Dyson V10 Vs V6 – Which Is Better For You?

In this review. We’ll be comparing the Dyson V10 vs V6. Both these cleaners are products of the quite popular Dyson brand.

It is interesting to note that these two cleaners are actually on opposite ends of the spectrum. Here’s what we mean. The Dyson brand has a line of cleaners in the V series.

The V series is a group of stick cleaners that are cordless and bagless. However, there are differences among the cleaners in this series and these differences are predicated on the mini-series each cleaner comes in.

Furthermore, there are 4 mini-series in the V series: The V6, V7, V8 and V10.

And the reason we’ve said that the V6 and the V10 are on opposite spectrums is because while the V6 is the earliest cleaner in the V series, the V10 is the latest (at least as at the time of writing this article).

Hence, the V10 has a number of features that do not appear on the V6. However, are these additions necessary for you, especially depending on what you need the cleaner for?

We should also point out that both cleaners are referred to as mini-series because they have a number of models under them. The most common models are the Motorhead, the Animal and the Absolute.

Additionally, the V6 is known to have the highest number of models; from the 2 different cleaner lines (stick and handheld), to the plethora of cleaners in each line.

There is more to either of these cleaners than this and we’ll be looking at them in this review. However, here is a quick overview before you get into the main thing.

Comparison Overview — Dyson V10 Vs V6

Overall Rating Of The Dyson V10 Vs V6

This is a pretty interesting comparison because both cleaners are pretty decent.

However, it does make sense that the V10 is the better of the two cleaners, especially considering that it is currently the latest model.

The one thing that the V6 has over the V10 is that it has way more models. However, the V10 is definitely the better.

For one, it (the V10) offers a 60 minute run time as against the V6’s 20 minutes. And in max mode, that time shrinks to 20 minutes for the V10 and 6 minutes for the V6.

Other areas where the V10 has the V6 beat are with the number and versatility of cleaning tools each has and even the brush bar suction power.

That said, allow us quickly mention that we’ve done comparisons between some other Dyson cleaners like the V7 vs V8. You could check them out for more variety.

Price/Value Ratio — Dyson V10 Vs V6

Being Dyson vacuum cleaners, both the V10 and the V6 are actually high end. The V10 definitely costs more than the V6.

However, considering all their different specs and stuff, we consider both cleaners as offering good value for what they cost.

Comparison Table — Dyson V10 Vs V6


Dyson V10

Dyson V6

Run Time 60 minutes without a motorized tool 40 minutes with a motorized tool on suction I 20 minutes on suction II 20 minutes without a motorized tool 10 minutes with a motorized tool 6 minutes on max mode
Motor Technology V10 digital motor V6 digital motor
Dimensions 9.8 by 10.1 by 49.2 inches 9.8 by 8.7 by 46.4 inches
Weight 5.88 pounds 5 pounds
Charging Time 3 hours and 30 minutes 3 hours and 30 minutes
Dustbin Capacity 0.77 liter 0.4 liter
HEPA Filtration Yes Yes
Suction In Max Mode 150 Airwatts 100 Airwatts
Cleaning Tools Torque drive cleaner head, soft roller cleaner head, mini motorized tool, combination tool, crevice tool and dusting brush tool. Direct drive cleaner head, soft roller cleaner head, mini motorized tool, combination tool, crevice tool and dusting brush tool.

Which Is Better Under What Circumstance? — Dyson V10 Vs V6

Dyson V10

Dyson V6

We recommend the V10 if you have a large house because you will be needing all the run time you can get. On the other hand, if you need to save a few bucks, then we recommend you go for the V6.
Also you’ll need a large bin if you have that big house and the V10 offers you that. The V6 does also offer more cleaner options too.

A Dyson V10 Demonstration Video — Dyson V10 Vs V6

Common Features — Dyson V10 Vs V6

1. Structure

While you probably won’t mistake the V10 for the V6, they still look pretty much alike.

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They both have the same basic structures which are the head, the body and the cleaning tools.

Furthermore, they are placed in the same positions with the head being at the top (of course) followed by the body and then the cleaning tools.

Additionally, this positioning is consistent in all the models of both the V10 and the V6. That is, except the handheld line of the V6 which isn’t a stick cleaner and so does not come with a body.

