If you have a healthy obsession to get rid of dirt, you’re probably familiar with the big name brands in the home vacuum industry that produce cordless, canister, and upright vacuum cleaners that promise to make your home as pristine as possible.

There are actually many vacuum cleaner brands to choose from but when it comes to cordless vacuum cleaners the list of quality options is currently quite small. In our opinion Dyson come out on top. This article reviews and compares their latest 3 models, the V8, V10 and their new 2019 arrival the V11.

Dyson Cordless V-Series Review

Dyson’s V-series vacuums are the best sellers in the cordless market due in no small part to the strength of the Dyson brand but also the performance, reliability and battery life of these models.

In our review of the Dyson V10 we compared it to previous model V8 but since we wrote that piece the V11 has been released. The V11 is the 5th installment in the series, which looks like this:

Model
Launch Year
Weight  KG
Max Suction AW
Runtime  Mins
HEPA Filtration?
Bin Capacity Liters
V6

2015

2.2

100

6-20

No

0.4

V7

2017

2.4

100

7-30

No

0.54

V8

2016

2.63

115

7-40

Yes

0.54

V10

2018

2.67

151

6-60

Yes

0.76

V11

2019

3.05

185

12-60

Yes

0.76

Dyson V11 vs V10 Vs V8 Model Variants

The V11 comes in two variants, Torque Drive and Animal versions.

The V8 is also available in Absolute and Animal versions, whilst the V10 comes in Absolute, Animal, and Motorhead versions. The Animal version is cheaper although it falls short on accessories, so you may want to keep that in mind.

All the model variants come with a combination tool, crevice tool and a docking station.

The chart below shows the additional tools you get with the different model variants:

Torque Drive

High Torque Cleaner Head

Stubborn Dirt Brush

Mini Motorized tool

Mini Soft Dusting Brush

Absolute

Torque Drive Cleaner Head

Soft Roller Cleaner Head

Mini Motorized tool

Mini Soft Dusting Brush

Animal

Torque Drive Cleaner Head

Mini Motorized tool

Mini Soft Dusting Brush/ Stubborn Dirt Brush (V11) 

Motorhead

Direct Drive Cleaner Head

Dyson Soft Fluffy Cleaner Head for Dyson V10 Models

Dyson Carbon Fiber Soft Dusting Brush (New)

Dyson Tangle-free Turbine tool

Dyson Torque Drive Cleaner Head, Part NO. 969110-01, Designed for use with V8, V10 and V11 Cordless Stick vacuums |

Soft Roller ​​​​Cleaner Head
Mini Soft Dusting Brush
Mini Motorized Tool
Torque Drive Cleaner Head

Is the V11 model worth the hype and cost or are you better off opting for the V8 model which is cheaper? Is the V10 sandwiched between V11’s premium features and V8’s cost and the best option on balance?

Let’s take a look….

Design

Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

The Dyson V11, V10 and V8 series are similar in design but there are some important differences. Whilst they can be used as either hand-held or stick vacuum cleaners, they activate by gripping - they work just fine when one holds the trigger switch..

The trigger switch is a design feature to optimize battery life by automatically cutting the power when the trigger is not held down. Some customers find this helpful but others find that it is uncomfortable to hold for long durations.

The subtle differences between the V11, V10 and V8 become apparent when looking at how the parts are assembled. Unlike the V8 whose dust bin is perpendicular to the extension wand, succeeding versions were designed differently.

Improved Airflow Design 

In the V10 and V11 there is an alternative design that improves airflow from the cleaning head all the way to the motor. The decision to bring the wand, dust bin, and body in tandem on the V10 and V11 was done to improve performance and airflow. As a result of this re-design and motor improvements the air watts of suction has increased signficantly.

New V11 Digital Display 

Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Blue

Unlike the latest model, the V8 and V10 don’t include any digital screen or video notifications. This is one of the most noticeable differences between the three models.

The V11 comes with a digital screen that displays quite a number of features like:

  • device performance, 
  • cleaning mode, and;
  • estimated battery time left. 

In addition, the LCD screen at the top of the V11 enables intermittent toggling between the three suction modes: Eco, Auto, and Boost mode. The Eco Mode creates the lowest suction while the Boost, the strongest suction.

Suction Power and Performance

Dyson V11

Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Blue

Dyson V10

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson V8

Dyson V8 Animal+ Cordfree Rechargeable Stick Vacuum

This is where Dyson have made significant improvements with each new release. The suction power measured in air watts are given in the table below for each power mode. Note the V8 only has two power modes, low and high. It's important to note that when in Boost Mode, the battery drains very quickly so should be used sparingly.

