Tineco A11 Review: Hero+ vs Master vs Master+

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Tineco A11 Review

After reviewing both the A10 and the Pure One S12, I’ll be having a close look at Tineco’s mid-priced option, the A11.

This model is at the same price range as the Dyson V8, and I’ve tested this vacuum extensively to see how it does on various types of messes, its usability, noise level, ergonomics, and much more.

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Tineco A11

Tineco A11 Review

The Tineco A11 is a beefed-up version of the A10 with a larger motor and the addition of an extra battery that essentially doubles the run time. Another area of improvement with the A11 is the overall quality and finish. The newer A11 comes with a quick-release latch that snaps a bit crisper and is easier to detach than the A10. Its semi-transparent body gives it a futuristic look and the performance is one of the best I’ve tested so far on carpets and hard floors.

Pros

  • Improved build quality over the entry-level Tineco A10
  • Outstanding performance on hard floors and carpets
  • Has more tools than the Dyson V8 even if it’s the same price range
  • Above-average dirt capacity at 0.6 liters
  • Dual charging dock will charge the two batteries simultaneously

Cons

  • No hygienic system so emptying dirt will be messy
  • Top-heavy design

What to expect from the Tineco A11?

The Tineco A11 Master is the higher-end option of the A11 series that’s right in-between the Tineco A10 and Pure One S12.

This model is at the same price range as the Dyson V8, but a little bit more expensive than the Shark ION P50.

The sample sent to me by Tineco is the A11 Master+ so it comes with both the LED multi-tasker power brush and the soft roller power brush.

Both of these tools are built for cleaning carpets and hard floors, respectively. One feature that separates this from a Dyson and Shark is the row of LED headlights that helps with visibility.

There are three different A11 options – the Hero+, Master, and Master+.

All these models have the same motor and battery (with the exception of the Master that comes with the larger 2,500 mAh Li-ion battery) so there isn’t much of a difference when it comes to cleaning performance.

The differences are the attachments and color scheme with the Hero version having the blue and white combo and the Master having the green and white combo.

What are the improvements that the A11 has over the A10?

The A10 and A11 share the same design cues, but the A11 is a better product overall in several aspects.

One thing I noticed with the A11 is the transparent body casing. You can see what’s beneath the outer plastic shell, except for the motor.

Tineco A10 Transparent Body

Even the batteries have a frosted, semi-transparent design where you can see a silhouette of the cells inside.

Like the A10, the A11 has a trigger lock that holds the switch at the on position, so there’s no need to squeeze it continually.

Improved build quality

One of my pet peeves with the A10 is the absence of a locking mechanism, at least for the suction-only tools.

Attachments such as the crevice and combination tool do not have a quick-release latch.

Tineco addressed this issue by adding this in all the tools for the A11.

Everything will securely lock in place thanks to the quick-release latch.  Removing the tools also is smoother as it slides off easily.

Charging dock

Tineco A11 Dual Charging Dock

The A10 did not have a charging dock but tool storage that will fit most of the tools and the vacuum. Since it only had one battery, it only came with a plug to charge the vacuum.

With the A11, things are different; this variant comes with the dual charging dock that can charge two batteries simultaneously. It also has slots to store three suction-only attachments.

One downside to the dock is the need to drill holes on the wall which is purely subjective, in my opinion.

How much power does the Tineco A11 have?

To measure the amount of power the A11 has, I used an anemometer to measure airflow on the different power settings at the wand.

Airflow is a good barometer of how a vacuum will perform on various surfaces. The higher the airflow, the better it is at picking up various types of debris.

Here’s the result of the Tineco A11 on the low and max power setting at the wand.

  • Low: 31.9 CFM
  • Max: 58 CFM

The A11 has almost as much power as the Dyson V8 (31.9 CFM vs. 32 CFM) on the default setting and nearly as much as the Dyson V10 (58 CFM vs. 59 CFM) at the high setting which is impressive for a cordless vacuum at this price.

I did notice an airflow decrease as the battery neared empty, so there will be some airflow loss in the power cycle.

