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Dyson V10 Review

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Avg. consumer rating = 80/100 

The Dyson Cyclone V10 is the latest in futuristic-looking stick vacuums from Dyson.  The cordless V10 looks slightly different than its predecessors the V6/V7/V8 due to a more air-flow efficient design, however it is still an attractive machine and many folks will proudly display this on the wall in their home. It has a Maximum Mode that generates 51% more power than the V6/V7 and 31% more than the V8.  Build quality is solid and it is a great fit for a smaller home or apartment.  However for deep cleaning and a larger home you may still want to have a full size vacuum available.  Despite the research and upgrades, like all stick vacs you cannot get a long enough run time with “deep cleaning” power to do a large area.  This is also a rather expensive vacuum.

Quick Specs
Type Stick Vac
Bagged/Bagless Bagless
Best for... Hard Floors & Carpet
Pet Hair Features Yes
Approx. Weight 5.9 lbs
HEPA Level Filtration Yes
Power Cord Length Cordless
Motor Driven Brushbar Yes
Warranty 2 Years

 

CONSUMER RATINGS

Consumer ratings for the V10 Absolute (the model we will focus on in this review) vary quite a bit.  Many owners seem to love it while others do not.  Most detractors feel frustrated that the run time with a motorized tool is not a full 60 minutes, and that the cost of the V10 is high compared to Dyson’s other stick vacuums.

Source Consumer Ratings # Ratings
Amazon 3.7 stars out of 5 60
Best Buy 4.9 stars out of 5 20
Bed Bath & Beyond 4.1 stars out of 5 11
Target 4.0 stars out of 5 4

 

When averaged the above figures provide an overall rating of 80.2/100 (or about 4 stars out of 5). Ratings to date are not as high as we have seen for some of Dyson’s other stick vacuums (see Dyson V8 Review, Dyson V7 Review, Dyson V6 Review).  There also seems to be some disparity between ratings from different retail outlets. 

DYSON V10 vs V6/V7/V8

The following table provides a comparison of key specifications for the V10/V8/V7/V6.  Please bear in mind that this data is not the result of our testing but has been pieced together from the manufacturer’s literature, discussions with Dyson customer service, and some additional research on our part.

  Dyson V6 Absolute Dyson V7 Motorhead Dyson V8 Absolute Dyson V10 Absolute
Run time, STANDARD Power, Motorized tool 16 minutes 20 minutes 25 minutes 35 minutes
Run time, STANDARD Power, Non-motorized tool 20 minutes 30 minutes 40 minutes 60 minutes
Run time, MEDIUM Power, Motorized tool N/A N/A N/A 20 minutes
Run time, MEDIUM Power, Non-motorized tool N/A N/A N/A 30 minutes
Run Time, MAX Power, All tools 6 minutes 6 minutes 7 minutes 5-6 minutes
Suction Power (STANDARD mode) 28 Air Watts 21 Air Watts 28 Air Watts 15.8 Air Watts
Suction Power (MEDIUM mode) N/A N/A N/A 33.8 Air Watts
Suction Power (MAX mode) 100 Air Watts 100 Air Watts 115 Air Watts 151 Air Watts
Recharge Time 3.5 hours 3.5 hours 5 hours 3.5 hours
Battery Life Indicator Lights 1 1 3 3
Battery Pack 21.6 V / 2100 mAh / 46Wh 21.6 V / 2100 mAh / 46Wh 21.6 V / 2800 mAh / 65Wh 25.2 V / 2600 mAh / 66Wh
Vacuum Weight 5.1 lbs 5.45 lbs 5.75 lbs 5.9 lbs
Dust Canister Size 0.11 gallons 0.14 gallons 0.14 gallons 0.20 gallons
Hygienic Emptying System No Yes Yes Yes


We’ve also put together this smaller Power & Run-Time Table below.  This table should make it a little easier to quickly compare run times and power between the models.

