by Garrick Dee
Updated March 17th, 2019
The V6 and V10 represent two important stages in Dyson’s cordless vacuum development.
In this review, we’ll be going deep in covering the differences between the Dyson V6 vs V10.
When James Dyson first unveiled the Dyson V6 more than three years back, they introduced the soft roller cleaning head that changed the way we think about how vacuums clean bare floor surfaces.
The huge clearance on top and the grabby nature of the roller bar make it ideal for cleaning large messes.
James Dyson said recently they will no longer manufacturer corded vacuums because of the Dyson V10.
So in this article, we will be comparing the top-of-the-line Dyson V10 (to be specific the Absolute) and the now entry-level Dyson V6.
Dyson V6 vs V10: Spec comparison
up to 20 mins
up to 60 mins
100 air watts
151 air watts
Dyson V6 vs V10: Design
The Dyson V6 at its core is a stick vacuum just like the V10.
If you don’t know what a stick vacuum is, it is a lightweight version of an upright vacuum aimed to provide more versatility at the expense of power.
Dyson’s design has three main components – (1) cleaning head, (2) extension wand and (3) vacuum body that include the motor, dust cup, filters, and power switch.
When it first came out more than a decade ago, it was a revolutionary design that changed the game in many ways.
With the extension wand and main cleaning attachment makes the Dyson V6 and V10 usable on a variety of floor surfaces from carpet to tile.
Remove the extension wand, and it becomes a lightweight handheld.
The Dyson V6 has more than ten variants. You can check my guide to see how each is different from one another in this in-depth guide.
For the Dyson V10, you’ll get only three options:
- Dyson V10 Absolute – comes with the most attachments in the package that includes the latest torque drive cleaner head (works on carpet and bare floor actually), soft roller head (great for big messes on bare floor), crevice tool, mini soft dusting brush, combination tool and mini-motorized tool (great on upholstery)
- V10 Animal – basically the same as the Absolute but minus soft roller cleaning head
- V10 MotorHead – most bare-bones option of the three that comes with the older version direct drive cleaning head from the V8, crevice tool and combination tool
Take note that with the V6, all the variants have the same motor and battery, hence will produce the same power and run time.
The difference will be the attachments and filtration that you’ll get. Please read the link above to get more info about what’s inside the box for each model.
The same goes for the V10. All variants
To make this comparison more concise, I’ll be comparing the top-spec options of both which is the V10 Absolute and V6 Absolute.
Cleaning Performance (How it Cleans)
At the heart of every Dyson cordless vacuum is a multi-cyclonic system that filters out dirt well enough so you don’t have to wash the filter often.
These cyclones will spin the dirt around the filters to keep it from clogging the main filter inside hence maintaining performance as the dust bin fills up.
Suction is still good even when the dirt goes past the max line so it’s a testament on the effectiveness.
On Floor Cleaning
Both the top-spec V10 and V6 Absolute variants come with the bristled and soft roller attachment.
The difference is V10’s main floor cleaning tools (torque drive cleaning head and soft roller head) will have more agitation and make it a better option when cleaning the carpet.
On the plus side, the Dyson V6 has more power in its lowest setting (28 vs 15.8 air watts).
How will this affect real-world cleaning performance? Let’s find out.
I’ll share with you some videos with some commentary later on. If you know me, I’m a fan of big mess tests. These tests push vacuums to their breaking point and test how well it holds up.
The first video is the Dyson V6 attempting to clean this pile of pet hair on the carpet.
If you ask me that’s a lot of pet hair. On the eye test, the V6 Absolute picked up nearly all of the pet hair scattered on the ground. However, most of the pet hair was sitting on top of the carpet.
The second video shows you how the V6 performs on the hardwood this time with the fluffy attachment.
Even at normal power, the V6 has enough power to pick up even dust and rice that fell on the cracks. This shows you how effective the fluffy tool is on bare floor whether cleaning dust, rice or pet hair.
For the Dyson V10, please check this video out on how it performs on a different surface like (1) carpet (skip to 5:39), (2) tile (skip to 10:57) and (3) carpet stairs using the mini-turbo brush (skip to 16:12).
On carpet, there really isn’t much difference in terms of how much it picked up on mode 1 and mode 2. But in max mode, the V10 picked up pretty much everything in one pass even upon closer inspection.
Above floor cleaning
You’ll get pretty much the same set of brush tools from both variants. These tools will allow you to clean nearly all areas in your home or vehicle.
Here’s what you’ll get with the Dyson V6 Absolute
- Combination tool – combines an upholstery and brush tool in one
- Crevice tool
- Soft dusting brush – great for more delicate surfaces like lamp shades
- Direct drive cleaning head – for carpet
- Fluffy head – great on hard floor surfaces
Dyson V10 tools
- Combination tool
- Crevice tool
- Mini soft dusting brush
- Torque driver cleaning head
- Soft roller head (or the Fluffy tool)
Both also have a wall mountable charger if you don’t mind drilling a couple of screws on your wall. This gives you easy access to the vacuum when you need it.
I would suggest getting the hose attachment if you are looking to use either one to clean inside your vehicle. This tool helps greatly in cleaning areas like the dashboard and under the seat.
