Of all the Chinese-made cordless cleaners I tested, this is one of the better ones all around.
This means you can use this to clean hair and dirt off upholstery.
Let’s see in this review how this vacuum does in terms of performance and if it is worth the $200 price tag in Amazon.
A quick look at the features of the Tineco A10
- 350-watt digital motor that produces up to 110 air watts of suction in Max mode
- The main unit only weighs 2.87 pounds
- Detachable lithium ion battery
- LED battery indicator tells you how much charge is left
- Easy to empty bin
- Has a post motor washable HEPA filter
- Comes with a switch lock, so you don’t have to continually squeeze the trigger
- LED headlights
- Swivel steering
- 2-year warranty
- Versatile and lightweight cordless that can clean on floors, upholstery and much more
- Decent run time of up to 25 minutes
- Removable battery is easy to replace
- Bright LED helps track dust under furniture
- Easy to empty dirt bin
- HEPA filtration helps keep allergens inside the bin
- Short run time in max mode
- You’ll need to exert some effort in attaching the crevice and combination brush/upholstery tool
- Bin is on the smallish side so you’ll need to empty often
- Cleaning head does not go completely flat which limits reach under furniture
What to expect from the Tineco A10?
Upon opening the box, I thought that Tineco did their best at manufacturing a high-quality cordless vacuum.
Components of this product were stored in separate, corrugated boxes if the manufacturer placed careful thought on the packaging, what more the actual product.
The quality of this product is pretty good, from the way the tools lock on the attachments itself.
I’m not saying it’s at the level of Dyson because it isn’t, but it’s getting close.
Remember there was a time that people thought Japanese cars were not good.
Companies like Toyota eventually overtook American brands like Ford and became the standard when it comes to reliability.
There will come a time when Chinese made cordless vacuums will seriously compete with the likes of Dyson.
Before I continue, please watch this video to see what’s inside the box, the different features, and a cleaning test. So make sure to watch it from start to finish.
Dyson-like design and some unique features
The central vacuum body has a similar design to a Dyson.
It’s got the same trigger switch, bin with trap door underneath, HEPA filter behind the motor, removable tube and interchangeable tools.
But it’s got some features that Dyson does not have.
Squeeze the trigger, and the 350-watt motor purrs to life. Besides the trigger is another switch that you can pull.
When you do, so it keeps the trigger squeezed for you. It means less strain on your fingers and wrist.
It’s a nice wrinkle to have and gives you an option if you squeezing the trigger doesn’t fancy you.
In front of the main cleaning head are five small diodes of LED lights that help illuminate the path of the vacuum.
It may not sound a big deal, but if you’ve tried cleaning areas under furniture, this light sources helps a lot in terms of tracking dust.
The A10’s bin is almost the same as the Dyson V6’s bin so it can hold around 0.3 liters.
One useful feature about the bin is how easy it is to empty. When you open the bin, most of the contents will drop down.
There will be some debris that will seep through the mesh filter on the upper part of the bin. But that’s easy to clean since you can remove the filter housing easily just by twisting it off.
Like the Dyson V6, you can remove the clear part of the bin. It makes it easy to deep clean periodically.
So the $200 price tag is great value for money when it comes to power.
There are two variants available – the space blue and variant orange. Both have the same specs, but the later has one extra battery pack and has the soft roller attachment similar to the one found in the Dyson.
The 21.6 volt Li-Ion battery will run up to 25 minutes in normal mode and 6 minutes in max – same specs as the Dyson V6.
You can buy an extra battery if you want to extend the run time and charge the second battery while using the other if you need to use this often.
Behind the motor is a washable HEPA filter that Tineco says will filter up to 0.3 microns of the allergens from coming out of the exhaust.
Since this is a bagless vacuum, you will still be exposed to the allergens when emptying it.
The unit I have is the “space blue” so I wasn’t able to test the soft roller cleaning attachment which does a great job on hard floor surfaces.
Here are some before and after photos on bare floor and carpet.
You can see clearly that the low profile design does not do very well on bare floor surfaces. If you find yourself cleaning a mess similar to this, you’ll probably be better off using the crevice tool or the soft roller cleaning head.
On low pile rug, it did a superb job in cleaning the big pile of mess I scattered. It picked up all of the surface dirt I spread, and agitation was pretty good for a cordless.
However, do not expect deep cleaning performance because it will not have the agitation or power to do so.
High end upright and canister vacuums like a Dyson will have as much as three times more suction.
For cleaning upholstery like chairs and sofa, you’ll have a couple of options. First, there’s the mini-turbo brush that does well as cleaning bigger messes on fabric upholstery. If you have pets, this is also an excellent tool to have to remove pet hair.
The A10 also comes with a combination brush and upholstery tool. Bristles on this tool are pretty stiff which makes it suitable for agitating stubborn dirt. If the brush is too stiff what you’re cleaning, you can remove it and use the felt-like material to upholstery inside your vehicle.
Storing this vacuum and its tools won’t be a problem thanks to the handy tool storage.
There’s no need to drill holes on the wall or worry about misplacing any accessory because everything is stored in one location.
Combination brush and upholstery
Mini turbo brush
Main cleaning head
Extension wand (blue tube)
|Brush roll on/off||No|
|Battery life||25 minutes (normal)|
6 minutes (max)
|Net weight||2.87 lbs (main unit)|
5.03 lbs (with floor tool and wand)
|Shipping weight||12.75 lbs.|
|Filter type||Lifetime washable filter|
|Air Watts||Up to 110 air watts|
What’s inside the box?
You’ll get a total of 5 attachments out of the box, and these include:
- Crevice tool
- Combination brush and upholstery
- Mini turbo brush
- Main cleaning head
- Extension wand (blue tube)
These tools are interchangeable and make this versatile capable of cleaning different parts in your home.
Should I buy the Tineco A10?
The Tineco A10 may not be as refined as the Dyson V8 or even the V6, but for what you’ll be getting, it’s good value for money.
In terms of power, it has just as much as the Dyson V8. One big issue for me would be the design of the cleaning head.
The connecting piece that connects the head and extension wand sits at a fixed angle which can affect how this vacuum cleans under furniture.
It also lacks the soft roller cleaning head that works best on hard floor. If you want the soft roller tool then you’ll have to go with the Tineco A11 Master that’s a few hundred dollars more expensive.
- Want a cordless vacuum that costs under $200: The Tineco A10 is good value at just under $200. It comes not just with an assortment of tools, but it also has a tool storage station where you can store all the attachments.
- Need a versatile tool for cleaning a small house: This cordless vacuum comes with an assortment in interchangeable tools capable of cleaning floors, upholstery, vents and everything in between.
- Don’t want to continually squeeze the trigger: Tineco has a feature that allows you to lock the trigger in place so you don’t have to constantly squeeze it to clean.
Where can I buy this?
You can buy this in Amazon for just under $200. And it is eligible to their 2-day shipping if you join Prime.
Extended warranties are also available of up to 3 years if you want that extra peace of mind.
If you’re looking for something that has almost similar power to a Dyson and not spend $300 and up then this is a good option.
In terms of tools, power and cleaning performance, the gap isn’t that wide. However, it still doesn’t match Dyson in terms of quality, but it’s getting there.
Tineco will have to iron some little details out like making the crevice and combination tool easier to attach and remove. They could also add the soft roller cleaning head to their product. These add-ons will be a $100 premium over the regular A10.
It does have some neat features that Dyson does not have like the LED headlights and the trigger lock.
The Tineco A10 is great value for money in the $200 range – a big reason why it is so popular in Amazon.