Which Are The Best Dyson Vacuum Cleaners?

Written by James Hall | 0 Comments| Last Updated: March 19, 2017

There are few brands that can match the reputation of Dyson when it comes to manufacturing powerful, high-quality vacuum cleaners. In this article, we’ve listed what we think are the four best Dyson vacuum cleaners – including their top features and why they stand out – making it much easier to find out whether the model you’re considering is really worth the money.

But before we get to the list, let’s start with the basics of Dyson vacuums. James Dyson, the inventor behind Dyson vacuums, created his first model back in the 1980s. This model wasn’t just any vacuum though – it was the first bagless vacuum that included cyclonic technology.

Today, of course, there are many Dyson vacuums on the market. The brand has grown to become one of the most recognisable in the UK, despite the expensive prices of most Dyson models. Even so, you might be wondering whether Dyson vacuums are really worth the money? Or can you get models that perform just as well for a reduced price (perhaps from our Under £100 or Under £200 price guides)?

To answer some of these questions – including finding out which Dyson vacuums we think provide the best value for money – read on!

Dyson DC54 Cinetic Dyson DC54 Multi-Floor
  • Type: Cylinder
  • Dust Capacity: 2 litres
  • Filter: Radial Cyclone
  • Price: £££
  • Big Ball for manoeuvrability and 2-tier radial technology.
Dyson V8 Absolute Dyson V8 Absolute
  • Type: Cordless
  • Dust Capacity: 0.4 litres
  • Filter: Radial Cyclones
  • Price: ££££
  • Powerful, versatile and 40 minute run-time. The ultimate cordless.
Dyson DC40 Animal Dyson DC40 Animal
  • Type: Upright
  • Dust Capacity: 1.6 litres
  • Filter: Radial Cyclones
  • Price: £££
  • Ball technology, strong suction and self-adjusting cleaner head.
Dyson V6 Absolute Dyson V6 Absolute
  • Type: Cordless
  • Dust Capacity: 0.4 litres
  • Filter: Radial Cyclones
  • Price: £££
  • Direct-drive head for carpets and excellent filtration.

 

What’s Special about a Dyson?

While Dyson manufactures a range of vacuums, including upright, handheld, cordless and cylinder models, they all have two things in common: cyclonic technology and a bagless design.

Cyclonic technology forces dust and dirt into the dust container with greater force than alternative technology. It does this by forcing air in a circular pattern to create centrifugal force. Modern Dysons take this a step further, with two layers of cyclonic technology to force even smaller particles into the dust container than before.

Bagless technology is relatively common for modern vacuums, but is another defining feature of a Dyson. While there are advantages to a bagless model, including the reduced cost of not needing to buy replacement bags, they may not be suitable for people with allergies.

How to Choose a Dyson Model

Choosing a Dyson vacuum is much like choosing any other brand. The first step is to decide what you need from a vacuum cleaner. Do you need a vacuum that excels at picking up pet hair? Or are you more interested in a lightweight model for cleaning dust from high up areas? Your personal requirements dictate which is the best Dyson vacuum cleaner for you, and for more information we recommend reading our vacuum selection guides using the menu at the top of the page.

With that said, here’s an overview of factors that require extra consideration when buying a Dyson:

  • Type of vacuum. Dyson are largely known for their excellent upright vacuums, but they manufacture a range of models including cylinder and handhelds. Dyson was also one of the first major brands to manufacture cordless vacuum cleaners. These models are lightweight, simple to use and great for cleaning difficult areas of the home. Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners also have a detachable handheld attachment, for use on stairs or in cars.
  • Capacity. Dysons are built with ease-of-use as one of their defining characteristics. A big part of this is minimising weight, which is why the vacuums often have small capacities to counteract the large engines and other components. If you want to reduce how often you need to empty your Dyson, make sure you check the dust capacity.
  • Extra Features. Dyson have introduced a number of interesting and useful features to the vacuum market, with one of the most recent being the Dyson Ball. This replaces fixed wheels with a large, single ball with the aim of increasing mobility. Newer uprights usually have ball technology.
  • Multi-Floor or Animal. Most Dyson vacuums are categorised as either multi-floor or animal. A Dyson can have the same model number but be part of either of these categories, which is something you need to be aware of before you buy. The two categories are very similar, although usually come with different attachments and floor heads.

Other than these factors, you should also consider the priceweight, and noise level of a Dyson. There isn’t really such a thing as a cheap Dyson vacuum, but you can find lower prices if you’re willing to buy an older model rather than the latest versions. If noise level is important to you, then you may want to look at our list of the quietest vacuums, as Dyson vacuums have a reputation for being relatively loud (although there are exceptions).

