How Many Vacuums Should One Person Own? I Endeavor To Find Out
“You know you’ve made it when someone sends you a free vacuum.” -said no one ever. Until now. Now, I’m saying it, you guys. Because by this calculation, I’ve made it. I am someone in this world. I am someone who receives free vacuums (well, one free vacuum to be precise). The Dyson V7 Motorhead to be even more precise, which is a cordless, lightweight, super powerful stick vacuum.
How This Free Vacuum Came To Be
Following my dissertation about my adoration of our robot vacuum (the Roomba 690), Dyson Vacuums emailed me. Yep. THE Dyson Vacuum People were in my inbox asking me to try out their cordless Dyson V7 Motorhead vacuum (those are affiliate links).
I looked over my shoulder, I checked that the email had, in fact, been sent to me, and I realized that all my hard work was finally paying off. Someone wanted to know what I thought about a vacuum.
This is salient because I am a lover of vacuums. I own a lot of them. I use them often. I detest dirt on floors and am frequently found with vacuum in hand, vanquishing the detritus of life.
Fun fact: apparently I say “detritus” a lot because Kidwoods thinks that King Triton (from The Little Mermaid) is called King Detritus. I have yet to correct her.
Were You Paid To Write About This Vacuum?
Nope. I was not paid to write about this vacuum, but I did receive this vacuum for free. I don’t write about stuff that I don’t personally use, like, and recommend. I tell you about things I like in the same way I tell my friends about restaurants I enjoy: from personal experience.
Clearly I would need to spend some quality time with the vacuum-in-question before telling you about it.
Given this, I let The Dyson People know that while I’d love to have a free vacuum, I wasn’t agreeing to review it positively or even write about it at all. The Dyson People confirmed that I wasn’t obligated to write about the vacuum and that they’d still like to send me one for free. Excellent!
The lack of quid pro quo squared away, I counted down the days until a vacuum showed up at my house.
My Unvarnished Review
Now that you know that I received this vacuum for free, but wasn’t paid to write about it, I’ll tell you what I really think about it: I LOVE IT.
Since I ‘m already in a committed relationship with my robot Roomba vacuum, why on earth do I need a non-robot vacuum? Two answers: kid 1 and kid 2. With two toddlers, we live in a constant state of making messes, cleaning up messes, and then making messes all over again. It’s the ground hog day of house cleaning.
The Dyson V7 Motorhead comes to my rescue during these incessant loops because it’s essentially a motorized broom (affiliate link). Not to be confused with a witch’s broom, the V7 Motorhead runs on battery and is cord-free. You push a button and it vacuums. That’s it.
You don’t plug it in, you don’t trip over the cord, you just run it along the floor exactly as you would a broom. A much more powerful, much more satisfying, much more effective broom.
Where I Use The V7 Motorhead
Here’s precisely how I utilize this motorized broom.
1) Cleaning the stairs.
This is what The Dyson People suggested and they were spot on. Roomba cannot climb stairs so I’d been sweeping them, which took me upwards of 40 minutes and hurt my lower back (on account of needing to bend over with the broom). Our wooden stairs have carpet treads, which are superb for preventing slipping, but subpar to sweep.
Plus, owing to gravity, I had to sweep all the dirt down to the bottom of the staircase and herd it into a dustpan before the kids rolled in it.
With the V7 Motorhead, I can do the entire staircase in about 10 minutes, I don’t have to bend over because I’m not thwarted by gravity, and I don’t have to deal with two curious children menacing a pile of dust at the foot of the stairs. This makes the V7 an astronomical time-saving, frustration-saving, and back-pain-mitigation device.
2) The endless crumbs of our children.
The crumbing in our home is relentless. You could deduce every meal my children ate, and where they ate it, by the crumbs left behind. The floor under the dining room table after mealtimes is a horror show. The post-afternoon-snack couch is a minefield. And the kitchen floor–where they snack while I cook–might as well be a dirt floor. While Roomba is effective at taking care of the floors nightly, the Motorhead is my work horse for the constant hail of crumbs. I also have to hand it to the Motorhead for its ability to handle slightly damp/sticky messes. I wouldn’t run it through a puddle of spilled milk, but it gets an A+ for management of things like still-warm rice and quinoa. That stuff is sticky and kinda damp, but Motorhead doesn’t mind.
3) On furniture!
As mentioned, the couch is a daily victim of crumbing and the Motorhead does a superlative job on the couch cushions. I also–look I’m not going to lie–use it on top of the coffee table. What can I say, it’s much faster than getting out a wet rag.
4) In tight spaces.
Roomba has some height and size restrictions and can’t get into crevices such as the little patch of tile between the washing machine and the wall, or the gap between the stove and the cupboards, or the entry way door jamb (yes, yes, I’m that kind of cleaner, which I know has plenty of unhealthy markers to it… ). I also use it under the furniture Roomba can’t squeeze beneath.
5) Cobwebs, ceilings, light fixtures, and window frames.
Don’t faint, I don’t vacuum my ceilings. Or at least, I don’t vacuum ALL of my ceilings. The Motorhead has a really long tube (arm? extension?) that I use to vacuum ceiling corners, light fixtures, and window sills. I used to dust these areas with a rag, but then I’d have to come along and sweep up the stuff I’d dusted. It’s much faster and more efficient to do this in one pass with the Motorhead.
About The Design
The Motorhead is lightweight enough, and easy enough to operate, that Kidwoods (age 3.75) can use it (affiliate link). She’s actually pretty good with it and–since it’s a machine and a real adult thing–she loves it and I appreciate any extra floor cleaning I can get. The danger is that it’s so low profile and lightweight that sometimes I leave it on the floor and later find the baby turning it on and off and banging it against the tile, which I have to imagine is not good for its longterm longevity.
1) It’s cordless! Hooray!
As I mentioned, the thing is cordless and runs on battery. That battery, obviously, must be charged. For the first few weeks of its life with us, I plugged the vacuum into its charger on the floor (in the same way you charge a phone). But after the kids discovered they could unplug the charger (apparently this is fun to do?), Mr. FW installed the wall charging station it comes with and I fell in love (with him and the station).
2) You can mount the charger on the wall!
The wall-charging system is pure genius, especially if you have: 1) inquisitive children with excellent fine motor skills; 2) pets; 3) limited floor space; 4) a desire for streamlined efficiency. The wall charging station keeps everything in one place–the vacuum, the charger, and all of the attachments–and makes it super easy for me to remember to charge it. I don’t have to bend down to the floor to plug it in, which we’ve established is a challenge for my back.
3) Bag-less filter.
The Motorhead has a bag-less filter, so there’s no need to buy replacement bags. You empty it straight into your trash can (pro tip: do NOT allow a toddler to do this on her own… it’s easy to do, but not that easy). I read that you’re supposed to wash the filter periodically, so next time I’m sitting around twiddling my thumbs just wondering what to do with my time, maybe I’ll do that.
4) It converts into a handheld vacuum and has three attachments.
The Motorhead transforms into a handheld vacuum! By removing the long tube, I can stick attachments straight onto the vacuum, making it a much smaller handheld device that’s better for cleaning furniture. I have plans to take it outside and vacuum the car, but that has yet to happen… I’ll pencil it in for next summer. The Motorhead comes with three attachments: a rolling brush head, a crevice tool (the long, pointy thing that reaches into small spaces), and a combination tool (the smaller brush head thingy).
5) It’s not too noisy.
Another bonus is that the Motorhead is not very loud. Neither of my kids like loud noises and we’ve had some vacuums that hurt their ears and made it impossible for me to vacuum when they were around. The fact that the Motorhead has a pleasant little hum is super advantageous for us.
6) It works on carpet, tile, and hardwood.
I’m impressed with how well the Motorhead does on the different floor surfaces in my house. The carpet on the stairs, in particular, eluded every other vacuum I’ve tried. Additionally, our kitchen tile has enormous grout lines, which a lot of other vacuums don’t have the suction power to clean. The Motorhead does a better job in our kitchen than the Roomba since the suction is greater and it can handle the difference in height between the tiles and the grout. I can wiz through the kitchen with the Motorhead in under five minutes and clean up all of our cooking messes (of which there are a lot).
