The Dyson V6 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

When we moved to a new house last year, a new vacuum was high on my list of things to buy. I had a large, clunky hand-me-down vacuum (it had been my grandad’s, actually). Aside from sentimental value and it being fairly good at what it was meant to do, I did really want a new one. It had to be cordless, and it had to be easy to store. It would also help if it were a lot quieter than my vacuum, which had terrified my poor cat.

After a bit of looking around, we settled on the Dyson V6 Animal.

Dyson V6 Animal

This is my first ever Dyson product of any kind. I was drawn to a Dyson because I know they are top of the range and very popular. We looked at other cordless vacuum cleaners, but this seemed to have everything I was looking for.

What Is The Dyson V6 Animal?

The Dyson V6 Animal is part of the V6 range of vacuums from Dyson. There are a few variations, which come in different colours. The standard V6 is white. This one, the Animal, is purple and is specifically for homes with pets. My cat Zak is a very large, very fluffy ginger cat who sheds a lot, and hair is a bit of an issue in my house. Although he has his own blankets here and there that he tends to stick to, his hair does manage to get everywhere somehow. I wouldn’t change him for the world, of course, but we did need something that could tackle the problem quickly and effectively.

The Dyson V6 Animal comes with the same standard attachments as others in the range. It has a crevice tool, which is the long thin tube for using in small gaps and around skirting board and the base of furniture. There’s also the combination tool, which puzzled me for a while. It’s a bit like the crevice brush, so can get in small areas. It has a brush part to it, however, which can be brought forward and used on more delicate, dusty areas. This would include mirrors, light fittings and walls, for example. The Animal also comes with the mini motorhead for pet hair.

It also comes with a docking station and can be stored on a wall. We have ours in the utility room, high up on the wall.

Dyson V6 Animal

The docking station, with and without the vacuum. You can see the combination tool and crevice brush stored on the base of the docking station.

What Are The Features?

The vacuum is cordless, and as mentioned comes with a docking station so it can be mounted on the wall. It charges when it is in the docking station.

It’s a bagless vacuum, and the dirt and hair it picks up is held in the built in bin. You can see it clearly as it fills up.

Dyson V6 Animal

It’s very lightweight compared to most vacuum cleaners. It’s easy to walk around with.

One of the special features is a Max Power mode. While using it you can press the button on the back which activates a higher-powered action. It is already a powerful vacuum, as it has the Dyson V6 digital motor in it. The Max Power ramps this up a lot more.

It has what they call a ‘hygienic dirt ejector’. When it’s time to empty the vacuum, you push down on the red slider and the bottom pops open. The dirt should then just drop out into a waiting bin.

Dyson V6 Animal

The extra attachments are really handy. The smaller motor attachment is really good for the stairs, for example.

Dyson V6 Animal

What I Think Of It

I’ve had a lot of opportunity to use this vacuum now, as we bought it earlier this year. I do have quite a lot to say about it, and have broken it down into pros and cons below.

Dyson V6 Animal

The Pros

  • It is extremely good at cleaning. I expected this of course, with it being a Dyson. I’m glad that it definitely is very effective at picking up dust and dirt. It picks up things you can’t even see on a surface – cat hair in particular. If I’m cleaning the sofa or other small area, I’m always amazed at what it picks up, as I really can’t see it.
  • It’s really powerful, and the Max Power switch means I can ensure a deep clean of a carpet or other surface.
  • It’s lightweight (it weights only a few kilos) and is very easy to manoeuvre. This means if you’re up and down the stairs it’s not difficult to carry. It’s also not tiring to use if you have a lot of space to vacuum.
  • It hangs up discreetly. We have ours dangling in a really awkward space on the wall, that nothing else would really fit into. It’s very easy to get on and off the docking station.
  • It is easy to change the attachments, and I like that it comes with several different attachment options.

The Cons

  • You have to empty it regularly. Because it is so powerful, it picks up so much. The dirt compartment is pretty small so it does need emptying several times during a vacuuming session. This can be pretty annoying sometimes.
  • I don’t find it that easy to empty. It is meant to be a quick press of a button and all the dirt falls out into the bin. Sometimes, however, the red slider is a little resistant to being pushed down. I need to use both hands to do it. That’s fine, but if you need the other hand to hold up a bin lid or keep a plastic bag open, then it’s really awkward.
  • Not all of the dirt just falls out. Pet hair gets stuck inside. It’s meant to be a hygienic emptying process (just using gravity), but that’s not always the case. I do find that I often have to pull it out with my hand, and this inevitably leads to dust and dirt on my hand.
  • The charge only lasts for 20 minutes. This goes down to 6 minutes if you use the Max Power switch. I do appreciate that 20 minutes is quite a long time to be vacuuming, but if you are doing the whole house and have some tough spots to clean, it’s frustrating for it to run out of charge halfway through. It takes 3.5 hours to become fully charged again.
  • There is nowhere to store the smaller cleaning brush. All the other attachments clip on to the docking station, but the smaller motorised brush doesn’t.
  • The price. It is priced at the high end of cordless vacuum cleaners. At the moment it is £370 on the Dyson website. We paid around £280 for it in a sale (Tesco, I think).

My Verdict

I can’t say that I regret purchasing this vacuum cleaner. It is very effective at what it does, and you can guarantee a deep clean on a variety of surfaces with it. I just find it a little annoying to use at times. This is usually when vacuuming a larger area, when the charge runs out or the bin needs emptying several times.

