Dyson V10 vs V11: Cordless Vacuum Comparison

Dyson V10 vs V11

The Dyson V series is one of the most recognizable and highest performing cordless stick vacuum series. Despite having a lightweight and compact build, these vacuums have powerful digital motors that enable deep cleaning around the home, not just confined to the floor. In this article, we will compare the two models at the top of the V Series range, the Dyson V10 vs V11. Looking at the key features and where each vacuum stands out, this article will provide you with a solid understanding so you can decide whether the extra price of the V11 is worth it.

Comparison Table

ModelDyson V10Dyson V11
DesignDyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Animaldyson v11
49.2 x 9.8 x 10.1 inches50.6 x 9.8 x 10.2 inches
Weight5.9 lbs6.68 lbs
7.85 lbs (Outsize Version)
Torque Drive
MotorV10V11 (22.5% stronger than V10)
220 (Outsize Version)
HEPA Filter
Intelligent Suction
Digital Screen
Battery Life 60 Minutes60 Minutes
120 Minutes (Outsize Version)
Charge Time3.5 Hours4.5 Hours
Dustbin Size
Multiple Power Modes
Bin Emptying
Docking Station
2 Tier Radial
AvailabilityCheck PriceCheck Price

Dyson V10 Overview

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

The Dyson V10 is a cordless stick vacuum that has previously been labeled “The Upright Vacuum Killer”, due to carrying the full suction power of a corded vacuum. Dysons digital motor V10 spings up to 125,000 times per minute and has enabled the slim build to achieve such power. Compared to the previous Dyson V series vacuums , the V10 can clean for a full hour pushing the boundaries and addressing the limited battery life issues of the V6, V7, and V8. The patented cyclone technology (HEPA filter) can capture small particles down to 0.3 microns, leaving no finer particles missed.

The Dyson V10 comes available in a few different versions which are concerned with the cleaning head; the Absolute, Animal and Motorhead. Coming with both the V11 Torque Drive head and Fluffy head, the Absolute is the most rounded for deep cleaning around the home. The Dyson Animal comes with the Torque drive head and is targetted for those people who have pets. We have compared the Dyson V10 Absolute vs Animal in more detail in another article. Finally, the Motorhead comes with the Direct Drive cleaning head only. Here is a summary of what each of the heads is for:

  • V11 Torque Drive: Designed for all floor types, best on carpets.
  • V11 Fluffy Head: Designed for hard floors.
  • V11 Direct Drive: Designed for carpets.

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Dyson V11 Overview

dyson v11

Released in early 2019, the V11 took the V10s spot at the top of the Dyson V series. The V11 is a very similar cordless vacuum to the V10 when it comes to the design and its features. Included examples in this are the shared dustbin size, the HEPA filter that captures particles down to 0.3 microns and a digital motor that spins up to 125,000 times a minute. The V11 also has around 1 hour of battery runtime, the same as the V10. The V11 does have a more powerful motor, 185 air watts compared to the 151 air watts of the V10, making it about 22.5% stronger. This will inevitably mean it will outperform the V10 in some scenarios and in general be more thorough. The V11 comes in two models; the Torque Drive and Animal, which is different from the product package release in the V10 (Absolute, Animal, and Motorhead).

One of the main upgrades the Dyson V11 has is a digital LCD screen that is visible on the back of the motor. On the Torque Drive model, it displays the chose cleaning mode, remaining battery life, as well as brief videos that display how to maintain the V11. On the V11 Animal digital motor, it shows all of these except the videos. Another unique feature of the V11 is the Intelligent Suction feature. Based on what you are cleaning, the V11 will adjust the suction to an amount that will clean it in order to optimize the battery run time.

There is now a new V11 Outsize model which has made some improvements, takin this vacuum to another level. This includes 220 airwatts of suction power, a 1.89 litre dustbin, and an extra-large Torque Drive cleaning head for quicker cleaning. We compare all versions in more detail here: Dyson V11 Torque Drive vs Animal vs Outsize.

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Differences between Dyson V10 and V11

In this section, we will overview the main differences between these two top-end cordless stick vacuums. To summarize quickly, the Dyson V11 has a more powerful motor, Intelligent suction, and a digital LCD screen. The V10 comes with a fluffy cleaning head, charges quicker, and is cheaper.

