Price (RRP): $from 1199-1349
I was going to make a lot of sexist jokes about the Dyson V11 Outsize being man-sized for big cleaning jobs that suck, but the reality is that it addresses a few pain points that most stick vacs – including 2019 Dyson V11 have.
Pain point #1. The 2020 Dyson V11 Outsize and its smaller brother V11 Absolute Extra have a click-in battery. Not that you will need it in a typical home, but it is nice to be able to replace it on the go if you run out of juice or buy a new one to extend its life to 10+ years – as Dyson quality allows.
Pain point #2. The Dyson V11 Outsize has a massive 1.9L dust bin. It is 150% bigger than the standard .76L (and a lot bigger than the usual .4L in other brands) and most welcome as we usually empty the standard bin twice during a run.
Pain point #3. The Dyson V11 Outsize has a 32cm wide head – 25% wider than the standard. In theory, this reduces cleaning time (down the straight!), but a larger head also means it can’t necessarily get into tighter places. Still, it does reduce time.
2020 Dyson V11 Outsize and Dyson V11 Absolute Extra (not tested)
- Website here
- $1299 for the Dyson V11 Outsize (Red, 5 tools), $1349 for the Pro version Gold, 8 tools)
- $1199 for the Dyson V11 Absolute Extra (Blue, 5 tools), $1249 for the Pro version (Gold, 8 tools)
- Spare battery $199
- Dyson floor standing Dock $149
- Warranty: 2-year if you register online
- Available from: Dyson online with free Australia-wide delivery, 45-day money-back guarantee and most major electrical retailers.
How do you review a vacuum?
There is a lot more to a vacuum than just embarking on a cleaning journey.
We do not crunch Coco pops into the carpet or try to pick up bowling balls or iron filings. For a month (usually once a week) we vacuum a typical 3-bedroom/2-bathroom Australian home with a mix of hardwood timber floors, ceramic tiles and sisal carpet. Our test home gives consistent and comparable results. The floor typically has walk-in/blow-in dust, detritus from shoes, small pieces of dry and wet food and paper. Regrettably, we don’t have a cute puppy (that is coming one day when we get over the’ lock and leave’ need).
We know afterwards – from the barefoot feel and the amount of dirt in the dustbin – if it is doing its job.
Our current reference vacs are a 2018 LG A9 Master and a 2019 Dyson V11 Absolute Pro. LG has two batteries, and we use about 1.25 in the test. The Dyson V11 (45-60 minutes) was the replacement to the V10 (20-30 minutes), so we have seen the increase in technology over time.
Over the years, we have used built-in ducted systems, Samsung, Vax, Hoover, and many other brands. In short, we test the way you use it.
The Dyson V11 Outsize is our new ‘reference’ device.
As is usual we will show FAIL, PASS or EXCEED against all our test paradigms.
Battery – 60 minutes typcial use – EXCEED
It has three modes – Auto (idiot-proof and the one we use as it thinks for us), Eco (lower suction for longer life) and Boost (battery sucking but great for dirty surfaces and shag pile).
After a full charge (that takes up to five hours before the flashing blue LEDs extinguish) the Auto readout shows 60 minutes estimated life. We say ‘estimated’ as it needs to learn your patterns to be more exact. You can charge the battery on or off the vacuum.
Test One – the whole of home – EXCEED
The Auto setting with the wide direct-drive head on a hardwood floor shows 60 minutes. After 15 minutes of vacuuming it indeed shows 45-minutes left. Then we move on to the three carpeted bedrooms, and it dips to an estimated 20 minutes (from 45-minutes) with an appreciable increase in suction power. Then to the two tiled bathrooms and large entry foyer and it goes back to 30-minutes left. Total vacuum time was 22 minutes so it should give 60 minutes use.
Test two – endurance – EXCEED as expected
We tested the torque head using Low, Medium and Boost on a carpet tile. Low ran for 60 minutes, medium for 40 minutes and Boost for 5 minutes. Obviously, the Auto setting favours low to medium speeds in a typical house.
Test three – a vacuum defeating rug – PASS
Finally, we throw a challenge – a designer, deep shag pile forest rug that defeats most vacuums. With the readout showing 30 minutes the torque ramps up and withing a few seconds the readout shows 10, then 9, then 8… At the end of 7 minutes, the readout shows Low run time. The key here is to adjust the power-head, so it does not bog in. Interestingly when we fire it up again on the timber floor, it shows 15 minutes.