However, the way it stores and charges for the next use is really handy. It is also so lightweight that it’s very easy to just pick up and use. I love that it is cordless, as that was the main thing I hated about my old vacuum. It always felt so dangerous brandishing such a heavy thing on the stairs, especially when you add power cables into the mix.

I would of course love it to be cheaper. I’m not sure I would purchase it a second time around, because it is very expensive. I would probably see if there’s a cheaper option that can do the same thing. But I do like how I can rely on it to get the job done, and that’s perhaps a good enough compromise. I hope that, because of the quality, this will last for years. Dyson also have a great 5 year guarantee programme, and will replace parts or the whole thing if something goes wrong in that time.

One final great thing is that the cat is not at all scared of it. It’s much quieter than the old vacuum!

Dyson V6 Animal

Dyson V6 Animal

Have you used this vacuum cleaner, or any other Dyson products? 

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  1. Kayleigh Watkins
    October 31, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    I looked at this when buying a new hoover a few months ago, I decided not to get it as the battery life and the cylinder is small which I’m glad of reading your review, I went with the shark lift away and absolutely love it, its not cordless but the cord is really long its perfect for the stairs and reaching up high for cobwebs etc, its the best hoover I’ve ever had xXx

    • November 14, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Shark was the other brand we were looking at when we bought this. Interesting to know it’s really good – will definitely keep it in mind again the next time we are looking xx

  2. Susan B
    November 1, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    I have one of these and agree with your pros and cons.

    Mine is a multicat household so I need to have it on Max power all the time meaning I only get about 5-6 minutes cleaning each time. I also scrape my knuckles trying to get the cat hair out of the bin. However, it is hard to beat the convenience and effectiveness for something so small.

    • November 14, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      Hi Susan, I’m glad you agree. You’ve nailed it there in one paragraph really!

  3. Kerry Kilmister
    November 5, 2017 / 2:05 am

    I have one of these, and I find it really good. Especially with my maine coon

    • November 14, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      I would love a Maine Coon! They’re just gorgeous.

  4. Ashleigh Allan
    November 5, 2017 / 10:40 am

    I have this and totally agree. I love it but emptying it is a pain and not that easy.

    • November 14, 2017 / 7:39 pm

      Absolutely! Sometimes the button sticks as well so it gets even harder to empty.

  5. Jayne Townson
    November 5, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    I could really do with one of these, it sounds just perfect for my needs.

    • November 14, 2017 / 8:09 pm

      It really is a great vacuum despite some of its ‘flaws’

  6. Ren Taylor
    November 6, 2017 / 10:04 am

    I have this one and it is really good for the car and the stairs…I just wish you didnt have to keep the button pressed down all the time…would be better with an off and on switch I think

    • November 14, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      That’s a much better idea. It would help a lot to have the on/off switch I think.

  7. Naila M
    November 6, 2017 / 11:25 am

    I have a cat so this sounds great 🙂

  8. Helen B
    November 7, 2017 / 8:35 am

    I would love a decent cordless for the harder to reach places 🙂

    • November 14, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      It is really great for reaching places far away from the plug socket, definitely!

  9. Rich Tyler
    November 9, 2017 / 2:26 am

    I’ve always wanted one of these!

    • November 14, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Take a look in the January sales – hopefully they will cut the price again!

  10. Emma c
    November 14, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    Defiantly sold me!

  11. Alica
    November 15, 2017 / 12:51 am

    I really need one of these in my life! Maybe in the new year! 4 cats, 2 adult kids and a hubby make a mess lol

  12. Kelly Newlands
    November 18, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    This looks really good. I have one of the really big Dyson vacuum cleaners, it’s good but so big and bulky to heave up the stairs etc. I may have to start saving for this one!

  13. sandy ralph
    November 18, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    this sounds great i would love to try one myself to see how it copes with my long haired cats hairs

  14. Emma chapman
    November 21, 2017 / 7:38 am

    Sounds amazing really interested

  15. Amy Fidler
    November 21, 2017 / 10:29 am

    Great review thanks for sharing x

  16. Jacqui Graham
    November 27, 2017 / 9:43 am

    I bought one of these this summer and agree with your pros and cons you found. Having a dog and children it is perfect for what I need, it is small and effective and great for the staircase.

  17. I
    December 24, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Good for clean animal hairs , like cats

  18. Andrea Fletcher
    December 27, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Thanks for the review. I have looked at these but was not sure about the charge only lasting 20 mins, so your review was very helpful.

  19. Harriet Leonard
    December 30, 2017 / 12:34 am

    Oh I’m so jealous! I would love this Dyson!

  20. Carly Belsey
    January 8, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    I would do anything to have a Dyson, my OH says it’s not on the list of priorities at the moment though! I know a con is emptying it often but it is only because it’s so wonderful at picking everything up. Thanks for the review. Maybe one day we will get one

  21. Rachel Atkinson
    January 17, 2018 / 12:37 am

    I want one of these!

  22. Rachel Atkinson
    January 17, 2018 / 1:01 am

    Think I may have to invest when I next hit the shops.

  23. A S,Edinburgh
    February 3, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    Wonderful, detailed review, thank you. Based on this, I think I’d shop around a little more before deciding on this one, but I wouldn’t rule it out.

  24. Maya Russell
    February 15, 2018 / 8:39 am

    I am interested in a small, handheld cordless – for stairs or car – but otherwise I’m happy with my corded cleaner. At least it never runs out of charge!

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