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Dyson V15 vs. V11

Derek Hales

Written By: Derek Hales

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The Dyson V15 & V11 are two of the most high-performance vacuums ever built. Our Dyson V15 vs. V11 comparison breaks these models down to discover which is best for you.

Dyson V15 Detect
Dyson V15 Detect
  • Suction: 230 AW
  • Run Time: ~60 mins.
  • Dustbin: 0.77 L
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs.
  • Cleaning: 99%
Dyson V11
Dyson V11
  • Suction: 185 AW
  • Run Time: ~60 mins.
  • Dustbin: 0.77 L
  • Weight: 6.68 lbs.
  • Cleaning: 99%

🧪 Performance

Right out of the gate, let’s talk about performance. This is arguably one of the most important aspects of the success or failure of any vacuum cleaner we review.

When evaluating the performance of any vacuum that comes through our doors, we look at a combination of factors:

  • Cleaning Performance — how well it cleaned a mix of debris on three different floor types
  • Motor Performance — how strong is the suction
  • Run Time Performance — how long the battery lasts

Cleaning Performance

These cleaning tests are designed to test a vacuum’s full range of cleaning performance, from large debris to small. We perform a total of 12 debris tests, using four different flooring types and four types of debris.

The following scores are a reflection of the total percentage of debris removed in our tests by weight.

TestV15V11
Hardwood100%99%
Low Pile Carpet99%100%
High Pile Carpet99%99%

We test on engineered hardwoods, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet. The scores below indicate an average score across all flooring types, by each model.

Overall Cleaning Scores

V15

99%

V11

99%

On each of those floor types, we test rice, dry cereal, kitty litter, and sugar.

  • Rice 
  • Dry Cereal 
  • Kitty Litter 
  • Sugar
Cleaning test debris types
Testing Debris – From left to right: Rice (3 oz.), Kitty Litter (3 oz), Cereal (1 oz), Sugar (3 oz)

Dyson V15 Cleaning Performance

The Dyson V15 excelled on all three floor types, collecting between 99-100% of the debris we tested. By any standard, these are fantastic results.

Hardwoods

100%

Low Pile Carpet

99%

High Pile Carpet

99%

For these cleaning tests, we used a mix of the soft Fluffy roller cleaning head and the High Torque cleaning head.

In some cases (ie, carpet), the suction power of the V15 was a little too intense to get on top of debris with the High Torque head. Switching to a lower suction mode and/or opening the front seal gates helped the overall performance in those cases.

Dyson V15 hardwood floor tests
Dyson V15 hardwood floor tests

MORE: Click here to see full cleaning tests of the Dyson V15 Detect.

This model has the added benefit of being about to communicate information about the small particles as it cleans.

Dyson V15 Low Pile Carpet Tests
Dyson V15 Low Pile Carpet Tests

New technology like an onboard Piezo sensor and laser light integrated into the cleaning head are both new features to the V15 and share a lot of valuable information about each cleaning cycle while it’s in progress.

Dyson V11 Cleaning Performance

The Dyson V11 had similar results to the V15 with complete success on hardwoods, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet.

Hardwoods

99%

Low Pile Carpet

100%

High Pile Carpet

99%

I will add that we ran all cleaning tests for the V11 with the High Torque cleaning head.

Dyson V11 hardwood cleaning results
Dyson V11 hardwood floor cleaning tests

Even on hardwood floors, the High Torque cleaner head was able to get over the top of cereal and avoid flinging lighter debris all over the lane.

Dyson V11 Outsize cleaning low pile carpet
Dyson V11 Outsize cleaning low pile carpet

MORE: Click here to see full cleaning tests of the Dyson V11.

Motor Performance

Both the V15 and the V11 have strong motors, which spin at up to 125,000 RPM.

Dyson V15

125K RPM

Dyson V11

125K RPM

More RPM (revolutions per minute) equates to stronger suction, consistent suction, and improved cleaning performance.

The motors on the V15 and V11 are capable of generating a maximum suction power of 230 AW and 185 AW, respectively.

Dyson V15

230 AW

Dyson V11

185 AW

Run Time Performance

Both the V15 and V11 have long run times compared to many other cordless vacuum models. There are three different cleaning modes you can run for each vacuum:

  1. Eco
  2. Auto
  3. Boost

Eco mode uses the least amount of suction and therefore has the longest run time.

Boost, on the other hand, uses the most amount of suction and should be reserved for high traffic areas only or specific spot cleaning zones, as the run time is significantly shorter.

