The Best Dyson Vacuum

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With so many vacuum cleaner manufacturers out there, all saying that their models are the best, it can be hard to decide which brand to choose when it comes time for you to get a new vacuum cleaner. ​Dyson, however, as long been a vacuum brand you can trust. Founded in 1991 by James Dyson, the company has always been about producing extremely high quality vacuums with cutting edge technology.

​The Best Dyson Vacuum

​The best Dyson vacuum is going to have extremely high suction power. Dyson vacuums are very versatile, often able to handle thick carpet, hardwood floors, and upholstery, all in the same vacuum. ​They are going to have the most options for cleaning up pet hair. Typically, Dyson's come with a plethora of extensions for unique situations. 

What is the best Dyson vacuum to buy? Before getting into the reviews of our top 5 models, lets talk a little about what makes up a best rated Dyson vacuum cleaner.

​What Makes the Best Dyson Vacuum?

You’ve likely seen plenty of television commercials for Dyson vacuum cleaners, and wonder if they really do live up to all of the hype. In short... yes, they do. Dyson has spent many years researching and developing bagless technology, and in many areas Dyson is the best-selling vacuum cleaner brand. Other companies have come up with their own similar products, but they have yet to come close to the quality offered by Dyson.

Most Dyson products score high, and are often recommended because of their high quality. Most customers are more than satisfied with their Dyson vacuum cleaners, because they tend to outperform the other brands. They have a loyal following that swears by their product.

Dyson boasts that their vacuum cleaners have loads of suction power, and they are right. Dyson upright vacuum cleaners tend to be among the most popular, because of their suction power and maneuverability.

If you are in the market for a stick vacuum or handheld vacuum cleaner, Dyson offers plenty of great options to choose from. In fact, Dyson is a leading player in the stick vacuum market, due in part to their small motor technology, which they have spent a lot of time and money developing. ​Let’s take a look at which Dyson vacuum is the best.

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum

The ​Dyson Ball Animal Upright Vacuum​ upright vacuum cleaner has the strongest suction of any vacuum that you will find on the market. It has more than enough power for the heaviest of carpet cleaning tasks, and it can be used on a variety of surfaces, including carpet, wood, vinyl, and tiles. Put frankly, the amount of suction that this vacuum has is pretty crazy. 

The self-adjusting cleaner head seals the machine right to your carpet, providing more than enough suction for all of your vacuuming needs. As you navigate between carpet to hardwood floor, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 automatically adjusts the cleaning head to create a seal. 

If you have a lot of traffic in your home, you need a powerful vacuum cleaner that is going to clean up everything from mud to pet hair and more. This is definitely an option you need to consider, because it is powerful enough to clean just about anything from your carpets and hard flooring surfaces. This vacuum cleaner comes with all of the tools you need, including a tangle-free turbine tool, a stair tool, and a combination tool.

You can clean your floors, upholstery, and even your ceiling with this powerful vacuum cleaner that is easy to use and hang onto. The self-adjusting cleaner head automatically lowers depending on the surface it is cleaning. There is a handy little feature known as the instant release want, that lets you easily clean underneath furniture, and even the ceiling.

This vacuum cleaner comes with a five-year warranty for parts and labor if there are any manufacturer defect. It’s not difficult to see why this model is one of the best Dyson vacuum for carpet.

  • ​Upright Corded Vacuum
  • ​35 ft cord
  • ​17.5 lbs
  • ​HEPA filter
  • ​Hygenic bin emptying
  • ​Bagless

​Why Buy?

​Unbelievably powerful and versatile, this vacuum has got what you need.

Dyson V6 Cord Free Vacuum

​The Dyson V6 stick vacuum received the highest numerical score among stick vacuums in the J.D. Power 2017 Vacuum Satisfaction Study. For this survey, J.D. Power took the opinions of consumers who purchased a stick vacuum in the previous 12 months.

The​ Dyson V6 Cord Free Bagless Vacuum Cleaner is easy to use, and since it has no cord, you can use it just about anywhere in your home, without needing an electrical outlet. You get up to 20 minutes of continuous suction power, and the trigger releases instantly so you can move around without wasting the battery.

The motorized cleaner head cleans all types of floor surfaces, from carpeting to hardwood floors, and it can remove dust from hard floors. You're probably noticing a trend - most Dyson vacuum cleaners are made to handle the majority of surfaces you have in your house. This is one of the things that makes Dyson unique - most of their vacuum cleaners come as a virtual full package.

​This is one of the best cordless stick vacuums on the market. You don’t have to plug it in, or drag a heavy cord around with you. It has plenty of suction, and it is fade-free. As long as the trigger is pressed, you are going to get constant suction with no fading. 

You won’t have to worry about dust particles flying through the air, as the carbon fiber filaments will help to get rid of fine dust particles from most surfaces, including wood floors. One thing to note - no HEPA filter with the Dyson V6.

This vacuum cleaner can turn into a handheld version, making cleaning stairs a breeze. Even if you are cleaning your ceiling, this vacuum cleaner is easy to use. The center of gravity is near the grip, making it lightweight so it isn’t going to strain your back or arms.

Speaking of lightweight, the Dyson V6 Cord Free weighs in at only 4.5 lbs. It is a very lightweight stick vacuum, one of the lightest made.

Because of the fact it can be used as a handheld vacuum, we have to say this is one of the best Dyson vacuum for pet hair and hardwood floors.

  • ​Cordless Stick Vacuum
  • ​20 mins of power
  • ​4.5 lbs
  • ​Also a Handheld Vacuum
  • ​Bagless
  • ​Inexpensive (for Dyson)

​Why Buy?

​One of the most highly-reputable vacuums in the market-- And it is for a reason.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum

The ​Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal 2 Bagless Cylinder Vacuum is an upright vacuum that offers premium suction power​. This model is the continuation of their Multi Floor series, and adds increased suction compared to the previous model. It has a self-adjusting cleaner head that seals in the suction so you can use this vacuum on just about any surface, from carpeting to hardwood floors. 

The radial root cyclone technology allows you to capture more microscopic particles than any other vacuum cleaner you will find on the market today, and it can be used for cleaning furniture as well as floors.

One of our favorite features about this vacuum cleaner is the instant-release wand that lets you clean in those hard-to-reach areas, including up high and beneath furniture. Sometimes upright vacuums can make this process difficult (or, at least, time consuming). So we loved seeing this feature, it makes cleaning under furniture pretty easy.

This machine turns on a dime, making it super-easy to maneuver. You can instantly change direction simply with the turn of your wrist. It’s that easy. Again, this isn't always the case with an upright vacuum, so its worth mentioning.

​As mentioned earlier, the self-adjusting cleaner head ensures that you are going to get amazing suction power, no matter what type of surface you are cleaning. This vacuum cleaner is ideal for all types of flooring, even the most delicate hardwood flooring. It allows for flexible cleaning from floor to ceiling, and has a wand as well as a long-reach hose that lets you get into small or high spaces.

Cleaning the vacuum is easy. Simply push a button to release, and your hands never come into contact with any dirt. This machine is certified to be asthma and allergy friendly, and comes with a ​HEPA filter.

​If you have decided on buying a Dyson upright vacuum, then you might be between this model and the Dyson Ball Animal 2, previously reviewed. They are about the same price and have very similar features. At the end of the day, both are amazing vacuum cleaners. We would give the slight edge to the Animal 2 because it has slightly stronger suction.

  • ​Upright Corded Vacuum
  • ​31 ft cord
  • ​16 lbs
  • ​HEPA filter
  • ​Hygenic bin emptying
  • ​Bagless

​Why Buy?

​Picks up ​the smallest of particles, and makes cleaning so much easier.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball ​Multifloor Upright Vacuum Corded

Dyson introduced this vacuum to solve the problem of vacuum cyclones clogging and losing suction. Their Cinetic technology is that solution, and Dyson brought it to market in the Cinetic Big Ball Multifloor vacuum. Tired of dirty filters getting clogged and effecting your vacuum's performance? This might be the Dyson for you.

In a nutshell, the Cinetic technology creates centrifical forces to separate the microscopic dust that clogs other vacuums. It doesn't utilize a traditional filter to trap dirt and dust, and thus there isn't anything to clog or get dirty.

​​Because of this, the ​Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner is one of the easiest to use​ - you never have to worry about cleaning or replacing dirty filters. In fact, you never have to touch any dirt at all, making this one of the cleanest vacuum cleaners you will ever use.

Some vacuum cleaners just aren’t meant to be used for pet hair (and some that are don’t do what they are supposed to do). This model is different. ​The Cinetic science that Dyson uses to capture particles ​make it ideal for cleaning up pet hair and eliminating pet dander from the air. It has a self-adjusting cleaner head, and it seals in the suction so you can use it on all types of flooring, from carpeting to hardwood floors.

Let’s look at that Cinetic technology again. This vacuum cleaner uses Dyson Cinetic tips that oscillate, preventing microscopic dust particles from blocking airflow. This means that this machine doesn’t need a pre-motor filter, which in turn means that it isn’t going to lose suction. So less cleaning of filters for you, but it also means longer lasting suction power. 

​In combo with the cinetic technology, Dyson includes whole machine HEPA filtration. As Dyson puts it, no machine out there expels cleaner air back into your home. Because of this, we vote this Dyson as the best Dyson vacuum for pet hair and hardwood floors.

  • ​Upright Corded Vacuum
  • ​35 ft cord
  • ​19 lbs
  • ​Cinetic cleaning technology
  • ​​Whole vacuum HEPA filtration
  • ​Bagless

​Why Buy?

​User-friendly and cleans thoroughly, this vacuum is the one for you.

Dyson V8 Animal Cord Free Vacuum, Iron/Titanium

The ​Dyson V8 Animal Cord Free Vacuum is the ideal machine for any household that has pets. Now you're probably thinking - didn't we just recommend the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball for pets? We did! However, the Dyson V8 is another great option for pets, but is uniquely different, and we'll go through that.

For starters, the Dyson V8 Animal is the best cordless stick vacuum for pet hair. The Dyson Cinetic Upright Vacuum, on the other hand, is corded, and significantly heavier. So that is the biggest difference. As such, we ended up ​recommending the Dyson Cinetic for pet hair on hardwood floors, because the weight isn't nearly as much of a factor. But if you want a cordless, lightweight option, the Dyson V8 Animal is best.

​As mentioned, the Dyson V8 Animal is cord and hassle-free, and offers more suction than many of the leading competitors. You can get as much as 40 minutes of powerful suction that will not fade, so you can easily clean your entire home on a single charge.

As with all Dyson cord​less vacuum cleaners, you can convert this one into a handheld for spot-cleaning. It comes with a docking station, a combination tool, a crevice tool, a mini motorized tool, and a soft dusting brush. The powerful motor in the brush bar helps to suck up even the most ground-in pet hair.

If anyone in your household suffers from allergies to dust, pet dander, etc., this vacuum cleaner can help. The whole machine HEPA filtration system helps to capture allergens and keep them from getting back into the air, so your entire family is breathing cleaner air in the home. ​

With no cord, and the ability to be turned into a handheld, this vacuum cleaner is one of the most hassle-free that you will find. ​With up to 40 minutes of fade-free suction, and you can easily clean the stairs, ceilings, and even furniture and inside your car. Easily clean this vacuum in a single action without ever touching any of the dirt.

This Dyson is really amazing. It packs incredibly strong suction power, and fantastic options for pet owners. And yet, it is a cordless, lightweight stick vacuum with an extremely long run time. It's hard to pass the Dyson V8 Animal Cord-Free Stick Vacuum up.

  • ​Cordless Stick Vacuum
  • ​40 mins of power
  • ​10 lbs
  • ​​​Whole vacuum HEPA filtration
  • ​Also a Handheld Vacuum
  • ​Bagless

​Why Buy?

​Virtually identical to the more expensive V8 Absolute, this is the best Dyson if you have pets.

Dyson Big Ball Multifloor Canister Vacuum

The ​Dyson Cinetic Big Ball is a multi-floor canister vacuum cleaner that is designed to be used on all types of floors, from carpeting to hardwood flooring. It is built with Ball technology, which allows it to be easily steered, even in the tightest of spaces. Note that this is a canister vacuum, which means that the hose and wand are separated from the vacuum unit. This is the only Dyson canister vacuum on our list. 

The turbine has nylon bristles that are stiff enough to get rid of ground-in dirt in carpeting, and soft, carbon fiber filaments for gently cleaning hard floor surfaces without leaving any scratches. This machine is made with the only turbine head that you can control right at the handle so you don’t have to bend down to adjust.

​As with other Dyson vacuums mentioned, the whole machine HEPA filtration system helps to trap allergens as well as bacteria, and keep it in the machine until you clean it out. No particles will be released back into the air, which is going to help keep your air cleaner and everyone will breathe easier. This is certified to be asthma and allergy friendly.

This vacuum cleaner uses radial root cyclone technology to channel the airflow through the center of the assembly. This creates a more efficient flow, better air pressure, and the most suction possible so you can pick up even the microscopic dust particle on any surface in your home.

This Dyson features a carbon fiber turbine head, which means that the dirt and dust the vacuum picks up passes through a carbon filter. This allows it to remove a significant amount of the micro-dirt that is in your air.

The ball technology allows you to easily maneuver this vacuum. Simply give it a pull and it will follow along behind you like an obedient puppy. Canister vacuums are preferred for maneuverability.

The Dyson ​Big Ball Multifloor Canister Vacuum received the highest numerical score among canister vacuums in the J.D. Power 2017 Vacuum Satisfaction Study. ​So, take that to heart! This canister model gets our vote for the best Dyson vacuum for stairs.

  •  Corded Canister Vacuum
  • ​21 ft cord
  • ​17.5 lbs
  • ​Hygenic dirt ejector
  • ​Carbon fiber turbine head
  • ​Bagless

​Why Buy?

​Swivel-steering combined with powerful suction packs a punch.


If you have been considering getting a vacuum cleaner, any of the models we have discussed today are considered some of the best Dyson vacuum options on the market. They all have plenty of suction power, and are able to clean most surfaces easily.

These vacuum cleaners can clean under furniture and in high places, such as on top of book shelves, and one machine will do the work of many others. You can’t go wrong with a Dyson vacuum cleaner, and you will always have the 5 year warranty if anything goes wrong.

Which Dyson vacuum is best? Our vote goes to the cordless stick vacuum, the Dyson V8 Animal.

About the Author Allen Michael

Allen Michael is the Founder and Editor of Home Viable, a website that he started to provide readers with tips on home efficiency and automation. He draws on his engineering background combined with his family-of-four experiences for his articles.

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