Dyson vs Henry vacuums: which is right for you?

In the Dyson vs Henry vacuum battle, which is going to serve your cleaning needs best?

When it comes to vacuum cleaners, the Dyson vs Henry debate is a tough one. Both British, they are both established brands with plenty to offer when it comes to getting your home good and clean. 

Exceptional decided to consider each one against nine key criteria to dig a little deeper into what they provide. So from suction power, ease of use, battery life, warranty period and allergen capture to design and build, which will earn its place in your home?

Let the Dyson vs Henry vacuum cleaner battle commence…

A Dyson vacuum cleaner next to a Henry vacuum cleaner to illustrate Dyson vs HenryCredit: Exceptional
They’re two beloved vacuum cleaner brands, but which will win the battle? Dyson or Henry?


Which is better value?

While Dyson is a premium brand with a price range to match. Henry offers more affordable options, known for hardiness and reliability.



Dyson is well known for its engineering clout, investing to create more efficient, robust and powerful vacuum cleaners. You can see that in Dyson’s pricing up front across the range.

But we’re talking about value here. So while Dyson is more expensive, it comes with up to five years of warranty backed by excellent customer support and easily replaced parts on vacuums which are built to last. So spread that higher price across five years or more and it starts to justify the cost.

Prices start at £280 for the corded Dyson Ball Animal and range up to £850 for the cordless Gen5 Detect.

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Dyson Ball Animal

RRP: £279.99

Dyson Ball Animal

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Dyson Gen5 Detect

RRP: £849.99

Dyson Gen5 Detect


When it comes to affordability, Henry stands out in this Dyson vs Henry battle. This company has managed to keep its prices low for years yet still offers vacuums known for their hardiness and reliability.

You’ll often see them in work environments as companies know this brand builds units made to last. That said, features are minimal and you have to factor in the ongoing cost of replacing bags.

Prices start at £130 for the basic Henry and go up to £300 for the cordless stick, Henry Quick.

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Henry Quick

RRP: £299.99

Henry Quick

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Henry HVR160

RRP: £159.99

Henry HVR160

WINNER:  Henry wins this round as it’s that much cheaper than Dyson while still offering longevity and a decent performance across the range.

Product range

Who has the biggest range?

While most of us only need one vacuum cleaner, having a good range available to pick from means we’re more likely to find the model that suits all our needs.



Dyson has a large range, especially when you consider that its older models are also available from third parties and still beat most of the competition on features.

The current range offers nine cordless models, with sub-categories each of which offer specific features like tackling pet hair for example, plus four upright corded vacuums. Once you factor in older models too, that range gets up in the twenties.

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Dyson has a wide selection of cordless vacuum cleaners to choose from

Numbers aside, Dyson offers a good selection of types with heavy corded power vacuums, lighter cordless models and feature-rich cordless models specifically for tasks like removing animal hair or filtering allergens.


The range from Henry is plentiful but when you look closer, there isn’t a huge difference across the models in terms of physical appearance.

The classic wheeled hose vacuum model now sits alongside a cordless battery-powered stick vacuum option.

You can also get models to tackle specific things like pet hair, wet surfaces and allergen capture. (While not a vacuum cleaner, the firm also produces a carpet-washing machine based on the Henry design.)

WINNER: While Henry offers a wide range of specific uses, the models are all very similar in design. Dyson has a range of categories with sub-sections for specific needs, like lighter models for ease of carrying, making it more varied and the winner in this round.

Suction power

Which brand has the biggest pull?

If you have a lot of carpet or many rugs you’ll want to be sure your vacuum cleaner has lots of suction power. It’s also worth noting both brands offer lower power modes to avoid sucking rugs up.


When it comes to raw power, the Dyson range has superb capabilities, especially for battery-powered handhelds – in fact Dyson now sells these as its core range with the corded models taking a backseat.

The V15 Detect is what the company calls “the most powerful, intelligent cordless vacuum”. It even counts and measures dust particles – displayed onscreen – and has suction which adapts automatically to ensure it gets the most up.

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Dyson V15 Detect

RRP: £470.00

Dyson V15 Detect


While the classic Henry models offer decent suction, it uses a basic head in most cases and the length of the pipe does limit pull power.

