Dyson is known for manufacturing top-of-the-class vacuum cleaners, and the Dyson Cyclone V10 was no different. As soon as it hit the market, it managed to propel Dyson to new heights of success. Never before had the market seen a cordless vacuum that was an alternative to the upright vacuums; it was also Dyson’s first cordless variant from the brand’s all-cordless range.
The V10 has been reviewed extensively and has been a hit since its launch, and now that its successor, the Cyclone V11, has also entered the market, things have certainly become more interesting.
The V11 is definitely a new and improved version of the Dyson V10, so does that mean the V10 will now fade to obscurity? Absolutely not! V11 might be exceptional; it is also more expensive. Both the Cyclone V10 and the V11 are still available, so it is important that we compare the two to understand if the new V11 is worth the extra money.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Review – Brief Overview
Dyson is still manufacturing and selling the Cyclone V10 for one simple reason: it is still a powerful and effective vacuum cleaner for its price. If you compare the Cyclone V8 cordless’s motor to that of the V10, the V10 packs more power and slightly less than V11.
The V10 is also extremely user-friendly since it is a cordless model and comes with a range of different attachments, depending on which version you buy – the Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead, Animal, Absolute, or Total Clean. Cordless vacuums have fantastic portability; you can take it anywhere around the house once it is charged, and you won’t have to worry about plugging it in a power socket.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Review: Top Features And Design
Now that we have briefly discussed why V10 is still a worthy offering by Dyson, let’s take a more detailed look at its standout features and design. First, the V10 battery performance is rather impressive with up to 60 minutes in default mode, 30 minutes in the boost mode, and the Max Boost mode, which gives 5 minutes of maximum power. These durations are far better than the V8, and the Max Boost mode is an addition to the V10.
The V10 also features Dyson’s “Fade Free” performance, which means that the vacuum’s performance doesn’t drop as the battery runs low so that you can expect consistent performance throughout use. There is a handy LED indicator located below the grip handle that tells you how much juice is remaining in the battery. The easy-to-reach on/off switch ensures that you can turn off the vacuum when needed, so you use power only when required.
Dyson had opted for a new layout of the components, which they believe to be more efficient; the motor unit, the dustbin, wand, and the cleaning head are all kept in a straight line. The new design is also more effective with the use of space since Dyson has increased the capacity of the dust container. It is 40% bigger than V8; the rear unit holds the washable post-motor and dust filter. The overall design is more optimized for easier cleaning and portability.
A rubber heel had also been added to the V10 as an improvement from the previous model, which allows the V10 to lean against the wall without slipping sideways, so the control and movability have been upgraded. The dust ejector handle is also more substantial, which means it is more durable than that on the V8, plus it’s easier to open.
The bin design has also been tweaked to be simpler and more straightforward to remove for cleaning. The Dyson Cyclone V10’s wand is lighter than before, and the cleaner head has also been worked on to ensure that it picks up more dust and cleans better.
You can really sense the improvement of the Dyson Cyclone V10 in its digital motor, which was significantly revamped to be smaller yet pack a greater punch than the V8. The key development with the Dyson Cyclone V10 is the new V10 “digital” motor, which has been redesigned to provide more power in a smaller package than the V8.
With a higher rpm of about 125,000rpm thanks to the upgraded impeller, a ceramic shaft that weighs less and overlapping vanes resulting in 20% extra airflow.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Review: Performance and Usability
Without a doubt, the Dyson Cyclone V10 has plenty of useful improvements compared to the V8, and all of the tweaks result in more effective, efficient, and flexible cleaning performance. However, we decided to put the two models side by side to test if there is a noticeable difference in the cleaning and suction capabilities.
We started by vacuuming a small section of carpet with a single pass of V8, followed by a single pass of the V10 to check how much the second picks. Then we reversed the sequence on a different pass of the carpet to learn how the results differed.
In the first part of the test, both models picked a similar amount of dust. In the second, the V8 did not pick up as much as the V10, which is an indication of the better performance of the V10. You have to remember that the V10 comes with additional suction modes that can provide a deeper clean when needed. However, after using the Cyclone V10 for a good period of time, the main suction mode works well, and we rarely felt the need to increase the power.
The V10 also has fantastic flexibility and usability, along with excellent performance. The straight-through design positively impacts efficiency and its ability to squeeze under large items, low furniture, and narrow spaces.
The upgraded direct-drive head is more powerful and reduces judder as you pull the vacuum back, so you won’t have to work too long and too hard to get a good clean. The smooth-rolling means the V10 is easier to maneuver. The V10 is also notably quieter and less annoying, but it does emit a distinct sound every single time you take your finger off the trigger.