How long will the Tineco A11 Master run?

The A11 Master comes with two 2,500 mAh Li-ion batteries that Tineco claims will run for up to 60 minutes.

Take note that the lower end A11 Hero has a smaller 2,000 mAh Li-ion battery that runs for up to 50 minutes (combined)

To test if this claim is accurate, I ran the vacuum in different configurations to see how long will it run from full to empty.

Please check the table below for the results.

Power settingEcoMax
Non-Motorized Tools (e.g. Crevice Tool)26:44 mins. x 210:38 mins. x 2
Multi-Tasker Power Brush25 mins. x 210:10 mins. x 2

How Does the Tineco A11 Clean?

Thanks to the multitude of tools, the Tineco A11 is one of the most versatile cordless stick vacuums available in the market.

It is usable in different configurations as a handheld or stick vacuum depending on the attachment.

One advantage it has over the Pure One S12 is its more compact design, so it’s lighter on the arm if you use it to clean areas high above such as ceiling vents.

However, the main function of the A11 is to clean floors and it does it with high-efficiency thanks to the design of the main cleaning attachments – the multi-tasker and the soft roller power brush.

Tineco A11 Main Cleaning Nozzle
The Tineco A11 has two main nozzles – the LED multi-tasker brush and soft roller power brush.

Don’t let the terminology confuse you, these tools are similar to the Dyson V8’s direct-drive and soft roller attachment.

One feature I like with these tools is the row of LED headlights that will help track dust.

All the tools are usable with or without the extension tube which gives this vacuum its versatility.

Attaching and removing the different tools is easy with the quick release latch.

Cleaning Performance

To test how the Tineco A11 performs on hard floors and carpet, I tested it on various types of debris such as quaker oats (first photo), coffee (second photo), quinoa (third), and pet litter (fourth).

I also tested it on Fruit loops to see how it does on really large pieces of dirt.

First, let’s look at the overall scores.

Overall

98.96%

Hard Floor

99.88%

Carpet (Surface Pickup)

99.8%

Carpet (Deep Cleaning)

97.2%

The overall scores of the Tineco A11 are impressive with 98.6% and not far behind from the Pure One S12 (99.4%), that is the costlier option of the two.

Bare Floor Cleaning

For testing on hard floors, I primarily used the soft roller brush and as expected the results were superb. Please check the photos below to see some before and after shots.

Quaker Oats

99.6%

Coffee

100%

Quinoa

100%

Pet Litter

99.9%

Tineco A11 cleaning quaker oats on hard floors

Tineco A11 cleaning coffee on hard floors

Tineco A11 cleaning quinoa on hard floor

Tineco A11 Pet Litter on low pile carpet

The scores were nearly perfect as the soft roller attachment will literally inhale debris in front of it. I would say that the A10 and A11 version is as good as the Dyson V8 version.

Too bad Tineco does not have a variant with only the soft roller as the Dyson has with Fluffy.

It also did well at cleaning fruit loops as it picked up everything in its path without the clogging issue I experienced with the Dyson V10.

Tineco A11 cleaning fruit loops on hard floors

Most of the debris went inside the dust cup with only two pieces of fruit loops left underneath the tool.

The A11 standard brush roll is also capable of cleaning on hard surfaces but won’t be as effective at cleaning large piles of messes as the Dyson V10 or V11 would because it lacks the adjustable gates.

Tineco A11 testing the standard brush roll on hard floors

Carpet Cleaning

To test the effectiveness of the A11 on carpets I tested it on the same four debris on both low and mid pile. I also did a separate test were I rub 50 grams of coffee grounds on mid pile carpet to see how well it can deep clean.

The scores again are impressive for a vacuum at this price range. It actually scores higher than the Dyson V8 Absolute that’s more expensive. However, the Tineco filtration isn’t as good as a Dyson so it’s a tradeoff you’ll need to look at.

