Hoover Air Cordless Series 3 Upright
- An average of 50 minutes of fade-free suction
- 2 x LithiumLife batteries
- Powered brushroll with WindTunnel 3 technology
- Cyclone technology
- LED headlights
- Removable cleaning wand
- Battery fuel guage
- included accessories for stairs and furniture
- Brushroll shut-off switch
- reusable washable filter (includes spare)
- 1.05 litre dirt capacity
- charge time 3 hours
- 5 year warranty
- weight 9.9lbs
- Direct drive cleaner head
- Dyson digital V6 motor
- 2 Tier Radial cyclones
- Up to 20 minute of powerful fade free suction
- max power mode
- balanced for floor to ceiling cleaning
- converts for handheld cleaning
- mini soft dusting brush
- washable lifetime filters
- 0.416 litre dust capacity
- charge time 3.5 hours
- 2 year warranty
- weight 5lbs
These two cordless offerings from Hoover and Dyson are excellent vacuum cleaners that showcase the latest vacuum technology. The Hoover Air Cordless Series 3 has been around since early 2014 and the Dyson V6 Motorhead is slightly newer having been released in early 2015. Both units utilise a lithium-ion battery, however the Hoover comes with a second battery. This means it can run for 50 minutes on average compared to only 20 minutes from the Dyson V6. The battery on the V6 is not removable meaning you cannot buy a spare, whereas the Hoover battery is removed for charging.
Looking for more battery life from a Dyson cordless? Why not check out our review of the Dyson V8, which not only has double the battery life of the V6 but is also exceptionally quiet
There are several models of Dyson V6 cordless vacuum, from the entry level V6 Cord-free (which we reviewed here) to the top of the range V6 Absolute (which we reviewed here). The Dyson V6 motorhead is the mid-range model, which Dyson state provides 75% more brush bar power than the entry level due to its direct drive cleaner head.
The Hoover Air Cordless is marketed as being able to provide full home cleaning and replace your electric corded vacuum. This is the main difference to the Dyson V6, which is only suitable as either an additional vacuum for convenience cleaning or for small homes. The Hoover, with its two LithiumLife batteries can clean up to 2,500 square metres of floorspace.
Both of these vacuums have very high user ratings and lots of positive comments published on retail sites. User reviews of these two models have provided the following common positive points:
Hoover Air Cordless Series 3
Dyson V6 Motorhead
- Convenient cordless cleaning and lightweight.
- Good for hard floors and low pile carpets.
- 2 batteries providing an average of 50 minutes of cleaning.
- charging station can be kept separately from where you store your vacuum (unlike the Dyson V6).
- lots of accessories not typically found on cordless vacuums. Can potentially be your only home vacuum.
- dirt container is easy to empty and much larger capacity than the Dyson V6.
- maneuverability of a small stick vac.
- Very small, light and portable vacuum for quick, easy and convenient cleaning.
- Excellent suction power - the motorized brush picks up everything in one sweep.
- Great for hard floors and low pile carpets.
- comes with a charger that acts as a wall hanger as well.
- Great for removing pet hair from floors and furnishings.
- Users report that they can clean 1700sqm homes with this vacuum on one charge.
A summary of some user complaints of these two models is shown in the table below. However there are far less critical reviews than positive reviews overall and both of these vacuums have a majority of 4 and 5 star ratings by their users:
Hoover Air Cordless Series 3
Dyson V6 Motorhead
- reports of hair tangling up in the brush roll and causing it to stop.
- Some motors have burn out with the brush roll getting tangled up and stopping, however this is covered by the warranty.
- No HEPA filtration.
- Some have reported that the vacuum has stopped performing as well after a couple of years, however this could be due to poor maintenance and servicing.
- Not suitable for high pile or shag carpets.
- Some long term durability concerns.
- short battery life, which is even shorter in Max mode (around 6 minutes of suction).
- Very small dirt container that is messy to empty.
- No HEPA Filtration (Dyson V6 Absolute has HEPA).
- vacuum is top heavy and cannot stand up on its own.
- Expensive considering this may not be suitable for your only home vacuum.
- not suitable for high pile or shag carpets.
- You must hold the trigger the entire time you are vacuuming (although this helps you preserve the battery life).
The result of this cordless Hoover vs Dyson vacuum contest is a draw. Both of these vacuums are an excellent choice if you're looking for the best cordless vacuum. The choice between the two really comes down to what features you are looking for. If you are looking for a cordless vacuum that can replace your corded vacuum cleaner then the Hoover is the best choice. However if you are looking for a handy cordless vacuum as an addition to your main home vacuum then the Dyson V6 could be a better choice.
The video below from Hoover compares the Air Cordless to the Dyson V6 predecessor, the DC44. This gives an overview of the two models, although bear in mind that the Dyson V6 suction is an enhancement to the DC44 and the V6 has a slightly larger dust cup.