What Is The Best Dyson Vacuum? Are They Worth the Price?

BestDysonVacuumThe brand Dyson has always been synonymous to innovation. James Dyson was the pioneer of the bag-less vacuum cleaner in an era where the bag was king.

Related: Here are all my reviews of Dyson vacuums.

In fact it took him over 5,000 tries to perfect the technology and even when he has made it well enough for production no company would take his invention and manufacture it because the money made from all the bags sold was just too lucrative for manufacturers to even think about tweaking the product.

So James Dyson started his company Dyson and the rest as they say is history. Companies who are known for their bagged vacuums, companies like Bissell and Hoover now also have manufactured their own line of bagless vacuums and the irony of it is they copied the cyclonic filtration system that was pioneered by Dyson himself.

Products like the Bissell PowerGlide and Hoover Air Cordless Lift come to mind. Other manufacturers like the Shark have copied how Dyson has designed their cordless DC series vacuum – the Shark Rocket comes to mind.

As they say imitation is the highest form of flattery and when big time manufacturers imitate your product, you know you’re doing something right.

Some say Dyson products are overpriced and I cannot argue with you on that (there are comparable products in the market that you can buy for less money) but what you are buying is an innovative product that has been torture tested and will work.

If you are committed to buy a Dyson then here are 5 of their best vacuums plus their strengths and weaknesses. Without further ado here’s the list.

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ModelV6 Absolute

V6 Absolute
Ball Multi Floor

Ball Multi Floor
DC39 Animal

DC39 Animal
V6 Mattress

V6 Mattress
Cinetic Big Ball

Cinetic Big Ball
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AttachmentsSoft roller cleaner head

Direct-drive cleaner head

Mini motorized tool

Mini soft dusting brush

Combination accessory tool

Crevice tool
Combination brush/crevice tool

Stair tool
Combination crevice / dusting brush tool

Stair tool

Telescopic wand

Tangle-free turbine tool
Motorized mattress tool

Mini Soft dusting brush

Combination accessory tool

Crevice tool
Combination crevice and brush tool
Cord LengthNo cord - this is a cordless vacuum30 feet21.3 feetNo cord - this is a cordless vacuum35 feet
Auto Cord RewindNoNoYesNoNo
Motorized brushYesYesYes
* air powered
YesYes
Brush on/off switchNoYesYesNoYes
SwivelYesYesYesNoYes
HeadlightNoNoNoNoNo
Full bin indicatorNoNoNoNoNo
HEPA FiltrationYesYesYesYesYes
BaglessYesYesYesYesYes
Multi-surfaceYesYesYesYesYes
Net weight5.1 pounds17.3 pounds16.89 pounds3.5 pounds11 pounds
Hose lengthNo HoseN/A5-1/2 feetNo HoseN/A
Cleaning Path9.8"N/A10.3"5.7"13.5"
Dirt capacity128 ounces (0.11 gallons)0.55 gallons2 liters128 ounces (0.11 gallons)
Power28 AW
100 AW (Max/boost)
245 air watts275 air watts28 AW
100 AW (Max/boost)
N/A
Warranty2 years5 years5 year2 years2 years

Absolutely Worth It: V6 Absolute

Absolutely Worth It: Dyson V6 AbsoluteDyson has continually pushed the envelope when it comes to their cordless vacuum technology and the V6 Absolute is one of the best, if not the best in the market right now. When you activate the max mode, it has the strongest suction and with the addition soft roller cleaning brush, it has improved the way it cleans bare floor surfaces.

Whereas previous versions relied on a bristled brush to clean all types of surfaces, the Absolute adds to specially designed beater bar just for bare floors.

Here’s a test on a big mess on this hardwood flooring with fine dust, rice and hair, a really big mess, which isn’t typical when you’re cleaning bare floor. This type of mess is usually the worst case scenario but to show you how this vacuum performs watch this video and you bee the judge…

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

 

In just one forward pass, this machine was able to pick up all of the mess and if you look closely it was even able to pick up messes under the cracks. Sure there is some snowplow but it isn’t as bad. If you’re cleaning larger messes like scattered cheerios, you’ll probably need to use the crevice or brush tool.

Suction is superb for a cordless cleaner. The downside is first the price if you buy this in Amazon, it will cost you close to $450 and if you buy it at a retail store, that price will most likely go up over $500 easy.

