Dyson had one thing in mind with the V6 Motorhead: better performance on carpet.
The only significant different between the V6 Cord-free and the V6 Motorhead is the Direct-drive cleaner head, which they claim has 75% more brush bar power than the V6 Cord-free.
The idea is to agitate the carpet more to pull dust and debris out. This improvement seems to be entirely within the cleaner head itself, as there is no apparent change to the handheld. Also, the cleaner head from the V6 Motorhead, or any other V6 model, can be swapped out with the V6 Cord-free with no apparent change in performance.
The dustbin isn’t any bigger than the V6 Cord-free, so keep in mind that this vacuum is for spot cleaning and needs to be often emptied. The Dyson V6 and V8 2-in-1’s have the best-in-class suction.
The battery hasn’t changed in the V6 Motorhead. You still get 20 minutes of runtime and about 3.5 hour charge time.
Below you’ll find more details about how the Dyson V6 Motorhead performs and what to look out for if you’re considering this 2-in-1.
- Bare floors
- Low-pile Carpet and Rugs
- RV’s, Vehicles
- Capable of covering around 1000 Square Feet
- Suction is best-in-class for a 2-in-1
- Docking Station for accessible storage
- 3.5 Hour Charge Time
- Direct-drive brush roll; 75% more power than the V6 Cord-free brush roll
- Can reach from floor to ceiling
- Brush roll is easily removed and cleaned
- 2 year Warranty
- Only 20 minutes of runtime
- No motorized brush attachment for Handheld, but you can use the standard cleaner head instead.
- Battery is not user replaceable
- No height adjustment for brush roll; not friendly for thick carpet or rugs.
- Holding the trigger can be difficult if you have arthritis
I’ve found there’s no difference between the suction of the V6 series of vacuums. Dyson doesn’t claim any difference except for the cleaner head and attachments that are provided.
If you’ve had bad experiences with suction from a 2-in-1, you will be surprised at what the Dyson series is capable of. This vacuum should not be the only vacuum you use, and if this is your first 2-in-1 experience you will need to understand the compromises made for the 2-in-1 form factor.
The suction is so good that you find the dustbin fills up very quickly, and this is a big complaint from users that try to push a 2-in-1 beyond what’s it’s meant to handle.
Dyson goes an extra step to maximize the runtime of their 2-in-1’s by using a trigger mechanism to power the vacuum instead of a simple on/off button. This somewhat forces the user to focus on spot cleaning with the vacuum since holding the trigger can be tedious if you’re vacuuming a large area.
The main idea is that while the vacuum is being powered it is cleaning with purpose. There also is no warm-up time, so when you pull the trigger, the vacuum is ready to go.
This video starts with the suction of the handheld and mini motorized brush vacuuming out a vehicle.
Here’s the deal:
The mini motorized brush doesn’t come with the Dyson V6 Motorhead. It’s available with the V6 Animal, V6 Absolute, and V8 Absolute. However, you can simply attach the motorized cleaner head that you normally use with the V6 motorhead directly to the handheld itself. You’re simply removing the pipe.
Dyson claims that the V6 Motorhead has a 75% increase in brush roll power over the Dyson V6 Cord-free. This same brush roll is also in the V6 Animal and V6 Absolute.
Since the brush roll performance mainly impacts carpet, this is one more reason to favor the V6 Motorhead over the Cord-free if the majority of your home is carpeted.
Bare Floor Performance
Bare floor performance isn’t greatly enhanced with the direct-drive cleaner head. Bare floors don’t require much agitation to get dust up.
Often with brushless vacuums, you still end up with a small amount of dust still clinging to the floor. Having some brush action helps remove even more debris from bare floors.
Aside from the crevice tool, the additional attachment that comes with the V6 Motorhead is a combination brush and crevice tool shown in the picture.
The Dyson 2-in-1’s can also be considered a handheld with 2 attachments that turn it into a stick vacuum. The pipe that extends from the handheld to the cleaner head can be removed and the cleaner head simply attached to the handheld. This is a nice compromise with the V6 Motorhead and Cord-free since they do not come with the mini motorized brush.
- Crevice Tool
- Combo Brush and Crevice Tool
- You have the option of attaching the cleaner head directly to the handheld.
This is where you will want to consider attaching the cleaner head directly to the handheld.
The width of the cleaner head is almost the width of a typical stair, so it’s a piece of cake to knock out a staircase with this 2-in-1.
Check out this video of the handheld with the cleaner head being used on carpeted stairs.
Battery & Runtime
- 20 minutes
- Lithium Ion Battery
- 3.5 Hour charge time
If there is a sore spot with this vacuum, then the runtime is it. Even so, it’s about average for a 2-in-1, but also equally as important is the recharge time.
