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Dyson V10 Review

The House Method team tested the Dyson V10 Absolute vacuum and rated it on a variety of factors including suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full review here.

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The newest cordless Dyson stick vacuum, the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, is supposedly the only vacuum you’ll need based on claims of an impressive 60-minute battery life and improved suction capabilities. But does it actually live up to these claims? We tested the Dyson V10 in our Research Lab and documented suction power, maneuverability, noise levels, and so much more. Keep reading to determine if the Dyson V10 is the best vacuum for you and your cleaning needs.

Overall score: 9.8/10

The value prop

With long-lasting battery power, cord-free convenience, and a sleek, lightweight design, the Dyson V10 is one of the best stick vacuums on the market. It also has the ability to transform into a handheld vacuum to clean your car, stairs, and upholstery.

Pros
  • It comes with three cleaning modes and delivers powerful suction on all floor types.
  • It has a lightweight design, making it easy to use and carry throughout your house.
  • It has a 60-minute battery life—quite impressive for a stick vacuum.
  • It features hygienic bin emptying, so you won’t have to touch the contents you’ve vacuumed up.
Cons
  • Though it has a long battery life, it lasts for 60 minutes only on the lowest suction setting.
  • It’s the most expensive Dyson stick vacuum available.

Dyson V10 design

Out of all the Dyson stick vacuums, we love how modern this one looks. It has a sleek design that makes it easy to carry and use throughout the home and turns into a handheld for targeted cleaning in just one click. While the Dyson V10 Absolute comes in a variety of colors, we reviewed the model with a copper/bronze color scheme. Another great design feature of the Dyson V10 is that the motor, bin, and cyclone are perfectly aligned, allowing air to be drawn into the cyclones in a straight line, creating 20% more suction power than the Dyson V8 Absolute vacuum cleaner.

One design flaw is the way this Dyson vacuum cleaner is powered: you have to hold down the trigger the entire time you’re cleaning, which may be hard for someone who has arthritis.

Some other important design features of the Dyson V10 include:

  • A motor-driven brush bar—Covered in soft, woven nylon, this brush bar captures large debris and simultaneously removes fine dust with its anti-static carbon fiber filaments.
  • A large, clear dust bin—With a 40% bigger bin than the Dyson V8, the Dyson V10 will prevent you from frequently stopping to empty the canister.
  • Point-and-shoot hygienic bin emptying—The long, slim bin has a point-and-shoot mechanism that allows you to eject the dust and debris into the trash bin without ever having to touch the contents.
  • Drop-in docking station—This Dyson vacuum cleaner comes with a drop-in docking station that allows you to recharge the battery and store the vacuum at the same time.

Vacuum assembly

The Dyson V10 Absolute can be put together in two clicks—similar to how the Dyson V7 and Dyson V8 are assembled. Simply attach the vacuum cleaner head to one end of the stick and attach the handheld vacuum cleaner to the other end of the stick. It took us less than 30 seconds to assemble the entire vacuum.

How the Dyson V10 cleans

Powered by the Dyson digital motor V10—the most powerful suction of any cord-free vacuum—the Dyson V10 has unbeatable suction power. It comes with a seven-cell, nickel-cobalt-aluminum battery that has fade-free power, allowing you to clean multiple areas in one cleaning. With an array of 14 concentric cyclones, the Dyson V10 can generate forces of more than 79,000g to fling microscopic particles like pollen and bacteria into its bin.

It has two main cleaning heads: the soft roller head and the motorized brushroll.

  • Soft roller head—This is best used on hard floors. It features a softer rolling pad that prevents your vacuum from scratching the floor and does a great job of sucking up dirt and debris.
  • Motorized brushroll—This head uses a more traditional agitation process to clean your floors. With three different suction power settings and several firm bristles aligned in the brushroll, this cleaner head can lift all messes off of your carpets and hard floors.

The Dyson V10 can also be transformed into a handheld vacuum, allowing you to target hard-to-reach spaces.

What to note about the Dyson V10

Though Dyson claims that this stick vacuum can run for 60 minutes, it only lasts this long on the lowest suction mode without any motorized attachments connected. On the strongest setting, the Dyson V10 is the most powerful stick vacuum we tested, but it only lasts for about seven minutes. Another thing to note about the Dyson V10 is that the dust bin is a little harder to detach and empty than the Dyson V8 Absolute.

How big is the Dyson V10?

As a stick vacuum:
Dimension Measurement
Height 9.5 inches
Length 49.2 inches
Width 10.1 inches
Dust canister 0.2 gallons
Weight 5.9 pounds
As a handheld vacuum:
Dimension Measurement
Height 9.5 inches
Length 14.25 inches
Width 6 inches
Dust canister 0.2 gallons
Weight 3.4 pounds

Accessories included with the Dyson V10

The Dyson V10 comes with four cleaning accessories: a combination tool, a crevice tool, a mini motorized tool, and a mini soft dusting brush. It also comes with a charging cable, a wall mount/docking station, a soft roller head, and a motorized brushroll.