Suction and Motor Strength

The digital motor of the Dyson V11 is 185 air watts (220 with Outsize version), compared to the maximum strength of the V10 which is 151 air watts. Therefore, the Dyson V11 is capable of higher suction and therefore will be more effective in harder to clean situations. This makes the Dyson V11 one of the most powerful cordless vacuums available. When being used in cleaning, the V11 will be a bit more thorough, especially on carpets. However, the V10 has more than enough suction to cope with most situations.

Intelligent Suction

In addition to having a more powerful motor, the Dyson V11 has an Intelligent Suction feature which enables it to adjust the suction depending on the surface being cleaned. For example, hard floor surfaces generally need less suction power to be cleaned and as a result, the Dyson V11 will lower its suction power to optimize energy use. This fine-tuning of the motor strength is effectively an option that can replace the manual changing of cleaning modes.

Digital Screen on Motor

On the back of the Dyson V11 digital motor is an LCD screen that is not on the Dyson V10 motor. This screen has a few purposes, including displaying which Cleaning Mode is on, the battery life left, and maintenance videos. It should be noted that the Dyson V11 Animal model does have a digital screen but does not display any videos. This is one of those luxury features. It isn’t essential and doesn’t improve the cleaning performance but it adds to the usability.

Soft Roller Clean Head

The Dyson V10 Absolute model comes with multiple cleaning heads, including the soft roller Fluffy Cleaning head. This head is designed for and improves performance on hard floors. However, the Dyson V11 does not include this cleaning head. However, the V11 does come with many other cleaning heads and tools that we outline in the similarities section.

Charging Time

The Dyson V11 has a typical charge time of 4.5 hours whilst the Dyson V10 charges in a slightly shorter 3.5 hours.


The Dyson V11 is a newer and more advanced model and is, therefore, more expensive than the V10.

Similarities of Dyson V10 and V11

In this section, we will outline the main similarities between these two cordless vacuums of which there are many. To overview this quickly; the similarities are the size and weight, battery run time, multiple cleaning modes, one click-bin emptying, HEPA filtration, and included accessories.

Dimensions & Weight

The Dyson V10 and V11 are pretty indistinguishable when it comes to their dimensions and weight. The V10 is 49.2 x 9.8 x 10.1 inches, whilst the V11 is 50.6 x 9.8 x 10.2 inches. The Dyson V10 weighs 5.9lbs and V11 6.68 lbs. This makes them equally capable of being able to clean areas of different heights.

Battery Life

Each of these models typically last for 60 minutes, although the Dyson V11s battery life will be more variable due to Intelligent Suction varying its energy usage. The Outsize version has a longer battery runtime of 120 minutes as it comes with two batteries. Both model’s battery life will also vary depending on which mode is being used. Boost mode will drain the battery much faster than Eco.

Multiple Power Modes

Both the Dyson V10 and V11 have multiple power modes which are Eco, Auto, and Boost. Eco-mode conserves battery the most and is used on hard floor surfaces and short-pile carpets. Auto mode adds a little more oomph and intended for multiple surfaces too. Boost mode is the most powerful and intended for intensive jobs such as those on thick carpets.

One-Click Bin Emptying

A single click of a button will unlatch the bin and empty all the dirt inside.

HEPA Filter

Dysons patented HEPA filter captures particles as small as 0.3 microns. These kind of particles are usually allergens and HEPA filters a must for anyone with sensitive reactions to these kinds of particles.

Included Accessories

Both the Dyson V10 and V11 come with many accessories which include the following;

        1. Wand
        2. Charger
        3. Wall Mount
        4. Combination Tool
        5. Crevice Tool
        6. Mini-motorized tool

Final Word

The Dyson V10 and V11 are two of the best cordless stick vacuums, if not the best. Buying the Dyson V11 over the V10 has a few neat benefits, mostly the extra suction power. However, in practice it may not make a difference, it all depends on how difficult to vacuum your surfaces are. Those with more carpets should consider the V11 especially if they have a larger budget. Beyond that, the other two major differences are the digital screen, which is certainly useful but not essential and Intelligent Suction. The latter is useful for maximizing battery life, but admittedly performance-wise it won’t make a difference.

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Rupert is the founder of this website and a smart home tech enthusiast fascinated by the power of connected devices. Within his Business Management (BSc) degree at the University of Nottingham, he studied the technological impact of the Internet of Things.

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