What is The Best Dyson Vacuum Cleaner for Your Home?

What is the best Dyson Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson is known for being innovative, advanced, and ahead of their time with regards to cordless vacuum cleaners. Even though each new release comes with new features, the old models are far from obsolete and can still hold their own up against their descendents.

But which is the best Dyson vacuum cleaner? This guide takes you through everything you need to know, and more, as well as which Dyson vacuum cleaners are the best for pets, hard floors, the stairs, and more. You might just find your perfect vacuum.

What is the Best Dyson?

Cleaning the Dyson V10

There are so many factors that go into picking the best Dyson vacuum cleaner, which means that picking an overall winner is tricky. You need to carefully consider each of the following:

  • The type of vacuum cleaner. Cordless, cylinder, upright? Which one is the best fit for you?
  • What it’s required to clean. Got kids with messy boots, or just need a vacuum for a quick clean twice a week?
  • Budget. The price of a Dyson can vary quite widely, so your budget is very important to take into account.
  • The size of your home. Large homes are likely to need a corded model, or one of the newer cordless ones. Small homes can easily manage with a cordless machine alone.
  • Pets and allergies. Need a vacuum that can cope with pets? With allergies and asthma? Both? You’ll need agood filtration system as well as dedicated pet tools

Dyson Technology

Let’s take a quick look at the various forms of technology that come with the best Dyson vacuum cleaners. It’s a good way to determine what you need from your new vacuum, as well as what you can live without.

Cyclonic Tech. Dyson vacuum cleaners use radial cyclonic technology. What this does is improve the airflow, ensuring that dirt and debris are directed straight to the bin and not allowed to be sprayed throughout the interior of the machine.

This tech also provides fade-free suction, which means even when the bin is full or the battery is running low, you can keep cleaning without any compromise to the suction power. It lets you make the most of cleaning.

Batteries. This is something that Dyson has spent years working on, to the point that their latest cordless model can run for a good hour. A lot of this is because Dyson recently acquired battery companies of their own, allowing them to develop new tech for a vacuum battery that doesn’t just run for longer, but will also take 15 years to start losing its ability to hold charge.

The Ball/Big Ball. This is all about handling and maneuverability. The Ball (or Big Ball, depending on the model you choose) allows the machine to be turned and spun at the flick of your wrist. The ball itself rotates in all directions, offering full flexibility and freedom of movement. It revolutionised the upright vacuum cleaner.

HEPA Filtration. Nearly every Dyson vacuum cleaner has this, and it is the best form of filtration possible. It can trap pollutants as small as 0.03 microns in size, making the air cleaner and more breathable for those who have asthma and allergies. It should be noted that a rare few Dyson models do not come with this filtration system, so make sure you check before you buy.

Torque Floorhead. This is also known as the self-adjusting cleaning head in corded models. It automatically adjusts itself, and the suction levels, according to the type of floor you are cleaning.

This conserves battery on the cordless models, and also ensures that your floor is being cleaned to the highest possible standard. The best part is that it switches automatically, so there is no need to wait for it to adjust itself.

LCD Display. This is a very new feature, and it is also one of the coolest. On the butt of the Dyson V11 Absolute, there is an LCD display that shows you the power mode and exactly how long you have left until the battery runs out (timer form).

If the filter needs to be cleaned or there is a blockage, it will play a video to show you how to fix it. This tech feels pretty futuristic, and it blends in seamlessly with the vacuum for a smooth experience. Certainly some of the most useful tech they have.

Multi-Floor vs Animal

The corded Dyosn vacuum cleaners usually come in these two forms – Animal and Multi-Floor. There are also a few Total Clean models, but these are quite rare and tend to be sold by specific retailers, with the only difference being that they come with a few extra cleaning accessories.

For upright vacuum cleaners, the only major difference between them is that the Animal comes with the tangle-free pet tool – ideal for collecting stubborn hair and cleaning pet bedding. Otherwise, they are exactly the same, with the Multi-Floor being the slightly cheaper option.

The cylinder vacuums go a little further. Once again, the Animal comes with the pet tool, but it also comes with an additional floorhead. This can make a massive difference in terms of cleaning power, dirt collection, and the overall results, so in this case it is a good idea to take a look at each one and see which delivers the best looking floors.