  Dyson V6 Absolute Dyson V7 Motorhead Dyson V8 Absolute Dyson V10 Absolute
STANDARD Power, Motorized tool 16 min at 28 AW 20 minutes at 21 AW 25 min at 28 AW 35 min at 15.8 AW
STANDARD Power, Non-motorized tool 20 min at 28 AW 30 minutes at 21 AW 40 min at 28 AW 60 min at 15.8 AW
MEDIUM Power, Motorized tool N/A N/A N/A 20 min at 33.8 AW
MEDIUM Power, Non-motorized tool N/A N/A N/A 30 min at 33.8 AW
MAX Power, All tools 6 min at 100 AW 6 min at 100 AW 7 min at 115 AW 5-6 min at 151 AW

V10 MODELS

There are currently three Dyson Cyclone V10 models: The “Motorhead”, the “Animal” and the “Absolute”.  There are differences in each package – see the table below.

  V10 Absolute V10 Animal V10 Motorhead
Main Color Copper Purple Red
Torque Drive Cleaner Head Yes Yes No
Direct Drive Cleaner Head No No Yes
Soft Roller Cleaner Head Yes No No
Mini Soft Dusting Brush Yes Yes No
Mini Motorized Tool Yes Yes No
Crevice Tool Yes Yes Yes
Combination Tool Yes Yes Yes
Docking Station Yes Yes Yes
Charger Yes Yes Yes
Weight 5.9 lbs 5.9 lbs 5.5 lbs
Dustbin Capacity 0.20 gallons 0.20 gallons 0.14 gallons
MSRP Canada $799 $699 $599
MSRP USA $699 $599 $499

 

The “Absolute” has a copper colored wand and is the most expensive of the three.  List price in the US is $699 and in Canada it is $799.

Dyson V10 Cyclone


Aside: Now that the V10 is here what will happen to the V8?
We recently read in Consumer Reports Magazine that Dyson has been developing the V10 Cyclone series for 3 years and that they will be phasing out the V6's and V8's after September, 2018.  You may want to read our Dyson V8 Review.


WHAT ARE OWNERS SAYING ABOUT THEIR V10?

Dyson V10

We’ve scanned many owner reviews and compiled this data along with our own insights to come up with a list of common V10 likes and dislikes:

PROS
- Still lightweight (under 6 lbs)
- Great fit for an apartment or small home
- Good build quality
- Easy to use
- Washable filters
- Includes several tools and attachments
- Comes with 2 specialized cleaner heads
- Great for doing stairs

CONS
- Battery can’t be swapped out
- Must continually depress the vacuum trigger
- Expensive
- Run time does not live up to expectations
- Have to remove wand to empty dust canister
- Wall mount only provides space for 2 tools

One of the biggest gripes with this vacuum is the run time.  This is likely, in part, due to the marketing of the unit which simply states 60 minutes of run time, so many folks expect 60 minutes at full power.  As the tables above show this is not the case.  The expectations are high and as a result there is a letdown and some folks are disappointed – thereby providing a less than optimum star rating in their reviews. 

Once again we are seeing concerns about having to keep the trigger depressed for power.  Some people would like to see something that didn’t require constant finger pressure to work.  Dyson refers to this approach as a "run time enhancing light touch trigger" the purpose of which is to ensure power is not wasted.  The vacuum is only on when you press the trigger and if you stop vacuuming, even for a short period, to move an obstacle for example, battery charge is saved as the machine is not running.  Some people are ok with this feature while others are not.

Also, like all of Dyson's stick vacuums you cannot swap out the battery.  Many owners wish this feature was available but no such luck yet.

There are some complaints that you have to remove the wand to empty the dust canister.  This is true and it was not the case with the V6/V7/V8 although we always found that we did this anyway with these units.

There are a number of people commenting on how uncomfortable the vacuum is to hold.  We didn’t find this at all but it could be the size of one’s hand or perhaps just the way one holds the machine.  The handle feels pretty close to the V6/V7/V8 to us.

Dyson Stick Vacuums

This is the heaviest of the Dyson stick vacs and some folks have complained that the handheld component is now getting a bit too large and heavy when used as a handheld vacuum.  It is also getting a little more awkward to use in a tight vehicle interior.

On the other hand owners are very pleased with how maneuverable the vacuum is.  The cleaner heads turn on a dime with the twist of a wrist.  They also easily get into tight areas and corners.  People also like the low profile of the cleaner heads as they allow the machine to easily get under low furniture.

There is a quality feeling to the tools and the way in which they attach to the vacuum.  The tools are well built and they “click fit” on the end of the wand or on the end of the handheld component of the vacuum.  This means they are held fast and will not fall off (like some compression fit tools can).  A red button is depressed to release the tool.

