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8 Best Dyson Vacuums of 2023

Written by Jonathan Chan

Updated May 3, 2023

Are Dyson vacuum cleaners worth their price—and which is the best? Here at Reviewed, we hear those questions a lot from consumers curious about the popular brand synonymous with expensive models.

To find the answers, we’ve put all the current Dyson vacuums to the test in our labs to see which ones perform and if any don’t. After testing, the latest cordless vacuum from the company, the Dyson V15 Detect
(available at Amazon for $635.35)

, emerged as the best Dyson vacuum for its battery life, suction power, and a laser that illuminates the tiniest speck of dust.

While our tests show that Dyson vacuums always live up to the brand’s claims, whether this is a value equal to or greater than their cost is a little more complicated to break down. Here are the best Dyson vacuum cleaners we’ve tested, including both cordless and corded models:

Reviewed / Jonathan Chan

The Dyson V15 Detect is an all-around great cordless vacuum.

Best Overall

Dyson V15 Detect

The Dyson V15 Detect has outstanding suction power for cleaning carpets thoroughly, vacuuming about an average of 92% of the detritus during testing. This cordless vacuum has two huge upgrades that enhance the cleaning experience: a laser that illuminates dust and an improved battery with a run time that lasts 15 minutes on its maximum setting.

The V15’s unique laser, which can be turned on and off, gives it an edge over the vacuum competition. It is much better at highlighting dirt and dust particles than LED headlights you find on some vacuums. The V15 also is equipped with a sensor that detects dirt particle sizes and displays them on the vacuum’s readout.

It still has the smooth glide, sensitive trigger, and lightweight design people familiar with Dyson cordless vacuums expect. This is the best vacuum Dyson has to offer, and it deserves our top spot despite its high price.

  • Dirt detection

  • Excellent handling

  • Long battery life

  • Small brush head

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The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is the most powerful vacuum we’ve ever tested.

Best Upright

Dyson Ball Animal 2

The most powerful upright we’ve ever tested, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 vacuumed 76.3% of our testing dirt in a single pass, far exceeding the upright average of about 33%.

The Animal 2 is heavy at 17.6 pounds, and its large ball joint makes it hard to clean under furniture. Still, if you’re looking for a great Dyson upright for lots of flooring types, this is the one to get. Like the V15, though, you’ll pay a big price.

  • Heavy

Other Dyson Cordless Vacuums We Tested

Dyson V11 Outsize

The Dyson V11 Outsize is an upgraded version of the V11 Torque Drive. It has the same LCD screen that shows battery life and the same adjusting suction, but with a larger brush head and dust bin. It also has a removable battery, meaning you can swap over to a new one when the first runs out of power.

The extra battery delivers twice as much runtime as the V11 Torque Drive, and the Outsized has a larger cleaning path. Unfortunately, the extra-large dust bin and brush head makes the whole unit a little unwieldy to hold up and maneuver.

If you’re interested in a replaceable battery and a cordless that has proportions closer to a full-sized vacuum, check out the Outsize.

  • LCD screen

  • Removable battery

  • Unwieldy

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

The V10 Absolute’s name is apt—this vacuum comes with absolutely everything. It includes a powered brush head designed for hardwood floors, a motorized mini brush for upholstery, a soft brush for hardwood, a combination tool for upholstery and bare floors, a crevice tool, a drive cleaner head, and a soft dusting brush for computers and delicate items.

Despite its slight build, the 5. 6-pound Absolute puts its tools to good use. During testing, it picked up 89% of the dirt we left out for it while also acing the battery tests. On low, it can run for 60 minutes, perfect for day-to-day maintenance. For intense cleaning jobs, the Absolute can run for nine minutes on the highest setting.

If you’re willing to pay in exchange for zero compromises in power or battery life, you should consider the V10 Absolute.

  • Powerful suction

  • High dirty capacity

  • Awkward to hold

Dyson V8

The Dyson V8 Absolute, like the V10 Absolute, almost overwhelms with its number of included attachments. It comes with a powered brush head designed for hardwood floors, a motorized upholstery brush, a soft brush for hardwood, a combination upholstery/bare floor tool, a crevice tool, and a soft dusting brush.

Weighing 5.6 pounds, the V8 vacuumed 88% of the dirt during our tests. The vacuum’s battery lasted 40 minutes on low, but only 7 minutes on its maximum setting.

If you like the V10’s sleek design but want to spend less, the V8 is a viable option. But while the V8 is technically more affordable, it still costs twice the average cordless vacuum.

Other Dyson Uprights and Canisters We Tested

Dyson Big Ball Multifloor

The Dyson Big Ball Multifloor canister vacuum is a sight to behold. It has a specialized self-righting design, which means that if you take hard corners or happen to kick the unit, it may roll over, but it will always get back up on its wheels.

This canister vacuum also has superior reach. Its skinny hose and small brush head let it get into every cranny with ease.

While we like the design of this canister, it has weak suction when compared to other Dyson models. During our testing, the Multifloor vacuumed up 47% of the dirt we left for it. That’s still above average in our lab, but it doesn’t match other Dyson vacuums.

  • Expensive

Dyson Ball Multifloor 2

Weighing about 16 pounds, the Multifloor 2 is lighter than some other Dyson models, but it is also less powerful. During testing, the Multifloor 2 picked up about 64% of the dirt we laid out for it. That still far exceeds the average for other brands.

