Dyson's high priced v6 Absolute feels too familiarThe newest stick vac from Dyson features the same engine and design as its predecessors, but costs a lot more.
Hi, I'm Andrew Gebhart for CNET. Today I'm taking a look at the Dyson V6 Absolute. It's their brand new stick vac designed to push the envelope by being almost exactly the same as every other one of their stick vacs. What you get when you do decide to shell out for the Absolute are a bunch of extra attachments, a hepa filter, which is the very first one in a Dyson stick vac, and this brand new, fluffy looking, vacuum head. The idea of this cute, little, fuzzy. Vacuum is to avoid scratching your hardwood floors with spinning bristles. It also, because it keeps contact with the floor with the thing that rotates should be able to keep a feel to help you get up the fine particles while also being able to grab and fling large particles into the compartment. But the experience of using it isn't quite as seamless as I'd hoped. Pet hair clings to this thing. It also does fling a lot of those large particles into the vacuum compartment. But when we tested it on Cheerios, the particles that it missed, it actually flung in front of the vacuum and off to the side. I have a few more nitpicks, the battery life isn't great and there's no way to tell how much battery you have. The filter falls out a little too easy when you tilt the thing, and I really wish the Dyson sixpacks could stand on their own, but overall, it's easy to use, it's fine. Everything clicks into place securely, you're holding most of the weight in your hands. So it's very maneuverable. It's a good stick vac, it just costs too much. I don't see any reason to pay twice as much for this guy when you can get the same engine for half. And the Hoover Linx still bests the numbers on this on both pet hair and Cheerios, and at $180, you're practically cutting the cost in half again. At $660, it needs to be more than a sick vac and it's not. So for the time being, I recommend spending either $300 on the Dyson V6 or spending $180 on the Hoover [UNKNOWN]. For more, please be sure to check out my full review on CNET.com, for CNET, with the Dyson V6 Absolute. I'm Andrew Gebhard. [MUSIC]