Dyson V10 vs. V12 Detect Detailed Comparison

Next in my Dyson comparison series are the V12 Detect and V10 Absolute, representing different eras in Dyson’s product development.

The V10 Absolute was the starting point in Dyson’s switch to the horizontally aligned dustbin, offering more capacity and a longer run time than its predecessors.

The V12 Detect is one of their latest offerings with a lighter frame than the full-sized options [V10, V11, Outsize, and V15].

Both have roughly the same run time and power output, but the V12 is lighter, albeit with a smaller dustbin, so which option is better?

I’ve put both through rigorous tests to find out and let’s get into it.

An Overview of the Dyson V12 Detect and V10 Absolute

Dyson V10 Absolute

Dyson V10 Review

Airflow: 59.71 CFM 📝 Dust bin size: 0.77 liters 📝 Sand on hard floor: 100% 📝 Deep Cleaning: 97.03% 📝 Weight: 5.9 lbs. 📝 Run time: up to 61:59 mins. 📝| Recharge: 4.5 hrs. 📝 Battery: 3600 mAh Li-ion 📝 Noise: 76.7 dB

The once-flagship Dyson V10 Absolute is still viable if you’re looking for a cheaper, full-sized cordless vacuum without the bells and whistles of newer Dyson products. It offers above-average cleaning performance and decent run time, especially on hard floors, but its age shows with its lack of features, particularly the bulkier soft roller nozzle. This model doesn’t have an interactive LCD screen, detachable battery, or green laser. The nail in the coffin is the price variance between this model and the newer V12, which isn’t a lot.


  • Larger dustbin
  • Better than the Dyson V12 at deep cleaning carpet
  • Above-average cleaning performance
  • Less noisier
  • Cheaper (but not by a lot)
  • Almost as light as the V12 Detect


  • Battery isn’t detachable
  • Shorter run time
  • Older tech



Dyson V12 Detect

Dyson V12 Detect

Airflow: 58.74 CFM 📝 Dust bin size: 0.35 liters 📝 Sand on hard floor: 99.9% 📝 Deep Cleaning: 94.1% 📝 Run time: up to 63 mins. 📝 Recharge: 3-4 hrs. 📝 Battery: 2500 mAh Li-ion 📝 Weight: 5.2 lbs 📝 Noise: 80.7 dB

The Dyson V12 Detect was introduced for a different consumer – someone looking for a lightweight cordless vacuum with ample power to vacuum tiny homes. Its downsized frame weighs only 3 pounds and 4 ounces, much lighter than most full-sized Dyson options, but still packs enough punch to pick up debris, especially on hard floors where it excels. Also, it isn’t shabby on the carpet, where it got above-average results, so it can clean both surfaces efficiently.


  • Lightweight frame (only 3 pounds and 3 ounces)
  • Has Dyson’s latest tech
  • Better value for money
  • Green laser accentuates dust particles
  • Longer run time than the V10
  • Detachable battery
  • Better at cleaning hair on upholstery


  • Small dustbin
  • Noisy
  • Not as good at deep cleaning carpets




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Similarities between the Dyson V12 Detect and V10 Absolute

Next, we’ll look at the similarities between these Dyson stick vacuums a few generations apart, starting with the framework.

1. Framework

Dyson V12 vs V10 framework

The V12 Detect and V10 Absolute utilize the same framework with the dustbin, motor, and filter on top.

One variance is the size difference, where the V12 is the smaller option. Again, it’s by design because Dyson prioritized ergonomics over power and cleaning performance.

2. Purpose-Built Nozzles

Dyson V12 vs. V10 soft roller comparison

I’m not talking about the design similarities but the surface-specific tools. Both options have a soft roller and standard nozzle for cleaning hard floors and carpets, but the similarity ends there.


The V12 Detect has the newer laser slim roller with a thinner profile and the green laser for tracking dust, while the V10 utilizes the chunkier fluffy attachment.

Dyson V12 Detect slim roller

However, the V10 uses the updated standard nozzle with adjustable gates, whereas the V12 reverted to the older V8-style brush roll.

Dyson V12 floor nozzles

3. Versatility

Dyson V12 handheld configuration

These products have interchangeable tools, and consumers can use them in various configurations, primarily as a handheld or stick vacuum.

Dyson V10

One advantage of the V12 is its got the latest tools, which will vary depending on where you purchase it.

It has the torque screw tool, an excellent option for cleaning long hair on upholstery.

4. Hygienic System

Dyson V12 dustbin open

Another similarity between the V12 and V10 is the hygienic system, where folks can use a trombone-like lever to push the dirt down.

