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Dyson V6 vs. V7 vs. V8 vs. V10 vs. V11

Over the years, Dyson has gradually improved upon its V-series of cordless stick vacuum cleaners.

The launch of the recent V10 & V11 has pushed the model to new heights, but how does it compare to the older V6, V7, and V8?

This vacuum comparison review is going to dive into the similarities and differences of all five models.

It’s the ultimate five-way vacuum battle: Dyson V6 vs. V7 vs. V8 vs. V10 vs. V11. Let’s go!

Dyson V6
  • Suction: 100 AW
  • Run Time: ~20 mins.
  • Dustbin: 0.4 L
  • Weight: 5.1 lbs.
  • Cleaning: 95%
Dyson V7
  • Suction: 100 AW
  • Run Time: ~30 mins.
  • Dustbin: 0.4 L
  • Weight: 5.45 lbs.
  • Cleaning: 99%
Dyson V8
  • Suction: 115 AW
  • Run Time: ~40 mins.
  • Dustbin: 0.54 L
  • Weight: 5.75 lbs.
  • Cleaning: 99%
Dyson V10
  • Suction: 140 AW
  • Run Time: ~60 mins.
  • Dustbin: 0.77 L
  • Weight: 5.8 lbs.
  • Cleaning: 99%
Dyson V11
  • Suction: 185 AW
  • Run Time: ~60 mins.
  • Dustbin: 0.77 L
  • Weight: 6.68 lbs.
  • Cleaning: 99%

Review Scores

Dyson V6

93%

Dyson V7

93%

Dyson V8

95%

Dyson V10

96%

Dyson V11

96%

Rather watch this review than read it? We’ve got you covered! Check out our Dyson V6. vs V7 vs. V8 vs. V10 video below.

We’re working on a new video to add the V11 to this comparison, so be on the lookout for that.

Design

Considering design, there are a lot of similarities between these five models. Let’s tackle each element one by one.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive cordless stick vacuum cleaner review

TRIGGER | All five of these Dyson models use a trigger switch to run the vacuum; in other words, the vacuum only runs if you are holding down the trigger. This is great for battery conservation so you’re not wasting any precious battery power.

PARTS | All of these Dysons are also designed in a series of parts. Each vacuum consists of three main segments: the cleaning head, the extension wand, and the in-hand portion. In-hand, there is the dust bin, the cyclone system, the handle, and the trigger for powering the vacuum.

AIR FLOW | In the Dyson V6Dyson V7, and Dyson V8 the parts are oriented so that the dust bin is perpendicular to the extension wand. In the Dyson V10 and Dyson V11 there is an in-line configuration that improved airflow from the cleaning head all the way to the motor.

Dyson in-line configuration vacuum comparison

This redesign increases suction power by 21% in the V10 (vs. V8) and 61% in the V11 (vs. v8), but it does make the V10 & V11 a little longer and more awkward to carry around as a handheld.

The V6, V7, and V8 have a center of gravity that is closer to the handle.

Motor Performance

Each motor spins well over 100K RPMs.

More RPM (revolutions per minute) equates to stronger suction, more power, and improved overall cleaning performance.

  • Dyson V6 motor: Spins at up to 110,000 rpm
  • Dyson V7 motor: Spins at up to 110,000 rpm
  • Dyson V8 motor: Spins at up to 110,000 rpm
  • Dyson V10 motor: Spins at up to 125,000 rpm
  • Dyson V11 motor: Spins at up to 125,000 rpm

How It Cleans

All five of these cordless stick Dyson vacuums have a similar approach to how they clean. They each use cyclone systems to fling debris into the dust bin, include a washable lifetime filter, and are powered by the same “Trigger” technology to turn the vacuum on and off.

Dyson V11 cordless vacuum - cleaning carpeted floors
Torque Drive cleaning head

CYCLONE TECHNOLOGY | The V6, V7, and V8 have a two-tier, 15-cyclone system that uses the power of cyclonic centrifuge to spin dirt, dust, and debris—collecting particles as small as 0.3 microns.

In comparison, the V10 and V11 models uses a two-tier, 14-cyclone system. The cyclones are also reoriented to be in-line with the dust bin, extension wand, and cleaning head, helping to produce better airflow and stronger suction.

The Dyson Motors

Dyson V6

Dyson V6 motor

Dyson V7

Dyson V7 motor

Dyson V8

Dyson V8 motor

Dyson V10

Dyson V10 motor

Dyson V11

Dyson V11 motor body

Size & Dimensions

Through the iterations and development of each model, the size has not drastically changed more than a couple inches and the weight, not more than about 1.5 pounds.

Dyson V6 vs V7 comparison review
Dyson V6 vs V7

The smallest of the V stick family is the V6, weighing in at 5.1 pounds and maxing out at 47.5″ high.

Dyson V8 vs. V10 vacuum comparison review
Dyson V8 vs. V10

By comparison, the largest Dyson V model is the V11, which weighs 6.68 pounds and is 50.6″ high.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive cordless stick vacuum cleaner review
Dyson V11

Naturally, the V7, V8, and V10 fall in between these two models.

Dyson V6

  • Length: 47.5″
  • Width: 9.8″
  • Depth: 8.2″
  • Weight: 5.1 lbs.

Dyson V7

  • Length : 49″
  • Width: 9.8″
  • Depth: 8.2″
  • Weight: 5.45 lbs.

Dyson V8

  • Length: 49″
  • Width: 9.8″
  • Depth: 8.8″
  • Weight: 5.75 lbs.

Dyson V10

  • Length: 49.2″
  • Width: 9.5″
  • Depth: 10.1″
  • Weight: 5.9 lbs.

Dyson V11

  • Length: 50.6″
  • Width: 9.8″
  • Depth: 10.3″
  • Weight: 6.68 lbs.

Accessories & Parts

Accessories is an area that Dyson sometimes uses as a springboard for new models.

For instance, in the case of the Dyson V10, there are three different models: the Dyson V10 AbsoluteDyson V10 Animal, and Dyson V10 Motorhead.

Dyson V11 cordless vacuum - accessories

The suction power, motor, and battery are all the same. Dustbin is the same on the Absolute and Animal model and slightly smaller (at 0.54 L) on the Motorhead version.

The only notable differences among each of these models are the cleaning heads and accessories included.

This is similar for the Dyson V6Dyson V7, Dyson V8, and Dyson V11 as well.

USABILITY | In the case of the five stick vacuum models, V6, V7, V8, V10, and V11 the accessories are similar. Most accessories can be used directly on the handheld unit for each in-hand cleaning or attached to the extension wand.

In-hand cleaning tools may include the soft dusting brush, upholstery tool, or mattress tool. Tools for extended-reach cleaning may be the crevice tool, the up-top adapter, or the multi-angle dusting brush for ceiling fans.

Dyson V6 handheld vacuum
Dyson V6 in handheld mode. Dyson V6, V7, V8, V10, and V11 can all be used in handheld mode.

QUICK RELEASE | The accessories with the V7, V8, V10, and V11 have quick release buttons on each accessory, allowing you to press the button and remove it quickly. On the V6 model, the release button is on the extension wand.

FREE TOOLS | As an added bonus, when you purchase any of these five models from Dyson.com, you have the option to add on three extra accessories at no extra cost, if you auto-register your vacuum. The selection of tools you can pick from varies by model, but there are typically 2-6 options.

The table below breaks down exactly what is included with each model, when purchased from Dyson.com. Exact accessories may vary when purchased from other retailers.

AccessoryV6V7V8V10V11
WandYesYesYesYesYes
Charger YesYesYesYesYes
Wall mountYesYesYesYesYes
Direct Drive brushrollYesYesYesMotorhead onlyNo
Fluffy brushrollSome modelsSome modelsSome modelsSome modelsSome models
Torque Drive brushrollNoNoNoAbsolute & Animal onlyYes
Combination toolYesYesYesYesYes
Crevice toolYesYesYesYesYes
Dusting brushSome modelsSome modelsYesYesYes
Mini-motorized toolSome modelsSome modelsYesYesYes

Typically the accessories and floor cleaning heads included on each respective Dyson V6Dyson V7Dyson V8, Dyson V10, and Dyson V11 models are as follows:

  • Absolute – Includes two floor cleaning heads and all cleaning accessories
  • Animal – Includes one floor cleaning head and most cleaning accessories
  • Motorhead – The most barebones model, usually only includes 1 floor cleaning and basic accessories
  • HEPA – Another bare-bones model, usually only includes 1 floor cleaning head and basic accessories
  • Fluffy – Includes the soft roller brush cleaning head (aka “Fluffy” cleaning head) and basic accessories
  • Torque Drive – Includes the Torque Drive cleaning head and all cleaning accessories (only available on V11)
Dyson wand for stick vacuums

Wand – The wand is a rigid tube that is used to transport the debris from the cleaning head up into the dust bin canister. In many cases, Dyson varies the color of the wand to highlight the specific model.

