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Dyson V11 Review

Derek Hales

Written By: Derek Hales

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Our Dyson V11 review is finally here!

Intelligent Cordless Vacuum

Dyson V11

Dyson V11 Torque Drive

The Dyson V11 Torque Drive is Dyson’s top-of-the-line cordless stick vacuum. It offers a 60 minute run time, 185 AW of suction power on Boost mode, clickable battery, and tons of cleaning tools. It was effectively perfect in our cleaning performance tests, scoring a 99% out of 100. Combined with the intelligent suction feature, the Dyson V11 is easily one of the best cordless stick vacuums ever built.Check Price

This vacuum is the newest cordless stick vacuum to the Dyson lineup. It offers many advanced features introduced with the Dyson V10 last year (see our review), but with some new additions.

Is it worth the price? Let’s find out below.


  • Has up to a 60-minute run time
  • 3 cleaning modes (eco, auto, or boost)
  • Displays remaining cleaning power in real-time
  • 185 AW of suction power on boost mode
  • Clickable battery (as of late 2020 models)


  • One of the priciest models on the market
  • Relatively small dust bin capacity

If you prefer to watch we have our video Dyson V11 review below:

Table of Contents

  1. 12 Month Test
  2. Design
  3. Accessories
  4. Torque Drive vs. Animal vs. Outsize
  5. Cleaning Tests
  6. Maintenance
  7. Run Time Tests
  8. Value
  9. Specs
  10. Summary

12 Month Usage Test

Our Dyson V11 Torque Drive first arrived in March 2019. We immediately tested it and have been using it in-home, office, and in our testing and photography studio.

Dyson V11 cleaning carpeted floors
Close up of the V11 Torque Drive cleaning head

So how is the V11 after a year of using it?

In a word, fantastic.

It’s easily the best cordless vacuum we’ve tested to date and even after a year of using it the V11 functions just as well as it did on the first day. We have not noticed any decline in suction, cleaning performance, or battery life.

It’s our go-to vacuum for basically every job around home and office. Arguably most important, it’s the vacuum we use to reset our carpet testing samples and get them back to 100% clean (before starting new tests).

The Bottom Line

Over the years we have tested virtually every major vacuum cleaner available in the US. We could truly use any vacuum we wanted, but the V11 continues to be our #1 pick by a healthy margin.

Dyson V11 Design

The Dyson V11 has a similar look and feel to its predecessor, the Dyson V10. It has the cordless stick body with trigger power controls, in-hand dust bin, and versatile cleaning heads and attachments.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive
Dyson V11 cordless stick vacuum

Emptying the dust bin on the V11 is virtually identical to emptying the dust bin on the V10. Unlike the older models in the “V-series” lineup, the V10 and V11 share the same “point and shoot” style for emptying the dust bin.

This style is intended to make sure that debris doesn’t get caught in the dustbin. While the V10 was a bit more difficult to empty, the V11 design seems a bit more polished. As a result, it was much smoother and easier to empty.

Emptying the Dyson V1 dust bin
Emptying dust bin on the Dyson V11

The V11 has a long dust bin that runs in-line with the upright wand of the vacuum. This design is said to result in better airflow and stronger suction, compared to the V6 or V8 models.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive extension wand

Concerning color finishes of the V11, there are a few different choices.

  • Nickel & Blue (Dyson V11 Torque Drive only)
  • Copper (Dyson V11 Torque Drive only)
  • Nickel & Purple (Dyson V11 Animal only)

All three of these color schemes look pretty consistent, with the main color difference being in the color of the wand.

RELATED – Looking for the V11 Outsize? See our V11 Outsize Review here.

How Dyson V11 Cleans

The cleaning style of the Dyson V11 is similar to other Dyson V-series vacuums. The V11 relies heavily on the two-tier radial cyclone system (same as the V10).

Dyson V11 cyclones motor and dust bin

Unlike the V10, the V11 steps it up a notch, by also including advanced floor sensor technology that automatically adjusts the suction as needed to accommodate floor types.

One change that we see with the Dyson V11 is the cleaning head… or lack thereof.

The Dyson V10 Absolute includes a soft roller head, designed primarily for cleaning hardwoods. In fact, the V10 Absolute is so good on hardwoods it earned our top spot on our best vacuum cleaner for hardwood floors analysis. Check that deep dive guide out for more info on cleaning wood floors.

If you’ve been a fan of Dyson for some time, you may remember other models through the years that were designated as “Fluffy”. These Fluffy models also included the soft roller head.

During our cleaning performance tests, we found this model to be a little better at capturing debris from hardwoods without blowing it around the floor.

Neither the Dyson V11 Torque Drive or the Animal model include this soft roller head. To be completely honest, I am both surprised and disappointed that it wasn’t included.

While the overall cleaning performance of the V11 (see down below) was still quite good (nearly flawless in fact), I still think the soft roller head makes a noticeable difference on hard surfaces.

Torque Drive Cleaning Head

The Torque drive cleaning head is the only cleaning head included with the Dyson V11 (with either the Torque Drive or Animal model).

The Torque Drive head is designed for all floor types but especially excels on carpeted floors. It has a powerful brushroll that spins up to 60 times per second.

Dyson V11 cleaning head
Torque Drive cleaning head

Cleaning as a Handheld  

When the primary cleaning head is not in use, smaller attachments can be used to turn the V11 into a handheld vacuum.

Dyson V11 in handheld mode
Dyson V11 in handheld mode

As a handheld, the Dyson V11 has the same sized dust bin and motor as when used as a cordless stick vacuum. The suction may vary based on the exact tool and mode that you attach at any given time.

RELATED See our full list of Dyson vacuum reviews here.

How big is the Dyson V11?

The Dyson V11 vacuum is 50.6” long, 9.8” wide, and 10.3” high.

It has a dust bin capacity of 0.2 gallons / 0.757 liters or the equivalent of approximately 3 cups of dry debris.

This vacuum weighs 6.68 pounds, making it the heaviest of any Dyson V-series vacuums (see our V6 vs. V7 vs. V8 vs. V10 here)

Dyson V11 Torque Drive size next to a person
  • Length – 50.6″
  • Width (cleaning head) – 9.8″
  • Height (motor body) – 10.3″
  • Weight (stick vacuum) – 6.68 pounds

The Dyson V11 can also be shortened and used as a handheld vacuum which makes it smaller, lighter, and easier to carry. As a handheld, the dimensions measure:

  • Length (motor body with no attachments) – 15″
  • Width (motor body) – 4.5″
  • Height (motor body) – 10.3″
  • Weight (motor body with no attachments) – 4.2 pounds

What accessories come with the Dyson V11?

The Dyson V11 is offered in two different models:

Regarding accessories and parts, they both basically come with the same extras.

The main difference here is that the V11 Torque Drive model comes with a soft dusting brush, which the V11 Animal does not include.

Dyson V11 accessories, tools, and attachements
Dyson V11 cordless vacuum accessories

Above is a shot of all of the parts and accessories included with the Dyson V11 Torque Drive cordless vacuum.

Attachments & Tools

  • Extension wand: This wand is most frequently used when the V11 is in upright stick vacuum mode, but it can also be used to extend user reach when in handheld mode. The red button on the end can connect to a cleaning head or to any of the handheld attachments.
  • Nickel Toque Drive cleaning head: This is the primary cleaning head used for floor cleaning when in stick vacuum mode. This head uses spiral bristles to agitate and capture debris from the floor and deposit it into the dust bin.
  • Mini motorized tool: This attachment is useful when using the V11 as a handheld and can really provide a power boost when cleaning fabrics, upholstery, or pet hair.
  • Combination tool: This tool provides the function of a short / wide crevice tool as well as a soft dusting brush. Its versatility makes it nice when cleaning indoor spaces like couches and furniture, as well as when cleaning your car.
  • Crevice tool: This tool is longer than the combination tool and provides a narrower opening for capturing debris; great for in-between couch cushions, behind furniture, or other hard to reach spaces.
  • Mini soft dusting brush: This attachment has soft bristles that are close together and provides a nice dusting tool that doesn’t damage furniture or sensitive surfaces like automobile interiors.
  • Stubborn dirt brush: This brush has bristles that are slightly further apart than the bristles of the dusting brush and they are also much firmer. This is a handy tool for scrubbing dirt from hard surfaces like floor tile or heavy-duty abrasive textiles.
  • Docking station: The docking station provides a simple wall-mounted spot for your Dyson to hang when not in use. This accessory can also hold 2 accessories for easy access.
  • Charger: The charger plugs into a standard wall outlet and lets the Dyson juice up in between cleaning cycles.

For comparison, the Dyson V11 Animal includes all of the parts and accessories listed above, EXCLUDING the soft dusting brush.

Dyson V11 soft dusting brush
Dyson V11 soft dusting brush

Dyson V11 Torque Drive vs. Animal vs. Outsize vs. Absolute

So we know that there is a slight difference in accessories between the Torque Drive vs. Animal vs. Outsize, but are there other differences?

