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What Is Dyson’s Detangling Technology?

Written by James Hall |

Dyson detangling

Are you intrigued by the “detangling” label that’s started to appear on Dyson vacuums? Here’s an overview of the company’s detangling technology, how it works, and whether it’s effective.

No one wants to waste time cleaning their vacuum cleaner! Unfortunately, all vacuums need regular maintenance to make sure they continue to function effectively.

One of the most annoying tasks for pet owners (or people with long hair) is removing hair from the brush bar. That’s why Dyson has developed detangling technology for their new Motorbar floorhead, with the goal of preventing hair from getting caught around the brush.

Dyson isn’t the first company to design technology for preventing hair wrapping. Notably, Shark has been selling vacuums with their anti-hair wrap technology for several years now. However, the Dyson system has been built from the ground up by their engineers and aims to be the most effective on the market.

Let’s take a closer look at the Dyson detangling system and Motorbar floorhead to see whether it really works.

What Is Dyson’s Detangling Technology?

Dyson’s detangling technology is found on their new Motorbar floorhead. This floorhead has been added to some of their existing cordless vacuums, including the Dyson V8 and Dyson V10. It’s also included with new Dyson uprights, such as the Dyson Ball Animal.

It’s worth noting that this is not the same technology as the Dyson V15’s hair screw tool. This is a smaller tool that has a conical design to prevent hair wrapping.

Instead, the new Motorbar brush bar has a set of hair removal vanes. These are angled towards the centre of the floorhead.

As hair spins around the brush, the vanes migrate the fibres along the bar and into the bin, rather than it getting caught around the brush.

Note: Make sure you check the vacuum you’re buying contains a floorhead with detangling technology. Some shops are still selling old stock, which may not include the newer floorhead.

Does It Really Work?

At the time of writing this article, we’ve been testing the latest version of the Dyson V10 Absolute. This model includes the Motorbar floorhead with hair removal vanes.

So far, we’ve been really impressed by how little hair has become caught around the brush bar. It’s early days, but the system seems to be very effective at ensuring longer hair ends up in the dust bin rather than around the brush bar.

One thing we’ve noticed is that the detangling technology doesn’t work as well for thicker strands, such as rug fibres. It’s great for preventing hairs from getting caught around the brush bar though.

Who Should Buy It?

Dyson’s detangling system is aimed at pet owners, but we think it’s a useful feature for people with long hair too. We don’t think you should buy a vacuum just for the detangling technology, as there are many other considerations, but it’s certainly a feature that’s worth having.

The good news is that Dyson seems to be including the technology with most of their latest vacuums, so you don’t need to pay extra for a “Pet” model to get it.

Does The Soft Roller Have Detangling Technology?

The Soft Roller is Dyson’s hard floor tool. As the name suggests, it has a softer brush bar to prevent scattering and protect hard floors from scratches.

At the time of writing this article, the Soft Roller floorhead does not have detangling technology. This may change in the future, although the soft nature of this brush bar may make it more difficult for Dyson to design an effective detangling system.

How Does It Compare To Shark’s Anti-Hair Wrap?

As you may know, Shark also has a system to prevent hair from getting caught around the brush bars. They call this “anti-hair wrap”, and it’s available on most of Shark’s newer vacuum cleaners.

The system is similar to Dyson’s, although it works in a slightly different way. There’s still a comb, but this removes hair from the brush bar rather than migrating it towards the entrance of the floorhead.

Shark is quite tight-lipped about how their comb actually removes hair. It seems that the comb separates both long and short hair, before removing it from the brush bar so it can enter the bin.

In our experience, the Shark system does a decent job, but it doesn’t prevent all hair from getting caught around the brush. We think Dyson’s system is a bit more effective, although both options are great for reducing how often you need to cut away hair from the brush.


During our testing, we’ve found that Dyson’s detangling technology is more than just a gimmick.

It really does prevent hair from getting caught around the brush bar. So, if you have pets, or your home has humans with long hair, then the Motorbar floorhead could save you time.

Do you have any questions about Dyson’s detangling system? Or have you tried it and want to give your thoughts? Please use the comments section below.

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