Dyson V6 Absolute Review – Their Cordless Vacuum Just Got Better

Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless Vacuum ReviewThe V6 may change the way you think about cordless vacuums.

Particularly how it cleans bare floors.

This model is an upgraded version of the Motor head that is equipped with the same motor, the main differences are the attachments.

The V6 comes in 10 variants – the V6 Cord-Free, MotorHead (or DC59), Animal, Trigger, Mattress, Car + Boat, Top Dog, Baby + Child, Fluffy and this version which I’m reviewing right now which is called the Absolute.

  • The bare bones V6 comes only with the combination tool as the lone attachment (aside from the floor tool)
  • The V6 Motorhead adds a crevice tool to the mix
  • The Animal adds a mini-soft dusting brush and the Absolute adds to that the mini motorized tool for upholstery plus the soft roller cleaning head for hard floors.

That’s a total of 6 attachments, which is a pretty good deal considering that you’ll add $150 to the price of the bare bones V6.

It is still expensive, more expensive than the multi floor upright and the DC65.

Editor Rating
Bare Floor

★★★★¾ 

Carpet

★★★★¾ 

Pet Hair Removal

★★★★½ 

Ease of Use

★★★★¾ 

Overall

★★★★¾ 

Price

Features at a glance

  • Comes with the soft roller cleaner head (made from soft nylon) that removes large and small debris from hardwood
  • Equipped with the direct-drive head that provides 75% more power that the DC59
  • Has sealed system with HEPA filtration
  • Power by the V6 digital motor
  • Has 2-tier radial cyclones
  • 20 minute run time (3.5 hour charge time)
  • 2 year warranty

Pros

  • Strong suction power especially at the max setting (100 air watts)
  • Lightweight (only 5.1 pounds)
  • Versatile machine that can clean floors, ceilings and everything in between
  • Comes with 6 tools that can clean bare floors, carpet, blinds, upholstery, etc.
  • Direct-drive cleaner head provides great agitation on carpet.

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Small dirt capacity so you’ll need to empty it often
  • Built-in battery is a concern long term

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Features of the Dyson V6 Absolute:

The Dyson V6 Absolute has the same V6 motor as the DC59 Motorhead. The biggest difference would be the attachments that come along with.

The V6 Absolute comes with the soft roller cleaning head specifically designed to clean bare floor surfaces without scratching it.

Here’s a teaser…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBU0qtrg8r4

Other attachments include the direct drive cleaner head which has 75% more agitation than the DC59 animal – works great on carpet. The crevice, combination, mini-soft dusting brush and mini motorized tool round up the tools list.

It also is equipped with HEPA filtration so allergy sufferers should benefit from using this cleaner.

Similar to the DC59, it has a 20 minute run and a 3.5 hour charge time. Power is the same at 28 air watts and 100 air watts when using the max setting.

Features

Bare Floor Performance

The soft roller cleaning head is a great addition here because it does two things well – pick up dirt on hard floor and it does not scratch because it is made from soft nylon. Hair may get wrapped up as with any motorized roller but it’ll be easy to cut off.

Here’s a video on how it performed on hardwood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYXy1hn4Ds4

You’ll notice that it provided excellent pick up even under the seams of the wood planks but it pushed some of the larger debris.

Carpet Performance

When you combine the motorized direct-drive cleaner head and the decent suction (at least by cordless standards) the result is a decent carpet cleaning machine that will pick up all sorts of debris from hair to fine dust.

Take note that the direct drive head produces 75% more power that the DC59 Animal which means it has 75% more agitation power – this means better cleaning on carpet but despite the improved agitation it will still not match a full sized upright in terms of deep cleaning.

Here’s how it performed cleaning pet hair on carpet…

https://youtube.com/watch?v=vpZak6JH2Uo

For a cordless vacuum, the results were very impressive! It shows you two things that the V6 has – agitation and suction. Again I must warn you that this isn’t a deep cleaning machine but it does help you clean up even messes this big.

On one pass it picked up almost everything on its path, it also filled up the dirt bin completely so that’s one of the downsides of this vacuum, a really small dirt capacity.

Here’s another test this time on long pet hair…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9UUQ20RWc0

The results are impressive as you’ll see in one pass it picked up all of the pet hair, though there were some caught on the brush roll it was easy to remove because there was nothing in the way so you can use your fingers to remove it.