2. The Head

The head contains or houses a number of different components that are present on both the V10 and the V6. 

These components include the dustbin, the handle, a couple of buttons and a connection point.

We won’t be discussing the dustbin in this section because there are significant differences between the dustbin on the V10 and that on the V6. But we’ll be talking about the others.

First off, let’s look at the handle. The handle is obviously where you’ll hold the cleaner to work it and you probably already wonder why we bothered to mention it.

Anyway, the basic reason we have brought the handle to your attention is because of the button on the inside of it.

The button on the inside of the handle is actually the power button. Now, if you are conversant with Dyson cleaners, especially those in the V series, you’d know that to get and keep both cleaners running, you’ll need to consistently press down that button.

Now, the reason Dyson gave for structuring the cleaners this way was that the design was an effort to preserve battery life. The cleaner cannot be left on by accident because the power button has to be pressed down.

Another important button is the mode button. However, because there are differences between the modes that the Dyson V10 vs V6 offer, we won’t be discussing this in this section.

Moving forward, let’s look at the connection point. This is very significant in that this point is where you’ll attach either the body of the cleaner (which is the cleaner stick) or the appropriate cleaning tool.

3. 2-In-1

The models of the Dyson V10 are versatile such that they can function as either a handheld cleaner or a stick cleaner. And this is where the body comes in.

If you need the cleaner to function as a stick cleaner, you’ll need to attach the cleaner stick to the connection point and then attach the appropriate cleaning tool to the stick.

However, if you need the cleaner to be a handheld, you’ll just attach the cleaning tool directly to the connection point.

This is the same thing we have with the Dyson V6. However, the Dyson V6 has a line of handheld cleaners which cannot be anything but handheld cleaners.

4. Storage

Both the Dyson V10 and the Dyson V6 come with a docking station. Now, the docking station is basically a wall mount with 3 different pockets.

The largest pocket is for the main cleaner and you’ll basically just push the cleaner in and it stays. The other 2 pockets are for 2 other cleaning tools, except the one already hooked to the cleaner.

It is advisable that you position the docking station close to a charging socket so that you can conveniently charge the cleaner while it is in storage.

It is important that you note that both the Dyson V10 vs the Dyson V6 are top heavy cleaners.

As a result of this, they cannot stand on their own and need to lean on something. Add this to the fact that a docking station helps you clear up floor space and you get why we like the idea of floor space.

5. Cleaning Tools

Before we go on listing the different tools that both cleaners have in common, allow us remind you that both cleaners come in different models.

And the different models vary from one another in the variety of tools they come with.

Hence, we want you to note that the tools we’ll be mentioning are those that come with the most versatile model, the Absolute.

However, we’ll mention it if we are talking about a tool that does not come with all the models.

Combination Tool

The combination tool is a blend of two cleaning tools in one tool. One of them is a dusting brush while the other is a sort of nozzle.

The idea is not for both cleaning tools to be used at the same time. So, what you want to do is to slide up the tool you want to use and then slide it back down when you’re done.

The combination tool is used for basic cleaning and light dusting around the house. And it is one tool that comes with all the models of both the V10 and the V6.

Crevice Tool

This one is a nozzle, kind of what you have on the combination tool but a bit longer and narrower. The crevice tool is designed to be able to reach into corners, crevices and generally difficult to reach places.

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Just like the combination tool, the crevice tool isn’t a motorized tool. Hence, using it will not reduce the battery life available to you.

We’ll talk about this later. However, know that this tool is also available with all the models of both cleaners.

Mini Motorized Tool

This is kinda like a secondary cleaning tool with the stick cleaners. However, with the handheld line of the V7 cleaner, it is the primary tool.

This tool is generally not used for floors but for furniture surfaces and such. However, because of the size, some people use it for some tight spaces like staircases and such.

The mini motorized tool is also used for taking care of some tricky debris like hair; pet hair, human hair and even knitting wool.

However, this is one tool you won’t find on all the models of either the V10 or the V6. And by this we are looking at the Motorhead model of both the Dyson V10 and the Dyson V6.

Dusting Brush

This one is bigger and has softer bristles than what you have on the combination tool. And it is used for more specific dusting of some somewhat delicate surfaces like screens and window panes.

