Dyson Gen5 Detect VS V15: Differences and Similarities

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In short: the latest Dyson Gen5 Detect has some interesting improvements over the Dyson V15, but costs twice as much. If you want the best of the best, the Dyson Gen5 Detect is the best choice. Want a good Dyson but not the highest price? Then the Dyson V15 still satisfies as a worthy alternative. The Dyson Gen5 is not yet available in the United States, view the Dyson V15 Detect here.

Recently, the new Dyson Gen5 Detect was announced. The vacuum cleaner is the successor to the Dyson V15 Detect. The Gen5Detect is called the “most powerful cordless stick vacuum” by Dyson.

I decided to compare the Dyson Gen5Detect with the Dyson V15 Detect based on the information that came out. In this article I list the biggest differences and similarities.

Dyson Gen5 Detect vs V15: The Biggest Differences

Let's start with the biggest differences between the new Dyson Gen5 Detect and the previously launched Dyson V15 Detect. I would like to emphasize that I have extensively tested the Dyson V15 Detect, but not the Dyson Gen5 Detect yet. I am using the specifications Dyson shared with the announcement.

Accessories: Fluffy Optic floor brush and integrated crevice tool

There is a big difference in accessories. The Dyson Gen5 Detect is equipped with an integrated dust brush and crevice tool. As soon as you remove the vacuum cleaner rod from the Gen5 Detect, an extendable dusting brush appears. This is not the case with the Dyson V15 Detect.

And that's not the only difference: the floor brush is also different. With the Dyson Gen5 Detect you get the new Fluffy Optic floor brush. Like the Fluffy floor brush of the Dyson V15, this one is equipped with laser technology. However, the laser lighting is placed lower in the floor brush, so you can detect up to twice as much dust on the floor.

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Green laser technology makes dirt on the floor more visible. © Vacuumtester.com

Operation: different buttons

If we look at the operation, it seems at first glance to be the same. Yet the opposite is true: where you have to hold down the button on the Dyson V15 Detect to be able to vacuum, the Dyson Gen5 Detect has an on/off button.

Why Dyson has decided to omit this so-called trigger button from the Dyson Gen5 is unknown. Many people will be happy with this development: I receive daily questions about whether the button can be locked, which is why I wrote an article about a Dyson Trigger lock. Allows you to lock the trigger buttons. That is no longer necessary with the Gen5.

Interface: real-time information

Both the Dyson V15 Detect and Gen5 have an LCD screen on the top of the vacuum. This provides information about the battery level or error messages: for example if there is a aiwary blockage in your Dyson.

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The Dyson LCD screen of a Dyson V15. © Vacuumtester.com

The LCD screen of both the V15 and the Gen5 also provides information about what you are vacuuming. However, with the Gen5, this information is displayed slightly differently. You get to see exactly what you are vacuuming with sliding bars back and forth. For example, you can decide to keep vacuuming the carpet for a while if a lot of pollen is detected. The Gen5 is also able to notify you when a surface is clean enough. The Dyson V15 cannot and does not do this.

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The Dyson V15 also has an LCD screen, with which you can see exactly what you are vacuuming.
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Battery life

The battery life of Dyson stick vacuums can vary considerably. Where I registered a battery life of only 25 minutes in the Dyson V8 review, this is about an hour with the Dyson V15. According to Dyson, the maximum battery life of the Dyson Gen5 Detect would be about 70 minutes with normal use. This would make it the Dyson with the longest battery life!

Weight: Gen5 Detect slightly heavier

If you're looking for the best lightweight vacuum cleaner, you'll probably be better off opting for the Dyson V15. This weighs about 3 kilograms, which is half a kilogram lighter than the Gen5 Detect: Dyson reports a weight level of 3.5 kilograms with the announcement.

Price: $ 750 vs $ 930

If we zoom in on the price, there is a huge difference. At $ 930, the Dyson Gen5 Detect costs a lot more than the Dyson V15 Detect ($ 750). Prices may vary based on included accessories. Would you like to learn more about the parts? Check out my comprehensive guide with an explanation of all Dyson parts.

