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Dyson V6 Review

Price:   $300 List
Pros:  Super easy to use, convenient
Cons:  Mediocre at cleaning hard surface, pricey
Bottom line:  This cordless stick vacuum is easy to use, but its cleaning prowess doesn’t match its price
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Manufacturer:   Dyson

Our Verdict

Earning the third-highest score of the entire group, the Dyson V6 is a good, not great vacuum. It has all the convenience and is as easy to use as the Dyson V8, but is substantially watered down when it comes to cleaning performance. This model would be an excellent choice if you want a super easy to use vacuum for cleaning up spot messes, but it definitely isn't suited for cleaning your entire home or supplanting a traditional vacuum.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
David Wise and Austin Palmer

Last Updated:
Wednesday
August 16, 2017

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The Dyson V6 scored well throughout the test, but simply lacks the cleaning chops to be a top contender. This also makes it hard to reconcile the price, as less expensive models cleaned significantly better without a ton more hassle.

The Dyson V6.
The Dyson V6.

Performance Comparison


To score stick vacuums and determine which ones reigned supreme, we conducted a series of rigorous, head-to-head tests to find our top models. We conducted over 20 tests, divided among four weighted rating metrics — Carpet Cleaning, Hard Surface Cleaning, Convenience, and Ease of Use — with their weighting based on their importance. The sections below give more information about how the Dyson V6 performed and how it compared to the rest of the vacuums in the group.

The handheld mode of the V6 makes it easy to clean all parts of your home  even the ceilings!
The handheld mode of the V6 makes it easy to clean all parts of your home, even the ceilings!

Convenience


Ranking highest in terms of importance, the set of tests that made up our Convenience metric take responsibility for 35% of the total score. We compared how proficient each vacuum was at cleaning the non-floor areas of your home, whether or not it was corded or cordless — correspondingly rating either the maximum reach of the cord or the battery life, the weight of each model, and how it could be scored. The Dyson V6 scored very well, earning a 7 out of 10 and tying for the top spot overall.

This model does very well at cleaning other areas of your home besides your floor, delivering one of the better performances of the entire group. You can use the V6 with the extension for reaching hard to reach places, or without for counters or tables. However, the V6 has significantly fewer included attachments than the V8 or the Shark Rocket, reducing its versatility.

All of the accessories that are included with the V6.
All of the accessories that are included with the V6.

It is very easy to swap attachments in and out, using the locking button system. The V6 is pleasantly light, weighing in at 4.7 lbs, comparing quite favorably with the rest of the group, as shown below.


This is a cordless vacuum, making it quick to setup and use. Unfortunately, this model didn't have a stellar battery life, lasting for less than 7 minutes on max power. The chart below shows how this compares to the rest of the cordless vacuums in the group.


This model takes about 3 hours to completely recharge. Finally, this vacuum is not stable enough to stand on its own and must be stored in its wall mount.

The Dyson V6 made quick work of the oats in this test.
The Dyson V6 made quick work of the oats in this test.

Hard Surface Cleaning


Moving on to our next set of tests, the Dyson V6 did alright, earning a 5 out of 10 for its overall performance at cleaning hard floors. We based this on the V6's performance at cleaning up oats, flour, cereal, rice, and pet hair. This metric accounts for 30% of the total score for these products.

For the first test — rice clean up — the V6 did a somewhat below average job. This model did collect all of the rice in two passes, but it failed to collect any when pulled over the rice, only effective when being pushed forward over the debris. This was on the normal suction mode. However, the V6's performance underwent a dramatic increase when it came to cleaning up flour. It only took two passes to completely clean the area, even extracting flour up from the cracks between boards. This performance earned the V6 top marks for this test, tying with the V8 and the Rocket.

The V6 by Dyson did an excellent job at collecting flour from the hard floor.
The V6 by Dyson did an excellent job at collecting flour from the hard floor.

Unfortunately, this top performance was not sustained into the cereal collection test, with the V6 tying for the worst score of the entire group. The V6 became clogged, failing to pick up the Cheerios at all. This vacuum did bounce back a bit when it came to pet hair, tying for the top spot, but performance again plummeted when it came to sucking up oats. It took multiple passes, failing to efficiently collect the oats, primarily piling them up or spreading them around — in some cases, it even expanded the area of the original mess.

The V6 is very easy to use.
The V6 is very easy to use.

Ease of Use


This metric makes up 20% of the total score, covering how well each vacuum cleaned under furniture, close to walls, the different cleaning modes available to use, how the vacuum was stored, and the level of noise produced. The V6 scored very well, earning an 8 out of 10, tying for the top spot overall with the V8 and the Shark Rocket.

This vacuum has a high and low power mode — a handy feature for conserving battery life when the mess you are cleaning out doesn't warrant maximum cleaning power. The V6 does a great job at cleaning in close to edges, even without a specialized attachment, doing the best job of the bunch.

The V6 delivered one of the top performances in our edge test.
The V6 delivered one of the top performances in our edge test.

It performed similarly at cleaning under furniture, tying for the best score of the bunch and reaching the entire distance under our simulated testing sofa.

The V6 reaches very far under furniture  allowing you to clean under your sofa without moving it.
The V6 reaches very far under furniture, allowing you to clean under your sofa without moving it.

However, it is a little on the loud side, as shown in the chart below.


It can hold two attachments on its mount and has swivel steering.

The V6 did fairly well at cleaning carpeted floor.
The V6 did fairly well at cleaning carpeted floor.

Carpet Cleaning


The final metric in our testing method — Carpet Cleaning — claims credit for the remaining 15% of the overall score. We again used the same debris from the set of hard surface tests, but used both flat and fluffy carpet as testing surfaces for this round. The Dyson V6 did a good job, but failed to impress, earning a 6 out of 10 for its showing.

The V6 did an acceptable job at collecting rice on the flat carpet, again suffering from the same issue where it failed to pick up rice when pulled over it. The V6 looked like it did a decent job on the fluffy carpet, but the cleanup vacuum immediately began picking up a non-trivial amount of rice when ran after the V6. It did redeem itself a bit in the next test, tying for the top score overall when it came to collecting flour from the low-pile carpet.

The V6 almost matches the performance of the V8 when it comes to cleaning carpeted floors.
The V6 almost matches the performance of the V8 when it comes to cleaning carpeted floors.

For the next test, the V6 gave a poor showing. It again clogged when tasked with collecting Cheerios from the flat carpet. It didn't clog when sucking up the Cheerios from the fluffy carpet --most likely due to the fact that it barely collected anything. However, it did redeem itself in the final two tests. The V6 tied for the top position when it came to collecting pet hair, as well as meriting the runner-up position for oat collection.

Value


The V6 isn't a great value, offering medium cleaning power at a premium price.

Conclusion


While the V6 is exceptionally easy to use and a great choice for a convenient option for cleaning up light messes, it flounders on deeper cleans. It particularly struggles with any of the larger particles, but if you want a convenient handheld option for dusting or small particle messes and you can get over the price, then this might be the stick vacuum for you.
David Wise and Austin Palmer

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