• Dyson was a game-changer in the cordless vacuum space and it continues to innovate in new and exciting ways, but the company has far more competition these days than it did even a few short years ago.
  • There are several different Dyson rivals that we now recommend before a Dyson because they offer the same features and performance that’s almost as good for a small fraction of the price.
  • One of our favorite models right now is the Bissell ICONpet cordless vacuum, and it’s on sale right now at Amazon with a massive discount.
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Have you seen Dyson’s latest and greatest cordless stick vacuum? It’s called the Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum Cleaner and it’s an absolute beast. This fantastic stick vacuum is so powerful that it might just suck the socks right off your feet if you’re not careful, and it has a battery that can last up to 60 minutes on a single charge.

Dyson cordless vacuums have definitely come a long way over the years, but there’s one thing that hasn’t changed at all: they’re still insanely expensive. That V11 Torque Drive we mentioned above costs a whopping $700, and that’s just insane. Even with a discount right now on Amazon, you’ll still have to cough up $610. Maybe if you have a mountain of cash you can rationalize that purchase, but most of us are tightening our purse strings these days. If you want something that’s almost as good as the V11 in a lot of ways — and even better in one or two key areas — we’ve got just the thing.

The Bissell ICONpet cordless vacuum cleaner is easily among the best models we’ve tested. It’s more than powerful enough to pick up all the dirt and dust around your home, and it features a wonderful design that’s similar to Dyson’s recent models. In fact, the ICONpet might actually be a bit easier to empty and clean thanks to its nifty filter design. It tackles pet hair with ease — even the long hair my pup sheds all over the place — and the battery lasts between 20 and 30 minutes per charge. That’s not quite as good as the Dyson, but think about how you use your cordless vacuum. Do you really need it to run for an hour or do you just use it to clean a few rooms at a time?

One thing I love about the ICONpet is the LED lighting at the base that shows you all the dirt and pet hair on the floor. You won’t believe how much dirtier your floors are when you can actually see everything down there. Dyson doesn’t have any lighting at all, and our tests found that we missed a lot when we used our Dyson and then ran the Bissell model over the same area.

The Bissell ICONpet really is fantastic, and it retails for $350 which is just over half the price of the Dyson V11. Head over to Amazon right now though, and you can get one for just $199.

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