Size and Dimension
The Dyson V10 is the larger and heavier cordless vacuum but not by much.
It measures 49.2” long and 9.8” wide. Cleaning path will be slightly narrower since there are slight gaps on both sides of it.
The V6 measures 47.2” long and also 9.8” wide.
When it comes to usability and reach, both the V6 and V10 are almost equal.
Assembly: Putting together the different tools isn’t difficult thanks to the quick release lever on all their accessories. It is what separates the Dyson cordless from the lower end brands.
Versatility: Thanks to the interchangeable tools, these vacuums will function both as a handheld or stick vacuum.
Ergonomics: Holding a Dyson cordless vacuum is similar to holding a Nerf gun in that you’re pulling a trigger to turn on the machine. Despite complaints in reviews, Dyson has stuck with this design because they believe that it helps stretch run time to its fullest. Great because you only use power on demand but squeezing the trigger can strain your fingers and wrist.
Emptying the dirt bin
Image source: YouTube
The Dyson V6 has a lever in front of the trigger that opens a trap door, and dirt falls out underneath.
It works in theory, but the reality is when cleaning something with static like dust or hair, it can stick on the walls of the metal shroud covering the filter in the middle.
Consumers have complained about this issue, and Dyson has improved on their design starting with the V8.
Dyson revamped the design of the Dyson V10 bin. Now the motor, dust bin and filter are aligned in a straight line. They did this to improve airflow and efficiency.
Emptying the Dyson V10 dirt bin is more direct with the aligned motor, dust cup, and filter. Just aim the dust cup at the bin slide the latch downwards.
Doing this will push all of the dirt down and clean the metal shroud. In my opinion, this system is easier to use. You don’t have to use your fingers digging out dust and hair.
Can you replace the battery of the Dyson V6 and V10?
The batteries inside the Dyson V6 and V8 are replaceable. There’s no need to worry about spending hundreds of dollars on a vacuum that becomes a paperweight when the battery no longer works.
Currently, you can purchase batteries for the Dyson V6. Since the V10 is a new product, there are no aftermarket batteries available for sale just yet.
Click on this link to see how to replace the Dyson V6 battery.
Check this video out on how to remove the battery on the V10.
It is a pretty simple task if you have the proper tools. Even if James Dyson says that the Dyson V10 battery will last for 15 years, it’s good to know that you can replace it just in case the unforeseen happens.
Price and Value for Money
The great news with the Dyson V10 in the market is that the price of the V6 has come down significantly. At one point, you’d have to pay over $500, but right now prices have gone down by almost half.
Make no mistake this is still a good product with very decent performance especially with the top-spec Absolute.
Expect the same build quality ask you’ve come to expect from Dyson. The biggest downside, in my opinion, would be the shorter run time, so it is more suitable inside smaller homes. Another issue would be the dirt bin which can be quite messy to empty. If you don’t mind these issues, it is a great deal.
- Warranty: 2 years
- Check the latest deal in Amazon
One big disadvantage of the Dyson V6 would be the run time which much less than the V10 that will clean for up to 60 minutes.
This feature combined with the larger bin makes this great even in medium size homes even with carpet and rugs.
Emptying the bin is another advantage with the new design. No longer will it be tedious or messy. The sliding lever will quickly push out dirt wherever you point it to.
The Dyson V10 is the most powerful cordless vacuum to date which means excellent cleaning performance. Some blogs like the Modern Castle says the cleaning performance is “perfect”.
- Warranty: 2 years
- Check the latest deal in Amazon
The Verdict: Dyson V6 or V10? V6 Provides Great Value for Money But The Dyson V10 is Better Overall
There’s no question that the Dyson V10 is the better product overall. If you don’t mind spending a lot of $$$ for a cordless vacuum then this is the obvious choice. The upgrade in power means better cleaning performance that will clean carpet better plus the upgraded dust cup not only larger but easier to empty.
4 Good Reasons to Buy The Dyson V6
Even if it’s an older variant, the Dyson V6 Absolute will provide decent cleaning performance on any surface, good build quality and versatility capable of cleaning any part of your home.
- Lower price: Since the V6 is the oldest in the V product line of Dyson it is one of the cheapest options available. With every new cordless vacuum that comes out from Dyson, expect prices to go lower.
- You live in a smaller home: The V10 maybe overqualified for small houses. Save yourself a few hundred dollars for the V6.
- Lighter: The Dyson V6 is almost a pound lighter than the Dyson V10.
- Still a decent performer: With the direct drive cleaning head and fluffy head, the V6 isn’t chopped liver in terms of cleaning your home.
5 Good Reasons to Buy The Dyson V10
- Easy to empty: The redesigned dust cup makes disposing of dirt an easier task. Just slide a lever down and out goes the trash, it even cleans the shroud.
- Extended run time: Dyson says that this cordless vacuum will run for up to 60 minutes, but that’s without using any of the motorized tools.
- Large bin: Fewer trips to the trash bin.
- Excellent cleaning performance: With up to 151 air watts of power on tap plus the improved agitation of the two cleaning heads, the V10 absolutely rocks in this regard.
- Looks cool: This vacuum seems more like a giant Nerf gun than a vacuum cleaner.