight makes it much easier to mount the handheld unit to reach the corners of the ceiling than the V15, and even easier to walk on a floor.
Despite the low price tag, you still get the remaining runtime on each power mode, as well as a digital display with a graphical representation of the particle size and number displayed. The suction level selection button is longer, however, than the silver circle on the V11 and V15 models.
The V11’s clip-on battery pack has made its way here too, so if you find that 60 minutes of max runtime isn’t going to do it for you, you can always consider buying a spare one to swap out if necessary. can do. We found a slightly uneven weight distribution on the V15 due to the clip-on battery, which thankfully isn’t an issue here.
The laser slim fluffy, which is the flagship function of the V15, has also made its way into the V12 box. In both cases, we found that the casters used on the Laser Slim Fluffy Tool aren’t very good when trying to angle or rearrange the handstick, making the High Torque Cleaning Head our favorite attachment for general use is.
Find Dyson V12 Slim: Performance
- reactive suction
- laser light to highlight the dirt
- three suction modes
There’s no denying that the V15 Detect is the most powerful Dyson handstick yet, but if you live in a home with mostly hard floors and you’re lusting after the Laser Slim Fluffy Cleaning Head, you should get the V12 Detect. Will not regret getting Slim. . When it comes to suction power, even the lowest setting — called Eco — is more than enough for general cleaning. There are two more higher power settings available, but you’ll be eating into the limited 60-minute battery life, especially when using motorized cleaning heads.
During our testing we found that the Eco Mode worked well on carpets, although if it’s a particularly ‘hairy’ task, it required some back-and-forth movements to complete. On hard floors, however, neither job is too hard as either the Laser Slim Fluffy or the High Torque attachments both easily suck up anything in their path on the lowest suction mode.
The lower suction power is because the V12 has less number of radial cyclones than the V11 or V15 – three fewer to be exact. But consider it an improved version of the V10—which isn’t a slouch in itself—and you realize just how capable the V12 Detect Slim is.
If you need proof of how well it can clean, all you need to do is use the Laser Slim Fluffy (designed specifically for hard floors) and see what illuminates dust and dirt. sucks. Or you can keep an eye on the display and watch as the graph changes – though after a few uses we found ourselves barely even looking at the display other than keeping an eye on the rest of the runtime.
Be careful when using the hair screw tool though. While it’s absolutely great at sucking up hair and fur without tangling it up, it also grabs slim charging cables with ease. It’s best used on furniture or pet beds, but you can (theoretically) use it on the floor as well. However, like the V15 Detect, the attachment’s small footprint means it will take a long time to go over every inch of the floor.
And because of the slightly cumbersome nature of the Laser Slim Fluffy Casters, we found ourselves making the most of the high torque cleaning head, both on carpets and on hard floors.
Find Dyson V12 Slim: Battery Life
- up to 60 minutes
- recharge in 4.5 hours
- swappable battery pack
There is no compromise in terms of battery life. It looks like Dyson has used the same battery capacity on the V12 as it has on the V11 and V15 models, with a maximum runtime of 60 minutes, and it’s fade-free. So if the appliance has run out of juice, it simply stops, with no change in suction.
However, you have full…