We’ll look closely at the Dyson V10 and V15 in this comparison. It’s an overdue article with all the Dyson articles I’ve written, but I’m writing it to help consumers torn between these options.
These models represent how far Dyson products have come. The V10 was the first Dyson to utilize the horizontal dustbin, representing James Dyson’s master plan of developing better cord-free products.
The V15 Detect was the crown jewel of this vision, as it was the most potent Dyson cordless until the Gen5 Detect came out.
Now, I’m comparing these products in detail.
An Overview of the Dyson V10 and V15 Detect
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These models represent Dyson products in different eras of product development.
The V10 Absolute was the first with the horizontally aligned dustbin, while the V15 utilized several new technologies, including the laser slim roller, torque screw tool, and the Piezo sensor readout.
Next Generation Cordless Technology: Dyson V15 Detect
- Extended run time (over 80 mins)
- Best-in-class at tracking dust
- The hair screw tool excels at cleaning long hair
- Fully sealed system
- Lots of tools (depending on the variant)
- Excellent at cleaning hard floors and carpets
- The detachable battery makes it easier to extend run time
- Noisy with the high airflow motor
- Not as ergonomic in its handheld configuration
Before the Gen5 Detect was unveiled, the V15 Detect was Dyson’s flagship option armed with the latest features we’ll examine.
At the forefront is the laser slim roller that flashes a bright green laser, accentuating almost invisible dust.
This tool is (probably) the best I’ve used for tracking dust, even in dark areas.
Another tool Dyson introduced is the torque screw tool, utilizing a tapered brush roll to enhance its hair-cleaning performance.
The tapered shape and indented notches help prevent hair from wrapping on the brush.
I tried it on a considerable quantity of hair, and nothing wrapped on the roller.
Hair is forced to a “holding area” on the narrow side of the frame and then goes inside the dustbin.
All new Dyson releases (at least the cordless models) come with this tool.
Another new technology introduced in the V15 Detect is the Piezo sensor that “measures” debris size with the output displayed on the LCD screen.
Aside from the laser slim roller, the most helpful upgrade in the V15 Detect is the increased airflow, making it the best cordless at deep cleaning carpet (at least the cordless vacuums I’ve reviewed).
It has over 58 CFM at the wand and 48 CFM at the nozzle, one of the best scores in this niche.
This high airflow translates to efficient debris pick-up on carpets, especially embedded dirt, getting 100% even in the auto setting.
Cheaper, Bare Bones: Dyson V10
- A cheaper option than the V15 Detect
- Decent cleaning performance, especially on hard floors
- Slightly lighter frame
- Simpler components will be easier to maintain
- The 0.77-liter dustbin is plenty inside a small to medium-sized home
- Weaker suction
- Still expensive despite the price drop
The V10 Absolute was the first Dyson that utilized the horizontally aligned dustbin and marked a change in direction with product development.
Realigning the dustbin enabled engineers to use a larger container, increasing capacity by nearly 50% (0.77 vs. 0.54 liters).
Since it’s the oldest of the latest V-Series models, don’t expect much with features.
It uses an analog interface with a slide switch for selecting power modes.
You can see in the photo that it doesn’t (even) have a screen, and it uses the old cup-shaped filter.
One plus for the V10 model is its surplus of parts since it’s been out for several years.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a detachable battery since Dyson only introduced this feature in the V11.
Consumers can still replace it, but they’ll need to detach several screws.
This limits the range potential of the V10 since there’s no way of replacing the battery.
Thus, this model works best inside homes with mostly hard floors or tiny to medium-sized homes with a mixed surface.
Despite the technology gap, there are notable similarities between these products.
The V10 and V15 Detect utilize a trigger as a power switch for turning on the motor.
Whether this feature is practical will depend on your preference. I don’t mind using the trigger for cleaning floors, but it can be tiring to use in its handheld configuration.
Consumers have been clamoring for a change, and Dyson acquiesced, first with the V12 Detect, then the Gen5 series.
2. Horizontal Dustbin
The next similarity is their horizontal dustbins, so these models have the same capacity of 0.77 liters.