Folks also like the relatively low noise level of the V10 (in low power mode).  It has sound dampening technology which clearly works.  We’ve seen a number of vacuums these days with reduced noise levels and people do like this quite a bit.  The vacuum is still on the loud side when Maximum Suction is used but that seems to be infrequent for most owners.

You may want to check out V10 Owner Reviews on Amazon.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

What do you get when you unbox your Dyson V10 Absolute?

• Dyson V10 Absolute Vacuum
• Docking station (wall mount)
• Combination nozzle
• Crevice tool
• Mini motorized tool
• Dusting brush
• Soft roller cleaner head (for bare floors)
• Torque drive cleaner head (for carpet)

Dyson V10 Tools & Accessories

TECHNOLOGY

This is a bagless vacuum that uses cyclonic technology.  This is the same approach we see in all Dyson vacuum cleaners.

The V10 does have some motor upgrades when compared to previous stick vacs.  The motor is smaller yet more powerful than previous versions.  Dyson has made quite a few adjustments including doubling the number of magnets and stators. 

We have noticed a peculiarity that is apparently due to these motor modifications.  Whenever you release the trigger the vacuum makes a weird “boing” sound.  Several people have commented on this.  Apparently this is supposed to happen and Dyson engineers actually call this “The Boing Effect”.  This was not present in previous stick vacs.  It is no big deal but it may catch you off guard at first.

The motor changes have also allowed Dyson to move the cyclone assembly and dustbin into a linear format.  The result of this is a straight through airflow (this is not the case in the V6/V7/V8) and this linear air flow path is said to increase suction at the cleaner head by as much as 20% - when compared to the V8.

Following is a graphic provided by Dyson illustrating the airflow paths of the V8 and the V10.

Dyson Technology V10 vs V8

 

V10 BATTERY & POWER MODES

Like its predecessors the battery in the V10 is not designed to be easily removed or replaced (although we have read of several folks who have done so). This has resulted in concerns about the battery degrading over time and making the vacuum useless.  When this was recently put to James Dyson he said “Fifteen years of daily use might get you down to 80% battery, but by then you’ll probably want to upgrade to our new model anyway.”

The V10 battery is slightly different than that on the V8.  The difference in specifications is highlighted in one of the tables above.  However we also note that the V10 has a 7-cell lithium-ion battery while the V8 has a 6-cell lithium-ion battery.

The battery produces “no-fade” power which means the vacuum will essentially produce full power until such time as the battery is drained, then it simply stops.

V6/V7/V8 machines all have 2 power modes.  The V10 has 3 – low, medium and maximum.  The tables above provide run times and power output for each mode.

RECHARGING THE V10

Recharging the vacuum is straightforward.  It comes with a recharger which you plug into the handheld component of the vacuum.  This will also work if you are using the wall mount.  The vacuum WILL NOT work when it is charging – we’ve been asked this a lot. 

A full recharge of a drained battery takes about 3.5 hours (this is faster than the V8 which takes 5 hours).  There are 3 charging lights on the vacuum which blink to tell you how far along the charging is.  The lights also indicate how much charge is left when you are vacuuming, and are used for some diagnostics.

CLEANER HEADS

The V10 Absolute is designed for both carpet and bare floors and as a result it has 2 cleaner heads:
Torque Drive Cleaner Head – for carpet
Soft Roller Cleaner Head – far bare floors

Dyson V10 Cleaner Heads

The Torque Drive Cleaner Head (the underside is shown on the right of the image above) has a stiff bristled brushroll  which helps to remove ground in dust and debris from carpet.  This brushroll can be fully removed from the cleaner head for cleaning.  The cleaner head also has a new feature (or at least one we haven’t seen on a Dyson cleaner head yet).  There are gaps in the front of the cleaner head which can be opened and closed to varying degrees.  With these open the cleaner head should be able to pull in larger debris and with them closed this should optimize suction under the cleaner head (image below).

V10 Hard Floor Cleaner Head

The Soft Roller Cleaner Head has a very soft felt-like surface interlaced with several rows of carbon-fiber like bristles (these are also quite soft).  This appears to be designed to fully engage a bare floor and help remove stuck on dust.  Another small gliding roller at the back of the cleaner head is also felt-covered.  Both rollers can be removed from the cleaner head and rinsed in water to keep them clean.

