Dyson V11 Animal Review
Pros: Good at cleaning carpets, convenient
Cons: Didn’t do as well as we hoped with hard floors, expensive
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Dyson V11 Animal
|Price||$599 List||$330 List|
$329.99 at Amazon
$356.49 at Amazon
|$115 List||$40 List|
$34.99 at Amazon
|Pros||Good at cleaning carpets, convenient||Convenient to use, great at cleaning||Fantastic at cleaning hard floors, very easy to use, swappable batteries||Great value, convenient, does well with hard floors||Decent at cleaning hard surfaces, inexpensive|
|Cons||Didn't do as well as we hoped with hard floors, expensive||A bit loud||A little pricey||Could be better at carpet||Harder to use, loud|
|Bottom Line||This premium offering has some unique features but didn't quite do well enough to nab an award||If you are looking for the absolute best of the best when it comes to stick vacuums, this is one of our all-time favorites||This is an exceptionally easy to use product that cleans well and sweeps away most of the competition||If you are shopping for a stick vacuum and don't want to break the bank, then we think this is a great option||This inexpensive model cleans decently, especially when it comes to hard surfaces|
|Rating Categories||Dyson V11 Animal||Shark Rocket Pet Pro||Shark IONFlex||Moosoo XL-618A||VonHaus 600W 2-in-1|
|Hard Surface Cleaning (30%)|
|Ease Of Use (20%)|
|Carpet Cleaning (15%)|
|Specs||Dyson V11 Animal||Shark Rocket Pet Pro||Shark IONFlex||Moosoo XL-618A||VonHaus 600W 2-in-1|
|Weight||6.7 lbs||7.8 lbs||8.9 lbs||5.1 lbs||4.5 lbs|
|Cordless Battery Life||12:30 min:sec||20:37
|11:44 min:sec||22:40 min:sec||n/a|
|Maximum Corded Reach||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||21 ft|
|Measured Charge Time||220 min||150 min||210 min||340 min||n/a|
|Noise Level||77 dBa||73 dBa||74 dBa||67 dBa||77 dBa|
|Measured Cleaning Path Width||9"||10.25"||8"||7.75"||8.75"|
|Variable Suction Control||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Brush On/Off Switch?||No||Slows the brush for hard floor||Slows the brush for hard floor||No||n/a|
|Storage||Wall mount only||Freestanding in MultiFLEX storage mode||Freestanding in MultiFLEX storage mode||Wall mount only||Stands up; falls over easily|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Dyson V11 Animal offers multiple cleaning modes and excellent carpet cleaning abilities. It failed to impress us to the same degree on hard surfaces and will put quite a dent in your wallet, but there's no doubt that this is a well-designed vacuum in most respects.
We began by rating and scoring how convenient it was to use each vacuum to clean other areas of the home besides the flooring, and assessing the weight, storage method, and battery life. The V11 did well here, as it includes a wide variety of different attachments and fittings, letting you clean practically anywhere in your home — even the really hard-to-reach areas. All of the attachments use a single-button locking mechanism that is super easy to engage or disengage.
The V11 Animal is about average in weight for these products, tipping the scale at just shy of 7 pounds. It's cordless and provides solid battery life, improving a bit on its predecessors. The V11 lasted for about 12.5 minutes on its boost setting and short-pile carpet and took about 3.75 hours to recharge completely once the battery was depleted.
Unfortunately, this vacuum is not balanced to stand on its own, so it either needs to be propped against something, or you need to use the included wall mount to store it.
Hard Surface Cleaning
After convenience, each vacuum's performance when it came to cleaning hard floors carried the most weight. We spread out rice, flour, cereal, pet hair, and oats on a section of hardwood laminate floor, noting how quickly and easily each vacuum cleaned up the mess and if there was any residual debris. The V11 did well but didn't match the performance of the top products, which largely contributes to it failing to claim an award.
The V11 does not include a hard floor brush like other Dyson models, hindering its performance slightly. It performed about average at collecting the rice we spread out, getting the single grains and smaller piles without much difficulty. However, it also tended to fling plenty of rice to the side.
Performance improved a bit with the flour but still wasn't as impressive as other Dyson models with a hard floor-specific brush. We tried out the V11 in all of its different cleaning modes for this test, finding the "Boost" mode to be the most effective, as it was the only one that could pull flour out from the cracks between boards. Overall, it got the majority of the flour up relatively easy.
The V11 did an excellent job with pet hair, collecting all of it without issue, and did quite well when sucking up Cheerios as well. It got all of the cereal on the first go, but it only has enough clearance to pick them up between the notches on the brush head. From there, the V11 finished out this test with a great showing in our final test: cleaning up oats. It didn't fling any to the side and got the vast majority on the first pass. It doesn't do the best at cleaning them up in reverse but still only left trace amounts behind.
Ease of Use
We focused on ease of operation for our next metric, looking specifically at the different power modes available, the ease of cleaning under furniture and along walls, maneuverability, and noise level.
The V11 Animal is about average in terms of noise and has an excellent reach when cleaning under furniture, reaching about 33" under our simulated testing "sofa" with the handle in the normal orientation. You can make it reach further if you twist the handle, but this isn't the most comfortable on the wrist. This vacuum also is highly maneuverable, with a swivel head.
The V11 leaves a lot to be desired when cleaning in tight corners, but it did well along the edges and walls of a room.
This vacuum also has the option of three cleaning modes: Eco, Boost, and Auto. This lets you decide if you need to maximize cleaning power for stubborn messes or battery life if you want to clean a larger area. Auto mode is a neat addition that aims to provide you with the best balance between performance and runtime, automatically adjusting power based on the amount of mess and the type of floor you are cleaning.
Our fourth and final metric assessed the carpet cleaning performance of each product. We used the same sample messes as our hard floor metric, this time spreading them out on both flat and fluffy carpet. The V11 did exceptionally well at cleaning up flour from low-pile carpet, delivering one of the best performances we have seen to date. It removed over 90% of the flour in normal mode. When we increased the power to Boost mode, this powerhouse left practically no flour behind at all.
The V11 also did very well with pet hair, only leaving one or two stray hairs behind on flat carpet. For our remaining three tests in this metric, we tested on both flat and the fluffy carpet, only omitting the fluffy carpet test with flour and pet hair since that is a bit much to ask of any stick vacuum.
The V11 did a solid job at collecting Cheerios on both types of carpet, though it tended to push them around for a bit on the medium-pile carpet before collecting everything. Oddly enough, this vacuum did significantly better at sucking up rice from the fluffier carpet than the flat carpet — opposite to what we've observed with most vacuums. On flat carpet, it often threw the rice to the side, leaving more residual grains. That said, it still got the bulk of the rice when all was said and done.
The V11 did about the same with oats, getting far more from the fluffy carpet than the flat carpet. It did, however, drag the oats around instead of sucking them up when pulling the vacuum backward, the same as with the rice.
The V11 is an abysmal value, as it performed comparably to vacuums that cost substantially less.
While we initially had high hopes for the Dyson V11 Animal, we found it to be a slight disappointment, failing to snag an award. There are a handful of other vacuums that we would recommend over this one when it comes to performance, with quite a few being less costly as well.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer