Dyson V6 Absolute Stick Vacuum Review

Doing your homework prior to buying something, particularly if you are purchasing something that is relatively expensive like a high-quality stick vacuum, is critical to ensure that you get the best product for your needs. However, there are so many price points and choices available to you, making it a time-consuming endeavor to try to read individual reviews.

Note: If you are not sure what you need, check out our Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide to learn more. Next, you will want to read our Vacuum Cleaner Reviews to get more options from our list of the Best Stick Vacuum Cleaners.

Dyson V6 Absolute Stick Vacuum

Luckily, we at Greatest Appliances have done the research to make your shopping experience easier. If you’re thinking about buying the popular Dyson V6 Absolute, we’ve checked out consumer reviews and rankings so you can figure out if it’s the best option for you.

[Regardless of which vacuum you choose as the winner, check out our Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide for advice on which features you will want to look out for.]

The Vacuum

The Dyson V6 Absolute is a stylish red, silver and blue stick vacuum that comes with two heads. One of the heads is a soft roller which suctions fine dust as well as bigger debris, and was designed especially for hardwood floors. When the time to clean carpets arrives, flip a switch to access the other head, which is a direct-drive cleaner head capable of reaching in between carpet bristles.

If you have to clean in certain hard-to-reach areas, like stairs or the interior of your car, pull off the aluminum wand and convert the V6 Absolute stick vacuum into a powerful hand-held vacuum. Its balanced, lightweight design, should you need to clean ceilings or walls, makes it as easy for you as it is to clean the floor.

This model also provides you with a docking station which charges and contains attachments, a small motorized tool with stiff bristles for more stubborn jobs, a crevice tool and a soft dusting brush for when delicate areas need a cleaning. It also supplies you with a push-button bin emptying option and another option that allows you to activate 6 minutes of enhanced high-power suction.

Charging it for 3-and-a-half hours will provide you with 20 minutes of cordless cleaning power.

The Dyson V6 Absolute can be purchased at the Dyson website for $599.99. However, you can normally find it cheaper at Amazon.com.

Customer Reviews

Stick vacuums are usually pretty lightweight and are typically cordless, so it’s no surprise that they’re a very popular model of vacuum. In order to determine how well various makes and models worked, we checked out the reviews of several of the most popular stick vacuums out there to establish a definitive buyer’s guide. We read expert testing results from review sites like The Sweethome, CNET and Good Housekeeping. After that, we examined user reviews to find out and evaluate what shoppers had to say about the various features and performance of every vacuum.

To establish our ratings, which range from a low score of 1 to a high of 10, we took what users reported about the vacuums’ overall performance and how they performed in a range of situations, like on stairs or hardwood floors, into consideration. We also considered the observations on characteristics like the level of noise, battery life and durability, for a total-picture view of each model as noted by the reviewers.

The V6 Absolute comes in second out of all of the stick vacuums we evaluated. It scored an overall rating of 9.2, however it scored a 9.8 on its cleaning performance. The ease-of-use category came in at an impressive 9.3.

In addition to the three main categories, we took how well each model cleaned specific floor types, battery life and durability into consideration as well. The Dyson V6 Absolute aced cleaning hardwood floors, stairs, and pet hair by getting perfect scored. It also snagged a 10 in the durability category. Unfortunately, it was only able to rate a 4.3 on battery life.

The Advantages

Users thought that the Dyson V6 Absolute worked great for pet hair pickup. They also noted the weight and powerful suction as positives, and said it performed particularly well on hardwood and tile flooring.

The Disadvantages

A number of users made complaints about shag carpeting getting caught in the V6 Absolute’s bristles, which led to powering down in an effort to conserve energy. Some also thought it a little harder to push on carpeting than on hardwood floors or tile.

Our Verdict

Users mentioned the V6 Absolute’s powerful suction constantly, particularly when the enhanced max power mode was on. It was also lauded for being easy to use and for being lightweight. Since a charge lasts only 20 minutes, it’s best being used as a supplementary vacuum or for people that have smaller homes.

The Dyson V6 Absolute was in second place, behind another Dyson product — the V6 Motorhead — which scored a 9.4 overall and costs about $200 less than the V6. The Motorhead did slightly better than the Absolute on durability, carpet cleaning — 10, compared with the Absolute’s 9.4. If your home contains more rugs than wood or tile floors, the Motorhead could be the better — and cheaper — choice for you. Again, the Dyson V6 Absolute can be purchased cheaper at Amazon.com.