I found out about this vacuum when our work vacuum died and my boss brought in his from home and bought the v11 for himself. The one at work is V6 and I was instantly happy with it. I figured if the v6 is that good, now imagine the higher number ones. So I bought myself the v10 because the v11 had a feature i didn't need and wasn't worth paying the extra money for something I didn't need. I'm very happy with the v10. I used it when I first moved in to my apartment and after a professional carpet cleaning and I was blown away with how much dust it pulled out the carpet. Weirdly satisfying to see how much it pulled out. That's dust i won't be breathing in.
The Dyson V10 Animal is packaged in a diminutive box with clear instructions on how to assemble and operate. Having owned a V7 for a few years, this unit feels just as solid as any Dyson product but with one major caveat… it feels massively better in-hand & in use compared to its predecessors AND the competition. Not blowing smoke here… this design is a major step forward… as I will explain.
Setup was simple and straightforward. Assembling the few pieces were simple and required little effort. The unit comes with an internal battery pack that is rated to run up to 1 full hour on the lowest power setting. If there is an Achilles heel to Dyson stick products it is the mere fact that the batteries are concealed and non-removable. We assembled this beast in less than 5 minutes and proceeded to top off the battery – which took just under 2 hours. Being the ‘pet version’, this system comes with a full array of attachments which should please most pet owners.
The controls on the handle easy to identify and easy to use. No electronic switches for speed and surface control like the next big competitor but the switch action is positive & precise.
Two big drawbacks of the previous versions – in addition to the limited run-time and non-removable battery situation – has been noise and balance. And this is where I believe the Dyson engineers were put to the task of rethinking their design and did so in spectacular form.
There are three power (or motor speed) settings in the V10 and all are effective depending on the task at hand. We noticed straight away that even at the lowest setting this new design was extremely good at picking up even solid mass debris like sand and kibbles. To be quite honest, in the two weeks of usage we rarely found an instance where we needed to implement the highest power setting.
The redesign is just that good. The only time we found that the Max speed is preferred is when we wanted to really give our area rugs a solid thrashing, with the deepest extraction. And in that respect the V10 Animal doesn't disappoint. And the bonus here is that even at its lowest setting, the noise factor is a complete non-issue. The engineers struck Gold with this facet of the design change. In all honesty all three speeds are relatively quiet with the ‘Max’ setting still pleasant in use. I’ve always complained about the noise factor with Dyson ‘sticks’ and am pleased to see such advancement. Our dog approves too! Everyone has a different level of sensitivity to noise & pitch - but from my perspective - that annoying high pitched whine problem is a thing of the past with Dyson.
Having a look at the overall construction of the V10 compared to our aging V7, my best guess is that there is a more direct or linear flow-through approach to the design, from head to exhaust and a better designed motor in situ. And with the much larger dust bin cylinder in an inline, flow-thru orientation as well - compared to the older transverse design – kudos to the design team for this bit of ingenuity. The larger capacity bin is easier to empty with an intuitive latch control and slide-forward eject action. Brilliant!
The other huge step forward in this design is the overall weight balance of the vacuum in hand and the more smooth & precise swivel action of the cleaning head. The unit is definitely heavier in its design but that increase in mass is masked by a very well balanced layout. Again, more brilliant engineering prowess from the Dyson team.
There are three-stage led indicators in a clear line-of-sight position that shows the battery level in use, a smooth activating trigger button and a logical position for the charging connector. Small things in the bigger scheme of things but worth noting.
These trendy robot Frisbees got nothing on a beast like this.
I’ve written quite a few reviews over the past 18 months and I have to admit that this review has been the most exciting to do because of the sheer magnitude of the design improvements presented. Sure it’s just a vacuum cleaner but it far superior to anything Dyson has released previously and we’ve used and/or owned a few since 1999. Noise abatement, ergonomics and usability have all been massively improved and make the chore of vacuuming a pleasant experience – with noise factor probably being the biggest, noticeable advancement.
Ditch the robot and move around a little – in comfort.
Ease of setup.
Extremely quiet for its cleaning ability.
Does an excellent job of cleaning compared to the previous generation – even at the lowest setting.
Plenty of reserve battery power.
Excellent balance and comfortable to use.
Larger capacity dust bin that is easier to empty.
And did I mention – It’s extremely quiet to use for its cleaning ability/
Non-removable battery tech.
We cannot recommend this product enough – at just about any price.
It’s just that good.
As soon as I got home I put it together in no time and started to test it out. I had just vacuumed my area rug earlier this week but wanted to see how it does on rugs. All I can say is WOW gross!! It filled up by just vacuuming my rug. It picked up so much dirt and hair that my old vacuum had left behind. If you’re like me and think “my old vacuum is probably just as good” think again. It isn’t.