Animal vs Absolute vs Torque Drive vs Cyclone vs Total Clean

These are all cordless terms used for Dyson vacuum cleaner, and we will go through a brief explanation of what each of them means and includes below.

Animal. This cordless model does not usually come with the Fluffy floorhead, but it does sometimes come with extra tools (depending on the V series you buy). It has been designed for homes with pets, and comes with a good selection of accessories to deal with hair and fluff.

Absolute. This model usually comes with extra accessories, like the Fluffy floorhead for hard floors, and tends to be the most expensive model in each range. Look at it as the complete package when you buy a cordless Dyson.

Torque Drive. This refers to the new cleaner head found on the Dyson V11 Absolute. It switches between floor types automatically while you clean, adjusting the power levels accordingly. In America, the V11 Absolute is actually known as the V11 Torque Drive (fun fact).

Cyclone. This is actually another name for the V10 series, most notably because of the improved cyclonic technology and filtratio system. Usually, you will see it referred to as the “Dyson Cyclone V10”, although it is commonly shortened to just the “Dyson V10”.

Total Clean. You will not find this one in every V series range, but when you do it always comes packed with a load of extra accessories for things like mattress cleaning and dusting. It usually comes with the Fluffy floorhead as well.

Cylinder vs Upright

Both are really good options, and while the upright models tend to be the most popular from Dyson, they each have their own series of advantages. Here’s a quick look at what they can offer you, starting with the upright vacuums:

  • Really easy to store and pack away
  • Better for covering large areas of floor
  • Often better at hair collection
  • Usually have larger bin capacities

Here’s the advantage of going with an cylinder model:

  • They are often lighter
  • Easier to handle
  • Well-suited to cleaning stairs
  • Quieter running

Best Dyson Cordless

Cordless Dyson vacuum cleaners are now the focal point of the company. Since their decision to stop producing new corded models in 2018, Dyson have spent their time solely focusing on improving and enhancing their cordless tech. All Cordless Dyson’s can be used as both a stick vacuum and a handheld one.

Our Top Pick – Dyson V11 Absolute

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Dyson V11 Absolute

The latest cordless model from Dyson, this particular vacuum cleaner is packed with neat tech and extra features that truly set it apart from the crowd. Boasting a sleek design and superb cleaning power, it makes the perfect addition to any home.

What’s to Like?

  • Incredible battery life that lasts up to an hour, even when using the motorised floorheads.
  • New torque floorhead, which was able to deep clean carpets and pick up just about every strand of pet hair in our tests.
  • Cyclonic technology for powerful cleaning and fade-free suction.
  • Advanced HEPA filtration and a fully sealed system for asthma and allergy sufferers.
  • Large bin capacity for less frequent emptying so that you can clean for longer.
  • Great selection of accessories, including the Fluffy floorhead that has been specially designed for hard floors and fine dust collection.

Anything We Don’t Like

  • Incredible battery life that lasts up to an hour, even when using the motorised floorheads.
  • New torque floorhead, which was able to deep clean carpets and pick up just about every strand of pet hair in our tests.
  • Cyclonic technology for powerful cleaning and fade-free suction.
  • Advanced HEPA filtration and a fully sealed system for asthma and allergy sufferers.
  • Large bin capacity for less frequent emptying so that you can clean for longer.
  • Great selection of accessories, including the Fluffy floorhead that has been specially designed for hard floors and fine dust collection.
  •  It does have a high price tag
  • The charge time is a little longer than most other cordless Dysons.

Our Runner-Up – Dyson V10 Absolute

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Dyson V10 Absolute

The V10 was the first Dyson cordless to truly break the mould and start experimenting with new battery technology, in addition to improving both the suction and the battery life. Despite the larger design when compared to previous V series models, it remains quick and easy to handle.

What’s to Like?

  • It has a brilliat battey life, as well as a short charge time to make things quicker for you.
  • It uses new battery technology developed by Dyson, meaning it should last for a good 15 years before it starts losing the ability to hold charge.
  • In our tests it scored highly for cleaning both carpets and hard floors.
  • It comes with the Fluffy floorhead to collect fine dust effortlessly from your hard floors.
  • It’s got a great HEPA filtration system, which our tests showed as being excellent for allergy and asthma sufferers.
  • The bin capacity is quite large, which means you don’t have to empty it as often.
  • Superb selection of accessories to make cleaning easier.

