Dyson Vs. Kirby


Kirby and Dyson vacuum cleaners are household names in the industry for these appliances. That said, the two brands represent the opposing ends of the vacuum cleaner spectrum. Kirby is clearly planted in the traditional design, while Dyson incorporates a futuristic approach to vacuum cleaning.

Suction Power

  • The fundamental benefit of a vacuum cleaner is its suction power. This is what pulls the dirt off the carpet and into the vacuum cleaner for removal. The Kirby cleaner uses a monster of a vacuum tube to do the job. The Dyson uses a smaller and more intricate design. The problem with the smaller design, however, is that it is more prone to clogging. The Kirby avoids this with larger capacity and thus tends to be used more for industrial and commercial applications (for instance, hotel room cleaning).

Air Flow Capacity

  • In the air flow category, the Kirby cleaner with a larger engine is going to have more strength. Couple this factor with a larger vacuum hose capacity, and the combination tends to beat out the Dyson in performance.

Reduction of Power

  • The Dyson is designed to continue its same level of performance with a full dirt container as when it is empty. The Kirby, using a conventional bag system, is bound to suffer a decrease in power. When tested by retailer GreatVacs.com, the Dyson didn't lose power as it filled. However, the Kirby's stronger motor and bigger hose compensated for the power loss, and it still sucked up as much as the Dyson, or more in some cases.

Weight, Ease and Flexibility

  • Coming together with a much lighter design, the Dyson is easier to move around, manipulate and push. The Kirby's traditional design includes a metal body, adding significant weight and bulk to the cleaner. It also doesn't manipulate well, forcing the user to clean in straight tracks rather than moving around.


  • Because of its marketing and futuristic design, the Dyson has enjoyed a higher price bracket than most consumer vacuum cleaners, averaging $250 to $350 per unit as of early 2010. The Kirby vacuum cleaner tends to be sold more for commercial and industrial use rather than home consumers. As a result, the Kirby can range from $280 for a reconditioned unit to as much $900 for a fully outfitted industrial unit.

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