If you’re familiar with the rich history of vacuum cleaners, you probably know that Dyson was the first brand to introduce bagless vacuum technology to the world.
More than 3 decades ago, James Dyson believed in his invention so much that even if it took more than five thousand attempts, it wouldn’t stop him from perfecting what could be a revolutionary concept.
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Today, almost all brands have a bagless vacuum cleaner in their product line. Oh, how time breaks.
Let’s now focus on the Dyson cordless product line.
It started with the DC35 right up to the V6 line and now the new V8 series.
What I will be doing here is comparing the older model all the way with the latest one to help you get a feel of how different they are and help you with your purchase.
Disclaimer: Please use the prices I will mention below as a guide only. As we all know, prices on Amazon and other online stores will change over time with new product releases etc.
DC35 vs DC44
The DC35 is similar to the DC30, 31 and 34 but comes with an updated V2 motor, an extension wand (this basically turned into a stick vacuum) and a 22.4V lithium-ion battery.
A portable version is also available. Dyson calls this model the DC34 and it’s about 40% cheaper. But this alternative does not come with a stick and floor extension tool.
The only tools that come with it are the slitting and collecting tool. Between the two, I would choose the DC35 because it offers more flexibility.
The tools that come with the DC35 include the crevice, collecting and ground tool, as well as the extension wand.
It uses a lithium-ion 22.4 battery that works for 15 minutes. A max function is also available which approximately triples the power output but reduces the runtime to 6 minutes.
The DC44 is a slight improvement over the DC35. Instead of the 15 minute runtime, Dyson was able to get an extra 5 minutes out of it. Operating time in maximum mode is up to 8 minutes.
It comes with the same attachments and a small motorized brush tool that will help you pick up pet hair and dirt on upholstery.
In terms of price, the two models are only a few dollars apart.
Surprisingly, the DC35 is a bit more expensive.
If I had to choose between the two, I would choose the DC44 because it has a slightly longer runtime. And it comes with an extra tool – a small motorized brush that helps save time in cleaning upholstery.
DC35 and DC44 spec sheet comparison
DC44 vs DC59
The DC59 marks the first significant upgrade since Dyson introduced its cordless stick vacuum line.
There are currently two variants available at the moment – DC59 Animal and DC59 MotorHead.
Update (April 12, 2017): The DC59 and V6 are exactly the same machine but with a different brand. Currently, the V6 engine has about 10 variants with different kits depending on the need of the consumer.
The DC59 comes with the same V6 engine as the Dyson V6. It has more power compared to the older V2 engine found in the DC44. Dyson was able to maximize power up to 100 watt antenna on or off which is about 40% more.
More power max
The power of the normal mode is the same at 28 watts of air.
It also has more cycles (15) which means better filtration. It will trap fine dust better and make this appliance less likely to lose power when dirt is full.
Runs a little longer in normal mode
In terms of runtime, the DC59 Animal will get up to 26 minutes of runtime but drops to 6 minutes in maximum mode.
The DC44 will get an extra 2 minutes in max mode. But you have to remember that the power difference between the two is important. 100 watts air versus 65 watts air consumes more juice than a 22.2 volt nickel-manganese-cobalt battery.
Aside from the updated motor, the DC59 Animal has a new brush.
Let’s compare the two
Considering the DC59 Animal brushes have more bristles, more brushes mean better irritation on carpets.
And it will clean more deeply than DC44.
Like the DC44, it has a blend of soft carbon fiber filaments for hardwood bristles and tough nylon for carpeting.
Remember that the DC series does not have a brush stroke on/off feature, so there is a chance that this will scratch your hardwood surfaces.
With Motorhead, it has the same motor, filter and battery as Animal. The difference again lies in the floor tool – it’s larger which means it has more room for better maneuverability.
DC59 vs V6
With the all-new Dyson V8 available on Amazon now, the V6 isn’t the newest anymore but that does mean Dyson has lowered its prices for the V6 product line giving it a better value for the performance it brings.
What is the difference between DC59 and V6?
