Dyson V6 Comparison – How The V6 Cordless Vacuums Are Different

Dyson V6 ComparisonWhen the V6 entered the market, very few brands can compete with its combination of quality, power, versatility and portability.

Up until now even with the more powerful V8 Absolute in the market, the V6 remains the bestseller in the cordless section of Amazon because of the price drop and value for money proposition.

Now, Dyson has recognized the needs of consumers and it has expanded the V6 product line to a total of 10:

There’s a total of around 10 variants. And in this Dyson V6 comparison guide, I’ll show you exactly how these models differ from one another.

Dyson has so revolutionized the cordless vacuum that other manufacturers have even copied their design and the cyclonic filtration system.

Brands like Shark and Hoover come to mind. Both these brands copied the blueprint that Dyson had laid out. If you checked the links, you’ll notice that these brands have the same bin design and utilize a removable tube that converts it from a stick to a handheld.

Of course it isn’t the same exact design or they’ll face litigation. But it’s the concept of a trigger mechanism and interchangeable tools.

Dyson V6 Comparison – Similarities

First up let’s look at the similarities of all these variants and to help you navigate, just click through these links:

Same motor and filtration system

First let’s compare the similarities across this product line. All variants are equipped with the same motor and cyclonic filtration. However some variants will have HEPA filtrations and others will not.

Run time

Having the same motor means that all variants will have the same run time. Around 20 minutes when you use non-motorized attachments like the crevice tool, brush tool, etc.

But when you attached any of the motorized tools like the motorized cleaner for carpet or the soft roller cleaner head for bare floor – run time will decrease by a few minutes.

These tools have their own motors that consume additional current.

Trigger-like switch

Trigger switchIn typical Dyson fashion all of these vacuums have a trigger mechanism that works like a gun. You’ll have to squeeze the trigger to engage the motor.

This design allows you to maximize the run time because it will only turn on the motor on demand. The downside is the strain it can cause your fingers and hands pulling the trigger for an extended period.

Though it has had its share of complaints from consumers, a majority still like this design because it does allow them to maximize run time. Dyson would change this design if an overwhelmingly large number of consumers ask them to change this.

In fact in the newer Dyson V8, they changed two things that their customers have been complaining for quite some time, emptying the dirt bin and run time. This in itself proves that Dyson does listen to its customers.

Two speeds

Max functionAll V6 variants come with a “Max” feature that unleashes the full power of the motor. Turning it on triples the suction from 28 to 100 air watts.

The extra power comes at the expense of run time. With the max feature, the V6 can only run for about 6 minutes.


Now let’s move on to the differences between these variants.

Let’s start with the obvious – the tools that come with it. Each of the 10 variants come with a set of attachments for a specific purpose.

V6 Absolute

In terms of tools, the V6 Absolute has the most complete set that will cover most of your cleaning needs at home. It comes with the big two brush roll set – the soft roller cleaning brush (specially designed for bare floors) and the bristled brush for carpet.

Both of these tools have their own motor so it will provide excellent agitation.

This makes it the most versatile of the bunch because of its capability of cleaning both bare floor and carpet.

In addition to these two motorized tools, it comes with a crevice tool, soft dusting brush, combination tool and a docking station.

V6 Absolute attachments

Lastly, of the V6 stick vacuums this is the only variant that comes with a HEPA filter (don’t worry this is washable so you don’t have to replace it).

Bottom line: This variant is great for homes with lots of carpet or bare floor surfaces because it has the attachments to clean both surfaces equally well. It’s the most expensive of the bunch but it gives you a lot of value for the money you pay.

V6 MotorHead

If your home only has carpet flooring inside then the V6 Motorhead is your best option.

It comes with a single motorized attachment. Dyson calls this the direct drive cleaning head that has 150% more agitation compared to the V6 Cord-Free.

You won’t be able to turn off the brush roll so I wouldn’t recommend this on bare floor. On carpet though agitation is a welcome sight.

If you’ve ever tried using a bristled brush on a big mess such as cereal or oats on hardwood, it would create a bigger mess.

