Hoover vs. Dyson — whether you’re looking for a vacuum with over 100 years of experience and model types or the latest in technology and modern suction systems, both Hoover and Dyson have options for you.
Although they’re all “vacuums” designed to suck the best, each company’s approach varies and results in vacuums that are actually quite different from one another.
The Hoover vs. Dyson guide below will break down model types, differences, and help you decide which is right for your home. Timelessness or modern technology? You decide. Let’s get started.
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Hoover Vacuums Overview
Hoover is a vacuum company that has been around for over 100 years, starting out based in Ohio. At the time, Hoover was one of the only machines of its kind to use suction combined with agitating brushes to help remove debris from floors.
They offer a wide range of product types with a variety of features and conservative pricing compared to other manufacturers who include more bells and whistles.
Dyson Vacuums Overview
Contrary to Hoover, the Dyson name is much newer to the scene. Dyson has only been around since 1987 and started with a simple sketch by James Dyson. At the time, Dyson was working for a company that sprayed epoxy paint, a system which he used to develop his first cyclone vacuum.
More recent design efforts by Dyson has resulted in an influx of cordless stick vacuums. Dyson believes this model to be the replacement for traditional corded upright vacuums.
As mentioned above, Dyson really concentrates a good bit of effort on their cordless stick vacuums, but that’s not to say that Hoover can’t compete.
Hoover offers many cordless stick vacuums among their selection of alternate vacuum types. Cordless stick vacuums are a great option for people looking for lightweight convenience and the flexibility of not being tied to a power outlet.
With cordless vacuums, you may have to part with fancy on-board accessories and limitless run times (through corded power).
The table below outlines some of the most popular cordless stick vacuum models from Hoover and Dyson and puts them to the test, comparing everything from form and features, to price, maintenance, and more.
|Model||Dyson V10||Hoover Linx||Dyson V8||Hoover Cruise|
|Weight||5.9 lbs.||10 lbs.||5.75 lbs.||4.7 lbs.|
|Battery||2,600 mAh ||18 V||2,800 mAh||22 V|
|Run Time||~60 minutes||~20 minutes||~40 minutes||~30 minutes|
|Dust Bin Capacity||0.77 L||1.0 L||0.54 L||0.40 L|
|Maintenance Costs||$0 / year||$8 / year||$32 / year|
9.5 x 10.1 x 49.2″
~$0 / year
The Dyson V10 is the newest model in the V-Series stick vacuum line. It features a redesigned body style, compared to the Dyson V8, Dyson V7, and Dyson V6 cordless models. It also has the longest running cleaning time of any Dyson cordless mode to date, up to 60 minutes.
The Dyson V10 stick vacuum offers 140 AW of suction power, 30% more suction than that of the Dyson V6 cordless and even 18% more power than the Dyson V8 stick vacuum.
It takes about 3.5 hours to fully charge this vacuum and has virtually no annual maintenance costs.
See our full Dyson V10 review here.
- The 60-minute run time is great for longer cleaning cycles.
- More powerful suction over other comparable vacuums or older Dyson V-series models.
- Virtually no annual maintenance costs, mean less expensive after the initial purchase.
- This model is quite pricey compared to other models on the market.
- Louder than most of the older Dyson V-series models (but quieter than the Hoover Linx).
- Also heavier than older Dyson V-series models (but lighter than the Hoover Linx and Cruise).
Hoover Linx Cordless
10.6 x 8 x 44″
~$8 / year
The Hoover Linx Cordless stick vacuum is a portable stick vacuum that offers a decent runtime, strong suction, and a good sized dust bin for whole home cleaning.
There is an option to purchase an extra battery so you can trade them out when one gets low. Keep one charging while you use the other and you can trade back and forth with ease. Hoover also include a “Fuel Gauge” technology that indicates remaining battery life so you know when it’s getting close to time to change.
Bedsides the extra battery, there are no additional accessories that come with this model.
Want the Linx without the limitations of draining battery life? Check out our full review of the Hoover Linx corded stick vacuum to see which model suits your needs better.
- Cleaning brushroll provides edge-to-edge cleaning for increased performance.
- The XL dust bin provides extra room, but is also easy to empty.
