Our In-depth Dyson V6 Comparison For 2020

Have you wondered what all the fuss about the Dyson V6 series is about? Are you unsure of what model in the range will suit you best? There are a lot of alternatives to choose from and, while this makes the choice harder, it also means that you get exactly what you want.

You don’t have to choose between a tool to clean the carpets and one to clean your hard floors anymore – with the Dyson range, all you need to do is to clip on the appropriate attachment, and you are all set.

The range of options means that you don’t have to pay extra for accessories that are really just never going to be used anyway.

How do you choose which one is the best for your needs? We’ve written a comprehensive Dyson V6 comparison guide so that you can see what each model offers and how each option differs from the others.

Similarities With All V6 Models

All the V6 models have some features in common. This makes it a lot easier to compare your different options more objectively. They all run on the same motor and use a cyclonic filtration system, for example. There are going to be variations with each specific model. Let us look at the similarities first before exploring the differences.

Same V6 Motor Head And Filtration

The motor is the same across the whole range, and the vacuums all make use of cyclonic filtration systems. However, there are variations in some when it comes to the type of filter. Some use HEPA filtration systems. These are still a type of cyclonic filtration system.

The motors in all cases are exactly the same.

20 Minute Run-time

Because the motors are the same, so too are the run times. Count on having about 20 minutes of run time when you are using the manual attachments such as the brush tool and crevice tool.

The motorized attachments, however, do impact the runtime. The results you get will depend on which of the motorized tools you are using. The tools that you get will depend on what option you select, and so this can affect the runtimes.

Two-Tier Radial Cyclones

All models make use of two layers or radial cyclones. The effect is that dirt gets spun around through these areas at very high speed. It works in a similar way to a centrifuge. The dirt gets separated out without any change in the suction.

This results in less blowback out of the machine.

Trigger-Like Switch

The trigger switch is also common across all makes. The idea is to conserve energy because the motor only engages when the switch has been depressed.

This is a great feature when you are only using it for short bursts but can get annoying should you need to use it for longer.

Power Settings

There are two-speed settings on all variants – Standard and Maximum. Maximum comes in handy in that it allows you to work on really stubborn stains. It increases the suction power substantially.

There is a payoff, though, when using this mode, you use more battery power and so will need to recharge more often.


Each set comes with its own tools specific to the function. But each of these tools can be used on each of the models in the range. So, you can increase the usefulness of each model by simply buying the extra tools that you need instead of buying a whole new variant.

What’s the Difference Between Each Model?

Dyson V6 Standard

This is the entry-level model, so is really good for someone on a more limited budget. It is good for light cleaning because it does come with the motorized cleaner head. This does a good job, but when you have some really stubborn dirt, you need a little extra oomph.

That can be provided by the mini-motorized tool which, unfortunately, does not come with this model. Look for something different when you have a high traffic area to clean, have kids or spouses that track a lot of dirt in, or if you have pets.

Alternatively, consider also buying the mini-motorized tool.

Dyson V6 Animal

The cleaning head, in this case, is wider than with the standard option. It has the same combination of carbon fiber filaments and nylon bristles, but the wider head makes it possible to cover more ground more quickly.

This does include the mini-motorized tool that we were referring to previously and you should consider this essential should you have pets that shed a lot.

It does cost more than the standard option but can cut down on the time it takes to clean and is a lot more versatile. Should you own a larger home, have more dirt to clean up, or have a problem with pet hair getting into everything, it is worth paying the extra.

Dyson V6 Animal Extra

This is something that is newer on the market. It is for you if the Animal does not quite make the grade and features the direct-drive cleaning head. This gives you around about 75% extra brush bar power.

This makes it better at deep cleaning and getting rid of a lot more dirt. The stubborn dirt brush attachment is also included.

The downside is that you do not get the hard floor heads with it so this is definitely more of an option for carpeted homes.

You do have the carbon fiber filaments that will help clear up dirt on a hard floor, but there are better options in this area.

Dyson V6 Animal Extra

Dyson V6 Total Clean

The Total Clean scores the highest marks when it comes to homes with both hard flooring and carpets. You get a soft roller cleaning head with it to use on hard flooring. You get the direct-drive head to help deep-clean carpets. And you get the mini-motorize tool as well.

In terms of price, this is the most expensive out of the lot, so it is not the most budget-friendly option. But when you need the best cleaning variation, this is it.

Unfortunately, this model does not have an extra filtration unit in it, so is not the best bet for those with allergies.

Dyson V6 Total Clean

Dyson V6 Fluffly

If your home is short on carpets and has more hard surfaces to clean, this is the better option. It comes with the soft roller cleaner head, and this will help to keep your floors spick and span. The head is specifically built to pick up both large and small dirt particles.

You do get a motorized cleaner head to use on what carpets you do have. It is not as effective perhaps as the direct drive head, but it still scores highly. This is also something to consider if you have pets because it comes with the mini-motorized tool too.

Dyson V6 Flexi

This is essentially the same as the Standard option but has a lot more accessories aimed making it easy to clean in smaller spaces.

