Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, V10 Animal and V10 Motorhead Cordless Vacuums

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, Animal and Motorhead cordless vacuums are a group of high-end, convertible 2-in-1, bagless, stick vacuums. Thanks to their design, they quickly transform to handheld vacuums and back.

Dyson Cyclone V10 cordless vacuums follow similar design philosophy found in previous Dyson V8 Cordless vacuums, but with improved air pathways, stronger suction, more cleaning modes etc.

Published: August 28, 2019.

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Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead, Animal and Absolute Models Comparison

At the moment of writing this article, there were three Dyson Cyclone V10 cordless vacuums: Motorhead, Animal and Absolute.

Their main difference is obviously color, but they also differ in the list of available attachments.

While Animal and Absolute models are essentially the same vacuums, Motorhead model is also more compact and somewhat lighter model, featuring smaller dirt bin.

Following chart lists the most important features and specifications of the Dyson Cyclone V10 cordless vacuums:

Model Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute
Photo v10 table motorhead  v10 table animal  v10 table absolute 
Dimensions 10.1 x 48.85 x 9.5 inches 10.1 x 49.2 x 9.5 inches 10.1 x 49.2 x 9.5 inches
Stick Vacuum Mode Weight 5.5 lbs 5.9 lbs 5.9 lbs
Dirt Bin Size 0.54 liters 0.76 liters 0.76 liters
Maximum Power 525 Watts 525 Watts 525 Watts
Maximum Suction 150 Air Watts 150 Air Watts 150 Air Watts
HEPA Air Filtration Yes Yes Yes
Washable Air Filter Yes Yes Yes
Detachable Battery No No No
Combination Tool Yes Yes Yes
Crevice Tool Yes Yes Yes
Mini Soft Dusting Brush No Yes Yes
Mini Motorized Tool No Yes Yes
Direct Drive Cleaner Head Yes No No
Torque Drive Cleaner Head No Yes Yes
Soft Roller Cleaner Head No No Yes
Wall Mount & Charger Yes Yes Yes
Amazon Link Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

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Dyson V10 Cyclone are convertible vacuums, designed to be used as lightweight stick and powerful handheld vacuums. All cleaning tools and accessories are detachable using no tools - note that all cleaning tools and accessories must 'click' when being attached to the unit, forming strong connection.

Vacuum controls are on the handle, allowing the user to turn the unit on and off and to set required suction power.

Dyson Cyclone V10 comes with three suction modes, labeled as Suction Mode I, Suction Mode II and Max mode.

When non-motorized cleaning tools are used, operating times on the single battery charge are:

- Suction Mode I: 60 minutes,

- Suction Mode II: 23 minutes,

- Max Suction Mode: 8 minutes.

Obviously, when powered tools are used, operating time is shorter. For example:

- when Torque Drive Cleaner Head is used in Suction Mode I, maximum operating time is ~35 minutes (instead of 60 minutes),

- when Soft Roller Cleaner Head is used in Suction Mode I, maximum operating time is ~40 minutes (instead of 60 minutes), etc.

When Dyson Cyclone V10 is used in Maximum Suction Mode its operating time is shortest - 'just' 8 minutes when non-motorized tools is used.

But, in Maximum Suction Mode Dyson V10 develops 150 Air Watts of suction and that is easily comparable with large, corded vacuums, except perhaps the strongest ones - for example, Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor Canister Vacuum is corded unit developing impressive 250 Air Watts of suction.

Dyson Cyclone V10 vacuums are powered using Dyson Digital V10 Motors, spinning at 125.000 rpm (almost 2100 rotations per second) ensuring strong suction and smooth airflow.

Whole unit is designed to decrease the noise, however, when the unit is used in Maximum Suction Mode, Dyson V10 is anything but whisper quiet cordless unit. But, considering its 525 Watt motor, noise is more than acceptable.

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Air filtration is based on the G-force generated inside its 14 cyclones. Maximum G-force is up to 79.000g, helping the unit separate vacuumed dirt from the clean air.

Final air filtration is done via washable HEPA air filter.

Dyson Cyclone V10 features 'true' HEPA air filtration - unit is able to capture at least 99.97% of 0.3 microns or larger particles, expelling out practically the clean air, which is very important for people not only with health issues or pets and kids, but also for all other people not wanting vacuumed particles being returned into the vacuumed area.

Depending on the use, HEPA air filter should be washed/rinsed using cold water on a monthly basis. After washing, it should be air dried for at least 24 hours, or until completely dry.

Note: Never, but really never operate the unit with wet/moist filter or with no air filter at all. Such use can damage the the unit and void its 2 year warranty. Dyson Cyclone V10 is simple to use and maintain vacuum, but just in case, when it arrives, be sure to thoroughly read the manual.

Dirt bin is translucent, allowing the user to see the vacuumed dirt. Dirt bin could be larger, especially one found at Motorhead model - dirt bin is comparable in size with dirt bins on other similar convertible cordless units, but Dyson Cyclone V10, despite being cordless, is designed (and priced) as the main vacuum cleaner even for large homes and apartments.