- Low price point compared to similar models on the market.
- Relatively short run time, varying from 15-25 minutes, depending on floor type.
- Poor cleaning performance on hardwood floors (when we tested the Hoover Linx corded model, assuming they are similar.)
- A little bulkier and heavier than comparable Dyson stick vacuums.
9.7″ x 8.8″ x 49″
~$16 / year
The Dyson V8 is a cordless stick vacuum that is one step below the Dyson D10 vacuum. At only 40 minutes of max run time, you give up about 20 minutes of cleaning time and about 18% in cleaning suction power (140 AW vs. 115 AW according to Dyson), but the Dyson V8 is still an exceptional vacuum.
The V8 has the older body style with the dust bin in-hand, compared to the style of the V10 which has all parts aligned for stronger suction.
- The 40-minute run time is still a sufficient amount of time for most cleaning jobs.
- Very lightweight (under 6 lbs.) which is almost half the weight of the Hoover Linx cordless vacuum.
- Includes a wide range of accessories (exact accessories vary by model).
- One of the more expensive models on the market today.
- Smaller dust bin capacity compared to the Dyson V10.
- Does not stand upright on its own (use wall mount or lean it).
Hoover Cruise Ultra Light Cordless
9 x 9 x 45″
The Hoover Ultra Light Cruise cordless stick vacuum is a lighter weight alternative to the Hoover Linx Cordless and is about half the weight. Another advantage it has over the Hoover Linx, is that the Cruise is actually a 2-in-1, so it can be used as an upright stick vacuum or a portable handheld.
Aesthetically, it looks pretty similar to the style of the Dyson V-series cordless stick vacuums (let’s be honest, it’s VERY similar), but the overall way that this vacuum operates and performs is still quite different.
Basically, you get what you pay for. This vacuum comes in at a much lower price point compared to the Dyson V10 or even V8 (see comparison here), but it also lacks many of the Dyson bells and whistles.
The package includes a battery charger, crevice tool, dusting brush, upholstery tool, and a wall mount for easy storage.
- Includes a wide variety of accessories and attachments.
- Much lighter than the comparable Hoover Linx cordless stick vacuum.
- Similar style to the Dyson V-series, but a significantly lower price tag.
- The cleaning performance of the Cruise vs. the Dyson has not been fully tested to know if it performs at the same level. However, based on 3rd party reviews we think the answer is going to be “no”.
- Shorter run time than the Dyson V10, V8, and V7 cordless stick vacuum.
- Some reviews says that it clogs with pet hair.
Beyond cordless stick vacuums, both Hoover and Dyson have a strong line-up of upright vacuums which generally offer additional attachments, more suction, and corded (unlimited) run times.
These upright models are also heavier than stick vacuums, but also boast much larger dust bin capacities for cleaning large areas. Depending on the size of your space and your individual lifestyle, you may find a traditional upright vacuum to suit your needs better.
Both Dyson and Hoover offer a wide range of upright vacuums, many more than could be covered in this single review. The table below highlights some of the most popular models that each company offers in an effort to help you decide which mode is right for you.
|Model||Dyson Ball |
|Hoover T-Series WindTunnel||Dyson Ball |
|Hoover Air||Dyson Small Ball||Hoover React|
|Weight||17.35 lbs.||16.5 lbs.||15.6 lbs.||13.05 lbs.||12.15 lbs.||16.93 lbs.|
|Power||30' cord||25' cord||30' cord||30' cord||30' cord||30' cord|
|Dust Bin Capacity||2.1 L||3.0 L||1.6 L||1.2 L||0.8 L||1.5 L|
|Maintenance Costs||$12 / year||$23 / year||$12 / year||$12 / year|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Dyson Ball Animal 2
15.3 x 13.4 x 42.1
~$12 / year
The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is one of Dyson’s classic upright vacuum models. This model uses the patented cyclonic suction system for a quality clean and can hold a large amount of debris, over 2 liters of dirt, dust, and debris.
Accessories include a combination tool, stair tool, high reach tool, a turbine brush for tackling pet hair, and a lifetime washable filter (which helps to minimize maintenance costs).