The dusting brush isn’t a motorized tool and you already know what this means.

Furthermore, this is another tool that does not come with all the models of either of the cleaners.

You won’t get the dusting brush with the Motorhead model of the Dyson V10 vs the Dyson V6.

Soft Roller Cleaner Head

This tool is a special tool for hardwood floors and bare floors. It has soft rollers that do not plunge into floors, so it leaves you floors without scars or scratches.

Furthermore, the soft roller cleaner head is great at taking care of large debris and can do that at just the first roll.

However, this cleaning tool is pretty exclusive as it only comes with the Absolute model of either cleaner and definitely not the handheld line of cleaners.

Dyson V6 Demonstration Video — Dyson V10 Vs V6


Unique Features — Dyson V10 Vs V6

1. Handheld Models

If you’ve been following this review from the beginning, you’d have caught on that, of the Dyson V10 Vs V6, only the V6 comes with a line of handheld cleaners.

This line of handheld cleaners is kinda like the line of stick cleaners as both lines come with the same basic features as we’ve already pointed out in the ‘common features’ section.

However, the major difference between both lines is that the stick line comes with a vacuum stick that makes it versatile but the handheld doesn’t.

Another difference, though, is that the handheld comes with some tools that are specific to what they are meant for and do not come with any of the stick cleaners.

For instance, one of the models of the Dyson V6 is the Dyson V6 Car + Boat. This cleaner comes with a cleaning hose for better reach into certain corners in one’s car.

It also comes with a car charger with which you can charge the cleaner on the go.

Another model is the Dyson V6 Baby + Child. In addition from the other regular tools, this model comes with a wide nozzle for taking care of cribs and upholstery.

These two tools mentioned are peculiar to the handheld models.

2. Battery

This is, perhaps, the most significant difference between the Dyson V10 and the Dyson V6. With the Dyson V10, you get 60 minutes run time.

However, this time is only available to you if you are making use of any of the non-motorized tools.

If you are going to add a motorized tool, you have two time periods available to you.

If you are using the cleaner on suction I, you get 40 minutes of run time which is still reasonable.

However, if you use the cleaner on the Suction II, you only get 20 minutes of run time.

On the other hand, the V6 affords you only 20 minutes of run time without a motorized tool.

Throw in a motorized tool and you get about 10 minutes to do what you need to.

However, if you decide to use the V6 on max mode, you’ll get only about 6 minutes of run time.

There are a few similarities with the batteries, though. For one, both batteries are rechargeable but not easily replaceable. Furthermore, they both need about 3 hours and 30 minutes to be fully charged.

3. Mode Button

We’ve already hinted at the fact that both cleaners operate in modes. Now while the V10 operates in 3 modes (Suction I, Suction II and powerful), the V6 operates in 2 modes (regular mode and max mode).

For the purpose of switching modes, both cleaners feature a button each. However, with the V6, the button is on the back of the head and is a push button. While on the V10, you have the button on the head and it is a slide button.

4. Dustbin

There are significant differences between the dustbin on the V10 and the one on the V6. The dustbin on the V10 has a carrying capacity of 0.77 liter. Well, except the V10 Motorhead which offers 0.54 liter.

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However, this is still more than what you get with the Dyson V6. All the models of the V6 come with a dustbin that has a 0.4 liter carrying capacity.

Furthermore, disposal of dustbin content is kinda different with the two cleaners.

On the V10, you basically just have to pull up a lever and the dustbin opens up at the bottom, letting go of its content without extra help.

However, with the V6, you’ll do the same things but because of the mechanism inside, you’ll probably have some debris lurking inside.

Now, depending on where the debris gets stuck, you might have to use your fingers to prod them out.

In some other cases, the debris might get stuck so high up that you might have to disassemble the dustbin to get them out. Whatever the case though, this isn’t very sanitary.

5. Main Floor Cleaning Tool

The V10 comes with a Torque Drive Cleaner head for cleaning floors and floor coverings, especially carpets.

Just to put this in perspective, of all the cleaners in the V series, you only get this tool with the V10. In fact, this tool doesn’t even come with the Dyson V10 Motorhead model.

The V6, on the other hand, together with the V10 Motorhead comes with the Direct Drive Cleaner.