Overall, it’s small, lightweight, cordless, has super powerful suction, a handy charging station, and it’s not too loud.
Things I Do Not Love About The V7 Motorhead
In the interest of giving you my unvarnished, unbiased opinion, there are a few things I don’t like about the Dyson V7 Motorhead:
- It won’t suck up cheerios with the rolling brush head.
- This wouldn’t be an issue if I didn’t live with two cheerio-crazed critters. I guess cheerios are too big or too round? Whatever the reason, the rolling brush head extension will not suck them up.
- When I remove the rolling brush head, I can vacuum the cheerios with ease. But, it would be a fraction easier if the brush head would just suck them up.
- If anyone invents a cheerio-sucking rolling brush head, please email me.
I wish the charge lasted longer than 30 minutes.
- The Motorhead has two modes: “power saving” and “maximum suction” and I find that I often want maximum suction for obvious and often quinoa-related reasons. The only problem is that the charge doesn’t last all that long on the maximum setting.
- That being said, I’ve only run out of battery a few times and I use it every day. I just try to make sure and put it in its charging station when I’m not using it.
- For me, the fact that it’s cordless outweighs that fact that sometimes the battery runs out.
- I wish you didn’t have to hold the button down to run it.
- The design is such that you can’t turn it on and leave it on–you have to hold the trigger button down with your finger. This isn’t really an issue, but it took some getting used to.
- I would prefer it if you could turn it on and leave it on.
- However, it’s so easy to hold the button down that Kidwoods can do it on her own.
- Dyson does not sell a replacement battery.
- I’m a tad concerned that Dyson does not appear to manufacture or sell a replacement battery for the V7 Motorhead.
- I like appliances that I can repair and buy replacement parts for and, while Dyson sells replacement parts for most other aspects of the Motorhead, they don’t sell a battery.
- There are third party manufacturers who sell replacement batteries for the V7 Motorhead, so if I ever need one, I’ll try one out (affiliate link).
- I would prefer to buy a replacement battery from Dyson so, in my opinion, this is a downside of the Motorhead.
Other than these four concerns, I think I have my vacuum dream team with Roomba and the V7 Motorhead.
Would I Buy This With My Own Money?
Easy for me to write about how great it is because it was free!!! But I have to tell you, after using the Motorhead for several months, I would spend my own money to buy one. At this phase of my life–constant mess, two swirling toddlers–it’s worth it to me. Just about anything that saves me time and frustration is worth it to me right now.
I did, in fact, purchase my Roomba with my own money, which serves as testament to my admiration for vacuums that work well and reduce my workload.
Why I Prefer the Motorhead to Plain Old Sweeping or Plain Old Corded Vacuums
It’s faster than a broom because I don’t have to make piles and then come around with the dustpan. Piles of dirt + kids = a way to spend a really long time not really getting a floor clean. Using the Motorhead with the kids, on the other hand, is super easy. They love to “help” me, but I don’t mind because the vacuum is out in front, sucking up all dirt in our path.
It’s easier on my back than the broom. I’ve had an increasing number of back problems and pains since birthing two kids and I found that bending over to sweep (especially on the stairs) left me in pain for hours if not days. Using the Motorhead has eliminated that issue.
It’s cordless. The absence of a cord means I’m more likely to grab it for quick clean-ups, which allows me to prevent lovely things like spilled quinoa from spreading around the entire house. With corded vacuums, I was forever pulling outlet covers off of outlets, loosing track of the covers, and getting self and children tangled in cords. Additionally, all of my corded vacuums are a lot heavier and less dextrous than the V7 Motorhead, which decreased their effectiveness for me (affiliate link).
Is it ridiculous that I write so much about vacuums? Perhaps. But for me, a clean house is a priority and anything I can do to save time and clean better under my constraints (kids, back pain, lots of messes), delivers a lot of value to my life.
What do you clean with?
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