The 7 Best Dyson Vacuums of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

Our favorite is the Dyson v8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

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Dyson v7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

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In the world of vacuum cleaners, Dyson vacuums have a strong reputation for offering innovative and colorful designs and great suction power that'll track down even the tiniest pet hairs on your floors. The fully sealed system with washable filters for easy maintenance comes at a price, so we have put a full selection of Dyson vacuum cleaners through testing in The Lab and at home to find the best option for your space.

Dyson's emphasis on capturing dust and allergens is definitely not something to overlook. Dyson's design manager, Josh Mutlow, points out that all Dyson models "are engineered with a six-layered advanced filtration system that captures the dust you can see and 99.97 percent of the microscopic elements of dust you can't see." The filters, which are designed to capture dust as small as 0.3 microns, are an important feature to consider. After all, you don't want to breathe in what you're vacuuming up, especially if you have allergies or beloved furry friends.

In our testing, we watched the system work in real life while evaluating each model's setup process, effectiveness, noise level, maneuverability, and emptying process. Our favorite model that's currently available is the Dyson v8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner. It's very easy to store and assemble and has two powerful suction modes and a motorized cleaning head for deep cleaning all your carpets and rugs.

Here are the best Dyson vacuums on the market as determined by our thorough testing.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall

Dyson v8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

4.5
Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Amazon

What We Like
  • Lightweight design

  • Comes with a wall mount

  • Good for carpeted and hard floors

What We Don't Like
  • Short battery life on max mode

  • Must hold trigger down while cleaning

Even though Dyson keeps coming out with new technology to better its appliances, the Dyson v8 Animal is still a popular choice. It's our top pick because it blends powerful suction with a slightly more affordable price tag (when compared to other Dyson models). It's also extremely easy to assemble as well as break apart and store away in a closet or laundry room. Mutlow says that "a good vacuum should do four things properly: pick up the dust from the floor, lock the dust inside, expel clean air. All the while ensuring that it does not lose its suction." This vacuum checks all of those boxes.

This model's motorized cleaning head and brush bar suck up dirt, dander, hair, and other debris from the fibers of carpet and area rugs to give you a deep clean. Its included direct-drive cleaner head is designed with carpeted floors in mind. It pairs the stiff nylon bristles with up to 115AW suction power to deep-clean even high-pile carpets or area rugs. While the Dyson Omni-glide+ is our pick for hardwood floors, the v8 Animal performs well on hard surfaces, too, making it an excellent pick for anyone with multiple types of flooring in their home.

As a cordless stick vacuum, this pick is also convenient to use and ideal for daily maintenance or quick cleaning sessions before company arrives. It has a built-in rechargeable battery that provides 40 minutes of run time in standard mode. Just be forewarned that the max mode delivers more power, but it shortens the battery life to under 10 minutes. (Save it for spot-cleaning, especially dirty areas.) Like many Dyson cordless stick models, we didn't love that you have to hold down the trigger the whole time you're vacuuming either. This not-super-intuitive feature makes us believe that it wouldn't be a great pick for a large home.

In typical Dyson fashion, the vacuum's design is stunning, and it comes with a wall mount so you can hang it up when it's not in use. We are confident that you'll enjoy using this Dyson vacuum daily.

Price at time of publish: $489

Dimensions: 49 x 9.8 x 8.8 inches | Weight: 5.63 pounds | Cord Length: Not applicable | Battery Life: 40 minutes | Cleaning Path Width: 8.8 inches | Compatible Floor Type: Carpet and hardwood

Best Budget

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

4.2
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Courtesy of Best Buy

What We Like
  • Design makes it easy to maneuver

  • Great at picking up pet hair

  • Head self-adjusts to carpet height

What We Don't Like
  • Hair and dust get stuck in the canister

  • Struggles on high-pile carpet

  • Can be pretty noisy

The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum offers reliable performance and powerful suction at a price that won’t break the bank. It doesn’t feature new Dyson innovations like the Dyson v15 Detect+'s laser for counting captured dust particles, and it lacks the ability to convert into a handheld vac, but those are not necessary for basic, everyday cleaning jobs. Instead, it offers a respectable 196AW of suction power. While it's well-suited for most types of flooring, we found it a chore to use on high-pile carpet, noting that it required lots of muscle to keep the vacuum moving. However, all of the effort paid off with a canister full of cat hair, earning the vacuum a perfect rating for its cleaning effectiveness in our testing.

