There are many vacuum manufacturers today, but only a few have had success in the global market. Among the few brands that sell worldwide is Dyson, a company that has always maintained a strong reputation for continuous innovation.
In spite of the high price tags, Dyson vacuums enjoy a considerable share of the market.
There are many reasons for that, such as suction that doesn’t drop, high-efficiency filtration, excellent maneuverability, and the many accessories to choose from. The openness regarding suction, too. The company tests and provides a value for the cleaning power, which makes finding the best Dyson vacuum for your specific needs easy.
James Dyson, the man behind the company, is known for introducing revolutionary features in cleaning machines. A great inventor himself, he was the first person to think and develop the idea of bagless vacuums. He also pioneered the use of cyclonic filtration. The tech has been highly refined over the years, of course, and ranks high among the best technologies in the history of vacuum cleaners. The cyclone was not the only first or major breakthrough by the manufacturer. The ball technology was another and one that set Dyson vacuums apart and made them popular with consumers. The company was also the first to make vacuums that featured transparent dust bins.
One thing I like about the company is their openness regarding the suction power of their vacuums. It’s not common for companies to disclose this, with many of them only giving the value for motor power rating. Another one is the rigorous testing through which their new products are subjected to before being introduced into the market. It’s never guesswork with Dyson vacuums, and every product they churn out of their factories does what it was built to do. It explains why consumers are ready to pay the premium price these cleaning machines sell for.
- 1 Top 13 Dyson vacuums
- 2 Best Dyson Uprights
- 3 Best Dyson Cordless vacuums
- 4 Best Dyson Canisters
- 5 Best Dyson Handheld vacuums
- 6 Final Comments
Top 13 Dyson vacuums
Away from the company’s profile, let’s now focus on the different vacuums it produces. Dyson cleaning machines exist as uprights, canister, cordless, and handhelds. The company also tried a hand at robot vacs but only a bit. They have mostly avoided that line of research, producing only one single robot throughout the company’s history. Dyson vacuums feature the unique cyclone technology for the filtration system, which eliminates the need for the conventional filters. Apart from ensuring constant suction, cyclonic filtration means a maintenance-free system as there are no filters to replace now and then. The company offers lengthy warranties for their products. The main vacuums (corded uprights and canister vacs) come with 5-year guarantees while the cordless types have a 2-year cover. To make selecting the most suitable model less challenging for you, I compiled reviews of the best 13 Dyson vacuums in April, 2020. Here’s the entire list:
|Model||Looks||Price range||Type||Suction power||Weight|
|Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Allergy||$745.99||Upright||180 AW||19.2 lbs|
|Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean||$584.99||Upright||300 AW||17.3 lbs|
|Dyson Ball Animal 2 Multi Floor||$299.99||Upright||250 AW||15.6 lbs|
|Dyson Small Ball||Price not available||Upright||150 AW||12.1 lbs|
|Dyson V11 Torque Drive||$633.00||Cordless||185 AW||6.7 lbs|
|Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute||$399.99||Cordless||125 AW||5.9 lbs|
|Dyson V8 Absolute||Price not available||Cordless||115 AW||5.7 lbs|
|Dyson V7 Absolute||$399.99||Cordless||100 AW||5.4 lbs|
|Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal||$449.99||Canister||250 AW||17.6 lbs|
|Dyson Big Ball Musclehead||$449.99||Canister||250 AW||17.6 lbs|
|Dyson Ball Multi Floor||$399.99||Canister||280 AW||16.9 lbs|
|Dyson V7 Trigger||$164.99||Handheld||100 AW||3.77 lbs|
|Dyson V7 Car+Boat||$202.07||Handheld||100 AW||3.77 lbs|
Best Dyson Uprights
Dyson uprights are slim and easy to store. They feature large dirt capacities, stronger suction, and various attachments. Mainly meant for homes with pets and a lot of human hair, the vacuums come with a specialized tool known as a tangle-free turbine nozzle instead of the conventional brush roll. This accessory features two disc-shaped brushes that spin in opposite directions to prevent tangles and ensure efficient removal of hair. The vacuums also feature the Ball technology, which makes their stability a lot better than that of other uprights on the market. That’s beside the ball, making the vacuums highly maneuverable. I selected the top ones for you to consider:
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Allergy
This vacuum is built for the pet lover. It has all that’s needed to pick up hair, and the suction is powerful enough to remove even the ground-in dirt. Tested at the cleaning nozzle, the value of suction is 180 AW. It uses cyclones, which means the cleaning power remains constant throughout a cleaning session. The auto-adjusting floor head changes the height to ensure suction is not lost as you vacuum different floors.
The filtration is satisfactory. Apart from the cyclone technology that uses centrifugal force to settle dirt and deposit it in the dust bin, the exhaust filter is HEPA. It retains 99.97% of particles and as tiny as 0.3 microns. That means safe cleaning even if you or a family member is allergic to dust particles and other allergens. A major selling point about the filter of this vacuum is that you will never have to wash or change it. The Cinetic technology used in the filtration system is so efficient that it eliminates the need for that. The bin is quite large, with a capacity to store 0.6 gallons of dirt. The vacuum is meant to be used in homes with a lot of pet and human hair to be cleaned, so the large bin is necessary.
The Cinetic Big Ball is easy to operate. Apart from the trademark “Ball Technology” that allows for enhanced stability and maneuverability, the cord’s length is sufficient. The cable alone is 35 feet long, while the total attainable reach comes to an incredible 50 feet. Such a cleaning radius is enough, even for a large home. The vacuum measures 43.3 × 17.2 × 13.4 inches and weighs 19.2 lbs. It comes with a total of eight accessories to enhance versatility and convenience. They are; multi-angle brush, dusting brush, combo tool, the tangle-free turbine nozzle, mattress nozzle, staircase attachment, reach-under nozzle, and a bag in which to store the tools.
Dyson Ball Animal 2
There are two versions of the Dyson Ball Animal 2: Standard and TotalClean. The TotalClean model offers you more cleaning possibilities with its nine tools, compared to only 3 of the standard model. Just like the other Dyson vacuums in the Animal series, this one is built for a home with pets. Also, a high traffic one with large areas of carpeted floors. It has one of the strongest suction of all Dyson vacuums, which, according to the manufacturer, reaches 306 AW. With this level of suction, not even the dirt embedded in carpet fibers is safe. Combine that with the motorized brush, and you have a vacuum that leaves no dirt or debris in its cleaning path. The head self adjusts to suit the different floors you may have in your home, sealing in suction to prevent it from reducing.
The vacuum uses Dyson’s root cyclone to ensure efficient suction and filtration. According to the company, the post-motor filter is HEPA, trapping 99.97% of the allergens up to a size of 0.3 microns. This makes the vacuum safe to use in your home even if someone in the family is prone to seasonal allergies. The filter is washable and lasts the entire lifespan of the vacuum, which relieves you of the cost of filter replacements. The dust bin’s capacity is 0.5 gallons and features a hygienic one-click mechanism to empty.
Despite its weight, the Ball Animal 2 doesn’t present any challenge to use. The ball technology provides for smooth steering around obstacles while the various attachments allow you to reach and clean multiple areas. The length of the cord is impressive. It measures 35, with the maximum attainable reach when the tools and attachments are considered being 50 feet. That gives you adequate length for convenient vacuuming regardless of the size of your rooms. The unit weighs 17.5 lbs and measures 42.13 × 15.35 × 13.37 inches. The accessories you get with the standard model include a combo nozzle, a tangle-free tool, and a stair accessory. The TotalClean model offers better cleaning capabilities with a total of nine accessories. They include a hard floor nozzle, a multi-angle brush, a combo tool, a mattress nozzle, a dusting brush, the tangle-free turbine nozzle, the reach-under attachment, a stair tool and a bag for the accessories.
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2
The Ball MultiFloor 2 is very similar to Ball Animal 2. At first sight, they both share the same looks. They have almost the same dimensions ( 41.93 x 15.59 x 13.39). However, the Multi Floor 2 is lighter at 15.6 lbs. Other things that are different: the color (obviously), the accessories (the Multi Floor 2 comes with only 2 attachments – the combination tool and the Stair tool), and some of the specs. For example, Multi Floor 2 doesn’t have HEPA filtration and comes with a smaller power cord of only 31 ft. (as opposed to 35 ft., in the case of the Ball Animal 2 Total Clean model). It also has a smaller reach, of only 40 ft. (as opposed to 50 ft., in the case of the Total Clean model). Last but not least, the suction power is rated at 250 AW, a little bit smaller than the previous model, but still at the top of the upright vacuums.
Dyson Small Ball
The Small Ball is Dyson’s upright that’s designed for lighter cleaning tasks. It’s suitable if your home isn’t large, and especially if you live in an apartment. The unit weighs less which makes it portable. It’s also more compact than the Big Ball models and more comfortable to store. The suction power is a little lower than that of other vacuums in the Animal series, at 150 AW, based on the values provided by the manufacturer. Although considerably less, the suction is enough to dislodge dirt off a variety of surfaces, plus the motorized head ensures that dust is agitated and picked up efficiently.
The filtration system consists of a cyclone separation mechanism and a washable HEPA filter. Cleaning with this vacuum won’t, therefore, cause any health issues since the filter retains 99.97 % of the allergens picked up. The washable filter means fewer maintenance costs as you won’t need a new one to replace it. The bin features a single click mechanism for easy and sanitary disposal of dirt.
The Dyson Small Ball is both lightweight and small-sized. That automatically makes it easy to push and pull as you go about your vacuuming activities. Besides the weight and size, it features the ball technology characteristic of Dyson vacuums, which makes the unit even more usable as well as less prone to toppling. The machine presents no challenge to operate, and almost anyone can use it. It weighs 12.15 pounds and measures 31.8 × 14 × 11 inches. You only get two accessories for this one: a combo tool and a stair cleaning nozzle.
Best Dyson Cordless vacuums
The company produces various cordless vacuums to cater for different cleaning tasks. These are known to offer shorter runtimes when compared to some brands on the market. However, the compact design and the ability to quickly convert to handhelds are the main features that explain the immense popularity of Dyson cordless vacs. Besides that, the newest models come with a longer battery life that’s adequate for cleaning requirements of the average home. Here are the best picks in the cordless category:
Dyson V11 Torque Drive
The vacuums in this series were just launched by Dyson, in early 2019. Two models in this line are up for sale in the US. Both come with slightly different tools & specs to enhance both the efficiency and the reach and suit specific environments. The Torque Drive is designed to handle any cleaning task while also providing premium options, while the Animal version is $100 cheaper, as it lacks the LCD screen (which is replaced by an LED one), the run-time counter, and the mini dusting brush. These vacuums are powered by Dyson’s V11 motor that provides 185 AW of suction to clean both hard floors and carpeted surfaces. The battery charges for 4.5 hours and offers a maximum of 1 hour of cleaning time (when the motorhead isn’t engaged). This runtime drops considerably when using the boost mode, but the unit provides more cleaning power.
V11 vacuums use cyclones to ensure constant suction and to deposit the smallest of particles into the bin. The filtration level is HEPA, and you can vacuum with any of the models, even if you’re allergic to dust and other allergens. Because the filter is washable, you need not worry about the cost of replacements. The V11 vacuums weigh 6.7 pounds only and measure 10.3 × 9.8 × 50.6 inches.
I picked 2 models in the V11 series for their suitability to clean various surfaces and different levels of dirt. With the versatility of each model depending on the accessories it comes with, the version you buy should match your situation. Here are the models together with the attachments that accompany them:
- Dyson V11 Torque Drive – (9 tools and accessories) High Torque cleaner head, Mini Motorized tool, Combination tool, Crevice tool, Mini soft dusting brush, Stubborn dirt brush, Wand storage clip, Docking station
- Dyson V11 Animal – (8 tools and accessories) all of the above except for the Mini soft dusting brush
Dyson Cyclone V10
Launched in the third month of 2018, vacuums in this category offer higher specifications. There are three models in the V10 series: Absolute, Animal, and Motorhead. Various features and technologies in these models enhance the power to suction up dirt and debris. The motor is placed in the brush bar housing, a design that ensures that maximum torque gets transferred to spin the brush. The manufacturer also aligned the motor, bin, and cyclone. As a result, air travels up the unit in a straight line provides for improved suction. The vacuums feature a powerful battery that offers 60 minutes of cleaning continuity when the motorhead disengaged. Three different modes allow you to control the level of suction based on the task at hand.
