Over the past few months, I’ve tested some of Xiaomi’s best stick vacuums, including the Roidmi F8, Jimmy JV51, and the Roidmi NEX.
Today, we’ll be looking at one of the lesser-known brands they call Dreame.
A Cheaper Alternative to the Dyson V8 Fluffy
Dreame V10 Review
The Dreame V10 is their latest cordless stick vacuum with the “Space 3.0 Enhanced Motor”, which is the most potent of all their products. Dreame says that this motor has 16% more power than the V9, but the question is, how does this power translate in the real world? That’s what we’ll find in the review. This vacuum only comes with the soft roller attachment, so it’s most useful on hard floors, but in my tests, it was very good at picking up surface dirt even on mid-pile carpet.
- Will run for up to 64 minutes in the lowest setting with non-powered tools
- Excellent at picking up surface dirt on hard floors and carpets
- Great at cleaning mattresses
- Very usable airflow even at the lowest setting
- Non-removable battery
- Does not have a standard brush roll
- Won’t deep cleaning carpets as well as a vacuum with a standard brush roll
Introduction to the Dreame V10
There are three different Dreame options – the Dreame V9, V9 Pro, and the V10 Pro. All three models have the same attachment, except for the hose tool, which is only available with the V10. Another similarity is the design, as all three have the same dust cup and trigger placement with some minor cosmetic differences.
The difference would be that the V10 Pro has an upgraded motor, but it utilizes the same 2,500 mAh Li-ion battery as the V9 Pro.
So, in essence, the V10 Pro has the most power of all options available.
However, based on tests, the soft roller doesn’t need high airflow to be effective. Even at the lowest setting, it can still pick up debris efficiently.
This is important because it allows folks to use it for more extended periods (more than 37 minutes in my tests).
Let’s look at the features of the Dreame V10 one by one.
Usability and Ergonomics
The V10 Pro has the same design cues as the Dyson V7 and V8. With the trigger, dust cup, and motor all at the same area close to the top.
So it has the same ergonomic qualities of a Dyson, but with inferior steering.
It adopts a similar steering mechanism as other Xiaomi products, so it doesn’t move as smoothly or as effortlessly.
Three Adjustable Power Settings
The Dreame V10 has three different power settings – low, medium, and max.
There is a slide switch behind the motor that helps users toggle between the three settings.
In daily cleaning chores, you may not need to use the middle or high settings because the soft roller attachment will do a good enough job at picking up debris like dust and even sand.
I would even encourage using the low setting when cleaning floors since the soft roller bar spins the slowest at this setting and prevents certain debris (e.g., quinoa and pet litter) from being kicked forward.
How Much Power Does The Dreame V10 Have?
To measure power, I used an anemometer to determine airflow on the wand and the main cleaning head. I believe that this is a good indicator of how well a vacuum will pick up dirt on a variety of surfaces.
But other factors are also important such as brush roll design.
Here are the results
|Wand||24.87 CFM||32.65 CFM||51.89 CFM|
|Cleaning Head||23.39 CFM||28.52 CFM||41.31 CFM|
Dust Cup Design and Capacity
It has a slightly smaller canister than the Dyson V8 with a 0.5-liter capacity. This model has the same vertically aligned bin with a trap door at the bottom, but it lacks the hygienic system that all newer Dyson cord-free products have.
The dust cup’s outer shell isn’t removable; however, the main filter assembly (the charcoal and silver part at the middle) is, and it is washable. So giving it a thorough clean won’t require any special tools as would a Dyson.
It only has a single filter before the motor and does not have any post-motor filter. The filter itself has two parts, a HEPA and a cylindrical foam filter in the middle.
I’m not sure why there is an extra foam filter, but it could just be for added filtration.
Tools and Attachments
The Dreame V10 has a total of seven attachments that give this cord-free product a lot of versatility.
These include the following:
1. Soft roller: The primary tool for cleaning floors. It works best on hard surfaces, but it is usable on carpet, at least for picking up surface dirt.
2. Combination brush/upholstery tool: The first of two combination tools with a pull out brush tool and an upholstery tool. It works well at picking up large debris such as cheerios or fruit loops.
