Dyson Cordless Vacuum Comparison and Review

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Like all Dyson vacuum cleaners their cordless units are completely bagless with washable filters. However, there are many differences between the 5 cordless vacuum cleaners Dyson currently offers in Canada. Below you will find our comparison and review of the Dyson Cordless vacuums.

Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum Review:

Using a mixture of old and new technology is the Dyson V6 CordFree. For easier use over the previous cordless units Dyson incorporated the advanced easy push trigger which is now common on their vacuums. This machine can be converted into a handheld for cleaning stairs and upholstery and has a crevice tool / dusting brush for detailed work. The included cleaner head can be used on both carpeting and bare floors. For an entry level cordless machine the battery life is on par with other brands: 20 minutes without the motorized floor tool, 17 minutes with the motorized floor tool, and 6 minutes on boost. We do find for the money the Dyson V6 CordFree offers good value, but you are missing out on a lot of features and cleaning performance that’s offered in the Dyson V7 and V8 line.

Dyson V7 Cordless Vacuum Review:

The biggest advantage of the Dyson V7 vacuum over the V6 line is battery life, and cleaner head performance. The Dyson V7 Motorhead and V7 Animal Extra offer 30 minutes without the motorized floor tool, 20 minutes with the motorized floor tool, and 6 minutes on boost. For increased performance on carpeting Dyson has included the direct drive cleanerhead on both V7 units. The agitator (brush bar) houses the motor instead of being controlled by a belt system. By upgrading to the V7 motor it also provides better suction performance over the V6 line. New to this Dyson cordless vacuum is the hygienic dirt ejector. To help fully remove debris from the dirt container Dyson incorporated a silicone ring what wipes the shroud to push the dirt into the garbage.

Between the Dyson V7 MotorHead and the Dyson V7 AnimalExtra the only differences is the supplied attachments. Both units come with the standard dusting brush / crevice tool, as well as the one cleaner head for all floor types. However, the V7 AnimalExtra comes with the additional Mini MotorHead. This allows for better cleaning on carpeted stairs, upholstery and vehicle interiors .

Dyson V8 Cordless Vacuum Review:

As you move up the line into the Dyson V8 cordless vacuums you really are getting the best technology Dyson has to offer. The V8 Animal and the V8 Absolute can boast the longest battery life by Dyson: 40 minutes without the electric floor tool, 25 minutes with the electric floor tool, and 7 minutes on max. Included is the easy push trigger, direct drive cleanerheads, and hygienic dirt ejector found on the other cordless units. In addition to the extended battery life the V8 line also includes the HEPA exhaust filter, which is ideal for homes with allergy and asthma sufferers.

Both the Dyson V8 Animal and V8 Absolute include the standard dusting brush/crevice tool, mini motorized cleanerhead, mattress tool, soft dusting brush, and extension hose. What separates the V8 Animal from the V8 Absolute is the inclusion of the Soft Roller Head on the Absolute unit. This extra tool is designed solely for cleaning non-carpeted surfaces like hardwood, tile, and laminate. Typical cleaner heads only push large debris around and ‘snowplough’ them on hard floors. Due to the open front on the Soft Roller Head debris can easily pass under the roller and get sucked into the dirt collection bin. The Dyson V8 Absolute is the best cordless option if your home has a mixture of carpeting and bare floors.

Dyson Cordless Vacuum Comparison:

V6 CordFree
V7 MotorHead
V7 AnimalExtra
V8 Animal
V8 Absolute
Battery Life*
  • 20
  • 17
  • 6
  • 30
  • 20
  • 6
  • 30
  • 20
  • 6
  • 40
  • 25
  • 7
  • 40
  • 25
  • 7
Cleaner Head
  • Standard
  • Direct Drive
  • Direct Drive
  • Direct Drive
  • Direct Drive
  • Soft Cleaner Head
Attachments
  • Crevice Tool
  • Dusting Brush
  • Crevice Tool
  • Dusting Brush
  • Crevice Tool
  • Dusting Brush
  • Mini Powerhead
  • Crevice Tool
  • Dusting Brush
  • Mini Powerhead
  • Mattress Tool
  • Soft Brush
  • Hose
  • Crevice Tool
  • Dusting Brush
  • Mini Powerhead
  • Mattress Tool
  • Soft Brush
  • Hose
Filtration
Standard
Standard
Standard
HEPA
HEPA
Hygienic Dirt Ejector
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

* Battery life is displayed as: run time with non-electric tools, run time with motorized tools, run time on boost/max.

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