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Do you still bother to vacuum your car? Then we salute you, and we have the best tools for that job. The best car vacuum cleaners suck dust and debris from your car’s interior like a champ: some plug in to a 12V socket, others are gloriously cordless, but either way, they’ll bust dust and dirt fantastically.

As a nation, we’ve become a bunch of lazy slobs willing to hand over excessive amounts of cash in order for someone else to carry out what was once a fine Sunday ritual. Where’s the commitment? Where’s the pride? Where’s the feeling of satisfaction from knowing every single dog hair has been removed from the back seats? Exactly.

WHAT IS THE BEST CAR VAC?

The clue’s in the name when it comes to the best car vacuum: the Dyson V6 Car & BoatIt’s a powerful but manoeuvrable handheld vac designed specifically for cleaning your car interior (and, er, your boat interior). While Dyson’s similar but more powerful V8 and the recent, chunkier V10 may boast considerably more suction, the more compact size and lower price of the V6 Car & Boat make it a narrow winner from the Dyson stable.

Dyson V6 Car & Boat

1. DYSON V6 CAR & BOAT

The best car vacuum overall and also a boon on boats

SPECIFICATIONSCordless: Yes
Weight: 1.57kg
Battery life: 20 minutes
Capacity: 0.4L
In car charger: Yes
REASONS TO BUY+ Powerful V6 motor 
+ Great set of car-specific tools
+ Very affordable for a Dyson
REASONS TO AVOID– Lacks the power of newer Dysons (and Dyson rivals)
Today’s Best DealsDyson V6 Car + Boat Handheld Vacuum – Cordless

You can’t really go wrong with cordless Dysons from the V6 onwards. The fact that this one says ‘car’ in the name actually doesn’t make a huge amount of difference to the actual vac, but what you do get is a wealth of car-specific accessories, most notably a handy extension hose and a motorised brush for removing pet hair and a stiff, ‘stubborn dirt brush’ for ground-in muck and oomska.

In terms of suction power, the V6 lags behind the newer V8 and V10 but it is much more manoeuvrable than the V10 and cheaper than the V8, even with all the bonus goodies provided. It is also still powerful enough for most in-car cleaning tasks and can also happily turn its hand to cleaning up minor spills and dust outbreaks in your home too. Oh, and your boat, of course.

Our only quibble with the V6 is that the bin is not that easy to fully empty – you’ll need a chopstick or similar to get stubborn clots of dirt out.

  • Also consider
  • It’s somewhat pricier than the V6 and lacks the extension hose and stubborn dirt brush  but the Dyson V8 is more powerful and easier to empty, despite being pretty much the same size and shape. It will also do a better job around your home as a whole. The only question is whether you want a pricier all-rounder or a cheaper car specialist.
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