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Is the Dyson Omni Glide worth the money? An honest review after 5 months

Hint: Out of four Dyson vacuums, this might be my favorite one.

Dyson Omni Glide ($399.99)

Dyson Omni Glide ($399.99)


In 2021, I reviewed three Dyson models to see if they lived up to the hype. They did. Now, months later, I use the Dyson Omni-Glide the most. Although I initially worried about the Omni-Glide, as it had a hiccup out of the box, it's my favorite Dyson vacuum ever. 

When I went to charge the Omni-Glide after its first use, it completely died and wouldn't turn back on. I saw online that other reviewers had the same issue, and thankfully, Dyson replaced the vacuum quickly. Five months later, it's still going strong.

Dyson Omni-Glide

The Omni Glide is one of Dyson's smallest vacuums (Tyrone for reference). 

The Omni Glide is one of Dyson's smallest vacuums (Tyrone for reference). 

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The Dyson Omni-Glide is so named because it has Dyson’s first omnidirectional soft roller cleaner head. It was engineered to glide effortlessly on hard floors, around obstacles, and into tight spaces. It also has five-stage filtration to capture 99.99% of particles as small as 0.3 microns and keep them trapped in the bin.

For context, I’ve used this vacuum almost every day since September. I live in a one-bedroom apartment with three cats and a small dog. This works perfectly at cleaning up their loose fur and all of the litter that my cats track around my home.

Dyson Omni-Glide cost

Dyson Omni-Glide Cost: $399.99 (Available at Dyson, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and Home Depot)

The Omni-Glide is a pricey product; there’s no denying that. At $400, this vacuum is not for the faint of wallet. However, if you live in a home with primarily wood flooring, the Omni-Glide is worth the cost and then some. You can clean your floors in just five to 10 minutes. 

Dyson Omni-Glide review

The Dyson Omni Glide comes with combi-crevice tool to get hard-to-reach places.

The Dyson Omni Glide comes with combi-crevice tool to get hard-to-reach places.

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In my initial review, I weighed the pros and cons of the Omni-Glide and those findings still stand after months of continued daily use.

Dyson Omni-Glide specs

  • Omnidirectional soft roller cleaner head 
  • Symmetrical pick-up
  • Cleans hard-to-reach places
  • Sideways cleaning
  • Push-button operation

Dyson released the Omni-Glide in 2021 as their new vacuum for cleaning hardwood floors (and it works on the tile too!). The vacuum design allows it to fit in spaces as small as 8.15 inches. It has a single motor with a double epicyclic gearbox so that the brush bars spin at the same speed for pick up in both directions.

This is one of the most lightweight vacuums sold by Dyson, at just 4.18 lb. For optimal speed, it has 8 radial cyclones, a 0.05-gallon bin, and a 50 AW boost mode super suction. 

Omni-Glide pros

  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • Dual soft roller heads for easy glide
  • Easy transfer to a handheld vacuum 
  • Push-button operation

The omnidirectional vacuum can maneuver into tight spaces and flip in any direction. The articulating neck and four 360-degree castors make the Omni-Glide easy to use. You can fit into tight corners, under couches, and it works great on stairs, too.

Although a number of Dyson stick vacuums come with a soft roller head for hardwood floors and tile, none are as smooth as the Omni-Glide. Since this vacuum has two soft roller heads (as opposed to only one like other stick vacuums), the glide is effortless. Because the Omni-Glide was so easy to maneuver and glides across the floor, it took me only five minutes to clean my 750-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment. 

The actual motor and canister are tiny on this vacuum, as opposed to the larger stick vacuums on the market, so it makes for easier handling when transitioning to handheld vacuuming. You never feel like it's bulky or gets in the way.

The push-button operation is also a nice feature that not all Dyson stick vacuums have. You don't have to hold the button while you vacuum; you just push it on/off to use the Omni-Glide.

Dyson Omni-Glide cons

  • Short battery life
  • Small dirt canister
  • Battery/charging issue

The Omni-Glide has one of the shorter battery charge lifespans for a Dyson vacuum, at only 20 minutes. To put that in perspective, that's four days’ worth of vacuuming for me, as it only takes me five minutes to clean my whole apartment with the Omni-Glide. Dyson lists the charge time on this as 3.5 hours, but I find it takes only an hour or two to charge for daily use. 

The dust bin on the Omni-Glide is also small, which makes sense, given how tiny the vacuum is. Dyson vacuums are easy to empty and typically mess-free, so it isn't too much of a hassle to empty after every use. When I first reviewed the device, I suggested if Dyson remodeled this vacuum, they should include a larger dustbin, but I’d like to amend that. After using the Omni-Glide for months, I’ve realized I only need to empty it once a week. 

That battery issue I mentioned earlier was worth addressing, but after Dyson replaced it, there hasn't been a battery issue since.

Is the Dyson Omni-Glide worth it?

Before and After: Using the Dyson Omni Glide on hardwood floors that were full of dog and cat fur.

Before and After: Using the Dyson Omni Glide on hardwood floors that were full of dog and cat fur.

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As I said initially, if you vacuum more than once a week, yes, a Dyson is worth it. If your home has a lot of hardwood floors, the Dyson Omni-Glide is completely worth it. I’d even go as far as recommending an Omni-Glide before a regular Dyson stick vacuum. 

If you really need a vacuum for hardwood and carpet and are on a budget, there are vacuums with two roller heads (one for hardwood and one for carpet) like the V8 and the V10 (see the differences between those two vacuums here). The Omni-Glide has a better soft cleaner head for hardwood floors than those stick vacuums. It also glides more smoothly and fits into tighter spaces. You can use the Omni-Glide on carpets, too, but it doesn’t really have the same suction power as a standard stick vacuum. 

Between my home and my parent's home that I visit weekly, I use four Dyson vacuums regularly, and the Omni-Glide is my absolute favorite. I use it the most and I love how simple it makes cleaning up after my cats.