Suction Mode

Dyson V8

Dyson V10

Dyson V11

Suction Mode 1

28 Air Watts

15.8 Air Watts

26 Air Watts

Suction Mode 2

N/A

33.8 Air Watts

38.6 Air Watts

Max Suction Mode

115 Air Watts

151 Air Watts

185 Air Watts

As we pointed out in our review of the Dyson V10, the air watts delivered drop significantly on the lower settings. In our view this means they are not ready to replace your full sized upright vacuum if you have a carpeted home

Dyson claims that there’s a 20% increase in V11 suction prowess when compared with V10’s.

The max suction on the V11 is close to double that of the early models at 185AW, whilst the V10 provides 155 AW and and V8 has a maximum of 115AW.

Revolutions per minute compared

The Dyson scientists have been able to increase suction abilities with each new version of their cordless V-sticks. The V8 motor spins at 110,000 revolution per minute (rpm) but the V10 and V11 fare better, at 125,000 rpm.

Rotating Blade Design Differences 

Dyson made the rotating blades of the V10 sturdier than the V8 but the V11’s blade is also much better than the previous versions. As a result the V11's blades are more efficient, longer, and thinner, and they are also a different S-shape.

Improved Cyclonic System Efficency

Unlike the V8 that comes with a two-tier 15-cyclonic system, the V10 and V11 models use a two-tier 14-cyclonic system yet create more force. The system creates very strong centrifugal forces like a hurricane and are designed to spin dust, dirt, and debris—collecting as small as 0.3 microns of dirt particles. 

Filtration

The motor filter of the three Dyson V models, right down to the latest - V11, has seen a face-lift, and this means fewer dust particles and allergens get expelled into the air while vacuuming.

All the models have washable HEPA filters, however the Dyson V8 also has an additional central filter. Filtration capabilities are to HEPA standards, meaning they capture 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns

Battery

Model
Capacity
Charge Time
Max Run Time
Run Time Boost Mode
Dyson V8

2,800 mAh

3.5 hours

40 mins

6 mins

Dyson V10

2,600 mAh

3.5 hours

60 mins

6 mins

Dyson V11

3,600 mAh

4.5 hours

60 mins

12 mins

The three models are all powered using fade-free batteries - whether you’re fully-charged or running low on battery, the level of suction remains the same, but they provide different use-time under different cleaning modes.

The stronger the power settings, the better the suction and this means your battery drains faster. The V8 has a 2,800 mAh 6-cell Lithium-ion battery that runs for up to 40 minutes on a low suction. Improvements are delivered with 7-cell Nickel-Cobalt-Aluminium lithium-ion battery on the V10 and V11 that runs for up to 60-minutes on Eco Mode.

It's important to note that these maximum times are taken from tests without the powerhead connected so don't really reflect normal use.

The V11’s battery also has intelligent suction control and remaining battery notification. Although Dyson could have made the battery replaceable to appeal to more shoppers who would love to swap batteries, the battery lasts 20 - 25 minutes longer on average.

While the V8 and V10 run for only 6-minutes, the V11 runs 12-minutes on burst mode, which is a good improvement. It takes the V8 and V10 3.5 hours to be fully charged, whilst the V11 takes 4.5 hours.

In addition, Dyson claims that the V10 and V11’s batteries will last for at least 15 years so you don't need to worry about replacing them before you replace your vacuum.

Accessories, Tools, and Attachments

Dyson V8 Animal+ Cordfree Rechargeable Stick Vacuum

Dyson V8 Animal+ Cordfree Rechargeable Stick Vacuum

We all love a tidy home, so it's good to know that all of the models come with acoustically-engineered docking station which can be wall-mounted. This makes it easy to store the vacuums when not in use, as well as all their accessories.

We've shown the different attachments that come with the different model variants in the chart above so check that out to decide which model is right for you.

Both the V11's and V10's floor head enables the brush head to check the resistance of the floor surface and adjust the cleaning height whilst also automatically calibrate the suction power.

The V11 comes with the Torque Head Drive, which according to Dyson, cleans 25% better than the Direct Drive cleaning head. 

The V11's dustbin capacity is the same as the V10’s, which is 40% larger than the V8’s.

The Dyson V10 is louder than the Dyson V11, but again results may vary depending on the cleaning mode. The variations are only small and these models are amongst the quietest vacuum cleaners you will find.

Verdict

In a nutshell, the V8 offers good value now that it is a few years old and has been superseded but still provides good cleaning performance. The V10 is a good improvement compared to the V8, whilst the V11 offers the latest cutting edge technology. Choosing between these models comes very much down to your budget, size of home and preference for all the bells and whistles. If you have a larger home the longer runtime on the V10 and V11 would certainly be advantageous. 

So in summary, the V8 is very good; the V10 is actually much better, but the V11 is simply the best!

Last update on 2019-11-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API