Kirby vs. Dyson Vacuum Review

Published: 26th February 2008
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Kirby vs. Dyson Vacuum Review

Kirby or Dyson Vacuum- which is better?

For years the Kirby vacuum has been king of the vacuum. As far as cleaning power and durability goes they could not be beat. But now their is a new kid in town...the Dyson vacuum. Dysons remained for a few years and lots of people have been buying them. But are they as good as all the hype? Hi my name is Dustin Chaffin, General Manager of Great-Vacs. We have sold over 10,000 vacuum cleaners online. I get tons of emails saying, "which is better the Kirby or the Dyson". I feel qualified to write this article because unlike most shops we sell both the Kirby and the Dyson vacuum and can give an honest review. People LOVE their Kirby or LOVE their Dyson.I am going to perform most tests that I have ever done before. My comments will be minimum and I will present the facts.In the end we will know who is the King.

This guide is detailed & it turned out to be very long. So read my Conclusion where I sum up all the details. So lets get right to it. How I am going to write this article is I am going to write like I am reading a diary to you.
Test #1 - Best Vacuum not to CLOG: What causes clogs is small suction tubes and corners. Kirby suction tube is almost twice the size as the Dyson one. The Dyson one also has a sharp corner in some of its tubing.

Fact - The very first used Dyson we got traded in was blocked.

Fact - If you read other reviews on the internet they say people have had a problem with the Dyson Clogging with long pet hair.

Fact - There is no vacuum that is impossible to clog. For example I saw a Kirby clogged with a tooth brush, a rope, and a shirt and the Dyson that came in clogged just had dirt and pet hair in it.

When was the last time you saw a Dyson commercial and they said, "Guaranteed not to clog"? Also on the Dyson the suction tubes on the vacuum are made to be taken off. If it never clogs why are they made to be taken apart?

Winner of the Test #1 Best Vacuum not to Clog -KIRBY VACUUM
Test #2 - Most Airflow and Vacuum power :

So this is one of the most important tests after all no matter how a vacuum looks, we buy a vacuum to pick up the dirt. Suction power is very important. This is the reason we buy a vacuum to vacuum up all the dirt?

Kirby Motor Size = 7 amps

Dyson Motor Size = 12 amp.

In order to test power and airflow we are going to use a Airflow Indicator meter tool made by Baird.

On the tool is the saying "You have to move the air in order to move the dirt". This tool is a tube with a ball attached to a spring. I have a rating of 0 to 10. You hook it up to a vacuum and turn on the vacuum to test the vacuum power and airflow. The higher the suction the further up the scale the meter will read. 0 is really bad and 10 is amazing suction. So we will hook up the pipe to the Kirby vacuum and Dyson vacuum in order to test them. We will test it. For our first test we will test the power by hooking it up to the hose. Each hose it tested at the same length away from the vacuum.After we tested the Dyson the Power Meter read = a 1 out of 10.Now we are going to test the power hooked up to the vacuum itself. You are about to learn a new principle here. It's a fact that the longer the pipe the more suction you loose. That's why uprights are usually more powerful than canisters and why central vacuums in huge homes (a 100 feet of wall tubing to get to the central vacuum) can be the weakest vacuum of all.Hooked up to the vacuum on the Dyson the Power Meter read = a 2.8 out of 10.

Fact - The motor size in amps does not mean a vacuum is more powerful

Fact - The Kirby had over 3 times the power and airflow as the Dyson when testing it with the airflow meter.

The winner Test #2 The most Airflow and Vacuum Power is = KIRBY

Test #3 - Most Suction Full of Dirt:

The other Dyson promise is that it is guaranteed not to loose airflow as the vacuum fills us. That not clogging Guarantee bombed so lets test out this Guarantee.

Dyson - So we grabbed 3 Dyson's. One was our tester Dyson that was cleaned and had no dirt in it, one was 1/3 full of dirt and one was ¾ full of dirt.

On the Power Meter they all pulled the same = 2.8.

Kirby - We grabbed a full Kirby bag (see picture) and put it inside our Kirby.We tested it with the full bag and the Power Meter read a 10 out of 10 (the meter only goes to 10). So then with the full bag still in it I hooked up the9 foothose to the vacuum and tested it and the meter read = a 5.9 So on hooked to the hose it with a empty bag the Kirby had a 7.0 and with a full bag it read a 5.9

Fact - James Dyson is correct the Dyson did not loose power as it filled with

Fact - As a vacuum bag fills up airflow and power does decrease.

