This will be an in-depth comparison of the Best Dyson vacuums, from their cordless stick lineup to their full-sized options.
I will not feature every Dyson variant but an overview of their products to help you understand the hierarchy and which model is best for a specific application.
James Dyson announced in March 2018 that they would stop R&D on corded vacuums and focus on developing better cordless products.
And from what I’ve seen, Dyson is serious about pushing the envelope with cordless technology with the Dyson V15 Detect and V12 Slim.
Here’s a quick overview of the Best Dyson vacuums
The information you’ll see below is a snapshot of my many experiments, from cleaning, noise, and product specs.
Here’s a video I just published talking about Dyson cordless vacuums for your reference.
Dyson unveiled two hard floor vacuums designed to clean hard floors – the Omni Glide and Micro 1.5KG.
Their design starkly contrasts with a Dyson stick vacuum since it doesn’t have premium features.
This shift is designed to shed as much weight as possible, making them the lightest and most maneuverable Dyson vacuums.
One notable feature is the push-button switch – a first for Dyson cordless products.
Another is the Omni Glide’s 360-degree steering – an industry first that easily makes it the most maneuverable stick vacuum.
The wand-type handle and the unique steering mechanism allow side-to-side movement, even underneath furniture.
Its twin roller design is another first, enabling debris pick-up in both directions, making it the best alternative for cleaning underneath furniture and non-carpeted stairs.
The Micro 1.5KG is Dyson’s second hard-floor-only vacuum weighing 3.3 pounds.
This variant retains the same form factor as its full-sized siblings but with a much lighter frame (around 2 pounds).
It lacks the Omni Glide’s omnidirectional steering; thus, it won’t be as agile, but the lightweight frame makes up for it.
The compact body and light frame make this variant Dyson’s best handheld option.
I’d go with the Omni-Glide if you prioritize vacuuming floors and have a lot of low-clearance furniture.
The Micro is a better option for people who also highly value handheld usability.
Airflow: 32.41 CFM 📝 Dust bin size: 0.18 liters 📝 Sand on hard floor: 99.7% 📝 Deep Cleaning: 75% 📝 Run time: up to 27 mins. 📝 Recharge: 3.5 hrs. 📝 Battery: 2500 mAh Li-ion 📝 Weight: 3.3 lbs. 📝 Noise: 78.5 dB
These models are part of the second-generation Dyson cord-free products with horizontally aligned dustbins.
The V8 Absolute was the first Dyson cord-free product with a hygienic system, eliminating the V6 and DC44’s issues with dirt disposal.
After the V8, the V7 was released shortly after to offer consumers a slightly cheaper alternative to the then-premium V8.
The Dyson V7 and V8 share many components, but the V8 has slightly more power and runs longer.
There are sub-variants for these models with varying tool inclusions. You’ll have to check the link above for more details.
I did not include the V6 since it’s discontinued, and the V7 offers better value with its lengthier run time and easy-to-empty dustbin.
It’s a toss-up between the two.
The V8 Absolute performs better on hard floors thanks to the fluffy attachment.
Current prices are still too expensive and not far off from the Dyson V10.
The V7 MotorHead offers a nice middle-ground but lacks a post-motor filter, so filtration is compromised.
It cleans as well as the V8 on carpet, but it lacks the fluffy attachment, limiting its usability on hard surfaces.
If you’re considering the Dyson V7, I’d suggest a specific sub-model to suit your needs.
On hard floors, go with V7 Fluffy, and opt for the Animal variant with the post-motor filter if you have pets.
In March 2018, James Dyson unveiled the Dyson V10 Absolute, saying it was the only vacuum you’ll ever need.
These models have a horizontally aligned dustbin, enabling engineers to place larger capacity containers and improve airflow efficiency.
The V12 Detect is the first Dyson stick vacuum with a push-button switch. Also, it utilizes a smaller form factor than the V15, V11, and Outsize options, so it’s lighter with better ergonomics.
The V15 Detect is the best with cleaning performance and features of the five options.
