Dyson has five different handheld vacuum cleaners for sale. Those who want a Dyson hand vac can choose from the V6 Trigger, V6 Car and Boat, V6 Mattress, V6 Top Dog and V6 Baby and Child. In this article, we’ll offer a Dyson vacuum comparison between these models and highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Comparison of the 5 Best Dyson Handheld CordlessVacuums
1. Dyson V6 Trigger Hand Vac
This is the basic Dyson handheld vacuum cleaner; the V6 Trigger used to be known as the Dyson DC58. It costs around $200. This is the basis of comparison for all the other V6 handheld vacuums. They all share the same 20 minute run time, power and Dyson warranty as this model. Boost mode gives you six minutes of high powered suction. All of the Dyson hand held vacuums share the hygienic bin emptying feature with the Dyson Trigger and the continually strong suction until the bin is almost entirely empty. The filter is washable and supposedly good for a lifetime.
All of Dyson’s cordless hand vac models have a two year parts and labor warranty unless that is voided by the website you buy the unit through. And all of the V6 models require you to hold down the trigger to keep the motor going, which may bother you if you try to use it for 20 minutes continuously but otherwise extends your cleaning time if you are spot cleaning.
If you don’t need all the specialized tools and are price conscious, the Dyson V6 Trigger is a good choice for you. Each of the other Dyson V6 models has a range of tools and features designed for a particular purpose or customer demographic.
2. Dyson V6 Car and Boat
The Dyson car+boat model costs about $10 more than the Top Dog, usually costing around $240. This model comes with 6 tools designed for cleaning a boat or detailing a car. It is much cheaper to buy the V6 Car and Boat than the V6 Trigger and spending another 40 dollars on a Dyson genuine handheld tool kit.
The car and boat V6 model comes with an extension hose and mini soft dusting brush perfect for cleaning the dash of your car. Its upholstery tool is good enough to handle car seats and the driver’s seat. The mini motorized tool will pull up stains from most cloth covered passenger sets. The stiff bristle brush that fits the extension hose is designed for cleaning in the car’s footwell. The crevice tool gets in the fine grooves of the car interior and in between the folds of the seat. The combination tool lets you clean almost any other surface. Note that all the tools are compatible with the hose but can be used attached to just the vacuum cleaner as well.
If you want a handheld vacuum with all the detailing tools, consider the Dyson V6 car and boat.
3. Dyson V6 Mattress Hand Vac
The V6 Mattress is designed specifically for cleaning mattresses, and it is usually found for around $250. It is designed for sucking up dead skin, hair and just the crumbs your child left after snacking in bed. It is one of the V6 models that offer HEPA filtration.
Some sites list this Dyson vacuum as a tool in the war against bed bugs. This handheld vacuum cleaner cannot remove bedbugs hiding in the frame or inside the batting of the mattress. It won’t remove lice that may be residing in your child’s bed pillow. It may pick up some fleas left behind by a pet that sleeps with your child, but the vacuum won’t do much more than that. If you are concerned about bed bugs, don’t buy this vacuum – replace the mattress and wrap the new one in a plastic bed cover. Then use this vacuum cleaner, if you chose, when your child wears dirty shoes to bed or fine dander that makes it to the mattress level. But with a bed cover, you can wipe it down with a web cloth or vacuum it with one of the other Dyson hand vac brushes, too.
Frankly, unless your child has severe eczema or a similar condition, this specialized V6 model is not worth the effort compared to other tools. It is easier to invest in a mattress cover, any other Dyson handheld vacuum for cleaning the soft top of the mattress and enforcing rules for your child not to eat in bed. For example, the Dyson V6 car and boat does almost as good a job cleaning mattress tops and can clean the child’s car seat, too.
4. V6 Top Dog Hand Vac
The Dyson V6 Top Dog costs around $230. It comes with the mini motorized tool suitable for pulling up pet hair from upholstery or the floor. You get the stiff bristle brush for picking up mud and dirt off the floor and thicker pads like the dog bed. It comes with a crevice tool for cleaning the gaps along the baseboard and in between the couch cushions. The Dyson V6 in general handles pet fur rather well, but the Top Dog’s motorized tool is designed not to clog on pet hair.
The downside of this model is that you have to check the filter periodically and clean it, especially if pet fur dander ends up accumulating there, or else the vacuum can overheat and shut down. Note that attachments for other Dyson pet vacuums do not fit this one.
If you want to quickly spot clean the dog bed, couch cushions where the cat naps and spots where fur balls seem to accumulate, the Dyson V6 top dog handheld vacuum is a good choice for you.
5. V6 Baby and Child Hand Vac
The Dyson V6 Baby + Child model costs around $220 new. This Dyson V6 hand vacuum comes with the stiff bristle brush for cleaning caked on messes and combination tool for quick cleanups of crumbs. You pay more for the ones that come with a microfiber cleaning bundle.
Unlike some of the other Dyson hand vacs, it comes with a wide nozzle tool for quickly pulling up debris from upholstery or spot cleaning the carpet as part of the standard package. It does not, however, handle wet sticky messes like when a child throws up. The combination tool can be used for dusting the edges of your windows and helping remove the dirty finger prints, though sticky fingerprints will require a second scrubbing with a sponge to remove.
This V6 model does not offer HEPA filtration, but simply cleaning the house more often with this handheld vacuum is enough to improve air quality in any home.
This Dyson vacuum costs around $220. That is a reasonable price given the tools it comes with. This unit is a good choice if you regularly spot clean uneven surfaces other than inside of a car or boat.
If you want a basic Dyson handheld vacuum, go for the Dyson V6 trigger. If you ever need to detail anything, the Dyson V6 car and boat is a good deal. The Dyson V6 Top Dog is a good choice if you need to spot clean where the pet hair accumulates.
The Dyson V6 mattress is over hyped as a solution for bedbugs, whereas the other Dyson models are suitable for cleaning your child’s bed and the rest of his or her room, too. The V6 Baby and Child works well for thorough spot cleaning almost anywhere other than a car or boat.