Notably, the upright-style vacuum is quite heavy, but we think the design keeps the weight from being too problematic. Despite weighing over 15.6 pounds, we found the vacuum to be manageable in our at-home testing. We think it benefits from a bottom-heavy design, and the ball base makes it easy to swivel and maneuver. Plus, since most of the weight sits at the bottom of the vacuum, it doesn't feel like it'll easily tip over.

While the vacuum is quite loud, you'll enjoy the whole-machine filtration, as well as the motorized brush bar and self-adjusting cleaner head for effective cleaning on both bare floors and rugs. The washable filter and quick-release dust bin make for easy maintenance, too. Overall, we think this vacuum is a great pick at a great price.

Price at time of publish: $349

Dimensions: 41.93 x 15.59 x 13.39 inches | Weight: 15.6 pounds | Cord Length: 31 feet | Battery Life: Not applicable | Cleaning Path Width: 13.39 inches | Compatible Floor Type: Hardwood, carpet, laminate, and tile

Best Upright

Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra

4.8
Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra

Dyson

What We Like
  • Unique attachments

  • Anti-tangle motorbar

  • Multiple cleaning modes

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for cleaning stairs

  • Assembly is slightly challenging

Dethroning our previous best upright pick, the Dyson Ball Animal 2, the Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra has all of the features that we've come to know (and love) about Dyson's Ball series—but this new upright model has a few extra capabilities that make it even better than previous models. An anti-tangle motorbar (Dyson's trademarked term for the floor head roller) is the star of the show. While the Dyson Ball Animal 2 was geared toward high-level filtration and auto-adjusting suction, the Animal 3 Extra has both of those previous components, plus it is designed for households with pets, children, and multiple surfaces.

Setting up the Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra was slightly tricky, as the instruction manual only includes photos and no written instructions. This made it difficult to discern how separate parts connect to each other, but we figured it all out in about 12 minutes. This vacuum excelled during our different debris and surface tests, thanks in part to the different settings, which adjust the motorbar to various heights based on the floor type. We did notice that the Animal 3 Extra has a tendency to spit larger debris, like popcorn kernels, in front of its path before eventually sucking it up. We recommend adjusting the motorbar to the highest setting to avoid this issue.

The only other issue we noted with this vacuum is that it's not ideal for cleaning stairs. While this vacuum has no issue sucking up debris or hair on stairs, it's very heavy. Using the stair cleaning attachment while holding onto the upright unit can be a challenge. For this reason, we wouldn't recommend this vacuum to users with limited mobility or narrow stairs. The rest of the vacuum's attachments performed well during testing, and we're especially intrigued by the pet grooming tool, which can be used directly on dogs (or calm cats) to de-shed them. (If they'll tolerate the sensation and noise, of course.)

All in all, this vacuum's consistent suction, innovative motorbar, and easy-to-use attachments make it our top choice among Dyson upright vacuums.

Price at time of publish: $500

Dimensions: 42.2 x 11.02 x 15.5 inches | Weight: 17.3 pounds | Cord Length: 35 feet | Battery Life: Not applicable | Cleaning Path Width: Not listed | Compatible Floor Type: Hardwood, carpet, hard floor, multi-surface

Best for Hardwood

Dyson Omni-Glide+ Cordless Vacuum

4.6
Dyson Omni Glide

Dyson

What We Like
  • Pivoting head for easy maneuvering

  • Push-button operation

  • Dual soft roller cleaner head

What We Don't Like
  • Small dust bin

  • Battery life could be better

  • Only suitable for hard-surface floors

Equipped with dual soft roller cleaner heads, four 360-degree casters, and an articulating neck, the Dyson Omni-glide+ Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner was engineered to do one thing exceptionally well: clean hard-surface floors. Whether you push or pull the vacuum cleaner, the Omni-glide+ will just slide along, capturing dust and debris in its path with its dual soft rollers.