Low Pile Carpet Test Results

Quaker Oats

100%

Coffee

99.6%

Quinoa

100%

Pet Litter

99.7%

Tineco A11 cleaning quaker oats on low pile carrpets

Tineco A11 cleaning coffee on low pile carpet

Tineco A11 cleaning quinoa on low pile carpet

Tineco A11 cleaning pet litter on low pile carpet

The A11 scored a nearly perfect score on low pile carpet which shows you that the multi-tasker power brush is good enough to do the task on this surface.

However, I noticed that there was a bit of snowplowing when cleaning a pile of dirt but for normal daily cleaning tasks, this should not be an issue.

Medium Pile Carpet Test Results

Quaker Oats

99.9%

Coffee

99.2%

Quinoa

100%

Pet Litter

100%

Tineco A11 cleaning quaker oats on mid pile carpets

Tineco A11 cleaning coffee on mid pile carpet

Tineco A11 cleaning quinoa on mid pile carpets

Tineco A11 cleaning pet litter on mid pile carpet

One of the biggest surprises for the Tineco A11 is the results on mid pile carpet. It scores higher than the Pure One S12 across the board. If you have a lot of mid pile carpet at home, this might be a better option.

Deep Cleaning Test

Next, we’ll look at how the A11 does at cleaning embedded dirt. For this test, I used 50 grams of coffee on a medium-pile carpet which I rubbed with my hand to embed it on the strands.

The Tineco A11 scored an impressive 97.2% which is slightly lower than the A10 that scored 97.5%. It is actually higher than the Dyson V8 that scored 94.3% and the V10 Absolute with a 94.4% score. Again, the Dyson may have a lower score but you’ll have to clean the Tineco filter more frequently because it has the inferior cyclonic system.

How Does the Filter Look After the Cleaning Tests?

I put the A11 through a lot of tests with different types of debris so I was curious how the filter would look like after.

Tineco A11 how the filter looks like after the cleaning tests

You can clearly see traces of pet litter and coffee left on it. The vacuum still performed quite well despite the accumulation. However, this shows me that there is a need to clean the filter at least once a month to maintain the performance of the vacuum.

Fortunately, the A11 Master and Master+ come with an extra filter so you’ll have something to use while waiting for the other filter to dry up if you decide to use water to clean it.

How Noisy is the Tineco A11?

To measure how much noise the A11 produces, I use a sound meter from a few feet away.

Here are the results of the test.

  • Low: 72.9 dB
  • Max: 75.4 dB

Even at the default setting, the A11 produces over 72 decibels which can be annoyingly loud for some people.

At the highest setting, the noise level goes up further to the 75 dB mark which is equivalent to loud music.

The A11 has that high pitched whiny noise which is more noticeable at the highest setting.

All of these tests are with the main brush roll attached, which is the configuration you’ll likely use a majority of the time.

Dust Cup Capacity and Design

Tineco A11 Dust Cup

Tineco says that the A11 can hold up to 0.6 liters of dry dirt – which is up to the fill line.

It is slightly bigger than the Dyson V8’s dust cup that has a 0.54-liter capacity.

However, it is smaller than the Pure One S12’s 0.77-liter capacity.

One thing I don’t like with the A11 bin is the lack of a hygienic system that helps push the dirt down.

The lack of it makes emptying the bin a very messy task, but the good news is the whole dust cup can be disassembled if you need a thorough clean.

What’s Inside the Box?

One thing unique about the Tineco A11 Master is the sheer amount of attachments that you’ll get. It’s got more than the Dyson V8 Absolute, which costs roughly the same.

You’ll get a total of 13 tools, which I’ll summarize in this section.

Tineco A11 Main Cleaning Nozzles
The A11 comes with the multi-tasker (left) and the soft roller (right) power brushes.

1. LED Multi-Tasker Power Brush: This tool is Tineco’s standard brush roll attachment that works best on carpets. However, the high airflow from the larger motor also enables it to work well on hard surfaces (except for extra-large stuff).

Tineco A11 main cleaning heads view underneath
How the multi-tasker and soft roller power brush looks underneath.

