When choosing a new vacuum there is a wide range of options available at every price point. Two popular brands you are likely to come across are Dyson and Ryobi.
Dyson is a household name known for making premium, reliable and super-efficient vacuum cleaners. Established in 1991, Dyson is a global technology enterprise that has a team of engineers creating a range of products including vacuum cleaners, hand dryers, hairdryers, heaters and more.
Ryobi was founded in 1943 and has manufacturing facilities across the globe. They have a broader reach making components for electronics, automobiles and offering a large range of products including power tools, builders hardware and vacuums. Their vacuums are powerful, reliable and affordable.
In this comparison, we take a side by side look at the Dyson V11 Absolute Extra and the Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Stick Vacuum. The similarities and differences outlined below will help you find the best cordless stick vacuum for your needs.
Dyson V11 vs Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ – Key Similarities
Both of these vacuum cleaner models are battery powered and cordless. They are lightweight and portable so you don’t need to worry about cord length or power outlets as you clean the house or car.
When cleaning with either of these stick vacs you will have the benefit of built-in filtration. The V11 has a 6 layered filtration system that catches 99.9% of particles and the Ryobi uses a HEPA filter. The Ryobi filter can be removed and cleaned as needed. A filter helps to ensure all dust and smaller particles are captured as well as the larger particles such as dirt and pet hair.
Ease of Use
Each vacuum cleaner makes light work of cleaning the house. The Ryobi vacuum can lay down flat making it easy to vacuum underneath furniture. It also has a rotational head that can move left and right with ease. The V11 uses a ball to make moving in any direction smooth and effortless.
Empty With A Push Of A Button
Both the vacuums offer a simple push button emptying system to keep mess to a minimum. The V11 has a simple “point and shoot” system where you press the button while holding the vacuum over a dustbin to empty it. This means you don’t need to touch the collected dirt.
The Ryobi stick vac offers 2 emptying options, the “point and shoot” style button or another option where you remove the dust collector completely. Removing the collector container lets you access the filter so you can empty it at the same time as cleaning the filter.
Wall Mounted Dock
Both of these cordless stick vacuums come with a wall mount, this dock holds and charges the vacuum. This holder keeps the vacuum neatly stored when not in use. It also makes it easier to keep the battery charged at all times so the vacuum is always ready to be used, whether it’s needed for a quick clean or to vacuum the whole house.
Dyson V11 vs Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ – Key Differences
The Dyson offers up to 60 minutes of fade-free power on one charge. The Ryobi battery offers slightly less with 45 minutes of power per charge. Both of these are good for cordless vacuums and offer enough battery life to handle most cleaning tasks.
Weight & Portability
Each product is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre. The Dyson weighs 3.09kg and the Ryobi 18V One+ weighs 4kg. The Ryobi feels a bit top-heavy but is still easy to hold and use.
The Dyson stick vacuum comes with a range of attachments to make cleaning under and around furniture as efficient as possible. The kit includes a high torque cleaner head, a Fluffy cleaner head, a mini motorized tool, a crevice tool, a combination tool, a stubborn dirt brush and a soft dust brush. This is a complete set that has each brush head you need already in the box.
The Ryobi stick vac comes with the standard cleaner head and a crevice tool so you may end up buying extra accessories to improve the overall performance.
Battery Charge Time
The Ryobi One+ is fully charged in just 2 hours. This is less than half the time of the V11 Absolute Extra which takes 4.5 hours to charge.
The Ryobi uses the Ryobi One+ battery which is compatible with the other Ryobi products within the same line. This means if you have other Ryobi tools of the One+ range you can use the batteries interchangeably.
If you want an interchangeable battery with the V11 it is available as an optional extra.
Dust Bin Volume
The Dust bin volume of these two vacuums varies slightly. The V11 has a capacity of 0.76L. This is a decent size for a cordless vacuum, making it more suitable for cleaning family homes and is more convenient as it requires less frequent emptying.
The Ryobi collection bin can hold up to 0.5L before it needs to be emptied.
Control & Settings
While both cordless stick vacuum models are easy to use, the Dyson features an LCD screen that gives you a range of helpful information including the remaining run time, current settings, power mode and more. There are 3 power modes to choose from; auto, eco and boost. The auto mode automatically adjusts the settings to suit the floor type so you can move from carpet to hardfloors without making any manual changes.
The ONE+ offers 2 power modes; high power and low power. The Ryobi stick vac doesn’t feature a screen or indicator to let you know the mode or the remaining run time.
The Dyson vacuum comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. The Ryobi warranty has a 4 year standard warranty, this can be increased to 6 years when the product is registered on a My Ryobi account. A long warranty is great for peace of mind and product longevity so this is a definite plus for the Ryobi.
Finally, this review wouldn’t be complete without taking a look at the cost. If you pick the DysonV11, at the time of writing it is going to set you back $1197 while the Ryobi 18V One+ is available at a fraction of the price at around $300.
Making Your Selection
When choosing between these two stick vacuums, the key factors to consider are performance, value for money, features, ease of use and price. Each hand held model has its pros and cons.
The Dyson V11 Absolute Extra is one of the best vacuums around. It comes with a range of tools, it will clean your carpet, wood floor and rugs with ease and has an extra large bin for cleaning bigger areas. There is an LCD screen that gives you all the information you need and the auto power mode automatically adjusts to suit the floor type.
The V11 is a powerful, user-friendly and high performance cordless model. The biggest downside is the price, it is a great but expensive product. If the V11 is within your budget and you are regularly cleaning larger spaces then this is the vacuum to choose.
The Ryobi on the other hand brings great value with a much lower price tag. As you can see throughout the comparison, the Ryobi manages to hold its own with the features on offer. This stick vacuum offers good value for money, it uses removable, interchangeable batteries making it portable, convenient and particularly handy if you already use products from the Ryobi range.
The One+ is powerful for its size and weight, it works well on all floor types include carpet and hard floor and it is easy to use.