- Advanced swivel steering with the Dyson Ball technology
- Larger dust bin capacity (2 L.) allows for more cleanup and less time emptying the dust bin.
- Lower annual maintenance costs, thanks in part to the lifetime washable filter and bagless design.
- Doesn’t convert to a handheld like the Dyson V-series stick vacuums do.
- Relatively high price tag.
Hoover T-Series WindTunnel
16 x 16.5 x 44″
~$23 / year
The Hoover T-Series WindTunnel is a bagged corded upright vacuum. Compared to the Dyson it certainly has a more traditional look, but there are some pros to this older style of vacuum.
For starters, the price tag of the Hoover T-Series is significantly less than Dyson upright vacuum. It has a cord rewind system to ease the burden of dealing with the cord and also has a filter indicator you you can easily know when it’s time to replace the filter.
See our full Hoover T-Series WindTunnel review here.
- Bagged system may be better for people who suffer from allergies.
- Cord rewind system eases the hassle of dealing with long cords.
- Offers five different cleaning levels, that can be used for variable floor types.
- Cleaning modes must be changed manually, when you have changing floors.
- Bagged systems also generally mean higher maintenance costs to replace bags.
- Poor cleaning performance on hardwood floors or similar (like vinyl floors or engineered hardwoods).
Dyson Ball MultiFloor 2
15.6 x 13.4 x 41.9
~$12 / year
The Dyson Multi Floor 2 upright vacuum is made for spaces that have a mix of variable floor types. Unlike the Hoover T-Series (which has to manually be adjusted), the Dyson Multi-Floor automatically adjusts to get the best suction for each floor type.
Similar to the Dyson Animal 2, the Multi-Floor also uses cyclonic suction power and the patented Dyson Ball swivel as trademarks for this model. Included accessories with the Multi Floor model: washable lifetime filter, stain tool, combination tool, and a high reach wand for hard-to-reach cleaning.
- Bagless system can hold up to 1.5 liters of dirt, dust and debris before needing to be emptied.
- Automatically adjusting floor cleaning heads means a more seamless transition between varying floor types.
- Includes a wide variety of accessories for cleaning many different types of spaces.
- More expensive than the Hoover uprights, overall.
- Smaller dust bin capacity compared to the Hoover T-Series which can hold up to 3 liters of dirt, dust, and debris.
13.7 x 11.6 x 37.4″
The Hoover Air WindTunnel upright vacuum brings a modern aesthetic to the WindTunnel vacuum. It’s one of the lightest upright vacuums featured in this comparison and is a nice option, if you’re looking for something sleek, but still powerful.
This vacuum comes with a 2-in-1 crevice tool, a wand, and a few other smaller attachments that connect directly to the wand. It has a clear dust bin so you clean easily see when it’s time to empty it out.
When you move from carpet to hardwoods, pressing a simple button disengages the brushroll, so as not to cause excessive wear on hardwood floors.
- Lightweight body style is only about 13 lbs. for a full-size upright vacuum.
- Lower price tag than most Dyson upright vacuum models featured here.
- A rinsable filter means lower annual maintenance costs and less tasks to stay up and running.
- Slightly smaller dust bin at only 1.2 liters, less than half that of the Hoover T-Series WindTunnel vacuum.
Dyson Small Ball
14.1 x 11 x 31.7
~$12 / year
The Dyson Small Ball upright vacuum is essentially a smaller version of the Dyson Multi Floor 2. It is even slightly lighter than the Hoover Air corded vacuum, weighing in around 12.15 lbs. This vacuum has a telescoping handle that allows you to extend it out when in use, and then compact it when it’s time to store.
Of course, with a smaller vacuum, that also means a smaller dust bin capacity. The Dyson Small Ball can store 0.8 liters of debris, slightly under the 1 L. average and well under the 3 L. capacity of the XL Hoover T-Series WindTunnel.
See our full review of the Dyson Small Ball (DC50) here.
- Smaller, compact design is easy to maneuver around and store this vacuum over comparable, larger models.
- Traditional Dyson Ball design but at a smaller scale so it takes up less of a footprint.
- The clear dust bin and brushroll makes it easy to see when it’s time to empty the dust bin or if there’s debris stuck in the brushroll.
