10405194_12Everyone knows that Dyson vacuum cleaners are the undisputed champions of the vacuuming world—or are they? Well, today we find out as I review the Dyson V6 Mattress Vacuum Cleaner. This small and compact vacuum comes with some pretty large claims. This is nothing new for the folks at Dyson, who always seem to exhibit supreme confidence when it comes to their machines. Whether that confidence is very well founded or entirely misplaced is the question I seek to answer today. I can’t speak for other Dyson vacuum models, but I’ll certainly do my best to dig up all the dirt on the V6 Mattress Vacuum in the remainder of the blog. Keep reading for the full story!

Vacuum & Accessories

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The Dyson V6 Mattress Vacuum, which looks a bit like a funky space laser weapon (see image below), comes with some useful attachments & accessories. I guess that the only part that can be called an accessory, though, is the adapter by which you charge the unit. Charging takes about 3.5 hours to achieve, and that will get you about 20 minutes of all-out vacuuming before you start to lose suction. A bit longer would certainly have been nice, but considering the vacuum’s motor turns at 110,000 rpms, which has to draw some serious power, I’m surprised it lasts as long as it does. Among the V6’s attachments are a Mini Motorized Tool (great for mattress surfaces), a Combination Tool (excellent for removing pet hair from couch cushions), and a Crevice Tool (perfect for edging and reaching into cracks). The Crevice Tool, or “Edging Attachment”, as I call it myself, is also great for sucking up nasty spiders!!

Features & Specs

Fun with Dyson 3.jpg* The V6’s motor rotates at up to 110,000 rpms for unmatched power & suction

* Dyson’s HEPA filtration system captures more than 99.97% of particles as tiny as 0.3 microns in size

* The V6 is fully cordless & features a nickel manganese cobalt battery for full-force suction (up to 20 minutes per charge)

* The V6 is both lightweight & handheld so you can easily move it from room to room in your home

* The V6’s dustbin can easily be cleared with the simple touch of a button

* Like all Dysons, the V6 is engineered to reduce sound output while maintaining full power

* Includes a special motorized mattress tool that frees dust (and other common mattress allergens) so the V6 can easily suck them up

* The V6 features a 2 year parts and labour warranty

Testing & Results

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I had two objectives in testing the V6. First, I wanted to see if it could really do what it claims it can do. And second, I wanted to try it out on some other furniture & household surfaces besides just mattresses. After all, if it can handle mattresses, I figured it could also handle chairs, couches, and all kinds of cushions too. The only problem with any of this is that I, nor any other ordinary human being, can see particles as small as 0.3 microns in size, so how was I to know if I was actually getting them?? Considering how hideous and disgusting dust mites are, it’s probably a very good thing that we can’t see them with the naked eye!! But, thanks to Dyson’s inclusion of a HEPA filtration system in their V6 vacuum, I’m sure that if these nasty creatures truly were sucked up into the dust chamber, there was certainly no escape for them!

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When I finally got down to business with my testing, I started by attaching the Mini Motorized Tool to the V6 and attacking one of our mattress tops. Although I can’t see incredibly tiny particles and dust mites, I could certainly tell that the V6 was picking up something. While nothing was visibly noticeable on the mattress itself, the vacuum’s dust chamber quickly took on a very foggy appearance. This cloud was actually an accumulation of fine dust particles, and a pretty thick one at that! It was obvious to me that the Dyson was doing a pretty good job on the mattress, and I was happy to find that it got the job done without being jet-engine loud or difficult and clumsy to handle. Test number one could certainly be declared a success. On to the next part of the experiment!

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In stage 2 of my testing, I tried the V6’s Combination Tool on some couch cushions and I used the Crevice Tool on both the cushions and along the edge of the mattress. I could clearly see the removal of visible bits of debris from the cushions with the Combination Tool, and in just a few seconds the entire underside of the cushion was looking great. It was more difficult to ascertain just how well the edging went, however, as the edges were quite clean to begin with. Still, you can certainly feel the suction of the V6 as it clings to the cushion (or whatever else you’re cleaning) when you place the nozzle against its target. All up, the Dyson Mattress Vacuum picked up a lot of dust and light debris no matter what I used it on (this list also included, briefly, the livingroom carpet, which doesn’t at all fall under its intended use), and it seemed to be doing its job very very well throughout my testing. Of course, there’s no way for me to know how many dust mites I may have ultimately sucked up with this vacuum, but I guess I’ll take Dyson’s word for the fact that I did, in fact, get them.

A Brief Video Overview

Take a look at my short video demonstration of the Dyson V6 in action:

Final Thoughts & Recommendations

10405194_1In the grand scheme of things, thinking about the kinds of nightmarish creatures that live within our mattresses isn’t exactly something I relish. In fact, I’d rather not know about them at all. However, since I do know about them, and since they do need to be conquered, I’m glad to know that there’s a vacuum out there that specifically targets them. Moreover, after having spent some quality time with the Dyson V6 Mattress Vacuum, I’m extremely confident in its prowess, and I’m more than happy to recommend it. Whether or not it is entirely necessary, however, is purely your decision. If you’re anything like me, you may be perfectly happy to hoist your full-sized floor vacuum up onto the mattress whenever a cleaning is in order. Still, there’s certainly something to be said for having a small, lightweight, handheld, purpose-built vacuum to rely upon when the allergens come a biting.


Leonard Bond
Leo enjoys writing about everything from secret agents to tech toys and gadgets to professional hockey. Find his reviews and other product related commentary right here on the Best Buy Blog and his latest hockey rants at www.hockeycontroversial.com.


  1. i do like it actually more than V10 the new one. Yes, its battery not that last-living, but its so much QUIETER than new ones! And yes my husband does the gun impressions all the time))) Anything to get him house-cleaning hahahahaha

  2. I appreciate the conclusion of your review, wondering if such a specialized vacuum is really necessary. Since it’s a Dyson, I’m sure it’s very good at what it does, but, for now, I think I’ll get by with my upright.

  3. I laughed so hard at your 3rd image.


    I think we might have to add this one to our Dyson family one day.

  4. I just couldn’t resist!


    My wife and I don’t own a Dyson ourselves, but when our current vacuum dies, Dyson is our frst choice for a replacement. I probably wouldn’t want 2 though, just because our place is small and the less stuff we have in it the better. We’d go with a full-sized floor model, which we would then still use on our mattresses anyway. It may not be as easy or convenient for mattresses as this smaller model, but for us, redundancy means clutter, and I really don’t like clutter!!



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