If you’re looking for an amazing vacuum cleaner that you can move around your house without worrying about the power outlets, this article is for you. And it’s especially for you if you’re confused with so many options out there. If you’ve already narrowed the brands down to these two, you’ll be able to make your decision at the end of this article.
We’ll tell you all about these two brands and how their upright and cordless vacuum cleaners compare against each other. You’ll see some specific models that will be great additions to your household and will guarantee that it keeps clean.
What separates Dyson vacuum cleaners from Bosch vacuum cleaners? Let’s look at the differences
The first thing we need to do is establish the main differences between Dyson and Bosch. Here we go:
1. First, let’s talk about the brands
Bosch is a well-known brand that creates fantastic products with excellent design. Its appliances are reliable and their experience in the market makes them a brand to look for whenever they launch something new. Also, they are not specialised in vacuum cleaners, even though they manufacture some great ones, and they do have a bigger range of options, so it’s worth having a look.
Dyson, on the other hand, is the brand that set the bar for upright vacuum cleaners and it’s clearly the leader in this market segment. When you think of vacuuming, you think Dyson. It’s the Hoover of our day and age, if you will.
2. Now, for the technology
This is where things get interesting. Let’s have a look at the technological and technical features that these brands include in their products:
2.1 Suction Power
This is a critical factor, obviously. Dyson has the lead on this one, by a huge margin. It has the most powerful vacuum cleaner (the Dyson V15 Detect) and others that certainly join the top 10 list. But this doesn’t mean that Bosch doesn’t have vacuums with great suction power. It just means that Dyson has no rival in this territory.
2.2 How about the noise?
Dyson vacuum cleaners are also known for their low noise. They make a big effort to create a smooth experience for their customers, applying noise reduction technology. Bosch has some silent devices as well, but Dyson wins, once again.
2.3 Tank volume
This depends on the model, if we’re talking about Bosch, since their vacuum cleaners range from a 400 ml tank to a 900 ml tank, while almost all Dyson cleaners have a 760 ml tank.
Again, for Bosch, this depends on the model. Some only last for 30 minutes, while others can operate for up to 90 minutes without the need to recharge. As for Dyson, usually they last for around 60 minutes, which is pretty decent and will be enough for most houses. Both brands use lithium ion batteries on their upright vacuum cleaners.
2.5 Are they heavy?
Not really. Most Dyson models weigh around 6.6 lb, while Bosch models really differ, depending if you go for the powerful Athlet range or if you choose the Unlimited, much lighter range.
3. Do they have any additional features?
Sometimes, manufacturers add extras just to make the products more expensive, but is it the case here? Are these additions an improvement? Let’s have a look:
3.1 Lasers? Really?
Yes, but only for the Dyson V15 Detect, which uses a laser to detect particles of dust and determine the areas that need cleaning the most, illuminating them with a green light, for easier visual detection.
There are no models with a flexible tube in any of these brands, but Dyson does have an accessory called “Low Reach” that helps to reach difficult places.
4. How much do they cost?
If you look into Bosch’s catalogue, you’ll find vacuums for any budget, from 85 GBP to 450 GBP. As for Dyson, quality has a price, so you’ll have to be willing to pay more if you want one of these upright vacuum cleaners – usually more than 500 GBP.
5. What are they made of? Can they last?
Dyson cleaners will last up to 10 years, according to the brand. They are made of polycarbonate, a very resistant material that is also more expensive than the materials used by Bosch. These are not low quality, of course, but they are less durable, especially if we look at the low part of their range.
Another important factor is that Dyson usually launches a new model every two years, which means that they have a larger life cycle and won’t be obsolete for a while.
Dyson Vs Bosch: how similar are they?
It’s also important to see what features they share, so we can make a better decision when buying our vacuum cleaner:
1. No cable
All of the current models of upright vacuum cleaners are cordless, which is great because no one wants to carry a long cable around the house and be limited by the distance to the power outlets.
2. Levels of vacuuming
Most models allow for the selection of the intensity level of vacuuming.
You can find models from both brands that have a built-in screen that provides useful information, such as the battery charge, the selected level of intensity and more.
With a handheld vacuum you’ll reach the top of the furniture, corners, tables, your car, and more. Most models from Dyson and Bosch can separate the top part from the rest, allowing you to carry it around effortlessly.
