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7 Best Dyson Vacuum Cleaners in the UK [Updated for 2022]

Written by James Hall |

A guide to the best Dyson vacuum cleaners

Looking for the best Dyson vacuum cleaner? Here are Dyson’s top models, including their features and why they stand out.

#1 Pick: Dyson V11 Absolute

Dyson V11 Absolute

Rating StarsDyson V11 Absolute
Dyson manufactures a range of excellent vacuum cleaners, including uprights, cylinders, and cordless models (see below for our top picks.) If we had to pick just one, however, then the Dyson V11 Absolute is our recommendation.

This is a powerful cordless vacuum that rivals many corded vacuums for suction power and cleaning performance. It also has adaptive suction, and LCD screen, and many other advanced features.

Despite strong competition from Shark, Miele, and even tech giants like Samsung, Dyson vacuum cleaners remain an excellent choice. They are powerful, have great filtration, and come with a range of useful accessories.

In this article, we’ve listed our favourite Dyson vacuum cleaners, along with why we like them. We’ve also included a guide to choosing the right Dyson for your home.

7 Best Dyson Vacuum Cleaners in the UK

1. Dyson Ball Animal 2 (Best Dyson Upright)

Dyson Ball Animal 2

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 upright is a powerful upright with Dyson’s patented “Radial Root Cyclone” technology to prevent suction loss, along with a new cleaner head and hygienic bin emptying system.

What’s the difference between this model and the previous DC40 though?

As the name suggests, it comes with Dyson Ball technology for easier manoeuvrability. This technology was included with the DC40, but the Ball Animal 2 has an articulated handle for easier cleaning in awkward locations. It’s also certified as allergy and asthma friendly by Allergy Standards Limited, which is important as it’s aimed at people with pets.

Other features include a carbon fibre Turbine Head, stair tool, Quick-Release Turbine Tool (for pet hair) and powerful cleaner head that seals in suction on all floors. Dyson has also designed the floor head to be low-profile.

It’s an impressive feature list. And, as you would expect, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 provides excellent cleaning performance across all floor types. The combination of cyclone technology, powerful motor and Epicyclic cleaner head allows it to dig deep into carpets to remove hair and other debris. The turbine tools are also excellent for cleaning stairs and upholstery.

There are some downsides though. At 7.34kg it’s not the heaviest vacuum on the market, but it’s not lightweight either. The bagless design means you’ll need someone else to empty it if you suffer from allergies. It’s also expensive – although this is to be expected from a Dyson.

To summarise, if you’re looking for the best upright Dyson vacuum cleaner then the Ball Animal 2 is a great choice. It provides ample power for most jobs, has a great range of tools and is highly manoeuvrable. It’s also one of the best options for people with pets.

Full Review: Dyson Ball Animal 2

Key Features:
  • Powerful upright vacuum cleaner that’s great on all surfaces
  • Ball design for easy manoeuvrability
  • Turbine tools make quick work of pet hair
Specification:
  • Price Range: ££££
  • Weight: 7.34kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.8 litres
  • Filter Type: Washable

2. Dyson V11 Absolute (Best Dyson Cordless)

Dyson V11 Absolute

If you’re looking for the best cordless vacuum, then the V11 Absolute is our current top pick. It’s powerful, versatile, and has advanced features that set it apart from most other cordless vacuums.

Let’s start with the most important factor: the V11’s cleaning performance. It excels on any type of floor, including carpets, hard floors, and upholstery. This is partly due to the increased suction power, but also the high-quality floorheads. The new High Torque head is excellent for carpets and can make full use of Dyson’s adaptive suction technology, while the Soft Roller is brilliant for hard floors.

In terms of advanced features, the big new addition is an LCD screen on the main vacuum body. This shows the current power mode, estimated battery run-time (adjusted for power mode and tool), and can warn you about potential issues. The V11 also has an “Auto” suction mode, which adjusts the vacuum’s power depending on the type of floor, although this doesn’t work with the Soft Roller floorhead.

Other features include a mini motorised tool, several accessories, and up to 60-minutes of run-time. The V11 also uses the point-and-shoot emptying system which was first seen on the Dyson V10 Cyclone.