Anything We Don’t Like

  • The emptying mechanism for the bin can be a little stiff.
  • It is heavier than previous Dyson models.

Best Dyson Cordless for Pet Hair – Dyson V8 Animal

Dyson V8 Animal

Dyson V8 Animal

The V8 gave us the first glimpse at the second generation of V series vacuum cleaners. It was a little ahead of its time, and there were a few kinks that needed to be worked out for future models, but it still remains one of the best and most reliable cordless Dyson’s on the market.

Read Here : Dyson V7 Cordless Stick Vacuum Review

What’s to Like?

  • It has a great overall running time, which makes it ideal for small or medium homes.
  • Impressive suction that puts the original V6 to shame and continues to be one of the best despite newer models being released.
  • In our tests, it had one of the highest scores for allergy retention, with a fully sealed system and an impressive HEPA filter.
  • Ideal for collecting pet hair, and comes with the perfect accessories for scrubbing their bedding as well as furiture.
  • Mini motorised tool is able to remove stubborn areas of pet hair, as well as work out stains brought in by muddy paws.
  • Lightweight and easy to handle, it is a breeze to use and doesn’t put pressure on your wrist or arm.

Anything We Don’t Like

  • The charging period is the longest of any Dyson cordless.
  • Boost mode does have a short runtime.

Best Dyson Cordless for Hard Floors – Dyson V6 Total Clean

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Dyson V6 Total Clean

The V6 was the very first Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner, and while there have been several new models since, it remains an excellent choice for those who want to keep their hard floors pristine. Designed for perfection, watch as this vacuum collects all the grime in sight (and out).

What’s to Like?

  • It’s got exceptional cleaning power, and it’s impressive enough to still be a strong contender when put against later models. The airflow and suction have shown to be excellent in our tests. 
  • The Fluffy floorhead is ideal for collecting fine dust and large debris alike, with a 100% cleaning rate in our series of tests. It even works with pet hair and human hair. 
  • The runtime is good, and the charge period is very short. You can also swap the battery out if you want to keep going for longer. 
  • The filtration system is superb, with a HEPA filter to trap pollutants as well as a sealed system to keep the expelled air as clean as possible. 
  • It’s lightweight for easy handling, and in handheld mode it remains very simple to use. 

Anything We Don’t Like

  • It does have a short running time compared to other V series models.
  • It can be quite noisy when running.

Read Here : Gtech Air Ram vs Dyson V6 Vacuum 

Best Handheld Dyson (for Stairs, Cars, and Furnishings) – Dyson V7 Animal

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Dyson V7 Animal

The V7 series actually came after the V8, and it remains an affordable yet powerful alternative to its predecessor. Transforming effortlessly into a handheld vacuum, it’s easy to see why the V7 is such a popular choice. It’s the perfect way to clean stairs, furniture, and car interiors.

What’s to Like?

  • It has a really good battery life, and the interchangable battery means that you can just keep going when it runs out. It also has a short charge period, much like the V6. 
  • The suction and cleaning power are excellent, with an almost unbelievable increase of 75% when compared to the V6.
  • It’s easy to turn it into a handheld model, taking seconds to complete. It’s also comfortable to use, allowing you to get right into the tough spot you want to clean. 
  • It’s ability to pick up pet hair is absolutely fantastic, rivalling even that of the V10. 
  • The tool selection is excellent, allowing you to clean furnishings and stairs with ease thanks to the mini motorised tool.

Anything We Don’t Like

  • The V7 Animal is the only model in the V7 range that comes with a HEPA filter.
  • It can be quite noisy when running. 

Best Dyson Upright

The Dyson upright is an excellent choice, and certainly one of the finest forms of vacuum that Dyson ever produced. While they are no longer manufacturing or designing new corded models, their available lineup of upright machines is certainly worth investing in.

Our Top Pick – Dyson Small Ball Allergy

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Dyson Small Ball Allergy

One of the newer upright models to be released before Dyson ceased their manufacture, the Small Ball is the perfect option for those who want a powerful upright without the overbearing weight that often comes with them.