Dysons can also be heavy compared to other vacuums, so if you’re going to be lugging the vacuum up and down stairs all day you may want to take a look at our list of the best lightweight vacuums. We define a lightweight vacuum as under 5kg, while some Dyson models weigh more than double that.

Also, while price is important, you shouldn’t assume that the most expensive models are always the best. Our list doesn’t contain the cheapest Dyson vacuum cleaner models, but it also doesn’t include the newest or most expensive. This is because we’ve tried to choose vacuums with the best overall reviews, not just the newest models which Dyson claim are the best.

4 Best Dyson Vacuums

Dyson DC40 Multi Floor Ball Vacuum Cleaner ReviewDyson DC40 Multi-Floor

One of the best upright Dyson vacuum cleaners is the Dyson DC40 multi floor. It’s a powerful upright with Dyson’s patented “Radial Root Cyclone” technology to prevent suction decreasing as the container fills up.

It’s also a Dyson Ball vacuum, for easier manoeuvrability, and a (relatively) lightweight design of 7kg. This doesn’t meet our criteria for a lightweight vacuum, but is considerably less than the heaviest Dyson vacuums. Other features include a Combination Tool, Stair Tool, quick release wand, cleaner head that adjusts to different floor types and a filtration system that removes particles as little as 0.5 microns in diameter.

Reviews of the Dyson DC40 Multi Floor, released in 2012, have been positive, with most reviewers rating it either four or five star on shopping sites. This is part of the reason why it makes the list ahead of newer Dyson models, which haven’t been as favourably received.

A reviewer writes that the DC40 Multi Floor makes cleaning much more enjoyable, as the Ball design makes a real difference to the vacuum’s manoeuvrability. He adds that the filter is easy to clean.

Another reviewer writes that the DC40 Multi Floor provides strong suction power – adding that it picked up dirt other vacuums have failed to remove. The only downside, according to this reviewer, is that the included tools don’t much the quality of the vacuum itself.

If you’re looking for the best upright Dyson vacuum cleaner then the DC40 Multi Floor is a great choice. It provides ample power for most jobs, and the Ball feature makes it easy to push around your home without constant lifting.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £££
  • Power: 1100W
  • Weight: 7kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.6 litres
  • Filter Type: Washable

Key Features:

  • Powerful upright vacuum cleaner
  • Ball design for easy manoeuvrability
  • Radial Root Cyclone technology reduces loss of suction

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Dyson DC54Dyson DC54 Cinetic Multi Floor Cylinder

The Dyson DC54 Multi Floor is a bagless cylinder vacuum that’s built with 2-tier radial technology, a filter-less design (saving money on new filters) and Ball technology for easy manoeuvrability. It’s one of the best cylinder Dyson vacuum cleaners on the market, and has proved popular amongst reviewers since its release in 2014.

The stand-out feature of the DC54 Cinetic Multi Floor is the Cinetic Cyclone technology. This is a fancy way of saying that the model has greater dust separation than previous Dyson models, yet you never need to worry about cleaning the filter. Other features include a powerful 1300W motor and two litre capacity. The DC45 Multi Floor also comes with a 5 year warranty.

While this vacuum doesn’t have the quantity of reviews of the DC40 and older Dyson models, the majority of reviewers on shopping sites have given it four or five stars (at the time of writing in July 2016). A reviewer, for example, writes that it’s easy to put together, the Big Ball requires less effort to move around the home and the lack of filters is a time saver.

Not all reviews praise the DC 54 though. A reviewer writes that the vacuum is “impossible” to empty without the dust going everywhere, which is an annoyance for everyone but especially important for people with allergies. He adds that dust often gets trapped between the bin casing and cylinder, which is difficult to remove.

Even so, we think the DC54 is the best cylinder Dyson vacuum currently available – but be aware that the container may be difficult to empty without spilling dust.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £££
  • Power: 1300W
  • Weight: 8kg
  • Dust Capacity: 2 litres
  • Filter Type: Radial Cyclone

Key Features:

  • Cinetic technology doesn’t require filters
  • 2-Tier radial technology
  • 5 year Dyson warranty

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Dyson V6 AbsoluteDyson v6 Absolute Cordless

One of the best cordless Dyson vacuum cleaners is the v6 Absolute. It’s a bagless cordless with power boost setting, up to 20 minute run time from a single charge (although this is reduced when using the motorised tool) and several tools and accessories. These include a hard floor head and carpet brush head. Like other Dyson cordless vacuums, it can also be converted into a handheld vacuum for difficult areas or quick clean ups.

