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Dyson V6 Total Clean vs. Dyson V8 Absolute

Jan. 30, 2017
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You want a cordless, lightweight stick vacuum that’s easy to maneuver. You’ve even narrowed down your search to the Dyson brand. But your choices don’t end there: Dyson has a whole line of sticks.

Need help picking one? Here’s how two models, the similarly priced Dyson V6 Total Clean and Dyson V8 Absolute, stack up.

Price and specs

 Dyson V6 Total CleanDyson V8 Absolute
PriceRegularly $549.99Regularly $599.99
Cleaner headsSoft roller and direct-driveSoft roller and direct-drive
Floor typeCarpet and hard floorCarpet and hard floor
Converts to handheldYesYes
Weight5.1 pounds5.75 pounds
Bin volume0.11 gallons0.14 gallons
Run time before rechargeUp to 20 minutesUp to 40 minutes
Buy on AmazonNot yet available on Amazon

The basics


The Dyson V6 Total Clean

The Dyson V6 Total Clean and the Dyson V8 Absolute are both cordless and bagless stick vacuums that convert into handhelds. They’re also both battery-operated and equipped with two cleaning heads: The soft roller head tackles hard floors, while the direct-drive goes deep into carpet.

The V6 Total Clean weighs 5.1 pounds and has a 0.11-gallon bin for collecting dirt and debris. The V8 Absolute weighs in at 5.75 pounds and has a larger, 0.14-gallon bin.

The nitty-gritty

The major differences between these two models come down to cleaning — both your home and the machines themselves.

Cleaning your home

The V8 Absolute lasts twice as long between charges as the V6 Total Clean. Dyson says the V8 Absolute delivers up to 40 minutes of continuous suction, while the V6 Total Clean provides up to 20 minutes.

Run times for each model may vary depending on the accessories used, but either way, the V8 Absolute comes out on top.

Each machine includes a docking station, which doubles as a charger and a wall hanger. These vacuums aren’t freestanding; owners can hang them on the dock when they’re not in use.

Cleaning the machine

The machines also have different cleaning mechanisms. The V8 Absolute has a larger bin, so it can go longer between empties, and it’s equipped with what Dyson calls a “hygienic dirt ejector.” That means you can pull up on the canister to open the bin without touching what’s inside.

The V6 Total Clean has a feature Dyson dubs “hygienic bin emptying.” Users push a release button to empty the contents of the bin into the trash.

Prices and accessories


The Dyson V8 Absolute

The V6 Total Clean retails for $549.99 from Dyson, and the company sells the V8 Absolute for $50 more: $599.99. Each model comes with several accessories, including a mini motorized tool and a crevice tool.

Looking for a deal? Dyson periodically hosts manufacturer’s clearance events. You can also find discounted prices at other retailers. The V8 Absolute, for instance, is often on sale at Amazon.

Pick your cleaner

Which vacuum should you pick?

We recommend the V8 Absolute for larger spaces. Twenty minutes can go by quickly when you’re cleaning multiple rooms, so you’ll appreciate its longer battery life. The V6 Total Clean, on the other hand, is lightweight and more affordable. It’ll work well in apartments.

Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @courtneynerd.