We were impressed with how easily this vacuum transitioned across different hard floor surfaces, including hardwood and tile. It's also extremely lightweight, and in our lab, we were able to lift it with very little effort. When we weighed the vacuum with a luggage scale, we found that it clocked in at just 2.52 pounds. These features also help make it easy to maneuver around rooms, including around and under furniture.

The most obvious downside to this vac is that it isn't designed for carpet. Other drawbacks we found in our testing were that the dust bin is rather small, so it requires frequent emptying, and the battery life could be too short to fully clean a large home. On the other hand, the push-button operation is a standout feature. Instead of holding a trigger down to activate suction, like you would with Dyson's v8 Animal, simply select the button you'd like to control the operation and mode of this cordless vacuum. While this Dyson vacuum for cleaning hardwood floors is an expensive option for a single purpose, it’s an excellent choice for homes designed primarily with tile, wood, or laminate flooring.

Price at time of publish: $500

Dimensions: 42.4 x 3.62 x 8.89 inches | Weight: 4.18 pounds | Cord Length: Not applicable | Battery Life: 21 minutes (according to our testing) | Cleaning Path Width: 8 inches | Compatible Floor Type: Hardwood, laminate, and tile

Best for Carpet

Dyson V12 Detect Slim

4.2
Dyson V12 Detect Slim

Walmart

What We Like
  • Easily picks up hair

  • Lightweight

  • Five different attachments, plus docking accessories included

  • Easy to empty

What We Don't Like
  • Loud operation

  • Lack of thorough instructions

Finding a vacuum that can thoroughly handle carpet, without having hair tangle in the brush bar, is a feat that most people compromise on. However, the Dyson v12 Detect Slim not only prevents hair wrap on all of its motorized attachments, but also sucks up every trace of hair within seconds. Although we were less than impressed by this vacuum's suction ability on hard flooring—cue popcorn kernels being spit in every direction—this vacuum had no trouble sucking up Cheerios, popcorn kernels, and hair from carpet. It did take several passes to suck up the larger debris, but that's a common occurrence with most vacuums that generally perform well on carpet.

Aside from its suction power, we enjoyed this vacuum's lightweight and compact design, which is 24 percent lighter than the Dyson v15 Detect. It also is powered by a button, so there's no need to consistently pull a trigger to operate it, unlike other Dyson models. The Laser Slim Fluffy cleaner head shines a laser onto tiny particles that you might not normally see while cleaning and is composed of soft nylon and anti-static carbon fibers that help remove dust from small gaps and hard flooring. We also appreciated the point-and-shoot dust bin emptying mechanism, but keep in mind that some hair did need to be manually pulled out.

As may be expected, this vacuum's suction power does make it one of the loudest vacuums we tested. Even on auto suction, it was incredibly loud and we would not want to use this vacuum on boost mode for any extended period of time. The LCD screen offers insights into the run time, power countdown, and maintenance needs, but the instruction manual provided little insight into properly understanding all the features included on the display. Despite these few design concerns, we're overall impressed by this vacuum's suction power for cleaning carpets, especially given the fact that we found zero hair wrap on any of the attachments after testing.

