Over the years, Dyson has gradually improved upon its V-series of cordless stick vacuum cleaners.
The launch of the recent V10 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 four models.
It’s the ultimate four-way vacuum battle: Dyson V6 vs. V7 vs. V8 vs. V10. Let’s go!
- Dyson V6 93%
- Dyson V7 93%
- Dyson V8 95%
- Dyson V10 96%
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|Battery||2,200 mAh||2,100 mAh||2,800 mAh||2,600 mAh|
|Max Suction||100 AW||100 AW||115 AW||140 AW|
|Run Time||~20 mins.||~30 mins.||~40 mins.||~60 mins.|
|Recharge||3.5 hours||3.5 hours||3.5 hours||3.5 hours|
|Dustbin||0.4 L||0.4 L||0.54 L||0.77 L|
|Weight||5.1 lbs||5.45 lbs||5.75 lbs||5.8 lbs|
|Noise||76 dB||70 dB||73 dB||75 dB|
|Maintenance||$18 / year||$17 / year||$32 / year||$0 / year|
Considering design, there are a lot of similarities between these four models. Let’s tackle each element one by one.
TRIGGER | All four 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 V6, Dyson V7, and Dyson V8 the parts are oriented so that the dust bin is perpendicular to the extension wand. In the Dyson V10 there is an in-line configuration that improved airflow from the cleaning head all the way to the motor.
This redesign increases suction power by 20%, but it does make the V10 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.
Each motor spins well over 100K rmps.
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
How It Cleans
All four 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.
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 model 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.
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 a pound or so.
The smallest of the V stick family is the V6, weighing in at 4.5 pounds and maxing out at 47.5″ high.
By comparison, the largest Dyson V model is the V10, which weighs 5.9 pounds and is 49.2″ high.
Naturally, the V7 and V8 fall in between these two models.
Dyson V6 Size
Dyson V7 Size
Dyson V8 Size
Dyson V10 Size
Accessories & Parts
Accessories is an area that Dyson sometimes uses as a springboard for new models.
The suction power, motor, battery, and dustbin are all the same. The only notable differences among each of these models are the cleaning heads and accessories included. This is similar for the Dyson V6, Dyson V7, and Dyson V8 as well.
USABILITY | In the case of the four stick vacuum models, V6, V7, V8, and V10, 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.
QUICK RELEASE | The accessories with the V7, V8, and V10 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 four 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 4-6 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.
|Direct Drive brushroll|
|Torque Drive brushroll|
- 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
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.
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.
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).
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.
Torque Drive brushroll – This cleaning head is used on the Dyson V10, 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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As mentioned above, when you auto-register your vacuum at checkout from Dyson.com, you get three free tools. Additional optional accessories include:
- Wand – Extra wands available in five colors: yellow, pink, red, titanium, and blue (only available with V8 models).
- Mattress tool – Used for cleaning the surface of a mattress (available with the V6, V7, V8, and V10 models).
- Up-top adapter – Acts as a joint between a cleaning head and the extension wand for hard-to-reach high spaces (available with the V7, V8, and V10 models).
- 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 (available with the V6, V7, V8, and V10 models).
- 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 (only available with V6 models).
- Dusting brush – Used for gentle dusting; the same brush as listed above (available with the V7, V8, and V10 models).
- Mini soft dusting brush – A smaller version of the traditional soft dusting brush with a long and narrow body (only available with V6 models).
- Stiff bristle brush – Hard bristles are used to clean dried-in dirt or mud from surfaces (only available with V6 models).
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.
- Dyson V6 91%
- Dyson V7 88%
- Dyson V8 96%
- Dyson V10 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
|Accessory||Dyson V6||Dyson V7||Dyson V8||Dyson V10|
|Low Pile Carpet||94%||99%||99%||99%|
|High Pile Carpet||92%||99%||98%||99%|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The cleaning performance on the Dyson V10 was, in a word, perfect.
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.
Looking for more in-depth side-by-side Dyson comparisons? See our complete list below:
- Dyson V6 vs. V10
- Dyson V7 vs. V10
- Dyson V8 vs. V10
- Dyson V6 vs. V7
- Dyson V6 vs. V8
- Dyson V7 vs. V8
- Dyson V6 vs. V8
Also see our complete Dyson vacuums reviews guide for a broader overview of Dyson vacuums and popular models.
In terms of usability, there are some big differences between these four models. Basic usability can be broken down into a few main parts:
- 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.
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 was designed to not need the washable filter and only has a HEPA filter.
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. Newer models, like the V7, V8, and V10 have “quick release” attachments with a release button on the attachment itself.a
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 four different processes in the photos below.
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 has 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.
I would say that the maneuverability between the V6, V7, V8, and V10 is highly comparable. Despite minute differences in size and weight, these are all basically the same size.
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.
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.
Maintenance is fairly straightforward. The Dyson V6, V7, V8, and V10 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.
~$18 / year
~$17 / year
~$32 / year
~$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 was 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). This compared to the V6, V7, and V8, which will probably need a replacement battery every 2-ish years.
The battery is another pretty big difference between these four 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.
Keep in mind, though, that if you’re using motorized tools or running in “Max mode,” the run time may be less.
We tested how loud each of these vacuums was using a decibel reader at 3′ away, while running the vacuums at regular power. As you can see from the data below, the V7 was the quietest and the V6 was the loudest, with the V8 and V10 falling in between.
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 a price point under $300, 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 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 and easier to maneuver (than the V10) 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.
|Specs||Dyson V6||Dyson V7||Dyson V8||Dyson V10|
|Weight||4.5 lbs.||5.45 lbs.||5.75 lbs.||5.8 lbs.|
|Floor Type||All (indoor)||All (indoor)||All (indoor)||All (indoor)|
|Dustbin Capacity||0.4 L||0.4 L||0.54 L||0.77 L|
|Returns||30 days via Dyson.com||30 days via Dyson.com||30 days via Dyson.com||90 days via Dyson.com|
|Warranty||2 Year limited||2 Year limited||2 Year limited||2 Year limited|
|Buy||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Read Review||Read Review||Read Review||Read Review||Read Review|
Should You Buy the Dyson V6 or V7 or V8 or V10?
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 four of these models. If you’re looking for a deal, the V6 could be right for you.
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.
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.
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.
Last Updated - March 28, 2018
The following logs all major updates and changes made to this page.
- March 28, 2018 – Updated annual maintenance costs for all vacuums. We previously had an incorrect replacement schedule that was making the annual maintenance costs much higher than they actually are.
Derek Hales is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of ModernCastle.com. He is a passionate perfectionist when it comes to testing and reviewing products for the home. When he is not testing new products, Derek enjoys golf, tennis, and PC gaming. Derek lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Samantha, and poodle, Tibbers.