We reviewed the 4 best Dyson vacuums of 2021 that clean like a charm

Long gone are the days of the clunky, can’t-move-around vacuum monsters that have you schlepping a heavy sucker from room to room.

Now, the buffet of vacuums on the market comes in an array of high-tech features, including cord-free vacuums that can have your rugs and floors spotless in minutes.

There’s no question some of the best vacuums can be up there in price (hallelujah for Black Friday deals)! So, you want to make sure the swift cleaner you snag is well worth the investment — especially when so many models claim to be the best for families and pets.

Luckily, we spent months shuffling past rooms with different vacuums to find recommendations we would recommend IRL. And, to no surprise, Dyson passed with flying colors (and super clean carpets).

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Below, find the four best vacuums we tested, the pros and cons of each and unique features to help guide your new cleaner decision. Whether you’re looking to add a vacuum to your wedding registry or are in the market for a more convenient, of-age system, there’s certainly one for you.

The best overall: Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum, $399.99

Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum
  • What’s in the box: Dyson V8 Animal, Direct Drive Cleaner Head, Mini Motorized Tool, Mini Soft Dusting Brush, Crevice Tool, Combination Tool, Charger, Docking Station
  • Dimensions: 9.8″ (H) x 49″ (L) x 8.8″ (W)
  • Weight: 5.63 lbs.
  • Charge time: 5 hours
  • Run time: Up to 40 minutes

The Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum is all the rage, and for a good reason — it’s the best cordless vacuum we tested from Dyson and is a practical, relatively affordable investment that’ll leave your house spotless.

With the V8 Animal, you’re getting optimal suction and hassle-free maneuvering. Though I don’t have a furry pet, this vacuum impressively worked well in picking up finer dust and hairs from carpeting.

The Pros

Its customized cleaning options: The ability to switch between two power modes was a feature I didn’t know I needed. I enjoyed its MAX mode — which provides up to seven minutes of intense power — on my thicker shag carpet and its Powerful mode for regular Sunday deep cleans.

Its mini cleaning tools: With the V8 Animal, you’ll never need a car vacuum or a spot cleaner again. Conveniently, this model is clad with a combination tool that works well on finer textures — like carpeting on stairs — a crevice tool for hard-to-reach places and even a motorized brush bar to tackle dirt and dust on anything from car seats to couches.

Its asthma and allergy-friendly make: As a bonus, the V8 Animal is certified asthma- and allergy-friendly, so it traps allergens inside the machine rather than expelling them into the home. As someone with allergies to dust and mold, this is a nifty aspect.

And, truthfully, we have no cons to speak of at this time.

The best for small spaces: Dyson Omni-Glide Vacuum, $399.99

Dyson Omni-Glide Vacuum
  • What’s in the box: Dyson Omni-Glide, Omnidirectional Soft Roller Cleaner Head, Combi-Crevice Tool, Docking Station, Charger
  • Dimensions: 42.4″ (H) x 3.6″ (L) x 8.1″ (W)
  • Weight: 4.18 lbs.
  • Charge time: 3.5 hours
  • Run time: Up to 20 minutes

When I first unboxed one of Dyson’s newest vacuums, its Omni-Glide, I was shocked at how small it was. Sure, stick and cordless vacuums are the new wave, but this was only a few inches taller than my 11⁄2-year-old niece.

That said, the saying “small, but mighty” was certainly in mind when Dyson designed the Omni-Glide. In fact, it’s Dyson’s slimmest and most maneuverable vacuum for hard floors, featuring the brand’s first omnidirectional soft roller cleaner head that literally glides into hard-to-reach places.

The Pros

Its lightweight size: I vacuumed my living room, then walked upstairs to vacuum my bedroom and then went outside to vacuum a small rug — and the whole cleaning process took me less than 10 minutes. Why? The vacuum is so lightweight and the Omni-Glide is a true answer to prayer for anyone who gets frustrated lifting a heavy cleaning tool.

Its ability to glide into corners: While the Omni-Glide is a surefire perfect match for handheld dusting with the included crevice tool, it’s also impressive at sucking up dirt on tile floor, debris in floor molding and even in between your stair rails — all with velvet-like, soft nylon brush bars.

