The Dyson V6 Animal cordless vacuum cleaner is Dyson's cheapest – but is it any good?

The Dyson V6 Animal cordless vacuum cleaner promises to pick up even the finest pet hair – at a lower price than the V8. How does it match up?

Dyson V6 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
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The Dyson V6 Animal cordless vacuum cleaner is just one of the range of best Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners that we've been looking at carefully recently in our continuing search for the best vacuum cleaners. (In case you didn't know, our expert team does lots of at-home vacuum cleaner reviews so that the news we bring you about them isn't just 'reported' but real-life.) 

What makes the Dyson V6 special – and worthy of your attention – is that it's Dyson's cheapest model. So, if you're in the market for a Dyson vac, and are wondering if this (relatively) budget buy will actually produce decent results, or you just can't tell your V6 from your V8 (we have trouble with these names and we've had hands-on experience with all of them), we thought we'd cut to the chase for you. 

So, the big question: is the Dyson V6 Animal cordless vacuum cleaner any good? The short answer is 'yes'. We've not written up the review yet (it's coming), but our honest opinion is that it's a great performer.

That said, there are a couple of 'buts'. 

Let's do the upsides first, though. If you're tired of lugging around a massive corded vacuum cleaner and have to vacuum every day because of your pets, you'll appreciate this lightweight, bagless, cordless model that isn't a lightweight when it comes to sucking up small particles of dust and fine pet hair.

We found it really effective with suction, really easy to manoeuvre as a handheld and good-looking enough to stay on charge in the kitchen, rather than being stowed away in a cupboard.

Now for the downsides of the V6. Firstly, it has a relatively short run time of around 20 minutes, after which you'll need to recharge it (which takes about 2.5 to three hours to do). With its good suction power, however, we found 20 minutes was easily enough to cover a living room, hallway, kitchen and a couple of bedrooms. And, our advice would always be that cordless vacuum cleaners are usually best for smaller homes – or as second vac in bigger houses.

One feature we do like that helps extend its battery life a little is the trigger 'on' button. In other words, you have to hold the 'on' button down to make the vacuum cleaner work, which means you won't leave it running while you're moving furniture about, for example. Not, however, a feature that'll please anyone with reduced strength or arthritic pain in their hands – our 'on' thumbs got tired after about five minutes. 

Next downside? The canister isn't the easiest to empty of the Dyson models we've tried (get your rubber gloves ready to extract all that gunk right at the bottom). Lastly – it's pretty noisy (87dB) when running. That's equivalent to, er, quite loud music. Or a lawnmower. A washing machine spins at around 70dB. You get the picture.

So, back to the question in hand: it's Dyson's cheapest vacuum cleaner, but should you buy it? Our advice is that if suction time is a concern, go for the V8 instead, which has up to 40 minutes of continuous suction time. The V6, however, is £50 ($100) cheaper, and delivers the pretty much the same powerful spec. So, we'd say, 'yes'.

Buy the Dyson V6 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner for £310 from Amazon UK

Buy the Dyson V6 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner for $300 from Amazon US

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