Dyson vs. Kirby – both similar, but different results

Both the Dyson and Kirby vacuum cleaners have been around for decades – and their domination shows no signs of stopping. They are also quite popular for their high quality, such as we will see in this review – read on for our comparisons and see which between them the best pick is.

Kirby vacuum cleaners have been around since 1919, while Dyson cleaners have been on the scene since 1936.

Both have a good share of the market, with Kirby priding itself on being the source if quality cleaners for decades, while Dyson giving the former a run for its money, thanks to the generous warranties and high tech motors.

With these two, you might easily wonder which between them the better pick is. After all, they both promise a similar quality of service and high quality of their build.

Their attributes also seem the same, and their pricing is also quite similar, and it can be confusing unless you know what you are looking for. However, we have done much of the work for you, and it will hopefully be easier to make a choice after reading this review.

What are some of the differences between the two?


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Dust collection area

All Kirby cleaners use the usual dust bag to collect the dirt from the cleaning process, while the Dyson ones use a canister to collect the dirt. The main difference is that you will need to replace the dust bags frequently, as opposed to a canister that you can just replace when it gets full.

Overall, the Dyson is the less messy option and is much easier to empty – through your final choice will depend on what you prefer.

Suction power

Both vacuum cleaners have good suction ratings, although the Kirby tube is bigger than the Dyson one. Clogging is not an issue with either of them though – despite smaller suction tubes experiencing issues with clogging.


Kirby cleaners are comprised of light metal, which gives you better durability, while the Dyson cleaners are made from plastic. This does not mean they are a bad option though, as their warranty is surprisingly longer than Kirby – Dyson has a 5-year warranty, while Kirby warranties are 3 years on labor and parts.

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Dyson Review

Dyson Upright Vacuum

Key features

All Dyson cleaners are built to last and are tough enough to withstand multiple uses for many years. In fact, they are made from the same material as you would find in a crash helmet, which is a testament to their durability.

Thanks to the use of cyclone technology, they have more power when it comes to their suction, and they can keep all the dirt in the cleaner instead of spreading it out. Their design is not just limited to the home though, as they can also prove useful for commercial use.

An additional advantage comes in the form of the wall-mounted docking station, which is quite neat compared to what you would normally get. It is a great addition that can charge and store the cleaner, and it also holds two cleaning attachments.

Since the cleaners are made of plastic, they are lightweight and very easy to use and manage. In addition, it also makes them easy to use in hard to reach areas, such as sofas, ceilings, and under furniture.

  • Has improved battery life
  • Very good suction, particularly in its max mode
  • Comes with a wide range of useful attachments
  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • Pricey

Kirby vacuum cleaner

Kirby Avalir Vacuum Cleaner

Key Features

All Kirby machines have the advantage of being considered among the first multi-attachment models, which later gave birth to the convertibility features. The name of the brand has been around for many years – in fact, for over a century, and they continue to maintain a strong presence in the market.

The only thing you need to remember when purchasing any of their vacuum cleaners is that you can only do so from their authorized dealerships, nowhere else. These dealerships are found in more than 55 countries, with the US being the headquarters.

What makes them different from most vacuum cleaners is the fact that all their parts are built in the US, with no outsourcing to other countries – and that is a huge deal. It may also be the reason why they are so expensive but their durability is second to none.

The putting together of the machine is also not easy and is best left to a professional to do the job. This is mainly because Kirby vacuums all use direct air motors, which work quite differently from clean air motors that are present in other vacuum brands.

On all its products, the company has two warranties:

  • Limited – for 3 years, and covers manufacturer defects. Non-transferable.
  • Lifetime Rebuild program – this covers all the costs you will incur when you want to do maintenance or refurbishment of the machine. Increases every year, with the least cost being $100.
  • The cleaners have a very long lifespan, usually up to 20 years
  • They work well on any kind of surface
  • Very strong construction
  • Tend to be quite heavy
  • Very expensive to maintain

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Through the tests that we did, the Dyson comes out on top when it comes to user-friendliness, while Kirby is better when it comes to overall performance, which makes it our pick.

The quality of both cleaners is not far off though, and it is entirely possible that the Dyson might surpass Kirby in the future.


Can I purchase the Dyson in any retail store?

Unlike the Kirby that is only available from select distributors, the Dyson is widely available anywhere, and many of their cleaners are also available from online stores as well.

Between the two, which has greater suction?

The Kirby is higher in terms of general performance rating on all fronts, but the suction is easily the standout feature. The Dyson has 1.5 lbs. of pressure, while the Kirby has 12 lbs. and can be difficult to pull off by hand.