The Dyson brand screams efficiency, power, and, well, a high price tag. Sure, it's a bit of a status symbol to have a Dyson in your home, but is it worth that bigger price tag?
Today we are specifically looking at cordless vacs. Just because they have the Dyson logo and cost twice as much does that mean that they are twice as good?
Why I Finally Bought A Dyson
I finally broke down and bought one because the price of the V7 Absolute dropped considerably last year. I bought mine directly from Dyson but the last time I checked Amazon had a much lower price.
I wish I had bought a cordless Dyson sooner because I absolutely love this thing. I waited so long to buy one because I was having trouble justifying the price, but it's been worth every penny that I spent on it. I actually vacuum more often now because it's so much easier to use than my upright.
A lightweight cordless vacuum is worth more than its weight in gold for most homes. Something that tackles the everyday mess, but isn't a hassle to lug around, is the goal. Dyson certainly has several cordless stick vacs that seem to fit this description, but if you take a closer look, they may not be worth the expense when there are so many vacuums that are comparable to Dyson that cost much less. Even when a Dyson does go on sale, they're usually still more expensive than most of the competition.
When shopping for a cordless stick vacuum, you really need to keep three factors in mind. Battery life between charges, weight and space-saving abilities, and whether it works on both hardwood and carpets are the main factors most of us look for when choosing a stick vac. Dyson has several models to choose from, ranging in price from $250 to $700.
First let's take a look at a few of the best selling cordless Dyson models and then I'll introduce you to a few alternatives that will save you a ton of money without sacrificing performance.
Dyson V8 Animal
The Dyson V8 Animal isn't the most expensive stick vac Dyson offers, but it's not their cheapest, either. At around $450 (as low as $350 on sale), it's got a hefty price tag that's hard to swallow. It does have a long lasting battery that lasts close to 40 minutes and a design that weighs just 5.6 pounds. It's slim, sleek, and, most importantly, sucks, but in a good way. It tackles carpet, hardwood, and pet hair superbly, plus it's quiet, as far as vacuums go. Yes, it's expensive, for a stick vac, but it is one of the better ones on the market.
Dyson V6 Cord Free
At around $250, this is one of Dyson's 'cheaper' stick vacuums. It's extremely light and easy to manuever, weighing in at around 4.75 pounds, but only has a battery life of around 13 minutes. This is fine if you have a small house or only want to use it in one room at a time, but if you have a lot of floor to cover, it might get frustrating having to stop and recharge so often. It works well on carpet and hardwood, plus it picks up pet hair and handles edges well, but it's a noisy machine compared to some of the other models.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute
With a name like 'Absolute,' you'd expect it to have some power behind it. And it does, possibly more than any other stick vac. It also has a bigger price tag --$700-- so you'd hope that it lives up to such a hefty reputation.
Dyson claims it's 20% stronger than the V8 Absolute, but for such a similar machine, it doesn't feel worth the added cost. It weighs 5.9 pounds and has a slightly larger dustbin, which means less stopping to empty said bin while using it. It runs for about 52 minutes on low power and works well on carpets, hardwood, edges, and at picking up pet hair.
This is a great review, and it's well worth reading, but $700? Let's find you something that costs half that and still does an excellent job of cleaning your carpets and bare floors.
3 Cordless Vacuums Comparable To Dyson
Dyson's competitors have to battle against brand recognition, but for consumers, it's worth looking at a few of the less popular brands in order to save a little money. Each of the options below cost much less than a Dyson and do an excellent job of cleaning carpets and bare floors.
Shark IONFlex Duoclean
This is one Dyson's closest competitors in the stick vac arena. In terms of pricing, it has Dyson beat by a mile. Its most expensive model is still well under $400 and it has plenty of positive reviews online. It also has a neat flexible design that lets you get into nooks and crannies that other stick vacs don't. Its battery life runs at about 25 minutes on low and approximately half that on high. It works well on carpet, hard floors, and grabs pet hair, but it's a little heavier than some of its competitors at 8.6 pounds.
Bissell AirRam 1984
Bissell's AirRam weighs in at around 8 pounds, so it's not the lightest of the stick vacuums. However, its price tag is much lighter than many other brands, coming in at a penny under $250 MSRP. It cleans carpet, hard floors, and picks up pet hair pretty well, according to reviews. It also has a pretty impressive battery life for an inexpensive cordless vacuum, running for about 40 minutes between charges. It even has LED lights to show you where to go after the dirt,which is probably more gimmick than anything else, but it does add a little bit of cool factor.
Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ EverCharge
If you're looking for a versatile and fairly inexpensive cordless stick vacuum, this one meets that description. Its unique selling feature is its detachable Ah Lithium+ battery, which happens to fit all the Ryobi power tools. If your battery dies while you're using it, just pop it out and swap it for one from your drill or saw, if you have one.
It comes with a convenient wall mount/charger and a battery life of around 25 minutes. It weighs a little over 7 pounds, so it's not super-light, but it does have a brushless motor which allows the battery to last longer and also makes it less likely to break. It works on carpet and hard floors, plus reviews state that it handles pet hair well. However, the reviews also state that this is much better on hard floors than carpet, so keep that in mind.