Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Review

From the moment we began testing Dyson V10 Animal, I could not stop loving it. The V-series has always been amazing, so getting our hands on the V10 was a treat.

Being a cordless vacuum it is not the most powerful device we’ve ever used, but the versatility and ease that comes with using this model more than make up for its shortcomings.

It is a pleasure to clean with the V10, and how often can you say that?

Given that its only real downside is the premium price tag, the only thing that could still be improved is to make the battery swappable. Apart from this, Dyson is closing in on vacuum cleaning perfection, where it is hard to find issues.

Rating Overview

Handling - 10
Included Tools - 9.6
General Performance - 9.7
Pet Hair Cleaning Performance - 9.6
Price Performance Ratio - 9.1

9.6

Great!

Given that its only real downside is the premium price tag, the only thing that could still be improved is to make the battery swappable. Apart from this, Dyson is closing in on vacuum cleaning perfection, where it is hard to find issues.

The V10 represents a milestone in the Dyson line.  Not only is it perhaps the best cordless vacuum out there, but it also signals the end of Dyson’s corded upright vacuum cleaners in general.  The company is hoping that owners of the V10 will love it so much they will use it as their only vacuum instead of seeing it as an addition to a main one.

Breaking Down the V10 Animal

For all intents and purposes, the Cyclone V10 is a bigger, better version of the equally cordless Dyson V8. Its motor is more powerful and the dust bin & battery are both bigger.

The design of the Cyclone is both beautiful and functional,  being more practical than the V8.  But it keeps all the great features of the V8 in its lightweight and quiet motor, and is outstanding in its ability to clean, especially for a cordless vacuum.

Difference between the V10 Animal and Absolute

As with the V8, the only difference between these two versions is a single tool. The Absolute comes with a fluffy floor tool which is great for hardwood floors. If you have a lot of that in your home, we recommend picking the Absolute instead of the Animal version, as they are the same thing and thus have the same pet hair cleaning capability.

From Stick to Handheld

Most hand-held vacuums are weak and perform dismally.  They simply do not have the suction needed to clean tangled pet hair from upholstery or eliminate the rogue bit of food from the area around your pet’s dish.

But with the V10 the same suction power used on the floors will be applied to surfaces such as upholstery, stairs, blinds, ceiling fans, and shelves. With one push of a bright red button, the stick becomes a powerful handheld vacuum.

The cleverly designed body is perfected balanced, which means that you can vacuum high or hard to reach places without feeling burdened.

Pet Hair Cleaning

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal is very similar to the V10 Absolute, just with a focus on cleaning pet hair. It does cost less than the Absolute, so if you are a pet owner regularly need to remove pet hair around your home, the features on the Animal will do all you need it to. The strong suction created by the V10’smotor can be set to three different levels at the press of a button.

Dyson anticipates that most people have various floor types in their homes, so each vacuum comes with two different floor heads and four attachments to use in handheld mode.  Switching from stick to handheld could not be easier: simply release the attachment with the click of a button. No twisting or yanking is necessary.

At up to 60 minutes, the battery life of the V10 is made to last even longer than the V8. After cleaning your home of pet dander you can recharge the battery in the convenient wall-mounted charger.

Dyson claims that particles as small as three microns can be cleared using the V10. If you are sensitive to pet hair and dander, or any other airborne allergen for that matter, the main filter will trap those particles perfectly.

We hate nothing more than a dusty “vacuum cleaner smell” after cleaning – the way it used to be in the old days. The air and surfaces of your home are going to be fresher, cleaner and healthier thanks to the high-quality filtration.

V10 Features

The V10 is bursting with improvements and new features. The first to mention is the amazing amount of battery life – a full 60 minutes in standard mode over the 40 minutes the V8 had to offer. That’s a huge improvement and ranks at the high-end among all cordless vacuums out there.

In boost mode, the battery lasts up to 30 minutes. Also, the V10 is introducing a new level of suction with the “Max Boost” mode.  The battery only lasts for 5-10 minutes in this mode, but you are not going to need using it continuously. It is meant for individual spots that really need the extra suction to be cleaned.

