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Dyson V10 Review

If you own a vacuum, you’ve probably heard of Dyson. This mega-brand recently released 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.

A 2-in-1 Stick Vacuum With Amazing Suction

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Dyson V10 Stick Vacuum

The Dyson V10 features the strongest suction we’ve seen from a Dyson stick vacuum to date and includes a number of accessories and attachments. It’s lightweight and the 2-in-1 capability adds to its overall versatility. The V10 performed well in our cleaning tests, removing 99% of all debris by volume we tested against. The 140 AW (air watts) suction power on max mode drives incredible cleaning power.Check Price

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.

Pros

  • The Dyson V10 has up to a 60 minute run time.
  • This vacuum has strong suction on all indoor floor types.
  • 140 AW (air watts) of suction power in max

Cons

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

If you would rather watch than read, we’ve got our full Dyson V10 review video here otherwise, just continue down the page.

Table of Contents

  1. Accessories
  2. Dyson Comparisons
  3. Cleaning Tests
  4. Maintenance
  5. Value
  6. Specs
  7. Summary

Dyson V10 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.

Labeled image of the Dyson V10 components
  1. HEPA filter
  2. Power mode switch
  3. Trigger & dust bin release
  4. Dust bin
  5. Tool /  wand connection point

How Dyson V10 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.

On max mode the V10 is able to produce 140 AW of suction power.

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)?

Cleaning Heads

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 the Dyson V10 Absolute, Dyson V11, and Miele C1, among others.

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

How big is the Dyson V10?

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

What accessories come with the Dyson V10?

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 offers a quick-release button, which makes it fast and easy to interchange.

Accessories included with the Dyson V10
  1. Wall mount
  2. Soft roller head
  3. Cleaning tools / wand
  4. Charger
  5. Motorized brushroll
Dyson wand for stick vacuums

Wand – The wand is a simple tube that extends from the motor body of the vacuum to the cleaning head or attachment. The wand color may be different depending on the model you get (Absolute, Animal, Motorhead, etc.)

Dyson charger for V-series vacuums

Charger – This is a basic pin charger. It charges the battery and plugs into the rear of the unit. Takes around 3.5 hours to charge

Dyson wall mount for V6, V7, V8, and V10

Wall mount – This piece of plastic mounts to the wall, allowing you to hang your Dyson V10 off of the floor so it doesn’t fall over. Great to mount in the kitchen, closet, or laundry room.

Dyson Torque Drive Cleaning Head for V10 vacuum

Torque Drive brushroll – this advanced cleaning head is only featured on the Dyson V10 Absolute and Animal versions. It’s Dyson’s most advanced multi-surface floor cleaner. Uses a rotating bristle brushroll for agitation. Provides 25% better cleaning vs. the V8, according to Dyson.

Dyson Direct Drive Cleaning head for V6, V7, and V8 vacuums

Direct Drive brushroll – This cleaning head is featured on Dyson’s V6, v7, and V8. On the Dyson V10 you’ll only find this head with the V10 Motorhead version. It is a more basic multi-surface floor cleaner with a rotating brushroll.

Dyson Fluffy Soft Brush Cleaning head for V6, V7, V8, and V10 vacuums

‘Fluffy’ Soft Roller brushroll – This floor cleaner head is designed for hardwood floors and other hard surfaces. Great at removing larger debris for hard surfaces, in addition to small debris.

Dyson combination cleaning tool

Combination tool – The combination tool can be used as a soft dusting brush or as a hard nozzle for upholstery. The light grey button allows you to slide the dusting piece in or out, depending on what tool you need

Dyson crevice tool

Crevice tool – This is a standard crevice tool and comes with all versions of the Dyson V10. Has a pretty good length to it, helping to clean harder to reach spots.

Dyson dusting brush

Dusting brush – This dusting brush is larger than the combination brush and also has softer bristles. Great for larger and/or more delicate dusting jobs around your home.

Dyson mini motorized brushroll

Motorized brush roll – The mini motorized brushroll is a full-powered rotating brushroll. Ideal for cleaning upholstery, fabrics, dog beds, and other areas that need a more localized brushroll cleaning.