The Dyson V10 was the first to utilize this design in the current V-Series lineup, and it’s pretty effective at emptying debris, except for hair that tends to stick on the inner walls.


The V10 (right on the photo) hygienic system works best on heavier debris.

5. Claimed Run Time

Despite having a smaller battery, the V12’s claimed run time equals the V10 at 60 minutes.

And these claims are accurate as it lasted over 60 minutes (63 to be exact) with the laser slim roller.

The V10’s run time is also accurate as it lasted around 61 minutes, but with the crevice tool.

So I’d give the V12 the advantage in this category because it uses Dyson’s latest battery technology.

Differences between the Dyson V12 Detect and V10 Absolute

Next, we’ll look at the variances between the V12 Detect and V10 Absolute, and there are plenty, starting with the size disparity.

1. Size

Dyson V12 vs. V10 size difference

The most obvious difference is the size disparity; this photo shows how much bigger the V10 is.

It’s by design as the V12 Detect is biased toward ergonomics and usability over range and cleaning performance, though it has an above-average range per battery.

2. Dustbin Capacity

With the downsized frame, the V12’s dustbin is much smaller than the V10 at 0.35 liters (versus the V10’s 0.77 liters).

It’s one unavoidable downgrade with the smaller body, but it shouldn’t be an issue for tiny homes since the dustbin will not fill up unless it’s filthy.

3. Power Switch

Dyson V12 vs. V10 dustbin comparison

Along with the smaller body, the V12 introduced the push-button switch into the V-Series, departing from the trigger mechanism used in most other Dyson products.

Dyson is leaning towards this feature as the newer Gen5 Detect also has a button switch, not a trigger.

4. Battery Detachability

Dyson V12 two batteries and chargers

Another enhancement of the V12 Detect, aside from the improved battery performance, is its detachability, making it easy to replace or extend its range.

The V10 Absolute doesn’t have the quick-release latch. Folks will need to unfasten (three) bolts to remove the battery, so extending the range is out of the question.

Dyson V10 attach new battery

5. Nozzle Design

While the V12 and V10 have an identical soft roller and standard brush roll combo, their designs differ.

Dyson V12 laser slim roller dust

The V12 has the latest laser slim roller with the bright green laser, excelling at tracking dust, while the V10 has the chunky fluffy roller attachment – similar to the V8.


Ergonomic Comparison

One aspect determining cordless vacuum ergonomics is the weight or lack thereof.

This is a significant reason why the V12 Detect is better in this category. The smaller frame feels much lighter than the 0.7-pound difference.

Dyson V12 Ergonomics in stick mode

Adding the push button switch enhances its usability because there’s no need to squeeze a trigger continually, blessing arm and wrist fatigue.

The Dyson V10 is lighter than the newer options, the V15, and V11, but the large dustbin is much heavier.

Interface Comparison

Another win for the Dyson V12 Detect is the interactive LCD screen showing various data like run time, Piezo sensor readout, error codes (if any), and current power mode.

Dyson V12 Piezo sensor

Unfortunately, the Dyson V10 doesn’t have this feature since this model was a transition between the old and new generation V-Series variants – you could see traces of the old and new technology baked into it.

Dyson V10 vs V11 interface

The photo above shows a side-by-side photo of the V10 (left) and V11 (right) – the latter was the first with the interactive LCD screen, while the V10 doesn’t.

Battery and Run Time Comparison

Despite having a smaller capacity battery (2500 mAh vs. 3600 mAh), the V12 Detect ran longer than the V10 with the soft roller attachment.

Dyson V10 Absolute
Non-powered61:59 mins.31:33 mins.5:07 mins.
Cleaning Nozzle46:45 mins.25:37 mins.5:42 mins.
Dyson V12 Detect
Hard Floor63:00 mins37:50 minsN/A
Carpet42:00 mins27:31 mins6:25 mins

One reason is Dyson’s newer battery technology in the V12 with energy-dense batteries.

I tested the V10 with the soft roller and the crevice tool, and it lasted just under 62 minutes with the crevice tool and under 47 minutes with the fluffy attachment.

Factoring in the two batteries (at least with select options), the V12’s run time extends to over 120 minutes, which is impressive for a cordless stick vacuum at this price bracket.

Airflow Comparison

The Dyson V10 has slightly more airflow, based on experiments using an anemometer.

Dyson V10 Absolute
Wand28.57 CFM36 CFM59.71 CFM
Cleaning Head26 CFM31.37 CFM49.27 CFM
Dyson V12 Detect
Wand27.43 CFM32.23 CFM58.74 CFM
Cleaning Head24 CFM28.52 CFM48.38 CFM

However, the variance doesn’t seem to affect the cleaning performance of these products except for embedded debris, so it shouldn’t be a deciding factor.