I recall growing up and my grandmother having a vaccum cleaner that was so intimidating it made you not want to make a mess because you feared how easily it would be to notice we walked on her clean carpet.
Those days it was a large clunky machine with a paper bag. This Dyson Animal cord-free is of the future that I bet my grandma dreamt about! I'm giddy about a vacuum and that's okay! Right?
Overall this little guy is doing wonders. I have three dogs with short and prickly hair. You'll see my Frenchie here. In a matter of minutes and about five square feet the Dyson v10 collected hair I didn't even see on my tile. Again, grandma would be disappointed in me but proud of this machine.
Set up of course as always was easy, and the attachments are so simple to switch out. Besides the large cleaner head, I absolutely love the mini motorized tool. It's a compact version of the cleaner head that I can use on my cloth car seats where a lot of dog hair accumulates but is hard to remove.
This is why I repeatedly come back to Dyson because when I think they couldn't perfect something they go and add more power behind such a sleek tool. Right off the bat it revved up and gave me options on how strong the suction I wanted to use. THat comes in handy with my area rugs which have caused issues with other vacuums. The dogs and I are definitely fans of this Dyson (it cleans the areas they sit in and it is going to help with my allergies)! I can't imagine a large corded version of this Dyson!
Go get this and surprise grandma, I think I am!
Dyson has a winner with their new design of the Cyclone V10. I own the Motorhead V7 which fell short in a few areas, fortunately Dyson has addressed these issues and now has hands down, the best cordless vacuum I have seen.
To start the V10 offers up to 60 minutes of run time on the base setting of the three modes. Dyson refers to it as ‘base’ instead of low for good reason, it has strong suction even at the lowest setting thanks to the 125,000 RPM ceramic shaft digital motor and the 14 cyclones. I only found myself switching to the higher powerful suction setting when vacuuming hard to reach places. The maximum setting only provided me with 7 minutes of continuous runtime, but I rarely found a need to switch it to that mode. For most of your day to day cleaning the base setting will provide plenty of power and battery life. I feel at the medium (powerful) setting the V10 outperforms my V7 in MAX, which says a lot about the performance of the new motor Dyson has built into the V10.
In addition to the improved performance and battery life, the V10 has a redesigned dust bin/cyclone rotating it 90 degrees. For the most part I liked the change. I feel the vacuum is better balanced and now has increased bin capacity. The bin also can be removed to be cleaned further, another short coming of many cordless vacs I have owned. I am also pleased that Dyson has a removable HEPA filter that can be easily cleaned as well. Though I wouldn’t recommend resting it against a wall, the V10 stays in place thanks to the rubber added to the base of the vacuum and the bottom of the torque drive head. The motorized torque drive head on my model does a great job of cleaning my thick pile rugs on base suction (the V7 would stall on the rugs) without hanging, though it is a bit tall to fit under some of my cabinets. Fortunately, the parts are interchangeable with my V7, a plus if you already own a lower profile head. In addition to the torque drive cleaner head, the Dyson v10 animal includes a great variety of other attachments such as the mini motorized tool, mini soft dusting brush, crevice tool, and combination tool; all of which are easily changed with a one had release button.
Other improvements include battery/clean filter/clog indicators, contoured handle, and faster charging at 3.5 hours. The only negative remark I have is the battery is not removable or user replaceable, but that is hardly a reason to discredit Dyson on what is otherwise a fantastic vacuum. If you are looking for the best cordless vacuum currently on the market, the Dyson V10 is the one to beat.
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A:AnswerHi Lynn, this is Krystal with Dyson. Thank you for your interest in the Dyson Cyclone V10. The Dyson cordless do not require the docking station to charge. You can bypass the dock and charge it by using just the wall charger.
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A:AnswerThe soft roller is meant for hard surfaces such as tile or wood. From the reviews I've read online, they do get dirty and kind of nasty in a fairly quick order. I personally don't believe it's worth the extra 100 dollars to go from the Animal to the Absolute just for that one roller.
A:AnswerHi Nick, this is Krystal with Dyson. Thank you for your interest in the Dyson Cyclone V10. This model does not include the soft roller cleaner head. However, one can be purchased separately. The cleaner head that is included is compatible with bare floors as well.
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A:AnswerHello Christine, this is Kelly with Dyson. The Dyson Cyclone V10 vacuums have a post-motor filter. However all Dyson Cyclone V10 vacuums have whole-machine filtration, which means the machine is able to capture microscopic particles. The highly efficient post-motor filter provides and whole machine filtration, which also allows the vacuum's filter to capture 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns, expelling cleaner air than the air you breathe.
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