In summary, the V11 Absolute is an outstanding cordless vacuum cleaner. It’s not cheap, but it’s hard to find a cordless that can match its versatility and cleaning performance.

Full Review: Dyson V11 Absolute Review

Key Features:
  • Powerful suction power that matches many corded vacuums
  • Two brilliant floorheads (if you buy the V11 Absolute versions)
  • Adaptive suction and an LCD screen
Specification:
  • Price Range: £££££
  • Weight: 3.05kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.76 litres
  • Filter Type: Washable

3. Dyson Big Ball Animal 2 (Best Dyson Cylinder)

Dyson Big Ball Animal 2

The Dyson Big Ball Animal 2 is a bagless cylinder vacuum with 2-tier radial technology, hygienic bin emptying system and Ball technology for improved manoeuvrability. It’s probably the best cylinder Dyson vacuum cleaners on the market at the moment – especially since the company consolidated their range to make it easier for buyers to choose.

What makes this a vacuum worth buying though?

To start with, Dyson has worked hard to maintain powerful suction while reducing noise output. This is good news, as Dyson vacs often have a reputation for being loud. For comparison, the Big Ball Animal 2 is 25% quieter than the previous model.

Like all Dyson’s recent cylinder vacuums, the Animal 2 is designed with Big Ball technology. It also has an improved self-adjusting cleaner head that’s effective on both hard floors and carpets, along with a self-righting design and rotating wand.

Dyson prides itself on producing vacuums with great all-round cleaning performance. This model is no exception. It’s great on almost every type of floor and quick to suck up pet hair – especially with the tangle-free turbine tool. It’s also effective at removing larger debris, such as cereal, which many vacuums struggle with.

A downside is that it has a slightly smaller capacity than previous Dyson cylinder vacs (such as the DC54 Cinetic Multi-Floor). While 1.5 litres isn’t tiny, you’ll need to empty it regularly due to the powerful suction and excellent pickup. It’s also an expensive vacuum cleaner and relatively heavy for a cylinder.

Even so, we think the Big Ball Animal 2 is the best cylinder Dyson vacuum currently available. It’s powerful, has decent allergen retention and is great for almost any surface. We highly recommend it.

Note: Want know how Dyson cylinders compare to the classic Numatic Henry? Check out our Henry Vs Dyson article.

Key Features:
  • Great suction power and cleaning performance
  • 2-Tier radial technology to prevent suction loss
  • Tangle free pet hair tool
Specification:
  • Price Range: ££££
  • Weight: 7.5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.5 litres
  • Filter Type: Washable

4. Dyson Cyclone V10

Dyson V10 Cyclone

The Cyclone V10 is a significant upgrade compared to previous Dyson cordless vacuums. With a new motor, redesigned body and several other extra features, it’s much more than just a slight improvement on the V8. It’s not quite as good as the V11 (as you would expect), but it’s still one of the best cordless vacs on the market.

What makes it stand out from the hundreds of other cordless models though?

The biggest improvement compared to the V8 is the longer run-time. On the lowest power mode, you can expect up to 60-minutes run-time when using a non-motorised tool. This mode still provides plenty of suction power – it isn’t a gimmick like many cordless vac’s low powered modes – although you’ll probably use “Medium” for most tasks.

Dyson has also altered the design of the V10. Unlike the V6, V7 and V8, the bin is built parallel to the stick. This might sound like a minor change, but has allowed Dyson to increase the dust capacity by 40%. It’s also easier to empty without spilling, as you can point the canister right into the bin.

These are all important features, but the reason the V10 is one of our top cordless models is its incredible cleaning performance. Whether you’re cleaning hardwood, carpets, laminate or tiles, the new motor and excellent floor tools combine to make quick work of any job. Most of the time you won’t even need the “High” powered mode, as the “Medium” option is more than strong enough.

When you combine these improvements with the mobility and versatility of previous Dyson cordless vacs, the Cyclone V10 is a brilliant cordless vacuum. The only real downside is the price, as it’s also the most expensive on the market.

