Dyson V6 Review

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 captures allergens and expels clean air.

Our Verdict

The Dyson V6 is not the best at cleaning carpets, but it's an excellent choice for pet hair.

For

  • The Dyson V6 is lightweight enough to use without getting tired.

Against

  • The relatively small cleaning head means it takes more passes to clean the same amount of space.
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The V6 has a small cleaning path. It measures 8.2 inches, which is less than most of stick vacuums we reviewed.

The V6 has a small cleaning path. It measures 8.2 inches, which is less than most of stick vacuums we reviewed.
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The V6 received high marks for its swivel-head steering, which allowed us to move in any direction.

The V6 received high marks for its swivel-head steering, which allowed us to move in any direction.
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The brush roll on the V6 easily converts for both carpeted surfaces and hardwood and won't scuff your hardwood floors.

The brush roll on the V6 easily converts for both carpeted surfaces and hardwood and won't scuff your hardwood floors.
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The Dyson's button boosts the power this stick vacuum delivers. However, this feature drains battery life, so we only recommend using it in small bursts.

The Dyson's button boosts the power this stick vacuum delivers. However, this feature drains battery life, so we only recommend using it in small bursts.
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The carpet-like rollers in the V6 head catch pet hair and other materials.

The carpet-like rollers in the V6 head catch pet hair and other materials.
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The Dyson V6 detaches from the handle of this stick vacuum cleaner when you press the large blue button.

The Dyson V6 detaches from the handle of this stick vacuum cleaner when you press the large blue button.
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The Dyson V6 turns on and off with a convenient trigger on the stick's handle.

The Dyson V6 turns on and off with a convenient trigger on the stick's handle.
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The collection bin on the V6 flips open from the bottom, just like on the V6 standard stick vac.

The collection bin on the V6 flips open from the bottom, just like on the V6 standard stick vac.
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The Dyson V6 can bend to a full 180 degrees, which works great for reaching under tables or for cleaning curtains.

The Dyson V6 can bend to a full 180 degrees, which works great for reaching under tables or for cleaning curtains.
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The V6 doubles as a hand vac, and when the dust bin is full, you simply push a button to release dirt and debris.

The V6 doubles as a hand vac, and when the dust bin is full, you simply push a button to release dirt and debris.
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Most of the weight in the V6 is with the 6-volt motor on the top of the vacuum's handle.

Most of the weight in the V6 is with the 6-volt motor on the top of the vacuum's handle.
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The dust bin on top of the V6 handle is made of clear plastic so you know when it's time to empty it.

The dust bin on top of the V6 handle is made of clear plastic so you know when it's time to empty it.
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The Dyson V6 dust bin holds 0.5 liters and can be clicked on and off the vacuum for easy emptying.

The Dyson V6 dust bin holds 0.5 liters and can be clicked on and off the vacuum for easy emptying.
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The V6's high-powered cousin, the Absolute, is lightweight and easy to assemble.

The V6's high-powered cousin, the Absolute, is lightweight and easy to assemble.

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 captures allergens and expels clean air.

The V6 stick vacuum received high marks in vacuuming performance because of its unique cleaner heads. We tested all 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 takes longer to cover the area you are cleaning.

We also tested the V6 on medium-profile carpet soiled by sawdust. The V6 was OK and collected most of the sawdust in several passes. Keep in mind that the vacuum defaults to maximum power once you engage the vacuum trigger. 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 works well in combination with the removable hand vac.

The Dyson V6 takes 3.5 hours to charge and runs for 20 minutes on its standard mode. But for big jobs, the maximum mode has a severely limited runtime – 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 less than 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. For a quieter vacuum cleaner, try the Hoover LiNX Cordless

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.