Dyson V6 Fluffy Review: Great on Bare Floor

Last updated on August 28th, 2018 by Garrick Dee

When it comes to cordless vacuums, it’s hard to argue with what Dyson brings to the table.

Despite their flaws and what some perceive as over pricing, it does bring a lot to the table.

A few years back, Dyson introduced the V6 Absolute, back then it was their top of the line variant before the V8 and V10 came out.

It was the most powerful and versatile cordless back then. And from the Absolute, Dyson expanded the V6 product line for different needs.

The V6 Fluffy is one of those variants with a particular specialization – for bare floor.

This variant comes with an industry first, a soft roller bar that will literally suck in large and small debris.

One of my favorite features of the Fluffy is the large clearance that will be able to handle even a huge pile of dirt.

There will be risk of the cleaning head pushing dirt forward because of the soft roller exposure. Plus it’s easy to remove and clean so maintenance will not be an issue long term.

You’ll also get the same versatility as the more expensive V6 Absolute but for much less.

Table of contents:

Before I continue, let’s look at the features of this bare floor cleaner…

  • Comes with the soft roller bar that’s gentle even on hardwood and yet still provide great agitation
  • You can use this as a stick or handheld vacuum thanks to the removable wand and interchangeable tools
  • The V6 digital motor will produce up to 100 air wats of suction
  • Lithium ion battery will run up to 20 minutes
  • Weighs just 5.1 pounds with the wand and main cleaning head
  • Lifetime washable filter
  • Also comes with a mini-motorized brush that makes cleaning upholstery much easier

Pros

  • Versatile machine that doesn’t take up a lot of space
  • Great for homes with bare floor surfaces thanks to the soft roller bar
  • A good option if you have pets
  • Attachments gives this vacuum great coverage inside your home and vehicle
  • Good bare floor stair cleaner

Cons

  • Small dirt bin that can be messy to empty
  • Run time on max mode is short (only 5mins)
  • Edge cleaning is not as good as upright vacuums
  • No HEPA filtration

What to expect from the Dyson V6 Fluffy?

The V6 Fluffy is purpose built to clean bare floor. If you look at the soft roller bar closely, it has an outer nylon covering and carbon fiber grooves that work well to pick up small and large debris.

Before the V6 came out, none of the vacuums in the market have this type of roller bar.

In a way it’s a revolutionary design that now can be seen in other vacuums such as the Roidmi stick vacuum and Shark IONFlex DuoClean.

Watch this video by Ibaisaic to see what this vacuum is all about in this unboxing video…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQBOPz1DULw

Take note that the Fluffy you see in the video is the UK version so it will not come with the same attachments as the US version. The US version does not come with the bristled attachment that you’ll see in the video above.

What you’ll get out of the box (if you buy in Amazon)?

  • Soft roller cleaning head
  • Mini turbo brush
  • Crevice tool
  • Combination or multi tool
  • Soft dusting brush
  • Extension wand
  • Wall mountable charger

Here’s a look at the Fluffy head…

The blue and red parts of this tool is covered with nylon with the black grooves are stiffer carbon fiber that provide agitation. Don’t let the “soft roller” title fool you as it is stiff and will not bend.

There are also nylon strips at the bottom surrounding the soft roller bar that protect the floor from the plastic shell of this tool.

At the back is another wide roller bar (not powered by a motor) that also has nylon covering that again prevents scratches.

Dyson took great pains in designing this tool.

What I like about this floor tool is the amount of clearance it has.

The higher clearance means that the cleaning head will be able to pick up larger particles of dirt without pushing it forward.

This is one of my pet peeves for older stick vacuums – the low profile design of the main cleaning head.

Dirt bin

All Dyson V6 bins use a drop door design that will rely only on gravity. One of the biggest complaints of this design is dust and hair tends to stick to the shroud in the middle.

Later models like the Dyson V7, V8 and V10 come with new bin design that has a mechanism that pushes dirt down.

But if you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty this is a great option because of the price difference.

You can also remove the whole bin from the motor just in case you need to clean it more thoroughly.

However do not immerse it under water because there are electronic parts that carry current.

Doing so will damage it and void the warranty.

Washable filter

One of the few maintenance items you need to do is cleaning the filter. The V6 Fluffy comes with a lifetime washable filter that you’ll need to wash in cool water.

If you use this more often, the frequency will increase. Unfortunately, the Fluffy does not come with a HEPA filter found in the higher end variants like the V6 Absolute and Animal.

Two power modes

All V6 variants have two power modes – normal and max. Max mode gives you access to all of the 100 air watts. In normal mode power goes down to about 25 air watts so it’s about a quarter of the power.

Turning on the max mode cuts down run time to 6 minutes. In normal mode, run time will be as long as 20 minutes.

Cleaning Performance

To show you how this product performs please watch these videos below.

The first one again is from Ibaisaic where he tests the V6 Fluffy on carpet and bare floor.

Again, he’s using the UK version of the Fluffy that comes with the bristled cleaning head. This is the same tool found in the V6 Cord Free vacuum.

If you want to watch the soft roller head in action then skip to the 2:38 mark of the video…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G40oR4zEZI

Overall the performance is really impressive for a cordless vacuum. The bristled attachment as able to do a good job on medium pile carpet though you’ll have to use the max function which cuts run time down to 6 minutes.

On bare floor, performance was outstanding with the soft roller bar picking up nearly all of the debris.

Here’s another video I thought you’d want to watch where the Fluffy was tested on various types of debris from powder, rice to coffee beans and nuts…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXhMuxdv4cc

This test reveals that the Fluffy tool has its limitations in terms of the size of debris it is capable of picking up. But you’ve got to remember that for larger bits of dirt, you can simply use the combination or crevice tool.

What consumers say?

Consumers were happy with how the Fluffy did on bare floors. The soft roller cleaning head works great on various surfaces like tile and laminate wood. Reviews say that it will not scratch even sensitive surfaces like Ebony stained oak floors.

The combination of soft nylon and stiff carbon fiber grooves work really well in picking up dust and stuff like rolled oats.

It also has swivel steering and it the low profile design allows it to go deep under furniture.

Versatility is another strong point thanks to the interchangeable tools.

Complaints include run time some say is closer to 15 minutes with the motorized attachment and the small dirt bin.

There are complaints about quality control issues but that’s quite common with all electronic products.

That’s why Dyson backs this up with a 2-year warranty for those cases where there is a factory defect.

Product specification

Features
AttachmentsSoft roller 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

Where can I buy this?

You can buy the V6 Fluffy from Amazon for just a little over $300. And it’ll come with the free 2-day shipping if you join Prime.

Another option would be buying direct from Dyson which is actually the cheaper option.

To wrap up

The Dyson V6 Fluffy is a great option if you’re looking for a bare floor only cleaner that’s cheaper than the V6 and V8 Absolute. You’ll still get the same versatility as with all other Dyson cordless vacuums but not spend as much.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of the soft roller head is it will not scratch hardwood because of all the protection it has underneath.

A few potential issues would be the shorter run time and small bin that can be messy to empty. But if you don’t mind those limitations, this is a great option.

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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