Dyson Radix 6 handheld vacuum cleaner first look

In 2007 this was the most effective - and most expensive - handheld vac we'd ever tested
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01.Dyson Radix 6


Price: $299
Manufacturer: Dyson
Warranty: 2 years
Origin: Malaysia

The Radix 6 was Dyson's first entry into the handheld vacuum cleaner market back in 2007. It had similar technology and styling to their barrel and upright vacs, and a price tag to match. It has since been replaced by newer versions. See our latest article on handheld vacuum cleaners and other tests of handheld vacs in this section.

Please note: this information was current as of November 2009 but is still a useful guide to today's market. 

We tested the vac against a variety of common household messes:

  • Spilled sugar, flour and cornflakes on a hard floor.
  • Potting mix and sand on carpet.
  • Sand/gravel mix, and pet hair, in a car interior.
  • We didn’t test wet spills as the Radix 6 isn’t intended for those.

We also checked how easy it is to empty the dust bin, clean around edges, and put the vac in and out of its wall bracket.


  • The Radix 6 performed excellently in almost every task we threw at it. The only exception was cleaning up pet hair, and even then it was pretty effective, just fairly slow. It’s a far better performer than any other handheld vac we’ve tested.
  • It didn’t lose suction power while cleaning.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Comes with a crevice tool, upholstery tool and dusting brush.


  • Expensive.
  • No fall-out flap, so the cleaner can’t be held vertically with the nozzle downwards, otherwise dirt can fall back out of the nozzle.

Other points

  • At 1.5 kg, it’s heavier than other models, but is still fairly comfortable, and you’d only use it for a few minutes at a time.
  • Dyson claims a six minute running time on a full charge (it takes three hours to fully charge the battery). In fact we found the Radix 6 runs longer than that without loss of suction - six minutes 45 seconds – then it shuts off automatically.

At the time of testing, we recommended the Dyson Radix 6 handheld vac for anyone who could afford the price and often had small spillages to clean up.

You may also be interested in our article on mid priced vacuum cleaners.



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