Dyson charger for V-series vacuums

Charger – The charger does about what you’d imagine— it plugs into the vacuum and a standard wall outlet to recharge the battery before each cleaning cycle.

Dyson wall mount for V6, V7, V8, and V10

Wall mount – The wall mount installs into the wall and allows you to hang up the vacuum while it charges. This is especially handy since the Dyson V-series vacuums don’t stand up on their own particularly well (but you can lean them against a wall).

Dyson Direct Drive Cleaning head for V6, V7, and V8 vacuums

Direct Drive brushroll – This cleaning head is used on the V6, V7, and V8 models for cleaning carpeted floors or high traffic areas. It uses rotating bristles to agitate and suck up the dirt, dust, and debris. While it’s primarily for carpets, it is also safe for hardwood floors.

Dyson Torque Drive Cleaning Head for V10 vacuum

Torque Drive brushroll – This cleaning head is used on the Dyson V10 and Dyson V11, in place of the Direct Drive brushroll. It is also used for cleaning high or low pile carpet areas or other heavily used spaces. It uses rotating bristles to agitate and suck up the dirt, dust, and debris. It is safe on hardwoods.

Dyson Fluffy Soft Brush Cleaning head for V6, V7, V8, and V10 vacuums

‘Fluffy’ Soft Roller brushroll – This cleaning head is specifically designed for capturing large debris from hard surfaces like tile or hardwood floors. Instead of a rotating bristle, this brush uses two rotating foam brushrolls that spin in opposite directions.

Dyson combination cleaning tool

Combination tool – This tool serves as a short rigid hose attachment as well as a soft dusting brush. You can easily swap between these two tools by just sliding the brush forward or back.

Dyson crevice tool

Crevice tool – The crevice tool is a long narrow attachment that has an angled tip at the end. This design helps to reach narrow nooks and crannies or other hard-to-reach spaces.

Dyson dusting brush

Dusting brush – The exact design of the dusting brush varies by model, but the basic concept is the same. This brush uses soft bristles to help clean your furniture, accessories, appliances, or other items in your home that need a good dusting.

Dyson mini motorized brushroll

Motorized brush roll – This motorized brush roll uses two counter-rotating bristle brushes that spin like a turbine to collect dirt, dust, and debris from your surfaces. This tool is especially handy for cleaning pet hair from upholstered surfaces.

Country Specific Models

Not all Dyson models are available in all countries. For example, in the US the Dyson V11 is only available as Torque Drive and Animal. However, in Canada and the UK (and perhaps others) there is also an Absolute version of the V11.

In general, the accessory categories we included above are still accurate. We base most of our data on models available in the US, but do our best to notate other country models. However, it’s still worth double checking the models in your country.

Optional Accessories

As mentioned above, when you auto-register your vacuum at checkout from Dyson.com, you get three free tools. Additional optional accessories include:

  • Wand – Wands available in different colors, including: yellow, pink, red, titanium, blue / nickel, gold, purple, copper, black
  • Mattress tool – Used for cleaning the surface of a mattress
  • Up-top adapter – Acts as a joint between a cleaning head and the extension wand for hard-to-reach high spaces
  • Dyson tool bag – Stores all of the Dyson accessories in one spot with exterior pockets and an open top; handy to keep in the car
  • Multi-angle brush – Used to clean at a 90 degree angle from the extension wand; is useful for cleaning tops of furniture or ceiling fans
  • Dusting brush – Used for gentle dusting; the same brush as listed above.
  • Mini soft dusting brush – A smaller version of the traditional soft dusting brush with a long and narrow body.
  • Stiff bristle brush – Hard bristles are used to clean dried-in dirt or mud from surfaces

Cleaning Tests

These cleaning tests are designed to test a vacuum’s full range of cleaning performance, from large debris to small. We perform a total of 12 debris tests, using four different flooring types and four types of debris.

We test on engineered hardwoods, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet. The scores below indicate and average across all flooring types, by model.

