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Dyson V10 Vs V11 ( Side-by-Side Comparison Tests Performed)

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The Dyson V10 changed the way we view cordless vacuum cleaners, so what more could the V11 possibly bring to the table? The answer; quite a lot. There are a few similarities between these two cordless wonders, but also a lot of differences.

So, when we look at the Dyson V10 Vs. Dyson V11, what are we seeing? We tested both these models side-by-side and highlight the winner in each of our hands on tests to help you decide which model is perfect for your home.

The Dyson V10

The Dyson V10 has three models in the range; Absolute, Animal, and Total Clean. It is the first Dyson cordless to have a new design with a bigger bin capacity, and while it seemed a little big and clunky at first, it actually doesn’t handle much differently from previous V series models.

Pros:

  • Long battery life and quick charge time
  • Large bin capacity
  • Superb filtration system
  • Great tools and features

Cons:

  • Cannot swap the battery out
  • Bin emptying can be a little stiff

The Dyson V11

The Dyson V11 is the latest model from Dyson, and perhaps the most technologically advanced vacuum cleaner that they have launched. It keeps the new build sported by the V10, but with some noticeable differences that might just be the deciding factor between them.

Pros:

  • Long battery life and quick charge time
  • Large bin capacity
  • Superb filtration system
  • Great tools and features

Cons:

  • Cannot swap the battery out
  • Bin emptying can be a little stiff

ModelV10 Absolute, Total Clean, AnimalV11 Absolute & Animal
ManufacturerDysonDyson
Detachable HandheldYesYes
Length125 cm128.5 cm
Width24 cm
25 cm
Weight2.65 kg3.05 kg
Floor TypeMulti-SurfaceMulti-Surface
Pet OwnersYesYes
Dust Bin Capacity0.76 L0.76 L
CordlessYesYes
BaglessYesYes
ReturnsFree 35 Days via Dyson.co.ukFree 35 Days via Dyson.co.uk
Warranty1-Year limited1-Year limited

Side-by-Side Test Results

This is the fun part, where we take a look at each vacuum cleaner and test each of the key areas. Things like battery life, cleaning power, and how effective they are on different floor types. We go into all the details, bringing you facts and figures that will show you just how effective ( or not) each vacuum cleaner is

Battery/Run-Time

In order to get some precise results, we whipped out the stopwatch and got ready for action. Holding the trigger down continuously, we allowed it to run from full charge down to empty on each of the three settings.

The results we got are while using the Direct Drive head, which is motorised. Generally speaking, you get slightly longer battery life when you are using the non-motorised attachments (like the crevice tool or dusting brush).

Model (Mode)Runtime (Mins)
V11 (Eco)55 Mins
V11 (Medium)45 Mins
V11 (High/Boost)13 Mins

Model (Mode)Runtime (Mins)
V10 (Eco)40 Mins
V10 (Medium)20 Mins
V10 (High/Boost)7 Mins

The Dyson V10 started the long battery trend, and the runtime for this model is stated by Dyson as lasting for a whole hour. Now, this is true as long as you are not using any of the motorised heads.

When using the main floorhead, like we did in our tests we got 40 mins on eco down to just 7 mins in boost mode, though generally speaking you would use in standard(medium) for most tasks where we achieved a 20 min run-time.

On the other side of the coin, you have the V11. This does nearly live up to the impressive one hour advertised run-time (eco-setting); even with a motorised head. In the standard setting we had it running for a very impressive 45 minutes, which more than doubled that of the V10.

Winner: Dyson v11

Charge Time

V10V11
3.5 Hours4.5 Hours

The Dyson V11, however, increased this time period. As the battery lasts even longer, it takes 4.5 hours to fully charge. This is a long time, but you also get a lot more out of the machine. This also links in with the new battery design found in both the V10 and V11.

Unlike previous V series vacuum cleaners, the battery cannot be removed and switched out. However, Dyson claims they have been able to create a battery that will last 15 years without losing charge. Only time will tell if this is true, but it’s looking good so far.

Winner: Dyson v10

Cleaning Power

Dyson v10 combination tool

Certainly one of the most important parts as we look at how well the Dyson V10 and V11 actually clean.

The Dyson V10 was incredibly impressive when it first launched, and it still holds its own today. It boasts an improved suction power of 30% when compared to the previous V series models, as well as the ability to clean floors to a standard that just about rivals a corded machine.

