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Best Dyson vacuums 2022: the best models from this iconic brand

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Our expert team has reviewed the best Dyson vacuum cleaners, rated them here, offer link outs to in-depth looks at each model, and there's even a clever pricing function that constantly refreshes to show you today's best deals.

It's no secret that Dyson vacuums are some of the best vacuums available on the market. They frequently top our best buy lists, with models to suit every type of use and everyone's needs and home. 

But with so many models, which to choose? That's where our experts come in, offering a definitive breakdown of the very best Dyson vacuum that you can buy. Whether you're after the best of the best, a long-lasting battery design, the largest cordless dust bin we've seen, or something that can handle your dog's constant shedding, we've deciphered it all. 

We put the Dyson vacuums on this list through a range of typical cleaning tasks around our homes and in our testing facility, and are sharing our candid thoughts about each best-selling model. For expanded details on each vacuum, each underlined headline links to a full product review. 

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Dyson V15 Detect Vacuum Cleaner | was $749.99 (opens in new tab)

Dyson V15 Detect Vacuum Cleaner | was $749.99, now $649.99 at Dyson (opens in new tab)
This vacuum comes with Dyson's latest innovation - a laser that shows up hidden dirt and dust. With a perfect 100% score, you can save $100 at Dyson.

Dyson V8 Origin Vacuum|  Was (opens in new tab)

Dyson V8 Origin Vacuum| Was $429.99 now $279.99 at Target (opens in new tab)
The V8 Origin carries much the same specs (power, weight, runtime) as the V8 Animal but comes with fewer accessories, simply a crevice tool and a brush.

Refurbished Dyson V8 Motorhead| was $429.99 (opens in new tab)

Refurbished Dyson V8 Motorhead| was $429.99, now $199.99 at eBay (opens in new tab)
If you don't mind getting it second-hand, there's an incredibly low price on the above model at eBay.

Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra | was $499.99 (opens in new tab)

Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra | was $499.99, now $399.99 at Dyson (opens in new tab)
You can grab $100 off the Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra, a vacuum we've ranked among the best for tackling pet hair. 

Best Dyson vacuums 2022

Dyson v15 detectH&G gold badge

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Best cordless Dyson vacuum

Specifications

Dust Bin Capacity: .2 gal
Power: 230 AW
Weight: 6.79 lb.
Run time: Up to 60 minutes
Max dB: 80 dbA

Reasons to buy

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Green Laser dust detection on Fluffy brush roll illuminates dust particles invisible to the eye
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Piezo sensor and LCD screen shows the size and number of dust particles collected in real-time
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New anti-tangle hair screw keeps pet hair from getting stuck
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Incredible suction
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Versatile attachments

Reasons to avoid

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Green laser only shows dust on hard floors, harder to see in bright daylight
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Dust gets stuck in dust bin
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High Torque cleaner head with anti-tangle technology (secondary floorhead) doesn't move as easily, and it doesn't have an LED Light
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Must hold trigger for continual operation

Why you should buy it: the Dyson V15 Detect tops our list of the best cordless vacuums. There's no better cordless vac to buy.

Laser Dust Detection
The game-changing feature we never knew we wanted, and now we don't want to vacuum our hard floors without it.  The Laser Slim Fluffy cleaner head for hard floors has a laser that detects the particles you can’t normally see – so you don’t miss anything.  

Piezo Sensor
In conjunction with the laser dust detection, you'll find a Piezo sensor that counts out the exact amount of dust particles collected, down to the individual spec, for particles as minute as 10 µm, or the size of an allergen.  

Why we love it
If you haven't already noticed that we can't stop enthusing about the laser dust detection on the Fluffy head, well, that's obvious. It also offers incredible suction and automatically adjusts to the surface of your floors, a sufficient runtime (with an LCD screen to let you just know how much runtime you have left), and a separate floor head that's perfect for pet hair and carpets.  

What else?
The Piezo sensor is a cool feature, but its definitely a little gimmicky to see just how much dirt is being picked up to the exact number. But never fear, the sensor serves a purpose and helps the vacuum automatically adjust power to how much dirt it senses. 

The vacuum also continues on the Dyson design standard of using a trigger operation. 