Overall Cleaning Scores

Dyson V6

91%

Dyson V7

88%

Dyson V8

96%

Dyson V10

99%

Dyson V11

99%

On each of those floor types, we test rice, dry cereal, kitty litter, and sugar.

  • Rice – 3 ounces
  • Dry Cereal – 1 ounce
  • Kitty Litter – 3 ounces
  • Sugar – 3 ounces
Cleaning test debris types
Testing Debris – From left to right: Rice (3 oz.), Kitty Litter (3 oz), Cereal (1 oz), Sugar (3 oz)
TestV6V7V8V10V11
Hardwood87%77%89%100%99%
Low Pile Carpet94%99%99%99%100%
High Pile Carpet92%99%98%99%99%

Dyson V6 Cleaning Performance

The Dyson V6 had a solid cleaning performance of 91% across all floor types. It did an excellent job of cleaning rice, kitty litter, and sugar on all floor types.

It did struggle a bit with the cereal test, across the board, simply because the debris was too large to consistently fit through the Direct Drive cleaning head.

Dyson V6 stick vacuum hardwood cleaning test
Dyson V6 hardwood cleaning tests

For homes with small debris messes on either hardwood or carpeted floors, the V6 may be a good option, but if you have a lot of large debris, you might want to consider stepping up to the V7, V8, V10, or buying a V6 model that includes a Fluffy cleaning head.

See our Dyson V6 review for our comprehensive cleaning test data, as well as before and after photographs.

Dyson V7 Cleaning Performance

On hardwoods, the Dyson V7 had a perfect score on small debris, like kitty litter and sugar, but struggled with the larger debris, even more than the V6 model did.

When collecting rice on hardwoods, it missed 44% of the debris and for the cereal test, the V7 collected 0%, leaving 100% of the cereal on the floor.

Dyson V7 stick vacuum hardwood cleaning performance test
Dyson V7 hardwood cleaning tests

That being said, the cleaning performance of all debris types on low and high pile carpet was nearly flawless. For carpeted spaces, the V7 may be a great option, but its performance on hardwoods left a little something to be desired.

As with the V6, if you do opt for the V7 and have many hard surfaces in your home, you’ll want to get the Fluffy cleaning head extra.

See our Dyson V7 review for our comprehensive cleaning test data, as well as before and after photographs.

Dyson V8 Cleaning Performance

The Dyson V8 performed like a champ on low or high pile carpet, against all four of the debris types we tested.

On hardwood, scores were equally as impressive for rice, kitty litter, and sugar. The one pitfall for the V8 was its performance against cereal on hardwood, where it only collected 58% of the debris dropped.

Dyson V8 hardwood cleaning performance test
Dyson V8 hardwood cleaning tests

For homes that are mostly carpet, or homes that rarely have large debris spills, the V8 could be an excellent option to consider.

Just like on the V6 and V8, if you have hardwood floors or tile, make sure you get the V8 Absolute so you can use the Fluffy cleaning head.

See our Dyson V8 review for our comprehensive cleaning test data, as well as before and after photographs.

Dyson V10 Cleaning Performance

The cleaning performance on the Dyson V10 was, in a word, perfect.

Dyson V10 hardwood floor cleaning tests
Dyson V10 hardwood cleaning tests

Virtually all debris was removed on all floor types for all debris types. The Dyson did excellent on both carpets and hardwoods. We tested the Dyson V10 with both the Fluffy soft roller and Torque Drive cleaning heads on hardwoods and both performed great.

See our Dyson V10 review for our comprehensive cleaning test data, as well as before and after photographs.

Dyson V11 Cleaning Performance

The Dyson V11 offered similar performance to the V10.

It dominated our carpet cleaning tests with the Torque Drive cleaning head, removing 100% of debris on low carpet and 99% of debris on high carpet.

Dyson V11 hardwood cleaning results
Dyson V11 hardwood floor cleaning tests

Perhaps the biggest issue with the V11 is it does not include the soft roller cleaning head. While it did not suffer as much as the V6, V7, and V8 did, its performance still wasn’t as good as the V10 on hardwoods.

The V11 Torque Drive had a tendency to fling smaller debris around on hardwoods (most notably rice).

See our Dyson V11 review for our comprehensive cleaning test data, as well as before and after photos.

Dyson Comparisons

Looking for more in-depth side-by-side Dyson comparisons? See our complete list below:

Also see our complete Dyson vacuums reviews guide for a broader overview of Dyson vacuums and popular models.

