Which Dyson to buy: the ultimate guide

which dyson to buy
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In short: V8, V11, V12, V15, Absolute, Absolute Extra, Animal, and so on: Dyson has many different models and types (view all models). It's a good idea to know the differences when purchasing, otherwise you may end up paying too much for features and accessories you don't use. I've described all models so you better know which Dyson to buy.

If there is a vacuum cleaner brand with many different types of vacuum cleaners, it is Dyson. At the time of writing, there are 3 types of vacuum cleaners with 13 different models in no fewer than 36 versions. Chances are you're not seeing the wood for the trees in this Dyson jungle.

I've decided to list all the options, to answer the big question “Which Dyson should I buy?”. With this ultimate guide I try to help you with that!

Which Dyson vacuum cleaners are there?

Let me start with the different Dyson vacuum cleaners out there. At the moment Dyson offers three types of vacuum cleaners:

  • Canister vacuum cleaners (Dyson Big Ball): bagless wheeled vacuum cleaners with a cord.
  • Stick vacuum cleaners (Dyson V-series): cordless vacuum cleaners in a stick shape.
  • Upright vacuum cleaners (Dyson Ball): upright vacuum cleaners with a cord.

When it comes to canister vacuums, you won't be stressed about choice: you can choose from the Dyson Big Ball Parquet for wooden floors or a Multi Floor for different floor types.

The choice is also fairly limited with upright vacuum cleaners: here you can also choose a Multi Floor for multiple floor types, an Animal for households with pets or a Total Clean with all available accessories.

The questions mainly arise with the Dyson stick vacuums. In fact, the vacuum cleaners are so similar that people who own a Dyson vacuum cleaner sometimes ask themselves ‘Which Dyson do I have?‘ So no: it's not crazy if you don't know which Dyson you can buy best.

All Dyson stick vacuums and models

Dyson offers its cordless stick vacuums in V-series. From the Dyson V7 to the latest Dyson V15 Detect. At the moment Dyson distinguishes between the following series:

  • Dyson V8
  • Dyson V10
  • Dyson V11
  • Dyson V12 Slim
  • Dyson V15 Detect

Each Dyson V Series has its own unique characteristics. In the overview below you will discover the major differences.

SpecificationV8V10V11V12 V15
Avg. Battery life25 min45 min60 min30 min60 min
Battery life (turbo)7 min7 min7 min5 min8 min
Capacity0.54 l0.76 l0.76 l0.35 l0.77 l
Weight5.8 lbs5.5 lbs6.8 lbs5.3 lbs6.6 lbs
Noise level82 dB87 dB82 dB73 dB73 dB
LCD displayxxβœ“ βœ“ βœ“ 
Laser detectionxxxxβœ“ 
Piezo sensorxxxxβœ“ 
Price indication$ 326$ 489$ 710$ 710$ 816

Different Dyson versions per series

Within such a V-series you can choose from different versions: with each version you get different Dyson parts. In the list below you will discover the versions per Dyson series and what you get with it.

dyson parts
With every version you get different Dyson accessories Β© Vacuumtester

Dyson V8 Series

The Dyson V8 is the cheapest choice. This vacuum cleaner has a lower battery life and a relatively smaller dust container compared to other models. With this model you can choose from the Dyson V8 Absolute, Absolute+, Animal+, TotalClean, and the Motorhead.

Dyson V8AbsoluteAbsolute+Animal+TotalCleanMotorhead
Floor brush with soft rollerβœ“βœ“βœ“
Direct Drive Cleaner headβœ“βœ“βœ“βœ“βœ“
Motorized Mini Brushβœ“βœ“βœ“
Combination accessoryβœ“βœ“βœ“βœ“
Soft Dusting brushβœ“βœ“
Uptop Reducerβœ“
Crevice toolβœ“βœ“βœ“βœ“
Combi crevice toolβœ“
Light Pipe crevice toolβœ“
Price indication$ 380$ 435$ 380$ 435$ 380

Dyson V8 Series

The Dyson V8 is the cheapest Dyson stick vacuum at the moment.
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Available in the United States at Amazon and Dyson

Dyson V10 Series

The Dyson V10 has a longer battery life than the V8 and has a somewhat larger dust container. There are currently four different versions: the Dyson V10 Motorhead, Animal, Absolute and Allergy.

Dyson V10MotorheadAnimalAbsoluteAllergy
Floor brush with soft rollerβœ“
Direct Drive Cleaner headβœ“βœ“βœ“βœ“
Motorized Mini Brushβœ“βœ“
Combination accessoryβœ“βœ“βœ“βœ“
Soft Dusting brushβœ“βœ“βœ“
Crevice toolβœ“βœ“βœ“βœ“
Mattress toolβœ“
Price indication$ 489$ 489$ 545$ 545

Dyson V10 Series

The Dyson V10 has a larger dust container than the V8 and the battery lasts longer.
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Available in the United States at Amazon and Dyson

Dyson V11 Series

The Dyson V11 is equipped with an LCD screen and can vacuum for up to 60 minutes. There are four different choices: the Dyson V11 Absolute Extra, Absolute Pro, Animal+ and the Torque Drive Extra.

Dyson V11Absolute ExtraAbsolute Extra ProAnimal+Torque Drive Extra
Floor brush with soft rollerβœ“βœ“
Direct Drive Cleaner headβœ“
High Torque Cleaner Headβœ“βœ“βœ“
Motorized Mini Brushβœ“βœ“βœ“βœ“
Combination accessoryβœ“βœ“βœ“βœ“
Soft Dusting brushβœ“βœ“βœ“βœ“
Stubborn dirt brushβœ“βœ“βœ“
Crevice toolβœ“βœ“βœ“
Extra batteryβœ“
Freestanding Dockβœ“
Price indication$ 765$ 925$ 765$ 710

Dyson V11 Series

The Dyson V11 is a powerful stick vacuum with an LCD screen and a 60-minute battery life.
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Available in the United States at Amazon and Dyson

Dyson V12 Slim Series

The Dyson V12 is also called the V12 Slim, because it is so light and compact. On the other hand, you do have a small dust container and a shorter battery life than other Dyson's. Here you can choose from three different options: the Dyson V12 Slim Motorhead, Absolute or Complete.