- The smaller body style also means smaller dust bin, only 0.8 L.
- The style of the dustbin is a little awkward to open, compared to newer Dyson dust bins, like the Dyson V10.
13.4 x 12.2 x 44.5″
The Hoover React upright vacuum cleaner is a multi-purpose upright vacuum. The React comes with a few bells and whistles, unique to this specific model.
Advanced features include: swivel steering, LED headlamps, a rinsable filter, and “FloorSense” which is a technology that allows the vacuum to detect and react to changing floor heights as it’s cleaning.
There is even an app for additional features for this vacuum. No, it can’t vacuum your house for you like a robot vacuum, but the app helps to customize your cleaning and get the best performance possible.
- Floor cleaning head automatically adjusts power to react to changing floor types
- Includes extra bells and whistles like LED headlamps and swivel steering for a lightweight feeling vacuum, without sacrificing power.
- A fairly heavy vacuum cleaner, close to ~17 lbs.
Wile both Hoover and Dyson do offer robot vacuums, I wouldn’t say that either company really specializes in that specific type.
Dyson manufactures one primary robot vacuum—the Dyson 360 Eye.
Hoover Rogue 970
13.6 x 13.6 x 3.8″
The Hoover Rogue is slightly more advanced than the Hoover Quest robot vacuum. With the Rogue, there is wifi-connectivity, so that it can be controlled via your smartphone, tablet, or even voice control (like Amazon Alexa or Google Home).
The navigation also gets some refinement compared to the Hoover Quest, now running in straighter lines for a more methodical cleaning approach.
Using the Hoover app, you can see a cleaning summary, schedule a cycle, or set up virtual barriers. With the Hoover Quest physical barriers are needed to establish starting points for the infrared barriers. But with the Hoover Rogue, all you need is a digital map and you can digitally tell your Rogue where you don’t want it to go.
- Advanced navigation cleans in a more methodical way, producing straighter lines and less bouncing around.
- Ability to mark off sensitive areas with digital boundary markers directly on your phone.
- Connecting to Wifi and using app control is surprisingly difficult*
- Frequent app crashes, resulting in lost map data, which prevents vacuuming* (*according to 3rd party reviewers)
- Many consumers don’t seem to like this product. Many overtly negative reviews.
13.8 x 13.8 x 3.5″
The Hoover Quest is the older model of the two and is not sold from Hoover.com anymore, but still available through Amazon and others. The Quest uses bluetooth to connect to your smartphone.
You can schedule cleanings directly from your phone or tablet and it gets to work. To block off areas you want the Quest to skip, you can use infrared barriers.
- Bluetooth connection to your smartphone for scheduled cleanings or additional settings.
- Lower price tag than many other robot vacuums on the market.
- Older model and no longer sold directly from manufacturer, parts and accessories may be hard to come by.
- Lack-luster reviews lead to questions about overall cleaning performance.
Dyson 360 Eye
9.1 x 9.4 x 4.7″
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s the Dyson 360-Eye. This vacuum is a robot vacuum that uses the same cyclone technology that Dyson is known for, in a hands-free robot body.
The 360 Eye also has wifi-connectivity for smartphone control. There is an integrated camera (aka: Eye) that “sees” around your house, identifying obstacles and trouble areas as it navigates.
It is not particularly shallow, at 4.7″ tall, but the concept is that what you lose in maneuverability, it makes up for in suction power.
Power and performance aside, this vacuum is still a pretty penny, coming in around $1,000 when bought full price and for that kind of cash, you’d expect all-star reviews, but they’re fairly inconclusive.
- Powerful Dyson cyclonic suction power, similar to the technology used on their larger models.
- 360 Eye camera provides advanced navigation around sensitive areas.
- Much more expensive that other robot vacuum models.
- The higher profile makes it difficult for this vacuum to fit under low furniture for a whole home cleaning.
So Hoover vs. Dyson, which brand is right for you? Each company offers some strong contenders, but they’re certainly designed for different audiences, complete with differing accessories and add-ons.
In general, Hoover vacuums tend to have less bells and whistles, but also come in at a much lower price tag. In comparison, the Dyson models offer exceptional cleaning performance and top-of-the-line technology, but also can cost quite a bit more in some cases.
