Putting up the highest score that we have seen from a stick vacuum to date, the Dyson V10 ousted the Shark IONFlex from the top position to claim the title of Best Overall Stick Vacuum. The V10 does a fantastic job of cleaning up messes on both hard floors, low-pile carpet, and — most impressive — medium-pile, fluffy carpet. It has unmatched suction power, is exceptionally easy to use and provides an awesome, convenient solution for cleaning up messes around your home. Unfortunately, the V10 matches its supreme performance with a supremely high price tag that will be out of most people's budget and is a bit on the noisy side. Check out the complete review below to see exactly how the V10 did and decide if it's worth the cost to you.
Dyson V10 Absolute Review
Pros: Unmatched cleaning performance, very convenient and easy to use
Cons: Exceptionally expensive, on the loud side, doesn't pick up well when going "reverse" over debris
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|Pros||Unmatched cleaning performance, very convenient and easy to use||Great battery life, fantastic at cleaning hard floors, very easy to use||Compact, great at cleaning carpet, convenient||Fantastic cleaning power, versatile, easy to use||Good at cleaning carpets, convenient|
|Cons||Exceptionally expensive, on the loud side, doesn't pick up well when going "reverse" over debris||A little pricey||Short battery life, expensive||Heavy, loud||Didn’t do as well as we hoped with hard floors, expensive|
|Bottom Line||By far the best of the best when it comes to these products, but your pocketbook is definitely going to take a hit||The Shark IONFlex is an exceptionally easy to use product that cleans well and sweeps away the rest of the competition||This high-end cordless model is one of the best you can get, but comes at a premium price||For those that need a product to handle heavier messes, the Rocket is a great bet||This premium offering from Dyson has some unique features but didn’t quite do well enough to nab an award|
|Rating Categories||Dyson V10 Absolute||Shark IONFlex||Dyson V8 Absolute||Shark Rocket...||Dyson V11 Animal|
|Hard Surface Cleaning (30%)|
|Ease Of Use (20%)|
|Carpet Cleaning (15%)|
|Specs||Dyson V10 Absolute||Shark IONFlex||Dyson V8 Absolute||Shark Rocket...||Dyson V11 Animal|
|Weight||5.9 lbs||8.9 lbs||5.6 lbs||10 lbs||6.7 lbs|
|Cordless Battery Life||8:19 min:sec||11:44 min:sec||8:19 min:sec||N/A||12:30 min:sec|
|Maximum Corded Reach||N/A||N/A||N/A||33.5 ft.||N/A|
|Measured Charge Time||190 min.||210 min.||240 min.||N/A||220 min.|
|Noise Level||78 dBa||74 dBa||77 dBa||77.5 dBa||77 dBa|
|Model Number||V10||IF200W (we tested)||V8||HV380W||V11|
|Battery Type||NCA or Li-aluminum (a type of Lithium-ion)||Lithium-ion||Lithium-ion||N/A||Lithium-ion|
|Measured Cleaning Path Width||9"||8"||9"||8"||9"|
|Variable Suction Control||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Brush On/Off Switch:||No||Slows the brush for hard floor||No||Slows the brush for hard floor||No|
in MultiFLEX storage mode
|Wall Mount only||Wall Mount; Or can detatch the top and hang it on the bottom and have it stand upright||Wall Mount only|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The V10 earned the top score of the group, nabbing the spot from the Shark IONFlex. The V10 is just a little bit better at cleaning debris and messes from carpets, but otherwise performed roughly the same. However, the V10 is quite a bit more expensive, so you are definitely going to be paying a hefty price for the enhanced carpet cleaning. Regardless, the V10 is unchallenged at the top when it comes to these products and is for sure the best that you can get.
To really determine which stick vacuum rules them all, we purchased all of the most highly regarded and promising products that fall into this category, then tested them head-to-head. We ranked and scored their performance when it came to cleaning both hard and soft floors, as well as the amount of effort it took to operate each vacuum. We grouped these tests into four weighted metrics, with the results of the V10 compared against its peers highlighted below.
Earning the highest weight out of all our metrics at 35%, convenience is of paramount importance to these products. We went through and scored the battery life and charge time of each cordless vacuum, as well as how much each one weighed, its skill at cleaning non-floor areas of your residence, and how easy each product is to store. The Dyson V10 did very well, finishing at the top of the group and earning a 7 out of 10 for its performance.