CLEANING PERFORMANCE

 

Max Power Mode
We compare the V10 suction with that of several other Dyson vacuums in the video below.  We also tackle a major debris field on white low-pile carpet while using Max suction mode.  The V10 is very powerful in Max mode and it shows – it does a great job.  But please don't forget that in Max mode you are looking at only 5-6 minutes of power on a full battery charge.

Low Pile Carpet (V10 vs V8)
We’ve done some tests on low pile carpet to see if there is any difference between the V8 and the V10.  The video below shows us doing one pass with the V8 in Low power mode (28 air watts of suction) and comparing it to the V10 in Low power mode (15.8 air watts of suctions) and the V10 in Medium power mode (33.8 air watts of suction).

You can see a snapshot of the final debris fields for each test case below.  Differences are subtle but perhaps noticeable.

V10 vs V8 cleaning comparison

Bare Floors (V10 vs V8)
Below we compare the vacuums again - this time on a bare floor.  Differences were almost impossible to determine in this case and we found both the V8 and V10 did an exemplary job on the tile.

Non-Motorized Tool (V10 vs V8)
The idea behind this test was to take the brushroll out of the equation by using a non-motorized tool and test the V8 and V10 on low power mode.  This test, therefore, relies heavily on the suction.   See video below:

Ultimately we were a little surprised the V10 performed as well as it did on this test.  We thought perhaps with the difference in suction between the two units the results would be more obvious.  Consider that the V10 has 44% less suction in low power mode than the V8.

CLEANING VERSATILITY

Like all Dyson stick vacuums, the V10 transforms into a handheld unit.  You simply remove the wand and voila.  This is the heaviest handheld unit however.  We have weighed them all and found the following (this is ballpark):

V10 handheld – Approx. 3.65 lbs
V8 handheld – Approx. 3.5 lbs
V7 handheld – Approx. 3.1 lbs
V6 handheld – Approx. 2.9 lbs

The V10 also has the largest handheld unit.  When using a handheld vacuum it is nice if it is lightweight and compact.  We are still fairly comfortable using the V10 handheld but it is easier to use the other ones. 

Dyson V10 Handheld

NOISE LEVEL

This vacuum has been acoustically engineered to reduce noise.  We previously found the V8 to be the quietest of the Dyson stick vacs.  We decided to do a quick test.  We ran the V6/V7/V8 on low power and the V10 on low and medium power.  Decibel readings were recorded for each at a distance of 3 feet with the carpet cleaner head on.

V10 Low Power Mode – 63.2 decibels
V10 Medium Power Mode – 71.4 decibels
V8 Low Power Mode – 62.2 decibels
V7 Low Power Mode – 65.0 decibels
V6 Low Power Mode – 69.3 decibels

The V8 is still the quietest of the stick vacs when using low power mode.  We didn’t noise test the vacuums on max mode.

DUST CANISTER

The V10 has hygienic dust canister emptying, meaning you don’t have to get your hands dirty.  This is generally true but there are times when you still have to dig into the canister get out some stubborn hair or debris.  This system works well and we like it.

The dust canister capacity of the V10 is 0.20 gallons which is a significant improvement over the other units.  It is 43% larger than the V7 and V8, and 82% larger than the V6.  You will not find yourself having to empty this machine as much as the others.

It can sometimes be tricky to open the dust canister on the V10 (we show this in the video below), although it is not too bad once you get the hang of it.  We didn’t find this problem with the older units.

In the following video we show the difference between emptying the V10 dust canister and the V8 dust canister.

FILTRATION

Dyson states that this vacuum has whole machine filtration which captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns.  Essentially the vacuum has HEPA level filtration and a sealed system that ensures all the air entering the vacuum gets run through the filters before it is exhausted from the machine.  No unfiltered air escapes through poor seals, leaks or cracks.

There is one filter unit on the back of the handheld component and it is washable.  It is very easy to remove and re-attach.  Dyson literature indicates you should clean this about once per month.

WARRANTY

The V10 carries a 2-year parts and labor warranty.  This is the same length of warranty as the V6, V7 and V8.

