Dyson V11 vs. Dyson V10: Is The Newest Model Worth The Money?

April 4, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

Dyson has launched the newest model -  Dyson V11. The vacuum cleaner is claimed to be the most powerful and long-lasting on the market. Is the Dyson capable of deep clean high-pile carpets and rugs? 

When looking for a decent cordless robot vacuum, you will most likely stumble upon on Dyson. And there are a few reasons for that: Dyson produces powerful devices that are lightweight and maneuverable. The latest cleaners from the model line are the best in the industry. We don't know another cordless vacuum that would perform as good as the Dyson V10/V11 do. You could say that a few years back those machines were additional devices for your home-based vacuum but times changed. The Dyson V10 and V11 can easily compete with the traditional vacuum in terms of cleaning performance. If you want to have a closer look at the newest model, feel free to read our Dyson V11 review.

Today we are going to talk about the best stick vacuum cleaners in the industry: Dyson V10 and V11. How is the latest model different from the Dyson V10? Are all the improvement worth the price? Which one would suit your surface better? 

Dyson V10 vs. V11 Absolute Features

Dyson V10 Absolute
Dyson V11 Absolute
Dyson V11 Absolute
Power Watt 150 W 185 W
Suction Power (high) 41 cfm 59 cfm
Suction Power (low) 18 cfm 30 cfm
Battery Life 60 min 70 min
Charging Time 210 min 270 min
Dustbin Capacity 760 ml 760 ml
HEPA Filter yes Yes
Washable Filter Yes Yes
Suction Power N/A 28,000 Pa
Battery Type Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Nickel Cobalt Aluminum
Noise Level 75 dB 68 dB
Working Modes Eco, Auto, Boost Eco, Auto, Boost
Weight 5.90 lbs 6.68 lbs
Nozzle Width 10.1 in 9.8 in
Length 49 in 50.6 in
Warranty 24 months 24 months
LCD Display No Yes
Countdown Timer No Yes
Dynamic Load Sensor (DLS) system No Yes
Price ~$500 --

Let's compare the Dyson V11 vs. Dyson V10. Are the extra features worth paying more? 

Dyson V10 vs. Dyson V11 tests & comparison

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The Dyson V10 and V11 battery life

  Low power settings Medium power settings High power settings
Dyson V10 46-61 minutes 26-30 minutes 5-9 minutes
Dyson V11 66-81 minutes 39-43 minutes 8-14 minutes

*the difference between cleaning time depends on the extra tool you use

With the Dyson V11 you get ~60-70 minutes of battery life. The V11 is perfect for bigger homes

What features the Dyson V10 and V11 share

Even though there are a few improvements, the Dyson V10 and V11 have a lot in common. 

  • HEPA filtration

Dyson V10 and V11 filtration system

Both Dyson V10 and V11 are perfect for allergy and asthma sufferers thanks to HEPA filtration that catches up to 99.9% of allergens and pollen in the air. Because of the new design, that includes an airtight gasket around the vacuum cleaner cyclone assembly and a pressurized rubber seal around the advanced filter, the whole filtration system is fully sealed which prevents allergens and pollens leaking back into the air. 100% safe for an allergy and asthma sufferers. The HEPA filter is washable.

With HEPA filtration, the Dyson V10 and V11 are safe for those who suffer from an allergy or asthma

  • Dustbin size

Both Dysons have a reasonable big dustbin that holds up to 760 ml of dust and dirt. It empties by one simple action. 

  • Wall-hanging charging base

The charging base allows keeping the vacuum on a wall and holds two extra tools. It makes the cleaner always ready to start. 

  • Torque Drive head

Torque Drive head Dyson V10 and V11

The Dyson V11 comes equipped with the same torque drive head. It drives stiff nylon bristles into carpets to capture deep-down dirt. The head performs great on carpet flooring and bare floor as well, yet struggles with biggest particulars like cereal, etc. 

