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Dyson V10 vs. V11

Derek Hales

Written By: Derek Hales

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In today’s vacuum battle, we’ll be comparing 2 of the best cordless vacuums on the market, the Dyson V10 vs. V11.

Which vacuum is better for you? Let’s find out now.

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Dyson V10
  • Suction: 140 AW
  • Run Time: ~60 mins.
  • Dustbin: 0.76 L
  • Weight: 5.8 lbs.
  • Cleaning: 99%
Dyson V
Dyson V11
  • Suction: 185 AW
  • Run Time: ~60 mins.
  • Dustbin: 0.76 L
  • Weight: 6.68 lbs.
  • Cleaning: 99%

Dyson V10 vs. V11 Differences

The Dyson V10 and Dyson V11 are cordless stick vacuums and part of Dyson’s V-series lineup. Both the V10 and V11 have a 60 minute run time and include a number of cleaning tools.

The V11 has a higher max suction (220 AW vs. 145 AW), a click-in battery system, and an intelligent brushroll.

Dyson V10 and Dyson V11
Dyson V10 & V11 in handheld mode.

Both the V10 and V11 use a multi-surface brushroll powered by a digital motor spinning up to 125,000 per minute. The design, long battery life, and powerful suction make the V10 and V11 two of the best cordless vacuums on the market.

The Dyson V10 released in March 2018 and the Dyson V11 released in March 2019.

The Dyson V10 is available in Absolute, Animal, & Motorhead versions. While the Dyson V11 is available in the Torque Drive, Animal, and Outsize.

Prefer to watch rather than read? You can find our full Dyson V10 vs. V11 video review below.

Cleaning Tests

At Modern Castle, we put all of the vacuums through our standard vacuum cleaning tests.

These cleaning tests are designed to test a vacuum’s range of cleaning performance, from large debris to small.

We perform a total of 12 debris tests, using 3 different flooring types and 4 types of debris. We test on engineered hardwoods, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet.

Dyson Cleaning Test Performance

Dyson V10


Dyson V11


For more detailed cleaning testing data please see our full review of the Dyson V10 here and the Dyson V11 here.

Hardwood Floor Cleaning

When cleaning hardwoods, the Dyson V10 and Dyson V11 were extremely similar.

Both models scored between 98-100% on all debris types, making either of these vacuums an excellent choice for vacuuming dry debris (of all sizes) from hardwood floors.

Dyson V10 Results



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Dyson V10 hardwood floor cleaning tests
Dyson V10 hardwood cleaning tests

Dyson V11 Results



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Dyson V11 hardwood cleaning results
Dyson V11 hardwood cleaning tests

Low Pile Carpet Cleaning

For the low pile carpet tests, we continued to see success from the V10 and V11 models, with the V10 capturing 99% of all debris types and the V11 getting a perfect score at 100%

Dyson V10 Results



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Dyson V10 low carpet cleaning test
Dyson V10 low carpet cleaning tests

Dyson V11 Results



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Dyson V11 low carpet cleaning performance
Dyson V11 low carpet cleaning performance

High Pile Carpet Cleaning

What else can we say? Cleaning performance, even on high pile carpet was simply astounding. Against all debris types, both the V10 and the V11 captured over 99% of debris.

Dyson V10 Results



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Dyson V10 high carpet cleaning test
Dyson V10 high carpet cleaning tests

Dyson V11 Results



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Dyson V11 high carpet cleaning performance
Dyson V11 high carpet cleaning performance

Run Time Tests

According to Dyson, both the V10 and V11 have up to a 60-minute run time. Dyson’s run time estimates are based on using the vacuum in low power with a non-motorized attachment.

You can see the full run time test results below:

Dyson V10

(in minutes)

  • Max Mode: 5:30
  • Normal Mode: 26:50
  • Eco Mode: 49:40

Dyson V11

(in minutes)

  • Max Mode: 7:30
  • Normal Mode: 47:40
  • Eco Mode: 82:45

**Run-time tests were completed with the Torque Drive for V10 and High Torque for V11

Design Compared

First up, let’s talk about the design differences.

The Design of both of the Dyson V10 and V11 are similar. They seem to be built on the same design platform.

The V10 and V11 use the same or similar:

  • Extension wand
  • Dust bin (exactly the same size)
  • Digital Motor (spinning up to 125,000 RPMs)
  • Multi-surface cleaning head (Torque Drive for V10 and High Torque for V11)
  • HEPA filter
  • Set of accessories and tools
Dyson V10 cordless vacuum
Dyson V10

Both vacuums use Dyson’s trigger switch, which powers the vacuum, but only while you hold the button down. This is designed to help preserve and extend battery life.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive cordless stick vacuum cleaner review
Dyson V11

The Dyson V10 and Dyson V11 are 2-in-1 vacuums. You can use the vacuum as a full-sized cordless stick vacuum or as a portable cordless handheld vacuum.

Dyson V10 vs. V11 in handheld mode
Dyson V10 vs. V11 in handheld mode

Since the launch of the Dyson V7, Dyson has used a quick release system for all of the V-series tools and attachments. The V10 and V11 use this same system.

Dyson V10 vs. V11
Dyson V10 (right) and Dyson V11 (left)

Perhaps the biggest update to the V11 compared to the Dyson V10 is an improvement in usability.

Digital Screen

The Dyson V11 adds a digital screen to the back of the V11 motor. Depending on which V11 sub-model you decide to go with, there are a few subtle differences.

  • V11 Torque Drive: The screen on the Torque Drive is LCD and it shows the current cleaning mode, remaining battery life (countdown in minutes), and short performance and maintenance videos.
  • V11 Animal: The screen on the Animal is LED and it shows the current cleaning mode, estimated remaining battery life (as a battery icon, not actual minutes). This model also does not include the performance or maintenance videos.
  • V11 Outsize: The screen on the Outsize is LCD and basically identical to the screen on the V11 Torque Drive.
Dyson V11 on vacuum display
Dyson V11 Torque Drive LCD display and cleaning modes

The Dyson V11 (in both sub-models) also has an intelligent suction mode. This allows the vacuum to increase / decrease suction based on what the cleaning surface requires.

Lastly, the Dyson V11 Torque Drive and Animal include a click-in battery. This makes replacing the battery in the future easier and also gives you the option for having a 2nd battery on-hand for longer run times.

How Does the V10 & V11 Clean?

Similar to older models in the Dyson V-series, both the V10 and V11 rely on Dyson’s patented cyclone cleaning system for powerful suction. Both vacuums use a 15-cyclone system, arranged across two tiers.

Unlike older models, which located the cyclones perpendicular to the extension wand (in the shape of a T), the cyclones of the V10 and V11 are designed in-line with the extension wand. This creates a more streamline look and (according to Dyson) better suction performance.

Dyson V10 and V11 cyclones
Dyson V10 and V11 cyclones

One of the biggest differences between the V10 and V11 is the soft roller head (aka fluffy head) included with the V10 Absolute.

Fluffy Cleaning Head

The Fluffy cleaning head was designed specifically for hard surfaces floors and does a better job of cleaning those floors as well as capturing large debris types. However, it’s only included with the V10 Absolute and isn’t included with any V11 models.

The V10 Absolute does a fantastic job at hardwoods and one of the best picks for cleaning hardwood floors (see our full guide for more).

Dyson V10 Fluffy soft roller cleaning head
Fluffy soft roller cleaning head

In all honesty, this is something that I feel is really lacking from the V11. With so many other great improvements that the V11 brings to the table, it seems a little unusual for Dyson to leave this cleaning head out of the package.

This is especially true because the attachment mechanism is virtually identical between the V10 and V11.

That said, you can purchase a soft roller head for the V10 and V11 separately here.