Price at time of publish: $500

Dimensions: 49.1 x 9.9 x 9.8 inches | Weight: 5.2 pounds | Cord Length: Not applicable | Battery Life: 60 minutes | Cleaning Path Width: 9.8 inches | Compatible Floor Type: Hardwood, carpet, hard floor, multi-surface

Dyson v12 Detect Slim

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Best for Pet Hair

Dyson V15 Detect Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

4.6
Dyson V15 Detect Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Target

What We Like
  • Hair screw tool

  • LCD display screen

  • Whole-unit filtration system

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Top-heavy design

During a previous test, we weren't impressed by the Dyson v15 Detect+ Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, because it only performed somewhat well for its hefty price. However, after additional testing, we've grown to love how this model is specifically designed for picking up pet hair while easily transitioning between different flooring types. This vacuum sucked up hair from carpet and hard flooring with ease, and we especially loved the hair screw tool, which is designed to pick up hair from upholstery. Like Dyson's other vacuums, this option features a whole-unit filtration system that removes 99.99 percent of particles, dust, and allergens, which is great for households with multiple pets.

Although this vacuum has a relatively average noise level, compared to other vacuums, it was loud while picking up dog kibble from the floor. However, the LCD display screen reports on dust particle metrics, and the vacuum uses this data to automatically increase suction power as needed, which is an interesting and advanced feature that gives you increased cleaning performance and balanced battery life. Dyson advertises that this vacuum's deep clean brush has three settings to adjust the height of the roller, but we could not tell a significant difference in the brush head's cleaning on each setting. However, it still performed well.

An angled laser also makes cleaning hardwood, vinyl, and tile floors much easier, because it detects and shows particles that are otherwise not seen while cleaning. This model is top-heavy, like most cordless stick vacuums, so we recommend storing it on the wall mount. All in all, we think this vacuum is a great option for pet hair, but we recommend waiting until it is on sale, since it is quite an investment.

Price at time of publish: $600

Dimensions: 49.6 x 9.84 x 10.47 inches | Weight: 6.79 pounds | Cord Length: Not applicable | Battery Life: 60 minutes | Cleaning Path Width: 10.1 inches | Compatible Floor Type: Hardwood, carpet, hard floor, multi-surface

Dyson V15 Detect

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Best Canister

Dyson CY23 Big Ball Canister Vacuum

4.4
dyson-big-ball-canister-vacuum

Courtesy of Wayfair

What We Like
  • Picks up hair well

  • Easy to maneuver on surfaces

  • Has a clear instruction manual

What We Don't Like
  • A bit louder than expected

  • Has a hard time with larger debris

Canister vacuums are compact, but they offer excellent suction and are often quieter than upright models. Dyson engineered the Big Ball Canister Vacuum for deep cleaning of hard floors and carpet. During our testing, this canister vacuum was surprisingly easy to put together, as the instructions were very clear and included pictures. Once the machine began to run, it was definitely louder than expected, but wasn't too obtrusive. It was easy to maneuver, earning high marks stars for its slim and flexible profile that follows you as you go. However, there is a slight learning curve to this model if you're used to navigating an upright or stick vacuum.

Once you use it a few times around the house, you'll likely enjoy the articulating wand that lets you reach narrow spots that may be otherwise hard to clean. You may also like its ability to pick up hair in just a pass or two. When it came to effectiveness, this pick only struggled at picking up Cheerios, but it did so on all surface types. It needed to crunch them up before it could suck them up. Notably, it also needed to move backward in order to pick up the popcorn kernels on low-pile carpet. You may run into a similar issue when picking up larger debris in your home.

Price at time of publish: $400

Dimensions: 50 x 11.7 x 12.5 inches | Weight: 17.64 pounds | Cord Length: 21 feet | Battery Life: Not applicable | Cleaning Path Width: 10.4 inches | Compatible Floor Type: Hardwood, carpet, laminate, and tile