Overall, the V10 is a significant upgrade over the V8; unfortunately, it is heavier, but that difference in weight is only apparent if you do a lot of moving around in one go. Thankfully, the new head design slightly mitigates the weight issue.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Review: Maintenance Requirements
Similar to other Dyson Vacuum cleaners, a few parts of the Dyson V10 also require regular cleaning. We recommend you follow the cleaning instruction manual to clean the following parts of your Dyson Cyclone V10 properly:
- Dirt compartment
- Lint screen
- HEPA filter
- Motorized head and roller
- The soft roller cleaner head
- Turbo brush
If you wash any part with water, Dyson recommends letting it air-dry for 24 hours before using it. We highly recommend you properly clean and maintain your Dyson V10 stick to improve its lifespan and avoid any unwelcome damage.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Review: Capacity
Because the motor takes up less space than previously, there’s room for a larger storage bin, which means fewer visits to the trash can when vacuuming the entire house. It may appear to be a minor change, but it adds a few minutes to your weekly tidying.
It’s also been moved: instead of sitting beneath the engine and emptying downwards, as it did in the V8, it now opens precisely where you attach the hose attachments. This makes it simpler to point into the large bag and avoid spills.
You open the lid by sliding a lever forward that also cleans the engine shroud, and you don’t have to touch the unmentionable muck.
The movement is similar to moving the bolt into position on a rifle. Who thought unloading a vacuum cleaner could be so easy? We are soldiers battling a dust war.
The release mechanism is somewhat stiff initially, but it has loosened up a little by round three. Still, it’s a little uncomfortable at first.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Review: Price and competition
Talking about the price competition, the biggest competitors of the Dyson Cyclone V10 range are from the same Dyson family – V8 and V11. Both V8 and V11 give the Cyclone V10 a tough competition with its features; if you are searching for an easy to manipulate, convenient to store, and affordable cordless vacuum cleaner and are willing to compromise its suction power, then V8 is an excellent option.
However, if you can splurge on a cordless vacuum cleaner, V11 is an outstanding option with a more efficient cleaning head, floor-type sensing cleaning head, and better battery life in automatic and boost mode.
But if you want the best of both price and performance, then Cyclone V10 is a winner. Dyson V8 vacuum cleaners are priced above $350, V10 prices start at $400, and V11 is priced above $600. We recommend splurging on a V11 affordable model rather than a Dyson Cyclone V10 Total Clean+ cordfree stick vacuum – the most expensive one from the Dyson Cyclone V10 range.
If you want the best compromise between performance and value for money, then Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal or Dyson V10 Absolute is a fantastic option.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal vs. V10 Absolute vs. V10 Total Clean: What’s the difference?
Dyson V10 comes in various models. We have compared the four different models of V10 to help you understand the difference and make your selection easier.
|Dyson V10 Models||V10 MOTORHEAD(Discontinued)||V10 ANIMAL||V10 ABSOLUTE||V10 TOTAL CLEAN|
|Price||$667 USD||$408 USD||$490 USD||$599 USD|
|Cyclone technology||14 concentric cyclones||14 concentric cyclones||14 concentric cyclones||14 concentric cyclones|
|Filtration||Advanced whole machine filtration||Advanced whole machine filtration||Advanced whole machine filtration||Advanced whole machine filtration|
|Run time||60 mins||60 mins||60 mins||60 mins|
|Charge time||3.5 hrs||3.5 hrs||3.5 hrs||3.5 hrs|
|Height||9.5 inches||9.5 inches||9.5 inches||9.5 inches|
|length||49.2 inches||49.2 inches||49.2 inches||49.2 inches|
|Width||10.1 in||10.1 in||10.1 in||10.1 in|
|Weight||5.9 lb||5.9 lb||5.9 lb||5.9 lb|
|Standard attachments||Direct-drive head||Direct-drive head||Direct-drive head||Direct-drive head|
|Crevice tool||Crevice tool||Crevice tool||Crevice tool|
|Combination tool||Combination tool||Combination tool||Combination tool|
|Mini-motorised tool||Mini-motorised tool||Mini-motorised tool|
|Extra attachments||Mini soft dusting brush||Mini soft dusting brush||Mattress tool|
|Soft roller head||Soft roller head|
|Up top tool|
*Fully-sealed filtration system that traps 99.97% of particles that are as small as 0.3 microns
The motor unit is the same in all the models of V10; the only difference is the type and number of attachments that you will get for each model. V10 Animal is excellent for budget buyers and is perfect for cleaning carpets and hard floors.
If your budget allows you, we highly recommend getting the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute model. V10 Absolute has the ideal balance of features and price. V10 Total Clean is a bit of a splurge; only get it if you are a completionist; however, if your budget has a bit of a wiggle room, then we recommend Dyson V11 rather than buying the Dyson V10 Total Clean.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Review: Verdict
When it comes to effectiveness and practicality, V10 scores top marks. It overall offers better value for money than V8, especially if you buy the V10 Animal or V10 Absolute. Dyson V10 Total Clean isn’t our favorite due to its hefty price.
Overall, the Dyson Cyclone V10 range is a big investment; you will find other options within the $400-600 budget; however, Dyson V10 Cyclone’s built and cleaning quality is incomparable.
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