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Dyson V6 Total Clean vs. Dyson V6 Animal

Jan. 30, 2017
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Stick vacuums are lightweight and easy to carry around the house. But there are other factors besides portability to consider when choosing one, like the type of flooring you have in your home and whether you own pets.

We’re breaking down two similar Dyson models — the Dyson V6 Total Clean and the Dyson V6 Animal — to help you select the more useful one for your abode.

The vacuums: At a glance

The Dyson V6 Total Clean and Dyson V6 Animal are evenly matched in most ways. However, the V6 Total Clean has a second cleaner head, whole-machine HEPA filtration and costs $50 more than the V6 Animal.

 Dyson V6 Total CleanDyson V6 Animal
Cord lengthCordlessCordless
Run time20 minutes20 minutes
Soft roller cleaner headYesNo
Direct-drive cleaner headYesYes
Weight5.1 pounds5 pounds
Bin volume0.11 gallon0.11 gallon
Whole-machine HEPA filtrationYesNo
Buy on AmazonNot yet available on Amazon



Dyson V6 Animal

The Dyson V6 Total Clean and Dyson V6 Animal are almost indistinguishable from each other. Both are brightly colored cordless stick vacuums with cylindrical cleaning heads. The V6 Total Clean has a blue body and the V6 Animal a purple one.

Each machine has a motor up top near the handle and converts into a shorter hand-held vacuum for convenient cleaning. Both vacuums have a 0.11-gallon dustbin, Dyson digital motor V6 and a maximum suction power of 100 air watts. The V6 Total Clean weighs 5.1 pounds. The V6 Animal is slightly lighter at 5 pounds.

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The vacuums’ near-identical nature extends beyond appearance. Both offer the following:

  • Direct-drive cleaner head: This cleaner head uses bristles to clean debris from deep within carpets.
  • Max power mode: With the press of a button on either machine, the suction will increase for six minutes.
  • One-touch bin emptying: Press the button near the handle to pour out the contents of the dustbin.
  • Accessories: Each vacuum comes with attachments such as the mini motorized tool, mini soft dusting brush, combination tool and crevice tool.
  • Docking station: The included mountable docking station stores and charges the vacuum and holds the extra tools.

There are only two major features the V6 Total Clean has that the V6 Animal lacks:


Dyson V6 Total Clean

  • Soft roller cleaner head: The Dyson V6 Total Clean has a soft roller cleaner head in addition to its direct-drive cleaner head. This second cleaner is designed to pick up filth from hard floors.
  • Whole-machine HEPA filtration: The vacuum uses Dyson’s 2 Tier Radial cyclone technology and a filter to keep captured dirt and dust out of the air. In fact, the machine is certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.


The V6 Total Clean and V6 Animal are cordless, which means they’re easy to move from room to room, but their batteries don’t allow much cleaning time. The two have an equal 20-minute battery life and fully charge in 3.5 hours.

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The V6 Total Clean’s bonus features make it the more expensive choice; it retails for $549.99 and the V6 Animal for $499.99 from Dyson. The vacuums often go on sale there and at other retailers like Amazon, so keep your eyes peeled for manufacturer savings and deals.

The verdict

The Dyson V6 Total Clean and Dyson V6 Animal keep ease of use at the forefront. Both are lightweight and come with cleaning tools for almost every purpose.

We recommend the V6 Animal if your home has mainly carpets or you’re strictly looking for a vacuum to clean up after your pet.

It’s probably worth paying the extra $50 for the V6 Total Clean’s added features if your home has multiple floor types. This versatile machine has two cleaner heads that can handle carpet and hard surfaces alike. And its HEPA filtration system can bring relief to asthma and allergy sufferers.

If neither option ticks off all the boxes on your wish list, consider a different vacuum type. Our vacuum buying guide can point you in the right direction.

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Lauren Schwahn is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @lauren_schwahn.