It picked up 100% of embedded sand in deep cleaning tests at the middle setting – the best of the four variants I’ve tested.
I’m impressed by its sustained deep cleaning ability, which you should consider because using the max setting exclusively will shorten the battery’s lifespan.
If the V15 Detect is too costly, the V11 Torque Drive is an excellent alternative for carpet. Otherwise, go with the cheaper V10 Absolute for smaller homes.
I wouldn’t recommend the V11 Outsize unless you need the high-capacity dust container. It’s too heavy, and cleaning performance results aren’t too far off the Torque Drive.
Related: Dyson V11 Torque Drive vs. Outsize
I have not tested the V12 Detect, but from the specs, it seems to have the same power levels as the V10 but with the slim roller attachment, which I like.
It’s been over a year since the V15, V12 Detect, Omni-Glide, and Micro release. Dyson has unveiled newer models, namely the Gen5 Detect series and the V15s Submarine.
The Gen5 Detect series ushers in the next phase in cordless vacuum technology, with more power and range than the “older” V15, while the Submarine looks like a variation of the V15 with a wet/dry nozzle.
I haven’t tested these vacuums, but I have the Gen5 Detect and Gen5 Detect Outsize, so expect the review to come out soon.
Airflow: 76.49 CFM 📝 Dust bin size: 0.77 liters 📝 Sand on hard floor: 99.56% 📝 Deep Cleaning: N/A 📝 Run time: 80:13 mins. 📝 Recharge: 4.5 hrs. 📝 Battery: 2500 mAh Li-ion 📝 Weight: 7.72 lbs 📝 Noise: 87 dB
Airflow: N/A 📝 Dust bin size: 1.89 liters 📝 Sand on hard floor: N/A 📝 Deep Cleaning: N/A 📝 Run time: 140 mins. 📝 Recharge: 3-4 hrs. 📝 Battery: 3600 mAh Li-ion 📝 Weight: 8.6 lbs 📝 Noise: N/A
Airflow: N/A 📝 Dust bin size: 0.77 liters 📝 Clean water tank: 300 ml 📝 Dirty water tank: 360 ml 📝 Sand on hard floor: N/A 📝 Deep Cleaning: N/A 📝 Run time: 70 mins. 📝 Recharge: 3-4 hrs. 📝 Battery: 3600 mAh Li-ion 📝 Weight: 8.3 lbs 📝 Weight (w/ full clean tank): 9 lbs 📝 Noise: N/A
Lighter Version of the V15, V11, Outsize, And V10
A new category Dyson added recently is the V12. Before testing it, I thought it was only a V15 refresh, but it’s not – it’s a new sub-series featuring a lighter frame with a push-button switch.
You can see the size difference in the photo above, and this is by design to improve ergonomics and handheld usability – an issue with Dyson full-sized cordless stick vacuums.
Yes, there will be compromises like a shorter run time and smaller dustbin, but the cleaning performance variance isn’t much, especially against the V11 Torque Drive.
I’m unfamiliar with Dyson upright vacuums since I have not tested them. But I’ve done enough research to give you a summary of the main variants.
Since Dyson will no longer do any R&D with corded vacuums, don’t expect new technology to arise aside from these.
They pulled the plug (no pun intended) because of the growing popularity of cordless vacuums.
It makes sense to be efficient with their resources and meet the demand.
One big issue with Dyson uprights is the bulky frame and weight, tipping the scales at over 17 pounds.
The sheer bulk makes it hard to maneuver in tight quarters, even with the ball steering.
These machines are great for vacuuming carpets, but I wouldn’t recommend them for hard floors since they lack a soft roller attachment.
Power: 227 Airwatts 📝 Dustbin capacity: 0.55 gallons (2.42 liters) 📝 Weight: 17.5 lbs 📝 Cord length: 30 ft. 📝 Maximum reach: 40 ft. 📝 Hygienic dustbin: Yes 📝 HEPA filter: Yes 📝 Tools: Combination Tool, Stair Tool, Tangle-free Turbine 📝 Height: 42.13″ 📝 Width: 13.39″ 📝 Warranty: 5 yrs.
