Dyson Vacuum Reviews

Derek HalesBy Derek Hales
Updated December 13, 2017

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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. Dyson has been in the vacuum market since 1983 when its founder James Dyson discovered a new way to run a vacuum. 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 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 33 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.

Dyson Reviews Analyzed

The following table looks at several Dyson models available on Amazon.com. We look primarily at Amazon reviews, due to the sheer number of reviews available and the general credibility of those reviews.



That being said, some reviews may be faked or artificially manipulated on Amazon (or elsewhere) in an effort to make a company or product look more reputable and well-liked than it actually may be. To verify that the reviews are honest and true, we cross check the credibility using ReviewMeta.com.

Review Meta uses statistical analysis to look at Amazon reviews, checking their credibility. It looks at when a review was made, the words used in the review, scores, previous reviews given, and other data points to help determine which reviews that are genuine and which might be artificial.

ReviewMeta analysis - V6 Animal stick vacuum review

ReviewMeta analysis – V6 Animal stick vacuum review

Of the six models we looked at, four of the vacuums received “WARN” grades for possible unnatural reviews. The Dyson Small Ball Multi-Floor and V6 Trigger handheld were the two models that passed with natural reviews.

While the warning grade is never great to see, the rating adjustments were minor.

Dyson Handheld Comparisons

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 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

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 have 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 V6 Trigger handheld vacuum

V6 Trigger Handheld

The Dyson V6 Trigger is the most basic model of the V6 family, with limited accessories, and the lowest price tag. True to the name, the V6 and V7 models have a trigger, in lieu of an on / off switch. Instead, a red trigger on the handle powers the vacuum. This ensures that every second of battery life goes toward cleaning time.

Dyson V7 Handheld

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.

At 3 feet away, the Dyson V6 Trigger (handheld) emits 81 dB of sound.

At 3′ away, the Dyson V6 Trigger (handheld) emits 81 dB of sound.

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.

Dyson V6 Trigger handheld vacuum details

Dust bin for V6 Trigger handheld

Handheld Vs. Stick

One thing to keep in mind is whether you’re shopping for just a handheld or if you want a stick vacuum. Both the V6 and V7 handhelds come sold as a bundle with the extension wand and cleaner head necessary to turn the handheld vacuum into a stick vacuum.

Some retailers sell the wand and cleaner head as separate additions for the handheld, but from our research, there are some models that have subtle compatibility issues when doing it this way. If you’re interested in the stick vacuum, it is far less complicated to purchase the entire bundle initially and have the added benefit of using it as a separate handheld vacuum.

Dyson Handheld Vacuum Models

Dyson V6 Handheld

  • 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.

Dyson V6 Trigger handheld vacuum parts

1) Handle, 2) Trigger, 3) Dust Bin, 4) Attachment Release

Dyson V7 Handheld

  • 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

Dyson Stick Vacuum Comparisons

Dyson V6 2-in-1

The Dyson V6 stick vacuum has the same power as the V6 handheld, but also includes the attachments necessary to run as an upright stick vacuum. Additional accessories also includes a wall mounted docking station for easy charging. The V6 comes in several different model— including the V6 Cord-Free, Animal, Fluffy, Fluffy Pro, and HEPA. All of these models come with a washable lifetime filter. 

The Cord-Free is the most basic V6 model and only includes a combination tool for crevices and surfaces.

Slightly more advanced, the Animal includes an upgraded cleaning head (Direct-Drive) with 75% more cleaning power compared to the V6 Cord-Free, according to Dyson.

The V6 Fluffy and Fluffy Pro include the Fluffy cleaner head, for large debris and stuck-on dust. The difference between the Fluffy and Fluffy Pro is the number of cleaning heads. The Fluffy comes with the fluffy head only, which is great for hardwood floors. It also comes with a still bristle brush and mini-motorized tool for use when operating this vacuum as a handheld.

By comparison, the Fluffy Pro comes with all of these accessories, as well as the standard roller brush cleaning head that comes standard with a Dyson upright. The Pro also comes with these additional handheld attachments: crevice tool, multi-angle brush and mattress tool.

Dyson V7 2-in-1

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 V6 which tops out at about 20 minutes. The V7 also includes an improved cleaning head (Direct-Drive) which allows for stronger cleaning power.

The V7 stick also has the improved dust bin, as I mentioned above when talking about the V6 vs. V7 handheld.

