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Dyson Vacuum Reviews

Dyson Ltd is a British company founded in 1993 by James Dyson, an inventor and industrial designer. In the late 1970's Mr Dyson had the idea of cyclonic separation as a means of replacing the vacuum bag. After many years and many prototypes he managed to get his design licensed by a Japanese company. He used the money from the license to set up his own manufacturing company and today Dyson has become one of the best-known vacuum cleaner brands in the world. There are Dyson uprights, canisters and handheld/stick-vacs and they tend to be expensive.

Top Reviewed Dyson Vacuum Cleaners - 2019

Model Type Avg Rating / 100
Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum 94
Dyson V8 Absolute Stick Vacuum 94
Dyson DC65 Animal Upright Vacuum 94
Dyson V7 Motorhead Stick Vacuum 92
Dyson V6 Mattress Handheld Vacuum 92
Dyson DC25 Animal Upright Vacuum 92

In the above table an effort has been made to highlight machines currently available


Dyson V11 - Absolute vs Torque Drive vs Animal

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Dyson v11 absolute vs torque drive vs animal
 
So you want a Dyson V11 cordless vacuum.  They are great machines, but which of the 3 models is the right one for you?  The Absolute, the Torque Drive, and the Animal all have differences and you don’t want to buy a more expensive model only to find you don’t need the added features.  In this short article we walk through all the V11 models, and we highlight which machine is the best fit for your cleaning needs.

Dyson V11/V10/V8/V7 Battery Life

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Dyson cordless battery life
 
Many people ask us about the battery life (run time) of the different Dyson stick vacuums.  Finding good data regarding this specification is difficult – sources are scattered around online and some are frankly just wrong.  Battery life is a very important cordless vacuum characteristic so it is something you should know and something that should be accurate.  To help we have put together tables of battery life for the Dyson V11, the Dyson V10, the Dyson V8, and the Dyson V7.  We have also included suction power specifications because battery life and suction power go hand-in-hand.

How to Buy the Best Dyson Stick Vacuum - 3 Easy Steps

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We demystify the Dyson stick vacs and help you make the best buying decision. 

Many people want one of the stylish new Dyson stick vacuums, but when they start shopping they see a bewildering array of options.  The popular stick vac series include the V7, V8, V10, V11, and each of these has different models - Absolute, Animal, Motorhead, Torque Drive, etc.  Frankly, it can all be very confusing.  And buying the wrong vacuum is a frustrating and expensive mistake. Learn about the different vacuums and then follow our 3 easy steps to ensure you get the right Dyson cordless for your cleaning needs.

Dyson V11 Pros & Cons

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Dyson V11 Pros & Cons
 
The V11 is Dyson’s latest and most advanced cordless vacuum cleaner.  We were fairly impressed with the V11 and found that it provides strong suction and long run times, in most cases outperforming previous units such as the V10, V8, V7, and V6. It has a host of great features - but there are still a few drawbacks.  In this article we walk through both the good and the bad.

Dyson V10 vs V11

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Dyson V10 vs V11
With the release of the Dyson V11 cordless stick vacuum many consumers are pondering whether or not to buy its predecessor the V10 or to try the new kid on the block, the V11.  In this article we analyze, discuss and test both vacuums in order to help you make the right choice.

Dyson V11 Review

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Avg. consumer rating = 91/100 

Dyson is starting to close the performance gap between lightweight cordless vacuums and full-size corded uprights or canister vacuums.  The cordless stick vacuum has always been a compromise. You get a light, easy to move vacuum that is not tethered by a power cord, however the limited battery power usually results in either average suction, limited run times, or both. Not so with the V11. It uses an advanced motor, a large powerful battery, and a host of other technology to deliver long run times and also very respectable suction.  No, it is still not a match for your Dyson Ball Animal 2 upright vacuum, but to date this is as close to full-size vacuum cleaning ability that we’ve seen in a stick vac.

Dyson V10 Absolute vs Animal vs Motorhead

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Dyson V10 Absolute vs Animal vs MotorheadSo you’ve decide to buy a V10!  Well don't - at least until you understand the strengths and weaknesses of each model.  It can be a little confusing given that there are three popular models with rather non-descript names – the Absolute, the Animal and the Motorhead.  So which one is right for you?  
 

Dyson V10 Motorhead Review

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Avg. consumer rating = 88/100 

We just got our hands on the Dyson V10 Cyclone Motorhead cordless vacuum. Usually the Dyson stick vacs within a series (V6, V7, V8, V10) are very similar – therefore individual reviews of each model really aren’t necessary. However, in the case of the V10 Motorhead it is sufficiently different from the V10 Absolute and V10 Animal that it warrants a special look. During our analysis/testing we found that we really like this cordless vacuum – it packs most of the punch of the more expensive V10’s for less money.  In fact, if you have certain cleaning needs this could be the best choice.

