If you’re on the hunt for the best vacuum cleaner reviews, chances are you have come across a Dyson more than a time or two.
In today’s guide we’re going to breakdown a series of Dyson vacuum reviews, models, types, and more to help you get the info you need.
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Unlike traditional vacuums, Dyson introduced a bagless vacuum and used the power of centrifuge to drive small particles and allergens out of the air, and keep them from lodging in the vacuum.
Dyson pairs stacked cyclones with the iconic Dyson ball for a unique look that boasts unrivaled power.
But does Dyson’s unique approach really mean better suction and cleaning power? This guide breaks down the Dyson vacuum cleaner— diving into individual models and special cleaning features— and ultimately aims to help you decide if Dyson is the right vacuum cleaner for your home.
|Dyson Ball Animal 2||Dyson DC50 Animal Compact||Dyson Small Ball Multi-Floor||Dyson V6 Animal||Dyson V8 Absolute||Dyson V6 Trigger||Dyson 360 eye||Dyson Cinetic Big Ball|
|Vacuum Type||Upright||Compact Upright||Compact Upright||2-in-1||2-in-1||Handheld||Robot||Canister|
|Power||Corded; 31' cord||Corded; 25' cord||Corded; 31' cord||Cordless; Lithium Ion battery||Cordless; Lithium Ion battery||Cordless; Lithium Ion battery||Cordless; Lithium Ion battery||Corded; 21' cord|
|Runtime||N/A||N/A||N/A||~20 minutes||~40 minutes||~20 minutes||~75 minutes||N/A|
|Cleaning Head||Basic||Basic||Advanced||Basic||(2) Advanced + Fluffy||Basic||Carbon Fiber||Carbon Fiber|
|Suction Power||270 AW||128 AW||150 AW||100 AW||115 AW||100 AW||250 AW|
|Cyclone Technology||Radial Root||2 Tier Radial||2 Tier Radial||2 Tier Radial||2 Tier Radial||2 Tier Radial||Radial Root||Cinetic Science|
|Dust Bin Capacity||2.1 liters||0.8 liters||0.8 liters||0.4 liters||0.5 liters||0.4 liters||0.4 liters||1.6 liters|
|Weight||17.35 lbs.||11.6 lbs||12.15 lbs.||4.5 lbs.||5.75 lbs.||3.4 lbs||5.4 lbs||17.65 lbs.|
|Washable Filter||No filter needed|
Arguably the most popular type in the Dyson line-up is their V-series of cordless stick vacuums. Founder,
James Dyson, was even recently quoted saying “this is why I’ve stopped developing corded vacuums”.
The new technology and micro-engines that the engineers at Dyson have developed are so small and efficient, that in the eyes of Dyson, corded vacuums are on their way out the door.
DYSON V10 | The Dyson V10 cordless stick vacuum offers the longest run time of any V-series stick vacuums by Dyson—up to 60 minutes. The V10 also has the biggest change to the overall body style. With the V10 there is a new in-line configuration between the cleaning head, wand, dust bin, and cyclone suction system. This redesigned body allows for stronger suction (up to 125AW) and makes it easier and more hygienic to empty the dust bin. As a potential downside, it does make it longer and a little awkward to use as a handheld.
See our complete Dyson V10 review for more information.
DYSON V8 | The Dyson V8 is one step below the Dyson V10 model. It has a 40 minute run time, wall mounted docking station, and includes the standard Direct-Drive cleaning head as well as the Fluffy head for hard floors or large debris.
The V8 uses the same large dust bin with advanced emptying design as what you’ll see with the V7. Aside from run time, perhaps the biggest difference that separates out the V8 from the pack is suction power. The V6 and V7 models offer 100AW of suction power and the V8 offers 115AW.
See our complete Dyson V8 review for more information.
Dyson V7 | The V7 2-in-1 is a nice middle-ground between the more affordable V6 and the powerful features of the V8. It comes with the same enhanced battery and quieter operation. The V7 can run up to 30 minutes versus the Dyson V6 which tops out at about 20 minutes. The V7 also includes an improved cleaning head (Direct-Drive) which allows for stronger cleaning power.
See our complete Dyson V7 review for more information.
DYSON V6 | The Dyson V6 stick vacuum has the same power as the V6 handheld, but also includes the attachments necessary to run as a stick vacuum. The V6 has a run time of about 20 minutes. Additional accessories include a wall mounted docking station for easy charging and a combination tool (which functions as a small dusting brush and crevice tool).