Confusingly, there are five different v6 versions, including the Standard, Fluffy, Animal and Absolute. The Absolute has a powerful direct-drive cleaner head, for getting deeper into a carpet, and a mini-pet tool.  It is also built with a post-motor filter for cleaner exhaust air. It’s a toss-up between the Fluffy and Absolute as our favourite Dyson stick vacuum at the moment, but either one is an excellent choice.

Reviews of the Dyson v6 Absolute Cordless vacuum cleaner have been very positive, with the model receiving a high average rating on shopping sites. A reviewer writes that the vacuum cleans cat hair efficiently, although adds that the battery time is significantly reduced when on Max power settings.

Another reviewer writes that the vacuum cleans “really really well,” although also mentions that the relatively short run time can be an issue.

If you’re looking for a powerful cordless vacuum cleaner for quick jobs, the Dyson v6 Absolute could be a good option. It has great suction power and efficient filtration, but the short run time and relatively long charging time mean it’s not the best cordless vacuum for cleaning your entire home in one go.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££££
  • Weight: 2kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.4L
  • Filter Type: Radial Cyclones

Key Features:

  • Powerful cordless vacuum cleaner
  • Direct-drive cleaner head
  • Mini-pet tool

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Dyson V8 AbsoluteDyson V8 Absolute Cordless

The V8 is Dyson’s latest cordless range – and it’s certainly lived up to expectations. With a direct-drive head for carpets, soft roller for hard floors, powerful V8 motor and 40 minute run-time, this is a huge step up from the V6. It also has a max power mode and can convert into a handheld when needed.

In fact, the only reason we’ve got both the V6 and V8 Absolute on this list (instead of just the V8) is the price. The V8 is an expensive model that’s going to be outside many people’s budgets.

Even so, the model has received strong reviews from buyers. People praise the power of the vacuum and enjoy the max mode for extra suction when required (one reviewer describes this mode as “ridiculously powerful” – although it will dramatically shorten battery life). Others comment on the lengthy run-time and excellent floor heads.

The Dyson V8 Absolute is probably our #1 cordless vacuum on the market at the moment. It’s powerful, lightweight and suitable for cleaning stairs, hard floors, carpets and almost anywhere else. The only downside is the price.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££££
  • Weight: 2kg
  • Filter Type: Whole Machine

Key Features:

  • Powerful cordless
  • 40 minute run-time
  • Two excellent floor heads

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Dyson DC40 AnimalDyson DC40 Animal Upright

We’ve already included the Multi Floor version of the DC40 in this list, but if you have pets then the Dyson DC40 Animal upright vacuum cleaner might be the better option. Like the Multi Floor, the DC40 Animal has received excellent reviews from buyers which is why it makes this list ahead of newer Animal vacuums.

Features of the DC40 Animal include excellent suction and Ball technology. It’s also built with Radial Root Cyclone technology to prevent suction loss, and has a five year guarantee for labour and parts. Like other Animal models, it comes with a “mini turbine head” for getting rid of pet hair that’s stuck to upholstery.

Reviewers have largely rated the DC40 Animal highly on shopping sites. A reviewer describes the model as a “must buy,” and writes that the vacuum is powerful and is great for picking up dog hair. She adds that the hose is also useful for stairs, as it provides excellent results.

While the DC40 Animal is very similar to the DC40 Multi Floor, we think it warrants a place on this list due to its mini-turbine head and strong performance when picking up pet hair. It’s probably our pick for the best Dyson pet vacuum for this reason.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £££
  • Power: 700W
  • Weight: 7kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.6 litres
  • Filter Type: Radial Cyclone

Key Features:

  • Powerful upright vacuum that excels at picking up pet hair
  • Radial Root Cyclone technology
  • Mini Turbine Head for upholstery

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Which is the Cheapest Dyson Vacuum?

This is a difficult question to answer, as there are a large number of Dyson models and the prices change all the time. In general, the older the model the cheaper it will be. Older handheld models, such as the DC34, are also cheaper, and can often be found for between £100-£150 when bought new (the price varies all the time though).

In terms of upright vacuums, which is what most people want from a Dyson, you should expect to pay at least £200. A model such as the DC40, for example, isn’t amongst the newest Dyson uprights, but is an excellent performer (which is why it made our “best of” list) and can often be bought in the low £200 range.

Conclusion

While Dyson may not be the undisputed king of vacuum cleaners anymore, they are still one of the top brands for high-end vacuums. The best Dyson vacuum cleaners are powerful, well-built and come with a range of unique features, including Radial Root Cyclone technology and the Dyson Ball.

If you’re looking for an upright vacuum, we recommend the Dyson DC40 Multi Floor (although the Animal is a good option if you have pets). If you need a cylinder model, the DC54 is a good option.

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