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Dyson V10 Review

Derek HalesBy Derek Hales
Updated March 28, 2018

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If you own a vacuum, you’ve probably heard of Dyson. Well, Dyson has decided to release a new vacuum and it looks like it is going to take the industry by storm. This week, we will be taking a look at the brand new Dyson V10 Absolute vacuum and all it has to offer. Will this Dyson vacuum set a new bar for cordless vacuum cleaners?

Continue reading below to discover if the Dyson V10 is the best vacuum for you.

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  • Cleaning Tests 99%
  • Usability 94%
  • Value 90%
  • Maintenance 93%
  • Maneuverability 94%

Pros

  • The Dyson V10 has up to a 60 minute run time.
  • This vacuum has strong suction on all indoor floor types.

Cons

  • This Dyson can be awkward to hold as a stick when cleaning in higher areas.
  • The V10 has a fairly high price point

Dyson V10

The Bottom Line

The Dyson V10 Absolute is a vacuum I was truly excited about. Dyson V-series models have always come with great versatility, cleaning performance, and accessories, but to couple that with a battery that lasts 60 minutes is truly incredible. This is a vacuum that brings it all together in a beautifully balanced package of performance, convenience, and usability. Dyson V10 Absolute is arguably the best vacuum we’ve tested to date.

Looking for comparison reviews? See our Dyson V6 vs. V10 and Dyson V8 vs. V10 side-by-side vacuum battles.

Design

The Dyson V10 contains one of the most modern design schemes we have had the opportunity to test. Although similar to the older Dyson “V” models, the V10 made another leap forward.

The unit is still powered by the pulling of a trigger located on the handle, but the dust cup release is now more of a point and shoot style release versus Dyson’s older drop flap release. This is actually my biggest design complaint about the V10. The sliding mechanism that is supposed to be pushed by the user is a bit close to the handle of the vacuum, which makes emptying the dust bin a bit more difficult.

Comparatively speaking, the dust bin release of the Dyson V6 and Dyson V8 is easier to use, in my opinion.

Ultra close up shot of the Dyson V10 logo

Ultra close up shot of the Dyson V10 logo

One of the most notable features on the Dyson V10 vacuum is the longer dust bin. The new style of dust bin reaches all the way out to the end of the handheld portion of the vacuum. With this added design feature, the suction is more direct through each tool, due to inserting the tools straight into the dust bin / suction slot.

RELATED – If you’re a Dyson fan check out more of our Dyson vacuum reviews.

Aesthetically speaking, Dyson offers a couple of different colors on the V10. For the purpose of this review, we’ll be taking a look at the copper / nickel color scheme. Sharp edges and bright red and purple accents help create an overall sleek appeal.

  1. HEPA filter
  2. Power mode switch
  3. Trigger & dust bin release
  4. Dust bin
  5. Tool /  wand connection point

Labeled image of the Dyson V10 components

How It Cleans

The Dyson V10 utilizes one main cleaning method, but does so in a few different ways. Users have a couple of options when it comes to cleaning with this Dyson vacuum. The primary cleaning style is built around strong suction and a two-tier filtration system. Dyson is known for its radial cyclone filtration, and the V10 Absolute continues to use this process.

Although the filtration / suction part of the process does not change, the way in which it gets to the filtration can change based on a few different factors.

  1. Which cleaning head is being used?
  2. Which power mode is being used?
  3. And, which suction mode is being used (where applicable)?

The two main cleaning heads are as follows:

  • Soft roller head – The soft roller head is most appropriately used on hard floor surface types, such as hardwood floors. This specific tool offers a softer rolling pad that is able to offer somewhat of a polishing effect while also sucking up dirt / debris. There is no agitation offered with this tool, which can help prevent scratching your floors.
  • Motorized brushroll – This brushroll uses the more traditional agitation process. Several firm bristles are aligned along the brushroll and work to lift dirt / debris on all indoor surface types before sucking it up.
The soft roller head on the Dyson V10 is best used on hard floor surfaces

The soft roller head on the Dyson V10 is best used on hard floor surfaces

Every scenario is different, so you need to be sure you are selecting the right tool when completing a cleaning cycle with one of these floor heads. In addition, the motorized brushroll offers a minimum, medium, and maximum suction power which can be changed by a switch located directly on the head itself.

RELATED – Looking for more incredible hardwood performance? See our best vacuum for hardwood floors guide, including some of our favorites, Roomba 980, Miele Compact C1, and Shark Navigator Pro.