Advanced sub-models, like the V6 Fluffy or V6 Absolute would have additional accessories. The Dyson V6 Cord Free is the most basic cordless stick vacuum that Dyson currently manufactures.
See our complete Dyson V6 review for more information.
Want to see how the various Dyson cordless stick vacuums compare to each other? See our mega 4-way in-depth comparison review. It’s Dyson V6 vs. V7 vs. V8 vs. V10.
Emptying the Dust Bins
One important difference between all of the Dyson V-series cordless stick models is how the dust bins empty. This is something that has been developed and designed more and more, with each iterative model.
- With the Dyson V6, you release a latch by the trigger, a little awkward to get your hand in that tight space.
- With the Dyson V7 and V8, you pull a latch up by the cyclones, a little difficult to pull, in my opinion.
- With the Dyson V10, you slide a latch on the side of the dust bin, by far the most hygienic and easy to use. Still requires a decent amount of force.
Dyson Absolute vs. Animal vs. Fluffy Comparison
Each of these models is available in a variety of sub-models. Not all of these sub-models are offered by each V-series model—you can see which sub-models are included under each larger model (V6, V7, V8, or V10) in the table below.
The main difference between these sub-model distinctions is the included accessories.
So for example, if you like the V7 Animal, but want a longer run time, you could get the Dyson V10 Animal, which has the same accessories. Or if you like the V10 Absolute, but have all hardwoods floors and would like to save some cash, you could get the Dyson V6 Fluffy which includes the hardwood floor cleaning head and is priced significantly less (sacrificing 40 minutes of run time, of course.)
The table below indicates the various sub-types available to each model (or at least what we were able to find on Amazon.com):
MOTORHEAD | Includes the Direct Drive cleaning head, charger, and wall-mounted docking station. Accessories include a combination tool (crevice tool and dusting brush) and a larger crevice tool.
HEPA | Includes the Direct Drive cleaning head, charger, and wall-mounted docking station. Accessories include a combination tool (crevice tool and dusting brush) and a larger crevice tool. Only available with the Dyson V7 (has been available on the V6 in the past).
ABSOLUTE | Includes the Torque Drive cleaning head (with V10) or Direct Drive cleaning head (with any older models), the soft roller “Fluffy” cleaning head, charger, and wall-mounted docking station. Accessories include a combination tool (crevice tool and dusting brush), a larger crevice tool, a mini-motorized tool, and a larger soft dusting brush.
FLUFFY | Includes the soft roller “Fluffy” cleaning head, charger, and wall-mounted docking station. Accessories include a combination tool (crevice tool and dusting brush), a larger crevice tool, a mini-motorized tool, and a larger soft dusting brush. This sub-model is only available with the Dyson V6 and is designed to only clean hard flooring.
For more Dyson comparison charts and information see our series here:
While Dyson pushed the development of their stick vacuum models, they were seemingly slowly phasing out exclusively handheld vacuums, since their new stick models served the purpose of a stick vacuum and a handheld.
That being said, there are two lines of exclusive Dyson handhelds that are still sold today—the Dyson V6 and V7 handhelds.
V6 HANDHELD | The Dyson V6 handheld is a portable vacuum that has a 20-minute run time and a unique trigger design, in lieu of a traditional on / off switch. This ensures that every second of battery life goes toward cleaning time. The V6 comes in five different styles, each one including a different selection of accessories to suite each model, as well as a different color palette.
V6 TOP DOG
V6 BABY + CHILD
V6 CAR + BOAT
- Dyson V6 Trigger – Most basic V6 model; only includes the crevice tool.
- Dyson V6 Top Dog – Includes a crevice tool, mini-motorized tool, and stiff bristle brush.
- Dyson V6 Baby+Child – Includes a crevice tool, a stiff bristle brush, and a wide nozzle upholstery brush.
- Dyson V6 Mattress – Includes a crevice tool, soft dusting brush, mini-motorized tool, wide nozzle upholstery brush, and HEPA filtration.
- Dyson V6 Car+Boat – Includes a crevice tool, soft dusting brush, mini-motorized tool, still bristle brush, and extension hose.
V7 HANDHELD | The Dyson V7 handheld is similar to the V6 models, but has a slightly longer run time—30 minutes on the V7 versus only 20 minutes with the V6. The V7 comes in two different styles, the Trigger or Car+Boat. The only difference between these two models is the color and included accessories.
