When I checked out the Dyson Gen5 Outsize, I had lots of positive things to say about this glorious vacuum. The one thing I wasn’t saying was that I wish it was also a mop. Well, after checking out the Dyson V15s Detect Submarine, maybe I should have been.
The mop you didn’t know you needed
What makes the Submarine the Submarine, is the water bit. I mean, it doesn’t go underwater, so it’s still an odd name, but the Dyson Mop doesn’t have a ring to it. So I don’t blame them.
Essentially, you pop this separate head onto the stick vacuum, which has a microfiber spinning piece that mops up as you go. The head also contains the water, and then the dirty water. It works much better than you may expect.
The spinning sloth pulls the head along the ground, which makes it easy to use, and when you have some especially gross gunk, you can hold it there and it keeps mopping until the job is done.
The only real issue with it is that it does leave the ground a bit wet, and if you are mopping for a while, because it’s leaving the water on the ground, I regularly find it leaving streaks. If I washed the head a few times as I mopped, it was sweet, though.
And it’s a vacuum
The Dyson V15s Detect Submarine expects you to vacuum up first to grab the dust and debris. Don’t worry, though; they don’t expect you to buy another vacuum. It comes with one of the Gen5 vacuum heads so you can vacuum up the floor then mop it with one charge.
I have already thoroughly covered how much I liked that kit, but it does help coming with both bits in one box. The bad news is it means you have to empty a vacuum bin and the mop head, but I mean, you want your house to be clean?
So any negatives?
For one, this is far from cheap. From $1300 this won’t be an option for everyone. It can also be a pain in the ass to clean. Everything pulls apart easily, and you can run all the bits under a tap which is great, but I consistently accidentally spilled dirty water everywhere. A simple tap or plug would have made it way better.
The other thing is in the short time I was using it the bottom of the head scuffed quite a bit. I only used it on tiles and painted concrete. So it’s anyone’s guess how that happened. This may not be an issue since it is plastic, but of note anyway.
Should you get one?
Sure, why not. If your house has heaps of tiles and/or hard floors, this may be a real go for you. If you have more carpet than tiles like I do, then it’s pretty hard to justify. If I am spending that kind of money I would buy the Dyson Gen5, and a cheap mop from The Warehouse.
It's a very cool vacuum and mop combo, but if you don't have a lot of hard floors, stick with a vacuum.