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Dyson Omni-glide Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Apr 23, 2021 at 10:59 am
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7.2
Bare Floor
5.3
Low-Pile Carpet
4.1
High-Pile Carpet
6.2
Pets
7.8
Stairs
6.7
Cars
3.8
Workshop
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes
Wet Compatible
No

The Dyson Omni-glide is a very lightweight stick/handheld vacuum. It has a uniquely designed head equipped with two soft brushrolls and four caster wheels that allow it to roll in any direction. However, it's only intended for use on bare floors and unfortunately delivers a mediocre performance on that surface type. It also has a tiny dirt compartment and a relatively short battery life of roughly 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the power mode and selected tools and accessories. On the plus side, like most Dyson vacuums, it should incur virtually no recurring costs as long as it's properly maintained.

Our Verdict

7.2 Bare Floor

The Dyson Omni-glide is okay for cleaning bare floors. Its performance on this surface type is mediocre since bulky material tends to get stuck on the brushrolls or in the narrow vacuum entry. On the plus side, it has no problem sucking up smaller debris like rice and has excellent maneuverability. It also incurs practically no recurring costs as long as it's properly maintained. Unfortunately, its dirt compartment is very small and needs frequent emptying.

Pros
  • Easily clears small debris like rice.
  • Unique head can rotate in any direction.
Cons
  • Struggles with bulky material.
  • Tiny dustbin.
5.3 Low-Pile Carpet

The Dyson Omni-glide isn't intended for cleaning carpets, according to the manufacturer. We didn't test its performance on this surface type.

4.1 High-Pile Carpet

The Dyson Omni-glide isn't intended for cleaning carpets, according to the manufacturer. We didn't test its performance on this surface type.

6.2 Pets

The Dyson Omni-glide is a poor choice for cleaning up after pets. It's only intended for cleaning bare floors, and while it does clear most pet hair from that surface type, it may take several passes or some special maneuvering to achieve. On the plus side, it has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, and the brushrolls are removable, which makes it easier to remove any tangled hair.

Pros
  • Allergen-trapping HEPA filter.
Cons
  • Tiny dustbin.
  • Only intended for use on bare floors.
7.8 Stairs

The Dyson Omni-glide is a great choice for cleaning stairs. While it's only intended for use on bare floors and its performance on that surface type is mediocre, it's very lightweight, easy to maneuver, and simple to switch into a handheld configuration. It's cordless, so you don't need to worry about swapping outlets while you're cleaning a long staircase. Unfortunately, the battery can deplete in as little as nine minutes, so you may need to work quickly, depending on what power setting and tools you use.

Pros
  • No recurring costs.
  • Handheld configuration.
Cons
  • Tiny dustbin.
6.7 Cars

The Dyson Omni-glide is a decent choice for cleaning your car's interior. The main head isn't for use on carpets, but you can switch it into a handheld configuration and use it with its extension wand or combination tool. It's very lightweight and maneuverable, and since it's cordless, you don't need to worry about finding a nearby outlet. Unfortunately, though, it doesn't come with a turbo brush or an upholstery tool that cleans fabric-covered car seats.

Pros
  • No recurring costs.
  • Handheld configuration.
Cons
  • Tiny dustbin.
  • Comes with limited tools.
  • 7.2 Bare Floor
  • 5.3 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 4.1 High-Pile Carpet
  • 6.2 Pets
  • 7.8 Stairs
  • 6.7 Cars
  • 3.8 Workshop
  1. Updated Aug 25, 2022: This vacuum's suction force has been retested with a more accurate manometer. The test results for the 'Maximum Suction' and 'Normal Suction' fields have been updated. All relevant scores and text have been updated.
  2. Updated Aug 03, 2022: Updated 'Stains' field to include a link to BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max 2554 vacuum review, an alternative that has a mopping function to deal with dried-on messes.
  3. Updated Jul 28, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  4. Updated Apr 01, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  5. Updated Apr 23, 2021: Review published.
  6. Updated Apr 21, 2021: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Dyson Omni-glide is available in one color variant, 'Purple', which we tested. You can see the label for the unit we tested here. If you come across another variant or yours is different, please let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Dyson Omni-glide is a very lightweight stick/handheld vacuum. It's meant for cleaning bare floors, but unfortunately, has worse performance on this surface type than most other Dyson models that we've tested. There are several similarly slim and lightweight vacuums with better performances, like the Dyson V8 or the Shark Wandvac System WS620.