High Torque Cleaning Head

The V11’s primary (if only) brushroll is the High Torque cleaning head. It’s quite similar to the Torque Drive cleaning head included with the V10.

Dyson V11 cleaning head
Dyson V11 High Torque cleaning head

However, the biggest difference is it uses intelligent suction to adapt suction power to different floor types automatically. You can manually override it if you choose, but it’s a nice usability feature for many users.

Torque Drive Cleaning Head

The Dyson V10 includes the Torque Drive cleaning head. Both this, and the V11’s High Torque head, were significant upgrades to the Direct Drive head included on the V8.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive cleaning head
Dyson V11 – Torque Drive cleaning head

The Torque drive cleaning head uses a spiral brushroll that is better at agitating carpet fibers, while also being safe for hardwood floors.

Direct Drive Cleaning Head

As a side note, the Dyson V10 Motorhead does have a different cleaning head than the others.

Direct Drive cleaning head
Direct Drive cleaning head

It includes the Direct Drive cleaning head instead of Torque Drive. This cleaning head is also included with the Dyson V7 and Dyson V8. It removes 25% less dust and dirt than the Torque Drive cleaning head, according to Dyson.

The list below is a quick outline of which cleaning heads are included with each Dyson in the V10 and V11 series.

Dyson V10 vs. V11 Cleaning Heads

  • Dyson V10 Absolute: includes Torque Drive and Fluffy cleaning head
  • Dyson V10 Animal: includes Torque Drive cleaning head only
  • Dyson V10 Motorhead: includes Direct Drive cleaning head only
  • Dyson V11 Torque Drive: includes High Torque cleaning head only
  • Dyson V11 Animal: includes High Torque cleaning head only
  • Dyson V11 Outsize: includes High Torque XL cleaning head only (25% wider than original)

Both the V10 and V11 operate as a stick vacuum or portable handheld vacuum.

The conversion between stick to handheld is as easy as pushing one button to detach the cleaning head (and wand if desired) and snapping on the correct handheld attachment you want.

You can even use the motorized cleaning heads without the wand for great suction when cleaning upholstery or car interiors.

RELATED: Check out this quick read for the best car vacuum.

How big is the V10 & V11?

The difference in size between the Dyson V10 and V11 is quite slight. The biggest difference is that the V11 is about half a pound heavier and 0.75″ taller than the V10.

Dyson V10 Size

  • Height: 49.2″
  • Length: 9.8″
  • Depth: 10.1″
  • Weight: 5.9 lbs.

Dyson V11 Size

  • Height: 50.6″
  • Length: 9.8″
  • Depth: 10.3″
  • Weight: 6.68 lbs.

What accessories come with the V10 & V11?

Like most other categories we’ve reviewed so far, there’s just not a lot of differences between the Dyson V10 and Dyson V11 when it comes to accessories.

They both have nearly identical accessories and support the same functions.

AccessoryDyson V10Dyson V11
Wall mountYesYes
Direct-Drive brushrollMotorhead model onlyNo
Torque Drive brushrollAbsolute & Animal modelsNo
High Torque brushrollNoTorque Drive & Animal models
High Torque XL brushrollNoOutsize model only
Fluffy brushroll Absolute model onlyNo
Combination toolYesYes
Crevice toolYesYes
Dusting brushYesTorque Drive & Outsize models
Mini-motorized toolYesYes
Stubborn dirt brushNoYes

Please note: There may be other model variations depending on your country and special retailer SKUs not listed above. The Dyson V10 Motorhead, for example, is the least expensive and includes only basic accessories (crevice tool and combination tool).

Accessories included with the Dyson V10
Dyson V10 cleaning accessories

Dyson V10 & V11 Cleaning Heads

Remember too, there are differences in the cleaning head based on which model you select.

Between the V10 and the V11, there are different cleaning heads:

  • Direct Drive: offers 25% less suction than the Torque Drive; available on V10 Motorhead only
  • Torque Drive: spiral brushroll, great for cleaning deep carpets, but still gentle enough for hardwood floors; available on V10 Animal and V10 Absolute
  • High Torque: similar to the Torque Drive cleaning head, but uses intelligent suction
  • High Torque XL: same basic design as the original High Torque, but 25% wider (available on the V11 Outsize only)
  • Fluffy: uses a soft roller for gently cleaning hardwoods and capturing large debris; only available on the V10 Absolute. But you can purchase standalone here for other models.

Aside from the cleaning head, the physical accessories included are pretty similar between the two V10 and the V11.

Dyson V11 cordless vacuum - accessories
Dyson V11 cleaning accessories

Dyson Accessories Explained

Here is a quick rundown of the function of each accessories noted in the table above:

  • Charger: plugs into a wall outlet and connects to the handheld portion of the vacuum for charging the battery before cleaning cycles
  • Docking station: connects to the wall and allows you to hang up your Dyson
  • Extension wand: provides the needed length to operate as a stick vacuum or allows you to reach high spaces when used in handheld mode
  • Mini soft dusting brush: includes soft bristles that are close together, great for cleaning furniture, blinds, and fans
  • Combination tool: doubles as a crevice tool and dusting brush, combined into one quick-action tool
  • Crevice tool: is longer and narrower than the crevice tip of the combination tool; great for reaching into couch cushions or hard-to-reach spaces
  • Mini motorized tool: motorized brushes spin in opposite directions from each other and is great for capturing pet hair off of upholstery, without the risk of tangles
Dyson V10 & V11 reach
Both the V10 and V11 can reach into high places

How easy is it to use the Dyson V10 & V11?

Regarding usability, we began to see a few differences between the V10 and the V11.


Both vacuums came mostly assembled right out of the box, besides needing to maneuver a few “quick release” latches to create the exact configuration that we wanted.

That being said, the “quick release” latches really are that simple. With the push of one large red button, you can easily snap on / off different accessories and cleaning heads. It’s an intuitive system and wasn’t hard to operate, with minimal effort.

RELATED: Full list of all Dyson vacuums reviewed


The setup for the V10 and V11 is also virtually identical. You can use the wall-mounted dock if you’d like to hang up your vacuum or just plug the handheld unit into any wall outlet, using the provided charger.

Daily Use

Concerning daily use, the V10 and V11 use a lot of the same systems. They both have the “trigger” control for running the vacuum, which helps to preserve battery life.

Both the V10 and V11 are great for cleaning cars
Both the V10 and V11 are great for cleaning cars

The V11 has the added advantage of the digital screen on the back of the motor, which provides smart details about cleaning mode, remaining run time, and performance and maintenance videos (videos provided on the V11 Torque Drive model only).

Emptying the Dust Bin

Emptying the dust bin is basically the same on both models. With both vacuums, it’s a “point and shoot” type of release to empty the dust bin.

Dyson V11 - emptying the dust bin

Simple place the handheld over a trash bin, point the vacuum downward and slide the latch. This will open the hatch and forcibly remove the debris inside of the bin.

Unlike older models (like the Dyson V6), you don’t run the risk of having to reach your hand into the dust bin in order to pull out lodged debris.

Maneuverability Compared

Since the V10 and V11 has basically the same size, design, and accessories, their maneuverability is also basically the same.

Dyson V11 cordless vacuum - fully reclined
Dyson V11 cordless vacuum – fully reclined

It’s easy to squeeze under low furniture, make tight turns, and clean hard-to-reach places.

Dyson V11 and Dyson V10 turning radius
Dyson V10 making a sharp 90 degree turn

This is partly due to the design of the both of the vacuum, but also partly due to the fact that both of these vacuums come with a wide assortment of accessories that are easy to snap on and go.

What are the maintenance costs?

The maintenance costs for the Dyson V10 vs. V11 are also identical…a big fat zero.

Both the Dyson V10 and Dyson V11 will cost $0 / year in maintenance costs.

The low maintenance costs are due to a couple of different factors.

Lifetime washable HEPA

HEPA filters are one cost that can quickly drive up the annual maintenance costs of any vacuum, depending on how much each filter costs and how often it needs to be replaced.

Dyson washable V11 HEPA filter
Dyson washable V11 HEPA filter

The V10 and V11 get around this cost by using a lifetime washable HEPA filter. Dyson still offers replacements in case you lose or damage your filter.

To maintain them, simply wash once per month with cold water and allow them to air dry for 24 hours.

The Battery

The battery is the other area that can get pretty pricey in vacuum maintenance. While the battery used in comparable vacuums usually lasts a 3-5 years, the cost to replace it can be high.

However, with the V10 the battery will last 15 years, as quoted by Dyson’s founder, James Dyson.

While Dyson hasn’t explicitly said the V11 battery will last as long, we think it’s a reasonable assumption.

Because the battery lasts so long, the replacement cost is basically zero, considering that most users would likely upgrade the vacuum entirely before the battery dies.

RELATED: See all the vacuums we’ve tested and reviewed here (all brands)

How long does the battery last?

The battery with the V10 and V11 both has a run time of around 60 minutes, sometimes less depending on the cleaning mode and flooring type, but that’s where the similarities stop between these two models.

The Dyson V10 can be used as a handheld vacuum
The Dyson V10 in handheld mode

Here is where the V11 scores some points, in my opinion, as there are a few design advantages that this model (which the V10 does not) that may help make the battery last longer.

  • Intelligent suction control: The V11 will automatically adjust suction as it changes flooring types, meaning that you’re never use more suction power (or battery power) than in needed to clean the mess.
  • Remaining battery display: The V11 also has the ability to estimate exactly how much battery is remaining. This helps you to focus on the most important spaces first and know exactly how much cleaning time you have left. With the V11 Torque Drive, this display is a minute-by-minute countdown. With the V11 Animal, this display is a battery cell icon that gradually decreases size as the battery drains.
  • Click-in battery: Lastly, the Dyson V11 includes a click-in battery system, whereas the V10’s battery is permanently installed. The click-in battery on the V11 allows you to quickly swap in / out batteries for longer run times.

Is the V10 or V11 quieter?

Concerning noise, the Dyson V11 is quieter to operate than the Dyson V10, although not by a large margin. Depending on the exact cleaning mode of the V11, the difference can be noticeable or negligible.

You can see our exact results below.

To get these results, we measured the noise output from 3′ away while each vacuum was running on the selected cleaning mode.

Dyson V10

75-83 dB

Dyson V11

70-78 dB

Dyson V10 Noise (by cleaning mode)

  • Low mode: 75 dB
  • Standard mode: 80 dB
  • Max mode: 83 dB

Dyson V11 Noise (by cleaning mode)

  • Eco mode: 70 dB
  • Auto mode: 75 dB
  • Boost mode: 78 dB

Value Comparison

Concerning value, I would say that there are value advantages to both models and it’s hard to say if one is definitively better of a value than the other.

Strictly dollar per dollar, the Dyson V10 does cost less, but there are more factors to consider depending on what you’re looking for.

Best Value for Cleaning Performance

Winner: Dyson V10

If cleaning performance is your main aim, I would say that the V10 is the better value. This model costs less than the V11 and during our cleaning performance tests, it provided nearly identical results.

As an added bonus, this model also comes with the Fluffy cleaning head (if you get the V10 Absolute model), which can be handy in certain circumstances when dealing with hard surface flooring.

Best Value for Technology

Winner: Dyson V11

If you’re looking for the best advancements in technology and usability, the V11 is the better value. The digital display on the back of the motor is a huge bonus over the V10 and if you want the latest and greatest in technology, you will likely be impressed with the setup and upgrades of the V11 in this area.

Best Value for Raw Suction

Winner: Dyson V11

The Dyson V11 has more raw suction power than the V10. The V11 is able to create 185 AW of suction power on max mode (220 AW on the Outsize model), compared to the V10, which can only create 140 AW.

If your home requires more raw suction power to be effectively cleaned the V11 is probably the better choice.

Dyson V10 & V11 Specifications

SpecsDyson V10Dyson V11
Weight5.9 lbs.6.68 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)All (indoor)
Dustbin Capacity0.77 L0.77 L
ReturnsVaries by retailerVaries by retailer
Warranty2 Year limited2 Year limited
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price

Comparison Summary

So quick summary recap. We’ve highlighted a lot of different areas in this review.

What are the main differences? Check them out below:

  1. Digital Screen: The V11 comes with a digital screen that displays cleaning mode, estimated run time remaining, and performance or maintenance videos (videos available on the Torque Drive & Outsize model only). The V10 model does not have a digital screen.
  2. Suction Power: The V10 model maxes out suction at 140 AW whereas the V11 model offers up to 185 AW. This is the strongest suction we’ve seen from any cordless stick vacuum to date.
  3. Intelligent Suction: The V11 also has technology that automatically determines the correct amount of suction needed for a floor type and adjusts the motor accordingly. This helps to prevent wasted battery life in areas where you don’t need max suction. The V10 model does not have intelligent suction.
  4. Fluffy Cleaning Head: The V10 Absolute comes with the soft roller Fluffy cleaning head, which can be really great for cleaning up messes (especially large debris) from hardwoods and other hard surfaces. The V11 model does not include the Fluffy cleaning head.
  5. Click-in Battery: Dyson V11 has a click-in battery. This allows you to upgrade / change out the battery down the road, as well as adding multiple batteries for longer run times.
  6. Wider cleaning path: If you’re looking for an XL cleaning head with a 25% wider cleaning path, check out the Dyson V11 Outsize. It offers the widest cleaning path of any V Series Dyson to date.

RELATED: Click here to read the full review of the Dyson V11 Outsize.

Should You Buy the Dyson V10?

The Dyson V10 is an exceptional vacuum and offers many high-end features that other vacuums simply don’t have.

James Dyson was so pleased with the design and performance of the V10 he was quoted saying: “…[the V10 is] why I’ve stopped developing corded vacuums.”

It’s lightweight, cordless, and provides excellent suction power and cleaning performance.

You Should Buy the Dyson V10 If You…

  1. Want a longer run time – For any cordless stick vacuum, a 60 minute run time is quite long. If you’re running on MAX mode, the run time will be shorter, but still, the time should be more sufficient for the majority of cleaning jobs.
  2. Want the Fluffy cleaning head – Compared to the V11 sub-models, the V10 Absolute is the only model that includes the Fluffy cleaning head. This tool is great for cleaning hardwoods.
  3. Want a lower price – Since launching in 2018 the price of the V10 is slowly decreasing. If you love a good deal, the V10 offers an excellent value for the money.

For more information or to buy, check out the Dyson V10 here.

Should You Buy the Dyson V11?

The Dyson V11 launched in March, 2019. It has some technical improvements that really shine in comparison to older Dyson models and certainly compared to most others outside of the Dyson lineup.

You Should Buy the Dyson V11 If You…

  • Want a digital display screen: The digital screen on the V11 is a less common feature, especially one this nice. The screen can tell you the remaining battery life and makes it easy to adjust cleaning modes as needed.
  • Want stronger suction: Compared to the V10, the V11 offers stronger suction, maxing out at 185 AW. The V10 maxes out at 140 AW.
  • Want intelligent suction: The intelligent suction feature makes it easy for the V11 to adjust suction power based on floor type. This feature can result in longer run times for the V11 since you won’t be wasting battery power on floor types where it’s not needed.

For more information or to buy, check out the Dyson V11 here.


  • March 5, 2021 – Added a run test tests section. Improved formatting. Clarified a few points, opinions, and facts. Fact checked the comparison. Updated several outdated links. Corrected a few minor errors.
  • December 1, 2020 – Dyson recently upgraded the V11 with a click-in battery system. We have made updates above to reflect this change.
  • April 9, 2019 – Initial version of the comparison was published.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider,, 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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188 Comments on “Dyson V10 vs. V11”

  1. Derek,
    Thank you for the comparisons although I’m still not sure which model (v10 Animal, v11 Extra and also looking at the v8 Absolute) is best for me. Right now the v11 is on sale and the same price as the v10. I have LVP floors with grooves throughout my house (where sand…living in FL and dust collect), two dogs who shed, and longer hair that would definitely wrap. I like the suction power of the 11 but which model would best fit my overall needs listed? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!

    • If V11 and V10 are the same price then the V11 is the clear voice. Increase in sunction, increase in run time, and other usability features make it a no brainer.

    • Thank you, Derek! Yes, I know that’s a no-brained lol but just wasn’t sure after reading some of the other responses about the fluffy floor attachment for the hard floors if the added suction power was the way to go. Thank you!😀

  2. Just purchased Dyson 10. Find it very hard to use on thick carpeting. So hard to push with no pull power. It works good but only last about 15 minutes. Any thoughts and thank you very much. Karen Jones

    • Using on a lower power mode is the first step.

      If that doesn’t work, see if your cleaning head has the adjustable suction gates on the front of the cleaning head. Open those up, it will decrease the suction seal, making it easier to move.

    • I don’t think so. If you’re going to upgrade you should step to the V11 or V15. Don’t go from V8 to V10, it’s not a big enough leap.

  3. Hello, thanks for the excellent info on here, very helpful.

    A similar question to one below, my multi floor head for Animal V10 has broken, can I replace it with the High Torque XL cleaner head for V11 so I can clean more floor area at a time?

    • While it technically will work, I wouldn’t recommend it.

      The High Torque XL cleaner head requires more power than the V10 was designed to output. As a result, your V10 will likely have trouble running the head and overtime it may damage your V10.

      I would replace with either a V10 direct drive cleaning head or a V11 torque drive cleaning head, but not the high torque XL.

  4. Hi,
    Nice to be able to reach out for advice. I have been using my Electrolux canister since the 70’s and loved it (still works fine). However, I am now a senior, senior and I need something to do a good job, but is easier to handle and much lighter. I have a large home, with old wall-to-wall carpeting, including stairs.

    The v-10 animal has been recommended. When it becomes time to change the battery on this model, will it be difficult? Although it is not specific, what would you guess for battery time replacement? Do I have to hang it when not in use? How will I use it on stairs?

    Your comments and/or recommendations would be appreciated.

    • Charging is super simple. If you hang it on the wall the charger just connects directly to the back, so as you hang it it’s also charging.

      However, you don’t have to do that. A pin charger simply connects to the battery. Really easy stuff.

      Battery replacement varies, but for the V10 I would expect at least 5 years, but more likely 10.

      You do not have to hang it when not in use, but you can if you want.

      You could keep it in full size mode for stairs, but I generally would just attach the large floor cleaning head directly to the body (so no extension wand). Then you basically have a full powered vacuum in handheld mode.

  5. Great read. Are the Dyson V10 and V11 compatible regarding charging the battery? I own the V10 and would like to purchase the V11. Could I use either charging station and mix different accessories?

    • You can mix and match the accessories.

      But the charging cords are different. The wall mount is also different.

  6. Awesome! Loved your comparison… 2 dogs and 2 much carpet… looks like I’ll be getting the V11. I love the fact that it is lighter than my current vacuum of 8lbs.. Oreck, which has been great but think I’m needing to upgrade after many years!

    Thanks for helping me decide!

  7. Is it safe to use the Dyson V11 Torque Drive on Persian or hand knotted rugs? (Some Descriptions say the V11 Torque Drive adjusts to carpet height and hardwood floors, other descriptions say the Flat Tool should be purchased for oriental, Persian or hand knotted rugs?)

  8. Hi. I am wondering if the hard floor roller in the v10 is easy to manoeuvre as I have the v8 and find the roller seems to have a mind off its own when using on hard floors. Is there a noticeable difference between the v8 and v10 in this regard?

    • I would describe it as easy to maneuver. But it’s also not substantially different in terms of maneuverability compared to the regular brushroll.

  9. does it handle long strands of hair on the floor? Would have loved to see. As most vacuums rollers / brushes get stuck or jammed with hair. Since V10 has a soft roller, the hair would get wrapped around it and dislodging that hair would be a chore.

    2. Soft roller is a good idea but in high dust zones such as in India, the roller would get dirty in just one use. If you try to wash it, the fabric / roller surface would get crumpled up and would go out of shape. This is a concern for durability of this super expensive toy.

    3. What would happen if it accidentally sucks up liquid on the floor or the carpet?

    4.what is the height of the roller housing? In your video, you have carefully avoided pushing the roller head under the cabinet or the sofa. Will the head slide easily under the cabinet that has 2 inch clearance?

    5. There is lot of plastic. Is this unbreakable polycarbonate? Then, because the air velocities are high in the cyclones and other parts, does it develop enough static to retain the dust particles even after emptying the contents of the cup into the dust bin?

    It will be great if you can address and comment on above and show a practical in your video.

    Thank you.

    • 1. In general, they handle hair better than most vacuums. But they aren’t perfect. Depending on the length and volume it can tangle around the brush. The newer Dyson V15 solves this issue with its anti-tangle comb. See review here –

      2. The soft roller brush is designed to be washed. It will not go out of shape.

      3. If it’s a small amount probably nothing will happen. But certainly the vacuum is not designed to vacuum water. There’s a chance you’ll destroy the machine if you suck up liquid.

      4. The cleaning head is around 3″ tall.

      5. I don’t know what type of plastic it is. Dyson doesn’t provide this info. Static is not an issue when emptying the dust bin.

  10. I own two Dyson V10 animal vacuums. Your review omits Dyson’ fantastic warranty, reasonable cost of parts, OEM supply chain availability which is what most users buy (opposed to thinking that most users will just upgrade).

    My V10 battery charges to 81% and 85% after 3.5 years use true to your statement ‘…Because the battery lasts so long, the replacement cost is basically zero, considering that most users would likely upgrade the vacuum entirely before the battery dies…’

    I paid £400 GBP for each of my V10 Animal in November 2018.

    Astonishingly, it’s still £400 GBP for a V10 Animal in March 2021; when the trigger broke (it is the only spring mechanism I found in the entire V10 unit) causing one vacuum to stop working.

    Whilst out of the 2 year warranty, Dyson were fantastic and only charged me £60 GBP to replace the entire body (which contains the trigger and spring) and I slotted in the existing battery.

    I genuinely cannot justify spending £400 GBP + to upgrade when the V11 performs so similarly to the V10 – when I can refurbish my existing unit to ‘as new’ for only £60 GBP.

    Should the battery die, a replacement battery direct from Dyson is only £80 GBP.

    I cannot justify upgrading to V11 or whatever model comes out when I can refurbish (filter, body, bin, battery) for £200 GBP to build a brand new V10 animal with parts direct from Dyson.

  11. Hi – this review is very thorough and helpful; thanks. Can you use tools for previous models with the V11 model? For example, could I use the soft roller cleaner head from my V8 on with the V11? Thanks in advance.

  12. Hello, great information, thank you. Does Dyson make a cordless or any vacuum cleaner with a power button? I get really tired holding the trigger switch.

  13. Hi, brilliant review. Never did I think I would spend my evening researching the best dyson to get! I have a dog, mainly carpet throughout the whole house apart from my kitchen and kids as well. Would you say the v11 would be best? I have the v6 at the moment but its on its way out. Thanks

    • Thanks!

      And yes, the V11 is definitely the reigning king. Upgrading from the V6 will be like night and day for you. And the V11 is sure to last you a long long time.

  14. This was super comprehensively helpful article thanks! I was fixed on the V11 but the V10 fluffy head attachment was a seller for me.

  15. Hello! I’ve been reading for 2 weeks and now I bet I can just ask you and you will know! We just redid all of our wide plank wood floors ourselves (as in hands and knees with a 6” orbital sander) so I’m being very picky about what to use on them. We have a toddler so I am a clean freak Mom (to the best of my ability) and we also have a couple of large area rugs and 2 bedrooms with carpet. I need a cordless with enough power to get between the wide plank floor, not risk scratching in any way, and also want enough power to get the carpets well. I feel I am down to choosing between:
    – the Absolute as it has the soft roller included but also wonder if the battery lasts long enough for the whole house and if it has enough suction.
    – Which leads me to the V11 torque or outsize.. The torque doesn’t have a click in battery either so for this I also wonder is the battery life long enough? If so then the 2nd option would be that I can purchase the soft roller separately I believe?
    – then there is the most expensive outsize with a click in battery but no soft roller.. so I’d have to buy that separate again.. but if the suction and battery life is that much better than the Absolute then it seems that would be the best choice.
    Of course my hope is the Absolute is enough for our 2000’ home and I don’t have to break the bank but in the long run I need a vacuum that can do the job.
    Thank you for any input and advice! If it helps – I did try the tineco S12 which does well on “auto” but I felt I needed to turn up a little for the carpet. I am tall though and it seems just a little too short..

    • Based on your needs I would suggest the Dyson V11 Torque Drive and add a soft roller brush, which you can find here –

      V10 Absolute is a possibility, but having the extra suction of the V11 will be super nice for your home. In addition, newer V11’s now include a click in battery. Dyson made this change within the last month or so. Currently, replacement batteries are super expensive ($150), but they should come down as 3rd party manufacturer’s start building their own versions.

  16. Thanks for your useful comparison.. you explained it so beautifully… my house is partially carpeted .. and i am confused which one to buy .. i like V11 auto sunction feature and V10 fluffy feature .. we are small family with no animals.. would like to know your opinion..

    • You’re welcome and thanks for your kind words!

      I’d say it depends on how much carpet vs. hard surfaces you have. If you have 50% or more hard surface flooring, get the V10 Absolute for the soft roller head.

      If you have 50% or more carpet, then go with the V11.

      It’s really a question of which floor heads are going to work best. Both multi-surface will work on any floor type, but the soft roller head is just super nice for hard surface floors. So if your home is mostly hard floors you’ll want that instead of the V11.

  17. Hi .. what about
    1. cleaning cats fur from carpets?
    2. And also about cleaning mattresses?

    I dont see the mattress cleaning tool for both V10 and V11 .. can the tools given in the current set up able to do the above 2

    • The upholstery tool included would work fine on a mattress.

      For cat fur, the V11 is going to perform better due to the improved cleaning head and higher suction.

      Both will perform similar on mattresses.

  18. Excellent article! Dyson could take a leaf out of your book and offer helpful comparison like this. After reading the product info on their website I just felt bamboozled and their comparison table is nowhere near as informative as yours. Thanks for helping me to make my decision!

  19. That was a great comparison. You certainly answered all my questions about the two vacuums. I will be buying the V11. I have 2 dogs and a cat and they shed all year. I like stronger suction and intelligent suction features. Thank you for the great information you provided.

  20. Wow… what great comparison’s. The BEST I’ve ever seen between any 2 items. This is exactly what I needed to see. 🙂 Now to decide what I Need.. not want… I have hard floors, tile and laminate. I want the v11, but think the v10 is all I need. Just I and hubby. Not a lot of mess on our floors. Though I do have dog and she is shedding a lot now, Lab/shepherd mix rescue.

    • Thank you! That’s very kind of you.

      If you have mostly hard surface floors then I agree, the V10 Absolute is the ideal choice for you. The soft roller head really does make a big difference.

  21. Succion power at maximum speed is given, but what about the lower and medium speeds? Most of my use will be on low or medium speed on hard wood. Is the succion different at those speed between V10 and V11?

    • Hi Normand,

      I’m still trying to find the V10 numbers, but I did find the V11 data.

      Boost = 185 AW
      Auto / Medium = 38.6 AW
      Eco = 26 AW

      I’m fairly confident the V10 numbers are basically the same on Auto / Eco, but with the Max suction mode being 140 AW.

  22. Derek, hoping you might know the answer to this. I just bought the V11 Outsize (your site was helpful in helping me decide), and I’d like to get the soft roller brush head attachment, but I can’t find a definitive answer as to whether Dyson makes one that will fit the V11 Outsize. Might you know?

    • Thanks, Dan! Glad to hear my reviews were helpful.

      Dyson does make the standard V11 soft roller brush here – – So this will definitely fit and work fine on your Outsize, however, it’s not as wide as the other Outsize brushroll.

      I don’t think Dyson makes an ultra wide soft roller head.

  23. I have purchased a V11 torque head separately for my V10

    I have noticed on both high and medium setting the sound of the motor does in fact change when going from hard floor to carpet and back, therefore assume this brush head works on V10 as it does on the V11

    • Hi Keith,

      That makes sense to me.

      The intelligent suction feature is built into the V11 High Torque cleaner head itself, not the body of the vacuum. So it should work on the V10 also.

      While it will “work”…you might not get as good of performance out of it due to the difference in motor power comparing the V10 to the V11.

      But if it’s working for your purposes no reason to fix what isn’t broken.

  24. I purchased an Animal V10 approximately 2 years ago. Things were going swimmingly with the unit and then the trigger stuck and the unit simply would not quit running. I called Dyson and the customer service rep told me that this was a known product defect. However Dyson has not publicly disclosed this defect or the potential for the trigger to stick.

    When the problem occurred, I called Dyson customer service. The rep said he knew about the defect and that he would ship me out a new Big Body/Big Cyclone Serv Assy Ir/S. The Serv Assy arrived about 10 days later and I followed the instructions that Dyson emailed me on how to disassemble and reassemble the unit. That’s when I ran into a problem. The battery screw is very tiny and I could not get it to dislodge. He said that the battery was difficult to remove and would require a special micro-Phillips head screwdriver. I told him I might have stripped the screw trying to remove it and I asked why wasn’t this disclosed when I first called in He said not to worry and that he would send out a battery replacement.

    I waited about 10 days and no battery replacement. So I contacted Dyson and another customer rep said that an order had been placed – not for a battery replacement but for a new Serv-Assy. I said I had been told that Dyson would ship out a battery replacement as I already had a new Serv-Assy. He said he would correct the mistake and ship out the battery replacement.

    I waited another week and no word from Dyson on whether the battery replacement had shipped. So I called today. The first time I called I was on hold for 20 minutes and finally decided to accept a text message that would allow me to resolve the issue via Dyson’s chat line. I then browsed to the chat line web address ( and it was greeted with the message: “Sorry, no operators are available at the moment. Please try back later.” So I then had to make another call. Was on hold 25 minutes before a customer service rep answered the phone.

    She began our conversation with the statement that my unit was out of warranty. I said that was not true. It was in warranty when I initially experienced the stuck trigger. She went back and realized I was being truthful. She then said the battery had not yet left the warehouse. She offered to provide me with a “one-up refurbished unit,” which turned out toe be a V11 Animal. I said what warranty would I received for the refurbished unit and she said none unless it failed within a couple of days of using it. I’ve had bad experiences with refurbished units so I said I would like to keep that option open if the battery comes and my V10 does not work. She said she agreed and would make a note of it, but assured me that the new battery, once installed on the new Serv-Assy and then reconnected to the body of the V10 Animal would work (100% sure). So I’m still waiting on my battery and we’ll see.

    The reason I’m writing this is to warn people of the V10 stuck trigger. The fact that it failed so close to the warranty expiration is concerning. Thanks.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience, Jason. Sorry to hear about all of your troubles.

      This is the first time I’ve heard of anyone experiencing this type of an issue.

      Hopefully Dyson gets you the new battery and can resolve this problem once and for all.

  25. Hi Derek, thanks for the great review. What I’d be interested in is how the standard V10 motorised head (not fluffy) compares with V11 torque head on hard floors. Then you’re comparing the same thing then. Do you have those stats by any chance? I’m comparing the basic models of both vacuums and they both don’t have fluffy heads, but we predominantly have hard floors. Thanks!

    • Just did a quick test on the V10 with its multi surface cleaning head (Torque Drive) attached.

      Here’s the results:

      Cereal – 99%
      Rice – 98%
      Sugar – 100%
      Kitty Litter – 99%

      Not a flawless performance, but very near. With respect to rice, cereal, and kitty litter, the multi surface head has a greater tendency to fling a portion of debris away from the vacuum. Which was the biggest cause of the missed debris. It was most problematic on rice…but even so, only a 2% miss.

      With respect to cereal, it also crunched up some of the pieces, which again…could get tossed away from the vacuum. Even so, it’s a very small amount by volume, only 1%.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

  26. Hi! I am considering the V11 Torque and the V11 Outside. I read a review that indicated the Outsize may be difficult to maneuver. I also want to be able to clean hardwood and stone floors. Kindly advise.

    • I would say it’s slightly more difficult to maneuver as compared to the V11 Torque Drive. However, I still found it pretty easy overall.

      I think it just depends if you have lots of really tight areas…if so the Torque Drive is probably a better fit, if not, get the the Outsize as the larger head will allow you to clean faster and cover more area.

  27. I live in Canada and every major store I have contacted including dyson has said the Absolute V10 has been discontinued. My home is 100% laminate and ceramic tile…what model would you suggest if Absolute unavailable… I was looking forward to the soft roller cleaning head…looking forward to your feedback.

  28. Hello Derek,
    Thank you for the review.
    I’m thinking about v10 Parquet (this one don’t have High Torque, only Soft Roller cleaning head).
    What do you think?
    I have parquet and floor tiles 50/50, no carpets, no fabric furniture, no animals. Only my long hair))
    Do I really need a High Torque cleaning head (absolute version)?
    The difference of price is 100 euro.

    • If you have nothing but parquet and tile then absolutely, save the money and get the Parquet version.

      High Torque head is really best served on carpets.

  29. Hi there, truly excellent articles. I’ve been around Dyson’s website to try and understand diferences between the models but ModernCastle is much better!

    Quick questions 🙂

    1 – When you say that the v11 has this intelligent adjustment to suction, is it an adjustment between the 3 modes (eco, auto and boost) or something that you can’t do yourself by simply changing modes?

    2 – There is currently a significant price difference (£100) between v10 animal and v10 absolute (it may be the UK spring sale) – can you pls remind me if there is any difference between them other than accessories?

    3 – Finally, do you see any chance of Dyson launching the v12 anytime soon (haven’t see any announcement yet)?

    Many thanks,


    • 1. Yes, you can manually adjust, in addition to simply letting the V11 do it for you. If you put it on Auto mode it’ll handle the adjustments. But you can also just set it to to Eco, Auto, or Boost manually.

      2. The big difference is the V10 Absolute has the soft roller head, V10 Animal does not. Beyond that, the only difference is 1-2 accessories.

      3. I do not, but can make a pretty good guess. Dyson launches new V-series vacuums every March each year (or at least that has been the case the last several years). Last month they launched the V11 Outsize, so V12 is at least 11 months away.

      Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you!

  30. Hi, the multi-surface roller head on my v10 absolute just stopped working. the replacement price was pretty high so I decided to buy the head for the v11 since it supposedly fits the v10. My question is whether I should expect to get the power of the v11 or the v10 when I use my v11 roller head? does the power come from the head or the main unit? thanks!

    • Power comes from the unit itself.

      However, the V11 Torque Drive head is a more powerful cleaning head, so the performance will be somewhere between the V10 and V11.

      You’ll get the suction power of the V10, but the cleaning performance of the V11 Torque Drive head. If that makes sense.

  31. Hi,
    Thank you so much for your reviews, I always find them super helpful! I have a question that you guys may possibly be able to help me out with:
    I was gifted a Torque Drive cleaner head that came with my sisters V11 Animal as she will only be using the fluffy roller head she purchased separately. I currently have the V10 Cyclone Motorhead that came with the Direct Drive cleaner head. Will the V11’s Torque Drive cleaner head she gifted me work with my V10 machine?
    Thanks in advance!

    • That’s a nice gift! (that head is normally $100+).

      And yes, the V11 Torque Drive head works great on the V10. So you’re all set! Enjoy 🙂

  32. So i bought the v10 absolute with the soft roller 2 days back, yet to ship.
    i just noticed that the v11 animal with very similar accessories (but no soft roller) is 50$ more than the v10!
    I have a combo of Laminate and carpet floors today. Potentially hard wood floor in the houses that i might move in the next year or so.
    I thought for 50$ it might be worth biting the bullet and going for the v11 even without the soft roller. Can you please share your thoughts considering the price difference?

    • There is no question that the V11 is more powerful, with 185 AW of suction on max mode. Compared to the V10’s max, which is 140 AW.

      I’d say it really comes down to how much laminate you have and how thick your carpets.

      If you have thick / high pile carpets you will greatly benefit from the V11’s extra suction.

      Or, if your home is 25% laminate or less, I would suggest the V11, simply because you’ll get more out of that extra power.

      If you have lots of laminate and/or lower pile carpets you can make a better argument for saving the $50 and keeping the V10.

      Hope that helps!

    • Thank you so much Derek.
      All my steps are carpet + i have close to 40% carpet flooring.
      Also, i liked the fact that we can see the battery capacity on the v11.
      So I decided to pull the trigger on the V11 Animal.

      Your reviews are amazing! So detailed and makes it so easy for ppl to understand the products and make their decision making so much easier. Thanks a lot.

    • Nice! I’m sure you’ll be happy with the V11 Animal. I’d love to hear how you like it once it comes in!

      And thanks so much for your kind words. It’s great to hear we’re making reviews that hit the right mark 🙂

  33. Grest Review really answers alot of my questions. GOing to look at the V11 since I am in Canada maybe I van get both roller heads the fluffy and standard one

    • You’re very welcome! I’m glad we were able to help.

      Let me know if you have any questions I can answer.

  34. I have the V10, am impressed with how deep it cleans my large wool area rug without damaging it, and all the floors. However, when I use it as a hand held, I get very little battery life out of it and even on max power when hand held it barely suctions the debris from my truck carpet.

    Also the noise at the handle is almost unbearable! Is the V11 any different in battery life or noise at the handle? Or power when in hand held attachment mode?

    • In terms of battery power the V11 is similar, while being a little better, due to the intelligent suction feature.

      In terms of noise, it’s going to be similar.

      In terms of suction power, it’s going to be notably better. V11’s suction power on max is 185 AW as opposed to the V10, which is 140 AW. So that’s a difference of 24%.

  35. I have V10, which I find it convenient. However, my wife is complaining about the need to press the trigger switch causing pain in he finger and hand. IS there a solution for that or piece of accessory? tks.

  36. I just purchased a Dyson V10, and it did NOT come with the Soft Roller Fluffy Cleaning Head. I called Dyson and they told me that the V10 does NOT come with this attachment.

    • Not every version of the V10 includes the soft roller head. Only the Absolute version of the V10 includes it.

      To clarify:

      Dyson V10 Motorhead – only includes multi-surface floor head
      Dyson V10 Animal – only includes multi-surface floor head
      Dyson V10 Absolute – includes both multi-surface floor head and soft roller head

    • No problem. I’m glad we were able to clear up the confusion. I hope you can get the model you really wanted!

  37. Hi I have just looked at your review which is super and swaying me towards the V10 but when I checked online the V11 comes with a soft brush head is this the same head as the V10. I like the idea of the extra power and the newer model. Although I see you say the battery should last 15years in the V10 same can probably not be said for the more high tech V11

    • It’s not exactly the same, but will be similar. The cleaning heads get better with each subsequent iteration of the vacuum.

  38. Thank you for putting together this incredibly helpful comparison and review! Our house has all hardwoods (except in the mudroom and bathrooms), but we have area rugs in each room, so I was conflicted about whether to go with the V10 or V11. I just decided on the the V11, since Dyson is currently offering a promotion on it, which includes a soft roller head + other attachments. Since I’ll be using the V11 on hardwoods and low/medium pile area rugs, would you recommend that I switch out the original torque head with the bonus soft roller head? I like the idea of having both heads available, but I’m not sure how tedious it is to switch them out. Thank you in advance for any advice!

    • It’s not overly tedious to switch, but it does take time. I would suggest you try the multi surface brushroll first on your hardwoods. If you feel like it’s sufficiently cleaning them (and not a danger to your floors) then just keep using it.

      If not, then you will probably want to use the soft roller head.

      Either way, use the soft roller head once a month or so to get a really deeper level of polishing clean on your hardwoods.

  39. After reading your reviews I serviced I want the V10 Absolute…. and I cannot find it in stock anywhere. Would the V10 Animal compare? Or would the v11 torque drive be better?

  40. Derek

    One major cleaning concern I have is how well the V10 and v11 handle picking up thread from low pile berber carpet in a sewing room. Currently I have to manually unwrap longer thread lengths that wind on the cleaning roller. Any comments?


    • Good question. We haven’t tested that exact scenario, so I’m guessing a bit here. However, in our long term tests with the V10 and V11 I have never had to manually unwrap or remove long hairs (or hairs of any length for that matter).

      I would think hair is a pretty similar comparison to thread in this case. Therefore, I would not expect the V10 or V11 to pose any issues with the thread in the carpet.

  41. I have the V8 Animal, which I have really liked, other than how it would get clogged up at the point where the stick met the canister. I’ve decided I want to buy another. I am thinking of the V11. I can use the fluffy roller from my V8 on it, right?

  42. I think the torque drive head on the V11 has Dynamic Load Sensor (DLS) technology whereas the torque drive head for the V10 absolute does not. They have different part numbers on the Dyson website as well. I think the ability to change suction power on the V11 is in part due to the chip in the torque drive cleaning head as well as the microprocessors in the main unit. Is that your understanding Derek?

    • I had previously thought that the intelligent suction technology was in the vacuum body itself, but perhaps you’re right.

      I’ll have to take a look at the Torque Drive heads more closely and see if there is a functional difference.

      Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

  43. I’m stuck between purchasing the V10 Absolute or the V11. I have mostly hard wood floors with area carpets and tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. After reading the article, I like the suction power of thee V11, but the V10 absolute has the soft roller brush. Is it better to have extra suction power or soft roller brush? Great videos and articles!!

    • Based on your needs I would strongly suggest the Dyson V10 Absolute.

      The soft roller brush will have more of an impact on your hard surface cleaning than the additional suction will. Go with V10 Absolute.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

  44. Thanks for the great info! Do you think the soft roller head is less likely to wrap long hair than the torque head?But I also feel it’s less likely to wrap hair when using the max mode than the economy mode, is that true?

    • Yes, I agree, the soft roller head should be less likely to wrap long hair (though it’s not impossible).

      And I also agree that the higher power modes are less likely to result in wrapped hair also. More power = more suction off of the brushroll.

    • Thanks for your reply Derek! So if I would use the vacuum to mostly deal with long hair on hard floor, which model would you recommend – v10 with soft roller head but lower power than v11 or v11 with more power but no soft roller head?

    • I would go with the V10 Absolute.

      Sure you lose a little power compared to the V11. However, since you have mostly hard surface floors I think you’ll gain more with the soft roller head.

  45. I recently purchased a V11. The Torque Drive Head has a little red switch on the front. Íve been leaving it in the middle. Can you describe more of its purpose and how well it satisfies its purpose_

    • That is for floor height adjustment. Far left is hard surfaces, middle is low pile carpets, right is high pile carpets.

  46. Hi Mariana, it’s actually more expensive in the UK £600, and in Sweden it’s also 7000 sek which is slightly over £600 with terrible exchange rates.

  47. WE have the V7 and found it scratched hardwood floors noticeably. We then bought the V8 because of the fluffy head. Now I’d love to get the V11 but am scared to death what our hardwood would look like so I am leaning towards the V10. Do you have any pictures of what the hardwood floors look like after using the V11?

    • Hey Doug,

      I’m sorry to hear it scratched your floors. If you scroll to our test images you can see our hardwood floors after the test –

      We have a sealed engineered hardwood floor. I’ve run the V7, V10, and V11 on on test floors and the floors in my home extensively and haven’t experienced any scratching.

      What kind of hardwoods do you have?

  48. First, great comparison of the Dyson V10 and V11. Great review!

    After watching your review and others of the V10 and V11 I purchased the V10 because this stick vacuum will not be my primary vacuum, and I don’t believe the upgrades on the V11 warrant the increased price. I have a Miele canister for routine cleaning and will be using the Dyson for spot cleaning.
    I noticed other reviewers demonstrated how the V11 without the fluffy cleaning head and only the torque head tended to scatter some debris while the V10 with the fluffy cleaning head captured all of the debris. Since I only have hardwood and tile, that made all of the difference for me.

    • Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and for your kind words! I’m glad to hear our reviews were helpful.

      I totally agree, I think you made the right call with the V10. While the V11’s Torque Drive head did perform better on hard surfaces than expected, I still think the fluffy cleaning head on the V10 is an advantage of hard surface cleaning.

      Still makes no sense to me that the V11 fluffy cleaning head isn’t available in the US (as it is in the UK and other country markets).

  49. Here’s a negative on both vacuums. They don’t have an on/off trigger and only work with the trigger constantly pressed in. I use the add-on flexible hose to clean around my computer box on the floor and other awkward areas and it makes it near impossible to use this without a lockable trigger.

    • It does seem like a locking trigger mechanism would be a nice addition.

      Though I still wouldn’t call the trigger a negative. I think their idea is to preserve battery life

  50. Hey Derek, thanks for the comparison article! Super helpful read.

    Were the hardwood tests for the V10 done with the soft roller head attachment or with the torque drive head attachment? If it was compared to V10 soft roller head, then it really looks like the V11’s torque drive head is able to pick up virtually everything the V10 soft roller head can pick up.

    The US Dyson website calls the V11 cleaner head a “High Torque cleaner head” while the V10 cleaner head is listed as a “Torque Drive cleaner head”. I wonder if you noticed any differences between the torque heads for the two models?

    • Hi Micheal,

      Thanks for your questions.

      Confirming that yes, the V10 on hardwood was done with the soft roller head. So you are correct, the V11 performance on hardwood was all the more impressive. I personally would still like to have a soft roller head on the V11 (which for whatever reason is available in the UK, but not here in the US), but in any case, it’s performance was still solid even without.

      As far as if there’s a difference between high torque vs. torque drive cleaning head, I don’t believe so. They seem to be functional the same, but it’s possible I’m missing something.

  51. You’re absolutely right and it seems to be a difference between the UK and US versions.
    The Amazon link is a waste of time, as you know, they are totally inept when it comes to accurately listing product specifications. They can’t even count the number of discs in a TV box set.
    The US Dyson page does mention Torque head, yes but the UK page does not. In the UK it comes with direct drive and soft roller heads only. The Torque drive was only made available in the UK with the V11.