Yes, absolutely.  

The accessories is actually one of the most minimal differences between these models.

See our comprehensive Dyson V11 Torque Drive vs. Animal vs. Outsize comparison chart below:

 V11 Torque DriveV11 AnimalV11 AbsoluteV11 Outsize
Digital motorV11V11V11V11
Run time~60 mins.~60 mins.~60 mins.~120 mins.
Dust Bin0.76 L0.76 L0.76 L1.89 L
Weight6.68 lbs.6.68 lbs.6.68 lbs.7.85 lbs.
Max Suction185 AW185 AW185 AW220 AW
Power Modes3333
Digital Display Screen TypeLCDLED LCDLCD
Run-time countdownYesNoYesYes
Automatically adjusts suctionYesYesYesYes
Low battery notificationYesYesYesYes
Clickable BatteryYes, 1 includedYes, 1 includedYes, 1 includedYes, 2 included
Extension WandYesYesYesYes
Torque Drive cleaning headYesYesYesYes; XL version
Mini motorized brushrollYesYesYesYes
Combination toolYesYesYesYes
Crevice toolYesYesYesYes
Mini dusting brushYesNoYesYes
Stubborn dirt brushYesYesYesYes
Docking stationYesYesYesYes
ChargerYesYesYesYes; 2 included

1. Dyson V11 Torque Drive

The Dyson V11 Torque Drive model comes with an LCD screen that displays performance in a run time countdown in real time.

The LCD screen also makes it easy to switch cleaning modes (Eco, Auto, or Boost). The Torque Drive screen also can show you videos on how to maintain the machine.

Eco, Auto, and Boost mode on the V11

2. Dyson V11 Animal

For comparison, the screen on the Dyson V11 Animal is an LED screen that is a little more basic.

It still displays an estimate of the remaining battery life (as an illustrated icon, not a real-time countdown).

Also, you can still easily switch cleaning modes as necessary (Eco, Auto, and Boost).

If you’d like to see how the Dyson V11 compares to other Dyson vacuums see our complete V-series reviews:

3. Dyson V11 Outsize

The Dyson V11 Outsize launched March 2020. It is a bigger, badder version of the original Dyson V11 Torque Drive.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive vs. Outsize cleaning head
Dyson V11 Torque Drive vs. Outsize cleaning head

The Dyson V11 Outsize includes:

  • 220 AW of suction, which is 19% more than V11 Torque Drive’s 185 (both on max mode)
  • 25% larger Torque Drive cleaning head at 11.7″ wide
  • 150% larger dust bin at 0.50 gallons (1.89 L)
  • 2 batteries that click in / out of the handle
  • 120 minute run time (with both batteries combined)
  • Same accessories as other versions of the V11

There is no question, the V11 Outsize is a notable improvement over the V11 Torque Drive & Animal. However, it’s also more expensive.

That said, if you have a larger home, bigger messes, family, pets, etc. then the extra performance and features could be worth the added cost.

RELATED – For more comparison info please see our deep dive Dyson V11 Torque Drive vs. Outsize vs. Animal vs. Outsize Origin

4. Dyson V11 Absolute

If you’ve used Dyson before you may be wondering where the Dyson V11 Absolute model is.

For whatever reason, Dyson decided to not make a V11 Absolute version…at least not for most countries. It is available in some countries, including Canada and the UK. However, it’s not available in the US.

Even if it is avaialble in your country, in many cases it seems to be less common at major retailers and therefore, harder to find and buy.

The Dyson V11 Absolute has all of the same parts, features, and accessories as the V11 Torque Drive. The only major difference is the Absolute version also includes the soft roller brush.

Dyson soft roller brush cleaning head
Dyson soft roller brush cleaning head

Why isn’t the V11 Absolute available everywhere?

It’s just a guess, but it seems to us that Dyson thinks their new Torque Drive version is the ultimate multi-surface cleaning head. As a result, we think that Dyson may be eliminating the soft roller head now and moving forward to help reduce costs and improve usability.

Cleaning Tests

The following vacuum cleaner tests are designed to show how the Dyson V11 performs on different surfaces, picking up a variety of debris types.

We test on three different floor types, including hardwood floors, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet.





Low Carpet


High Carpet


Hardwood Floor Cleaning

On hardwood floors, the Dyson V11 had excellent cleaning performance. Even without the soft roller heading the V11 had no issue cleaning on hardwoods.



Kitty Litter






While the Torque Drive cleaning head rolled across the hardwoods, it had a tendency to fling lighter debris across the floor before sucking it up, especially with our rice test.

Dyson V11 hardwood cleaning results
Dyson V11 cordless vacuum – hardwood floor cleaning performance

Like I said, there wasn’t a huge difference in total debris cleaned, but it feels necessary to include this detail.

Low Carpet Cleaning

On low carpets, the cleaning performance was virtually flawless, collecting 100% of debris testing.



Kitty Litter






Not much else to say about except for that we were impressed.

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

High Carpet Cleaning

On high carpet, the results were basically identical to the low carpet, capturing 100% of all debris types except for cereal where it still captured 99%.



Kitty Litter






Overall, we were impressed with the cleaning performance of the Dyson V11 on carpeted floors.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Dyson V11 Animal worth it?

Featuring a lightweight design, click-in battery, and three power modes, the Dyson V11 Animal offers excellent value for the money. From a functional perspective, it works just as well as other more expensive versions.

Like the V11 Torque and other models in this range, it’s capable of running for up to 60 minutes and has enough power to clean most surfaces. Plus, it comes with a LED screen that makes it easy to switch cleaning modes and shows how much battery you have left.

What’s the difference between the V11 Animal and Absolute?

The Dyson V11 Absolute features an advanced LCD screen that displays run-time countdown and other metrics. The V11 Animal has a more basic LED screen that displays cleaning mode and battery life. However, it doesn’t come with a real-time countdown. 

The V11 Animal works just as well as the V11 Absolute, but it doesn’t include a mini dusting brush. Apart from that, they are nearly identical. Both vacuum cleaners are capable of running for up to one hour and have the same weight and suction power. Plus, both models feature a clickable battery and three cleaning modes.

What is the difference between the Dyson V11 Absolute and V11 Torque?

The only difference between the Dyson V11 Absolute and V11 Torque is that the former includes a soft roller brush. Apart from that, the V11 Torque Drive has all the same parts, features, and attachments as the Absolute version. 

What is the difference between the Dyson V11 and V11 Animal?

The Dyson V11 is available in several versions, including the V11 Animal. 

All models in this product line have identical parts and features, with the only difference being the number of accessories offered. The Dyson V11 Animal, for example, doesn’t include a mini dusting brush.

What is the difference between the Dyson V11 Torque and Animal?

The Dyson V11 Torque Drive comes with an LCD screen that shows run-time countdown. The V11 Animal, on the other hand, features a LED screen and doesn’t have a countdown timer. This model has the same parts, features, and accessories as the V11 Torque, except for the mini dusting brush.

How many Dyson V11 models are there?

The Dyson V11 line includes several models, including: the V11 Animal, V11 Torque Drive, V11 Absolute, and V11 Outsize. Depending on your country, you may also be able to get the V11 Absolute Pro. The V11 Outsize Origin is now discontinued.

Currently, the Dyson V11 Animal, V11 Outsize, and V11 Torque Drive are the only versions available in the U.S.

How easy is the V11 to use?

The Dyson V11 Torque Drive is a breeze to use and setup.

For initial setup, all you need to do is unbox all the parts and charge up the main handheld vacuum. A full charge takes about 4.5 hours with a completely drained battery.

When you’re ready to clean, you just choose your desired tool:

  • The torque drive cleaning head for stick vacuum cleaning
  • Or one of the handheld attachments for smaller cleaning tasks

You can also attach any of the handheld attachments directly to the cleaning wand extension piece for hard-to-reach cleaning, like dusting moldings or reaching in crevices behind furniture.

Dyson V11 Eco mode
Display and suction power modes on the back of the filter

All of the tools attach via a quick-release button that makes it easy to slide in different tools as needed.

The Dyson V11 has advanced technology that allows it to automatically adjust suction based on floor type. Unlike the older V-Series models, which had an optional “MAX” suction setting, this new advancement takes the guesswork out and keep from wasting any battery life.

Dyson V11 Maneuverability

Maneuvering the Dyson V11 is similar to the V10 and other earlier V-series models as well. It has a simple trigger button that lets you only vacuum when you need the suction.

Dyson V11 cleaning carpet

The wand is flexible and the base easily swivels to allow for tight 90° turns.

There are no wheels on the cleaning head, but the brushroll navigates smoothly and it’s lightweight to push or carry.

  • Weight: 6.68 pounds
  • Width: 9.8″
  • Length: 50.6″
  • Turning: 90°

As mentioned above, you can use the handheld with just the body or you can attach the wand for extended reach. All of the accessories can attach directly to the handheld body or the wand when used as an upright stick vacuum.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive cleaning head

Dyson V11 Maintenance

Maintaining the Dyson V11 is critical to maintain peak performance of the vacuum. By keeping up with regular maintenance you can decrease the chance of needing to prematurely replace parts or accessories.

Dyson V11 HEPA filter
Dyson V11 HEPA filter

That being said, the maintenance is quite easy. The most important maintenance tasks include:

  1. Regularly emptying the dust bin.
  2. Washing the filter each month (cold water, air dry for 24 hours)
  3. Replace the battery as needed.

The Dyson V10 battery is supposed to last up to 15 years, according to Dyson’s founder, James Dyson. We haven’t seen a statement from Dyson on V11 battery life, but we expect it to be at least as good as the V10.

With a lifetime washable filter and a battery that should last the life of the unit, it should cost effectively $0 / year in maintenance costs.

While the initial cost of the Dyson V11 vacuum is steep, the low maintenance costs do help to offset it.

How loud is the Dyson V11?

All vacuum cleaner reviews on Modern Castle are put through our standard noise test. For this test, we use a sound meter to measure noise in terms of decibel level approximately 3′ away from the vacuum.

The Dyson V11 generated between 70-78 decibels of noise, depending on the mode. Here are the exact results, by cleaning mode:

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

How long does the Dyson V11 battery last?

The battery on the Dyson V11 can last up to 60 minutes, depending on the type of cleaning that you’re doing.

Please note that run time will depend on how you are using the machine. Different attachments take different levels of power (as do the more powerful cleaning modes).

Dyson V11 Run Times

  • 80 minutes – Stick mode, Torque Drive cleaning head, eco power mode
  • 8 minutes – Stick mode, Torque Drive cleaning head, boost power mode

Here are some design decisions by Dyson that help to increase battery life:

  • Trigger control to turn the vacuum on / off means that you’re not wasting any battery power unless you’re ready to clean
  • Automatically adjusting suction power based on floor type is another great way to save battery power, as the vacuum doesn’t waste high suction on hard surface flooring, like tile or hardwoods where it’s not really necessary

Is the Dyson V11 a good value?

So overall, is the Dyson V11 Torque Drive worth the cash and all the hype?

I would say that yes, this vacuum is a good value.

While the price tag is not cheap by any means, it does offer exceptional performance and nice upgrades, including intelligent suction and the LCD screen at the back of the vacuum with handy notifications and performance details.

Dyson V11 laying nearly flat to the ground
Dyson V11 cordless vacuum – fully reclined

As a downside, the V11 does not include the soft roller head, and honestly, I can’t say exactly why. On previous models, I felt like the soft roller head is a nice addition and really helps to book performance on hardwood floors.

I think that’s definitely something that the V11 is lacking, but at the end of the day, the cleaning performance was not dramatically impacted. The V11 still scored between 99-100% on hard surfaces.

Summing It Up

For users who are looking for a high-performing cordless stick vacuum with excellent run time and intelligent usability, the V11 is objectively the best cordless stick vacuum on the market today.

Dyson V11 Specifications

Below is a complete list of important specifications and features included on the Dyson V11 Torque Drive:

Weight6.68 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
Dust Bin Capacity0.76 L
ReturnsVaries by retailer
Warranty2-Year limited
PriceCheck Price

Who Should Buy the Dyson V11 Vacuum?

If you like the latest and greatest and are looking for a quality lightweight vacuum to help with a wide range of cleaning tasks, the Dyson V11 could certainly be for you.

I would recommend the Dyson V11 if you’re looking for the following features in a cordless stick vacuum:

  • Want the most suction in a cordless vacuum: The Dyson V11 offers 185AW of suction power on boost mode. This is due to the advanced V11 motor and new Torque Drive cleaning head. This is the most suction power of any cordless vacuum cleaner on the market (to the best of our knowledge).
  • Want an advanced digital screen: Whether you go with the V11 Animal or the V11 Torque Drive, both models offer an advanced digital screen with more notifications and settings than previous models. The V11 Animal has an LED screen that shows an estimate of the remaining battery life as well as simple controls to change cleaning mode. The V11 Torque Drive has an LCD screen that shows a more accurate battery life assessment with a real-time countdown of minutes remaining. The Torque Drive also offers performance details and maintenance videos.
  • Want automatically adjusting suction based on floor type: The V11 also has the advanced feature of automatically adjusting suction for different floor types. This can help to save battery power and further extend the V11 run time.

Want more information on the Dyson V11? Check it out here.

Have a question? Drop us a comment below. We’re always here to help.


  • April 28, 2021 – Removed Outsize Origin information, as the model is now discontinued.
  • December 1, 2020 – Dyson recently changed the design of the V11 Torque Drive and Animal to include a clickable battery. We updated the page to reflect this change.
  • April 28, 2020 – Corrected an error where we said we received the Dyson V11 in March 2020, when actuality, we received in March 2019. We uploaded our receipt as proof of purchase here.
  • March 13, 2020 – Corrected on error on the V11 Outsize’s suction power, which is actually 220 AW (we previously reported 185 AW)
  • March 11, 2020 – Update our review to reflect the new Dyson V11 Outsize model that recently launched. Added comparison info.
  • March 2, 2020 – Updated the review with our 1-year analysis. Also updated and improved a number of formatting, organization, and content sections. Added run time info. Clarified information on the V11 Absolute model.
  • March 26, 2019 – Initial version of the review was published.
The Best Cordless Vacuum. Period.
  • Design - 98%
  • Performance - 99%
  • Quality - 95%
  • Usability - 97%
  • Value - 93%


The Dyson V11 Torque Drive is arguably the best cordless vacuum ever built. Intelligent sensors allow the V11 to automatically adjust suction. With 3 power modes the V11 is capable of running for up to 60 minutes and cleaning virtually any surface or furniture you can throw at it. At up to 185 AW of suction on Boost mode it has enough power to clean carpets of all types. It’s expensive, no doubt, but it’s also the best money can buy.

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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214 Comments on “Dyson V11 Review”

  1. I bought my Dyson 11 3 years ago. I worked great. lately it turns itself off and won’t come back on for awhile. I listened to the service help line and did everything. Made sure it wasn’t clogged. (I always empty it and clean it after every use and was the filter monthly and let dry for 3-4 days. It is still turning off. Very exasperating for a vacuum that I paid so much for. Is there a switch problem or something else?

    Thank you,

  2. When I dock my V11 Torque Drive the red light only stays on for 5 seconds. I assume the battery won’t charge. How do I know if the battery or the docking needs to be replaced ?

    • If it’s not charging then you need to replace it. It’s possible the dock or the cord is defective, but far less likely.

  3. Is there a difference between
    Dyson v11 Torque Drive and
    Dyson v11 Torque Drive + (plus)

    -Thanks for the response

  4. Is the V1 Torque Drive ($600) worth $150 more than the V10 Animal ($450)? The are selling for these pries at Costco

  5. Should I leave it charging while it’s hanging on the holder. Or wait till battery dies to 0% battery life before recharging?

  6. Been trying to get warranty service on a V11 Animal+ purchased from Costco since December of last year. Although Dyson agreed to replace the main body in June, it has been on continuous backorder. I was just informed the machine”is out of stock.” I have been offered the SV16 Outsize as a replacement. I’m trying to decide whether to accept the Outsize or return the defective unit to Costco. My hesitation is the fear that, due to the increase in suction from the V11 Animal to the Outsize, there may be too much suction (unless I run the machine only on Eco mode) for our regular/high pile carpet (the only intended use for the machine). Are you aware of concerns about using the Outsize on regular/high pile carpeting?


    • While too much suction can be a problem on some of Dyson’s high-end uprights, I have never heard of that issue on any V-series vacuum. In any case, it would only be a problem on max mode. Eco and Auto mode I am confident would not have any of those issues.

    • You’re probably not doing anything wrong. Sometimes those buttons can stick a bit. If it’s really bad you should reach out to Dyson’s warranty, as many times they will replace the stick portion.

  7. hi and thanks for the review.
    When you tested it, was it at which of the 3 speeds? which is the speed you’d recommend for daily cleaning in the kitchen, etc? i am not sure which speed made the results you showed.
    thank you in advance

    • We typically test all vacuums on maximum power.

      For typical cleaning you can use regular power. I’d only use max power for high traffic areas or for room-by-room deep cleaning. Since it doesn’t last very long, you really only have enough power to clean 1-2 rooms and then you’ll need a recharge.

  8. I believe that the Dyson Stick V11 is to be superseded by a V12 model in Australia.
    Could you please advise the variations of the 2 models and the anticipated arrival of the latter V12 model as we are about to purchase a machine and want to ensure we are getting the best value for money.
    This machine will be a replacement of and earlier Dyson conventional 240V model.

    • There is not much info on the V12 yet, but here’s what we do know about the model coming to AU.

      It’s suction power won’t be as much as the V15, but should be similar to what the V11 has.

      It will have a click-in battery system like the V11.

      It will have a slightly smaller dust bin than the V11.

      It will have a power button button instead of a trigger.

      It will have a slim laser fluffing cleaning head.

  9. I have bought a Dyson V11 Torque-Drive model. My home is strictly Hardwood floors and 6 oriental carpets, nothing else. The Head “looks” more designed for carpet(s) and it “seems” the same head would SCRATCH my hardwood floors. My research (On Dyson’s Site) seems to indicate otherwise — as they say the Head is good for Both.
    I went to Amazon and found a Dyson Hard Floor Tool Assembly #DY-906562-08 for $52+ dollars and I ordered it — hoping it will FIT my V11.
    If it doesn’t I will simply return it to Amazon for credit.
    Can you tell me if I am OK in doing this

    • Hey Jim,

      So the High Torque multi-surface cleaning head that comes with your V11 is suitable for most hardwood floors. I have an engineered hardwood floor in my home and office. I’ve used the High Torque head and other similar heads for years without any scratches or other issues.

      However, delicate floors and carpets are more susceptible.

      If you want to be on the safe side then you’ll want to get one of the soft roller head. This is what you are looking for –

    • Thanks for your reference to what you recommend. I will likely order this unit versus the Dyson Hard Floor Tool Assembly #DY-906562-08 I mentioned earlier. Do you happen to know if this unit (the DHFTA) would work, and not damage either my hardwood floors or the V11???
      Jim May

    • The Dyson Hard Floor assembly tool is straight suction, so no moving parts. So I don’t see how it would damage your floors.

      However, it won’t work on the V11. So I’m not sure how you would even use it without an adapter.

  10. Hi, since your review on these models, there are more v11 models. What are the differences between v11 absolute pro and the absolute? Thanks

    • The variants that are available (Absolute Pro, Absolute, Torque Drive, etc.) depend mostly on your country and retailers in your area.

      Regarding the V11 Absolute Pro, the biggest difference seems to be that it includes the fluffy soft roller head.

      The V11 Absolute should be more or less the same. I’m not finding as much good info on the Absolute (possibly due to country search restrictions / targeting).

      But in general, if it has the word “Absolute” as a variant, it means it includes both a fluffy soft cleaning head and high torque multi-surface brushroll.

  11. March 29, 2021

    I have read and read descriptions and comments on Dyson V11 and V10 and can’t see any mention of maneuverability.

    Can I expect them to only go forward and backward, and not around table and chair legs?

    • Sorry about that. We should have made a point to include that.

      V11 has excellent maneuverability. It goes forward back and turns 90 degrees both left and right. It can also lay nearly flat.

      You can also massively angle the stick in almost any direction (though the head maxes out around 90 degrees).

      Just about the most manurable vacuum we’ve tested.

  12. What does the slide control on the the V11 cleaning head do. There are 3 positions. What is each position for going from left to right when facing the machine

    • Increases the level of seal created by the vacuum. If it’s pushed all the way to the right (facing the machine) then the gates will be open, creating less seal and less suction. But also allowing the vacuum to go over larger debris. This config can be helpful if you find the vacuum is creating too much suction, dragging up carpets, etc.

      The far left side will lower all the gates, creating more seal and more suction. This is great for deep cleaning carpets.

  13. We Have Given Our V-10 To Family Member (Difficult Times) And Will Be getting V-11 Torque In The Nickel / Blue Colour. You Mentioned That from Dec 2020 That The Battery Has Now Become Clickable Is There S/Number Now Onwards That I Have To Look For To Get This Latest Updated Unit. Thanks.

    • I don’t believe they changed the SKU / model number. Same number, just now with a click-in battery.

      If you’re shopping just look at the battery base on the handle. The image should have a little red click button on the front of the battery (which is the handle on the motor).

  14. There have been conflicting comments on various posts about whether the soft roller cleaner head that came with the V10 Absolute is compatible with the newer V11 models. Can you confirm if it is the same roller head / part number as is used for the V10 and that it fits the V11? On Dyson’s website, they show two (2) soft roller cleaner heads…one is $129.99 and has part number 966489-12, and the other is $149.99 and has no part number listed. Is the 2nd one a more updated version of 966489-12?

    • In short, yes. The V10 soft roller head works fine with the V11. I use the soft roller from the V10 on my V11 every single week.

      There is a new V11 soft roller head that you saw on Dyson’s website, which is indeed an updated version. But functionally it’s going to be very similar to the V10 soft roller brush.

  15. Hi there,
    Looking at the V11 torque. We have a fair amount of hardwood, 4 bedrooms with carpet and a few rugs. I need a vacuum that can do all surfaces. My question is whether you think I need to purchase the soft roller separately for my hardwood use? Thanks for your advice!

    • If you’ve got it within the budget I think the soft roller head is a super nice addition. However, even without it the V11’s multi surface cleaning head will do perfectly well on its own.

      But the soft roller head does help to protection floors a bit better and just adds a level of polishing clean that the multi surface cleaning head won’t do.

  16. Hello thank you for great reviews
    I am going to get a v11 with torque drive but I am torn with one question that I hope you can answer.
    I have 50/50 hard floor and carpets plus rugs. I understand that torque drive adjust suction beteen the two floors but that automatically means reduced time and considerable less time for cleaning carpets from what I have seen?
    How is that any good?
    Hope you can help to clear that for me before I buy it.

    • Sorry, I’m not sure I really understand what you’re asking.

      While it does have intelligent suction, you can also just use manual suction if you’re worried about performance on any particular floor type.

  17. Thank you for answering my question. I have another: I read the V11 now has a detachable battery that can be charged separately from the main unit. Is that true? If so, do all v11’s have that feature? What is the price of a separate battery? Also price of the soft roller that can be used in the v11?

    • Yes, it is true. All new V11s have this feature. However, double check depending on where you buy it from. Dyson made this design change in Q4 2020, so if retailers have a big stick of the older versions you might end up with one without a click in battery.

      Separate batteries are currently $150 via, but will likely come down in price when 3rd party manufacturer’s start making them (look here in 3-6 months for those).

      You can check the price of the V11 soft roller head here –

  18. I am trying to decide on the V11 vs the V10.
    Does the V10 have a removable battery that can be charged when not attached to the wand? Also, does it automatically sense and adjust cleaning hardwood vs carpeted floors? Can the charger charge 2 batteries at once?

    Can a soft roller be purchased and used for the V11? If so, is it easy to change rollers? Over half of my house has hardwood floors that I don’t want scratched with the regular roller. Can the charger charge 2 batteries at once? I want to buy an extra battery for either machine, since I want to vacuum my whole house at one time.

    • V10 does not have a removable battery, nor does it have intelligent suction like the V11. There is a single charger that charges a single battery on the V10.

      Soft roller brush can be used on the V11. Yes, it’s easy to change. It uses the same 1 button attachment system. No, the charger only charges one battery. However, you can buy a separate charger or buy the V11 Outsize, which includes 2 batteries and 2 chargers.

      Here’s some further reading that may help:

  19. Just purchased the V11 Torque after watching your video. The V11 Torque now has a clickable battery, at least the one I got a Best Buy does. I was surprised because the floor model didn’t have one, only the Oversize. I can confirm on the Torque (Blue one) it is clickable battery now. Still only one battery included, but nice to have that option to replace the battery easily.

    • Thanks, Chris.

      You are correct. Dyson seems to have updated the V11 Torque Drive model within the last month or two.

      We’re going to work on updating all of our V11 content within the next week or so to reflect this change.

  20. Great review! Do you know what the differences are, if any, between the regular V11 animal and the version Costco is selling as the V11 animal+?

    • Functionally, they are identical. I believe the only differences are aesthetics and perhaps some minor accessories.

  21. Costco is going to have a special on the V 11 Animal+ at the end of November for $400. I understand that later models of the torque and animal have clip in batteries. Do you know if the Costco V11 animal+ has a click in battery?

    • I do not, but my guess would be no. Only the V11 Outsize has the click in battery. The Animal is 2 versions worse than the Outsize.

  22. Thank you for all your help! We don’t have any carpet in our home but a number of our large area rugs indicate on the care that they should be vacuumed with the beater brush turned off. Is this possible with the V11 or does the autosensing feature turn the beater brush on whenever it senses carpet/rug? (or is the beater brush always going?). We are also considering just getting the V10 instead since I’ve seen that you like that best for hardwood. However, can the fluffy roller brush work on low pile rugs? I would ideally like to not have to change heads while vacuuming. Thank you!!

    • Unfortunately, you cannot turn the brushroll / beater bar off on the V11. Your best option would be to use one of the non-motorized attachments to clear those rugs.

      Regarding the V11, the soft roller brush is designed for hard surfaces, not low pile rugs. Will it work on low carpets? Yes, to some degree, but I would not expect performance to be great.

  23. Hi Derek.

    I just bought my first dyson. I was torn between the v11 and v10. A friend convinced me to buy the v11 torque drive which I bought for $509 with tax. I wanted the soft roller although I currently have more carpet. I bought that at a 50 percent discount. Sadly I haven’t been able to use my dyson bc I had a lemon battery and am waiting on the replacement. My question is economically do you think I should return the v11 and soft roller and purchase the v10 since it comes with the soft roller? Thank you

    • Economically the V10 Absolute is certainly a better value than a V11 with a separate soft roller head. I would personally go with the V10 Absolute, it is a much better value.

  24. When weight is specified for the Dyson stick vaccuums, are attachments included? Which ones? If you want two for one preformance, handheld plus stick, what is you recommendation?

    • The weight is based on the vacuum in full-sized mode with the multi floor cleaner head attached.

      The attachments are additional weight, but would result in a lower overall weight of the unit if attached.

      Handheld performance is going to be basically identical between the different V11 variants. I think the V11 Torque Drive’s advanced digital screen is a nice extra, so that would be my pick. But if that’s no important to you then you might as well save the money.

  25. Hi, thanks for responding to my comment back in May! Regarding the last sentence of your reply:

    “But those should be variable gate heights on the front of the vacuum. The more open the gate the less suction it can create, because there is less of a seal. However, with that mode you can capture larger debris better. In general, open the gates up for hardwood, close the gates for carpet.”

    This is probably really dumb but which way should the switch slide for “open” gates? I can’t see any difference in height when I turn the cleaner over and switch it between the “+” sign and the “–” sign. Thanks! p.s. I did go ahead and buy the Fluffy, though the $140 cost kind of gutted me. 😮

    • My pleasure!

      If you don’t often vacuum large debris just leave it on the + all the time.

      If you do, then you may want to leave it on –

      In general, the + will create better suction due to the increased seal with the floor.

  26. We have a proportion of our floors that are stone flags, some wooden floors and some tiled floors, the rest is carpeted. We have a dog that sheds lots of hair. We also have lots of furniture that I would like to use a very soft vacuum brush around ornaments instead of having to bend and twist in all sorts of compromising positions to reach nooks and crannies.
    Which model would you recommend ?

    • V11 Torque Drive is probably your best option, though you could certainly get away with the V11 Animal if you wanted to save money.

      If you’re afraid that a non-soft brushroll could damage your stone, wood, or tile, you may want to go with a V10 Absolute – – it includes the soft roller brush, which is better suited for more delicate hard surface flooring.

  27. Great review! Very detailed. I cannot seem to decide between the V11 torque vs animal.. I want to use it for bathroom floors where I have rugs/tiles and want something that would be most efficient in picking up long human hair without requiring much detangling..

    • In terms of functional power, there is no difference between Animal and Torque Drive. The difference really just comes down to the fancier display on the back of the Torque Drive.

      If you want the bells and whistles, get the Torque Drive. If you want to save a little money, get the Animal.

  28. Hi,
    Thank you for the really detailed review! I have been looking to go for a dyson and the v11 looks great. However i have a question about its performance with hair!! I have 3 dogs at home who shed. Also 2 women in the home, who also shed hair!! I have been tired cleaning the hair that gets entangled in my current handheld hoover (not dyson) brush. I wanted to know how the dyson V10/V11 perform with shedded hair. Also does hair get entangled with the hoover head and how easy is it to clean?

    • In my experience, I have not seen any issues with hair tangling on either the Dyson V10 or Dyson V11.

      The design of the Dyson brushroll + suction power do a good job at minimizing and eliminating those types of common tangles. I think either the V10 or V11 would be fine for your needs.

  29. I am considering the V11 Torque or the Outsize. I have a built in system and the dyson pet roller ball corded (heavy, tho). Which would you recommend?

    • I’d say it really comes down to how big your home is.

      If it’s over 3,000 square feet, get the Outsize…as the larger dust bin, 2nd battery, and larger cleaning head will all help you clean faster.

      If it’s less than 3,000 square feet get the Torque Drive…as all of those features on the Outsize just aren’t as important since you can easily clean the space within the 1 hour battery.

  30. Awesome summary of these vacuums! Thank you! Question— we recently finished building a house with all new hardwood and tile floors. However we will have a number of rugs. I am leaning towards the Outsize due to the larger cleaning head, the larger bin size, and the ability to swap batteries. I also like the idea that the V11 can auto-sense the flooring type so I could clean hardwoods and rugs without swapping heads. However, will that beater brush scratch real hardwoods? We have real oak wood floors and were told not to use a beater brush on them. Do you know if the multi-purpose head scratches real hardwoods? If so I might go for the V10 absolute with the fluffy roller brush but I really did like the other features of the Outsize. I would think that Dyson wouldn’t make the only head it comes with one that would scratch wood floors but I read that previous models did. Any thoughts? Thank you!!

    • Hi Sarah,

      Dyson says their multi surface is fine on hardwoods. And in my experience, I have not noticed any hardwood scratching.

      That said, there is definitely a percentage of consumers who have said the multi surface V-series brushrolls have scratched their hardwoods.

      So I think it just really depends on the surface on your hardwoods. If you’re worried, I would suggest you just opt for the V10 Absolute for soft roller head. Or go with one of the V11 models and add a standalone soft roller brush, which you can get here –

  31. Thank you so much for this in depth review- this has been incredibly helpful! I’m leaning towards getting the V11 Outsize for the higher suction capabilities, swap-out battery, and larger canister since we have two dogs (one of them a large fluffy Bernese Mountain dog who sheds A LOT). We’re going to be upgrading to hardwood floors this year, and I’m wondering if the Soft Roller Cleaning Head attachment is compatible with the Outsize? I know this would be going to a smaller head, which I’m okay with.

    Thank you!

    • Thank you! I’m glad to hear you found our review helpful.

      And yes, confirming that it is indeed compatible. It’ll be smaller, but it’ll still work just as well.

  32. Hello Derek

    Thank you for the thorough and extensive review.

    My floors are vinyl covered with tiles below. And I have a cat.

    What in your opinion is best – V11 Fluffy or V10 Animal please?

    I am from Singapore.

    • To the best of my knowledge, Dyson does not indicate where the V11 specifically is built. However, most Dyson vacuums are built in Malaysia and Singapore.

      I would expect the V11 is built there.

  33. Great review, so informative! So it seems that you generally recommend the V10 over the V11 as a better deal but if they were very close in price, would you still choose the V10?

    • It really depends on the price and your needs, Anne.

      If they are close in price…I’d probably go with the V11 for the added power and usabilty from the LED screen.

      However, depending on current sales the price different can make the V10 a better value choice. This is especially true if you have lots of hardwood floors and want the soft roller that is included with the V10 Absolute.

      At the end of the day, both V10 and V11 are amazing vacuums. Hard to go wrong with either.

    • Dyson V11 Torque Drive

      V11 has the longest run time (60 minutes) and suction similar to that of an upright (185 AW on max mode).

      The biggest complaint many people have on Dyson’s uprights is they create so much suction on some high pile carpets that they can be impossible / difficult to push forward. The variable suction on the V11 solves this problem, while still giving you maximum suction when you need it .

  34. I dislike seeing any cleaning tools out. So how long is the cord? I want to hang it in the closet but the outlet is about 10 12 feet away. Interested in v11 torque. Can you buy the appliance tool and velvet brush or any of the other tools offered with uprights? Or are they not compatible.i dont have alot of money so I have to save up for this vacuum. I purchased d14 about 15 years ago love it but gets stuck on one of my area rugs, so purchased sharkflex….HORRIBLE. going back to dyson. But because of funds I want to make sure what I am buying is worth it. Thank you

    • Power cord is maybe 5-6 feet, so you’d need to get an extension cord to cover that distance.

      And yes, you can buy other Dyson attachments that will work on the V11. Their attachments are universal on their more recent vacuum models (anything that’s come out in the last 3-4 years generally works on all models).

  35. Hi, how does the Dyson V11 Torque Drive charge? Does it have a battery that clicks in and out that you plug into a charging port somewhere or do you plug the vacuum directly into the wall? I have never had a Dyson before (or any cordless stick vac). Any insight you could give on that would be helpful.

    Also, can any of the attachments “attach” to the stick vac itself for easy off-and-on use while cleaning? Also, I see that this Dyson V11 has a wall mount. Can any of the attachments be stored on the wall mount somehow or with the vacuum? Thank you! I found your video very helpful!

    • It has a pin charger. You simply plug it into the base of the battery. Battery is not removable on the Torque Drive. However, there is a removable battery system on the V11 Outsize, see here for more –

      Yes, any of the attachments can attach to either the vacuum body itself or the extension wand (if you want more reach).

      The wall mount can store 2 of the attachments + the vacuum itself.

  36. Thanks for your great reviews!
    I have a newish V11 Animal Plus from Costco and absolutely love it (never thought I’d say that about a vacuum!). But I love my new hardwood floors even more, to the point where I’m paranoid about using anything on them lest they scratch (even a teeny tiny bit, since over the years that adds up to a lot of scratches and a dull finish). Every time I use my V11 Animal, I am a little bit concerned that the bristles are doing just that–partly because I’ve read some negative reviews that Dyson vacs scratch hardwood. Bottom line, I’d rather have a dusty floor than a scratched floor. Thoughts?
    Oh, also wondering which setting I should have it on: the minus sign, the plus sign or the black triangle in the middle?

    • If you’re really worried about your hardwood floors get the soft fluffy cleaner head attachment here –

      Then you can clean your floors without any worry!

      I’m not 100% certain, as the Costco model’s height settings are different than the normal V11 model. But those should be variable gate heights on the front of the vacuum. The more open the gate the less suction it can create, because there is less of a seal. However, with that mode you can capture larger debris better.

      In general, open the gates up for hardwood, close the gates for carpet.

  37. Hi Derek-

    Stumbled across your site today after seeing your YouTube review of the new Roborock S6 MaxV. Have been looking for a multi-floor robot vacuum and will wait for that to roll out.

    Want to partner with a cordless stick vacuum. I see a lot of questions here comparing the V10 and V11. We have a large house, almost exclusively hardwood or tile (a few area rugs) with a number of nooks and crannies. I’m between the V11 and Tineco S12 (+/- Plus). Looks to me like similar suction, a 2nd battery with the S12, both with a good list of accessories and the pedigree of Dyson versus a newer competitor. Any other thoughts between these two?

    • Hey Martin,

      If you haven’t seen it already, check out our V10 vs. V11 side by side here –

      If you don’t want to go with a V10, I’d suggest you go with the Tineco S12+. See here –

      Since you have mostly hardwoods the soft roller brush is going to be a nice addition, and the V11 Torque Drive doesn’t include it. If you get the V10 Absolute it would include it, but as you know, you don’t get as much as suction as compared to the S12 and V11.

      If you had more carpet, I would say V11. However, given the mostly hard surfaces in your home the soft roller brush is going to be pay big dividends for you. That’s what I would suggest.

  38. Awesome review! It looks like I can get the v10 absolute or the v11 animal, both for around $500. I mainly have hardwood floors and tile. Go for the v10? Thank you!!

    • Yeah, I think so. Since you have more hard surfaces the soft roller brush that’s included with the V10 Absolute is going to be a greater asset than the V11’s added suction.

      Get the V10.

  39. Hello, Thank you for your great reviews! I have 2 Border Collie with long hair and a lot of carpet. Do you think one of these models would be better than another for that challenge?

    • In terms of pet functionality, V11 Outsize is the better performer. It has a more advanced brushroll and more suction on max mode.

      V11 Torque Drive and V11 Animal would be identical in terms of functionality.

  40. Thank you so much for your insightful feedback. I am deliberating between the Dyson Outsize and Dyson Torque. In one Instance a reviewer noted Outsize could be difficult to maneuver when removing the stick due to its weight. What are your thoughts? Many thanks.

    • Outsize is definitely heavier and larger compared to the Torque Drive. So it is definitely more difficult to move by comparison.

      I didn’t find it unreasonable, but I can see how the size could annoy some users.

      I think you just need to ask yourself how much you’re going to use it handheld mode. If the answer is 30% or more, get the Torque Drive for added maneuverability. If it’s less than that just get the Outsize for added performance.

  41. Hi Derek,

    Thank you for your comprehensive reviews.

    I have a V10 Absolute. Would you recommend upgrading to the v11 absolute?

    I have a small double story town house with wood floors and tiles except for the bedrooms which have short pile carpet. My main requirements are for dust and dog hair.

    I would appreciate your thoughts.

    • If I were you, I wouldn’t. V10 Absolute is an amazing machine. No need to replace after 1 year.

      I would suggest you wait for next year, V12 should be out. The performance increase on the V12 might make more sense.

      But as long as you’re happy with the V10 no need to upgrade to the V11, in my view.

  42. Thank you for your quick response. I have retailer specific questions that I don’t know if you can help me with. Dyson Canada is out of stock of the Absolute V11+ and won’t honor the sale price after Apr. 30. It’s available at other retailers, exclusive to them, with different names. Canadian Tire has the Absolute Extra, Model # 297520-01 and Best Buy Canada has the Absolute Pro, model # not available. What are the differences for these two vs. the Absolute+? Thank you, much appreciated.

    • From what I can tell they seem to be about the same. These retailer specific models get really convoluted.

  43. Thank you Derek for your detailed and thorough review; it’s helped me decide to get the V11. I have a couple of questions for you.There’s a one week sale with $200 off at several retailers. Is that because the V12 will be introduced soon? I’m from Canada so there’s are 4 models: Absolute+, Absolute, Torque Drive Pro and Torque Drive. I’ve ruled out the Torque because it doesn’t include the soft roller cleaning head where the Absolute+ and Absolute do. What are the other key differences between the 2 Absolute models. Sorry for the short notice but I’m hoping you can respond quickly since the sale ends tomorrow, April 30. Thanks again.

    • You’re very welcome! I’m glad my review could help 🙂

      To answer your questions:

      1) The sale has nothing to do with a V12 launching. Dyson launches new vacuums March of every year. They already launched the V11 Outsize this year, there will be no V12 in 2020.

      2) Biggest differences between the Absolute vs. Absolute Plus models are:

      Absolute includes wall dock, mini stiff bristle brush, and Nickel Torque Drive cleaning head (which I believe is a slightly more basic version of the High Torque cleaning head)

      Absolute Plus includes floor dock, no mini stiff bristle brush, and the High Torque cleaning head

      For any non-Canadian’s reading this comment…please bear in mind, the V11 Absolute model has very limited availability globally (really only the UK and Canada). If you are in another country you’re best model will be the Torque Drive.

  44. Hello,
    I have a dog at home and his hairs get stuck everywhere, mostly on the sofa, it’s just horrible to clean.
    So I was wondering which vacuum is better, v11 Animal plus or the Torque drive ? Not talking about price but efficiency with dogs’ hairs.
    Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Sara,

      In terms of their respective ability to remove pet hair, both the V11 Torque Drive and Animal (and Animal Plus) are exactly the same.

      The differences between these models come down to accessories and an LCD screen, neither of which impact hair cleaning performance.

  45. Your review starts with a 12 month test. You say you received the unit in March of 2020…. I’m no math major but this kind of makes me want to not trust you or your reviews. How much other BS are you throwing out there in return for free products?

  46. I noticed that the only difference between the “Torque drive” and “Animal” models is the “mini soft dusting brush” which they sell on their site for $25 but charge $100 or for the model that comes with it?

    • That’s the only accessory difference.

      The biggest difference between the V11 Torque Drive and Animal is that the Torque Drive includes the more advanced LCD screen on the back of the motor, whereas the Animal includes a more basic LED light system (no display).

  47. Hello,
    Thank you for your very thorough reviews. I am looking to replace my very old (think 15 years old) upright vacuums with a stick model, basically for ease of cleaning and daily use (I have 3 young kiddos!). I think I have decided on the V11 but debating on getting the torque drive model vs outsize. I like that the outsize has the click in batteries and larger canister. Does the larger cleaning head make much of a difference or make cleaning more difficult (harder to get into cracks/spaces)? Are the larger canister and click-in batteries worth the extra expense? I don’t think we will buy another vacuum for at least 4-5 years.

    Thanks so much for your help.

    • Hi Angela,

      The larger cleaning head on the V11 Outsize definitely makes a difference. On one hand, you can cover more ground more quickly. But on the other, it cannot squeeze into as many places.

      If you have a large house…let’s say 3,000+ square feet, then it’s probably worth getting the Outsize. If your house is smaller than that you can save the money, as the 60 minute run time on the V11 Torque Drive should be sufficient to finish cleaning before needing a recharge.

      Both vacuums will easily last the 4-5 years your thinking (I would expect them to go 8-12, depending on use).

  48. After 9 months of the Dyson v11 torque vacuum I find it flawless. We have 2 cats and an equal mix of hardwood, thick wall to wall and low pile area rugs. I LOVE grabbing my light stick vaccum off the wall where it hangs & charges. I can do a quick thorough job in a fraction of the time needed with my old Miele or shark or Kirby (what a workout, that Kirby!). The V11 head swivels and gets under and around things so we’ll. I’ve always avoided nonbagging vaccums, but with an easy release motion the v11 shoots debris into our trash bin quite effectively. It’s gratifying to see how much debris I’ve picked up. The main reason I got it though was for stairs. In my 60s now I’m a little more careful about fall risks. The stick is light weight and cordfree making it much safer I think. I’ve resisted my husband’s urging to get a Roomba because I think it’s better to be active and I don’t want to neglect the many areas of the house the Roomba can’t reach.

    • Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Chabor! Glad to hear the V11 is still serving you well.

      Don’t knock the Roomba too much! I love my V11, but I also love my Roomba that runs daily. Great way to keep a good steady level of clean all the time, then deep clean with the V11 periodically.

  49. I was looking to purchase a cordless vacuum and I’m flustered. Have you checked out the newest LG vs the Dyson v11 or v10. I have mostly hardwood floors, tile in the bathroom and 1 bedroom with carpet. Suggestions?

    • Unfortunately, we have not yet tested the new LG Cordless vacuum.

      Since you have both carpets and hard surfaces, but mostly hard surfaces, I would suggest you go with the Dyson V10 Absolute –

      With the Absolute you get the soft roller head, which will be the better cleaning head for your hard surfaces. But in addition, you also get the Torque Drive cleaning head, which you’ll need for your carpets.

  50. Hello,
    I am interested in the V11. Cannot make up my mind between the Torque or Animal. My dog does not shed. There is such a big difference with the Animal vs Torque. Why is that. Saw the video and it only mentions two differences. 1 extra attachment and a better easier to read system. So I did not see the V12 come out in March. When is the launch date.

    • V12 probably won’t launch until March 2021.

      The biggest difference between the V11 Torque Drive and Animal is that the Torque Drive has an LCD screen on the back. That’s really it.

      In terms of suction, motor, performance, run time, battery, dust bin, and cleaning head, they are exactly the same.

      So if that screen isn’t important to you then you should absolutely get the V11 Animal and save the money.

    • Derek,
      thank you so much for your prompt reply. One last question. I see inquires on the soft roller brush. If the V11 does both hardwood and carpets without changing parts. What does the soft roller brush do?
      Thank you!

    • The soft roller brush is just another option for hardwoods and other hard surfaces. Historically, Dyson has always offered a V-series model with these soft fluffy cleaning heads. So lots of people like them and expect them to be included.

      I would say if you have very delicate floors you should make a point to get the soft roller head, if not, you can probably save yourself the money.

      At the very least, use the V11 multi-surface head for a month or two, see if you find it satisfactory. If not, add the soft roller head at that time.

  51. Hello! I am nearly sold on the V11 absolute, but I would like the soft roller that comes with the V10. Are V10 and V11 accessories interchangeable? Could I just purchase a V10 soft roller and click it on the V11?

  52. Hello,
    Thanks for the super informative reviews.
    I have 2 dogs and 4 cats at my apartment with tiles, hardwood floors and areal rugs. I am considering to buy V11 absolute. What would you recommend?

    • Do you live in a country where the V11 Absolute is available? If so, then by all means, get the V11 Absolute.

      If not, the V11 Animal is still a solid pick. The new high torque brushroll is improved over previous versions of the multi-surface brushroll.

  53. I just found out that Dyson releases new cordless models March of every year, should i buy the V11 with discount of 100$ or wait for V12?

    • Do you want to spend $600-$700 on the V12? Because that’s likely to be the price at launch.

      No doubt, the V12 will be better, but how much better remains to be seen.

      All that said, I would probably wait at this point until the V12 launches. When it does the V11 will only get cheaper.

  54. I have a v11 animal with the torque drive cleaning head. Bought at Costco last week. I noticed a decent amount of vibration from the spinning roller. Not flying apart kind of vibration but makes me wonder how long it will last. Is this normal? Doesn’t have to be on floor to notice. Everything else seems to be working as it should. Considering returning it for a replacement but don’t want to if vibration is normal.

    Have an option to exchange for V10 “TotalClean+” but possibly that comes with the same torque drive head – no one at Costco (administrator office via phone) or dyson (phone) could verify that for me.

    • I have heard that some of the V11 models shipped with a defective head. It sounds like you might have one.

      I would either return to Costco or reach out to Dyson support to get a replacement head. That shouldn’t be happening.

  55. I have tile in my bathrooms and hardwood everywhere else. I do have area rugs on my hardwood floors. Would you recommend the v11 or v10 absolute for me?

  56. Is there a discernible difference in battery life between 10 and 11? I need as much battery life as possible and I keep reading conflicting reviews.

    • Not that we have experienced during our tests or extended home use.

      If there is any major difference it would be that the V11 is a bit longer due to the intelligent suction. Since it can automatically increase / decrease suction as needed it can be more efficient. This can help to extend the life compared to the V10.

  57. I have a question ….. Dyson v11 or tineco s12? I have both but have to return one. Love the tineco features, but prefer the Dyson suction power. Can you please suggest anything

    • I prefer the Dyson V11 over the Tineco S12.

      V11 has more suction power and (in general) offers better service (at least in the US).

      The S12 has cooler usability features, but at the end of the day, these are machines for cleaning. And I would personally want the higher suction.

  58. I have thee V11 and find it difficult that remove the wand. Could just be my weakness but wondering if I’m doing something wrong.

    • It can be a little difficult to remove sometimes, especially depending on the angle of the wand to the body. Try to keep it more in line when you’re removing it. We’ve found that makes it easier.

  59. Thanks for the comprehensive review, however one thing I did not see …
    Does dyson make or provide a V11 tool storage solution as they did on the V10?
    I believe the V10 had the full tool storage & charging unit available, whereas all I have seen for the V11 is a floor dock that just looks like a hanging-type stand. Is there really nothing with the V11 to store the tools?? Looking at making the purchase, but also need to keep the accesories somewhere, without laying out on a shelf.

    • I don’t believe they do, Andy. I think all there is is the wall mount (which can also some of the tools).

      That said, there are a number of 3rd party companies that make stands. You can find them here –

  60. I bought a dyson several years ago and I loved it except for how hot the handle got while pressing the button to turn it on. Has Dyson corrected this problem?

  61. Can you tell me if the Dyson V11 torque has a 120-240 volt input on the battery charger? I am thinking of purchasing this model to take to the UK when I move. I want to make sure it will work with the UK 240V system. I currently have a V8 animal and that charger is 120-240V input
    I love your reviews, so informative.

    • The Dyson charger is 100-240 volt input.

      Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you! (and thank you very much for your kind words).

  62. I currently use a Dyson V6 Absolute for general use + Dyson DC25 for my high pile carpets.
    Would a Dyson V11 be able to replace both? Primary concern is having enough suction power for my high pile carpet.

    • It would be pretty close to replacement for both. Just depends for how long you need super high suction.

      Dyson DC25 has 220 AW. Dyson V11 on max mode at 185 AW. So it’s up there, but not quite at the same suction level.

  63. I’m usually wary of online comparisons and reviews because I wonder if they are written by the manufacturers. For example a review on a site called, listed the “10 best vacuums for Pet Hair” and the first 6 were all Shark vacuums. Then a Bissel! Give me a break. I’ve had Shark, and Bissell and Electrolux and Hoover (I’m no kid) and Dyson, and Dyson has always been the best. So it was really great to read a review that actually seems unbiased! Thanks for all the thorough research. After reading your review, I bought a V11 Torque and am anxiously awaiting delivery. Thanks again!

    • Thanks so much, Mark. I really appreciate that feedback.

      We do our best to create the most trusted, unbiased, and quality reviews that we can.

      I’m glad to hear you found them helpful! I’d love to hear how you like the V11. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

  64. I was leaning toward the V11 torque, but on Amazon it seems there are more problems with the torque than the animal. Do you have an opinion on this?

    • I haven’t seen anything specific that gave me pause.

      What comments did you see on Amazon that looks like the Torque is more problematic?

  65. Hi Derek,

    While I know this sounds corny but I very rarely write a review but I felt compelled to do so since your assessment of the Dyson V11 was so comprehensive and thorough, I reiterate what so many have said.

    Thank you.

    • Wow, that’s so nice, thanks so much Rebecca.

      Feedback like this is really great to hear. Thanks so much! I’m glad we’re on the right track and I’ll do my best to make sure we keep making awesome reviews.

    • I am trying to decide between the V10 and V11 I have vinyl floors with carpet in the bedrooms. I have two dogs that shed a lot, a crawling baby and a husband that has allergies! Therefore I am vacuuming constantly. What do you suggest?

    • Honestly, both are great vacuums. You’d probably be happy with either option.

      If you find yourself needing to vacuum more on the vinyl get the V10 Absolute – – as it has the soft roller cleaning head, which is better on hard surfaces.

      If you find yourself needing to vacuum more on the carpets get the V11 Torque Drive – – as the added suction power of the new V11 Motor will yield better cleaning performance.

  66. Awesome review! Apologies for yet another question about the “fluffy” head lacking on the V11, but here goes: the majority of our floors are polished concrete…would you say that the fluffy head offers any “buffing” qualities that the V11 head wouldn’t offer?

