Dyson - V6 Animal Cord Free Vacuum - Nickel/Purple

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Dyson V6 Animal Cord Free Vacuum: This high-performance stick vacuum comes with a mini motorized tool for removing pet hair and ground-in dirt for a thorough clean. The wand easily detaches for handheld cleaning and the docking station charges the vacuum so it's ready to use.

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What's Included

  • Combination and Crevice tool with tool holster
  • Docking station
  • Mini motorized tool and mini soft dusting brush
  • Owner's manual
  • V6 Animal Bagless Cordless Vacuum

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1607 out of 1682)


Direct-drive cleaner head deep cleans

Stiff nylon bristles get ground-in dirt out of carpets while carbon fiber filaments remove fine dust from hard floors.

Strong suction power from start to finish

Cyclonic technology separates dirt from the air, preventing it from clogging filters and ensuring you get consistently strong suction power.

Mini motorized tool for tough tasks

Lifts stubborn pet hair and ground-in dirt from surfaces while powerful suction carries it away.

Soft dusting brush for upholstery and delicate surfaces

Fine nylon bristles gently remove dust while a felt strip down the middle of the brush helps protect surfaces.

Quick-release wand for added reach

Clean above the floor and other hard-to-reach places. Includes a combination and crevice tool with a tool holster and a docking station.

Upright vacuum cleaner for carpets, hard floors and stairs

Tackles all your vacuuming chores including pet hair and ground-in dirt that tends to embed deep into the fibers of carpets and upholstery.

Multi-stage cyclonic filtration system for easier maintenance

15 cyclones separate debris before they reach the rinsable filter, reducing the loss of suction and preventing dust from escaping back into the air.

Bagless 2-Tier Radial Cyclone technology for increased suction

No more clogged bags or filters. 2 tiers of smaller cyclones create centrifugal force to trap fine dust.

Bagless bottom-release dust cup

Easily empty dirt and debris into the trash with the simple press of a button.

Battery provides up to 20 minutes of cleaning time

Or up to 16 minutes with motorized floor tool attached.

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend

Expert Rating




  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I have mixed feelings about this one, here is why

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I received this as a present. And I was excited to get such a great gift! Normally I would not buy expensive stuff like this for myself, but cleaning the house needs to get done. I thought at first, after seeing the reviews, that the negatives of battery time and small dust cup maybe were just having expectations that were too high. But after using it for a short while, I find those two things to be really frustrating. Why? I have a modest townhouse, with tile/wood floors downstairs. This area needs to be vacuumed each day, and we have a dog with long fur, which makes it even more necessary. My battery vac, which I've bought two of in two years had just broken down again, a motor problem, just out of warranty. And I would use that each night, and I'd fill the dust cup, empty it, and do it again the next day. But with the Dyson, I have to empty the cup 3x for the same cleaning area and conditions. And I find myself draining the battery by the time I'm done - the other battery vac I had, didn't have either issue. Now, I think I'm getting more dirt up, and certainly more dust, it is evident by the amount of stuff filling up the cup. But, while getting the dust up is great, it is hard to get the unit clean. I can remove the dust cup, I can remove the cylindrical filter, but I cannot really clean the mesh/screen by removing and washing it. This makes no sense at all. And I've noticed an accumulation of dust inside of the tube, which is a bit concerning thinking about this long term. Most amazing to me, was when I turned it on, I smelled that dog smell thing. I have hepa filters around the house, and have always had hepa vacs that don't emit that smell, well for the last 10 years anyway. For a pet vac, I found out it doesn't have a hepa filter; come on, really? A pet vac without a hepa filter, and for $300 on a black friday special? The dust builds up on the inside rubber seal, which is also not easy to clean as it stays attached to the area you cannot remove and wash. Then without a hepa filter, and a dirty seal you cannot easily clean, it is making for a long term frustration trying to keep it clean. So, now I'm thinking about the minimalist battery issue, the small dust cup issue, and the lack of a hepa filter, and I'm wondering if it is really worth the money. The problem is that battery vacs are mostly not good. I have had several and they were not powerful - the Dyson is really powerful, while it lasts. It is balanced and not heavy, and even has a way to stand it against the wall so it doesn't fall. All of this is really good, no doubt. But do the negatives outweigh the positives? Normally I use the heavy duty plug in vac a couple of times a week, and use a battery vac each night in between, and for quick pickups. The plug in vac, which you've seen on infomercials, is amazing. But it is big, heavy, and a pain to unravel the cord, plug in, fight with the cord while vacuuming, then wrap it all up - it just adds time to an already short day. The real answer is what Dyson has come out with, a longer lasting battery vac, with a hepa filter. But that is hundreds more. Is it worth it? Is it worth keeping something that on a great sale costs $300? Will this last? I know the suction goes down with the dust in the area that is hard to clean (they say to run the dust brush over it to get the dust out of there, but that doesn't work so well). Good thing Best Buy has a good return policy and I'll give it awhile to see if in fact it is worth keeping. Maybe the other units will come down in price once these are sold out. Dyson has amazing products, no doubt. And this is better than any other battery vac on the market today, because it does really outshine the performance of other battery vacs. But, in the back of my mind is how much this cost and I expected those concerns I've had (and others have had) were not really big deals - but they are a concern. Time will tell, but I thought I should mention these things so you see if you really want to invest the money for something that is already expensive, and if you are, maybe spending a bit more would be the better way to go. I'm not cleaning nut or anything, just so you know. But it seems I've added to my chore list now, cleaning the vac every couple of nights, because of the dust build up and the lack of being able to easily clean it out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response


