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Let's face it — cleaning may not be everyone's favourite activity, but it's a necessity. One way to make everyday tasks, like vacuuming, easy — and dare we say not totally awful — is to invest in quality appliances that stand the test of time.
If you're currently looking to upgrade your vacuum, Dyson's latest model, the Omni-Glide, is one to consider. Ringing in at $500, the newest Dyson model's sleek and cordless design is definitely appealing — but how does it actually measure up? We put it to the test. Check out our honest review of the Dyson Omni-Glide Cordless Stick Vacuum below.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $500
What is it?
The Omni-Glide is Dyson's latest cordless stick vacuum, advertised as the company's slimmest and most manoeuvrable yet.
Initial thoughts and setup
Assembling the vacuum and charging base is quick and easy, thanks to packed-in instructions and helpful online documentation. The Omni-Glide's slender build is immediately apparent, as all the components align naturally and comfortably. That design allows the vacuum to lie flat during cleaning, enabling it to sneak under couches, coffee tables and other low furniture.
The charging base is relatively simple to mount on your wall, using either the included hardware or adhesive strips. Within 15 minutes of unboxing, we had the Omni-Glide comfortably stored and charging in our front-hall closet.
The Omni-Glide's central component includes the handle, battery, dust canister and motor. It connects to the vacuum head, which can be easily swapped out for what Dyson calls a combi-crevice tool — essentially a narrow head that allows for more precise vacuuming of small areas.
The Omni-Glide's key feature and selling point is its manoeuvrability. With an articulating neck and four 360-degree castors, the cleaning head easily rotates and moves across hard floors. They put "glide" in the name for a reason; it really does float incredibly easily. You never feel like you're battling the vacuum to get it where you want it to go.
The slim design, as previously mentioned, also allows the Omni-Glide to slip into narrow spaces, and the push-button controls — different from the trigger handle used on some other Dyson models — make it even easier to get the cleaning head into awkward places.
The Omni-Glide's twin rollers do a good job of drawing in larger particles without damaging the floor, while carbon fibre filaments trap fine dust.
While the vacuum's slim, compact design makes it easy to use, it also comes with limitations. The dust canister is quite small, and while it's relatively simple to open and empty, it's not long before it's full. Similarly, the slim battery only allows for 20 minutes of use, and less than that if the max-power mode is engaged.
It's worth mentioning that we tested the Omni-Glide in a two-bedroom apartment we share with a long-haired dog who sheds heavily. Thus, we have to do a lot of vacuuming, and there's a lot of hair to fill the canister. If we were to vacuum on a once-a-week basis, the Omni-Glide's canister would likely need to be emptied at least once during the cleaning. The dog hair also got caught on the sides of the cleaning head, and occasionally needed to be removed by hand.
And of course, this is not a vacuum intended for rugs or carpets. So if your home is heavily outfitted with those surfaces, you may want to consider a more heavy-duty model.
At $500, the Omni-Glide is among Dyson's most affordable vacuums but is still pricier than some similar rivals.
The Omni-Glide's value ultimately depends on your living space. If you only have hard floors in your home, don't have a huge space to clean and don't have pets, then its remarkably smooth movement, ease of use and flexibility is definitely ideal — especially if you're more inclined to do quick cleanings more often instead of heavy cleanings less frequently.
However, if you have to deal with large spaces, pet hair or a space with a lot of carpet or rugs, you may need to consider a second vacuum, or a more all-in-one solution.
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