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Dyson Attachment & Accessory Compatibility Guide

The Dyson vacuum lineup has grown to an extensive collection, considering corded, cordless, canister, upright, handhelds, and stick models.

Many of their vacuums come with a large number of tools and accessories with a simple one-touch connection.

Dyson accessory guide
Dyson accessories from popular models

The simplicity of the Dyson tools may lead you to wonder—are any of the tools compatible between models?

If you have an older model and looking to upgrade, can you use some of the same tools?

The answer is a bit of a gray area, but this guide will take a shot at breaking down the compatibility and cross-use between models.

Let’s dive in.

Table of Contents

What Dysons attachments are compatible within the V6, V7, V8, V10, and V11?

The answer is complicated as there are a couple other questions that likley need to be asnwered first.

Two of the biggest questions being:

  1. What models are you crossing?
  2. What tools are you crossing?

Some models simply don’t play well with others, namely the Dyson V6 (and anything older than the V6).

The V6 cleaning heads are only compatible with other V6 variations as the V6 uses the old grey button accessory system.

Cleaning Heads

V7, V8, V10, and V11 cleaning heads are compatible with each other. At least to the degree that they will click in and turn on.

However, because the higher end vacuums have more power and suction their cleaning heads require more power to operate.

Dyson accessory guide - V Series brushrolls
Dyson V6, V7, V8, V10, and V11 cleaning heads

As a result, you may get less than ideal performance when using cleaning heads from the more recent models with older vacuums.

For example, while the V11 Outsize cleaning head will attach to and turn on with the V7. However, the V7 struggles to operate the V11 Outsize’s cleaning head and cannot operate at all on max mode.

This is because the V7 just doesn’t have enough motor power. In general, you want to use cleaning heads that are within 1 generation. For example, if you have a V11 cleaning head, but want to use it with a V10 body, that should be fine.

Dyson V10 and Dyson V11
Dyson V10 & V11 in handheld mode.

As the V10 has sufficient power to operate those cleaning heads.

However, you wouldn’t want to use V11 cleaning heads on a V7 or V8, as the relative motor and battery performance of those lower end models will struggle to operate the higher performance cleaning head.

Wall Charging Mounts

What about compatibility between wall charging mounts—can you cross different wall chargers?

Dyson wall mounts - V Series

In general, no, but there are a few models that are cross-compatible.

Model Compatible With
V6V6 only
V7V7 and V8
V8V7 and V8
V10V10 and V11
V11V11 only

Dyson V6

Only the V6 is able to fit on the V6 wall charging mount. It will not fit on any other mount and no other model will fit on the V6 mount.

Dyson V7 & V8

The V7 and V8 are cross-compatible with each other. A V7 can work on a V8 wall mount and vice versa. 

Dyson V10

Only the V10 will fit on the V10 wall charging mount. However, the V10 can also work on a V11 charging mount.

That said, it is slightly too narrow for the dock, so it will not fit as snugly as it should. In general, we would not recommend docking the V10 on a V11 mount.

Dyson wall mount
Dyson wall mount

Dyson V11

The V11 Torque Drive, Animal, and Outsize all use the same charging dock. They are cross-compatible with each other, but the V11 cannot be docked on any other wall charging dock.

In general, the reason why many of the wall charging docks are not cross-compatible is that the handle, motor, and canister design is slightly different.

As a result, a slightly modified wall charging station is required to create a snug wall mounted fit. 

What attachments are compatible on the V6, V7, V8, V10, and V11?

Dyson V6

Nothing is cross compatible on the V6. Only accessories designed for the V6 will work on the V6.

As mentioned above, the V6 uses a gray, one-touch connection. You simply press the button and pull the two pieces apart.

Dyson V6 accessory connector
V6’s legacy tool attachment system

Dyson V7, V8, V10, and V11

With the V7, Dyson launched a new system that used a red one-click button. A new color also insinuated a new design.

All accessories on the V7, V8, V10, and V11 are interchangeable and will work on any of the aforementioned models. All of these vacuums use Dyson’s red button clickable accessory system.

Dyson accessory red button system
Dyson accessory red button system

Are accessories compatible with each other?

If the question spans different vacuum types, like canister, upright, cordless stick, or handhelds, the answer is going to be no, in general.

But within the same family of vacuum types, there is some cross-compatibility.  

Dyson Cordless Vacuums

Dyson’s cordless stick vacuums (the V-series) mostly use the same red button clickable system. The V6 is the only vacuum within this series that has a special system that only it uses. But the V7, V8, V10, and V11 are all cross-compatible and interchangeable with each other.