Fact - Even with a full bag the Kirby had over DOUBLE the airflow and power as the Dyson as measured by our Air Flow Meter.

Fact - Dyson claims to be the first vacuum not to loose suction as it fills with dirt. This is not true. I can personally think of 5 other vacuums that don't loose suction. The rainbow vacuum for example uses water to filter with and does not loose suction. The rainbow has been around for nearly a century.

Winner of Test #3 - Most Power Full of Dirt = KIRBY

Test #4 - Cleaning and Vacuums:
This is the most important test. Which vacuum actually vacuums the most dirt.What I did here was I went next door to the Carpet Store that is next to us.I marked off the carpet with a tape. On the left side of the tape is where we are going to vacuum with the Dyson and on the right side of the tape we are
going to vacuum with the Kirby

I took 2 cups and filled them up with normal dirt and sand I then measured the 2 cups so they had the exact amount of dirt in them. I then poured the dirt onto each side of the carpet.

I weighed the dirt that is now in the carpet and going to weigh the dirt comes out of the carpet. So we use a tester filter pads to show the dirt that is picked up. I am afraid this test was a little harder on the Kirby because every time I changed the pads (lots of times) dust would escape from the test. To be fair after I put the Kirby tester on the Kirby I tested the power again with the hose. With the tester on it read a 6.5 on the airflow meter, it had read a 7 when the bag was on (bag has more surface area for air to push through).So because of those 2 things the Kirby was at a small disadvantage. I knew that we were not going to get up all the dirt because in each vacuum a small part of it would stick to the dirt chamber and fans etc. in each of the 2 vacuums.

Dyson Results - We put the dirt down and vacuumed 50 strokes on each side.We put 1 lb of dirt down and was able to pick up 6.5 oz's of dirt from the Dyson vacuum or 40 % of the dirt was picked up.

Kirby Results - We put the dirt down and vacuumed 50 strokes on its side. We put 1 lb of dirt down and (after subtracting the dirt meter filter pads weight) was able to pick up 12.1 oz's of dirt from the Kirby or 75 % of the dirt was
picked up.

Since the Dyson picked the least amount of dirt it was the loser. I was able to pull out 44 pads of dirt that the Dyson left behind. I had no idea that the Kirby would pick up that much extra dirt behind the Dyson. These pads where not just dusty but jam packed full of dirt and sand (see picture) Looking at the dirt sample pulled from each vacuum. The Dyson really did not pick up much sand at all.

Fact - Sand ruins carpet. When it gets down deep into the carpet it has sharp jagged edges and when people step on your carpet it cuts the carpet fibers.That's what causes "trails" in your carpet. High traffic area's get sand tracked in them from people coming in from outside, then if the vacuum does not have the power to pick up the sand the brush roll grinds it deep in
the carpet. Then when people walk on the carpet it cuts the carpet fibers and the next time you vacuum the carpet fiber gets vacuumed up. If you have a vacuum that can pick up the sand and a deep cleaner you can extend your carpet by years and save thousands of dollars.

Winner of Test #4 - Best Cleaner = KIRBY

Test #5 - Durability :

The Kirby is made of a lightweight metal and is one of the most durable vacuums made. In fact "Kirby home care systems are rated #1 in reliability by a popular consumer products magazine." Its average life span is of 25years.

The Dyson vacuum is made from a low grade plastic. A vacuum made of plastic does not mean that it is not durable. Aerus Vacuum (used to be Electrolux) is a good example. The Dyson is so new that we don't have a durability time to work with at this time.I also did the following test but the results were inclusive because the Hydraulic press only measured in increments of 500 lbs.With this test I tested the breaking point of both Kirby and Dyson heads. We have a Hydraulic press with a stress gauge that tells you how much pressure something endures before it breaks. The problem with it is that it only gauges it on 500 lb. increments.So I performed the test on the Dyson first. The plastic started bending and then it broke through. The problem (and the reason I don't like this test) was it did not even register on the gauge. It could have broke at 100 lbs of pressure or 499 lbs of pressure.Then I performed the test on the Kirby again its metal starting bending without even registering on the gauge (I wish I had a more accurate gauge). But then it started registering and right before it broke it got to about 1000 lbs before it broke.Because of the gauge problem with the above test I am not going to count it in this contest to determine the winner.

Fact - When packing the Kirby Vacuum we wrap it in ½ of bubble with no breakage.

Fact - When packing the Dyson vacuum to avoid breakage we have to pack it in 3 inches of bubble. Because of this fact we have to use a extra large box to hold the Dyson and all the extra bubble they require. Common parts to break in shipping on the Dyson are the head, the handle, and the cord wraps.

Winner of Test #5 - Reliability = KIRBY

Test #6 - Weight & Ease of Vacuuming:

For the first test on this one I got out our shipping scales and weighed each vacuum. The Kirby weighed 23 lbs and 14 oz. and the Dyson weighed 18 lbs 10 oz.'s. So the Kirby weighed a little more than 5 lbs than the Dyson. The second test was easy of vacuuming. Both seemed easy to vacuum with but the Kirby seemed better because of its self-propelled transmission. It is smooth and I could vacuum with one finger. Kirby has the Self Propelled transmission is because of its weight. That's only partially true. The main reason is it actually creates a vacuum and seals itself to your carpet, which is then hard to push.

With Ease of Vacuuming we also have to consider how easy it is to use your tools. Now the Dyson has on board tools (very nice) and the Kirby does not.So you have to have your Kirby tools somewhere else (most likely your closet). For Kirby lovers this is the only complaint I have heard from them is the wish their was a easier way to put on your tools without taking off the power nozzle(which you have to do with the Kirby).

So for this test I timed myself. Going from vacuum mode to putting on the duster tool (in this example) how long does it take? The Dyson took 19 seconds for me to go from vacuuming and the Kirby took me 25 seconds to go from vacuuming.So the on board tools were 6 seconds faster on the Kirby than the Dyson.So actual ease of vacuuming (could vacuum with one finger) I would say the Kirby was easier. However with carrying weight and use of tools the Dyson won so.

Winner of Test #6 - Weight & Ease of Vacuuming = Dyson

Test #7 - Tools and Accessories :

Depending on this Dyson Model the Dyson comes with 5 tools (3 of which are
on board). Those tools are :

1. Duster Brush (on board)

2. Upholstery tool (on board)

3. Crevice Tool (on board)

4. Floor tool

5. The Animal Turbo tool (standard air turbine driven upholstery tool with brush

6. Some may come with the Zorb groomer to work the zorb smell good powder into
your carpet.

The Kirby has the following standard tools:

1. The tool caddy (can hang on a wall)

2. 2 extension wands

3. Crevice Tool with scrubber

4. Floor Tool

5. Air Intake Guard

6. Portable Shampooer Cap

7. Massage Cup (sometimes called the pet grooming tool and can be used to remove
light bulbs)

8. Inflator tool

9. Duster Brush

10. Upholstery Tool

11. Portable Sprayer (also called hand held shampooer)

12. Portable Handle

13. Wall and Ceiling Brush

14. Suction Control Grip tool

15. Main Pipe

The Kirby also has several additional accessories that you can use on it.

1. The Kirby carpet shampoo system. It is used to keep or carpets clean. It has a chemical like scotch guard in it that protects your carpets from those same stains from coming back.

2. Floor Care system. Used to clean your hard floor surfaces or if you have hardwood floors it can actually be used to rub wax on wood floors to make them look new. It can also have a floor tool plate that snaps onto the vacuum itself that you can use your Kirby to vacuum your hardwood floor surfaces.

3. Turbo Accessory System. This can be a sander (dust is sucked into the Kirby), Buffer, Scouring (like cleaning tile grout) and Massaging

4. Zipp Brush. Powered upholstery tool that runs off of the Kirby's power and airflow. Most people use it on pet hair, couches, stairs and more.

Winner of Test #7 - Tools and Accessories = KIRBY

Test #8 - Filtration :

Here I would also suggest reading my guide "HEPA Filtration - Fact from Myth" as well as "Buy the best vacuum for you". So as far as published Filtration it is a tie between the two vacuums.

I would also suggest reading my guide "Vacuum Cleaner Bag less vs. Bags - Which is better"

I have been a lone voice of warning since the beginning of the Bag less craze.Everybody wanted them. My issue with them was when I would get them in used the vacuum would be covered in dust on the outside but the HEPA filter would be clean. Doctors were actually suggesting those to Allergy patients I felt so bad for those people. The reason that I don't like Bag less vacuums is the
dirt hits the HEPA filter and looks for the easiest way out. The HEPA filter is hard to get out through (tight filtration) so it back tracks through the system and blows out through the seals of the tubing. That is why I don't like normal bag less vacuums.