Combination tool

The combination tool allows you to switch between cleaning hard floors and carpets and can be used as a soft dusting brush or hard nozzle for upholstery and other fabrics.

Crevice tool

The crevice tool is designed for precise cleaning around edges and narrow gaps.

Mini motorized tool

The mini motorized tool is a full-powered rotating brushroll that tackles pet hair and ground-in dirt found in your car, on stairs, or in your dog’s bed.

Mini soft dusting brush

Larger than the combination tool, the mini soft dusting brush has soft nylon bristles to clean delicate surfaces like blinds or curtains.

Charging cable

This basic pin charger plugs into the back of the Dyson V10 and charges the unit. It takes around 3.5 hours to completely charge.

Docking station

This thin piece of plastic can be mounted in the closet or laundry room and allows you to hang your Dyson off the floor.

Dyson V10 Absolute vs. Dyson V10 Animal vs. Dyson V10 Motorhead

The Dyson V10 series features a variety of stick vacuums that all have long-lasting battery power, hygienic point-and-shoot emptying, cord-free convenience, and the ability to transform into a handheld vacuum. The most notable differences are the accessories that are included with each version and the size of the dust bin.

Suction power
Charge time
Run time
Power modes
Dust bin capacity
Weight
HEPA filtration
Accessories

Dyson V10 Absolute

Suction power

150 air watts

Charge time

3.5 hours

Run time

60 minutes

Power modes

3

Dust bin capacity

0.2 gallons

Weight

5.9 pounds

HEPA filtration

Yes

Accessories

Torque drive cleaner head, soft roller cleaner head, quick release mini motorized tool, mini soft dusting brush, combination tool, crevice tool, docking station, charger

Dyson V10 Animal

Suction power

150 air watts

Charge time

3.5 hours

Run time

60 minutes

Power modes

3

Dust bin capacity

0.2 gallons

Weight

5.9 pounds

HEPA filtration

Yes

Accessories

Torque drive cleaner head, quick release mini motorized tool, mini soft dusting brush, combination tool, crevice tool, docking station, charger

Dyson V10 Motorhead

Suction power

150 air watts

Charge time

3.5 hours

Run time

60 minutes

Power modes

3

Dust bin capacity

0.14 gallons

Weight

5.5 pounds

HEPA filtration

Yes

Accessories

Direct drive cleaner head, combination tool, crevice tool, docking station, charger

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Cleaning tests

We performed three different tests that measured suction power, maneuverability, and mobility on hard floors, low-pile carpet, and high-pile carpet. For our suction tests, we used Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair.

Cleaning score: 9.58/10

Test 1—Suction test on hard floors

On hard floors, we used the soft roller head to pick up all of the debris. The Dyson V10 had no problem sucking up the kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair, but it did have a difficult time sucking up the Cheerios. When vacuuming the Cheerios, the V10 actually spit them out behind the vacuum, making an even larger mess than what we started with.

Test 2—Suction test on high-pile carpet

The Dyson V10 did exceptionally well on high-pile carpet. Using the motorized brushroll, the Dyson V10 picked up the Cheerios, coffee grounds, and pet hair in one pass and picked up the kitty litter in three passes. We adjusted the motorized brushroll to the highest setting for the kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair and moved it to the lowest setting (according to Dyson recommendations) for the cereal.

Test 3—Suction test on low-pile carpet

Similar to high-pile carpet, the Dyson V10 performed exceptionally well on low-pile carpet. The only substance that required more than one pass was the coffee grounds, and even then, the mess was completely removed in three passes.

Maneuverability

Most Dyson vacuum cleaners are great at maneuvering around and under furniture. Compared to other Dyson sticks, this vacuum was just as easy to move around obstacles. When testing it around a couch and two-foot-high coffee table, it had no problem cleaning up the mess put in front of it.

Usability

The Dyson V10 is extremely easy to move back and forth on all types of surfaces, but we noticed that there was more friction on carpets with the V10 than there was with the Shark stick vacuums we tested. In handheld mode, we had no trouble lifting the vacuum above our heads to clean ceiling fan blades and air vents.

Noise

This cordless vacuum is relatively quiet, measuring around 79 decibels (about the sound level of a toilet flushing). It’s acoustically engineered and designed to absorb vibrations and dampen sound, keeping sound levels to a minimum.

Dyson V10 maintenance

The Dyson V10 introduces a new type of hygienic bin emptying with its point-and-shoot mechanism. This feature ejects dust and debris deep into your trash in one action. Just like the other Dyson stick vacuums, you won’t have to touch any of the dirt or debris in the dustbin. When we tried emptying the vacuum, we had a little bit of trouble removing the bin from its holster at first but ended up emptying the contents in less than 12 seconds.

Filtration

With advanced whole-machine filtration, the Dyson V10 traps 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns (for comparison, a human red blood cell is five microns across), expelling cleaner air every time you use it. Dyson recommends washing the filter with cold water at least every month to keep the vacuum in top condition and replacing the filter only if it’s damaged or lost.

