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The 5 Best Dyson Vacuums of 2023 Reviews

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Best Dyson Vacuums

Dyson is a British manufacturer specializing in vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, fans, and hand and hair dryers. They offer a broad selection of stick/handheld vacuums but have also developed canister vacuums and more conventional uprights. Regardless of design, they all feature Dyson's proprietary cyclone technology, eliminating the need for a dirtbag.

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Best Dyson Vacuums


  1. Best Dyson Vacuum

    The best Dyson vacuum we've tested is the Dyson V15 Detect. This cordless stick/handheld vacuum's headlining feature is its built-in dirt sensor, which counts and measures the size of particles sucked into the vacuum. You can see this information on the LED display at the back of its body. This isn't exactly a must-have feature, but it can be very handy if you suffer from allergies and want a rough estimate of allergen quantities within your home. Its other main feature is its surface detection system, which automatically increases power on carpeted surfaces and lowers it when it passes back onto hard floors.

    The vacuum's 230AW suction motor is remarkably powerful for a cordless model and allows superb debris pickup on various surfaces, comparable to some corded models. However, its strong suction force can also cause it to get stuck on shag carpeting or drag around some lighter rugs. Even the entry-level variant of the V15 comes with a wide selection of attachments, including a soft-roller floorhead with a laser light to help you see small debris on bare surfaces and a conical turbo brush. Dyson bundles its more expensive variants with additional attachments like a flexible adapter and a 'Worktop' tool for cleaning hard surfaces like counters or work tables.

    Its maximum runtime of over 70 minutes will be enough for cleaning most rooms, but this drops to a little over 10 minutes when used in its most powerful suction mode, so you'll need to work fast when cleaning stubborn messes. If you're looking for a cordless vacuum with a higher-capacity dustbin and similar performance, consider the Dyson Outsize, another of the best Dyson stick vacuums we've tested. However, it's very bulky for a cordless stick vacuum and is considerably harder to maneuver in tight spots than the smaller, lighter V15.

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  2. Best Mid-Range Dyson Vacuum

    If you're looking for the best cordless Dyson vacuum at a mid-range price point, look at the Dyson V12 Detect Slim. Compared to the higher-end Dyson V15 Detect, it has a less powerful 150AW suction motor, so it falls slightly behind in deep cleaning performance. However, despite the big gap in suction power on paper, there isn't much difference between the two in real-world debris pickup. It's also smaller and lighter than the V15, making it easier to use in tight spots. Better yet, it shares many of the same features at a more affordable price. These similarities include a built-in particle sensor, which lets you keep tabs on allergen levels within your home, and an automatic power adjustment system that increases suction when passing over a carpeted surface or cleaning an area with a lot of debris. Like its pricier stablemate, it comes bundled with a multi-surface floorhead and a secondary floorhead with a soft brushroll and an integrated laser light to help you see fine debris on hard floors.

    Unfortunately, its small, lightweight design comes at the cost of debris capacity, as it has a tiny dustbin that you'll need to empty pretty often. If you want a mid-priced Dyson vacuum with a higher-capacity dustbin, consider the Dyson V11, though it's less maneuverable than the V12 and lacks a particle sensor.

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  3. Best Budget Dyson Vacuum

    Dyson vacuums are expensive compared to peers from other manufacturers. Still, you can find deals if you don't need the latest from the company's lineup. The Dyson V8 is a great example of this and is the best cordless Dyson vacuum at a budget-friendly price that we've tested. Unlike the newer Dyson V12 Detect Slim or Dyson V15 Detect, it can't automatically adjust its suction power setting and lacks an onboard dirt sensor. If you don't need those add-ons, this is a solid option that executes very well on the fundamentals. It's very easy to use, lightweight, and delivers strong performance on most surfaces, though it isn't quite as powerful as the pricier V12 or V15. There's no suction release gate to help improve maneuverability on carpets, but there are two different power modes to suit different surface types.

