Gtech vs Dyson. Who’s Best And How To Choose

Gtech vs Dyson probably doesn’t sound quite as much like an upcoming heavyweight fight as Dyson Vs Henry does, but I think it’s probably similar in that both of these fights would appear to be more David & Goliath than they probably are.

I think any other vacuum cleaner brand probably thinks itself quite fortunate to be spoken in the same sentence as Dyson, given their mammoth size and popularity, but it’s really quite possible for the smaller brands to compete, simply because of the price tag of Dyson vacuum cleaners. 

Dyson’s cleaners are relatively expensive, very expensive in fact, and they always have been. While it’s common for new brands in any market to introduce their products to the market at a lower price initially and then increase their pricing once their brand name is seen as worth the investment, this isn’t what happened with Dyson. 

Dyson came out all guns blazing, demanding prices for their vacuum cleaners, something that earned them some (albeit short-lived) ridicule by alleged experts in the market, who thought no one would pay these prices, how wrong they were! But being so pricey, this does allow other brands to compete, because not everyone has the pockets to simply bag themselves the latest Dyson without doing some serious research to make sure they’re not spending money that they really don’t need to.

While not all vacuum cleaner brands have come out with vacuum cleaners that really give Dyson a run for their money, Gtech is a brand that is doing very well in this regard. They’re not a super cheap brand, but their hoovers tend to be in the low hundreds, vs the Dyson vacuums which are usually in the mid to high hundreds.

So in this article, we’re going to go into detail about the differences between Gtech and Dyson, but don’t worry, not into the kind of detail that will send you off to the land of nod, but the kind of detail which will lead you to fully understand by the time you’ve finished reading this post whether or not you need to stump up the extra money for one of Dyson’s models, or whether one of Gtech’s hoovers will give you what you need without having to do quite as much damage to your debit card.

Deciding whether to buy a Gtech or Dyson hoover boils down to the type of home you have and the lifestyle you lead. People with large families and pets, with a variety of different floor types to hoover and households that are particularly demanding on a vacuum cleaner, are more likely to need the level of cleaning power that paying Dyson’s price tags will buy you. 

Even more so if you have a demanding home where hoovering is concerned plus for whatever reason, you want a lightweight cleaner and you don’t want a cable, then this is pushing you straight into the Dyson territory, as this is exactly the kind of people Dyson’s products are made for. 

Many people don’t realize this, they simply make the assumption that because they’re usually the most expensive, they must be the best – but in many cases this leads people to spending more money than they really need to on a vacuum cleaner. 

For example, if you’ve got no particular aversion to power cables, and if you’re not all that bothered about a kilo or two in additional weight when it comes to hoovering stairs, and/or if you live in a bungalow or relatively small house or apartment, you’re more of a “normal” vacuum cleaner user, and you’ll probably find that one of Gtech’s options will be more than powerful enough and that stumping up for the latest Dyson may just be overkill.

Let’s take a look at each of the key areas in detail.

Technology

Dyson has been around for decades and has pumped millions of pounds into research and development and no one disputes that they produce a great product and it does a great job of cleaning your home.

The beam of light from the front of the latest models shows you particles of dust that other vacuums don’t show so that you can direct it over all of the dust and make sure you don’t miss any.

It can detect the size of dust particles as they are sucked up to determine the suction power required and adjust accordingly which can in turn preserve battery power because you may not need to use it on full power the whole time.

The LCD display gives you all sorts of info including scientific proof of a deep clean and it has excellent filtration so almost everything that goes in stays in and when you combine that with the class-leading suction power then you have the Rolls Royce of vacuum cleaners.

That’s all good and well but what you need to ask yourself is do you really need the Rolls Royce of vacuum cleaners.

The real Rolls Royce car will get you from A to B just like a car that costs a fraction of the cost of a Rolls Royce. You won’t get all the bells and whistles in a regular car but you’ll still get there and the same applies when you are comparing Gtech vs Dyson.

When it comes to technology, Gtech doesn’t have all the technology that Dyson has but at the end of the day it does a great job of cleaning the floors in your home as proven by many thousands of positive reviews over many years.

