Dyson V10 Absolute Review: The Next Generation Cordless Vacuum is Here

Will the Dyson V10 end the reign of corded vacuums?

If you ask James Dyson, he sounds confident that it will.

Today, we’re going to be looking at Dyson’s latest product – the V10. Surprisingly the wait hasn’t been very long since the V8 was introduced to the market just a little over a year ago.

No, this isn’t just an upgraded version but a total redesign.

The new Dyson V10 Absolute comes with a new motor, longer lasting battery (up to 60 minutes), larger bin and better tools that’ll clean your home better minus the cord.

Will this vacuum really spell the doom of corded vacuums? Right now, consumer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. But let’s wait until all the hype has died down and more consumers get to use this product in their homes.

Right now let’s focus on the features and get to the initial wave of reviews. And see if this product is worth the $700 USD price tag.

First, let’s look at the features of the Dyson V10 Absolute…

  • Comes with two cleaning heads specifically designed for bare floor and carpet
  • The new V10 motor delivers around 20% more power versus the V8 motor
  • There are 14 cyclones that fling microscopic particles such as pollen and dust into the bin
  • It has seven, nickel-cobalt-aluminum battery that delivers up to 60 minutes of fade-free power
  • Whole machine filtration system traps 99.97% of allergens while expelling clean air off the exhaust
  • Has a new inline configuration has the motor, bin and cyclone aligned horizontally instead of perpendicular thus creating 20% more suction than the V8
  • Now has three power modes that will suit any floor type
  • This variant comes with four tools for easy above-the-floor cleaning

Pros

  • Amazing run time of up to 60 minutes
  • Great performance on bare floor and carpet
  • Larger bin than the Dyson V8
  • Has whole machine HEPA filtration that keeps allergens inside the bin
  • Despite all the upgrades this cordless is lightweight weighing less than 7 pounds

Cons

  • Crazy expensive – currently at $700!
  • Can’t swap batteries – something that Dyson should consider
  • Does not produce as much power as an upright

What to expect from the Dyson V10 Absolute?

The big question is will this cordless spell the end of corded vacuums? James Dyson thinks it will because he said that “he’ll stop developing corded vacuums because of the V10”.

But the V10 motor will only produce 20% more power versus the V8 according to TrustedReviews.com so the numbers don’t add up. So if you add the numbers up, it still does not match the sheer suction of an upright vacuum.

Still this vacuum is a huge step in the right direction. And with new regulations capping power, the idea of a cordless replacing corded vacuums doesn’t sound crazy after all.

New V10 Digital Motor

This new variant comes with the brand-new V10 motor. And no, the motor isn’t just an upright but a complete redesign.

Changes include the orientation of it from being vertical to now horizontal. The reason for this change is two-fold.

First reason would be to improve air-flow from the cleaning head all the way to the motor. With air moving in a straight path, Dyson engineers were able to extract up to 20% more power without having to put a bigger motor in thus keeping the weight down.

Larger Bin

Second reason would be improving dirt capacity. The new bin on the V10 Absolute and Animal can hold around 0.77 liters of dry dirt whereas the V8 only has a 0.53 liter capacity. So that’s around a 40% increase which translates to less time emptying and more time cleaning.

However, the new design means that you’ll have to empty it from the front and not the bottom. The change may be a bit of a hassle if you’re used to the old design. But I’d take that over the hold one because it holds more dirt.

It still retains the same mechanism in the V8 that helps push dirt out.

Redesigned impeller

Another upgrade that isn’t visible would be the impeller fan that now can spin up to 125,000rpm at the highest setting. To the layman like you and me, the better airflow simply means better cleaning performance.

New Battery

Another upgrade worth pointing out would be the new battery that has seven nickel-cobalt-aluminum batteries that will run for up to 60 minutes fade-free! But you’ll still need to wait for three-and-a-half hours for this to fully charge.

Each cell will run at 25.2 volts and 525 watts which is more than V8’s cells that run at 21.6 volts and 400 watts.

