Of all the Chinese-made cordless vacuums I tested, this model is one of the best options below $200.
This means you can use this to clean hair and dirt off fabric upholstery and carpet stairs.
While this product is excellent, there are some issues that you need to know. Find out more in this review if the
Better than the Dyson V8?
Tineco A10 Review
The A10 is the entry-level option of Tineco and one of their cheapest cordless stick vacuums available. But don’t let that term fool you into thinking that the A10 has entry-level performance as it scores high in the cleaning tests I did. It scored higher compared to the more expensive Dyson V8 Absolute that I tested a few weeks back. However, there are some minor issues that you need to be aware of, which I’ll discuss below.
This variant, in particular, that I’m reviewing is the “Hero” model that only comes with the standard brush tool that works well on hard floors and carpet. An optional soft roller attachment is also available if you want something more efficient on hard floors.
A quick look at the features of the
- A 350-watt digital motor that produces up to 110 air watts of suction in Max mode
- The main unit only weighs 2.87 pounds
- Has one detachable lithium-ion battery
- The LED battery indicator tells you how much charge is left
- Easy to empty bin
- It has a post-motor washable HEPA filter
- It comes with a switch lock, so you don’t have to squeeze the trigger continually
- LED headlights on the main cleaning head
- Swivel steering
- 2-year warranty
- A versatile and lightweight cordless vacuum that can clean on floors, upholstery, and much more
- Decent run time of up to 25 minutes
- Easy to remove Li-ion battery
- The bright LED light on the main cleaning head helps track dust under furniture
- HEPA filtration helps keep allergens inside the bin
- Above-average at deep cleaning embedded sand on medium pile carpet
- Short run time in max mode (just a little over 6 minutes in my tests)
- The crevice and brush tool doesn’t have a quick-release latch
- Dirt capacity is small (only 0.4 liters)
- The cleaning head does not go completely flat, which limits reach under furniture
Introduction to the
Upon opening the box, I thought that Tineco did an outstanding job with the packaging.
All components are in separate, corrugated cardboard boxes, each with an individual plastic packaging.
In terms of design, the
Tineco A10looks very much like the Dyson V8. Both have the same trigger switch, detachable wand, and interchangeable tools.
There are three different A10 options available on Amazon. These include the “Hero” and “Hero+.” All options have the same motor and battery.
Both these sub-models have the same attachments and comes with one detachable battery. The only difference is that the Hero comes with the “powerhouse” and the Hero+ has the charging dock.
The powerhouse is a storage caddy for storing the main vacuum unit and tools. While the charging dock has the same function but it’s wall mountable for vertical storage but only has slots for two extra attachments.
Choosing between these two options will depend on your preference. If you don’t want to drill anything on the wall, then the Hero is the better option because the storage caddy has enough room to store all the tools; otherwise, go with the Hero+.
So the sample I got from Tineco is the entry-level Hero version that only has the essential tools such as the crevice, brush, and mini-turbo brush.
Recently, I purchased the soft roller attachment to see what it does on hard surfaces.
One feature that separates the A10 from any Dyson cordless vacuum is the trigger lock mechanism that gives users the option to leave the trigger at the “on” position.
So there’s no need to continually squeeze the trigger when cleaning a large area inside the home.
You also can use the trigger as is without the lock, which gives the users more options.
Another feature absent in the Dyson but present with Tineco is the LED headlights on the soft roller and the multi-tasker power brush.
A row of LED lights helps illuminate the path of the cleaning heads, which is a big help when cleaning dark areas underneath furniture.
The A10’s bin is almost the same as the Dyson V6’s bin, with a capacity of 0.4 liters. It isn’t a lot, so you will have to empty it often.
It has a quick-release latch that relies primarily on gravity to dispose of dirt. One feature that’s lacking is the hygienic system found in the Dyson V8 that pushes dirt downward.
There will be some debris seeping through the mesh filter on the upper part of the bin. But that’s easy to clean since you can easily remove the filter housing by twisting it off.
