I really have to hand it to Dyson for designing a vacuum cleaner that’s so out there, even men want to buy it.
Lest you think of James Dyson as some kind of power cleaning messiah who devoted his life to finding total cleanliness, this New York Times interview shows us that he’s just an ordinary bloke to designed the famous handheld “cyclone” vacuum purely for the heck of it.
In fact, he seems kind of befuddled that people actually want to buy it.
You and me both, James… As much as I love a clean home, I can’t imagine dropping $1,000 on a Dyson vacuum cleaner. It can’t even mop the floor or talk to me in Crayon Shin-chan’s voice.
Fortunately, there are tons of ripoffs of the Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner for as little as $120. Let’s see what’s out there.
10 best cordless vacuum cleaners in Singapore
|Cordless vacuum cleaner||Price|
|Black and Decker 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner||$119|
|Dibea H008 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner||$149|
|Airbot Supersonics Cyclone Cordless Vacuum Cleaner||$169|
|Karcher VC4i Cordless Vacuum Cleaner||$250|
|Electrolux 2-in-1 Allergy Ergorapido||$259|
|Pullman Oktopus E10||$259|
|Xiaomi Roidmi Vacuum Cleaner||$325|
|Tefal Air Force 360 Cordless Handstick||$349|
|Philips SpeedPro Max Stick 18V||$549|
|Dyson Cyclone V10 Fluffy||$749|
Black and Decker Vacuum Cleaner – 2-in-1 Stick Vac
|Specs||Black and Decker 2-in-1 Stick Vac||Dyson Cyclone V10 Fluffy|
|Suction power||13 AW||150 AW|
|Max. battery life||17 to 20 min||60 min|
|Charge time||4 to 5 hrs||3.5 hrs|
|Weight||2.4 kg||2.5 kg|
Everyone knows Black and Decker for impressive, manly tools like power drills and lawnmowers. So it would stand to reason that their vacuum cleaners are just as powerful, right?
Black and Decker’s 2-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner is actually the “grown up” version of their extremely popular hand vacuum, called the Dustbuster. It’s the one that’s always shown sucking up spilled cereal and dog food (typical day in an American household), and is known for its surprisingly high power and long battery life.
The 2-in-1 version looks like a regular “stick” vacuum cleaner (not Dyson-style), and the hand vacuum can be plucked out of the contraption to be used on its own. It’d make sense if you’re primarily looking for a hand vacuum (e.g. for car use) but want the flexibility of a full “floor” vacuum.
Looking at the specs, though, I can’t say the 2-in-1 Stick Vac is impressive in the least when compared to the Dyson. (Specs taken from this Qoo10 listing.) Nonetheless, most reviewers are happy with the product, so maybe specs aren’t everything.
Dibea H008 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
|Specs||Dibea H008 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner||Dyson Cyclone V10 Fluffy|
|Suction power||150 W / 12 kPa||150 AW|
|Max. battery life||45 min||60 min|
|Charge time||4 to 5 hrs||3.5 hrs|
|Weight||2.2 kg||2.5 kg|
The Dibea H008 is another Dyson knockoff, and its specs are so similar to the cheaper Airbot’s that it appears to be the exact same thing.
But more than one reviewer has pointed out that Dibea’s vacuum cleaner is better quality whereas Airbot feels “like a toy”. In any case, this appears to be probably the most solid faux Dyson you can get under $200.
If you’re a power junkie you might like to check out Dibea’s “Pro” version of the H008, which costs $165. It’s only a touch heavier at 2.3 kg, yet it has 1.5 times the suction power – up to 18 Kpa instead of 12. TBH, though, I think most Singaporeans would be happy with 12 kPa.
Airbot Supersonics Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
|Specs||Airbot Supersonics Cordless Vacuum Cleaner||Dyson Cyclone V10 Fluffy|
|Suction power||17 kPa||150 AW|
|Battery life||45 min||60 min|
|Charge time||4 hrs||3.5 hrs|
|Weight||2.2 kg||2.5 kg|
Looking suspiciously similar to the Dyson Cyclone V10 Fluffy, the Airbot Supersonics vacuum cleaner sells like hot cakes on Lazada and Qoo10, where you can easily find it for less than $100.
Airbot measures its suction power in kPa (kilopascals) rather than Dyson’s AW (air watts), so it’s not easy to compare their performance side-by-side. It’s technically possible to convert one into the other, but since I got F9 for physics in school, I’m not even going to try. All I can say is that most online reviewers were satisfied with the performance of their Airbots.
