Dyson V11 review

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Greater power; longer cleaning time and an all-singing, all-dancing LCD screen displaying a to-the-second battery-life countdown. It’s the result of the work of in excess of 300 engineers and almost 33,000 proto-typed parts… the Dyson V11 is one seriously remarkable, seriously intelligent, cordless vacuum. 

Dyson states that without question, the V11 is their most advanced cordless device to date, designed and manufactured with one clear aim – to make cleaning easy and efficient. At first glance, it doesn’t look that different from its predecessor the V10, but that’s where the similarities end.

Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Blue, Large
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Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Blue, Large
  • Keep your home looking pristine with the Dyson V11 absolute cordless vacuum cleaner
  • With a 40% bigger bin than previous models, you won't have to worry about emptying the bin all the time either
  • Want to know how much run time is left? Need to know what power mode you're using? The handy LCD screen gives you all the information you need, including filter maintenance reminders and blockage reports
  • Cleaning the whole house is easy with a long 60 minute run time, get a deeper clean with impressively powerful suction
  • Clean easily. Breathe easily - handy features to make your home both clean and comfortable

The Dyson V11 has an incredible 125,000 rpm digital motor, creating 185 air watts of suction power – that’s 20% more suction than the Dyson V10; 40% more than the Dyson V8!! And, it’s clever. As in super-intelligent clever. It consistently monitors performance and revises battery estimates over time, factoring in the cleaning mode, tools being used and the type of flooring, displaying its findings on the dynamic display screen along with filter maintenance reminders and blockage reports.

Don’t just take our word for it – from almost 800 verified reviews submitted to Dyson UK, the V11 has an overall rating of 4.8 stars out of a possible 5, with 96% of reviewers stating that they wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Dyson V11 to a friend. 

Only got 5 minutes 

Key Features of the Dyson V11 range

  • It’s got a seriously powerful motor – the 125,000 rpm Dyson V11 digital motor creates up to 185 air watts of suction power. 
  • The V11’s digital motor is equipped with pressure sensors; these send data back to the microprocessor at a mind-blowing rate of up to 8,000 times a second!!! Anything you need to know you’re informed of immediately via the digital display.
  • The dynamic V11 LCD screen is located on the vacuum handle and is clearly visible. Via the display, you’ll be informed of remaining battery runtime, the detection of any blockages, with instructions on how to clear them, along with reminders to clean the filter.
  • Powerful, constant suction – 14 cyclones generate forces of 79,000g, capturing 99.97% of pollen, bacteria and dust particles – as small as 0.3 microns – making it ideal for allergy sufferers. 
  • Dust and bacteria are retained in the dust bin, not clogging the filter, so you’re guaranteed not to lose suction. 
  • Driven by Dyson’s most powerful battery to date – it’s larger, high-capacity, nickel-cobalt-aluminium cathodes deliver up to 20% more power than the Dyson V10.
  • Easy empty – Dyson’s ‘point and shoot’ emptying system hygienically ejects dust without you having to touch or inhale so much as a particle!  
  • Charge and store at the same time using the wall-mounted charging dock.
  • The unique in-line design means air flows directly from the cleaner head to the motor, helping to improve suction.
  • Integrated power management system
  • Dyson’s advanced battery technology and use of battery-saving trigger results in up to 60 mins of run-time off a full charge.

The Dyson V11 range

In the Dyson V11 range, there are two models to choose from: the V11 Animal and its big brother, the V11 Absolute. 

Dyson V11 Animal (RRP around £499.99) 

  • Available in nickel/purple
  • Fitted with Dyson’s direct drive cleaner head
  • 8 tools and accessories included

Dyson V11 Absolute (RRP £599.99) 

  • Available in 2 colours – nickel/blue or gold
  • High-torque floorhead with Dynamic Load Sensor (DLS) technology
  • 9 tools and accessories included
  • Automatic cleaning mode

Dyson V11 range dimensions 

Model WeightHeight Width Length Cleaner Head 
Animal 2.97kg261mm250mm1261mmDirect Drive
Absolute 2.97kg261mm250mm1286mmNickel Torque Drive
Dyson V11 Hand Held

Making the choice – the V11 Animal or V11 Absolute

There’s about £100 difference in price. Is it justified?

In our honest opinion, yes it is. 

Firstly, the high-torque cleaner head supplied with the Absolute is equipped with stiff nylon bristles and carbon fibre filaments, spinning a mind-boggling 60 times per second, delivering outstanding cleaning results!! 

In addition, the floorhead has an integrated digital motor, which measures the resistance at the cleaner head’s brush bar using Dyson’s innovative DLS technology to determine how much power is required. The V11 Absolute will then automatically select the most efficient cleaning mode – Auto, Eco or Boost – and adjust its suction to suit that particular floor type, achieving the highest standard of cleaning whilst conserving battery run-time.

