In this article, we’ll be looking at 2 of Dyson’s early 2-in-1 vacuum cleaners: the Dyson V6 vs DC44. First off, it is important that you note that the Dyson V6 is a part of the Dyson V series which comprises 4 cleaners that differ from one another in sophistication.
Now, like the other cleaners in the V series, the Dyson V6 comes in a number of models that differ from one another in the number of cleaning tools each comes with.
In the entire V series, the V6 happens to have the highest number of models. Especially seeing as it comes in two lines: the stick line and the handheld line.
On the other hand, the Dyson DC44 is also a member of a family of vacuum cleaners which we will call the Dyson DC.
The cleaners in this family share a couple of similarities like the digital motor. However, they also differ from one another in sophistication.
Now, unlike the Dyson V6, the Dyson DC44 is an individual cleaner and does not come in any other model.
Hence, in comparing the Dyson V6 vs the Dyson DC44 we’ll be using the most sophisticated model of the V6 (the V6 Absolute) as our focus model. However, we will point out to you those features that are present in this one but not in the others.
Now that you have an idea of the background of this article and where we are coming from, you might need to go through the comparison overview if you do not have the time to go through the entire article.
Comparison Overview — Dyson V6 Vs DC44
Overall Review Of The Dyson V6 Vs DC44
Well, the V6 is the significantly better vacuum cleaner. However, that is understandable considering the fact that it is a newer model and hence features a newer digital motor.
Rating Of The Features Of The Dyson V6 Vs DC44
As we earlier stated, the V6 has a newer digital motor (at least as compared to the DC44’s V2 motor) which is the V6 motor.
And this digital motor allows for a better suction. So, what this means is that the DC44 might need a few more passes than the V6 to clean up the smae mess.
On the other hand, though, while both vacuum cleaners last for 20 minutes at a time, the DC44 lasts two minutes longer than the V6 if used in max mode..
Finally, the V6 has a few more interesting features than the DC44 which include a soft roller head and a duster brush.
Probably more important, though, is that the V6 has a HEPA filtration feature which is necessary if you or anyone in your home has any kind of respiratory problem.
Price/Value Ratio — Dyson V6 Vs DC44
Dyson products (whatever they are) are usually pretty high-end and both the vacuum cleaners in this review live up to the norm.
That said, we actually consider the DC44 the better value for money and that is because there isn’t that much of a difference between it and the V6.
However, if you are getting the V6 Absolute, we would consider it the better value for money than the DC44. This is because it is only the Absolute model that comes with the HEPA filtration model.
Comparison Table — Dyson V6 Vs DC44
|Run Time||20 minutes without a motorized tool 6 minutes on max mode||20 minutes without a motorized tool 8 minutes on max mode|
|Motor Technology||V6 digital motor||V2 digital motor|
|Dimensions||9.8 by 8.7 by 46.4 inches||11.8 by 5.7 by 28.4 inches|
|Weight||5.1 pounds||5.09 pounds|
|Charging Time||3 hours and 30 minutes||5 hours and 30 minutes|
|Dustbin Capacity||0.4 liter||0.3 liter|
|Suction In Max Mode||100 Airwatts||65 Airwatts|
|Cleaning Tools||Direct drive cleaner head, soft roller cleaner head, mini motorized tool, combination tool, crevice tool and dusting brush tool.||Direct drive cleaner head, mini motorized tool, combination tool and crevice tool|
Which Is Better Under What Circumstance? — Dyson V6 Vs DC44
|The V6 offers more variety, so we recommend it if you have different floors and basically different cleaning needs.||On the other hand, if you are looking to save a couple of bucks, consider getting the DC44.|
|Also, with the Absolute model, you get the HEPA filtration feature. This could be good for people with allergies or asthma as it filters the air of allergies.||Also, you could go for the DC44 if you think you can do without all the different models and tools.|
A Dyson V6 Demonstration Video — Dyson V6 Vs DC44
Common Features — Dyson V6 Vs DC44
The Dyson V6 and the Dyson DC44 kinda look alike. In fact, they really look alike. Well, maybe not enough to mistake one for the other but enough to take a second glance.
Now, this is basically because of how they are both structured. There is the basic top, body and bottom structure going on with both of them.
The top being the head of the vacuum cleaner, the body being the vacuum wand and the bottom being the appropriate cleaning tool.