      Hi Stevefromtheburbs. Thank you for providing your review on the V6 Animal. We are pleased to hear that your are satisfied with the machines performance. As for cleaning the machine, we do recommend that it is cleaned occasionally to keep the machine working as intended. We do recommend using a can of compressed air to blow out any debris that may build up in the shroud area of the cyclone as we do not recommend getting the cyclone wet.

      We would value the opportunity to learn more about your experience, please contact us at askdysonUS@dyson.com and we will be happy to help.

      Best Wishes,

      Dyson Customer Service Dyson-EN_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    How do I love thee? Let me count the ways . . .

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I had always declined to buy a Dyson vacuum -- first of all, because they are extremely expensive, and secondly, it seemed like a status symbol type of purchase -- that people bragged about their Dysons because they paid so much for them, not because they were actually good vacuums. I mean, how good can a vacuum really be to justify paying that price for it? Then I saw the commercial for the Dyson cordless V6 Animal vacuums -- I admit I was intrigued! I still didn't believe they could really be that great, but when they went on sale on Black Friday 2016 I finally decided to purchase one. I got it from Best Buy knowing I could bring it back if it was just mediocre as I expected it to be. How very wrong I was! This vacuum is worth every penny! I've recently retired and am cleaning my house from top to bottom, and this vacuum has made it so EASY! It's lightweight, and easy to keep with me no matter what kind of tight space I'm working in -- the attachments are lightweight and remove and attach easily, and the attachments reach virtually ANYWHERE! The vacuum is weighted for a woman -- so I can easily maneuver it anywhere I need to, just as they showed on the demonstration videos! I have mild arthritis in my shoulder and arm and hand, but it doesn't hurt when I use the Dyson. No more lifting a heavy vacuum in tight spaces, and not being able to maneuver it where I need it to go without hurting myself. I vacuumed under my bed, and the vacuum just laid flat and I could vacuum all the way under it easily and quickly! It's so lightweight and balanced in such a way that vacuuming just seems sort of intuitive, like it "knows" what I want it to do, and it never disappoints! It removes dust and dirt from corners and tight spaces quickly and easily! This vacuum is really NOT comparable to any other vacuum on the market. Its far above and beyond a normal vacuum cleaner. As for the battery life, it's worked perfectly for me! I have a very small house, and only work in a small area at one time, so I just plug it back into its holder when I'm not using it and it charges right back up. The charging wall holder is just amazing and so convenient!! The one con would be that the debris cannister is quite small -- we have three very large dogs, so I end up with a LOT of hair in the cannister every time I vacuum, but it's really simple to empty it out, so it hasn't been a problem. I'm just so VERY glad I bought this vacuum. I never thought I could be so enthusiastic about a vacuum cleaner, but I love my Dyson!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great vacuum and its cordless