Dyson V15

  • Eco: 68:30 mins
  • Auto: 45:30 mins
  • Boost: 8:55 mins

Dyson V11

  • Eco: 82:45 mins
  • Auto: 47:40 mins
  • Boost: 7:30 mins

These run time tests were completed using all available suction levels and using the primary multi-surface cleaning head.

How do they clean?

Both the V15 and V11 use the classic Dyson cyclone design to create fade-free suction power.

Cyclones on the Dyson V15
Cyclones on the Dyson V15

The V11 and V15 models both use a two-tier, 14-cyclone system.

RELATED: Want more cyclones? Check out the Dyson Outsize for an XL 18-cyclone system.

🧬 Design

The Dyson V15 and V11 feel similar as far as the overall design goes. They are both 2-in-1 cordless vacuums for flexible cleaning runs.

Similarities include:

  • Quick-release attachment system
  • Trigger on/off system
  • 3 Modes: Eco, Auto, and Boost
  • Assortment of tools and attachments
  • Washable filter
  • Click-in battery
  • 60-minute run time
  • Dust bin capacity

Differences include:

  • Digital display
  • Piezo sensor
  • Cleaning heads
  • Suction power

Let’s dive a little deeper into these differences between these two Dyson models.

#1. Digital Display

Dyson V15

Dyson V15 display

Dyson V11

Dyson V11 cleaning mode selection

Both the Dyson V15 and the Dyson 11 come with digital displays designed into the back of the handheld part of each vacuum. Each display can show estimated remaining run time, current cleaning mode, and maintenance alerts.

What’s different on the V15?

The V15 has the added benefit of also being able to communicate information about the particle size of debris as it cleans.

It organizes the data into a colored bar system, which provides a different color for each different size of the particle and lists the complete count at the top of the bar.

#2. Piezo Sensor

Dyson V15

Yes

Dyson V11

No

The digital display on the V15 is able to provide such detailed information about the debris because of an on-board Piezo sensor. This sensor can detect even the smallst change in particle size or density.

As changes are detected, it can send signals to the cleaning head, which automatically adjusts the suction power to accommodate the variable debris types.

#3. Cleaning Heads

Dyson V15

Includes:

  • High Torque 2.0
  • Laser Slim Fluffy

Dyson V11

Includes:

  • High Torque 1.0

What is the Laser Slim Fluffy cleaning head?

This cleaning head is only on the newest Dyson models, like the V15 Detect and the Dyson Outsize Absolute+.

Dyson V15 laser under lit conditions
Dyson V15 laser under lit conditions
Dyson V15 laser in the dark
Dyson V15 laser in the dark

It’s low-profile and uses soft rollers to capture debris of all sizes. This head also has a green LED light that shines on the floor at an angle to help reveal even the smallest debris types.

The more debris you can see, the more debris you can clean.

What is the High Torque Drive cleaning head?

The High Torque cleaning head is a multi-surface cleaning head that is designed for cleaning all floor types but is especially effective on carpets.

Dyson V11 brushroll (left) vs. V15 brushroll (right)
Dyson V11 brushroll (left) vs. V15 brushroll (right)

While the V15 and V11 have similar High Torque cleaning heads, it’s important to note that they are not identical.

  • High Torque 1.0: more basic, included with the V11
  • High Torque 2.0: includes polycarbonate teeth, which are designed to function as an anti-tangle comb, included with the V15

Here is a pic of the 1.0 cleaning head that comes with the Dyson V11.

Dyson V11 cleaning head

And here is a pic of the 2.0 cleaning head that comes with the Dyson V15.

You can see a slight variation in the bristles as well as the polycarbonate teeth located towards the top of the brushroll.

Dyson V15 High Torque cleaner head hair removal tests
Dyson V15 High Torque cleaner head

#4. Suction Power

Dyson V15

230 AW

Dyson V11

185 AW

The V15 has more suction power at 230 AW (in Boost mode) while the V11 maxes out at 185 AW. While the V15 is technically stronger, I would say that the extra power may not be all that necessary for most users.

Dyson V15 (bottom) vs. V11 (top)
Dyson V15 (bottom) vs. V11 (top)

When used on carpet, 230 AW is arguabley “too much” suction and the V15 had some trouble getting on top of larger debris.

The V11 still had a nearly flawless performance on all floor types and didn’t struggle with excessive suction.

Size & Dimensions

Dyson V15

  • Length: 49.6″
  • Width: 9.8″
  • Height: 10.3″
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs.

Dyson V11

  • Length: 50.6″
  • Width: 9.8″
  • Depth: 10.3″
  • Weight: 6.68 lbs.

Size-wise, the V11 is slightly taller and a tiny bit lighter, but all other dimensions are identical. I would call this section a tie.

Dyson V15 (left) vs v11 (right)
Dyson V15 (left) vs v11 (right)

Accessories & Parts

The exact list of parts and accessories can vary depending on exactly which sub-model you go with.

There is currently only one version of the Dyson V15:

The Dyson V11 is offered in two different models:

Dyson V15 (Detect)

Dyson V15 tools, accessories, & attachments

Includes:

  • Wand (with wand clip)
  • 2.0 High Torque cleaning head
  • Fluffy cleaning head
  • Hair screw tool
  • Combination tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Soft dusting brush
  • Stubborn dirt brush
  • Wall Mount
  • Click-in Battery
  • Charger

Dyson V11 (Torque Drive)

Dyson V11 cordless vacuum - accessories

Includes:

  • Wand (with wand clip)
  • 1.0 High Torque cleaning head
  • Mini motorized tool
  • Combination tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Soft dusting brush (not included with V11 Animal)
  • Stubborn dirt brush
  • Wall Mount
  • Click-in Battery
  • Charger

Tools & Attachments Explained

Here’s a rundown of common parts and accessories:

Wand

Dyson wand for stick vacuums

The wand of each vacuum is generally a different color from other models or sub-model variants. Dyson uses variations in color to distinguish different types of vacuums.

*Included on all V11 and V15 models

High Torque 1.0

Dyson V11 Torque Drive cleaning head

The High Torque cleaning head is an upgrade to the V10’s Torque Drive head and has more bristles, but a similar design, also intended for multi-floor cleaning.

*Included on the V11 only

High Torque 2.0

Dyson V15 High Torque head

The second version of the High Torque cleaning head is similar to the 1.0 version, but now also includes polycarbonate teeth to help prevent hair tangles.

*Included on the V15 only

Laser Slim Fluffy

Dyson V15 Fluffy soft cleaning head

The newer Fluffy cleaning head has is a more low-profile brushroll, which is also washable. It also incorporates a laser that shines on the floor to help reveal particles that need to be cleaned.

*Included on the V15 only

Hair Screw Tool

Dyson V15 Hair Screw tool

As a replacement to the mini-motorized brush, the V15 includes a Hair Screw tool. This tool has the same basic function, but uses a tapered screw design to better pull hair into the system and prevent tangles.

*Included on the V15 only

Mini Motorized Brush

Dyson V11 Mini Motorized tool

The mini motorized brush is a smaller version of a spiral bristle cleaning head and uses a small motor to spin an internal brushroll and capture debris.

*Included on all V11 and V15 models

Combination Tool

Dyson V11 combination brush

Both the V11 and V15 come with some variety of combination tool, although the exact design may vary. This tool has a soft dusting brush on the end or can be retracted to reveal a wider crevice tool. Good for car interiors, upholstery, or other small messes.

*Included on all V11 and V15 models

Crevice Tool

Dyson V15 crevice tool

Both the V11 and V15 come with some variety of crevice tool, although exact length may vary. This tool is good for cleaning in small cracks and crevices.

*Included on all V11 and V15 models

Dusting Brush

Dyson V15 dusting brush

Some models also include a wider dusting brush. This tool uses long soft bristles with a wide-mouth opening handy for good cleaning performance on furniture, appliances, or other hard surface areas.

*Included on V11 Torque Drive and V15, excluded from V11 Animal

Dirt Brush

Dyson V15 Stubborn dirt brush

The stubborn dirt brush has much stiffer bristles than the dusting brush and is useful to break apart stubborn dirt from dense carpet fibers or ground-in debris.

*Included on all V11 and V15 models

Wall Mount

Dyson wall mount
Dyson wall mount

There are slight variations on the design of each wall mount, but each one is designed to screw into a wall for hanging your vacuum (since the V Series vacs cannot stand on their own). In addition, each mount can hold up to two tools on the bottom.

*Included on all V11 and V15 models

Click-In Battery

Click-in battery for the Dyson V11

The click-in battery snaps into the bottom of the handheld. When it’s time to charge, you can click it out and plug it into the charger.

*Included on all V11 and V15 models

Charger

Dyson V15 charger

The charger is designed to plug into the click-in battery directly or into the body of the unit.

*Included on all V11 and V15 models

👍 Usability

The overall usability of the Dyson V15 and V11 are similar, but there are a few key differences to note.

What increases the overall usability of a Dyson?

We break it down into a checklist of features. Here are the 10 most important usability features across all Dyson models.