Users also have the option of attaching a smaller cleaning tool, allowing them to use the unit as a handheld. Once again, the same cleaning process is completed, but the suction type could be a bit different, depending on the tool.

Finally, there are three different power modes available on the Dyson V10 Absolute. Each of these modes increases or decreases the overall suction power, so users can decide how strong the suction needs to be before cleaning.

Three power modes are available on the Dyson V10 Absolute

Three power modes are available on the Dyson V10 Absolute

Size & Dimensions

The Dyson V10 vacuum is a slightly larger stick vacuum when fully pieced together, measuring 49.2″ long, 9.8″ wide, and 9.5″ tall. Additionally, the unit weighs 5.9 pounds when fully assembled.

  • Length – 49.2″
  • Width (cleaning head) – 9.8″
  • Height (motor body) – 9.5″
  • Weight (stick vacuum) – 5.9 pounds

Dyson V10 size & dimensions

Keep in mind, this vacuum cleaner can also be broken down into a handheld vacuum. As a handheld vacuum, the V10 measures:

  • Length (motor body with no attachments) – 14.25″
  • Width (motor body) – 6″
  • Height (motor body) – 9.5″
  • Weight (motor body with no attachments) – 3.4 pounds

Accessories & Parts

The Dyson V10 includes the following parts and accessories:

  • Charging cable
  • Wall mount / docking station
  • Soft roller cleaner head
  • Motorized brushroll
  • Combination tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Mini soft dusting brush
  • Mini-motorized tool

Each of these tools offer a quick release button, which makes for extremely easy swapping of tools.

  1. Wall mount
  2. Soft roller head
  3. Cleaning tools / wand
  4. Charger
  5. Motorized brushroll

Accessories included with the Dyson V10

If you order the vacuum directly through Dyson’s website, you have the opportunity to select three extra tools, for free. Dyson already includes a fair number of extra accessories, so this is just another bonus of purchasing the vacuum through the company’s site.

We selected the following extras with the purchase of our Dyson V10:

  • Mattress tool
  • Soft dusting brush
  • Quick-release tool

Cleaning Tests

The following vacuum cleaner tests are designed to show how the Dyson V10 performs on different surfaces, picking up a variety of debris types. We tested on three different floor types, including hardwood floors, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet. For each floor type, we tested the vacuum cleaner against:

  • Rice – 3 ounces
  • Dry Cereal – 1 ounce
  • Kitty Litter – 3 ounces
  • Sugar – 3 ounces

Each of the aforementioned debris types was spread across our testing lane. The base surface of our testing lane is an engineered hardwood floor. For our carpet tests, we slide in a low pile and high pile carpet insert on top of the hardwood floor.

Cleaning test debris types

Testing Debris – From left to right: Rice (3 oz.), Kitty Litter (3 oz), Cereal (1 oz), Sugar (3 oz)

Our vacuum cleaning process strives to be as consistent, fair, and true to real world use as possible. Our tests utilize the following procedure:

  1. Measure the weight of the testing debris and the weight of the empty vacuum debris container.
  2. Spread the respective debris type evenly across the central portion of the testing lane.
  3. Run the vacuum cleaner over the testing lane.
  4. Measure the weight of the now filled container and take notes on the cleaning performance.

Hardwood Floor

The Dyson V10 showed a strong performance on our hardwood floor tests, scoring 98% on rice and 100% on cereal, kitty litter, and sugar.

That said, while we did record 100% of debris removed for cereal, we did have some follow-up experiences (while shooting our review video) where cereal posed some issues. If we vacuumed a large pile of cereal super fast, it had a tendency to create a slight clog.

However, we weren’t able to replicate this cereal clog consistently, so it does seem to be something that would occur rarely, and only in cases of ultra fast cleaning of large debris with the fluffy cleaning head attached.

  • Hardwood – Rice 98%
  • Hardwood – Cereal 100%
  • Hardwood – Kitty Litter 100%
  • Hardwood – Sugar 100%

Dyson V10 hardwood floor cleaning tests

Low Pile Carpet

The low pile carpet tests proved to be no match for the Dyson V10. After selecting the medium suction and normal power cleaning mode, all four of the debris types were picked up at a level of 99% or higher.

  • Low Carpet – Rice 99%
  • Low Carpet – Cereal 99%
  • Low Carpet – Kitty Litter 99%
  • Low Carpet – Sugar 100%

Dyson V10 low carpet cleaning test

High Pile Carpet

The Dyson V10 made another leap as we moved onto the high pile carpet tests. Cereal, kitty litter, and sugar were all cleaned up at a level of 100%. Rice was nearly flawless as well, hitting 99% cleanliness.