Hoover vs. Dyson Upright Vacuums
Hoover and Dyson both offer a wide selection of upright vacuums.
These models are all larger than the stick vacuums, in size, weight, and dust bin capacity.
These uprights also have more accessories and add-ons, in most cases, compared to their compact counterparts.
HOOVER REACT | The Hoover React upright vacuum is a full size upright with a 1.5 L. dust bin capacity and a range of included accessories. The brushroll automatically adjusts power for different floor types and there is even a Hoover app, which allows you to customize your cleaning cycle. On the downside, this vacuum is a little heavy, weight in at just under 17 lbs.
HOOVER AIR | The Hoover Air is a lighter alternative to the Hoover React upright vacuum (13 lbs. vs. 17 lbs.) Although it can’t adjust automatically for different floor types, it has a similar dust bin capacity (1.2 L. vs. 1.5 L. on the React) and swivel steering. Another benefit is that the Hoover Air comes in well under $150, making it an affordable option for people looking for a conservative upright vacuum.
HOOVER T-SERIES WINDTUNNEL | The Hoover T-Series WindTunnel falls in between the Hoover Air and Hoover Reach in terms of weight, weighing in at 16.5 lbs. It’s a little bulkier than the aforementioned Hoover upright vacuum models, but offers a 3.0 L. dust bin capacity, one of the largest we’ve seen to date.
DYSON BALL ANIMAL 2 | The Dyson Animal 2 is an upright vacuum designed for homes with pets. It’s fairly heavy, at 17.35 lbs, but has a lifetime washable filter, mini-motorized turbine tool, stair tool, and the combination tool for cleaning a variety of spaces.
DYSON BALL MULTI FLOOR 2 | The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 is lighter than the Animal and comes with a washable filter, combination tool, stair tool, and self-adjusting cleaner head. Compared to Hoover, neither the Hoover Air or Hoover T-Series WindTunnel can self-adjust for changing floor types.
DYSON SMALL BALL | The Dyson Small Ball upright vacuum is considered a compact upright vacuum and one of the lightest uprights featured in this review. Coming in just over 12 lbs., the Small Ball has a lot of the classic Dyson features, but in a smaller format. Read our full review with cleaning tests of the Dyson Small Ball Animal Compact here.
Hoover vs. Dyson Stick Vacuums
For stick vacuums, Dyson offers the V-Series of cordless stick vacuums, which includes their V10, V8, V7, and V6 vacuums.
Hoover features two main collections as part of their stick vacuum line up—the React and the Linx.
HOOVER LINX CORDLESS | The Hoover Linx cordless stick vacuum is heavier than the Dyson cordless models (about twice the weight) and runs off of an 18V battery. It has a shorter run time, only about 20 minutes, but can be purchased with an extra battery to limit down time during charges.
HOOVER LINX CORDED | If you like the Linx, but don’t want the hassle of charging a battery, there is also a corded version. The Hoover Linx corded stick vacuum has good suction and easily transitions between floor types, but during our cleaning tests, we found that the maneuverability of this vacuum was really lacking.
HOOVER CRUISE | The Hoover Cruise looks the most similar to the Dyson V-series models than any other Hoover stick vacuum currently on the market. It is much lighter than the Hoover Linx series (about half the weight), and is designed with most of the parts in-hand, so it doesn’t feel overly heavy. This model can also convert between an upright stick vacuum to a portable handheld, which the Hoover Linx cannot do.
HOOVER REACT CORDLESS | The Hoover React cordless handheld is a lightweight, compact alternative to the full-size Reach upright vacuum. It has the same FloorSense technology as the full upright which allows it to automatically adjust power for varying floor types. But beware pet owners, reviews claim that this model has a hard time with pet hair, resulting in clogged filters or a jammed dust bin.
DYSON CYCLONE V10 | The Dyson V10 is the newest Dyson V-Series stick vacuum to hit the market and it performed exceptionally during our cleaning tests. It has an extended 60-minute run time, comes with a variety of included accessories, and virtually no annual maintenance costs. You can read our full Dyson V10 review here.