Power: 196 Airwatts 📝 Dustbin capacity: 0.22 gallons (0.96 liters) 📝 Weight: 15.6 lbs 📝 Cord length: 31 ft. 📝 Maximum reach: 40 ft. 📝 Hygienic dustbin: Yes 📝 HEPA filter: Yes 📝 Tools: Combination Tool, Stair Tool 📝 Height: 42.13″ 📝 Width: 13.39″ 📝 Warranty: 5 yrs.
Power: 181 Airwatts 📝 Dustbin capacity: 0.52 gallons (2.29 liters) 📝 Weight: 17.37 lbs 📝 Cord length: 35 ft. 📝 Maximum reach: 50 ft. 📝 Hygienic dustbin: Yes 📝 HEPA filter: Yes 📝 Tools: Combination Tool, Stair Tool 📝 Height: 42″ 📝 Width: 15″ 📝Warranty: 5 yrs.
Lastly, we’ll look at this overview’s different Dyson canister options.
Canister vacuums are the forgotten breed of vacuums with the growing popularity of cord-free vacuums.
Thanks to the extra-long hose, its most significant benefit is its versatility and above-the-floor reach.
Unfortunately, Dyson’s version lacks a motorized brush, which affects agitation.
But these products make up for it with their high suction.
There are two main categories – the Cinectic and Non-Cinetic versions.
The Cinetic utilizes Dyson’s oscillating tips that replicate a filter’s function.
Dyson says 36 cyclones oscillate the air to 180mph, generating 100,000 g-forces to force debris out of the airflow.
However, the no-filter claim isn’t accurate as these vacuums have a post-motor HEPA filter to keep fine particles from exiting the exhaust.
Power: N/A 📝 Dustbin capacity: 0.42 gallons (1.85 liters) 📝 Weight: 17.64 lbs 📝 Cord length: 21 ft. 📝 Maximum reach: 35 ft. 📝 Hygienic dustbin: Yes 📝 HEPA filter: Yes 📝 Tools: Carbon Fibre Turbine Floor Tool, Tangle-free Tool 📝 Height: 13.7″ 📝 Width: 15.7″ 📝 Warranty: 5 yrs.
Power: 250 Airwatts 📝 Dustbin capacity: 0.42 gallons (1.85 liters) 📝 Weight: 17.64 lbs 📝 Cord length: 21 ft. 📝 Maximum reach: 35 ft. 📝 Hygienic dustbin: Yes 📝 HEPA filter: Yes 📝 Tools: Turbine Head, Stair Tool, Tangle-free Tool, Stair Tool 📝 Height: 12.13″ 📝 Width: 13.66″ 📝 Warranty: 5 yrs.
Selecting a Dyson vacuum may be daunting for those unfamiliar with it.
If you know what you’re looking for, it isn’t complicated, so I published this article.
One way to choose is by determining what you need, how much you’re willing to spend, non-negotiable features, and compromises.
I’ll explain each point below.
1. What you need
Before shopping for a Dyson product, determine what you need.
Do you need something exclusively for hard floors?
How big is your home?
Is having a cord-free product essential?
Answering these questions (and more) will help immensely with the selection process and reduce the likeliness of buyer’s remorse.
2. How you’re willing to spend
After determining your needs, it’s time to set a budget or a range.
Doing this will eliminate options not in the budget and ultimately save you time not researching something you cannot afford.
3. Non-negotiable features
Next, what’s a feature you need to have? Is it a soft roller attachment because your home only has hard surfaces?
Or is it high suction and agitation for deep cleaning carpet?
Whatever that is, determine these items to make a checklist of must-haves.
News flash. The perfect cordless vacuum does not exist. I don’t care what the manufacturers say. There isn’t a product that will check all the boxes.
So know the features you can live without to save some $$$.
For example, you need a hard floor cleaner and live in a small home.