Another downside is the run time, if you use this at normal mode, it will run for roughly 20 minutes (non-stop usage) if you activate the max feature, it goes down to 6 minutes. On bare floor, you will not need that extra boost but in low to medium pile carpet you will probably need it.

This brings us to another downside that is its inability to deep clean carpet. At best, this is best used as a spot cleaning tool that you can use on really high traffic areas around your home but for homes with only bare floor (particularly small homes under 50 square meters or around 538 square feet), you can get away using this as a stand along cleaner without the need for a corded vacuum.

Bottom line: The V6 Absolute is a an absolute must have for anyone looking for a versatile handheld vacuum that you can use to clean both floors, upholstery and other nooks and crannies around the house. It comes with attachments you can use for carpet and bare floor plus other tools for upholstery and even ceiling vents.

Upright Power: Ball Multi-Floor

Upright Power Dyson Ball Multi FloorOf all the vacuums in Dyson’s product line up the Multi-Floor Ball vacuum is packed with probably the strongest suction power at 245 air watts. What does that mean? It really sucks in a good way of course.

To put that in perspective, if you compare this to the Dyson Cinetic that costs around $250 more, it has 65 more air watts or 27% more suction power at a more affordable price.

And it will provide the same type of agitation but with more suction power which simply means better deep cleaning power even on thick and plush carpet.

Do you want proof? Check out this torture test, this isn’t a normal occurrence in your home unless you neglect to clean it for a year so it’s a good way to see how this performs…

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

You’ll see that it was able to pick up a ton of debris that include rice, pet hair and other debris scattered on carpet.

The strong suction also makes this a superb hard floor cleaner, especially if your hardwood floors have crevices where dirt can accumulate. Dyson uprights are probably the best at this because of the strong suction plus you don’t have to worry about scratching because you can turn off the brush roll.

It also has a long 30 foot power cord that makes this a great option for larger homes.

Oh did I mention that it has a detachable hose and a bevy of tools like the crevice and combination tool for your above the floor cleaning needs.

Bottom line: If you’re looking for a Dyson Upright look no further than this, it isn’t the latest but it combines excellent suction and agitation that makes this the best deep cleaner Dyson has in my opinion. It’s also one of the most affordable at just under $300.

Versatile Canister: DC39 Animal

Versatile Canister Dyson DC39 AnimalThe DC39 Animal is outside the V6 series one of its more versatile products right now. You can use it to clean floors, stairs and upholstery while still being light enough to drag around without hurting your back.

Suction wise this machine has very much ample power producing around 275 air watts which is more than enough suction to suck up debris on bare floor and even inside cracks of hard wood surfaces without need any help from a brush.

While its performance on bare floor is great, the lacked of a motor in its main floor tool limits its deep cleaning capabilities on carpet. Picking up surface dirt but when if you want something that will deep clean, it will struggle because of the lack of agitation.

Despite that shortcoming there is still a lot of value to be had in this vacuum. Aside from being a floor cleaning, you can use this to clean upholstery and stairs as well as clean cob webs off ceiling vents or fans.

Bottom line: This vacuum will give you a lot of versatility since it will be able to clean floors, upholstery, stairs, tables, vents and pet hair thanks to the tangle free turbine tool. But the biggest downside is the lack of a motorized brush roll which should have been added for better agitation and better deep cleaning on carpet.

For Mattresses: V6 Mattress

For Mattresses Dyson V6 MattressNot many people know this but our mattresses could be one of the dirtiest places at home. It may look clean at first glance but under a microscope it is far from clean.

According to the WHO, our skin sheds roughly 0.024 ounces to 0.072 ounces per day or around 0.55 to 1.6 pounds a year. Dead skin isn’t bad but you have to realize that dead skin is the primary food source of bed bugs that nest on the mattresses we sleep on every night.

While not hazardous to our health, bed bugs can be a nuisance cause rashes and itchiness on the skin. If your child has a skin condition like eczema, bed bugs could worsen it.

You have a few options to control this infestation. First, you could hire a professional to vacuum your mattresses but that service alone will set you back a few hundred dollars (at least) and you will have to hire them over a period of time to control the bed bug population.

The next option would be to buy a vacuum cleaner like the Rainbow that uses water filtration to deep clean mattresses yourself. This is a better option than the first but take note that a Rainbow costs well over $1000 and weighs almost 20 pounds. If you live in a small home, this may not be a good option.

