Stop using corded vacuums and switch to the V10 for all your cleaning needs.
A few months ago, I was introduced to the cordless stick vacuum as a home maintenance device. I fell in love with them. I hate cords and so the cordless option for floor cleaning was an ideal product for me. The only issue I’ve had with the stick vacuums I’ve used is power. That problem has been solved with the release of the V10 cordless stick vacuum from Dyson. This vacuum is designed to be just as strong (suction-wise) as the bigger vacuums from Dyson. You can use it for small jobs or the entire house. Dyson considers it to be a ‘true’ replacement for traditional full-size vacuums. It’s flexible and can twist around obstacles in your home. It is rechargeable and will be fully charged within 3.5 hours. Engineer and Dyson founder, James Dyson has said this of the V10: “This is why I’ve stopped developing corded vacuums.” It really is that good.
There are three versions of the Dyson V10 — Absolute, Animal, and Motorhead. The version of the vacuum that I had for testing was the Motorhead so I will be focusing on that model’s specs for this review. Overall, the Dyson V10 vacuums are built with the Dyson digital motor V10, which generates the suction power of a big vacuum. The cyclone technology will capture particles as small as 0.3 microns and the vacuum has a long-lasting battery. The Motorhead model features whole-machine filtration, which traps 99.97% of dirty air particles. The vacuum is acoustically engineered to absorb vibrations and dampen sound so that it’s as quiet as it can possibly be. It’s a pretty compact vacuum measuring only 48.85″ L x 9.5″ H x 10.1″ W and weighing only 5.5 pounds. Some of the V10’s key features include:
- Transformation into a handheld vacuum with one click
- ‘Point and shoot’ bin emptying
- Drop-in docking
- Up to 60 minutes of fade-free power
- Combination and Crevice tools included
The V10 arrives in a brightly colored Dyson-branded box. I was actually surprised that the V10’s outer shipping box also had the ‘Dyson’ name on it. The box was easy to open and all the parts were packaged in cushioned cardboard cartons. The V10 comes with a quick-release combination tool, direct drive cleaner head, quick-release crevice tool, docking station, and a charger. There is assembly required, but the main engine body is all one piece. Dyson makes putting the vacuum together very easy. They not only include an illustrated guide for the wall mount, but there is also an illustration for assembly of the main unit on the cover of the operating manual. The manual includes a fully illustrated guide with written instructions in both English and Spanish languages. I really like how both types of instructions are included. Some people work better with drawings and pictures than just words. So, it’s great that both are available.
Putting together the vacuum is really very easy. The engine section snaps together with the stick body, which in turn snaps into the head of the vacuum. Even though the vacuum comes with a partial charge, it’s best to charge it up fully before using it. After I charged the vacuum, I ran it around our house. There are three levels of power on the vacuum — one, two, and MAX. When I was in carpeted areas in our house, I used the MAX setting since a lot of our floors have thick carpet. We do have both carpeted and non-carpeted floors in our home though, so I had the opportunity to use setting 1 as well. Dyson referred to this as the ‘base’ setting. As far as the battery life goes, I found that a fully charged battery will last several days (as long as a week) if you are just using the vacuum in short bursts. It is designed to go as long as 60 minutes on a full charge (using the base setting), but that is with constantly running it.
Suction-wise the V10 works great. I’ve had no problems with it cleaning the floors in our house. There have been a few times that debris hasn’t been picked up 100%. Sometimes the V10 will blow debris around instead of being sucked into the vacuum. I have had to go over areas more than once in non-carpeted floors because of that. That actually wasn’t a surprise though as most of my cordless stick vacuum experiences have caused that to happen. This was, however, a rare occurrence.
There are two features of the V10 that I feel are lacking. First, the vacuum won’t stand up on its own. While this isn’t really a big deal until you want to store it, I still wanted to note it here. Dyson does include the docking station, which also gives you a place to charge it, but when you have to pause vacuuming in a room to move a piece of furniture, it can be useful to be able to stand it up on its own. Second, you have to hold the power button the entire time you are vacuuming. I’ve had other cordless vacuums that allow you to lock the trigger in place so that you don’t have to keep it held in the entire time you are vacuuming. It’s not such a big deal if you are cleaning a small spot in the house, but if you are doing all the floors, it can become a chore to keep it held in.
Other than those two things, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the V10. It’s a very capable vacuum and it has become a replacement for our full-size vacuum. We typically vacuum the house — the high traffic areas — every other day with the V10 and then on the weekends we use the full-size vacuum everywhere. This helps keep dirt and dust to a minimum in the house. Truth be told, the V10 can do the job, but it does take a bit longer because the canister has to be emptied. It’s a great vacuum and a welcome addition to our home.
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