So if you are a bit of a geek and you love the latest technology and you have plenty of cash to burn then Dyson is the one for you but if just want a good hoover that cleans floors well then the Gtech is going to do a very similar job but will cost you a lot less.

Cleaning Performance

Both Gtech and Dyson vacuum cleaners have really good suction. Dyson has more suction so you need to think if the home that you live in really needs the power of Dyson or will the not quite as strong but still powerful Gtech be absolutely fine for your needs?

The right vacuum cleaner for you

Gtech hoovers don’t come with any accessories so if you have stairs and you need to do a lot of above floor cleaning then you can take a look at the Gtech stick vacuums that easily convert into a handheld with one click.

If you live in a flat or a bungalow for example then a great option is the Gtech “AirRAM” range described in detail below.

They’re cordless, incredibly light and very easy to store. No LCD displays, just a good old fashioned on/off button and really good suction so this range is particularly good for eldery users or anyone with a disability such as a bad back or anyone that doesn’t want loads of different modes and options, just good old fashioned cleaning.

If on the other hand you love a bit of tech and you want all the accessories under the sun to clean every single nook and cranny that exists in any home and you have a large home with children and pets then Dyson may be the one for you.

Of course you have to decide if its worth laying out the extra few hundred quid for the latest Dyson or perhaps you do want a Dyson but one of the older models that costs less may well be ideal for your needs and you don’t need the latest and greatest.

Price

If money is no object then you need to look no further than a Dyson because they offer exceptional cleaning performance across all surfaces and they come with a bunch of accessories that will ensure all above floor surfaces end up as immaculate as your carpet or hard flooring.

Top of the range Dysons are priced over £600 and for a lot of people that’s a lot of money and simply not affordable and even if you can afford it you may not want to spend that kind of money on a hoover.

It will cost you around twice as much to buy a Dyson as it will for a Gtech vacuum cleaner so make sure that you REALLY need all the features that come with a Dyson before parting with your hard earned cash.

For example, the Dyson V15 comes with 9 accessories, yes 9. First of all you need to make sure you have space to store them all and I can tell you from personal experience if you don’t have ample storage space then that’s not as easy as it sounds.

As well as the wall mounted docking station and charger there is a digital motor bar, hair screw tool, combination tool, illuminated cleaner head, low reach adaptor, wand clip and crevice tool.

There are so many that not only do you need space to store them all but if you are not organised then you’ll just end up losing half of them anyway!

The most important thing is to ask yourself, do you REALLY need all those accessories anyway and how often will you use them.

These are just some of the things to consider when choosing between Gtech and Dyson.

Here is a breakdown of the best Gtech and Dyson vacuum cleaners:

Gtech Mk2 AirRam Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Release Date: 2016
Battery runtime on a single charge: up to 40 minutes
Number of power levels: 1
Battery recharge time: 4 hours
Waste Bin Capacity: 0.80 litres
Noise level measured in decibels: 70
Weight: 3.2kg

You’ve heard of the famous saying “don’t judge a vacuum cleaner until you’ve used it”, no? OK well, you’ve probably heard the similarly famous saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”, and you really shouldn’t judge the AirRam MK2 until you’ve hoovered with it. 

On unboxing this cordless upright, you may be initially somewhat dismayed by how light and plasticky it feels, and you may think that it looks cheaper than it is. I do think this is a fair comment, but do aesthetics really matter all that much for vacuum cleaners?

If you’re someone who feels that what vacuum cleaner they own is a status symbol, you probably wouldn’t be reading this post, you’d have bought the most expensive Dyson already without much thought about whether it’s the right vacuum cleaner for you and your home. I’m fairly sure that some of the people who spend six or seven hundred pounds on a Dyson are not purely buying a vacuum cleaner, in the same way that many people who just have to have the very latest iPhone each time they’re released, are not just buying a smartphone.

