I drive a new vehicle every week of the year (yes, it’s a tough job!) and at the end of the week, I make it a point to return the vehicle clean inside and out.
I prefer to wash the vehicle by hand, though I have been known to frequent a touchless carwash on occasion, and cleaning the interior is usually addressed by a shop vac, or a portable vacuum if the garage/shop vac is not handy.
Over the years I have tried, and used, a variety of cordless vacuums and the best I’ve found have been Dysons. I have owned three and am, an admitted fan.
The new Dyson V7 Car + Boat – the latest handheld unit from the company – is the best yet, overcoming the principal shortcomings of the older unit – short charge life and the requirement that it be charged via a 110-volt outlet.
This one will run up to 30 minutes on a charge – less when in maximum power mode, but significantly longer than previous units. It also comes with a 12-volt connector, so you can plug it into the vehicle’s cigar lighter outlet and recharge or use on the go.
Visually the V7 Car + Boat is easily recognized as a Dyson; the purple top housing distinguishes it from other Dyson handheld units. The motor is incorporated close to the handle, putting most of the weight close to your wrist – where all the action takes place.
This latest offering from the British company has plenty of power – enough that even with the included rotating brush, you have lots of time to get that pet hair or other stubborn stuff out of the carpets or upholstery. The older model also has the rotating brush attachment, but using it dragged down the already short battery life.
At $350, this is a premium unit. At that price you expect – and get – not only performance but features and accessories.
A wide variety of attachments are packaged with the V7 Car + Boat. There is one for every imaginable use, and probably should come with a bag or some method of storing and carrying them.
Included in the hefty $350-price are:
- Motorized brush
- Stiff bristle brush
- Soft bristle brush
- Combination brush / nozzle
- Crevice tool
- Extension hose
- 12-volt DC charger
- 110-volt AC charger
My favourite is the long crevice tool, for getting into those tight spaces where crumbs go to hide. The rotating brush is great for carpets and the soft brush for getting pesky dust off the instrument panel without scratching anything.
An interesting addition to this newest Dyson handheld unit, is the flexible extension hose. With one of the above attachments, such as the crevice tool, you can reach those small or tight spaces (such as under the seats) you couldn’t otherwise get into with the whole vacuum. You do clean under the seats, don’t you?
Emptying the V7 Car + Boat could not be simpler. Push down on a button on top and the bottom drops away to release all the stuff you want to get rid of. Close the bottom back up and you are back in business.
The Dyson V7 Car + Boat is expensive – but as with most things, the best quality usually cost more. Its power, the ability to charge at home or on the go, and the variety of attachments help it stand out.