The V11 goes a step further, and while it matches the V10 in some regards there are others where it takes the lead. One of these is the fact that the suction power is 32% more powerful than the V10. This is pretty amazing, and it is also able to deep clean carpets. In fact, our tests showed that it could officially replace your corded vacuum cleaner.

Our Airflow Test Results

The first test we performed was for airflow. Airflow is as important as suction power, so these figures are very important.

We used the full machine (wand and floorhead attached) because this is the most common configuration. In the table below, you will see the figures are measured in CFM (Cubic Feet Per Minute). This is also known as Airflow.

V10V11
Air Flow ( Low Setting)15 CFM23 CFM
Air Flow (Auto/Medium Setting)21 CFM27 CFM
Air Flow ( High/Boost Setting)34 CFM48.5 CFM

As you can see the V11 is again dominant in the airflow department, especially in the boost mode.

Winner: Dyson v11

Both the V10 and V11 contain cyclonic technology, with 14 cyclones installed in the machine to keep everything running smoothly. This also means that the dirt and debris that is sucked up by the vacuum cleaner will be directed straight to the bin as opposed to being sprayed; keeping it all contained and clean.

This tech also creates what is known as fade-free suction. This is where the power and suction of the machine do not lessen as the bin fills up or the vacuum runs low on charge.

Now, this is where the two vacuums differ a little; cleaning heads. While both models have the option to come with the Fluffy floorhead (depending on the type you choose), the V10 does not have any option for the Torque floorhead that the V11 uses. Instead, it comes with the Direct Drive floorhead. What’s the difference though?

The Direct Drive floorhead that comes with the V10 has two rows of brushes on the bar inside the head; one firm and one soft. These have been designed to work on both hard floors and carpets, providing a deep clean and a gentle touch in one.

As it is a motorised head, it does take up more battery than some of the other accessories, but it’s also effective and easy to use.

The Torque floorhead is a new and exciting release that only comes with the V11 Absolute (the Animal comes with the Direct Drive head). It features similar hard and soft bristles, but the front of the head also has gates on it that can be raised up or down according to the kind of debis you are cleaning and the suction required (for example, cheerios have the gates up).

Aside from that, the Torque is also able to automatically detect the floor type you are cleaning, adjusting the power levels accordingly as soon as you switch surfaces. It’s absolutely flawless in this regard, and certainly one of the most useful features the V11 has.

At the end of all this, you then have the Fluffy floorhead. This comes with the V10 Absolute and Total Clean, as well as the V11 Absolute. Designed for hard floors, it is exceptionally gentle while also thoroughly clearing debris from the area.

This is a floorhead you can learn a little more about in the hard floor cleaning section.

So, why don’t we take a quick look at how the V10 and V11 work around the home?

Carpets. This is an area where cordless vacuum cleaners usually struggle because they have not been designed with enough power for deep cleaning carpets. Both the V10 and V11 are able to do this, but which of them does it better is what we need to look at next.

The Direct Drive floorhead found on the V10 models (and V11 Animal) works grime and dirt out of the carpet quite quickly and effectively. The suction power is very strong, but not so much that you need to work harder in order to push the vacuum (a nice balance).

The V11 Absolute is very much the same with regards to the handling and cleaning power on carpets. However, the Torque floorhead is able to reach further down and collect even more dirt and hair than the V10 (the table in the next section can show you more).

It takes deep cleaning carpet to another level, and certainly does a superb job of leaving your carpets spotless.

For this, we weighed exactly 100g of household debris; all of which varied in terms of size and texture. A few examples of these representing materials are chilli flakes, cheerios, loose black tea, and flaxseed.

We spread our mixture across a 1.5m strip before performing a 10 second pass over it. Once this was done, we weighed the contents of the vacuum bin to see what percentage was collected.

V10V11
Low Setting95%97%
Auto Setting98.5%99%
Boost Setting99.5%99.5%

Both models had pretty amazing results here to be honest, of course the V11 edged it but for the price difference the V10 comes a very close second.

Winner: Dyson v11 (Only Just)

Hard Floors.The Direct Drive cleaning head is great on all floor types, and it certainly does a good job on hard floors. In fact, it is the most effective cleaning head for crevices and was able to collect everything from the gaps after one pass – which applies to both the V10 and V11.

However, the V10 Absolute and Total Clean, and the V11 Absolute, all come with the Fluffy floorhead. Now, the thing here is that both vacuum cleaners have exactly the same attachment and therefore the results don’t differ between the two.

Even so, let’s take a look at what the Fluffy had to offer.

It is so gentle when you run it over hard floors, which is what makes it ideal for those really delicate wood surfaces as well as laminate, tiles and vinyl. Despite this gentle touch, it remains tough on dust and dirt..

Our Hardwood Floor Test Results

Just like with the carpet test, we used the same conditions on hard floors to see what the results were. The hard floors we decided to use was hardwood laminate as it is the most commonly found in the UK.

V10V11
Low Setting100%100%
Auto Setting100%100%
Boost Setting100%100%

As you can see,the results are not only impressive but also identical between the two vacuum cleaners. As a note, this was while using the Fluffy head

Winner: Dyson v11 and v10

Stairs.

Both the V10 and V11 are able to transform into a handheld vacuum cleaner so that you can make things easier, and they each come with a mini motorised brush.

This tool works a lot like the Direct Drive floorhead, but in a more compact version so that you can reach areas like stairs, furniture, and car interiors. It’s an effective and powerful tool, with no real difference between the V10 and V11.

Winner: Dyson v11 and v10

Our Pet Hair Tests

Many of us have furry friends in our homes, but the hair they leave behind can get a bit much after a while. Lets see how the V10 and V11 faired in our side-by-side comparison.

To give you clear results, we combed a load of dog hair (100g) into a five foot section of low-medium pile carpet. Once that was done, we went over it with the Direct Drive head for 20 seconds on boost mode. It had great pickup, although you will see that the V11 performed better overall in all three settings.

There was no visible pet hair left at the end either, and we ran a window blade through the carpet afterwards to check for any hidden and embedded hair that may have been missed.

V10V11
Pet Hair Pickup (Eco/Low)89%90%
Pet Hair Pickup (Auto/Medium)98%98%
Pet Hair Pickup (Boost/High)99%99.9%

As you can see, the tests revealed that the auto and boost modes are excellent, and this is especially true considering the amount of hair that got rubbed into the carpet.

The eco setting performed quite poorly for both machines, but this isn’t a setting you should use for carpets anyway as it is not nearly as effective.

Winner: Dyson v11

Filtration

Both the V10 and V11 have the same filtration system, so there is nothing to compare or argue here (although you may be interested in the results table in the next section). They both use HEPA filters, something which can be found on pretty much every Dyson vacuum cleaner except for the V7 range. However, a HEPA filtration system that catches particles as small as 0.03 microns is nothing without a sealed system.

The sealed system is where you ensure that no air escapes from the machine as it is pushed through the filter. A shocking number of vacuum cleaners have very poor sealing, and this is not good for those with asthma and allergies that need the cleaner air.

Thankfully, both the V10 and V11 have fully sealed systems that keep the dirt in the filter and the air lovely and clear.

When we tested this using a particle test meter, whereby we test the air environment before the test and then after we have sucked up dust for 15 seconds (special international approved dust from DMT). You can see our findings below.

V10V11
Air Particle Test ( Our rating %)99.5%100%

All of this is great news for those with asthma and allergies, as there is no need for them to worry about the quality of the air when they are cleaning.

Winner: Dyson v11

Noise levels

The great news is that both Dyson vacuum cleaners are quite comfortably below the EU maximum of 80db. In fact, they are some of the quietest vacuum cleaners that we have had the pleasure of working with. However, there is a winner in this section for the quietest running.

The V10 started the trend off strong, with a boost mode that stayed in the very low 70s, and an eco mode that was in the low 60s. However, the V11 took this a step further and developed a machine that is even quieter. It may only be by a few notches, but the difference is notable.

Either way you look at it, both the V10 and V11 are much quieter than previous V series models

Using a decibel meter that was set three feet away from the vacuum cleaner, we tested the volume of it while running. As a note, this test was performed with both the wand and main floorhead attached for the most accurate results.

V10V11
Low Setting63.2Db63.6 Db
Auto Setting71.4Db68.4 Db
Boost Setting72.5Db71.2 Db

Winner: Dyson v11

Tech Features
There are some stark differences between the two here, let’s start with the V10. This model has a bit of an upgrade from past V series vacuum cleaners because the LED indicator light on the handle changed from having one bar to three.

This shows you roughly how much battery is left, and will also slowly light up while charging so you can keep an eye on the power levels.

In addition to this, an extra light was added to the handle to let you know when the filter needs to be cleaned. It will also light up if there is a blockage in the main airway of the vacuum. This is good for keeping an eye on the overall maintenance of the machine.