The Dyson V7 is available in the Motorhead model or the V7 Absolute.

Dyson V8 2-in-1

The Dyson V8 stick vacuum is the most advanced model, as of the end of 2017. The V8 offers an even more improved battery for up to 40 minutes of run time. The V8 uses the same large dust bin with advanced emptying design as what you’ll see with the V7.

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.

Air Watts: How high the motor will vertically lift 1″ of water

Air flow (in cubic feet per minute) x Vacuum (in inches of water lift) / 8.5 = Air Watts

Dyson Stick Vacuum Models

Dyson V6 2-in-1

  • Dyson V6 Cord-Free – Includes docking station and combination tool for crevices and surfaces.
  • Dyson V6 Animal – 
  • Dyson V6 Fluffy
  • Dyson V6 Fluffy Pro 
  • Dyson V6 HEPA 
  • Dyson V6 Absolute 

Dyson V7 2-in-1

  • Dyson V7 Motorhead – Includes docking station, combination tool and crevice tool only.
  • Dyson V7 Absolute – Exclusively sold at Dyson.com; includes docking station, combination tool, crevice tool, mini-motorized tool, soft dusting brush, standard roller brush cleaner head, and Fluffy roller cleaner head.

Dyson V8 2-in-1

  • Dyson V8 Carbon Fiber – Exclusively sold at Dyson.com.
  • Dyson V8 Animal – Includes docking station, the combination tool, crevice tool, mini-motorized tool, soft dusting brush, and HEPA filtration.
  • Dyson V8 Absolute – Includes everything the V8 Animal has, but also includes the Fluffy soft roller cleaner head.
Dyson V8 absolute vacuum

V8 Absolute 2-in-1

The Dyson V8 Absolute is the top-of-the-line Dyson stick vacuum. It has a 40 minute run time, wall mounted docking station, and the largest dust bin. It includes the standard Direct-Drive cleaning head as well as the Fluffy head for hard floors or large debris.

Dyson Upright Vacuum Comparisons

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.

Traditional Uprights Models

Traditional uprights in this category have strong suction and range in weight from 15-18 pouds.

  • Dyson Ball Multi Floor Origin – Exclusively sold at Dyson.com; includes combination tool and stair tool; has a 2 liter dust bin capacity and 270 AW pf suction power.
  • Dyson Ball Animal 2 – Includes mini-motorized turbine tool, stair tool, and combination tool; includs a 2 liter dust bin capacity and 270 AW of suction power.
  • Dyson Allergy Ball – 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.

Compact Uprights Models

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 Animal Upright - compact size

Dyson Ball Compact Animal Upright – compact size

  • 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.
  • Dyson Small Ball Multi-Floor – Includes combination tool and stair tool, 0.8 liter dust bin capacity, is only 12.15 pounds, and has 150 AW of suction power.
Dyson Compact Animal Upright DC50 vacuum

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.

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 contaims 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 Animal+Allergy – Includes everything that the Cinetic Big Ball Animal has plus the allergy package (reach under tool, multi-angle brush, mattress tool and HEPA filtration)
  • 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.

Dyson Canister Vacuum Comparisons

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.

Ball vs. Big Ball

The Dyson canister vacuums comes as standard Ball or Big Ball. The biggest differences between these two models are:

Size: As youi might imagine, the actual ball itself, is a bit smaller on the standard Ball than 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 Canister vacuum

Ball Multifloor

The Dyson Ball Multifloor canister vacuum is one of the most popular canister vacuums, due to its smaller size, advanced dust bin emptying process, and turbine cleaning head. This vacuum has the 280 AW power of an upright, with the maneuverability and sleek wand of a stick vacuum.

Dyson Canister Vacuum Models

  • Dyson Ball Multi Floor – Includes the traditional trigger head, combination tool and stair tool.
  • Dyson Big Ball Multi-Floor – Includes the more advanced carbon fiber turbine head, combination tool, and stair tool.
  • Dyson Big Ball Musclehead – Includes the carbon fiber turbine head, the musclehead floor tool (for sneaking under low furniture), the combination tool, and the stair tool.
  • Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal – This is the most advanced Dyson canister vacuum as of the end of 2017; 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.

Dyson Summary

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, but maybe not so great if you’re trying to decide which vacuum is right for you. 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!

Derek Hales

Derek Hales


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.

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