What’s to Like?

  • The powerful suction is perfect for picking up pet hair and debris on carpets and hard floors alike. It’s superb with cleaning crevices. 
  • In our tests, it proved excellent at collecting and retaining fine dust from floors.
  • It features fade-free suction, so even when the bin is full it won’t lose any of its suction power.
  • Nice selection of tools to make cleaning easier.
  • Lightweight with smooth handling, thanks to the ball technology used.
  • Excellent HEPA filtration system that is fully sealed and ideal for capturing pollutants that could trigger asthma or allergic reactions. Really lives up to the name.

Anything We Don’t Like

  • The lowest setting is not great for fine dust collection.

Our Runner-Up – Dyson Big Ball Animal 2

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Dyson Big Ball Animal 2

This is a brilliant upright vacuum for a large home, and Dyson’s clever upright design means that it still remains fairly compact while also catering to a wide variety of situations. It performs superbly, and is rated as one of the best upright vacuums around.

What’s to Like?

  • It is incredible at collecting pet hair, making it one of the best for fibres. Our tests showed that it had a near 100% collection rate for hair and fibres.
  • It has a superb filtration system, thanks to the HEPA filter and sealed system. This makes life easier for asthma and allergy sufferers.
  • In our tests, it did excellently at removing fine dust from carpets, leaving them cleaner than ever.
  • There is a wide cleaning radius to make life easier, and the articulated wand allows for more flexible cleaning.
  • Comes with a great range of accessories, some of which can even reach under furniture.
  • It features quiet running and easy handling to make it less of a hassle to use.

Anything We Don’t Like

  • It’s average at picking up fine dust from flat flooring, but it has not serious flaws. 

Best Dyson Upright for Pet Hair – Dyson DC40

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Dyson DC40

One of the most popular upright Dyson’s to every grace our shelves, the DC40 was designed for dealing with pet hair and fluff. It’s an older upright model, but also one of the classics, and still manages to stand strong alongside the newer upright vacuum cleaners.

What’s to Like?

  • It works really well on thick carpets and laminate floors alike, with powerful suction that our tests found was effective at removing pet hair as well as deep cleaning.
  • Able to clean up everything from large debris to fine dust without hassle.
  • It has an excellent allergy retention system, with a HEPA filter that traps pollutants quickly and a sealed system to prevent the escape of dirty air.
  • Really good cleaning radius that allows you to stretch around the home without the need to switch sockets regularly.
  • Nice selection of accessories to help you reach every corner of the home effectively.
  • Quiet running and relatively smooth handling make life easier when you clean.

Anything We Don’t Like

  • It’s a little tricky to use when trying to clean the stairs or upholstery.

Best Dyson Cylinder Vacuum

The cylinder vacuums from Dyson are good, and they will get your home clean, but this is one market that Dyson does not dominate. The true cylinder leaders are Miele, who boast better machines and a wider range to cater to all tastes. Consider the Dyson models for sure, but don’t buy before you have checked Miele out.

Our Best Dyson Cylinder Pick – The Dyson Big Ball Multi-Floor Cylinder

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Dyson Big Ball Multi-Floor Cylinder

This model uses some of Dyson’s best and most advanced engineering to ensure that your home is cleaned to a high standard. A reliable and effective cylinder vacuum, it’s always there when you need it the most.

What’s to Like?

  • Powerful suction means that it works well on carpets and hard floors, and our tests showed that it was quite effective at fine dust collection as well.
  • Cyclonic technology means that you won’t suffer from a lack of suction even when the dust canister is full.
  • The pneumatic floorhead automatically adjusts itself according to the type of floor that you are cleaning at the time.
  • Comes with a great selection of tools for you to use so that you can clean your entire home in no time at all.
  • Works well for cleaning stairs, thanks to its good reach as well as its ability to sit comfortably on the stairs when you need it to.
  • Quiet running makes for a more relaxing clean, and it is easy to pull around with you for less strain on your arms.

Anything We Don’t Like

  • It has a lifetime filter as opposed to a HEPA filter, which isn’t always ideal.

