We’ve had to wait three years for Dyson’s new robot vacuum cleaner to be researched, developed, engineered, manufactured and tested – and fortunately, I think it’s been worth the wait.
The new Dyson 360 Vis Nav builds on the considerable talents of its predecessor, the 360 Heurist, and adds some useful upgrades. It’s also curiously missing some features, including self-emptying and self-cleaning, which we’ve come to expect from these high-ticket devices. But on balance, I think it’s an exciting new alternative to iRobot’s top models.
The 360 Vis Nav’s biggest upgrade is suction power. It apparently has around six times the suction of some of the best robot vacuums around, thanks to the Dyson Hyperdymium motor.
That motor spins at up to 110,000rpm to deliver an impressive sweep across your floors. That’s quite an upgrade from the 78,000rpm produced on the Dyson 360 Heurist from 2020, which our review praised for its “‘exceptional cleaning power”.
As you’d hope after a three-year wait, the 360 Vis Nav has other new tricks, too. It features Dyson’s first brush bar to combine three ways to deep clean: soft ‘Fluffy’ nylon for large debris pick up on hard floors; anti-static carbon fibre filaments for fine dust pick up on hard floors; and stiff nylon bristles to dig into carpets.
This wide-diameter brush bar has apparently been engineered to reduce tangling, which should make it ideal for homes with long and short-haired inhabitants. The HEPA filtration also promises to capture dust and seal in 99.99% of particles as microscopically small as 0.1 microns – the size of pet dander and diesel soot.
But while new features are always nice, I think the 360 Vis Nav has retained the best bits from its Dyson 360 Heurist predecessor. These include 360-degree vision, compatibility with the Dyson app, and voice controls.
That 360-degree vision, which helps the robo-vac see where to clean and remember where it’s been, promises to be particularly useful for homes filled with furniture and breakables. Its processor rapidly maps and remembers where the Dyson 360 Vis Nav been and 26 sensors ensure obstacle avoidance. It also has a Piezo sensor which detects, reacts and monitors changes in dust levels 15,000 times a second to automatically increase (or decrease) the suction power.
Naturally, the 360 Vis Nav is also compatible with the MyDyson app, which can be used to create and customize zones, schedule cleans, and set routines. This app can also display deep cleaning reports which map dust hotspots throughout your home – it’ll then automatically increasing suction power when needed.
It can also be controlled by voice thanks to its integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.