Dyson V10 Absolute vs. Animal vs. Motorhead

Dyson currently is offering 3 different versions of the Dyson V10. They are:

Functionally, all 3 different versions of the Dyson V10 are fairly similar. The V10 Absolute, Animal, and Motorhead all use the same motor, the same battery, and create the same suction power.

So what are the differences between the Dyson V10 Absolute vs. Animal vs. Motorhead? The most notable differences are the accessories that are included with each version and the size of the dust bin.

  • Absolute: The Dyson V10 Absolute includes the most accessories and has the larger dustbin.
  • Animal: The Dyson V10 Animal includes almost all of the same accessories as the Absolute and has the same sized dust bin.
  • Motorhead: The Dyson V10 Motorhead has only basic accessories and a slightly smaller dust bin.

See our comprehensive Dyson V10 Absolute vs. Animal vs. Motorhead comparison chart below:

 Dyson V10 AbsoluteDyson V10 AnimalDyson V10 Motorhead
Digital motorYesYesYes
Run time~60 mins.~60 mins.~60 mins.
Dust Bin0.76 L0.76 L0.53 L
Weight5.9 lbs5.9 lbs5.5 lbs
Power Modes333
Torque Drive cleaning headYesYesNo
Direct Drive cleaning headNoNoYes
Fluffy cleaning headYesNoNo
HEPA filtrationYesYesYes
Crevice toolYesYesYes
Combination toolYesYesYes
Docking stationYesYesYes
Mini dusting brushYesYesNo
Mini motorized brushrollYesYesNo

If you’d like to see how the Dyson V10 compares to other Dyson vacuums see our complete comparison series:

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.

Overall

99%

Hardwood

99%

Low Carpet

99%

High Carpet

100%

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

Hardwood Floor Cleaning

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 the debris removed for cereal, we had 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.

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.

Cereal

100%

Kitty Litter

100%

Rice

98%

Sugar

100%

Dyson V10 hardwood floor cleaning tests

Low Pile Carpet Cleaning

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.

Cereal

99%

Kitty Litter

99%

Rice

99%

Sugar

100%

Dyson V10 low carpet cleaning test

High Pile Carpet Cleaning

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.

Cereal

100%

Kitty Litter

100%

Rice

99%

Sugar

100%

Dyson V10 high carpet cleaning test

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

How easy is the V10 to use?

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.

Dyson V10 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 door frames, 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.

Dyson V10 Maintenance Costs & Tasks

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. In a way, this makes the replacement costs for the V10 battery less important.

How loud is the Dyson V10?

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

How long does the Dyson V10 battery last?

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

Is the Dyson V10 a good 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.

Dyson V10 Absolute cordless vacuum

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.

Dyson V10 Specifications

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

Specifications 
TypeStick
ManufacturerDyson
ModelV10
Length49.2"
Width9.8"
Weight5.9 lbs.
Suction140 AW (air watts)
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
Dust Bin Capacity0.76 L
CordlessYes
BaglessYes
ReturnsVaries by retailer
Warranty2-Year limited
PriceCheck Price

Who Should Buy the Dyson V10 Vacuum?

The Dyson V10 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. Dyson’s V-series of vacuums has one of the largest variety of accessories and attachments we’ve seen.
  • 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 here.

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Exceptional Performance, Solid Value
  • 97%
    Design - 97%
  • 99%
    Performance - 99%
  • 95%
    Quality - 95%
  • 96%
    Usability - 96%
  • 94%
    Value - 94%
96%

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.

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. Just wondering how the dyson cordless will work on hair. We have a lot of long hair we vacuum up every couple of days. Our current cordless is on its way out. Just a low cost Hoover Lynx. Worked great- but I had to regularly take the vacuum head apart to clear/cut away all the hair that wrapped around the roller head. I am not worried about the sDyson’s suction power…more the actual ability to clear the hair as not to clog the roller/vacuum. Thank you.

