Dyson Cyclone V10 Review – Analysis of Battery Life, Price, Performance & Tools

Written by James Hall | 1 Comment | Last Updated: October 15, 2018

Dyson V10 Cyclone

9.2

Value

8.0/10

Ease of Use

10.0/10

Cleaning Power

10.0/10

Features

9.0/10

Accessories

9.0/10

Pros

  • Excellent cleaning performance that rivals corded vacuums
  • Low power mode provides surprisingly strong suction and 60-minutes battery
  • All versions come with the brilliant direct-drive head
  • High power mode provides incredible suction power
  • Improved form increases airflow

Cons

  • High power mode only lasts 5-7 minutes
  • No option of swapping the battery for longer cleaning sessions
  • Relatively loud on high power mode
  • Expensive

The V10 Cyclone is the latest in Dyson’s “V” cordless series. With its redesigned form, new motor and impressive list of features, it’s built to rival corded vacuums for cleaning performance.

According to Dyson, the V10 Cyclone has even convinced James Dyson the company should only develop cordless vacs from now on. He claims the V10 can match traditional corded uprights, while providing the convenience of a cordless. This is a bold step considering Dyson has always developed corded vacs – and shows the company’s confidence in their new model.

How does the V10 stick vacuum perform though? Is it significantly better than other cordless vacuums from Vax, Shark and Bosch? And is it worth the very high price tag? Keep reading our Dyson V10 Cyclone review to find out.

Note: There are several versions of the V10 Cyclone – Animal, Absolute and Total Clean. These are the same vacuum but with a different set of attachments. We’re reviewing the V10 series in this article, rather than a specific model, but click here for a full comparison.

Overview of the Dyson V10 Cyclone

  • Powerful V10 motor provides excellent suction power
  • Direct-drive head excels at deep cleaning carpets
  • Soft roller is great for hard floors (not included with the Animal V10 version)
  • Detachable stick design so you can convert the vacuum into a handheld
  • Three power settings
  • Up to 60-minutes run-time on low power mode
  • Effective filtration system that’s accredited by Allergy Standard Ltd
  • Comes with a variety of tools, including a mini motorised tool and wall dock

In-Depth Look at the V10’s Features

We’ve always said it’s a matter of when cordless vacuums replace corded, not if. Dyson claims the time has finally arrived with the V10 – so we’re excited to see how the vacuum performs.

For those that aren’t aware, the Cyclone V10 is the latest in Dyson’s range of stick cordless vacuum cleaners. While it shares many features with the V8, the V10 is a true redesign in terms of form, battery and motor. Let’s take a closer look at its appearance and performance.

Appearance & Design

On hard floorThe first thing you notice when you pick up the V10 is the lightweight and balanced design. Whether you’re cleaning under furniture or removing cobwebs from ceilings, it never feels weighty or difficult to hold.

It’s also easy to use. The tools fit snugly onto the stick or directly to the vacuum body, and the slider for selecting power is easy to access. It looks slightly bulkier than previous Dyson cordless vacuums, mainly due to the  dust container, but this hasn’t made it less convenient to use.

In many ways, the V10 is similar in design to the V8 and V7.  The dust canister is located near the handle, while the extension tube can be detached to convert it into a handheld vacuum.

There are some major differences though. Dyson has changed the form and overall design of the V10 in an attempt to streamline the airflow and make the vacuum even more convenient. It also has a new motor – with a maximum of 150,000 RPM – and a longer battery life (more on that in a moment).

While the V6, V7 and V8 all had similar bin sizes, the V10’s is 40% larger at 0.76L. This means less trips to the bin, which was a common complaint about previous Dyson cordless models.

A bonus is the rubber strip on the bottom of the vacuum. This is a minor thing, but prevents the vacuum slipping over when leaned against a wall.

The only real complaint we have about the design is that Dyson has stuck with their trigger system for the V10. This needs to be held down whenever you’re vacuuming, which some people may find tiring. It’s not a major problem, but we wish Dyson provided the option of continuous suction along with a trigger system (which other brands have started to do).

It’s also not the quietest vacuum on the market. The powerful V10 motor makes a high-pitched whining noise, so it’s probably not a good choice for a late night cleaning session – especially when on maximum power.

Battery Life

The Dyson Cyclone V10 is powered by a nickel-cobalt-aluminium (NCA) battery. This is an advanced type of lithium-ion battery that stores more energy and prevents loss of suction as the charge gets low.

