The best Dyson vacuum cleaners for 2021
Dyson vacuums easily outscore many others on the market, but here’s how they stack up against one another.
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The best Dyson vacuums in Australia
- Best Dyson stick vacuum: Dyson V11 Outsize Cordless Vacuum
- Best Dyson corded vacuum: Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal+ vacuum
- Best budget Dyson vacuum: Dyson V8 Animal Extra Cordless Vacuum
- Best Dyson vacuum for hardwood and tile floors: Dyson V8 Absolute
- Best Dyson vacuum for carpet: Dyson V11 Outsize Pro Vacuum
- Best Dyson vacuum for pet hair: Dyson V8 Animal Extra
- Best Dyson vacuum for large areas: Dyson V11 Outsize vacuum
How did we pick this list?
Our editorial team selected the vacuums on this list based on actual customer reviews and personal experience with the products. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the products with the highest review score within those parameters.
Best Dyson stick vacuum: Dyson V11 Outsize Cordless Vacuum
Why we chose it
With a 4.7-star rating across more than 3,800 reviews sourced from Appliances Online, Google Reviews and Harvey Norman, the Dyson V11 Outsize Cordless vacuum was the highest-scoring model we considered.
Not only does it have the most powerful suction of any Dyson vacuum, but it also comes with a smart cleaner head that automatically adapts between carpet and hard flooring.
With a large 1.9-litre bin and an extra-wide 32cm cleaner head, the V11 Outsize has been engineered to clean more floor space in one go, making it a great option for those with larger homes.
It also easily transforms into a handheld vacuum and comes with five additional tools to help you get into every nook and crevice.
We even reviewed it for ourselves and were impressed by the LCD screen on the top of the vacuum, which displays the power mode currently in use (Auto, Boost or Eco) along with the remaining battery time down to the very last second.
Best Dyson corded vacuum: Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal+
Why we chose it
If you prefer a corded vacuum to a stick vacuum, the Cinetic Big Ball Animal+ is our top pick from Dyson.
Customers rated the vacuum 4.3 stars across more than 450 reviews sourced from The Good Guys, Appliances Online and Google Reviews, largely due to its efficiency at removing pet hair from carpet.
The cleaner head's stiff nylon bristles are designed to deep-clean carpets and rugs, effectively removing even the finest of dust particles from any given flooring.
Its Big Ball design makes it easy to steer and manoeuvre and also makes it easy to set upright if it ever falls over.
The Cinetic Big Ball Animal+ is also Dyson's most powerful barrel vacuum and features a hygienic bin emptying system in place of bin bags.
Best budget Dyson vacuum: Dyson V8 Animal Extra Cordless Vacuum
Why we chose it
Priced at $799, the V8 Animal Extra Cordless vacuum is much more affordable than most other stick vacuums by the Dyson brand.
While still quite pricey, you can often find the model on sale for around $599, making it a truly budget-friendly alternative to the more recent models.
Though it doesn't possess all the bells and whistles of the V10 and V11 lines, it does offer some similar perks, such as hygienic bin emptying and whole-machine filtration.
It also possesses up to 40 minutes of fade-free power and is excellent at removing dirt and hair from carpets, making it a great option for pet owners.
The lightweight nature of the product makes it easy to manoeuvre too, especially when compared to the V11 range, which is almost a kilo heavier.
The Dyson V8 Animal Extra Cordless vacuum received a customer score of 4.5 stars from more than 690 reviews sourced from Appliances Online, The Good Guys and Harvey Norman.
Best Dyson vacuum for hardwood and tile floors: Dyson V8 Absolute
Why we chose it
Coming in with a 4.7-star rating across more than 14,300 reviews sourced from Google Reviews, David Jones and the Dyson online store, the V8 Absolute was one of the highest rated Dyson vacuums we considered.
It was also cheaper than the other high scorers, which is why we chose it as the best for this category.
The V8 Absolute arrives with two cleaner heads; the first of which is a direct-drive cleaner head with soft anti-static carbon fibre filaments to remove fine dust from hard floors.
The second is a Fluffy Cleaner head, which removes fine dust from hard floors for a truly thorough clean.
It also possesses both a normal power mode and a MAX mode, which can be used for a more powerful clean, and comes with a lightweight design that makes it easy to clean hard-to-reach areas.
The Dyson V8 Absolute has a run-time of up to 40 minutes and comes with 4 separate tools to optimise household cleaning.