A full-sized stick vacuum may be overkill for your application.
So you can sacrifice run time and dirt volume for a lightweight and highly maneuverable product like the Omni Glide.
That’s just an example. I hope you get where I’m going. If you want value for your hard-earned dollar, there will be trade-offs.
I used an anemometer and a water lift gauge to check airflow and suction.
Here are the results for airflow.
|Dyson V15 Detect|
|Wand||34.55 CFM||42.38 CFM||73 CFM|
|Cleaning Head||29.98 CFM||36.32 CFM||69.19 CFM|
|Dyson V11 Outsize|
|Wand||33.3 CFM||41.07 CFM||66.65 CFM|
|Cleaning Head||29.52 CFM||33.4 CFM||59.5 CFM|
|Dyson V11 Torque Drive|
|Wand||34.55 CFM||41.91 CFM||66.13 CFM|
|Cleaning Head||28.52 CFM||31.94 CFM||53.58 CFM|
|Dyson V10 Absolute|
|Wand||28.57 CFM||36 CFM||59.71 CFM|
|Cleaning Head||26 CFM||31.37 CFM||49.27 CFM|
|Dyson V8 Absolute|
|Wand||31.34 CFM||N/A||54.24 CFM|
|Cleaning Head||26 CFM||N/A||36.95 CFM|
|Dyson V7 MotorHead|
|Wand||29.64 CFM||N/A||49.68 CFM|
|Cleaning Head||26.28 CFM||N/A||37.92 CFM|
|Dyson Micro 1.5KG|
|Wand||24.53 CFM||N/A||32.41 CFM|
|Cleaning Head||19.33 CFM||N/A||26.64 CFM|
|Dyson Omni Glide|
|Wand||23.71 CFM||N/A||23.71 CFM|
|Cleaning Head||20.35 CFM||N/A||26.28 CFM|
The V15 Detect had the highest airflow results across the board, with a max of 73 CFM at the wand and 69 CFM at the cleaning head.
It’s a big reason it did the best at deep cleaning carpet in the middle setting (100%), better than any Dyson cordless stick vacuum.
Next, look at the suction experiments’ results using the water lift and Y-gauge.
|Model||Direct (Water Lift)||Y-gauge (unsealed)||Y-gauge (sealed)|
|Dyson V15 Detect||100"||28"||80"|
|Dyson V11 Outsize||90"||25"||82"|
|Dyson V11 Torque Drive||63"||20"||60"|
|Dyson V10 Absolute||63"||18"||50"|
|Dyson V8 Absolute||60"||15"||48"|
|Dyson V7 MotorHead||57"||10"||39”|
|Dyson Micro 1.5KG||48"||8"||50"|
|Dyson Omni Glide||48"||8"||50"|
The results above pretty much mirror the airflow test, and you could see the V15 having the highest, except for the sealed Y-gauge test.
Side note: A Y-gauge is used by central vacuum owners as a diagnostic tool if there are clogs within the system.
This same tool is also great for checking a vacuum’s suction.
Some review Vloggers only use a water lift gauge, which can be misleading because it triggers a blockage error for some vacuums.
The meter can wiggle, and the reading can get inflated.
So, I drilled a hole in the pipe, acting as a release valve.
A Y-gauge can somehow mitigate this issue and produce a more accurate result.
If you’ve watched my video reviews, I’d always mention that the most accurate result is the unsealed test since it represents the working suction of a vacuum.
It’s a good barometer of how a cordless vacuum will fare in cleaning tests.
