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Dyson’s V6 vacuum series are powerful cordless vacs with suction power to rival any full-size machine.
This one is the Animal edition, with a few great features to help you deal with pet fur and dirt (as well as all your other cleaning tasks). We love the direct-drive carpet head, which is more efficient and less cloggable than other models.
We also appreciate the sheer power, which helps speed up any chore. With cordless range, this one is a good choice for cleaning the car, as well as for quick pickups without the bother of unwrapping power cords.
It’s cordless. The Dyson is built around a lithium ion battery system. We love lithium ion batteries because they provide constant, fade-free suction. While older types of batteries fade gradually over the course of each charge cycle, lithium ion batteries supply the same high level of electricity up to the last second of life. That’s why they’re so popular for power tools now. We love this for cleaning, since losing suction steadily can really impede your cleaning.
The trigger design means you’ll only use suction when you’re cleaning. Most previous buyers said they saved a lot of battery life over other vacuums with traditional power switches.
It’s powered by the same cyclonic suction technology as Dyson’s full-size models.The V6 unit has a few tiers of layered cyclones, all working together to give you smarter, stronger suction. The cyclones keep all the captured dust and debris away from the filter unit, to make sure your airflow stays clear. That can be a real problem, especially on models like this one which have smaller dust chambers.
Like the Shark, it works in three modes. There’s a full-length stick option, a handheld mode, and a halfway compromise for all the awkward in-between spots. One buyer called it, “The best maneuverability I have ever experienced in a vacuum cleaner.”
It has a fully motorized brush head for cleaning carpets. It’s even more compact than the Shark’s, which means that this one works better on carpeted stairs and other tight spaces.
We really like what Dyson has done with the power train system on this model. It’s a direct-drive roller brush, so there’s not the usual belt inside the carpet head. That eliminates one of the most unreliable parts on any vacuum. It also results in more brushing power (75% more). The brush also slides out for easy detangling.
There’s a smaller motor head for cleaning pet hair off upholstery, car seats, and carpeted stairs. This brush is air-powered, and works at any length. We like it for cleaning the vertical surfaces on carpeted stairs, as well as for other fabric surfaces around the house and car.
This one is designed to be tangle-free, and previous buyers said that they very rarely had issues with hair getting into the head. It has stiffer bristles than the floor head, so it’s a bit more aggressive on stuck-on hair.
It’s much more ergonomic and balanced than the Shark. All the parts are more compact, and the weight is distributed more evenly. We especially like this one in handheld mode.
Since the center of gravity is located further back along the handle than the Shark, this one isn’t as much of a strain on your wrists. It also stands upright, which is a big plus.
It’s covered by a 2-year warranty. This one also feels quite a bit sturdier than the Shark.
Like the Shark, the V6’s dust compartment is handheld size (i.e. very small). If you’re cleaning your whole house, you may need to empty it once or twice.
It’s expensive. The Animal will cost you as much as most full-sized vacuums. It’s also twice the price of the Shark Rocket.
While the cordless design gives you lots of convenience in terms of range and maneuverability, it does limit your cleaning time. Twenty minutes is near the top of the range for cordless vacs, but it might not get you through your whole car. You should also bear in mind that using powered attachments will cut down on cleaning time even more. The MAX mode is particularly unimpressive, yielding just 6 minutes.
You can’t turn the brushes off. While the floor brushes are gentler than the pet hair tool, spinning brushes could be an issue for some delicate hardwoods. If you’ve got a nice seal on your floors, you probably don’t have to worry. The brushes will actually help lift surface dust off your floorboards.