Upholstery Performance

This machine comes equipped with a mini motorized head that is designed to pick up dirt and pet hair on upholstery. The brush on this tool has its own motor but the bristles aren’t as stiff so it won’t deep clean as well. Pet owners will love this tool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-EqNj5x96g

Pet Hair

As you’ve seen in the previous videos above it does a good job in pick up pet hair on hardwood, carpet and upholstery.

Attachments and Accessories

It comes with 5 tools aside from the direct drive tool.

Tools

Charging Time

It will take around 3.5 hours to fully charge this.

Filter Clean up

Like the DC59, this machine is equipped with the same washable filter that will last the lifetime of the machine. It also comes with a post motor filter.

Here’s how you’ll clean it…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxi6w7uMkF4

Take note that you’ll also need to clean the soft roller cleaner head.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPqYsOD0y4k

Run Time

On normal mode this will run for 20 minutes, on max mode run time will be approximately 6 minutes.

Warranty

All Dyson cordless vacuums come with a 2 year warranty.

See it in Action

Comparing the motorhead and v6 absolute…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUmoj70vqds

Product Specifications

Feature
AttachmentsSoft roller cleaner head

Direct-drive cleaner head

Mini motorized tool

Mini soft dusting brush

Combination accessory tool

Crevice tool
Brush roll on/offNo
Battery22.2v Nickel Manganese Cobalt/Li-ion
ChargerWall Mount Charger
Charging time3.5 hours
Battery life20 minutes (normal)
6 minutes (boost)
Net weight5.1 pounds
Shipping weight11.4 pounds
Cleaning path9.8"
Overall length47.5"
Battery indicatorYes
Filter typeLifetime washable filter
Dust capacity128 ounces (0.11 gallons)
Air Watts28 AW
100 AW (Max/boost)
Voltage110v
Manufactured inUSA
Warranty2 years on parts and labor

Customer Reviews

By most part consumers love how this machine performed on both carpet and bare floor. The fluffy soft cleaner head does work great on non-carpet surfaces picking up all sorts of dirt from pet hair to fine dust.

The agitation produced from the direct-drive cleaner head works great on carpet. In the video reviews I’ve viewed and have shared with you, you’ll notice that it will pick up most if not all of the dirt on the first pass.

The mini-motorized brush did well on upholstery picking up pet hair and embedded dirt but it won’t deep clean as well as the floor tool because the bristles aren’t as stiff.

If there are any complaints, it is the run time. On max mode, it will run only for 6 minutes max. If you use it in normal mode it runs for only 20 minutes. For some consumers it was not enough.

There were also complaints about the filter falling off by itself but there were only a handful of that complaint.

Recharging this will take 3.5 hours. Another downside would be the battery that is integrated meaning, you can’t remove it from the machine so there is no option for buying extra batteries.

Overall this is a very good product but very expensive, if you can afford it then go buy it because it’ll make cleaning a lot easier.

Price

This variant is not available in Dyson, when you buy this at Amazon it will only cost around $450 which is the best deal that I can find right now.

If you don’t mind buying it used you can save a more than a hundred bucks by purchasing it refurbished – even though it is used you still get a 6 month warranty.

Conclusion

This machine would be a great cleaner for a small home owner looking for a compact and yet powerful vacuum that will handle dirt and pet hair on a variety of surfaces ranging from hardwood to carpet.

It comes with a tool specifically designed for bare floor surfaces called the soft roller cleaner head that will pick up larger bits of debris better because does not have the same low profile base common to other vacuum brands.

Based on video reviews, it performed well on hardwood though it pushed some of the larger debris aside but it is a big improvement over conventionally designed floor heads.

Another bonus is it has HEPA filtration that keeps allergens inside the dirt bin. Remember that it is still a bagless cleaner so you will be exposed to dirt when emptying this machine.

Expect run time to be 20 minutes (6 minutes on max setting) so don’t expect this to clean a medium to large sized home in one charge. The dirt bin is small so expect frequent trips to the trash bin.

Overall this is a very good product with some innovative tools introduced by the kings of innovation themselves – Dyson but it comes at steep price but if you can afford it, it is worth it.

Garrick Dee
 

Garrick is the founder of the Cordless Vacuum Guide that originally focused on cordless vacuums but he has now expanded to reviewing corded vacuums and carpet cleaners to be able to provide a more complete guide in terms of choosing the right cleaner.

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