On the high pile carpet, we did make the appropriate adjustments to the motorized brushroll, with regard to the suction power. The suction power was at its strongest option for all debris, except cereal. When vacuuming the cereal we moved it to the lower suction level, which is what Dyson recommends for larger debris types.

  • High Carpet – Rice 99%
  • High Carpet – Cereal 100%
  • High Carpet – Kitty Litter 100%
  • High Carpet – Sugar 100%

Dyson V10 high carpet cleaning test

RELATED – See other great carpet cleaning performance in our best vacuums for carpet comparison.

Usability

Using the Dyson V10 Absolute is extremely easy. But before you can use the vacuum, it needs to be setup. Once again, this was not a daunting task.

After all of the parts have been removed from the packaging you can plug the handheld portion of the unit into the charger, let it charge fully – which takes anywhere from 3.5-4 hours – and choose the tool you’d like to clean with.

Motorized brushroll on the Dyson V10

Motorized brushroll on the Dyson V10

Deciding how to use the Dyson V10 can also be left to the user. As a 2-in-1 vacuum, users have the choice of attaching the wand to the main base, or a smaller cleaning tool directly into the suction slot of the handheld. If the wand is attached, any of the tools can be inserted into the quick-release slot of the wand, allowing you to clean both on and above the floor.

If you decide to use it as a handheld, the preferred tool can be slid into the quick-release slot on the handheld itself. Therefore, users have the option of either a stick vacuum or a handheld.

All of the vacuums in Dyson’s V-series, including the Dyson V6, V7, V8, and V10 all have 2-in-1 stick / handheld vacuum configuration.

Straight shot of the Dyson V10 combo tool dusting brush

Straight shot of the Dyson V10 combo tool dusting brush

Additionally, there are a few different cleaning modes available. The three modes all offer a different level of suction and battery run time. If you’d like the minimal level of suction but the longest run time, the one dot indicator located on the top of the handheld is the most appropriate mode to be on. From there, the two dots resemble a slightly stronger suction power and shorter run time. Lastly, max mode is the shortest run time, but the most powerful suction.

Maneuverability

Maneuvering the Dyson V10 is quite simple. As a stick vacuum, the V10 swivels with ease, allowing you to turn at 90°. The vacuum corners around walls, obstacles, and furniture without much effort. Although there are no wheels with either of the floor heads, the rolling brushes allow users to push the vacuum smoothly, especially with its lightweight build.

Weight

5.9 pounds

Width

9.8″

Height

49.2″

Turning

90°

The stick can also be lifted up to clean higher areas, such as above shelves, in the corners of ceilings or doorframes, etc. Each of the tools included with this Dyson vacuum can be attached to the wand, allowing users to select a more specific cleaning style, if needed. There are times where reaching up with the unit feels a bit awkward, but it may  just take some getting used to.

If the wand is removed and the unit is broken down into a handheld vacuum, the V10 is much easier to maneuver around above your head. The weight of the stick is no longer a factor, so carrying the unit becomes less of a hassle. With the smaller configuration in hand you can get into those tighter corners and crevices quickly.

The Dyson V10 can also be used as a handheld vacuum

The Dyson V10 can also be used as a handheld vacuum

Once again, those same tools that can be attached to the end of the wand can also be attached to the suction slot of the handheld.

Overall, the Dyson V10 vacuum is extremely easy to maneuver. Both the stick and handheld can be used in a variety of different cleaning configurations, making this unit highly versatile.

RELATED – Want a vacuum that does the vacuuming for you? See our robot vacuum reviews and best cheap robot vacuums guide to get started on your search.

Maintenance

The following table indicates the frequency at which you will likely want to replace the various parts and components of the vacuum. However, your individual experiences may vary.

Accessory / PartReplacement FrequencyReplacement Cost
HEPA FilterOnly if damaged or lostCheck Price
Battery5-15 years Check Price

Maintaining the Dyson V10 vacuum is an important task. As expensive as it is, it’s not a vacuum you want to neglect to an early grave. By paying attention to a few main areas you will be able to ensure your V10 is running at its full potential on a daily basis.

The Dyson V10 posses a point and shoot dust bin release mechanism

The Dyson V10 posses a point and shoot dust bin release mechanism

Wash the filter each month (cold water, let air dry for 24 hours), replace the battery when needed, and empty the dust bin when it’s full and you’ll be good to go.

We would expect the Dyson V10 Absolute to cost virtually $0 / year in replacements parts.