The newer stick models offer more power in suction terms but it’s still not as powerful as Dyson.

Woman using a cordless Henry Quick vacuum cleaner to illustrate Dyson vs HenryCredit: Henry
Henry now has a cordless vacuum cleaner range, which allows for greater freedom when cleaning your house

WINNER: Dyson wins on raw suction power with most of its range – even among the older models – outperforming the Henry range.

Battery life

Which brand goes the distance?

Battery life is a big factor with cordless vacuums, but which of these two brands can go the distance all around the house?


Dyson, who produces some of the best cordless vacuum cleaners, has been improving its cordless vacuums over the years in terms of battery life and they’re now at that sweet stage where it’s so good you don’t even need to think about battery.

You’re going to get a full hour of use on one charge, meaning even for larger properties you should be able to do the entire area in one go before needing to pop it back in its charging dock. The top model, the Gen5detect, can manage a full 70 minutes on a charge.

Some, like the V15 Detect Absolute, come with removable batteries so you can swap out and go even longer – ideal for anyone covering a really large area or using these for work. Expect a battery to take around three hours to fully charge.

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Dyson V15 Absolute Detect

RRP: £629.99

Dyson V15 Absolute Detect


In this round the Henry comes close, as the Quick can also manage just under an hour on one charge. While they last similar times, charging the Henry is more awkward.

The Dyson simply drops into the dock, whereas the Henry has to be manually plugged into the charger each time. It’s not a massive effort but when done regularly it could become tiresome – although, for the money saving, it may be worth the effort.

A man fitting a battery to a cordless Henry quick vacuum cleanerCredit: Henry
You can boost the runtime of the Henry Quick by buying an additional battery

WINNER: On pure performance the Dyson wins out, with a full hour or more per charge. But Henry does well, offering just under an hour – though recharging takes more effort.


Which is better at containing allergens?

Capturing and keeping are different things, and while the Dyson excels at capture, the emptying process may release some allergens back into the air. By using bags, the Henry model avoids this problem.


Dyson prides itself on its ability to capture allergens. Newer models even measure the dust particles captured and show the amount onscreen.

The HEPA filter can capture particles as small as 0.1 microns in size, automatically increasing suction power when necessary to get the largest number possible. All this means that 99.97% of microscopic particles and allergens can be captured, while cleaner air is expelled.

To keep filters working at their premium, it’s essential to clean them regularly. Not sure how to clean a Dyson vacuum? The filter just needs a wash under running warm water monthly to ensure the filtration system and suction are working to their maximum power.


Henry has a specific model for this task, called Henry Allergy. This uses a HEPA filtration system capable of offering relief from pet allergies and more.

Crucially, though, since Henry uses bags which are closed, they can be disposed of without releasing the allergens back into the room.

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Henry Allergy

RRP: £199.99

Henry Allergy
Someone emptying a Henry Allergy sealed filter bag from the vacuum cleaner to illustrate Dyson vs HenryCredit: Henry
Henry Allergy’s innovative self-seal tabbed vacuum cleaner bags keep everything in

WINNER: While Dyson captures more allergens, its lack of a bag to seal contents during emptying means some can escape back into the room. For this reason alone, Henry takes this round.


Which brand can handle the hair?

When it comes to pets in the Dyson vs Henry battle, they both have vacuums that are pet specific. The Dyson Animal range makes short work of pet hair while the filter takes care of allergens. Henry Pet is specifically for this need too, and works to reduce odours.


Ever since the Dyson Animal heads arrived, the amount of pet hair captured has been high and this technology has been included in all subsequent models.

As such the current range all capture animal hair while largely not blocking the brushes too much. That said, the auto de-tangling isn’t on all models across the Dyson range. The HEPA filter captures dead skin cells and pollen from the hair too, for the ultimate finish.

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Dyson Ball Animal Complete

RRP: £429.99

Dyson Ball Animal Complete
Cordless Dyson vacuum hoovering hair from a pet bed to illustrate Dyson vs SharkCredit: Dyson
You can buy additional attachments for your Dyson cordless to help with the removal of pet hair


The Henry Pet is built with a larger 9 litre (16 pint) capacity, odour-reducing filtration and a capture bag that can be emptied without mess.