Usability

In terms of usability, there are some big differences between these five models.

Basic usability can be broken down into a few main parts:

  • Unboxing
  • Daily use
  • Swapping accessories
  • Emptying the dust bin

Unboxing

For the unboxing, the process is basically the same for the V6, V7, V8, and V10 models. Each of these vacuums come with the parts individually wrapped in the box.

It takes some time to get all of the parts initially unboxed and ready to go. But that being said, you only have to do this step once—so in the big scheme of things, it’s not a huge hassle.

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Daily Use

Before beginning a cleaning cycle, be sure to charge up the vacuum using the provided charger.

The wall mount is optional, but it can make charging and storing your vacuum easier (since none of these Dyson models are able to easily stand on their own, though you can lean them against the wall).

One other note: the Dyson V6, V7, and V8 all include a lifetime washable filter that is easy to clean and keeps daily filter maintenance at bay. The V10 and V11 were designed to not need the washable central filter and only have a washable HEPA filter.

The filter on the V7 is located on the top of the radial cyclones
The filter on the V7 is located on the top of the radial cyclones

When you’re ready to clean, it’s time to find the trigger.

Each of these vacuums uses a trigger switch to turn the vacuum on and off. If your finger isn’t on the switch, the Dyson will not run.

While some users find this feature to be a tad bit annoying, it does help to conserve battery life, which is critical for a cordless stick vacuum.

Also, I think it’s worth noting that the position of the trigger is where your “trigger finger” would naturally fall anyway so you’re not stretching out of your way to press the button as you clean.

Swapping Accessories

Changing accessories with any of these models is fairly easy. The V6 has a button on the wand or the handheld canister that releases attached accessories.

The Dyson V10 can be used as a handheld vacuum
The Dyson V10 can be used as a handheld vacuum

Newer models, like the V7, V8, V10, and V11 have “quick release” attachments with a release button on the attachment itself.

Emptying the Dust Bin

Emptying the dust bin is another usability feature that went through an evolution for each model reviewed here. You can see the five different processes in the photos below.

Dyson V6

Dyson V6 dust bin

Dyson V7

Emptying the dust bin on the V7 is completed by pulling the tab on top of the canister

Dyson V8

Dyson V8 dust bin

Dyson V10

Dyson V10 dust bin

Dyson V11

Emptying Dyson V11 dust bin

As you can see, the oldest model here, the Dyson V6, has a release latch that is in front of the trigger. You slide it down and the latch opens up.

Some users find this position to be a little awkward and sometimes ends up getting a little messy. In addition, sometimes pet hair can get trapped in the bin, up by the filter.

Both the Dyson V7 and the Dyson V8 use a redesigned system that latches at the top of the canister, by the cyclones. When you pull the latch, the whole top of the canister lifts up forcing the contents of the dust bin to empty out.

While the position of this button is more accessible, it does take quite a bit more force to release the latch.

The Dyson V10 and Dyson V11 have the newest design strategy that rotates the dust bin completely for a “point and shoot” approach. In this design, the latch is on the side of the canister and simply slides down.

As it slides it unlocked the dust bin canister latch and the lid allows debris to fall out into the trash can below.

On-Vacuum Display

One feature that the Dyson V11 adds that none of the others have is an LCD on-vacuum display.

Dyson V11 on vacuum display
Dyson V11 on vacuum display

This display indicates the current mode, while also allowing you to monitor remaining cleaning time. It’s a feature we have not see anywhere else.

Maneuverability

I would say that the maneuverability between the V6, V7, V8, V10, and V11 is highly comparable.

Despite minute differences in size and weight, these are all basically the same size.

Dyson stick vacuum comparison maneuverability

They can lean all the way back to the floor without the cleaning head lifting up off the ground and have a slew of included accessories to make it easier to access hard-to-reach areas of your home.

Maintenance

Annual maintenance costs can make or break a good vacuum. In the case of Dyson, there are not many parts to maintain with any of these models, but proper maintenance is still a vital part of the process.

Dyson V6, V7, and V8 all have a central washable filter.
Dyson V6, V7, and V8 all have a central washable filter.

Maintenance is fairly straightforward.