Usability FeautresDyson V15Dyson V11
2-in-1YesYes
Quick Release Tool AttachmentYesYes
Laser Brushroll LightYesNo
Click-In BatteryYes; 1 includedYes; 1 included
Point-and-shoot dust binYesYes
XL dust bin capacityNoNo
On-board Debris SensorsYesNo
Digitial ScreenYesYes
Washable FilterYesYes
Washable BrushrollYesNo

2-in-1 Design: Both models can be used as a cordless stick vacuum or portable handheld vacuum.

Dyson V11 (left) vs. V15 (right)
Dyson V11 (left) vs. V15 (right)

Quick Release Attachments: The V15 and V11 also have simple attachment techniques for all tools and accessories.

Dyson V15 handheld mode
Dyson V15 handheld mode

Laser Slim Fluffy Brushroll: The Dyson V15 has the cleaning head with the laser light (for improved particle visibility) and the V11 does not.

Dyson V15 laser under lit conditions
Dyson V15 laser under lit conditions
Dyson V15 laser in the dark
Dyson V15 laser in the dark

This feature can be turned on or off and it has been verified by Dyson that using or not using this light has no noticeable effect on overall run time.

Click-In Battery: Both the V15 and V11 use a click-in battery that snaps into the base of the handheld.

Click-in battery on the Dyson V15
Dyson V15 click in battery

This can be a convenient feature for swapping between two batteries while one charges.

RELATED: Looking for a more compact battery? Check out the Dyson Omni-Glide, where the battery is designed right into the handle.

Point & Shoot Dust Bin: These Dysons also use similar techniques for emptying the dust bin. Sliding a lever on the side of the dust bin opens the lid to the dust bin and allows debris to be pushed out.

Dyson V15

Emptying the Dyson V15 dust bin

Dyson V11

Emptying Dyson V11 dust bin

Particle Sensors: The Dyson V15 Detect has an onboard Piezo sensor that can detect particle size and quantity in real time.

Dyson V15 particle sensor
Dyson V15 particle sensor

As your needs change when cleaning, it can automatically adjust suction power and brushroll height for optimal performance.

Digital Display: I mentioned this above, but there are also subtle differences in the digital display of the V15 and the V11.

The V15 includes particle information while the V11 does not. Both models show the current cleaning mode, estimated remaining run time, and any active maintenance alerts.

Dyson V15

Dyson V15 display

Dyson V11

Dyson V11 cleaning mode selection

NOTE: The Dyson V11 Animal does NOT include the LCD screen. Instead, it includes simpler LED light indicators.

Washable Filters: Both the V15 and V11 use a washable filter. Dyson recommends washing once a month in cold water and allowing it to air dry for up to 24 hours before using again

Washable HEPA filter
Washable HEPA filter

As long as it’s not damaged the washable filter is good for the life of the vacuum.

Washable Brushroll: If a washable brushroll is an important feature, you’ll want to go with the Dyson V15, which includes the Laser Slim Fluffy brushroll.

Dyson V15 Fluffy soft cleaning head
Dyson V15 Fluffy soft cleaning head

The High Torque cleaning heads on either model (V15 or V11) is not washable.

🔧 Maintenance

Maintenance tasks for both the V15 Detect and all V11 models are similar and pretty basic.

The short list includes:

  • Empty the dust bin
  • Wash the filter (about once per month)
  • Charge the battery
  • Clear the brushroll of any clogs or tangles
  • Wash the Fluffy cleaning head (V15 Detect only)
  • Replace the battery as needed

Battery

The click-in battery is a convenient feature with these Dysons. Both the V15 and the V11 use a 3,600 mah battery with a 4.5 hour charge time.

Dyson V15 battery
Dyson V15 battery

As mentioned above, the exact run time will range depending on what cleaning mode you’re in, but with both of these models, the batteries are rated to last about an hour.

📰 Specifications

SpecsDyson V15Dyson V11
TypeStickStick
ManufacturerDysonDyson
ModelV15V11
Length49.6"50.6"
Width9.8"9.8"
Depth10.3"10.3"
Weight6.8 lbs.6.68 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)All (indoor)
Dustbin Capacity0.77 L0.77 L
Click In BatteryYes; 1 includedYes; 1 included
Run TimeUp to 60 minsUp to 60 mins
CordlessYesYes
BaglessYesYes
ReturnsVaries by retailerVaries by retailer
Warranty2 Year limited2 Year limited
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
ReviewRead ReviewRead Review

🥇 Which Dyson is Best?

