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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


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. 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.


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


  • 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.

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 some of our favorites, Roomba 980Miele 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

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.





Low Carpet


High Carpet


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.



Kitty Litter






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.



Kitty Litter






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.



Kitty Litter






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.

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:

Weight5.9 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
Dust Bin Capacity0.76 L
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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    Usability - 96%
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    Value - 94%


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.

Need Help? Ask Your Question Below

  1. Hi Derek,

    This is a brilliantly researched article! It is so thorough and concise. First, thanks for doing an amazing job putting out this article for people like me, scouring the Internet for answers.

    Now, it’s Black Friday sales time and I have my eye on the V10 Animal. But unfortunately the price tag is pretty hefty and I don’t see any on sale. The V10 Motörhead is coming up on sale however, and kind of fits my budget better. But I’m worried I’m paying the extra price tag for a direct drive head and not a torque drive head (I still don’t get the advantages/dis of that difference).

    We’re a family of 2, and expecting our first pet home. We don’t know the breed yet as we are waiting for the shelter to revert on the rescues they have at present. We have laminate floors and Just a couple of area rugs and one dog bed.

    Do you think V10 Motörhead will work for us (CAD 399 on sale) as opposed to V10 Animal (CAD 699, full retail price)? I’m writing from Canada and I don’t think we have the Absolute model here (plus it’ll be wayyyyy out of budget for us). Thanks for your help!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m glad to hear our review hit the mark 🙂

      While the V10 Motorhead isn’t as powerful as the V10 Animal, it’s still an incredible vacuum cleaner. And you’re right, a 200 CAD difference is pretty substantial. What I would suggest is waiting for the actual sales on Black Friday to be fully published. Just to make sure the Animal doesn’t drop to a deep enough discount that it makes sense.

      If you can find the Animal for 550 CAD or less I’d say go with that. If not, go with the Motorhead. I think it still has enough power to handle your needs without issue.

      We’ll be publishing Black Friday Dyson deals here –

  2. Thank you for your review! Very helpful.

    I have three small kids, lots of “cereal” to pick up. Mostly hardwoods, a few rugs in the house. I need something easy to use daily, also that my 6-year-old can also use as he helps around the house.

    What would you recommend? Thank you!

    • The V10 would definitely be a good choice in your situation. I would suggest the Absolute model so you can get the soft roller head, which does better with cereal and other large debris.

      Also, the V10 is light enough that your 6 year old should be able to use it without too much trouble. If they do find it too difficult to use in stick mode you could convert to handheld mode and let them use it like that.

  3. I am buying from best buy since I have gift cards and they dont sell the absolute model. I am between the V10 animal and the V10 motorhead. I know the animal has the torque drive and the motorhead has the direct drive. Not sure which one to go with. I have 2 carpeted rooms and the rest hardwood floors. Eventually I will get rid of the carpet. Not sure what I benefit from the torque drive versus the direct drive. thanks

    • If you’ve got it in the budget, I would suggest getting the animal.

      The Torque Drive cleaning head is a notable improvement over the Direct Drive and well worth the added expense, in our view.

  4. If the Torque Drive Brushroll has 25% more cleaning power than the V8, what about the V10 Motorhead, which has a Direct Drive Brushroll like the V8? The V10 Motorhead also has a smaller bin and lighter weight, which seems odd. Are the advantages of the V10 missing in the V10 Motorhead?

    The V10 Total Clean+ at Costco has a Direct Drive Brushroll, so I’m guessing it is the Motorhead with a few more attachments?

    • Hi Tom,

      I believe the Torque Drive vs. Direct Drive is a comparison of the brushroll only, not the total suction power.

      So the V10 Motorhead, which uses the Direct Drive brushroll will have the same basic brush power as the V8, however, it will have more suction power due to the strong motor on the V10 itself (which has a maximum of 140 AW of suction power, compared to the V8, which has a max of 115 AW).

      So in order of performance / specs:

      Dyson V8 Absolute / Animal > Dyson V10 Motorhead > Dyson V10 Absolute / Animal

      And you are correct, the V10 Total Clean+ is basically the Motorhead with more attachments.

  5. Hi Derek, Great job with the video! .. i have onefloor of lamination and one of carpet. I have baby which is verymessy. Which one shall i go for? absolute or animal?

    • If you have a large portion of the floor that is laminate I would suggest the Absolute.

      Having the soft roller cleaning head is a really nice extra to better clean hard surfaces.