2. LED Soft Roller Power Brush: A purpose-built tool by Tineco for cleaning hard surfaces. One feature that separates it from Dyson’s version of the soft roller brush is the row of bright LED lights.

Tineco A11 Mini Turbo Brush

3. Mini Power Brush: It is a miniature powered brush tool that will work best on fabric upholstery.

4. Crevice Tool: An excellent tool for cleaning hard to reach areas around the upholstery.

Tineco A11 Combination Tool

5. 2-in-1 Dusting Brush: This attachment combines a brush and an upholstery tool.

Tineco A11 Flexible Long Crevice Tool

6. Flexible Long Crevice Tool: The long version of the crevice tool with bristles at one end that can extend further for that extra reach and flexibility.

Tineco A11 Multi Angle Folding Adapter

7. Multi-Angle Folding Adapter: One of the most unique tools Tineco has developed that helps greatly with cleaning areas high above, such as cabinets and ceiling fans. This tool can fold at a multitude of angles so it provides a lot of options for users.

Tineco A11 Flexible Hose

8. Flexible Extension Hose: Another tool that improves the usability and reach of the A11 around tight spots. It is one of my favorite tools to use when cleaning inside the vehicle.

Tineco A11 Dual Charging Dock

9. Dual Charging Powerhouse/Dock: A wall-mountable dock that can charge two batteries simultaneously and hold three extra attachments.

Tineco A11 Lithium Ion battery

10. Two Lithium-Ion Batteries: The A11 Master comes with two detachable Li-ion batteries that will run for up to 60 minutes combined. Take note that the Hero version of the A11 has the smaller 2,000 mAh Li-ion battery that will run up to 50 minutes (combined).

Tineco A11 Automatic Pre-Filter Cleaning Tool

11. Automatic Pre-Filter Cleaning Tool: Another first from Tineco, the automatic pre-filter cleaning tool, will clean the pre-motor filter without you having to remove it from the vacuum physically.

Tineco A11 Soft Dusting Brush

13. Soft Dusting Brush: This soft-bristled tool works great on delicate surfaces such as lampshades.

14. Extension Wand: This tool gives the A11 its versatility to function in different configurations has a handheld or stick vacuum.

Different Tineco A11 Options: A11 Hero+ vs A11 Master vs A11 Master+

There are a total of four different variants for the A11. All four have the same motor, but the Master version has the larger cell Li-ion battery that runs longer. Another difference is the color combo with the Hero having the blue and white scheme and the Master with the more eye-catching green and white combo.

Cleaning performance will be the same because all models have the same power output and tools.

Please refer to the table below to see how these options are different and the attachments that come along with it.

ModelA11 HERO+A11 MASTERA11 MASTER+
Battery
2 x 2,000mAh
2 x 2,000mAh
2 x 2,000mAh
Direct Drive LED Multi-tasker Power Brush
Yes
Yes
Yes
LED Soft Roller Power Brush
No
Yes
Yes
Automatic Pre-filter Cleaning Tool
Yes
Yes
Yes
Mini Power Brush
Yes
Yes
Yes
Flexible Long Crevice Tool
No
Yes
Yes
Long Soft Crevice Tool
No
Yes
No
2-in-1 Dusting Brush
Yes
Yes
Yes
Crevice tool
Yes
Yes
Yes
Hair Cleaning Tool
Yes
Yes
No
Soft Dusting Brush
No
Yes
Yes
Flexible Extension Hose
No
Yes
Yes
Additional Microfiber Pre-Filter
No
Yes
Yes
Multi-Angle Folding Tool
No
Yes
Yes
Flexible Multi-Angle Tool
No
Yes
No
Dual Wall Mountable Dock
Yes
No
Yes
Storehouse
No
Yes
No
Li-ion Battery
2
2
2
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Availability of Parts

Despite being a newcomer to this field, it isn’t hard to find replacement Tineco parts. You can find parts such as the battery, filter, and adapter available in Amazon.