Is the Dyson V10 a good value?

Overall, the Dyson V10 is a great option for cleaning up messes on carpets and hard floors and is best for smaller homes or apartments. Though it has amazing suction power, it won’t last long if it’s on the highest setting. If you want a Dyson stick vacuum for a more affordable price, we recommend the Dyson V8. It basically performs the same and comes with similar accessories.

Who should buy the Dyson V10?

We recommend the Dyson V10 Absolute if you’re looking for the following:

  • A lightweight vacuum—Weighing just under six pounds, the Dyson V10 is one of the lightest stick vacuums on the market. Its lightweight design also makes it easier to maneuver around furniture.
  • A 2-in-1 vacuum—This vacuum not only provides cleaning power for individual rooms, but it also transforms into a handheld vac for small messes and spot cleaning.
  • Cordless convenience—Don’t worry about getting tripped up on a cord. This cordless stick is powered by a trigger and is easy to dock and charge when the battery begins to run low.
  • Multiple accessories—With two different cleaning heads and specific tools for cleaning your stairs and upholstery, the Dyson V10 is sure to provide a comprehensive clean.

Dyson V10 specifications

Below is a list of the most important Dyson V10 Absolute specifications.

Specifications
Type Stick
Manufacturer Dyson
Model V10 Absolute
Length 49.2 inches
Width 10.1 inches
Height 9.5 inches
Weight 5.9 pounds
Floor type All floors (carpet, tile, wood, vinyl, etc.)
Dust bin capacity 0.2 gallons
Power cord length N/A
Cordless or corded Cordless
Bagless Yes
Returns 30 days
Warranty 2-year limited

Consumer ratings

See how other sites rate the Dyson V10 Absolute.

Source Consumer rating Number of ratings
Amazon 4.0 stars out of 5 186
Bed Bath & Beyond 4.7 stars out of 5 75
Walmart 4.9 stars out of 5 49
Best Buy 4.6 stars out of 5 130
Sylvane N/A N/A

Customer reviews

“This review is based on comparing my old Dyson V6 Animal to the Cyclone V10 Absolute. The V10, even though bigger than the V6, is lighter. Also, the attachments are MUCH easier to switch out and the the bin empties so much easier and cleaner (no more having to use a knife to scrape out the pet hair stuck up inside the bin). As far as cleaning goes, the V10 is much better. I first used my old V6 on Max Power to clean an area rug, then went back over it with the V10 on low power. The V10 bin was half full of dog hair that the V6 hadn’t picked up. The V10 was also far superior in getting dog hair off of my furniture using the mini motorized tool (again, on low) and the the soft roller cleaning head even picked up cat litter without throwing it around like the roller brush does. One final note: I was happy to see that the V10’s docking station uses the same screw holes as the V6 docking station, saving me time and effort in patching and painting my wall! All in all, I’m very pleased with the purchase. Edit: I just vacuumed my 1200-square-foot condo, the furniture, and the stairs on one charge with 2 bars left. I have hard surface floors with some throw rugs and running the V10 on low power picked up EVERYTHING. In fact, if I used even the medium power, it was too much suction for the throw rugs. (This is an unpaid for endorsement, unlike a lot of 5 star reviews you read.)” — Amazon review

“I wasn’t sure if I wanted to lay out this much money for a vacuum cleaner. But we have a dog and I have dog allergies, so having a very clean house is super important to me. Plus, I love gadgets, so this was a huge guilty pleasure purchase. 🙂 After charging the unit up and using it, I couldn’t believe how much dust and fur this unit picked up. I had to empty it four (!) times when vacuuming our area rug for the first time. We had a standard model Dyson before this, so it’s not like my house was extra dirty. This stick vac really is that powerful – I never want another vacuum cleaner besides this one, and luckily it looks like it will hold up very well for many years into the future.

The only ding I have against Dyson is that the holder they sent for this vac only holds the vacuum itself and a couple attachments. There are multiple (5, 6?) attachments that can fit this unit, so now the rest are stored in a basket. The holder really, really needs a redesign for this purpose. Also, it is super cheap plastic which feels like it’s gonna break. For this much money, I think we deserve a solid, sturdy, and comprehensive storage solution for the vacuum.” — Amazon review

Buy the Dyson V10

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between the Dyson V10 Absolute and the Dyson V10 Animal?

The main difference between these two vacuums is the accessories included. The Dyson V10 Animal doesn’t come with the soft roller cleaning head.

How long does it take the Dyson V10 to charge?

It takes about 3.5 hours for the vacuum to reach a full charge.

Will this Dyson scratch my hardwoods?

This stick comes with a soft roller cleaning head, meant for cleaning on hard floors. It prevents scratches but still picks up stubborn dirt and debris.

About the author

Kealia is a staff writer and social media coordinator for House Method. She writes for a variety of beats, including home inspiration (her favorite), real estate, and home wellness.


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