Are you someone who gets excited over vacuum cleaners? Why hello there and welcome to adulthood. Vacuuming is definitely one of the most satisfying chores at home. The results are instant and seeing all the gunk you were able to remove from your floors and furniture is always so rewarding. This is why I can be quite particular about my vacuums. I need one that makes the task easier and a lot more interesting — like the new Dyson V15 Detect Absolute.
Dyson’s latest release in the floor care department is arguably the most intelligent and powerful cordless vacuum in the market today. The suction has improved and is now at 240 Air Watts. Thanks to a Piezo Sensor, the V15’s screen will also tell you the kind of particles it’s picking up in your home grouped by size. This is something that people will allergies will definitely be thankful for. However, the numbers aren’t just there as a party trick or merely for information. There’s a practical use for it. As the V15 detects – pun intended – the particles, it also adjusts the suction accordingly. Detection is done up to 15,000 times per second. This allows for the adjustment of the suction power on Auto Mode to be quick and intuitive. Now that’s nifty.
The right accessories and attachments for your Dyson V15
The V15 Detect also comes with a whole slew of attachments and accessories. Admittedly, seeing the range of tools and thinking of all the things you can do with them are two of the things that really get me excited when getting a new vacuum. I love how you get multi-use pieces as well as task-specific ones.
The Digital Motorbar or the V15’s main cleaning head now comes with an anti-tangle comb that clears hair from the brush bar. This is something I longed for vacuums to have as detangling hair from brushes and rollers isn’t something to look forward to. It’s no gimmick either. My hair’s been getting longer and I shed almost as much as our corgi. We tested it here at home and it actually works.
The V15 — both models — come with the Laser Slim Fluffy Cleaner Head which is perfect for seeing microdust and things you may just miss on hard floors. The Hair Screw Tool is the upgrade of the Mini Motorized Tool. It has the power of its predecessor and the anti-tangle technology of the Digital Motorbar. It’s perfect for cleaning upholstery, mattresses, and even in your car.
You also get attachments that were available in previous models like the Crevice Tool for those narrow, hard to reach places, Combination Tool, Mini Soft Dusting Brush, and the Stubborn Dirt Brush. The vacuum still comes with a wall mount where your charger can go through, ensuring tidier storage.
The HEPA model comes with a built-in dusting and crevice tool that hides inside the wand when not in use. It seems like a minor addition but makes it much easier to switch from full vacuum to handheld. Extra attachments like the Low-Reach Adaptor makes cleaning under beds and sofas a breeze and the Fabric and Mattress tool for your in-home cleaning. This frees up your Hair Screw Tool for your car.
But what I’m really looking forward to is the launch of the Dyson Pet Groom tool here in the Philippines. Set to arrive in early 2023, this piece is a game changer for pet owners. Living with a corgi means having to deal with shedding all year round. We also have to hoover every single day or else we’ll be dealing with fur tumbleweeds throughout our flat which gather more dust and allergens. The new Pet Groom Tool is a brush that you can attach to the main body of your V15. With 364 bristles angled at 35°, you’re able to remove loose fur and dander from your pet. Without hurting them, of course.
Filtering microdust with the Dyson V15
Dyson vacuums have always been pretty idiot-proof. It’s a piece of technology that marries form and substance — looking great while packing a lot of power for a cordless vacuum. I’ve always loved how Dyson vacuums don’t use bags. Clearing the bin is easy — hold it over the bin and pull the side handle down. Less waste makes it kinder to the environment.
The V15 also comes with 5-stages of advanced filtration, capturing 99.99% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. You’re not only cleaning your home but the air around you as well. There’s no need to keep buying filters and produce more waste because all you have to do is regularly take off the filter, place it under running water to clean, let it dry overnight and put it back. This works for both the regular and HEPA filters.
Sure, the V15 is a tad heavier if you compare it to the Omniglide and the V12 slim. However, it’s is a more powerful machine and runs longer. At 60 minutes, I’m able to deep clean most of our two-bedroom home. I’ve owned the V11 Absolute Extra Pro (a bigger V11 released in Germany) since 2019 and I’d say there’s not much difference in weight. I’ve enjoyed the power I got from V11 and always regarded it as my favorite vacuum, thinking that it’s hard to top its suction power as far as cordless vacuums go without making it too heavy. I was actually surprised that the V15 was able to achieve just that.
What’s left to improve?
While I’m absolutely smitten by the V15, here’s what I would love to see in the next upgrades. A laser on the Digital Motorbar would be great so that we can also see microdust and hair that tends to blend with the color of our carpets.
Some people online have complained about the lack of a trigger lock. This means you have to keep your finger on the trigger to keep the vacuum running. I think this is more of a question of preference. I don’t mind having a trigger lock as an option but I rarely used it in my older vacuums. For those who really think it can be an issue for them, the V12 does come with a start and stop button instead of a trigger.
