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Dyson V12s Detect Slim review: Wet cleaning

Dyson V12s Detect Slim review: Wet cleaning

Dyson V12s Detect Slim

An upgrade to the 2021 Dyson V12 Detect Slim, the Dyson V12s Detect Slim improves its laser-aided Fluffy cleaning brush head. Mostly importantly, this version adds a new wet cleaning module called the Submarine. It lets you mop up spills easily using clean water. Fantastic.

Quick specs

  • Up to 60 minutes run time
  • 0.35L bin, 3.1kg
  • Four speed modes: Eco, Med, Boost, and Auto (with Fluffy head attached)
  • Submarine head allows for wet cleaning

The one thing you have to know about the Submarine module is that it doesn't suck anything into the vacuum's bin. The Submarine stores all of the mess it picks up into a separate chamber. How it works is quite simple, and the engineering, clever. A clean water compartment pumps water into the wet roller head, which picks up the wet dirt. It then squeezes out the dirty water and dirt into a chamber. Once you're done mopping, you can open it up to pour out the icky stuff. Be careful, or you may spill it all over the floor, and then you'll have to mop all over again. You can also wash the roller head with detergent, and leave it out to dry.

Dyson V12s Detect Slim (Submarine)
The Dyson Submarine cleaner head opened.
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When storing, make sure you also empty the clean water bottle — I noticed some water spilling out. Otherwise, you can use the included drip tray. Besides the Submarine, the V12s also comes with the new Fluffy Optic head, which has double the laser power to reveal dirt and hair. The original Fluffy was one of my favourite ways to clean, and having a stronger laser that reveals more is even better. Besides these two cleaner heads, the V12s comes with a combination tool, hair screw tool, and crevice tool. The Complete version also comes with a Motorbar cleaner head and a floor dock. Note that some of these extra accessories are only available when ordering directly from Dyson (and not other e-commerce platforms).

Dyson V12s Detect Slim
A much brighter Fluffy Optic.
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

In terms of performance, the V12s is similar to the V12. Both will react to extra dirt, and turn up the suction. They will also show you the amount of dirt particles collected on the LCD display. Battery life, too, is similar, and rated at up to 60 minutes. Using boost mode will give you around 10 to 20 minutes of battery life, while medium is rated at 40 minutes or so. I've also tried using the Submarine with my older V12, but it doesn't work. The V12 will not run while reporting that the airway is blocked. This means you can't just get the Submarine separately (which also isn't available).

Starting from S$1,299, the Dyson V12s is on the higher-end of most handheld vacuums. But you do get the cool Submarine module that really makes cleaning spills or mopping your home a lot easier. I have yet to try it on messier spills such as vomit, but will update this review when I do. Get the S$1,449 Complete Gold version from Dyson if you want all the cleaner heads. Otherwise, you can get it from Shopee and Lazada, though you may miss out on some Dyson Direct freebies.

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Note: Review unit provided by Dyson.

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Solid cleaning for dry or wet.

Available at Shopee
Buy from Lazada

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