5. Can they mop and scrub?
These brands chose to dedicate their efforts to creating amazing vacuum cleaners, and for that they chose not to include the mopping feature on their models. This allows for greater quality and features without compromising the price.
6. Brushes and others
You’ll find many types of brushes for different surfaces, extensions to reach higher places, adapters to clean under the furniture, and many other accessories.
7. LED lights pave the way
These brands don’t include LED lights on their models.
Bosch Unlimited Gen2 Serie 8 vs Dyson V11
The Bosch Unlimited Gen2 Series 8 broom hoover model has an interchangeable battery pack, accessories for every corner, a LED display that indicates the battery level. It can be used on all types of floors and its LED brush allows you to see every particle of dirt better. One of the quietest vacuum cleaners on the market and with the longest autonomy.
The all-in-one Dyson V11 Absolute cordless hoover is a winner every time. Its 38.6 watts make it a hoover that reaches every nook and cranny in seconds. It’s especially suited to hard floors and carpets. As well as being very useful in places with animals or continuous debris. Its noise level is a little above average (84 dB) and it is not one of the lightest hoovers (3Kg).
Bosch Unlimited Series 6 Vacuum vs Dyson V7 Motorhead
The Bosch 6 Series Unlimited is one of the best value for money models on the market. It is suitable for all types of floors. Up to 30 minutes of autonomy in a single use. PureAir membrane filter and hygienic filter guarantee clean exhaust air. 0.3L tank and multiple nozzles for all corners. An affordable all-in-one.
The Dyson V7 with its Motorhead version is a cordless hoover for demanding cleaners. It has an electric brush made of carbon fibres, fixed nylon bristles to catch the toughest dirt, such as pet hair and carpets. Its battery has an autonomy of 30 minutes and a charging time of up to 3.5 hours. Remember they come with a two year warranty. The Dyson brand is always synonymous with success.
Let’s see some of the options from Dyson and Bosch
Now it’s time to see some of the vacuums that best represent these two brands. It doesn’t mean they’re the best options, but they are some of the best selling models and they might help you make a decision.
Dyson V11 Absolute
One of the best selling models from Dyson, the V11 Absolute is incredibly powerful (one of the best from the brand or from any brand), with 180 aW of power for amazing results. People who bought this vacuum cleaner are more than happy, according to most online reviews.
Among its features, you’ll find a digital screen, with practical information, the standard Dyson 760 ml tank, a 60 minutes battery (more than enough for medium to large size houses) and it even comes with 7 accessories that will make your life easier. The High Torque brush is a must.
- Keep your home looking pristine with the Dyson V11 absolute cordless vacuum cleaner
- With a 40% bigger bin than previous models, you won't have to worry about emptying the bin all the time either
- Want to know how much run time is left? Need to know what power mode you're using? The handy LCD screen gives you all the information you need, including filter maintenance reminders and blockage reports
- Cleaning the whole house is easy with a long 60 minute run time, get a deeper clean with impressively powerful suction
- Clean easily. Breathe easily - handy features to make your home both clean and comfortable
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute
The older brother of the V11, the V10 Absolute is a little less powerful, with 151 aW of suction power, which is still unbelievably powerful. The main difference is that it doesn’t have a screen and it doesn’t come with so many accessories, but the rest is more or less the same. The battery also lasts for 60 minutes without the need of charging and the tank also has a capacity of 760 ml.
It’s a very light device, with less than 5.9 lb, so it’s perfect for everyone and to clean any area of the house.
- Item height: 49.17 inches
- Item width: 49.17 inches
- Wattage: 49.17 inches
Bosch Unlimited Serie 8
The Unlimited Serie 8, one of the most powerful cordless vacuum cleaners from Bosch, comes with an electric turbo brush and several accessories that will guarantee a thorough and effective cleaning on any kind of surface – wood, marble, rugs, tiles, you name it. Besides, it comes with two batteries with 60 minutes of autonomy, so it’s great even for bigger houses. The only con that we’ve found is that its tank only has a capacity of 400 ml, which means that you might have to empty it a few more times.
With accessories like the turbo brush, the furniture brush and the flexible head, you’ll get a professional cleaning experience, and with its long lasting hygienic filter that absorbs almost 100% of particles you’ll fill your house with clean air. This filter can be cleaned with the Bosch RotationClean system, that only requires the click of a button.
