How to Use Dyson Vacuum Attachments?

Do not toss those Dyson vacuum attachments in the back of an unused cupboard.

But, Why not? You are confused about how to use them anyway. 

Well, start by solving your confusion about which attachment is used for cleaning what type of job. 

But we hear you say that you don’t have the time to figure it all out. 

In this article, we briefly compare five of the Dyson V-series models and the attachments that are included. We then discuss how to use Dyson vacuum attachments by including a couple of examples of what to use them on.

As you know, Dyson keeps improving with its cordless stick V-series vacuum cleaners. But to the eye, they all still look the same. So how do you know what is the differences between the older versions like the Dyson V7 and V8 and then the latest, which is the V10 and V11 models

Below we have put together a quick comparison table for you to see that although they are all extremely similar. There are definitely some major differences between the different V models.


Dyson V7

Dyson V8

Dyson V10

Dyson V11 Torque Drive

Dyson V11 Outsize

Available Models

Motorhead, Animal, Absolute, and HEPA

Absolute, Animal, and Motorhead

Motorhead, Absolute, Animal

Animal, Torque Drive


Dirt Bin Capacity

0.14 gallons ( 0.5 liters)

0.14 gallons ( 0.5 liters)

0.2 gallons ( 0.76 liters)

0.2 gallons (0.76 liters)

0.5 gallons (1.9 liters)

Charging Time

3 hours 30minutes

5 hours

3 hours 30 minutes

4 hours 30 minutes

4 hours 30 minutes

Operating Time

30 minutes (normal mode) or 6 minutes (boost mode)

40 minutes (normal mode) or 7 minutes (boost mode)

60 minutes (lowest power), up to 23 minutes (medium-power) up to 8 minutes (boost mode)

60 minutes (Eco Mode), up to 12 minutes max. power

120 minutes, up to 24 minutes max. power

Max Suction Power

100 Air Watts (boost mode)

115 Air Watts (boost mode)

150 Air Watts (boost mode)

185 Air Watts (boost mode)

220 Air Watts


5.45 lbs

5.75 lbs

5.9 lbs

6.68 lbs

7.85 lbs


8.2 x 9.8 x 49 inches

9.8 x 8.8 x 49 inches

9.8 x 10.1 x 49.2

10.28 x 50.63 x 9.84 inches

12.5 x 50.63 x 11.7

None of the above Dyson cordless stick vacuums can stand up on their own and need a wall mounts for charging and for storing. They also all use cyclone systems to force debris into the dustbin and include a washable lifetime filter

Other unique similar features about these models are that they help save on battery power. This is because they have the “Trigger Switch” technology where you need to continuously press the trigger to run the vacuum cleaner. 

They also have other basic parts that are similar to each other like the wand, and charger. Then there are others that are a little more advanced that help them improve on the previous models

Cleaning Heads

Direct Drive brushroll – Is the basic cleaning head on the V7, V8, and V10 Motorhead models. This brush roll is used for cleaning mainly carpets but it is gentle enough to also clean hardwood floors.

Torque Drive brushroll – The cleaning head for the Dyson V10 

High Torque brushroll – It is a more advanced multi-surface cleaning head for the Dyson V11 Torque Drive and Animal models. The Torque XL brush roll is a larger and is used on the Dyson V11 Outsize models

‘Fluffy’ Soft Roller brushroll – This brush roll uses foam brush rolls for cleaning larger particles of dirt on hardwood floors or tiles


We list the four basic attachments that are usually included with every vacuum cleaner. But remember not all models are the same so the attachments could also differ slightly. We also mention a few ideas for how to use Dyson vacuum attachments that you could easily try yourself.

The Crevice tool

vacuum cleaner crevice tool

This is the long narrow tube-like attachment with an enclosed tip at the end that is shaped at an angle. It is an attachment that is and should be used most often as it was designed to help you reach those narrow and other hard to reach areas like:

  • Under and between your cars seats and trunks
  • Clean out dust and dirt from the car door storage spaces
  • Between and under your sofa cushions and other furniture
  • Your stairs, blinds and curtain rails
  • Small spaces and crevices between cupboards, appliances, floorboards, and carpets
  • Clean out kitchen appliances

Mini Motorized brush attachment tool

Dyson vacuum cleaner Mini Motorized brush attachment tool

This attachment is a mini motorized brush that is mainly used to clean carpets, but other attachment uses can be:

  • Clean upholstery and other furniture covered with fabric
  • The carpet and foot mats in your car
  • Your carpeted stairs
  • Pet hair on cushions or your pets beds

A Mini Soft dusting brush

Vacuum Cleaner Mini Soft dusting brush

An attachment that uses soft bristles to help you dust and clean the more delicate surfaces like:

  • Lampshades and light fixtures
  • Mirrors and glass
  • Blinds or curtains
  • Appliances like a laptop or computer
  • Dusting delicate wood surfaces so as not to leave scratches
  • Books and wall hanging art

A Combination tool

Vacuum Cleaner Combination tool

A 2-in-1 attachment that can be used as a brush and a Dyson vacuum upholstery tool. It is great for cleaning the following:

  • The obvious one is all upholstery
  • Keyboards
  • Vents
  • Blinds

Optional Tools and Accessories

Some retailers will on occasion include additional tools and accessories for a specific model of Dyson vacuum cleaner. But if they don’t you are given the option to buy the attachment separately. Some of the common ones are:

  • Mattress tool – Used to clean all types and sizes of mattresses
  • Up-top adapter – An adapter that joins a cleaning head and the extension wand to help you reach higher cleaning areas
  • Dyson tool bag – A bag to stores all of the Dyson attachments 
  • Wands – An option to buy them in different colors if you wish to
  • Hard bristle brush – Used to clean hard and stubborn  dirt from different surfaces

How to use Dyson vacuum attachments becomes easy once you go through the quick comparison of the different models. Then learn from the different attachments which one works best for which type of job. As they are all tools that will definitely make cleaning a whole lot quicker and easier.





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