There are three power modes. The lowest power mode provides up to 60-minutes of cleaning, although this is only achieved when a non-motorised tool is used (such as the soft roller or crevice tools). Motorised tools, such as the direct-drive cleaner head, reduce the run-time.

Most “low power” modes on cordless vacuums are for marketing purposes, as they are too weak for proper cleaning. Fortunately, this isn’t the case with the V10, as the low power mode is still effective for simple cleaning tasks.

A drawback is that the highest power mode dramatically reduces the battery run-time. You shouldn’t expect the vacuum to last more than 5-7 minutes in this mode, depending on whether you’re using a motorised tool. It also doesn’t come with a second battery, which would have been a great addition.

The good news is that the V10 provides plenty of suction power on its medium setting, which offers around 25-minutes run-time. You’ll probably use this mode most of the time, then switch to high power for tough tasks and low power for longer cleaning sessions.

It’s also relatively quick to charge, going from empty to full in around 3.5 hours.

Tools & Accessories

Like all Dyson cordless vacs, the V10 Cyclone has a docking station for storage and charging. All come with the direct-drive cleaner head, crevice tool, combination tool and mini-motorhead tool for upholstery and stairs. The docking station can also store two tools.

It’s great that Dyson has included a proper crevice tool with the V10. Many cordless vacuums use a combination tool, which doesn’t provide the reach of a dedicated crevice attachment. All of the tools are also easy to fit and can be removed with a single button push.

While the days of Dyson having more than 10 V6 cordless versions are gone (thankfully), many people find the various V10 options confusing. Here’s a quick breakdown of the additional tools included with each model:

  • V10 Animal (Cheapest) – In addition to the core tools, the V10 Cyclone Animal also includes a dusting brush. It’s the cheapest V10 version but doesn’t include the hard floor tool.
  • V10 Absolute (Best Option for Most People) – The mid-range V10 Absolute includes everything from the Animal, along with Dyson’s soft-roller cleaner head for hard floors. If you have lots of tiles, laminate or hard wood flooring, the soft-roller is worth the extra money.
  • V10 Total Clean (Most Expensive) – In addition to the standard tools, the Total Clean includes a mattress tool, curved “up top” adaptor, extension hose and soft-roller cleaner head. Surprisingly, it doesn’t include the dusting brush – although the extra tools make it the most versatile V10 model (and the most expensive).

On a side note, accessories from the V8 should be compatible with the V10.

Suction Power & Cleaning Performance

Carpets and suctionThe combination of V10 motor, 14 cyclones and redesigned airflow means the V10 provides exceptional cleaning power. Dyson aren’t exaggerating when they boast it can compete with their upright vacs for suction – it really is that powerful on maximum power mode.

Even the lowest power mode  provides relatively strong suction, which is important as run-time is less than 7 minutes on the highest power setting. In fact,  you’ll rarely need more than the medium power setting.

What makes it such an effective vac though?

The V10 motor is the smallest Dyson has ever produced, which is why the Cyclone remains a lightweight vacuum. Despite the size, the motor is also the most powerful in the Dyson range, and can generate more suction than the already excellent V8 series.

Strong cleaning performance isn’t just dependent on suction power though. This is why Dyson has redesigned the V10 so that the cyclone, bin and motor are all aligned. The resulting 20% boost in suction power, compared to the V8, is why Dyson is confident the V10 can match corded uprights.

The direct-drive cleaner head is the quality we’ve come to expect from Dyson floor heads. It’s built with a nearly full-length brush bar, that contains both nylon and carbon bristles. The combination of bristle types helps the vacuum pickup particles of varying sizes.

Dyson has also added various “smart” innovations to the motor. It’s claimed that the motor is aware of the  air pressure, temperature and even altitude, so it can adjust itself for maximum performance. Whether this makes a real difference to the vacuum’s cleaning performance is difficult to say, but the V10 is certainly an impressive piece of engineering.

Carpets

The direct-drive cleaner-head excels at cleaning both short and long pile carpets. It’s great at removing everything from fine dust to pet hair, due to powerful brush bar and efficient cleaning design.

We’re also impressed by the direct-drive cleaner head’s edge cleaning ability – which can’t be said for all cordless vacuums.

You’ll probably want to use the medium power mode when cleaning carpets. The vacuum is surprisingly effective even on its lowest power setting though – especially for quick cleans.

