GTech vs. Dyson
A vacuum can be a rather expensive purchase if you are looking for one to last you a long while. If you can help it, it is better to spend more money on a well made, well designed vacuum than to try your luck with a cheaper model.
Which vacuum brand should you go with, though? GTech and Dyson both offer state of the art hoovers for any floor type. So, which is the better brand for your home?
The best way to accurately compare GTech and Dyson to one another is to compare similar products from the manufacturers to each other. The GTech AirRam MK2 and the Dyson V8 Absolute are bestsellers from each brand and are the same type of hoover.
First, we will compare the basic feature of each vacuum cleaner.
GTech AirRam MK2
- Battery: 22 volts
- Runtime: 40 minutes
- Weight: 3.5 kg
- Bin capacity: 0.8 litres
- Additional tools: No
- Price: £124.61 (at the time of this writing)
Dyson V8 Absolute
- Battery: 21.6 volts
- Runtime: 40 minutes
- Weight: 2.6 kg
- Bin Capacity: 0.54 litres
- Additional tools: Yes
- Price: £526.06 (at the time of this writing)
Overall Design and Construction
The handle that is attached to the GTech device is collapsible, which makes it super easy to fold up and store in tight spaces. The handle on the Dyson, however, is completely detachable, which adds more versatility to the vacuum.
While the AirRam is easily managed and manoeuvred, it is heavier than the Dyson V8. Even though the GTech hoover is heavier, its steering system is top notch and its low profile makes it easy to use on any floor type.
Unlike the Dyson V8, the GTech Air Ram has its motor in the floor head instead of in the handle. Since it is more horizontally oriented, this hoover can easily reach difficult places like under the sofa.
The Dyson hoover has the motor and vacuum body built into the trigger. This gives the user more control over the device.
The GTech hoover has an on and off switch, while the Dyson V8 is operated with a trigger. This trigger operation gives the user added control; it also preserves battery life as it does not need to remain in the on position for the entire time it is being used.
Overall, the Dyson V8 is better in its design, but the GTech AirRam is much better at cleaning floors thanks to its bristled cleaner head.
Power and Performance
In terms of suction power, Dyson is the better buy. Its V8 motor is truly top of the line and is the best on the market today. Even when the vacuum is in 'standard' mode, it provides better suction than the GTech hoover does.
The suction power of the AirRam is superb on hardwood floors, tile, and laminate, but it is less efficient on carpeted floors. It does not remove carpet fibres and pet hair as well as the Dyson does.
One great addition to the GTech AirRam is that is has a side suction feature, which is perfect for edge cleaning. This saves the user valuable time when cleaning the edges of rooms.
You can still clean edges with the Dyson V8 when you switch it to the handheld mode. Since it is convertable, you can use the vacuum in places where you would not normally such as countertops, shelving, and vehicle interiors.
If you are looking for a versatile hoover, definitely go with a Dyson model.
While both models have a run time of 40 minutes, you will probably notice that you will get longer battery life out of a Dyson vacuum. This is because the Dyson is powered with a trigger that can be easily released when you are not vacuuming.
If you use the motorised floor tool that is included with purchase of the Dyson, however, you will end up reducing the battery time. Cleaning with the direct drive cleaner head also reduces run time.
For these reasons, the GTech models are superior when it comes to run time and battery life.
The GTech AirRam boasts a capacity of 0.8 litres, which is quite a lot for a handheld vacuum.
Both Dyson and GTech models are fitted with seamless emptying systems.
The Dyson uses a lever to snap oven the collection container so that it can be emptied. The GTech has a similar feature that uses a slider to force debris out of the collection container.
Accessories and Tools
The GTech hoover we are covering in this article does not come with any additional accessories or tools like the Dyson model does.
The Dyson V8 comes with a soft roller and a direct drive cleaner for use on hard floors and carpets. Purchase also includes a motorised tool to remove pet hair from carpet and upholstery.
Both GTech and Dyson hoovers have very advanced filtration systems.
The Dyson V8 utilises a whole-machine filtration system in which a dual radial cyclone of air forces dirt and dust through the system until it is trapped by the filter inside.
GTech bagless models have the dustbin situated inside the floor head in order to prevent dust from escaping the system.
Obviously, Dyson vacuums are much more expensive than GTech vacuums are. Consider your budget and be realistic before you pick a brand of hoover to purchase.
The Final Verdict
If price is your main concern, GTech vacuums will get the job done in most households. A GTech vacuum will also fit your needs if you have mostly hard floors throughout your home. GTech vacuums are great for kitchens and garages.
If your home has mostly soft surfaces and carpeted floors, it may be a better idea to shell out the extra money for a Dyson hoover. They are more expensive, but preform better than GTech models on surfaces like upholstery and carpet.
The fact that most Dyson models also come with different attachments make them an attractive option. If you have pets that shed fur, this is especially important.
Whichever brand you choose to go with, you can be sure that you will be beyond happy with your purchase. Both GTech and Dyson are top of the line manufacturers when it comes to vacuum cleaners.