The 6 Best Dyson Vacuums for Every Home
There's a reason (or six) that Dyson is a household name in cleaning. These are the best of the best, according to experts and user reviews
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For over three decades, Dyson has been designing and manufacturing some of the most dependable vacuum cleaners. While generally more expensive, the best Dyson vacuum is an investment that may save you from having to replace a cheap alternative over and over again. “Dyson vacuums are known for their high-quality engineering and durability, and they typically last for many years with proper use and maintenance,” says Kathy Cohoon of Two Maids.
With so many models to choose from, selecting the best Dyson vacuum for your needs may seem overwhelming. However, we did the research for you—selecting the best models for various needs and budgets, according to expert insight and user reviews. And now is a good time to buy a new Dyson as the brand recently released updated versions of some of the most popular models.
The best Dyson vacuums
Dyson V15 Detect Absolute
Looking for an intelligent cordless vacuum cleaner that’s powerful enough for whole-home deep cleaning? The recently updated Dyson V15 Detect Absolute is the best Dyson vacuum for you. This clever cleaning gadget is a handheld and stick vacuum in one, as the wand detaches and reveals a dusting and crevice tool.
The updated model features headlights that illuminate the floor as you vacuum to identify debris you might otherwise miss. Instead of having to manually change settings for carpet versus hardwood, the V15 detects floor type and dust volume and adjusts accordingly. A multi-stage HEPA filtration system captures allergens, making this a great option for homes with pets or people with allergies.
As for run time, the V15 gets up to 60 minutes of vacuum per 4.5-hour charge, which counts down on the crystal clear LED screen so you know how much cleaning time remains. Accessories that come with the 6.83-pound vacuum include two heads and three tools—including a hair screw tool to pick up both short and long hairs—a docking station and a charger.
- The best Dyson vacuum for whole-house cleaning
- A cordless stick vacuum and handheld all in one
- Headlights illuminate so you can see what you missed
- Automatically adjusts for different floor types
- HEPA filter
- 60-minutes of run-time per charge
- Take 4.5 hours to fully charge
Dyson V8 Absolute
You don’t have to spend the most to get the best Dyson vacuum, according to Cohoon. Her top pick for those on a budget is the Dyson V8 Absolute, “currently one of the strongest cordless vacuums the brand offers,” she says. This latest model has been updated with an efficient and effective HEPA filtration system.
It easily transforms into a handheld vacuum and is lightweight enough (5.5 pounds) to clean high-up places. She also notes that it features Dyson’s hair-detangling technology and comes with four cleaning accessories. Each five-hour charge gets you up to 40 minutes of continual clean time.
- $250 less than the V15
- Offers up to 115 AW of suction power
- Detangles as it cleans
- Run time is only 40 minutes
The Dyson Gen5outsize is the brand’s most expensive vacuum to date. However, for those with big houses (and big budgets), the premium cleaning tool could be worth the splurge. This high-tech vacuum significantly shaves down the time you spend cleaning with a supersized bin capacity, 25% larger head and generous 140-minute clean time, thanks to an included additional battery.
Not sure when your floor is clean? The intelligent LED screen lets you know. The 8.6-pound cordless vacuum doubles as a handheld and features an incredibly meticulous HEPA filtration system and headlights with increased brightness and range to spotlight microscopic dust, so you can identify all the places you should be vacuuming.
- The most powerful cordless Dyson
- Large bin capacity
- Oversized cleaning head
- Double the cleaning time with an included additional battery
- Smart cleaning screen tells you when you’re done
- Bright headlights
- HEPA filter
- Transforms into a handheld
- Very expensive, even for Dyson
Best for pet hair
Dyson Ball Animal 3 Complete
The brand claims the Dyson Ball Animal 3 Complete has one of the strongest suctions and best performance records of any of its upright detangling models, and Cohoon agrees that it is the best for pet hair. “The suction and detangling this model provides is perfect for a home with pets,” she says.
It also comes with a whopping nine tools to clean everything from stairs and mattresses to grooming your pet. Of course, like the majority of full-size vacuums, the Animal is heavy, weighing in at 17.3 pounds.
