There are many different Dyson stick vacuums on the market today. There are the heavy upright hoovers suited for different floor surfaces, cordless for easy operation and manoeuvrability, handheld vacuum cleaners for portability and extended mobility. Dyson also makes ball and canister vacuums that combine the best of both worlds - great suction power with good enough mobility to help with those hard to reach corners in your home.
Our pick is the Dyson V8 Absolute. When it comes to absolute cleaning power, strong suction and amazing battery life the Dyson V8 series is unmatched in terms of quality and reliability. Yes, there are expensive but they are expensive for a reason - there is no competition to the might V8.
The battery life is amazing - 40 minutes on full charge should be enough to cover even the most demanding houses. It easily transforms into a handheld for powerful car and boat cleaning.
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 stick vacuum at all?
That really depends on lots of things and only you are the one can answer that question. A cordless hoover cannot always replace a corded one. Cordless vacuum cleaners usually has less suction power than corded ones. While they have a virtually unlimited operating reach they are severely limited by their battery life, especially compared to proper corded and upright vacuum cleaners.
Upright vacuum cleaners usually have larger dust canisters meaning you can clean longer with them before you have to empty the bin. It means less mess in the house and longer cleaning time without annoying interruptions to empty the bin.
Even the best of the Dyson cordless vacuums - 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 places in your home that need more thorough cleaning. 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, especially a multi-storey house.
The best case scenario is to have two vacuum cleaners - corded (upright or canister) with 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 if you need to quickly hoover up the car or the boat. That, of course, can be an expensive way of doing things 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 cordless vacuum cleaner.
The Top Stick Vacuum Cleaners of 2017
Let's take a look at what I think are the best cordless stick vacuums. The table below is designed to compare the best Dyson stick vacuums and help you make an informed decision which is the one that works for you.
The Best Cordless
40 Mins Normal
115 Air Watts
Best For Pet Hair
30 Mins Normal
100 Air Watts
Best Dyson To Buy
20 Mins Normal
100 Air Watts
Best For Hard Floors
V6 Total Clean
20 Mins Normal
100 Air Watts
1. Dyson V8 Absolute – The Best Stick Vacuum Cleaner
As you can see from the table above, the Dyson V8 Absolute is unsurpassed in terms of suction power, canister volume, battery life, and performance. There are a few if any, cordless hoovers that can compete with it, even outside Dyson’s family. It is by far the cordless Dyson with the best suction.
The V8 is a beast in every term of the meaning. The battery outlasts everything in its class an more. Even Shark’s flagship stick hoover, the HV380, offers only 22 minutes of running time with full charge. Compared to that, the V8 battery lasts twice as that. The canister capacity of the V8 is massive too – more than half a liter of dust and debris storage.
There are a few downsides too, though. It is far from perfect but for a different reason that you might think of. While the cleaning performance and suction power are magnificent, so is the price. Yes, the V8 is quite expensive, even the most basic combination of tools, like the V8 Animal, with cost you over $350 (£350 or €350 depending on where in the world you are). That is an expensive price to pay for a vacuum cleaner, be it even a Dyson one.
The charging time from empty is quite long too. It takes over five hours to charge to full. That is quite a long time, especially if you have to clean a large house or a big office with it. Yes, the 40 minutes should be enough for most but if you switch to MAX power the total cleaning time drops below 7 minutes. If you forget to switch it back to normal and you run out of juice, there will be a five hours break till you recharge it back to full.
2. Dyson V7 Animal – The Best Vacuum For Pet Hair
If the V8 is out of your price range, and let’s be honest here – it is for most people, the V7 Animal is definitely the next best stick vacuum. The Dyson V7 Animal is the perfect combination of power, battery life, and performance. You can check out the Dyson V7 full review here, but in the meantime, here is a quick overview of this new Dyson model.
It costs significantly less than the V8 in any variation, but it offers very similar performance and battery life. It is hard to distinguish between them too – the V7 is much more of a V8 than an upgraded V6. They share the same technology and features – upgraded battery life, although smaller than the V8, bigger canister than the V6, and almost the same weight as the V6.
The V7 Animal is a very competent cordless stick vacuum and sits nicely between the V8 and the V6 series in both price and performance. In my humble opinion, it is the most sensible choice when it comes to buying your next cordless Dyson vacuum cleaner.
The V7 cordless vacuum comes with everything that you need to pick up pet hair and it is especially useful for pets that shed like there is no tomorrow. It comes with a Crevice tool for quick crevices and corners cleaning, quick-release Motorhead that is specially designed for hair, both human and pet, and the traditional Dyson Motorhead that is suitable for cleaning all sorts of floors – carpet, stone, tile, wood and anything else in between.