Dyson V11 Absolute Cleaning Modes

Power modeUse
AutoIn order to preserve battery use time, when in Auto mode, the V11 Absolute will automatically adjust its speed and power levels across a range of floor types. 
EcoThe mode to preserve battery life for those longer cleans; up to an hour’s use across a range of floor types. 
BoostThe power mode! For that ground-in dirt or heavily soiled floors; 185 air watts of suction power provides more than enough oomph for a seriously intensive clean!

The technology which can be seen on the Dyson V11 Absolute is head-and-shoulders above its nearest rivals. Inevitably, this advanced tech certainly doesn’t come cheap but, in our opinion, if you’ve decided on the V11, the Dyson V11 Absolute is worth paying the extra hundred quid for!  

Dyson V11 Accessories 

Dyson certainly has been generous when it comes to accessories! 

As standard, the Dyson V11 Absolute and V11 Animal include 9 and 8 additional tools respectively: 

Accessory/toolDescription Dyson V11 AbsoluteDyson V11 Animal
Torque Drive MotorheadHigh Torque cleaner head with Dynamic Load Sensor (DLS) technology. Intelligently adapts suction to deep clean carpets and extends run time on hard floors. 
Direct DrivePowerful direct-drive cleaner head removes stubborn, ground-in dirt from carpets 
The soft roller cleaner headEngineered with soft woven nylon and anti-static carbon fibre for hard floors
Mini motorised toolGreat for cleaning smaller surfaces, upholstery and stairs
Combination toolTwo tools in one – a handy brush and wide nozzle 
Crevice toolDesigned for precise cleaning around edges and narrow gaps.
Quick-release mini soft dusting brushEasy, vacuum-assisted dusting. With soft nylon bristles to clean delicate surfaces and fabrics.
Wand storage clipHandily stores the Combination and Crevice tools on the wand of your vacuum.
Docking stationWall-mounted dock to store and recharge the V11, whilst tidily storing tools.
ChargerCharges the V11 with or without the wall-mounted dock. 
Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Blue, Large
94 Reviews
Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, Blue, Large
  • Keep your home looking pristine with the Dyson V11 absolute cordless vacuum cleaner
  • With a 40% bigger bin than previous models, you won't have to worry about emptying the bin all the time either
  • Want to know how much run time is left? Need to know what power mode you're using? The handy LCD screen gives you all the information you need, including filter maintenance reminders and blockage reports
  • Cleaning the whole house is easy with a long 60 minute run time, get a deeper clean with impressively powerful suction
  • Clean easily. Breathe easily - handy features to make your home both clean and comfortable

Pros and Cons

Why we like the Dyson V11 range

  • It’s got a generous run-time – on a full, 4.5-hour charge, the V11’s battery lasts around 60 minutes, though the actual run time may vary depending on which power mode and attachments are used, and the type of floor you’re cleaning.
  • It keeps you informed -‘it  gives you a to-the-second countdown of how much cleaning time you have left. It updates based on the setting you choose and will also let you know when it’s time to clean the filters or if there’s a blockage.
  • It’s relatively quiet – acoustically engineered, designed to absorb vibrations and dampen noise, it keeps sound levels to a minimum.
  • It’s efficient – the new ‘accessory clip’ slides on to the cleaning tube, giving you the option to ‘carry’ two mini tools with you as you clean.

What could be improved upon

  • Cost – it’s pricey, there’s no denying that, but realistically, Dysons have never been cheap!  You get what you pay for and with the V11 you are getting a LOT for your money.
  • Capacity – the dirt bin capacity of 0.76 litres is a bit on the small side; if we’re being picky. It just means you might have to empty the dust cup that little bit more often but, when they’re as easy to empty as the V11, it doesn’t really pose a problem!
  • Limited run time – when being used on higher settings/greater power modes, the run time of the V11 can be limited; it’s always going to be the case with cordless electronics capable of that kind of power. 
  • Battery saving trigger – the trigger needs to be held down to power the vacuum.  Dyson claims it’s to preserve the battery and we see their point, however, on a vacuum that can clean for up to an hour, would an on/off button or trigger latch holder not have made more sense? 

Frequently asked questions

How is the Dyson V11 better than the Dyson V10?

The Dyson V11 is more powerful and can clean for a longer period than its predecessor the Dyson V10. The V11 has 20% more suction and can run for up to an hour, dependent on mode and floor type compared to the V10 which could just about manage 45 minutes. The V11’s also got a digital display and battery-use countdown timer. 

Is the Dyson V11 heavy?

For a cordless vacuum with a big battery, the Dyson V11 is not particularly heavy. Granted, it’s heavier than the V10 by about 400g but at just under 3kg, that’s still around average. It is important to consider the weight, especially if you’re elderly or suffer from a bad back, as the increased battery life means you’ll potentially be cleaning for longer. 

Dyson V11 Review
  • Performance
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4.8

Last update on 2020-04-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

About Mike Jones 155 Articles
I started doing DIY around the house and it soon developed into a hobby. I look for tools and products that are genuinely useful and get the job done. I enjoy writing product reviews, researching my buyers guides and putting tools through their paces. In my downtime, I like to run and I am a bit of a Netflix documentary geek.

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