Hoover vs Dyson
Hoover and Dyson are undoubtedly two of the best known and trusted vacuum brands in the world. However their history is quite different.
Hoover has been around for more than 100 years, having been established in 1908 in Ohio when they brought the first upright vacuum cleaner to the market, invented by James Spangler. Their dominance of the vacuum cleaner market during the early and mid twentieth century led to their brand name "Hoover" becoming synonymous with vacuum cleaners and vacuuming in the UK and Ireland.
Dyson in contrast are a much newer company having been founded by James Dyson in 1993 in the UK. However it didn't take Dyson long to take the market share from Hoover as they took the world by storm with their innovative vacuum cleaner technology.
But how do their latest vacuum cleaner models compare?
Firstly, the Hoover range of vacuum cleaners is much larger than Dyson's. Hoover offer lots of different models including both bagged and bagless models, whereas Dyson have built their brand around bagless cleaners, which is all that they produce. Hoover also produce a number of commercial vacuum cleaners, however Dyson concentrate purely on the domestic market.
We compare the top current models across the different vacuum types: upright, canister and cordless in this Hoover vs Dyson face off:
Hoover vs Dyson - Best Bagless Upright Vacuum for Pet Hair
- QuickPass Brushroll - 2 x faster cleaning
- WindTunnel®3 Technology
- Multi-Cyclonic Technology
- Reusable, Rinseable Filtration
- Activated carbon HEPA media
- 7 Floor Settings
- Brushroll On/Off Pedal
- 12 amp motor
- Dyson Cinetic Science
- No dirty filters to wash or replace
- Better overall performance than any other vacuum
- self-adjusting cleaner head
- Ball technology
- Whole machine HEPA filtration
- Certified asthma & allergy friendly™
- 180 Air Watts
- Brushroll on/off control
- 5 year warranty
- weight 18.5lbs
- 1.42 litres dust capacity
- 40 ft Cord
- 15 ft extended cleaning reach
- 5 year warranty
- weight 19.2lbs
- 2.157 litres dust capacity
- 35ft auto rewind cord
- 50ft Maximum Reach
When comparing Hoover versus Dyson uprights the first thing that is noticeable is the large number of different models that Hoover offer in comparison to Dyson. Hoover have 18 models of bagless upright available on their website at the time of writing. This compares to only 5 models of upright on Dyson's website.
For this Hoover vs Dyson comparison, the uprights we've chosen are the very latest models designed to be the best vacuums for pet hair. The Hoover WindTunnel 3 is the brand's latest technology and this model was released in 2016. The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal is a little older and has been around since early 2015.
In our features comparison above you can see quite a number of differences between these two models, including filtration, cleaner head adjustment, cord length and dirt cup capacity. The key differences in features are:
- The Hoover has a longer cord than the Dyson. However the Dyson features an automatic rewind cord but you have to manually coil the cord on the Hoover.
- The Dyson's dirt cup capacity is approximately 50% larger than the Hoover's.
- The Hoover has 7 different floor height settings that you can adjust. The Dyson's cleaning head is self adjusting.
- The Dyson has no filters to clean, however the Hoover has an activated carbon filter which absorbs smells.
- The Dyson has "big ball technology" for better maneuvering while the Hoover uses a standard wheel design.
From a performance perspective, both of these bagless uprights provide very strong suction and have lossless technology. However, the Dyson likely performs better in terms of filtration as it has a completely sealed air system. It is therefore a better option if you suffer from asthma or allergies and it is Certified Asthma & Allergy Friendly. Although the Hoover contains an activated carbon HEPA media it does not claim to be a completely sealed system. Check out our Ultimate Vacuum Buying Guide for further information.
Another point to bear in mind is that all Dyson vacuums are engineered and tested to last 10 years. Hoover do not publish guidance on the life expectancy of their vacuums, however it is unlikely that there vacuums are engineered and tested to the same standard. Therefore, expect the lifespan on the Hoover to be less than a Dyson, however both models carry the same warranty period of 5 years.
The main difference between these two models is cost and it is huge. The Dyson is more than double the price of the Hoover! It seems that there is a huge premium to pay for the Dyson Cinetic Science technology.
Both of these vacuum cleaners will provide excellent results for homes with pets and have similar features and warranties. Suction on both cleaners is reported to be very impressive. Both are 4+ stars rated by users on Amazon, however the Dyson has had many more reviews due to it being a year older.
