by Garrick Dee
Updated December 18th, 2018
The Dyson brand has always been synonymous to innovation.
It was James Dyson (their founder) who first introduced bagless vacuums to the market.
Before the first Dyson came into stores, nearly all the vacuums that were sold in the market had bags in them.
But now things are different.
Bagless vacuums are more popular that bagged because operating these machines is cheaper to operate since there are no bags to replace.
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Even brands that are known to make bagged vacuums now manufacture bagless vacuums.
This brings me to the question, what is the best Dyson vacuum?
Have ever asked that question to a sales associate in Cosco?
They would give you a bunch or features that you may not understand. So you better arm yourself with information that’ll help you make the right decision.
The reality is, finding the right Dyson vacuum would differ from homeowner to homeowner because not everyone has the same needs.
And that’s my goal for today to look at the best Dyson vacuums by looking at reviews, features and how they compare with each other.
First we’ll look at the 7 best Dyson vacuums available right now, their strong and weaknesses and much more.
Then we’ll look at the nitty gritty such as specs, terminology, etcetera. This will help you when asking questions at your local store.
So you won’t get dumbfounded when you hear terms like Air Watts, HEPA filter, swivel steering and more.
I believe that having this knowledge will helps in getting the best deal and the right Dyson that’ll fit with what you actually need.
Best Overall: Dyson V8 Absolute
The Dyson V8 one of the most versatile vacuums available right now. This versatility is a big reason why I put this number one. No it isn’t the most powerful cordless, that title belong to the V10 but the difference isn’t big enough to justify the price difference.
- One of the most versatile options of the bunch
- Redesigned bin is easy to empty
- Pretty decent run time
- Tools allow you to clean nearly everything inside your home (take note that this isn’t a wet/dry vacuum – none of the Dyson vacuums are)
- Not hose which could have been useful inside a vehicle
- Small dirt bin
Without any cord that gets in the way, the V8 Absolute is capable of cleaning nearly all the areas inside your home.
It has a multitude of interchangeable tools capable of cleaning upholstery, stairs, vents and much more. You can also use this to clean your vehicle.
To extend its reach, you can also get the optional hose and use it even inside your vehicle.
HEPA filtration means you can use this even if you have allergies. Both pre-motor and post-motor filters are washable and will last the lifetime of the vacuum. So there are no additional costs to this.
This variant represents the first major upgrade in the Dyson cordless vacuum product line. In addition to the upgrade in power and run time,it also addressed several issues that plagued the older V6 variants.
Biggest issue in my opinion would be how messy it is to empty.
If you’re cleaning large stuff like cheerios, it stays at the bottom of the bin.
However, if you clean stuff like dust, it does creep up to the mesh filter on the upper part of the bin.
When the trap door opens, it stays there and you’ll need to use your fingers to remove it.
What makes this a good option?
Power: This cordless vacuum has more power than any other cordless available there in the market right now.
Versatile: This machine has a total of 6 interchangeable tools that you can plug directly on the vacuum or wand. It is this versatility that makes this a great option inside small to medium sized homes.
Cordless: It does not have a cord makes it portable. You can use this anywhere inside your home without worrying about the outlet.
Expensive: At close to $400, this vacuum is as or more expensive than some of the Dyson uprights available right now. Cordless or not, it is a premium to pay.
Not as powerful as an upright: Despite the power, this vacuum will not deep clean carpet and it isn’t meant to do so. If you’re expecting this to clean even the plushest carpet, you’ll be disappointed.
The V8 Absolute is one of the most versatile in the Dyson lineup. With the V10 in the fold, expect prices to continue to drop in the coming months and this is good news for consumers. You’ll be able to buy this very good cordless for a cheaper price.
Deep cleaning beast: Dyson Ball Animal 2
The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a great option for folks looking for something that will deep clean their carpet. This upright has over 300 air watts of power.
- Has over 300 air watts of power
- Capable of deep cleaning carpet
- Large dirt bin makes this usable in large homes
- Also capable of cleaning upholstery
- Great cleaning tool for pet owners
- Short hose limits the reach
- Very expensive
What does that mean?
It means it’ll clean up dirt and dust even in plush carpet.