Dyson’s batteries are “fade-free,” meaning that as the battery life runs down, performance will not slow or lessen as tends to be the case with other appliances that run on battery.

There is an LED indicator located on the grip handle that gives a rough estimate of battery life remaining. Dyson’s engineers know the value of saving energy and designed the power switch as a trigger.  This ensures that no power is wasted and saves on battery life.

The new design includes a straight air path into the dust bin, which is 40% larger than the one used in the V8. Cleaning the filter is easier, as it is combined with the post-motor in the back of the unit.

A rubber heel allows you to lean the V10 against the wall without the worry of it slipping off. Emptying the bin is a breeze with the “point and shoot” release handle. Simply point the bottom of the bin towards the trash can and pull the release handle.  The contents will shoot out into the trash can, leaving your hands clean.

Dyson has managed to make the V10 even lighter than the V8, yet it has more power in the motor. This allows the model to pick up even more dirt and dust while remaining lightweight.

This new V10 “digital motor” was specifically engineered to bring a powerful punch in a smaller package.  The Cyclone’s motor gives us a higher RPM, which combined with a new impeller, ceramic shaft and overlapping vanes results in 20% extra airflow.  Essentially, that means more suction with less weight.

How Does the V10 Perform?

So how do all these improvements made by Dyson really stack up?

We decided to test the Cyclone V10 against the V8 to compare cleaning performance. On one patch of carpet, I first used the V8, then vacuumed the same patch again with the V10. I checked to see if the second pass with the V10 picked anything up.

On a second patch of carpet I used the V10 first, then did a second pass with the V8.  Now I could compare the different amount of debris picked up.

On the first patch of carpet, the V10 picked up as much dirt on the second pass as the V8 did on the first pass. On the second patch of carpet, the V8 collected far less on the second pass.

This is a good indication of the increased cleaning power of the V10.  There are still two other levels of suction that you can use, but I have not actually felt the need to use them. We test our vacuums in our real homes as well, and even there we generally stick to the standard mode.

But performance is just one aspect of a good vacuum. Flexibility and usability are just as important. Given the accessories, compact size, and low weight, the Cyclone V10 doesn’t disappoint there either. The improved design allows for the V10 to fit into narrow gaps and under large or low objects such as sofas and bookshelves.

The Direct Drive motorized floor head is also more powerful than the V8’s, with less jittering when pulled back against the carpet pile. The smoother movement across the carpet results in improved maneuverability.  The Cyclone, despite its name, is also much quieter than the V8.

Overall there are some commendable improvements this model has to offer. It’s crazy, but we appear to have reached a point where top vacuums are getting so good that I find it hard to see any issues with them at all. The only real drawback is the much higher price point over the V8. That, of course, explains the quality.

Conclusion

As with most Dyson products, the Cyclone V10 Animal (and Absolute) are remarkable vacuums that have much thought and affection put into their design.

Their cleaning capability is beyond compare among cordless vacuums. We find the accessories are practical and well designed.

Yes, this model is a big investment. Oher manufacturer’s cordless vacuums are generally much more affordable. But the V10 is one amazing, powerful cleaner, performing better than even many corded vacuums.

We recommend avoiding the purchase of the Total Clean package: the V10 has everything you are going to need.

Among our team, we agree that is the best cordless vacuum on the market and the best model that Dyson has yet made. In fact, I find it difficult to foresee how they could improve upon this design in whatever the next version is going to be.

Pros

  • Three different suction modes
  • Cleaner head smoother and more efficient
  • Bigger dust bin
  • 60 minutes of battery life

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Max mode eats the battery
  • Battery can’t be swapped
  • Makes your neighbors jealous 🙂

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Sleek and stylish – the V-series has always shown bulky vacuums what the future looks like.

Dyson’s promo video of the V8 is equally true for the V10 and gives a fantastic overview of all its functions in 1 minute. Check it out!

Dyson always includes a bunch of accessories that can deal with all circumstances.

Lightweight and as thin as a mop, the V10 has very good handling.

You can turn the V10 into a handheld cleaner.

The motor head does a fine job at picking up everything in its path.

Emptying the dust bin is entirely clean and easy.