Compare

Overall Rating Effectiveness Maneuverability Ease of Emptying Portability Noise Level
Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Best Overall:
Dyson v8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
4.5
4 4.5 4.5 5 4.5
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Best Budget:
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2
4.2
Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra
Best Upright:
Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra
4.8
5 4.5 4.8 4.5 4
Dyson Omni Glide
Best for Hardwood:
Dyson Omni-Glide+
4.6
5 5 2.5 4.8 4
Dyson V12 Detect Slim
Best for Carpet:
Dyson V12 Detect Slim
4.2
3 3 4 4 1
Dyson V15 Detect Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Best for Pet Hair:
Dyson V15 Detect Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
4.6
4.5 4.5 5 5 3
dyson-big-ball-canister-vacuum
Best Canister:
Dyson Big Ball Canister Vacuum
4.4
4 4.5 4.5 4.5
Final Verdict

Our top pick for a Dyson vacuum is the Dyson v8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, which is lightweight and easy to use, and handles all types of surfaces well. If you don't need the features and functions of a cordless pick or are sticking to a budget, the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum delivers an efficient clean, too, thanks to high-power suction that won’t quit. It also has a quick-release dust bin.

The Dyson Humdinger Handheld Vacuum runs over a high-pile carpet during The Spruce's vacuum test at The Lab.

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How We Tested the Dyson Vacuums

During our multiple vacuum tests, we have tested over 50 vacuums side-by-side in The Lab and at home, many of which have been Dyson picks. To start our lab tests, our testers unbox and complete the setup for each vacuum, timing how long it takes to complete this process and rating how helpful the instructions are. Next, they evaluate each vacuum's effectiveness by using it on low-, medium-, and high-pile carpet and hardwood floors. Each vacuum is tasked with cleaning up measured amounts of hair, popcorn kernels, and Cheerios. During this test, we note how many passes it takes each vacuum to clean up the materials and whether materials get caught in the brush roll. We also consider the vacuum's weight and portability.

Testers note how long cordless models stay charged and how much charge they come with straight out of the box. We gather insights on how each vacuum navigates our living room-inspired obstacle course—which leads to our maneuverability rating—and whether their bins are difficult or easy to empty. Some picks are tested at home, either before or after these lab tests, and are brought through real-world environments and situations. They are rated on the same attributes as the vacuums in The Lab. When all is said and done, our editors and writers take the consistently applied testing data, as well as additional research, and boil it down to the Dyson vacuums we believe are the best.

Dyson Outsize Vacuum Cleaner

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What to Look for in a Dyson Vacuum

Type

The type of Dyson vacuum you pick depends on your cleaning preferences and lifestyle. The brand keeps things simple with a wide selection of upright and cordless stick vacuums, and a few options for canister and handheld models. When deciding on the type for your household, keep in mind that upright vacuums typically offer the most suction and dust bin capacity. Some cordless models offer as much suction as a full-size upright vacuum and can be better for getting into the tight spots in your home. Usually, lightweight stick vacuums are most ideal for everyday cleanups, while a handheld vac is ideal for spot cleaning.

"Cordless models not only reach tight spaces you’d never be able to access with a corded, upright machine, but you are also achieving the deep clean you need to maintain a clean and healthy home," notes Mutlow. This is particularly true of Dyson models that are equipped with whole-unit filtration systems and powerful suction, like the Dyson v8 Animal or Dyson v15 Detect+.

Corded vs. Cordless

Perhaps the biggest factor to consider when researching a Dyson vacuum is whether you prefer a corded or cordless vacuum cleaner. Corded vacuums are great for deep cleaning sessions—where you want a seemingly endless supply of suction power. Dyson’s corded, upright vacuums also have larger dust bins, resulting in fewer trips to the trash can. Most models have cords that are 30 feet in length, so you won’t have to switch outlets over and over.

The brand’s cordless vacuums have skyrocketed in popularity and are worth considering. Improvements in battery life—along with the transition to a click-in battery pack on specific Dyson models have made them significantly more appealing and realistic.