 Our full Dyson V15 Detect review has more details

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2. Best Dyson vacuum for large homes

Specifications

Dust Bin Capacity: .5 gal
Power: 220 AW
Weight: 7.9 lb.
Run time: Up to 120 minutes
Max dB: 80 dbA

Reasons to buy

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Massive dust bin
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Incredible suction
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Quick to charge
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Easy to handle
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Versatile
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Now includes the Laser Slim Fluffy™ cleaner head

Reasons to avoid

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Top-heavy
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Hair wraps around brush-roll on hard floors

Why you should buy it: A cordless vac with the power of a corded model. 

Extended Cleaning
The beauty of the Dyson Outsize + is how it is designed for extended periods of cleaning. With one of the largest dust bins we've ever seen on a cordless vacuum, the half-gallon dust bin is 150% larger than the V15 Detect. Plus, the secondary battery means you'll have up to 120-minutes of no-fade cleaning power.  Oh, and the 12.5" XL High Torque cleaner head is notably larger than other models, so you can cover more ground in one pass.

What we love
It's packed with power, up to 220 AW on Boost mode, though Auto works just fine (and preserves the battery) that seems to suction up everything! Dirt, dust, pet hair, all gone and easily disposed of from the dust bin with Dyson's push-lever system. It's easy to use and swap in and out accessories, and it automatically adjusts suction according to floor type. 

What else?
The Outsize + offer's extended cleaning power, but it's also increased the size and the weight of the vacuum. For above-floor cleaning, we found our arms growing tired using just the handheld since most of the weight of the machine is centered in the handheld. We also found that hair did get caught around the brush roll with the main cleaner head, but the smaller anti-tangle hair screw tool, which is great for stairs, upholstery, and other small areas did not have the same problem. 

We've reviewed the now discontinued version, the Dyson Outsize, which carries the same specs but does not include the Laser Slim Fluffy™ cleaner head.

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Best Dyson vacuum for hard floors

Specifications

Dust Bin Capacity: .05 gal
Power: N/A
Weight: 4.18 lb.
Run time: Up to 20 minutes
Max dB: 71 dbA

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight and easy to handle
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Continuous battery mode
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Moves in any direction

Reasons to avoid

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Only functional on hard floors
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Shorter battery life
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Very small dustbin

Why you should buy it: Fantastic performance on tile, hardwood and vinyl floors. 

Omnidirectional soft roller cleaner head
Introducing, Dyson's first dual cleaner head. The two motorized soft roller brush rolls (they look like two mini Fluffy heads) can move in any direction: front, back, side to side. The compact cleaner head is perfect for reaching into tight spaces, cleaning sideways, and can even get so low to the ground, its almost flat. 

What we love
It's small but mighty and almost feels like a game to glide and swing around hard floors. Ah, hence the name Omni-glide.  It's also extremely lightweight, like you could just wave the handheld portion around like a wand. Perhaps my favorite part was that this new range of hard-floor models introduced a continuous power operation. That's right, no trigger, albeit, the straight and narrow design isn't conducive for it.  

What else?
Note: the Omni-glide only works on hard floors. The brush bars both stopped when it realized it was on the lowest pile area rug.  

With the 20 minute run, the Omni-glide is optimized for quick clean-ups... plus the dust bin is teeny tiny just .05 gallons. However, since we're dealing with smooth hard floors and not the jungle that can be your carpets, you should be ok in the debris bin department. 

Our full Dyson Omni-Glide review has more details.

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Best Dyson vacuum for carpet

Specifications

Dust Bin Capacity: 1.7L
Power: 290 AW
Weight: 17.5 lb.
Cord length: 35 feet
Max dB: 90dB

Reasons to buy

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Powerful suction
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Easy to maneuver
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Performs extremely well on carpets
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Three suction settings
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Other models available with different tools

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy
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Awkward control placement
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Hard-to-use hose/wand

Why you should buy it: Rated our best vacuum for pet hair on carpets, the Dyson Ball Animal 3 is unrelentingly high performing, and has upgraded detangling technology.

Dyson Ball Technology
Perhaps, the cornerstone of Dyson's upright lineup, the innovative Dyson Ball system uses a low center of gravity to help the ball stabilize and make it easier to maneuver. You're able to navigate furniture and obstacles with a simple turn of the wrist.