The heads do still suffer hair blockages, but that’s much like most other models.

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Henry Pet 200

RRP: £179.99

Henry Pet 200

WINNER: For the allergen filtration and lack of blockages, the Dyson range wins on this round, although Henry deserves a special mention for the cleanliness of its bag-based disposal. 

Ease of use

How easy are they to use?

Dyson and Henry are not complicated appliances and are built for ease of use, but each has its own positives.


Dyson models have plenty of attachments and features while remaining physically light and comfortable. The Omni-Glide, for example, an ultra-manoeuvrable cleaner for hard floors, weighs in at just 1.9kg (4lbs 2oz) making it light work even when the dust chamber is full. 

There are lots of attachments included with all models, making the work of getting into corners, covering various floor types and car cleaning all simple tasks. Later models even come with lasers on the heads to better illuminate dust and dirt so you don’t miss anything.

Dyson V15 Detect Extra light showing how it illuminates dust to illustrate Dyson vs HenryCredit: Dyson
The illuminated cleaner head from Dyson features a precisely-angled beam which detects dust particles you can’t normally see

Most Dyson vacuums use a trigger that has to be held down. For those who may struggle there is the Omni-Glide option and the latest Gen5 Detect plus the corded upright models – all of which use on and off buttons for power instead. Also the simple emptying for waste disposal is a bonus here.

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Dyson Omni glide vacuum cleaner

RRP: £349.99

Dyson Omni glide vacuum cleaner


There’s no denying the Henry range couldn’t be simpler to use, plus they’re super sturdy. 

If you’re used to a pull-along style then they’re an ideal model. They require a bit of tugging along and having to think about cables and the hose, so a little more work than the Quick. But for ease of use and lots of dirt collection, plus no need to hold down a trigger, it’s straightforward to use.

WINNER: Dyson wins for lightweight, lack of wires, ease of use and the trigger-free options for those who need them. Plus the ease of emptying is helpful.


Which brand has the best warranty?

Dyson is known not only for the length of its warranty but for its customer service and the ease of getting help if needed.


With warranty periods starting at two years for cordless vacuums and going up to five years on uprights, Dyson is a standout performer. The point here is that customer support is excellent and you can expect replacement parts right away, to have you up and running again promptly. 

Since Dyson guarantees your product while under warranty, if it can’t be fixed you’ll be sent a brand new replacement model – you can even transfer the warranty if you want to gift yours to someone else.


Henry vacuum cleaners come with a two-year warranty as standard, plus there’s a Henry Tech support team available should you need them.

Since Henry is known for its hardiness, you’re unlikely to need help – issues are few and far between for this little vacuum veteran. 

The classic Henry hoover is pulled along by a woman to vacuum a carpet to illustrate a feature on Dyson vs HenryCredit: Henry
All Henry vacuum cleaners come with a two year manufacturer warranty

WINNER: Dyson wins here because its warranty goes further, acting as a guarantee so you’re covered no matter what, and with top customer support to back that up.


Which vacuum is best for you?

Winning in six categories out of the nine, Dyson takes the crown. If you can afford it, Dyson is best in terms of build quality, useful features, ease of use, allergen tackling, pet hair cleaning and warranty. However, the price is considerably higher than a lot of the competition.

A woman uses her cordless Dyson Vacuum cleaner to hoover up a mess to illustrate Dyson vs Henry vacuum cleanersCredit: Dyson
Despite their high prices, Dyson vacuum cleaners are the winner of our Dyson vs Henry battle

So if Dyson doesn’t fit your budget then Henry is a decent alternative. It offers robust vacuum cleaners that can store lots of waste before needing emptying, and those bags do mean a sealed disposal for the cleanest air. 

But all this comes down to what suits your home and budget – and which of these criteria are the winning factors for you.

Luke Edwards

Written by Luke Edwards


Luke is a veteran journalist of over 15 years where he has written for most of the national newspapers, all the big tech publications and plenty more besides.

He specialises in technology and science with a particular interest in health, home and adventure developments.

He’s also a father of two, enjoys surfing, reading and exploring nature with his dog.

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