The V15 Detect Absolute comes in two variants — V15 Detect Absolute and V15 Detect Absolute HEPA. The main difference is the filter and the colors. The former is in sprayed yellow and nickel and the latter is in a combination of sprayed gold and iron with the HEPA filter coming in a lovely shade of aqua.
The V15 Detect Absolute HEPA variant retails for PhP54,900 and comes with two extra tools (Fabric and Mattress tool and Low-Reach Adaptor) as well as its hidden dusting and crevice tool inside the wand.
The V15 Detect Absolute, meanwhile, is slightly cheaper at PhP50,900. Both models are now available at Dyson stores in the Philippines as well as their official online stores on Lazada and Shopee.
Review: The Flyaway Attachment for the Dyson Supersonic
Is it time to upgrade?
I’ve had my Dyson Supersonic since 2019 which means I’ve been using the same hairdryer for almost three years now. This is quite a feat for someone whose work also involves the intersection of the tech and beauty industries. This hairdryer has been a mainstay in my vanity and an essential part of wash days. As someone who has depended on the Dyson Supersonic since I got my unit in late 2018, I always kept an eye out for the new attachments they release. Their latest–the Flyaway Smoother–truly piqued my interest.
I have curly hair, which I love but every now and then, I get the urge to style it straight. While it’s doable, getting a sleek, shiny look can be a challenge at times. You’ll get some flyaways here and there along with shorter ends from my layers sticking out. This attachment, however, has proven to be a true game-changer for me.
The Flyaway Smoother
As the Supersonic’s first brush attachment, The Flyaway Smoother combines two modes, allowing me to style my hair from damp to polished in no time. The Smoothing mode effectively dries, aligns, and smooths the hair, while the Flyaway mode takes advantage of the Coanda effect (the same technology employed by the AirWrap’s curling barrels) to tuck in and hide flyaways, creating a shiny, flawless finish.
This technology replicates the techniques used by professionals in salons, giving users the ability to achieve salon-worthy results at home. It’s mostly done with two hands by salon professionals–one hand holding a hairdryer and the other, a brush.
What makes it so difficult to replicate at home, especially for long hair, is the angle and tension needed to really introduce volume. With bristles attached to the Flyaway Smoother, it’s now possible to do this with one hand and a powerful motor too. The ability to achieve a sleek, polished look without the fuss and frizz is remarkable.
Dyson digital V9 motor
One of the standout features of the Dyson Supersonic is its powerful Dyson digital V9 motor. It spins at a speed of up to 110,000rpm. This motor’s size also allows for optimum balance in the hand. This makes the dryer easy to handle during styling sessions.
Additionally, the intelligent heat control system ensures that the air temperature is regulated over 40 times a second. This prevents extreme heat damage and protecting the hair’s natural shine.
The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is designed for all hair types. It’s a versatile tool for anyone looking to style their hair with ease. With four heat settings, three airflow settings, and a cold shot function, users have complete control over the drying and styling process.
The additional magnetic attachments, including the Gentle Air attachment for fine hair and sensitive scalps, the Smoothing Nozzle for removing frizz, and the Styling Concentrator for precision styling, provide even more options to achieve various hairstyles effortlessly.
Time for an upgrade?
If you already own a Supersonic hairdryer, is now the time to upgrade? The Flyaway Smoother attachment comes bundled with new machines purchased from June 30, 2023, making it the perfect excuse to get one in a new colorway. However, it is also fully compatible with existing models of the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, making it accessible to both new and existing users.
You don’t really have to buy a full set if your older one is still working fine. Mine, after four years of use, still works amazing. It will now be passed on to a family member who’s been good this year–so far. If yours is starting to show signs of wear, then this might be a good time to get an upgrade. The new colorways are divine with my favorite–Bright Nickel and Copper–and Prussian Blue can definitely make any dresser or bathroom look more luxe. My older set will find its way to our guest bathroom soon but I’ll definitely retain my diffuser attachment.
The newer set comes with four attachments: the Flyaway Smoother, the Smoothing Nozzle, the Styling Concentrator, and the Gentle Air Attachment. If you have curly hair, know that the current set does not come with a diffuser, but the one that came with the older model will work with the new Dyson Supersonic just fine.
Should you get the Flyaway Smoother attachment?
The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer with the Flyaway Smoother attachment is a fantastic addition to any hair care routine, especially for those with curly hair like myself who wish to go for straight styles without losing the volume. It delivers fast, smooth, and salon-quality results from damp to polished hair, making it a true gamechanger in the world of hair styling.
With its powerful motor, intelligent heat control, and versatile attachments, it caters to all hair types and ensures that your hair remains protected while achieving the desired look.
If you’re looking for a high-performance hair dryer that delivers professional results at home, the Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer with the Flyaway Smoother attachment is an excellent investment.
– Flyaway Smoother attachment effectively tucks away flyaways and creates a polished, shiny finish.
– Powerful Dyson digital motor V9 and intelligent heat control protect hair from extreme heat damage.
– Versatile settings and attachments cater to all hair types and styling preferences.
– Available for direct purchase from the manufacturer, ensuring authenticity and quality.
– The initial price of PHP31,500 may be a bit steep for some users. However, if you’re someone who regularly uses a hairdryer or is willing to commit to styling at home, you’ll get your money’s worth as the performance and results can justify the investment.
For more information or to experience the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer with the Flyaway Smoother attachment, visit Dyson demo stores or the website.
Ready for National Pink Day? Barbie has a surprise for you
Barbie is in theaters July 19
If you’re like me who is super thrilled for the Philippine cinema premier of Barbie (and whose favorite color is pink!), Warner Bros. has an exciting surprise for us today, June 23.
In celebration with National Pink Day, Warner Bros. is unveiling “something pink” across various malls in Metro Manila — SM North EDSA, Trinoma, Robinsons Magnolia, SM Megamall, Uptown Mall, and SM Mall of Asia. All Barbie fans are invited! The unboxing event is free and open to the public.
Your favorite cosplayers will be there to take photos with the “pink surprise”, and of course, with their fans. What’s more, the first 50 lucky guests to take a photo will be given Krispy Kreme donuts as bonus treat, so make sure to get there as early as you can!
Barbie is directed by Oscar-nominated writer/director Greta Gerwig, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Discovery company, Barbie is (finally) showing on cinemas this July 19.
Let us know your thoughts about the upcoming film by using the official hashtags: #Barbie #BarbieTheMovie
Empowering and inspiring the future of women in tech
Let’s get to know Elen Tady of HP Philippines
In the world of technology, where innovation and creativity collide, we often hear stories of remarkable individuals who break barriers and shatter glass ceilings. Maria Elenita Tady, affectionately known as Elen by her friends, stands proudly as a shining example for women in tech.
A strong woman who has not only thrived in the tech industry but has also dedicated herself to empowering others. As a Partner Business Manager for Hewlett Packard (HP) Philippines and the chair of Women’s Impact Network PH, Elen embodies the spirit of resilience, growth, and mentorship.
Elen’s story is one of passion and determination. While studying computer science at her university, she knew which company she wanted to join eventually. She joined HP first as an intern, later becoming a full-time employee. Now a Partner Business Manager, she exudes confidence and takes immense pride in her work.
Her constant smile and happy demeanor reflect the joy she finds in her professional journey. This is particularly true when talking about the vibrant community they have fostered at the company. Elen’s infectious enthusiasm inspires those around her and creates an environment where everyone feels valued and motivated to achieve their best.
A supportive environment for women in tech
While the tech industry has historically been male-dominated, Elen shares a different narrative. At HP, she has found an empowering and inclusive environment that values diversity and fosters growth for all its employees. Her constant happiness and positive outlook are a testament to the supportive culture within the company. She has never felt discriminated against for being a female. On the contrary, she feels empowered by HP’s commitment to providing equal opportunities and a platform for women to thrive. The strong community and camaraderie at the company have been instrumental in shaping her journey, enabling her to reach new heights and inspire others along the way.
Throughout her career, Elen has been fortunate to have female mentors who played a pivotal role in her success. These trailblazers have not only shared their wisdom and expertise. They also instilled in her the confidence to take pride in her work and embrace challenges with a smile.
“Lady managers have really opened the door for me,” Elen shared. “The one-on-one coaching that you usually get, the small talks that you have with them have all been so helpful. It’s good to work with females, right?”
Their guidance, combined with Elen’s indomitable spirit, has strengthened her belief in the power of female camaraderie and mentorship. As the Chairwoman of Women’s Impact Network PH, Elen is passionate about creating a space where women can connect, learn, and empower each other. A space for continuing the legacy of support and mentorship that has shaped her own journey.
“Women’s Impact Network is not just for women – we have male allies in the group as well,” Elen said. “One of the projects we worked on is to have a series of trainings for women to encourage them to take on leadership roles.” It’s an important move that supports the company’s feminist ideals. At HP Philippines, women make up more than half of the local team. In the last year, the list of the company’s new hires was also dominated by women – an impressive 66%.
Celebrating women all-year-round
Writing about women in tech and highlighting their accomplishments should not be limited to a month designated for the fairer sex. Elen’s story serves as a reminder that these narratives deserve recognition and celebration throughout the year. Women like Elen are making significant contributions to the tech industry every day. Their stories deserve to be shared and celebrated. By highlighting their achievements and experiences, we promote diversity, encourage inclusivity, and inspire future generations to pursue their passions without limitations.
Elen’s passion for empowering women in the tech industry extends beyond her role at HP. She firmly believes that fostering diversity and gender equality is crucial for creating a future where women can thrive in any field they choose. She serves as an inspiration to aspiring women in tech, encouraging them to pursue their dreams fearlessly. By shining a spotlight on women like Elen, we ensure that their achievements and stories are not only celebrated but also serve as a catalyst for change and progress. Through her dedication and advocacy, Elen is shaping a future where women in tech can break barriers, seize opportunities, and create their own success stories.
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