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    • The V10 should be a massive improvement over the Lynx in terms of hair (and basically everything else too).

      We haven’t experienced any issues with hair tangles on our V10.

  2. Could you please tell me if the Dyson V10 cordless has a continuous on switch or do you have to hold it in the on position while you vacuum.

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  3. I am considering a V10. I have not seen any reference the diameter of the handle. I have a relatively small hand and a bit of a grip issue with my right hand. I am right handed. I’m wondering if the size of the handle and the almost 6 lb weight might be an issue for me.

    Reply
  4. **** this review. I came here based on a search to compare each of the v10 models, and it’s the one question you didn’t answer. FOH

    Reply
  5. Hi, great review, lots of information etc. Two comments/questions.

    You give a measured noise level but could you rate the level subjectively?

    At this price you would expect the vacuum to be versatile (replacing regular vacuum cleaners) but it does not seem to have taken cleaning out cars into account. Given the weight and size it would seem an awkward tool for such applications, something that could have been solved if Dyson had included a flexible hose, even a short one. A BIG minus in my book. Your comments?

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    • As far as noise, I would say the V10 on MAX mode is as loud as any typical high power upright. On low and medium power it’s slightly quieter compared to a typical high power upright.

      I suppose its versatility in a car is more of a subjective opinion. Despite the fact it’s a bit awkward in hand, I would still say it’s more than capable of cleaning a car. What you give up in a bit of in-hand awkwardness you gain in power, run time, and dust bin size. Those are good trade offs in my view. I’ve cleaned my car with the V10 several times and never felt limited by the form factor.

  6. Derek, thanks for such a thorough and insightful reply. Apologies I accused all the tests of being ~99%, I didn’t look at any non-Dyson reviews since I’m having difficulty breathing due to dust allergies and highly motivated to find a reliable solution. Your site & reviews are excellent. Thanks again.

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    • You’re very welcome, and no problem. If you only looked at Dyson then that makes perfect sense. Dyson owns the lion’s share of the 99% tests we’ve seen, especially their more recent V-series lineup.

      And thanks for your kind words.

      Let me know if you have any specific questions I can help with. I’d love to hear what you end up going with! Hopefully it can help you breathe easier.

  7. Appreciate the reviews, but seeing most cleaning tests reporting “99%” isn’t particularly helpful or informative. Your Dyson Ball Animal 2 review gets “Overall: 96%” in your cleaning tests with its 306 AW (air watts) suction vs “Overall: 99%” for the V10 cleaning tests despite only 140 AW.

    Looking for a solution to dust allergies and trying to decide between the V10 and Ball Animal 2. I’d expect an AW Vs dust plot to have a “knee of the curve” where incremental AW has diminished effect beyond a point (ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knee_of_a_curve ). I’d love to know where 140 vs 306 AW are relative to the knee if it exists. Appreciate any insights you can share.

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    • Thanks for your comment, Michael.

      I do think there definitely is a point of diminishing returns with respect to AW, but there are more factors to cleaning performance than just air watts.

      Also, I don’t think it would be fair to say that “most cleaning tests [report] 99%”. It’s only a select handful of vacuums (perhaps 8-10 out of the 100’ish we’ve tested) that score 99%, with many more falling well short of that.

      The issue with the Animal 2 scoring a 96% resulted from it having so much suction on hard carpets that it wasn’t able to get on top of and remove cereal from the carpet. If you don’t think you’ll have a need to remove large debris from high pile carpet then you can expect the Animal 2 to score a 99% like the V10.

      Back to air watts though…I think the Roborock H6 is a good example of why AW isn’t a perfect curve. The H6 has 150 AW, 5 more than the Dyson V10. However, the H6 was only able to remove 95% of debris, leaving 88% of sugar on both low and high pile carpets. The 12% of sugar left behind is probably the result of a limited seal that the H6 creates on the carpet, in addition to larger brushroll design issues.

      Unfortunately, not every vacuum maker provides their AW, so we don’t have access to a full set of data to create a more comprehensive chart with. But, speaking based on our testing experience, I feel confident in saying that AW isn’t always a perfect indicator of performance, but still a very good indicator of cleaning performance. As far as where that diminishing point of return are…I would say somewhere around the Dyson V10’s level, which is 145 AW. While there is some variation due to issues like we experienced with the H6 it is still generally a fair statement.

      When I look at vacuums like the Ball Animal 2 (306 AW) and Ball Multi Floor 2 (250 AW) it seems clear to me that Dyson thinks there may be a point of diminishing returns and overkill also. Dyson hasn’t released a major upright vacuum since the Ball Animal 2. Dyson’s founder has said they have stopped developed upright vacuums because their performance on their cordless stick has become so good. And the biggest complaint I see from the Ball Animal 2 is that it has too much suction, causing it to be difficult to push on some carpets.

      Okay, that was a big comment…but I hope that helped answer your question and provide a more clarification. Let me know if you have any other questions I can answer.

  8. HI It was just Argos but that is a general retailer for everyone in the uk

    but a friend of my fathers has a v10 absolute and it still had the direct drive head and fluffy tool but its slightly annoying because it was a big expense for me

    i am feeling like i need to send back my v10 animal then hold on for a bit and buy a v11 absolute when i can affor it again

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    • That’s interesting. It could either be a specific model for that retailer or perhaps it’s something that Dyson is doing for all of the UK.

      Thanks for alerting myself and others in the comments. Hopefully it helps others avoid being surprised by that fact too.

  9. the mortorhead is direct drive on the animal v10 when it said it was going to be the torque drive , this also happened to my friends v10 animal , still its a insanely good vacuum and iv never run out of battery on 1 or 2 in a big house

    your reviews are amazing , keep them up

    Reply
    • Hrm…that is interesting. It should have been the Torque Drive cleaning head on the V10 Animal.

      What retailer did you purchase from? I wonder if it’s a special retailer version.

      Also, thanks so much for your kind words 🙂

  10. hi , i am in the UK uk and my dyson v10 animal doesent have a suction slider / touque drive motorhead , my friend says the same – is this to be expected in uk

    its still an fablous vac and if you think you want it/ need it LOOK PAST THE PRICE TAG AND BUY IT JUST GET IT AND YOU WONT BE SORRY AT ALL

    Many thanks

    Reply
    • That’s interesting…and also surprising.

      Are you referring to the slider on the brushroll itself? Or on the motor of the vacuum?

  11. Hi Derek,

    Amazing review and the most detailed review out there!

    I’m considering to buy but there’s only one thing I’m not sure about. I have a small kid and we’d need to occasionally attach a nasal aspirator like Baby-Vac to the end of the wand. Do you think it’s possible?
    These baby-vacs are compatible with usual vacuum cleaner round pipes. Does the v10 wand have round ending and “standard” diameter?

    Cheers!

    Reply
    • Thanks for your feedback, Andras! Glad to hear our review was helpful 🙂

      It’s possible, but I’m not 100% sure. Dysons use a quick release system (the red button you see on attachments). So it’s not a perfectly round hole. There is a small space where that red button locks and unlocks.

      I think it’s likely that it would still work with your nasal aspiration, but unfortunately I’m not familiar enough with those to say with absolute certainty.

  12. Up to 60 min usage it says. I think that is using it without large cleaner head. Video says 5 min on max, 20 min on 2, 30 min on 1 with large cleaner head.
    So 60 min is maybe without any tools connected to it.

    //Tore

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  13. Hello. I had a Dyson v8 and read your review upgraded to v10.
    It seems the v10 only has one filter but the v8 had 2.
    The v10 exhaust air smells very dusty when vacuuming and doesn’t seem to filter as much as the v8. I already washed the filter thoroughly but no change. Any advice? Is there any other filter? The v8 was not so dusty and filtered more

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    • There is just the one filter on the V10.

      If it doesn’t seem to be filtering you may want to take it to a Dyson service center. I haven’t experienced these types of filter issues with our V10. It sounds like something may be defective, perhaps with the filter and/or the seal on your V10.

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