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Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Sep 19, 2023 at 02:51 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Sep 19, 2023 at 02:51 pm
Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute Picture
8.4
Bare Floor
8.1
Low-Pile Carpet
8.4
High-Pile Carpet
8.2
Pets
8.8
Stairs
8.3
Cars
6.2
Workshop

The Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute is Dyson's 2023 flagship cordless stick model. It's the successor to the Dyson V15 Detect, and it features a range of small tweaks and adjustments, including an on/off button as opposed to a power trigger, a brighter light for its Fluffy Optic floorhead, and a combination tool built into its wand, which was a feature previously found on only select variants of the V15. Overall, though, it's more of an iterative improvement than a revolution, and it occupies a similar niche to the V15 in being one of the most powerful, feature-packed stick vacuums on the market, albeit at a noticeably higher price point.

Our Verdict

8.4 Bare Floor

The Dyson Gen5detect is great for cleaning bare floors. It does a great job of clearing away debris on hard surfaces like laminate or hardwood, and it comes bundled with a separate floorhead with a soft roller and a laser light to help you see fine dust on hard surfaces. It also has a pretty long battery life for a cordless vacuum, and while there are a few weak points, it feels slightly better built than a lot of other Dyson vacuums.

Pros
  • Superb overall cleaning performance.
  • Bagless design incurs minimal recurring costs.
  • Automatic power adjustment feature.
  • Laser light on soft roller floorhead to help see fine debris.
Cons
  • Build quality is sub-par in certain areas.
8.1 Low-Pile Carpet

The Dyson Gen5detect is a great option for cleaning low-pile carpet. Its strong suction motor enables it to easily draw away debris embedded within carpet fibers, while its automatic power adjustment system allows it to adapt to different surface types without having to fiddle around with physical controls. Its bagless design incurs minimal recurring costs, and its HEPA filtration system is fairly effective in sealing in fine allergens.

Pros
  • Superb overall cleaning performance.
  • Bagless design incurs minimal recurring costs.
  • Automatic power adjustment feature.
Cons
  • Build quality is sub-par in certain areas.
8.4 High-Pile Carpet

The Dyson Gen5detect clears away an impressive amount of debris on high-pile carpet, though it does have a few downsides. Its powerful suction motor allows it to easily lift away debris embedded deep within carpet fibers. Still, it can form too strong a seal with the ground, which makes it very difficult to push around on thicker carpeting, even with the suction gates on its floorhead left open.

Pros
  • Superb overall cleaning performance.
  • Bagless design incurs minimal recurring costs.
  • Automatic power adjustment feature.
Cons
  • Build quality is sub-par in certain areas.
  • Hard to maneuver on thick carpeting.
8.2 Pets

The Dyson Gen5detect is a great vacuum for pet owners. It easily clears away pet hair on both hard floors and carpeting, and its conical turbo brush is remarkably effective for cleaning upholstered furniture. Its HEPA filtration system also does a great job of sealing in fine allergens, like pet dander, but you have to be careful when emptying its dustbin, which can release a cloud of dust and debris.

Pros
  • Bagless design incurs minimal recurring costs.
  • Does a superb job of clearing pet hair on a variety of surfaces.
  • Fantastic filtration performance.
Cons
  • Dustbin emptying can be messy.
8.8 Stairs

The Dyson Gen5detect is an excellent choice for cleaning stairs. It's noticeably heavier than many other Dyson vacuums but is far from a heavyweight, so it isn't too hard to carry up and down long flights of stairs. You can easily reconfigure it as a handheld vacuum to clean tight spots. It also delivers excellent debris pickup performance on a range of surface types, but it can be hard to maneuver on stairs with thick carpeting.

Pros
  • Superb overall cleaning performance.
  • Automatic power adjustment feature.
  • Laser light on soft roller floorhead to help see fine debris.
Cons
  • Build quality is sub-par in certain areas.
  • Minimal on-board tool storage.
8.3 Cars

The Dyson Gen5detect is great for cleaning out the inside of your car. Its cordless design means you don't need to stay close to a power outlet, and you can easily reconfigure it into a handheld vacuum. Its built-in crevice tool/dusting brush also makes cleaning tight spots a breeze after you've removed its wand. It lacks an onboard tool clip for its other attachments, so you'll have to find somewhere to store them when they aren't in use.