- Dyson V7 Trigger – Includes the mini motorized tool, crevice tool, and combination tool
- Dyson V7 Car+Boat – Includes car charger, mini motorized tool, extension hose and the combination tool
V7 CAR + BOAT
Dyson V6 Trigger vs. V7 Trigger
The Dyson handheld collection carries a lot of resemblance to the stick models. In fact many of the Dyson stick vacuums actually function as a 2-in-1 with a detachable handheld vacuum. All of the Dyson handhelds are cordless and run a lithium-ion powered battery. These handheld models also use the same signature cyclonic power that is found within all of the Dyson models.
If you don’t need the versatility of a full stick vacuum, the Dyson handheld may be the best options for you.
With that in mind, if you ever changed you mind about wanting the full stick vacuum, Dyson also sells the purple extension wand and upright vacuum head separately so you could easily convert your handheld into a stick vacuum at a later time for a whole home cleaning.
Dyson V6 Handheld Vacuum
The Dyson V6 handheld is a slightly older model than some of the newer Dyson handhelds, but that doesn’t mean that it’s to be overlooked. The V6 offers five different models: the Dyson Trigger, Top Dog, Baby+Child, Mattress, or Car+Boat.
Each of these vacuums uses a motorized roller head and boast a 0.4L dust bin capacity and max power mode, which allows up to 6 minutes of stronger suction for tough jobs.
The V6 is cordless and runs on a lithium-ion battery with a 20 minute run-time. The upright / stick V6 models have a wall-mounted docking station for charging, while the handheld units just has a standard cable charger.
The main difference between the varying models is the included accessories. Available accessories include a crevice tool, soft dusting brush, mini-motorized turbine tool, still bristle brush, extension hose, and wide nozzle upholstery tool.
Dyson V7 Handheld Vacuum
The Dyson V7 handheld has all of the same features as the V6 model with a few advancements. The V7 runs a bit quieter than the V6 model, according to Dyson, although we have not been able to run a decibel test on the V7 yet. For reference, here is the decibel test for the V6 Trigger.
It’s a little loud at 81 dB. I would expect the V7 models to be within the mid-70s.
In addition to the noise, the V7 also uses an upgraded lithium-ion battery. This battery provides additional run time (about 10 minutes more), taking the total run time up to 30 minutes.
Another improvement of the V7 over the V6 is the dust bin. Not only is it larger (0.5L on the V7 versus 0.4L on the V6), but Dyson also redesigned how the dust bin empties. The V6 dust bin has a release lever that opens the dust bin hatch from the bottom, but dirt can sometimes get lodged around the filter.
With the V7, you simply pull a release from the top of the vacuum that opens the dust bin hatch and slides the filter out of the way, simultaneously. This allows all the dust and debris to fall into the trash and prevents it from remaining lodged in the dust bin.
Although a small change, this feature could be especially useful for pet owners. I have a dog, myself, and repeatedly noticed this problem with the old dust bin design, which is also used with the Dyson Animal Compact Upright.
With more power and dust bin capacity than a stick or handheld vacuum, Dyson upright vacuums are excellent options for whole home cleaning.
Upright models include traditional uprights, compact uprights with a retractable wand for easier storage, or cinetic uprights. Cinetic uprights use no filter and instead have advanced cyclones that filter the dust.
This means no replacing or washing dirty filters.
Dyson Traditional Upright Vacuums
Traditional uprights in this category have strong suction, a variety of on-board accessories, and range in weight from 15-18 pounds.
DYSON BALL ANIMAL 2 TOTAL CLEAN | Includes all the tools from the Dyson Ball Animal 2 listed above, but also adds in the reach-under tool, multi-angle brush, carbon fiber soft dusting brush, mattress tool, articulating hardwood floor, turbine tool, and a tool bag.
DYSON BALL ALLERGY | Includes a carbon fiber soft dusting brush, reach under tool, mattress tool, combination tool, and stair tool; boasts a 2 liter dust bin capacity, 270 AW of suction power; with HEPA filtration. This vacuum is a great option for allergy sufferers who are sensitive to fine particulate and allergens
DYSON BALL MULTI-FLOOR 2 | Slightly lighter than the vacuums listed above, the Multi Floor 2 includes a combination tool and stair tool; offers a 1.6 liter dust bin capacity, and 247 AW suction power.
