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All those below got the same rating to the right Scores ranged from 94 to 38 Top 5 were all Shark models 94 Shark APEX UpLight Lift-Away DuoClean LZ601 $275 88 Bissell Air Ram 1984 74 Dyson V8 Animal $250 74 Dyson V11 Animal $600 Lower ratings in the 5 categories 70 Dyson V10 $600 10-10-10-6 70 Hoover Linx $130 7-7-10-8Dyson
Dyson Stick Vacuums Lose CR Recommendation Over Reliability Issues
The Dyson V8 Absolute, which Consumer Reports deemed "the best stick vacuum we've ever tested" in September 2016 after it aced our key lab tests, is now rated lower because of reliability issues.
Nearly half of Dyson stick vacs develop problems within the first five years.
The most common problem was battery life but Dyson's were no worse than other brands.
The second biggest problem is that the 12 percent of Dyson stick vacs that were at least 3 years old had an issue with their brushes not working properly or not working at all.
All seven Dyson stick vacuums we test now rate Very Good instead of Excellent overall.
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