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 is an upgraded version of the Motor head equipped with the same motor. The main differences are the attachments.

The V6 comes in several different variants: the V6 Cord-Free, MotorHead (or DC59), Animal, Trigger, Mattress, Car + Boat, Top Dog, Baby + Child, Fluffy and Absolute.

Here’s how these variants are different…

  • 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.

To help guide you through this review I’ve created a table of contents section…

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…

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. It provided excellent pick up on bare floor without scratching. This tool is made from soft nylon which provides enough agitation with causing any damage.

Long strands of hair will still wrap up this tool but it is easy to cut off.

Here’s a video on how it performed on hardwood

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…

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…

It is impressive because it picked up all the pet hair in one pass. Not all of it went in the bin though.

A few strands got caught in the brush roll and since it was easy to clean it wasn’t a big deal.

Upholstery Performance

This machine comes with a mini motorized tool 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.

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…

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

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…

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.

Consumers complained about the short 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 complaint would be the battery which some claim can’t be replace but replacement batteries are available in Amazon.

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 $440 which is the best deal that I can find right now.

To Wrap It Up

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.

It has performed well on hardwood based on video reviews thanks to the fluffy tool. It’s design allows it to pick up larger bits of debris without plowing.

Another bonus is it has HEPA filtration that keeps allergens inside the dirt bin. But since this is bagless, there is still exposure to allergens.

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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