The Torque Drive Head is ideal for carpet cleaning

  • Almost the same accessories kit

The Dyson V11 has all the same accessories in the box as the Dyson V10 Animal plus the V11 has a stubborn dirt brush. 

So far, the Dyson V11 Absolute is not available on the US market, which means lack of a soft-roller head for bare floor the Dyson V10 Absolute comes with. 

  • Three cleaning modes

The max (boost) mode provides the most airpower but drains the battery much faster. 

Both models come with three cleaning modes for different cleaning needs

What are the differences between the Dyson V11 and V10?

Now let's go to the differences between the two. 

Dyson V10

Even the Dyson V10 has enough of accessories in the box; the V11 beats it having one cleaning tool more. It makes the Dyson suitable not only for floor cleaning but also for other cleaning needs. 

As we talked in our Dyson model comparison chart, the V10 has three options: Motorhead, Animal, and Absolute

The Motorhead is more suitable for carpet cleaning and doesn't work as good on bare floor, especially when it comes to bigger debris. 

The Animal is better for pet owners. It comes with more extra accessories, and it has a different cleaning head than the Motorhead does. 

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Dyson Cyclone V10 Cleaning

The Dyson V10 Absolute has all the same accessories as the Animal version, plus a soft-roller head for hard floor cleaning. 

Dyson claims that the V10 has a motor that has the most powerful suction of any cord-free vacuum. And it is a truth; the V10 was the most powerful cordless vacuum cleaner on the market before the V11 had been launched. 

The Dyson digital motor V10 spins at up to 125,000rpm which generates the suction power of a full-size vacuum. It has 150 AW when the boost mode is on which is pretty impressive.

The Dyson V10 has 41/18 cfm of power in high and low mode respectively. For instance, the best cordless models in the industry have:

  • Tineco A11: 38/27 cfm
  • Tineco PURE ONE S12: 43/26 cfm
  • Dyson V11: 59/30 cfm.

Strong suction, long runtime, lightweight, the Dyson V10 is one of the best in the industry of cordless vacuum cleaners. 

Dyson V11

The Dyson V11 has three options: Animal, Torque Drive, and Absolute. The last one is not available in the US so far.

The Dyson V11 is equipped with a display that reports run time and machine performance

Difference between the Animal and Torque Drive is lack of mini dusting brush in the Animal which not a big deal, and the screen type. 

The Animal has a more basic display with no countdown timer. 

The Dyson V11 motor generates 20% more powerf than the Dyson V10 vacuum

Last but not least, the Dyson V11 Absolute comes with all extra tools like the Torgue Drive and the extra roller brush for bare floor cleaning.

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Dyson V11 Cleaning

Because of surface detection, the Dyson V11 is more intelligent than its predecessor. This sensor helps to save battery life since with the oldest models you had to turn off the max mode manually. The V11 does it automatically. 

The Dynamic Load Sensor (DLS) technology intelligently changes the motor speed between hard floors and carpets providing deeper cleaning on carpeted surfaces

Longer battery life makes it more suitable for big houses. 

The screen gives you handy notifications and performance details, which is useful when using the cleaner. 

Dyson V11 display

Both Dyson models are easy to turn into handheld if needed. 

To sum it up: which Dyson to buy? 

Both models do a superb job on both: carpet and bare floor. 

Even though the Dyson V10 is older and has less suction power, it is enough to provide deep cleaning on carpets. 

Yes, the Dyson V11 ensures more power even on medium power settings, it only means that you most likely will have to go over the dirty spot a few times with the Dyson V10. 

If you live in a big house, have pets that shed like crazy, your home is mostly covered with carpets including high-pile ones - the Dyson V11 would be perfect for you. In addition, you get surface recognization and a useful display. 

If you are not ready to spend extra and don't need extra power - get the Dyson V10. Its power is more than enough to clean hard floor, carpet and get rid of pet hair even on high-pile carpets. 

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