      If you only have laminate flooring in a small portion of that floor you could save the money and get the Animal.

    • Both the V10 Absolute and V10 Animal do great for pets, it really is a matter of your floor types.

      If you have lots of hard surface floors (hardwood, tile, etc.) get the Absolute.

      If you have mostly carpets, you can get the V10 Animal and save a few bucks.

  6. Thank you for taking the time to do such an in depth review and sharing it. Really helpful – thank you very much.

  7. Hi Derek! Awesome awesome review!

    Need your advise please to pick up a model?

    House is a mix of carpet and engineered laminate
    I have very long hair
    No pets
    I am sensitive to dust

    • Thank you! I’d be happy to help.

      Since you are both sensitive to dust and have an engineered laminate, I would suggest the V10 Absolute.

      V10 Absolute –

      The soft roller brush does a great job of removing dust and fine particulates from hard surfaces. Since you do have a sensitivity to dust that will really help to keep dust reduced around your home.

  8. This is brilliant! i have spent weeks trying to decide which upgrade of Dyson I should get. Answered all my questions. Thank you!!

  9. hello derek I want to buy a vacuum cleaner dyson v10. Please help with the choice of model. we have no carpets in the house, but there is a long-haired cat. vacuum cleaner mainly for sweeping and cleaning the sofa. flooring tiles. thank.

    • Hi Irina,

      Thanks for your question.

      The Dyson V10 is probably still going to be your best bet. The V10 model comes with the soft roller brush, which will be ideal for cleaning your tile flooring.

      See here –

      As far as cleaning the sofa, the V10 also includes the rotating brushroll attachment, which is great at removing pet hair from fabrics.

      If you wanted to save a little money you could go with the V8 Absolute, which includes the same accessories (just shorter battery life). See here –

  10. We have a lot of hardwood or laminate floors
    We do have some area rugs and carpet on the stairs and hallway. We also have two dogs that shed like crazy. I’m thinking based on what you said in this article the absolute v10 over the animal would you agree?

    • Hi Gary,

      With that much shedding + that hard many surfaces, I definitely agree, go with the V10.

      Having the soft roller head will be important to help get hose areas fully cleaned and removed of pet hair.

  11. Dear Derek
    We are thinking of replacing our ‘Henry’ with a Dyson but not sure what best model to buy. Main reason is we now have a long haired dog (aswell as a cat) and two members of the family have allergies. We think cordless will suit us best and like the idea of the accessories to help with soft furnishings and stairs. We have half wood floor, half carpet downstairs and carpet upstairs apart from bathrooms.
    Please can you advise – V10 absolute or V10 animal … or other?

    • Hi Kate,

      Thanks for your question!

      I would say it really just comes down to the amount of wood down stairs and how dirty it tends to get. If it is attracting a lot of hair, dirt, and other debris, definitely go with the V10 Absolute.

      However, if you find that it stays reasonably clean then you can definitely save a few bucks and get the V10 Animal instead. While the Animal won’t have the soft roller cleaning head it still will have the multi surface, which isn’t bad by any stretch on hardwoods (it’s just not ideal for large debris or pet hair on hard surfaces).

  12. Thank you for the informative and in depth review. I appreciate all the hard work as these are not easy decisions to make. My Dyson Ball Animal (1st gen) just died and I am searching for a replacement. I have hard wood, thick carpet, and 2 long haired profusely shedding dogs. After much research I’m trying to decide between the Dyson V10 Absolute and the Shark Apex Duo Clean with Zero M. I was leaning towards the shark until I read several user comments about the zero M meant to deter hair build up on the roller brush doesn’t work or breaks with long hair. How hard is it to get the roller brush fully clean on the V10? Does it require much disassembly like my Animal Ball did? Do you know how hard it is to clean the roller brush on the Shark Apex? I would appreciate any thoughts you have on the matter.

    • Hi Amy,

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m glad we could help.

      Regarding cleaning the the V10 roller brush, so far it’s been fairly easily to clean. Hair will some times get wrapped, but I’ve been able to easily pull it off or cut it off with scissors.

      Regarding the roller brush on the Shark APEX, I unfortunately haven’t tested that exact model yet (hoping to get one soon). I have tested the Shark Navigator and Rotator uprights. Since the brushroll deck is a bit smaller on those it was more difficult to clear the brushroll, but not hard and did not require dissembling. However, in all cases it really just depends on how clogged it is.

      It’s a good idea to check for tangles every couple of cleanings. So much easier to fix it when the problem is still small.

  13. I was on the fence about what vacuum to buy but since reading your great review on this product I plan on purchasing the 10 Absolute

  14. Hi Derek, thanks for providing such fantastic info. I am about to purchase a new vacuum for our home, we have a rabbit and the carpet is particularly tricky to clean, short but very thick pile, so definitely need a good power head tool. I have large areas of both tile and carpet, what would you suggest in the Dyson, I have been looking at the V10 Animal.
    Kind regards Angie

    • Hi Angie,

      My apologies for the slow reply, I’ve unfortunately been sick for a few days.

      Based on your needs the Dyson V10 Animal would definitely be a good choice.

      You might also consider the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2. See here –

      With a carpet as thick as you have you might find the added suction power of the Multi Floor 2 to be a nice addition. That said, both the V10 and Multi Floor 2 are exceptional vacuums. It really comes down to whether or not you prefer the cordless design or not.

  15. Hi Derek,
    As others noted excellent, concise reviews of Dyson top of the line stick vacs. I work for a major home and bath retailer. I purchased my V10 Motorhead for a special employee only price. I love this machine! Do not need all the extra attachments that alone really only increase that price. I can tests but attachments as needed direct from Dyson.
    My only question is the differences between the new Torque drive cleaner head vs. the direct drive cleaner head. Is the torque drive cleaner head worth a $100 price increase?

    • Hey David,

      Thanks so much for your kind words.

      There really is no functional difference between the V10 Motorhead and V10 Absolute, it really is just the accessories.

      The only accessory that you may want is the soft fluffy roller head the comes with the V10 Absolute. I think you can live without most of the other accessories.

      But if you have lots of hardwood floors having the soft roller brush is a really nice extra.

    • Are you perhaps thinking of a different Dyson vacuum?

      The V10 is not compatible with a standalone pet tool. The only available tools are the combination tool, crevice tool, mini motorized tool, and soft dusting brush.

  16. We just bought and I can not Maneuver the absolute 10 on plush carpet in bedroom. I have to lift and hard pull toward me. What is the trick?

    • Make sure it’s turned on the lowest suction setting.

      Dyson vacuums are known to suck down hard on carpets, especially plush carpets.

      Pulling slowly on the lower or medium suction setting is typically how I would recommend using it on high plush carpets.

  17. Hello, we are considering buying the V10 animal or the V10 absolute but we have heard that the animal does not come with the soft roller that can be used on hard or lino floors. We have six cats and cat hairs and cat lit are a constant pollutant. It seems that there is not much difference between the two but still need the option to hoover up crumbs etc off hard floors. Would it be best to go for the absolute model to cover both options ? Also when the device is put away on charge can the power be left on all the time ? does it have an intelligent cut off when enough power has transferred will it damage anything if the power is left permanently on ? Yours Faithfully, Dennis R. Matterson. Ilkley.

    • Hi Dennis,

      That is correct. The Animal does not include the soft roller head.

      To be on the safe side, I’d suggest just going on with the Absolute. The multi-surface cleaning head can still do the hardwood floors, but with 6 cats I really think you’d see a strong benefit from having the soft roller head to deal with pet hairs and other debris that could be more difficult with the multi surface cleaning head.

      Regarding the intelligent cut off, according to Dyson’s chat support, yes, all V-series vacuums have intelligent cut off and will stop charging once they are fully charged.

  18. I have been torn between which vacuum to buy (shark vs dyson) since both have a hefty price tag and on a limited budget I want the best performance and longest life span. Your reviews are excellent and finally helped me make my decision. Your review was more informative than any customer review I have read about either model. A huge thank you.

    • You’re too kind, Anna. Thanks so much! I’m glad my review could be helpful 🙂

      Which specific Shark and Dyson models are you considering?

  19. Hi, I add two other comments of a very good review! However in all the reading that you provided so nicely about the Dyson V10, I was specifically looking for the amount of run time when used on the highest suction setting? I saw many times 60 minutes, if you run it on the lowest section setting. So my question is if you would know how many minutes are approximately depending on the vacuuming situation with the battery last on the highest suction setting. I currently have a cordless Dyson V8 and I love it very much I use it on the highest setting most all the time it lasts for about 6 or 7 minutes.

    • Thanks so much! I’m glad it was helpful.

      When you run the V10 on max power the run time is the same as the V8 at max, about 6-7 minutes.