Pros
  • Superb overall cleaning performance.
  • Automatic power adjustment feature.
Cons
  • Minimal on-board tool storage.
6.2 Workshop

The Dyson Gen5detect is a mediocre option for workshop cleaning, but admittedly, this isn't what it's designed for. It does an outstanding job of cleaning household debris on hard surfaces, but it isn't designed to deal with heavy-duty debris like wood or metal shavings and can't clear away liquids.

Pros
  • Superb overall cleaning performance.
  • Laser light on soft roller floorhead to help see fine debris.
Cons
  • Build quality is sub-par in certain areas.
  • Can't be used to clear liquid spills.
  • 8.4 Bare Floor
  • 8.1 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 8.4 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.2 Pets
  • 8.8 Stairs
  • 8.3 Cars
  • 6.2 Workshop
  1. Updated Sep 19, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 15, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated Sep 07, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Sep 01, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Jun 08, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There are two variants of this vacuum: the Dyson Gen5detect and Dyson Gen5detect Absolute, though they differ only in color and availability. We tested the regular Gen5detect model; you can see its label here.

Model Name Tools Included Color Notes
Gen5detect Fluffy Optic™ cleaner head, Digital Motorbar floorhead, Hair Screw tool, built-in crevice and dusting tool, combination tool, Wall dok™ Grey/Purple  
Gen5detect Absolute Fluffy Optic™ cleaner head, Digital Motorbar floorhead, Hair Screw tool, built-in crevice and dusting tool, combination tool, Wall dok™ Prussian Blue/Copper Only available directly from Dyson.com

Let us know in the forums if you come across another variant of this vacuum, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Dyson Gen5detect is a high-end cordless stick vacuum. It's a strong overall performer within its niche, with near-class-leading debris pickup performance, a long battery life, and a seamlessly integrated automatic power adjustment system, not to mention a fairly wide range of effective attachments. That said, while it ultimately offers a few nice-to-have convenience features over the older Dyson V15 Detect, including a more comfortable control scheme and brighter laser light for its Fluffy Optic™ cleaner head, those improvements don't fully justify the substantial difference in price between the two models, especially given their similar overall performance.

If you're looking for alternatives, see our recommendations for the best cordless stick vacuums and the best cordless vacuums. If you're interested in other models from the same brand, you can check out our picks for the best Dyson vacuums.

Dyson V15 Detect

The Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute is a minor improvement over the Dyson V15 Detect, though the V15 is still a good option if you don't want to spend as much but don't want to compromise on performance. The Gen5Detect feels slightly better built, is easier to maintain, and has a more comfortable set of controls, with a dedicated on/off button instead of a trigger. The Gen5Detect's soft roller floorhead also has a brighter light to help you see fine debris on hard floors.

Dyson Outsize

The Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute is better than the Dyson Outsize. The Gen5Detect is smaller and more maneuverable, especially when using the vacuum in its handheld configuration. The Gen5Detect also comes bundled with newer iterations of both their multi-surface and soft-roller floorheads—the latter has built-in vanes to trap hair, while the latter has an integrated light to help see fine debris on hard floors. The Gen5Detect also features a particle detection system, which can be handy for monitoring allergen quantities inside your home. Conversely, the Outsize has a higher-capacity dustbin and comes bundled with a pair of batteries to extend its overall runtime.

Dyson V12 Detect Slim

The Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute and Dyson V12 Detect Slim each have their own advantages. The Gen5Detect has a more powerful suction motor and a higher-capacity dustbin, not to mention a built-in crevice tool/dusting brush. In contrast, the V12 is a significantly lighter, more maneuverable option, making it a better fit for cleaning smaller spaces.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.0
Design
Build Quality
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld

The Dyson Gen5detect has decent build quality. It feels fractionally sturdier than other Dyson vacuums, like the Dyson V12 Detect Slim, with a body made of a slightly thicker grade of plastic with a matte finish. That isn't to say that it doesn't incorporate features from other Dyson vacuums. Like the V12 Detect, it features an on/off power button instead of a trigger, so you don't have to worry about holding a trigger down or fiddling with a trigger lock during longer cleaning sessions. Unfortunately, there are a few notable weak points, which is pretty disappointing for a vacuum at this high of a price point. The rubber gasket around its cyclone is incredibly fragile and peels very easily, as seen here, though it's unclear as to whether or not this will have a long-term impact on overall performance. The wheels for its floorhead also feel somewhat fragile.

Thankfully, out-of-the-box assembly is very easy, thanks to the prevalence of easy-clip mechanisms. You'll also need to select the language for the LED interface at the back of the vacuum body on the initial setup.

7.5
Design
User Maintenance

The Dyson Gen5detect is pretty easy to maintain. Quite a few parts require regular maintenance, though they're very easy to access.

  • Dirt compartment: The dirt compartment is connected to the main body of the vacuum. You can empty it by pressing the release button, but you need to remove its wand before doing so, which is inconvenient. You can also detach the dustbin by pressing the red release button on the spine of the main body. This lets you clean the lint screen, which you should wipe periodically with a damp cloth to clear any stuck-on debris.
  • Fluffy brushroll: You can rotate the indentation on the left side of the Fluffy Optic™ vacuum head to release the fluffy brush roll from its housing. You should regularly clean it under cold water when needed, but remove the bearings inside first. Regardless, it's very easy to clear away any stuck-on dirt or tangled hair. You can wipe down the laser sensor lens with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth periodically, too.
  • Motorized head brushroll: You can access the brushroll by using a coin to remove the side cover on the side of the motorized vacuum head and then sliding the part out. While this floorhead has built-in teeth to trap hair, some can still get stuck inside. Still, once you remove the brushroll, it isn't all that hard to clean.
  • Hair Screw tool brushroll: You can access this part by pulling a release latch on the back of the turbo brush and clearing it of stuck-on debris when needed.
  • HEPA Filter: The filter is placed near the top of the vacuum and can be removed by twisting it counterclockwise to release it from its housing. You should wash it under cold water at least once a month or whenever the maintenance light indicates it needs cleaning. Be aware that the vacuum doesn't turn on if the HEPA filter isn't mounted in place.

Any parts that you wash under cold water should be left to dry for at least 24 hours before being re-installed.

10
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number No bag
Filter Part Number Unidentified
HEPA Filter Part Number Unidentified

This vacuum incurs virtually no recurring costs. As long as you regularly clean its HEPA filter, it won't need replacing.

Unfortunately, if your vacuum filter is lost or damaged, no replacement is currently available; that said, this isn't unusual for a new vacuum, and we'll update this review once this part is in stock. On the upside, you can purchase a replacement battery from Dyson's website, seen here.

6.8
Design
Storing
Height
45.28" (115.0 cm)
Width
9.84" (25.0 cm)
Depth
10.24" (26.0 cm)
Cord Storing
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

This vacuum is reasonably easy to store. It has similar dimensions to the Dyson V15 Detect and comes with a wall-mount docking station that can hold two of the included accessories.

Since the docking station has the vacuum sitting higher off the ground, it has a height of 50" (127cm).

7.2
Design
Dirt Compartment
Bagless
Yes
Volume
0.12 gal (0.45 L)
Full Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

This vacuum's dirt compartment is alright. It's the same size as that of the Dyson V15 Detect, which means it's a little on the small side. While the full canister can hold the advertised capacity of 0.77L, you aren't supposed to fill it past the Max fill line, which means its effective capacity is only 0.45L. Thankfully, since it's made of clear plastic, you can check roughly how full it is at all times.

Design
In The Box

  • Dyson Gen5detect vacuum
    • Vacuum body/dirt compartment
    • HEPA filter
    • Fluffy Optic™ vacuum head
    • Digital Motorbar™ vacuum head
    • Wand
    • 1x Battery
    • User Guide
  • Tools and brushes
    • Integrated crevice tool/soft-bristle brush
    • Upholstery brush/Hard bristle brush combination tool
    • Conical turbo brush
  • Wall Dok™
    • Docking station
    • Docking station backplate
    • Installation manual with mounting screws
    • Charging cable

10
Design
Range
Cordless
Yes
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A
Minimum Wand Length
1.18 ft (0.36 m)
Maximum Wand Length
3.31 ft (1.01 m)
Total Range
N/A

Since it's a cordless vacuum, its range is limited only by the remaining battery life and room left in its dirt compartment.

7.6
Design
Portability
Total Weight
7.56 lbs (3.43 kg)
Weight In Hand
4.96 lbs (2.25 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

At just over 7.5 lbs, this vacuum is about a pound heavier than the Dyson V15 Detect, likely due to slight differences in construction and the addition of the integrated crevice tool/dusting brush. It's still far from the heaviest vacuum on the market, but the added weight can make it somewhat cumbersome to use handheld.

6.8
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
7 min
Maximum Battery Life
77 min
Recharge Time
217 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

Battery performance is adequate. It performs similarly to the Dyson V15 Detect, with a max runtime of more than 70 minutes in its 'Eco' power mode with no attachments, which is quite lengthy for a cordless model. Do note that this runtime drops to under 10 minutes if you run it continuously in its high-power 'Boost' mode with the motorized head, so you need to work fast when dealing with stubborn messes. That said, it's worth noting that battery life can vary drastically in its self-adjusting 'Auto' mode depending on the surface you're cleaning as well as debris type. The LED display on top of the vacuum gives you a rough estimate of the remaining battery life. Unfortunately, this vacuum takes quite a long time to charge, at a little under four hours.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
Yes
Easy On/Off
Yes
Head Surface Type Adjustment
Manual

The Dyson Gen5detect has quite a few quality-of-life features. Its Fluffy Optic™ vacuum head has an integrated laser light that gets noticeably brighter than the Laser Slim Fluffy™ head bundled with the Dyson V15 Detect. You can see how the two lights compare here and here. You can also choose between three different power modes: the energy-efficient 'Eco' mode, the high-suction 'Boost' mode, and 'Auto' mode, which automatically adjusts the suction power depending on the surface you're cleaning as well as the amount of debris being sucked up. There's a suction gate on its motorized head to help you further tweak its suction force on different surfaces. Like its predecessor, it also has an LED display that gives you a rough estimate of particle quantities being sucked into the dustbin. Instead of a regular trigger, this vacuum features an on/off button, just like the Dyson V12 Detect Slim, so you don't have to hold down on a trigger throughout longer cleaning sessions.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
Yes
Crevice Tool
Yes
Upholstery Tool
No
Soft Bristle Brush
Yes
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
Yes
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The Dyson Gen5detect comes with a broad selection of tools and accessories. It has unique tools, like its Fluffy Optic™ head, which helps you see small particles on bare floors. There's also its conical turbo brush, which can clean pet hair from fabric-lined surfaces, as well as a combination tool that features an upholstery tool and a sliding hard bristle brush. This vacuum also features a crevice tool/soft-bristle brush that fits within its wand, and you can access it after detaching the latter, as seen here. That tool features a plastic bracket that surrounds the bristles to prevent them from bending too far backward, seen here.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No

You can reconfigure the Dyson Gen5detect into a handheld vacuum by removing its wand. Unlike many previous Dyson models, the Gen5detect has a crevice tool/soft-bristle brush that slots into the main wand, making it much easier to quickly switch into handheld mode.

Performance
10
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used "Auto" (Laser Slim Fluffy Head)
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 100%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 100%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 100%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 100%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

Performance on bare floors is exceptional with the vacuum in its 'Auto' power mode with its Fluffy Optic™ floorhead. It clears small and bulky debris, like rice or cereal, easily. Suction performance remains consistent even as its dirt compartment fills up, which is good when dealing with bigger messes.

8.1
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Auto" (vacuum head vents completely closed)
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 80%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) ≈ 80%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 81%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) ≈ 81%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

This vacuum offers great performance on low-pile carpet in its 'Auto' power mode with the multi-surface floorhead. It clears away most fine and large debris like baking soda or sand. Suction power remains consistent even as its dirt compartment fills up.