Basically, they took the DC59 and renamed it V6 because they used the new V6 engine in it. The main difference will be the attachments.
DC59 and V6 are the same under the hood
Before I continue, I’d like to stress that all V6s use the same V6 engine and battery.
This means that all models will have the same cleaning performance and runtime.
Variants without machine tools will run a little longer because these tools consume more juice.
Lots of tools
The best in class V6 Absolute Drive, it has all the tools you need from a cordless. It has two floor attachments, one for hardwood and one for carpet.
It also comes with a small machine tool, a small soft dusting brush, a compound tool and a crevice tool.
In total, there are 6 tools in the package. This makes these vacuums one of the most complete and versatile vacuum cleaners we now have on the market.
Right now, the V6 Absolute is more than $100 more expensive than the DC59, which is a big difference.
But when you consider that the DC59 doesn’t have the thinner or the other over the floor attachments. You pay for finesse.
If you’re willing to give up a bit more, take a closer look at the V8 Absolute which I’ll talk about in a bit.
The biggest reason to buy this on DC59 is this tool
Check out the kind tool in action below. The thin design even captures debris from crevices…
As you can see in the video review, this really gentle tool does a good job of picking up pet hair, fine dust, and rice grains.
The truth is that when cleaning a hard floor, most of the things you look to clean are dust, dust bunnies, and hairs, so this tool is a real winner in my opinion.
The DC59 Motorhead and V6 Absolute both have the same tool for carpeting.
How is the V6 series different from each other?
There are currently ten different V6 options depending on your need and the type of flooring in your home.
All of these variants use the same powerful, efficient V6 engine and lithium battery that will run for 20 minutes (without the motorized floor tool).
The difference will be between tools and filtration. Some variants will have HEPA filtration, and some will not.
The warranty will also be the same for two years across all variants.
V6 wire free
The V6 Bones is currently the best-selling option on Amazon for just $240 which is a great deal.
Only comes with the motorized bristle floor tool and the combination tool for cleaning over the floor. Dyson did not include the motorized mini tool or crevice tool.
If you are looking for a no-frills carpet cleaning tool to clean high traffic areas and can’t afford the more expensive variants, this is your best choice.
Going to the other end of the spectrum, the V6 Absolute is the most feature-rich alternative out of the ten tools that will help you clean a variety of surfaces from floors, carpets and upholstery.
If you live in a small apartment or condominium, this is a great investment because you will not need to purchase a separate mobile device.
At the moment, the V6 Absolute is the most expensive engine but has the most attachments. Comes with the fluffy tool, the direct motor cleaning head, the motorized small tool, the small fine dusting brush, the installation tool and the crevices.
This is great for homes with bare floors and carpeted thanks to the specialized tools for these surfaces.
Speaking of which, V6 Animal is the second most feature-rich product here with a total of 5 cleaning tools (this does not include the thin one).
The lack of the thinner doesn’t mean you can’t use it on the bare floor. You will only have to carefully clean the large pieces of dirt because the bristles can scrape it if you are not careful. An alternative solution to this is to use a crevice tool instead when cleaning large bits of dirt.
This is currently one of the cheaper variants of the V6 and in my opinion one of the best value-for-money purchases.
V6 . engine
MotorHead is currently about $80 cheaper than the V6 Animal at Amazon. It contains three tools in the toolbox – the direct drive cleaning head, the crevice, and the assembly tool.
This is very similar to the animal minus the fine dusting brush and the small motorized tool, so you won’t be able to use this to clean upholstery deeply efficiently.
This replacement is specifically designed to clean any exposed floor surface.
If you buy the Fluffy version, you get a soft roller cleaning head, a hinged hard floor tool, a hard brush as well as a small motorized brush that you can use in manual mode to clean pet hair from upholstery.
If you have a house without a rug and you have pets, this makes a lot of sense.
These following variants are all portable devices that do not have an extension stick. Again the differences between these are the tools that come with it.
V6 . mattress
As the name suggests, the V6 Mattress is designed to clean the beds. Mattresses to be more specific. Dyson has included a small robotic tool to help it pick up the dead skin cells that bed bugs love to feed on.
