Dyson makes products ranging from air-treatment gadgets to hair-care products, but the company is best known for its vacuum cleaners. When most people think of Dyson, they think of vacuums with powerful suction, smart engineering, and expensive price tags.
While most Dyson vacuums are quality machines, not all Dyson models are created equal. The smart home reviewers at Digital Trends regularly test vacuums, from uprights to robots to handhelds, and we’ve rounded up our picks for the best Dyson vacuums you can buy. If you’re looking for a robot vacuum or a different brand, check out our best robot vacuums guide or our best vacuums guide.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute
Type: Cordless stick vacuum
Weight: 5.9 pounds
Battery: The lithium-ion battery has up to 60 minutes of running time, and it takes 3.5 hours to fully charge.
The Cylone V10 Absolute is lightweight, ergonomic, and intelligently designed. Drop-in docking means you can mount it on your wall, so you can quickly grab the vac when needed. Whether you need to clean all your floors, suck up a quick mess, or get cobwebs from the corners, the V10 is the right tool. It quickly converts into a handheld while also maintaining exceptional performance.
Are you an allergy sufferer? The V10 has a whole-machine filtration system to seal in dust and dirt and release clean air back into your home. The V10 Absolute is extremely user-friendly and has exceptional suction power for a stick vacuum.
It comes with a host of accessories, including a wall mount, combination tool, crevice tool, mini motorized tool, and a mini soft dusting brush. It has a torque-drive cleaning head, and Dyson’s Digital V10 motor also has a ceramic shaft (as opposed to steel) that spins at up to 125,000 rpm. To grab smaller dirt particles, the V10 Absolute has 14 concentrically-arranged cyclones to maximize airflow and create considerable force.
Dyson V8 Absolute
Type: Cordless stick vacuum
Weight: 5.75 pounds
Battery: The lithium-ion battery has up to 40 minutes of running time, and it takes 3.5 hours to fully charge.
The Dyson V8 Absolute looks very similar to the V10, and the two machines are alike in a lot of ways. The V8 has similar features to the 10, but with slightly lower specs. For instance, the digital V8 motor spins slower (at 104,000 rpm), and the dust bin capacity is smaller. There are a few other differences in the V8 and V10 designs, but nothing so drastic that it takes too much away from the V8.
Overall, the V8 Absolute is still a stellar stick vacuum with outstanding performance and strong suction — it’s just the predecessor to the V10. If you want a more affordable Dyson stick vacuum, the V8 is a solid choice. If you opt for the V8 Animal instead of the Absolute, you’ll save a few more bucks (but you won’t get the hard floor cleaning head with the Animal, as the Absolute comes with a fluffy cleaning head that’s specifically designed for hard floors).
Dyson V11 Torque Drive
Type: Cordless stick vacuum
Weight: 6.68 pounds
Battery: The lithium-ion battery has up to 60 minutes of running time, and it takes 4.5 hours to fully charge.
Dyson pulled out all the stops with the V11 Torque Drive. It’s the most intelligent Dyson stick vacuum yet.
Sure, the V11 motor is more powerful, and we’ve come to expect that the next-generation Dyson Vacuum will be more powerful than its predecessor. But the V11 is much smarter, and that’s the key difference. One of the coolest features is the LCD display screen, which displays real-time reports (the vacuum monitors the system performance 8,000 times per second). It notifies you of the status of the battery and filter and lets you make adjustments. The cleaning head knows when it’s on carpet versus hard floor, and it automatically adjusts the power level accordingly in auto mode. The V11 is ultra-quiet, too, with acoustic engineering to absorb vibration noises.
Dyson Ball Multifloor 2
Weight: 15.6 pounds
Battery: None, corded
The Multifloor 2 is one of those every-person’s vacuums — a solid, all-purpose vacuum that’s reliable and affordable (well, affordable for a Dyson).
It has a washable filter, so you don’t need to purchase replacements. It has powerful suction, the ability to convert into a wand and reach high up, and attachments for cleaning stairs and hard-to-reach areas. The self-adjusting cleaning head and motorized brush bar allow for a deeper clean, while the cyclone technology allows the machine to collect even smaller dirt particles.
Dyson Ball Animal 2
Weight: 17.35 pounds
Appropriately named, the Animal 2 is specifically designed to help people with pets that tend to shed a lot. Dyson amped up the suction and designed the head to be self-cleaning, making this the perfect choice for tackling animal-related tangles or patches of hair (as well as spilled kibble, etc.).
The model includes the excellent Dyson-designed canister, and you can detach the nozzle and equip it with a turbine tool, stair tool, or combination tool for dealing with furniture, pet beds, and similar locations. The excellent seal in this vac will also help trap allergens, which is nice for preparing your home for people who may be more sensitive to pet dander.
Dyson DC39 Canister
Weight: 8.8 pounds
A canister vacuum provides much more flexibility while in use and a larger space to store debris, which means you get to work for longer without taking a trip to the trash. These qualities make this Dyson vac a particularly great option for whole-room cleaning, cleaning particularly large areas, and even professional carpet maintenance. Dyson’s ball technology helps traps as much dust as possible, and the canister is designed for effortless turning when you have to reposition. The dual-mode motor head brush with excellent handle controls is also great for maneuverability.