Dyson V10 Comparison & Review

In the world of cordless vacuums, Dyson is king.  James Dyson was the first to introduce the bagless concept in the market. Dyson is known to be an innovator and if you don’t believe me just look around and you’ll see.

Today, we’ll be specifically looking at the Dyson V10. Currently, this is the most advanced and powerful cordless vacuum available period.

Their top of the line V10 Absolute will run for up to 60 minutes and comes with tools that make it equally as versatile.

Most Versatile: Dyson V10 Absolute

The Dyson V10 Absolute is this line’s most versatile option. It has the most tools that comes in the package but also is the most expensive. It is the variant you’d want to have if you live in a medium or large home with a mix of hardwood, tile and carpet because it has both the soft roller and direct drive tools for the task. If you don’t mind spending for something that’s versatile and efficient, it’s an excellent option.

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Great for Carpet: Dyson V10 Animal

The Dyson V10 Animal comes with the same toolset as the V10 Absolute with the exception of one thing – the soft roller head which makes it a great option if your home has a lot of carpet.

This variant is also capable of cleaning bare floor thanks to the adjustable gates. It does need a little coaxing to fit larger bits of debris to either gate. I believe this option is better since the torque drive head is very decent on hard surfaces.

Cheapest Option: Dyson V10 MotorHead

The Dyson V10 MotorHead is the cheapest option of all the variants in the V10 line. It has the same motor and battery as the other models but with a smaller dust cup – almost half less. It also has the least amount of tools of all the V10 variants so it does not have as much versatility. It does have the direct drive cleaning head that works well on carpet. This vacuum will be suitable inside smaller homes with carpet.

Other big name brands like Shark and Bissell have blatantly copied the design from Dyson.

What I’m talking about is a vacuum where the motor and bin sits on top, with a removable wand and the main cleaning tool that will clean floors.

Dyson was the first to come up with this idea and the Dyson V10 still uses this design with some minor tweaks.

I’ve already covered the Dyson V10 Absolute in another review so you can check that out if you want to look at that in detail.

In this review, I’ll be focusing on the three different V10 variants

To be more specific, I’ll show you exactly how these are different.

Before I continue, I’ll show how the upgrades that the Dyson V10 has over the V8.

Dyson V10 Design

At first glance, the Dyson V10 looks more like a weapon from a star wars movie. It’s nothing like I’ve never seen before. The redesigned bin makes it look like a cannon than a cordless vacuum.

The V10 still retains Dyson’s core cordless design framework.

It still utilizes the same trigger switch as the older V6 and V8 line that’s designed to stretch the run time as long as possible.

However, dirt bin is now aligned in conjunction with the motor for better airflow.

Doing this also allowed Dyson to lengthen the bin and increase capacity.

Below the dirt bin (or dust cup) is a long, removable wand that makes this usable as a stick or handheld.

The V10 also comes with interchangeable tools that you can attach directly on the vacuum or wand just in case you need to clean cobwebs off the ceiling vents.

Dyson V10 upgrades over the V8

The V10 represents the first major upgrade since the Dyson introduced the V6. All of which points to improving performance and usability.

New motor

The first major upgrade would be the motor. Nearly every cordless vacuum Dyson put out there in the market had better performing motors. It all culminates to the digital V10 motor that produces 150 air watts in its absolute maximum.

To put that in perspective, a Dyson Ball upright produces 251 air watts. So this cordless has more than half the power of a full sized upright which is impressive.

Take note that if you turn on the max, run time goes all the way down to 8 minutes. So reserve this only for cleaning thicker pile carpet.

Larger bin

One of the biggest issues with the previous generation Dyson cordless vacuums was the bin size. Consumers feel that it’s on the smaller side of the spectrum. Dyson has utilized a similar bin design from the DC44 onwards.

The new V10 now comes with a brand new bin that’s close to 50% larger than the V8 (0.2 vs 0.14 gallons).

To make room for a larger bin, Dyson had to change how orientation from a vertical to a horizontal plane.

Better Airflow

This design change also has another plus – better airflow. Since the suction chamber, motor and cyclonic filtration line up, there’s less drag, creating better airflow. So you’ll get a better performing machine.

All V10 variants will have these improvements. The differences all lie in what comes inside the package.

Dyson has used this marketing principle ever since they sold cordless vacuums. If you look in Amazon there are 3 main variants while in Dyson it has 4 variants.

Larger battery

Last significant upgrade in the V10 would be the battery.

Dyson says that the new battery has a 7-cell nickel cobalt battery that’ll run for up to 60 minutes on the lowest setting.

