When it comes to the best cordless vacuums, each new model on the market seems to be bigger and more powerful than the last. However, Dyson believes there’s a place for compact, lightweight vacuum cleaners designed for hard floors that can easily navigate hard-to-reach spaces, and with this in mind has launched the Dyson Omni-glide.
A new type of vacuum, which sits alongside the recently-launched Dyson V15 Detect Absolute – a cleaner so good that it’s nabbed the top spot in our best vacuum cleaners list – the Omni-glide is able to lie flat on the floor in part because the motor, filter and handle are all aligned, enabling you to easily maneuver it under furniture with low clearance.
It’s smaller and lighter than any of the brand’s current cordless cleaners, and features what Dyson dubs an ‘omni-directional’ cleaning head – hence the name. The cleaning head has two soft brush bars and four 360-degree castors on the bottom, along with an articulating neck which enables it to be steered in any direction.
According to Dyson, the battery offers up to 20 minutes of runtime, and it’s swappable, so it can be replaced to ensure that interruptions to your cleaning sessions are kept to a minimum, provided you purchase an additional battery or batteries.
The Dyson Omni-glide may be Dyson’s most affordable vacuum to date, but it’s still got a hefty price tag – so can it really revolutionize vacuuming for those with hard floors, or is it simply an expensive gadget that’s nice to have, but not essential? We put it to the test to find out.
Dyson Omni-glide price and availability
- List price: $399.99 / £349.99 / AU$599.99
The Dyson Omni-glide will set you back $399.99 / £349.99 / AU$599.99, which makes it Dyson’s most affordable vacuum cleaner to date, although it’s still relatively expensive compared to many other cordless vacuums. It’s available to buy now in the US and Australia and will go on sale in the UK in July.
As we’ve mentioned the battery is swappable, and additional batteries cost $149 / £85 / AU$199.99
- 0.05-gallon / 0.02-liter dust bin
- Comes with three additional tools
- The vacuum can be laid flat
The Dyson Omni-glide certainly looks different to other cordless vacuums from the brand. Rather than a traditional trigger-style handle, the Dyson Omni-glide has a vertical handle, which houses the swappable battery, with a power button on the front, along with another button to switch to maximum power.
The motor, which generates the suction, and the eight cyclones, which generate 98,000g of centrifugal force to ensure that microscopic dust particles remain in the canister, sit below this, followed by the 0.05-gallon / 0.02-liter dust bin.
As we’ve already mentioned, the Dyson Omni-glide is designed for hard floors, and it ships with just one cleaning head, which has two brush bars. These are covered in soft nylon to capture large particles without damaging hard floors, while anti-static carbon fiber filaments collect fine dust at the same time.
It has two power levels: Eco mode, which is the lowest setting, and Max, and can be laid flat while cleaning so that you can maneuver it under furniture and in tight spaces.
The Omni-glide can be converted into a handheld cleaner in the same way as other Dyson vacuums, by removing the main wand and attaching any of the three extra tools it comes with directly to the dust canister. Weighing in at 4.18lb / 1.9kg, it’s the lightest vacuum Dyson has made to date.
Dyson says the battery lasts up to 20 minutes between charges when the cleaner is used on Eco mode, and up to 18 minutes when used on Max. A charging cable and docking station, which enable you to stow the Omni-glide upright, are also included.
- Powerful suction
- Only suitable for hard floors
- Loud when used on maximum power
In our testing, the Dyson Omni-glide proved very effective at sucking up the fine dust, biscuit crumbs and cereal we sprinkled on hard floors, even on the Eco power setting. It glided easily, and was able to trap all the debris in just one slow pass – we were also impressed that we were able to steer the vacuum in any direction with the lightest of pressure.
Converting the vacuum to handheld mode and back again is easy – as on other Dyson cleaners this requires removing the main wand and cleaning head. However, unlike other Dyson cordless cleaners, the handle is much longer, which makes it cumbersome to use in this mode.
Emptying the Dyson Omni-glide is simple – just disconnect the wand and cleaning head from the canister, then press the button on the back, sliding the canister down. The ‘point and shoot’ mechanism ejects the dust and debris from the canister into a bin in one swift move and works in the same way as other Dyson vacuum cleaners, although the canister is the smallest we’ve seen on a Dyson vacuum, so will need regular emptying if you have a larger home.
The rest of the vacuum is easy to clean too – we love that the bin and filter can be washed in warm soapy water, and the soft brush rollers can be quickly detached from the cleaning head so that they can be cleaned too.
On its lowest power setting the vacuum was reassuringly quiet; however when switched to Max mode the Dyson Omni-glide hit 81db on our decibel meter, which is the equivalent of a truck travelling down the road at 40mph, making it one of the louder cordless vacuums we’ve tested.
- The battery lasts between 18 and 20 minutes depending upon the power level used
- Fully recharged in 3.5 hours
- Swappable battery reduces interruptions to cleaning
As we’ve mentioned, Dyson claims the Omni-glide’s battery will last up to 20 minutes on the lower Eco power setting before it needs recharging, and during testing we found the battery lasted the full 20 minutes; however we were disappointed that there’s no battery level indicator to let us know when we’re running low on power.
The battery, which sits in the vertical handle, is swappable, and can be easily removed by releasing the clip on the top of the handle and replaced with a fully charged one. It took around 3.5 hours to fully recharge the battery, which isn’t the quickest, so if you have a larger home you’ll certainly want to consider investing in a second battery.
Should I buy the Dyson Omni-glide?
Buy it if…
You have hard floors
The Dyson Omni-glide is designed for hard floors, and we found that it glided easily on hard floors, while the double soft brush bars covered a larger area while protecting the floor. It’s a great buy for anyone who has a lot of hard flooring in their home.
You have lots of furniture or tight spaces
With its ability to lie flat and be angled in any direction, the Omni-glide is a great vacuum for those who have a lot of furniture or regularly need to clean in nooks and crannies.
You’re tight on space
The Dyson Omni-glide is extremely compact and lightweight, and is easy to store using the supplied dock, making it a great cordless vacuum for those who are tight on space.
Don’t buy it if..
You’re on a budget
While the Dyson Omni-glide may be Dyson’s most affordable vacuum cleaner, it’s still expensive compared to rivals offering similar features. If you’re on a budget, opt for a model from Shark or Hovver, which offer similar levels of suction for a more affordable price tag.
You plan to use it in handheld mode a lot
The Dyson Omni-glide can be converted to a handheld cleaner, but it’s longer than average handle means it’s cumbersome to use in this mode. If you plan on using the vacuum cleaner this way often, it’s worth considering an older Dyson, such as the V8, which comes in at a similar price but is far more comfortable to use.
You have a large home
With a dust canister that holds 0.2 gallons / 0.75 liters, you’ll find yourself having to regularly stop cleaning to empty the bin if you have a larger home. Consider one of the Dyson’s larger vacuums, such as the Dyson V11 Outsize, instead.
First reviewed: May 2021