Both of them also have the same basic structure with the head. For one, both cleaners are top heavy because the motor that runs them is resident in the head.
This is the reason why neither of these cleaners can stand on their own without needing to lean on something.
Furthermore, the head on both cleaners houses basically the same things: a handle with a power button on the inside, a dustbin, a connection point and a couple of buttons.
Talking about the power button, it is important that you know that to get and keep both cleaners running, you’ll have to consistently press down the power button.
This way, there can’t be accidental battery discharge. There has to be a conscious pressing down of the battery for the cleaner to run.
We hinted earlier that both the Dyson V6 and the Dyson DC44 are 2-in-1 cleaners. Now what do we mean by 2-in-1?
We consider a cleaner to be 2-in-1 if it can serve as a handheld and a stick cleaner (or basically as 2 kinds of cleaners) but not necessarily simultaneously.
Both the Dyson V6 and the Dyson DC44 can function as either a stick cleaner or a handheld cleaner. How? Well, both cleaners come as detachable components.
Now, if you need either of the cleaners to function as a stick cleaner, you’ll need to attach the vacuum wand to the connection point on the head and then attach the appropriate tool to the vacuum wand.
However, if what you need is a handheld cleaner, you’ll attach the appropriate cleaning tool directly to the connection point on the head.
We should also point out here, that the V6 has a line of handheld models that cannot be anything but handheld cleaners.
Both the Dyson V6 and the Dyson DC44 come with 1 docking station each. The docking station is basically a wall mount with 3 pockets.
The larger pocket is for hanging the cleaner while the 2 smaller pockets are for hanging 2 cleaning tools.
However, bear in mind that the spaces on this station might not be sufficient to accommodate all the cleaning tools. Hence, you’ll have to make room for them.
This storage feature is a nice addition as it helps clear floor space by having the cleaner hang on the wall. This is especially good considering that both cleaners are top heavy.
It is advisable that you position the docking station in such a way that it is close to a wall socket. This way, you do not only conveniently store the cleaner, you also make it possible to conveniently charge the cleaner.
The Dyson V6 and the Dyson DC44 are rechargeable cleaners that come with their own chargers. This is the reason they do not come with a cord.
Cords tend to make things kind of complicated in the way that they can just get in the way.
Not only that, cords could make things inconvenient too. To move a corded cleaner from one room to the other, you’d have to make sure that the next room has a wall socket available.
So yea, we like that both the V6 and the DC44 are cordless because of the convenience.
5. Cleaning Tools
Both the Dyson V6 and the Dyson DC44 come with a combination tool. The combination tool is basically what the name says it is: a combination of 2 cleaning tools, a small cleaning brush and a small cleaning nozzle.
To use, you slide up the tool you need and then slide it back down when you’re done. The combination tool isn’t a motorized tool, so it is basically the same with both cleaners. Also, this tool comes with all the Dyson V6 models.
This one is a specialized tool for reaching into corners and crevices. It kinda looks like the nozzle tool on the combination tool but the crevice tool is longer and has a slimmer mouth than the one on the combination tool.
The crevice tool is also not a motorized tool, so, its performance is basically the same with both cleaners. Also, this tool comes with all the models of the V6.
Mini Motorized Tool
This one, as the name already suggests, is a motorized tool. Hence, there is a difference in the performance with both cleaners. However, before we get into that, we’ll explain to you what the tool is about.
The mini motorized tool is a small tool that is usually used on upholstery, cars and sometimes floors to take care of hair and even ground-in dirt.
However, this tool does not come with all the Dyson V6 models. To elaborate, you’ll get the mini motorized tool with all the models in the handheld line. However, you do not get this tool with the Motorhead model of the stick line.
A Dyson DC44 Demonstration Video — Dyson V6 Vs DC44
Unique Features — Dyson V6 Vs DC44
1. Handheld Cleaners
First off, only the V6 comes with a line of handheld cleaners.Now, this line of handheld cleaners is unlike the stick line.
Remember that with the stick line, you can get the cleaner to serve as a stick cleaner or a handheld cleaner just by adding or removing the vacuum wand. However, the handheld cleaners can only be handheld.
Furthermore, unlike the stick cleaners, the handheld cleaners have their primary cleaning tool as the mini motorized tool and don’t come with the larger one.
Additionally, a good number of the cleaners in this line come with their own peculiar tools.