Another similarity of the V10 and V15 Detect is both utilize the hygienic system.
3. Interchangeable Tools
The V10 and V15 Detect utilize interchangeable tools, enabling consumers to use them as a handheld or stick vacuum.
- High-torque cleaning head
- Slim roller attachment
- Wall mountable dock
- Extension tube
- Crevice tool
- Hair screw tool
- Wand clip
- Flexible extension hose
- Soft dusting brush
- Combination tool
- Soft roller
- Torque Drive
- Mini turbo brush
- Crevice tool
- Combination tool
- Soft dusting brush
- Extension wand
- Charging dock
The number of attachments (or tools) will vary depending on the model. Some variants will have fewer, like the Animal variant, since it only has the standard brush roll.
Next, we’ll examine the differences between the V10 and V15 Detect.
The Dyson V15 has an interactive screen displaying a myriad of information from the run time status to the Piezo sensor readout.
Also, it shows a visual of the error codes and power status.
The Dyson V10 is bare and has no screen behind the motor.
Dyson introduced the interactive screen in the V11 Torque Drive (right). The V10 Absolute (left) has no screen with the filter base filling the back.
Another difference between these cord-free products is the battery. The V15 has a detachable battery, while the V10 has a fixed one.
One benefit of a detachable battery is it’s easy to extend the run time by purchasing a spare.
3. Soft Roller Design
One subtle change Dyson put in the V15 Detect is utilizing the slim roller attachment, which fits better in cramped spaces.
It’s not as chunky as the V10 soft roller.
This girth difference helps the V15 fit in lower clearance areas.
Another upgrade is the laser slim roller, the best in class at highlighting almost invisible dust.
I’ve tested numerous brands, and none comes close to this tool’s illumination.
Dust pops when the bright green light flashes.
4. Standard Brush Roll
One issue with the Dyson V10 brush roll is it lacked an active anti-tangle system, meaning it didn’t have any combs to untangle long hair strands.
Short hair is not an issue; longer strands will wrap around the brush.
Dyson fixed this issue in the V15 Detect by adding combs above the brush.
This tweak improved its cleaning performance on long hair and is one of the best at vacuuming long strands over nine inches.
Another subtle change is the notches wrapping around the roller where the bristle sits.
These help with hair cleaning and prevent tangles.
There’s (around) a one-pound difference between the Dyson V15 and V10, giving the latter better ergonomics, especially in its handheld configuration.
However, there’s not much difference in their stick ergonomics as both have the same feel in this setting.
One quirk with Dyson stick vacuums is added friction on carpets at boost (or max) power.
The V15 is more efficient at cleaning in the auto setting since it picked up more debris during the experiments.
The interface is one of the most apparent differences between the Dyson V10 and V15 Detect.
It shows the generation gap between these models. The V10 has no screen behind the motor, only a sticker on the filter.
The V15 Detect has an interactive screen showing different data sets from the run time to the Piezo sensor readout.
The Dyson V10 and V15 Detect have the same rated 60-minute run time claim.
Both utilize a 3600 mAh lithium-ion battery, but their run times vary since the V15 uses a more energy-dense battery.
I tested these cordless vacuums by running them from full charge to empty, and here are the results.
|Dyson V15 Detect|
|Hard Floor||84:19 mins||41:30 mins.||N/A|
|Carpet||56:58 mins||17:23 mins||11:02 mins|
|Non-motorized||61:59 mins||31:33 mins||5:07 mins|
|Torque Drive||46:45 mins||25:37 mins||5:42 mins|
These vacuums exceeded their run time claims, but the V15 is better since it accomplished it using the laser slim roller.
It ran for over 80 minutes in the lowest setting, while the V10 only lasted 46 minutes using the torque drive tool.
The most significant advantage of the V15 Detect is its efficiency at the auto setting, where it got 100% (of sand) in the deep cleaning experiment.
A critical aspect of cordless vacuums is airflow, especially on carpeted surfaces where suction is a massive factor in cleaning performance.