    Unsurprisingly, battery performance lags behind newer models with higher-capacity batteries. You can only expect about 40 minutes of runtime in its default power mode, and it takes just as long to recharge. Running it in its 'MAX' mode drains its battery in under 10 minutes, so you must be quick when dealing with stubborn messes. In addition, build quality is a tad fragile, though it doesn't feel any more plasticky than other Dyson models.

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  4. Best Lightweight Dyson Vacuum

    The Dyson Omni-glide is a great option if you prioritize portability. Unlike a more traditional cordless model like the Dyson V8, it's only intended for cleaning hard floors: the twin soft rollers in its omnidirectional floorhead don't provide any surface agitation on carpets. Also, its tiny dirt compartment and short maximum battery life of only about half an hour mean it's only really suited for quick clean-ups around your home, not top-to-bottom cleaning sessions. However, at just under four and a half pounds, it weighs even less than more conventional lightweight Dyson vacuums like the Dyson V12 Detect Slim, and its uniquely designed floorhead allows you to pivot around obstacles like table legs and coat racks with minimal effort.

    Its five-stage filtration system, which includes an onboard HEPA filter, does a great job of sealing in allergens like pet dander. While there's no miniature turbo brush or even a straight-suction upholstery tool for cleaning fabric surfaces, it comes with a soft-bristle dusting brush for dealing with debris on delicate surfaces and a crevice tool for cleaning tight spots.

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  5. Best Corded Dyson Vacuum

    If you need something with more power and are okay with lugging around a big and heavy appliance, consider the Dyson Ball Animal 3. It's a better option than comparably priced cordless models like the Dyson V12 Detect Slim for longer cleaning sessions, as you won't need to worry about running out of charge mid-way through a cleaning session. It's also powerful enough to handle various debris types on different surfaces, from bare floors to high-pile carpet. Its floorhead features a set of built-in plastic vanes that are remarkably effective in trapping long hair, preventing it from jamming the mechanism. The floorhead also has three levels of surface type adjustment, enabling you to adapt to different floor types on the fly. Also, it has a very long power cord, so you won't have to swap outlets when cleaning bigger areas. That said, you'll need to wind the power cord back manually, which is a bit of a hassle and a disappointment for a vacuum in this high of a price bracket.

    Unfortunately, build quality isn't especially robust, as its mainly plastic construction creaks and flexes slightly while in use. It's still a bulky, relatively heavy machine, even if its ball-shaped wheel makes it more maneuverable than most conventional uprights. It's quite noisy too. While its redesigned floorhead allows superior maneuverability on carpeting compared to the older Dyson Ball Animal 2, which had a habit of tearing up carpet fibers, the Ball Animal 3 can still get stuck on thick shag-pile rugs.

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Compared To Other Brands


  • Virtually no recurring costs.
    Due to their bagless design, Dyson vacuums incur little cost over extended periods of ownership. Some have filters designed to last the device's lifetime, while others are filterless.
  • HEPA filter integration.
    Dyson's cyclonic technology filters out allergens, which is handy if you have pets or are cleaning a particularly dusty area.
  • Good maneuverability across the board.
    Some Dyson vacuums have a unique ball design, making navigating small spaces and rooms easier.
  • Wide array of tools and brushes.
    Dyson vacuums usually come with a wide selection of specialized tools and brushes, some of which are unique, like the 180-degree pivot extender and dedicated upholstery turbo brushes.
  • Plasticky build quality.
    Dyson vacuums tend to have a mostly plastic construction that some users may perceive as cheap.
  • Relatively small dirt compartments.
    Most Dyson vacuums have small dirt compartments, meaning you must often empty them.
  • Somewhat short cordless runtime.
    Cordless Dyson vacuums have short battery lives, especially when used on their highest power level setting. It's annoying when cleaning big messes in larger, more open areas.
  • High maintenance requirements.
    While most Dyson vacuums are easy to take apart and reassemble due to their easy-clip construction, quite a few of their offerings have a long list of parts that need regular cleaning.