The Up Top tool, for example, is essentially a big duster that is hinged so that you can clean the top of your cupboards.

You also get a crevice tool and the stubborn dirt brush as well.

You get the standard cleaning head as well, so this is better suited to those with smaller homes.

It is an upgrade on the standard model, but if you have pets or really want to give your carpets a deep clean, this may not be your best bet.

Dyson V6 Flexi

Dyson V6 Absolute

This is an excellent option for an all-around clean for those who have allergies. It has a direct-drive and hard floor cleaner head. It is powerful and especially good for cleaning carpets. It does a good job with hard floors as well.

Where this model really shines, though, is that it has a filter and sealed design that creates no blowback whatsoever. It is able to filter out tiny allergens, like dust mites and allergens, making your home a much safer zone overall.

This is not the best option if you have only tiled or hardwood floors, but it is excellent if allergies make your life miserable.

Handheld V6 Cleaners

These are simpler tools that do not have any of the floor accessories. You can use them with the mini-motorized tools. The advantage to this is that they are portable and take up a lot less space. They also cost a lot less.

They are great for cleaning smaller areas, like your car’s trunk, but as we mentioned before, not the best tools for cleaning up your whole house. If something has spilled, and you want to clean it up very quickly, these do a great job, though.

Now let us what the differences between the different modes are and whether or not there is one on the list that suits you better than the others. For a quick cleanup, any of the options below will do the job quickly and efficiently.

They will complement the cleaning action of the larger models, and so it could be useful to have both.

Dyson V6 Trigger

This is your basic entry-level option so is good if you have a more limited budget. The tools that it comes with are pretty limited, though. You only get the rigid crevice and combination tool.

These work well for basic tasks, but you will need more if you have some really ingrained dirt. If you have a lot of pet hair to clean up, you would need to consider adding the mini-motorized tool as well.

Overall, it is a good option to get rid of basic spills and do a quick once-over but its not the best option if your goal is to get a deep clean.

Dyson V6 Trigger Pro

This is also a pretty standard model and comes with the same rigid crevice and combination tool the previous version did. It also comes with the motorized tool that we suggested earlier. This makes it a good, basic tool at a reasonable price.

It has more versatility than the entry-level model and is excellent for running over furniture quickly to clean up after shedding pets. It is not the best option should you have a lot of cleaning to do or if you need to remove particularly stubborn dirt and grime.

Still, it is an affordable adjunct to a stick model.

Dyson V6 Top Dog

This has been created with the pet owner in mind and can be extremely useful if you have pets that are particularly messy. It comes with the motorized tool as well as the stubborn dirt brush.

The former is used to clean pet hairs, and the latter is used to help lift mud and caked in the dirt on your carpets. It is also useful if you want to clean up stains and the lingering remains of urine or feces left by pets.

It is a good option for cleaning up your car if you have your pets traveling with you as well.

Dyson V6 Mattress

This is an excellent option for cleaning your mattress, especially if you have allergies. It features a completely sealed design and has a strong filter to remove potential allergens and dust mites. It is perfect for you if you have asthma because of this.

However, if you understand how many dust mites the average mattress contains, it is a useful addition to anyone’s home. It can also be used to clean dust mites out of pillows. It is powerful enough to suck up bacteria and mites.

Make it more useful around the home by adding a combination or crevice tool as well.

Dyson V6 Car & Boat

As you might have realized by the name, this is the tool to use if you want to keep your car or boat in top condition. It comes complete with the mini-motorized tool, the stubborn dirt brush and also the soft dusting brush. In addition, you get the extension hose.

This makes it a lot easier to get into all the nooks and crannies in your car or boat so that you get it completely clean.

If you want to, you can choose the “Extra” model. This has a car charger so it can be kept in the car at all times. Also, there are other boat vacuums available on the market asides from the Dyson V6.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Where is the best place to buy one?

A: Where can you get the best deal for your new Dyson, no matter which model you select? Amazon offers the best deals and ranges overall.

You save yourself the hassle of making price comparisons or phoning around to see if the store you are considering buying from has the model that you want.


Can V6 models remove pet hair?

A: The short answer is yes. Some models are better at this function than others, of course, but all will be able to clean up pet hairs. All the models, no matter how basic, do have enough power to pick up pet hairs.

Using the additional tools specifically designed for this purpose just makes the process a lot faster.


Overall, there is a model available to fit every person’s needs and budget. The similarities between the different models allow you the maximum interchangeability between all of the different tools, meaning that you can save money by only buying one particular model.

You can then choose the optional extras that you need to improve the functions so that you get the perfect combination for all your needs. The interchangeable nature of the tools also means that you can start off small, if your budget is limited, and buy extra tools as your budget allows.

All in all, these are highly innovative products that come with the Dyson guarantee of excellent workmanship and top-class ingenuity. The range of options may be a little confusing at first, but if you narrow down what you will use them for the most, you will always make the right choice.

Now you can get the level of cleaning that you want without having to have a bunch of varied appliances.

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