Airbot’s battery is significantly weaker, lasting only 45 minutes on low power mode (and only 25 minutes on high). Not great for spring cleaning perhaps, but it’s fine if you stay in a small flat and clean frequently in brief spurts.
Karcher VC4i Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
|Specs||Karcher VC4i Cordless||Dyson Cyclone V10 Fluffy|
|Suction power||175 W||150 AW|
|Max. battery life||30 min||60 min|
|Charge time||3 to 4 hrs||3.5 hrs|
|Weight||1.8 kg||2.5 kg|
Karcher is a German manufacturer that makes industrial-grade cleaning tools – those pressure washers and steam cleaners you see being used at shopping malls and outdoors, for instance.
So while it’s not exactly a brand you associate with “housework”, Karcher presumably knows what it takes to make a powerful vacuum cleaner.
Their Dyson-style vacuum cleaner, called the VC4i, resembles a very serious and utilitarian Nerf gun. It’s the Batman to Dyson’s Robin. And as you’d expect, the suction power is incredible, at least on paper, with the battery life being on par with the Dyson.
On the other hand, it’s lighter and looks more ergonomic, especially in handheld mode – it’s gun-shaped, as opposed to Dyson’s hard-to-aim hair dryer shape.
Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner – 2-in-1 Allergy Ergorapido
|Specs||Electrolux 2-in-1 Allergy Ergorapido||Dyson Cyclone V10 Fluffy|
|Suction power||18 W||150 AW|
|Max. battery life||48 min||60 min|
|Charge time||4 hours||3.5 hrs|
|Weight||2.5 kg||2.5 kg|
Part of being a good parent in the 21st century is removing all potential hazards from your child’s immediate surroundings, and this includes the most dangerous killer of all: Dust.
You’d think we were living in some industrial part of China, looking at the amount of money modern parents spend on eliminating ambient filth with gadgets like air purifiers and allergen-busting vacuum cleaners like the Electrolux 2-in-1 Allergy Ergorapido.
This baby is equipped with an allergy filter so as to purify the air of “99.99%” of micro-particles while you hoover. It’s supposedly tested and approved by the British Allergy Foundation as well.
Though the Electrolux vacuum cleaner isn’t named after an extreme weather condition, it makes more sense to get this if your family suffers from allergies, and you’re concerned that a conventional vacuum cleaner might actually be spreading nano-dust in a fine cloud around the house.
Pullman Cordless Vacuum Cleaner – Oktopus E10
|Specs||Pullman Oktopus E10||Dyson Cyclone V10 Fluffy|
|Suction power||17 kPa||150 AW|
|Max. battery life||40 min||60 min|
|Charge time||3 to 5 hrs||3.5 hrs|
This one is such a shameless knockoff of the Dyson vacuum cleaner that I don’t think even James can tell it apart from his own cordless stick.
Who cares, though, when it’s a third of the price? The specs are really impressive too, with a suction power of 17 kPa, which is much better then the entry-level Dyson dupes like the Dibea H008. There are many rave reviews on Qoo10 comparing it favourably to the latter two.
Xiaomi Vacuum Cleaner – Roidmi F8 Cordless
|Specs||Xiaomi Roidmi F8 Cordless||Dyson Cyclone V10 Fluffy|
|Suction power||18.5 Kpa||150 AW|
|Max. battery life||55 min||60 min|
|Charge time||2.5 hrs||3.5 hrs|
|Weight||1.5 kg||2.5 kg|
Ah… everyone’s favourite Chinese brand Xiaomi strikes once again with another awesome “legitimate counterfeit” product.
First, it must be said that the Xiaomi version of the cordless vacuum cleaner, called the Roidmi F8, is soooo much better-looking than the Dyson one. No horrible attention-seeking colours, just lots of smooth white plastic and a solid build that would look right at home in your Muji-themed apartment.
Specs-wise, it’s also impressive. Its suction power of 18.5 Kpa is the highest of the Chinese Dyson dupes (Airbot is 10 Kpa, Dibea 12 Kpa, Dibea Pro 18 kPa). Reviewers claim that the Xiaomi’s suction power is comparable to (or even better than) that of the Dyson, and it’s a lot lighter too.
A bonus is that you can customise the power you want while using the Xiaomi vacuum cleaner. At its lowest power setting (80 W) it can last up to a very respectable 55 minutes.