Compatible Floor Types

Dyson’s upright vacuum cleaners are generally recommended for all floor types, while the cordless vacuum cleaners have various cleaning heads that are optimized for specific types of flooring. The soft-bristled roller is usually the best choice for hard-surface floors, like wood, tile, or laminate. When it comes to cleaning carpets and rugs, a vacuum with a motorized cleaning head with bristles (like the Dyson v8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner) will better extract hair, dirt, and debris.

If your space has a combination of flooring, and you're set on a cordless vac for its convenience, look for a model that includes interchangeable cleaning heads. 

Included Accessories

The accessory package of each Dyson model varies, but most include standard attachments, such as a crevice tool or combination duster. However, you should pay attention to specialized accessories included with each vacuum, like a mini motorized tool. Pet owners will appreciate the new hair screw tool, an accessory that's specifically designed to capture pet fur and long hair. It ensures that the hair does not wrap around the brush roll.

You can get a quick idea of which accessories are included with a Dyson vacuum based on its name. Vacuums with the "Motorhead" designation are usually basic and include minimal accessories. The "Animal" version includes additional accessories, though they may vary by model. For newer product releases, Dyson has switched up its product designation to include a "+" symbol for models that include additional vacuum features or accessories. For instance, the v15 Detect+ includes nine tools and accessories, as compared to just eight for the v15 Detect.

The Dyson v11 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner picks up Cheerios on a hardwood floor during The Spruce's vacuum test at The Lab.

The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

FAQ
  • How do I empty a Dyson vacuum?

    As soon as your model's dust cup reaches its maximum capacity, usually denoted by a line on the cup, it's time to empty it. Waiting and operating your vacuum with a full dust cup will diminish its overall efficiency and cleaning power.

    If you have an upright or canister model, lift the cup away from the body of the vacuum by its handle. Hold it over the trash, and press the button on top of the cup to empty it. If your model is a stick vacuum, hold it over the trash by the handle, and pull the release lever to empty the built-in cup.

  • How do I clean a Dyson vacuum?

    After emptying your Dyson's dust cup, rinse it out with water. Dyson's reusable filters should be cleaned the same way, with nothing more than cold water. The rest of the interior can be cleaned with a dry dust rag and can of compressed air. Don't forget to remove any hair from the brush bar—either manually or with a pair of scissors. Once you've finished cleaning your Dyson vacuum, make sure all parts are dry before reassembling the machine.

  • How long do Dyson vacuums last?

    All Dyson machines come with a Dyson warranty, but its length will depend on which machine you choose. Cordless Dyson vacuums are covered for two years, while corded models are covered for five. Under this warranty, Dyson will repair your vacuum and replace its parts as needed to help ensure its continued performance for years after you purchase it. Warranty aside, your Dyson's lifespan will depend on how much you use it and what you do to maintain it.

The Spruce's product testers evaluate three Dyson cordless stick vacuums while standing around a high-pile carpet at The Lab.

The Spruce / Phoebe Cheong

Why Trust The Spruce?

Erica Puisis has been a writer for The Spruce since 2017, specializing as a product researcher for large and small appliances. For this piece, she researched the complete lineup of Dyson vacuums, comparing the features and benefits of a dozen cordless, upright, canister, and handheld models. Each was evaluated based on its features, cleaning modes, battery life, and accessories. Research included reports from The Lab—along with observations from at-home product testers and trends among customer reviews. She also spoke with Josh Mutlow, Dyson's design manager, to learn more about the technology and thought behind the company's products.

Emma Phelps, an updates writer for The Spruce, also assisted in updating this roundup to include a few of the latest Dyson models that we've tested in The Lab.

What Is The Spruce Approved?

Here at The Spruce, we want to ensure we fully stand behind every product we recommend and that when we say something is the best, we mean it. You might have noticed The Spruce Approved badge next to the products on this list. Every product with this badge has been rigorously tested in person and carefully selected by our expert team of lab testers and editors. In most cases, we buy all these products ourselves, though occasionally, we get samples provided to us directly by companies. No matter how we procure products, they all go through the same tests and must meet the same strict criteria to make the best-of cut.

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