Dyson Filter Replacement: how and how often?

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In short: changing the Dyson filter regularly is important. Failure to do so may result in increased dust emissions or unpleasant odors. It is recommended to replace the filter with a new Dyson filter When you have been using it for a longer period and notice a decrease in suction power. Replacement is very easy and requires no technical knowledge.

Regular cleaning of the filters of a vacuum cleaner is very important. If you do not do this, the filters may become clogged and there may be increased dust emissions. Although many filters are often washable, it is important to replace them with a new filter in the long run.

There are many questions about a Dyson filter replacement. For example, how often should you replace them? And how do you do this? In this article I tell you everything you need to know.

Why replace a Dyson filter?

As I just indicated, it will eventually be necessary to replace the Dyson filter with a new one. Failure to do so may result in the following problems:

  • The Dyson vacuum cleaner can get clogged*
  • The Dyson filter filters less well, resulting in increased dust emissions
  • The vacuum cleaner may start to smell or make a lot of noise
  • The Dyson vacuum battery life can be greatly reduced

* With some vacuum cleaners, the Dyson filter light will light up. Do you have the new Dyson V15? Then you will receive a message on the LCD screen.

How often should you replace the Dyson filter?

Cleaning the Dyson HEPA filter in between is of course very important. If you don't do this, there is a good chance that you will have to replace the filter much sooner. You can often wash the filter under the tap, after which you have to let it dry for at least 24 hours.

When you have been using the filter for an extended period and notice a decrease in suction power, it is highly recommended to replace it with a new one. It's not only advisable when you encounter reduced suction power; it can also be wise to have an extra filter when the other one is drying after washing..

Buy a new Dyson filter

You can purchase a Dyson filter at various points of sale, including at Dyson itself. It is very important to pay attention to the following:

  • Always go for a filter from Dyson itself
  • Have the model number of your vacuum cleaner to hand *
  • Buy filters in a set, then you are often cheaper

* It is very important to know which Dyson you have: the type of filters and their replacement differ per model. Get into my article ‘Which Dyson Do I Have?‘ find out which one you have!

Did you find out which one you have? View in the overview below which filter you need for each Dyson series.

DysonTypeFilter level
Dyson V8 seriesPre- en Post-filterULPA 15View filter
Dyson V10 seriesPost-filterHEPA 13View filter
Dyson V11 seriesPost-filterHEPA 13View filter
Dyson V12 seriesPost-filterULPA 15View filter
Dyson V15 seriesPost-filterULPA 15View filter

Dyson filter replacement: that's how you do it!

Replacing a Dyson filter is super easy and requires no technical knowledge. The replacement differs per model. View the correct steps for your Dyson below.

Dyson V6, V7 and V8 filter replacement

The Dyson V6, V7 and V8 have two filters: a so-called pre-filter and a post-filter. Follow the steps below to replace both Dyson filters.

  1. Unplug the Dyson
  2. At the top of the dust container you will discover the pre-filter; pull this out
  3. Put the new Dyson pre-filter back in properly
  4. Unscrew the post-filter on the back of the Dyson
  5. Put the new filter back on

Your vacuum cleaner is now ready for use again.

Dyson V10, V11 and V15 filter replacement

Do you have a Dyson V10, V11 or V15? Then there is one filter, instead of two. You can easily unscrew the filter at the back of the vacuum cleaner.

  1. Disconnect the Dyson from the charger
  2. Turn the rear of the Dyson counterclockwise to release the filter
  3. Fit the new filter on your Dyson vacuum cleaner

In the steps below I show step by step how a Dyson battery replacement works (and how easy this is).

Do you have any additional questions? Feel free to send me a message: I'm happy to help you!

In summary: While a Dyson vacuum cleaner filter is washable, it is advisable to replace it over time. A worn-out filter can increase dust emissions. Have you been using it for an extended period and notice a decline in the vacuum cleaner's performance? Then it is wise to replace it for a new one. The replacement process is easy and does not require technical knowledge. When purchasing a new filter, it is important to carefully check whether it is compatible with your Dyson. Explore a wide range of options here.
Robbert Tigchelaar
Robbert Tigchelaar

Robbert Tigchelaar has made testing vacuum cleaners his life's work. He has dedicated himself to conducting fully independent and valuable tests of vacuum cleaners to provide consumers with honest advice. His expertise in vacuum cleaners has been highlighted in The Washington Post and the Daily Express.

  1. My dyson V10 pulses when I start it and then stops? I have cleaned the filter as well as all the parts with a hose to really clean as well as the head. I waited 24 hours for everything to dry. I put the filter back on as usual to hear the click to ensure it is on right. My vacuum is just under a year and the cleaning we do weekly is moderate. To get the vacuum to start again I noticed that I have to remove and the replace the filter but the vacuum continues to pulse and then stop?

    • Hi Anne, Did you put the filter in the right way? When you put the filter upside down in the Dyson, it may not be closed properly, so the Dyson indicates that the filter needs to be replaced. The back of the vacuum cleaner must also be screwed on properly.

  2. I have had this problem with my Dyson cordless as well. I noticed debris stuck up around the cyclone part. Removing this debris by hand solved the problem.

  3. The quote from Dyson seems to be about air purifiers, not vacuum cleaners. Taking that quote out of context and editing it to remove the reference to air purifiers tells me I cannot trust this website.

    • Good evening André,

      Thank you so much for your keen eye and providing feedback on my article. You are absolutely right; that doesn’t negate the importance of replacing filters. I’ve updated my article immediately. Thanks again for letting me know!


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