If you want to see other options, check out our lists of the best cordless vacuums, the best cordless stick vacuums, and the best lightweight vacuums

Dyson V8

The Dyson V8 is a better vacuum than the Dyson Omni-glide. The V8 delivers significantly better performance on bare surfaces, and its dirt compartment is much bigger. On the other hand, the Omni-glide is much more maneuverable and is easier to maintain. However, while it easily clears smaller debris like rice from bare surfaces, its overall performance on that surface type is mediocre. It's also not intended for cleaning carpets.

Dyson V12 Detect Slim

The Dyson V12 Detect Slim is a far more versatile vacuum than the Dyson Omni-Glide. The V12 is easier to clean, has a larger dirt compartment, and can be used to clean carpeted surfaces, unlike the Omni-Glide, thanks to its more powerful suction motor and included multi-surface floorhead. It also has a surface detection system that lets it automatically adjust its suction power on carpeted surfaces or whenever it identifies an area with a high concentration of debris. However, the Omni-Glide is smaller and lighter.

Dyson Cyclone V10

The Dyson Cyclone V10 is more versatile than the Dyson Omni-glide. The V10 has a larger dustbin, a longer maximum battery life, more tools and accessories, and performs better on bare floors. It can also be used to clean carpeted floors, unlike the Omni-Glide. However, the Omni-Glide is lighter, more maneuverable, and incurs fewer maintenance requirements.

Dyson V11

The Dyson V11 is a better vacuum than the Dyson Omni-glide. The V11 delivers excellent performance on bare floors and does a very good job on carpets, too. It comes with a bigger variety of tools and brushes, and its dirt compartment can hold more debris. On the other hand, the Omni-glide is much lighter and recharges more quickly, although its performance on bare floors is mediocre.

Dyson V7

The Dyson V7 is a better vacuum than the Dyson Omni-glide. The V7 delivers better performance on bare floors and is great on carpets. It also comes with a much wider variety of tools, including a hard bristle brush and a turbo brush. On the other hand, the Omni-glide is much more maneuverable and has a significantly better battery performance since its battery is removable and comes with a charging dock. However, it's not intended for cleaning carpets, and its performance on bare floors is only passable.

Dyson V15 Detect

The Dyson V15 Detect is far more versatile than the Dyson Omni-glide. The V15 has a larger dustbin, a longer battery life, more tools and accessories, and better performance on bare floors. Unlike the Omni-glide, you can also use the V15 to clean carpets; it delivers superb performance. Meanwhile, the Omni-glide is much easier to maneuver, has fewer parts that require maintenance, and charges faster.

Dyson Micro 1.5kg

While they each have a similarly lightweight design, the Dyson Micro 1.5kg is better overall than the Dyson Omni-glide. Neither is suitable for use on carpets, but the Micro performs significantly better on bare floors, particularly when picking up bulkier debris like cereal. It also comes with more tools and accessories.

BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max

The BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max and Dyson Omni-glide are differently-designed vacuums with differing intended use cases, though they're both meant for cleaning bare floors. The Dyson is a uniquely-designed stick vacuum with a rotating twin-brushroll head. It's much lighter than the BISSELL, easier to maneuver, and makes less noise. You can also configure it as a handheld vacuum to better-clean hard-to-reach areas. Conversely, the BISSELL is a cordless upright vacuum/mop with a detergent-dispersal function to help scrub away dried-on stains. It's more effective than the Dyson in sucking up debris on bare floors and has a longer battery life, not to mention a much bigger dustbin.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball

The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball and the Dyson Omni-glide have different strengths, and which you may prefer depends on your needs. The Big Ball delivers a decent performance on low and high-pile carpets. It's much easier to maintain, and its dirt compartment can hold more debris. However, the Omni-glide delivers somewhat better performance on bare floors since it struggles a bit less to clear bulky debris like cereal. It's also much lighter and more portable.