The bad news is you’ll have to spend close to $500 for it. But heck it’s a Dyson what do you expect.
Let’s say you live in a large 5,000 square foot home with lots of carpet.
Something like a Dyson V8 wouldn’t realistically clean it well.
You could use it to clean high traffic areas but not your whole home.
This is where an upright like the Dyson Ball Animal 2 will work best at.
The Ball Animal 2 is in the upper range of Dyson’s upright vacuums hierarchy which is more expensive than the earlier models like the Ball Multi Floor 2 but cheaper than a Cinetic.
I’m not completely sold on the filterless design of the Cinetic because as dirt piles up, it will eventually clog up the oscillating filters.
This variant is a good compromise and actually produces more power despite being cheaper.
Don’t worry about the filtration because this machine has “whole machine filtration” that keeps allergens inside.
What makes this a good option?
Large bin: If you have a large home, you’d want something that has a large bin so you don’t have to empty it as often. This Dyson has a pretty decent sized bin at around 0.55 gallons. That would convert to over 2 liters worth of dry dirt.
Power: With over 300 air watts, this machine has great power and agitation. This power is great for cleaning nearly all sorts of carpet from low pile to plush carpet. Homes with wall to wall carpet will want to have this in tandem with a carpet cleaner.
Great for cleaning pets: This variant was developed specifically for cleaning pet hair. In addition to the main cleaning head, it also comes with the tangle-free turbine tool that works great for picking up pet hair on upholstery.
Has some versatility: In addition to cleaning floors, you can use this to clean upholstery. It comes with a hose and interchangeable tools for the task.
Expensive: Expect to pay at least $500 for this variant. If you buy it retail it’ll cost more.
Not as versatile as a Shark: Compared to a Shark Navigator, this upright isn’t as versatile. But it does have much more power so you’ll have to weigh your priorities.
The Dyson Ball Animal is a great option in homes with lots of carpet. It has lots of power and agitation to deep clean carpet and also upholstery. A bit price yes but you’ll get a lot of your money with this machine.
Cheaper cordless option: Dyson V7 MotorHead
The Dyson V7 MotorHead provides consumers a cheaper alternative to the V8 if they don’t want to pay close to $400 for it. It has a little less power but still retains the upgraded bin and max power switch. If you don’t mind not have the soft roller head or mini turbo brush, this is something to look at.
- One of the cheaper cordless options Dyson has
- New bin design (adapted from the V8) makes it easier to empty versus the V6
- Great value for money
- Great for smaller homes where space is a premium
- No mini-turbo brush
- Does not have the soft roller cleaning head found in the V8 or V10
One reason I like cordless vacuums is the convenience it brings to the table. However that convenience does come at a premium cost.
Dyson’s latest cordless vacuum, the V10 is the best in terms of performance and power. It also has a larger dirt bin than all of their previous variants.
But you’ll have to pay more than $500 to enjoy these features. The V8 Absolute which is number one in this list, is around $400.
The V7 MotorHead is a slight downgrade to the V8 Absolute but the sub $300 price tag is hard to ignore.
It lacks the soft roller head that works best on hard surfaces and the mini turbo brush for upholstery.
But it still has the crevice and combination brush tool that makes this ideal in homes without any pets.
What makes this a good option?
Low price: Dyson and low price may sound like an oxymoron but the V7 Motorhead is perhaps their best value for money product. The main cleaning hair is more than capable of tackling most types of dirt on carpet and hard floors. If you live in a small home, this is the vacuum you want.
Easy to empty: The bin in the V7 is the same as the V8 which pushes dirt down. Pull the lever and everything goes inside the bin. There will be bits and pieces left but it’s minimal.
No mini turbo brush: This variant lacks the mini turbo brush which is a small tool with a beater bar. So you’ll have to rely on the crevice and brush tool to clean upholstery. If you want this option then get the V7 Animal.
The V7 MotorHead is the best value for money option in my opinion that combines the best traits of the V6 and V8. It’s easier to empty than the V6 but not as expensive as the V8.
Best canister: Dyson Big Ball MultiFloor
The Big Ball MultiFloor canister is in my opinion, the best canister option that Dyson has to offer. I’d go with this over the Cinetic canister because it’s cheaper and more powerful.