Both are capable of cleaning surface and embedded dirt efficiently, but I don’t recommend either for cleaning carpets exclusively because of the need to use the max setting.

Cleaning Comparison

ModelDyson V12 DetectDyson V10 Absolute
Hard Floors (Surface Test)99.8%98.84%
Sand on Hard Floor99.9%100%
Carpet (Surface Test)99.45%98.4%
Deep Cleaning94.1%97.03%

Like the airflow results, there isn’t much variance between the V12 Detect and V10 Absolute (only a few percentage points).

Even with deep cleaning, the difference isn’t enough to put one model above another.

So consumers will need to look at other features like whether they’ll need the dust-tracking-ability of the laser slim roller or the adjustable gates to clean large dirt piles.

Which option is better on hard floors?

Based on the sand on hard floor test, which I use for determining a cordless vacuum’s hard floor competency, the V10 Absolute would be the winner.

However, the difference between these products is so tiny that it shouldn’t be a factor.

First, look at the before and after photos for the V12 Detect.

Dyson V12 sand on hard floor

And the V10 Absolute.

Dyson V10 sand on hard floor test using the torque drive attachment

You’ll notice I used the V10’s standard brush roll for the test, but it’s only part of it. I also used the fluffy attachment, which got the same 100% score, so debris pick-up is excellent for both tools.

One factor to consider is if you’ll need the laser slim roller and its bright green laser illumination for its dust-tracking properties.

Hair Wrap Comparison (on Hard Floors)

Surprisingly, despite the lower airflow, the Dyson V12 Detect performed better in the hair wrap experiments on both surfaces.

Both don’t have an active anti-tangle system, so I don’t recommend either for heavy-duty hair cleaning, but these experiments may give you an idea of which is better.

Dyson V12 hair wrap soft roller

  • 5-inch strands: 96%
  • 7-inch strands: 100%
  • 9-inch strands: 92.5%
  • 11-inch strands: 98%
  • 13-inch strands: 100%

However, one issue with the V12 is hair wrapping on the axle, which can be tedious to clean because of the location (or the difficulty cutting hair strands off).

Dyson V12 hair on axle

The V10 Absolute didn’t do as well with longer hair strands, only picking up 46% of eleven-inch hair (versus the V12’s 98%).

Dyson V10 hair wrap on hard floor experiments

  • 5-inch strands: 100%
  • 7-inch strands: 95%
  • 9-inch strands: 91%
  • 11-inch strands: 46%

Edge Cleaning Comparison

These cordless stick vacuums efficiently clean debris at the edges, needing only a few passes to pick up everything.

Here’s a before and after shot for the Dyson V12 Detect.

Dyson V12 edge cleaning

And V10 Absolute.

Dyson V10 edge cleaning

Which option is better on carpet?

The Dyson V10 Absolute, with its higher airflow, picked up more embedded sand in the deep cleaning experiment, but the variance is low (only 3%) to be a deciding factor (97% vs. 94%).

Consumers must look at other features rather than the cleaning test results to decide which is better.

Both tools have their pluses and negatives.

The V10’s torque drive nozzle has adjustable gates, so there’s less snowplowing when cleaning large dirt piles, while the V12’s brush roll has a rubber blade behind the brush roll, enabling it to pick up more after the initial pass.

Hair Wrap Comparison (on Carpets)

Again, the Dyson V10 Absolute fared better, picking up a higher percentage with longer eleven-inch hair.

This could be the higher airflow and chunkier brush roll since these are factors outside an active anti-tangle system.

Dyson V12 hair wrap on carpet

  • 5-inch strands: 96%
  • 7-inch strands: 100%
  • 9-inch strands: 92.5%
  • 11-inch strands: 30%

The V12 did well between five and nine inches but struggled with eleven-inch hair, only picking up 30%.

Likewise with the V10 – not much issue with shorter five, seven, and nine-inch strands, but it didn’t resist long hair strands above the nine-inch threshold.

Dyson V10 hair wrap experiment on carpets

  • 5-inch strands: 100%
  • 7-inch strands: 95%
  • 9-inch strands: 91%
  • 11-inch strands: 46%

As I’ve said earlier, the V10 picked up more eleven-inch hair than the V12 Detect because of the higher airflow and thicker brush.

But I don’t recommend either for heavy-duty pet hair cleaning since cleaning the brush can be tedious.