This is around a 50% improvement over the Dyson V8 that runs for around 40 minutes.

Some of you may expect that this will run for 60 minutes on max mode but that is not the case.

The V10 has three power modes – normal, medium and max.

You’ll only get the 60 minutes in the lowest setting without any of the powered tools such as the mini-motorized brush or any of the two main cleaning heads.

  • Standard power (or mode 1) with a motorized tool – 46:16 minutes
  • Standard power with a non-motorized tool – 61 minutes
  • Medium power (or mode 2) with a motorized tool – 26:57 minutes
  • Medium power with a non-motorized tool – 30:51 minutes
  • Max power (or mode 3) with any tool – 5:32 – 9:15 minutes

If you’re only cleaning bare floors, obviously the normal mode would be enough. Use the other modes only if you’re cleaning stuff like rugs or carpet.

Reserve the most powerful setting for cleaning high traffic carpet. But don’t expect this vacuum to match the deep cleaning performance on an upright because it won’t run long enough to make that possible.

You’ll only be setting yourself up for disappointment.

How does the Dyson V10 clean?

Unlike a traditional stick vacuum like a Hoover Linx Stick, the Dyson V10 is much more versatile.

If you buy the top-of-the-line V10 Absolute, you’ll get two main cleaning heads – (1) the torque drive cleaning head (right side in the photo) and (2) the soft roller head (left side on the photo).

These tools will work great on carpet and bare floor respectively. Actually, you can use the torque head on bare floor but it won’t clean the large stuff like cheerios as well.

In addition to those tools, you’ll get other tools such as the combination upholstery/brush tool, crevice, mini motorized tool, and the mini soft dusting brush. Take note that these tools are standard for the V10 Absolute.

If you decide to get any of the two other variants (that are cheaper), you’ll get less. I’ll talk more about it in the next section.

To see how the V10 cleans on carpet and bare floor please watch this video. You can skip to the 5:07 mark to see the cleaning test on carpet and 10:28 mark for tile.

In the carpet test, there isn’t much difference with mode 1 and mode 2 but in mode 3 or max mode it cleaned much better.

At the highest setting, the V10 produces up to 151 air watts of suction which is equivalent to a plug-in upright.

On tile, the soft roller head did manage to clean nearly everything. But there are some issues.

First is the clogging. If you’re cleaning large stuff like cheerios or chips there is a high probability that it will clog at the opening which is narrow.

So what will happen these bits and pieces of debris will fall from the nozzle. Don’t be alarmed if this happens, that’s normal for a mess like this.

Another potential issue is particles like rice bouncing off the soft roller head. Not everything the roller head touches go into the suction chamber, some will get pushed forward potentially spreading the mess around.

Top of the Line: Dyson V10 Absolute

The Dyson V10 Absolute is the most expensive variant available right now that come with the most tools.

This variant will work best inside homes with both bare floor and carpet because it comes with tools for such.

Here’s what you’ll get with the Dyson V10 Absolute…

Torque Drive Head

Dyson V10 Torque Drive Head


This is Dyson’s main tool for cleaning carpet surfaces. It has stiff bristles that dig through carpet fibers and agitate to pick up dirt.

The tool itself comes with its own motor so performance will be excellent at least on low to medium pile carpet.

Soft Roller Head

When it comes to innovation, Dyson is second to none and this tool is proof of that.

This tool first came out in the Dyson V6 and the V10’s version has more agitation than previous versions thanks to better suction and a more powerful motor.

Mini Turbo Brush

This tool is a smaller version of the direct drive cleaner head where it comes with a bristle brush and its own motor.

It is great to have if you have lots of fabric upholstery that needs cleaning.

The motorized brush is capable of picking up hair or any debris on fabric.

Other tools…

  1. Combination tool
  2. Crevice tool
  3. Mini soft dusting brush

The V10 Absolute comes with the soft roller and direct drive cleaning head that works well on both bare floor and carpet respectively. So if you’re home has such, this is a no-brainer option. Other tools in the package will work best on nearly every other area inside the home.

I like the combination tool, especially inside a vehicle. On surfaces that are delicate, you can use the mini soft dusting brush because the bristles are softer.

If you look at Dyson’s website the Absolute has two variants – copper and blue. Both have the same toolset that will have the same functionality.

Great for Carpets: Dyson V10 Animal and MotorHead

Next in line after the top of the line V10 Absolute would be the Animal and MotorHead.

Both of these variants come with the direct drive cleaner head which makes it an ideal option for cleaning carpet.

The difference would be the other tools that come along with the package.

