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The 4 Best Dyson Vacuums of 2022 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 as well as more conventional uprights. Regardless of design, they all feature Dyson's proprietary cyclone technology, eliminating the need for a dirtbag.

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  1. Best Dyson Vacuum

    8.6
    Bare Floor
    8.1
    Low-Pile Carpet
    8.3
    High-Pile Carpet
    9.1
    Pets
    9.0
    Stairs
    8.6
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Stick/Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The best Dyson vacuum we've tested is the Dyson V15 Detect. This stick vacuum does a fantastic job sucking up pet hair and debris from bare floors and delivers incredible cleaning performance on low and high-pile carpet. Its suction performance also remains consistent as its dirt compartment fills up, which is good if you have several large messes to deal with. When using it in its 'Auto' mode, it can automatically adjust its suction power depending on the surface it's currently on. You can quickly reconfigure it into a handheld vacuum. It comes with a few attachments, including a turbo brush and a secondary floorhead with a laser light that makes it easier to identify fine debris on hard surfaces. Depending on your settings, attachments, and usage habits, it should supply 10 to 70 minutes of runtime. An LED display at the back of the vacuum can give you a live estimate of the remaining charge so that you know when it's time to let it recharge.

    However, like many Dyson models, its mainly plastic construction doesn't feel especially robust, especially its clear plastic dirt compartment, which could break if you drop it. Its strong suction force can also make it difficult to push around on some carpets or cause it to drag around some rugs. Still, it's the best cordless Dyson vacuum that we've tested.

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  2. Best Dyson Upright Vacuum

    8.3
    Bare Floor
    8.2
    Low-Pile Carpet
    8.3
    High-Pile Carpet
    8.6
    Pets
    6.0
    Stairs
    6.6
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Upright
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    No
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The best Dyson vacuum we've tested with an upright design is the Dyson Ball Animal 2. This upright vacuum doesn't have a dirtbag and uses washable, reusable pre-motor and allergen-trapping HEPA filters, so recurring costs shouldn't be much of a concern. You can clean hard-to-reach areas by cleaning with its hose, but be aware that the vacuum needs to be in a completely upright position for suction to go through the wand. It comes with a wide assortment of attachments, including a turbo brush and a dedicated pet grooming tool. This vacuum delivers exceptional performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet, easily cleaning pet hair or various kinds of solid debris. Suction performance remains consistent even as its dirt compartment fills up, which is great if you have several large messes to deal with. The vacuum's floorhead can automatically change height to suit different surfaces, and you can pause the rotation of its brushroll if you don't want it to become tangled on obstructions like rug tassels.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum's very strong suction force makes it hard to push and pull on high-pile carpets and can even cause it to drag around some lighter rugs. It also feels very cheaply built, with a mainly plastic construction that flexes a little while in use, which is disappointing for a vacuum at this price point. While its pivoting ball-shaped head yields decent maneuverability, this is still a bulky, heavy appliance. If you're looking for a more maneuverable Dyson vacuum but prefer the ergonomics of a canister vacuum, consider the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister, though be aware that it doesn't perform nearly as well on any surface type.

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  3. Best Dyson Handheld Vacuum

    8.5
    Bare Floor
    7.5
    Low-Pile Carpet
    8.1
    High-Pile Carpet
    8.7
    Pets
    9.3
    Stairs
    8.7
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The best cordless Dyson vacuum with a handheld design that we've tested is the Dyson Humdinger. This compact cordless vacuum features an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, great if you suffer from serious allergies. It does a fantastic job cleaning pet hair on most floor types and delivers superb overall performance on bare, even surfaces like countertops or shelves. It cleans an amazing amount of debris on high-pile carpet, but you may need to make an extra pass to fully clean larger debris on low-pile carpet. Its selection of attachments is fairly broad for a handheld vacuum, as it comes with a turbo brush, a crevice tool for clearing messes in tight corners, a slide-on dusting brush, and a 'Worktop' attachment designed for dealing with material on flat surfaces like work tables and countertops. Its maximum battery life of roughly half an hour should give you enough time to deal with most spot-cleaning tasks, but it's worth mentioning that using it in its high-power 'MAX' suction mode does decrease its battery life to just under 10 minutes.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum's dustbin feels very fragile and has a small capacity, so you should empty it after almost every cleaning session. Its handheld-only form factor also makes it ill-suited to cleaning large areas. You may want to consider the Dyson Micro 1.5kg if you're looking for a similarly-designed vacuum that comes with an extension wand and a floorhead, though be aware that the Micro isn't designed for use on carpets when using it in its stick configuration.

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  4. Best Dyson Vacuum Under $500

    8.4
    Bare Floor
    8.0
    Low-Pile Carpet
    7.7
    High-Pile Carpet
    9.2
    Pets
    9.0
    Stairs
    8.6
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Stick/Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The best cordless Dyson vacuum under $500 that we've tested is the Dyson V8 Animal. This cordless stick/handheld vacuum can easily handle pet hair and other kinds of solid debris on bare floors. It also performs impressively well on low and high-pile carpet, though you may need to make an extra pass to clear very fine debris. You shouldn't notice a significant loss in suction performance as its dustbin fills up either, which is good if you have several large messes to deal with. You can easily reconfigure it into a handheld vacuum to deal with debris in tight spots or spot clean small areas. It comes with a wide assortment of attachments, like a pivoting extender to help clean high-up shelves, a miniature turbo brush, and a combination upholstery tool/soft-bristle dusting brush. Since this vacuum doesn't have a dirtbag and uses a washable, reusable allergen-trapping HEPA filter, recurring costs are virtually nonexistent.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum has quite a few components that need regular cleaning, and quite a few parts of its mainly plastic construction feel a little fragile. Its maximum battery life of roughly 40 minutes is also shorter than other cordless vacuums in Dyson's product lineup. In addition, unlike the Dyson V11 Animal, it can't automatically adjust its suction power level to different surfaces it's on, though the V11 is considerably more expensive and offers similar overall cleaning performance.

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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 lifetime of the device, 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 that makes it easier to navigate small spaces and rooms.
  • Wide array of tools and brushes. Dyson vacuums usually come with a pretty 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 feature a mostly plastic construction that some users may perceive as a little cheap.
  • Relatively small dirt compartments. Most Dyson vacuums have dirt compartments on the smaller side, meaning that you may have to empty them quite often.
  • Somewhat short cordless runtime. Cordless Dyson vacuums have somewhat short battery lives, especially when used on their highest power level setting, which might be annoying when trying to clean 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 pretty long list of parts that need regular cleaning.

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.

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 12, 2022: Ensured that all main picks are still available and represent the best option for their given category.

  2. Dec 17, 2021: Substantial article rework to better align with user expectations. Re-categorized Dyson V15 Detect from 'Best Cordless Dyson Vacuum' to 'Best Dyson Vacuum' pick. Re-categorized Dyson Ball Animal 2 from 'Best Dyson Vacuum For Carpets' to 'Best Dyson Upright Vacuum' pick. Removed Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute from recommendations. Added Dyson Humdinger as new 'Best Dyson Handheld Vacuum' pick. Added Dyson V8 Animal as 'Best Dyson Vacuum Under $500' pick.

  3. Nov 19, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still available and represent the best choice for their given category.

  4. Oct 22, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category.

  5. Sep 24, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category.

Conclusion

Dyson specializes in producing vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, fans, and hand and hair dryers. They offer a broad selection of stick/handheld vacuums, but 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. As a general rule, 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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