Dyson is known for its vacuum cleaners, air purifiers and some people may also have a lamp from the manufacturer in their home. The fact that a vacuum cleaner robot was launched many years ago is information that perhaps not everyone was aware of. Not a shame for the company, because the 360 Eye wasn’t exactly a masterpiece. Now you’re making a new attempt with the Dyson 360 Vis Nav and want to score points with particularly good suction power.
The vacuum cleaner is stored in the box itself along with a power supply, a docking station and a sign that you have to attach to the docking station. Of course, there is also some paperwork on board that contains important information about setup, warranty, etc.
The design is typical of Dyson and the robot has been given the blue that has recently been typical in combination with red accents. The workmanship is excellent and you can tell at first glance from the cyclones that it is a Dyson. On the head there is a small display, which is also a button, the easily removable filter and the 360-degree camera. The container sits on the “butt” and has a gray color. A small, red button indicates the weight loss function.
At the front is the wide rotating brush that many people already know from vacuum cleaners. A combination of the soft brush and carbon fibers was used here to capture all types of dirt on any floor. When it comes to technical data, comparisons were made with other vacuum cleaner robots that are typical for Apple. This means that twice as much suction power (65 AW) has been put into the robot when compared to all other robots. The following information can be found in the small print:
Suction performance tested based on IEC 62885-4 CL5.8 and CL5.9, loaded with full container, in boost mode against robot vacuum cleaners (sales data from January 2022 to December 2022). Tested in SLG Germany in 2021.
To summarize, here are a few technical details before we get to the setup:
In order to finally be able to operate the robot, you need the Dyson app. It reliably recognizes the vacuum cleaner and guides you through the setup, which essentially consists of connecting the robot to your WiFi. The part is then available in the app. Now you can either start vacuuming straight away or start a mapping run.
Unfortunately, the robot doesn’t do both at the same time, as is the case with some competitors – i.e. vacuum and create the map at the same time. So he first drives through the entire cleaning area and gives you a map in the app where you can do the usual things. So set separators, name rooms or place restrictions – i.e. no-go zones.
Once this is done, the first cleaning can begin. When you start, you can specify in which mode the robot should control the rooms or whether it should clean everything at all or only move to certain rooms. When it comes to mode, you can choose from Fast, Quiet, Boost or Auto. In the latter case, he decides for himself how to drive through the zone. On top of that, you can set planned cleaning tasks for areas and also determine the desired mode there.
Typically Dyson: The thing is packed with technology, which means that the piezo sensor is also found here, which uses noise to determine how much dust the robot sucks in. Using this information, it creates a heatmap for your map that shows where the most dust accumulates. It’s interesting to see that you can at least see what the most frequently used zones are, which are usually areas such as under the dining table, at the entrance door, around food bowls, etc.
The cleaning results of the robot are pretty good and it is not necessarily the loudest. You can tell that Dyson has used its knowledge of suction technologies here, because it performs much better on high-pile carpets than the competition from Narwal or iRobot, which I use here. Thanks to its relatively flat design, it can also easily get into areas under furniture, but other competitors don’t really have a problem with this either.
If you consider that the predecessor was a “moving tower”, then it was time for Dyson to basically flatten the robot. It also cleans particularly well around the edges. Dyson doesn’t use a rotating side brush, but rather a “lip” that sticks out the side. Multiple sensors are used to detect walls and redirect the suction force to the sides. At least in my case it seems to work well.
A major weakness of the predecessor was navigation. The 360-degree camera is also at home in this model and, according to Dyson, is combined with 26 additional sensors. It is supposed to navigate intelligently in real time and detect objects up to a height of 2.5 centimeters. In most cases this works pretty well. But the robot has problems with our coffee table, which only has relatively thin metal legs. So he gets stuck there in 2 out of 10 cases. It then has to be taken out manually and started again by pressing the display.
He also has a problem with high-pile carpets. We have one of these in front of the sofa in the living room. If he drives down there and cleans a corner of our vinyl floor, he has to go over the carpet again to get back to the station. Now the pile is so high (over 2 centimeters immediately after vacuuming) that he sometimes can’t find his way out. So it’s not really that intelligent (yet). Dyson promises regular updates and improvements over its lifetime.
What has been improved, however, is that it drives much safer when it is dark. The predecessor was virtually unusable at night. At least that’s no longer a problem these days. Once the vacuum cleaner has done everything, it reliably returns to the station and is – NOT – emptied there. A pity. Dyson has decided against a self-emptying docking station and also against a vacuum/mopping robot; almost all competitors now have both in their range.
But the container is at least big enough that you can still have peace and quiet for a while. The battery lasts a good three quarters of an hour during operation, then it goes back to the station to recharge. It takes over two hours until he can finish his tour.
A conclusion about the Dyson 360 Vis Nav: With the robot, Dyson has brought a technically really good device onto the market that scores with very good cleaning performance. There is also an attractive design and a tidy app that is easy to use.
However, compared to the competition in the upper segment, selling points such as a self-emptying docking station, a vacuum/mop function and truly safe navigation are missing. If you take all of this into account when you are looking for a robot vacuum, then the price of 1,599 euros seems quite crazy for what is on offer.
In the end, the vacuum robot will probably only end up in households that have the necessary change because they absolutely want to have the Dyson brand in their house. The British company has impressively demonstrated for many years that this also works.
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