In week one the V11 (fresh from its 65m2 apartment test) showed 42 minutes at the start. After five minutes it had upped that to 48 minutes. True to its word it completed the task and still had five minutes remaining (total 48 minutes).
In week two the V11 showed 48 minutes at the start, 42 minutes at five minutes and 5 minutes at the end (total 48 minutes).
So, the V11 with its new battery, single high torque head and all its smarts lasts about the same time as the LG A9 with two batteries. And we emptied the .76 litre dustbin about 1.5 times – showing it collects about 20-30% more detritus.
Test surfaces with the high-torque head
To test suck efficiency, we set the V11 on auto with the high torque head and ran it over the area just cleaned with the LG A9. It filled about 20% of its dustbin. In a later test, we ran the LG over the same area as the V11, and it picked up a minute amount. The V11 has much more suction power, and I repeat the LG A9 is a V10 competitor.
The new high torque head is an all-in-one with considerable intelligence constantly feeding back to the motor and battery.
On polished wood floors, it was efficient at detritus removal but lacked the polishing ability of ‘Mr Fluffy’ that leaves a slight sheen.
On tiles, it is as efficient collecting detritus as the older V10 direct-drive head.
But there is one area that can slow it down – shaggy rugs.
High Torque may be a misnomer confusing motor speed with torque (power). On carpet, tiles and timber flooring it spins up nicely and adapts to each surface at 360 times a second – it calls this Dynamic Load Sensor (DLS). You can tell its spinning more slowly on low resistance floors and faster on the carpet.
Well, it choked on a this ‘shaggy rug’ that you could probably lose a small child in. While the LG A9 was fine on turbo mode and ploughed through, admittedly exhausting the battery, the V11 needed help.
Using the boost setting was OK, but the Torque motor was struggling. Fortunately, we had the older V10 direct drive, energy-sucking head and on maximum setting, it powered through exhausting the battery in seven minutes.
Unfortunately, we have only had two weeks to test but here are our findings (compared to the V10)
- The new battery is larger, lasts longer (45-60 minutes with the torque head) and takes an hour longer to charge (around 5 hours). The V10 gets around 20 minutes on medium with the direct drive head
- The bin capacity of .76l and the slide to empty is the same as the V10
- It is 400g heavier (body only) and the new handle angle helps distribute the weight a little better
- Both the V11 and V10 remove 99.97% of dust particles down to 3 microns. It also removes smoke!
- The V11 has about 20% more suction than the V10
- The new battery and smart technology means fade-free suction from 100-0%
- It can get noisy at 85dB on Boost – otherwise around 70-75dB
Is it a corded canister replacement?
The convenience factor alone – no cord and a lot less weight. Use it at will!
That means you use it more often to do smaller areas or tasks. It is great for removing ceiling cobwebs, car interiors, steps etc. Or as a handheld to clean up small areas.
The suction factor – it outperforms and out sucks quite expensive, snob brand canister vacuums.
The LCD tells you if you need to clean filters – and it’s very easy to do so. Just run the filters under water and dry.