But on fine dirt like dust or stuff like powder, it should have no problem picking up dirt.

You can still use this on bare floor for cleaning a small area of messes like dust so yes you can still use this on hardwood which is great because this it’ll be cheaper than the V6 Absolute.

Here are the tools you’ll get with the MotorHead:

Motor Head Tools

You will notice that Amazon is selling the both the V6 and the DC59 MotorHead so what the heck is the difference?

The DC59 comes with the mini-motorized brush and the V6 does not – this for a $90 premium.

Bottom line: If your home has mostly carpet then the MotorHead would be a great option because of the direct drive cleaning tool. It is much cheaper than the V6 Absolute but you won’t the mini turbo brush, soft roller cleaning head and the mini soft dusting brush.

V6 Animal

If you’re not familiar with the Dyson cordless product line, the V6 is exactly the same as the DC59.

The V6 Animal is a MotorHead with more attachments. Both have the same direct-drive bristle brush but the Animal has 2 extra tools – mini-motorized head and soft dusting brush.

Both allow you to clean upholstery and sensitive easily scratched furniture.

V6 Animal Tools

Bottom line: The Animal is a more complete version of the MotorHead. It comes with 2 extra tools but it will cost more.

V6 Cord Free

Of the stick vacuums in the V6 line, this is one of the cheapest options available. It has the least amount of tools included in the package but you still get the same performance, same motor but with less versatility.

The motorized brush included isn’t the same as the one found in the Motor Head or Animal, instead it uses the same brush found in the original DC59 which has less agitation.

Tools that come along with the cord fee…

V6 Cord Free Tools

Bottom line: Of the four stick vacuums in their product line this one of the cheapest but also the least equipped. You can use this to clean high traffic carpet areas or stairs. It uses the older motorized brush so do not expect as much agitation. If you don’t find the need for the mini motorized brush or the crevice tool, this is a great deal.

V6 Fluffy

If the Animal and the MotorHead are geared towards homes with a lot of carpet then the Fluffy is the opposite.

Instead of including the direct-drive cleaner head, Dyson included the soft roller cleaner head that works especially well on hard floor surfaces.

If you don’t know what the soft roller cleaner is all about then you have to watch this video and see for yourself…

Notice that the fluffy tool does not have any bristles, instead it uses soft nylon material that “grab” larger pieces of dirt and fine statically charged dust.

This new design is much more efficient than bristles on bare floor. It will need periodic washing though.

Here are the tools that come with the Fluffy:

  • Soft roller cleaning head
  • Mini-motorized tool
  • Upholstery tool
  • Stiff brush
  • Combination tool
  • Crevice tool

The tool set you see above is exclusive for Amazon only. You will not see this set elsewhere. It’s a bit pricey but you’ll get a lot for the money.

Bottom line: The Fluffy is a no-brainer choice for homes with only bare floor. It comes with the Fluffy tool that provides excellent pick up without the risk of scratching the floor.

V6 Trigger

Dyson calls this the most powerful handheld vacuum and I wouldn’t disagree with them.

This is a barebones handheld that comes with the combination tool and crevice tool that will help your above the floor cleaning needs.

This is one of the cheapest of all the V6 variants but it has the least number of attachments.

Bottom line: This is a great option if you’re just looking for a “cheap” Dyson handheld that will be able to handle your above the floor cleaning needs.

V6 Top Dog

Like the name says, V6 Top Dog is an option for pet owners looking for a handheld that will help them clean pet hair off upholstery and litter off baseboards.

This variant comes with a crevice tool, stiff brush tool and the mini-motorized brush. All of which is capable of picking up pet hair on upholstery, carpeted stairs or on tight crevices.

Bottom line: The Top Dog as the name implies is a pet hair inhaler that will help you clean pet hair in most areas around your home from small areas on the floor, stairs, upholstery, everywhere. It is perhaps the cheapest of all the products listed here and a must have for any pet owner.

Dyson V6 Car + Boat

Having a vehicle myself I admit that it is hard to find a vacuum with good enough suction and good enough quality to handle the rigors of cleaning an automobile.

