When it comes to vacuum cleaners, one brand stands apart from the crowd – Dyson. Starting with the V6 way back when, the Dyson cordless handsticks quickly became coveted household items, thanks to their sleek, good looks and ease of use. By 2018, when Dyson announced the Cyclone V10, the company was convinced it had a goldmine right there and decided to stop making corded vacuum cleaners.

A year later, with the Dyson V11 range on shelves, it was evident that the brand wasn’t slowing its innovative spree, producing engineering marvels with each generation of vacuum cleaner.

Despite their similar design aesthetics, not all Dysons are made equal. Then again, it’s very hard to go wrong even if you choose to buy an older model. Admittedly the V11 is more powerful than the V10, but if your budget isn’t going to stretch as far, you’ll find the V10 can also hold its own.

So, what’s different about the two models and what has stayed the same?



Dyson V10 vs Dyson V11: what hasn’t changed


The one obvious answer is the design. Other than the colour scheme across the different models, it’s hard to tell the V10 and V11 apart. But that’s not all.

  1. Dustbin: Both the V10 and V11 models have the same canister. The emptying mechanism changed in the V10 – going from a trapdoor below the canister (in the V7 and V8 models) to a point-and-shoot mechanism where the telescopic tube fits in. Of course, the size of the canister is different in the V11 Outsize models, but the base V11 range takes its cues from the V10.
  2. Radial cyclones: There are 14 cyclone cones arranged around the top of the handheld barrel near the filter. Together, they produced a huge amount of G-force to keep the filter from clogging up with dirt, while also making sure the dust and debris is forced into the bin.
  3. 60-minute battery life: Dyson promises that both handsticks will run for a top of 60-minutes without compromising on suction power. In reality, both models are capable of going a little over the 60-minute mark, but that also depends on the power mode you use and the attachments you’ve got fixed. The advantage that the V11 offers is its ability to deep clean for longer periods of time than the V10 – up to about 40 minutes.

As with all Dyson handsticks, both the V10 and the V11 convert into handheld units for cleaning up your car, boat or furniture. The number of additional tools in the box will depend on which model of the V10 and the V11 you buy (there are a few of each available in Australia), but there are more differences between the two.



Dyson V10 vs V11: what are the differences?


From a new motorised cleaning head to a digital display – there’s a lot more the V11 offers over the V10 if your budget stretches to the newer model’s premium price tag.

  1. High Torque cleaner head: Where the V10 comes with the Direct Drive motorised cleaning attachment, the V11 comes with what Dyson calls the High Torque cleaner head. This is also motorised, but the bar brush spins faster at 60 times a second to capture fine dust from carpet fibres and hard floors.
  2. Suction power: Both the V10 and the V11 are powerful machines, but the latter has better airflow through the cleaning head and the wand as compared to the V10. That means there’s more suction when moving over carpets and rugs.
  3. Digital display: All the models in the Dyson V11 range have a digital display that shows what power mode you’re using, the battery level and the performance of the motor.
  4. Motor: The older V10 model uses a Dyson V10 digital motor that’s pretty powerful. An engineering feat has made the Hyperdymium motor in the V11 even more powerful by spinning at 125,000rpm and thus offering more suction over the V10.
  5. Clip-on battery: 60 minutes not enough runtime? While you’re stuck with that number with the V10, the V11 allows you to clip in a new battery. Available to purchase separately, the V11’s handle has a button to release the existing battery pack to be replaced by another fully charged one.



Dyson V10 vs Dyson V11: which is better?


Even though Dyson has carried on improving its vacuum cleaners with each generation, the older models are still pretty darn good, even the V7 and V8. And considering the Dyson V10 comes with significant improvements over the V8 means it’s a powerful and efficient beast. But that also means that being newer, the Dyson V11 is even better than the V10.

While the V11 offers a few more advantages over the V10 – like better suction, longer deep-clean runtime and a better cleaning tool – which model you choose will depend on how far your budget stretches.

As an older model, the V10 is definitely more affordable than the V11. In fact, some versions of the V11 (like the Outsize) carry an eye-watering four-figure price tag. In contrast, the V10 models retail for around AU$899 and can be had for lesser during a sale.

Whichever Dyson handstick you do decide to get though will work marvellously well on any kind of floor.