    • Yes, definitely.

      The soft roller head is going to buff and polish in a way that the multi-surface really cannot due to its design.

  67. Just stumbled on your review and as a first foray into the unknown world of Dyson vacuum cleaners, it’s an absolute gem! So I echo others in thanking you!

    For one, I couldn’t find the AW figure for the V11 on the Dyson.Hk website (even though it was available for the V10) but clearly conveyed on yours. Thanks again.

  68. Hi,
    All my questions have been answered thanks to your review and your answers to readers’ questions. Just wanted to comment that this was the best, most thorough review I ever read on any item in my entire life, haha. Every detail mentioned in an easy to read style. Thank you for this. I’ll be sure to come back to this site.

    • You’re too kind, Val. Thank you so much!

      I’m so glad to hear our review was so helpful! We do our best to making reviews like this (and even better ones) in the future.

  69. Doesn’t the v11 animal have a hepa filter, while the regular v11 does not? And if so, is it a noticeable difference for someone with allergies? I’d prefer to buy the regular because of the screen, but I usually struggle with allergies when I vacuum.

    • Hi Alica,

      That is not correct.

      Both the V11 Torque Drive and V11 Animal include the HEPA filter. The biggest difference is the Torque Drive includes the more advanced LED screen, while the animal has a more basic control screen.

      If you have allergies I would strongly suggest a vacuum with a HEPA filter, whether it’s the V11 or something else.

  70. Hi, I am stuck between V10 & V11, I have tile, carpet and wood floors. Which one would you recommend? Absolute? You’re review is great by the way.

    • Hi Sandra,

      I would suggest the Dyson V10 Absolute.

      Since you have both tile and carpet you’ll really benefit from the soft roller head, which is only available on the V10 Absolute.

  71. Many thanks for this great info. I’m still confused, though, about the fundamental difference between the Animal and the regular V11.

    I presume the animal does something different when it comes to pet hair, but what?

    • It doesn’t, actually.

      Both models are fully capable of dealing with pet hair.

      The difference is that the V11 Torque Drive has a more advanced LED screen and includes an extra mini dusting brush. Those are the only difference.

  72. The review is great, thanks for sharing.
    My house only have high carpet and it’s four bedroom two floors, I’m still struggling chose a dyson, can you advise me which is best suit for my need?


  73. your review was great, one of the best I’ve read. I’ve been trying to decide between the V10 Absolute and the V11. I have mostly tile floors downstairs and mostly carpet upstairs. also you mention emptying the canister was smoother with the V11. I seen a demo on QVC of the V10 and the canister came apart twice when she was trying to empty it. I had also heard somewhere that V10 was little harder to empty. That is one reason I haven’t bought the V10, yet.
    The absence of the fluffy head is one reason I have hesitated buying the V11.
    your opinion would be appreciated. THANK YOU

  74. Thanks Derek! I’m currently debating whether to get the V11 animal or V10 animal. It seems that V10 is good value for money, if V11 is better but not so much better — what would you say?

    I’ve noticed from your reviews that the main disadvantage of V10 is the design to empty the dust bin–not too big a problem perhaps?

    • I think you hit the head on the nail.

      V10 is just a better value overall.

      V11 is an objectively better machine. Nice smart features, nice extra suction power, however, it’s quite a lot extra for what only amounts to a small difference in usability and overall cleaning performance.

      Money no object? Go V11

      If you’ve got something else you’d rather spend that $200’ish on, go V10.

  75. I have a V8 and actually dislike the soft roller head. Dirt and hair got stuck on the cloth inside the soft roller head, and it’s impossible to clean. over time it just got disgusting. It’s probably the reason why they discontinued it.

    Does the auto switch mode by the Dynamic Load Sensor make cleaning much easier / more efficient? Does it make a big difference?

    • The Auto mode is a cool feature, but I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily game changing.

      Most of us know when we want low, medium or high power and adjust the vacuum accordingly.

  76. Is there a difference in cleaning heads between V11 Torque and V11 animal? I noticed that on Dyson’s website, V11 Torque has “Copper High Torque” cleaning head, while V11 animal has “Nickel High Torque” cleaning head.

    • There is no difference.

      Copper and Nickle just refer to the color. Functionally, they are identical.

  77. Hi Derek.

    Isn’t the point of the v11 head so that you don’t have to switch from soft roller to the other becoz it self adjusts?? I would think that that’s the reason the v11 doesn’t include the soft head. I am stuck between the v10 and v11. I have half hardwood and half carpet and I really don’t want to have to switch the heads around if I don’t have to. Having said that if the v11 flings stuff around on the hardwood then maybe the v 10 is a better option and I’ll have to live with switching the heads. But if the v 11 does a good job on the hardwoods I would prefer the v11. What do u think Derek?

    • The V11 adjusts suction level, but that’s not the same as the soft roller head, which is more adapt at removing debris on hard surfaces as well as dealing with large debris better.

      While I still wish the V11 came with a soft roller head, it still does a fantastic job on hard floors even without it. It removed 99% of debris with its normal cleaning head. This is the best performance for a multi-surface brushroll we’ve seen on any V-series vacuum.

      Yes, it flung a few bits of rice around, but everything else it tackled with ease.

      Based on your needs you would probably be happier with the V11.

  78. Are the free tools that come with ordering online worth it? Thanks to your great review, I think I’m gonna go with the V11 Torque. I know someone who doesn’t want theirs and is selling it for about $150 off but only comes with what’s in the box. After speaking with Dyson’s live chat they told me I could pick a free tool kit and they’d throw in the tool bag free. My question is, do I even need these tools?

    • The extra tools you get on are nice, but not really critical, in my view.

      I end up using the same basic 2-3 accessories for almost everything, and all of those come with any V11 purchase (whether it’s on, Amazon, or elsewhere).

  79. I also was told the fluffy head would not work by Dyson….. I have a fluffy head from a V6 Absolute. Do you happen to know if it would fit/work on the v11? That has been the one thing holding me back from purchasing as well.

  80. You do a great job with your reviews, much appreciated!

    Just a comment, I NEVER read past the actual reviews but this time I did. I too had the same question about the soft roller for V11. Before I read above comments I had called Dyson asking about compatibility and was told that soft roller is not compatible with V11 but that I wouldn’t need it because of new system. Told her I wanted it for wood floors, she said it wasn’t compatible and to purchase V10. Didn’t believe her so I chatted w/Dyson support online and was told same thing. Seems crazy that it wouldn’t work and maybe I got bad info…. Thought I would share.

    • Hey Susan,

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

      (Conjecture begins here) From Dyson’s perspective, it makes sense. I am guessing they don’t want people buying old parts for new vacuums. Perhaps there is an argument that the older parts don’t match the power usage / output of the new motors?

      However, to the question “do the old parts work?”, simply put, yes they do. I just triple checked and put the V10 roller on my V11 and it worked fine. So they are compatible in the sense that they will work.

      But if there is a more intricate engineering incompatibility that you or I cannot see…that could be going on as well behind the scenes. So that’s just something to keep in mind.

  81. Thank you for the great review!
    So if I buy the v11 and the soft roller separately will I get the best cleaning on wood floor?

    • Yes.

      My only real complaint on the V11 (aside from price) is the lack of the soft roller head. With that, it really is the full package.

  82. Are the V10 accessories compatible with the V11? My V10 absolute just broke and wondering if I can use all of these parts with a new V11

  83. Hi, im a bit confused by what you say comes with the absolute v the animal. On the dyson website, the absolute comes with the torque head and soft roller but the animal version does not. And both have the soft dusting brush. If the torque head is a major selling point of the v11, the animal version seems very expensive for a model that doesnt provide this.

    • You may be looking at the V11 Absolute on the UK Dyson website or another international Dyson website.

      In the US, there is no V11 Absolute. There is only the V11 Torque Drive and Animal, both of which only include the Torque Drive cleaning head.

  84. Great review! I was trying to decide on which vacuum would be the best to buy. I had almost convinced myself that I needed the V11. I have never had a Dyson before. I have a Kirby which I love except for my wood floors.
    I have 90% wood floors and that is my focus for a vacuum. After reading this review I am going to look at the V10 Absolute. I had not read about the soft roller feature before and the benefits to wood floors. Thank you for this great comparison!!

    • You’re very welcome! I’m glad we could help, Ellen.

      I think you made the right choice.

      V11 could be a better for those with carpets who will really benefit from the extra suction. But with 90% wood floors, the V10 and the fluffy soft cleaning head is a must.

    • For my money, I would buy the V10 –

      You get a little less suction with the V10 vs. the V11, but it’s still more than sufficient.

      While the intelligent suction and display features are really cool, they aren’t really changing how the vacuum performs.

      I also don’t love that the V11 doesn’t include a soft roller brush, but the V10 does.

      For these reasons I would go with the Dyson V10 in most cases.