How to choose the best Dyson Vacuum In The UK

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The best Dyson vacuum cleaners are the cordless stick models that are at the cutting edge of technology for home cleaning. In March 2018 Dyson announced they would no longer be developing any vacuum cleaners with cords so if you want the best, latest cleaning technology then cordless is the future.

There is no question that Dyson hoovers deliver the best cleaning performance out of all the premium manufacturers of vacuum cleaners BUT there is always one problem with them that always niggles us and that is…. are they worth it?

If money is no object then you need look no further than one of Dysons top of the range cordless stick vacuum cleaners because they are light, easy to use and deliver suction power that is the best there is bar none.

The big BUT though is are you prepared to pay up to £600 for one. Life has a lot of competition for your money and paying that amount of money for a hoover is a pretty big ask and you need to consider if the power and performance that Dyson hoovers offer are required for the home you have.

The good news is that if you love Dyson but you don’t love the super expensive prices you have to pay for the latest model then Dyson tends to have the last 4 to 5 years worth of models available before they discontinue them completely.

As a new model comes out with better cleaning performance, better battery life, lighter in weight and with better accessories the previous model gets reduced in price and becomes better value for money than it was the year before.

Dyson has always had the best cordless vacuum cleaners in the market and just because the latest ones are better than the previous models that doesn’t mean the older models are bad.

It was only a few years ago that the Dyson V7 and then the V8 were being hailed as the greatest thing since sliced bread and for good reason. They do a really good job of cleaning your home even though they are now a number of years old and they are also a lot cheaper than they were when they first came out in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

You only get the maximum value out of the most expensive and latest Dyson vacuum cleaners if you have a large busy household with lots of feet treading in and out all the time and perhaps a couple of cats and dogs as well.

If that’s you then you can consider one of the latest models but if you live in a smaller home without children or maybe a flat and you are not creating a huge mess all the time then one of the older models will offer you much better value for money because you’ll get the most out of it rather than only using say 50% of the features and suction power from the latest all singing all dancing model.

In this article we won’t be reviewing or recommending any Dyson vacuum cleaners that have a cord attached that you need to plug into the wall.

Whilst some corded options are still available to buy Dyson has made it perfectly clear that they are not developing these any more after March 2018.

At the end of the day do you really want to consider spending a lot of money on a corded vacuum cleaner that was developed years ago and is now old technology and out of date?

That’s what Dyson corded vacuum cleaners are, old, out of date and overpriced for what they are so they definitely are not worthy of being on the list of “best Dyson vacuum”.

Things move on and Shark, in particular, do a brilliant job with corded vacuum cleaners and have introduced many new models with fantastic features that have been developed and introduced long after Dyson stopped working on the corded side of things.

So if you are not bothered about having a cord you can save a lot of money and get cleaning performance the same as the best Dysons for a fraction of the price.

We go into that in detail in some of our other articles that you may find useful:

Dyson or Shark?

Best Shark vacuum cleaners

If it’s the convenience of cordless you are after then Dyson is where it’s at in terms of premium performance and we will discuss in detail the merits of the top of the range Dyson cordless models and also the difference between the most expensive and the lowest costs options.

We have evaluated the suction power, the ease of use, battery life, cleaning performance, accessories and more so you can decide whether it’s worth shelling out for the most expensive model or whether your home will get a deep clean from one of the older but still excellent cordless models in the range.

These are the best Dyson vacuum cleaners available in the UK in order of date released:

Dyson V7 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Release Date: 2016

Battery runtime on a single charge: up to 30 minutes

Number of power levels: 2 (maximum and minimum)

Battery recharge time: 3.5 hours

Waste Bin Capacity: 0.54 litres

Noise level measured in decibels: 66

Suction power (measured in air watts): 100

Charge remaining: Shown by a single light which isn’t great because when it’s lit it means you have charge and when it isn’t lit then you don’t have any charge but you won’t know until you pull the trigger and you don’t know how much charge you have and whether its nearly empty or almost full so actually the charge light is pretty much a waste of time on the V7.

This isn’t really much of an issue unless you forget to put it on charge after each use so as long as you charge it after each time you use it then you know the battery is full but it does make you wonder why they bothered with a light in the first place because it doesn’t really do anything or inform you of anything because if you pull the trigger and the battery is dead you’ll know it needs charging.

Accessories: The V7 is available as the “Animal” and the “Absolute” with the only difference being the accessories that come with each one.

The Animal comes with 7 accessories and the Absolute comes with 8 accessory tools. The 7 tools with each one are exactly the same but the Absolute comes with a soft roller attachment which is much better on hard floors.

If you have mainly hard floors or a mix of the carpet then go for the Absolute and if you have mainly carpets then the Animal is fine as you won’t need the soft roller floor head.

The other accessories are a combination tool for dusting, a reach under attachment for easy cleaning underneath furniture without bending down, docking station for charging, a mini motorised brush tool which is great for stairs, soft dusting brush, crevice tool and main brush head.

Overall: Suction power, whilst not as strong as the latest models is still very strong in comparison to other vacuum cleaners on the market today and will make light work of the dust and dirt in most homes.