However, some of these parts, like the Li-ion battery, aren’t cheap, but having it available is better than not having any options. However, it’s better to have the option to purchase an extra battery rather than not having the option so it is a plus for me.

Considering the fact that Tineco is a new brand to come out, I’m quite pleased with the parts availability.

Product Specifications

ModelTineco A11
Brush roll on/offNo
Battery2,000 mAH Li-ion (X 2)
Charging timeN/A
Battery lifeup to 100 mins.
Net weight5.5 pounds
Width9.25"
Overall length47"
Battery indicatorYes
Filter typeLifetime washable
Dust capacity0.6 li
Powerup to 58 CFM
CordlessYes
BaglessYes
Warranty2 years
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Does the Tineco A11 provide good value?

While the Tineco A11 isn’t cheap and at the same level, price-wise, like the Dyson V8 and Shark IONFlex 2X, it brings a lot of value to the table.

First, the A11 Master+ version has more attachments than the other two premium brands I mentioned which means more options and flexibility.

The two detachable Li-ion batteries will run for up to 52 minutes combined so that this stick vacuum will cover a lot of ground.

Add to that the ability of the charging dock to charge two batteries simultaneously translates to zero downtime (if you don’t use up the battery in one cleaning cycle) as you can use the vacuum while the other battery is charging.

In terms of cleaning, the A11 is at par with the Dyson V8 with regards to vacuuming surface and embedded dirt.

I would say that the A11 has the better standard brush roll as it can pick up Quaker oats better than the V8.

If the Tineco Pure One S12 is too expensive, then the A11 would be an excellent alternative that’s lighter but without the bells-and-whistles.

All three variants will perform equally well on hard floors and carpets, so choosing one will depend on the tools you need.

4 Reasons why you should buy the Tineco A11 Master

  1. Lots of attachments: The Master+ version has 14 different attachments at your disposal. It has more than any of the Dyson cordless stick vacuum models.
  2. Decent run time: Even with the main cleaning head attached, the A11 will run for up to 50 minutes combined from the two Li-Ion batteries.
  3. Extra battery: Downtime is minimized thanks to the extra battery and the dual charging dock that can charge the spare battery while the vacuum is in use.
  4. Excellent performance: The A11 scored high marks in nearly all of the tests with better results than the Dyson V8.

Click here to learn more about the Tineco A11.

The Verdict: Who Should Buy the Tineco A11?

Based on tests, the Tineco A11 is an excellent stick vacuum that performs extremely well on hardwood and carpet.

Airflow numbers are impressive which is a big reason why the A11 did great in all of the cleaning tests.

Between this model and the Tineco A10, I would spend a little bit more for the A11 since it has better tools with the quick release latch that makes it much easier to attach and detach.

There isn’t much of a difference between the A10 and A11 when it comes to cleaning performance so the deciding factor for me would be the better set of tools in favor of the A11.

Even in deep cleaning tests, the A10 and A11 are extremely close and I feel that the difference is negligible.

It’s got the bright LED lights that’s absent in other high-end options like the Dyson V8 and Shark IONFlex 2X.

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  • Ergonomics - 94%
    94%
  • Surface Cleaning - 99.84%
    100%
  • Deep Cleaning - 97.2%
    97%
  • Quality - 95%
    95%
  • Design - 93%
    93%
  • Value - 94%
    94%
96%

A Viable Alternative To The Dyson V8

The Tineco A11 Master is an excellent alternative to the Dyson V8 Absolute thanks to its wide array of tools, outstanding performance, and above-average quality. In the cleaning tests, the A11 scored higher than the Dyson V8 in most of the tests and that includes deep cleaning tests on fine coffee grounds. Despite being the more expensive option, I would prefer the Tineco A11 over the A10 because it has better quality accessories that have a quick-release latch, something absent in some of the tools of the A10. There are some minor quirks with the A11 like the angled tube use on the main cleaning head so the vacuum doesn’t go flat unless you turn it sideways and the inferior cyclonic system that means more frequent filter cleanups. Other than that, this is an excellent product to look at for cleaning your home.

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