DYSON V8 | The Dyson V8 is the model one step below the V10. It offers a 40-minute run time, and a slightly smaller dust bin capacity (0.54L vs. 0.77L with the V10 model). Maintenance costs are also a bit more than the V10, but cleaning performance is still excellent. You can see our full Dyson V8 review here.
DYSON V6 | The V6 model is the most basic V-series model. It lacks a few bells-and-whistles of the newer models, but also is much less expensive. Depending on your needs and budget, the V6 could still fit your needs, offering 20 minutes of cleaning time and similar attachments and add-ons as the newer models. You can read our full Dyson V6 review here.
Hoover vs. Dyson Robot Vacuums
Neither Hoover nor Dyson offer particularly popular options for robot vacuums (especially compared to Roomba’s lineup). That being said, there are options.
Hoover offers two main lines—the Quest and the Rogue, while Dyson puts all their eggs into one singular model, the Dyson 360 Eye. For choices outside of these two companies, be sure to check out our complete Robot Vacuum Reviews to find the perfect robot for you.
HOOVER QUEST | The Hoover Quest actually isn’t manufactured anymore or sold direct from Hoover.com, but you can still pick one up via some select third party vendors. It is bluetooth enabled so you can pair it with your smartphone for scheduled cleanings. It navigates with the “bump-and-continue” method and is limited by physical barriers that emit infrared light.
HOOVER ROGUE | The Hoover Rogue is the newer model by Hoover. It has wifi-connectivity and can also be paired with the Hoover app or even controlled via voice control using Amazon Alexa or Google Home. It navigates with a smarter system that allows this vacuum to create straighter, more methodical cleaning patterns. Instead of physical barriers, the Rogue uses the app to create a digital map, which you can “draw” markers for where you want the Rogue to avoid.
DYSON 360 EYE | The 360 Eye robot vacuum is the robot version of the same technology that Dyson is known for, cyclonic suction. Due to its different technology, compared to other models, it is a bit taller in profile and may not fit under especially low furniture. The 360 Eye has wifi-connectivity, voice control, and a full-width brush bar for more efficient cleaning cycles, but it’s not cheap. Prepare to spend close to $1K to get this Eye in your home.
So between Hoover and Dyson is one definitively better than the other? Basically, no. What it really comes down to is VALUE.
Generally speaking, Dyson builds a better vacuum, but the cost is also substantially higher. And depending on your lifestyle and area you’re looking to clean, it is very possible that a well-built Hoover would suit your needs just fine.
So how do you choose? The best way to pick the best vacuum for you, is to ask yourself a couple important questions. Depending on your answers, you may find yourself going home with a Dyson or a Hoover vacuum, and either could be right.
The first question you need to answer, what type of vacuum do you need?
- Upright Vacuum – Upright models tend to pack a bigger punch. They are larger, heavier, and also generally have a larger dust bin capacity. These vacuums are corded units and may also have a number of on-board accessories.
- Stick Vacuum – Stick vacuums are smaller than traditional uprights, may be corded or cordless, and have smaller dust bin capacities. These vacuums are also lighter weight
- Robot Vacuum – Robot vacuums are autonomous vacuums that can be scheduled ahead of time, clean while you’re away, and then automatically recharge to prepare for tomorrow. That being said, both Hoover and Dyson tend to struggle with this category in my opinion. If you’re looking for a robot vacuum, I would recommend checking out our complete Robot vacuum Review page.
The second question you need to answer, what is your budget?
Although prices vary my vacuum type, in general Hoovers just come in at a lower price point compared to most Dysons. Hoovers generally range from $60-$300, while Dysons range from $250-$1,000. Either you’re in the market for a conservative Hoover or a top-of-the-line Dyson. There are few models that are comparable and equal costs.
The third and final question, what features are important to you?
- You want a cordless stick vacuum with a long run time? You’ll want to check out the Dyson V10.
- You want the a great price and an XL dust bin. The Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Rewind may be for you.
- You want the power of an upright, but in a smaller size? The Dyson Small Ball or Hoover Air compact upright could be a great choice.
Depending on your needs, budget, and features on your “must have list”, both Hoover and Dyson could be right for you.
If you still can’t decide which model suits your needs best, feel free to send us an email here. We’d be happy to help you out.