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    We were tired of pushing around heavy vacuums so we decided to get a lightweight vacuum. We considered the Shark corded and cordless, but the Dyson passed our in-store tests. We have 2/3 tile floors and 1/3 carpeted floors at our house. It really meets all of our requirements, except for runtime. We were not going to pay an additional $150 for the V8 with its double battery, so that is all the complaining I can give this topic for the V6. Its only other downside is that you have to keep the trigger depressed for it to run, and that gets tiring after 5 minutes; a lock or a palm switch would be easier. It lasts about 20 minutes, or on MAX only 6 minutes. It took a few days with charge cycles and runtime to figure out that we never really need MAX. Either floor type worked fine at the regular setting and we could see everything swirling around the canister while we cleaned, so we knew it was doing its job. So one or two rooms at a time and back to the charger. Because of its small shape a that it is so lightweight it gets right under sofas, beds, and tables; no more missed areas. It is fun to use still after a month. And in dustbuster mode, it kicks butt; I never had anything that could clean the cars so easily. Only the shop vac had more suction, but now I don't have to wind up 50' of extension cord. Because of the ease of use and low weight, we vacuum sofas and seats which were previously avoided due to size and weight of a shop vac. Now the seats are maintained cleaner than before.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Super convenient

    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This stick vac is really easy to put together and to use. I have used it several times and the suction is still great. Very easy to empty the tank into the waste basket. Sometimes dust and hair get stuck in the tank, but it's super easy to clean out. Very easy to maneuver around corners and under tables, etc... definitely makes me want to vacuum more often since it's so easy to grab this stick vac and go. I can't believe the amount of dust, etc.. this vac finds! When reading the reviews prior to deciding to purchase this vac, I was a little concerned about the 20 minute run time and 3.5 hour charge time, but honestly, 20 minutes has turned out to be plenty of time for me to cover a lot of ground. And the 3.5 hour charge time is really not 3.5 hours. Mine fully charges in a couple of hours tops. I just go do other things when it needs to charge and the time goes by fast. I have all hardwood floors in my house with the exception of my carpeted stairs and this vac does a great job on both! I highly recommend this product.... it's so easy to use/maneuver, much easier than lugging out the big heavy vacuum, and really has enabled me to keep up with my constantly shedding pup with ease : )

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This is our second Dyson purchase this year. We purchased a multi-surface Dyson in March 2015. I didn't know how much cat hair and carpet fiber I was missing!. It is heavy and awkward on stairs. We have used an Ergonomics for the past 7 years on vinyl floors but the suction has been getting weaker even with replacing the filter unit. So I looked at Dyson cordless models. I had orginally wanted the Motorhead model but for the same price my husband wanted the more expensive Animal V-6 cordless. I read reviews and agree that the waste compartment is small. This machine like it's big daddy models really extract hair and fibers and dirt and crumbs from the surface it is being used on, so the waste container gets full quickly. It is easy to empty. It is lighter weight than the multifloor model we have. I bought it to do our carpeted staircases (I keep a wastebasket nearby) and cat sand around litter boxes on ceramic tile. Because of the beater bar it is not for use on wood floors. The charge has lasted and I have not had the unit 'die' on me. It is always charged up and ready for me or my husband to use. Instructions tell you to take out the filter and rinse once a month. It needs 24 hours to dry. I however need the machine on a daily-hourly basis so I have found this hard to work-in in a 24 hour period. I do own a broom and dustpan and use these when the Dyson is not available during this time. It works well for what I want but it is not maintenance free.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Powerful Vacuum. Powerful Flaws.

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is indeed a powerful vacuum. I did my fair share of research via YouTube and saw that this vacuum was more powerful than the other ones that had a cord. BUT...by no means is this a 5-star vacuum. Stating with the obvious high price point...I feel like you expect more. If I hadn't bought this as a Doorbuster, I would have for sure returned it. Another flaw is that you have to keep your finger pressed on the 'trigger' in order for the vacuum to run. No bueno. I have developed somewhat of an acute carpool tunnel syndrome. My fingers and hand start to hurt after a while. The charging process is absolutely ridiculous for a $500 vacuum! You HAVE to charge it for 3.5 hours in order to JUST get 20 minutes of vacuum time(6 minutes if you're on MAX!). No bueno. Lastly, emptying out the canister that holds all of the dirt and junk can get difficult. I don't recommend this vacuum. There are a lot of flaws for such an expensive vacuum. If you have the extra cash, I recommend looking into the v8 or another one with more running time per charge. Or choosing another vacuum where you indeed get more 'bang for you buck'.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response


