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Best Dyson vacuum cleaners

Find the best Dyson vacuum cleaner for your home and lifestyle with our round-up of the top Dyson vacs to buy right now.

By Louise Baty | Last updated Feb 18, 2022

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Ah, Dyson. The words ‘aspirational’ and ‘vacuuming’ aren’t words you generally find in the same sentence. But when it comes to this legendary British brand, it’s a fair assessment of their showstopping products. 

Assessing and analysing the latest Dyson offering is always a popular topic amongst Mumsnetters on our forums. Yes, Dyson vacuum cleaners tend to be at the upper end of the price bracket. But loyal fans of the brand are more than willing to part with their cash when they know that quality is assured.

What sets Dyson vacuum cleaners apart from other brands?

The truth is that Mumsnetters love Dyson vacuum cleaners for many reasons including their effectiveness, cutting-edge technology and of course their iconic, intuitive designs. Boring vacuums? No chance! Dysons are renowned for their eye-popping colourways.

So why is Dyson generally considered far superior to most other brands on the vacuum cleaner market? The answer to this question is cyclonic separation technology. 

Every single Dyson vacuum cleaner uses this cutting-edge technology, which enables the air inside of the cleaner to spin at incredibly high speeds, swiftly and efficiently removing particles including dust and allergens from the air.

This super speedy and efficient technology is what makes Dyson such an industry leader and is the reason why Mumsnetters return to the brand again and again. 

This continued pushing of boundaries is also the reason why the brand hasn’t produced a new corded vacuum cleaner since 2018. Instead, Dyson has been focusing on developing ever more impressive cordless vacuums, which are designed to be lighter and more convenient than traditional corded models. 

While you can still purchase Dyson corded vacuum cleaners on some sites and may see these models recommended on other best-buy round-ups, you won’t find any recommendations for corded vacuums here. The reason for this is that we only want to bring you the latest products, recommendations and technology. 

So we’ve rounded up the best Dyson vacuum cleaners as tried, tested and recommended by experts, consumer reviewers and discerning Mumsnetters on our forums. Here are the best Dyson vacuum cleaners for 2022.

1. Best overall Dyson vacuum cleaner: Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson V11 Absolute vacuum cleaner

Price: £719 | Buy now from Amazon

“It is excellent! Easily the best vacuum cleaner ever. Picks up so much dirt you will be utterly horrified the first time you use it. I believe my husband has used the phrase ‘life-improving’.” (Rated by Mumsnet user SausageRoll2020)

“I've got a V11 Absolute. Partly because I've got pets and also, once you've spent an eye-watering amount of money, you might as well get the one with all the tools. I love it - it's brilliant.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user dressedupinyou)

The Dyson V11 Absolute scores consistently highly with reviewers and Mumsnetters alike. It also outperformed all other cordless vacuum cleaners we tested.

Moving easily between floor types including hardwood, tiles and carpet, the Absolute is ideal for daily use. When in auto/medium mode, the suction power adjusts automatically to maximise battery life and perform as efficiently as possible. Just press a button and go. 

You won’t get any nasty surprises mid-clean because battery length is displayed on the LCD screen. And it’s easy to switch modes too. For maximum runtime, choose Eco mode and for ingrained dirt, Boost mode should do the trick.

Lightweight and easily manoeuvrable, this stick vacuum cleaner in blue has no difficulty reaching awkward spots. The various tools and heads click on and off with ease and it has a 40% bigger bin than previous models meaning you won’t have to empty it as often.

Of course, all this comes at a price as we’ve come to expect from Dyson. Also, the V11 Absolute requires a lengthy four-and-a-half hour charging time in order to run for 60 minutes. However, the wall-mounted dock indicates when it’s fully charged so you can avoid wasting any unnecessary electricity. 

It’s worth knowing that you have to hold down the power button to preserve charge when in use, which can be tricky if you have health complications such as arthritis.  