VERDICT

The Dyson stick vacuums are similar in many ways but there is a wide range of run times, recharge times, and suction power.  In addition the weights, noise levels and canister sizes vary.  As such, different vacuums are better fits for different people and different homes.  It is hard to make a flat out recommendation but some basic guidelines (for folks who will be using motorized cleaner heads) might be along the following lines:

Consider the V10 if:
- You absolutely need the extra power in Max mode - even if it is short lived
- You want as much power as you can get (33.8 air watts) for up to 20 min
- You need up to 35 min and don't mind a lighter cleaning (less suction than v6/v7/v8) 
- You want the faster 3.5hr recharge time
- You don't mind the extra cost ($200 or so)

Consider the V8 if:
- You need up to 25 min cleaning time at a reasonable level of suction (28 air watts)
- You frequently use the handheld component especially in tight quarters
- You don't mind a recharge time of 5hrs
- You want to save $200 or so

Consider the V6/V7 if:
- You want a Dyson stick vac but don't want to pay for the V8/V10 

There are many additional reasons for one vacuum or another.  A good way to help decide is to carefully analyze the comparison tables above in this review. You may also want to read our other Dyson stick vac reviews - Dyson V8 Review, Dyson V7 Review, Dyson V6 Review.

DYSON V10 MANUAL

The V10 manual is very much like all Dyson manuals, meaning it is largely image driven.  There are all sorts of graphics providing instructions.  This does work well and helps give you get an idea what to do very quickly.  There are also 2 or 3 pages of written instructions.  They don’t provide a high level of detail and some folks may find this frustrating but they cover most of the basics.  You can view the manual here: Dyson V10 Absolute Manual

 

 

Comments  

+1 # John 2018-10-09 19:00
Had mine two plus years. Does what it says on the box extremely well. BUT Battery has already started to die. only lasts 2/3 of what it did originally. Use full suction and it stops working within minutes. Bigger problem is nobody seems to stock a replacement battery.
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+1 # Laurie 2018-08-04 16:46
Are the cleaner heads interchangeable from the V10 handheld to the Dyson Animal corded canister vacuum? If so, I could save money by buying the Animal vice the Absolute just for the sake of the bare floor cleaner head.
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0 # Nigel 2018-08-06 19:13
Hi Laurie,

We've got the Dyson DC39 Animal canister vacuum and the V10 Absolute. The powered cleaner heads for the V10 do not fit on the DC39 (I tried on the off chance). For one thing the DC39 does not have power at the end of the wand.

Thanks,
NIgel
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+1 # Yousif 2018-07-08 11:33
The Dyson V10 Motorhead is about 250 dollars less than the V10 Absolute right now in Dyson's website. I was wondering if it's worth considering paying the extra 250 to get the Absolute over the Motorhead version.

I failed to notice any difference in specs other than the contents of the box with the included tools. Am I missing something?
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0 # Jeff 2018-07-11 22:25
The dust bin on the higher end ones is bigger. The head is also a "torque drive" instead of "direct drive", but I don't really know what that means...
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-1 # Margie Breen 2018-07-07 15:43
I cannot understand why illustrations take the place of the written word. This Dyson is manufactured in England, so why not instructions in English? I find this to be confusing and not thorough.
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+5 # KenG 2018-06-14 13:18
I’ve spent hours reading comparisons of V10 to V8. You have the best, most complete comparative review on the internet.

For me, the most relevant thing from above to note is that “standard” power on V8 is comparable to “medium” power on V10. Low power on V10 is lower than what is available on V8. This means, apples to apples, most common use will be medium on V10 and standard power on V8. Or 33.8 air watts versus 28, 20% more suction on V10. Run time is 20 minutes on V10 versus 25 for V8 at these similar settings. So you sacrifice 5 minutes run-time to get 20% more power. Seems V10 wins that battle.

That said, I bought a V8 at Costco for $399 on a special “Total Clean+” package exclusive to the store. It includes every tool imaginabe, more than an Absolute, and even a tool storage bag. Given that V8’s are being phased out in September and not every Costco has this particular package, I’d grab it if offered in your local Costco (assuming you’re a member).

Otherwise, I’d wait for V10 pricing to come down. $699 for an Absolute seems “absolutely” ridiculous when nearly-as-good V8’s can be bought for $300 less with all the bells and whistles. That’s my take, anyway.
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