Dirt bin comes with bottom dirt emptying system, helping the user to quickly empty the dirt into the trashcan without ever touching the dirt.

Note: Never overfill the dirt bin (lower than Max Fill Line!) since cyclonic dirt separation system requires some empty space for proper operation.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Battery Replacement

Dyson Cyclone V10 features 7-cells, 25.2 volts lithium nickel-cobalt-aluminum battery, offering fade free power and large number of charging and discharging cycles.

Dyson Cyclone V10 lithium battery is sealed and it should NOT be opened by the user! Also, it should be charged only with the battery charger specifically intended for this battery!

However, Dyson Cyclone V10 battery is not detachable from the unit. According to the Dyson, battery is able to withstand much more than 2 years covered by the unit's warranty. Nonetheless, detachable battery would be nice to have, since some users like to have one spare battery ready to used when the first battery is fully discharged - and this can happen easily when the unit is used in Maximum Suction Mode.

So, if you have issues with your Dyson V10 battery, especially during the warranty period, the only recommended course of action is to contact Dyson to check the battery.

Wall mount is used for both storing and charging of the unit. Smart battery charger is designed to charge empty battery and to keep it charged, with no need to detach the charger from the unit when the battery is fully charged.

Battery status indicator is easily visible by the user and informs the user of current condition of the battery, regardless if the battery is being charged or the unit is being used (battery is being discharged).

Fully discharged battery can be fully charged in ~3.5 hours, which is rather fast charging time. Again, another spare, fully charged battery would be nice option to have!


Dyson Cyclone V10 Cleaning Tools and Attachments

Dyson Cyclone V10 comes with different cleaning tools and attachments, suitable for cleaning surfaces from the floor to the ceiling.

All cleaning heads and cleaning tools may be attached to the cleaning wand or directly to the handheld unit, allowing great flexibility when vacuuming various surfaces.

Cleaning head feature full swivel mechanism and low profile, and in combination with low weight, ensures great maneuverability over various floor types and vacuuming under most beds and sofas.

When being used as stick vacuums for vacuuming floors, Dyson V10 may use three different cleaner heads:

Direct Drive Cleaner Head

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Direct Drive Cleaner Head comes only with the Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead vacuum and is intended for vacuuming various floor surfaces, commonly found at homes and apartments.

Direct Drive Cleaner Head features direct-drive brushroll with two types of bristles, optimized for vacuuming carpets and area rugs. But, it can be also used for vacuuming/dusting large areas of bare floors.

However, Direct Drive Cleaner Head features rather low frontal opening and can have issues when vacuuming, for example, dry pet food and similar dirt.

Torque Drive Cleaner Head

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Torque Drive Cleaner Head also features direct-drive brushroll with two types of bristles for thorough cleaning of bare floors and carpeted areas.

However, Torque Drive Cleaner Head also features adjustable openings at the front of the cleaner head, allowing it to clean even larger debris like dry pet food and similar.

Torque Drive Cleaner Head is available with Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal and Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute vacuums.

Soft Roller Cleaner Head

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Soft Roller Cleaner Head comes only with Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute model.

Soft Roller Cleaner Head features large front opening allowing it to clean, without scattering around, large debris like pet food, rice, and even pasta with ease.

Soft Roller Cleaner Head combines soft woven nylon bristles and anti-static carbon fiber bristle, and is intended for vacuuming of the various hard floors.

Also, when compared with other cleaner heads, Soft Roller Cleaner Head is very gentle and recommended even for sensitive and delicate wooden floors.

None of the three cleaner heads is maintenance free cleaner head - cleaner heads feature transparent cover, allowing the user to check brushroll conditions and to clean them when required from tangled pet and human hair, lint, fibers and similar dirt.


Other cleaning tools that comes with Dyson Cyclone V10 include:

Combination Tool

combination tool

Combination Tool is designed as 2-in-1 cleaning tool, combining Brush cleaning tool and Debris cleaning tool.

When the brush is extended, Combination cleaning tool is used for general cleaning of dry dirt. When the brush is retracted, Debris tool with relatively wide nozzle is exposed. Debris tool is used for vacuuming large dry dirt, like pet food, crumbs and similar.

Crevice Tool

crevice tool

Crevice Tool is long and narrow cleaning tool intended for vacuuming narrow areas, gaps, crevices (hence the name), edges, corners and similar.

Mini Soft Dusting Brush

soft dusting brush

Mini Soft Dusting Brush is used for dusting of sensitive surfaces. As the brush glides over the vacuumed surface, its bristles agitate the dirt which is than removed by the strong suction.

Mini Motorized Tool

mini motorized tool

Mini Motorized Tool features small rotating brushroll, helping the tool to pick up deeply embedded hair and other stubborn dirt from upholstery, car seats, smaller carpets and area rugs, carpeted stairs, pet beds and similar.

Mini Motorized Tool is not maintenance free tool - it is up to the user to periodically clean the brushroll from the tangled hair and lint.

If required, there are other cleaning tools and even cleaning kits and sets that can be ordered later.


Dyson Cordless Vacuums Comparison

Dyson manufactures several cordless vacuums, all featuring lithium ion batteries and similar design.

The following chart lists the most important features and specifications of the recent Dyson's cordless vacuums:

Model Dyson V6 Absolute Dyson V7 Absolute Dyson V8 Absolute Dyson V10 Absolute Dyson V11 Torque Drive
Photo dyson v6 absolute  dyson v7 absolute  dyson v8 absolute  dyson v10 absolute  dyson v11 torque drive 
Max. Operating Time 20 minutes 30 minutes 40 minutes 60 minutes 60+ minutes
Max. Power Mode Operating Time 6 minutes 6 minutes 7 minutes 8 minutes 12 minutes
Max. Suction Power 100 Air Watts 100 Air Watts 115 Air Watts 150 Air Watts 185 Air Wats
Post Motor Air Filter Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Dirt Cup 0.11 gal 0.14 gal 0.14 gal 0.2 gal 0.2 gal
Charging Time 3.5 hours 4 hours 5 hours 3.5 hours 4.5 hours
Weight 5.1 pounds 5.3 pounds 5.75 pounds 5.9 pounds 6.68 pounds
Dimensions 9.8 x 47.5 x 8.2 inches 9.8 x 49 x 8.8 inches 9.8 x 49 x 8.8 inches 10.1 x 49.2 x 9.5 inches 10.28 x 50.63 x 9.84 inches
Amazon Link Dyson V6 Absolute Dyson V7 Absolute Dyson V8 Absolute Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Dyson V11 Torque Drive

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Dyson V8, V7 and V8 are very similar units, while V10 and V11 come with the different air pathways, leading to the improved efficiency.

The most important differences between Dyson's vacuums are:

- Dyson V6 Absolute: dirt cup capacity is 0.11 gal (0.4 liters), maximum operating time using non-motorized cleaning tool is 20 minutes, maximum operating time using Max suction mode is 6 minutes, and the maximum suction is 100 Air Watts.

- Dyson V7 Absolute: dirt cup capacity is increased to 0.14 gal (0.5 liters), maximum operating time in the Normal mode is increased to 30 minutes, maximum operating time using Max suction mode (so-called Burst mode) is 6 minutes, and the maximum suction strength is 100 Air Watts.

- Dyson V8 Absolute: dirt cup capacity is 0.14 gal (0.5 liters), maximum operating time in the Normal mode is increased to 40 minutes, maximum operating time using Max suction mode is 7 minutes, and the maximum suction strength is 115 Air Watts. For more information, check our Dyson V8 Animal vs Dyson V8 Absolute - Models Comparison article.

- Dyson V10 Absolute: dirt cup capacity is increased to 0.2 gal (0.76 liters), it features three suction modes with operating time of up to 60 minutes (lowest power), 23 minutes (medium power) and 8 minutes (burst mode), with maximum suction of 150 Air Watts.

- Dyson V11 Torque Drive: dirt cup capacity is 0.2 gal (0.76 liters), it features operating time of 60+ minutes (Eco mode) and 12 minutes (Boost mode), with maximum suction of 185 Air Watts. Also, unit features so-called Auto/Medium suction mode. For more information, check our Dyson V11 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner - Torque Drive and Animal Models article.

Dyson V8 vs V10 Absolute

dyson cyclone v10 absolute 1Dyson V8 Absolute and Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute feature slightly different design, with Dyson Cyclone V10 having more streamlined air flow, leading to improved efficiency.

Maximum operating time using non-powered cleaning tools of the Dyson V10 is longer (60 minutes vs 40 minutes) and so is the operating time using maximum suction mode (8 vs 7 minutes).

However, Dyson V10 also features medium suction mode (Suction Mode II), while Dyson V8 comes with 'only' two suction modes.

Maximum suction of the Dyson V10 is also improved (150 vs 115 Air Watts), it has larger dirt bin (0.2 vs 0.14 gal) and it is charged faster (3.5 vs 5 hours).

However, Dyson V10 is slightly heavier unit (5.9 vs 5.75 pounds), but additional features IMHO justify weight increase.

List of the cleaning attachments is very similar.

Dyson V8 Absolute features: Direct Drive Cleaner Head, Soft Roller Cleaner Head, Mini Motorized Tool, Mini Soft Dusting Brush, Combination Tool, and Crevice Tool.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute comes with the same list of cleaning tools, except that instead of the Direct Drive Cleaner Head (which comes with Dyson V10 Motorhead), V10 Absolute comes with the improved Torque Drive Cleaner Head.

Which one to buy, Dyson V8 or V10? Well, Dyson V10 is newer and improved model, but also it is slightly more expensive unit. When it appeared on the market, Dyson V8 was top-of-the-line cordless vacuum cleaner and it is still one of the best cordless units on the market. If the price difference is not large, I would personally go for Dyson V10 - it is improved model with the stronger suction, better cleaning tools, larger dirt bin, three suction modes etc.

For more up-to-date offers and prices, feel free to check Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Amazon link (link opens in the new window).