New Dyson cordless vacuum, V15 Detect, deploys lasers and 'listens to dirt' to reveal just how gross your house is

If you've got a thing about dust, you'll either love or hate Dyson's next generation of stick vacs

Dyson V15 Detect
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Dyson V15 Detect is yet another new Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner, following hot on the enormous heels of the V11 Outsize. But this is a Dyson vacuum with a difference. None of their stick vacs to date has featured a headlight even though much cheaper offerings from rival brands do. So in classic Dyson style, it has moved straight past having a headlight – because, Dyson informs us, headlights are rubbish. So instead of a crappy headlight like you'd get on some low-rent piece of garbage, Dyson is serving you cordless vacuum with laser realness. 

Yes, the V15 Detect has a laser in it. Now you can really pinpoint just how dusty, dirty and generally disgusting your floors are.

Dyson already makes the best cordless vacuum cleaner you can buy, in the form of the old V11. Since this is called V15, it is clearly four better than that, and Dyson has mainly decided it's that good because it has a god damn laser in it, although it's also improved minor niceties such as the suction, the rotating brush head, the filtration and so on.

Now, we all know that loads of cordless vacs already have headlights, but Dyson reckons that a laser is WAY BETTER than a mere LED light array. That's because it more precisely pinpoints just how disgustingly dusty your floors are. And do you know one reason why they're dusty? Dyson informs us that 'we shed 28g (about 1oz) of skin every month'. Lovely. 

The Dyson V15 Detect is just one of a new generation of cordless vacuum cleaners the development of which has, according to Dyson, involved a team of 370 engineers. You’d therefore expect them to collectively come up with something good and, by the look of the Dyson V15 Detect we see before us they appear to have achieved that feat.

Headline features include the aforementioned laser dust detection system, which illuminates those pesky dust particles that you can't spot with the naked eye. Dyson reckons the technology can pinpoint dust fragments as small as 10 microns. The resulting pesky particles are caught in a precisely-angled laser beam cunningly concealed inside a ‘fluffy’ cleaner head.

Dyson V15 Detect

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There’s 'acoustic dust sensing' too – ie: the Dyson V15 Detect listens to what your dust is like. This takes air purifier tech to break down exactly how much crud is on your floor. It then uses an LCD screen to display the size and number of particles that have been collected. The quantity and type of dust and debris is also measured with a piezo sensor, so that suction power can be dynamically adjusted to tackle the type of floor and degree of dustiness.

Next to all that the new anti-tangle hair brush bar sounds rather pedestrian. Nevertheless, it promises to dispatch tufts of hair that the Dyson V15 Detect finds along the way and whisk them off to the bin on the machine pronto, rather than spooling around in the usual nightmarish fashion.

Dyson V15 Detect

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Performance from the new stick-vac looks to be promising too, with a Dyson Hyperdymium motor that boasts 230 air watts of suction. On top of that there’s a 5-stage filtration system, which is capable of ensnaring 99.99% of all dust particles, right on down to the teensiest sized 0.3 micron critters.

“As engineers our job is to solve daily problems, and the past 12 months has created plenty of new ones with more time spent indoors” said James Dyson, Chief Engineer and Founder – so he should know. “We are all cleaning more frequently, trying to remove the additional house dust but desperate for peace of mind  that our homes are truly clean. 

"Our latest vacuums use adapted laser technology to reveal hidden dust, integrating a diode laser into the cleaner head that is precisely positioned at a 1.5 degree angle, 7.2mm off the ground to create the best contrast between dust and floor. We don’t think detection is enough, so we remove and meticulously size and count the particles 15,000 times a second using an acoustic piezo sensor which converts vibrations into electrical signals, displaying precisely the size and number of particles  sucked up on an LCD at the back of the vacuum. 

The Dyson V15 Detect is both powerful and intelligent, giving the ultimate reassurance – scientific  proof of a hygenic, cleaner home”. 

Due to complicated legal reasons we can't tell you any more about Dyson's next wave of vacs if you're in the UK. You'll have to wait until late May. 

There's currently no word on whether the V15 will launch in Australia. However, if it does make it Down Under, it's likely to retail for the same price as the Dyson V11 Absolute when it launched - approx. AU$1,199. 

• Buy Dyson V15 Detect for $699 in the USA

• Dyson V15 Detect will be out soon in the UK, priced at £599