Now t Dyson have a washable filter before the dirt goes to the bag chamber(that's good), then in the bag chamber most of the heavy dirt falls into the bag less dirt chamber then the rest of the dirt is carried out and hits the last filter. So most of the dirt never reaches the last filter but it still has a filter that dirt and air have to push through. That's the good news.

The bad news is that on the Dyson vacuum I counted 7 different seals. I assume there is so many so you can take the vacuum apart if it clogs (I cant think of any other reason). The other bad news is they are not the tightest seals(see picture). The Kirby does have 2 seals outside the bag chamber but they are very tight.

So if it was not because of all the Seals this would have been a tie.

Winner of Test #8 - Filtration = Kirby

Test #9 - Marketing & Cool Factor :


The Kirby is not sold in stores or retail. You had to buy from an authorized Kirby dealer. He will come to your home and demonstrate the vacuum for you.Usually they will charge from 1300 to 1700 for a new one (from what I have seen).This is why we sell reconditioned Kirby because its more affordable and legal(we do not sell any brand new Kirby's).So a lot of Kirby Sale people are young and a lot are college age. They will do a lot to get a sale. Because of that some people have a bad image of Kirby.In other words the Kirby is an awesome product but because of how its marketed its really limited to a lot of people.


The Dyson on the other hand is everywhere. It is in most independent vacuum shops, it is most big box stores, it is on the Internet and it is even on ebay.If you look on ebay there are tons of brand new in the box Dyson selling. With the Dyson where it is for sale most of the time it can't be demonstrated so James Dyson had to make it visually appealing to get the extra money out
of it.

That's one thing we have come to realize here at Great-Vacs is the number 1 reason that people buy vacuums on is based on looks. You go to Walmart and go to the vacuum aisle. You see about 10 plastic vacuums displayed. You know absolutely nothing about vacuums and no one is their to demonstrate them to you. So you do one of two things. You either buy the cheapest one or you buy the coolest looking one. Usually what happens is your last vacuum was the cheap one (that only lasted 2 years or so) broke and you want a better vacuum. So you are looking at a better vacuum and then you see the Dyson and it looks cool. You think what makes a better vacuum is HEPA filtration (that's the best right?) and the higher the amp motor the better the vacuum (not true as we showed in this guide). So when James Dyson was building the Dyson I believe he understood this and knew he had to make it visually appealing.

Dyson and Marketing. Lets review some of there marketing strategies.

1. Guaranteed not to clog. As we showed you here not the best vacuum for that and there are other vacuums that clog less than the Dyson but Dyson was the first one to market it.

2. "The first vacuum cleaner that doesn't loose suction" Again not true there were other vacuum cleaners that have done this before the Dyson but I don't really recall those vacuums really marketing that point.

3. 100 times the force of Gravity as this test showed the Kirby had more power but 100 times the force of Gravity sounds amazing.

4. Vacuum is very Visually appealing. The Dyson looks really cool and new age.
So Dyson has done a remarkable job at marketing. They are genius's at it. They continue to add models and different Dyson's (like the canister Dyson or the light weight Dyson) and make improvements to there image and their product


A nice polished out Kirby that looks all chrome is very nice and is very cool.However the problem with the Kirby is when people look at it in their minds eye they think of their grandma's Kirby and think it's the same thing (even though its not)

The Dyson has this new bag less system like no other vacuum. It looks very modern and very new age. It has all these tubes and looks very cool. Plus most people test suction with their finger or hand (not a accurate way). So when you turn on the vacuum it actually sounds powerful you can hear it and when you shut off the vacuum it sounds like a turbo shutting off. Also the suction handle is narrow at the top so when you put your finger on it feels like amazing suction.

So on this test there was no contest.

Test # 9 Marketing and Cool Factor = DYSON

Test #10 - Suction & Vacuum Seal :

Aside from the test vacuuming up the dirt I think this was the most important test. I kept it to the very last because I had to order in some special equipment for this test. For this I used a suction plate and then I attached a set of scales that measures resistance (see picture).

This test actually measures Suction. This will determine if the vacuum actually seals down on the carpet and gets the deep down dirt or if the vacuum is essentially a "good sweeper" with some suction. So the suction plate represents your carpet. So I put it on the Dyson and Kirby vacuum (shut off the brush roll so it does not knock off the plate) and then when it seals to the power head I am going to put the pull scales on the suction plate and see at how many lbs of pulling before the suction plate comes off. The higher the # of lbs to pull off the suction plate the more suction the vacuum has and the better the Deep Cleaner it is. This tension scale is harder to pull than you think I pulled on it as hard as I could and could only get it up to about 35 lbs.

The Dyson vacuum had 1.5 lbs of pressure on it before it came off. I could easily pull off the suction plate by hand but it had enough power to hold the plate on against gravity. I think one of the main problems with it was again all the suction was on one side and no suction on the other side so as far as vacuum and suction it was very weak.

The Kirby vacuum had 12 lbs of pressure on it and it was very hard to pull off by hand.

Winner of Test #10 - Suction and Vacuum Seal = KIRBY


After doing all these tests these are the suggestions I would make for improvements.

Kirby -

1. Try to make 5 lbs lighter.

2. Make it so you can use the hose without taking the head off.

Dyson - 1. Make the suction tubes larger so there is more airflow and less
chance of clogging.

2. Get rid of so many seals and if there was a less chance of clogging you would not need to be able to take the vacuum parts apart. Where you needed seals I would make the seals tighter and better.

3. Make the vacuum out of a higher grade of plastic (like what Electrolux did).

4. Make suction all the way across the head instead of just on one side. Do this by having the suction tube on the middle of the power nozzle.

5. Improve airflow and power. Partially this would be solved with the bigger tubes. The motor is large enough perhaps put larger fans in. I would like to see it pull a 5 on the meter.

If each of the vacuum manufacturers did those things wow then that would be a PERFECT vacuum.


1. Winner of the Test #1 Best Vacuum not to Clog - KIRBY VACUUM
The Kirby vacuum had almost twice the size of suction piping (see pictures in test #1). The Dyson tubing at its smallest point measures right at 1 3/8 inches,the Kirby tubing at its smallest point measured 2 1/4 inches nearly a inch larger.

2. The winner Test #2 the most Airflow and Vacuum Power is = KIRBY
The Kirby had over 3 times the power and airflow as the Dyson when testing it with the airflow meter.

3. Winner of Test #3 - Most Power full of dirt = KIRBY
Full of dirt on the dirt meter the Dyson pulled a 2.8 and the Kirby pulled a 5.9 with a bag full of dirt. The Kirby did loose power full of dirt (pulled a 7 with a empty bag) but was still almost twice as powerful full of dirt. The Dyson pulled a 2.8 empty and a 2.8 full so Dyson was right it did not loose any power as it filled with dirt.

4. Winner of Test #4 - Best Cleaner = KIRBY
In our dirt test Kirby dominated. It pulled up almost double of the dirt that the Dyson did. The Dyson pulled up 40% of its dirt in this test and the Kirby pulled up 75% of its dirt in the same test.

5. Winner of Test #5 - Reliability = KIRBY
The Dyson made of plastic and the Kirby made of metal. We don't know how long Dyson will last on average but we have personally seen a 25-year average lifespan with a Kirby. We have to pack the Dyson with much more bubble than Kirby when shipping to avoid breakage. According to " a leading consumer products magazine" the Kirby ranked #1 in reliability and with the least amount of repairs needed. The ranked it based upon 134,000 reader responses and ranked it based upon a point system. The lower the points the more reliable. The Kirby was #1 with only 4 points while the average vacuum they tested got a 10.25 So the Kirby was not only #1 but much more reliable than the average vacuum tested.

6. Winner of Test #6 - Weight & Ease of Vacuuming = DYSON
The Dyson was a little over 5 lbs lighter than the Kirby when we weighted them on our shipping scales. Ease of vacuum the Kirby was better but with on board tools and lower carrying weight the Dyson won this contest. When we tested how long it took to use the tools it took the Dyson 19 seconds and the Kirby 25 seconds when we tested it.

7. Winner of Test #7 - Tools and Accessories = KIRBY
The Kirby won this contest because it had about 3 times the tools and accessories as the Dyson.

8. Winner of Test #8 - Filtration = KIRBY
Test #8 was very close. They actually said they had the same filtration .1 of a micron. However the concern we had with the Dyson is it had 7 different seals(they were not very tight seals) that air and dirt could possibly leak out. Kirby had 2 seals but were very tight. When "a leading Consumer Products Magazine" tested emissions (filtration) they ranked them the same rating.

