The Dyson V12 cordless vacuum cleaner goes on sale for Black Friday

The new Dyson V12 Detect Slim, released earlier this year, offers many of the features we love about the V15 for around $150 less. After spending around eight hours testing the V12 on a mix of carpet, tile, vinyl flooring and hardwood floors, liberally covered in cat and rabbit fur, cat litter and rabbit poop, we’ve concluded that it’s well worth the pick. consider the V12 Detect Slim as an alternative to the V15, especially if you can find it for $500 or less.

Dyson V12 Detects Thin

This new cordless vacuum cleaner has many of the same clever features as the pricier V15, like a laser beacon, particle counter, and self-regulating suction. And it is more convenient to use.

We’ll be conducting more tests and sharing our full impressions of the V12 and other new cordless vacuum cleaners soon. In the meantime, here’s everything we like about the V12 Detect Slim and everything we don’t.

Dyson has finally dropped the trigger

We’ve long complained about the discomfort of Dyson’s trigger switches, which you have to press while vacuuming—it’s especially annoying if you have pain in your hand or wrist. The V12 trades that awkward function for a simple on/off button. You are now free to change hands as you navigate between table legs and litter boxes! This is a huge advantage over the V8 and V15 series.

It is light and agile

At 5.2 pounds, the V12 is leaner and slightly lighter than the V8, our current runner-up, and much lighter than the V15 Detect, which weighs in at 6.8 pounds. Like the V15’s engine, the V12 is positioned vertically above the stick (rather than perpendicular to it, as on the V8). This design helps the V12 feel more balanced and easier to maneuver.

Template Absolute V8 V12 Detect Thin V12 Detect Slim Extra Detection V15
Current price $350 $500 $500 $650
Weight 5.5 pounds 5.2 pounds 5.2 pounds 6.8 pounds
On/off control Trigger Button Button Trigger
Execution time 40 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes
Charging time 5 hours 4 hours 3.5 hours 4.5 hours
Basket capacity 0.14 gallons 0.1 gallon 0.1 gallon 0.2 gallons
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A laser and a display showing debris

Do you need a laser on your vacuum cleaner? Probably not, but as we note in our guide, in typical Dyson fashion the laser is part gimmick and part true innovation. The V12’s green laser beacon, which illuminates your path and helps reveal dirt and debris, is a little less powerful than that of the much more expensive V15. But we found that it’s still bright enough to reveal dust in hard-to-see areas.

While the laser struggled to detect dirt on patterned vinyl floors, it came in handy in dimly lit areas like under tables, on dark wood floors, and on tile between the sink and tub. You might be surprised, and slightly disgusted, by the amount of dust and hair it brightens, not to mention the hidden blemishes you wish you didn’t see.

Like the V15, the V12 features an LCD screen with a particle counter, which estimates the size and type of particles drawn into the vacuum. It will tell you, depending on particle size, if you live in a house full of pollen, skin flakes, dust mites, or fleas. (My home? All of the above!) But seriously, is there anything you can actually do with this information? Not really, other than wallowing in how shitty the world is. The only practical function on the LCD screen is the runtime countdown, so you can race against the clock to make your little corner of the world a cleaner place.

The Laser Slim Fluffy cleaner head illuminates dirt in dark spaces. How disgusting! Photo: Sabine Heinlein

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