The drive cleaner head is better on carpets as it has brush rolls that are designed to dig into and dislodge dirt on carpets.

However, do note that the torque drive cleaner is better at doing what it does than the direct drive.

With the direct drive (especially the one that comes with the V6), you’ll have to take the cleaning head across the floor surface more than once.

We should also mention that with both cleaners, you can get the HEPA filtration feature.

Now, what does this feature do? It basically captures the allergens in the air, traps them in the bin and then leaves air that is purer than what we breathe.

This is a brilliant feature and will be especially nice for people with allergies or asthma. However, this feature only comes with the Absolute model of both the Dyson V10 and the Dyson V6.

Another V10 Demonstration Video — Dyson V10 Vs V6

Unique Pros — Dyson V10 Vs V6

Pros Of The Dyson V10

  • The dustbin that the V10 comes with has a larger carrying capacity than that on the V6. Additionally, it is more sanitary to dispose of the content in the bin that comes with the Dyson V10 vs the one on the V6.
  • Of course, we need to point out that the V10 offers a longer run time. And the difference between the run time of the Dyson V10 vs the V6 is pretty significant.
  •  We also like the Torque drive cleaner head that the V10 comes with. It does a better job of digging in and dislodging dirt from carpets.

Pros Of The Dyson V6

  • The Dyson V6 is the most affordable cleaner in the Dyson V series.
  • The Dyson V6 also happens to be the most versatile mini-series in the V series. First, it has 2 lines of cleaners: the stick cleaners and the handheld cleaners. And secondly, each line comes with a number of different models that you might not find with other mini-series.

Unique Cons — Dyson V10 Vs V6

Cons Of The Dyson V10

  • The Dyson V10 is not as affordable as the V6. However, we understand that this is a result of the improvements in certain features.

Cons Of The Dyson V6

  • Disposing of the content in the dustbin could be pretty unsanitary and even tasking.
  • Furthermore, 20 minutes without a motorized tool might not be sufficient enough for the cleaning one needs to do.

Common Pros — Dyson V10 Vs V6


Dyson V10

Dyson V6

Storage The V10 comes with a docking station that is meant to be mounted on a wall. This docking station provides convenient storage for your tool. It also affords you the option of convenience when charging the cleaner. Same as the V10.
Flexibility This cleaner, or the models under it, is a stick cleaner that can function as that or as a handheld cleaner. We should also mention that this cleaner is designed in such a way that it can get beneath low furniture without having to lift them. Same as the V10. However this is limited to the stick line of cleaners.
Plethora Of Tools The V10 comes with a number of different cleaning tools that should take care of different surfaces. Same as the V10.

Another V6 Demonstration Video — Dyson V10 Vs V6

Common Cons — Dyson V10 Vs V6


Dyson V10

Dyson V6

Charging Time The V10 needs to be charged for 3 hours and 30 minutes. This might not have been so bad if the battery could be easily switched. Same as the V10. However, it is kinda worse with the V6 because offers 20 minutes of run time.
Power To get and keep the cleaner running, you’ll need to consistently press down the power button. This has its advantage but it could be quite tiring for the fingers especially if one has delicate fingers or arthritis. Same as the V10.

What People Think About Both — Dyson V10 Vs V6

Dyson V10

Dyson V6

People seem to be excited about this cleaner. It is a serious improvement on previous cleaners in the V series and a lot of people dig this. The V6 looks to be the more popular choice with people who are looking to save a few bucks. As already mentioned, the V6 is the most affordable cleaner in the V series and so a good number of people go for this.
Some people seem to have issues with the cost of the thing. But yet others agree that for what the cleaner offers, the price is something that can be borne. However, the dustbin seems to be quite a problem for a number of people. What with the bin capacity and the possibility of disposal being unsanitary.

Our Opinion — Dyson V10 Vs V6

Dyson V10

Dyson V6

We really like all the improvements that were made and presented as the Dyson V10. The floor cleaning tool does a better job on the first try, the bin has a bigger carrying capacity and there is more run time. We also like the V6. It has a number of good points and being the first cleaner in the series, it does a fairly good job.
However, you should know that this cleaner costs more than other cleaners in the V series. If you do not have a tight budget, we recommend you get the V10. If you are on a tight budget, the V6 is the better option for you.

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