Note that a very similar product called the Xiaomi Roidmi F8e also exists and it’s about $100 cheaper. This one is a lower-end model that’s a little less powerful and not as long-lasting, but it can suffice as a basic vacuum cleaner.
Tefal Vacuum Cleaner – Air Force 360 Cordless Handstick
|Specs||Tefal Air Force 360 Handstick||Dyson Cyclone V10 Fluffy|
|Suction power||Unknown||150 AW|
|Max. battery life||20 min||60 min|
|Charge time||< 3 hrs||3.5 hrs|
|Weight||1.9 kg||2.5 kg|
Like every other household electronics brand, Tefal has its own answer to the Dyson cordless vacuum, called the Air Force 360 Cordless Handstick.
Fancy name aside, I don’t think Tefal’s vacuum cleaner can hold a candle to the Dyson. There’s nothing published about its suction power, and its battery life is woefully short – a problem that Dyson had with its early cordless vacuum models, but has since overcome. That suggests to me that Tefal uses far inferior tech.
Perhaps its only redeeming feature is that it takes less than 3 hours for the Tefal Air Force vacuum cleaner to get to a full charge (probably because it’s the weakest battery). That’s the shortest charging time of the models in this roundup.
Philips SpeedPro Max Stick Vacuum Cleaner
|Specs||Philips SpeedPro Max 18V||Dyson Cyclone V10 Fluffy|
|Suction power||>1,000 L/min||150 AW|
|Max. battery life||45 min||60 min|
|Charge time||5 hrs||3.5 hrs|
|Weight||2.65 kg||2.5 kg|
One of the higher-end Dyson knockoffs is the Philips SpeedPro Max vacuum cleaner, which costs a cool $550.
Don’t take my word for it, but I suspect Philips is banking on the fact that some people might have heard the buzz about an expensive cordless vacuum cleaning stick… but don’t know what the original brand is.
Well, the Philips SpeedPro Max IS pretty high-performance (at this price point, it’d better be) and reviewers generally say it sucks as hard as the Dyson vacuum cleaner.
Note, though, that its battery isn’t as great as the Dyson’s – or indeed most of the vacuum cleaners on this list. It takes the longest to get a full charge, which lasts only 45 minutes on ECO mode.
Philips has a newer SpeedPro Max model with a 25.2V battery instead of 18V, which kicks the lifespan up to a more impressive 65 minutes. But, it’s also a lot more expensive – close to $700. Might as well get a Dyson at this point.
Dyson Vacuum Cleaner – Cyclone V10 Fluffy
Finally, let’s take a look at the vacuum cleaner that started it all – the Dyson cordless series. There’s a number of Dyson models out there, so here’s a quick comparison of the ones on sale now:
|Dyson vacuum cleaner||Battery life||Price|
|Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre||40 min||$599|
|Dyson Cyclone V10 Fluffy||60 min||$799 ($749 on Lazada)|
|Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute||60 min||$899|
|Dyson V11 Fluffy||60 min||$899|
|Dyson V11 Absolute||60 min||$999|
|Dyson V11 Absolute+||60 min||$1,099|
Wondering what the difference is between a “Fluffy” and an “Absolute”? That extra $100 you’re paying is purely for the attachments: The V10 Absolute comes with a set of heads meant for deep-cleaning carpets and other furry surfaces.It should be obvious that the earlier models, while considerably cheaper, suffer in terms of battery life. Nobody wants their vacuum cleaner to die on them halfway through a major cleanup, so if you’re spending good money on one, I think it’s best to make it a Dyson Cyclone V10.
The newer V11 models stand out from the rest with its digital display screen that displays cleaning modes, estimated run time remaining and performance reports. Not only that, V11 models offer a stronger suction power of 185AW and come with an integrated power management system that adjusts suction power to save battery.
If your floor is tile, vinyl, hardwood, etc. like most Singaporean homes are, you can probably get away with the Dyson Cyclone V10 Fluffy.
Oh, the Dyson vacuum cleaner may be a solid product, but I should mention that there are a lot of fake-sounding reviews for it online. Word of advice to whoever is doing influencer marketing for Dyson in Singapore: We Singaporeans just don’t give out praise so freely, okay? Tone it down, man.
Have you tried any of these cordless vacuum cleaners? Did it change your life? Tell us what you think in the comments.
Images taken from manufacturer websites where possible; otherwise from e-commerce listings.