The Best Dyson Vacuums

Product Comparisons, Shopping
dyson_header_low

buying-a-vacuum.jpg

Based on 7,882 analyzed user reviews

NerdWallet Shopping’s scoring of the best Dyson vacuums is based on our analysis of the opinions of experts and shoppers like you.

We recognize that consumers look for different qualities in vacuums, so we scored users’ observations on multiple features of Dyson’s top models, including their performance on carpet and hard surfaces.

Picking a vacuum isn’t easy. We researched some of the most popular Dyson models on the market to make your decision less confusing. To narrow down the field, we looked at expert opinions from review sites such as The Sweethome, CNET and Good Housekeeping. Next, we analyzed user reviews to see what shoppers were saying about the various attributes of each vacuum.
.
Here are our top choices, ranked in order of overall score.

The vacuums

1. Dyson V6 Motorhead

Ranked as our top-rated stick vacuum, the powerful Dyson V6 Motorhead gives you the option of using it as a stick — with up to 20 minutes of powerful suction and a direct-drive cleaner head — or converting it into a hand vac, able to clean efficiently in small spaces.


NerdWallet is a free tool to find you the best credit cards, cd rates, savings, checking accounts, scholarships, healthcare and airlines. Start here to maximize your rewards or minimize your interest rates. Judy McGuire

Dyson V6 Motorhead

  • Overall score: 9.3
  • How well it cleans: 10.0
  • Ease of use: 9.0

Buyers Like

  • Cleans carpeting and hard floors equally well
  • Fantastic on stairs
  • Gets rid of pet hair

Buyers Dislike

  • Short battery life
  • Cleanup can be messy

Read our full Dyson V6 Motorhead review

2. Dyson DC65 Animal

The powerful, bagless upright Dyson DC65 Animal comes with a variety of attachments, including a stair tool, a tangle-free turbine, and several different brushes to clean carpeting, stairs and hard floors easily and effectively.


NerdWallet is a free tool to find you the best credit cards, cd rates, savings, checking accounts, scholarships, healthcare and airlines. Start here to maximize your rewards or minimize your interest rates. Judy McGuire

Dyson DC65 Animal

  • Overall score: 9.2
  • How well it cleans: 9.4
  • Ease of use: 8.7

Buyers Like

  • Great for hardwoods, tile and carpeted flooring
  • Excellent on pet hair

Buyers Dislike

  • Heavy and cumbersome
  • Not very durable
  • Turbine tool is noisy

Read our full Dyson DC65 Animal review

3. Dyson V6

The Dyson V6 is a powerful, 4.5-pound stick vac that excels at everything from hardwood and carpet performance to pet hair removal.


NerdWallet is a free tool to find you the best credit cards, cd rates, savings, checking accounts, scholarships, healthcare and airlines. Start here to maximize your rewards or minimize your interest rates. Judy McGuire

Dyson V6

  • Overall score: 9.0
  • How well it cleans: 9.8
  • Ease of use: 9.2

Buyers Like

  • Great on hard flooring and carpeting
  • Picks up pet hair efficiently
  • Fantastic on stairs

Buyers Dislike

  • Relatively short charge
  • A little noisy

4. Dyson Ball Multifloor Upright

The upright Dyson Ball Multi Floor (formerly the Dyson DC65 Multi Floor) is easily maneuvered through the home, boasting powerful suction, a self-adjusting cleaner head, and an instant-release wand for cleaning hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.


NerdWallet is a free tool to find you the best credit cards, cd rates, savings, checking accounts, scholarships, healthcare and airlines. Start here to maximize your rewards or minimize your interest rates. Judy McGuire

Dyson Ball multifloor

  • Overall score: 9.0
  • How well it cleans: 8.4
  • Ease of use: 8.9

Buyers Like

  • Fantastic on stairs
  • Excellent on hard flooring

Buyers Dislike

  • Not great on plush carpeting
  • Lacking Dyson’s tangle-free turbine tool for efficient pet hair removal

5. Dyson DC40 Origin

The bagless upright Dyson DC40 Origin has a self-adjusting cleaner head, which makes moving between different surfaces easy. The ball technology Dyson is known for makes it easy to steer into tight spaces.


NerdWallet is a free tool to find you the best credit cards, cd rates, savings, checking accounts, scholarships, healthcare and airlines. Start here to maximize your rewards or minimize your interest rates. Judy McGuire

Dyson DC40 Origin

  • Overall score: 8.5
  • How well it cleans: 7.6
  • Ease of use: 8.3

Buyers Like

  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • About equally effective on carpets and hard flooring
  • Dust canister is easy to clean

Buyers Dislike

  • Bad on stairs
  • Ineffective on pet hair

6. Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy

The final vacuum on the list, the upright Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy, has a powerful brush bar, an easily detachable hose and wand for those awkward jobs, and filterless technology so it never loses suction.


NerdWallet is a free tool to find you the best credit cards, cd rates, savings, checking accounts, scholarships, healthcare and airlines. Start here to maximize your rewards or minimize your interest rates. Judy McGuire

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball A+A

  • Overall score: 8.5
  • How well it cleans: 9.0
  • Ease of use: 5.8

Buyers Like

  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • About equally effective on carpets and hard flooring
  • Dust canister is easy to clean

Buyers Dislike

  • Bad on stairs
  • Ineffective on pet hair


Our analysis

Our scores range from a low of 1 to a high of 10. Here’s how we devised them:

Overall score: The overall score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with each vacuum in 10 categories, including how well it cleans across various surfaces, ease of use, durability and noise.

How well it cleans: This score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the vacuum’s performance on carpet and hard floors, including hardwood, bare, tile and vinyl. It also considers their satisfaction with the Dyson’s ability to clean up pet hair and debris.

Ease of use: This score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the vacuum’s ability to maneuver, including its weight and cord length; the process of emptying or cleaning it out; and whether it was considered easy to operate.

The Best Dyson Vacuums

ProductOverall Score
(1-10)
Buyers Like
Dyson V6 Motorhead
See review above
9.3-Cleans carpeting and hard floors equally well
-Fantastic on stairs
-Gets rid of pet hair
Dyson DC65 Animal
See review above
9.2-Great for hardwoods, tile and carpeted flooring
-Excellent on pet hair
Dyson V6
See review above
9.0-Great on hard flooring and carpeting
-Picks up pet hair efficiently
-Fantastic on stairs
Dyson Ball Multifloor Upright
See review above
9.0-Fantastic on stairs
-Excellent on hard flooring
Dyson DC40 Origin
See review above
8.5-Lightweight and easy to maneuver
-About equally effective on carpets and hard flooring
-Dust canister is easy to clean
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy
See review above
8.5-Lightweight and easy to maneuver
-About equally effective on carpets and hard flooring
-Dust canister is easy to clean

For more vacuum buying advice, check out:

For more vacuum roundups, check out:

Compare other popular vacuums here:


Top image via iStock.