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Dyson V6 Absolute Cord-free Vacuum
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- Two cleaner heads for complete hard floor and carpet cleaning. Extra tools and HEPA filtration.
- Cord-free. Hassle-free.
- Up to 20 minutes of continuous suction. Trigger releases instantly. Battery power is only used for cleaning.
- The Direct-drive cleaner head drives bristles deeper into the carpet to remove even more dirt.
- Invented for hard floors. The soft roller cleaner head removes large debris and fine dust simultaneously.
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|Cleaner head||Motorized cleaner head for all floor types||Direct-drive cleaner head with 75% more brush bar power than the Dyson V6 Cord-free vacuum||Direct-drive cleaner head with 150% more brush bar power than the Dyson V6 Cord-free vacuum||Direct-drive cleaner head with 75% more brush bar power than the Dyson V6 Cord-free vacuum||Direct-drive cleaner head with 150% more brush bar power than the Dyson V6 Cord-free vacuum|
|Run time||Up to 20 minutes||Up to 30 minutes||Up to 40 minutes||Up to 20 minutes||Up to 40 minutes|
|Combination tool for crevices and surfaces||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Crevice tool for hard to reach places||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Mini motorized tool to remove pet hair and ground-in dirt||✔||✔||✔|
|Soft dusting brush for gentle dusting||✔||✔||✔|
|HEPA filtration to capture allergens||✔||✔||✔|
|Additional cleaner head||Soft roller cleaner head for large debris||Soft roller cleaner head for large debris|
Cord-free. Hassle free.
No cord to unravel, plug in, or drag around, restricting your reach. You can quickly and easily clean when you need to.
Powerful Fade-free Suction
Trigger releases instantly. Battery power is only used for cleaning. Up to 20 minutes of run time.
Direct-drive Cleaner Head
The Direct-drive cleaner head drives bristles deeper into the carpet to remove even more dirt. It has 75% more brush bar power than the Dyson V6 Cord-free vacuum.
Soft Roller Cleaner Head
Invented for hard floors. The soft roller cleaner head removes large debris and fine dust simultaneously.
Floor to Ceiling Cleaning
The center of gravity is located towards the grip for easy, lightweight cleaning up top, down below and in between.
The wand quickly detaches for handheld cleaning. Dyson tools fit directly to the machine.
Whole Machine HEPA Filtration
Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly. Dyson V6 Absolute uses patented 2 Tier Radial cyclones, a post motor filter, and a sealed system to ensure that the air that leaves the machines is cleaner than the air you breathe.
Mini Motorized Tool
Stiff nylon bristles remove pet hair and ground-in dirt from furniture, car seats and tight spaces.
The Dyson V6 Absolute cordless vacuum comes equipped with two Dyson-engineered cleaner heads. Invented for hard floors, the Soft roller cleaner head removes large debris and fine dust simultaneously. The Direct-drive cleaner head provides 75% more power than the Dyson V6 vacuum. HEPA filtration captures allergens and expels cleaner air. Extra Dyson-engineered tools for homes with pets.
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The battery however is a huge letdown. The girl doing the product demo at Costco (a Dyson employee) told us up front that the battery would last up to about 20 min. She also said that it recharged very quickly. She was right about the 20 min. As long as you only use it on the low setting. Switch it up to the max setting and your lucky to get 5 min. And the best part is next. After 5 minutes of wicked good vacuuming. You get to put the unit on charge for 3.5 hrs. That is some trade off. I have cordless drills that run for 20-30 min. They only take about 30 min to recharge. I guess Dyson spent so much time and money making the V6 suck better than the average vac. That they overlooked the battery. Which is what really makes this product suck. It's hard to justify almost $600 for a vacuum that only lasts for 5-20 min. And then takes way too long to recharge. We will be returning this item tomorrow.
There are two suction levels: Low and Max. There is a remarkable difference between the suction power between the two. If you doubt this, simply attach the dust brush and hold it at the bottom of your shirt. On low, your shirt will not be held on by the suction. On Max, your shirt will be held onto the suction quite nicely, and as you'd expect.
I am extremely disappointed by the low suction power when the vacuum is not on the Max setting, I do not wanna use it. It just is not good enough. But on the vastly superior Max setting, you get a measly 6-minutes of battery power.
For its high price Dyson could have rectified this situation by designing the vac with a removable battery, and then include a second battery you can keep charged. When your 6 minutes are up, simply swap the second battery...putting the first battery into a charger.
Also, disappointingly, you cannot use this vacuum while the battery is being charged. This might have been a helpful feature if one ran out of battery after the 6 minutes but really needed to finish up a job right away.
For this whopping price, to only get 6 minutes using the desired Max suction setting is extremely upsetting to me. Again, I find the low setting suction level to be way to weak.
