There are certain things that I do, multiple times every day. One of those things is clean the floors. After every meal, out comes the vacuum. After craft time, out comes the vacuum. After a trip to the playground where the kids have dumped out their shoes in the entryway, out comes the vacuum.
We vacuum a lot, so of course, we put them both through the test. Sand, cheerios, glitter, sparkles, gems, dried pasta, kid-crumbs, pieces of fruit, stickers from the fruit – the hazards of having messy children, I suppose.
Dyson Small Ball Animal
The Dyson Small Ball Animal is a powerhouse. It’s corded, so you don’t have the versatility that comes with using the cordless Absolute, but you do have the function and the ability to vacuum for more than six minutes at max power, meaning that you’re going to be able to vacuum up after lunch, and get the sand the kids brought home from the park, while being able to fit in a vacuum of the upstairs carpets before the older ones arrive home from school.
Benefits: corded power – no need to charge, multiple attachments, easily captures sand and fine dust without debris left behind, self-adjusting cleaner head, versatile cleaning for floor, stairs, and everything in between, lightweight easily brought from downstairs to upstairs, effective at small (and bigger) messes.
Just as versatile as the Absolute, it’s just a bit more powerful, and doesn’t require charging – helpful when you realized that no one charged the vacuum and you’ve got a mess to clean up after lunch, dinner, the playground and a final tidy before the kids go to sleep.
Dyson V6 Absolute
Last year, we had the chance to try out the Dyson V6 Absolute. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s a cordless vacuum from Dyson that maintains the powerful suction and ease of use, with the versatile attachments. The handy, wall-attached charging station is easy to use, and is nicely tucked away in a closet or laundry room wall, meaning you don’t have to adjust cords.
Benefits: it’s cordless, comes with multiple attachments, lightweight, easy to empty, and noise level – this one is quiet enough that I can do a fast vacuum upstairs, even outside the kids bedrooms, while they’re asleep, without waking up the kids, easy enough for small children to handle so they can tackle a small mess.
Which Dyson is for You?
Coming into the summer, we’re coming into what I like to call ‘messy floor’ season. There is sand, always so much sand, and dirt, sticks, shells and pocket gravel that seems to be tracked into the house. Much of this mess creates a fine dust that’s nearly impossible to get when you sweep, but can be effectively vacuumed up.
The Dyson Small Ball Animal and the cyclonic action has proven more effective in cleaning up the sand and fine dust particles that make the house feel ‘dirty’, and easily transitions when we’re vacuuming the downstairs, which is a combination of wood flooring and rugs by the doors. Fast and effective, and with the ability to get rid of more sand from the floor, with the first go-over, it’s our choice for the summer mess. As a bonus, it’s small enough to bring upstairs with ease, to clean the carpets up there.
Though the Absolute is convenient – it’s made for ‘a quick tidy’ or ‘small messes’ as a friend of mine with the same vacuum. It’s not perfect for trying to clean the entire house or pick up those messes of sand that come from having kids at home in the summer. For messy kids, you need something a little stronger, like the power that comes with the Dyson Small Ball Animal.
This post has been brought to you by Dyson. All opinions are my own.