Dyson Gen5 vs Dyson V15: The Similarities

It is of course the big question whether the Dyson Gen5 is such a good successor to the V15 that it is worth the enormous price. It is therefore good to consider the similarities of both Dyson stick vacuums.

Laser technology: both Detect floor brush

The addition of the word ‘Detect' in both product names reveals that they both use laser technology. Both the Dyson V15 and Gen5 come with a floor brush with laser technology. I think it's a great development: in my review I found the laser technology to be of added value. You can really see the dust on the floor better and skip parts of the floor less quickly.

Both the Dyson V15 and Gen5 come with a floor brush with laser technology.

Curious what this looks like in real life? Then watch the Dyson V15 Detect review video below.

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Thanks to laser technology, you can detect dust on the floor much better and you are less likely to miss something.
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Piezo sensor

Both the Dyson Gen5 and Dyson V15 have a built-in Piezo sensor. This sensor measures and detects specific particles that are sucked up. You can think of pollen, allergens and dust particles. The piezo sensor also makes it possible to adjust the suction power automatically: for example, if an extra number of allergens are measured.

Dust capacity: same size

Both Dyson vacuum cleaners have a dust capacity of 0.77 liters. This is average in the world of stone vacuum cleaners. A Dyson that has a much larger dust capacity is the Dyson Outsize.

With a dust capacity of 0.77 liters, you have to take into account that you have to empty the vacuum cleaner regularly. Speaking of maintenance: that is also the same with both stick vacuums. You can easily – and in the same way – empty them above the trash. Also the maintenance of the filter: you can clean or replace the Dyson filter by unscrewing it.

Design (except for different colors)

The Dyson Gen5 is again a real stick vacuum from Dyson. The product photos of the new Dyson are similar to those of a V15. There are other colours: where the Dyson V15 is a mix of gold/yellow and metal, the Dyson Gen5 Detect is a bit more colorful. There you will see colors such as purple and turquoise.

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The new Dyson Gen5 Detect product photos © Illustration by SB

Specifications Dyson Gen5 vs V15

Now that we've covered the biggest differences and similarities, let's get it all sorted out. View the specifications of both stick vacuums in the overview below.

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Dyson Gen5 Detect
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Dyson V15 Detect
Battery life70 minutes60 minutes
Capacity0.77 liters0.77 liters
Weight3.5 kilograms3 kilograms
LCD Display
Trigger Buttonx
Price indication$ 930$ 750
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Conclusion: is the Dyson Gen5 better than the V15?

The big question now is, of course, which of the two stick vacuums is best to choose. Let me first say that you make a very good choice with both the Dyson Gen5 Detect and the Dyson V15. Especially in the field of allergies, because of the good filtration of both stick vacuums.

The Dyson Gen5 Detect is better than the V15 in a few features: there is an integrated handheld vacuum and with the new Fluffy Optic laser floor brush you can detect dust on the floor twice as well. With the new Gen5 you also get to see in real time what you are vacuuming and when the surface is clean enough to continue.

However, the Dyson V15 also provides information about what you vacuum, there is also a Piezo sensor and the operation of the vacuum cleaners – except for the lack of a trigger button on the Gen5 – is almost the same.

In summary: In my opinion, the Dyson Gen5 Detect is actually an improvement on the Dyson V15. In many areas: the filtration system, the user interface and accessories. However, the price is a huge difference. Do you want the best of the best? Then the choice for the new Gen5 is quickly made. Do you simply want a good Dyson vacuum cleaner, but not pay the full price? Then the Dyson V15 is still a worthy opponent!

Dyson V15 Detect

The Dyson V15 Detect is still an interesting stick vacuum, despite the arrival of the new Dyson Gen5.
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Robbert Tigchelaar

Robbert Tigchelaar

Robbert Tigchelaar is the founder of Vacuumtester.com and is a true vacuum cleaner guru. With more than 10 years of experience in the world of electronic devices, he knows better than anyone what is important in a vacuum cleaner. When a new vacuum cleaner appears, he is eager to test it extensively.

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