Read Here : Dyson Cordless Animal Big Ball Review

Best Dyson Cylinder for Pet Hair – Dyson Big Ball Animal 2 Cylinder

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Dyson Big Ball Animal 2 Cylinder

Perfect for homes with pets, this vacuum cleaner is here to make life a lot easier for you. Its careful design and ability to really clean your carpets means that you are sure to find your home looks better than ever – even after your pets have run over the carpet with muddy paws.

What’s to Like?

  • It’s fantastic at collecting pet hair and fibres, with our tests showing it to be among the top cylinder vacuum cleaners for the job.
  • It’s really good at collecting large clumps of debris as well as the smaller stuff, making it a very effective model for overall cleaning.
  • Fine dust is no problem for this particular model, and it cleans hard floors just as effectively as carpets.
  • The pneumatic floorhead means that it will automatically adjust itself according to the floor type that it is handling.
  • Comes with a brilliant selection of attachments to make life easier when you are trying o clean the entire home. Also rights itself automatically when it falls over.
  • It’s really quiet when running, which means you can vacuum at the crack of dawn or late at night without worry. Its compact design also makes it easy to pull along behind you.

Anything We Don’t Like

  • There aren’t any major flaws, but it can be hard to push on its highest setting. 

Best Dyson Cordless for Hard Floors – Dyson DC39 Multi-Floor

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Dyson DC39 Multi-Floor

An older cylinder model, but still one of the most popular, the DC39 has been faithfully serving households for years. It’s a great cylinder vacuum cleaner, and it is quite effective on both hard floors and carpets – making it ideal for a range of homes and situations.

What’s to Like?

  • Really effective at cleaning hard floors, with superb fine dust collection that our tests showed were near perfect.
  • Gentle on hard floors, and benefits from a pneumatic floorhead that adjusts itself to the floor type you are cleaning automatically.
  • Good at cleaning carpets, but better on the middle setting so that you get the most out of it. Great with pet hair and other fibres, as well as the dust found in carpets.
  • Cyclonic technology that prevents loss of suction as the bin fills up, so even when the bin is full you are able to benefit from the same excellent suction levels.
  • HEPA filtration and a sealed system that makes life a lot easier for those who suffer from asthma and allergies.
  • Quiet running for cleaning at all hours, as well as smooth handling for less strain on your arms.

Anything We Don’t Like

  • It can be hard to push over carpet in its highest setting.

Best Dyson Robot Vacuum

Dyson have only released two mainline robot vacuum cleaners. However, each of them has been revolutionary in their design and power. In this section, we present you with the Dyson 360 Eye and 360 Heurist our best Dyson robot vacuum pick.

Our Top Pick – Dyson 360 Heurist

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Dyson 360 Heurist

One of the most advanced machines that Dyson has ever launched, the 360 Heurist packs a load of technology into a little package that will roam freely through your home sucking up all the dirt and grime in sight. It’s not all looks though, it packs a punch in terms of suction too.

What’s to Like?

  • Full app integration, allowing you to map routes and set “no-go” zones freely. Track where it has cleaned and the areas it has yet to cover.
  • Great running time of 75 minutes, and will return to the docking station to charge after each session.
  • Use the app to control the vacuum, including switching the brush bar off over long rugs and carpets. The LED light on the top illuminates the path for the vacuum at night.
  • Our tests found it has powerful suction that works well with pet hair and dirt. The long brush bar stretches right to either edge of the machine for maximum cleaning efficiency.
  • There are three settings you can choose from, including a quiet mode for peaceful and undisturbed cleaning. Intelligent navigation and smart memory mean that you don’t need to worry about it getting stuck.
  • You can schedule your cleaning sessions in advance and use the app no matter where you are.

Anything We Don’t Like

  • The price tag is pretty high, which means it isn’t the most accessible vacuum cleaner for those who are on a budget.
  • Small bin, so it does need to be emptied regularly.

Our Runner-Up – Dyson 360 Eye

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Dyson 360 Eye

The Dyson 360 Eye was the first Dyson robot vacuum cleaner, and while it was initially met with scepticism, it certainly does an impressive job. Loaded with useful tech to make life easier for you, this little addition to the home takes the stress out of vacuuming so that you can spend time doing more important things.

What’s to Like?

