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 as well as more conventional uprights. Regardless of design, they all feature Dyson's proprietary cyclone technology, eliminating the need for a dirtbag.
The best cordless Dyson vacuum that we've tested is the Dyson V15 Detect. This cordless stick vacuum delivers superb overall performance on a wide mix of surface types, ranging from bare hardwood floors to low and high-pile carpet. It has a particle sensor that's advertised to count and measure the size of debris that you suck up, which displays on an LED display at the back of the vacuum. Its washable HEPA filter and lack of a dirtbag keep recurring costs to a minimum, and it's easy to take the vacuum apart for regular maintenance or reconfigure it into a handheld vacuum for cleaning messes on furniture and countertops. It comes with wide assortment of tools and accessories, including a combination upholstery tool/hard bristle brush, a motorized turbo brush, and even a secondary vacuum head with a soft roller and a laser light to help you see small debris on bare floors. Battery performance is fair overall, as you should expect roughly anywhere between 10 to 70 minutes of runtime on a single charge depending on your choice of attachments and suction power mode.
Unfortunately, this vacuum's suction force is quite strong, which can cause it to drag around some lighter rugs or get caught on rug tassels. There are also quite a few parts that require regular cleaning. If you're looking for something a little easier to maneuver and maintain, the Dyson Micro 1.5kg is a good choice, though its primary soft-roller vacuum head makes it unsuitable for use on carpets, and it has a considerably smaller dustbin and shorter battery life.
The best Dyson vacuum we've tested for carpets is the Dyson Ball Animal 2. This upright vacuum does a fantastic job sucking up pet hair as well as small and bulky debris like rice or cereal on low and high-pile carpet. Its bagless design and washable, reusable pre-motor and allergen-trapping HEPA filters also keep recurring costs to a minimum, and its spacious dirt compartment shouldn't need emptying very often. It comes with a wide assortment of tools and accessories, including a motorized turbo brush, a dedicated pet grooming tool, a soft bristle dusting brush, and an extension wand for cleaning areas normally out-of-reach. Thanks to its automatic height adjusting vacuum head, long power cord, and pivoting ball-shaped wheel, it's easy enough to maneuver over or around obstructions.
That said, this vacuum's strong suction force can cause it to get caught on rug tassels, drag lighter rugs around, and can make it hard to push forward and backward on some types of carpet. Consider the Dyson V8 Animal if you're looking for something a little more maneuverable. It also lacks the easy-clip mechanisms found on other Dyson vacuums like the Dyson V11 Animal, so it isn't as easy to disassemble or reconfigure. Still, if you're looking for a powerful upright vacuum that comes with many tools, this is a solid option.
The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is the best Dyson vacuum for bare floors that we've tested. This lightweight stick/handheld vacuum does a fantastic job of sucking up different debris, ranging from pet hair to bulky material like cereal, on surfaces like linoleum or hardwood. Its suction performance also remains very consistent as its dirt compartment fills up, which is good if you have several large messes to clean. Its lightweight construction makes it easy to maneuver, and it's easy to reconfigure into a handheld and attach any one of its tools and accessories. These include a flexible crevice tool and a 180-degree extension cleaner that helps make it easier to clean on top of high-placed surfaces. Battery performance is decent, as it provides over an hour of runtime when used as a handheld, though that drops to under 10 minutes if you use it continuously in its high-power 'BOOST' mode. That said, battery life can vary drastically in the real world.
Like other Dyson vacuums, it feels somewhat cheap due to its mainly plastic construction. There are also quite a few parts that require periodic maintenance, though its bagless design and washable HEPA filter mean you shouldn't have to worry about buying replacement components. Overall, this vacuum's lightweight design, selection of tools, and superb performance on flat, even surfaces make it a great choice for cleaning bare floors.
Dyson produces a decently large variety of vacuum cleaners that work well on different surfaces, though you should 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; that said, their build quality is usually quite 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 performers on all surface types than those from BISSELL.
Sep 24, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category.
Aug 25, 2021: Checked accuracy of picks with minor updates to text for clarity.
Jul 20, 2021: Verified that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category.
May 21, 2021: Replaced Dyson V11 Animal with Dyson V15 Detect as 'Best Cordless Dyson Vacuum'.
Apr 23, 2021: Checked picks to ensure that the best products are still being recommended and that they're in stock.
Dyson specializes in producing 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 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. As a general rule, Dyson vacuums are lightweight, maneuverable, and versatile. That said, they also usually have a long list of parts to regularly clean, plasticky build quality, and, on cordless models, somewhat limited runtime on high-power modes.