The V10 Animal has these tools:

  • Combination tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Mini soft dusting brush
  • Mini motorized tool
  • Torque Drive cleaning head

And the V10 Motorhead comes with these:

  • Combination tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Direct drive cleaning head

So you can clearly see that the V10 MotorHead has the least amount of tools available. So this will affect its versatility just a little bit. Minus the mini-motorized brush, you won’t be able to clean fabric upholstery as well as the Animal.

If you don’t have pets, this should not be an issue. But if you have pets and your home has lots of carpet then the Animal will be a better option.

Another different worth mentioning would be the size of the bin. The V10 MotorHead comes with a smaller bin at 0.54 liters versus the 0.77 liters of the V10 Animal.

You’ll save $100 with the MotorHead if you can do with the smaller bin and the lack of tools.

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Does the Dyson V10 provide good value?

The cost of the Dyson V10 has gone down significantly with the subsequent release of the V11.

Looking at all the tools that come with it and the cleaning performance across various surfaces, it provides great value.

It has enough versatility to replace handhelds so there’s no need to purchase another vacuum to complement it unless you live in a spacious home.

5 Reasons why you should buy the Dyson V10:

  1. Excellent performance on bare floor and carpet: Cleaning performance is a strong point of the V10. On surface cleaning tests, it picks up nearly 100% on carpet and hard floors. It is also capable of deep cleaning medium pile carpet picking 99% of sand on this surface.
  2. Above-average run time: Using the non-motorized tools, it will run for more than 60 minutes. Slap on the torque drive tool in medium setting and it’ll run for more than 26 minutes.
  3. Wide range of tools: It comes with a mixture of attachments that can clean dry dirt in nearly every part of your home. It doesn’t matter if you need to clean the sofa, chair, or vents, it will do the job.
  4. Large dust cup: The 0.77-liter capacity is plenty for daily cleaning tasks.
  5. Fluffy tool great on bare floor: One of the greatest inventions by Dyson would be the fluffy tool – it has changed the way we view hard floor cleaning. It is so popular that other brands have copied it.

Click here to learn more about the Dyson V10.

The beauty of the V10 is you can leave it at the medium setting and it’ll still do a very good job on carpet.

I love how the soft roller drive performs on hard floors, but the new torque drive head with the adjustable gates is as capable of handling larger bits of dirt.

People who don’t want to spend the $$$ for the top of the line Absolute should look at the Animal version that has the torque drive head.

The verdict

There you have it, a detailed review of how the four Dyson V10 variants are different.

Remember that all these variants come with the same motor and will clean equally well.

Best Dyson V10 Option: Dyson V10 Absolute

The Dyson V10 Absolute is Absolutely Worth It

When it comes to versatility and performance, the Dyson V10 Absolute is hands down the best option in this product line. It has the most tools and is capable of cleaning various surfaces with great efficiency. The soft roller head is a great option if your home has tile, hardwood or any bare floor surface. Its high clearance means, the tool will not snow plow large chunks of debris like cheerios, but instead pick it up. Yes, it is expensive but inside homes with mixed floor types this is a great tool to have at your disposal.

The difference would be the tools that come in the package and the smaller bin of the MotorHead.

If your home has both carpet and bare floor then opt for the top of the line V10 Absolute. For homes with only carpet then either the V10 Animal or MotorHead would be a great option.

Pet owners should lean toward the Animal variant because it comes with the mini turbo brush that works great at cleaning pet hair off upholstery.

If you have any questions please shoot them below in the comments section.

5 thoughts on “Dyson V10 Comparison & Review”

  1. Is not it enough to sweep the ceramic floor and laminate floor with the V10 Motorhead?
    What’s the difference between Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute (Copper) and Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal (Purple)?
    I know the difference accessory.
    What are the technical differences beyond this?

    • Spec wise both are the same. The only difference are the tools that come with it.

  2. Different strokes for different comes. Taner doesn’t understand the need for
    the Absolute. I wish they sold an Animal variant that just had the soft roller head. I have no carpets whatsoever in my house. Just hardwood floors and ceramic tile. We use a Motorhead on the oak floor downstairs, as it’s cheaper and more durable. But we only use a Roomba with soft rollers upstairs, since it’s Brazilian Cherry (very hard, but easily scratched).

    So Dyson forces me to choose between V8 Absolute (too-small bin) and V10 Absolute (too expensive, useless direct drive head).

    Thank you for your comparison though, Garrick.

  3. What am I missing? I did not see any information on the Cyclone V10. Isn’t that the fourth V10?

    • Judy,

      The Cyclone V10 is the same as the V10 Animal

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