I used an anemometer to measure air flowing through the cleaning nozzle and extension tube. Check the results below.
|Dyson V15 Detect|
|Wand||34.55 CFM||42.38 CFM||73 CFM|
|Cleaning Head||29.98 CFM||36.32 CFM||69.19 CFM|
|Wand||28.57 CFM||36 CFM||59.71 CFM|
|Cleaning Head||26 CFM||31.37 CFM||49.27 CFM|
With the handheld tools and nozzle, the Dyson V15 Detect is better in every setting. It got as much as a 20% difference in the highest setting at the wand.
This variance is seen in the cleaning experiments since it’s much better and more proficient.
|Model||Dyson V10||Dyson V15 Detect|
|Hard Floors (Surface Test)||98.84%||99.85%|
|Sand on Hard Floor||100%||99.8%|
|Carpet (Surface Test)||98.4%||100%|
The Dyson V15 Detect got a nearly perfect score (99.91%) – a testament to its high airflow and efficient cleaning performance.
One benefit of the high airflow is it vacuums dirt more proficiently, even in the automatic setting, which is the best mode on carpets.
Another is the bright green light from the slim roller attachment, helping users track dust better.
Which Option is Better on Hard Floors?
These products are efficient at vacuuming dust from this surface. Even with the cleaning result disparity, there’s a slight variance in daily cleaning tasks.
The V10 was perfect in the sand experiment, picking up a 100% average in two tests.
The V15 Detect had a lower average (only slightly) at 99.8%.
My brother-in-law resides in Mountlake Terrace and is happy with the V10’s performance on this surface.
Since he lives inside a smaller residence, run time isn’t an issue because the task is done in under 20 minutes.
There’s not much variance in this aspect, as the V10 and V15 Detect are efficient at vacuuming dirt in this area.
For the recent experiments, I used coffee grounds to mimic light debris in this area.
A before and after shot for the Dyson V10. It’s a mixture of coffee grounds and quaker oats, picked up in the cleaning tests.
This was before I made the tests uniform. Regardless, the results show the proficiency of Dyson’s soft roller attachment.
Even with the considerable dirt scattered, it gobbled everything out.
The V15 is equally proficient, getting everything out after a few passes.
Hair Wrap [on Hard Floors]
Despite not having combs for untangling hair, the V15 Detect soft roller tool performed well during the hair wrap experiment.
- 5-inch: 100% inside the bin; 0% on the brush
- 7-inch: 100% inside the bin; 0% on the brush
- 9-inch: 100% inside the bin; 0% on the brush
- 11-inch: 100% inside the bin; 0% on the brush
- 12-inch: 80.6% inside the bin; 19.4% on the brush
It got 100% in all the experiments, except for the 12-inch, where it (still) got 80.6%.
However, an Achilles heel of the V15 slim roller is hair wrapping on the axle since there’s a gap.
Cleaning hair wrapped here can be tedious.
The Dyson V10 was decent but not as good at cleaning long strands.
- 5-inch strands: 100%
- 7-inch strands: 95%
- 9-inch strands: 91%
- 11-inch strands: 46%
It only got 100% in the five-inch experiment but struggled especially with long eleven-inch hair, only getting 46%
One aspect of why it didn’t pick up as much is the lower airflow output.
Which Option is Better on Carpets?
The V15 Detect, thanks to its higher airflow, cleans carpets better.
Dyson’s upgrades in its standard nozzle are noticeable on this surface, specifically in resisting hair tangles, which we’ll examine below.
It got a 100% average in the deep cleaning experiments, even in the auto (or middle) setting.
This facet is critical since consumers can use it in this setting to clean carpets without exhausting the battery quickly.
Also, it’s efficient with cleaning surface dirth with the upgrades. One feature it doesn’t have is the seal behind the brush roll, which is present in the Dyson V8.
The Dyson V10 has a similar design as the V15 but with an older brush roll configuration.
Hair Wrap (on Carpets)
The V15’s high airflow helps it pick up more hair with fewer tangles, even on longer strands.