Remembering that it’s a hoover, not a fashion accessory, and it’ll probably be hidden away in the “Harry Potter Cupboard” rather than being out on display when not in use, I think the AirRam MK2 is a great option for someone who wants the features of a cordless without splashing the cash that a premium brand cordless would usually require.

Given that this is a cordless upright, not a corded stick, it’s incredibly light at just 3.2kg, so great for hoovering the stairs and for doing your very best Freddy Mercury dancing if “I want to break free” just happens to be on the radio while you’re doing the vacuuming.

It’s powerful, it has a motorised brush which is so powerful that it’ll do the hoovering, you just have to keep hold of it like you’re taking your dog for a walk. Speaking of dogs, this motorised brush works like a motorised pet hair tool that you often have to pay extra for, but it’s full size, so if you do have dogs or other hairy/furry pets, the AirRam MK2 will keep your carpets and sofas free of their hair or fur. 

It’s simple to operate, with just one button to turn it on and off, it has a decent capacity dust bin at 0.8L, it has really good suction power, and it’ll give you around 40 minutes of cleaning time before the battery needs recharging.

Overall it’s a great cordless hoover for the price, and really the only negative is the lack of accessories, as it doesn’t come with any. If you just want to hoover your floors and stairs, and you wouldn’t usually mess around with crevice tools, then this may not be an issue for you. 

Personally, I think they’ve missed a trick by not bundling it with a smaller motorised brush for stairs and cars, plus a crevice tool for skirting boards etc., but they’re selling very well, so it must be that there are many people who simply aren’t bothered about accessories, and it’s probably fair comment that most tools and accessories are a waste of plastic, as they’re often just thrown into a draw to never see the light of day.

See the video below which shows how easy the Gtech AirRAM Mk2 is to use:

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Gtech Mk2 AirRam K9 Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Release Date: 2017
Battery runtime on a single charge: up to 40 minutes
Number of power levels: 1
Battery recharge time: 4 hours
Waste Bin Capacity: 0.80 litres
Noise level measured in decibels: 85
Weight: 3.3kg

The AirRam K9 is the new premium version of the AirRam, it looks identical, and it shares all of the features of the AirRam Mk2, so I don’t need to go into too much details about these, I’ll just explain the differences and why you might decide to spend the extra money on the K9 version. 

Gtech have named this the K9 version because, obviously, they’re marketing this hoover at dog owners, although the main difference between the two versions has little to do with pets.  

Basically, this is an aluminium reinforced version of the AirRam, so it’s not the same all-plastic build, and you’re paying for the peace of mind of owning a metal-reinforced vacuum cleaner.  The based level AirRam Mk2 is just as good in terms of performance where pets are concerned, however the K9 version comes with scented cartridges, to help not only rid your carpets of dog hair but also that “wet dog” smell that no dog owner wants their guests to be greeted by.

They’ve reinforced key areas with metal to make a less overall plasticy product, but by using Aluminium they’ve ensured that there’s only a slight amount of additional weight, just one hundred grams. For the price difference, to get a party Aluminium hoover instead of all plastic, and for the scented cartridges, personally if I was choosing between these two I think I’d probably go for the K9, mainly for the Aluminium reinforcement and the longevity that’s likely to add.

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Gtech Pro Bagged Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Release Date: 2018
Battery runtime on a single charge: up to 40 minutes
Number of power levels: 1
Battery recharge time: 4 hours
Waste Bin Capacity: 1.5 litres
Noise level measured in decibels: 60
Weight: 2.8kg

This is one of Gtech’s two (at the time of writing) cordless stick vacuum cleaners, the other one being their K9 version which as with the AirRam K9 features Aluminium reinforcement and scented cartridges to banish the wet dog smell.

While these cordless sticks are fundamentally similar to the cordless sticks offered by Dyson and Shark, with the main features being how lightweight they are, being cordless, and doubling as handheld hoovers, there’s one major difference with Gtech’s cordless sticks, and that is that they’re bagged hoovers. 