Alright, so all things considered, should you buy the Dyson V15 Detect or the Dyson V11?

Dyson V15 Detect

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Dyson V11

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Should you buy the Dyson V15 Detect?

I would recommend the Dyson V15 Detect to people who:

  • Want particulate data: The onboard Piezo sensor detects size and particle count for debris on the floor. This information is then translated to the cleaning head and the vacuum can make adjustments to the cleaning head to better suit changing conditions.
  • Advanced digital display: The particulate data is also displayed on the back of the digital display using a colored bar chart. If you want to know exactly what you’re cleaning, this is a cool feature.
  • Laser brushroll: The Fluffy brushroll on the V15 is designed to include a laser light, which makes it easier to see small particles on the floor. This brushroll is also washable which can mean easier maintenance.

Click here to check the Dyson V15 price.

Should you buy the Dyson V11?

I would recommend the Dyson V11 to people who:

  • Want a good value: With the launch of the V15, the V11 price of the V11 will likely start going down. It skips some of the fancier features like particle sensors and laser light, but the cleaning performance is still spot on.
  • Excellent cleaning performance: Despite its lack of V15 bells and whistles, the cleaning performance is still top-notch, between 99-100% average on all floor types.
  • Don’t need the Fluffy cleaning head: One of the biggest misses for the V11 (in my opinion) is that it doesn’t include the Fluffy cleaning head. This head can be useful when cleaning hard surface flooring, but if you mainly have carpet, you likely won’t even miss that this head isn’t included.

Click here to check out the Dyson V11 price.

🔰 Dyson Comparisons

Looking for more in-depth side-by-side Dyson comparisons? See our complete list below:

Also see our Best Dyson vacuums guide for a broader overview of Dyson vacuums and popular models.

The Last Word

That’s it!

Got a question, comment, or need help deciding which model is best for you? Please drop us a comment down below.

We’re always happy to help.

ChangeLog

April 8, 2021 – Initial comparison published.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ModernCastle.com. He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider, Realtor.com, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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22 Comments on “Dyson V15 vs. V11”

  1. Hi Derek

    Thanks for all useful info in helping me pick between v11 or v15. I have mostly stone and wooden floors with mats. Am I better getting v15 with fluffy cleaning head?

    Reply
    • V15 with the fluffy head is definitely the better pick, but either vacuum (with or without a fluffy head) is going to be more than sufficient for stone and wooden floors.

      V15 Detect Absolute vs. Detect Complete are basically the same. Just some different accessories. Functionally they are identical.

  2. Would the auto mode work if i plug in the new torque drive head with comb in the v11 ? 971358-02. I wonder if the V15 adjusts based on particles rather than the previous v11 sensor, in which case the head will not adjust when going from carpet to hard floor and vice versa. Was wanting to buy the head to plug into the V11.

    Reply
  3. I dont want to exceed 500 £ budget and have a hard surface pet free home could you pls recommend between V10, V11 and V15 models ?

    Reply
    • Go with the V11. V15 is out of your budget.

      The difference between the V10 vs V11 is pretty big. I think it’s worth paying the extra 100 quid or so to get the V11.

    • Hi thanks for your reply. Dyson V15 detect animal is 499£. So same price as v11, would it be fine to buy though as i dont have a pet and hard floor?

    • Yes. The difference between Animal and the regular version has very little to do with pets.

      If you don’t care about the hard floor cleaning head then it is 100% fine.

  4. I would like to buy a Dock to store the V15 without screwing it to the wall. There is a V11 Dock. Does this match for the V15 as well? I’m surprised that they don’t have one available that fits.

    Reply
    • V11 and V15 bodies are pretty close so it will fit, but not quite perfectly, since there are slight differences between the body types.

      They don’t have a universal dock because they keep changing the body of the vacuum slightly.

  5. Hi great web site. In the uk you can get the v11 animal, v11 torque and v15 animal all for the same price of £499 direct from Dyson I assume the v15 would be the best option or am I missing something. Cheers keep up the great work.

    Reply
    • I looked and the V15 over here in the Uk for £499 does not have the fluffy laser head, you have to get it for £599 for that which seems a lot for one head.

  6. Are the v11 and v15 batteries interchangeable? I have the v11 extra pro with two batteries: could I use one of them for the v15?

    Reply
    • I’m not 100% certain, but pretty sure they are. The mAh may be different, but the form factor for the battery is identical.

  7. 1. Can the Fluffy Brushroll be purchased separately and then used with the V11?
    2. Can the Hair Screw Tool be purchased separately and then used with the V11?

    Reply