The producer indicates the filtration of Cyclone V10 vacuums to have the capability to trap 99.97 of sucked up particles, which means cleaner air that’s safe for allergen sufferers. The capacity of the dust bin 0.2 gallons which is enough to allow you uninterrupted vacuuming sessions. The container features the secure emptying mechanism of the company’s vacuums.
Dyson V10 vacuums are a breeze to use in addition to being highly versatile. They quickly convert into a handheld to offer you better reach, which makes them useful if you have many high places to clean. For those who dislike noise, the vacuums in this series come with a noise-dampening design and are quieter. The V10 vacuum is a lightweight machine weighing only 5.9 pounds. It measures 49.2 × 10.1 × 9.5 inches fitting in small spaces for easy storage.
All three models come with a docking station from where you can charge the unit as well as hang the various accessories. The vacuums differ in terms of the accessories. The V10 Absolute has more accessories and can clean any surface in your home while the V10 Animal is suitable if you have pets. The V10 motorhead offers more cleaning power and makes an excellent choice if you have challenging high-traffic areas to clean. Here are the accessories for each.
- Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute – (8 accessories) Torque Cleaner nozzle, combo tool, soft brush roll, mini motorized brush, dusting brush, crevice tool, docking station, and a charger
- Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal – (7 accessories) Torque Cleaner nozzle, combo tool, mini motorized brush, dusting brush, crevice tool, a docking station, and a charger
- Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead – (5 accessories) Direct drive nozzle, combo tool, crevice nozzle, docking station, and a charger
Dyson V8 Absolute
The vacuums in this line are designed for the moderate cleaning needs of the average home. The V8 Absolute achieves 115 AW of suction power measured at the cleaning head, which is enough to remove dirt from hard floors and carpets or area rugs. You get to control the suction via two-mode settings; Powerful and MAX. The battery pack powers the unit for 40 minutes when the motorized brush is not active, which drops to 25 minutes when the brush is engaged. The brush roll is made from woven nylon and carbon fibers, making it gentle on sensitive floors such as hardwood.
The machine features 15 cyclones that filter microscopic dirt particles and fling them into the bin. It also features a HEPA post-motor filter, which ensures the expelled air is thoroughly cleaned of allergens. The filter is washable and lasts the entire life of the vacuum. That means excellent air filtration as well as zero costs for filter maintenance.
The vacuum’s usability is commendable. It comes with an ergonomic handle that allows you to use the unit for extended hours. Besides that, it’s a lightweight unit that weighs 5.75 pounds only and won’t tire you out easily. The vacuum transforms into a handheld unit for cleaning tasks that involve higher places and other areas. For storage, it comes with a charging dock that also doubles up as storage for the various accessories. The unit measures 49 × 9.8 × 8.8 inches. It comes with an assortment of tools to make cleaning the different surfaces in your home easy and efficient. They’re the direct-drive head, the combo tool, the motorized mini tool, the soft roller nozzle, a dusting brush, a crevice nozzle, a docking station, and a charger.
Dyson V7 Absolute
If you don’t want to pay a fortune for a Dyson stick, the V7 Absolute is perfect for you. It comes with both cleaning heads (Fluffy and Standard), a mini-motorhead pet tool, a mini-soft dusting brush, a combination tool, a crevice tool, a docking station, and the charger. Hell, this product is worth it only for the accessories alone. It can run continuously for 30 minutes, and it recharges in 3.5 hours. The filter is not HEPA, but it’s still pretty decent and is lifetime washable, so there will be minimal maintenance costs.