Again, a disclaimer: I’ve only tested Dyson cordless vacuums, so the data I’ll provide here will only be for their cord-free lineup.
|Model||Overall||Hard Floors (Surface)||Sand on Hard Floor||Carpet (Surface)||Carpet (Surface)|
|Dyson V15 Detect||99.91%||99.85%||99.8%||100%||100%|
|Dyson V11 Outsize||100%||100%||100%||100%||100%|
|Dyson V11 Torque Drive||99.66%||99.72%||99.4%||99.26%||100%|
|Dyson V10 Absolute||97.21%||98.84%||100%||98.4%||97.03%|
|Dyson V8 Absolute||98.21%||99.66%||99.5%||97.29%||97.7%|
|Dyson V7 MotorHead||93.8%||81.75%||99.2%||99.97%||94.93%|
|Dyson Omni glide||99.42%||99.35%||99.5%||N/A||N/A|
|Dyson Micro 1.5KG||93.08%||99.45%||99.7%||98.17%||75%|
But the good news is their cordless lineup does exceptionally well with surface and embedded debris.
The only limitation is how long these products will run and the downtime from recharging.
Also, Dyson cordless products are superior to their upright and canister brethren with hard floor cleaning with the soft roller attachment.
It makes me wonder why Dyson didn’t implement it in their corded line like Shark did.
Which Dyson is best on hard floors?
The V11 Outsize is the best, picking up 100% on all surface debris tests if you look at the numbers.
But the eye test reveals that the V15 Detect is the more practical.
The laser slim fluffy changes what a hard floor cleaner should be.
It’s better than any white LED-equipped vacuum cleaner I’ve tested at revealing dust particles, making vacuuming more efficient.
None of Dyson’s upright or canister options have this, only the V15 Detect, V12 Detect Slim, and select V11 Outsize variants.
Any Dyson variant with a soft roller attachment will suit hard floors.
Inside tiny homes, I’d go with either the Omni Glide or Micro 1.5KG.
These lightweight vacuums will have enough performance on hard floors.
Between the two, I’d go with the Omni-Glide for consumers who value cleaning floors over handheld usability.
Which Dyson is best on carpet?
I’ve read in reviews that Dyson upright vacuums work great for carpets.
One issue is it has too much suction, which makes it hard to push on thicker pile carpet.
That’s what consumers say in reviews, so I’m sharing this info here since I haven’t tested any Dyson upright.
The Dyson V15 Detect is the best Dyson cordless for cleaning carpets, factoring in its performance in the middle setting.
I’ve mentioned this in my video review and repeat it here.
The V15 Detect is the best at cleaning embedded sand on mid-pile carpet in the middle setting.
Not many reviewers mention it (on YouTube or blogs), but using a cordless vacuum at max exclusively will shorten the battery’s lifespan.
So, with that factored in, the V15 Detect is the best Dyson cordless option on this surface.
If the V15 Detect is too costly, other alternatives would be the V11 Outsize or V11 Torque Drive.
Which Dyson is best for hair?
Contrary to what reviews say, a Dyson upright isn’t the best option for vacuuming hair.
While it has immense suction, its brush roll lacks girth, and its head doesn’t have an active anti-tangle system to untangle long hair strands.
The best Dyson I’ve tested for hair (so far) is the V15 Detect.
Its new High Torque nozzle has these combs for untangling hair.
|Dyson V15 Detect|
|Dyson V11 Outsize|
|Dyson V11 Torque Drive|
|Dyson V10 Absolute|
|Dyson V8 Absolute|
|Dyson V7 MotorHead|
|Dyson Micro 1.5KG||Dyson Omni Glide|
|Dyson Omni Glide||Dyson Omni Glide||Dyson Omni Glide||Dyson Omni Glide||Dyson Omni Glide||Dyson Omni Glide|
I didn’t test the Dyson Micro and Omni Glide on carpets because these variants don’t have a standard brush roll, only a soft roller tool.
The V15 Detect has the highest percentages on both surfaces.
Thanks to the combs and chunky roller, it did better with extra long strands (above nine inches) on the carpet.
The V15 slim roller did well, considering it doesn’t have an active anti-tangle system.
The axle is one area that hair will wrap on if you’re using it to clean long hair.
But note that I used more than one gram of hair for these experiments, and it’s considered extreme.
It won’t be an issue for the occasional loose strand here and there.
Another factor why the V15 is the best in this category is the new “hair screw tool.”