Like the Dyson V6, you can remove the clear part of the bin. It makes it easy to clean this part if needed thoroughly.
Twin Filter System
Tineco says that the HEPA filter can block allergens up to 0.3 microns from coming back out through the exhaust.
Since this is a bagless vacuum, there will still be dust exposure when you empty the bin.
One issue with the cyclonic system of Tineco is it isn’t as good as a Dyson when it comes to keeping dirt away from the filter.
If you live in a dusty area or clean a lot of pet hair and dust, the filter will soil at a much faster rate than a Dyson. So it will require more frequent cleaning.
The pre-filter cleaning tool does help as it provides a way for consumers to clean the filter without removing it from the vacuum.
The Hero and Master version comes with a tool caddy storage (Tineco calls this part “the Storehouse“) where you can store the vacuum’s attachments, including the extension wand and vacuum.
It has two slots for the two main nozzles, two for the non-powered tools, one for the mini-turbo brush, and space for one extra battery.
Other A10 options like the Hero+ have a wall-mountable charging dock with slots for storing three attachments.
The two suction-only tools, the crevice, and the 2-in-1 brush tool do not have a quick-release latch.
This means that attaching and removing these tools will require more force as it only relies on friction without the lock.
Fortunately, the attachments in the Tineco A11 that have the quick-release lock are compatible with the A10. So you can purchase these attachments separately if you want to save some money.
How much power does the
Tineco A10 have?
According to Tineco, the A10 has a 350-watt brushless motor that has as much power as the Dyson V8.
To see if this claim is accurate, I used an anemometer to measure airflow at the wand and cleaning head.
Please refer below to see the results.
Based on these results, the A10 almost equals the V8 when it comes to airflow at the lowest setting (31.5 vs. 32 CFM) but lags at the max setting (51 vs. 54 CFM).
It isn’t too far behind with regards to the airflow at the cleaning head. The A10 has slightly less than the V8 at the low setting (22.58 vs. 26 CFM) and max setting (35 vs. 36.95 CFM)
Compared to the Dyson V7, the A10 has more power at the default (31.5 vs. 29 CFM) and max setting (51 vs. 50 CFM).
Considering the current price of the A10 Hero, which is under $200, it does provide a lot of value for money.
How long does the
Tineco A10 run?
Tineco says that the 21.6-volt Li-ion battery will run for up to 25 minutes.
So I tested it with the crevice tool and the standard brush roll attached, and here are the results.
|Non-Motorized Tools (e.g. Crevice Tool)
|Multi-Tasker Power Brush
One feature I like with the Tineco battery across their product line is its easy removal because of the quick-release lock.
The Hero version that I got only has one battery, but you can purchase extra batteries for the A10 on Amazon.
Unfortunately, the Hero and Master versions don’t have the dual charging dock that you’ll get in the Tineco A11, so you can only charge one battery at a time.
How does the
Tineco A10 clean?
One advantage it has over the two other Tineco products is it’s the lightest option. In handheld mode, this vacuum weighs just a little over 2 pounds.
This interchangeability is what gives the A10 its versatility. You can use this as a handheld or stick vacuum.
However, remember that the design bias of the A10 is to clean floors, which is its primary function.
To do this, Tineco provides consumers with two primary tools for cleaning bare floors and carpets.
The soft roller power brush is only available if you purchase the Master version, while the multi-tasker brush is available in all A10 models.
While the soft roller is an excellent tool for cleaning hard surfaces, the A10’s standard brush roll will be able to handle stuff like dust without any issues.
However, it will struggle with cleaning large piles of messes as it lacks a funnel that the Pure One S12 has that will prevent it from pushing dirt forward.
Minus the tube, this vacuum is usable as a handheld, thanks to the variety of attachments.
It doesn’t have a diverse collection of tools, as you’ll see with the A11, but the good news is you can purchase any of the A11 tools, and it’ll fit on the A10.
To test how the
These are the standard tests I do in the most recent reviews I’ve done.
Here are the overall scores of the test.
