It’s safe to say that the Dyson brand is well known to be among the best when it comes to vacuum cleaners. Dyson pioneered the cordless vacuum, and they are so confident in their cordless vacuum cleaners that the company’s founder, James Dyson, recently stated that the UK manufacturer will no longer research or build corded vacuums.
It was the introduction of the Dyson V6 cord-free that changed the way we look at cordless vacuums. It is a huge improvement over previous cordless models with improved battery life, larger dust canister, and more powerful suction. Since the release of the V6 in 2015, Dyson has released a range of upgraded models such as the V7, V8, and V10 Cyclone. While the V10 is the latest model and boasts much-improved features over the V6, it is 2 -3 times more expensive.
The question is, can the Dyson V6 still be considered a force in cordless cleaning? In my view, it can. For the price, it has incredible suction, large dirt capacity, and great battery life. Granted, the battery life is not as long as more recent Dyson models, but at this price, it can definitely still have a place in the home.
An Overview Of The Dyson V6 Cord-Free
As mentioned above, the Dyson V6 Cord-free was the vacuum cleaner that changed the world’s perception on cordless cleaners. Before this, cord-free vacuums were not as powerful as regular corded machines, and they were really only used for car cleaning and other small cleaning tasks.
The Dyson V6 is just as powerful as a corded vacuum thanks to the Dyson digital motor V6 and the 2 Tier Radial cyclones. Because it is so light, it is much more convenient to use than a regular upright or canister. This ease of use and ability to clean every surface of your home is what makes Dyson’s stick vacuums really stand out.
The design of the V6 can be described as eye-catching; the modern, two-tone colours and the perfect lines make it look neat and modern. It has also been designed to be as ergonomic as possible, so no matter if you are cleaning the dirt off the stairs of getting rid of the cobwebs on the ceiling, you will be pleased with how easy it is to use.
The Dyson V6 Cord-free can also be easily transformed into a handheld vacuum, completely eliminating the need for a second vacuum. The extension wand is removed with a single click and any of the supplied tools (Motorized cleaning head, crevice tool, combination tool) can be attached. This makes the V6 ideal for cleaning the car, upholstery, and any other hard to reach areas.
Features Of The Dyson V6 Vacuum
Every vacuum in the Dyson cordless range, including the V6, features a trigger switch. This greatly reduces battery usage, as the battery is not used at all unless the trigger is pulled. The battery life does not get wasted while you move from room to room, or while you change tools on the vacuum.
Some users have commented that the trigger switch can be difficult to use at first, however, this is largely due to the fact that no other cordless vacuum implements this feature so it is different to what they have used before. Once you have used the vacuum for a period of time the trigger becomes second nature. There may also be difficulties if you have mobility issues or have a condition such as arthritis. In this case, it is recommended that you test the vacuum before buying to ensure that it is suitable.
The Dyson V6 features a two-tier, 15-cyclone system that creates strong centrifugal forces to capture dirt, dust, and debris. Although the V6 Cord-free does not have a HEPA filter, the combination of the two-tier cyclones and the powerful digital motor ensure that this vacuum collects particles as small as 0.3 microns.
Max Cleaning Mode
There are two power modes on the Dyson V6:
- Powerful Mode – This is the standard mode on the V6 and gives you up to 20 minutes of continuous cleaning. This mode will be suitable for most cleaning tasks.
- MAX Mode – Switch to this and you get even more powerful suction for the toughest cleaning tasks. Keep in mind that this mode will decrease your battery life; you only get 6 minutes of cleaning time on MAX mode. You shouldn’t have to use this mode much at all as the Powerful mode will suffice in most situations.
Combination And Crevice Tool
The Dyson V6 comes with two handy attachments, the crevice tool and the combination tool. The good thing about these attachments is that they can be attached to the extension wand, or you can attach them to the main vacuum section and use them in handheld mode.
- Combination Tool – The combination tool is really two attachments in one. There is a rigid part that can be used on carpet and the dusting brush which is mainly used for hardwood floors. You just slide the brush forward or back to switch between the two.
- Crevice Tool – A crevice tool is an attachment that is included with a lot of vacuum cleaners, simply because it is so handy. This is a thinner version of the extension wand that can get right into the corners of floors and ceilings. It is also extremely useful for cleaning all of the hard to reach areas in your car.
The docking station is attached to the wall and requires a socket to plug into, so this needs to be taken into account before purchase. The vacuum sits neatly in the docking station and recharges while it is attached. The docking station removes the need to find a place to store the vacuum, and it can be attached to a wall that is out of site (providing there is a wall socket nearby).
The provided accessories are also stored on the docking station, so you are much less likely to misplace them.
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Easy Empty Dirt Bin
The dirt bin can hold up to 0.4L of dirt and although it is smaller than the V8 and the V10, it can hold a lot of dirt before it needs to be emptied. If you use the vacuum every day and you have kids or pets you will likely have to empty it more regularly, and thankfully Dyson makes this an easy task. You simply hold it over your bin and press the button to release the bottom of the dirt bin.
I would recommend you do this in you outside bin as there can be quite a bit of dust released back into the room. This is an unfortunate consequence of a vacuum cleaner that does not use a bag.
What I Liked About The Dyson V6 Cordless
- Cheaper than the V7, V8, and V10 cordless vacuum range from Dyson
- Strong suction thanks to the 2 Tier Radial cyclones and the Dyson digital motor V6
- Easily transforms into a handheld vacuum
- The lightest cordless stick vacuum that Dyson offers
What I Didn’t Like About The Dyson V6 Cordless
- The 20 minute run time is only a third of that offered by the latest Dyson V10 Cyclone
- Smaller dustbin than the V8 and V10 range
If you are looking for a cordless vacuum cleaner that won’t break the bank, the Dyson V6 Cord-free is a machine you should consider. Although the 20 minute run time is considerably less than the V8 and V10, it is much cheaper than these models and you have to decide if the cost outweighs the shorter cleaning time.
The suction and cleaning power is excellent when compared to similarly priced models, and the dust bin is large enough that you won’t have to empty it after every use. The added attachments and the fact that it can be easily turned into a handheld vacuum mean that this will be the only vacuum you need.
If you have a large budget then I would recommend the upgraded V8 or V10 models. But if you want a bargain vacuum without the cord then you could do a lot worse than the Dyson V6 Cordless.