There are two power settings that provide up to 30 minutes of cleaning time but you will get a lot less if you use it on max the whole time so best practice is to switch between the two and you’ll get about 20 minutes out of it which is plenty for most homes.

In particular, if you live in a home without pets or a smaller home then you don’t really need anything better than this as it is a very capable hoover.

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Dyson V8 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Release Date: 2017

Battery runtime on a single charge:  up to 40 minutes

Number of power levels: 2 (maximum and minimum)

Battery recharge time: 3.5 hours

Waste Bin Capacity: 0.54 litres

Noise level measured in decibels: 70

Suction power (measured in air watts): 115

Charge remaining: Dyson realised that the charge indicator on the V7 was a bit rubbish so on the V8 you now have 3 lights that give you a feel for how much charge you have left. 3 lights is full and 1 light tells you its running low.

Accessories: The V8 is only available now as the “Animal” version and has the same accessories as the V7 “Animal” so you can’t get this with a soft roller therefore if you mainly have hard floors you may be better off with the V7 as the soft roller is specifically designed for hard floors.

Overall: The V8 has a redesigned brush on the main floor head that makes it more effective than the V7 at digging into the carpet fibres to pick up all the dust and dirt.

It also has a more efficient battery so you get up to 40 minutes of runtime compared to 30 minutes with the V7.

It also has 15% more suction power making the V8 more effective than the V7 and it will last for longer on a single charge.

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Dyson V10 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Release Date: 2018

Battery runtime on a single charge: up to 60 minutes

Number of power levels: 3 (minimum, medium and maximum)

Battery recharge time: 3.5 hours

Waste Bin Capacity: 0.76 litres

Noise level measured in decibels: 75

Suction power (measured in air watts): 150

Charge remaining: The same 3 lights as the V8 to show you full charge, halfway, and running out. There is an additional indicator on the V10 telling you when you need to clean the filter as well which is handy.

Accessories: The V10 is available as an “Animal” and “Absolute” The Animal accessories are the same as the V8 but Dyson decided to get rid of the reach under tool so it doesn’t come with that.

The Absolute also comes with a soft roller which is specific to hard floors

Overall: This is my personal favourite out of all of them and the one I think offers the best value for money.

It is a significant improvement over the V8 but the V11 which came after the V10 has not improved much and does not justify the extra hundreds of pounds that they are asking for it.

I have used the V10 in my own home for the last couple of years and it is an exceptional vacuum cleaner that keeps my home sparkling clean and never leaves any dirt behind.

It’s easy to forget the filter needs a clean and Dyson have added a light to remind you its due for a clean.

Compared to the V8 it has a lot more suction power and the battery life has jumped to a whopping 60 minutes so you’ll have no problem cleaning even a large home quickly and efficiently on one charge.

This hoover is so good that has left me asking myself many times if a vacuum cleaner can deliver performance this good and keep my home so clean and be this easy to use, why would I ever want anything better?

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Dyson V11 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Release Date: 2019

Battery runtime on a single charge: up to 60 minutes

Number of power levels: 3 (minimum, medium and maximum)

Battery recharge time: 4 hours

Waste Bin Capacity: 0.76 litres

Noise level measured in decibels: 76

Suction power (measured in air watts): 185

Charge remaining: This is where it steps up a notch and you get a digital display that shows you the % of charge remaining so you know exactly where you are at all times. Pretty impressive but it’s not cheap.

Accessories: The V11 comes as an “Animal”, “Torque Drive” and “Absolute”. The V11 Animal has the same accessories as the V10 Animal and in addition, you get a clip that stores a few of the accessories on the main wand for easy access.

When you step up to the Torque drive you get the main floorhead that automatically senses the surface you are cleaning and adjusts the suction accordingly so you never have to think about it and it optimises the battery performance.

With the Absolute, you get everything that the Torque Drive has plus a soft roller head that is specifically for hard floors. and overall suction power is even better than the V10.

This is an incredible vacuum cleaner but it does come at a premium price but if money is not an issue then the V11 is pretty unbeatable.

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Best value – Dyson V10 cordless vacuum cleaner

The Dyson V10 is the best value for money out of all the current cordless hoovers that are available in the range.

There was a big jump in overall performance from the V8 to the V10 in terms of suction power and battery life and the introduction of the V11 in 2019 saw the price of the V10 come down as a result, making it a very good price when you look at what you get for your money.

It performs significantly better than the V7 and the V8 and not quite as good as the V11 but the V10 is so good that you have to ask yourself do you really need what the V11 has to offer.

I have used the V10 hundreds of times in my home and I have never had to make multiple passes over the same area because the suction power is so strong.

You get more suction power with the V11 but unless you are treading mud through the house every day and you have 5 dogs then you are not going to get any additional benefit from the V11 over the V10.

The top of the range V11 has a digital display on the top that shows you the percentage of battery you have left in each mode that you use it in but in our opinion it’s a bit of a gimmick that adds no real benefit.