It also comes with 3 other tools – a soft dusting brush, a crevice tool and a collecting tool for your other cleaning needs.
If you really want to deep clean your mattress, I would suggest buying a rainbow broom, but buying it from a dealer will easily set you back $3000 and that’s a lot of money, this one can be a budget alternative that can at least keep bed bugs and dead skin from accumulating and causing Eczema.
V6 car + boat
One of the things that bothered me with using the V6 mattress I bought last year was the lack of a hose tool. This tool will allow me to reach the hard-to-reach areas inside the car
The V6 Car + Boat engine solves this problem.
Make no mistake, the mattress is a capable in-vehicle vacuum cleaner but this alternative comes with a rubber hose that takes it to a whole other level.
Most of the included tools (except for the small motorized brush) can be attached to the hose. This gives it great reach and maneuverability to get into even the toughest crevices.
V6 Top Dog
Ask any pet owner and the biggest problem will be the amount of pet hair their pets shed.
These four-legged creatures love to sit around sofas and beds. A weak vacuum cleaner will find it difficult to clean pet hair from these surfaces.
The Top Dog gives pet owners the option of a cordless vacuum cleaner that helps keep pet hair from accumulating on their upholstery.
Aside from the small robotic tool that is your main weapon against pet hair, it has a bristle brush that you can use inside your car along with the standard crevice and compact tool for cleaning up pet droppings.
V6 baby + baby
As a parent, I know the importance of keeping your child’s room clean. This may be the difference between a healthy child and a sick child who always has to go to the doctor.
Dyson had young parents in mind when they designed the Baby + Child variant. It comes with 4 different tools that will help keep your child’s room clean and free of allergens.
This replacement does not come with a HEPA filter, so if you want extra protection, you can buy it separately or use a V6 mattress.
V6 . player
If all you need is just a handheld device with essential brushing and crevice tools for all your floor cleaning needs, then the V6 Trigger is your choice.
This is a great upright broom set if you feel like you don’t need any of the other tools available in the other variants.
It’s the cheapest of all variants costing under $200.
Earth Center – Dyson V7
I was just looking around the web for the latest news on cordless vacuums when I noticed Dyson has a new product. Well, not really a new product but a new variant of an already existing product line.
I’m talking about the Dyson V7 and the variant comes in fuchsia! It is a mid-priced version between V6 and V8.
Same power as a V6 engine
Dyson didn’t specify which motor they put in the V7 but it has the same power output as the V6 which is 100 watts aerodynamic. This leads me to believe that the Dyson V7 has the same V6 engine. It’s just speculation.
Better Flipping Than V6
The biggest news is the update is in case of agitation, about 75% more according to Dyson. It has some of the features found in a V8 most notably the improved dirt box plus it has a longer runtime compared to the V6 – about 30 minutes.
There are currently two variants – the V7 MotorHead and the Absolute.
A V6 on Steroids – Dyson V8
If you thought the Dyson V6 was a beast, wait until you see this cordless vacuum cleaner.
They have taken a really good product as well as constructive criticism from consumers and made something even better.
Dyson calls this engine the V8 Absolute. It has an upgraded engine called a V8 that has 20% more power than a V6.
Two of the notable improvements are dirt basket tweaks and extreme button designs.
The biggest complaint against the V6 was the box design. Static-charged dirt such as hair and dust gets stuck between the filter and the outer cover.
Easier to empty the container
Emptying it isn’t as messy as it is in the ads and Dyson addresses this issue with the V8 by changing the mechanism that empties the dirt bin.
Instead of using a door that swings down, with the new design you can pull a lever up and lift the entire hurricane assembly forcing the dirt down.
new max switch
The cap button also has a mod, so instead of the circular button you push in the back, Dyson revised this design and turned it into a toggle like that slides from side to side.
Easy to access max feature.
Other improvements include a revised V8 engine that increases power by approximately 20% in normal and max mode.
This power improvement flows all the way into both the beater rods – the soft drum and the direct driver cleaning head, as much as a 150% improvement according to the manufacturer.