Pros

  • Effective on hard floors and carpets
  • Has tools for pretty much everything

Cons

  • Need to keep power switch held down at all times
  • Only one filter which needs to air dry after washing

Key specs

  • Type: Cordless stick
  • Power: 185AW
  • Weight: 2.97kg
  • Capacity: 0.76l
  • Runtime: Up to 60 minutes
  • Charge time: 4.5 hours
  • Dimensions: 26.1 × 25 × 12.9cm

2. Best budget Dyson vacuum cleaner: Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Price: £279.90 | Buy now from Amazon

“It is absolutely amazing, everything I could ask for in a hoover. It picks up well, I only use ‘max’ for the rug in my son's room (as he has severe dust allergy) - the attachments cover everything I could ask for. The battery life is great and it stores away so easily. I would absolutely 100% recommend it. It is a lot of money but it really has taken the chore out of hoovering even the kids are happy to whip it out.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user WoahBodyforrrrm)

While not as effective or high-tech as the new Dyson V11 Absolute, the Dyson V8 Animal will still give you great results. It’s also a relatively cheaper option although, at over £300, it’s still very much a serious investment, just like all the Dyson vacuum cleaners in our edit.

For a point of reference, the Dyson V8 Animal is actually the same vacuum cleaner as the V8 Absolute, which Dyson has now stopped producing. 

It’s much lighter than most upright vacuums - including the Dyson V11 Absolute - and this cordless stick cleaner’s 425-watt digital motor offers 115 air watts of suction power. This means that the V8 Animal’s direct-drive head gets deep into your carpet pile, plucking out ingrained dirt before whizzing it into the 0.54-litre bin. The Max Power mode switch enables even higher suction but drains the battery very quickly. 

The articulating ball-joint allows you to manoeuvre around chair legs, under cupboards and across stairs quickly and easily.

A wise choice for pet parents, the V8 Animal is super effective at picking up animal hair. It’s so powerful in fact that the roller can get a bit caught up with long hairs. However, the roller is easy to pop out for cleaning.

Critics do say that some parts of the V8 Animal feel a tad flimsy, not least the mechanism for opening the bin, although it still works perfectly fine. In Iron and Titanium with flashes of purple and red, this vacuum is certainly tres chic.

Pros

  • Dyson power and quality at a more affordable price
  • Light and easy to handle

Cons

  • Some parts are a bit flimsy
  • Long charge time of five hours

Key specs

  • Type: Cordless stick
  • Power: 115AW
  • Weight: 2.55kg
  • Capacity: 0.54l 
  • Runtime: Up to 40 minutes
  • Charge time: 5 hours
  • Dimensions: 25 x 12.44 x 22.4cm

3. Best Dyson vacuum cleaner for pet hair: Dyson V15 Detect Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson V15 Detect Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Price: £499 | Buy now from Very

“I just got the Dyson V15 Detect. Stupidly expensive but it's brilliant. It has this laser light, which sounds like a gimmick but actually, using it in a darkened room, you pick up so much more debris from the floor than you thought was there.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Piapea)

“Replaced our ageing Dyson V8 with a V15 recently and it’s amazing. It’s a totally different vacuum and as good as any corded one I’ve ever owned. Runs for nearly an hour, batteries can be swapped easily but rarely need to. It’s awesome on carpet or hard floor and copes very well with shaggy rugs. Doesn’t get tangled in hair at all and [it’s] an incredible piece of machinery. I wouldn’t swap it for anything.” (Rated by Mumsnet user Okbutnotgreat)

Pet owners will love Dyson’s latest handheld stick vacuum cleaner. This state-of-the-art, overachieving offering is super intelligent and especially useful if you ever fret about the need to clean dirt that’s not visible to the naked eye. 

At 230AW, it’s Dyson’s most powerful vacuum yet. Additionally, an amazingly ingenious laser function highlights tiny specks of dust on hard floors that you could never see with your own run-of-the-mill eyeballs. And how’s this for multi-tasking? It will even count the dust particles it’s swallowing up, displaying this information on-screen as you vacuum.

The V15 Detect Absolute has three power levels to effectively tackle different floor types. However, just like the V11 range, the V15 Detect Absolute can automatically adjust its power to suit the type of floor it’s cleaning. It will also whip up stray hairs from your dog, cat and kids - no bother.

There are eight attachment tools which you can use for various cleaning jobs including converting this cordless vacuum into a handheld model. 

The downsides? It’s eye-wateringly pricey and, weighing 500g more than the V11 Absolute, it’s one of Dyson’s heavier vacuum cleaners. Whether you can put up with these factors in exchange for a truly out-of-this-world vacuum experience though is up to you.