I owned a cheap vacuum that had decent power. The problem was quality control. Most of it were made from cheap plastic. Over time because of wear and tear, these plastic parts hardened and cracked within the first two years.

So I had to use duck tape to keep the tools from falling apart.

The V6 Car + Boat does not have this problem because all its tool have a locking mechanism that securely fastens it.

This variant in particular is designed for cleaning your vehicle’s interior and it comes with one important tool that makes it all possible – a flexible hose that allows it to reach in tight areas like the dashboard and underneath seats.

All non-motorized tools are compatible with the hose so this is great inside your vehicle or home.

V6 Car + Boat Tools

Bottom line: This variant is a great option for car owners looking for a cordless for cleaning their vehicle’s interior. It has a bevy of tools all of which you can attach to a flexible hose that allows it more reach, making it capable of cleaning more areas no matter how tight it is.

V6 Mattress

I have a 4 year old and he has eczema that he hasn’t completely outgrown.

It’s getting better with treatment and keeping the environment clean.

I did some research and one of the causes of this or trigger factors are bed bugs. And if take a microscope and look on the mattress, it has millions of them. These microscopic creatures multiply fast because it feeds on dead skin that we shed on a daily basis.

One of the ways of keeping their population in check is to use a vacuum cleaner to suck up all the excess dead skin and bed bugs.

If you have a few thousand dollars to spare, I’d definitely recommend a Rainbow Vacuum but I must warn you that machine weighs a ton.

For folks who want a lightweight albeit less effective option for cleaning up bed bugs, they should have a look at the V6 Mattress.

It comes with a mini-motorized tool called the mattress tool. This tool agitates and cleans bed bugs using a stiff brush.

Of all the 5 handheld V6 variants, only this has HEPA filtration.

Bottom line: If you want to keep your mattresses clean and control the population of bed bugs from multiplying to scary proportions then go with the V6 Mattress. It comes with a mini-motorized tool designed for mattresses along with HEPA filtration so that all the allergens that you suck in stays inside the bin.

V6 Baby + Child

The last but not the least variant is for parents who have newborn babies and want to keep their homes as clean as possible.

Here are the tools that come along with this…

V6 Baby + Child


The main tools would be the wide nozzle tool would be best utilized on the bed sheet or direct on the mattress. It has a felt-like material on the upper and lower portions of the inlet that agitate and remove allergens.

You’ll find this variant in in Amazon and in Amazon.

Bottom line: This is a good option for parents looking to keep their baby’s room clean and free from allergens. Take note that this variant does not come with HEPA filtration and if you prefer that, go with the V6 Mattress.

V6 Tools

If you’ve already purchased a V6 and want more from it, you can look at optional tools that can extend the reach of your Dyson.

Handheld V6 variants will get a boost from these tools.

Let’s say you’ve purchased a V6 Mattress and want to clean your vehicle, you don’t need to buy the Car + Boat variant. Purchasing the in Amazon that includes the hose, upholstery tool and stiff brush should be enough.

To Wrap It Up

The Dyson V6 is a diverse product line that will suite the needs of any home or car owner looking for a premium cordless.

It has a pretty diverse set of tools for every type of upholstery and floor type.

Before buying one, you’d have to identify first the budge then needs to help you pinpoint exactly what to choose.

For homes with a mix of carpet and bare floors, the obvious choice would be the in Amazon that has the most diverse tool set of the 10.

If it’s only carpet, the DC59 MotorHead should be your choice since it only comes with the direct drive cleaner head that provides 75% more power than the DC59 Animal. It’s in Amazon so it makes better option since you won’t need the fluffy tool.

As for the rest of the variants, again it should be based on the need. For car owners, the Car + Boat is the obvious choice. Homes with only bare floor should pick the Fluffy and so on.

What I’m trying to say is you have to identify the budget then need before buying one.

Some of the variants are only available in Amazon (the Fluffy comes to mind) and don’t discount refurbished Dyson vacuums that sell for less.

Of why not go with the newer Dyson V7 series. It’s like using a V8 but you don’t have to pay as much. These variants come with the redesigned bin and max switch with slightly longer run times.

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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