The Dyson V6, V7, V8, V10, and V11 all have washable filters (a central filter or HEPA filter, or sometimes both). In the case of both filter types, you’ll want to wash them once a month in cold water and allow to air dry for 24 hours.

As long as it’s not damaged the filter is good for the life of the vacuum.

The only other maintenance you need to do is emptying the dustbin periodically and replacing the battery as needed.

  • Dyson V6: ~$18 / year
  • Dyson V7: ~$17 / year
  • Dyson V8: ~$32 / year
  • Dyson V10: ~$0 / year
  • Dyson V11: ~$0 / year

You might expect there to be a direct correlation between vacuum cost and annual maintenance costs. As it turns out, this was actually not the case. The maintenance costs of the V10 and V11 are considerably less than that of the V6.

This is primarily due to the fact the Dyson V10’s battery will last 15 years (according to Dyson founder, James Dyson). Dyson has not given an estimated life for the V11, but I think it’s fair to assume it’s the same as the V10.

This compared to the V6, V7, and V8, which will probably need a replacement battery every 3-5 years, depending on use.

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Because the Dyson V10 and V11’s battery lasts so long and it uses washable filters, its annual maintenance costs are effectively $0.

Battery

The battery is another pretty big difference between these five models.

Each model uses a progressively stronger motor and with that comes a stronger battery. Run time increases from 20 minutes on the V6, all the way up to 60 minutes on the Dyson V10 and V11.

Keep in mind, though, that if you’re using motorized tools or running in “Max mode,” the run time may be less.

BatteryDyson V6Dyson V7Dyson V8Dyson V10Dyson V11
Capacity2,200 mAh2,100 mAh2,800 mAh2,600 mAh2,600 mAh
Charging Time3.5 hours3.5 hours5 hours3.5 hours3.5 hours
Run Time20 minutes30 minutes40 minutes60 minutes60 minutes
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Noise

We tested how loud each of these vacuums was using a decibel reader at 3′ away, while running the vacuums at the lowest power mode.

As you can see from the data below, the V11 & V7 were the quietest and the V6 was the loudest, with the V8 and V10 falling in between.

Dyson V6 vs. V7 vs. V8 vs. V10 vs. V11 noise comparison chart

QUIET – If you need a vacuum that prioritizes quiet, without sacrificing performance, check out our robot vacuum reviews. Most robots are considerably quieter than traditional upright or stick vacuums.

What’s the Best Bang for the Buck?

What determines a vacuum’s value?

While the exact value per person may vary, it is basically everything that the vacuum offers (features, design, run time, accessories, maintenance, usability, etc.) versus overall cost.

Depending on what exactly you’re looking for, we’ve highlighted some of these Dyson models under difference categories. And the award goes to…

  • BEST OVERALL VALUE | Dyson V6 is the winner here for overall value. Considering it nearly matched the cleaning performance of all the other models (excluding the cereal test) and came in at the lowest price point, it’s hard to turn this guy down.
  • BEST VALUE BY PERFORMANCE | If we look at raw cleaning performance there simply is no beating the Dyson V10. While you can find a variety of different accessories or small differences depending on the series and model you go with, you cannot deny the sheer suction power and cleaning efficiency of the Dyson V10.
  • BEST VALUE FOR PET OWNERS | Dyson V8 or Dyson V10 are the best models for pet owners. These vacuums both have two filtration systems and a dust bin design that means less mess for you when it’s time to clean out the pet hair.
  • BEST SMART FEATURES | The Dyson V11 is easily the smartest of the V-series vacuums. With an LCD display featuring run time, maintenance videos, and mode switching, in addition to intelligent suction, the V11 packs a lot in.
  • BEST VALUE FOR ON THE GO | The Dyson V7 or Dyson V8 would be my top pics for the best models for “on the go”. These models are lighter than the V10 and V11 and have a longer battery life than the more economical V6 model. As an added bonus, both the V7 and V8 give you the option to add the travel tool bag for free when you check out and auto-register your vacuum at Dyson.com.

Regarding the V11, while it truly is a bleeding edge cordless vacuum, at its current price I don’t think it compares favorably to the Dyson V10.

The V10 performance is similar, includes the fluffy cleaning head, and is less expensive. The V11 would be better in cases where you require more suction and/or you really want the smart features.