- The pleasantly quiet Unlimited Serie | 8 rechargeable vacuum provides infinite runtime, when the two exchangeable Bosch Power For All battery packs are used in combination with the quick charger
- A part of the green product line, with one universal Bosch 18-volt battery and charger for all your Bosch home and garden tools, this battery is all you need to tackle any project, inside or out
- Hygiene made simple, the Serie | 8 has a lifetime cartridge hygienic filter for clean exhaust air, RotationClean to eliminate filter washing and a convenient docking station
- Don't compromise on comfort, with a compact, flexible design, multiple accessories and a variety of brush attachments, you can tackle those hard to reach places from floor to ceiling
- Items delivered: 1 x Bosch Unlimited Serie | 8 with 2 x battery packs, 1 x crevice tool, 1 x 2 in 1 furniture and upholstery tool, 1 x quick charger and 1 x docking station, white
Bosch Athlet ProPower
Another fantastic upright vacuum cleaner from Bosch, the Athlet ProPower has a fantastic performance due to its power, the 3 levels of speed and the 900 ml tank, that will be more than enough for several cleaning sessions. You won’t need to stop cleaning to empty the tank, saving some precious time.
We’re talking about a great all-round vacuum, especially thanks to the many accessories that can be used to make life easier in any circumstance, doesn’t matter the type of floor or the amount of dirt. You’ll reach any place – under the sofa, above the bookshelf, the mat of your car – and with great results, always.
This vacuum will also certainly surprise you with its battery that lasts for 80 minutes (great for big houses and anything below) and that can be charged in 3 hours. This makes it one of the best options in this particular aspect.
We should also mention the new SmartSensor system that you’ll find in the Bosch Athlet ProPower vacuum cleaner. This system will help you adjust the performance to adapt to any situation, making it more efficient. Last, but not least, it can be saved in its upright position without any problem, which helps you save some space.
- 33% more power performance
- Long lasting 75 minute runtime
- Sensor bagless technology optimises performance
- Accessory Kit for complete floor to ceiling cleaning
- Up to 75 minutes running time
Bosch Unlimited Serie 6
This is a very light device that’s perfect for quick and occasional cleaning, like when you need to get some bread crumbs out of the carpet or when you spot a few specks of dust. The Bosch Unlimited Serie 6 is not a vacuum for the whole house, especially because its battery can only last for 30 minutes and the tank can only carry up to 400 ml of dirt. As for power, it’s not one of its best features, but it does have a turbo mode, for difficult tasks.
It’s easy to handle and it only weighs 5.3 lb, which is great to vacuum on rugs, sofás or even the car – the additional brushes that are specific for these surfaces are perfect for the task. You’ll be able to use it to vacuum the ceiling or the top of the bookshelf. The Pure Air filter makes it also ideal for people with allergies or with lung conditions.
You can keep it tidy and organised by storing it on the base that comes with the device. This base has room for the vacuum cleaner and all its accessories, making it easy to keep together and save some space.
- LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN: Our lightest and most compact cordless vacuum cleaner. Tackles hard to reach places from floor to ceiling clean with ease. Comes with an AllFloor Power Brush and powerful DigitalSpin motor.
- 30 MINUTE RUN TIME: Convenient, fast and thorough, for more flexibility for everyday cleaning on carpets, hard floors and upholstery (Dependant on power setting)
- EASY CLEAN FILTER: Hygiene made simple, the Serie | 6 has a lifetime cartridge hygienic filter for clean exhaust air, easy dust box emptying and a convenient docking station to keep dirt out of sight.
- POWERED BY BOSCH: This multi-use vacuum cleaner battery pack is compatible with many Bosch products thanks to the Power For All Alliance.
- ITEMS DELIVERED: 1 x Bosch Unlimited Serie | 6 cordless vacuum, 1x battery packs, 2 in1 crevice/upholstery tool, flexible crevice tool, mattress nozzle, 1 x charger and docking station.
So, Dyson or Bosch?
We’ll be blunt. Dyson vacuum cleaners are much more expensive than Bosch models. If you don’t feel comfortable spending so much money, go ahead and get a Bosch cordless vacuum. Their range is big, so you’ll definitely find something that matches your needs. Models like the Bosch Athlet ProPower are becoming a bestseller within the brand, so it might be worth having a look.
But if you’re looking for the best vacuum money can buy, with amazing suction power, durability and technologically advanced features, then you should go for a Dyson. They have no rival at this point.