According to Dyson, bed mattresses contain anywhere between 10,000 and two million dust mites that churn out around 40 million droppings per day. To deal with the pesky critters and provide relief for allergy sufferers, the company has announced its handheld V6 Mattress cleaner, which packs HEPA filtration and is powered by the Dyson digital motor V6.
Dust mites are a constant, microscopic, though somewhat disturbing, part of our lives, wandering around our homes feeding on the roughly 28 g (1 oz) of dead, sloughed off skin cells we each shed every month. That's an important service in keeping our environment clean, but mite droppings are also a source of allergens that can cause asthma, eczema, and allergic rhinitis.
Dyson says that, unlike other devices that rely on slow-acting UV light to kill dust mites, the V6 Mattress uses a more powerful vacuum suction to remove mites and other particles from mattresses entirely. The company says that its latest digital motor, the V6, has the most powerful suction of any cordless handheld vacuum.
To help shake dirt and dust out of mattresses along with the mites, the V6 Mattress has a motorized brush assembly with powered bar pivots featuring nylon bristles and suction channels for more complete cleaning at the mattress edges. Behind this is a whole machine HEPA filtration system that uses Dyson's 2 Tier Radial Cyclone Technology. This uses centrifugal force to remove dust and dirt, while germs and other microscopic particles are caught in the post-motor filter.
Run time on a full charge is 20 minutes, 16 minutes with the motorized cleaner head operating, and six minutes in boost mode. Like Dyson's other vacuum cleaners, the V6 Mattress is bagless, with the contents able to be emptied straight into the bin with the push of a button.
"Awareness of allergens residing in your bed is relatively low, and many find it obscure to vacuum your mattress," says James Dyson. "Our US$370 million investment in Dyson digital V6 motors has allowed us to achieve the suction power required to remove more allergens, such as dust mites, from your mattress than any other mattress cleaner – reducing the number of critters you share the bed with."
The Dyson V6 Mattress will be available for $249.99 on April 20 on the Home Shopping Network (HSN), and April 21 on Dyson.com.