You could end up paying hundreds of pounds over the odds for a cordless Dyson vacuum if you buy at the wrong time, or from the wrong place. So if you’ve got your eye on a Dyson, it pays to do your research before you buy.
You might think that opting for one of the older Dyson models would bag you a good price, if you’re willing to sacrifice some of the newer features of the V10 and V11 models, such as longer battery life and larger capacity. But we found that prices go up as well as down, so an older Dyson could cost you nearly as much as the latest model.
To help you avoid getting caught out, we reveal how to get the best price for a cordless Dyson below, including making sense of the different models available.
Update for 03 May 2019: Getting the best price in the May bank holiday sales
Here’s a quick guide to prices to look out for on the Dyson range if you’re scouring the sales. Based on historical pricing data, we think these represent genuinely good value compared to the usual retail price:
- Dyson V11 – anything under £499
- Dyson V10 – anything under £399
- Dyson V8 – £300 or less
- Dyson V7 – £230 or less
- Dyson V6 – £185 or less
- We’ve spotted the Dyson V8 Absolute on sale at Dyson.co.uk and some retailers for £300, which is a good price for this model, especially considering V7 prices seem a bit high at the moment.
- The Dyson V10 Total Clean is £479 at Dyson.co.uk, which is around £20 less than its usual price. This model includes extra flexible extension tools and a wide upholstery nozzle, so could be good if you have a larger home or high ceilings and want more flexibility.
To see how the different Dyson vacuums stack up in our independent tests, and if there are other brands worth considering, head to our cordless vacuum reviews
Don’t overpay for a cordless Dyson
We’ve been keeping tabs on the prices of Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners, as we’ve noticed they can rise in the months before big sales events such as Black Friday, creating the illusion of deals on the day. They also went up prior to the Dyson V10 launch in March 2018.
Dyson V10 prices have remained extremely stable since launch, but now that the Dyson V11 has arrived, we may start to see some price drops.
In the table below, you can see the price fluctuations for different Dyson vacuums between February and November 2018, according to data from Pricerunner. Use this, along with our pricing advice below the table, to sort the deals from the duds.
|Model||Lowest price||Common price||Highest price|
|Dyson V11 Absolute*||£599||£599||£599|
|Dyson V11 Animal*||£499||£499||£499|
|Dyson V10 Total Clean||£449||£499||£600|
|Dyson V10 Absolute||£449||£449||£559|
|Dyson V10 Animal||£385||£399||£499|
|Dyson V8 Absolute||£299||£349||£440|
|Dyson V8 Animal||£269||£329||£439|
|Dyson V7 Total Clean||£299||£319||£480|
|Dyson V7 Animal||£219||£279||£389|
|Dyson V7 Motorhead||£185||£249||£309|
|*The V6 range has officially been discontinued, but tends to make a comeback as a special deal for big sales events. It’s one of the cheapest options around, but bear in mind that for around £15-£50 more you could get better battery life and additional features from the V7. V11 prices based on launch price on 21 March 2019.|
Buying a cordless Dyson in 2019? Stick to these five golden rules
1. Don’t pay more than £350 for a V8
If you’re paying £350 or more for a V8 model, consider trading up to the V10 vacuum, which has a longer battery life and larger dust capacity.
If you’re looking at the Absolute or Total Clean V10 models, it’s worth considering the V11 Animal instead. The V11 has a digital battery countdown, full 60 minutes of floor cleaning time (on eco mode) and the entry-level Animal model is a similar price to the top-end V10 models. Find out more in our full story on the Dyson V11 launch.
2. Watch out for older models costing more than new ones
You’d expect the prices of older ranges to go down over time, but we’ve found that some models end up on sale for a price that exceeds their original launch price, even several years after they first launched.
Be wary of spending more on an older V6 model (it tends to make a comeback for sales events) as we’ve spotted the newer V7 vacuum for less. The V7 will give you nearly a third more battery life, so it’s worth checking the price difference before you buy.
3. Don’t Buy a Dyson at Littlewoods
We’ve noticed that prices at Littlewoods in particular can be much higher than the common price elsewhere for Dyson vacuums – typically by £50-£100 but sometimes even more.
For example, the Dyson V10 Absolute is currently £550 at Littlewoods but £450 elsewhere, so you’d be overpaying by £100 if you bought from here.
4. Be wary of ‘exclusive’ models
In 2017 we saw a couple of supposedly new models launch ahead of Black Friday, such as the V8 Absolute Pro and V7 Motorhead Pro.
Often the difference between these models and the standard version is as simple as a difference in colour. The V8 Absolute Pro, for example, had a black cleaning tube, instead of the original orange.
