Bagged or bagless? Bagless
Charging time: 4.5 hours
Running time per charge: 60 minutes (12 minutes on turbo)
Dimensions: 128.6cm x 26.1cm x 25cm
Variable power? Eco, auto and boost
An updated version of the V10, the V11 – which first appeared in 2019 – is the best cordless vacuum we’ve tried and moreover, is quite unlike anything else on the market.
We felt as if we were in an advert while gliding it across a large lounge floor that we’d let a toddler loose on with crumbly cake. It soared across the carpet, leaving no trace of debris in its wake. The same happened when we tried it on floorboards under the kitchen table (including in deep crevices) after a busy family dinner and on the laminate floor of a well-used garden cabin. From fine dust to whole lentils and from clusters of pet hair to the mess made from a day of arts and crafts, it gobbled up the lot effortlessly. For those in a hurry, more good news comes from the fact that the torque floor head means you don’t – unlike most machines – have to change heads according to floor type.
The V11 has the longest running time on the market – a full hour on minimum setting, which we found to be easily enough time to get around a large four-bedroom home. Even 12 minutes on turbo is more than you get with most machines, and you don’t even have to pick between the two as the auto mode adapts the device’s suction power to match the floor surface, maximising battery life.
Expect a decent four-and-a-half hours of charging time, while the grab-and-go set-up means you can get rid of that cobweb you missed in a heartbeat.
The LCD display keeps you up to speed on everything, from current charge time to blockages, to when the filter needs cleaning (about once a month). And, as with all cordless Dysons, emptying the canister is speedy and hygienic thanks to the quick click-and-drop mechanism, although we still experienced a small dust cloud. On the whole, though, this is a fabulous machine for allergy sufferers due to the multiple layers of filtration and incredibly robust seals.
We tried the V11 absolute, which comes with everything you could want – the torque floor head, auto-cleaning mode, an extra soft roller brush floor head for hard floors, a mini pet tool, soft dusting brush and a combi tool. But you can also get cheaper versions – the V11 torque drive (no extra soft roller brush floor head) and the V11 animal (no torque floor head or auto mode).
While we wouldn’t say it’s heavy, you do notice the weight more than with some other cordless stick vacuums. You should also note that the mini turbo brush can’t be deactivated – bad news for delicate loop pile carpets. And you have to keep your finger on the trigger the whole time you’re using it. Plus, it’s Dyson’s most expensive vacuum – but then again, it’s the only one you’ll need in your home.