- Overall: 98.53%
- Hard Floor: 99.82%
- Sand on Hard floor: 99.8%
- Carpet (surface pickup): 99.81%
- Carpet (deep cleaning): 94.7%
For a vacuum at this price range, the results are impressive. Please take note that I used the tools found in the higher-end Master variant, including the soft roller and the multi-tasker power brush.
What impressed me the most was the consistency of the results across different types of debris.
Unfortunately, for homes with hard floors, the A10 doesn’t have an option that only has the soft roller power brush. Hence, if you want this attachment, you either have to buy it separately or purchase the Master variant.
Hard Floor Cleaning
I used the soft roller bar to test how the A10 cleans hard floors to see how well it picks up.
Here are the results of the tests.
- Quaker oats: 99.6%
- Coffee: 99.9%
- Quinoa: 100%
- Pet litter: 99.8%
The soft roller tool of the A10 was able to pick up most, if not all, of the debris scattered. Please check the photos below to see before and after shots on quaker oats, coffee grounds, quinoa, and pet litter.
I also tried using the A10’s standard brush roll on Quaker oats and coffee grounds, but it did not do as well. So my conclusion is that the multi-tasker brush is best on carpets.
Another area I tested the
Here’s a before and after shot of how it did, and it did an excellent job at doing so.
It was able to pick up most of the Fruit loops on the floor. I said most because there were a few pieces that wedged on the soft roller head.
Unfortunately, the multi-tasker did not do as well at cleaning Fruit loops because it lacks the adjustable gates found in the Dyson V10 or V11 or the funnel in the Pure One S12.
Sand on Hard Floor Test
I also tested how the A10 will clean sand on hard floors, which is one of the toughest to clean, and it did exceptionally well.
It was able to pick up an average of 99.8% of sand in two tests – one using the soft roller and one using the standard brush roll.
The soft roller is a better option for homes with hard floors, but the standard brush roll is very decent on this surface. Take note that the A11 soft roller is backward compatible with any of the A10 variants.
Next, let’s look at the results on carpets. I did a series of tests on low pile and medium-pile carpets to see how well the multi-tasker brush handles debris on these surfaces.
Again, I used the same four debris on these tests – quinoa, Quaker oats, coffee grounds, and pet litter.
Low Pile Test Results
- Quaker oats: 99.9%
- Coffee: 99.9%
- Quinoa: 100%
- Pet litter: 100%
The results on low pile carpet are impressive at the A10 got nearly perfect scores identical to the more expensive Pure One S12.
Check the before and after shots below on how the A10 cleaned (in order) quaker oats, coffee, quinoa, and pet litter.
This tells me that the multi-tasker power brush has great design cues that prioritize cleaning carpet over anything else. Whatever it lacks when it comes to cleaning hard floors, it makes up for it when it comes to debris pick up on carpets.
Medium Pile Test Results
- Quaker oats: 99%
- Coffee: 99.9%
- Quinoa: 100%
- Pet litter: 99.4%
One of the biggest surprises with the A10 is its performance on mid-pile carpet.
The results were better than that of the Pure One S12 (99.57% vs. 99.22%) which is a surprise for me since the latter has more airflow.
Deep Cleaning Test
Another experiment I did on the carpet was a deep cleaning test where I rubbed 100 grams of sand on the medium-pile carpet.
The A11 was able to pick up an average of 94.7% on two tests. This score is very close to that of the
Tineco Pure One S12that picked up an average of 99%.
So this makes the A11 one of the best options under $200 for deep cleaning sand on mid-pile carpet. Considering the price difference between the Pure One S12 and A10 makes the latter an enticing alternative if you don’t want to spend more than $400 for the high-end Pure One S12.
However, there’s the issue of the attachments that do not have the quick-release latch which makes it harder to remove.
For cleaning upholstery like chairs and sofas, 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 for what you’re cleaning, you can remove it and use the felt-like material for cleaning fabric upholstery.
How noisy is the
The A10 is quite noisy, registering close to 80 decibels. It is almost as loud as a
Here are the results using a sound meter from a few feet away.