What we love about it
Some will argue that no cordless vacuum can replace the power of a corded model, and Dyson's traditional upright vacuum makes a good case to stay plugged in. Between the generous cord, monumental suction power, generously sized dust bin, and the Dyson signature ball design to make maneuvering just a bit easier, there are a lot of things to love. It's a true beast on carpets, digging deep into fibers to pull out unseen dust, allergens, hair, crumbs and so much more. I was very impressed, and frankly disturbed when I saw just how much dirt accumulated in the bin with just a quick pass through my carpeted hallway and part of my room. Luckily, the big bin is extremely easy to empty, and debris doesn't get stuck as I experienced with Dyson's newer cordless models. 

What else?
The Dyson Ball Animal can truly be your one and only vacuum. It's also suitable for use on hard floors, just be sure to manually turn off the brush roll to not scratch delicate surfaces. 

Compared to its predecessor, the Ball Animal 2, the vacuum now carries three power settings, but they do require you to reach down to the floorhead to adjust. 

Set up got a little complicated, especially when it came to figuring out to the hose. . Word to the wise, pour over the included manual before starting to clean. Though, we like that the floorhead of the Dyson Ball Animal 3 can be detached from the vacuum and it has a removable brush roll, which makes it easier to clean too.

And yes, while it's heavy for stair cleaning and above-floor cleaning, the long hose and included stair attachment should make things a little easier. Plus, you can securely carry it from the dust bin canister between floors. 

The base model of the Dyson Ball Animal 3 includes a stair tool and a combination tool, but more premium models include a motorized 'tangle-free turbine tool' for cleaning upholstery) and the brand’s new pet groom tool, which is essentially a dog brush that attaches to the vacuum to make grooming less messy, and even a mattress tool, though they do add more to the cost. 

Our full Dyson Ball Animal 3 review has more details.

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Best Dyson vacuum for value

Specifications

Dust Bin Capacity: .14 gal
Power: N/A
Weight: 5.51 lb.
Run time: Up to 40 minutes
Max dB: 82 dbA

Reasons to buy

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Powerful suction
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Easy to use
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Great entry-level Dyson
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Excellent on carpets
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Recommended for households with pets

Reasons to avoid

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Shorter battery life
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Not Dyson's most powerful technology
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Hair does wrap around brush roll

Why you should buy it: An older model that's more affordable, but still offers fantastic performance.  

Built for households with pets
Dyson's "Animal" trim features the addition of a mini-motorized tool that's ideal for cleaning delicate surfaces and fabric, as well as easily suctioning out embedded pet hair as a handheld. It's also incredibly powerful, with the direct drive floor head's stiff nylon bristles specifically designed to remove pet hair and ground-in dirt.

What we love
Despite being an older model, the Dyson V8 packs a punch, doing its best work on carpets. It's surely enough to power through just as well as standard corded models and comes with numerous attachments to make cleaning a breeze. It's also one of Dyson's most affordable models, making it a great option for first-time Dyson owners, casual users, and the price-conscious. Plus, it might just become as beloved as Fido himself. 

What else?
The 40-minute run time is shorter than most, and while it is very effective at collecting pet hair, long strands of hair do wrap around the brush roll. Dyson acknowledges this issue by making it easy to remove the brush roll to clean.

Our full Dyson V8 Animal review has more information.


How we chose the best Dyson Vacuums?

At Homes & Gardens we like to get hands-on experience with all the products which we decide to feature in our buyers' guides, which you can learn more about in our guide to how we test products. The reason for this is to simply help you; we share our experiences so you can be confident in what you are buying. 

Each vacuum we get the opportunity to review is tried and tested in our own homes, undergoing rigorous testing on a range of flooring and household challenges. 

We test the vacuum cleaners for a number of weeks (sometimes months) so we get a feel for the longevity and durability of each model. We look out for factors such as maneuverability, run-time, emptying of the dust bin (or bag), and general controls so you know exactly what you are getting for your money, and whether or not it is worth it for what you need it for. 

In terms of Dyson, we considered which model would be best suited for a particular user or home. In the event that an updated model has been released that we have not tried yet and/or replaces a vacuum no longer part of the traditional lineup, we will make note of any upgrades from the model that we tested as well as examine feedback from customer reviews.