8.6
Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Auto" (vacuum head vents partially open)
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 78%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) ≈ 78%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 78%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) ≈ 78%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

This vacuum does an amazing job of dealing with debris on high-pile carpet in its 'Auto' power mode with the multi-surface floorhead left partially open. It sucks up small, fine debris like baking soda without an issue and delivers great performance when dealing with larger material like sand. However, it's worth noting that this vacuum's strong suction force makes it incredibly difficult to push or pull on thicker carpets, even with the suction gate on its multi-surface floorhead left partially open, to the point where it could be almost impossible to use on this surface type for some users.

9.9
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
99%
Low-Pile Carpet
99%
High-Pile Carpet
100%

This vacuum does an exceptional job of handling pet hair on bare floors and low and high-pile carpet. The brushrolls for each of its floorheads are easily removable, making it a lot easier to remove any tangled hair.

7.9
Performance
Suction
Maximum Suction
10.3 inH₂O (2.57 kPa)
Setting Used For Maximum "BOOST"
Normal Suction
3.0 inH₂O (0.75 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal "Auto", (Laser Slim Fluffy Head)
Hose Diameter
1.3" (3.2 cm)

This vacuum delivers very good suction force. While Dyson advertises a higher max suction power of 262 AW, in practice, it isn't a huge increase over the older Dyson V15 Detect. Still, regarding raw suction power, it's among the most powerful cordless models we've tested, and it doesn't have too much trouble dealing with debris on carpets or in deep crevices.

8.5
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
72.3 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
69.2 dBA

This vacuum isn't too loud. When used with its soft roller floorhead on bare floors, it won't cause much of a disturbance. However, it is a little bit louder when used with its multi-surface brushroll, especially on carpets, where it automatically ramps up its suction power to the highest level when used in its 'Auto' mode.

7.5
Performance
Maneuverability

Maneuverability is good. Like many other Dysons, the Gen5detect's floorhead pivots smoothly and has a wide range of motion, so it isn't too hard to maneuver around obstacles. You'll feel the added weight over other Dyson vacuums when lifting it over obstructions like electrical cords, but the handle does have a rubberized grip to provide a bit of extra comfort. Removing and attaching different tools and accessories is a simple process, though unfortunately, there's no on-board tool storage rack, so you'll need to carry around its tools separately when moving the vacuum from room to room. Unfortunately, it can be hard to clean high-pile rugs due to the high suction power, which makes it hard to push around and can drag smaller carpets around if you don't stand on them to keep them in place.

8.5
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test

This vacuum does an excellent job of dealing with pet hair on upholstered furniture when used with its Hair Screw Tool in its 'Auto' power mode. It tends to collect hair and turn them into densely-packed ball-shaped tangles, making them easier to pick up, and has no trouble dealing with shorter strands. That said, the vacuum's somewhat heavy weight and strong suction force means you'll need both hands for comfortable handheld operation.

Performance
Air Quality
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Dyson Gen5Detect has good air filtration performance. The manufacturer advertises its HEPA filtration system as being able to seal in particles measuring as small as 0.1 microns.

8.5
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test

With its soft roller head, this vacuum does a great job of clearing away debris in crevices on hard floors. Its powerful motor and low-sitting floorhead allow it to remove debris in shallow and deep cracks. That said, if your floors are slightly uneven, you might have to use the edge for the floorhead to achieve a tight seal with the ground and clear away debris in cracks.

3.0
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test

This vacuum isn't meant to clear away stains on hard floors with either of its included floorheads. Dyson doesn't currently offer a variant of this vacuum with a mopping floorhead, unlike the Dyson V15 Detect, with the recently introduced V15s Detect Submarine model.

0
Performance
Water
Wet Compatible
No
Water Pickup Post Test

This vacuum isn't designed to clear away liquid spills.

Automation
0
Automation
Physical Automation
Automatic Recharging
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Pathing Algorithm
No Pathing Algorithm
Physical Boundary Markers
No
Scheduled Start Buttons
No
Cycle Control Buttons
No
Navigation Control Buttons
No

This vacuum has no automation features.

0
Automation
Companion App Automation
App Name
No App
iOS Availability
No
Android Availability
No
Software Boundary Markers (No Go Zones)
No
App Scheduled Start
No
App Cycle Control
No
Navigation Control within App
No

There's no companion software associated with this vacuum.