Specifications

SpecsDyson V6Dyson V7Dyson V8Dyson V10Dyson V11
TypeStickStickStickStickStick
ManufacturerDysonDysonDysonDysonDyson
ModelV6V7V8V10V11
Length47.5"49"49"49.2"50.6"
Width9.8"9.8"9.8"9.8"9.8%
Depth8.2"8.2"8.8"10.1"10.3%
Weight4.5 lbs.5.45 lbs.5.75 lbs.5.8 lbs.6.68 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)All (indoor)All (indoor)All (indoor)All (indoor)
Dustbin Capacity0.4 L0.4 L0.54 L0.77 L0.77 L
CordlessYesYesYesYesYes
BaglessYesYesYesYesYes
Returns30 days via Amazon.com30 days via Amazon.com30 days via Amazon.com30 days via Amazon.com30 days via Amazon.com
Warranty2 Year limited2 Year limited2 Year limited2 Year limited2 Year limited
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Should You Buy the Dyson V6 or V7 or V8 or V10 or V11?

So you’ve made it this far— still not sure which model is right for you? See quick summaries below to help make your decision easier and get to cleaning.

I would recommend the Dyson V6 to people who:

  • Want the best price – Undoubtedly, the V6 comes in at the lowest cost of all five of these models. If you’re looking for a deal, the V6 could be right for you.

Click here to check the Dyson V6 price.

I would recommend the Dyson V7 to people who: 

  • Want a balance of battery and budget – Some may say that the V6 run time is a little short at only 20 minutes, while the extended run time of the V8 (40 minutes) and V10 (60 minutes) may be a little overkill for smaller homes. If you want a battery that can supply “just enough” run time, the 30 minute battery of the Dyson V7 is a solid contender.

Click here to check the Dyson V7 price.

I would recommend the Dyson V8 to people who: 

  • Want an above average model – If you want a nice balance of cost, cleaning performance, and run time, the V8 is an excellent option. It offers 40 minutes of fade-free suction and comes with the Direct Drive cleaning head as well as the Fluffy soft roller cleaning head (if you get the Absolute model) for versatile use around your whole home.

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I would recommend the Dyson V10 to people who: 

  • Want the best of the best – The Dyson V10 brings top-of-the-line cleaning performance, a slew of accessories, and an extended run time. With a 60-minute run time and the best cleaning performance of any Dyson stick vacuum we’ve tested to date, the V10 is an excellent option for the consumer who wants it all.

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I would recommend the Dyson V11 to people who:

  • Want bleeding edge tech features – The Dyson V11 does everything the V10 does, but more. It couples excellent performance with increased suction (up to 185 AW), intelligent suction adjustments, and real time cleaning time tracking. The V11’s advanced on-vacuum display screen is a feature we haven’t seen anywhere else.

Click here to check out the Dyson V11 price.

The Last Word

That’s it!

Got a question, comment, or need help deciding which model is best for you? Please drop us a comment down below.

We’re always happy to help.

Updates

  • April 16, 2019 – Added Dyson V11 to the mix of recommendations and comparisons.
  • March 31, 2019 – Updated layout and design templates.

44 thoughts on “Dyson V6 vs. V7 vs. V8 vs. V10 vs. V11”

  1. Great info and a huge help in my selection process! For pet hair on hardwood, would you recommend the v10 over the shark?

    • I would, yeah.

      Nothing against the Shark IONFlex. It’s a great vacuum in its own right.

      However, we just found the V10 to be a bit better in our cleaning tests and I also like that I don’t have to deal with multiple batteries (Dyson V10 has just 1 big one).

    • This is an incredibly thorough and helpful article. Which do you recommend as the best for someone with allergies (eg helps and closed system)?

      Thanks!

    • If you have allergies I would recommend the highest air flow unit you can afford. Ideally, the Dyson DP04 or Dyson TP04.

      Both have high air flow and most advanced HEPA / carbon filters Dyson has built to date.

  2. Hey! I have a V7 stick which do not have the soft roller attachment. I am getting an attachment of V10 from some marketplace seller at a dirt cheap price. Will that fit into my V7?

    Thanks

    • My pleasure, Jonathan! Thanks for your kind words.

      I’m glad our comparison was able to help!

      What model did you end up going with?

  3. Many thanks for putting this in-depth review for all models together. I have been looking for a thorough review and I am glad I found your article.

