We put the new Dyson V11 to the test.
Dyson claims its newest vacuum can deep clean anywhere, so we put it to the test.
The V11 can “sense” the type of flooring it’s vacuuming and automatically adjusts suction accordingly. It also has an eye-catching colour LCD that counts down how long you have until the battery is out of juice.
It has three modes: eco, which has the lowest suction and gives you the longest runtime; med/auto, which is the autosensing mode; and boost for high power. Dyson claims the V11 has 20% more suction than its predecessor, the V10. However, in our lab test it only surpassed the V10 on carpet, while both models performed similarly on hard floors.
Its intelligent autosensing mode uses resistance in the head to sense the type of flooring. It lowers the suction on hard floors and ramps it back up when you move to carpet (with a few seconds delay). This means you should get the same level of clean no matter the surface. So we compared the automatic mode on hard floor and carpet and found it cleaned them equally well.
A neat aspect to its “intelligent” mode is that the countdown automatically adjusts based on the type of flooring. I’ll admit I found myself moving the V11 between the lino and carpet for a solid two minutes, watching the battery countdown change. But beware that it’s an approximation. I found when it gets down to about 20 seconds, the vacuum could stop at any time.
You can see and select the modes on the simple and easy to use LCD, but the countdown only appears when the vacuum trigger is pressed. It also alerts you when the filter needs cleaning, or if there’s a blockage and shows how to clear it.
The V11’s colour display is a great addition – now you won’t be surprised by the vacuum running out of battery. And I can see the advantage in a vacuum that senses the flooring and adjusts suction. However, I was disappointed this didn’t mean a leap in performance. While the V11 is the top stick vacuum in our test, it only just took first place. Dyson’s V8 and V10 models clean almost as well and are much better value for money.
See our stick vacuums test to find out how it performed against other models.
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This V11 was loaned to the writer by Dyson.
Claimed charge time: four-and-a-half hours
Claimed runtime: Up to 60 minutes on eco mode with non-motorised tool.
Measured runtime (boost mode with motorised brush): 13 minutes
Bin capacity: 760ml bin
High torque cleaner head (soft and hard floors)
Soft roller cleaner head
Mini motorised head
Mini soft dusting brush
Stubborn dirt brush
Attachments: Also includes flexi crevice tool, extension hose and mattress tool.
Attachments: Same as Absolute but without soft roller cleaner.