- 5-inch strands: 100%
- 7-inch strands: 100%
- 9-inch strands: 100%
- 11-inch strands: 99%
- 12-inch strands: 98%
It’s nearly perfect in all the tests, getting 100% in the five-, seven-, and nine-inch experiments and 98% with eleven and twelve-inch hair.
These numbers are much better than the V10 results.
- 5-inch strands: 100%
- 7-inch strands: 95%
- 9-inch strands: 91%
- 11-inch strands: 46%
The V10’s lower airflow and lack of a comb affect its hair-cleaning performance, especially strands above nine inches, where it only got 46%.
You can see hair wrapping on the brush roll.
|Model||Dyson V15||Dyson V10|
|Low||70.3 dB||64.1 dB|
|Auto/Mid||72.3 dB||71.6 dB|
|Max||80.8 dB||76.7 dB|
One downside of the V15 Detect’s high airflow is the higher noise levels, as it exceeded 80 decibels in the maximum setting.
Fortunately, consumers can use the auto setting in most cleaning tasks, around 8 decibels quieter.
The V10 isn’t as noisy, but since it’s not as efficient on carpets, you’ll need to use the max setting more often.
Like all vacuum cleaners, the Dyson V10 and V15 need maintenance to function efficiently for years.
Since it cleans dirt, not everything goes inside the dirt receptacle. Some chunks of debris accumulate on the brush and filter.
To minimize friction, you must ensure these components are clean and free from any obstruction.
Less friction equates to longer service life for these vacuums.
- Brush roll: Clean the fluffy tool and standard roller roll to remove dirt and hair accumulating on the surface and axles.
- Dustbin: Empty it after every cleaning cycle to prevent dust mites from breeding inside. Doing this also ensures efficient cleaning performance since the filter is free from obstructions.
- Filter: Wash the single-piece filter monthly to remove dust and gunk sticking on the surface. Avoid soaking the inner HEPA filter in water since it uses a paper element that can degrade over time.
- Other tools: Wipe using a slightly damp microfiber towel to clean any dust and hair sticking on the bristles or tool.
- Tool: Don’t use the maximum setting for extended stretches to prevent the battery from overheating.
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With the Gen’s release, the price of the V15 Detect has gone down significantly.
So, the gap between it and the V10 shrank. Ask me this question when the V15 was the flagship, and I might tell you that the V10 would suffice on hard floors.
But with the difference shrinking, it’s more enticing to get the V15 Detect since it has the latest technology and runs longer.
To help you decide, I’ve enumerated the reasons for each model below.
5 Reasons to Choose the Dyson V15 Detect
- Better Features: The V15 Detect has Dyson’s latest tech, including the laser slim roller and torque screw tool.
- Dust tracking: Its bright green laser from the slim roller tool accentuates dust particles better than any LED-equipped stick vacuum I’ve reviewed.
- Longer run time: This model uses a more energy-dense battery, enabling it to run further (more than 80 minutes).
- Excellent for cleaning hair: The higher airflow and enhancements in its cleaning nozzles help it resist tangles better.
- Detectable battery: This feature helps consumers extend run time.
4 Reasons to Choose the Dyson V10
- Cheaper: This model is cheaper than the V15 Detect, especially during the sale season.
- Decent run time: Even with the older battery technology, the V10 still runs for over 40 minutes with the nozzle.
- Simpler design: Disassembling and cleaning it will be easier since it has fewer components to assemble.
- Lighter frame: It is around a pound lighter, giving it better ergonomics than the V15.
Despite the Gen5 Detect’s release, the V15 isn’t far off with features.
The price drop makes it a tempting option for consumers looking for a primary vacuum inside larger homes with a mix of hard floors and carpets.
Dyson’s enhancements in the V15’s airflow and design make it more efficient with cleaning dirt on floors and upholstery.
The V10’s price didn’t drop as dramatically as the V15, but it’s still a cheaper alternative.
It’s an excellent option inside smaller homes since it’s efficient enough on hard floors to finish the task before the battery runs out.
Unfortunately, it isn’t as efficient on carpets, but it’s still decent on this surface.
Try getting one during sale season like Prime Day or Black Friday.