There are many different Dyson vacuum cleaners on the market today. There are heavy upright hoovers for different floor surfaces, cordless ones for easy operation and maneuverability, handheld vacuum cleaners for portability and extended mobility. Dyson also makes ball and cylinder vacuums that combine the best of both worlds - great suction power with good enough mobility to reach those hard corners in your home.
What Do We Look Into When Comparing Dyson Hoovers?
- Dimensions - The actual physical dimension of each hoover.
- Bin Capacity - The physical volume of the dust bin - how much rubbish it can collect before you have to empty it out.
- Suction Power (Air Watts) – AirWatts is a new measuring unit created to measure the suction power of vacuum cleaners. Regular watts were used before, but this can be highly inaccurate since manufacturers used to put powerful motors, but that didn't always reflect on increased suction power - just more energy consumed and more powerful motor on paper. Since that can me confusing and in some cases misleading, most vacuum cleaner manufacturers, including Dyson, provide Air Watts as a power measure.
- Battery Capacity - Similar to Air Watts, Volts were used as a unit of measure for vacuum cleaners battery power. Since this can be highly inaccurate and increased voltage didn't necessarily mean increased power, battery capacity is now the default measure - just a simple unit to provide how long the hoover can run before battery exhaustion.
- Charging time – This is the time that it takes to fully charge the battery from empty.
- Running time – This is the measure of how long the hoover will operate before completely exhausting the battery power.
- Variable Power - This is an indication whether the vacuum cleaner has an option to reduce or increase the suction power while cleaning.
- Attachments – This is descriptive of all the attachments and accessories that come with your Dyson hoover by default - the more the merrier.
- Cord Length - This is the electrical cord length in meters. It is related to the following operating radius - the longer the cord - the bigger the operational radius.
- Operating Radius – This is the radius from the electrical outlet to the farthest point the vacuum cleaner can reach while plugged.
- Weight – Heaviness of the vacuum cleaner.
- Warranty - The manufacturer specified warranty period where you don't have to pay for any service if the hoover is faulty.
Do I need a cordless hoover at all?
That really depends and only you can answer that question. A cordless hoover cannot always replace the corded one. The cordless vacuum cleaners are usually weaker than the corded one and while they have a virtually unlimited operating radius, they are severely limited by their battery charge, especially compared to proper corded and upright vacuum cleaners.
Corded vacuum cleaners usually have larger dust bins meaning you can clean longer with them before you have to empty the dust bin. This means less mess in the house and longer cleaning time without annoying interruptions to empty the dust bin.
Even the best of the Dyson cordless hoovers - the Dyson V8 - has only 40 minutes charge time before you have to plug it in for 5 hours. Yes, you read that correctly - 5 hours. The problem comes when you have some areas in your home that need thorough cleaning - the even the V8 can't help as it has only 7 minutes of charge on MAX power. Nobody can clean the whole house in 7 minutes if it is multi-floor, fully carpeted house.
The best case scenario is to have two vacuum cleaners - corded (upright or cylinder) with very high suction power for those tricky areas in your home and a cordless one when you need a quick spot cleaning after your pet or a baby or you need to quickly hoover up the car or the boat, if you are that lucky. That, of course, can be an expensive endeavor and it is definitely not for everyone. That's why we decided to explore the best of both worlds and help you make the educated choice when choosing your next Dyson vacuum cleaner.
The Best Upright Dyson Vacuum Cleaners
Upright Dyson vacuum cleaners, as the name suggests, are heavy, less mobile vacuum cleaners with great suction power but with somewhat limited mobility. They are usually designed for large, flat households where there is lots of open space and just a number of stairs and levels. Some businesses who can afford to invest in Dyson prefer upright hoovers for their cleaning staff because of the great suction power and reliability of Dyson products.
So here comes the question - which is the best Dyson upright hoover? We took four of the best uprights and compared them in-house to bring you the best comparison possible. You'll see how much they weigh, suction power, bin volume and much more. So here it goes:
The Best Upright Dyson Vacuums Compared
DC40 Multi Floor
DC41 Mark II Multi Floor
DC55 Total Clean
The Best Upright
DC75 Cinetic Total Clean
As you can see in the table above there isn’t really a major or a substantially different feature between all the models listed above. They all have very similar bin capacities with the Dyson DC40 having the smallest bin. They are all very similar in suction power with the big boy DC75 being the strongest, which is pretty normal considering the differences in price.
The main differences between all the upright hoovers here are the type of accessories they come with, the price and the technologies incorporated in those vacuum cleaners.
The DC40 is the lightest and most compact of them all – it weighs only 6.6 kilograms, it has almost the same suction power as the big boys, it is more maneuverable than all of them. The downside is that it has a smaller bin compared to the rest of them which means you will have to empty it more often if you’re doing some serious cleaning.
The DC41 is considered an improvement to the DC40 in terms of suction power, mobility and usability but that negatively affects the price and the weight of the hoover. The Dyson DC41 has 400 ml bigger dust bin but it weighs 1200 grams more that the predecessor. It is a bit more expensive as well – a lot of people are questioning whether they are getting a vastly improved vacuum compared to the DC40 or is it just a marketing trick to get a bit more money out of the consumer? Well, that is up to you to decide, but keep in mind that the DC41 is a newer model, comes with more attachments and it has a bigger dust bin meaning spending less time emptying it out after a big cleaning. The DC41 has a longer cable as well – you can reach farther than the DC40 so you’ll spend less time plugging and unplugging the new model compared to the old one.