Best Dyson Canisters
Dyson manufactures versatile and efficient canister vacuums that suit both heavy-duty and light cleaning tasks. These vacuums have done well on the market for their impressive suction power, excellent filtration system, and for being highly usable. They’re gentle on hard floors and efficient when used on carpets. The filtration system is maintenance-free in addition to offering ultra-filtration for cleaner air during vacuuming activities. Here is a look at the different Dyson canister vacuums that you can choose from based on your situation:
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal
This vacuum offers the cleaning power needed to vacuum any surface in your home. Reaching 250 AW, the suction is high enough to remove dirt from even carpets. An array of tools allow you to reach and clean different areas. Among them is the tangle-free turbine nozzle that removes hair with a high level of efficiency. This accessory makes the Cinetic Ball Animal a good pick if you have shedding pets or family members with long hair. The floor head is self-adjusting which assures the, proper height for efficient dirt pickup. The vacuum also features a self-righting design which means you never have to worry about it toppling.
You won’t need to replace or even wash any filters when using this cleaning machine. It doesn’t have a pre-motor filter, while the exhaust filter is non-washable and lasts the whole life of the vacuum. It uses a total of 14 cyclones to filter out the sucked up dirt and deposit it in the dust bin. Besides ensuring excellent filtration, the system prevents the loss of suction that would have occurred as a result of a clogged filter. The post-motor filter is HEPA. It means you’re protected from allergens during the entire vacuuming sessions as the filter can capture 99.97% of particles measuring up to 0.3 microns in size.
The Cinetic Big Ball is easy to pull around when cleaning your home. It features the Ball technology from Dyson, which not only makes the unit stable but also easy to steer into challenging areas and around obstacles. The wand moves in all directions, allowing you to clean all the areas around you. It also releases and stretches easily to enhance reach when cleaning higher places. The cord length is not that long, reaching only 21 feet. However, the total length reachable by the vacuum comes to 35 feet when the various attachments are factored in. The unit weighs 17.6 pounds and measures 12.1 × 15.7 × 13.6 inches. It comes with the following accessories and tools: a carbon filament turbine tool, a stiff-bristled brush, the tangle-free turbine nozzle, a combo tool, and a stair nozzle.
Dyson Big Ball Musclehead
The vacuums in this line are almost similar to the Cinetic Big Ball Animal. They only lack the tangle-free nozzle that cleans hair. Instead, they come with accessories that make them suitable for the regular cleaning, where the menace of pet hair isn’t a major concern. The suction power is 250 AW, strong enough to ensure hard and carpeted floors are rid of dirt. In addition to the high suction power, the Big Ball vacuums provide for enhanced stability and maneuverability.
All the models feature the cyclone filtration that’s exclusive to Dyson vacuums offering a no-fade suction for continuous pick up of dirt. There’s no pre-motor filter, only the one for expelled air and which is HEPA to ensure allergens don’t escape and pollute the air in your home. The bin is easy to empty, featuring a one-click and eject mechanism. You won’t have to come into contact with dust, plus the process takes no time.
The ball technology of the Big Ball vacuums means enhanced maneuverability, and the unit is easy to steer around obstacles and to move over carpets. The vacuum also picks itself up whenever it topples, and you never have to bend to lift it. The wand makes a 360-degree rotation offering you more control, while the maximum cleaning radius reaches 35 feet.
There are two versions of this vacuum series; Musclehead and Multifloor. Each comes with different tools and, therefore, different cleaning capabilities. Here is a list of the tools you get with each model:
- Dyson Big Ball Musclehead – (4 tools) floor nozzle, combo nozzle, turbine head, and stair tool
- Dyson Big Ball Multifloor – (3 tools) turbine head, combo nozzle, and stair tool
Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor
The Ball Multi Floor is among Dyson’s most powerful vacuums in the canister category. The suction reaches 280 AW, strong enough to tackle the dirt found in high-traffic areas. This vacuum is designed to clean both hard floors and carpets with impressive results. In addition to the powerful suction, it features a motorized brush that agitates dirt to remove stuck dirt and debris.
