Pros / The sophisticated filtration system will benefit allergy sufferers.

Cons / The relatively small cleaning head means it will take more passes to clean the same amount of space.

 Verdict / The Dyson V6 is not the best at cleaning carpets but is an excellent choice for hardwood floors.

The Dyson V6 cordless stick vacuum struggled a little to clean carpeting, but it was great for wood floors. A major plus is its filtration system, which is designed so that the vacuum captures allergens and expels clean air.

The Dyson V6 is part of a series of powerful air-filtering stick vacuums, which includes the Dyson V6 Absolute. Like the Standard V6, the Absolute is powerful and easy to assemble fresh out of the box.

The V6 stick vacuum received high marks in vacuuming performance because of its unique cleaner heads. We tested all of the stick vacs with different mixes of sawdust and pet hair on both carpet and hardwood. The V6 took several passes more than other vacuums on carpet with the direct-drive head, but its soft roller was made for hardwood. The harder surface was spotless after only four passes.

For the pet hair test, we embedded dog hair in our carpet samples, and the V6 performed admirably, easily picking up the fur. If you have pets, you’ll probably appreciate its filtration features, as the vacuum picks up dust and allergens in the air. At only 8 inches, the head is a bit smaller than those on other vacuums, so it will take longer to cover the area you are cleaning.

We also tested the V6 Absolute on medium-profile carpet soiled by 2 ounces of sawdust. The Absolute proved powerful and collected most of the sawdust in several passes. Like the standard V6, it defaults to maximum power once you engage the vacuum trigger. This is something to watch for, as it drains the battery, heats the motor and causes a lot of noise.

Dyson is known for its swivel steering, and the V6 lived up to the hype. The electric broom moved through the test area in any direction with little resistance. The vacuum has a nice, modern look and stores directly in the charging stand when it’s not in use. The included crevice tool, which works well in combination with the removable hand vac, was a helpful addition.

The Absolute is a very similar but slightly more powerful stick vacuum than the V6 Standard. Both vacuums use a simple trigger under the handle, but the Absolute comes with two vacuum heads, one with the signature Dyson swivel ball and the other with a flexible hose.

The Dyson V6 charges quickly and runs for 20 minutes on its standard mode. But for big jobs, the maximum mode has a severely limited runtime. It takes three and a half hours to charge but runs for just seven minutes on full power. This makes the Dyson a great choice for small jobs, but you might find yourself running thin on power if you need an extra power boost.

The Dyson is also extremely light. The entire model weighs in at only 4.5 pounds, which is half the weight of many corded units. Even better, it doesn’t sacrifice power to save pounds. For its superior design, the V6 is also much louder than we expected at a test-rated 95 decibels, which was louder than all but one vacuum we reviewed.

Dyson received a perfect score for its quality support. The website is easy to navigate, and there are several resources if you need help with your vacuum. You can contact a customer service representative by phone or email, and there is a thorough expert help section specifically for each model. The long two-year warranty on parts and services is also exemplary.

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  • Cleaning Path
  • Bin Volume
  • Weight
  1. In inches, the width of the vacuum head when cleaning the floor.
    Wider is better.
  2. 7  Dyson
    8.2 Inches
  3. 9.5 Inches
  4. 11.0 Inches
  5. 10.0 Inches
  6. Category Average
    9.97 Inches

Summary

The V6 receives high grades on its flawless design, wood floor cleaning and smooth motion. We would have liked a longer runtime than seven minutes on max power, though, and this is a loud stick vacuum cleaner. Also, its performance on carpeting was not all that great. Overall, it’s a good choice if your main concern is efficient spot cleaning on wood floors. If you're interested in a lightweight vacuum with an extra boost of power, consider the Dyson V6 Absolute as well.

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