Pros

  • Intelligent and super efficient 
  • Laser picks out dust particles you can’t see with the naked eye

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • One of Dyson’s heaviest models

Key specs

  • Type: Cordless stick
  • Power: 230AW
  • Weight: 2.6kg
  • Capacity: 0.9l
  • Runtime: Up to 60 minutes
  • Charge time: 4.5 hours
  • Dimensions: Height. ‎27.94 x 16.51 x 93.98cm

4. Best Dyson vacuum cleaner for hardwood floors: Dyson Omni-Glide 369377-01 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson Omni-Glide 369377-01 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Price: £365 | Buy now from Amazon

Dyson’s smallest cordless stick vacuum cleaner, this compact, streamlined model is designed for use on hard floors. Although it can handle carpet, it has far less power than other Dyson vacuums.

For this reason, laminate, wood and tiles are where the Omni-Glide is happiest and most efficient thanks to the omni-directional head with two fluffy rollers. The casters on this attachment mean that the wand can easily be moved under and around your furniture, swivelling in every direction so not a speck of dirt or dust is missed.

There’s good news if you don’t like the trigger system usually in place on Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners. Unlike the V11 Absolute, which has a button you need to push down on when vacuuming, the Omni-Glide has two buttons - one to fire up the power and the other to engage max suction. 

All you have to do is press these buttons once to operate. The knock-on effect of this more traditional operating system is that the battery life is far inferior to other Dyson models, lasting only around 20 minutes before it will need charging. However, if you’re happy to do short sessions of vacuuming, this shouldn’t be a problem, especially if you have a spare, charged battery ready to go. You’ll also need to empty it more frequently than some Dyson’s as the bin is pretty small.

Pros

  • You don’t need to press the trigger while vacuuming 
  • Excellent on hard floors

Cons

  • Short battery life
  • Small bin size

Key specs

  • Type: Cordless stick
  • Power: 86.65AW 
  • Weight: 1.9kg
  • Capacity: 0.3l
  • Runtime: Up to 20 minutes
  • Charge time: 3.5 hours
  • Dimensions: ‎108 x 9.1 x 20cm

5. Best Dyson vacuum cleaner for carpets: Dyson V11 Outsize Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson V11 Outsize Vacuum Cleaner

Price: £558 | Buy now from Amazon

“We have one as our only vacuum in a five-bed house. It can do the whole house in one go when necessary but I tend to do little bits at a time which is why I like a cordless better as quicker to grab.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user SherryPalmer)

For busy homes with lots of carpets and mess to tidy up, you may want to bring out the big guns - in this instance, the Dyson V11 Outsize. It’s Dyson’s largest cordless stick vacuum cleaner to date which aims to offer the power and capacity of an upright vacuum with the convenience of a cordless. 

It will handle carpets beautifully, with a cleaning head that’s 25% wider and a collection bin that’s 150% bigger than other models in the V11 range. It’s more powerful too - the vacuum engine has 18 of Dyson’s cyclones compared to 14 in the regular Dyson V11 Absolute. The larger Torque head will get your cleaning done super fast. 

However, the downside to all this bulk and power is that it’s much heavier in comparison to other Dysons in our round-up. With the large High Torque XL cleaning head and the battery attached, it weighs 3.5kg, which you may find too much to be hauling around, especially if you have a lot of ground to cover.

While the V11 Outsize is undeniably expensive, you get lots of accessories: a smaller soft head for hard floors, mini-motorised tool for cleaning stairs, crevice attachment, combination brush and straight suction tool, brushes, bendy extension tube, and adaptor for accessing high areas such as shelves wardrobe tops. There’s also a single, detachable battery, wall-mountable docking station and clip to connect two attachments to the main pole so they aren’t mislaid.

Pros 

  • Super efficient larger High Torque head
  • Useful range of accessories

Cons 

  • Heavier and bulkier than other Dysons 

Key specs

  • Type: Cordless stick
  • Power: 220AW
  • Weight: 3.5kg
  • Capacity: 1.7l 
  • Runtime: Up to 2 hours
  • Charge time: 3.5 hours
  • Dimensions: 127.6 x 29.8 x 32cm

6. Best Dyson handheld vacuum cleaner: Dyson V7 Trigger Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson V7 Trigger Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Price: £199 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

“I love the Dyson V7 Trigger. It’s worth the money.” (Rated by Mumsnet user HoldMyLobster)

An excellent handheld vacuum cleaner, the Dyson V7 is incredibly powerful with strong suction on all surfaces including carpets and hard flooring. The Dyson V7 was voted a 'Best Buy' by review site Which? which said it was “worthy” of this accolade and “a superb handheld that justifies its high price.”

