Among the best cordless stick vacuums for tile floors, the Dyson V11 is the best because it features a stick vacuum design and a powerful battery that can last over an hour on a single charge.
Our top pick for the best vacuum for tile floors and pet hair is the Dyson Cordless Vacuum because of its 60-minute run time, which means it is designed for homes with pets.
Dyson is the leading brand for floorcare in the UK and in 65 countries where it operates. We’ve followed the progress of Dyson’s flagship V series over the last decade, and we’re confident that the brand’s latest device will be the best yet, in terms of power, run-time, features, and usability.
With a few new features, the V11 Absolute builds upon the design of the V10 range. There’s a substantial 45 AirWatts boost at its highest power setting (now running at 185AW) and the run-time extends to over 60 minutes at its lowest setting.
It’s all about the color LCD display with detailed information and graphic guides, which makes the High-Torque floor head a stylish tool that’s the only tool you’ll ever need.
Due to upgrades to its battery, it now tips our scales just over 3kg, which is slightly heavier than its predecessor. Are the extra cleaning capabilities worth the weight? Do you think the overall package is worth the cost? To find out, we put the Dyson V11 Absolute through its paces.
Pricing and availability
The V11 Absolute isn’t cheap, as Dyson’s flagship machine. This is one of the most expensive cordless vacuums on the market at £599 / $699.99 / AU$1,199.
You have some alternative options if that’s too rich for your blood. In Australia, Torque Drive sells for £499.99 / $599.99 / AU$1,099 and the V11 Animal (twice as much as the V10), which has a different main head and one fewer tool, or one of the V10 models for £399.99 / $499.99 / AU$799.
The V11 Absolute is far and away the most affordable cordless vacuum on the market. A competitor is Shark’s most expensive cordless stick cleaner, the IZ251UKT, which is available for £479.99. Germany’s Miele recently introduced a new range of cordless vacuums, including the Triflex HX1 Pro, making the V11 Absolute seem like a bargain at 679 dollars.
Vax, another big name in the floorcare industry, recently released the Blade 4, priced at £219.99, close to a third less than the top-specced V11.
Features and design
Unlike many other vacuum cleaners today, the Dyson V11 Absolute stands out thanks to its electric blue wand, which stands out nicely against the dark gray of the accessories and main body, as well as the large LCD screen.
It’s also worth mentioning that the V11 Absolute’s design is completely symmetrical, so it can be used by left-handed and right-handed people alike. Additionally, there is a handy wand storage clip, which lets you carry an extra tool or two around.
By pressing the single mode button, you can select three power settings: Eco, Auto/Medium – effectively the ‘standard’ setting, and Boost. In the Auto/Medium mode, the V11 automatically adjusts its power depending on the type of floor by pairing it with the High Torque cleaner head. There are also the soft roller cleaner head, a mini motorized tool, a crevice tool, and a quick-release mini soft dusting brush. The charger is included as well.
In spite of the V11’s higher power, the runtime of up to 60 minutes is the same as its predecessor, and it’s accompanied by a trigger switch that eliminates the battery waste caused by the motor running when the machine isn’t being used. You can remove the filter and floor heads for cleaning and empty the V11 without getting your hands dirty. Just pull the lever and the 0.76-liter bin pops open, tossing the dirt directly into the bin.
In a first for Dyson, the Dyson V11 has an LCD screen that displays how much runtime you have left in the selected cleaning mode, tells you if the filter needs cleaning, and alerts you if there are any blockages.
In addition to a useful ‘What you need to know’ guide adhered to the bin, the Dyson V11 Absolute comes with a quick guide covering the three cleaning modes and how to empty the bin, which is great for those who want to get right to work, once they unbox the machine.
The Dyson V11 Absolute, weighing 3.3kg with the wand and the soft roller cleaner attached, feels light to use, despite being a little heavier than its predecessors. The placement of the battery makes the cleaner feel perfectly balanced when you’re sweeping, and the extra weight is barely felt when you’re vacuuming. You can use the High Torque cleaner head or soft roller cleaner head to clean carpets and hard floors with the V11, and you won’t have a problem cleaning under furniture thanks to its articulated design.
For the oats test, we used the soft roller cleaner head, which is designed for hard floors, with soft bristles and a velvet-like covering for the roller, on Auto/Medium power settings. The V11 scooped up 100% of the oats in just one slow pass, and did the same on Eco mode. In order to clean the carpet, we used the High Torque cleaner head on the Auto/Medium setting, and one slow forward and backward pass cleared the carpet freshener and talc.
We moved on to testing the V11 Absolute with pet hair, and found that it cleaned the hair off the rug without much effort – the results were equally apparent when examining the amount of hair collected in the bin, demonstrating its usefulness as a cordless cleaner.
Using the mini motorized tool instead of the High Torque head and wand we tackled the sofas. It’s not the most convenient setup with the tool connected directly to the cylinder, but it’s well balanced and relatively light, only weighing over 2kg. It also picked up pet hairs quickly. By changing the heads, the timer also demonstrated its smarts, with the display of the remaining runtime changing according to the changed power requirements.
It is also easy to clean stairs using the V11 Absolute, with the mini motorized tool, which was able to power our test flight with ease and clean down to the corners.
We got just under 41 minutes of use on the Med setting with the soft roller cleaner head and 60 minutes on the Eco setting, giving us plenty of time to get the job done, despite how effective the suction is even on the lowest setting. In addition to displaying a message when there is a blockage, the LCD screen also shows how to fix it, which is extremely useful.
Emptying the bin is not as difficult as it initially appears, as all the dirt and debris comes out without you having to poke around and get dirty.
Dyson’s V11 Absolute offers numerous handy features, including an easy-empty bin and an LCD screen that provides useful information. This suction cleaner is easy on the arm, delivers strong suction even in the lowest power mode, and has a generous runtime so you can get plenty done before the battery needs to be recharged. You can easily adjust the power settings (in Auto/Medium mode the V11 Absolute will automatically adjust the suction for different floor types to ensure optimal performance) and the LCD screen lets you know how much time is left.
The Dyson V11 is one of the most expensive cordless vacuums on the market, but if you’re looking for a cleaner that’s very effective and easy to use, and can afford the price tag, it’s well worth it.