9. Test # 9 Marketing and Cool Factor = DYSON
The Dyson dominated this test. IMHO Dyson is genius when it comes to marketing.I personally feel that Dyson did not create the best vacuum but they created
a vacuum that would lead us to believe it was the best vacuum. Visually it seems to do a very good job and looks very cool.

10. Winner of Test #10 - Suction and Vacuum Seal = KIRBY
The Kirby dominated the Suction test. The Dyson only had 1.5 lbs of pull before the seal was broken and the Kirby had 12 lbs of pull before the seal was broken. The air coming into the vacuum on the Dyson appeared to come from on top of the carpet. Where on the Kirby the air coming to the vacuum appeared to be coming from under the carpet. Also the Dyson had great suction on one side of the power nozzle and no suction on the other side (see picture) while the Kirby had suction all the way across. To see more on this check out my guide called "Picking the Right Vacuum", by Clicking Here.


I am tired :) These tests were so thorough that it took almost a week to do them . I have tried keeping my thoughts to a minimum in all the tests we did.Out of 10 tests the Dyson won 2 and the Kirby won 8. The Dyson won the most user friendly and best marketing and Kirby basically won all the performance tests. In Dyson defense they are only a few years old (unlike the Kirby who has had decades to make the perfect vacuum). The good news is they are constantly making improvements. I will test them again in a few years. I believe Dyson is here to stay and will continue to make improvements. As it stands right now the Kirby and Dyson are not even in the same playing field. In these tests we performed the Kirby handled the Dyson and just blew it away. In the performance tests it seemed to do 2 to 3 times better. Of course for new vacuums the Kirby asks 2 to 3 times the price as well. I have to say I was a little disappointed with this test. Before I started this guide I really thought it was going to be close. I had seen and heard so many good things. I was fully expecting the Dyson to do a lot better than it did. Remember how above I said "I personally feel that Dyson did not create the best vacuum but they created a vacuum that would lead us to believe it was the best vacuum. Visually it seems to do a very good job".

Sorry Dyson lovers...The King of Vacuums is the still THE KIRBY

A LEADING CONSUMER MAGAZINE tested over 65 Vacuums. Between our two vacuums of our test it had the following information. What was different about this edition vs. previous editions was they did a Pet-Hair Test. What was Ironic was "the DC14 was one of seven uprights (out of 40 uprights) in this report to score only fair or poor at removing hair from carpets" According to their scores on Pet Hair the Dyson DC 14's scored a FAIR, the Dyson DC15's scored a POOR and the Dyson DC07's scored a FAIR. On the Pet Hair Test the Kirby scored a VERY GOOD on Pet Hair.

The Kirby Vacuum ranked #1 in the "Brand Repair Test" and had the fewest repairs of any vacuum tested. However because of its weight they gave it a POOR score in "handling" and dropped its ranking to #9 out of 65 vacuums. It scored 3 EXCELLENT's in The Carpet Vacuum test, The Bare Floor test, and The Emissions test (filtration). It also scored 2 VERY GOODS in the Tool Airflow tests and the Pet Hair Test. In fact of all the 65 vacuums tested there was only 1 vacuum that rated better with 4 EXCELLENT's and one VERY GOOD(vs. the Kirbys 3 EXCELLENT's and 2 VERY GOOD's). The Dyson DC14 ranked #16,the DC15 the Ball ranked #17 and the DCO7 ranked #24. It had two Excellent Rating in The Bare Floor test and The Emissions test. It had no VERY GOOD ratings as the rest of the ratings where GOOD and FAIR.

My Thoughts - Even though they did not do as many tests as me or test the deep cleaning as much as me I could probably have saved a week of my time by reading this article first (I read it after I was all done with my tests). To sum up the data I found was the Kirby is the most dependable and least likely to break. As far as all the performance tests the Kirby was quite a bit better. As far as User Friendly (lighter, on board tools) the Dyson was better. They tied when it came to filtration. Of course the main reason we vacuum is to get the dirt out of the floor and out of our house. The Dyson is easier to use but when it comes to vacuuming power the Kirby is better by far.

I spent a lot of time on this guide and tried to be very fair and thorough. I hope it was useful to you. We are one of the largest vacuum dealers on the Internet and we know vacuums. If you are still confused then go to our "Best Vacuum for You" Form or check out our vacuums on our website. We don't always suggest the Kirby. For example if you have mostly hardwood, back problems or lots of stairs, then we would not suggest the Kirby.

Thank You,

Dustin Chaffin

Great-Vacs Manager

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