The charge time is shorter compared to the V8 Animal. While the V8 takes over five hours to fully charge from empty, the V7 version takes only three and a half hours. While the run time is shorter, 30 minutes should be plenty to clean even a relatively large house. The recharge time is comparable to the rest of the Dyson cordless range and it is not as bad as the V8 version.
How does the V7 compare to V8?
Besides battery life, there are few differences between the V7 and the V8. There is minimal difference in suction power. The V7 at MAX mode delivers 100 air watts at suction power compared to the 115 air watts of the V8. The interesting thing is that in normal mode the V7 delivers less power than both the V6 and the V8. While the V8 and the V6 both deliver 28 air watts in normal mode, the Dyson V7 Animal delivers only 21 AW of suction. It is surprising to see and I suspect that it might be a typo in the Dyson blueprints because I really feel that the V7 is a bit stronger than V6 when cleaning. That might be due to an upgraded intake or motorized tool but I am not sure about the situation. Here are the suction powers of all three cordless vacuums:
- Dyson V8 – 28 Air Watts in NORMAL mode for 40 minutes. 115 Air Watts in MAX mode for 7 minutes.
- Dyson V7 – 21 Air Watts in NORMAL mode for 30 minutes. 100 Air Watts in MAX mode for 7 minutes.
- Dyson V6 – 28 Air Watts in NORMAL mode for 20 minutes. 100 Air Watts in MAX mode for 6 minutes.
3. Dyson V6 Animal – The Best Cordless Dyson Vacuum To Buy
The V6 Animal has been a solid cordless vacuum for couple of years already. Even now, with the presence of the V7 and the V8, it still serves as the vacuum of choice for many households all the world, I included, of course. It is probably still the best Dyson vacuum cleaner to buy.
It is already a proven performer even compared to the superior V8 Animal. It has the same suction power in Normal mode – 28 AW, little less in MAX mode but not by much – only 15% down compared to the V8. The runtime in Normal mode is only 20 minutes compared to the V8 but there is a trick you can use to extend that time.
By using the trigger smartly, meaning releasing it while moving from room to room, and take breaks between finishing each area, the V6 battery life should be more than enough to clean a regular sized house in one go. I live in a two-story house and the 20 minutes are more than enough to finish it up in one run – no recharges necessary.
The main advantage of the V6 over the V7 and the V8 is the steal of a price that it can be found online from time to time. Yes, I’ve personally seen the V6 Animal for less than 200 dollars online. Equally, in the UK I’ve seen it sold for less than £175 which is a very good price for such a competent cleaner. We have a full review of the already proven V6 here.
4. V6 Total Clean – The Best Dyson For Hard Floors
While all the stick hoovers mentioned above can clean most floor types effectively, the stiff bristles of most Animal variations can scratch up or otherwise damage your precious wooden floors. There are no deep scratches by any means, but you can definitely see some swirls after cleaning and they multiply with each passing cleaning cycle.
While there is an Animal roller head that should be sufficient for most floor types, the one that is best for hard floors by far is the Dyson V6 Fluffy head, only present in the V6 Total Clean. What sets it apart from the competition is the specially designed Fluffy motorized head. It is specifically designed for hardwood floors with a fluffy roller, covered with a very soft fabric and carbon bristles. It cleans hard floors gently and effectively. Larger particles are gently wrapped around the fluffy cloth and safely put away in the canister. The carbon bristles create a static charge that attracts and lifts even the finest dust without scratching the floor and do any damage to it. Here is the full review of the V6 Total Clean as well.
Ultimately, the choice is yours! I can't really force your decision, can I? Without a doubt the V8 Absolute is by far the most well-rounded and performing cordless vacuums made by Dyson. What's more is that it has one of the longest lasting battery amongst them all. It lasts the astonishing 40 minutes in normal mode, deliver over 28 air watts of suction power. Yes, the MAX power is sitting in a bit over 115 AW, but with that power the battery life drops to only 7 minutes. This is not enough for a thorough house cleaning so I'd advise against using the MAX power most of the time. The V8 is a technical marvel in every way but if you want it you will have to shell out some serious cash.
If you have the budget for the V8 Absolute you should definitely buy it. You simply can't go wrong with it!
If you don't have the funds for it, there are two options. Choose between a low equipped V7 and a high equipped V6. Which one to choose is ultimately up to you and I really hope that you are now a bit more informed now after reading up this article.