Review: Dyson V6 Absolute cordless vacuum

by W. Andrew Powell
Dyson V6 Absolute

Dyson V6 Absolute | $699.99

Step your spring cleaning up to the next level with the ultimate portable, versatile vacuum: the Dyson V6 Absolute. It’s fast, powerful, it comes packed with attachments, and it is one of the best cordless vacuums available.

Dyson already has a number of vacuums for a range of uses, but beyond the standard extra attachments, the V6 Absolute is their first model that comes with two powerful cleaning heads: a soft roller to pick up big and small particles on hard flooring, and a motorized head for carpets and rugs. Those two powered cleaning heads make it ideal for cleaning up just about any surface, but the V6 Absolute is especially well-suited to homes with pets since the HEPA filter removes 99.97% of particles, all the way down to 0.3 microns.

What I really loved about the V6 Absolute is that it’s easy to use. The charging base mounts to a wall, and once it’s charged up it runs for up to 20 minutes depending on the vacuum head and the power setting. Where I always seemed to have to fight with my previous vacuum, to either pick up dirt or get to the right spots, the two main heads for the V6 Absolute work almost effortlessly to roll where you point them. Even running backwards, the vacuum heads have rollers to help pick up dirt and dust.

It’s so fast that, compared to my old vacuum, it takes about half as long to clean just about any area in my house. I can do my condo-sized living and dining room floors with enough charge left to do the bathrooms too. The roller head and the brush head zoom across floors, and because of the excellent design, it goes exactly where you point it. There’s no fighting with the vacuum to get it in the right direction, and there’s no fighting with chords either.

The soft roller head for the V6 Absolute is one of the more interesting solutions I’ve seen for a vacuum. Rather than using the standard brush head everywhere, which is supposed to be for carpets, the soft roller head can deal with dirt and debris whether it’s big or small. The roller head picks it all up without damaging your floor.

And then there’s the carpet brush head, which does a fantastic job on carpets and rugs. I ran my old vacuum over one rug in the house, and then I used the V6 Absolute on it a few minutes later, and it was amazing, and kind of shocking, how much cat fur and dust the V6 Absolute still managed to pick up.

Beyond the two floor heads though, you can adjust the V6 Absolute to work for big or small jobs. Need to vacuum the stairs? Detach the wand from the vacuum and attach one of the heads directly to the vacuum body and you can get up-close-and-personal with whatever you’re vacuuming, just like a portable, handheld vacuum. That makes it easy to clean your house, your car, or take it where you need it. Or attach the flexible hose and you can get into tough corners and little spaces. Plus, there’s a second powered mini-brush that can help clean up ground-in messes in your carpet or upholstery, and that works especially well.

One of my favorite features of the Dyson V6 Absolute though is a simple one. On most vacuums, if things get lodged inside the attachments, you have to fight to get them out and hope you don’t break anything. The Dyson V6 Absolute can be opened up, almost entirely, so you can clean it inside and out, from the vacuum body, to the attachments, and the filters, which can be taken out and washed. Considering how hair can bind up rollers, that’s a big deal too.

While the price tag is a bit high, the Dyson V6 Absolute is an incredible cleaning machine. Even for an average-sized house, the battery power lasts long enough that you could get by with just this vacuum, and it’s certainly perfect for any condo or small home. It makes cleaning actually kind of fun, if you ask me, and more importantly, it makes it effortless and dependable. You know that every time you take the vacuum out, you’re going to get the house clean on the first pass.

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