Whether you are a part-time cleaner or operate a full-on domestic cleaning operation, having the right equipment for the job is crucial. Successful cleaning services around the world rely on industry-led vacuum cleaners to get the job done right.
In light of global health pandemics, tools like vacuum cleaners have become even more critical in the fight for cleanliness. Not only do they freshen up a household, but they also help maintain better hygiene.
Why do we need a vacuum cleaner?
In households that have elder members and kids, or people with respiratory problems, dust can be quite a health hazard. Tiny microbes, germs and pathogens floating around in the house can cause a lot of health issues, such as hay fever, chest congestion, coughing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. If you have a pet, the accumulation of dander (dead skin cells that animals shed regularly) and pet hair can cause sneezing, coughing, and skin rashes.
Frequent vacuum cleaning can help avoid the accumulation of dander, dust, and other debris on carpets, rugs and other surfaces in your home. Regular vacuuming is a must as proper attention can reduce the likelihood of health hazards. However, when it comes to choosing the best vacuum cleaner, it can be difficult given the wide range of options and models available in the market today.
How to pick the best vacuum cleaner?
To help you make an informed decision, we’ve reviewed two of the most popular models in the market, the Dyson V8 and the Xiaomi Roidmi F8 comparing them on the basis of price, cleaning ability, run time among other key features.
Cleaning ability: hard vs soft floor
Both brands come with a standard brush that works well on carpets, and a soft roller for hard floors. With the Xiaomi, you only have to change the roller, but with the Dyson, you have to change the entire cleaner head. Either way, it is a small difference and easily dobale both ways.
Where the two products differ is the cleaning ability. The goal of any part-time maid, or anyone incharge of cleaning, should be to clean the surfaces as thoroughly as possible. Both the vacuum cleaners are good on hard floors, but Roidmi excels here and manages to clean up larger debris. However, Dyson does a better job of deep cleaning the carpet and delivers an excellent all-round finish, the type you’d expect from professional cleaning services.
Making sure dust and dirt do not sit in the air is crucial, especially if anyone in your household suffers from allergies and respiratory issues. Thankfully, both Xiaomi and Dyson have HEPA filters that accompany their sealed vacuums. Typically, these are only found in high-end vacuums, so it’s a big bonus to have it in the cheaper of the two, which is Xiaomi.
Whether you take charge of cleaning yourself or hire someone, you don’t want the chores to take all day. A higher capacity vacuum cleaner means fewer trips to the bin and more efficient cleaning. The Dyson V8 is the winner here. It has a far larger capacity than the Xiaomi, and Dyson’s wider suction tubes also make clogging less likely.
Run-time & recharging
Running out of battery during a deep clean is the stuff of nightmares for any part-time cleaner and means you will be waiting hours for a full recharge. Xiaomi’s The Roidmi F8 wins here offering around 50 minutes of cleaning time with the Dyson V8 providing roughly 40 minutes.
Recharge times on cordless vacuums have slowly begun to lessen as newer models are released, and the technology improves. The F8 will achieve full charge in an incredible 2.5 hours whereas the Dyson takes 4.5 hours. However, it is worth noting that the V8 is an older model and newer Dyson’s offer over an hour of usage time and will recharge an hour faster than the V8.
The stark contrast between the design choices of Dyson and Xiaomi is apparent the moment you open the box. Xiaomi has taken a leaf out of Apple’s book, opting for a minimalist and sleek exterior. The all-white casing has curves in the right places, looks very modern and is appealing on the eye.
Dyson’s vacuums are renowned for their loud colours and unique design which make them stand out from the crowd. The bright exterior of the V8 is no different. For a part-time cleaner, the look doesn’t matter too much, so this one comes down to personal preferences.
Price & cost effectiveness
The Roidmi is a significantly cheaper option than almost any Dyson product in the market today. The F8 comes in at a very reasonable S$325, which is an excellent price for its features. Even though it is an older model, the Dyson V8 is nearly double the cost at S$598.
At face value, it seems that Xiaomi is the clear winner in this category. But wait. Dyson’s cordless vacuums come with a two-year warranty with contact centres and stores throughout Singapore. On the other hand, the F8 comes with a one-year warranty but with one enormous caveat. There are no service centres in Singapore which make repairing broken products particularly tricky.
Both models come with a much-loved wall-mounted charging dock that makes them part of the furniture in any household. They also come with a variety of different attachments and tools to provide a deeper clean, including a crevice tool, and a combo tool. Xiaomi provides a powered pet tool while Dyson offers a mini motorized attached.
The scales tip slightly in favour of Xiaomi for tech lovers as they have an app which details battery life, suction rate, and a range of other stats.
Which vacuum cleaner should you choose?
Both brands offer high-quality products that will help get your house clean. They come with a range of accessories and features that make them hard to separate in terms of a winner.
However, for cleaning services, the best option would be Dyson. Its better cleaning ability, coupled with a robust warranty, make it perfect for repeated use. For households with a part-time maid looking to get thorough cleaning at a slightly lower price, Xiaomi would be an ideal choice.