Gtech’s founder Nick Grey (Gtech = Grey Technology) explains that while bagged hoovers may have gone out of fashion, filter bags are better for allergy sufferers than bagless, so by combining the AirLOC Technology that the Gtech hoovers feature (which traps allergens once they’ve been hoovered up) with allergen ensnaring filter bags they are offering a cordless stick which is perfect for allergy sufferers.

While the AirRam Mk2 and Mk2 K9 are lacking in accessories, the Gtech Pro does much better in this regard. They’ve not thrown the kitchen sink at this hoover, so to speak, where accessories are concerned, giving you a dozen accessories most of which you’re never going to touch, but they’ve cleverly added just two accessories, which give you 12 cleaning modes in total. 

The Gtech Pro bagless cordless is particularly good when it comes to its ability to be used as a powerful handheld, and is great for cars, being almost as small and lightweight as much lesser powered handhelds, but giving you the power and run time of a cordless upright. They have a relatively huge waste bin capacity too, for a cordless stick, at 1.5L.

Just keep in mind that if you want the version with the Aluminium reinforcement and the scented cartridges, you’ll need the K9 version.

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Gtech Multi Mk2 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Release Date: 2014
Battery runtime on a single charge: up to 20 minutes
Number of power levels: 1
Battery recharge time: 4 hours
Waste Bin Capacity: 0.4 litres
Noise level measured in decibels: 65
Weight: 1.5kg

The Gtech Multi Mk2 is the beast of handheld vacuum cleaners. Handheld hoovers are usually relatively small both in suction power and in battery life, but they’re also similarly small in physical size, weight and in price. The Gtech Multi is bigger than a lot of the other handheld hoovers in just about every way, and that includes price. 

Having said that, the Multi Mk2 is similar in size and price and slightly lighter weight than most of the Dyson handheld options. 

If you’re just looking for a very small cordless handheld for hoovering up the odd spill on the kitchen worktop, and to help to hoover the car, then you may find the Multi Mk2 to be overkill, you may instead want to have a look at something like the Shark WV200UK.

If, however, you’re looking for a powerful handheld purely for hoovering stairs, or for hoovering your caravan or narrowboat (which someone in the reviews states this handheld is perfect for and rates it higher than the Dyson DC34 Animal), and you want the additional cleaning time, and power, that you get from this turbo charged handheld, then this may be the perfect handheld vacuum cleaner for you. 

Keep in mind that if you go for the slightly more pricy K9 version, you get the Aluminium reinforcement and the scented cartridges.

 

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Dyson V8 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson V8 

Release Date: 2017
Battery runtime on a single charge:  up to 40 minutes
Number of power levels: 2 (maximum and minimum)
Battery recharge time: 3.5 hours
Waste Bin Capacity: 0.54 litres
Noise level measured in decibels: 70
Suction power (measured in air watts): 115
Weight: 2.6kg

We all know that Dyson vacuum cleaners are “reassuringly expensive”, however one way to afford perhaps the most unaffordable vacuum cleaner brand in existence, is to not go for the latest models, and while the Dyson V8 may be old news in comparison with their current flagship, which is the V15 at the time of writing, its still an impressive cordless vacuum cleaner, and it’s roughly half the price of the V15.

If we’re comparing the V8 to the Dyson V15 Detect Absolute, this is how it compares:

20 mins less average runtime on one charge (40 mins V8, 60 mins V15)
1 hour less charging time required (3.5 hours V8, 4.5 hours V15)
Just under half a Kilo lighter (2.6kg V8, 3.08kg V15)
Half the suction power on Max (115 air watts V8, 230 air watts V15)
Slightly quieter (73 db V8, 80.8 db V15)
230ml less waste capacity (0.54L V8, 0.77L V15)
V15 features the new Laser dust detection 
V15 features auto suction adjustment & dirt sensor

As you can see there are pros and cons, the V8 actually comes out on top for charging time, volume & weight, while the V15 is more powerful and has some very clever tricks up its sleeve.

Where power is concerned, however, it’s worth keeping in mind that this 23o air watts of suction power is on the boost mode, which is the mode that delivers the mega suction power. Dyson is putting a lot of effort into increasing the max power, and although this is great for marketing, it’s not really as impressive a feature as it may seem, when you work out just how long the battery will (or won’t…) last for on max mode, approx 9 minutes.