Shark WANDVAC System

The Shark Wandvac System WS620 is a better vacuum than the Dyson Omni-glide. The Shark delivers significantly better performance on bare floors and does a very good job of cleaning carpets. It also comes with an upholstery tool for cleaning fabric-covered furniture. The Dyson isn't intended for cleaning carpets and delivers a mediocre performance on bare floors, but it has a uniquely designed rotating head that helps make it much more maneuverable.

Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless

The Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless is a better vacuum than the Dyson Omni-glide. The Shark delivers significantly better performance on bare floors, and its dirt compartment is much bigger. It does a decent job on carpets, too. On the other hand, the Omni-glide is less than half the weight of the Lightweight Cordless. However, while it easily clears small debris like rice from bare floors, it struggles to suck up bulkier material and isn't intended for use on carpets.

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Test Results

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Design
6.5
Design
Build Quality
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld

The Dyson Omni-glide has an okay build quality. It's entirely made of plastic but is easy to assemble, with many components that can detach with the push of a button. The on/off and power setting controls are easy to reach as well. The dirt compartment is made of see-through plastic, so you can see how full it is, but unfortunately, it feels fragile and like it may break if dropped.

6.5
Design
User Maintenance

The Dyson Omni-glide is decently easy to maintain. A few parts need regular maintenance, but the vacuum has a simple design, and the process is straightforward.

  • Dirt compartment: To empty the dirt compartment, you need to remove the wand first. Press the red button on the underside of the dirt compartment to open it. You can empty it over a garbage can this way. You can also completely remove it. If you want to clean it, you can wipe it with a damp cloth.
  • Brushrolls: The brushrolls can be removed by pushing the button on top of the vacuum head and sliding them out. You can wash them as needed with cold water. You may also need to periodically detangle any hair that gets in the brushrolls.
  • Filter: The filter is located near the exhaust of the vacuum and can be removed by twisting counter-clockwise and sliding it off the handle. It should be cleaned once a month with cold water, or more frequently if you often use the vacuum set to its more powerful suction mode.

If you wash any part with water, it should be allowed to dry for 24 hours before going back in the vacuum

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10
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number No bag
Filter Part Number 965241-01
HEPA Filter Part Number 965241-01

The Dyson Omni-glide should incur virtually no recurring costs, as you shouldn't need to replace the filter as long as it's properly maintained. If a part gets lost or damaged, Dyson sells replacements through its website.

5.1
Design
Storing
Height
43.23" (109.8 cm)
Width
8.15" (20.7 cm)
Depth
5.20" (13.2 cm)
Cord Storing
No
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The Dyson Omni-glide has poor storage capabilities. It comes with a charging station that you can attach to the wall with the included screws. However, there isn't anywhere to stow the cord. There's also no onboard storage for the tool or any way to store it on the station. However, while it lacks some features that would make it easier to store, it's one of the more compact Dyson vacuums we've tested, and it doesn't take up a lot of space.

5.2
Design
Dirt Compartment
Bagless
Yes
Volume
0.02 gal (0.09 L)
Full Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

This vacuum has a poor dirt compartment. It's tiny and needs frequent emptying. Fortunately, it's made of clear plastic so you can see how full it is, and it has a max fill line so that you know when it needs emptying.

Design
In The Box

  • Dyson Omni-glide vacuum body
  • Vacuum head
  • Vacuum body
  • Docking station with A/C cable and mounting screws
  • Crevice tool with removable soft bristle brush
  • HEPA filter
  • Extension wand
  • Battery
  • User guide

10
Design
Range
Cordless
Yes
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A
Minimum Wand Length
2.30 ft (0.70 m)
Maximum Wand Length
3.28 ft (1.00 m)
Total Range
N/A

The Dyson Omni-glide is a cordless vacuum and has unlimited range as long as it has room left in the dirt compartment and battery life remaining.