There are some points about the Hoover that we've obtained from users of the vacuum and from independent tests that are worth highlighting if you are considering purchasing this vacuum:
- The Hoover works exceptionally well at sucking up fine particles and pet hair from carpets but not as well the Dyson at picking up larger particles.
- The motor on the Hoover puts out a lot of heat.
- The Hoover performs well on low and mid pile carpets but much like the Dyson, less well on hard surfaces. If you have all hard surfaces in your home neither of these vacuums is a good option for you.
In this upright Hoover vs Dyson duel the Hoover Wind Tunnel 3 High Performance Pet comes out on top on cost and is an excellent value vacuum cleaner compared to the expensive Dyson.
If you have pets and a carpeted home and are looking for a vacuum that is less than $200 the Hoover is a good choice. However, the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy offers some additional features and enhanced filtration performance so you need to determine if these are worth the extra cost.
The short video below provides a closer look and shows off the high performance of the Hoover WindTunnel 3 vacuum.
Hoover vs Dyson - Best Bagless Canister Vacuum
Hoover Windtunnel Air Bagless Canister
- WindTunnel 3 Technology
- Multi-cyclonic - no loss of suction
- steerable technology
- HEPA filtration
- Reusable early rinse filter
- motorized brush roll
- 3 in 1 dusting, crevice and upholstery tool
- 12 amps motor
- 1.98 litre dust capacity
- 17ft cord length
- 6ft hose length and telescopic wand
- 3 year warranty
- weight 13.2lbs
- Dyson Cinetic Science Technology
- No bags or filters to replace
- Whole machine HEPA filtration
- Ball technology
- carbon fiber turbinehead
- tangle free turbine tool
- 230AW suction
- 2 litre dust capacity
- 21.3ft cord length
- 32.8ft maximum reach
- 5 year warranty
- weight 15.7lbs
In contrast to their upright line, Hoover's range of canisters is limited to just two models, the WindTunnel Air Bagless Canister and the AirPro Bagless Canister. Dyson's canister line includes the Dyson Cinetic Ball, the Dyson Ball Compact Animal and the Dyson Multi-floor.
Although the features of these canisters appears similar, the user feedback on the Hoover WindTunnel Air is far from positive. There are numerous complaints about this Hoover canister, primarily about the motor overheating and the unit stopping working and needing to be returned. This feedback is on both Hoover's website and Amazon where it has received a fairly low star rating. Another drawback in comparison to the Dyson Cinetic canister is that the Hoover only comes with a 3 year warranty compared to Dyson's 5 years.
We reviewed the Dyson Cinetic Canister in our Best Canister Reviews for 2017 so if you're considering this vacuum we recommend having a read of that article for further details on the pros and cons of this model.
Dyson Cinetic Advantages
The Dyson Cinetic's user feedback is much more positive than for the Hoover with some of the highlights being:
- The telescoping tube extends effortlessly with a push of a button to about 4 feet long, which is longer than most other vacuums.
- The carpet and floor brush combination tool is powered by vacuum power not an electrical brush making the wand and brush extremely lightweight.
- No adjustment is necessary for floor or carpet height, it does it automatically.
- The tangle free turbine tool does an excellent job of picking up pet hair and doesn't get clogged up.
- Powerful constant suction.
Dyson Cinetic Canister Disadvantages
There are however still some common complaints that consumers need to be aware of:
- No carry on pockets for tools on the body of the canister.
- Dust capacity is smaller than some competitors and requires frequent emptying of the bin.
The Dyson Cinetic Ball Animal Canister Vacuum is the clear winner of this contest. The performance and features of the Dyson are consistently highly rated by users in comparison to the Hoover. The Hoover by contrast has had quite a number of major issues with it and has a much lower rating. In the short video below, Rob Green, Dyson's Senior Design Engineer provides an overview of the Dyson Cinetic Ball Canister's technology.