Although it's probably too small to use as your main vacuum cleaner, it’s ideal for spot cleaning and the best vacuum cleaner for cars that we’ve found. Easy to handle and manoeuvre for fiddly cleaning jobs, it’s a great gadget to have on standby. 

It’s very lightweight - at 1.71kg, it’s significantly lighter than the V7 Absolute, which is already very light at 2.32kg. Yet the power is incredible, especially on the highest Turbo MAX setting which achieves 100AW. 

However, there is a downside to all this suction. The battery life in this mode is very short - a disappointing six minutes. That said, the battery lasts for 32 minutes on the standard power setting, which is actually pretty lengthy for a handheld vacuum cleaner.

Tools include an upholstery and furniture brush combo tool, a crevice tool and a mini motorhead tool for pet hair. The V7 also has Dyson’s ‘hygienic dust ejector’ - a silicone collar which wipes down the inside of the dust container and pushes out dirt and fluff so you don't have to pull it out yourself. 

Pros

  • Very effective on pet hair
  • Versatile and can handle all surfaces

Cons

  • Short battery life when on turbo setting

Key specs

  • Type: Cordless handheld
  • Power:  100AW
  • Weight:  1.71kg
  • Capacity: 0.6l 
  • Runtime: Up to 32 minutes
  • Charge time: 2 hours 55 minutes
  • Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10cm

7. Best lightweight Dyson vacuum cleaner: Dyson Micro 1.5kg Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson Micro 1.5kg Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Price: £299.99 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

“We have a Dyson cordless and I absolutely love it! It's great for under the table as you don't need to bend down and I have a dodgy knee! My kitchen diner is tiled and it's better than my old corded vacuum at getting into corners etc. It's definitely worth the price.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Soontobe60)

All the Dysons in our round-up are lightweight but, at only 1.5kg, the Dyson Micro is the most lightweight, slender model we recommend.

This cordless stick vacuum is designed primarily for use on hard floors, laminate, upholstery and stairs, and automatically switches power levels depending on which surface it’s tackling. 

Offering 50AW of suction, it’s nowhere near as powerful as the Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, which is capable of 115AW. However, it’s still pretty powerful, with Dyson’s Radial Root Cyclone technology and Powerful Dyson Hyperdymium motor working together to ensure that dust and debris are whipped off your floors. 

You’ll be able to reach into even the tightest nooks and crannies thanks to the re-engineered Micro Fluffy cleaner head, which is Dyson's tiniest Fluffy cleaner head yet. The Dyson Micro is very versatile - at the click of a button you can transform it from a floor vacuum into a handheld for spot cleaning and giving your car a makeover. 

The battery doesn’t last particularly long - 20 minutes on the lower setting and five minutes on turbo power. Also, with a relatively small bin - it only has 0.2-litre capacity - you may find yourself cleaning it out more frequently than you would with other Dyson models such as the V15 Detect Absolute which has a bin capacity more than four times larger. But for a quick and effective run around, this stick vacuum is perfect.

Pros

  • Incredibly lightweight
  • Easily transforms into a handheld

Cons

  • Small bin capacity

Key specs

  • Type: Cordless stick
  • Power:  100AW
  • Weight:  1.5kg
  • Capacity: 0.2l 
  • Runtime: Up to 20 minutes
  • Charge time: 3.5 hours
  • Dimensions: 109.1 x 20.7 x 22.2cm

8. Best Dyson robot vacuum cleaner: Dyson 360 Heurist Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson 360 Heurist Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Price: £1,219.97 | Buy now from Amazon

Highly rated by reviewers (Which? named it a ‘Best Buy’), this luxury robot vac is far from cheap. However, it cleans brilliantly with impressive customisation and navigation options.

Offering 20AW of suction, it’s nowhere near as powerful as handheld models like the Dyson V7 Trigger Handheld Vacuum Cleaner. But when analysed against other robot vacuums, it beats them hands down.

You won’t have to worry about this nifty little gadget bashing into skirting boards or toppling down stairs due to the eight sensors which help it spot objects, walls and drops at an impressive range of two metres.

It also boasts 10GB of memory to ‘remember’ objects and layouts every time it cleans. It can even clean in dark areas thanks to the LED light ring around its fisheye camera. Clever!

You can activate the three power settings (Max, Quiet and High) using the Dyson app and it’s even Alexa-compatible so you can give it instructions from the comfort of your sofa, which really does sound like the very best way to do the vacuuming if you ask us.

