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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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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 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 TypeLCDLED LCDLCD
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.

Overall

99%

Hardwood

99%

Low Carpet

100%

High Carpet

99%

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.

Cereal

100%

Kitty Litter

99%

Rice

99%

Sugar

100%

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.

Cereal

100%

Kitty Litter

100%

Rice

100%

Sugar

100%

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%.

Cereal

99%

Kitty Litter

100%

Rice

100%

Sugar

100%

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:

Specifications 
TypeStick
ManufacturerDyson
ModelV11
Length50.6"
Width9.8"
Height10.3"
Weight6.68 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
Dust Bin Capacity0.76 L
CordlessYes
BaglessYes
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.

Updates

  • 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.
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    Design - 98%
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    Performance - 99%
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    Quality - 95%
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    Usability - 97%
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    Value - 93%
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Summary

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 ModernCastle.com. He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider, Realtor.com, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

Need Help? Ask Your Question Below

  1. 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+?
    Thanks.

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

  2. 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

  3. 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!!

    Reply
    • 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.

  4. 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

    Reply
    • 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.

  5. 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

  6. 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. 😮

    Reply
    • 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.

  7. 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 ?

    Reply
    • 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 – https://amzn.to/2n8Ogx7 – it includes the soft roller brush, which is better suited for more delicate hard surface flooring.

  8. 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..

    Reply
    • 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.

  9. 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

  10. 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

  11. 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!!

    Reply
    • 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 – https://amzn.to/2UgwR6y

  12. 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!

    Reply
    • 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.

  13. 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.

    Reply
    • 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.

  14. 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?

    Reply
    • 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 .

  15. 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

    Reply
    • 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).

  16. 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!

    Reply
    • 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 – https://moderncastle.com/dyson-v11-outsize-review/

      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.

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