If you’re familiar with Dyson, then you’ve probably heard of Shark also. Both Shark and Dyson have a litany of upright vacuums, but there are definitely notable differences between the two. Discover how Shark compares to Dyson in our deep dive Shark vs. Dyson guide.
Dyson Compact Upright Vacuums
Compact uprights in this category have a bit less suction that the traditional uprights listed above, but their lighter weight may make it easier to maneuver around your space and store when you’re done. Of course, with the lighter weight also comes a bit less suction power and less dust bin capacity, compared to the full size models.
DYSON BALL COMPACT ALLERGY | Includes a carbon fiber soft dusting brush, mattress tool, crevice tool, and small upholstery tool; weighs only 11.6 pounds (5.7 pounds lighter than the full size Allergy Ball model) and has HEPA filtration.
COMPACT ANIMAL DC50 | This is a bit of an older model, the predecessor to the Small Ball Multi Floor, but still a nice option if you’re looking for a compact upright. The DC50 weighs only 11.9 pounds, can compact down to 30″ for easy storage, and offers 128 AW of suction power.
Dyson Cinetic Upright Models
Dyson Cinetic upright models use an advanced cyclone technology named “Dyson Cinetic Science” that allows these vacuums to function without any filter. Filterless and bagless, the Cinetic line of vacuums contains lower maintenance full-size upright vacuums.
DYSON CINETIC BIG BALL ANIMAL | Includes a turbine tool, combination tool, and stair tool; also has a 2.1 liters dust bin capacity, and 180 AW of suction power. This vacuum is a little heavier than even the traditional upright models weighing in at 19.2 pounds
DYSON CINETIC BIG BALL MULTI-FLOOR | Includes combination tool and stair tool; as well as a 2.1 liters of dust bin capacity, with 180 AW of suction power. This vacuum also weighs 19.2 pounds so it’s a bit heavier than the other upright models.
Between the world of handhelds and upright vacuums, there are a couple Dyson canister vacuums.
Canister vacuums offer the power of an upright vacuum without having the carry the weight of the whole unit.
Canisters are lightweight for the user, since the part that you carry is basically equivalent to the Dyson stick vacuums.
A canister vacuum has the motor and dust bin body on small wheels at the base of the unit for easy maneuverability and the stick and roller head fit in your hand.
Dyson canisters have a foot operated on / off switch, incorporate the Dyson ball, have a 360 degree articulating wand handle, and an XL dust bin, compared to the other Dyson models.
Dyson Ball vs. Big Ball
The Dyson canister vacuums come as standard Ball or Big Ball. The biggest differences between these two models are:
Size: As you might imagine, the actual ball itself, is a bit smaller on the standard Ball vs. the Big Ball model, but they’re not that different in overall size. The Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum is 14.2″ x 19.5″ x 10.2″ while the Big Ball Multi-Floor canister vacuum is 13.6″ x 17.1″ x 12.1″.
Adaptability: The Big Ball models are equipped with a feature that allows the vacuum to right itself if it topples over.
DYSON BALL MULTI-FLOOR | The Dyson Ball Multi-Floor canister vacuum is one of the most popular canister vacuums, due to its smaller size, advanced dust bin emptying process, and trigger cleaning head. This vacuum has the 280 AW power of an upright, with the maneuverability and sleek wand of a stick vacuum. Accessories with the Ball Multi-Floor include the combination tool and stair tool.
DYSON BIG BALL MULTI-FLOOR | This model is the larger version of the Dyson Ball Multi-Floor canister vacuum. It offers slightly less suction than the standard Ball (250AW on the Big Ball vs. 280AW for the standard Ball), but also includes a larger dust bin, the advanced carbon fiber turbine head, combination tool, and stair tool.
DYSON CINETIC BIG BALL ANIMAL | This is the most advanced Dyson canister vacuum to date; it requires no filter, can right itself if toppled over, and includes the carbon-fiber turbine head, the turbine tool hose attachment, the combination tool, the stair tool, and the stiff bristle brush.
Miele is another popular vacuum manufacturer (especially in Europe) known for their canister vacuums. For more information, see our Miele vs. Dyson comparison and see how the two vacuum cleaners stack up against each other in a head-to-head comparison review.
Dyson Vacuums Compared
The Dyson lineup offers upright vacuums, canister vacuums, stick vacuums, handheld vacuums, and even their newest robot vacuum. Prices for a Dyson vacuum cleaner range from $249 for the Dyson V6, up to $1,000 for the 360 Eye robot vacuum.
There are currently 34 different models of Dyson vacuums, all of which use the same cyclonic technology and bagless design. The basic concept behind the Dyson cyclone suction comes from a centrifuge process that Dyson had used to separate paint particles in the air. These same cycles, when used in a vacuum, spin particulate and debris through the cyclones for a strong, fade-free suction.
The basic look of a Dyson is very consistent. It’s almost a little futuristic, with its accented cones, and sleek gray body. Depending on the model of the vacuum, Dyson uses a different color to highlight the cones and other features.
Analyzing Dyson Vacuum Reviews
In general, Dyson vacuum reviews are quite good all over the internet.
CONSUMER REPORTS | But what does ConsumerReports.com think?
Dyson vacuums garden 2 of the 8 spots on Consumer Reports best vacuums of 2018 list. Dyson’s Ball Multi Floor 2 and the Dyson V8 Absolute made the list. Other vacuums topping the list included Miele C3 (we recently tested the cheaper Miele C1), Samsung PowerBot, and Shark Pet Perfect 2, among others.
In general, I agree with many of the Consumer Report vacuum selections. However, I was surprised by the inclusion of Samsung’s PowerBot. It’s certainly not a bad vacuum, but during our test the cleaning performance was close to the bottom of the list compared to other robot vacuums.
The Consumer Report’s best vacuums of 2018 was published in early 2018, which put it a bit before the launch of the Dyson V10. I expect Dyson’s V10 will earn a spot next year or possibly replace the V8 as the defacto stick vacuum choice (but we’ll of course have to see).
AMAZON.COM | Overall reviews on Amazon.com for Dyson are very strong. You can see a quick list of reviews for the most popular Dyson vacuum reviews here.
BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU | Dyson gets high remarks from the Better Business Bureau, earning an A+ on the BBB rating system overview.
DYSON.COM | Last, but not least, what do consumers on Dyson.com think? Again, overall, very positive remarks.
We looked at the Dyson V8 model (since it’s been out for several years). It has a total of 1,647 total reviews. Their review score distribution is:
- 5 Stars – 1,409
- 4 Stars – 227
- 3 Stars – 3
- 2 stars – 2
- 1 star – 6
That’s pretty incredible in my book, and is reflective of what we saw in most places around the web.
Overall Dyson takes its unique cyclone technology and really covers the territory with a wide range of products and options. Whether you need a small portable vacuum to keep in the car, or a powerful upright for a whole home clean, Dyson likely has an option that would work well for you.
That being said, there are a lot of choices, which is great for versatility. So the question really isn’t what Dyson vacuum cleaner is best overall? Best rather, which one is the best for you!
Here’s three great questions to ask yourself when you’re trying to nail down your perfect Dyson.
What is your budget?
Dysons range from $150-$1,000, depending on what exactly you’re looking for.
- For under $200, you can get a powerful cordless handheld vacuum with a 20-minute run time with the Dyson V7 Trigger.
- For a budget friendly upright, under $300, check out the Dyson Ball Multi-Floor upright vacuum.
- For around $700, you can have the best-of-the-best stick vacuum that Dyson currently offers with the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute stick vacuum.
What features are you looking for?
Whether you need corded or cordless, strongest suction, or a slew of add-ons and accessories, Dyson likely has an option for you.
For cordless stick vacuums, some of the top models include:
- Dyson V10 Absolute stick vacuum| up to a 60-minute run time
- Dyson V8 Absolute stick vacuum | up to a 40-minute run time
- Dyson V8 Animal stick vacuum | up to a 40-minute run time
- Dyson V7 Trigger handheld | up to a 30-minute run time
- Dyson V6 Cord Free stick vacuum | up to a 20-minute run time
For corded uprights and canisters, you may like the following models:
- Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 upright vacuum
- Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy upright vacuum
- Dyson Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum
For lightweight models, you can check out the V-series cordless stick vacuums listed above or one of Dyson’s compact uprights:
We understand the problem; selecting the perfect vacuum for your needs is a big decision. If you have any questions or need help with your selection, contact us directly and we’d be happy to make a recommendation!
Last Updated - May 15, 2018
The following logs all major updates and changes made to this page.
- May 15, 2018 – Updated our 3rd party reviews section.
- April 20, 2018 – Overhauled the page with additional information on a variety of Dyson vacuums. Also added a more comprehensive Dyson comparison chart. Improved formatting.
- December 13, 2017 – original version of the page launched.
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.