What is the Dyson WashG1, and should you buy one?

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Last week while I was busy finishing off my review of the Tineco Floor One S6 Pro Extreme, Dyson went and announced its own vacuum mop combo.

Dyson doesn’t like to do things the way everybody else does them though, so even though I kind of missed the news window for the launch of this product, I wanted to take a closer look at the product (or its specs, anyway) to see what makes it unique.

From a pure specs perspective, there’s not really too much that stands out with the WashG1. There’s a 1 litre clean water tank and an 800 ml dirty water tank. You get up to 35 minutes of cleaning time, and the whole thing measures 1140 x 225 x 300 mm and weighs 4.9 kg when empty.

Pretty boring, right? And nothing that really shows off what’s different about this product.

But if you take a look at it, you can immediately see a few design elements you won’t have seen on a product in this category before.

A woman cleaning with the WashG1

Clever design

The most obvious design element is the bent handle, which allows the entire unit to get lower to the ground without you having to contort into different shapes. It also promises to let the WashG1 get underneath furniture.

This is probably my biggest challenge with the products I’ve tested in this category. While they all do a good job, not one has let me clean underneath my bed because they don’t bend enough.

I actually still don’t think the WashG1 will get all the way under my bed. But I think it will get further than others ever have before, and that means it will likely get under other piece of furniture more easily as well.

The other visually obvious design difference is the twin rollers. The first roller works to clean the floor, while the the second works to finish the floor.

Illustration of the Dyson WashG1 heads

No suction

Dyson says the WashG1 uses clean water for the entire cleaning process, but that’s no different to the Tineco devices I’ve tested previously.

What is different is that Dyson says the WashG1 doesn’t use any suction power. Instead, it has 26 hydration points and an extraction pump, that ensures the rollers are always cleaning with fresh water, while all the dirty water is removed from the rollers

I’m not 100% sure how this works, but the lack of suction leads to one of the other features I’m most interested in looking at with this product – it separates debris from the dirty water, so you don’t have to get in and untangle dirty hair and trash from the dirty water tank.

This has been my other frustration with this product category. Emptying the dirty water tank is, frankly, gross. The Tineco products use a shelf that catches “most” of the debris and separates it from the water, but it requires you to get your hands in there to pull out all the bits and pieces.

From what I can tell, the Dyson leaves all the solid bits down in a tray that sits between the rollers. This should make it easier to empty the machine, without having to get your hands overly dirty.

Other features

More standard features are also included, like the ability to control the level of water being used for the level of mess you’re cleaning.

There’s also an included dock and a self-cleaning mode, which will flush the whole system when you stick the WashG1 on its charger in 140 seconds so it’s ready to go the next time you need it.

Overall, it looks like there’s a lot of cool innovations here. Whether they make a notable difference to how well your floors get cleaned is yet to be seen though.

Pricing and availability

The Dyson WashG1 wet floor cleaner is available now in UltraBlue/Matte Black, with an RRP of $999.

You can buy it from Dyson, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and Bing Lee.

AU $999.00
+ Delivery *
Thegoodguys.com.au
* Delivery cost shown at checkout.

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  • Nick Broughall

    Nick is the founder and editor of BTTR. He is an award winning product reviewer, who has spent the last 20 years writing, editing and publishing technology and consumer content for brands like Finder, Gizmodo and TechRadar.

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