The Dyson V11 got futuristic on us, and it has provided us with some great tech. We’ll start with the Animal because it is a little different here. On the butt of the main floorhead where the filter is, you have an LED screen that has the three-bar battery indicator to show you roughly how much is left.

You also have a button that you can press to switch between power settings, and an alert for a filter cleaning or a blockage. It’s basic, but handy.

The V11 Absolute knocks the ball out of the park, and it really ups the game. It features an LCD screen with the same button that lets you choose between settings. However, the display will also show you exactly how much time you have left on each mode in the form of a countdown screen. This is really useful for when you are zooming around the house and trying to make the most of cleaning.

It doesn’t end there. The V11 Absolute also has a filter and blockage display, but with a twist. The screen will show you an actual video clip of where the problem could be and how you are able to fix it.

So, for the filter it will show you where the filter is and how to remove it. For the blockage, it shows a number of different potential areas and how to access them to address the problem. I probably got a little too excited over this, but it’s pretty awesome.

Size/Weight

Both the V10 and V11 have different designs from their predecessors. They are a little bulkier, a little bigger, and also pretty nicely laid out. In this regard, there is very little difference between them, which is why we are going to take a look at the size and weight of each vacuum cleaner.

V10V11
Length125 cm128.5cm
Width24cm25cm

The V11 is heavier than the V10, and it can be quite noticeable at first. With the larger battery and slightly longer size, it is hard to keep new models below 3kg.

While this is something most people can get used to as they clean, if you have arthritis, you might have a difficult time getting the hang of the V11.

To check out the weight ourselves, we took it apart and put it back together so that you can see exactly how much it weighs. In the table below, you will find the figures for the handheld unit as well as the full unit (wand and floorhead attached) for balanced results based on what you are likely to use in your own home.

V10V11
Weight ( Full Unit with Floorhead)2.65 Kg3.05 Kg
Weight (Hand Unit Only)1.7 Kg2 Kg

Winner: Dyson v10

Accessories

There are some differences in the tools that come with each vacuum cleaner. This table will be able to show you everything that comes with the V10 and V11, as well as any model restrictions that might accompany them.

 Dyson v10Dyson V11
Torque FloorheadNoYes (AbsoluteOnly)
Tool ClipNoYes
Direct Drive FloorheadYesYes (Animal Only)
Fluffy FloorheadYes (Absolute/Total Clean)Yes (Absolute Only)
Mini Motorised ToolYesYes
Combination ToolYesYes
Stubborn Dirt BrushYesYes
Crevice ToolYesYes
Mattress ToolYes (Total Clean Only)No
Up-Top AdaptorYes (Total Clean Only)No
Docking StationYesYes

Winner: Dyson v10

Why does the V10 win here? Well, while both have an equal number of tools, there are some that just make the V10 a little better. I like the Torque cleaning head more than the Direct Drive, but I also wish that we could have had the mattress tool and up-top adaptor with the V11 models. They are exceptionally handy to have, and once you try them you will wonder how you coped before.

When you Should Buy the V10?

So, when should you buy the V10? Which situation makes it the best choice for you and your home. Here are my key points.

  1. If you live in a flat or small home, the run-time in standard mode of 20 minutes is adequate time to get the job done.
  2. If you have a majority of hard floors, the soft roller(fluffy) really is great on these type delicate surfaces and the V11 doesn’t come with this.
  3. Price – The price can be a key factor for a lot of us, so if budet rules for you, then of course the V10 wins the day.

Check out the latest price for the V10 range here or visit our Dyson deals page to compare all the best online retailers to see what offers are available.

When you Should Buy the V11?

The V11 is the winner for most of the sections in this guide, and that’s because it is packed with new tech and enhanced cleaning power ( and a lumpier price tag)

Here are my reasons why you should pick the V11 over the V10

  1. If you live in a larger home or heavy traffic the extra 20 minutes in standard mode runtime that the V11 has over the V10 makes this model a no-brainer.
  2. If you have pets and kids and have alot of carpet areas that need a bit more than a flick over with the vacuum, the extra power from the increased Air Flow the V11 has will be a huge help.
  3. Tech – If you love a bit of tech, then the LCD display and gadgetry along with the auto adjusting Torque floorhead will leave you very impressed.

Check out the latest price for the V11 range here or visit our Dyson deals page to compare all the best online retailers to see what offers are available.

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