For instance, the Baby + Child model comes with a wide nozzle tool that can be used to take care of upholstery and cribs
On the other hand, the Car + Boat model comes with an extension hose to allow you reach certain places in your car. It also comes with a charger so that you can charge the cleaner on the go.
In this section, we’ll be discussing everything power, from run time to the suction power. First off, both cleaners offer the same run time on normal mode.
Which leads us to mention that they both function on 2 modes: the regular mode and max mode.
Now, while they both offer the same run time on normal mode, the DC44 offers a longer run time on max mode (8 minutes) vs the Dyson V6 (6 minutes).
However, before you go off excited, let’s help you put things in perspective. Both cleaners offer about the same suction power in normal mode. However, in max mode, there is a marked difference.
The DC44 offers 65 Airwatts of suction in max mode which might give you enough power to get your cleaning done. However, bear in mind that you’d probably have to take the cleaner across your floors a couple of times to get things clean.
On the other hand, the V6 offers 100 Airwatts of suction in max mode and that is a marked difference between these 2 cleaners.
The added suction power allows the cleaner dig in better into carpets and get things out quicker and with fewer passes.
So, while the Dyson DC44 offers more time in max mode, the V6 offers more suction power. And we think more suction power will ultimately afford you better and quicker cleaning than 2 extra minutes of run time.
Allow us also mention here that the Dyson V6 requires a charging time of about 3 hours and 30 minutes which is kinda long if you’re going to get 20 minutes of run time.
However, on the other hand, the Dyson DC44 needs to be charged for a whopping 5 hours and 30 minutes. Think about that!
We’ve already talked about the fact that both these cleaners have their dustbin in their heads. Which already shows that both cleaners come with dustbins instead of those dust bags.
Now, that’s probably where the similarities end. For one, the dustbin on the DC44 has a 0.3 liter carrying capacity which will definitely lead to you having to dispose of the content quite frequently. Especially if you have to do intense cleaning.
On the other hand, the V6 comes with a 0.4 liter dustbin which isn’t exactly much of an improvement on the DC44. You’ll still make those frequent trips to the waste bin.
Furthermore, with the Dyson V6, you get the HEPA filtration feature. This filters the air as you clean by catching allergens and trapping them in the bin. After this, the air is purified enough that it is basically purer than what we breathe.
You don’t get this tool with the Dyson DC44 at all. You also do not get this feature with any of the handheld models of the V6 and even some of the stick models. In fact, you only get this feature with the Absolute model in the stick line.
4. Cleaning Tools
Direct Drive Cleaner Head
First off, we need to point out that both the Dyson V6 and the Dyson DC44 come with a direct drive head. And the direct drive head is kinda like the major cleaning tool for floors. However, there are differences.
For one, the direct drive cleaner head that comes with the V6 has a stiff brush roll that allows it dig into carpets, dislodging dirt.
Hence, while it is good on carpets and some other floor coverings, it is not the best on bare or hardwood floors. And it is also not the greatest at picking up large debris.
On the other hand, the direct drive cleaner head that the DC44 comes with has 2 brush rolls.
One is a stiff brush roll that allows the cleaner be able to reach into carpets and such floor coverings while the other is a soft brush roll that is meant to take care of hardwood floors and bare floors.
However, here’s how to put things in perspective. The direct drive cleaner head of the V6 has about 75% more brush bar power than the DC44.
This shows whichever way the direct driver comes, the one on the V6 will definitely do a better job than the one on the DC44.
Soft Roller Cleaner Head
This tool comes with the Dyson V6 and not the DC44 at all. Now, the soft roller cleaner head is Dyson’s provision for taking care of the deficiencies of the direct drive cleaner head of the V6.
Hence, this cleaner head is the tool you want to use on bare and hardwood floors. The brush roll is soft and so will glide gently along your floors, automatically sucking in the dirt and debris, small or large.
The soft roller cleaner head is a motorized tool and so, like the other motorized tool, using it will reduce run time. Also, you’ll only be getting this tool with the Absolute model of the V6 and none of the handheld models.
Dusting Brush Tool
This is another tool that the DC44 does not come with. It is kinda like the brush on the combination tool but this one is larger and has softer bristles.
The dusting brush tool is usually used for somewhat sensitive dusting like for window panes, screens and even keyboards.