If you want your robot vacuum to make a statement, you’ll be happy to note that the 360 Heurist features the sort of typically vibrant colours we’ve come to expect from Dyson – rose gold and bright blue in this instance. 

Pros

  • Fantastic cleaning and navigation on carpets and hard floors
  • Many useful additional features

Cons

  • Small dust capacity for the price

Key specs

  • Type: Robot vacuum 
  • Power: 20AW
  • Weight: 2.51kg
  • Capacity: 0.31l
  • Runtime: Up to 75 minutes on quiet mode
  • Charge time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Dimensions: ‎32.4 x 28 x 18cm

What type of Dyson vacuum cleaner should I buy?

Dyson produces several models of vacuum cleaner:

  • Cordless stick: The upright stick designs have a motorised head and dust container attached to a long, rigid tube. Powered by a rechargeable battery, these models are light and easy to handle. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that they have a relative lack of capacity compared to traditional upright vacuum cleaners which Dyson no longer produces.
  • Cordless handheld: Also powered by rechargeable battery, these smaller handheld models are ideal for spot cleaning and cleaning your car as they’re both portable and light. They’re also useful for cleaning upholstery. However if you have a cordless stick vacuum which comes with various attachments, you may decide that you don’t need a handheld too. Limited battery life and relative lack of suction power compared to larger models means that they are not ideal as a main vacuum cleaner, functioning best as a standby to tackle smaller vacuuming jobs.
  • Cordless robot: These are small automatic units which can be programmed to make their way around your home unaccompanied, cleaning as they go. Useful as a time-saver, you can get them to work when you’re out of the house. However, they can’t tackle stairs and also require a clear floor area so that they don’t get stuck. While robots may cut down on the time you’ll need to vacuum manually, you may well still need to do the bits they can’t reach. These designs also tend to be more expensive than standard models. 

How do I choose the best Dyson vacuum cleaner?

To choose the best Dyson cleaner for you, consider:

  • Power: What air wattage does each vacuum cleaner offer? Cordless vacuums range between 20 - 250AW and all the vacuum cleaners in our edit are within that range. Anything over 100AW will give you a powerful and efficient clean. Bear in mind that robot cleaners tend to be much less powerful but their skill lies in cleaning small specks of dirt and dust unaided.
  • Bin capacity: A larger bin capacity means that you can clean for longer but it may be heavier
  • Weight: Larger models may have more power and capacity than smaller ones but may be harder to lug around
  • Charge time: A longer charge time usually means a longer run time, for instance the Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner takes 4 hours 30 minutes to charge but will run interrupted for up to an hour.
  • Run time: If you have a larger house or clean more frequently, you may prefer a longer run time, such as the Dyson V11 Outsize Vacuum Cleaner which can run for up to 2 hours. 
  • Price: The latest, top-of-the-range Dysons will usually cost more but you may find that a mid- or lower range model will suit your needs and still outperform other branded vacuum cleaners in the same or lower price category

How do I clean a Dyson vacuum?

Follow this step by step guide to successfully clean your Dyson:

  1. Remove the filter
  2. Remove excess dust and debris by tapping lightly on the side of your kitchen sink or bin
  3. Rinse the filter and give it a firm shake to remove any excess water
  4. Leave it to air dry for 24+ hours

Which Dyson vacuum has the strongest suction?

At 230AW, the Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner has the strongest suction in comparison to the other cordless vacuum cleaners in our round-up.

Which is the best Dyson vacuum to buy? 

The best Dyson to buy is the Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner which outperformed all other cordless vacuum cleaners we tested during our last testing round. Powerful, efficient and versatile, it moves seamlessly between all floor types and is a great all-rounder for most families.

How we chose our recommendations

When compiling our list of recommendations, our team of experienced, trusted parenting journalists spend hours researching every product category, using a variety of sources to analyse and evaluate which products perform best. Many of the recommendations for Dyson vacuum cleaners came from Mumsnetters themselves who’ve spent hours of their time putting the products through their paces to clean their own homes.

We searched the Mumsnet forums for posts about which toys Mumsnetters really rated and then researched expert review sites and retailers, such as Argos, Amazon and Very, to allow  us to accurately hone our list of tried-and-tested products.

During our research, we vetted each vacuum cleaner, considering the quality, suction cleaning power, weight, manoeuvrability, extra features, material and overall performance to ensure they performed well across the board.

Why you should trust us

We work hard to provide unbiased, independent advice you can trust. We do sometimes earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. This helps us fund more helpful articles like this one.

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