- Low: 72.4 dB
- High: 77.7 dB
|Brush roll on/off
|2000 mAh Li-ion
|up to 26:44 mins.
|2.87 lbs (main unit)
5.03 lbs (with floor tool and wand)
|1 Pre-Motor Filter
1 HEPA Filter
|110 air watts
What’s inside the box?
Please take note that the A10 variant I have is the entry-level Hero, and the soft roller attachment isn’t included (I purchased this separately).
Please check the list below for the description of the tools.
- LED Multi-Taker Power Brush: This tool is Tineco’s version of the standard brush roll with soft and stiff bristles that works great on carpets and hard floors.
- LED Soft Roller Power Brush: An excellent tool for cleaning small to large debris on hard floors.
- Crevice Tool: For cleaning tight areas around the upholstery.
- Mini Power Brush: For cleaning stubborn dirt or hair on fabric upholstery.
- 2-in-1 Dusting Brush: Combines a brush and upholstery tool.
- Extension wand (blue tube): This tool gives the A10 the ability to toggle between a handheld or stick vacuum.
- Storehouse: Caddy for storing the vacuum and its attachments.
These tools are interchangeable and make this vacuum a versatile tool usable in different areas of the home or vehicle for cleaning dry dirt.
Not all models come with the same set of attachments. The entry-level A10 comes with the least number of tools, while the A10 Master has the most accessories.
Please check the table below to see the tools that come along with the different
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Should I buy the
In terms of power, it’s almost equal to the V8 in the default setting but lags at max mode.
One issue would be the lack of a quick-release lock with the suction-only tools that take some points away regarding usability.
You can purchase A11 attachments for the A10 as there will be no issues with compatibility if this is a big concern.
Another issue would be the design of the cleaning head. The piece that connects the head and extension wand sits at a fixed angle, affecting how this vacuum cleans under furniture.
You can turn the body sideways so it goes flat, but this position can be a little bit awkward.
You should buy the
Tineco A10 if you:
- Want a cordless vacuum that costs under $200: The
Tineco A10is a good value at just under $200. Not only will you get an assortment of tools, but it also has a tool storage caddy for storing all of these attachments.
- Need a versatile tool for cleaning a small house: This product is usable as a stick or handheld vacuum, capable of cleaning floors, upholstery, vents, and everything in between.
- Don’t want to squeeze the trigger continually: Tineco has a feature that allows you to lock the trigger in place, so you don’t have to press it continuously.
- Need a vacuum that can clean hard floor and carpet: The soft roller attachment and “Multi-Tasker” power brush can clean dirt from hard floors and carpets, respectively.
- Need a cheaper option to deep clean carpets: The A10 scored 97.5% in the cleaning tests I did on medium-pile carpets, which is surprisingly higher than the Dyson V8 and V10.
Like its primary competitor, it’s got a wide range of tools that gives this product a lot of versatility.
Despite being the cheaper option, the
One of my favorite features is the removable battery that makes it easy to replace if it stops working.
Both cleaning nozzles have LED headlights, which are not a feature available with the Dyson, making it better to track dirt underneath furniture.
Though it has its quirks, like the lack of a quick-release latch for some tools, the workaround is easy – buy the A11 attachments.
A More Cost Effective Option To The Dyson
Ergonomics - 93%
Surface Cleaning - 99.81%
Deep Cleaning - 94.7%
Quality - 93%
Design - 94%
Value - 98%
The Tineco A10 brings a lot to the table when it comes to features and performance. Even though this model is Tineco’s entry-level option, there’s nothing entry-level with its performance. It scored better than the Dyson V8 in nearly all the cleaning tests. The A10 is also capable of deep cleaning sand on carpet, picking up an average of 94.7% which is one of the best scores in the sub $200 cordless vacuum category. It does have its share of issues such as some tools lacking a quick-release mechanism that makes it harder to remove and the inferior filtration system versus the Dyson. But considering the price difference, I consider this product a bargain.