Today, we’re going to be taking a look at the brand-new Dyson V10 Cyclone Absolute model. First up, we’ll take a look at the dimensions. When it’s in stick cleaning mode, the unit is 49.2 inches tall. The cleaning body of the Cyclone itself is 6 inches wide and 9.5 inches tall. And then lastly, the primary cleaning head for the Dyson V10 is 9.8 inches wide and 2.5 inches tall.
When the unit’s in handheld mode, the length is going to vary depending on the tool that you have attached, but it’ll usually be between about 1.5 foot to 24 inches and then the unit, of course, again, is 9.5 inches tall. And then lastly, of course, the unit also is 6 inches wide. In stick vacuum mode, this vacuum weighs 5.9 pounds, and when it’s configured as a handheld, it weighs 3.6 pounds.
The unit is powered by a lithium ion battery, which is what you see in the base. The battery has a capacity of 2600 milliamps, a runtime of approximately one hour, and it takes about 3.5 to 4 hours to charge it fully back up.
The V10 comes with a ton of accessories. First up, we have the primary cleaning head. This is a motorized brush roll. It’s suitable for all different types of floors. We have the wall mounting bracket if you want to mount and hang that on your wall. For the handhelds, we have a combination upholstery tool and dusting brush. This is another dusting brush but with just slightly firmer bristles. We have a charger, of course. Also, for the handheld, we have a motorized mini brush roll. Also, again, for the handheld, the crevice tool. This is your fluffy cleaning head.
And then lastly, we have the bonus three accessories. All these accessories over here, these are included with all Dyson V10s. If you order on dyson.com and complete their auto-registration for their warranty, then you can get these three bonus accessories, which include: the mattress tool, another dusting brush, again, with softer bristles on this one for your handheld configurations, and then this is what Dyson calls their up top tool, but in layman’s terms, it simply allows you to attach and change the cleaning angle of the various handheld cleaning attachments that attach to the V10.
The dusting brush is great for more delicate surfaces and little knickknacks around your house. The mini motorized brush roll is great for any fabric surface that can benefit from agitation help remove dirt, debris, or in this case, pet hair. The up top adapter tool is great to give you different cleaning angles to help you reach harder to reach spots. The motorized brush roll is a multi-surface cleaning tool but is especially good on carpets. Lastly, the fluffy cleaning head is great for hardwood floors, other hard surfaces, and is especially good at picking up larger debris.
All vacuum cleaners we test go through our standard cleaning tests. For these tests, we complete 12 unique tests testing four different debris types on three different floor types. Our floor types include: an engineered hardwood floor, low pile carpet, and a high pile carpet. Our four debris types include: rice, kitty litter, cereal, and sugar.
Overall cleaning performance in the Dyson V10 was, in a word, exceptional. The vacuum performed nearly flawlessly across all 12 of our tests doing great, regardless of debris type or floor type.
While testing on our hardwood floor surface, we used the fluffy brush, which is best suited for those hardwoods. It performed, again, nearly flawlessly. And then, of course, on our carpeted test, we used the more standard multi-surface bristle brush rolling brush, which also performed exceptionally well also.
One final point we wanted to bring up here at the end, when we were performing some of these tests with the fluffy cleaning head, we did notice on some of our tests with rice, we saw a little bit of a tendency for some of that rice to get sort of flicked out in front of the vacuum. In addition, also with the fluffy cleaning head, we noticed when we were doing our cereal test that some of those tests resulted in a slight clog being formed.
On those tests, if we ran the test very quick where we were like really tried to clean a very large pile very fast, we noticed that sometimes it would result in a slight clog. This is something we weren’t able to replicate every single time. Some of our runs, it went perfectly fine, even if we were going at a little bit of a faster pace or trying to clean larger debris piles. However, it is something that we thought was worth noting here.
Usability on the V10 is fairly straightforward. To get to the dustbin, you push down on this red release lever. You can adjust the suction strength with a button on the main unit, which allows you to go from low, medium, to maximum suction. And lastly, the variety of tools and accessories can snap in and out with Dyson’s quick-release system.
The V10 is easy to maneuver in stick mode weighing a little under 6 pounds and it can very easily take super tight corners of 90 degrees. Dyson’s variety of tools allow you to clean surfaces both above and below you all around your home.
Maintaining your Dyson V10 is fairly straightforward. All you need to do is replace the battery when it dies. You want to clean and replace the filter periodically, and then lastly, just emptying the dustbin.
Annual maintenance costs on the V10 are a little bit of a mystery at the moment. Dyson doesn’t seem to have made available the replacement parts for the V10 just yet, at least that we could find on dyson.com or on amazon.com.
That said, based on the replacement part prices for the Dyson V8, we would estimate annual maintenance costs are going to be around $60 in most years and that would just recover a couple of your replacement filters, and then in years where you do need to replace the battery, those years will be around $112.
All vacuum cleaner reviews go through our standard noise test. For this test, we measure noise coming off the vacuum using our sound meter to measure the sound in terms of decibels. The Dyson V10 came in at 75 decibels at low power and 80 decibels at full power.
So here at the end, what’s to like about the Dyson V10? First and foremost, definitely the battery. The battery gives a 60-minute runtime, which is easily the longest runtime we’ve seen on a stick vacuum. Additionally, the larger dustbin is also a major pro, 40% larger than the V8, and just comparing it to other options out there, also one of the larger dustbins we’ve seen on a stick vacuum.
Versatility and just flexibility of the cleaning as well driven by a lot of just the pure number of accessories. You have lots of different options both in stick mode. You have the handheld mode. You have a large variety of different tools and accessories. So you can clean in a lot of different areas and really provide a much deeper level of overall cleaning around your home.
Lastly, just the raw cleaning performance. This vacuum dominated all of our cleaning test, scoring 98% to 100% across all 12 of our tests. There’s just not a lot this vacuum doesn’t seem capable of handling.
So what’s not to like about the Dyson V10 Cyclone Absolute? Perhaps the most notable con on the V10 is simply the cost. The Absolute model, which is what we have here, is $700. This is not cheap by any stretch of the imagination. With that price on a vacuum, you definitely expect high performance, which you do get. However, it still is a very expensive vacuum cleaner.
Lastly, the dustbin canister is a little bit more difficult than you might imagine in order to empty that. It requires more force than we expected in order to push that down and causing the dustbin and the dirt and debris to release from the inside canister.