Three and a half hours is slightly better than average. It would be nice to get 30 to 40 minutes, but back to the purpose of this vacuum: spot cleaning.
A lot of 2-in-1’s have 5 to 9 hour charge times, which when you only get 15-20 minutes of use, is horrendous. Dyson hits a sweet spot of compromise with the V6 series.
If you’re willing to splurge, however, you can get 40 minutes of runtime with the Dyson V8 Absolute.
Battery Replacement: The battery is built into the unit, but it is possible to take the unit apart and remove it. This is best done by a certified technician to preserve your warranty, but if it’s over 2 years old, then there’s no harm in doing it yourself if you have the tools and know-how.
The filter on all the Dyson 2-in-1’s is very accessible. There’s no need to open the dustbin to get to it. Simply pull it out of the top of the handheld.
It’s washable, and Dyson recommends cleaning it once a month, then letting it dry for 24 hours. Dyson claims that all parts on the Dyson V6 are built to last 10 years, so you shouldn’t have to replace it for quite a while.
Allergy & Asthma Friendly Alternatives
Of the Dyson 2-in-1 vacuums, the V8 Absolute and the V6 Absolute are the only ones with HEPA filtration. The V8 Absolute is about twice the price of the V6 Cord-free, whereas the V6 Absolute is about $100 more. As a bonus, however, the V8 Absolute has twice the runtime(40 minutes).
As you can see from the video below, pet hair gets taken care of very well on carpet. Due to the size of the dustbin, you will want to keep an eye on the max fill line.
This is definitely an extreme case, but the Dyson handles it very well. NoteThe vacuum used in this example is the V6 Absolute, which is nearly the same as the V6 Motorhead except it has a HEPA filter. You can expect the same performance with the V6 Motorhead.
Again, the problem isn’t picking it up it’s where to put it. These 2-in-1 cordless vacuums are just not meant for heavy duty cleaning. If you deal with lots of pet hair, then you’re going to be disappointed.
If you want to use a vacuum like this, but also have lots of pet hair to deal with, then just vacuum more often. That’s what’s great about cordless vacuums: there is much less work to do to get started. So you will likely find yourself cleaning more often and dealing with much less pet hair at once.
Regular Maintenance & Clog Removal
After each use, make sure any strings or hair wrapped around the brush roll are removed. Clean the filter cup and shake out the filter.
If you noticed reduced suction, check for clogs around the entrance to the pipe at the vacuum head and the dustbin. Remove clogs as early as possible to prevent damage to the motor.
- Wipe out the dustbin with a damp cloth
- Wash the filter once a month and let dry for 24 hours
Check this out:
This video is an example of the Dyson V6 Motorhead cleaning for about 2 minutes on the Max setting. Initially the dustbin in empty, so this will give you an idea of just how quick it needs to be emptied.
Spoiler: It’s completely full after 2 minutes on seemingly already clean carpet.
For wood floors, many users attest that this vacuum is a cleaning beast. It handles edges and corners very well. Thick carpets like shag or thick rugs will cause the brush roll to seize up, and this is to be expected. Do not try to use this or any Dyson V6 model on thick carpet.
Another big complaint is how easily the dustbin fills up. You can see in the video above that on the Max setting the vacuum fills up within 2 minutes. The good thing is it’s easy to empty.
Most users report great suction, and with all the complaints of the dustbin filling up you know it’s doing something right.
And of course, the battery is an issue. 20 minutes is annoyingly short for many users, but as far as 2-in-1’s go it really isn’t that bad. With the relatively fast charge time, the Dyson 2-in-1’s are very competitive on this point.
Warranty & Customer Service
Some users report their battery failing after the 30 day return period, but still within the 2-year warranty. We asked Dyson the following,
“… I would like to know if Dyson replaces the battery if it doesn’t hold a charge within the 2-year warranty period.”
and their response,
“…The cordless vacuum and all of its parts are engineered to last at least 10 years. The 2-year manufacturer warranty covers parts and labor for manufacturer defect from the date of purchase when used for private household purposes in accordance with the Operating Manual.”
So they expect the unit to last at least 10 years, but as everyone knows some defects occur in manufacturing. Dyson responds very well to these issues and offers to fix the problem. Dyson has great support and responsiveness to customer inquiries. You shouldn’t have any issues getting Dyson to honor their warranty if an issue occurs with your unit.
Price & Similar Products
The 3 other Dyson V6 2-in-1’s are variations of this design. The Dyson V8 is the flagship cordless 2-in-1, being the most expensive and fully featured.
|Form Factor||2-in-1, Stick|
|Brush Height Adjustment||No|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Charge Time||3.5 Hours|