Overall, I think the Dyson V8 is a great cordless stick for the money, and offers the more prudent consumer much more value for money than the latest Dyson hoovers.

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Dyson V10 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson V10

Release Date: 2018
Battery runtime on a single charge: up to 60 minutes
Number of power levels: 3 (minimum, medium and maximum)
Battery recharge time: 3.5 hours
Waste Bin Capacity: 0.76 litres
Noise level measured in decibels: 75
Suction power (measured in air watts): 150
Weight: 2.6kg

Another opportunity to own a Dyson cordless stick without having to remortgage your home just to keep it clean, the Dyson V10 is very similar in specs to the V15, it has been one of the best-received and best-selling cordless sticks from Dyson, and although it’ll set you back a bit more than the V8, it’s still quite a chunk of cash cheaper than the V15.

Compared to the V15, the V10 has the same average running time on one charge, it takes an hour less to charge the battery, it’s the same weight as the V8, so almost half a Kg lighter than the V17. It’s just a couple of db louder than the V8, so 5.8 db quieter than the V15, and it’s almost matched in waste capacity at 760ml vs 770ml.

As with the V8, the V10 doesn’t feature the new laser detection, auto suction or dirt sensing, and the max suction power isn’t as impressive as the V17, at 150 air watts vs 230, but remember this is just the maximum power on boost mode which will only give you 9 minutes of total cleaning time if you were to keep it in this mode.

 

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Dyson V15 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson V15

Release Date: 2021
Battery runtime on a single charge: up to 60 minutes
Number of power levels: 3 (minimum, medium and maximum)
Battery recharge time: 4.5 hours
Waste Bin Capacity: 0.90 litres
Noise level measured in decibels: 75
Suction power (measured in air watts): 230
Weight: 3.08kg

So this is the aforementioned flagship model from Dyson, and as I’ve mentioned, where the fundamental vacuum cleaner features are concerned, such as weight, noise & runtime on one charge, the V15 isn’t all that different from the earlier models. Where the V17 takes the lead, however, is with the max suction power, the new laser detection, auto suction adjustment and the dirt sensor. 

The new laser detection may seem a bit gimmicky at first glance, however, you’ll see from the various independent reviews that this is actually a really useful feature which does highlight dust and debris that you otherwise wouldn’t have seen even with a powerful LED.

There are some really smart features on the V15 though, including the auto suction adjustment. What this means is that as you’re hoovering different surfaces, you don’t have to manually adjust the power, as it is able to tell that, for example, you’ve moved from a wooden floor to a rug or a carpet, so it automatically adjusts the power. 

What’s even more impressive, to me at least, is that not only can it detect the floor type and adjust accordingly, the piezo sensor enables the V15 to know how dirty or how clean your floors are, and to adjust the suction power automatically based on this. So what this means is that, for example, the first time you use the V15 to clean your home, it may use more power as it may detect that your floors are in need of some deep cleaning.

The next time you use your V15, you should notice that you have more battery power remaining from a single charge than you did the first time you used it, as you’ll probably find that your floors aren’t hiding as much embedded dirt as they were before you took the V15 for it’s first outing.

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Dyson V12 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson V15

Release Date: 2022
Battery runtime on a single charge: up to 60 minutes
Number of power levels: 3 (minimum, medium and maximum)
Battery recharge time: 4.5 hours
Waste Bin Capacity: 0.38 litres
Noise level measured in decibels: 59
Suction power (measured in air watts): 150
Weight: 2.4kg

The V12 is Dyson’s slightly lighter weight and lesser powered slightly cheaper version of their new flagship cordless vacuum cleaner. It’s still not a cheap model at around a hundred quid shy of its slightly larger sibling, but it contains all of the new features of the V15 including the laser and the same dirt sensor and auto suction adjustment. 

