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Dyson V10 Absolute sucks big time – in the best way (review)
4.6Overall Score

Price (RRP): $999
Manufacturer: Dyson

Dyson V10 Absolute is its newest cord-free, stick vacuum cleaner that the company claims is the last vacuum cleaner you will need. In fact, James Dyson has said he will no longer be developing corded vacuums – they are so yesterday!

One of the biggest issues with ‘stick’ style vacuums has been that they are incapable of cleaning the whole of a house. Dyson has improved suction by 20% over its V8 model, introduced a new 125,000 RPM motor, new impeller design, new linear in-line format airflow path and a dust canister that holds more.

Dyson V10James Dyson, the man who made engineering sexy again, said: “A strong performing machine starts with an efficient motor. The Dyson digital motor V10 is Dyson’s most advanced. It’s what enabled us to entirely change the format of a vacuum cleaner. The Dyson V10 vacuum is so light, so powerful; it can deep clean anywhere in your home. It is the reason why I’ve stopped developing full-size vacuums.”

The Dyson digital motor V10 is intelligent and continually adjusts to maintain maximum performance: it knows its altitude, the barometric pressure, temperature and could even work out the weather. Using its pressure sensors, it knows whether you are upstairs or downstairs. In fact, it is so sensitive it knows the altitude difference between the table and the floor.

It uses this information to make minute adjustments to deliver constant performance at different air pressures. It will give the same high performance whether you are in a high-altitude city like Mexico City and Denver, or a low-lying city like Amsterdam.

So on to one of Australia’s first, independent and objective reviews – Dyson V10 Absolute

Dyson provided the V10 vacuum cleaner on 21 February for an advance review before the global embargo lifts on 7 March. We have had plenty of time to put it through its paces. What we have not seen is any marketing claims on websites or the plethora of so-called user reviews – everything here is from our test lab experience.

If you own a V8 or earlier stick cleaner, you will notice a significant difference in weight, power, dust canister size and battery life. It is lighter at 2.5kg with the wand and powered head and feels about 100% more powerful. The new .9l dust canister (40% bigger) can’t accidentally open as was the case on earlier models. Accessories are backwards compatible to the V8.

Out of the box – Dyson V10

Australian website

Dyson V10

The box is a gift that keeps giving. It is chock full of tools, many of which you probably will never use, and Dyson provides a handy cloth carry bag for them all.

It includes:

  • A full-width direct-drive (has its own motor) hard head for all floor types.
  • A full-width direct-drive soft roller head a.k.a. The fluffy, for hard floors
  • A mini direct-drive head for small surfaces like stairs, car interiors etc
  • A combination tool with brush and Velcro – for air vents, car boots etc
  • A crevice tool for skirting boards
  • A soft brush and Velcro pad for upholstery and dusting
  • A flexible wand tube for handheld use
  • A wand extension and a ‘cob-web remover’
  • A metre long alloy wand
  • A wall mount
  • A 240V charger outputting 30-45V at 1.1A
  • And the Dyson V10 cleaner

So how does the Dyson V10 suck?

I tested it in a largish one bedroom (tight pile carpet), bathroom (ceramic tiles), kitchen (tiles) and lounge (carpet) apartment – about 65m2.


The seven cell Lithium Ion battery is 22.5V, 2600mAh, 65WH. The charger outputs 30-45V at 1.1A suggesting a fast charge system. Dyson says it should charge from zero to 100% in approximately 3.5 hours. Battery power is via a three-bar indicator and when its low the vacuum simply does not start.

Dyson says it will last up to 60 minutes, but I suspect that is on the low suck setting and without the power head. I found that on maximum suck it lasted about 15-20 minutes, but the good news is that charging was faster – around 3.5 hours.