It’s another innovation by Dyson and the best mini turbo brush option for cleaning long hair strands.
|Dyson Gen5 Outsize|
|Hard Floor||80:13 mins||46:35 mins||14:44 mins|
|Carpet||47:33 mins||22:12 mins||11:53 mins|
|Dyson V15 Detect|
|Hard Floor||84:19 mins||41:30 mins.||13:44 mins|
|Carpet||56:58 mins||17:23 mins||11:02 mins|
|Dyson V11 Outsize|
|Hard Floor||85:24 mins||N/A||N/A|
|Carpet||64:26 mins||22:08 mins||12: 36 mins|
|Dyson V11 Torque Drive|
|Hard Floor||74:58 mins||46:11 mins||7:14 mins|
|Carpet||57:16 mins||18:33 mins||9:46 mins|
|Dyson V10 Absolute|
|Non-powered tools||61:59 mins||31:33 mins||5:07 mins|
|Cleaning head||46:45 mins||25:37 mins||5:42 mins|
|Dyson V8 Absolute|
|Non-powered tools||41 mins.||N/A||7:23 mins.|
|Cleaning head||31:33 mins.||N/A||8:31 mins.|
|Dyson V7 MotorHead|
|Non-powered tools||32:43 mins.||N/A||5:45 mins.|
|Cleaning head||27:58 mins.||N/A||7:07 mins.|
|Dyson Micro 1.5KG|
|Cleaning head||23:30 mins.||N/A||8:25 mins.|
|Cleaning head||27 mins.||N/A||8:58 mins|
The V11 Outsize lasted the longest during my experiments, at over 85 minutes, while the V15 Detect was a close second at 84 minutes.
The V11 Torque Drive is the only other Dyson cord-free product with a run time above 60 minutes, with the cleaning head at 74 minutes on hard floors.
Another factor to consider is the detachable battery.
Having this feature makes it easy to extend run time while minimizing downtime.
Some V11 Outsize and V15 variants come with two batteries AND two chargers out of the box.
Older models like the V7, V8, V10, and earlier V11 options don’t have a quick-release latch, so you’ll need a screwdriver to remove the battery.
Only the Dyson Micro 1.5 KG doesn’t have a detachable battery (among the newer options).
Related: Best Dyson Replacement Battery
|Dyson V15 Detect||70.3 dB||72.3 dB||80.8 dB|
|Dyson V11 Outsize||73.5 dB||75 dB||78.8 dB|
|Dyson V11 Torque Drive||66.5 dB||68.7 dB||78.9 dB|
|Dyson V10 Absolute||64.1 dB||71.6 dB||76.7 dB|
|Dyson V8 Absolute||62.8 dB||N/A||73.2 dB|
|Dyson V7 MotorHead||64.1 dB||N/A||73.9 dB|
|Dyson Omni Glide||74.0 dB||N/A||78.5 dB|
|Dyson Omni Glide (Max)||72 dB||N/A||76 dB|
Please note that I’ve only tested the cordless Dyson vacuums, but I’ll add results for uprights and canister if I can review them.
The Dyson V15 Detect is the loudest and the only one I’ve tested, breaching 80 decibels.
All Dyson vacuums are noisy, especially in the highest setting, with nearly all variants going over 75 decibels.
Upright Spec Comparison
Dyson Ball Multi Floor
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2
Dyson Ball Animal 2
Canister Spec Comparison
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal
Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor
Best Dyson Vacuum: Dyson V15 Detect
- Green LED light accentuates dust particles, helping users track dirt more efficiently
- Best Dyson vacuum for cleaning long hair strands (hard floor or carpet)
- Excellent deep cleaning performance (even in the middle setting)
- The hair screw tool will pick up long hair strands over 12 inches without any hair wrap
- The detachable battery helps users extend run time by purchasing spares
- Very expensive
- Top-heavy design
Since Dyson stopped R&D with their corded vacuums, I had to put the V15 Detect on top of the list.
It’s Dyson’s best performing cordless stick vacuum on hard floors and carpet on surface and embedded dirt.