The crevice tool on the V8 is attached by a quick release button
The tools attach by a quick release button (Dyson V8 shown)

Dyson Upright Vacuums

Dyson’s uprights use a system similar to the V6’s grey click system. Most of Dyson’s newer uprights use this accessory system. As a result, many Dyson upright models have cross-compatible accessories with other Dyson uprights.

Attachments & Tools on the Dyson Animal 2
Attachments & Tools on the Dyson Animal 2

Dyson Canister Vacuums

Dyson canister vacuums use the red button clickable system, similar to the same system that the V-series uses. However, it is not actually the same.

The wand tubing has a slightly larger diameter, as a result, V-series accessories will not be compatible with the Dyson canister vacuums. However, like the Dyson uprights, other Dyson canister vacuums will be compatible with each other.

Dyson canister vacuum - connection system
Dyson canister vacuum – connection system

Can you use a new model battery with an older model?

Can you use a higher capacity battery from a more recent Dyson V-series vacuum model (like the V10 or V11) on an older Dyson cordless vacuum to increase run time?

In general, no. 

People usually want to do this to get better run time performance out of old models. However, the batteries are not cross compatible.

Click the battery into the base of the V11 Outsize
Click the battery into the base of the V11 Outsize

That said, you can buy batteries made by 3rd parties. These are designed for the specific model, but usually have an upgraded capacity compared to the stock battery that Dyson includes. As a result, you can get more run time out of older V-series models.

Please note, using a non-Dyson made battery will void your warranty. We wouldn’t recommend a 3rd party battery until you are beyond your warranty period.

RELATED: You can find replacement Dyson batteries here.

Can you buy a standalone Dyson soft roller brush?

Many people want a Dyson soft roller brush, but don’t want to pay the extra price for the Absolute models.

If you already have an older model soft brush there is a good chance it will work with your newer Dyson.

Dyson soft roller brush cleaning head
Dyson soft roller brush cleaning head

You can also buy a standalone Dyson soft roller brush here.

Or buy a compatible Dyson soft roller brush made by a 3rd party here.

What about other Dyson accessories, attachments, and stands?

Many 3rd parties make a wide variety of accessories for Dyson that Dyson may not offer, including:

NOTE: With any 3rd party accessory double check that it works with your specific model. Just as with Dyson branded accessories, 3rd party accessories have to use the special click-in system for that model to be compatible.

Warranty Concerns

Regardless of which model you have or are upgrading too, all Dyson vacuums are subject to potential warranty issues when cross-using accessories among models.

You should note that using accessories that are not explicitly designed for that model has the potential to void your warranty.

If you’re outside of the warranty period it’s probably fine, however, if you still are within the warranty period we would recommend always using accessories designed for that specific model.

Dysons cordless stick vacuums have two different styles of accessories.

  • Dyson’s red button clickable accessories: V7, V8, V10, V11
  • Dyson’s gray button clickable accessories: V6 only

While red button clickable accessories look similar, they are slightly different between different model types.

Dyson canister vacuums use the red button system also, however, the wand tubing is slightly larger, so the V-series and canister vacuum accessories are not cross compatible with each other.

Same issue with Dyson’s uprights, while they look similar in many cases, they are in fact different.

In general, the more recent uprights are compatible with more recent uprights…more recent canister vacuums are compatible with more recent canisters…and more recent V-series are compatible with more recent v-series

Dyson Accessory Compatibility Summary

Here are some other general guidelines to keep in mind:

Passive accessories are always okay, provided they will click in (includes tools like the crevice tool, dusting brush, basically anything that isn’t powered).

Dyson V6 dusting brush
passive upholstery tool - Dyson

Powered accessories in most cases will work between models, but may not be ideal.

Mini motorized brush tool
Dyson turbine cleaning tool

For example…

  • A V11 High Torque cleaning head will work with a V7 vacuum, however, the V7 motor and battery weren’t designed to power the increased demands imposed by the V11’s cleaning head
  • A V7 vacuum can attach a V11 Outsize cleaning head, however, the V7 really struggles to run it at all. As a result, performance may be as good and it could potentially damage the motor.

It probably also will void your warranty.

If you want to use different model accessories more safely then you should try to use older accessories with newer models.

For example, use a V7 soft roller brush with a V10 cordless vacuum. This way, the V10 has more than enough power to run the V7’s brush, since it’s new and has better performance.

If you’re using newer accessories with older models I would suggest finding accessories that are only 1 generation removed.

For example, using a V10 soft roller brush cleaning head with a V8 vacuum would be fine.

Soft roller cleaning head - Dyson

Or using a mini motorized brushroll from the V8 on a V7 would also be fine. You just want to avoid using stuff that’s several generations different. 

Still have questions?

Have questions that we didn’t address? Feel free to ask us your question down below in the comments.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ModernCastle.com. He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider, Realtor.com, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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