The filtration system is highly efficient with a combination of 14 cyclones and a HEPA filter. With this vacuum, you’re assured of clean air throughout the cleaning sessions. The cyclone technology ensures even the microscopic particles are filtered while the exhaust filter cleans the expelled air to ensure no allergens escape from the unit.
The unit rides on a ball and allows you effortless steering. The ball also serves to stabilize the vacuum by righting it up if it happens to fall over. It weighs 16.9 pounds and measures 14.2 × 10.2 × 19.5. You only get two accessories with the Ball Multifloor: a combo tool that consists of a brush and nozzle, and a stair tool to clean staircases.
Best Dyson Handheld vacuums
Dyson’s handhelds are lightweight, compact, and ergonomic. The vacuums also come with various accessories to increase their ability to clean challenging surfaces and spots, which makes them highly versatile, small-sized machines. Their suction power is also impressive, and cleaning with them is not only fast but also practical. Dyson named the different handheld models according to the task each is built for. It, in a way, makes selecting the right one for your needs easier. I picked the best two models in the category that are worth your consideration:
Dyson V7 Trigger
It’s a powerful handheld that can clean many different kinds of surfaces and dirt. The suction reaches 100 AW in the MAX mode and 28 AW in the Powerful mode, the only two settings available on the vacuum. Different tools attach to the V7 Trigger to put this immense suction power into use. They include:
- The motorhead to clean small surfaces such as upholstery
- A combo tool that consists of brush and nozzle to switch between cleaning tasks
- A crevice tool for the hard-to-reach spots such as edges, corners, and gaps
The unit is lightweight enough, weighing only 3.77 pounds which means minimal fatigue when cleaning tasks take longer to finish. It’s also a compact vacuum measuring 8″ H× 12″ L, and 5″ W.
The vacuum’s battery charges for 3 hours and offers 30 minutes of cleaning power. Given the amount of suction you can achieve with this handheld, I find the runtime impressive. The vacuum uses a combination of 15 cyclones to trap dust and other particles of up to 0.5 microns in size. The exhaust air filter is HEPA, which assures you of safe cleaning without the danger of allergens. It’s also a washable and lifetime filter that won’t require replacing.
Dyson V7 Car + Boat
This vacuum is Dyson’s most versatile handheld. It comes with an incredible eight different attachments to clean various surfaces and challenging spots. The suction power is similar to that of the V7 Trigger model at 100 AW maximum. However, the cleaning capabilities you achieve with these eight tools are impressive for a handheld vacuum. The accessories include:
- A Combo tool to quickly switch tasks
- A stiff-bristled brush for stubborn dirt
- A mini motorhead to clean smaller surfaces
- A dusting brush with soft bristles for sensitive surfaces such as fabrics
- An extension hose to increase the vacuum’s reach
- A crevice tool for gaps, corners, and edges
- A regular charger
- A 12V car charger
Similar to the trigger model in design, the V7 Boat + Car weighs 3.77 lbs and measures 8 ×12 × 5. It also features cyclone filtration and a washable HEPA filter for the expelled air. Just as its name suggests, the vacuum is mainly meant to help you clean your car, boat, or even caravan. That’s why it comes with a 12V charger that plugs into the power outlet of your vehicle to provide power when away from your home.
So, there you have it. Dyson vacuums represent innovation at its best. Coming from a company that’s continually researching customer needs to introduce new and useful features, you’re assured of quality products. The company has been around for 25 years, refining their vacuum cleaner tech over that time. As a testimony for quality, their warranties are lengthy, running for a period of either two or five years. Besides the powerful suction, the company offers an array of attachments with each model for specialized cleaning. The result is a vacuum whose versatility is unmatched and cleaning power that doesn’t reduce. Dyson vacuums may have their drawbacks, such as the premium price. However, the durability you get with these vacs is worth paying for, plus you won’t spend money on filter replacements for the entire lifespan of the product. When choosing the right Dyson vacuum to buy, I would advise that you consider the value for suction and the specific accessories the particular model comes with.
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