When Dyson names its cordless vacuum models, it doesn’t follow a strict numerical sequence. At times, it skips numbers or introduces a lower number as a later model compared to a higher number. For instance, immediately after the V11, Dyson launched the V15, followed by the V12. In general, the numbers appear to increase loosely with each new release—the V11 is more recent than the V10, which is newer than the V8. However, Dyson’s naming convention is so enigmatic that even we cannot anticipate the next model in line.

Dyson offers numerous sub-models, adding to the confusion caused by its naming system. Each sub-model includes a different assortment of tool attachments and accessories. With each new model (V7, V8, V10, V11, V15, etc.), Dyson seems to unveil additional sub-models, leading to a continuously expanding list. Moreover, discontinued sub-models may resurface as outdated stock on websites, typically available at discounted prices.

Detect isn’t merely a sub-model; rather, it forms part of the titles of the V15 Detect and V12 Detect Slim models. It denotes the laser detection system that gauges particle size and quantity to tailor suction strength.

Absolute typically represents the top-tier version which boasts the most accessories. While listing all the attachments is impractical due to the variation between parent models, users can expect an array of brush nozzles, crevice tools, and motorized roller heads designed to eliminate stubborn debris from hard floors and deep-pile carpets.

Allergy previously indicated the presence of an upgraded filter that captures 99.99 percent of bacteria and dust, thereby expelling cleaner air than conventional models. However, Dyson began including the upgraded filters in all stick vacuums after the V7, rendering this designation largely obsolete and discontinued in newer models.

Motorhead may sound sophisticated but signifies the entry-level sub-model equipped with a motorized head, basic brush tools, and crevice attachments. This designation mostly harkens back to the era of the V7. Dyson has introduced alternative names for basic sub-models since then.

Origin, Fluffy, and Animal are accompanied by relatively fewer attachments. While Fluffy and Animal lack unique attachments tailored for pet cleaning, they have become synonymous with “base models with limited attachments.” Similar applies to the Origin, although its name is more self-explanatory.

Dyson also combines sub-model names at times. The more names Dyson attaches to a model, the more attachments it tends to include. For instance, the V8 Animal Pro offers a more extensive accessory set compared to the Animal, while the Animal Pro+ surpasses even that.