- Ball technology makes this easy to maneuver around furniture
- Does not easily tip over
- Versatile option for larger homes
- Easy to empty bin
- The main cleaning head does not have its own motor so agitation on carpet is limited
- Short power cord (only 21 feet)
Like what I’ve said earlier, I not sure about the long term viability of the Cinetic filterless system because it can clog up due to wear and tear.
One thing I like about canister vacuums is the versatility and power it brings to the table.
Since it has wheels at the back, you don’t need to push the whole vacuum.
It’s easier to use this but I’m not a big fan of a Dyson canister vacuum because the main cleaning head does not have its own motor.
The brush inside is driven by air which agitation isn’t as good as something with a motor.
What does this mean? Carpet cleaning won’t be as good. Don’t buy this if you need something that can deep clean.
I’m not sure why Dyson omitted this. Maybe they wanted to make the main floor tool lighter. But this is something you’ll have to consider before making a decision.
In terms of versatility though, this vacuum has a lot of it if you don’t mind the cord.
What makes this a good option?
Versatile: This variant comes with 3 tools: (1) a combination brush and crevice tool, (2) stair tool and (3) main cleaning head. Combine this with the long reaching wand and you have something versatile and relatively compact.
Easy to move around: The ball technology allows this vacuum to turn on the spot. Even if it tips over, it’ll stand back on its own.
Long reach: The wand is adjustable so you’ll be able to clean vents way up over your head. Dyson says overall reach is around 35 feet.
Easy to empty: It comes with the Dyson’s “hygienic dirt ejector” system that makes it easy to empty the bin without getting your hands dirty.
Lifetime filters: Dyson’s filters will last the lifetime of the vacuum.
Price: This is one of the best value Dyson products right now at just around $300. The problem is you have to be a Prime member to buy this. But it’s you can always avail of the 30 day free trial.
Can’t deep clean: The main cleaning head does not have its own motor so agitation will not be as good.
Short cord: Only 21 feet long but the long hose and wand make up for this.
This is a great alternative to an upright vacuum if want value mobility over deep cleaning power. The long wand and hose, has a lot of reach and will clean areas an upright cannot reach. But don’t expect this to deep clean carpet.
Handheld option: Dyson V7 Trigger
The V7 Trigger is Dyson’s best handheld available right now. Big reason is the improved bin that makes emptying this much less messy. When you pull the lever, it will push dirt down. There’s no need to stick your fingers inside the bin remove any hair or dust.
- Comes with the V8 Bin that’s less messy to empty
- One of the cheapest Dyson handhelds available
- Lightweight and versatile
- 30 minute run time is plenty
- Does not come with a hose
- Small dirt bin
If you already have an upright in tow and only want a handheld then the V7 Trigger is a great option.
There are two variants currently available.
First option is the standard version without the post motor HEPA filter.
Second option is the premium variant Dyson calls the Trigger Pro with the post motor HEPA filter.
If you have some sort of allergen and don’t want allergens blowing out of the exhaust then get the Trigger Pro otherwise the standard version will suffice.
This variant comes with three interchangeable tools – crevice tool, combination tool and mini turbo brush.
What it lacks though is a flexible hose that can extend reach.
Fortunately, there are third party options that are available in Amazon but you’ll have to pay around $30 extra for it.
Only get this if you plan on using this vacuum inside your vehicle. Otherwise the standard tools are enough.
What makes this a good option?
Easy to empty bin: Like the V7 MotorHead, the Trigger has the same upgraded bin found in the all V8 variants which means hassle free emptying.
Lightweight and versatile: This handheld weighs just 3.77 pounds – lighter than a dumbbell! Interchangeable tools make this capable of cleaning upholstery, vents, nooks and crannies and more.
Decent run time: If you don’t use the mini-turbo brush, it will run for up to 30 minutes! This is more than enough in most spot cleaning tasks!
Powerful: The V7 Trigger has up to 100 air watts on tap making this one of the more powerful handhelds available. If cleaning performance is what you want this is a no-brainer option.
Small bin: Like most handheld vacuums, this vacuum has a small bin that holds less than 0.4 liters. That’s a little more than a can of coke. It’s pretty standard for a handheld vacuum like this.