  • Incredible suction power that beats the mainline robot vacuums of the time. Effective on hair and dirt making it suitable for homes with pets.
  • Can be fully connected to the Dyson smartphone app, allowing you to schedule cleaning sessions as well as track the progress of the your vacuum cleaner.
  • Intelligent memory to ensure that it doesn’t knock into things or get stuck, 360 camera for a full view of each room it cleans.
  • The brush bar stretches across the width of the machine for excellent coverage and efficient cleaning. Great for fine dust removal.
  • Good battey life that, according to our tests, lasts for around 45 minutes before returning to its docking station to charge.
  • Made for carpets and hard floors for effective cleaning, our tests found that it was good at both, although it lacks a little in the deep cleaning area for carpets.

Anything We Don’t Like

  • It has a very high price tag, even for a higher end robot vacuum cleaner.
  • The dust capacity is quite small and so needs to be emptied frequently.
  • It is too tall and chunky to fit under furniture.

Best Budget Dyson

The best Dyson vacuum cleaners can be really expensive, even when you are looking at the older models. So, how can you get a great Dyson machine for a budget price? The key is to take a look at the refurbished market. Now, refurbished doesn’t mean it’s going to break in a week, and you’ll actually find that each model is in excellent working order.

eBay is actually one of the best places to go if you want to get your hands on a refurbished Dyson. In fact, several retailers have stores there for reconditioned goods, with Dyson being one of them. However, if refurbished isn’t quite what you’re looking for, there is another option.

You can get a finance plan on your Dyson vacuum cleaner with 0% interest. This allows you to spread out the cost without paying extra so that you can comfortably afford your new vacuum cleaner. You can also do a trade-in with various retailers where they buy your old Dyson vacuum cleaner and give you money off towards a new one.

Read Here : Why choose Dyson Brand?

Dyson vs Other Brands

Of course, Dyson is not the only vacuum cleaner brand out there. Loads of others compete for a space at the top, and they all have excellet qualities that make them an asset to their brand. How do Dyson compare with these other leading brands?

Cordless. The main competitors here for Dyson are Shark and Bosch. Generally speaking, the Dyson tends to be lighter than the Shark, offering better flexibility and easy handling. The Dyson models also have better running times, but Shark has DuoClean technology – meaning that there is no need to switch between floorheads for different floortypes.

The Bosch cordless range is heavier, and not as pretty, but they match the Dyson cordless running times for the V10, and they also take an hour to recharge as opposed to over three. The Bosch also comes with two batteries for improved running time. However, it doesn’t quite meet the deep cleaning capabilities of later Dyson cordless models.

Upright. Sebo is the one to watch here, and while they are considered a premium brand, they certainly don’t match that with premium prices. They are bagged, which offers more space for grime and are much easier to empty after use.

The main thing here is cleaning power. Both do an excellent job, but the Dyson does perform better with regards to pet hair and deeper cleaning. On the other hand, the Sebo tends to be lighter, although it lacks the smooth Ball technology that Dyson uprights are famous for.

Cylinder. The primary competitor here is Miele. The main difference is the fact that Miele vacuum cleaners have a much larger capacity as they are bagged instead of bagless. The vacuum bag also ensures that disposing of dust and grime is easy and doesn’t cause any debris to re-enter the air.

Additionally, Miele vacuum cleaners are much quieter when running because a lot of the technology used is focused on noise reduction. Dyson tech is more advanced, but with regards to cleaning power Miele beats a cylinder Dyson the vast majority of the time. Dyson has good cylinder vacuums, but Miele is better.

Final Thoughts

The best Dyson vacuum cleaner? To pick one would be almost impossible, but hopefully you have been able to find the perfect machine for your home.

We are very drawn to the cordless Dyson vacuum cleaners. The corded models boast power and great cleaning skills, but the V11 has been able to match these capabilities, providing a deep clean that can remove dirt and hair effortlessly. The fact that Dyson have decided to focus solely on cordless models is a sign of their superiority, but I would advice keeping your eye on the robot vacuums – the 360 Heurist is very promising.

What did you think of our guide to the best Dyson vacuum? Hav you found your top vacuum cleaner, or are you still searching for the perfect fit? Leave us a message in the comments below, we love hearing from you.

Last Updated on March 25, 2021 by Gemma Tyler

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