Dyson Cyclone V10 Review – Cordless Absolute Vacuum

Dyson V10 Carpet Cleaning Attachment

As much as I have to stay objective through the many hours of testing the Dyson Cyclone V10 for this review I have to admit I didn’t do very well in that department. I am a big fan of Dyson’s range of cordless vacuum cleaners. Ever since I bought my Dyson V6 animal I never looked back. I live in a two-story house where the bottom floors are hardwood and the upstairs rooms have a bit of a carpet in them. The Dyson V6 was more than sufficient in cleaning the whole house in one charge and that was enough for me to get rid of my big corded vacuum. The V8 Animal improved that even further – stronger suction power for the carpets upstairs, longer battery life to cover the whole house even when it’s at its dirtiest and big enough container to hold all the garbage in the world. At least in my world. If you live in a mansion then it’s a whole other story. But let’s see how the Dyson Cyclone compares to the already near-perfect V8.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Review –  Cordless Goodness

Dyson V10 Cyclone Sucking Particles From Air

Cyclone V10 Design And Features

You have probably seen already that the Cyclone is significantly larger than any other cordless Dyson on the market. The canister seems massive and although the stick is lighter than the V8, I couldn’t help but feel that the already perfect balance of the V8 is somewhat missing in the current vacuum. The canister is just too large and it constantly feels like it’s tilting the base forward. See, the V8 you could just plug it and leave somewhere while it recharges. I wasn’t using the docking station simply because I don’t like it that much and I don’t have an inconspicuous place where it can stay out of sight. I much prefer to plug it and leave either on the table or a window sill while it charges. That’s nearly impossible with the V10 since it topples over if you leave it standing.

That might not be a big deal for people who have space where they can mount the docking station and keep the vacuum out of sight, but it is for me and in that state, I will still be using the Dyson V8 for time being.

You might also notice that now the motor is in line with the canister unlike any o the previous models. Together they resemble a futuristic looking laser gun or something of the sorts. It is a great way to motivate men to finally start vacuuming pretending they’re shooting the dirt and dust with the massive gun – pew pew pew. Fun!!!

The digital motor has been completely redesigned for higher RPMs, more power, and battery efficiency. The new V10 motor can reach the impressive 125,000 revolutions per minute – over 20 percent increase over the already massive 108K of the previous model.

Cyclone V10 Canister

Dyson Cyclone V10 Bin Opening

The new canister is the most notable improvement. Consumers have been long complaining about the awkward cleaning process of the V6/V7/V8 series. Dyson claims it has solved the problem with the new one, but honestly, I’m not quite so sure. With the previous models, you could just pop the vacuum over a bin, release the dirt, close up and go on your merry way. That’s not quite the case with the Cyclone. You will have to stop, remove any attachment present and then empty the bin from the front side of the vacuum. I don’t really think that’s much of an improvement, especially for lazy folks like me. There is an extra step included – removing the attachment – and the cleaning doesn’t seem that much more efficient than before. You can see for yourself:

Dyson V10 Review: Tools And Accessories

There are a few different Cyclone models depending on the market that it sells to. In the US it comes in three variations – Motorhead, Animal, and Absolute. In Europe, there is an overlap between the Animal and the Absolute, but there is another top of the line stick – Total Clean. The Motorhead is not available in Europe and the Total Clean is not available in North America. Curious.

Dyson V10 Carpet Cleaning Attachment

Also, the Cyclone V10 Motorhead features a slightly smaller canister – 0.54 liters compared to the standard V10 canister of 0.77 liters. Curiously, the Motorhead bin is the same size as the V8, Coincidence? I think not!

V10 Motorhead Attachments (Not Available in EU)

  • Direct Drive Cleaner Head
  • Combination Tool
  • Crevice Tool

V10 Animal Attachments

  • Direct Drive / Torque Drive Cleaner Head
  • Quick Release Mini Motorhead Tool
  • Crevice Tool
  • Combination Tool
  • Mini Soft Dusting Brush

This is the cheapest and the bare minimum model you get from the series. Let’s see how the next one stacks up:

V10 Absolute Attachments

The Absolute builds on everything included in the Animal with a Soft Roller Cleaner Head. It is very similar to the ones found in V6 Fluffy modes and it is designed to clean hard floors and wood without scratching them beyond recognition. That’s the only difference between the Animal and the Absolute. 