Only 6 minutes in max mode: When you switch on the max function, run time will go all the way down to 6 minutes.
No hose: This variant does not come with a standard hose attachment that the Black & Decker BDH2000FL. It’s not really a big deal but it’s something that’s nice to have if you need to clean your vehicle.
If it’s a handheld vacuum if you need then the Dyson V7 Trigger is a great option. This is a better option than the V6 Trigger because it has a little more power, better bin and max switch. It’s only about $10 more expensive so not really a big deal.
Most high tech: Dyson V10 Absolute
The V10 Absolute is Dyson’s latest cordless vacuum and perhaps their best. James Dyson is so confident with this product that he said Dyson will no longer develop plugin vacuums during the V10 launching. Unfortunately, enjoying the benefits of this product will equate to spending roughly $500.
- Most powerful Dyson cordless vacuum available right now
- Large dirt bin (almost doubles the size of a Dyson V8)
- Better agitation
- Runs for up to 60 minutes
- Very expensive
The good news is prices will gradually drop as the months go by.
And when a new Dyson product comes out presumably in the next 12 to 24 months, V10 prices will go down further.
Until that time, this cordless remains to be the most expensive of the bunch.
This variant isn’t just a slight upgrade but more of a redesign. Nearly everything in the V8 is changed.
It has a new motor, bin and battery that allow this to run longer, clean better and store more dirt.
What makes this a good option?
Large bin: One of the positives of the realigned bin is enabled engineers to put a larger bin. The V10’s dirt bin is a generous 0.2 gallons or around .75 liters. It’s almost twice as large as the V6 and V8 bin.
More power: With up to 150 air watts on tap, this Dyson’s most powerful cordless to date. This power helps it perform better on thicker pile carpet. However it still doesn’t have enough to deep clean.
Longer warranty: The new V10 now comes with a 5 year warranty, 3 years longer than the earlier models.
60-minute run time: Without any of the motorized tools attached, this will run for up to 60 minutes. This pretty long for something you’d use to spot clean. With the motorized brush in normal mode that goes down to around 35 mins. In max mode, it goes down to 8 minutes.
Price: This cordless will cost around $600 for the top spec variant, a hefty some of any vacuum regardless.
The Dyson V10 is the most powerful and best performing cordless available right now. However it’ll cost you some major $$$ to get it. So the question is are you willing to pay a premium for it?
Budget upright: Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2
The Ball Multi Floor 2 is one of the cheaper upright options that Dyson has right now. Granted it doesn’t have as much power as the Ball Animal 2, it’s around $100 cheaper.
- One of the cheapest Dyson uprights available
- Great for homes with lots of carpet
- Very good suction and agitation
- Still has the old first generation bin so it will be messy to empty
This is a great option inside homes with carpet but don’t have any pets.
With around 250 air watts on tap, you’ll still be able to deep clean carpet thanks to the stiff brushes in the main cleaning head that has its own motor.
Take note that this is an older model so it doesn’t have the latest features that the newer ones have like the upgraded bin emptying system.
But it still comes with the 5 year warranty.
What makes this a great option?
Cheap Dyson option: This upright will cost around $300 and represents one of the cheapest options available. If you don’t mind not having as much power this is a good option. However if you have pets, get the “Animal” variant with the tangle-free turbine tool.
Power: With 250 air watts, this machine is capable of cleaning carpet.
Only a few tools: You’ll only get the basic tools for this model – the upholstery and combination tool. None of these will do well cleaning pet hair.
Quite messy to empty: Since this is an older variant, it does not have the upgraded bin that pushes dirt down. It still relies on the trap door and gravity so you’ll have to get your fingers dirty to empty this.
The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 is a great option if you just need an upright with basic tools. But nothing’s basic about the 250 air watts that this upright has on tap. Get this if you don’t have any pets and want something to clean your carpets.
With such a wide range of vacuums in their product line, it’s easy to get confused which one to get.
If you’re looking to buy a Dyson, I’m assuming you’re willing to pay at least $300 for it.
First thing you need to do is set a budget.
What’s the cap of you’re willing to spend, is it $300, $400, $500? The good news is the best Dysons in this list does not cost over $500. So having a budget between $300 and $500 is plenty.