Hoover vs Dyson - Best Cordless Vacuum
Hoover Air Cordless Series 3 Upright
- An average of 50 minutes of fade-free suction
- 2 x LithiumLife batteries
- Powered brushroll with WindTunnel 3 technology
- Cyclone technology
- LED headlights
- Removable cleaning wand
- Battery fuel guage
- included accessories for stairs and furniture
- Brushroll shut-off switch
- reusable washable filter (includes spare)
- 1.05 litre dirt capacity
- charge time 3 hours
- 5 year warranty
- weight 9.9lbs
- Direct drive cleaner head
- Dyson digital V6 motor
- 2 Tier Radial cyclones
- Up to 20 minute of powerful fade free suction
- max power mode
- balanced for floor to ceiling cleaning
- converts for handheld cleaning
- mini soft dusting brush
- washable lifetime filters
- 0.416 litre dust capacity
- charge time 3.5 hours
- 2 year warranty
- weight 5lbs
These two cordless offerings from Hoover and Dyson are excellent vacuum cleaners that showcase the latest vacuum technology. The Hoover Air Cordless Series 3 has been around since early 2014 and the Dyson V6 Motorhead is slightly newer having been released in early 2015. Both units utilise a lithium-ion battery, however the Hoover comes with a second battery. This means it can run for 50 minutes on average compared to only 20 minutes from the Dyson V6. The battery on the V6 is not removable meaning you cannot buy a spare, whereas the Hoover battery is removed for charging.
Looking for more battery life from a Dyson cordless? Why not check out our review of the Dyson V8, which not only has double the battery life of the V6 but is also exceptionally quiet.
Furthermore, we recently reviewed the Dyson V10 and discovered that its battery runtime goes even further! It really depends how much you want to pay.
There are several models of Dyson V6 cordless vacuum, from the entry level V6 Cord-free (which we reviewed here) to the top of the range V6 Absolute (which we reviewed here). The Dyson V6 motorhead is the mid-range model, which Dyson state provides 75% more brush bar power than the entry level due to its direct drive cleaner head.
The Hoover Air Cordless is marketed as being able to provide full home cleaning and replace your electric corded vacuum. This is the main difference to the Dyson V6, which is only suitable as either an additional vacuum for convenience cleaning or for small homes. The Hoover, with its two LithiumLife batteries can clean up to 2,500 square metres of floorspace.
Both of these vacuums have very high user ratings and lots of positive comments published on retail sites. User reviews of these two models have provided the following common positive points:
Hoover Air Cordless Series 3
- Convenient cordless cleaning and lightweight.
- Good for hard floors and low pile carpets.
- 2 batteries providing an average of 50 minutes of cleaning.
- charging station can be kept separately from where you store your vacuum (unlike the Dyson V6).
- lots of accessories not typically found on cordless vacuums. Can potentially be your only home vacuum.
- dirt container is easy to empty and much larger capacity than the Dyson V6.
- maneuverability of a small stick vac.
- Very small, light and portable vacuum for quick, easy and convenient cleaning.
- Excellent suction power - the motorized brush picks up everything in one sweep.
- Great for hard floors and low pile carpets.
- comes with a charger that acts as a wall hanger as well.
- Great for removing pet hair from floors and furnishings.
- Users report that they can clean 1700sqm homes with this vacuum on one charge.
A summary of some user complaints of these two models is shown in the table below. However there are far less critical reviews than positive reviews overall and both of these vacuums have a majority of 4 and 5 star ratings by their users:
Hoover Air Cordless Series 3
- reports of hair tangling up in the brush roll and causing it to stop.
- Some motors have burn out with the brush roll getting tangled up and stopping, however this is covered by the warranty.
- No HEPA filtration.
- Some have reported that the vacuum has stopped performing as well after a couple of years, however this could be due to poor maintenance and servicing.
- Not suitable for high pile or shag carpets.
- Some long term durability concerns.
- short battery life, which is even shorter in Max mode (around 6 minutes of suction).
- Very small dirt container that is messy to empty.
- No HEPA Filtration (Dyson V6 Absolute has HEPA).
- vacuum is top heavy and cannot stand up on its own.
- Expensive considering this may not be suitable for your only home vacuum.
- not suitable for high pile or shag carpets.
- You must hold the trigger the entire time you are vacuuming (although this helps you preserve the battery life).
The result of this cordless Hoover vs Dyson vacuum contest is a draw. Both of these vacuums are an excellent choice if you're looking for the best cordless vacuum. The choice between the two really comes down to what features you are looking for. If you are looking for a cordless vacuum that can replace your corded vacuum cleaner then the Hoover is the best choice. However if you are looking for a handy cordless vacuum as an addition to your main home vacuum then the Dyson V6 could be a better choice.
In this comparison of the latest Hoover and Dyson vacuums we have considered bagless upright, canister and cordless models. The results of these reviews in summary are: