The Dyson V6 encompasses a whole line of cordless vacuum cleaners, each at different price points and unique features. What are the different models in the Dyson V6 range, and what are the pros and cons of each?
What is the Difference Between All the Dyson V6 Vacuums
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Dyson V6 Vacuum Cleaner
The motorized head on this vacuum cleaner is rated for all floors. It does worst on hard floors, and while it can clean upholstery, it will pick up the pet hair on top but not deep clean the material. It does an OK job on short carpets but can’t do more than spot clean deep carpets.
It runs about fifteen minutes on normal speed and around five minutes on turbo/high power. If it has to strain to pick up pet fur off upholstery, it may run less than ten minutes even on normal speed.
The battery isn’t replaceable. However, given the price of the vacuum, it is cheap enough to get a new vacuum when the roughly the battery has died. You can easily put it on the wall mounted charger, but don’t store it on the charger overnight or it will actually damage the battery.
The vacuum cleaner maintains suction as the dust bin fills up, like all Dyson models.
This unit is the best budget spot cleaning cordless vacuum cleaner on this list.
Dyson V6 Motor Head Vacuum
This vacuum cleaner has a more powerful brush bar than the basic V6 cordless stick vacuum, so it does a much better job pulling the dirt out of upholstery and thicker carpets.
Battery life is five to ten minutes on turbo or high power, fifteen or so on low power.
One of the quirks of this model is that you have to hold down the button to keep it running, even when it is held up at an angle to clean drapes or shelves. Nor does it have a HEPA filter to contain all the fine dander created when it sucks in pet hair. If you need a HEPA filter, get the V6 Absolute by Dyson instead.
Don’t use this Dyson model if you use it to pick up a lot of pet hair, since pet hair gets stuck in the inside of the unit; the Dyson V6 animal is the better choice if you’re constantly cleaning up pet hair.
Dyson V6 Absolute Vacuum
What do you get for the higher price tags? You get a HEPA filter for one that makes this the cheapest Dyson V6 model with air filtration so the fine dander created by sucking up pet hair and debris leaves no fine trail of dust in the air to aggravate allergies or asthma.
The vacuum lasts five to eight minutes on turbo power, ten to fifteen minutes on low power. Like the other V6 models, you do have to keep your finger on the trigger to keep the unit in use. This is intended as a power saving feature, so it shuts down when you release the trigger. For all models of the V6 vacuum cleaner, the battery takes three hours or so to charge.
Dyson V6 Animal Vacuum
This vacuum has the same direct drive cleaner head as the V6 Absolute.
One of the perks of this vacuum cleaner is the motorized tool that does the best job of picking up pet hair in volume of any V6 vacuum on this list. The motor head does shorten battery life, and this unit has the same five or six minutes on turbo / high power and ten to fifteen minutes on low power as the other Dyson V6 cordless vacuums. And like the others, its battery charge time is around three hours and you can’t swap out batteries. Don’t store the vacuum on the charger, or else you’ll risk shortening the battery life as much as letting it totally dissipate the power.
The roller head on this vacuum does an excellent job picking up pet fur off of furniture or carpet. And the roller head is easy to clean if fur gets wrapped around the roller. Note that the more fine pet hair you pick up, you’ll need to clean the filter more often to maintain the suction.
This vacuum cleaner is the best choice for spot cleaning to suck up all the pet fur on the couch or the fur balls the cat left behind.
Dyson V6 Fluffy Vacuum
This model has a soft roller on the head intended for hard floors. Tools and different length rods are easy to snap on and off.
It runs for six minutes on high suction. It has good suction on any hard surface. While it is called the Fluffy, it can choke on heavy wads of fur or after picking up a lot of shed hair in one session. This is ironic given that the Dyson V6 Fluffy is a version of the Dyson V6 Animal stick vacuum cleaner.
It has a center of gravity near the tip so you can easily use it to clean up on the drapes or shelves instead of just the floor. And it is lightweight enough to be used at a nearly vertical angel. The only major downside is the filter sometimes coming off the vacuum at those angles. It is easy to handle in other cases. Its edge cleaning is not as good as some corded vacuum.
This unit like the other Dyson V6 vacuum cleaners can be turned into a handheld vacuum cleaner for spot cleaning or cleaning up upholstery and the interior of a car. Or use it in either configuration for cleaning stairs.
While this unit has only one battery, it has a convenient wall dock. Just don’t store the vacuum on that dock all of the time or it will actually shorten battery life if not short it out entirely.