In addition to doing a particularly excellent job at cleaning both hard and soft floors, this stick vacuum is fully capable of cleaning the vast majority of your home. It includes a myriad of different attachments that are very easy to attach and detach using a simple single button locking mechanism. Using the V10 in handheld mode is very convenient, as this vacuum isn't very heavy.
Unfortunately, the V10 doesn't have a particularly impressive battery life, having one of the shortest runtimes of the group when using maximum power.
However, this is significantly extended when running on a reduced power setting, which we usually found to be more than sufficient for most messes, with the V10 easily covering the floor in a small to a medium sized house on a single charge. Finally, this model lacks the stability to stand on its own, losing it a few points, as it really needs the included wall mount to be easily stored.
Hard Surface Cleaning
Next, we assessed how proficient each vacuum is at cleaning up messes from hard floors, which for our tests, consisted of a small section of hardwood laminate. We spread out known amounts of our sample types of messes, then rated and scored how well each product so picked them up. The Dyson V10 delivered a fantastic showing, putting up one of the best performances that we have seen and earning a 9 out of 10 in this metric, which is worth 30% of the overall score.
We used the high suction with the hard floor brush for all of these tests. The V10 got off to a great start in our first test, collecting all of the rice we spread out with ease. It continued its dominance into our flour collection test — one of the more difficult ones of this group. The V10 collected almost all of the flour that we spread out in only two passes, even cleaning in the cracks between boards.
As expected at this point, the Dyson V10 gave another top-notch performance in our Cheerio and oat collection challenges. This product picked up all of the debris we had spread out in both of these tests extremely easily.
Finally, this stick vacuum continued its stellar performance in our final assessment for this metric: pet hair collection.
The V10 quickly and easily collected all of the pet hair, with hardly any strands failing to make it to the collection bin and becoming tangled in the extractor head.
Ease of Use
Shifting gears from our cleaning tests, we next evaluated how easy it is to actually use each product. While you may think that this is identical to our prior Convenience metric, there are some subtle differences captured by each metric. For this one, worth 20% of the total score, we looked at how easy it is to maneuver each vacuum, clean under furniture, and clean in close to the edges of a room, as well as if there are different cleaning modes available on and how noisy each vacuum is. The Dyson V10 delivered another admirable performance, earning an 8 out of 10 — one of the top scores overall.
This vacuum has three different operating modes — low, medium, and high — allowing you to customize the cleaning power for the mess to be cleaned, maximizing battery power and minimizing noise. Speaking of noise, the V10 earned a below average score in this metric — a bit of a rarity for this product, as we found it to be quite noisy on its maximum power.
The V10 does have swivel steering, so it is very maneuverable.
It also cleans in very close to the walls of a room or along other edges.
Finally, we judged how much work it took to clean under furniture with the V10.
This model has an impressively long reach, but couldn't quite make it underneath our entire simulated sofa, stopping about 4" short. This put the V10 in the second tier of products for this test, as the top models reached the full 37" without issue.
For the remaining 15% of the total score, we resumed our cleaning tests and scored each stick vacuum on how well it could clean carpet. The V10 absolutely dominated our test, putting down an impressive performance that earned it an 8 out of 10 — tying for the top spot overall.
Surprisingly, the V10 didn't quite get off to a perfect start in our rice collection test. We noticed that it would fling the rice around a bit and the suction is actually powerful enough that it impedes easily moving the vacuum around when on the maximum setting. However, the V10 redeemed itself in our flour test, easily cleaning up all of the flour and giving one of the best showings that we have seen to date.
It delivered another exceptional performance when tasked with picking up oats, doing an amazing job on the fluffier carpet and a solid one on the low-pile carpet. It also did extremely well at picking up pet hair, matching the performance of a full-sized upright vacuum in our test.The V10 finished out with a solid showing at collecting cereal, it's score slightly hurt by its tendency to push the Cheerios around for a while before actually collecting them.
While this is an excellent product, it's a horrible value, being the most expensive by far with much less expensive products only performing slightly worse.
Earning the top score of the overall group, the V10 easily claimed the title of Top Stick Vacuum Overall. It does an amazing job of cleaning up all types of messes from both carpet and hard floors and is one of the more convenient and superbly easy to use vacuums that we have tested. Unfortunately, it is also superbly expensive and is going to cost you a hefty chunk of change, making one of the slightly worse but significantly less expensive products a better fit for many people.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer