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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, 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.Buy on Amazon Buy at Other Retailers

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
  • Clickable battery (as of late 2020 models)

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 BatteryYes, 1 includedYes, 1 includedYes, 2 includedYes, 1 included
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 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

  • 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.
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    Design - 98%
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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.

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  1. 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?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • If you’re really worried about your hardwood floors get the soft fluffy cleaner head attachment here – https://amzn.to/3e97aN5

      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.

  2. 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?

    Reply
    • Hey Martin,

      If you haven’t seen it already, check out our V10 vs. V11 side by side here – https://moderncastle.com/dyson-v10-vs-v11/

      If you don’t want to go with a V10, I’d suggest you go with the Tineco S12+. See here – https://amzn.to/35PstQF

      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.

  3. 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!!

    Reply
    • 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.

  4. 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

  5. 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.

    Reply
    • 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.

  6. 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.

    Reply
    • 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.

  7. 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.

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

  8. 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.

    Reply
    • 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.

  9. 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!

    Reply
    • 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.

  10. 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?

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  11. 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?

    Reply
    • 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).

  12. 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.

    Reply
    • 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).

  13. 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.

    Reply
    • 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.

  14. 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?

    Reply
    • 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 – https://amzn.to/3etP9tJ

      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.

  15. 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.
    Terri

    Reply
    • 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!
      Terri

    • 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.

  16. 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?

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  17. 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

  18. 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

  19. 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.

    Reply
    • 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.

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