The upgrades put in also make vacuuming efficient on hard surfaces.
At the forefront of these enhancements is the green LED light that accentuates dirt.
Dyson also introduces the Piezo sensor that counts dirt particles based on size and displays the results on the LCD screen.
Whether or not this is useful will depend on your preference. I like the green LED light better as it helps me track areas with dust better.
But the better upgrade for me is found in the high torque attachment, where Dyson redesigned the brush roll and added combs.
These improvements help improve the V15’s deep cleaning ability, picking up 100% even in auto mode, something that’s not possible with the V11 Outsize or Torque Drive.
This is an essential consideration as running a cordless vacuum exclusively in max will burn out the batteries.
Using it in auto mode and only relying on max in short bursts will go a long way in lengthening the battery’s service life.
The upgrades Dyson put in the V15 make it the best Dyson vacuum available. It has the highest air flow and suction of all Dyson cord-free products. I’d strongly consider this option if you own pets over the others, especially on carpets with the upgrades in the high torque attachment.
Best on Hard Floors or Stairs: Dyson Omni Glide
- Industry-first 360-degree steering
- Reaches deep under furniture thanks to its narrow, cylindrical frame
- Easy navigates around tight spaces
- Picks up debris in both direction
- It moves from side to side, even under low clearance furniture
- Not usable on rugs or carpet
- Small dustbin
- Long hair strands will wrap on the brush
The Omni Glide is one of the more innovative stick vacuums I’ve seen or tested.
It’s the only vacuum with 360-degree steering thanks to these four caster wheels underneath – Dyson calls it “Omnidirectional.”
These four wheels, plus the twin rollers, make it possible to turn it full circle.
This steering makes the Omni Glide great at cleaning tight spaces, better than any Dyson available.
I’ve been using it almost exclusively for cleaning my tiny home, and it has held up quite well.
The short run time isn’t much of a concern as it runs long enough for me to clean two rooms plus the hallway.
Its best facet is its ability to steer even under this sofa (3.5-inch clearance).
This ability is Omni Glide’s best feature and very helpful for people who have fixtures like these.
The 360-steering and its ability to clean deep under furniture should be your reasons to choose the Omni-Glide.
Plus, the narrow two roller head makes it ideal for cleaning bare floor stairs.
The 360-degree steering makes this task efficient.
Handheld usability is compromised by the wand-type handle’s length and weight distribution.
It is the compromise I’m talking about earlier when choosing a Dyson vacuum.
Also, the twin roller system doesn’t have enough torque to spin on carpet, even on rugs.
So this vacuum is limited only to hard floors.
The Omni Glide is Dyson’s best alternative for cleaning hard floors in small spaces. Its 360-steering and ability to steer under furniture are its two best facets.
Best Value for Money Option: Dyson V10
- Most ergonomic next-generation Dyson V-series option
- Not far off the V11 Torque Drive with cleaning performance
- Decent sized dust bin (0.77 liters)
- It has a bevy of tools for above-floor cleaning
- Lags behind the V11 and V15 with deep cleaning carpet
- The battery is not detachable
- It doesn’t run as long as a V11 and V15
Formerly a Dyson flagship, the Dyson V10 is now relegated to mid-level status.
It’s actually a good thing since the prices have gone down with the downgrade in status.
Consumers looking for a value-for-money Dyson should strongly consider the Dyson V10.
This variant may not have the same suction as the V11 or V15 series, but it’s still above average.
While it doesn’t have the fancy LCD screen or Dynamic Load Sensor, it’s the lightest of the next generation Dyson cordless stick vacuums.
If you value ergonomics and do not mind the slightly degraded cleaning performance, you’ll benefit from the cost savings of the V10.
One important consideration is choosing the correct variant, and there are several available.
- Absolute: The V10’s top-spec variant with the soft roller and torque drive attachments. An excellent option inside homes with hard floors and carpets.