3. Combination brush/crevice tool: The second combination tool that has a brush and crevice tool.
4. Flexible hose: An hose tool that extends the reach of non-powered tools for cleaning small spaces inside vehicles or homes.
5. Mini turbo brush: An excellent tool for cleaning carpet stairs, fabric upholstery, and mattresses.
6. Extension wand: a device that morphs this product from a handheld to a stick vacuum and extends the reach when you need to clean areas up high.
7. Charging/dock: A tool that mounts on a wall to store this vacuum on a vertical plane to save space.
How long does the Dreame V10 run?
Dreame claims that this vacuum will run for as much as 60 minutes, and I did some tests to see if that claim is valid with and without the primary brush roll.
With the combination tool attached, this vacuum ran for more than 64 minutes at the lowest setting, and with the soft roller tool, it ran past 37-minute mark.
Realize that even at the low setting, the V10 Pro has enough airflow to pick up different debris types in its stick and handheld configurations.
So it’s not just a marketing gimmick.
How does the Dreame V10 clean?
You can use this product in a variety of configurations as a stick and handheld vacuum.
Remember that this vacuum’s primary function is to clean hard surfaces like hardwood.
The soft roller attachment is excellent for the task. It was able to clean different types of debris from Cheerios to sand on carpets and hard floors.
One issue would be it not to clean a pile of Fruit loops at it can clog at the narrow pathway going to the dust cup, so that is the size limit of the V10 Pro. Anything smaller than Fruit loops, it won’t any issues cleaning.
Even with its handheld configuration, it will not have issues with cleaning stuff like quaker oats, sand, dust, etc.
I like how usable the power is even in the low setting.
To see how well the Dreame V10 cleans dirt on carpets and hard floors, I put it through a series of tests using different debris types such as coffee, quaker oats, quinoa, and pet litter. I also did other tests with sand and Fruit loops on separate tests to see how it does on these types of messes.
I did the tests on three different surfaces – hard floor, low pile carpet, and medium-pile carpet.
- Overall: 82%
- Hard Floor: 99.82%
- Carpet (Surface Pick Up): 94.73%
- Carpet (Deep Cleaning): 51.5%
Hard Floor Results
The V10 soft roller attachment will work best on hard floors like most attachments with a similar design.
Here are the tests’ results on coffee, quaker oats, quinoa, and pet litter (photos are in that order).
- Quaker Oats: 99.4%
- Coffee: 99.9%
- Quinoa: 100%
- Pet Litter: 100%
The soft roller attachment did its best on hard floors as reflected by the average scores where it picked 100% on both the quinoa and pet litter test and close to 100% on the quaker oats and coffee grounds test.
One thing to point out is the soft roller’s tendency to splatter dirt forward, mainly if you’re cleaning something hard like quinoa or pet litter.
It’s more prevalent when cleaning larger dirt clusters, but not so much when these are farther apart.
The splattering is caused by the rapid spinning soft roller attachment, which is why I like the Duo Clean head best when cleaning hard floors because it doesn’t spin as fast in the hard floor setting.
Sand on hard floor test
One of the toughest things to clean on hard surfaces is sand. To test how capable the Dreame V10 is, I tested it on 50 grams of sand.
It was able to pick up an average of 99.5% of sand on two tests. So it was able to clean up every particle of sand on hard floors at the lowest setting.
I want to point out that some of the sand splattered forward, but the soft roller could pick up the debris on subsequent passes.
The Dreame V10 is an excellent and less expensive alternative for people who live in a sandy area.
Carpet Cleaning Test
Now, we’ll look at how the Dreame V10 does on carpets.
Low Pile Results
- Quaker Oats: 98.4%
- Coffee: 97.6%
- Quinoa: 97.9%
- Pet Litter: 99.8%
On low pile carpet, the Dreame V10 worked very well at picking up surface dirt and picked up an average in the high 90s in all of the tests – not bad for a tool supposed to work only on hard surfaces.
Medium Pile Results
- Quaker Oats: 96.5%
- Coffee: 83.6%
- Quinoa: 91.3%
- Pet Litter: 92.8%
You’ll notice in the results that the finer the debris, the less it picked up, which is consistent with the issue with rollers on carpets. It will only pick up debris on the surface.
