Lean in really close for a confession. I hate vacuuming.
No really. I avoid vacuuming like I avoid dusting. They’re are two of my least favourite chores, for numerous reasons including watching the dust fly everywhere and having to drag a heavy hose and canister behind me. Vacuuming stairs should have its own special hour of chore hell.
So when Dyson asked if we were interested in reviewing their new Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cord Free vacuum, my husband’s reaction was the one with more enthusiasm (mixed with sarcastic innuendo that a lot of you will relate to), “Maybe this will actually get you to vacuum”. I haven’t changed the door locks…yet. Mind you, he was also the one who was super excited to review the Dyson Hot + Cool Link and that has proven to be one of the best appliances in our home.
In which case, we welcomed the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cord Free vacuum for a test drive and here are some things that you should know about the V10:
- Longer-lasting battery: Up to 60 minutes of fade-free run time so you can clean everywhere.
- Big machine suction power: With cord-free versatility for floor to ceiling cleaning that can easily transform into a handheld.
- 40% bigger bin: a completely re-designed inline bin format for more efficient airflow and a much bigger bin means you can say goodbye to big corded vacuums of the past.
- 2-in-1 format: Converts into a handheld so you can easily use it on stairs, upholstery and out to the car.
I know when I read reviews, I tend to look for certain things in a product. So I wanted to take the time to answer some of the questions I had about this and what I’ve seen other customers ask on Dyson’s Facebook account. Now we’ve never had the previous cord free Dyson models, so I cannot compare the V10 to the V8 from actual experience. But from what I’ve read, some of the major changes have been an overhaul of the dust bin bin for easier emptying and the new inline format for a more streamlined look, as well as two different cleaning heads – one for hardwood/solid surfaces and the other for carpet.
We do however have a very old Dyson canister vacuum that was passed along from my husband’s Grandmother. And while it’s dated in its aesthetics and is rather heavy and bulky, it still works after all these years. That’s why we trust the Dyson name so much. So deciding to upgrade to a Dyson cordless vacuum for us is more about being able to take advantage of the design changes that make vacuuming easier, compared to their previous counterparts.
Without further ado, here are some questions and answers I hope will help you decide on the Dyson Cyclone V10.
1. Is it top heavy?
Yes and no. To me it’s not heavy at all. But I am comparing that to a canister vacuum, which is a huge pain to lug all around, especially on stairs. If you try and stand it up on it’s own, it will fall over. But in terms of actually using it, you will not find that top part is overwhelmingly heavy and hard to push around. This is a big deal for people who may have physical disabilities or back problems.
2. How long does a charge really last?
This depends on what mode you use it on and what cleaning head you use. The Torque drive cleaner head (for carpets) has a setting you can change to Max for 25% more dust removal. This does have an impact on battery power. The good news is you really do not need to use it on Max. Even on the low setting, it sucks up everything.
The battery power on the V10 is said to provide 60 minutes of use (though I don’t know anyone who has vacuumed for an hour straight, but go prove me wrong). You get 20 minutes on the Torque drive cleaner head (carpets) and up to 40 minutes on the Soft roller head (hard surfaces). The vacuum is shipped with about 30% battery, so we made sure to charge it fully before our first use. It comes with a simple charging dock that you can mount to a wall anywhere that’s convenient for you.
3. How hard is it to change the accessories and cleaner heads?
I judge vacuums a lot on this and the Dyson V10 is by far the easiest to switch cleaner heads, parts and accessories. You know that annoying feeling of trying to pull the cleaning head off and not pinching your skin under the button when you push down on it? No problems at all. The cleaning heads themselves are so much lighter than other vacuums I have tried over the years. This does NOT affect their suction power. The canister is also easy to empty and it’s a great feeling not having to buy vacuum bags.
4. What do you find are the best features of the V10?
There are two things that stood out for me. One was the pivoting head. Game changing. No more angling yourself to get into corners or around couch legs. It turns for you with such ease. The second was obviously the cord-free aspect. Not having to deal with a canister or any long cord is impossible to explain until you use it. You will then realize what a huge pain canister vacuums are. I know I keep talking about the stairs but vacuuming the stairs (and yes we have carpeted stairs) is nothing short of a chore that the entire family draws straws on having to do.
With the different accessories the V10 comes with, you can easily snap on smaller cleaning heads to clean the stairs with and still have the same suction power. Even if you decided to just use the bigger cleaning heads, it is still so much easier than dealing with a canister on every step.
(Fancy and super clean stairs!!)
5. Is it easy to use?
Here are photos of our 7 year old and our 10 year old vacuuming their rooms. The fact that they both can use it like they would say a lightweight broom, should help show you how not heavy and uncomplicated it is. Our 7 year olds room is like a hurricane most days so the ability to do a quick clean up is a big deal.
(This was just the dirt from her room. Oy!)
6. Is there anything that can be improved?
The one and only caveat I have with this, is similar with other vacuums I’ve tried and that is that I wish there was a way to lock the trigger on the handle while vacuuming, instead of having to hold it all the time to get it to run. Depending on how long you’re vacuuming for, this can get a little tiresome and your finger a little sore. That being said, as you can see above with the photos of our girls using it, if their smaller hands have no problem pushing in the trigger, you shouldn’t either. But this is definitely something that down the line in future Dyson models, I hope they consider adding.
7. Is it worth the money?
With a retail value of $799.99, that price tag can be intimidating. The one thing however that I have learned as I’ve gotten older, is that you often get what you pay for, especially with appliances and household items. A $25 blender for example, will perform like a $25 blender. Dyson has a great reputation for a reason. They create well built, good quality products. You invest it in once and you don’t replace it in a couple of years. We have gone through many vacuums in different brands over the years and as my husband’s Grandma’s vacuum can attest, Dyson is a quality product.
All in all, honestly getting a chance to try out the Dyson Cyclone V10 is something that I affectionately joked about on Twitter, where you reach peak adulthood because you are genuinely excited about acquiring a great quality product for your home. I think if I can emphasize anything it’s that. Having a vacuum that doesn’t hurt your back when you use it, is not heavy, environmentally friendly, certified by the Asthma Society of Canada, actually cleans better than other vacuums (see photos of the stairs as an example) and has so many great features that I am still discovering. Most of all, it doesn’t make me hate vacuuming like old vacuums did. I’d call that a success.
To find out more about the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, visit Dyson Canada.
Disclaimer: This post was brought to you in partnership with Dyson. As always, opinions are my own.