A brief history of EVERY Dyson vacuum cleaner


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In the world of household cleaning, few names stand as tall as Dyson. Renowned for their technology, innovation, and modern design, Dyson vacuum cleaners have been a household favorite or the go-to brand for many since the 80s. Let’s take a trip through time to see how Dyson vacuum cleaners have evolved from the old classics to the new wonders and this roundup should also help you figure out what’s the difference between Dysons.

Vintage Dyson Vacuum Cleaners

In the annals of home cleaning history, vintage Dyson vacuum cleaners stand as a testament to the brand’s continuing pursuit of innovation and excellence. Dyson isn’t just a common noun for vacuum, Dyson is a real person. James Dyson is a former farmer turned inventor who we can confidently say revolutionized the vacuum industry. We have categorized these vintage vacuums into five different groups, each representing a significant milestone in the evolution of cleaning appliances. From The Trailblazers with cyclonic technology to The All-Terrain Wonders that featured Root Cyclone technology, and beyond.

Phase 1: Cyclonic Technology

G-Force (1983): Dyson’s very first vacuum cleaner, the G-Force carpet cleaner, kickstarted the revolution with its groundbreaking cyclonic technology. It showcased a bagless design and efficient dust separation, signaling a shift away from traditional bagged vacuums.

DC01 (1993): A true trailblazer, the Dyson DC01 marked Dyson’s official entry into the market, redefining cleaning with its bagless design and patented cyclone technology. It laid the foundation for future innovations and introduced users to hassle-free cleaning.

DC07 (2001): The DC07 introduced the revolutionary Root Cyclone technology, delivering consistent performance across varied surfaces. With powerful suction and advanced filtration, Dyson DC07 became an all-terrain wonder for cleaning enthusiasts.

Phase 2: ‘The Ball’ Technology

DC15 (2005): The DC15 took quite a quantum leap with its groundbreaking Ball technology, granting you the power to glide effortlessly around furniture and obstacles. This enhanced maneuverability made cleaning a breeze. A version of the Ball for homes with pets is also a massive hit with consumers.

Phase 3: Embracing Cordless

DC31 (2009): The handheld DC31 liberated users from the shackles of power cords, proving that convenience could coexist with power. The cordless design of DC31 offered the freedom to clean wherever needed.

DC44 (2011): The DC44 emphasized the advantages of cordless vacuuming, providing optimal performance in a lightweight and portable form factor. It catered to users seeking efficient cleaning on the go.

Phase 4: Smarter innovations

DC59 (2013): A turning point in vacuum cleaner evolution, the Dyson DC59 marked the dawn of cordless stick vacuums. Its powerful digital motor and fade-free suction made it a household favorite.

V6 (2014): Taking cordless cleaning to new heights, the V6 delivered an unparalleled cleaning experience with its hygienic bin-emptying mechanism, HEPA filtration, powerful motor, and attachments, making it one of the top choices of the time.

V7 (2016): Improving on its predecessors, the v7 brought enhanced battery life and superior suction power. Its advanced filtration system captured allergens, promoting a healthier home environment.

V8 Absolute (2017): A revolution in cleaning, the v8 Absolute wowed users with its powerful digital motor V8 and versatility. Its HEPA filtration system ensured thorough cleaning for allergy sufferers.

V8 Carbon Fiber (2018): Taking center stage with its sleek design, the v8 Carbon Fiber exemplified Dyson’s dedication to top-notch performance and aesthetics. It offered a stylish approach to cleaning.

Dyson’s vintage vacuum cleaners, from the G-Force to the V8 Carbon Fiber, paved the way for the brand’s legacy. Each model was a leap forward in technology, design, and user experience. These classics transformed the way we clean our homes, and they are a testament to Dyson’s ingenuity and vision.

Dyson’s Modern Vacuum Lineup since 2018

Vacuums get smarter

Dyson has truly revolutionized the concept of cleaning with its contemporary range of vacuum cleaners, especially the ones launched after 2018. These vacuums are feature-packed and boast superior cleaning capabilities, captivating users with their ability to tackle even the most stubborn dirt and debris with ease. Not only are they powerful and efficient, but their modern and minimalistic design language also adds a touch of elegance to any home.

  1. Dyson V10: The Perfect Balance (2018)

The Dyson V10 was a game-changer in the realm of cordless stick vacuum cleaners. Unveiled in 2018, this model struck the perfect balance between power and portability, setting new standards for performance in the cordless vacuum category. Armed with the powerful Dyson digital motor Dyson V10, this machine generated a whopping 125,000 revolutions per minute, delivering impressive suction power that could rival corded counterparts.

One of the most notable features of the V10 was its advanced point-and-shoot hygienic bin emptying system, making dirt disposal a breeze with a simple trigger action. With up to 60 minutes of fade-free suction in its lowest power mode, this vacuum allowed users to clean more in a single charge.

  1. Dyson V11: The Intelligent Revolution (2019)


Building on the success of the V10, Dyson launched the Dyson V11 Absolute, which we reviewed, in 2019. The V11 took cordless vacuuming to new heights with an intelligent Dynamic Load Sensor (DLS) system, which automatically adjusts the motor speed and suction power based on the surface being cleaned.

The V11 also featured an intuitive LCD screen to display real-time performance data, including battery life, selected power mode, and maintenance alerts. With a battery life of up to 60 minutes in Eco mode and 40 minutes in Auto mode, the V11 offered prolonged cleaning sessions.

