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Dyson DC59 Vs V6 Cordless Vacuum: Ultimate Comparison

by  Lawrence- Last updated on October 28, 2020

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You want to get a new vacuum, but which one should you go for? There is no doubt that Dyson dominates when it comes to the vacuum market, but with so many options, it can feel impossible to know which one to go for.

There are so many different numbers and letters that working out what the difference between each model is can feel completely overwhelming. There are upright vacuums, cordless vacuums, hand-held vacuums, and now there are even robot vacuums. How are you meant to know which one to choose?

Generally, the upright vacuums are the more hard-core option. They need to be plugged into the wall to work, but as a result they don’t run out of charge. They also tend to be a lot heavier, but this means that they can have a larger dustbin and are often more powerful too.

These are a good option for you if you have a very large house, but they are limited by their size and being plugged in.

Cordless vacuums tend to be a sort of middle ground. They are powerful vacuums with reasonably large dustbins, but they are lighter and run on battery power rather than needing to be plugged in.

This makes them far more versatile and they are a great option for slightly smaller properties or somewhere with quite a few hard-to-reach places.

The hand-held vacuums are not a heavy-duty vacuum. They are light-weight and easy to maneuver, making them a fantastic option for cleaning the cars, or various nooks and crannies.

But they tend to not be very powerful and are really better if they are used as an additional appliance, rather than the main house vacuum. Fortunately, these two cordless Dyson vacuums can both be used as hand-held vacuums, as you’ll see below.

Finally, in recent years there has been the invention of robot vacuums. These little guys are great at getting under low-hanging furniture, or cleaning while you are out or busy. However, they can’t handle stairs, and they tend to have small dustbins and limited charge.

In this article, we will take you through the differences, and similarities, between the Dyson DC59 and the Dyson V6. Both are cordless vacuums that came out a few years ago, but although they aren’t the most high-tech, they are both still really popular vacuums.

So take a look through this article to find out how they compare in terms of size, run-time, dustbins, filters, and cleaning performance, as well as other features.

Dyson DC59 vs Dyson V6 at a Glance

These two vacuums are both pretty similar, so we would advise you reading through the whole article so that you can work out which one would work best for you. But if you’re short on time, here is a brief run-down for you.

Dyson DC59 Advantages:

  • Longer run-time on standard mode
  • Slightly cheaper

Dyson DC59 Disadvantages:

  • Heavier
  • Filters aren’t HEPA
  • Fewer additional accessories and brush heads

Dyson V6 Advantages:

  • HEPA filters
  • Longer run-time on MAX mode
  • Soft-roller Direct Driver Cleaner head

Dyson V6 Disadvantages:

  • Bit more expensive
  • Shorter standard run time

Winner: Don’t want to read the full article? The editor’s choice is the Dyson V6.

What’s the Difference Between Them?

Design

Both these Dyson cordless vacuums have the excellent feature of being both a handheld vacuum, and having the capability of converting into hand-held vacuums.

This of course makes them far more practical, as you can use them to reach into high corners or shelves, or for in the car, as well as around the home. This conversion is possible because of the simple three-part design that they each have.

The two vacuums are both very similar sizes, however the Dyson DC59 is a little heavier, weighing around 4.9lbs, compared to the 4.5lbs of the Dyson V6. Both the DC59 and the V6 come in three parts. The first part is the brush head, which sits on the floor.

There are a number of different options when it comes to the brush head, which are designed for different needs. The second part is the extension wand, which links the brush head and the vacuum body.

This is the part that is removed to convert it into a hand-held vacuum. Then the third and final part is the vacuum body, which houses the digital motor, battery, cyclone technology-based cleaning system, and the on/off trigger.

The on/off trigger is a much debated feature on the Dyson vacuums. It is a button which needs to be pressed down for the vacuum cleaner to run, which means that it is really energy-efficient, because it only runs when you actually need it to.

Some people complain that they find it wearisome when they are doing a large vacuuming session. However, it is a really great feature for helping to save the battery life. On top of that, the two vacuum cleaners each have two vacuuming modes: standard, or MAX.

Verdict:
The two vacuum cleaners are almost identical in terms of design, however, the slightly lighter weight of the Dyson V6 makes it a better choice.

Battery

If you are going for a cordless vacuum cleaner then the battery life is a key aspect when making your decision about which vacuum cleaner to get. Before we get into it, you need to remember that both of these vacuums came out a few years ago now, so their battery lives are a bit limited compared to some of the newer models out there.

On standard mode, the Dyson DC59 tends to last around 24 minutes. In contrast, the Dyson V6 lasts only around 20 minutes. However, when the two vacuums are on MAX mode, the Dyson V6 lasts for 8 minutes, compared to the shorter run-time of 6 minutes for the Dyson DC59.

Remember though, the vacuum cleaner only runs when you have your finger on the trigger. So it won’t be wasting suction power while you are moving it from one location to another, and as it’s cordless, you won’t have to mess around moving it between different plug sockets either.