This upright vacuum offers a great value: Dyson engineering and attention to detail at a relatively affordable price.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball (2016)

Tipping the scales at 19.4 pounds, the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball upright vacuum is the largest Dyson we’ve ever tested, but its massive bulk does not translate to raw power.

The Cinetic Big Ball picked up around 62.15% of the testing dirt on the normal carpet, about the same as the Multifloor 2.

Maneuverability tests show that the Cinetic Big Ball isn’t the best at cleaning under furniture, because its titular Big Ball gets in the way. Even with a foot of clearance, you can only push the brush head in about 15 inches before the vacuum gets stuck.

Dyson makes up for this by including seven cleaning attachments, so you don’t need to rearrange all your furniture if you want to clean your floors.

  • Weak suction

How We Tested Dyson Vacuum Cleaners

The Tester

Hi, I’m Jon Chan, the senior lab technician at Reviewed. If you clean with a product then it’s likely I oversee its testing in our labs. This includes everything from laundry detergents to washing machines.

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The Tests

Over the years, we’ve tested hundreds of vacuum cleaners, from cordless vacuums and handhelds to uprights and robot vacuums.

We like to think we know our stuff, and we back up our assessments with scientific data. That’s true with our tests of Dyson vacuum cleaners, too.

Ease of Use: One major consideration is how intuitive the design of the vacuum is: Can we figure out how to use it without opening its manual? We also consider the little things, like how easy it is to use and how quickly we can change a vacuum’s attachments, plug in the charger, store the vacuum, or empty its dirt bin.

Cleaning Power: To test whether a given vacuum will clean your floors, we sift sand through a specialized mesh to ensure a consistent grain size of 420 to 595 microns. Then we evenly place 20 grams of the sand on a testing platform with medium-pile carpet. Each vacuum is then run over the carpet once on its highest setting. Additionally, we check to see if the vacuums can pick up large debris, such as uncooked macaroni and rice. We conduct this test twice—once with the vacuum’s motorized head and once with its crevice tool.

Reviewed / Jonathan Chan

Upright and canister vacuums: We hold uprights and canisters to much the same standards. Each is tested on surfaces ranging from deep-pile carpet to bare kitchen floors. With the carpet tests, we focus on a vacuum’s ability to pick up dirt and pet hair. With bare floors, we consider how each handles large debris, such as uncooked macaroni and rice.

We also consider how easy each vacuum is to use and carry up stairs, power cord length, and attachments.

Cordless vacuums: When testing cordless vacuums, we’re looking at battery life, ease of use, and suction power.

After charging for 24 hours, each vacuum is run on its highest setting and timed until it stops operating. If vacuums don’t meet advertised claims about runtime, we take note and adjust our expectations to see if the vacuums can still do an adequate job of cleaning.

What You Should Know About Buying A Dyson Vacuum

In Dyson lingo, what does Animal, Absolute, Trigger, and Motorhead mean?

Whenever you see a Dyson V8 Absolute or a Dyson V8 Motorhead, you’ll know the difference between them is the attachments included. Typically, Trigger and Motorhead models come with the fewest attachments, while the Absolute models come with the most.

On older models, Animals have more attachments than All Floors.

How to Clean Dyson Vacuums

Dyson suggests that its filters be cleaned at least once a month to keep its vacuums running efficiently. Here’s how the company says it should be done:
Remove the filter from the vacuum cleaner.
Remove excess dirt by tapping the filter in a trash bin.
Rinse the filter with cold tap water and rub it with your hands. Dyson says you shouldn’t use detergents.
Fill the filter with warm tap water. Then cover the open ends with your hands and shake it firmly. Repeat until the water runs clear.
Let your Dyson filter air dry for at least 24 hours.

How to Empty Dyson Vacuums

An overly filled vacuum will not operate efficiently. Dyson suggests that its vacuums be emptied as soon as they reach the maximum fill line. With upright or canister models, remove the dust bin from the vacuum and, while holding it over the trash, press the release button to empty it.

With a stick model, hold the vacuum by the handle and remove the wand from the unit. While holding the machine over the trash, pull the release lever to empty the dirt bin.

What’s the difference between cordless, canister, and upright vacuums?

For the most part, cordless vacuums should be viewed as supplementary cleaning tools to be used in between heavier cleaning sessions where you would use an upright or canister vacuum, which typically offer a more powerful deep-cleaning performance. You’d also want a cordless vacuum in situations where a full-sized vacuum is too cumbersome.

This said, if you’re willing to pay a higher price for the privilege, it’s possible for a cordless vacuum to stand toe-to-toe with a full-sized vacuum—with a few caveats. The top-rated Dyson V15 Detect has a suction force similar to that of an upright vacuum, but you’ll only be able to use it for this level of cleaning for about 9 minutes before it runs out of power and needs to be recharged.

What’s the difference between cordless vacuums and hand vacuums?

In many cases, the only difference between a cordless vacuum and hand vacuum is the cordless vacuum’s long extension, which allows the brush head to reach the floor.

Although rare, some two-in-one–models come with a handheld vacuum that can be removed and used to clean without the floor extension—a real bonus when you’re cleaning furniture or a flight of stairs. The best example of this is probably the Miele TriFlex, which can transform into three different modes to tackle just about any situation.

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Meet the tester

Jonathan Chan

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Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Lab Manager at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it’s likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company’s efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he’s a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he’s plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.

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