Bigger, more powerful stick vacs

  1. Dyson V11 Outsize: The Big Clean (2020)

As an exciting addition to the V11 series, Dyson unveiled the Dyson V11 Outsize, which we also went hands-on with, with an even larger bin and cleaning head. Launched in 2020, this model was specifically designed for bigger cleaning tasks, making it an ideal choice for larger homes or those with multiple floors.

The V11 Outsize has an impressive 25% wider cleaning head than the V11, covering more surface area with each pass. Its High Torque XL cleaner head effectively removes ground-in dirt and stubborn pet hair from carpets and hard floors. With up to 120 minutes or 2 hours of run time in Eco mode, this powerhouse vacuum allows for more extended cleaning sessions without interruptions. I did a comparison of the V11 vs V11 Outsize here.

Lasers enter the picture

  • 4. Dyson V15 Detect (2021)

The Dyson V15 Detect brought a new innovation; the innovative Laser Slim Fluffy cleaning head, a standout feature not found in other models. The laser technology highlights dust and dirt on hard floors, making cleaning more efficient and thorough. This addition sets the V15 apart, especially for users with predominantly hard flooring. This vac is a real powerhouse with more suction power than any of its predecessors. Its standout feature is the green laser-equipped cleaner head, which illuminates hard floors, revealing hidden debris that would otherwise be invisible. The V15 Detect also features advanced anti-tangle attachments, making it a clear winner for a superior cleaning experience. The vacuum comes fully loaded with a range of attachments for versatile cleaning, and its LCD screen displays real-time particle counts, making your cleaning sessions a scientific experience.

While the price tag might be steep, the performance and capabilities it offers are unparalleled. If you’re already using a V10 or V11, the upgrade might not be necessary, but for V8 or earlier model owners, the V15 Detect is a worthy investment. It’s a perfect companion for those who take cleaning seriously and want to make the chore more enjoyable.,

5. Dyson V12 Detect Slim: Next-Level Cleaning with Laser Precision (2022)


Dyson V12 Detect Slim , vacuum, review

Dyson V12 Detect Slim (full review here)  The V12 Detect Slim also boasts a more lightweight and compact design, making it easier to maneuver and carry around the house. Additionally, its swappable battery pack ensures extended cleaning sessions for larger homes or more demanding cleaning tasks.

While the V11 Outsize remains a solid performer with a larger dustbin capacity, the V12 Detect Slim’s overall package, including its competitive price point and cutting-edge features, positions it as a desirable option for those looking for a powerful and advanced cordless vacuum.

Dyson Gen5detect: Unleashing Cleaning Brilliance (2022)

All pieces of Dyson Jen five Det. vacuum laid out in display format on the floor.

The most recent Dyson innovation is the Dyson Gen5detect which we had a chance to review hands on. This powerful and coveted cordless vacuum stands out from its predecessors. It boasts more suction power (up to 262 air watts, answering the question, Which Dyson vacuum has most suction?) and a longer battery life of up to 70 minutes, ensuring extended cleaning sessions. The revamped LCD interface displays real-time particle levels, guaranteeing a thorough cleaning experience. The Dyson Gen5 detect package includes a range of attachments, such as the Digital Motorbar cleaner head for all floor types, the Fluffy Optic cleaner head with a green light to reveal invisible dust on hard floors, a hair screw tool for removing pet hair, a combination tool for wide nozzle and brush cleaning, and a wand with built-in dusting and crevice tool. Its allergy-friendly design, sealed to HEPA standards, removes particles as small as 0.1 microns and 99.9% of live viruses. Despite being a bit heavy, the Dyson Gen5detect is a top-of-the-line cordless vacuum cleaner, delivering exceptional performance and usability.

With an on/off button replacing the previous power trigger, the Dyson Gen5detect eliminates finger strain during cleaning. Its enhanced features, longer battery life, and usability improvements set it apart from its predecessors. The vacuum’s outstanding performance and versatility make it highly sought after.

What is the average lifespan of a Dyson vacuum cleaner?

One of the most common questions asked about Dyson vacuum cleaners is, aside from are Dyson cleaners worth it, is what is the average lifespan of a Dyson vacuum cleaner? I’ve been fortunate to review many of them, and still on an original Dyson DC07 corded upright vacuum from 2005. That original vacuum is still going strong, however it’s massive size and heavy weight plus the fact it needs to operate plugged in means I rarely if ever use it these days. I much prefer the lightweight maneuverability and cordless freedom of the new range of stick vacuums. The most recent stick vacuum that I own has been in my home for about four years, and it is still going strong. I try to take care to maintain it by removing any tangled hair and generally keeping the device looking tidy. I have a little doubt that it will continue to last.

What’s next for Dyson?

Dyson has made significant strides in the development of their vacuum cleaners over the years, with each new model representing notable advancements in cleaning technology. From the earlier G-Force to the more recent V12 Detect Slim and V15 Detect, Dyson has consistently introduced innovative and powerful vacuum cleaners tailored to meet various cleaning needs.

The brand’s dedication to excellence, user experience, and cutting-edge features are evident in their post-2018 lineup, featuring models such as the V10, V11, and V11 Outsize, which have redefined the standards of cleaning. Notably, the Gen5 Detect has garnered quite some attention as a sought-after and potent cordless vacuum, contributing to Dyson’s reputation in the home cleaning appliance industry.

Dyson has also announced several new products in 2023 including an all new wet-dry stick vacuum, the Dyson Submarine. (The new wet cleaner head will apparently not be compatible with older vacuums due to the fact they would have nowhere to suck up and hold the water, and would also be without water resistance.)

We are hoping to get hands-on with that new device as well as the new robot vacuum, the 360 Vis Nav which will replace the Heurist, which never seemed to catch on with consumers. Watch for a full review of that device soon too.

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