How is it so low? Well, quite frankly there just isn’t much to replace. You only need to replace the filter if you damage or lose it.

And Dyson’s founder, James Dyson, has been quoted saying the battery will last 15 years.

15 years sounds pretty crazy, but even if it only lasts 5 years, that’s still easily the best we’ve seen to date. These low maintenance costs definitely help to offset the higher price tag.

As far as how much a replacement V10 battery will cost? We don’t know that yet. Dyson has yet to make the V10 battery available (at least that we could find on their site).

However, if it lasts anywhere close to that 15 year mark I think it’s fair to say you’ll probably want to upgrade to a new model. Making the replacement costs for the V10 battery basically moot.

Noise

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 V10 at low power generated 75 decibels of noise. On the max suction setting it generated 80 decibels.

Dyson V10 noise test

Battery

All cordless vacuums on Modern Castle are put through a standard assessment of battery size, run time, life, and replacement cost.

BatteryDetails
Size2,600 mAh
Charging Time3.5 hours
Run Time~60 minutes
Replacement CostCheck Price

Value

The overall value of the Dyson V10 Absolute is great. Is it the best value we have seen yet? Not in my opinion. Although this Dyson vacuum performs at an exceptional level all around, it is still an expensive purchase. If the price were lower, I would venture to say this is one of the best valued vacuums in the industry.

That said, Dyson is known for its higher end vacuums and prices. Therefore, if you’re interested in a Dyson, you probably already have an idea about the price range you’re getting into.

RELATED – What’s the best cheap vacuum cleaner? Find out now.

To round out the Dyson V10 Absolute’s value, Dyson includes a 2-year warranty and a 90-day return period. This is fairly standard for the industry, but still nice to know Dyson will back their expensive line of products for more than a single year.

Specifications

Below is a complete list of important specifications and features included on the Dyson V10 Absolute:

Specifications 
TypeStick
ManufacturerDyson
ModelV10
Length (inches)49.2
Width (inches)9.8
Weight (pounds)5.9
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
Dust Bin Capacity0.77 L
CordlessYes
BaglessYes
Returns30 days via Dyson.com
Warranty2-Year limited
BuyCheck Price

Who Should Buy the Dyson V10 Vacuum?

The Dyson V10 Absolute is a great choice for a lot of users, but it is not an inexpensive unit by any means. Although a pricier vacuum, the performance is top notch and could be well worth the money, depending on your wants and needs.

I would recommend the Dyson V10 if you’re looking for the following features in a cordless vacuum.

  • Longer battery run time – The Dyson V10 offers a fade-free 60 minute run time. This is by far the longest run time we have seen from a cordless vacuum cleaner. In addition, it only takes 3.5 hours for this Dyson vacuum to charge fully.
  • Wide variety of accessories – With the purchase of this Dyson vacuum cleaner you will receive a good number of cleaning tools and accessories. If you decide to purchase the unit directly through Dyson’s website, the company will allow you to add three extra tools to your purchase, free of charge. This brings you to a total of 11 extra pieces included with the vacuum.
  • Want a 2-in-1 vacuum – Although the primary function of the V10 is to act as a stick vacuum, you also have the option of removing the stick and using it as a handheld vacuum. All of the tools work for both the stick and handheld.
  • Don’t mind spending a bit more – Dyson is known for its higher price tags, but the price of this unit certainly reflects the performance and quality you’re receiving. If you’re not restricted by a budget and want the top of the line cordless vacuum, the Dyson V10 is a great choice.

For more information on the Dyson V10 vacuum visit Dyson.com.

Last Updated - March 28, 2018

The following logs all major updates and changes made to this page.

  • March 28, 2018 – Updated our estimated annual maintenance costs. We previously had noted the filter needs to be replaced. That was incorrect, as it’s a lifetime washable filter. Also added clarifying information about the battery’s lifespan.
  • March 20, 2018 – Updated our estimated annual maintenance costs (slightly reduced them) and clarified why we think they should be a bit lower.
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Summary

The Dyson V10 is a top of the line 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner that offers a few different cleaning modes, several cleaning accessories, and a powerful cleaning performance overall. With the longest battery run-time we’ve ever seen, the Dyson V10 is a well-rounded cordless vacuum that is positioned to dramatically shake up the vacuum industry.

Derek Hales

Derek Hales

Editor-in-Chief

Derek Hales is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of ModernCastle.com. He is a passionate perfectionist when it comes to testing and reviewing products for the home. When he is not testing new products, Derek enjoys golf, tennis, and PC gaming. Derek lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Samantha, and poodle, Tibbers.

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