Cyclone V10 Total Clean Attachments (Not Available In The US)

The Total Clean model comes with all the attachments in the lineup. It builds on top of the Absolute with a Quick-Release Mattress Tool and an Up-Top Adapter.

Which Dyson V10 Model Is The Best Value For Money?

I can’t decide if you, personally, need all of the attachments that come with the vacuum you’ll use, but if I was you I would probably opt in for the V10 Animal version. It is a well-balanced cleaning set and it comes with everything that you might possibly need.

The fluffy floor head is an overkill for most people. The mattress tool and the Up-Top adapter, let’s be honest, are both totally unnecessary marketing gimmicks to drive the already sky-high price even higher.

If I was you and I really wanted the Dyson I would get the Animal version. I did so with the V6 and the V8 and I never felt the need of any of the extra attachments that come with the higher-end models.

Suction Power And Battery Life

Dyson Cyclone V10 Docking Station

The Cyclone is the first cordless Dyson to introduce three different cleaning modes. All the previous models had only two – regular and max modes. The Cyclone introduces a happy middle ground – two dots, whatever that means. I can only assume that the one dot is low power, the two dots are medium power and the well known MAX is exactly that – maximum power. Here are the runtimes for each setting:

  • One Dot – 60 minutes
  • Two Dots – 40 minutes
  • MAX – 6 minutes

While both dots offer pretty respectable cleaning times, the MAX power is not that different from previous models – a mere 6 minutes. Actually, that’s significantly less than the V8 claimed 7 minutes. While maximum suction is overkill for everyday use, it is important to note that the V10 lasts less than the V8 in max power.

True, it delivers close to 20 percent more power than the V8 – 150 air watts compared to the V8’s 115 AW. But the battery life is shorter on a supposedly more efficient motor. Regular cleaning is 20 minutes longer in the lowest setting, but the “two-dots” mode is curiously, again, close to the V8 cleaning time on low power. I can’t help but connect dots, but that might just be the conspiracy theorist in me.

Charging the battery takes only 3.5 hours compared to the 5 hours of the V8. That is in the V6 territory and it is pretty quick for Dyson. What’s cool is that they finally introduced some sort of indication of remaining charge and current battery level. Although pretty basic, the three LED lights are a vast improvement over any other cordless Dyson up to date.


Here are the most notable specs of the new Dyson Cyclone cleaner. You can see how it stacks against the V8 and the V7 we reviewed here and here respectively. Some of the improvements are pretty severe, but others – not so much:

  • Motor Suction Power – 150 Air Watts
  • Bin Capacity – 0.76 Liters
  • Hepa Filtration – Yes
  • Battery: Up To 60 Minutes On Low Power
  • Max Mode – Yes, Up To 7 Minutes
  • Charge Time – 3.5 Hours Empty-Full
  • Dimensions – 1249mm H x 250mm W x 256mm D
  • Weight – 2.58 Kg
  • Warranty – 2 Years
  • Lifetime Washable Filter – Yes

Review Verdict 

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Is a major leap forward in some aspects, but it is a step backwards in others. Overall, it can’t be denied that it is the most powerful cordless vacuum cleaner on the market at the moment. Also, it can not be denied that it is less convenient and balanced than the already pretty powerful Dyson V8.

While I was able to drop my V8 on a window sill or on the table while charging, that it out o the question now for the V10, especially with an attachment on – it tips over every time.

Another issue is that it is a lot less comfortable than the V8 for one hand operation, especially after the bin fills up a bit. While the V8 is a perfectly balanced, lightweight machine, the Cyclone isn’t, at least not in real life. On paper, the V10 is lighter than the V8 but that’s not really the case once it sucks a bit of dirt in. It feels like it is a lot more of a workout to operate it than the V8. Of course, that is subjective, but my wrist was really hurting after 20 minutes of vacuuming with the new stick vacuum. It is a bit of a workout and you might like that. I certainly didn’t.

Overall, the choice is yours. The Cyclone Motorhead might be the obvious choice if you live in North America since the tipping over the problem is less obvious with the smaller bin, but I don’t have access to that model and no way for me to test it. I suspect that it feels a lot like the V8 with an inverted bin, but that might not be the case.

I can’t help but feel like the V8 Animal offers a lot more for your money – more balanced, lighter and versatile vacuum than the Cyclone, But that’s just my 2 cents.

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