I realize battery technology is still limited...which is why I suggested they could have made this vacuum be able to swap out the battery, etc.
I do love the soft roller brush. I do love the handling of the vacuum. I do love the suction when it is on Max (and only on Max). Filter cleaning is easy. So, like I said, Love/Hate.
Again, this is a vacuum that they MSRP'd and originally sold it at their site for $599. Right now, as I write this review, they discounted it to $479.99. That is a lot of money for just 6 minutes of battery life for the suction I expect and the suction power I want. (And they could have easily fixed this situation by designing it with a swap-able battery, and including a second battery.)
On a side note: Hopefully one day Dyson will make a Cinetic cordless that has no filters to clean, just like with their wonderful Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy. Once Dyson can give us a Cinetic Cordless with no filters to clean and more than 6 minutes of battery life on Max suction setting...my feelings will go from Love/Hate, to just Love.
My conclusion: This V6 Absolute will work very well for somebody with limited area to clean, limited storage space, and a hefty budget (hello condo dwellers), even if you have animals. It will work very well for somebody needing a fancy cleaning tool for niche purposes: handheld, stairs, car, corners, etc.
As the primary/only vacuum for a larger house with a mix of carpet and bare floors? You'll be sorely disappointed. Here's the breakdown of my experience:
Size: The base unit is barely larger than the DC58 (now "V6 Trigger") handheld Dyson. It weighs only 2oz more, at 2lbs 13oz vs the 2lbs 11oz of the V6 Trigger. The upright length was surprisingly comfortable to avoid stooping or bending.
See pics, V6 Absolute has the purple end-filter.
Cordless: Dear lord, somebody finally cut the cord! Tangled cords (or crappy retractable cords) are the bane of anybody who has done much vacuuming.
Pro: The unit weighs surprisingly little and is very well balanced. An included wall-mount ingeniously uses the wall adapter to turn into a charging base.
Con: You have to hold the trigger the whole time (no trigger lock). You have to pick between "works well, battery runs out" and "works so-so, battery lasts longer"
Battery life: The more powerful turbo mode sucks battery but works much better. Since there's no trigger lock, you can extend runtime by releasing the trigger when you lift the vac. But even so, it's limiting.
Pro: Charges briskly. Full charge is enough to make 2 passes over a 12x10 carpeted room, and 2 passes up one flight of carpeted stairs (releasing trigger between each step).
Con: That's not very much of a house. No interchangeable batteries to work across a bigger space. Running the battery to "empty" in one use left the battery too hot to be recharged right away (a warning light indicates when it's temporarily unable to recharge)
Capacity: The bin is a marvel of mini cyclones, but it's far too small and hard to clean out if you overfill.
Con: Small bin fills up rapidly especially with bulky dirt like fur. Fur/fuzz gets stuck near the top, and the bin is too narrow (while installed) to reach there with your fingers.
Handheld: You can remove the long shaft and cleaner head, and use the small motorized head (similar to the one for Dyson uprights) or small attachments (similar to those with the Dyson handhelds), and it handles just as if you had bought a "V6 Trigger" handheld. Good for close spaces and spills.
Pro: No need to buy a separate handheld vac.
Carpet: It does a reasonable (but not thorough) job cleaning a carpet with pile. Should work better on a non-pile carpet like berber.
Pro: Much more effective than a handheld. No stooping to clean carpeted stairs with my upright's attachments.
Con: Doesn't lift the pile much, and doesn't get all the dirt out of the carpet, even with multiple passes.
Bare-floors: A specialty head is designed to capture loose dirt on uncarpeted surfaces as well as remove dirt static-clinging to the floor (ie, what you would have used a dry swiffer for).
Pro: Usefully replaces most hardwood vacuums and swiffer-style tools. The soft head can be disassembled and washed.
If you're wondering what the "Absolute" adds:
Over the "Animal": The soft (bare floors) head and an extra layer of filtration
Over the "Motorhead": The above, the mini-motorized tool, and another brush tool.
Over the plain "V6": All of the above, a crevice tool, and a "Direct-drive" cleaner head.
I've long been a fan of Dyson vacs, having owned several Dyson uprights going way back to the DC07 (the first upright they sold broadly in the US), as well as the DC58 handheld. They were the first people to make vacuums that actually worked very well for household use, and have continually improved on those designs. Their machines work well and are generally easy to use, easy to clean, sturdy, and nice to look at-- with a consistently hefty price tag.
(pics are V6 Absolute with purple filter cap, and DC58/V6-Trigger handheld, base units only)
In this case, the Dyson V6 Absolute works well for small dwellings and niche purposes, but is trying to do too much to excel as a general purpose vacuum. Treat it as a very capable specialty vac, and you'll be happy with it.