Let’s see how the DC55 and DC75 compare to each other. The DC75 is definitely the bigger and heavier vacuum cleaner but not by much. It has a marginally bigger dust bin than the DC55, but it is almost a kilogram heavier. There are numerous issues reported with the DC55. Most of the reviewers out there seems to like it but we can;t really recommended in good faith. The DC75 is a much more powerful as well but don’t let the air watts fool you – they both have very similar suction power and they both do an equally good job when cleaning tough floors and surfaces. They are both equally loud, sitting and 87 decibels both. I can’t really see a single reason to prefer the 55 over the 75 unless you budget is really tight and you are not ready to shell out a bit more money for the top of the range model.
Our Pick: Dyson DC 41 II Multi Floor
Our pick falls onto the DC41 II Multi Floor. It ticks all the right boxes and more. It is a solid all-rounder and more than an adequate performer. It has a decent bin size – 2.1 liters, great suction power, and enough extensions to not need another hoover in the house. It is a bit heavier than the DC40 but the weight is well justified – bigger bin size, more powerful motor, HEPA filter, power adjustment and a longer cable that most. It offers great cleaning radius before you have to unplug. The price is reasonable as well – there are often refurbished deals and genuine offerings in the range of 200-250 quid. We aim to share Dyson deals as soon as they become available from reputable retailers so keep an eye on our deals section and you might find your next Dyson bargain! See the DC 41 Multi Floor detailed review here.
The Best Dyson Cylinder Hoovers
The Dyson cylinder vacuums cleaner series represent a more traditional types fo vacuum cleaners – the ones we are more accustomed to seeing in most homes. They still have the trademark futuristic look and the latest and greatest from a technology point of view, but they are a bit more mobile, more flexible and lighter that the big boys – the upright hoovers.
The Best Cylinder Dyson Vacuums Compared
Best Cylinder Vacuum
Big Ball Cinetic
DC54 Multi Floor
DC53 Total Clean
DC39 Multi Floor
As you can see there aren't any major differences in Dyson’s cylinder vacuums. The major differences, again, are in price and accessories included. The most notable differences are the Radial Root Cyclone and the Cinetic technologies used in the different generations hoovers. You can see that they all have very similar bin capacities, extremely similar suction power in Air Watts, similar operation radius, and cord lengths. The Big Ball Cinetic is the newest and most modern vacuum cleaners amongst them and the price reflects that. The Cinetic technology claims better suction power and cleaner air versus the Radial Root. According to Dyson Cinetic vacuums have suction tips that oscillate at 5KHz to ensure proper air movement and prevent tiny particles from entering and blocking the air filter. The result is extremely clean exhaust air and great reduction of allergens in the air. The Radial Root Cyclone, on the other hand, ensures that air movement stays consistent by reducing turbulence and maintaining correct air pressure. They are both fantastic technologies proprietary to Dyson hoovers only and allowing them to command the premium they are charging to own a Dyson cleaner today.
The Best Cordless Dyson Vacuums Compared
The Dyson cordless range of vacuum cleaners represents the best of the best in suction power, battery life, bin capacity and cleaning power. No other cordless hoover on the market today has better cleaning power and functionality than the Dyson ones. As usual, there are some minor differences between models. The most notable ones are the motors used and accessories included. Please take a look at the table below to see the major differences between all the hoovers and we’ll go over all the details after.
The Best Dyson Cordless Hoovers
Best For Animals
Dyson V7 Animal
DC59 ( V6 )
I can't really find any fault in the Dyson cordless range of vacuum cleaners. All of them are superb products in their class and and few, if any, can touch them in terms of performance, battery life and cleaning power. As you can see from the table above the Dyson V8 Absolute hoover easily outperforms to competition but it comes with a very steep price to pay. It has 15 Air watts more suction that the Dyson V6 (any variations). The battery lasts twice as long as the V6, the dust bin is a bit bigger as well. The old DC59 is the new V6 so there is really no difference between the two instead of the name and branding. The only innovation here is the much-improved battery of the V8 and the better DC motor installed on it. Once we review the Dyson V7 we will update the list. We have to see how the V7 compares to the V6 and the V8.
Update - The Dyson V7 surpassed all our expectation and it easily replaced the V6 as our Best Cordless Dyson choice.
If I had the funds to buy the Dyson V8 I certainly would, but when the V6 can often be found online for less than 200 quid I see no reason to shell out close to 500 for the V8. That’s just my 5 cents though. If you can afford the V8 please, by any means, buy it.
The Best Handheld Dyson Hoovers
Handheld Dyson’s are nothing more than a modified cordless model featuring some helpful extensions and tools and to help with it designated task. For example, the Dyson V6 Car and Boat will have some unique tools and accessories to help you clean your car or boat more efficiently. The Dyson V6 Mattress will also have some specific mattress tools but in reality, they are nothing more than a standard Dyson V6 with some extra tools minus the long tube and the motorized floor tool.
Let’s see our comparison table for the current Dyson handheld models:
The Best Handheld Dyson Vacuums Compared
Best Of Dyson Handheld Hoovers in 2017
As you see there is virtually no difference between the models besides different colours and different tools included in the box. The all have same motors, the same bin volumes, the same battery times and suction power. The only difference between the cordless V6 and the handheld V6 models made by Dyson is the accessories included. Yes, there is a significant difference between the Dyson V8 and any of the V6 handhelds due to the different, more powerful V8 motor and the extended battery life, but between the V6 cordless and the Dyson V6 Handheld the only difference is the colours and accessories included.
Our Pick: Dyson V6 Trigger Pro
It's really hard to pick between these hoovers as they are a bit specific in their nature. If you need a car and boat hoover, for example, we can't recommend you the mattress one or the V6 Top Dog. Vice versa we can't recommend the V6 Mattress if you need the V6 Top Dog, for example. There is a model that ticks most of the boxes here and that model is the V6 Trigger Pro. It is a solid performer and it can easily substitute any of the other vacuum cleaners given the right attachments.