Then ask yourself these questions…
- Should I get a cordless or corded vacuum?
- How big is my home?
- Do I have allergies or does someone I live with have allergies?
- How much carpet do I have?
- Do I need a hand vacuum or do I need something bigger?
- How much am I willing to carry?
Once you’ve answered those questions, you’re choice suddenly becomes easier.
After answering the questions above, you’ll have a better idea on what to buy.
So I’ll go through the four different types of vacuums Dyson manufacturers and explain the strengths of each. That way, you’ll have a better understanding on what to buy.
- Upright vacuums: These have the most power and thus most suitable for cleaning medium to large homes with carpet. However it is the heaviest and takes up the most space.
- Canister vacuums: More versatile than the upright vacuums these vacuums have more reach but lacks agitation to clean carpets well. These are better suited in smaller homes where more versatility is needed. The newer Dyson canisters have larger bins that are bigger and easier to empty.
- Stick vacuums: Lighter and more nimble versions of uprights, Dyson’s version of these cleaners can morph into a handheld thanks to the removable tube and interchangeable tools. These are great if you’re looking for something that takes up less space than a canister or upright for cleaning specific areas like the dining or living room. However it will not deep clean carpet so set expectations accordingly.
- Handheld vacuums: Lightweight and portable, these vacuums work best for cleaning upholstery, stairs, vents and everything that an upright or canister can’t reach. If you don’t want to spend more than $250 for a stick vacuum then this is the next best option.
It’s no secret that Dyson vacuums are expensive. Their cordless vacuums range between $175 to easily over $500. But one reason why these products are so expensive is the attention to detail that they put in.
Sure there you’ll read some negative reviews but that’s a given with most products because you can’t please everybody.
1. Easy to use
In terms of quality, Dyson products are pretty darn good. They use high quality plastic that’s easy to use.
One thing I like most is how easy it is to change tools. Every tool in the package easily locks in place.
There’s no need to put extra effort to pull or push the tool in place.
Another feature worth mentioning is the washable filters that will last the lifetime of the vacuum.
2. Good filtration
Dyson makes the best cyclonic filtration and that doesn’t clog up the filters as quickly.
Apart from rare instances where you live in a really dusty environment, you’ll only have to clean the filter once a month.
Cheaper brands will require more frequent cleaning because their filtration system isn’t as good.
If you’re buying a cordless, expect to pay a few hundred bucks more.
That’s the price you’ll pay for convenience because lithium ion batteries aren’t cheap.
3. Versatile tool set
Depending on the variant you’ll choose, the tools that you’ll get will vary.
For example in the Dyson V7 line, you can opt for the stick vacuum that comes with the wand and main cleaning head or just the handheld with the mini turbo brush, crevice and combination tools.
In the upright and canister vacuum product line are divided into two categories – Animal and Non-Animal versions. The “Animal” version is generally more powerful and comes with pet specific tools like the tangle free turbine tool.
4. Long warranty
All of Dyson’s upright and canister vacuums come with a 5 year warranty. This is one of the longest in the industry.
In the stick, handheld and cordless category, all variants with the exception of the latest V10 comes with a 2 year warranty.
When it comes to functionality and value, it’s hard to beat the Dyson V8 Absolute. It is the most versatile option of the bunch, capable of cleaning floors, upholstery, stairs and much more.
One big reason I picked this over the V10 is price.
The top-of-the-line V10 Absolute will cost around $600 while the V8 is around $400. That’s a $200 difference!
If you need an upright or canister, I’d avoid the Cinetic because I’m not sure how the oscillating heads inside will last. There’s risk of it clogging up with dust or the rubber hardening up overtime.
The Dyson Big Animal 2 is a great option in my opinion because of the power it brings to the table. If the Animal 2 is a bit too expensive then go with the regular Animal that’s around $150 cheaper.
I’m not a big fan of Dyson canisters because it lacks a motorized brush that can deep clean. Despite having lots of power, it won’t deep clean as well.
There you go I’ve enumerated 7 of the best Dyson vacuums from each category. I hope this helps you find the right one that’ll you’ll be able to utilize well inside your home. Please comment below if you have any questions or suggestions.