Dyson V12 SlimMotorheadAbsoluteComplete
Direct Drive Cleaner headβœ“βœ“βœ“
High Torque Cleaner Headβœ“βœ“
Anti-tangle conical brushβœ“βœ“
Combination accessoryβœ“βœ“βœ“
Soft Dusting brushβœ“βœ“
Stubborn dirt brushβœ“βœ“
Uptop Reducerβœ“βœ“
90 degree extensionβœ“
Crevice toolβœ“βœ“βœ“
Extension hoseβœ“
Price indication$ 489$ 710$ 740

Dyson V12 Series

A smaller dust container and therefore a lot more compact and lighter than other Dyson vacuums.
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Available in the United States at Amazon

Dyson V15 Detect Series

The Dyson V15 is Dyson's newest vacuum cleaner. This model is equipped with laser technology and a Piezo sensor, with which it is possible to measure exactly what is being sucked up. This information is shared on the LCD screen.

Dyson V15 DetectAbsoluteAbsolute Extra
High Torque Cleaner Headβœ“βœ“
Laser Slim Fluffy Cleaner Headβœ“βœ“
Anti-tangle conical brushβœ“βœ“
Combination accessoryβœ“βœ“
Soft Dusting brushβœ“βœ“
Stubborn dirt brushβœ“βœ“
90 degree extensionβœ“βœ“
Crevice toolβœ“βœ“
Extra batteryβœ“
Freestanding Dockβœ“
Price indication$ 699$ 899

Dyson V15 Series

Equipped with laser technology and a Piezo sensor that automatically adjusts the suction power.
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Available in the United States at Amazon and Dyson
dyson v15 lcd display
The LCD screen of the Dyson V15 shows what you're vacuuming Β© Vacuumtester

Exceptions: unique Dyson vacuum cleaners

In addition to the V8, V10, V11, V12 Slim and the V15 Detect series, Dyson also has a number of unique vacuum cleaners. I have decided not to include these in the overview, because they are so unique that you cannot really compare them with the rest.

  • Dyson Omni Glide: this is a stick vacuum that is equipped with a 360-degree rotating suction brush. It is only suitable for hard floors. Check out my Dyson Omni Glide review for more information.
  • Dyson Micro 1.5kg: a lightweight and compact Dyson vacuum cleaner of only 1.5 kilograms. In the Dyson Micro 1.5kg review I came to the conclusion that this is the best lightweight vacuum cleaner at the moment.
  • Dyson Outsize: a stick vacuum with an extra large dust capacity, a longer battery life and a wide suction brush. Previously there was also a Dyson V11 Outsize, but Dyson has stopped production.

Golden Dyson vacuum cleaners

In addition to the exceptional models, Dyson also has a variant in gold for various models. The vacuum cleaner rod, the dust container and even the suction brush can be ordered in gold. A must-have for real Dyson fans. πŸ™‚

Conclusion: Which Dyson Should I Buy?

Now that we have discussed all Dyson vacuum cleaner types, models and versions, it is hopefully a lot clearer which Dyson you can buy best. I would like to give the following additional buying tips:

  • Always check whether enough suitable suction brushes are included for your floor types, so that the vacuum cleaner is suitable for your home.
  • Check with yourself whether you really need certain functionalities. An LCD screen with information about what you vacuum is interesting, but is it really valuable to you?
  • Always compare the different versions carefully on accessories; the difference is often minimal, but the prices are not. It's a shame if you don't need an accessory.
  • Also take good care of your Dyson vacuum cleaner after purchase. Regularly cleaning a Dyson vacuum or filter replacement is necessary.

If you have additional questions or are in doubt between different Dyson vacuum cleaners, please send me a message! I would like to help you.

In short: Dyson offers different stick vacuum cleaner series. From the cheap Dyson V8 to the innovative Dyson V15 Detect. When you buy a new Dyson vacuum cleaner, it is very important to pay attention to the version. Each version comes with different accessories and attachments, which are important for vacuuming specific floor types. Check all Dyson vacuum cleaners in a row.
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. Hi there, I have been racking my brain over the different V15 variants as there seems to be an Absolute, and an Absolute plus, as well as others (Complete, Absolute Extra, Total Clean), but I’m trying to u der stand the main difference between them, and are they distinguished by colour? From what I understand the Absolute is gunmetal grey & purple, while the Absolute plus is gold and teal? But more importantly do they differ, and if so, how? Is their filtration HEPA V’s the alternative?

    Thank you in advance

    • Hi Giselle,

      Thanks for your comment. It is exactly your question that prompted me to publish this article. To be short in my answer: the difference is in the included accessories. A Dyson V15 is a Dyson V15. The word Absolute or Absolute Plus only indicates which accessories you get.

      I hope it’s a bit clearer now!

  2. Thank you so much for this article. It has answered all of my questions. You rock!

  3. Robbert, In another article you talked about a v-15 Complete. Why wasn’t the V-15 Complete covered in this article???

    • Hi Steve,

      You’re absolutely right; I overlooked that. I happen to be planning a thorough update of this article since several more models have been introduced in the meantime. I’ll give you a heads-up when it’s been supplemented.

      Thanks for letting me know, Steve!

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