Despite its compact nature, the Dyson V6 is a strong performer. Dyson claims the new V6 motor spins at up to 110,000 times per minute and offers power comparable to a traditional, cabled vacuum. Comparable is the right word. While the likes of the Dyson DC41 MkII Animal and Sebo Felix Vogue Eco uprights offer more suction, the V6 is outstanding for a cordless vacuum cleaner.
The result is excellent cleaning power that near as makes no difference matches larger cleaners. It only falls short when tackling deep, plush rugs. But it has a clever work around for this, an integrated ‘Max’ boost button.
This kicks the V6 motor into top gear and makes cleaning even the most embedded bits of fluff and dirt a breeze – we sucked loose rice granules out of a plush rug with just a couple of swipes. Using the boost mode does have a serious effect on the battery though, dropping the V6’s staying power from 20 minutes to just six.
Unlike some vacuum cleaners, the Dyson V6 is not a chore to move around your house, far from it in fact. When cleaning floors, its suction is strong without being overpowering, and the ball-based steering mechanism on the motorised head makes changing direction smooth and fuss-free.
Switch to cleaning high-up corners and the V6’s minimal weight and even balance make it easy to handle, while the motorised head’s carbon fibre and nylon bristles aid pickup and reduce friction on hard floors.
The handheld design and plethora of attachments make the Dyson V6 ideal for cleaning down the back of the sofa and in all those hard to reach nooks and crannies within the car. Taking the V6 into the backseat, the compact body was easy to position in the confined space, allowing us to get underneath the driver’s seat and between seats with the crevice tool.
We used the Dyson V6 every day for almost two weeks, with no suction or clogging issues, and only a couple of necessary trips to the recharging dock. If you subscribe to the mantra 'little and often' then the Dyson V6 is the perfect vacuum cleaner for you.
While we've seen a few new cordless vacuum cleaners arrive on the market since the V6 first launched, none have convinced us that this isn't one of the very best. The small dust capacity makes it unsuitable as a primary cleaner for larger houses, but if you live in smaller home or flat then the V6 is probably the only vacuum cleaner you need.
Moreover, while it is expensive, it's also hugely versatile. For around £280 you get a vacuum cleaner that can tackle all manner of challenges, including cars, upholstery and other places regular vacuum cleaners dare not tread. Its outstanding performance and thoughtful design more than justifies the price.
If you live in a larger home, meanwhile, it's still worth considering provided you already have a larger cleaner for big cleans. If that doesn't appeal then the larger capacity and longer battery life of the Bosch Athlet is worth considering, though the V6 remains our pick for most situations.
An awesome cordless vacuum cleaner for small houses and flats, though limited capacity means it's only a secondary machine for larger homes.