Full Review: Dyson V10 Cyclone Review

Key Features:
  • Outstanding suction power that rivals upright models
  • Direct-drive cleaner head included with all models
    Motorised turbo tool
  • Three power levels and a maximum of 60-minutes run-time
Specification:
  • Price Range: ££££
  • Weight: 2.68kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.76 litres
  • Filter Type: Washable

5. Dyson V7 Animal Plus

Dyson V7 Animal Plus

If you’re looking for the best cordless Dyson vacuum cleaner but can’t afford the V11, then the Dyson V7 Animal Plus is a good alternative. It’s a cordless stick vacuum with powerful suction, direct-drive cleaner head, and a 30-minute run-time. It also provides excellent cleaning performance on a variety of surfaces.

The V7 was first released as a “bridge” between the V6 and V8 series – but it has now replaced the V6 entirely. It has an improved 30-minute run-time and includes Dyson’s “no-touch” dirt emptying system. All models in the series also come with a direct-drive cleaner head, which wasn’t the case with the V6.

In other respects the V7 is very similar to the V6 (and V8). At its core, it’s a lightweight stick model with a detachable handheld mode and relatively small dust capacity. It’s powered by two tiers of radial cyclones, has a “MAX” power mode for extra suction, and includes a docking station for storage.

The handheld mode is one of the best features of Dyson cordless models, as it’s great for cleaning above furniture or car interiors – although it’s not quite as convenient as a hose. The V7 also provides excellent cleaning performance on almost any surface, including carpets, hard floors and laminate.

As you would expect from an Animal vacuum, this model comes with a pet turbo tool and various other accessories (such as a crevice tool and combination tool.) The V7 probably isn’t powerful enough to replace your regular vacuum though – for that you’ll need the V11.

To summarise, if you’re looking for a powerful cordless vacuum cleaner but can’t afford the V11 series, the Dyson V7 Animal Plus is one to consider. It has great suction power and efficient filtration, plus the 30-minute run-time is much more reasonable than the short 20-minutes provided by the V6.

Note: There’s also a basic V7 Animal version that’s very similar to the Animal Plus. If you’re not sure which “V” model to buy, click here for our comparison of the V7 and V8 ranges.

Key Features:
  • Powerful cordless vacuum cleaner
  • Direct-drive cleaner head
  • Up to 30-minutes run-time
Specification:
  • Price Range: £££
  • Weight: 2.61kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.54 litres
  • Filter Type: Washable

6. Dyson V8 Absolute

Dyson V8 Absolute

Despite the release of the V11 and V15 Detect, the V8 Absolute is still one of the best cordless vacs on the market if you just need a machine for quick clean-ups.

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 old V6. It also has a max power mode and can convert into a handheld when needed.

We don’t think it’s quite a corded vacuum replacement though. While the Dyson V11 series can match the power of many corded vacs, the V8 Absolute is better suited to daily cleaning, with a full-size vacuum taking care of deeper weekly cleans. It also has a small dust capacity and lacks the advanced features of the V11.

Despite the drawbacks, we still think the V8 provides value for money. It’s powerful for a cordless vac, especially when on Max mode (although this greatly shortens the battery life). The long run time and outstanding floor heads also make it effective on almost any surface.

The Dyson V8 Absolute might not be Dyson’s top vacuum anymore, but don’t overlook it if you need a great cordless for a lower price than the V10 or V11. It’s powerful, lightweight and suitable for cleaning stairs, hard floors, carpets and almost anywhere else.

Full Review: Dyson V8 Animal Review

Key Features:
  • Powerful cordless that bridges the gap between the V7 and V10
  • 40 minute run-time
  • Two excellent floor heads
Specification:
  • Price Range: ££££
  • Weight: 2.61kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.54 litres
  • Filter Type: Washable

7. Dyson Small Ball Allergy

Dyson Small Ball Allergy

If you’re looking for a Dyson upright vacuum cleaner but don’t want to pay extra for a pet tool, then the Dyson Small Ball Allergy is a great choice. It’s an allergy-friendly machine with a powerful floorhead, strong suction, and a long power cord for more convenient cleaning. We also think it performs well on all flooring types.

As the name suggests, the Small Ball has a smaller “ball” than full-size Dyson uprights. This doesn’t affect the mobility though, as it’s still easy to steer around furniture. We’re also impressed with the Small Ball Allergy’s filtration system, as the HEPA filter does a great job at trapping dust, pet dander, and other allergenic particles.

