In the line of home cleaning equipment, there are many tools out there. Vacuums come in many forms, shapes and with varying capabilities. The reason for this wide array of options: the wide array of needs of different users. One of the vacuums that are trending on the market at the moment is the Dyson V6 Absolute. Before purchasing this item, as a smart shopper, you want to know virtually everything associated with the vacuum – we shall accomplish just that below, and you’ll find out from this review, in under 2 minutes, if this vacuum is worth your time and of course, your money.
For starters, let’s talk about the evolution of this machine. The V6 series originates from the DC59 models. There are at the moment 5 versions of Dyson V6: Absolute, Animal, Motorhead, Fluffy and the simple standard version. Absolute is the most complete version, meaning that it contain all the attachments and all the extra features. Fluffy version is specifically designed for bare floors. The Motorhead version also comes with a direct-drive cleaner head. The Animal comes in addition to the Motorhead version with a pet tool. Here’s a promo video from Lowe’s:
Check out this great infographic where I’ve highlighted the key points of this Dyson:
Table of features
|Suction power||Uses the same V6 motor like the previous DC59, and the 15 cyclones share the same design of the 2 radial tiers. The motor spins at 110,000 rpm, which is really amazing. Not much is improved here, but then again, not much can be improved, since the suction power already reaches 100AW.|
|Input power||As I was saying in my DC59 review, the digital motor V6 needs 350W to spin. This is a low consumption, which in term assures the batteries last around 20 minutes before depletion (if you are using the motorized brush, it will last about 15 minutes). However, if you are using the vacuum in boost mode, they drain in 6 minutes. The good part is that you can fully charge them in less than 4h. The bad part is that you'll get a low-power warning just before complete shut down, there is no gradual indicator to show how much is left from the batteries, just a blue led like in the pic bellow:
|Dust capacity||I've found the dust bin to be a little small at its 0.105 gallons. It is however easy to empty, thanks to a standard "push-the-button" system. The only problem you might face here is cleaning the dirt which gets stuck in the corners of the bin.|
|Filtration system efficiency||This is the first cordless produced by Dyson which carries HEPA filtration, along with the common washable post motor filter. The HEPA filter is displaced at the end of the vacuum cleaner, inside a blue cap. I guess Dyson gave in to the increasing demands of its customers, and from what I've noticed lately, from a trifle, HEPA is becoming a need.|
|Weight and Dimensions||This new cordless maintains the 5 lbs standard. Its center of gravity is located near the handle, which helps users with the maneuverability. Starting with floor corners and ending with ceilings, the V6 Absolute ensures you'll reach everything around the house.|
|Warranty||2 years, just like in the case of the precedent models. It most likely would have been 5, but the batteries have a shorter lifespan.|
|Accessories||Comes with lots of accessories, most I've seen in a cordless:
- 2 vacuum heads (the direct-drive head and the soft roller)
- Crevice tool
- Combination tool
- Mini soft dusting brush
- Wall-mounted charging dock
|Special features||The V Ball Technology - The heads have swivel steering.|
|Usability||V6 Absolute is a great cordless vacuum cleaner. It's light and easy to assemble. The materials feel nicely as they snap in together. The clicking sound allows you to know exactly if the vacuum was assembled correctly. The red wand needs to be first connected to the dust bin, and then you can connect one of the 2 nozzles. You have to keep the power button pressed in order to vacuum. The noise produced is within normal limits, but if you use the Boost mode, it increases. You can also use this vacuum as a handheld if you mount the nozzles directly on the base.|
|Price||You can get a good offer for the V6 absolute from here. If you don't need the extra features, you can get the basic V6 version for almost half the price. Make sure you check out the producer's official page, although I doubt you'll find better offers than those listed here.|
Now that you know precisely what to expect in terms of performance features, it is time to weight the advantages vs. the disadvantages of this vacuum model.
The main advantages of having this model is it is light weight and compact. Compared to other cordless models such as Hoover Linx, it is better built and slicker. What this does is simplify and greatly improve not only ease of use, but also your common level of satisfaction. Anyone can use the machine – young or old, muscular or not. Another good thing about this is that it does not require too much space for storage, in fact, it requires minimum storage space, provided you use the wall-mounted docking station. Thus, for the tightly spaced apartment, this is a great solution. Another great advantage that comes with this model is the ability to clean both hard surfaces as well as carpets. For a home that has both flooring, there could not be a better option. Thanks to the brush features and the incredibly powerful suction advantage, it does its job right. Most disadvantages associated with it result from its cordless nature. This means that it needs to be charged if it is expected to be ready to use. The charging may take up quite a bit of time, as you’ve seen above. Another disadvantage is the small and slender build which does not have the space to accommodate a large capacity bin. This is not too great when cleaning up some big messes. It requires constant trips to dispose of the collected dirt before resuming again, which is a little stressful. Last but not least, the price is a bit high, compared with similar models from Electrolux or Hoover.
Here’s my VGM (VacuumsGuide mark) for this model:
The Dyson V6 Absolute is an overall good cordless vacuum which is worth the investment, especially if you need an appliance to help you with your small cleaning sessions. It has great features and thanks to the latest Dyson technology, V6 Absolute is a powerful machine able to clean most common types of surfaces effectively and fast. It is incredibly lightweight and a space saver in the same time. It is able to convert in a handheld, and can be used with flying colors in hard to reach spaces. However, there are some minor drawbacks which arise from the cordless technology and of course, there is the financial part which is pretty intense. Weight these against the good points presented above, and consider which model of V6 really suits you. Or ask me using the form bellow, I would love to hear from you.