Dyson V11 vs V15: Which One Should You Buy?

dyson v11 vs v15
In short: the Dyson V11 and the Dyson V15 Detect are comparable vacuum cleaners in terms of suction power and versatility. However, the Dyson V15 Detect is equipped with a green laser, which makes dirt on the floor more visible. You pay a lot more for this: the Dyson V11 is a bit cheaper.

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.

dyson v15 detect review
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Dyson V15

Thanks to the green laser, you can see dirt on the ground much better.
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Information provision

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.

display dyson v15
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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.

dyson v11 hepa filter
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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.

Dyson V11

The battery life and dust capacity of the Dyson V11 are almost the same as that of the Dyson V15.
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Biggest Similarities:

  • 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.

Dyson V11Dyson V15
Battery life60 minutes60 minutes
Battery life Turbo mode7 minutes8 minutes
Noise level73 decibels82 decibels
Length126 centimeters126 centimeters
Capacity0,76 liters0,77 liters
Laser technologyX
Piezo sensorX
Information provisionX
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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..

In summary: both the Dyson V11 and the Dyson V15 are very good stick vacuums with good suction performance on different floor types. The Dyson V15 is actually an expanded version of the Dyson V11: with the V15 you enjoy laser lighting, which makes dirt more visible on the ground, but you pay a lot more for this.
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.

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