      Hi Brian, this is Krystal with Dyson. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on the Dyson V6 Animal. I am sorry to hear you are less than satisfied with the vacuum. The Dyson range of cordless vacuum cleaners has a battery-enhancing trigger. Battery power is only on when the trigger is pushed – this means that the battery is only used for cleaning, and is not wasted when moving from room to room, or moving around obstacles.

      The V6 is great for in between cleanings, quick clean ups or small areas as it does feature 20 minutes of constant suction in standard mode and 6 minutes on MAX power for tougher jobs as advertised.

      We would value the opportunity to learn more about your experience. Please contact us at askdysonUS@dyson.com with your serial number, description of issue or concern and your contact information and we will be happy to help.

      Best Wishes,
      Dyson Customer Service Dyson-EN_US

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    battery stinks!!


    I am not a fan of Dyson's to begin with b/c of the hefty price tags and the fact that they are completely messy to deal with but my wife desperately wanted a cordless lightweight vac to do our wood floors; we thought that this one fit the bill but were sadly mistaken. The battery lasts exactly 12 minutes (only 6 minutes if using the "max" vacuum feature) and needs to be charged again for 3.5 hours; you can't even vacuum a single room before it quits. This product is definitely not worth the hefty $400 price tag; I was right to not like Dyson's to begin with and I will never buy another one. It does vacuum okay for a few of the minutes the battery works but I am not sure what purpose the vacuum serves for anyone only working a few minutes at a time; seems like cordless technology is still many years away. If you only need to vacuum something for a couple of minutes and can afford to spend hundreds of dollars for the ease of cordless then I guess this would work for you but it is not at all practical for me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response


      Hi Mike, I am sorry to hear that you are not a fan and we hope your wife was still able to enjoy the machine. V6 provides a 20 minute run time before the battery runs out. That is because V6 has a run time enhancing trigger – meaning that you are only using energy when you really want to be cleaning, rather than leaving it running when you’re moving furniture or moving from one room to the next. In developing the V6, Dyson engineers researched how long people like to clean, and found that the vast majority of people clean for less than 25 minutes in one session. Many people, for example those living in apartments in metropolitan areas, find 20 minutes proves to be long enough. Although if you live in a much bigger home, we would recommend that V6 be used for in-between cleans, rather than deep whole home cleans.

      Further, using a nickel manganese cobalt battery pack, V6 releases its charge evenly so there is no drop in performance. Other cordless machines may claim longer run times, but thanks to fading batteries, clogging bags and filters, they can quickly lose up to half their suction power in use.

      Please consider emailing us directly with your contact information to askdysonUS@dyson.com and we will be in touch.

      Best wishes,

      Dyson Customer Service Dyson-EN_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dyson Animal V6

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I would highly recommend this Dyson Animal V6. It is an expensive vacuum but it's worth it for quick jobs. I use this for spot cleaning so I don't have to use my regular Hoover vacuum. Let me tell you, I used my Hoover and then tried my new Dyson and it was amazing at what this cordless vacuum picked up. I was in shock. This cordless vacuum has so much suction and power it will blow your mind. The only downside to this purchase is, it takes about 3 hours to charge and you get about 20mins of run time using the sweeper attachment, less time if you use the max vacuum function. If you use the attachments, you will get more run time. I haven't used the attachments yet to see how long it will run though. It comes with several attachments and an upholstery brush. You can also mount the vacuum to the wall or just store the vacuum in the closet, which I do. The wall mount doesn't come with screws, so you're on your own if your choose that route. I also like the fact that you can go from carpet to hardwood and tile without having to stop and change settings. You can even get under couches, beds and dressers. The Dyson does come with a 2 yr warranty if you register online. Over all I would highly recommend this vacuum and I'm very pleased with this purchase. My next purchase will be a Dyson vacuum to replace my Hoover.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about usability, design and size. Editors are less positive about reliability and price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 96/100 = Excellent quality.
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