Recently, the new Dyson V15 was launched. A powerful stick vacuum with laser detection and an LCD screen that shows exactly what you've vacuumed. It is seen by many as the replacement for the Dyson V11, but is it really that different?
In this Dyson V11 vs V15 I compare both Dyson stick vacuums side by side. I compare factors such as battery life, dust capacity and more. But, before I start my comparison, it is good to mention the following: both the Dyson V11 and the Dyson V15 are available in many different versions. For example, there is a Dyson V11 Torque Drive, Animal + and an Absolute Pro.
In many cases, the version has to do with the number and type of suction nozzles that you get with the stick vacuum. In my comparison I look at the standard V15 and V11 version, so that I keep the comparison as fair and valuable as possible.
Dyson V11 vs V15: Differences
Let's start with the differences between the V11 and the V15. As I just mentioned, the Dyson V15 is equipped with laser technology. The Dyson V15's laser light makes dirt on the ground more visible. The Dyson V11 has no laser technology: the mouthpiece is not even illuminated at all.
The V15's laser light makes dirt on the ground more visible.
Another difference is noticeable in the provision of information. Although they both have LCD screens (I'll get to that later), the Dyson V15 gives you information about what you've sucked up. See the image below how the V15 shows this.
V15 lasts a little longer in turbo mode
There is also a noticeable difference in battery life: the V15 lasts about a minute longer in turbo mode: where the V11 lasts about 7 minutes, the battery of the V15 can last for 8 minutes.
If we look at the battery life during normal use, there is no noticeable difference: they both last about 60 minutes.
Filter: ULPA vs HEPA
In terms of filters, there is also a difference between the Dyson V11 and the V15. The Dyson V11 has a HEPA 13 filter; the V15 has an ULPA filter. This allows us to conclude that the Dyson V15 has a better filter than the V11.
A HEPA 13 filter has a retention of >99.95%. We can only speak of a ULPA filter if it has a retention of > 99.9995%. Discover more about the HEPA filter.
This allows us to conclude that the Dyson V15 has a better filter than the V11
Dyson V15 has piezo sensor
There's another interesting difference: the new Dyson V15 has a piezo sensor under the hood. This sensor counts the dust particles that are sucked up and automatically adjusts the suction power where necessary. The Dyson V11 does not have this sensor. In the video below you can see the Dyson V15 with laser technology in action!
Finally, there is also a noticeable difference in the noise level. The Dyson V15 has a maximum noise level of 73 decibels. Not very quiet yet, but a lot quieter than the Dyson V11, which has a noise level of 82 decibels.
Differences at a glance:
- The Dyson V15 uses laser technology
- You get information about what you suck up with the Dyson V15
- The Dyson V15 lasts a little longer in turbo mode
- The filter of the Dyson V15 is better than that of the Dyson V11
- The Dyson V11 makes more noise than the Dyson V15
Dyson V11 vs Dyson V15: Similarities
In addition to the differences, there are also many similarities between these two vacuum cleaners. In both cases it concerns a cordless stick vacuum. So you can vacuum cordless! They are both about the same weight (3 kilograms) and the same size (126 centimeters long).
Both vacuum cleaners last about 60 minutes
At 0.77 liters, the capacity of the dust container of the Dyson V15 is almost equal to that of the Dyson V11: 0.76 liters. In addition, I just indicated that the average battery life of both vacuum cleaners is about 60 minutes.
- The vacuum cleaners have about the same weight (3 kilograms)
- The dust container is almost the same size
- Both vacuum cleaners have a battery life of 60 minutes
Conclusion Dyson V11 vs V15 comparison
Which of the two is the best to buy? The answer to this question depends on your needs. Let's list the specifications of the Dyson V11 and V15 below.
|Battery life Turbo mode
Choose the Dyson V15 if:
- You want a vacuum cleaner with the best filters
- You want to be able to vacuum a little longer in turbo mode
- The dirt on the ground is poorly visible in your home
- You want to get more information about what you suck in
- You want a slightly quieter vacuum cleaner
If you really want to be able to vacuum a bit longer, I recommend that you also check the Dyson V15 vs Philips 8000 comparison.
Already own a Dyson V11 and wondering if it's smart to replace it? Then realize the following:
- You will not improve much on battery life (only in turbo mode 1 minute longer)
- The Dyson V11's filter is also good (> 99.95% retention)
- Although the Dyson V15 produces less noise, it is still not really quiet
Finally, it is also good to know that the Dyson V15 as a ‘new kid on the block' is a lot more expensive than its predecessor..