Dyson vs Shark

As a general rule, cordless Dyson vacuums come with a wider array of attachments and have more powerful suction motors than comparable Shark alternatives. However, most Shark models feel better built and have higher-capacity dustbins. Dyson vacuums are also usually easier to maintain than newer Shark models, as the former tend to use dual-roller floorheads with a non-removable primary brushroll that can be somewhat hard to clean. If you'd like to see a more comprehensive breakdown of the strengths and weaknesses of Shark and Dyson's offerings, check out our brand comparison article here.

Dyson vs Miele

Miele vacuums and Dyson models tend to occupy a similar price point, but the two manufacturers specialize in different types of appliances. Miele is renowned for its range of premium canister vacuums, which are much better built and offer superior deep-cleaning capability when paired with a powered floorhead. Meanwhile, Dyson's range of V-series cordless vacuums are easier to set up and deploy and usually come with a broader array of attachments.

Dyson vs Samsung

Samsung's cordless Jet stick vacuums are comparable to Dyson's cordless V-series vacuums. Samsung's offerings are usually better built and offer unique optional features and accessories like a self-emptying docking station and a dedicated mopping floorhead. However, Dyson's newer models, like the Dyson V15 Detect and Dyson V12 Detect Slim, feature an automatic suction power adjustment system and a piezo sensor for counting and measuring ambient particle counts inside your home.

Dyson produces a decently large variety of vacuum cleaners that work well on different surfaces, though you can expect to pay a hefty premium for that performance and versatility. Most offerings in their lineup are maneuverable, easy to carry around, and come with a wide variety of brushes. Their build quality is usually plasticky, and user maintenance is a little finicky. In comparison, most Shark vacuums feel slightly better built but perform worse on carpeted surfaces. Dyson vacuums tend to be better and more consistent on all surface types than those from BISSELL.

Lineup

 Dyson's product lineup isn't especially complicated, with a relatively small model range.

Cordless Models

  • Omni-Glide: Low-powered stick vacuum with an omnidirectional floorhead.
  • Outsize: V11-series vacuum with enlarged floorhead and dustbin.
  • V-Series: Conventional cordless stick vacuums; the higher the designation number, the higher the position in the company's lineup.

Corded Models

  • Ball Animal: Bagless upright vacuum family.
  • Big Ball: Bagless canister vacuum family with cyclonic filtration system.

Common Trim/Equipment Levels

  • Motorhead: Entry-level trim usually bundled with floorhead and a crevice and combination tool.
  • Animal: Usually bundled with a miniature turbo brush tool for cleaning pet hair from furniture.
  • Absolute: Commonly bundled with an extra soft roller intended for use on bare floors.
  • Complete: Higher-end trim bundled with most previously mentioned attachments.
  • Extra: Similar to the Complete trim, but with added accessories like wand clips, worktop tools, and adjustable adapters.

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 08, 2023: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best option for user needs.

  2. Aug 10, 2023: Minor in-text adjustments to further clarify product information.

  3. Jul 13, 2023: Ensured all main picks still remain the best choice for user needs.

  4. Jun 07, 2023: Minor in-text adjustments to improve clarity of information.

  5. May 11, 2023: Ensured all main picks still represent the best choice for user needs.

Conclusion

Dyson produces vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, fans, and hand and hair dryers. They offer a broad selection of stick/handheld vacuums. However, they have also developed canister vacuums and conventional uprights. They don't incur any recurring costs due to the implementation of Dyson's cyclonic technology across their lineup, eliminating the need for a dirtbag while also filtering out allergens. Generally, Dyson vacuums are lightweight, maneuverable, and versatile. That said, they usually have a long list of parts to regularly clean, plasticky build quality, and, on cordless models, somewhat limited runtime on high-power modes.

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