  4. V6 at 2019 price works for me. The run time is seldom an issue, as I have only one carpeted room and a few rugs and stair treads to deal with. Performance on regular speed is quite good. It probably doesn’t catch any more cat hair then my old bagged machine, but it’s a lot more visible and impressive in the clear bin. I LOVE not dealing with a cord.

    If you have 1200 square feet of carpet or such, probably the V10 or V11 would be a better fit. For me, the V6 does the job as good or better and easier than anything that preceded it.

  5. (Just want to preface that I do not work for Dyson, but I own many of their products and work for one of their biggest retail partners in Canada/US. As a result, I have a very in-depth and thorough understanding of the differences and similarities of their product lineup).

    I can imagine how monumental a task it would be to compare these products and try to make a fully complete guide, so many thanks and great job on the comparison overall! Just wanted to add to the outstanding job you did!

    The odd piece of info mentioned in your article is not 100% complete/accurate, (unless I might have missed an update). Only mentioning as it could potentially influence someone to get a product that is actually different from how it was described in your comparison and may potentially perform better or worse than mentioned. Also, I do understand that maybe regional availability or existence of certain models may have been a factor, but ultimately some info was simply not correct or at least not totally accurate.

    First off when comparing the V10 models, there were two things I noticed that could use some amended info. The dust bins on the various models are actually not the same size. The V10 “Motorhead” model uses a smaller dust bin, (0.54L, same as a V8), than it’s two siblings. The “Animal” and “Absolute” models are bigger bins and identical in size with a (.77L) bin.

    The “Motorhead” also uses the previous generations’ “Direct Drive” head, not the more powerful Torque Drive like the Animal & Absolute use, which results in not quite as efficient carpet or hard floor cleaning, (single pass test). Other than the colors, the latter two are identical in every way except that the Absolute also has the “Soft Roller” head for hard floors in addition to the “Torque Drive”.

    Second, Dyson does indeed make a V11 “Absolute” model, complete with the “Soft Roller” and “Torque Drive” heads, but apparently it’s only available in select markets at this point. I own that particular V11 model, as I live in Canada where it’s available.

    I would be curious to know why we have more models, as we’re a much smaller market than the US? My only guess would be possibly related to past demand and maybe low sales numbers of that model, who knows? Currently there are three V11’s on the Dyson Canada website. Only mentioning that as it’s possible that if you were to contact Dyson USA, maybe they can provide the soft Roller separately? I would totally agree that the soft roller makes a very noticeable difference in cleaning on hard surfaces! Once you use an equivalent V10 and V11 repeatedly, it becomes clear which one is better, **Spoiler**, it’s the newer one, (imho). I would have to say that apples to apples, model wise, is the only way to keep it fair, ie: Absolute vs Absolute.

    My wife absolutely, (sorry dad joke/puns) loved the V10, until she got a V11. (Both were Absolute models) 😉 One person’s incremental improvement is another’s game changer. For wifey, auto mode and a visual battery meter with percentage display was a big deal, not so much the “extra power”. Also, if it detects a problem it literally shows you how to fix it on the screen by displaying a demonstration of what to do! With any prior model, aside from obvious stuff, blockages were often initially a guessing game, just like power setting adjustments.

    Feel free of course to confirm the info and use it as you wish. Over my 15+ years in retail/marketing and sales, I’ve learned most people don’t get full use of a product until they are shown how to use all of the features and how it makes their life easier or at least benefits them in some way. My opinion is of course totally subjective, just wanted the other information out there in case anyone is wondering about differences as there are many.

    Overall though, you made an amazing comparison!

    Cheers,

    ~Matt

    • Hey Matt,

      Thanks so much for your detailed and thoughtful reply! We always appreciate feedback like yours.

      I have added a note clarifying that the V10 Motorhead dustbin is indeed smaller than the Absolute and Animal. I also updated our accessory table to correct the issues on brushrolls available for V11 and V10 models.

      Since publishing this piece we did become aware of the Absolute V11 model in some markets. I agree, I think it’s really weird it’s not available here in the US. Because so many countries have so many different models available we tend to base most of our core information on what’s available in the US (where we’re based and where most of our visitors come from).

      However, I agree, we can do a better job of making notes for other country market models. I’ve added notes regarding some of these differences to our accessories section.

      Thanks again for pointing these issues out!

      All the best.

  6. Thanks a lot for the very helpful comparison and detailed breakdown! This streamlined my shopping around and determining the value of sales prices.
    Keep up the good work!

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