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Dyson V11 Review

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, 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


  • 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.

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 vs. Outsize Origin comparison chart below:

 V11 Torque DriveV11 AnimalV11 OutsizeV11 Outsize Origin
Digital motorV11V11V11V11
Run time~60 mins.~60 mins.~120 mins.~60 mins.
Dust Bin0.76 L0.76 L1.89 L1.89 L
Weight6.68 lbs6.68 lbs7.85 lbs.7.85 lbs.
Max Suction185 AW185 AW220 AW220 AW
Power Modes3333
Digital Display Screen TypeLCDLEDLCDLCD
Run-time countdownYesNoYesYes
Automatically adjusts suctionYesYesYesYes
Low battery notificationYesYesYesYes
Clickable BatteryNoNoYes, 2 includedYes
Extension WandYesYesYesYes
Torque Drive cleaning headYesYesYes; XL versionYes; XL version
Mini motorized brushrollYesYesYesYes
Combination toolYesYesYesYes
Crevice toolYesYesYesYes
Mini dusting brushYesNoYesYes
Stubborn dirt brushYesYesYesYes
Docking stationYesYesYesYes
ChargerYesYesYes; 2 includedYes

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 now 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.

4. Dyson V11 Outsize Origin

The Outsize is also available as the Dyson V11 Outsize Origin.

The Origin version has all of the major bells and whistles of the full version of the Outsize, with a few small differences to help reduce costs.

The V11 Outsize Origin includes:

  • Only 1 clickable battery
  • Only 1 charger
  • No wand storage clip

Beyond that it is exactly the same as the V11 Outsize. Same accessories, dust bin, battery, run time, suction power, and dust bin size.

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

5. 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

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, 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.
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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.

Need Help? Ask Your Question Below

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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?


  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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).

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

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