These models can sometimes be slightly cheaper, but check against the original model first to be sure.
5. Check the latest price data
Use price comparison sites such as Pricespy to compare prices, as well as whether or not it’s a good time to buy, based on analysis of historical price data.
It’s worth having a quick Google too, as some retailer’s price feeds such as John Lewis aren’t always picked up by these sites. Make sure you also check which models performed best in our tough cleaning tests with our cordless Dyson reviews.
Consider a refurbished model
The official eBay Dyson outlet has some of the cheapest prices around for popular models such as the V7 Animal, currently £234, and V8 Animal, currently £259. These models are refurbished, and have a slightly shorter guarantee, but are a good way to get a Dyson for less.
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Choosing the best Dyson stick vacuum
One of the main differences between the different Dyson ranges is the battery life. As you go up the ladder, you get more cleaning time. You can see how long each one lasts, according to our battery life tests, in the table below.
|Dyson range||Run time on standard setting||Run time on highest setting|
|V6||20 minutes||6 minutes|
|V7||28 minutes||7 minutes|
|V8||33 minutes||8 minutes|
|V10||43 minutes*||8 minutes|
|V11||60 minutes*||12 minutes*|
|NB: Dyson’s quoted run times are longer, as they are often based on using the mini tools, which use less power. We test using the floor tool. * V10 and V11 based on low power mode. V11 data based on spec, we will be testing this model soon. V11 turbo is with floorhead attached. It’s five minutes with mini tools.|
The V10 Cyclone represented a major redesign of the Dyson cordless, including a dust-emptying system that points directly into the bin, a larger bin capacity, and a small but handy rubber strip which allows you to lean the vacuum against a wall while cleaning.
On the V7, V8 and V10 ranges, you’ll also get Dyson’s ‘hygienic bin-emptying’ feature, which helps to push dirt and debris out of the dust container. The V6 range is the only one that doesn’t have this.
The newer V11 has a digital battery display, longer battery life, and the premium model has an auto-cleaning mode.
Animal, Absolute or Total Clean? Making sense of the different models
In each of the Dyson ranges (V7, V8 etc), there will typically be three or four variations to pick from. The difference in price between these models can be hundreds of pounds. The core machine is usually the same – what you’re paying for is additional floor tools and attachments.
For example, in the V10 range you’ll find the Dyson V10 Animal, Dyson V10 Absolute and the Dyson V10 Total Clean. The basic V10 Animal model comes with a combination floor tool for carpets and hard floors. You will also get a crevice tool, mini pet tool, and a 2-in-1 upholstery tool and dusting brush.
Here’s how the full Cyclone V10 range breaks down:
- V10 Animal Comes with mini motorised tool for sucking up pet hair from smaller areas such as stairs and furniture, and standard mini tools (crevice, dusting, upholstery).
- V10 Absolute As above, plus has a special ‘fluffy’ hard-floor tool, pictured above. It looks a bit like a paint roller and is claimed to be gentle on sensitive hard floors, as well as better at picking up larger crumbs.
- V10 Total Clean Similar to the V10 Absolute, but has additional accessories such as a mattress cleaning tool, up-top tool and flexible extension hose.
These differences are roughly mirrored within each of Dyson’s ranges. Some retailers may offer extra packages with additional specialist accessories, or bargain versions with just the basics. On the V7 range, the Motorhead model is the entry-level one, and doesn’t have the mini pet tool.
So do you need those extra tools? Not always. We’ve found that some are more useful than others. To find out which combination is best to tackle dust and dirt around your home, check our Dyson cordless vacuum reviews.
Dyson vs other cordless vacuums
Cordless vacuum cleaners have become increasingly popular, and we’re seeing a rush of new brands and models coming on to the market, including some bargain options for less than £100.
However, our tests have uncovered a record number of Don’t Buy cordless vacuums over the past year or so. The worst model we’ve tested scored just 21% overall, gaining just one star out of five on six of seven floor-cleaning tests.
It’s not all bad news, though. We’ve found Best Buys from £190, so use our round-up of the best cordless vacuum cleaners to get a vacuum that will be easy to use and leave your home spotless.
What does Dyson say about the price fluctuations?
We queried the large price fluctuations on older cordless models with Dyson. It told us it has recently reviewed its range to offer a more ‘simple and transparent’ line-up. The brand says:
“Our own direct pricing has been adjusted to mirror this, and to avoid potentially confusing fluctuations our recommended retail pricing will remain consistent year-round but, as ever, pricing is at the discretion of the retailer.”
*Price data correct as of 03 May 2019