All of these improvements come at a cost—about $450 to invest but you’ll get the best performing cordless vacuum cleaner on the market right now.
Save on refurbished
Refurbished units are also available if you want to save a few bucks.
These products come from returned items that Dyson simply didn’t want to get rid of.
Refurbished refers to an item that has been restored to a brand-new (okay, almost) condition. This is one way for manufacturers to recover costs incurred for returned items.
By the way, Dyson has also released another V8 variant called Animal (this one comes in blue) which only comes with the Coarse Direct Drive Cleanup accessory.
This is a great alternative to Absolute if your home has mostly carpeting or you feel the soft roller tool is redundant.
The next generation of wireless – V10
But wait there is more!
Dyson is by no means finished developing their products, in fact I think they are just getting started.
Is it worth it?
The Dyson V10 is an all-new design. It just keeps the trigger mechanism found on all of their cordless blanks. But the other parts of the void are new.
One of the biggest complaints Dyson V8 and V6 owners have is the small dirt box. Both types can hold only 0.53 liters. The new box-engine V10 now comes with a capacity of 0.77 liters, which is almost a 50% increase in capacity.
This will allow you to clean a larger room with fewer trips to the trash. However, the change in capacity means a heavier design as the container goes from portrait to landscape orientation.
Biggest V10 engine
James Dyson says they will stop developing the menus because of the V10. I’m not sure if he’s serious with this statement but it’s a bold statement. The new V10 engine has better airflow which results in a 20% increase in power.
This vacuum cleaner now has about 150 watts of air of suction which narrows the gap between the upright.
Longer run time
To replace the upright vacuum, the cordless vacuum must be run long enough to reduce downtime. Dyson addresses this issue with 7 nickel-cobalt-aluminum batteries that will help run this for up to 60 minutes!
But one downside is that you won’t be able to replace the batteries. If something goes wrong, you will have to send it back to Dyson for repair or replacement.
Three power modes
The previous generation of Dyson cordless vacuums up to the V8 model had two power modes. This one now comes with three – Normal, Max, and Super Max. The third situation I suppose is deep lint rug cleaning.
There are currently three variants – V10 Absolute, Animal and MotorHead.
Absolute is by far the best and has all the tools and attachments, so it has the most versatility.
It comes with a soft roller head for bare floors and a coarse brush (or torque motor head) for carpet.
Apart from the two motorized tools, it also comes with a small turbo brush that works well for cleaning pet hair from upholstery or stairs.
Other tools include a blender, a crevice tool, and a small, soft dusting brush.
The animal has the same tools set as the shooter except for the soft cylinder head. So, this alternative is great for homes with less exposed roofs because the torque motor head works best on carpeting.
Last but not least is MotorHead. This alternative comes with the fewest number of tools out of the three but is the cheapest.
It retains the same container design as the V8 and earlier variants so it won’t carry as much dirt.
Aside from the torque motor head attachment, you will also get the built-in brush tool and crevice tool.
Obviously, spending roughly $300 to $600 on a cordless vacuum is a huge investment.
But of all those vacuums, the no-brainer would be the V6 Absolute because it comes with all the bells and whistles.
It will be able to handle spot cleaning on carpet and hardwood just as easily and with just a few passes due to the tools you will have.
In terms of value for money, I would choose the V6 MotorHead. This is suitable for homes with mostly carpet floors because of the direct drive cleaning head that has a very good agitation. You’ll save a few hundred dollars with this.
The standard brush roller that comes with it is fully capable of cleaning bare floors. But expect a few scrapes here and there due to the tough bristles. It also does not include the small machine tool, so it will take a little longer to clean the upholstery.
The DC59 MotorHead would be a good average option for about $90 more than the V6 MotorHead I mentioned above. It does not have a soft roller cleaning head but comes with a small motorized brush for cleaning upholstery.
If you don’t want to deal with cleaning up the mess basket that plagues the V6, I’d suggest investing a bit of the container on the V8 Absolute and enjoy the extended runtime and power upgrades it brings to the table.