    • Okay, well at least that makes a little more sense.

      Seems strange they would include it with US and not other country markets.

      Thanks for helping to figure out what was going on! I expect other people probably have the same question.

  52. Great review but I’m confused. You mention both v10 Absolute and v11 models use the torque head cleaning system but when I contacted Dyson to confirm this I received this reply :- ” The torque cleaner head will not come with any of the V10 range, this is because it is a new accessory that is designed for the V11.
    It comes with the V11 Absolute model. ”
    Are they giving me wrong information ? I notice on their website the v10 has no mention of the Torque system.

    • I can confirm that a V10 will fit and charge in a V11 charger dock.

      The opposite is not true: the V11 will not fit in the V10 charger dock. The V11’s battery is ~1/4″ wider than the V10’s.

  53. Thanks for your detailed review!
    I’m from Canada and here, the V11 Absolute includes the soft roller cleaner head. The V11 Torque and Animal do not.

    • You are correct. Dyson does offer the Absolute version of the V11 in some country markets (Canada and UK are two that we know of, but there might be others).

      However, it’s not available in the US.

    • Ah, I see. I didn’t realize the prices were that different on Amazon.

      Perhaps wait until Black Friday?

  54. On the site it she’s the most expensive v11 being the abdoute and plus..then the torque and torque plus as the cheapest model but you say the torque rs the better one? No mention of the animal for v11 but maybe it’s not offered in Canada. I had decided on the v10 but everywhere seems to be sold out here

  55. Very good article, I’m still a bit undecided which on to get. The V11 is confusing to me,, There is the Absolute +, the Absolute, Torque +, Torque, Animal – no idea what is different about each, you’d think Dyson would put a guide on their website listing the differences. Our house were are building is all hardwood but I do have area rugs, should I get the V10 because of the brush roll or does that need to be witched to another brush when doing the carpet?

    • Thank you!

      Check out our V11 review here – – about halfway down the page we have a detailed comparison chart that discusses the differences between the two most popular versions, Torque Drive and Animal.

      In a nut shell…Torque Drive versions has more accessories and the LCD screen. The Animal has a more basic display on the back.

      In terms of functionality and suction power, they are identical.

  56. Did you test either against long dog hair? I like the idea of the fluffy roller for all the hardwood so leaning towards the v10, but worry that I’m going to be unwinding dog hair out of it all the time…


    • Hi Christine,

      We did not test against long dog hair.

      We have a poodle which has medium length hair, but is also really curly. So not a great comparison.

      My wife has long hair and thus far I have not experienced any issues with hair wrapping around the brushroll. I know that’s not a perfect comparison, but hopefully it helps.

  57. It would be nice if you tested the suction yourself instead of using Dyson marketing statements to say one is better. AW ratings seem kind of arbitrary. Putting a vacuum gage on the vacuum and measuring it in microns or kpa would in my opinion be the ultimate scientific standardized way of evaluating suction performance relative to one vac vs another.

    • That’s something that’s been on our list. Though right now we don’t have a way to objectively measure suction in our lab.

      Are you aware of a piece of equipment that could be used to measure microns or KPA?

      Suction aside, we are confident our cleaning performance tests, in which both the V10 and V11 were basically flawless across all debris and floor type test.

    • Depends on how thick the shag is. If it’s a light to moderate length it should be fine.

      If it’s super long shag you may have to do it with one of the handheld attachments that create straight suction, so the shag doesn’t get wrapped around the brushroll head.

    • Haha, that’s true, Istvan.

      The AU model does include both.

      Perhaps one day Dyson will give it to the US too! 😛

  58. Thanks for the review. FYI I just purchased a V11 “Absolute” in Canada. It has the soft roller.
    Just charging it up but assume only good things as this is my 4th Dyson (Upright and 2 other sticks, none have worn out, just it different locations).

    • Nice, Mich!

      I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

      We’ve been really impressed with every Dyson vacuum we’ve tested to date. They are definitely more than just a well known brand name.

  59. Dyson has just released the V11 here in New Zealand as of 01 July 2019. We bought the V10 Absolute+ with free Vdok freestanding docking station on the last day of June for $1099NZD. Guess it was an end of financial year deal. Since the release of the V10 one year ago, neither Dyson or any of its retailers have ever discounted the product less than this. We used it for the first time today and was amazed by the ease of use and quality of product. happy with the V10, but like many reviewers are mystified by Dyson’s lack of an interchangeable battery option on all their cordless models. We read your review before buying and can say without a doubt it is the best and most most comprehensive report on the internet. Many thanks for your work, I am sure thousands of consumers have benefited from it.

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Justin. I’m glad to hear you found our review so helpful.

      We do our best to keep making them a little better bit by bit.

      Certainly the lack of an easily replaceable better is a bummer. But, given the 60 minute run time + longevity of the battery I’m personally not too concerned by it.

      If your battery does indeed die there are a number of 3rd party battery replacements available on Amazon and elsewhere that could be an affordable fix if you ever find yourself in that situation.

  60. Any comments or tests done on tile floors? I would presume that they would behave the same as on wood floors, but wood floors tend to hold more dust than tile. Also, how about liquid spills on hardwood or tile?

    • Neither the V10 or V11 can remove spills on any surface. Doing so will likely damage the vacuum.

      As far as tile goes, the performance is effectively the same as what you see on hardwood floors.

      We’ve used both the V10 and V11 extensively on our extended tests in-home, which include both wood and tile, and have not noticed any difference in performance.

  61. Strangely’, if u buy V11 absolute in Hong Kong, you get both roller heads. Price is expensive in HK though…. HKD5100 (£510). Not sure about the price in UK but I guess it is less pricey!

    • Ah, that’s very interesting. I wonder why they don’t have that option in the US.

      Perhaps it will come here eventually.

  62. That’s a shame – I really feel that Dyson missed a trick here potentially – we’ve got a V10 Absolute and our only complaints are that it’s a little heavy and cumbersome.

    So they’ve increased the suction power on the V11 (not a problem on the V10 by any stretch) and added a battery display I never knew I needed/wanted.

    Removing the soft roller head (great on hard kitchen floor) and increasing the weight are 2 massive steps backwards in my opinion.

    • It’s an interesting change for sure.

      I would guess Dyson’s reason to remove the soft roller head is the fact the V11 multi-surface brushroll’s performance was nearly as good as the V10 with a soft roller head.

      Previous iterations of the multi-surface brushroll were not nearly as good as the current Torque Drive cleaning head.

  63. Hi, great review – quick question – whats the suction difference in normal and low modes between the two models, or are they the same and the V11 is only more powerful in Max mode?

    • Unfortunately, that’s unclear.

      Dyson only reveals the spec on max suction.

      Based on our use of the vacuums, I would say there is different an increase on both modes on the V11 compared to the V10. It’s just not clear exactly how much that is.

  64. Wow! Great review. If price wasn’t a consideration and technology wasn’t super important, I would say that perhaps suction vs a better set of accessories (brush head for wood floor) might be a couple of real comparison points to consider. To me the soft brush head would seem a little gentler on wood floors and maybe less of a consideration for LVP. I would assume the softer brush head is still better for pickup performance but I’d probably venture that the higher suction of the V11 my remove that consideration? I might also guess that the softer head gets a little dirtier faster?

    Thanks for the great info!

    • Definitely all fair points, Bill.

      I do wish the V11 had the soft roller head.

      However, I will say, I was surprised at just how well it did on hard floors even without it.

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m glad you found our comparison helpful.

  65. Thanks for this nice analysis!!!
    I thought of V10 and V11 but don’t know what to choose…
    For sure I want V11