Best Dyson vacuum for carpet: Dyson V11 Outsize Pro Vacuum
Why we chose it
To determine our top pick for this category, we compared the suction power of each vacuum as carpets require higher suction for a thorough clean.
Our winner was the Dyson V11 Outsize Pro Vacuum, which came in with a 4.5-star rating from more than 100 reviews left on the Dyson site.According to Dyson, the model has the most powerful suction of any cordless vacuum currently on the market, making it ideal for deep cleaning carpets and rugs.
It also features a lithium-ion battery that lends the vacuum fade-free power, setting it apart from other models on the market that reduce suction power as the battery fades.
Additionally, the Dyson V11 Outsize Pro offers up to 60 minutes of run time (which can be extended to 120 minutes with an extra battery), a large 1.9L bin and a 32cm wide smart cleaning head that automatically switches suction power between carpet and hard flooring.
Best Dyson vacuum for pet hair: Dyson V8 Animal Extra
Why we chose it
Featuring a direct-drive cleaner head to remove ground-in dirt and pet hair from carpets, the V8 Animal Extra is a top choice for pet owners.
The vacuum received a 4.7-star rating across more than 290 reviews sourced from Appliances Online, Catch and Harvey Norman with many reviewers commenting on its powerful suction.
Its lightweight, ergonomic design makes it easy to move around, while five additional tools help to further enhance cleaning.
While priced at $799, it's also quite common to find the V8 Animal Extra on sale for $599, which makes it much more affordable than the later V10 and V11 models.
The one downside is the battery life, which only lasts up to 40 minutes and may not be enough for those with larger homes.
Best Dyson vacuum for large areas: Dyson V11 Outsize vacuum
Why we chose it
Not only does the V11 Outsize have the most powerful suction of any Dyson vacuum, but it has also been specially designed for those with larger homes to clean.
The vacuum is fitted with an extra-wide 32cm smart cleaner head to vacuum more flooring in one pass, while the bin has been upgraded to 1.9L (a big step up from the 0.76L capacity of the V10 models).
It also possesses a runtime of up to 60 minutes – which can be extended to 120 minutes thanks to a clever click-in battery system – effectively solving the issue of battery life for larger homes.
As with most of Dyson's models, the V11 Outsize can transform into a handheld vacuum and comes with several different attachments to clean additional areas of the home.
The vacuum received a 4.7-star rating across more than 3,800 reviews sourced from Appliances Online, Google Reviews and Harvey Norman.
We also reviewed it ourselves and gave it a 4.5-star rating.
Amazon prices last updated on 14 June, 2021 at 08:01 am
- We compared 17 different stick and corded Dyson vacuums and chose our picks based on our personal experience with the products and real customer reviews sourced from popular appliance stores.
- We excluded some models that are now off market or difficult to find.
- The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.
How to compare Dyson vacuums
When comparing vacuum cleaners, there are a number of things to take into consideration:
- Battery life: If you're opting for a stick vacuum, it's best to take a look at the size of your home and consider how long a proper vacuum will take. Then, look for a model with a run time to suit.
- Surface type: If your home has lots of rugs or carpeting, you'll need a vacuum with powerful suction in order to clean ground-in dirt and hair.
- Price: While some vacuums are worth paying extra for, you don't need to spend a fortune to get your hands on a decent model. Take the time to compare vacuums and come up with a list of the features that you would ultimately like your vacuum to have. From there, you can compare reputable brands to find a product that suits your budget.
To find out which Dyson vacuum best suits your needs, you can see an overview of each model below, courtesy of Dyson:
|Product||RRP||Specs overview||Highlight specs|
|Dyson V11 Outsize Pro vacuum||$1,349|
|Dyson V11 Outsize vacuum||$1,299|
|Dyson V11 Complete Pro vacuum||$1,249|
|Dyson V11 Absolute Extra vacuum||$1,199|
|Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute+ vacuum||$1,099|
|Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal+ vacuum||$999|
|Dyson V8 Absolute vacuum||$899|
|Dyson V8 Animal vacuum||$799|
|Dyson V8 Animal Extra vacuum||$799|
|Dyson V8 Origin vacuum||$599|
|Dyson V7 Motorhead vacuum||$599|
|Dyson V7 Cord-free vacuum||$399|
|Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal vacuum||$749|
|Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Absolute vacuum||$849|
|Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor vacuum||$599|
|Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Origin vacuum||$499|
|Dyson V7 Trigger handheld vacuum||$299|
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