Both vacuums tend to take around 3.5 hours to reach full charge. Given that most people tend to struggle to remember to vacuum once a week, never mind twice a day, this shouldn’t be an issue.

It is particularly simple with the Dyson range because of the charging or docking station that they come with. It means that you can mount the vacuum cleaner to the wall (near a plug socket), and it will charge automatically when you put it back.

So you should always be able to reach out for a fully-charged vacuum when you need it.

Verdict:
This round comes down to preference. If you think you would tend to use it on the standard mode, then the Dyson DC59 runs for 20% longer. However, if you tend to need MAX suction power to get out the tougher dirt marks, the Dyson V6 runs for 33% longer.

Dustbin

Another key feature that is regularly flagged when it comes to cordless vacuums is the dustbin. As it is being carried around near the hand, rather than sitting on the floor, it tends to be a reduced size compared to up-right vacuums.

In the case of both the Dyson DC59 and the Dyson V6, it is around 0.12 gallons. This means that it does need to be emptied fairly regularly. Both these vacuums have the same design for the dustbin. It is easily emptied with a simple push of a button.

However, the design does mean that it can be a little messy trying to empty it all directly into the bin. This is a feature which has been upgraded for the later Dyson cordless vacuum models.

Verdict:

Both vacuums have the same bin capacity and the same emptying method.

Filters

One of the main differences between the Dyson DC59 and the Dyson V6 vacuum lies in the different filter systems. Both vacuums have washable, lifetime filters, so you can keep washing them and they should last for the whole lifetime of the vacuum.

However, the Dyson V6 vacuum has HEPA filtration system. These are Hyper Efficient Particulate Air filters which remove allergens and tiny dust particles from the air. This is a great feature for anyone with allergies or who is very sensitive to the air.

Verdict:
While the Dyson DC59 has a good filtering system, it can’t compare to the job done by the HEPA filtration system of the V6, so the Dyson V6 is definitely the better option here.

Cleaning Performance

When you are looking for a new vacuum, what you really want to know is how it’s going to perform for the general cleaning tasks in your own home. Are they better at carpets, or bare floors? And is there a difference in efficiency or effectiveness?

Both the vacuums have similar suction powers of 28 W on standard mode, and 100 W on MAX advanced cleaning mode. However, Dyson V6 has a wider cleaning path. This means that it is better able to cover a greater surface area, so you’ll ultimately need to do fewer sweeps.

Both the DC59 and the Dyson V6 vacuum are suitable for hard floorings, like in the kitchen or bathroom, as well as low pile carpets. They are both great options for homes that have mixed surfaces. However, the Dyson V6 also tends to be a bit better when it comes to thicker pile carpets, for instance in the bedrooms, compared to the DC59. It easily gets rid of dirt, pet hair and fine dust.

The different Dyson vacuum ranges come with a variety of models. These models tend to be very similar, but with different accessories and mini soft dusting brush heads. On the other side only the DC59 Motorhead model comes with a Direct Drive cleaner head, whereas this is present in all of the V6 models (except for the V6 cord-free model).

The V6 also comes with the option of the soft roller cleaning head. This is a great addition for cleaning hard floors without leaving scratch marks.

Verdict:
Both the vacuums perform really well at cleaning a variety of substances from different surfaces. However, the V6 is better on thick pile carpets, plus it comes with more options for the brush heads which make it more adaptable, so it is the clear winner when it comes to performance.

Price

Although it is great to know about the various features of the two vacuums, very often the ultimate decision comes down to price. However, in the case of these vacuums, the price is often determined by which model you choose.

We’ve already mentioned in this article that the different ranges of Dyson vacuums each come with different models. The most basic of these models, like the V6 cord-free, tend to come with just the vacuums and the charging or docking stations, and they are the cheaper models.

There are then various other models which come with extra brush heads, and extra accessories for pets or cars, such as the DC59 Motorhead, and the Dyson V6 Absolute or V6 Animal, which are more expensive.

However, although the different models affect the prices, in general the DC59 models are cheaper than the V6 models.

Verdict:
This is not a clear cut round, as different models have different prices, but generally the DC59 models are cheaper, so we give this round to the DC59.

Conclusion

So there you have it. We’ve taken you through the similar designs that the two vacuums have, for which the V6 is very slightly lighter. We’ve shown you that the two vacuums both have quite small dustbins that are easy, if a little messy to unload.

The charge time for both is around 3.5 hours, and the DC59 runs for longer on the standard mode, but the V6 lasts for longer on the MAX mode. Both vacuums have washable filters, but only the V6 has HEPA filters.

And they both work on a variety of floors, but the Dyson V6 is better at thicker carpets, and also comes with a soft roller direct drive cleaner head, which makes it better for hard floors and pet hair too. So while both vacuums have a lot of good features, our ultimate choice is the V6. But it doesn’t matter what we think. Which vacuum is better for you?

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