One of the many apparent variations between the V10 and V11 is the new show screen on the V11. With just one use of the little button you can toggle between low med and high power as well as auto mode. It shows you an expected battery life time, which modifications based on which mode and attachment you’re with just one use of. It can also expose you when to transform the filter and similar alerts.
It does seem that this exact version of the LCD screen is only available on the on the V11 Torque Drive and Absolute versions but not the Animal version but more on those kinds of things in the review this Friday.
Another new feature on the V11 is the High Torque Cleaner head which has a sensor, that can tell if you’re vacuuming hard floors or carpets, and it’ll increase the suction for carpets for a better deep clean. I actually really liked this feature, it did seem to work well and it really does seem optimize battery life.
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The other modifications are less apparent so lets jump into the tests.
The first thing is the suction power, the new V11 seems to be a lot more powerful than the V10. We tested its suction at 111 inches of water lift or about 28k Pascal’s which is crazy high for an upright, and borderline ridiculous for a wire free vacuum cleaner. But to the point of this video its up from about 84 inches on the V10 which was the maximum i’ve ever seen on a wire free vacuum cleaner until now.
As far as flow of air which i’d think about as much or more significant than suction we measured both the V10 and the V11 in a few areas and on all the power settings and found that on average the V11 had about 32% more flow of air than the V10.
So what can you do with all that power, well the other tests showed us, for instance we do a carpet deep clean test where we take precisely 100 grams of sand and embed it into a medium pile carpet, and weight the bins in the past and after.
We tested the V10 and V11 in all of their power settings and found that the additional flow of air and suction intended that the V11 pickup up on average about 7% more embedded sand the V10.
I should mention here Dyson has said they want to see wire free vacuums substitute upright vacuums, but the main barrier to that is with deep cleaning carpets, again Ill talk more about these results Friday but it is a big deal that Dyson can now get close to a 100% score even on its medium power which honestly is the finest power selection if you’d like to clean an entire house.
We also saw the power on the crevice pickup test where the V10 took twice assuming that the V11 to choose up the debris from both crevice sizes on low power, though they both only took one pass to get the debris on high power.
And the truth is the V11 brings you a lot more power, not just on High power but particularly on its low and medium settings which is where the power needs to be if you’d like to maximize battery life.
Speaking of battery life, Dyson has upgraded the battery for the V11 and it really shows. We found it to have on average about 30% more runtime across all the different settings compared to the V10. Which is pretty meaningfull, for instance when Dyson introduced the V10 they said it could get an hour or runtime, and that was true but only if you were making use of a suction attachment on low power, with the V11 you can actually get an hour of vacuuming with the torque drive head on low power. In general though I think we’ve finaly hit a threshold with the V11 that means that battery life is no longer a barrier even for those who have a monstrous house.
There are two downsides to the bigger battery which are recharge time and weight.
The recharge time jumped from 3.5 hours to 4.5 hours form the V10 to the V11
And the weight enhanced practically one pound. Which does make it noticeably heavier on the forearm. Im not excited with the weight thing as i’ve often complained that these wire free vacuums with all the weight near the handle aren’t just about as simple-to-use as people expect them to be and the additional pound just makes this worse. But in general Dyson is really excellent about weight distribution and the V11 still feels lighter than similarly designed wire free vacuums.
I personally do not mind the Absolute version with the soft roller not being offered in America yet, I found that with the V10 I practically never utilized it, do not get me incorrect its very good for hard floors but because it cant be utilized on carpets or rugs, you pretty much have to carry around the other head with you all the time which is silly. Additionally I never really liked the way the soft roller handled.