Overall I think the V12 is an interesting proposition when you consider that it shares the new features of the V15 but is cheaper and lighter, I’m just not quite sure whether it’s cheaper & lighter to a large enough degree to make it a worthwhile alternative to the V15, given that it also doesn’t have the same level of suction power as the V15,

Dyson’s more compact options, the Omni-glide & the Micro are 1.5 Kg cordless hoovers that are clearly made for people who need feather-weight vacuum cleaners, and while these don’t have the same impressive suction power, they’re also hundreds of pounds cheaper than the V15, in fact the Micro is approximately half the price of the V15, while the V12 is only around a hundred pounds cheaper.

The V12 is just 680 grams lighter than the V15, and 900 grams more than the Omni-glide & the Micro, so it’s not quite in the same featherweight class as Dyson’s compact options, and while it’s more powerful than these, it’s quite a bit less powerful than the V15. All things considered, I think I’d probably just sink the extra hundred quid into the V15 and get the very slightly better workout that hoovering with an additional 680g of weight might provide.

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Dyson Omni-Glide Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Release Date: 2021
Battery runtime on a single charge: up to 60 minutes
Number of power levels: 3 (minimum, medium and maximum)
Battery recharge time: 3.5 hours
Waste Bin Capacity: 0.23 litres
Noise level measured in decibels: 75
Suction power (measured in air watts): 50
Weight: 1.5Kg

The Omni-Glide, which I briefly mentioned earlier, is one of Dyson’s compact vacuum cleaners. Well, to be honest, I’d say all of Dyson’s cordless sticks are compact, but these are cleaners that Dyson clearly designed to compete in the compact vacuum cleaner category. 

They’re just 1.5 Kg, so super lightweight, but for this loss in weight, you have to accept quite a loss in waste bin capacity and suction power vs other options,. Although the new Omni-Glide isn’t purely about the weight, it’s also been designed in an in-line format, which means that the various parts of the hoover are in alignment which enables it to lie parallel to the floor, enabling you to clean in much tighter spaces. 

The fluffy brush head of the Omni-Glide is on four 360° wheels which enable it to glide in all directions, presumably this is where the “Omni-Glide” title came from, and it does seem that Dyson have made this model with hard surfaces in mind, which has seen it winning various awards including hard floor cleaner of the year 2021 according to Expert Reviews.

I think if you need a very lightweight hoover and you’re mainly going to be cleaning hard floors, then the Omni-Glide may be the perfect option for you, especially if you have some tight spaces to keep clean.

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What vacuum is better than a Dyson?

Better is a subjective adjective, which means it is simply the reflection of an opinion or a particular perspective, there’s really no such thing as “better” especially not when you’re comparing different vacuum cleaner brands. If you were to qualify this question with some specific parameters, then you might get some more meaningful answers.

For example if you were to ask what vacuum cleaner brand is better than Dyson where price is concerned, then most brands would be considered as better than Dyson where price is concerned, however, Shark are probably the brand that you’d be most likely to end up looking at if you’re looking for a brand which comes close to competing pound for pound all things considered, although still there’s no other brand that are quite as good as Dyson where cordless vacuums are concerned, as long as you have the budget.

Which brand of corded vacuum is best?

Best is another word which is relatively meaningless unless it’s qualified with other parameters, however, if you were to ask which were the most popular brands that offer corded vacuum cleaners, then the main brands that would spring to mind would be Shark & Henry Hoover. Dyson do still sell some corded vacuum cleaners, but only old models, they made the decision to focus their efforts purely on cordless hoovers going forwards.

Is it worth getting a Dyson vacuum?

This is a question only you can answer, once you’ve properly weighed up your options – by looking at the Dyson options within your price range which deliver your required features and comparing them with other options, and these other options will often be significantly less expensive. 

A good example of this is the new Dyson V15, there are various other cordless stick vacuum cleaners on the market, the V15 is one of the most expensive options you’ll ever see, but Dyson being Dyson, there are a few clever features including the laser dust detector, dirt sensor and the auto suction adjustment that you won’t currently find on other options, so the question would be wether these exclusive features would be worth the extra investment to you.

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