May 29, 2017

The Dyson V8 Sucks so it's all Good!


If you had read my previous article on how the wifey and I cope with 3 kids, one of the things we do is we employ routines at home. The beauty about having routines is that it takes the thinking out of what to do next for all of us.We have pretty much drilled into our monkies what the main daily routines are like. So whether it is getting ready for school early in the morning, watching TV only after meals, or designated time to get changed and ready for bedtime, they know what has and needs to be done.

And the other thing? We allocate tasks at home too.

Everyone has a role in our household. Be it setting up the table for meals, food preparation in the kitchen, bringing out the dirty laundry, watering plants, vacuuming, we make it a point to involve the 3 monkies in our daily chores.

Because believe it or not, there are huge benefits for kids who help out with household chores (other than the fact that I am a firm believer in child labour). Establishing a chore routine and assigning chores make kids feel responsible and it builds up their self reliance. Contributing to chores can also teach them to be empathetic and responsive to other’s needs. Most importantly, the tasks make the monkies realise and appreciate the efforts that keep our family running.

So how do you get kids to help with the household chores?

First things first, don’t expect perfection. They are learning but they will get better.

To start off, build it into the routine. Small things like making their beds are easy to get started. Let the kids take turns to help out for certain routines on different days of the week. And make it age appropriate - even toddlers can help if you give them an appropriate job.

Above all, get involved. Do some housework together on a weekend morning. Because keeping the house clean is a team effort. But whatever you do, do NOT offer tangible rewards like money. Research has shown that giving money can actually lower children’s motivation. It turns an altruistic act into a business transaction.

For some reason, the monkies have been jostling to do ONE single household chore the past one week - which is vacuuming our entire house. And I highly suspect it has something to do with this sucker.

Okay, to be put it more appropriately, it is the new Dyson V8 vacuum cleaner. Other than the fact that it looks so aesthetically pleasing to the eye,  it is entirely cord-free! I don't know about you but I absolutely dread hooking up the vacuum cleaner of the old to a power socket and having to lug it everywhere around the house.

The Dyson V8 is an entirely different ball game altogether. All I have to do is to charge it up and I can just use it anywhere in the house!

So now, the monkies are able to move from room to room without having to unplug and lug a machine along, and they get to almost any corner in the house as the V8 is extremely easy to manoeuver to reach around and underneath sofas, beds, cupboards and in tight spaces.

And do not let its slim and lightweight looks - it's weighs only 2.6kg by the way - fool you. Small-sized it may be, but its power is not compromised. Its compact and powerful Dyson digital motor V8 offers powerful, fade-free suctions. Its motor is so powerful, it spins at 10,000pm - 5 times faster than a F1 car engine!

For me, the most amazing thing I learned about the V8 is that the air that leaves the machine is cleaner than the air we breathe in! This is very important for me – with the monkies handling the vacuum, it’s good to know that they aren’t breathing in any allergens and bacteria while helping with the cleaning.

The monkies though, love the V8 for another reason - its versatility. The V8 effortlessly converts between stick and handheld mode, which makes it easy for them to vacuum different areas of the house.

Thanks to the various attachments that came with the entire V8 package, Ayd was able to start cleaning our sofa.

For those deep corners of the sofa - which usually tends to be favourite hiding places for crumbs and chips - just a quick change of the vacuum head and the job was done!

Ale also got into the action, by helping to clean our cupboards and window ledges... by simply switching to a brush head attachment.

As for me, I got the most delicate job of all. Cleaning my laptop keyboard. LOL.

The thing about the design of the V8 is that its key components like the motor and battery are positioned near the hand, which makes the vacuum lighter and easier to lift when having to vacuum at higher parts of the house.

Oh, did I mention that it comes with two suction levels too? For more heavy duty jobs, just flip to the switch to 'MAX' mode and let the V8 work its magic!

So vacuuming is the easy part but emptying the dust contents can be a pain in the butt when it comes to vacuum cleaners. However, I must say the V8's dirt disposal system is the best I have ever seen in a vacuum cleaner. All it takes is just one pull of the lever upwards and the bin-emptying mechanism hygienically drives out the dirt and dust in one complete action. There is NO need to touch the dirt at all!

A single charge of the V8 allows for up to 40 minutes of vacuum time, which has so far allowed the monkies to each have their turn vacuuming before the battery runs out!

I think it is safe to say all of us in the family adore the Dyson V8. Although it is a very lightweight vacuum cleaner, it boasts the performance of a conventional vacuum cleaner and moves effortlessly from different kinds of surfaces. Add in the different attachments, and it is really one multi-functional vacuum cleaner for the house... and even for my car.

Most importantly, the monkies are now vacuuming my floor at every single opportunity!

The Dyson V8 is retailing for S$899 at all leading departmental and electrical stores island-

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1 comment :

May Ann said...

Nice cleaning gadget...its easy to use for children...

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