However, this tool doesn’t come with any of the models of the handheld cleaners. It also doesn’t come with the Dyson V6 Motorhead model.
Another Dyson V6 Demonstration Video — Dyson V6 Vs DC44
Unique Pros — Dyson V6 Vs DC44
Pros Of The Dyson V6
- The Dyson V6 is a pretty versatile vacuum cleaner vs the DC44. It comes in 2 lines and each line has a couple of models that should afford you a variety of options.
- We also like that the Dyson V6 comes with a number of different cleaning tools vs the DC44. The different tools are such that they can clean different surfaces and different floor types.
- Also, the Dyson V6 gives more suction power in max mode and also offers more brush bar power vs the Dyson DC44.
- We also like that the Absolute model comes with the HEPA filtration that captures allergen, traps them in the bin and leaves behind fresh air free of allergens.
Pros Of The Dyson DC44
- First off, the Dyson DC44 is more affordable vs the V6. So, it will certainly help you save a few bucks.
- Also, the 2-in-1 brush roll thing could be a good idea, seeing as you won’t need to switch cleaning heads when you’re switching rooms or floors.
Unique Cons — Dyson V6 Vs DC44
Cons of The Dyson V6
- The Dyson V6 costs slightly more than the Dyson DC44.
Cons Of The Dyson DC44
- The Dyson DC44 doesn’t have as much suction power in max mode vs the V6. There is a significant difference between 100 Airwatts and 65 Airwatts.
- Also, the Dyson DC44 doesn’t come in as many variations and with as many tools as the V6.
Common Pros — Dyson V6 Vs DC44
|Flexible||The Dyson V6 is a flexible cleaner in the sense that it can serve as either a handheld cleaner or a stick cleaner. Also, the cleaner is flexible enough to be able to clean high up on walls and down below low furniture. Of course, this only pertains to the cleaners in the stick line.||Same as the V6. However, the DC44 doesn’t come with a handheld line of cleaners.|
|Cordless||We also like that the Dyson V6 is cordless. It is certainly more convenient to move the cleaner from room to room when you don’t need to be bothered about the availability or otherwise of a wall socket.||Same as the V6.|
|Convenient Storage||Convenience seems to be a common thread in the pros section. The Dyson V6 comes with a docking station that helps free up wall space by hanging the cleaner on the wall.||Same as the V6.|
Another Dyson DC44 Demonstration Video — Dyson V6 Vs DC44
Common Cons — Dyson V6 vs DC44
|Dustbin Capacity||The Dyson V6 has a dustbin capacity of just 0.4 liter. This is going to require your having to frequently dispose of the content in the bin.||Same as the V6. However, at 0.3 liter, the DC44 has an even less carrying capacity.|
|Power||To get the cleaner on and running, you’ll need to consistently hold down the power button. And that could get really tiring.||Same as the V6.|
|Run Time & Charge Time||The V6 runs for 20 minutes without a motorized tool and that might not be long enough to do all the cleaning one needs to do. In contrast, the cleaner needs to charge for about 3 hours and 30 minutes.||Same as the V6. However, at 5 hours and 30 minutes, the DC44 certainly needs to charge for longer.|
What People Think About Both — Dyson V6 Vs DC44
|People like that the V6 provides good suction especially in max mode. That the cleaner is lightweight also seems to be getting people going with this cleaner. Flexibility also looks to be something that the V6 is scoring highpoints in.||People actually seem to be fine with the DC44 and it is majorly because of the convenience of the cleaner being cordless. However, there are other things that people seem to like about this cleaner like the fact that it comes with an easy to empty bin and it does a good job of cleaning up messes.|
|However, some people are not excited about the dustbin disposal and even the fact that the docking station does not provide enough space for all the cleaning accessories.||However, there are few complaints about the docking station not having enough space for all the accessories and also the fact that the dustbin is small.|
Our Opinion — Dyson V6 Vs DC44
|The basic reason we like the Dyson V6 is its versatility. It comes in a number of models (stick and handheld), so we think there is bound to be a model that fits basically any need.||The Dyson DC44 might not be as versatile as the V6 in the number of models it comes in or even the number of tools it comes with, but it still holds its own. And we cannot take away the fact that it is more affordable than the DC44.|
|Granted there are shortcomings but if you think the ups outweigh the downs, click here to get the Dyson V6.||Click here to get the Dyson DC44.|