Dyson V7 Trigger Pros & Cons

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Dyson V7 Trigger Pros & Cons
 
Dyson has both V6 handheld vacuums and V7 handheld vacuums.  The V7 Trigger is one of their more popular machines.  In our opinion this is a good handheld vacuum and it is versatile and sufficiently powerful for most cleaning jobs.  It is not cheap, but the fact that it is bagless and the filter is rinsable helps reduce costs over the long term.

Dyson V8 vs V10

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Dyson V8 vs V10
With the release of the Dyson Cyclone V10 cordless stick vacuum many consumers are pondering whether or not to buy its predecessor the V8 or to try the new kid on the block, the V10.  In this article we analyze, discuss and test both vacuums in order to answer that question.

Dyson V7 Trigger Handheld Vacuum Review

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Avg. consumer rating = 87/100 

The Dyson V7 Trigger handheld vacuum is designed for quick pickups around the home and is also handy for cleaning vehicle interiors.  It is light weight, easy to operate, and it did an admirable job of picking up all manner of debris from our tile floors and carpet.  The mini motorized tool also proved capable at pulling up pet hair.  Run time (in low power mode) is quite long for a cordless vacuum and our tests showed that actual run times were even longer than the figures provided by Dyson.  Recharge time is also reasonable at only 3.5 hours.  However, the run time in Max mode is still rather short and we would have like to see a wall mount included in the package.

Dyson V7 Pros & Cons

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Dyson V7 Pros Cons
 
In this article we discuss some of the things we really like about the Dyson V7 and also some of the things we found lacking.  But first, a word on the different V7 stick vacuum models.  There are essentially 3 popular models of V7 cordless vacuums.  The Absolute, the Animal, and the Motorhead.  There is a 4th model called the V7 HEPA but it is exclusive only to dyson.com. Models are differentiated by the set of tools and cleaner heads provided, and also by the color scheme.  

Dyson V10/V8/V7/V6 Battery Life

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Dyson Cord Free Vacuum Battery Life

We get a lot of questions about the run time (or battery life) of the Dyson cordless stick vacuums.  This is understandable as the information is somewhat scattered and determining accurate figures is not an easy task.  However this is essential data if you want to know which vacuum might best fit your cleaning needs.  So we’ve put together tables and a video that highlight most of the important run time and suction power figures for the Dyson V10, the Dyson V8, the Dyson V7 and the Dyson V6.

Dyson V7 vs V8

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Dyson V7 vs V8The Dyson V7 and the Dyson V8 are two of the most popular cordless stick vacuums on the market today.  While they are similar in many ways, they also differ in some important aspects - such as run time, suction power, battery specifications, weight, etc.  In this article we compare the two vacuums and we also test their cleaning abilities on bare floors and carpet.  We were a little surprised with some of our test results...

Dyson V10 Pros & Cons

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Dyson v10 Pros Cons

The Cyclone V10 is the latest cordless stick vacuum from Dyson and it is proving to be quite popular.  Its recent predecessors are the V6, V7, and V8 (there were also other Dyson stick vacs prior to these).  In this article we discuss the pros and cons of the Dyson V10.

Dyson V10 Review

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Avg. consumer rating = 80/100 

The Dyson Cyclone V10 is the latest in futuristic-looking stick vacuums from Dyson.  The cordless V10 looks slightly different than its predecessors the V6/V7/V8 due to a more air-flow efficient design, however it is still an attractive machine and many folks will proudly display this on the wall in their home. It has a Maximum Mode that generates 51% more power than the V6/V7 and 31% more than the V8.  Build quality is solid and it is a great fit for a smaller home or apartment.  However for deep cleaning and a larger home you may still want to have a full size vacuum available.  Despite the research and upgrades, like all stick vacs you cannot get a long enough run time with “deep cleaning” power to do a large area.  This is also a rather expensive vacuum.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Review

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Avg. consumer rating = 90/100 

This vacuum is the smaller brother of the Dyson Ball Animal 2. Does that mean it is not as good? No – not necessarily. While the Dyson Ball Multi-Floor 2 has less suction than its big brother, it is also lighter, less expensive, and there is still more than enough suction for most cleaning jobs. In our opinion the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 packs a punch and is actually a very good fit for some households. Consumers are pleased with the vacuum’s maneuverablity, capability on different surfaces, and easy maintenance. However, there are some issues, one of them being the machine’s difficulty in moving on some deep pile carpet. We see this on both the Multi-Floor and the Animal.

Dyson V7 Motorhead Review

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Avg. consumer rating = 92/100 

The Dyson V7 Motorhead, with its futuristic cyclonic cylinders and deep pink color, is a very striking stick vacuum. This machine cannot be mistaken for any other vacuum - but does it perform? If consumer ratings are any indicator then the answer is yes. Ratings for the V7 are very good and owners praise the unit for its light weight, power and convenience. Owners are also pleased that the vacuum is quiet, great for doing stairs, and able to clean carpet, rugs and bare floors. However, like many cordless vacuums, there are folks who feel the run time is inadequate for their cleaning needs. In addition, the V7 Motorhead, while great for quick cleanups, is not a full size vacuum and will struggle with larger more extensive cleaning jobs.

