Written by Nadie

Expert review of the Dyson V11 Absolute

Dyson has a new stick vacuum, the V11. This stick vacuum has features that make it better than its predecessors. For example, it has a digital display giving you information on its vacuuming performance. One of the models even has a nozzle that automatically adjusts the suction power to the floor. Does it work? I tried out the Dyson V11 Absolute for a few weeks to see.

Dyson V11 Absolute

Automatically adjusts the suction power | 60 minutes of vacuuming | LCD screen with vacuuming information
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  • The LCD screen instantly gives you information on the suction setting, remaining battery life, and any error messages.
  • The powerful motor and innovative air flow let you vacuum up to 60 minutes in 1 go in the lowest setting with motorized attachments.
  • The included Torque nozzle automatically adjusts the suction power to the floor type, and you receive a soft brush for delicate wooden floors.
  • You receive a useful clip to attach the accessories to the stick, so you'll have them nearby when you're vacuuming.
  • With a noise level of 84 decibels, this stick vacuum is very noisy.

From the box

Unpack Dyson V11

This stick vacuum is a real beauty, but its high price also raises my expectations. Once I've unpacked everything and put it on the floor, I see the following:

  • The stick
  • Motor and dust container
  • Floor nozzle
  • Soft floor nozzle
  • Small mini brush
  • Crevice tool
  • 2-in-1 accessory
  • Upholstery brush
  • Soft dusting brush
  • Charger
  • Wall mount
  • Manual

First round

Dyson V11 accessory clip

I easily click the components together and immediately take it for a spin in the living room. I notice that the stick vacuum very smoothly glides over the floor. It feels very maneuverable and it's easy to take turns. It's also easy for me to circle chair legs, and I can put the vacuum flat on the floor to reach underneath the couch. There's a clip on the stick that holds the accessories. It allows me to vacuum some cookie crumbs from the couch while I'm at it.

Vacuum data on the LCD display

LCD display Dyson V11

The first thing I notice is the display on the back of the vacuum. I don't recognize it from other Dyson stick vacuums, so I'm curious. There's a booklet stuck to the stick vacuum containing more information, which is very useful. While I'm vacuuming, the display gives me information on the battery life and vacuum setting. The battery life is even indicated down to the second.

Automatic floor nozzle

Automatic floor nozzle Dyson V11 stick vacuum

I already read something about the automatic Torque floor nozzle in the booklet on the stick vacuum. Supposedly, it means that whenever I put the stick vacuum in 'auto mode', the suction power is automatically adjusted to suit the surface. I move from my laminate flooring to the carpet. I hear the suction power increasing while the battery life decreases. This way, you can vacuum in the right setting to optimally use the battery. Keep in mind, though, that only the V11 Absolute has this function.

3 different vacuum settings

Vacuum settings Dyson V11 stick vacuum

Besides the automatic setting, the display shows 2 other vacuum settings. I use the round button to switch between them. I have a basic laminate floor at home, so the lowest setting (eco) is sufficient for me. I change the suction power to 'auto'. I hear the suction power increasing and I instantly see a different battery life. That's useful! The 'boost' setting packs a punch. I think it's useful when you need to remove pet hairs from the rug, but I won't need it at home.


Automatically adjusts the suction power | 60 minutes of vacuuming | LCD screen with vacuuming information
temporarily sold out

The Dyson V11 is impressive and I'm very enthusiastic about it. As with its predecessors, the cleaning results are very good. I didn't use my regular vacuum once during the 3 weeks I had the Dyson at home. The LCD display is a great addition, and I think the automatic floor nozzle is very useful. If I had to name one negative, it's that these are all things that you can expect for that price. I'll have to save a bit more money before I can afford it.

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