Expert review of the Dyson V11 Absolute
Dyson V11 Absolute
- 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
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
- Wall mount
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
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
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
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.
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.