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Pros & Cons

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Ball Animal 2 pros & cons

In this article we highlight the pros and cons of the Dyson Ball Animal 2 upright vacuum cleaner.  The Ball Animal 2 is a fairly recent vacuum from Dyson and to date owner reviews and ratings are excellent.  In our detailed review (Dyson Ball Animal 2 Review) we scored the vacuum a very solid 94/100.  You can compare that to the scores of other upright vacuums in our upright vacuum ratings table or to all other vacuums on our site using the vacuum cleaner finder application.

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Review

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Avg. consumer rating = 94/100 

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is one of the latest upright vacuums in the Dyson stable.  The term “Animal” is intended to highlight its capabilities in households with pets, however there may be another reason.  This vacuum cleaner is something of a beast.  It is hugely powerful and also a bit of a handful to wield.  Is this is a good thing?  Well, for the most part it is good but in some cases it isn’t.  The machine’s colossal suction ensures top notch cleaning of pet hair, bare floors, carpet, etc. but the weight of the vacuum makes it a little cumbersome despite the added maneuverabiity of “Ball Technology”.

Dyson V8 Pros & Cons

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Dyson V8 Pros ConsIn this article we highlight the pros and cons of the Dyson V8 Absolute stick vacuum.  The V8 is a popular machine and it is getting very good reviews and ratings from owners.  It is Dyson's next generation of stick vac after the V6, and there have been some significant changes.  In our detailed review we scored the V8 a very high 94/100 which placed it near the top of the stick vacuums on our website (see stick vacuum ratings).

You may wish to read our comprehensive Dyson V8 Review or simply get the quick facts in this article.

Dyson V8 Absolute Review

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Avg. consumer rating = 94/100 

We just got our hands on the Dyson V8 Absolute cordless stick vacuum and have been running the machine through its paces.  For the most part, we’ve been impressed.  The V8 is a lightweight vacuum that is both a stick vacuum and a handheld.  It is maneuverable, easy to empty and very powerful for a cordless (in High Power Mode).  It includes an assortment of tools in addition to 2 specialized cleaning heads; one for carpet and one for bare floors.  It also sports a HEPA filter and a new hygienic system for removing debris from the dust canister.  Is it better than the still-popular Dyson V6 Absolute?  In our opinion, in many ways it is.

Dyson V6 Absolute Pros & Cons

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Dyson V6 Pros ConsThe Dyson V6 Absolute is a very popular stick vacuum at this time and we have also rated it the best "top-end" stick vacuum in 2016 (see our Best Stick Vacuums list).  We have reviewed the vacuum in detail here - Dyson V6 Absolute Review - but thought it might be helpful to put together a few quick videos highlighting the machine's pros and cons.  In the videos we address things like size of the dust canister, emptying the dust canister, filters, suction power, battery life, size of the vacuum, cleaning ability on pet hair, and several other areas.  The Absolute is the pinnacle of the V6 series of vacuums (2017 update: there is now a newer V8) and if you are in the market for one of these machines the videos in this article should help you better understand what you can expect.

Dyson V6 Mattress Handheld Vacuum

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Avg. consumer rating = 92/100 

The Dyson V6 Mattress is much more than a handheld vacuum for mattresses.  This powerful unit is really an all-round handheld which happens to include, amongst its tools, a mattress tool as well as a HEPA filter and whole machine filtration.  In addition, it’s powerful motor makes it capable of pulling up all manner of debris from sofas, mats, pillows, blankets, car seats, and yes, mattresses.  The V6 mattress gets very good reviews and ratings from owners and it has a solid, durable feel to it.  It is a little on the expensive side however, and it also doesn’t come with a wall mounting unit.

 

Dyson V6 Absolute

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Avg. consumer rating = 90/100 

In this review we take a look at the relatively new Dyson V6 Absolute cordless vacuum.  The Absolute is Dyson’s top-of-the-line cordless vacuum and consumer ratings are excellent.  It differs from the other V6 machines in the tools/attachments that are included and the level of filtration it provides.

While each V6 comes with a different package, what really sets the Absolute apart is the fact that it comes with two cleaner heads – the Direct-drive cleaner head for carpet, and the Soft roller cleaner head for hard floors (soft woven red & blue nylon sections that envelop debris and black anti-static carbon fibre filaments to remove fine dust). It also has a HEPA post motor filter, something none of the other V6’s have.

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About Me

Hello!

I'm Nigel Russco, a 50 year old professional engineer originally from the west coast of Canada.  I love to review vacuums and I’ve been doing just that since 2008.  

I make every effort to write unbiased, intelligent vacuum cleaner reviews and I provide average consumer ratings for each and every vacuum cleaner I investigate.  My ultimate goal is to ensure you find the best vacuum for your cleaning needs.   


 
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