One downside would be the lack of interchangeable batteries. It’s something that a Shark IONFlex and Hoover Linx has in their cordless vacuums.

But NCA batteries can store more energy than a basic lithium ion battery thus will run and last longer.

More Power

All these improvements will translate to better overall power. Again, the new motor will provide up to 20% more power. So this adds up to around 150 air watts in max mode.

Please take note that a Dyson upright produces over 200 air watts of suction so the gap still slowly closing. But there’s still a ways to go before a cordless will produce as much power as something with a cord.

Three Power Modes

Before the V10 came out, all previous Dyson cordless vacuums only had two power modes – normal and max. The V10 changes all that and now has three power modes.

The extra power mode, I presume would be for cleaning deeper pile carpet.

It may not pick up as well on thicker pile carpet because it does not have as much power.

More Cyclones

The new V10 motor now has 14-cyclones help keep microscopic particles inside the bin. Dyson says that these cyclones are a part of the whole machine filtration that filters out 99.97% of the allergens.

Tools Included

You’ll get a total of 6 excluding the extension wand.

These include the:

  • Soft roller cleaning head for cleaning bare floors
  • Torque drive cleaner for carpet
  • Combination tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Mini-motorized brush which is great for cleaning dust and hair off fabric upholstery
  • Mini soft dusting brush for cleaning keyboards, lampshades or laptop

Cleaning Performance

Like the V8 and V6, the Dyson V10 Absolute comes with two cleaning tools for bare floor and carpet.

These tools are the “Torque Drive Cleaner” for carpet and soft roller head for bare floor.

You’ll also find these tools in the earlier V6 and V8 variants. And have been proven to pick up even large piles of dirt.

Watch this video to see how the V10 cleans dust from various surfaces such as laminate hardwood, fabric sofa, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AIJpbokB80

I must say the performance is impressive. Though the soft roller head left large chunks of dust on the push, it did pick up everything on the pull. So it was able to handle the huge pile of dust.

Product Specifications

AttachmentsSoft roller cleaner head

Torque drive cleaner

Combination tool

Crevice tool

Mini motorized tool

Mini soft dusting brush
Brush roll on/offNo
Battery7-cell nickel-cobalt-aluminum battery
ChargerWall Mount Charger
Charging time3.5 hours
Battery life60 mins (max)
Net weight5.9 pounds
Shipping weight13.27 pounds
Cleaning path10.1"
Overall length49.2"
Battery indicatorYes
Filter typeLifetime washable filter
Dust capacity0.2 gallons

(0.757 liters)
Air Watts150 AW
Voltage110v
Manufactured inUSA
Warranty2 years

Consumer Reviews

Since this is a new product, there aren’t a lot of reviews available just yet. But from the ones I’ve seen, it has been positive. Consumers like how this cordless cleans up even on carpet. The big plus point obviously would be the weight and not having any cords.

Run time is also another positive with this vacuum capable of running about an hour.

Despite having more power, it is still light. And more than capable of cleaning dirt off hard to reach places like areas under furniture and around it.

The bigger bin is a big help because you won’t need need to empty it as often.

Where can I buy this?

Right now the Dyson V10 Absolute is available in Dyson where you can get free tools if you auto-register for their warranty. If you’re a frequent shopper in Amazon, you can also pre-order this there at the same price.

Amazon also offers up to 3 years of extended warranty if you need the extra peace of mind.

To Wrap Up

The Dyson took a huge leap in closing the gap between a cordless stick vacuum and an upright with the V10. It comes with a larger bin, longer running battery, improved air flow and more power.

What’s impressive is despite all the upgrades, this product still weighs feather light at just a shade below 7 pounds.

All these upgrades will set you back $700 in Amazon and Dyson so this is a huge expense. But if you don’t mind spending that much on a cordless, this would be a great addition to any home.

 

Garrick Dee
 

Garrick is the founder of the Cordless Vacuum Guide that originally focused on cordless vacuums but he has now expanded to reviewing corded vacuums and carpet cleaners to be able to provide a more complete guide in terms of choosing the right cleaner.

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