And, although you could get a choice of add-ons and accessories, like the Animal editions that come with cleaning tools optimised for homes with pets, all the vacs were designed to do the same job in the same way.
But not any more, as Dyson is now producing far more specialist cleaners. The first was the V11 Outsize, a supersized version of the V11, specifically designed to solve the problems that come with cleaning larger houses. (Is it successful? You can find out more in our hands-on review.)
And now the Omni-glide has arrived, and it’s designed for pretty much the exact opposite: smaller homes with hard flooring. To see what it's like to use, read our hands-on review.
When is the Omni-glide's release date?
We expect the Omni-glide to be released in the UK in July.
What is the price of the Dyson Omni-glide?
It costs $399.99 in the US and AUD 599.99 in Australia. This makes it one of Dyson’s most affordable vacuum cleaners. You’d have to go all the way back to the V8 to find another model for the same price.
Its UK price will be £349.99, which again is the UK price of the V8.
What makes the Omni-glide different from the V-series?
The Omni-glide is Dyson’s smallest, lightest vacuum cleaner. As the name suggests, it's all about manoeuvrability. It’s named for its omni-directional head, which can turn 360 degrees and move in any direction, thanks to the swivel joint at the top and four casters underneath. Twist the handle and the head will rotate 90 degrees, so you can even vacuum sideways.
But what’s really interesting about the Omni-glide is what it can’t do. As we said, it’s a specialist cordless vacuum cleaner. It’s designed to work on hard floors only. This is a bit of a change of direction for Dyson as it's definitely a niche product: either one for city-dwellers or a second vacuum cleaner for people with larger homes to keep as a kitchen run-around.
What are the Omni-glide's features?
The Omni-glide represents a big redesign for Dyson. It looks unlike any of the V-series cordless cleaners. Partly, this is down to the all-new cleaning head. It features a double brush bar, which helps it to clean efficiently in every direction.
But the handle and (removable) battery have been redesigned as well. The new, slim form sees the battery clip in at the top of the handle. The divisive trigger, which needs to be held down while the vacuum cleaner is in use, has been removed in favour of a simple On/Off button.
These changes have helped to make the Omni-glide one of Dyson’s lightest vacuum cleaners, weighing just 4.18lbs/ 1.9kg (which makes it far lighter than even the Halo Capsule cordless, the lightest full-power cordless vac we’ve ever tested).
It’s slender as well, measuring 108x9.1x20.6cm (42.4x3.6x8.1in), so it can fit into narrow gaps. The new design also means it can be laid perfectly flat, so it's easy to get under sofas and other low pieces of furniture.
But the lightness and manoeuvrability come at a price. The Omni-glide has a run time of only 20 minutes, which is less than a third of the battery life of the V11. Its suction isn't as powerful either, with only 8 cyclones, compared to the V11’s 14. And its dustbin is tiny: only 0.05 gallons/ 0.23 litres.
You can say goodbye to the bells and whistles too: the Omni-glide won't feature the LCD touchscreen that you see on the V11.
Which accessories does the Omni-glide come with?
In the US, the Omni-glide comes with only four accessories: the omnidirectional soft roller cleaning head, a combi-crevice tool (which combines a brush and crevice nozzle), a docking station and charger. This is a far cry from the Outsize, which comes with ten tools and attachments (plus its dock).
As we know, Dyson often changes which tools are available for each territory. In the UK, the Omni-glide will also ship with a mini-motorised tool and another cleaning head. We don't know which attachments will be available in Australia.
But, the Omni-glide will be compatible with some other Dyson tools, which you can buy separately. For the US, these include the mini-motorised tool (for soft surfaces and upholstery), the light pipe crevice tool (for illuminating and cleaning dark spaces) and the worktop tool.
We’ll be updating this article as more information is released. In the meantime, to see what we thought of Dyson’s latest releases, have a look at our review of the Dyson V11 Outsize, the V15 Detect and the Omni-glide itself.
For more cordless cleaner options, check out our round-up of the best vacuum cleaners we’ve tested.