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Dyson Outsize Absolute+ Review

Outsize Coverage + Power with More Technology

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Dyson Outsize Absolute+

The Dyson Outsize Absolute+ takes a lot of the great things about the original V11 Outsize and adds in new technology developed in the Dyson V15. The result is a Dyson cordless with up to a 120-minute run time, a 0.5 gallon dust bin capacity, laser enabled soft roller brushroll, and a wider cleaning path compared to older V Series Dysons.Check Price

Pros

  • Bigger Torque Drive cleaning head. 25% wider than the V11 Torque Drive; 12.5″ wide
  • Bigger dust bin. 150% bigger than V11 Torque Drive; 0.5-gallon capacity
  • Stronger suction. Up to 220 AW on Boost mode (V11 is 185 AW, V10 is 140 AW)
  • Laser Fluffy cleaning head. Shines a laser on the floor to help make hard to see dust visible

Cons

  • One of the most expensive vacuums on the market
  • Some users may find it too big and heavy

Scoring

A Cordless With Extra Everything
  • Design - 100%
    100%
  • Performance - 99%
    99%
  • Quality - 95%
    95%
  • Usability - 100%
    100%
  • Value - 95%
    95%
98%

Summary

The Dyson Outsize Absolute+ is a cordless vacuum cleaner designed to be bigger, more powerful, and include extra at every turn. It has 220 AW of suction power, the 2nd most of any cordless stick vacuum on the market (2nd only to the Dyson V15). It has a 0.5 gallon dust bin, which is larger than every other cordless stick vacuum bin we’ve seen. The Outsize Absolute+ includes 2 powerful cleaning heads, the High Torque XL and Laser Fluffy soft roller head. The High Torque XL is 25% wider than a typical width, giving you a 12.5″ cleaning path. The Laser Fluffy head has a laser for illuminating dust, it’s easy to remove, and washable. You couple these factors with a digital display, 2-in-1 design, and tons of attachments, it’s the cordless vacuum that does everything.

🧪 Performance

We haven’t tested the Outsize Absolute+ model yet. However, we have tested the Dyson Outsize. Based on the hardware and specs, the Outsize and Outsize Absolute+ appear to be functionally identical.

Both of these vacuums have the same:

  • Suction power
  • Cyclone count
  • In-line configuration
  • Cleaning modes

The only difference is a couple of attachments and an aesthetic color change. In addition, the High Torque cleaning head has a minor design change over the previous generation (we discuss below).

So without further ado, let’s dive right into the performance data of the Dyson Outsize.

Overall

99%

Hardwood

99%

Low Carpet

99%

High Carpet

100%

Overall, the performance on multiple floor types was excellent—99% or higher. We ran all of these tests on Boost modes except for high pile carpet.

On high pile carpet, we noticed that the suction was actually a bit too strong and made it hard for the vacuum to get on top of larger debris, causing a dip in performance.

Cleaning low pile carpet with the Dyson V11 Outsize
Cleaning low pile carpet with the Dyson V11 Outsize

But when we alternated between Boost and Eco mode, performance was greatly improved and it was able to clean all of the debris we tested.

Here is a breakdown of each floor type:

Hardwood Floor Cleaning

When cleaning hardwoods, the performance was fantastic. It didn’t have any noticeable problems cleaning and all of the debris was captured easily.

Cereal

99%

Kitty Litter

99%

Rice

99%

Sugar

100%

Dyson V11 Outsize cleaning tests on hardwood floors
Dyson V11 Outsize cleaning tests on hardwood floors

Low Carpet Cleaning

When cleaning low carpet, we saw similar results, nearly 100% of all debris types were cleaned. Again, no complaints or noticeable issues.

Cereal

100%

Kitty Litter

100%

Rice

100%

Sugar

99%

Dyson V11 Outsize cleaning low pile carpet
Dyson V11 Outsize cleaning low pile carpet

High Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning high pile carpet was the only floor type where we needed to modify our testing strategy a bit.

All other tests were run on Boost mode, but we noticed that when we were on Boost Mode, the suction was too high and the cleaning head couldn’t get on top of large debris, namely cereal.

So we ran the test a second time, this time alternating between Boost and Eco mode for different debris types. With this small change, we noticed a drastic improvement in performance.

Here’s what the testing lane looked like when only using Boost mode.

Dyson V11 Outsize high pile carpet cleaning tests
Dyson V11 Outsize high pile carpet cleaning test #1

Here are the results of the initial test:

Cereal

0%

Kitty Litter

100%

Rice

86%

Sugar

99%

And here are the results when alternating between Boost and Eco mode.

Dyson V11 Outsize Large Debris Test
Dyson V11 Outsize Large Debris Test

The results below reflect the modified tests:

Cereal

100%

Rice

100%

Run Time

Dyson states that each battery can run for up to 60 minutes or up to 120 minutes for both batteries. We put the Dyson Outsize to the test in a real world test to determine how long each mode can run for.

  • Boost mode: 7 minutes and 15 seconds
  • Auto mode: 48 minutes and 5 seconds
  • Eco mode: 81 minutes and 5 seconds

Each test was conducted with the High Torque XL cleaner head. These tests were conducted on a single battery. So you can effectively double them if you were to use both batteries.

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🧬 Design

The design of the Dyson Outsize Absolute+ feels like a bit of a mix between the technology of the new V15, but with the larger size of the original Outsize.

This larger size covers up to 25% more than older model V Series Dysons, meaning you can clean the same square footage in less time.

Dyson Outsize Absolute+ vs. V11 Outsize

Outsize Absolute+

Dyson Outsize Absolute+

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V11 Outsize

Dyson V11 Outsize stick vacuum

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Both of these Dyson Outsize models have the same:

  • Size
  • Max suction power (220 AW)
  • Cleaning modes (eco, auto, boost)
  • Wider cleaning path (12.5″)
  • Dust bin capacity (0.5 gallons / approx. 7 cups dry debris)

Upgrade of the Absolute+ over original Outsize includes:

  • Laser light: A Fluffy cleaning head with laser light is also included with the Absolute+ that can make it easier to see particles on the floor as you clean. This modified cleaning head is also lower profile than the cleaning head on the original Outsize.

The Cleaning Heads

The Outsize Absolute+ comes with two cleaning heads, similar cleaning heads that are found on the V15 Detect, but with one difference.

Fluffy Cleaning Head

Dyson V15 laser under lit conditions

High Torque XL Cleaning Head

  • The Laser Slim Fluffy cleaning head on the Absolute+ is the exact same head as what you’ll get on the V15 model.
  • The High Torque XL cleaning head on the Outsize Absolute+ is about 25% wider than the High Torque head for the Dyson V15, as well as previous models like the V11 or V10.

The High Torque XL cleaning head is the same width as the Torque Drive cleaning head on the V11 Outsize / Outsize.

Torque Drive cleaning head: Dyson V11 (left) vs. V11 Outsize (right)
Torque Drive cleaning head: Dyson V11 (left) vs. V11 Outsize (right)

However, it does have the advantage of including anti-tangle polycarbonate teeth for better performance.

The Cyclones

The Outsize Absolute+ uses the same cyclonic cleaning that Dyson is known for. These cyclones are designed to spin air at incredibly fast rates, creating stronger, fade-free suction power.

Dyson V15 (left) vs. Dyson Outsize Absolute+ (right)
Dyson V15 (left) vs. Dyson Outsize Absolute+ (right)

It has a 2-tier system made up of 18 cyclones, which is 4 more cyclones than what you’ll find on the original Dyson V11.

Suction Power

The suction power on the Outsize Absolute+ varies depending on which mode is used. There are three cleaning modes—Boost, Auto, and Eco.

Suction levels at each mode are as follows:

  • Boost: 220 AW
  • Auto: 49.5 AW
  • Eco: 24.9 AW

Digital Display

The digital display on the Outsize Absolute+ matches the display that is found on the back of the Outsize and V11 Torque Drive.

It can be used to:

  • Change current cleaning mode
  • View remaining run time
  • See maintenance alerts
Dyson V11 Outsize display shows remaining run time
Dyson V11 Outsize display shows remaining run time

Displays for each cleaning mode and maintenance alerts are clear and intuitive. You can check out how those screens look below.

Dyson V15 display screen
Dyson V15 display screen

You can easily cycle through the modes or display screens by pressing the button on the bottom of the display.

Size & Dimensions

The Dyson Outsize Absolute+ is the same size as the regular Dyson Outsize / V11 Outsize. It’s of similar height to the other V Series Dysons, but virtually everything else about this vacuum is physically larger and heftier than non-Outsize models.

Dyson V11 Outsize size
Dyson V11 Outsize size

Here are the exact dimensions of the Dyson Outsize Absolute+.

  • Length: 50.63″
  • Width (cleaning head): 12.5″
  • Weight: 5.4 lbs
  • Dust bin capacity: 0.5 gallons or approximately 7.5 cups of dry debris.

To accommodate the oversize dust bin, the Outsize Absolute+ uses a slightly shorter wand compared to non-Outsize models.

Parts & Accessories

What attachments and accessories does the Outsize Absolute+ come with?

Well, as the name suggests this model comes with absolutely everything you think you may need.

Dyson Outsize Absolute+ hair screw tool
Dyson Outsize Absolute+ hair screw tool

With the max number of tools and accessories, you can rest assured that the Absolute+ will be prepared for virtually any cleaning job.

The complete list of parts and accessories includes:

  • Laser Slim Fluffy cleaner head
  • High Torque XL cleaner head
  • Hair screw tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Stubborn dirt brush
  • Mini soft dusting brush
  • Combination tool
  • Wand clip
  • Docking station
  • Charger
  • Additional charger
  • Additional battery

Laser Slim Fluffy Cleaning Head (new)

Dyson V15 laser cleaning head

High Torque Cleaning Head (new)

Dyson High Torque cleaning head

Hair Screw Tool (new)

Dyson hair screw tool

Crevice Tool

Dyson V15 crevice tool

Stubborn Dirt Brush

Dyson V15 Stubborn dirt brush

Charger

Dyson V Series charger

Docking Station

Dyson V15 docking station

Wand Clip

Dyson V15 wand clip

Soft Dusting Brush

  1. Mini motorized brush tool: includes a small brush bar to clean hair and ground-in dirt
  2. Crevice tool: a long narrow tool that helps to reach in between nooks or crannies, like next to furniture, between couch cushions, or car interiors.
  3. Combination tool: works as a short crevice tool or soft dusting brush
  4. HEPA filter: a washable filter that captures fine particulate and prevents the vacuum from recirculating it back into the air
  5. Click-in battery pack: two batteries are included that allows you to always be charging a battery while the other one is in use
  6. Dusting brushes (x2): includes one soft dusting brush for wood furniture or delicate items as well as a stiffer dusting brush to break down more stubborn dirt
  7. Docking station: a wall-mounted station that holds the vacuum and two tools
  8. Charger: plugs into the back of the vacuum for a quick charge and also charges the quick-release click-in batteries when not in use

Click-in Battery

The Outsize Absolute+ uses a click-in battery that snaps into the base of the handheld unit. Click-in batteries are fairly new to the Dyson lineup, starting with the V11 model.

Click-in battery for the Dyson V11
Click-in battery for the Dyson V11

They’re convenient and easy to use, allowing you to buy extra batteries and use them interchangeably, increasing available run time.

👍 Usability

The setup of the Outsize Absolute+ is basically identical to other preceding Dyson V Series stick vacuums.

Factors on this vacuum which improve overall usability include:

  • Cordless design, up to 120-minute run time
  • Click-in battery, interchangeable (qty: 2)
  • Quick-release attachment design
  • 2-in-1 conversion between stick vac and handheld

Initial Setup

Setting up the Dyson Outsize Absolute+ is relatively simple and intuitive. Once the package arrives, you can follow the steps below. From boxed to being ready to clean, the whole setup process should take about 5 minutes or so.

To get started:

  1. Unbox the vacuum and remove all packaging.
  2. Charge the battery packs fully prior to first use.
  3. Once charged, click in the battery into the vacuum.
Click the battery into the base of the V11 Outsize
Click the battery into the base of the V11 Outsize

From this point, you can select your desired attachments to the turn the vacuum into a stick vacuum or a handheld.

  • To use as a handheld, simply attach cleaning tools directly (like the crevice tool, mini-motorized cleaning head, dusting brush, etc.)
  • To use as a stick vacuum, attach the extension wand and then a cleaning head—either the Fluffy head or the High Torque XL head.

Daily Use

The daily use of the Outsize Absolute+ boils down to a lot of flexibility and swapping of tools. It’s easy to use, cordless, and designed to easily swap configurations as your cleaning jobs change.

Maneuverability

I will say that I preferred to use the Outsize in stick vac mode mostly.

As a handheld, it’s pretty heavy (relatively speaking) and the larger dust bin can be a lot to manage, making it feel a little awkward.

But again, the benefits of the Outsize are definitely more power and more capacity so the argument could be made that users who prefer the Outsize, don’t mind the added bulk because it’s somewhat expected.

🔧 Maintenance

Maintenance on the Dyson Outsize Absolute+ is consistent with other V-Series Dysons and boils down to a short list of tasks:

  1. Empty the dust bin
  2. Wash the filter
  3. Watch the brushroll
  4. Recharge the batteries

1. Empty the Dust Bin

The dust bin on the Absolute+ holds up to 0.5 gallons so you likely don’t need to empty as often as you would other models. To empty it, simply slide the red level on the side to open the dust bin hatch and push the debris out.

Emptying the dust bin of the Dyson V11 Outsize
Emptying the dust bin of the Dyson V11 Outsize

2. Wash the Filter

Like most other Dysons, the filter is fully washable. Simply rinse clean with cool water and leave it out to dry for 24 hours. Dyson recommends doing this monthly.

Dyson V11 Outsize washable HEPA filter
Dyson V11 Outsize washable HEPA filter

3. Watch the Brushroll

Both the Fluffy cleaning head as well as the High Torque Drive XL head are designed to prevent tangles and clogs, but it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on it.

Dyson V15 Fluffy soft cleaning head
Dyson V15 Fluffy soft cleaning head

If hairs do tangle, you can generally pull them out with your hand or if they are tightly wound, use scissors to clip away the hairs.

4. Recharge (or replace) Batteries

The Outsize Absolute+ comes with two click-in batteries, which limit the frequency you’ll need to worry about replacing them.

Click-in battery on the Dyson V15

You can use one while you charge the other, which also can provide longer run times if you’re concerned about that.

Maintenance Alerts

In addition to the tips above, you can also receive maintenance tips from the digital display, which will let you know when something is amiss.

📰 Dyson Outsize Absolute+ Specifications

Specifications 
TypeStick
ManufacturerDyson
ModelOutsize Absolute+
Length50.6"
Width12.5"
Height10.3"
Weight7.85 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
Dust Bin Capacity1.89 L / 0.5 gallons / ~7 cups dry debris
CordlessYes
BaglessYes
ReturnsVaries by retailer
Warranty2-Year limited
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🥇Should you buy the Dyson Outsize Absolute+?

I would recommend the Dyson Outsize Absoute+ if you’re looking for the following in a stick vacuum:

  • XL capacity: The Dyson Outsize Absolute+ offers XL dust bin capacity, incredibly high suction, and a long run time. All of these are more than what you’d typically see in a standard cordless stick vacuum.
  • Laser light on cleaning head: The Fluffy cleaning head has a laser light integrated into the design of the head itself. When used, it illuminated the floor with a bright green light that can make it easier to see particles and other debris as you clean.
  • 2 Hour Run Time: With 2 batteries you can get get around a 2 hour run time. For even the largest homes that should be more than sufficient.

Click here to read more or check the price on the Dyson Outsize Absolute+ cordless stick vacuum.

ChangeLog

  • April 15, 2021 – Corrected 2 errors. One where we said this model has a particle sensor and one where we said it had the more advanced display. It has neither of these features, they are only available on the V15.
  • April 6, 2021 – Initial version of the page was published. Initial version is a pre-test review, meaning we have not yet personally tested this exact model yet. We have tested the Dyson V11 Outsize, which is functionally identical to the Outsize Absolute+. The differences are fairly minor and mostly attachments / tools, most of which we have tested.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ModernCastle.com. He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider, Realtor.com, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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2 Comments on “Dyson Outsize Absolute+ Review”

  1. I don’t believe the Outsize Absolute+ has the Piezo sensor, therefore not having the same screen as the V15. Their website gives no mention of this and I even did a chat – they said the display is the same as the normal Outsize and it does not have the sensor. They said it is essentially the same as the normal Outsize but includes the fluffy head. Which makes sense, as that is inline with what Dyson normally does for their “absolute” models, they just include the extra head. You should probably revise your review of it, as it is definitely misleading. Cheers!

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    • Hey Neil,

      Thanks for bringing that error to my attention. You’re right. The Outsize Absolute+ does not have the particle sensor or the more advanced display. My apologies for that error.

      I’ve corrected the error and updated the page.

      Sorry for any confusion!