In our many vacuum tests, we tested more than 50 vacuums, many of which were selected by Dyson, side-by-side in the lab and at home. To begin our lab tests, our testers unboxed and completed the setup of each vacuum, calculated the time it took to complete the process, and rated how helpful the instructions were. Next, they evaluated the effectiveness of each vacuum by using it on low, medium and high pile carpet and hardwood floors. Each vacuum was tasked with cleaning a certain amount of hair, popcorn kernels and cereal. During this test, we noted how many times each vacuum was required to clean the material and whether the material got stuck in the brush roll. We also considered the weight and portability of the vacuum cleaner and tested durability by setting the vacuum down and noting any damage.
The type of Dyson vacuum cleaner you choose depends on your cleaning preferences and lifestyle. The brand keeps it simple with a wide selection of upright and cordless stick vacuums, as well as some canister and handheld models. When deciding on a type for your home, keep in mind that upright vacuums typically offer the most suction power and bin capacity. Some cordless models offer as much suction power as a full-size upright vacuum and are better suited for getting into tight areas of your home. Typically, lightweight stick vacuums are best for daily cleaning, while handhelds are best for spot cleaning.
Probably the biggest factor to consider when researching Dyson vacuums is whether you prefer a corded or cordless vacuum. Corded vacuums are great for deep cleaning – you need a seemingly constant stream of suction. Dyson’s corded upright vacuums also come with a larger bin, reducing the number of trips to the trash. Most models have a 30-foot power cord, so you don’t have to switch outlets over and over again.
The brand’s cordless vacuums have soared in popularity and are worth considering. Improvements in battery life – and the transition to snap-in battery packs on select Dyson models (like the Dyson Outsize, our best choice for large spaces) – make them more attractive and more realistic.
While Dyson upright vacuums are typically recommended for all types of floors, cordless vacuums have a variety of cleaning heads optimized for specific types of floors. Soft bristle rollers are usually the best choice for hard surface floors, such as wood, tile or laminate. Any mats and carpets will benefit most from a motorized cleaning head with bristles that pick up hair, dirt and debris.
If your space has a floor combination and is set up as a cordless vacuum for convenience, look for a model that includes interchangeable cleaning heads.
Accessory packages vary for each Dyson model, but most include standard attachments such as crevice tools or combination dusters. However, you should be aware of the special accessories that come with each vacuum cleaner, such as a micro power tool. Pet owners will appreciate the new hair screw tool, an accessory designed to capture pet fur and long hair. It ensures that hair does not get tangled in the brush roll.
Once your model’s dust collection cup has reached its maximum capacity (usually indicated by a line on the dust collection cup), it’s time to empty it. Waiting and using a vacuum with a full dust collection cup can reduce its overall efficiency and cleaning capacity.
If you are using an upright or canister vacuum, hold the cup by the handle and remove it from the vacuum’s body. Place it over the trash can and press the button on top of the cup to empty it. If your model is a stick vacuum, hold the handle and place it over the bin, then pull the release lever to empty the built-in cup.
After emptying the Dyson dust collection cup, rinse it out with water. Dyson’s reusable filter should be cleaned in the same way, only with cold water. The rest of the interior can be cleaned with a dry rag and compressed air canister. Don’t forget to remove any hairs from the brush strips – manually or with scissors. After cleaning the vacuum cleaner, make sure that all parts are dry before reassembling the machine.
All Dyson machines come with a Dyson warranty, but the warranty period depends on the machine you choose. Cordless Dyson vacuum cleaners are guaranteed for two years, while corded models are guaranteed for five years. Under this warranty, Dyson will repair your vacuum cleaner and replace parts as needed to help ensure it continues to perform for many years after your purchase. Warranty aside, the lifespan of your Dyson will depend on how much you use it and the maintenance measures you take.