- Designed for homes with pets
- Eight heads and cleaning tools to remove pet hair from every surface
- Pet grooming tool reduces pet hair before it accumulates in the home
- Washable post-motor filter traps 99.97% of particles
- Ergonomic ball design for more comfortable vacuuming
- Weighs 17.3 pounds
- Not cordless
Best for hardwood floors
Dyson V12 Detect Slim
When shopping for the best Dyson vacuum for hardwood floors, this seriously smart, ultralight V12 Detect Slim stick vacuum is the way to go. The latest model offers improved illumination and reveals invisible dust. It features some of the same technology as more expensive models, such as adapting suction based on picked-up dust volume, and it also transforms into a handheld.
As for cleaning time, you’ll get up to 60 minutes per 3.5-hour charge. When the bin is full, simply “point and shoot” the contents into a trash can.
- A lightweight, cordless stick vacuum for cleaning hardwood floors
- Adapting suction based on debris volume
- Doubles as a handheld
- Up to 60 minutes of cleaning time
- Easy-to-empty bin
- Smaller bin size than others
Best for powerful suction
Another brand-new release from Dyson is the Gen5detect, a smaller version of the Gen5outsize, that offers the power of that top-of-the-line cordless vacuum at a lower price. While it doesn’t skimp on suction, the compromises for saving some cash are a smaller bin capacity, a 25% smaller head and one battery instead of two, giving it 70 minutes of clean time per charge. On the plus side, it weighs less at 7.72 pounds.
- Powerful suction for a cordless vacuum
- A smaller, more affordable version of our splurge pick
- 70 minutes of clean time per charge
- Reasonably lightweight for a full-size vac
- Still pricey
What to look for when buying Dyson vacuums
In general, Dyson vacuums offer strong suction and lots of cleaning features. The trick is choosing one that meets your cleaning needs and comes with the necessary accessories and attachments for tackling the common messes and surfaces in your home.
Many models are cordless to clean every room untethered, with the tradeoff being that the battery might die before you’re done. Most also convert to handheld vacs, giving you two appliances in one. Take a look at some Dyson deals while conducting your search.
How we found the best Dyson vacuums
As shopping experts, our only job is to help you find a winning product. We start with the research and reporting basics—what products are made of, what they look like and how much they cost—to ensure that we’re only recommending the buys that are worth your time and money. Then we research the features that speak to the product’s quality, taking advice from industry insiders and subject matter experts on what makes a product a smart value (or worthy of a splurge). Finally, we do the work of combing through user reviews to see how real people interact with the product, and if it stands up to the test.
Which Dyson vacuum is the most powerful?
Until the latest new releases, the Dyson V15 Detect had the highest suction power of any Dyson vacuum, with a maximum of 240 air watts, according to Cohoon. “This is significantly higher than other popular Dyson models,” she says. However, both the Gen5outsize and the Gen5detect now offer even more suction power—an unrivaled 250 and 262 air watts, respectively.
Which Dyson model is best for long hair?
The Dyson vacuums on this list all feature hair-detangling technology on the motorbar cleaner head to prevent hair from wrapping around the brush bar.
How long will a Dyson vacuum last?
Dyson offers a 2- to 5-year warranty on its vacuums, depending on the model, “which is a good indication of the expected lifespan,” Cohoon says. “The lifespan of a Dyson vacuum can vary depending on the model, usage frequency and how well it’s maintained.”
“If a Dyson machine is used in the way it’s intended and it breaks down within the warranty period, Dyson will repair or replace it at no charge to the customer,” the brand told us in a statement.
How do you clean a Dyson vacuum?
Each Dyson vacuum comes with a user manual that advises on how to clean that particular model. The brand also offers cleaning ‘How To’ videos on the Dyson YouTube channel. While Cohoon always suggests checking your vacuum’s user manual prior to cleaning, she offers the following general steps to clean a Dyson vacuum.
Unplug the vacuum and remove any attachments or accessories.
Empty the dustbin and use a soft brush to remove any dust or debris from the bin and surrounding area.
Clean the filters by removing them from the vacuum and washing them with cold water. Allow them to dry completely before replacing them. For some models, like the Dyson Cyclone V10 and V11, the filters can be washed in the laundry.
Use a soft cloth or brush to clean the exterior of the vacuum, including the wand, brush bar and other parts. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that could damage the finish.
Check the brush bar for any tangles or clogs and remove any hair, string or debris.
Reattach the filters, dustbin and accessories, and plug in the vacuum.
What Dyson models should you skip?
Dyson is considered a premium vacuum brand, so you really can’t go wrong with any of its models. However, because technology changes so rapidly, you should avoid older models if you want to take advantage of the latest and greatest technology the brand has to offer.
- Kathy Cohoon of Two Maids
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