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Dyson Outsize Review

Dyson cordless with the power of an upright

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Dyson Outsize

The Dyson Outsize is extremely similar to the V11 Outsize, but with a few minor improvements. It has a newer High Torque XL cleaning head, a wider cleaning path than non-Outsize Dysons, and a large dust bin capacity. It comes with 2 batteries for extended run times and has three suction levels to choose from—Boost, Auto, and Eco.Check Price

Pros

  • Digital display on the back of the machine
  • Larger dust bin capacity (0.5 gallons)
  • Advanced High Torque XL cleaning head with polycarbonate teeth (12.5″ wide)

Cons

  • More expensive price point
  • A little awkward to handle as a handheld
  • May have too much suction on high pile carpet for some larger debris

Scoring

The Cordless Vac With More of Everything
  • 98%
    Design - 98%
  • 98%
    Performance - 98%
  • 95%
    Quality - 95%
  • 99%
    Usability - 99%
  • 96%
    Value - 96%
97%

Summary

The Dyson Outsize is a larger, more powerful stick vacuum with over twice the dust bin capacity, more suction, and a wider cleaning path than older V Series models. It includes a newer cleaning head that is designed to prevent tangles from pet hair (or human hair). The specifications closely match that of the V11 Outsize so cleaning performance could be expected to be similar.

Table of Contents

🧪 Performance

The performance of the Dyson Outsize can be broken down into three different performance tests:

  1. Cleaning performance
  2. Motor performance (suction)
  3. Run time performance

Cleaning Performance Results

The summary of our cleaning performance tests come as a result of running 12 different tests. That includes four different debris types (cereal, rice, kitty litter, and sugar) and three different floor types (engineered hardwoods, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet).

This provides a nice well-rounded summary of areas where the Outsize excels and areas where it may struggle.

Here is a list of our findings:

Overall

99%

Hardwood

99%

Low Carpet

99%

High Carpet

100%

Please note, our data is based on the V11 Outsize, which is identical in function to other Outsize models, including Dyson Outsize, Outsize Absolute+, V11 Outsize Origin, and other similar Outsize models.

Hardwood Floor Cleaning

On hardwoods, the performance was exceptional. It captured all debris types and had an average performance of 99%.

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

On low carpet, the results were also nearly flawless, where it captured almost 100% of every debris type.

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

On high pile carpet, we did notice one issue with cleaning large debris. The first time we ran this test, we did so using Boost mode, which uses the maximum amount of suction.

With high pile carpet, 220 AW is just too much suction and it caused the carpet fibers to be pulled so tightly against the cleaning head that it wasn’t able to get on top of the larger debris to clean it up.

Dyson V11 Outsize high pile carpet cleaning tests
Dyson V11 Outsize high pile carpet cleaning tests

The solution was to switch to Eco periodically, which reduced the suction power so that the cleaning head could capture all debris.

Making this small adjustment improved the cleaning score of large debris from 43% debris cleaned to 100% of debris cleaned.

Here are the results of the initial test:

Cereal

0%

Kitty Litter

100%

Rice

86%

Sugar

99%

Rerunning this test with the changes mentioned above resulted in the following updated performance:

Cereal

100%

Rice

100%

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

Motor Performance (Suction)

The Outsize has a motor that generates up to 125,000 rpm when it’s cleaning. It uses a form of cyclonic cleaning, which spins air to generate suction power.

Cyclonic cleaning on the Outsize isn’t new to Dyson, but this model does include more cyclones than we usually see. This is likely due to the larger dust bin and it simply taking more cyclones to encircle the body of the vacuum.

The Outsize uses a two-tier cyclone system that has 18 total cyclones.

Cyclones on the Dyson V11 Outsize
Cyclones on the Dyson V11 Outsize

For comparison, the V15 and V11 Torque Drive only have 14 cyclones in the same system.

Cyclones vs. Suction

So from here, the next leading question would naturally be: how does cyclone count affect suction power?

Seemingly it doesn’t.

The Dyson Outsize has a max suction power of 220 AW and the new Dyson V15 Detect, which uses a 14-cyclone system has a max suction power of 230 AW.

Sometimes, max suction isn’t always needed. For times when you want to conserve energy, Dyson allows for three variable suction levels—Boost, Auto, and Eco.

On Boost, it utilizes the maximum amount of suction power, which can be good for cleaning high traffic areas. Auto is a good mid-range level and Eco is good for hard surface cleaning—like hardwoods, tile, or vinyl.

Run Time Performance

Higher suction levels also mean shorter run times since the vacuum has to work harder to generate said suction. You can see in the table below the correlation between cleaning mode, suction power, and max run time.

BoostAutoEco
Suction Power220 AW49.5 AW24.9 AW
Max Run Time7 mins48 mins81 mins

NOTE: These run time tests were completed using one battery and run to completion on each separate suction power levels. Personal results may vary based on floor type, cleaning tools attached, etc.

What does Dyson say?

Dyson states that each battery can run for up to 60 minutes and since the Dyson Outsize comes with 2 batteries, that provides a max run time of up to 120 minutes.

Nevertheless, our in-house run time tests showed a max run time of 81 minutes on Eco mode. 12 minutes longer than Dyson’s 1 hour estimate.

🧬 Design

The design of the Dyson Outsize feels identical to the Dyson V11 Outsize. The only difference is the color.

The larger body allows for a larger dust bin capacity, wider cleaning path, and longer run times.

The Outsize variant of Dyson starts to feel more and more like a traditional upright (in terms of power), but retains the flexible convenience of a cordless stick vacuum.

Cleaning Head

The Dyson Outsize comes with one cleaning head:

  1. High Torque XL cleaning head

This cleaning head includes the anti-tangle polycarbonate teeth that were launched with the V15 model, as an improvement over the original V11 Outsize cleaning head.

Dyson Outsize High Torque XL cleaning head (with anti-tangle polycarbonate teeth)
Dyson Outsize High Torque XL cleaning head (with anti-tangle polycarbonate teeth)

Here is a close up view of the underside of the polycarbonate teeth.

Dyson V15 High Torque head
Dyson V15 High Torque head

Note: This photo shows the standard length cleaning head included with the V15, but you can see the teeth at the top of the head. As the brushroll rotates, debris is run through the teeth which can help to prevent tangles before being swept into the dust bin.

The Outsize has these same teeth but the overall width is also 25% wider.

What’s New?

Dyson V15 Fluffy soft cleaning head

Want the new Laser Slim Fluffly cleaning head with LED light? Go with the Dyson Outsize Absolute+. This isn’t extra-wide like the High Torque, but it does have the floor level LED light like the V15 for better visibility of smaller particles. Read our Outsize Absolute+ review here.

LCD Digital Display

The display on the Outsize is identical to that of the Dyson V11 Torque Drive or V11 Outsize. Digital graphics communicate details like:

  1. Run time countdown
  2. Maintenance alerts
  3. Cleaning modes (manually or automatically selected)
Dyson V11 Outsize - LCD changing modes
Dyson V11 Outsize – LCD changing modes

To see the exact run time remaining, you can simply cycle through the modes until run-time is displayed. The run time will vary based on which mode the vacuum is in.

Dyson V11 Outsize display shows remaining run time
Dyson V11 Outsize display shows remaining run time

How big is the Dyson Outsize?

The Outsize is larger than other models of the Dyson V Series stick vacuum—about the same height, but wider and heavier than other models we’ve tested.

The exact dimensions are 50.63″ high x 12.5″ wide x 10.3″ depth:

Length

50.63″

Width

12.5″

Weight

7.9 lbs

Dust Bin

1.89 L

It’s essentially a more decked out version of the Dyson V11 Torque Drive:

OutsizeV11
Larger dust bin capacity1.89 L0.77 L
Heavier in-hand weight (when used as a handheld)5.4 lbs4.2 lbs
More cyclones18 cyclones14 cyclones
Wider cleaning path12.5″10″

The dust bin is also longer and wider than the original V11 as well as the newer V15 model. To accommodate this, it uses a shorter extension wand, which keeps the overall height the same among V Series Dysons.

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

Parts & Accessories

What does the Outsize come with? The complete list of parts and accessories right out of the box includes the following items.

  • Hair Screw tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Combination tool
  • High Torque XL cleaning head
  • Extension wand (with clip)
  • Stubborn dirt brush
  • Soft dusting brush
  • Washable filter
  • Charger (qty: 2)
  • Click-in battery (qty: 2)
  • Wall mount

Hair Screw Tool

Dyson hair screw tool

Crevice Tool

Dyson V11 Outsize crevice tool

Combination Tool

Dyson V11 Outsize combination brush

High Torque XL

Dyson High Torque cleaning head

Click-In Battery

Dyson wand for stick vacuums

Dusting Brushes

Accessory brushes for the Dyson V11 Outsize

Washable Filter

Dyson V11 Outsize washable HEPA filter

Click-In Battery

Click-in battery for the Dyson V11

Wall Mount

Dyson wall mount
  1. Hair Screw tool: includes a tapered screw-like brush that cleans hair and draws it in, while simultaneously preventing tangles. (This tool replaces the older mini-motorized tool from past models).
  2. Crevice tool: a long narrow tool that helps to reach in 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. High Torque XL cleaning head: good for multi-floor cleaning with mixed spiral bristles and polycarbonate teeth to help prevent tangles
  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. HEPA filter: a washable filter that captures fine particulate and prevents the vacuum from recirculating it back into the air
  8. Charging cables: plugs into the back of the vacuum for a quick charge and also charges the quick-release click-in batteries when not in use
  9. Wall mount: wall-mounted docking station that holds the vacuum and two tools

The Battery

The click-in battery is easy to use and simply clicks into the body of the vacuum. This Outsize comes with two batteries which doubles the available run time.

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

When the battery is drained, it’ll take approx 4.5 hours to fully charge.

👍 Usability

The setup for the Dyson Outsize is basic and straight to the point, as it is with most other Dyson V Series vacuums.

From “in the box” to “ready to clean”, here is a quick list of steps to take:

  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.

To use as an upright:

  1. Attach the extension wand to the handheld portion of the vacuum.
  2. Install the High Torque XL cleaning head.

To use as a handheld:

  1. Select a handheld cleaning tool (ie: crevice tool, dusting brush, hair screw tool, etc.)
  2. Snap the accessory into the end of the handheld vacuum, using the accessory clip as a guide.

For extended-reach cleanings, you can opt to use the wand in handheld mode, but I do add the disclaimer that the wand makes the vacuum a little awkwardly long when used as a handheld.

Maintenance Alerts

There is a display on the back of the Outsize that will alert you of certain maintenance alerts.

Check the LCD screen for maintenance alerts before or after cleaning cycles
Check the LCD screen for maintenance alerts before or after cleaning cycles

In addition, here is a general list of regular maintenance tasks:

  1. Empty the dust bin, as needed. The larger dust bin does hold an impressive amount of debris so you won’t have to empty it as often as you would with an older V-Series vacuum.
  2. Wash the HEPA filter, as needed. The filter itself can be washed with cold water and allowed to dry for 24 hours. This helps keep maintenance costs low. Dyson recommends doing this monthly.
  3. Keep an eye on the brushroll. This cleaning head does have the anti-tangle teeth to help prevent clogs, but it’s always a good idea to watch for issues with the brushroll. If you notice something wrapping around the axel, address it immediately.
  4. Replace the battery, as needed. The Outsize comes with two click-in batteries, which limit the frequency you’ll need to worry about replacing them.

Run Times

Also, here is another summary of the run times and charging time with the Dyson Outsize:

Boost

7 mins

Auto

48 mins

Eco

81 mins

Charge Time

4.5 hrs

Please note, these run times are per battery. As a result, you can effectively double them if you use both batteries.

🔰 How It Compares

Wondering how the newest Dyson Outsize compares with other Outsize models? Check out our mini head-to-head comparison below:

Outsize vs. Outsize Absolute+ vs. V11 Outsize

Dyson Outsize vs. V11 Outsize: The differences between these two models are:

  • Color
  • Hair Screw tool included with the Outsize
  • Newer High Torque cleaning head with anti-tangle polycarbonate teeth with the Outsize

Dyson Outsize vs. Outsize Absolute+: The differences between these two models are:

  • Color
  • Laser Slim Fluffy cleaning head included with the Outsize Absolute+

Both the Outsize and Absolute+ include the same upgraded High Torque XL cleaning head for multi-floor cleaning, which includes anti-tangle polycarbonate teeth within the brushroll for better performance.

The V11 Outsize skips this design upgrade, but it does include the standard High Torque XL cleaning head (without the teeth).

Aside from these minor differences, all three of these vacuums have the same suction power, cleaning path width, and nearly identical performance.

📰 Specifications

SpecsDyson Outsize
TypeStick
ManufacturerDyson
ModelOutsize
Length50.6"
Width12.5"
Depth10.3"
Weight7.85 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
Dustbin Capacity1.89 L
Click In BatteryYes; 2 included
Run TimeUp to 120 mins
CordlessYes
BaglessYes
ReturnsVaries by retailer
Warranty2 Year limited
PriceCheck Price

🥇 Should you buy the Dyson Outsize?

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

  • Incredible Power: The Outsize has 220 AW of suction power. This is the 2nd most of any cordless vacuum on the market (2nd only to the Dyson V15).
  • XL Capacity: If you want a cordless vacuum that had over 2X the dust bin capacity compared to non-Outsize V Series models, this is an excellent option. This bin maxes out at 1.89 liters, 0.5 gallons, or ~7.5 cups of dry debris.
  • Interchangeable batteries: The Outsize includes two click-in batteries that make it easy to swap them out when one runs out of juice. When you use both batteries back-to-back that gets you a 2+ hour run time.
  • Extra-wide cleaning path: The Dyson Outsize has a cleaning path that is 25% wider than the path on the standard V Series models. In addition, it comes with the newer High Torque XL cleaning head with anti-tangle polycarbonate teeth. This is an improvement over the V11 Outsize standard High Torque cleaning head.

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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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