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Dyson V10 vs. V11

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

These powerful cordless stick vacuums create great suction, have a 60 minute run time, and come with a ton of accessories.

But is the Dyson V11 worth the extra money over the V10? Find out below.

Can’t bear the suspense? Click here to jump right to the key differences and summaries!

Dyson V10
  • Suction: 140 AW
  • Run Time: ~60 mins.
  • Dustbin: 0.77 L
  • Weight: 5.8 lbs.
  • Cleaning: 99%
Dyson V11
  • Suction: 185 AW
  • Run Time: ~60 mins.
  • Dustbin: 0.77 L
  • Weight: 6.68 lbs.
  • Cleaning: 99%

What is the Dyson V10 & V11?

The Dyson V10 and Dyson V11 are cordless stick vacuums and part of Dyson’s V-series lineup. 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.

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

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 Torque Drive and Animal versions.

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

Dyson V10 vs. V11 Design Differences

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 very similar:

  • Extension wand
  • Dust bin (exactly the same size)
  • Digital Motor (spinning up to 125,000 RPMs)
  • Torque Drive multi-surface cleaning head
  • 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 their 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.

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.
Dyson V11 on vacuum display
Dyson V11 Torque Drive LCD display and cleaning modes

Additionally, 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.

How Does the V10 & V11 Clean?

CYCLONE DESIGN | 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 uses a 15 cyclone system, arranged across two tiers and basically look identical.

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

Dyson V10 and V11 cyclones
Dyson V10 and V11 cyclones

CLEANING HEADS | There is one main difference when it comes to cleaning heads that are included with the V10 and V11. And it can be summed up with one word – Fluffy.

Fluffy Cleaning Head

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

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 head out of the package.

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

Torque Drive Cleaning Head

The cleaning head that is the same between the V10 and the V11 is the Torque Drive cleaning head.

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. 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 Torque Drive cleaning head only
  • Dyson V11 Animal: includes Torque Drive cleaning head only

2-IN-1 DESIGN | Both the V10 and V11 operate as 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 and V11?

The difference in size between the Dyson V10 and V11 is very 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 modelsAll models
Fluffy brushroll Absolute model onlyNo
Combination toolYesYes
Crevice toolYesYes
Dusting brushYesTorque Drive model only
Mini-motorized toolYesYes
Stubborn dirt brushNoYes

Please note: The Dyson V10 has a few more variations within sub-models which may not be 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 three 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, V10 Absolute, V11 Torque Drive, and V11 Animal
  • Fluffy: uses a soft roller for gently cleaning hardwoods and capturing large debris; only available on the V10 Absolute

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

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 full 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

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 difference 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.

Dyson V10 vs. V11 Maneuverability

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 Dyson V10 & V11 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 different factors.

Lifetime washable HEPA

HEPA filters is one cost that 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 offer replacements in case you lose or damage your filter.

To maintain them, simply wash once per month with cold water and allow 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 in comparable vacuums usually lasts a couple 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 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.

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

What’s the Best Bang for the Buck?

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 hardwoods.

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, 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 and 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

Dyson V10 vs. V11 Differences

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 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.

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.

The V10 was so popular at the time of it’s initial launch that Dyson’s founder, James Dyson, was quoted saying that the is 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 – With the launch of the V11, the price of the V10 is beginning to drop. Simple supply and demand. If you love a good deal, the V10 offers that more by providing the same high-end vacuum that it was last year for a lower cost.

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

Should You Buy the Dyson V11?

The Dyson V11 is the “latest and greatest” vacuum to come off of the Dyson showroom floor. It has some technology improvements that really shine in comparison to older Dyson models, and certainly compared to anything we’ve seen 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 something unique to this model and not something we’ve seen before. The screen can tell you 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.

Need Help? Ask Your Question Below

  1. 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?

  2. 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).

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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! 😛

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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


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