The V10 struggled most with cleaning fine coffee grounds, which is expected as the soft roller cannot pick up embedded dirt.
Overall, I still like the results, but don’t expect too much from this vacuum on thicker pile carpets.
Deep cleaning test
Even if the soft roller isn’t designed for cleaning embedded dirt, I had to test how well it does at picking up sand on medium-pile carpets.
I rubbed 100 grams of sand and ran the V10 Pro at its highest setting to see how much of the sand it can pick up.
It was able to pick up an average of 51.5% on two tests, which is pretty good for something with no bristles.
How loud is the Dreame V10?
This stick vacuum is one of the noisier options I’ve tested so far, topping out 76.5 decibels at the highest setting, which is almost as loud as the Dyson V10 and V11.
- Low: 73.5 dB
- Med: 74 dB
- High: 76.5 dB
Take note that all noise tests are done using a sound meter with the primary brush roll.
|Model||Dreame V10 Pro|
|Brush roll on/off||No|
|Charging time||3-4 hrs.|
|Battery life||up to 64 mins.|
|Net weight||7.71 lbs.|
|Filter type||1 pre-motor filter (w/ foam inner filter)|
|Dust capacity||0.5 li.|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon|
Where can I buy the Dreame V10?
Unfortunately, the Dreame V10 is not available in Amazon’s US store, but it is available in the Amazon UK and Germany, which is excellent news if you live in the EU.
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Does the Dreame V10 provide good value?
When you consider the V10 Pro price versus other brands like Jimmy or Roidmi, it is on the high side.
While the performance and run-time are impressive, the lack of aftermarket support does raise a bit of concern for me.
This model isn’t available on Amazon, so those who live in the United States or Canada will have to purchase it from stores like AliExpress or GearBest.
Though you can purchase parts like the extra battery from AliExpress, it will take longer to ship over to the United States or any country in the western hemisphere because it’ll come from China.
I’d say that the cheaper Dreame V9 (Pro or non-pro) would provide better value since the bump in power doesn’t necessarily reflect on the cleaning performance.
In essence, there won’t be much of a difference regarding how well the Dreame V9 and V10 clean.
The attachments that come with the V9, V9 Pro, and V10 Pro are the same, so there isn’t any other incentive to get the latest version.
4 Reasons you should buy the Dreame V10
- Reasonably priced: The Dreame V10 is cheaper than the comparable Dyson V8 Fluffy, so it’s a good alternative if you’re looking for something less expensive.
- Excellent at cleaning hard floors: Even at the low setting, this vacuum will thoroughly clean hard floors.
- Extended run time: It ran for more than 64 minutes with one of the combination tools in the low setting, one of the longest in this price range.
- Versatile: This vacuum comes with various attachments that will clean different areas in the home or vehicle.
The verdict: Who should buy the Dreame V10
People who need a good quality, stick vacuum that can clean hard surfaces will benefit the most from the Dreame V10.
Based on tests, this model is better than Jimmy JV51 when it comes to cleaning hard surfaces.
The soft roller attachment does an excellent job of picking up debris without pushing portions of it forward, as was Jimmy’s case.
There’s no question about this vacuum’s performance as it does a superb job, especially on hard floors.
One concern I have would be the parts availability as it is not available on Amazon. If you don’t mind purchasing these parts from Aliexpress, I would not hesitate to recommend this vacuum.
You could save some by going with the cheaper Dreame V9 since the power increase of the V10 has no bearing on its performance on hard floors.
Both models will do equally well on this surface, and each will have the same set of tools.
An Excellent, and Less Expensive Option Than The Dyson V8 Fluffy
Ergonomics - 94%
Surface Cleaning - 97.27%
Deep Cleaning - 51.5%
Quality - 95%
Design - 94%
Value - 93%
The Dreame V10 is an underrated option when it comes to cordless stick vacuums. It isn’t as popular as more premium brands like the Dyson, Tineco, and even Shark, but it’s hard to ignore how well this vacuum does, especially on hard surfaces where it picks up a very high percentage. Even at the low setting, this product will pick up debris, even large ones like Cheerios in the lowest setting. My hesitation for recommending this would be the lack of availability of parts such as the battery as it is only available in Aliexpress which doesn’t have the best track record.