The Small Ball Allergy provides excellent cleaning power on both carpets and hard floors. Our only complaint is that the strong suction can sometimes make it difficult to push on carpets, which is something to keep in mind if you have lots of plush carpeted floors. You can always reduce the power setting if it’s too hard though.

There are a few drawbacks to this model. The bin isn’t the easiest to empty, so you’ll need to empty it into an outdoor bin to avoid a cloud of dust escaping into the home. There also isn’t a motorised pet tool, so we don’t recommend it for pet owners.

Despite these issues, the Dyson Small Ball Allergy is one of the best Dyson vacuum cleaners in this price bracket. It’s powerful, provides strong all-round cleaning performance, and offers good value for money.

Full Review: Dyson Small Ball Allergy

Key Features:
  • Strong performance on all surfaces
  • Easy to manoeuvre due to Small Ball design
  • Good value for money
Specification:
  • Price Range: £££
  • Weight: 6.9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.2 litres
  • Filter Type: HEPA

How to Choose a Dyson Vacuum

The first step is to decide what you need from a Dyson 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 the best Dyson vacuum cleaner for you. Here’s an overview of factors that require consideration when buying a Dyson:

  • Type of vacuum. Dyson are currently best known for their cordless vacuums. These models (such as the V7, V10, and V11) are lightweight, simple to use, and great for cleaning difficult areas of the home. If you want an unlimited cleaning time, then Dyson also manufacture corded cylinder and upright vacuums.
  • Capacity. Dyson vacuums are all bagless, which means they have a smaller dust capacity than bagged alternatives. Some of their cordless vacuums are particularly small, with dust capacities of around 0.5 litres. If you want to reduce how often you need to empty your Dyson, make sure you check the dust capacity.
  • Extra Features. Dyson has introduced a number of interesting and useful features to the vacuum market, with one of the most famous being the Dyson Ball. This replaces fixed wheels with a large, single ball to increase mobility. The most modern Dyson cordless vacuums also include advanced features, like adaptive suction that automatically adjusts depending on the type of floor.
  • Multi-Floor, Animal, Absolute…What’s the Difference? Most Dyson vacuums have multiple models. The core vacuum is usually the same, but accessories and floorheads vary depending on which you buy. Make sure you know which model you’re buying and the accessories included.

You should also consider the price, weight, warranty 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.

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 nearly double that.

A Word About Price

Even the cheapest Dyson vacuum cleaners are more expensive than budget vacs, but it’s the cordless Dyson vacuum range that have the highest prices. If you’re looking for a lower priced option, then Dyson cylinder or upright machines provide better value.

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 container so it can’t escape. It does this by spinning air in a circular pattern to create centrifugal force. Modern Dyson vacs take this a step further, with two layers of cyclonic technology to force even smaller particles into the dust container.

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 not needing to buy replacement bags, they may not be suitable for people with allergies.

Tip: Confused about how Dyson compares to other brands? Shark are one of Dyson’s main competitors, so we’ve written an in-depth Dyson Vs Shark article to help you choose the right model.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the Cheapest Dyson Vacuum?

This is a difficult question to answer, as there are many Dyson models and prices change all the time.

In terms of upright vacuums, you should expect to pay at least £200. Models in the Small Ball range, for example, often cost between £200-£250.

There’s a much bigger price range for Dyson cordless vacuums. The cheapest Dyson cordless models cost around £250, but the priciest options cost more than double this.

What’s the Brief History of Dyson?

James Dyson, the inventor behind Dyson vacuums, built his first vacuum (DC01) back in the 1980s. He designed it to be both bagless and cyclonic, with the goal of preventing the suction loss associated with bagged vacuum cleaners.

While Dyson wasn’t the first to invent either bagless or cyclonic vacuums, he was the first to popularise vacuums that combined the two technologies. Since then, the company has continuously improved and enhanced their vacuums, while sticking to the same basic design principles.

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.

Here are our top picks:

Do you have any questions about the best Dyson vacuum cleaners? Or do you think there’s a model that deserves a place on this list? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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