  20. Awesome review, thanks for all of the good information! Have you had a chance to test the V10 Absolute with the torque drive cleaner head on ultra plush carpet? We have SmartStrand Silk carpet and I am curious how that cleaner head handles that type of carpet. Thanks!

    • Hi Brian,

      Thanks for your kind words!

      We did test the V10 on a high pile carpet as part of our standard tests. The carpet in our tests is around 3/4″ long and incredibly dense.

      It might not be quite as ultra plush as your carpet, but I would guess it’s close.

      In any case, the V10 did great on high pile carpets, scoring a flawless 100% across the board on our debris removal tests.

  21. Hello,

    Excellent review and summary, the best detailed review so far on the net. I would like to purchase the V10 but I’m a bit confused between the models of ABSOLUTE, ANIMAL & MOTORHEAD and I was hoping you can guide me on how to choose the right one. In addition, I understand that they are all the same, but it is only a matter of accessories.

    • Thanks for your kind words! I’d be happy to help.

      Just a few questions for you:

      1) What floor types do you have in your home?
      2) Do you have pets?
      3) Do you have allergies or asthma?

    • hello
      no pets in the apt. , no allergies or asthma and the floor is marble tile (not smoth surface but more of gentle rough surfcae of the tile)
      thank you

    • I would suggest you go with the Dyson V10 Absolute –

      The biggest issue is the marble tile. While the multi-surface cleaning head would perform okay, the fluffy cleaning head (which only comes with the Absolute) is going to be a notable improvement for you.

  22. This website is so thorough and answered all my questions about the vacuum I am considering. I love the comparisons of the different models and the explanations of each accessory. Very excellent website-will recommend to my friends. Thanks for all your hard work

    • Your very thorough. So much so I have only 2 questions. I was all set to buy a V11 torque drive until I read in that review how you wish it had the soft roller brush as the V10 absolute had for hardwood floors which my house is 95%. You also mentioned the V11 had 185AW of suction. 1) how much AW of suction does the V10 have? 2) being I have 95% hardwood would you go for the V10? The V11 has a $100 off till 5/21/20 promotion going on right now but to be honest. The money doesn’t matter as much as the better vacuum for 2600 sqft of hardwood and 150 of carpet

    • 1) V10 has 140 AW of suction on max.

      2) Yes, I would. You’ll get more out of the soft roller brush than you will the increased suction in the V11. Even with the V11 on sale, I would get the V10. Unless you wanted to buy a standalone soft roller brush to go with your V11 (see here

  23. We have an older Dyson and the agitator roller brush tends to get wrapped in my wife’s hair and I have to periodically cut it off the roller. Is there a brushhead on Dyson or other brand that better addresses this?

    • Which older Dyson model do you have?

      At some level, this is always going to be a problem with vacuums that utilize brushrolls. Especially for longer hairs. Some vacuums can minimize it with design, but I’ve yet to find a 100% perfect no-tangle brushroll.

  24. Hello,

    Excellent review and summary. I was wondering if you could give a better breakdown of the pros and cons of getting the different models – I E. Difference in accessories v. Price point.

    Otherwise, very helpful.

    • Sure thing.

      Dyson V10 Absolute – – get this if you have both lots of carpet and hard surfaces that need to be cleaned

      Dyson V10 Animal – – if you have mostly carpet, get this. The only difference between the Absolute and Animal is the cleaning head for hard surfaces.

      Dyson V10 Motorhead – -get this if you really don’t care as much about the accessories. The motor / suction is the same on all 3 models. If you won’t use the added accessories then just get the Motorhead.

      Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.

  25. Derek,

    This is by far the most detailed, comprehensive and well organised review content of any appliance I’ve come across in the recent times. Appreciate your hardwork and passion in producing this work. Well done. Keep up the good work!

    Best Regards.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Muhammad. I really appreciate them.

      We put a ton of work into building the absolute best reviews on the internet. I’m glad to hear they are being well received 🙂

    • Derek,

      Thank you for a truly comprehensive review of the Dyson V10. We have had a few DC models and been more than pleased with the Dyson technology. Having dropped our current machine from the loft yesterday, my wife is very keen to switch now to a cordless vacuum cleaner. Based on your most helpful analysis, it looks like the V10 Absolute would adequately meet our needs. Thank you for your in-depth review.

    • I’m glad I could help, Iain! Thanks so much for your kind words.

      It really is hard to go wrong with the V10. It’s one of my personal favorites and in my view the best cordless vacuum on the market.

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