The V12 Detect is better at cleaning hair on upholstery because of the torque screw tool with the tapered roller, and nothing wraps on it, even with large quantities of long hair.

Noise Comparison

ModelDyson V10 AbsoluteDyson V12
Low64.1 dB70.1 dB
Auto/Mid71.6 dB72.5 dB
Max76.7 dB80.7 dB

Despite having more airflow, the V10 Absolute recorded lower decibel levels with the noise test using a sound meter, ranging between 64 and 76 decibels, while the V12 Detect maxed out at over 80 decibels.

Nonetheless, Dyson cordless vacuums aren’t quiet, especially in the auto and boost (or max) settings.

If you’re cleaning carpets extensively, expect the decibel levels to creep into the high 70s and low 80s.

Maintenance Comparison

Next, we’ll look at an underrated aspect of cordless vacuum ownership: maintenance, specifically what parts to clean and when.

I’ll enumerate a list and the suggested intervals.

  1. Brush Roll: This component is the most abused, so check it once a week and clean any hair and dust built-up to prevent unnecessary friction from hampering its performance.
  2. Dustbin: Empty it after every cleaning cycle to prevent dirt from clogging the exterior filter component and dust mites from breeding inside.
  3. Filter: Dyson recommends cleaning the filter monthly using room-temperature water under the faucet. Don’t use detergents or chemicals, as these will degrade the filter material.
  4. Battery: Avoid using the max (or boost) setting for extended periods to prevent battery degradation from constant overheating.
  5. Mini turbo brush: Remove any hair buildup on the brush, especially on the V10 tool, since it only uses a standard-shaped brush.

Product Specifications

Dyson V12 Detect
Dyson V10 Absolute
Cordless Stick
Cordless Stick
Run time
up to 63 mins.
up to 61 mins.
2-3 hours
3.5 hours
Dirt capacity
0.35 liters
0.77 liters
5.2 pounds
5.9 pounds
Cleaning Path
58.74 CFM
59.71 CFM
2 yrs
2 yrs

Where can I purchase the Dyson V12 Detect and V10 Absolute?

These Dyson cordless stick vacuums are available in online stores like Amazon. Check the links below for the latest pricing information.

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Which offers the better value?

Considering the current pricing of these products, it’s hard to recommend the V10 Absolute over the V12 Detect because the latter has Dyson’s latest technology without the premium cost.

It was a transition period when the V10 was released as Dyson shifted their R&D efforts from corded to purely cordless products.

Regardless, it’s still a decent product with excellent surface debris cleaning, but without the bells-and-whistles or the V11, Outsize, and V15 Detect.

5 Reasons to Choose the Dyson V12 Detect

  1. Latest Dyson technology: The V12 Detect possesses all of the latest technology from Dyson without the premium price tag – it’s one of its best value-for-money options.
  2. Tracks dust: The slim roller nozzle’s green laser accentuates dust particles, helping folks track dust and increasing efficiency at cleaning hard floors.
  3. Detachable battery: This feature makes removing or extending the range easier (by purchasing extra batteries).
  4. Better ergonomics: The V12’s lighter frame and push-button switch give it better ergonomics than the full-sized V10.
  5. Torque screw tool: It is a game-changer because nothing wraps on it, even with extremely long hair strands.

3 Reasons to Choose the Dyson V10 Absolute

  1. Larger dustbin: The V10’s 0.77-liter capacity is more than double the V12.
  2. Slightly better deep cleaning: It picked up a better (only 3% more) score in the deep cleaning test.
  3. Adjustable gates: The V10 standard nozzle has adjustable gates, enabling it to clean large dirt piles without plowing them forward.

The Verdict: Old versus New Tech

These models represent different phases of Dyson’s product development history.

The V10 Absolute was a “transition model” from the older V8 series to the next-generation models. Thus, it blends old and new technology, while the V12 Detect represents the next phase, where ergonomics and usability are prioritized.

I don’t recommend it over the V12 Detect unless you need the large dustbin capacity.

Aside from that and the (slight) deep cleaning pick-up, the V12 Detect offers more for your dollar.

It has the latest technology, two batteries (in select models), and comparable surface cleaning performance at around the same price point (always check first before purchasing).

Change log:

  • April 15, 2024: Added a video comparison between these Dyson models.

About the author: Garrick, the visionary behind Cordless Vacuum Guide, brings over a decade of hands-on expertise in cordless vacuum testing to his insightful reviews showcased on this platform. Beyond his passion for empowering consumers with informed choices, he cherishes precious moments with his family, exploring global cuisines and exploring different horizons with his beloved wife and son. Follow him on Youtube, Tiktok, Facebook, and Instagram.