Its storage versatility: You can either store the Omni-Glide with the included wall-mounted charging dock — which is great for apartment closet storage — or concentrate the cleaning device in-line under your bed or couch. Again, small but mighty.

Its ease of maintenance: With the help of Dyson’s follow-along video, it hasn’t been easier to learn how to properly care for the new tool. Plus, emptying the bin is hands-free and shoots out straight from the vacuum’s storage when ready.

The Cons

It’s not practical for large cleaning sessions: Due to the Omni-Glide‘s tinier-than-tiny statute, it hurt my back to vacuum my entire living room floor. Though the stick comes up to chest level, I found myself reaching over at times to glide it around the room — which isn’t good for your back.

However, the convenience of the vacuum being so small is still great for small spaces. Particularly, it’s great if you have an apartment with just a kitchen, living area and bathroom to worry about.

It’s not great on textured carpets: If you have intense shag (as I do in my hallway foyer) or Berber textured carpet, this isn’t the vacuum for you. While it does glide, I felt like it didn’t pick up embedded dust on coarser, soft floors.

But it is dynamite on hard floors, especially the deep multi-colored brown tile in my kitchen, which is always difficult to spot where dirt lays.

The best suction power: Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, $374.99 (originally $399)

Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
  • What’s in the box: Dyson V7 Motorhead Vacuum, Direct Drive Cleaner Head, Electric Wand Set, Docking Station, Combination Accessory Tool, Crevice Tool
  • Dimensions: 29.5″ (H) x 11″ (L) x 6.5″ (W)
  • Weight: 9.68 lbs.
  • Charge time: 3.5 hours
  • Run time: Up to 30 minutes

Though the Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum isn’t a recent Dyson release, it’s still a wonderful cleaner that comes in an aesthetically pleasing fuschia color.

In short, this model has incredible suction power and, though comparable to the brand’s V8 Animal and Omni-Glide, the ability to suck dirt, dust and grime is unparalleled.

The Pros

Its suction power: No surprise here, but the inclusion of two-tier radial cyclones — 15 total — allows the vacuum to increase the airflow and capture fine dust. And it’s not too noisy, either; it’s more of a whoosh than a loud motor.

Its ability to snuggle into hard-to-reach places: Though it’s not the Omni-Glide, it was one of the best for swiveling into corners and other hard-to-reach places, specifically for your stairs, behind your bed and under sinks.

The Cons

It’s slightly heavier than the other two cordless vacuums tested: The fact that the V7 Motorhead Vacuum is cordless deserves a pat on the back, but it is slightly heavier to maneuver. However, it’s still a wonderful purchase that’s at a great, near $30 discount.

The best for thick carpets: Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean Upright Vacuum Cleaner, $588.99

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean Upright Vacuum Cleaner
  • What’s in the box: Dyson Ball Animal 2, Articulating Hard Floor Tool, Tangle-Free Turbine, Tool Storage Bag
  • Dimensions: 42.13″ (H) x 13.39″ (L) x 15.35″ (W)
  • Weight: 17.42 lbs.

The tried-and-true Dyson Ball Animal 2 Vacuum is the perfect cleaner for thick carpets. And when we say thick, we mean thick.

For one, it’s impressive that this model isn’t cordless but still comes with accessories to transform your power vac into a precise cleaning machine. And there’s even a mattress tool, which is ideal. Because let’s face it — when’s the last time you gave your everyday mattress a spin clean?

The Pros

Its deep cleaning capabilities: As mentioned, the textured rugs in my home aren’t fine. I have a crazy shag, deep-rooted Berber and macrame boho area rugs that I personally don’t know how to give a true deep cleaning to. However, the Ball Animal 2 is an effective solution.

Its uprightness: An odd pro, but its ball structure gives weight to gravity, making it stand perfectly upright without leaning against a wall or charging dock. It’s convenient, handy and won’t crash into your furniture.

The Cons

It’s heavy: Weighing in at almost 18 pounds, it’s no lightweight machine. That said, it’s not my favorite but, because of its incredible ability to deep clean, made the cut.

It’s not as versatile as others tested: Though the Ball Animal 2 comes with some unique and practical tools, it can’t transform into a handheld cleaner.

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