You are, after all, just hoovering your home and the most important thing is getting it as clean as possible so knowing if you have 43% battery left or 23% battery left isn’t going to change what you do.

As long as you put it on charge after each use the indicator lights on the V10 will show you if it’s full, half used or running low. I’ve never had a problem with battery life in two years of using the V10.

If you have a massive house and love to hoover for more than 30 minutes continuously in one go then maybe there is an argument for knowing the exact battery percentage left.

But if you normally use the hoover in bursts and spend around 20 minutes or so each time you get it out you don’t need to know the battery percentage left.

The bottom line is that the V10 delivers exceptional cleaning performance but is much cheaper than the V11.

You do get a bit more suction for the V11 but you don’t need it unless you have a huge filthy home.

If you are looking to combine high-quality cleaning performance with good value for money then the V10 strikes that balance perfectly.

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Best overall (money no object) –  Dyson V11 cordless vacuum cleaner

If you absolutely have to have the best and you are not that bothered by saving a couple of hundred pounds with the V10 then the V11 is the best of the best and is a truly outstanding vacuum cleaner.

It does everything the V10 does and more.

The suction power is exceptional with 23% more suction than the already excellent V10.

You can manage the battery very efficiently with the V11 because you have more information at your fingertips.

You still get up to 60 minutes of runtime with the V11 but as you switch through the three power levels it will tell you how long you have left in minutes and percentage terms if you keep using it on that power setting.

So for example, if you are using it on full power and it tells you that you only have 5 minutes left then you can switch to low power and it will instantly show you how much more time you have now you are putting less stress on the battery on low power mode.

The V11 also has a sensor so that it can tell when you switch from hard floor to carpet (and vice versa) and it will automatically adjust the power so that it uses greater suction on hard floor than carpet to optimise the battery life.

The battery has been upgraded from the V10 so you will get more overall life out of the battery on the V11 compared to the V10 so if you have a large home and want to clean for 30 minutes or more in one go then the V11 will be able to cope with that.

Those are the main differences between the V11 and V10 so if you want the latest tech at your fingertips and the best suction money can buy then the V11 is the best out there but it does come at a very premium price.

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Best low-cost – Dyson V7 cordless vacuum cleaner

The V7 was the best vacuum cleaner out there in 2016 when it first came out and just because there are newer and better ones now doesn’t make this a bad vacuum cleaner.

Quite the opposite in fact. It’s still a good hoover now and it is also a lot cheaper than it was when it first came out and so if you have the right kind of home this may well be the best option for you out of all the cordless Dyson vacuum cleaners.

The suction power is not as strong as the latest models and you will only get up to 30 minutes of runtime out of one battery charge but the suction power on the V7 is still stronger than most other cordless vacuums on the market.

Maybe you don’t have pets and you live in a flat or smaller home. If that is you then you probably won’t benefit from the 60 minutes runtime of the latest models have to offer anyway.

If you normally whizz round in 15-20 minutes and you live in a home that doesn’t have people trampling mud through it all the time then the V7 will be perfectly suited to your needs.

Great value for money and is often available for less than half the price of the latest models.

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What’s the difference between the different Dyson Cordless vacuums?

Suction Power

 The V7 has 100 air watts of suction power and the V11 185 watts of suction power so over the years the newest model delivers almost twice as much suction.

As you step up through the models the suction just keeps getting better and better but at some point you simply don’t need any more suction to suck up every last bit of dust and dirt.

We would argue that the V10 achieves all you will ever need and is a tremendous workhorse for even the busiest and most messy homes.

Battery

As time has gone on Dyson have developed newer and better batteries that charge quicker and last for longer on a single charge.

If you are looking for the longest possible life then look at the models such as the V10 or V11 but if you normally only spend 15-20 minutes hoovering at any one time then the V7 or V8 will work just fine for you.

Features

There isn’t a great deal of difference feature wise as you step up through the range of Dyson cordless cleaners until you get to the V11.

It has a digital display showing the battery life remaining displayed in both minutes and percentages and the new floorhead senses the surface you are on and adjusts suction power automatically.

Accessories

Each model within the range comes with different variations and have names like “Absolute” and “Animal”.

Each name reflects the different number and type of accessories they come with.

The “Absolute” comes with the most accessories including different floor heads for carpet and hard floors, motorised mini brush heads for above floor cleaning and a whole bunch of others to cover every eventuality no matter what you are trying to hoover.

Each individual review above explains the accessories in more detail.

The important thing is to look through what each variation comes with and decide what you need and what you don’t so that you don’t pay more for a whole bunch of accessories that you may never use.

Filtration

All models after the V7 come with HEPA filtration which ensures that even the smallest particles of dust stay inside the vacuum cleaner once they are hoovered up and don’t get released back into the air.

If anyone in your household has dust allergies then go for a V8 or above.

This article explains more about the benefits of HEPA filtration:

What is a HEPA filter?

Waste container

The waste container on the latest models hold 50% more than the older models so for larger homes look at the V10 or V11 if you don’t want to be emptying the dust bin frequently.

Here is a video showing each model lined up side by side showing the different features and put through a few tests:

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