- Animal: It comes with the same toolset as the Absolute, but minus the soft roller, so it’s ideal inside carpet-only homes.
- MotorHead: It’s the cheapest V10 variant with the smallest dustbin capacity, with the early generation torque drive attachment without the adjustable gates. But this variant is the least expensive option.
It has the same hygienic system and dirt capacity as the more expensive V11 and V15 variants, minus the fancy features.
To save further, get the sub-variant that suits your needs best.
The Dyson V10 doesn’t have premium features, but it doesn’t cost as much as its more expensive siblings. Also, it’s the lightest and the cheapest, making it a compelling alternative. People who don’t mind the feature commissions will save $$$ with the V10.
Cheaper Option Than The V15:
Dyson V11 Torque Drive
- It’s a step up over the Dyson V10 with performance and range
- Excellent at deep cleaning carpet (for a cordless vacuum)
- Shows the real-time run time status
- Some variants have a detachable battery
- Still expensive
The V11 Torque Drive not longer a Dyson flagship, but it’s still an excellent option because of the price drop.
This model is the first Dyson cordless with a dynamic LCD screen showing real-time run time data.
It’s not as expensive as the V11 Outsize and V15 Detect, but the performance difference isn’t as significant as the price variance suggests.
Despite not having a soft roller attachment, the V11 Torque Drive cleans both surfaces well.
But it suffers from efficiency if you use anything other than the max setting, which isn’t something I’d recommend as you’ll burn out the battery fast.
Fortunately, V11 options with the soft roller are available in specific markets or storefronts.
Other than that, it’s a solid product that will clean floors well.
It is not as good as the V15 with sustained deep cleaning, but not far off.
Another value alternative to the V15 Detect is the V11 Torque Drive. It doesn’t have the fancy green dust accentuating green LED light, but it does the job of vacuuming debris, especially on carpets.
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- Dyson V15 Detect on Amazon and eBay
- Dyson V11 Outsize on Amazon
- Dyson V11 Torque Drive on Amazon
- Dyson V10 Absolute on Amazon
- Dyson V10 Animal on Amazon
Upright and Canister Vacuums
- Dyson Ball Multi Floor on Amazon on Amazon
- Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 on Amazon
- Dyson Ball Animal 2 on Amazon
- Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal on Amazon
- Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor on Amazon
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James Dyson pulling the plug on Dyson corded vacuum’s R&D means you won’t see any upgrades with their upright or canister lineup.
I’m not sure why they decided, but it’s probably due to the sharp rise in demand for cordless vacuums.
Before the announcement, I hadn’t seen much innovation for Dyson uprights outside the CInectic technology, so it shouldn’t surprise me.
Most of their upright products offer similar features, more or less, but with varying suction levels, accessories, and dustbin volumes.
Dyson doesn’t have the variety that, let’s say, a Shark brand brings to the table.
So it plateaued with the Cinetic feature, which drew mixed reviews, which brings me to the question: are Dyson uprights worth it?
Yes, but only for specific applications.
One takeaway from the video is that high suction is not always good without any control.
Yes, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 has one of the highest suction and airflow of any uprights, but there are flaws.
The first issue is it only has one suction level. There’s no way to reduce power, making pushing on rugs and thick carpets difficult.
It’s an issue with Dyson stick vacuums where these are unusable on light area rugs.
This common theme pops up when reading critical posts if you look at reviews.
And it could be a reason why James Dyson stopped R&D with their uprights and canister vacuums.
The next issue is the lack of a manual height adjustment, as the base plate’s spring-loaded system automatically adjusts the height.
Great for cleaning deep crevices, but not so with sizable bits of dirt, making it almost unusable on hard floors.
The large ball steering is another downside, making it impossible to go deep under furniture.
So, is a Dyson upright still worth it?
It depends on what you need. The Ball Animal 2 could be a good product with a few tweaks, but as it stands, there are limitations.
The biggest (no pun intended) is its sheer size. Dyson upright products are bulky and heavy.
While these machines have superior suction and power, their cord and bulkiness hamper usability.