8.8
Design
Portability
Total Weight
4.41 lbs (2.00 kg)
Weight In Hand
1.83 lbs (0.83 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The Dyson Omni-glide is amazingly portable. It feels very light in your hand and isn't very heavy overall. It also has a carrying handle that makes it a little easier to carry between rooms or up and down stairs.

6.9
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
9 min
Maximum Battery Life
28 min
Recharge Time
142 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The Dyson Omni-glide has an okay battery performance. If the vacuum is used in its stick configuration and set to the more powerful 'MAX' mode, the battery only lasts for roughly nine minutes of continuous use. However, if you use the lower power setting, it provides just under half an hour of cleaning time if configured as a handheld vacuum with no tools attached. The vacuum takes a little less than two and a half hours to recharge completely, which is about an hour faster than the advertised charging time. Battery performance can vary with real-life use, though.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Head Surface Type Adjustment
None

The Dyson Omni-glide has a few extra features. It has a uniquely designed head with caster wheels that allow it to roll in any direction, which helps make it more maneuverable in tight spots. There are two suction power settings, 'Eco', which is the default, and 'Max', which is more powerful. The buttons that turn the vacuum on and off and change the power settings are easy to reach on the handle. The dirt compartment can also open at the push of a button, which helps makes it easier to empty.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
No
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 Omni-glide comes with a few tools and brushes. The main head has two soft brushrolls that are easy to remove. There's also a combined crevice tool and soft bristle brush that can attach to the vacuum in its handheld mode. You can use it with the brush to dust delicate objects like curtains, or without when you need to get into tight corners or narrow spaces. You can also use the vacuum as a handheld with the wand attached, which helps clean out-of-reach areas.

This vacuum doesn't come with many tools compared to other Dyson vacuums, like the Dyson V7 or Dyson V8. While Dyson sells accessories on their website that are compatible with more than one model, they aren't currently selling any additional tools that are compatible with the Omni-glide.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No

The Dyson Omni-glide can be used as a handheld vacuum with the crevice tool/soft bristle brush or the wand attached.

Performance
5.9
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used "MAX"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 18%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
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) N/A
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

The Dyson Omni-glide has a mediocre performance on bare floors. It easily picks up smaller debris like rice. It also picks up most pet hair, but only if you twist the handle as you pull it back, so that the head turns around and goes forward over the debris again instead of going backward. Unfortunately, it doesn't do a good job of clearing bulky debris like cereal, because it tends to get jammed near the brushrolls, in the wand, or at the narrow entry to the dirt compartment.

0
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used Untestable
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 0%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
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) 0%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
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

The Dyson Omni-glide isn't for use on carpets, according to the manufacturer. We didn't test its performance on low-pile carpets.

0
Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used Untestable
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 0%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
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) 0%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
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 isn't intended for use on carpets, according to the manufacturer. We didn't test its performance on high-pile carpets.

7.5
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
85%
Low-Pile Carpet
N/A
High-Pile Carpet
N/A
3.6
Performance
Suction
Maximum Suction
1.4 inHโ‚‚O (0.35 kPa)
Setting Used For Maximum "MAX"
Normal Suction
0.8 inHโ‚‚O (0.20 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal Default {ECO}
Hose Diameter
1.0" (2.5 cm)
8.6
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
69.6 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
N/A
8.0
Performance
Maneuverability

The Dyson Omni-glide has excellent maneuverability. The head is really easy to lift and rotate, which helps with cleaning around obstacles like table legs and electric cords. The suction power and on/off buttons are conveniently placed and easy to press. It's fast and easy to switch it into a handheld configuration, which makes it simple to clean things like furniture or a coffee table. However, it's not meant for use on carpets.

5.5
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test
Performance
Air Quality
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes
7.0
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test
1.0
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test

The Dyson Omni-Glide does a terrible job of clearing away stains. If you're looking for a vacuum intended for use on bare floors that can also easily handle stains, you should consider the BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max.

0
Performance
Water
Wet Compatible
No
Water Pickup Post Test
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
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

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