This brings me to the Dyson Mattress which Dyson specifically designed to clean mattresses thanks to the motorized power head that you can use to clean mattresses minus the weight and bulk of the rainbow.

Here’s a short video on how it does on the mattress…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7RbXUiM_pQ

This product can also double as a handheld spot cleaner as it comes with a few other attachments like the crevice tool, combination brush/crevice tool and a soft bristle dusting brush just in case you need to clean delicate surfaces.

Like all new Dyson cordless vacuums it comes with a V6 motor that produces around 28 air watts in normal mode and a ridiculous 100 air watts in max mode which make this the strongest suction cordless in the market today (if not the strongest).

Like what I’ve mentioned run time could be an issue – 20 minutes for normal uses and 6 minutes when the boost function is triggered but for something that you can use for spot clean ups, this should be a non-issue.

Bottom line: If you’re looking for something that can clean your mattresses from dead skin cell that bed bugs feed on then this is a good option that will not cost as much as a Rainbow and it will be able to double as a versatile hand held that you can use to clean other parts of the house.

Filterless: Cinetic Big Ball

Filterless Dyson Cinetic UprightThis is a great example of Dyson pushing the envelope in terms of product innovation. The Cinetic Big Ball is the first bag-less vacuum that does not use with any traditional cloth/paper filter that most other manufacturers use.

It does this by using what they call the “Cinetic Science” technology that oscillates at 350 times per second to prevent microscopic dust and from sticking on the cyclonic filtration system used.

Well this technology isn’t entirely filter free because inside both sides of the “ball” (at the base of this vacuum where the floor tool and back wheels are attached, you’ll see HEPA filters that block microscopic dust from coming out of the exhaust.

Just in case you are interested here’s how the “Cinetic Science” technology works watch this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjO2j3HwkI4

This is a huge step in the right direction in terms of innovation this technology is still in its infancy and far from perfect. It isn’t completely filter-less as Dyson would want you to believe because it contains a post motor filter which is a necessity.

Performance wise it has very good agitation on carpet and the strong suction will make cleaning bare floor even easier.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-lvGfPbi_A

As you can see, even cleaning the small area of the carpet, a lot of pet hair and dust is picked up but while the agitation is top notched the seals in the bin are not and because of the large cyclonic filters emptying this can be messy. You’ll probably need another vacuum to thoroughly clean it.

Lastly there’s the price, at well over $500 this machine is expensive even with the 5 year warranty and not a lot of people would be willing to spend that much.

Bottom line: If you can afford this then go for it because the performance especially on carpet is top-notched. You will get a deep cleaning machine with no filters to clean (except for the HEPA filters) but there are some question marks about the fit and finish – particularly how the dirt bin is constructed. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Read this before you buy a Dyson or any other bag-less vacuum

While being a bag-less vacuum have a lot of advantages like not having to spend money on bags which can easily add up over time. Bag-less vacuum are notoriously messy to clean because of the caked on dirt that is built up over time which can clog filters.

For the Dyson, particularly their canister and cordless vacuums you should do this or inside the garage because of the cloud of dust that will form when you press that lever (you’ll see what I mean in the video below).

Here’s how you should empty a Dyson upright – the vacuum in the video is a Dyson Cinetic…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs6tM9vYSLs

You may also need to get your hands dirty particularly emptying bits and pieces of hair, dust bunnies and other types of debris that get caught in the narrow pathway between the cyclonic filters and the side walls of the dirt bin.

Some blogs like the Daily Mom have written in detail how to thoroughly clean Dyson dirt cups.

What is the Best Dyson For Pet Hair?

It will depend on how large your home is and the number of pets you have inside. For large homes with lots of carpet, you will definitely need a Dyson upright like the one I’ve featured here the Multi-floor ball vacuum that has top of the class suction and world class agitation.

The deep cleaning power of this upright is one of the best I’ve seen and while you’re at it buy the tangle-free turbine tool to clean pet hair from your upholstery.

Conclusion

Make no question about it, Dyson is a great product and they are leading the way in terms of innovation with the new Cinetic science technology but that vacuum is still a ways away because the filter-less system still needs to improve in terms of filtering fine dirt from coming out of the dirt bin.

Despite being one of the more expensive vacuums there are good deals to be had if you know where to look. I’ve featured one of them here – the Dyson Ball Mult-Floor that only costs $300 – a bargain in Dyson terms.

But if you’re really looking for bargains, the best place to look for it is through the refurbished units sold in Amazon.

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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