Hard Floors

The cleaning performance on hard floors depends on whether you’re using the soft roller cleaner head. This tool is only included with the Total Clean and Absolute versions – not the V10 Animal.

Like previous Dyson cordless vacs, the soft roller (first seen on the Dyson V6 Fluffy) does a brilliant job at picking up both small dust particles and larger debris on hard floors. Cereal, which is often “snow-ploughed” by other vacs, is no problem for the soft roller head. It can also pickup  hair and fine particles in a single pass.

The direct-drive cleaner head also does a decent job on hard floors, but it can’t match the soft roller.

One of the great things about the V10 is that the low power mode is enough for most hard floor cleaning jobs, so you can get close to the 60-minute run-time if needed. This is partly due to the excellent floor head, but is also a testament to Dyson’s battery and motor technology.

Stairs

Detaching the stick converts the V10 into a handheld vacuum, so it’s great for cleaning stairs and cars. You can either attach the floorheads directly to the body of the vacuum, or use the mini-motorised tool.

Pet Hair

The strong suction power and excellent direct-drive head make the V10 an outstanding option for cleaning pet hair. Most hair is removed in a single sweep, which is something cordless vacuums traditionally struggle with, and you probably won’t even need the maximum power mode.

For removing hair from sofas and curtains, the mini-motorised tool is a useful addition. If you have a dog or cat, the V10 is a great choice.

Filtration

Dyson vacuums usually have excellent filtration, and the V10 is no exception. It’s capable of removing 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns in size, such as dust, pollen and other allergens, so it’s much less likely to trigger allergies than vacs with less effective filters.

The first line of defence is the column of 14 cyclones. These generate a large amount of force to push allergens into the bin, rather than allowing them to escape into the air.

There’s also a post-motor filter. This is a backup for catching any particles that managed to escape the cyclones, and needs to be regularly cleaned to maintain performance.

It has also been certified as asthma and allergy friendly by Allergy Standards Limited.

Emptying & Cleaning

Emptying systemOne of the complaints about the Dyson V6 cord-free was that it was difficult to empty without dust and dirt getting stuck. This was addressed in the V8 by adding an inner collar to push dirt out of the bin.

The V10 has a similar system, called the “Point and Shoot” system. The side of the vacuum has a slider that simultaneously opens the bin flap and forces out dust and debris, so you shouldn’t need to pull it out by hand. It’s a simple system that’s improved by the design of the V10, which allows you to point the vacuum deep into the bin, rather than the V8’s “right angle” design.

A minor downside is that you need to detach the stick and tools before you can empty the vacuum. The previous V8 design allowed you to empty the bin with tools still attached.

Price & Competitor Comparison

The biggest downside to the Dyson Cyclone V10 is the price. With prices starting at £400, depending on the version, it’s likely to be outside many people’s budget for a vacuum cleaner.

Does it justify the cost though? There are some true innovations included with the V10, such as the lighter (yet more powerful) motor and redesigned body. It also provides excellent cleaning performance on all surfaces, without needing to worry about a cord.

If you can afford it, this is the most advanced and effective cordless stick vacuum available at the moment. It’s also worth shopping around for deals and discounts, as the best price varies by retailer and season (check Amazon, Argos, Currys and John Lewis).

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does the Dyson V10 Weigh?

The V10 weighs approximately 2.7kg, although this depends on which tools you’re using. It’s not the lightest cordless on the market, but it’s pretty close!

Can The Height of the Direct-Drive Cleaner Head be Adjusted?

No, the direct-drive head is not adjustable. If you’re worried about scratching hard floors, go for the Absolute or Total Clean, as these come with the soft roller cleaner head.

Verdict

The Dyson V10 Cyclone is an outstanding vacuum cleaner. Dyson has refined and improved the stick design, and it can match many corded vacuums for cleaning performance. It’s also lightweight, easy to use and highly versatile – plus the low power mode is surprisingly powerful.

There are a few downsides though. The most obvious is the price, as the Cyclone V10 is one of the priciest vacuums on the market. It also only lasts around 5-7 minutes on its highest power mode – although the medium mode is nearly always enough for most cleaning tasks.

If you’re looking for the best cordless vacuum on the market – and arguably the best all-round vacuum cleaner – the V10 Cyclone is the one to go for.

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I was skeptical but seems like Dyson has pulled it out of the bag with this one. They’ve come a long way since their first cordlesses which were terrible!!