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Dyson Cyclone V10: The Best Cordless Vacuum (Duh)

I’ve been using Dyson handheld vacuums since 2013, first the Dyson Hard and then the V6. Five years of clean floors and great customer service later, I’ve gotten my hands on their amazing new V10, and I can safely say the only question you should ask yourself is which cordless Dyson you should buy.


The V10 update brings with it a more powerful motor that spins at a staggering 125,000 max RPM. Having used the V6 extensively, I have a very good idea of how much debris to expect in the bin when vacuuming my place, and the V10 picked up far more in the same vacuuming routine. The V10 starts at $499 for the Motorhead model, but you’ll have to step up to at least the Animal model to get the very welcome 40% bigger bin.

I’ve never seen my V6's battery die. Your mileage will vary wildly depending on the size of your place and what percentage of your floor is covered in carpet, but Dyson boasts 20 more minutes of battery from the V10 compared to the V8. Additional comforts include a better battery indicator, better ergonomics from the reoriented motor, and a much easier to empty bin. Something that also really struck me going from the V6 to the V10 was how much the steering has improved.

If money isn’t an issue then you should definitely buy the Dyson Cyclone V10 if it suits your home’s needs, but if it is, choosing a model can get tricky. The form factor, user experience, and wall mountable design of Dyson’s cordless vacuums are just as important as their raw sucking power, and you can get a lot of that from the V8 or even the V6- both still completely viable products.

The soft roller head, the one made for hard floors, is only included with the Absolute package in the V10 series, so that’s a damn good reason to pay up, and I certainly don’t think I’d choose to save a hundred bucks to miss out on multiple tools and the bigger bin by dropping from the Animal model to the Motorhead.


You’ll be getting a category-defining product by investing in the V10 Absolute, while the venerable V6 is an incredible value at under $250. If your needs are somewhere in the middle, make sure you’re getting the right set of attachments for your situation.


Editor Emeritus, The Inventory