Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Aug 20, 2020 at 08:02 am
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Picture
8.3
Bare Floor
7.9
Low-Pile Carpet
7.6
High-Pile Carpet
9.1
Pets
8.3
Stairs
8.3
Cars
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is an overall great cordless stick/handheld vacuum. It's suitable for a variety of different jobs, as it can easily configure into a handheld model to access more difficult-to-reach areas such as the inside of your car, and it also comes with a wide variety of specialized tools and brushes, such as a 180-degree extension tool. It's able to clean up all kinds of debris on bare floors without too much of a problem, and it also does a great job on low as well as high-pile carpet, although it struggles a bit more to pick up small and large debris from carpeted surfaces. However, it has a plasticky build quality that doesn't feel very sturdy. Its hose range can also be a little limiting for some cleaning uses as it's quite short.

Our Verdict

8.3 Bare Floor

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is great for bare floors. It easily picks up pet hair as well as small and large debris, and it has good maneuverability. However, it has a plasticky build that doesn't feel very sturdy. There are also a lot of parts that need ongoing maintenance. Luckily, there are virtually no recurring costs.

Pros
  • Cleans up all pet hair across surface types.
  • Easily picks up small and large debris.
  • Comes with a lot of tools and brushes.
  • Good maneuverability.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality requires a lot of maintenance.
7.9 Low-Pile Carpet

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is very good for low-pile carpet. It picks up pet hair as well as most small and large debris quite easily and it has good maneuverability, especially as it can be used as a handheld vacuum. However, it has a mediocre build quality and there are several parts that need to be regularly maintained. On the upside, there are no virtually recurring costs as long as you properly maintain it.

Pros
  • Cleans up all pet hair across surface types.
  • Picks up most small and large debris on carpeted surfaces.
  • Comes with a lot of tools and brushes.
  • Good maneuverability.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality requires a lot of maintenance.
7.6 High-Pile Carpet

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is good for high-pile carpet. While it struggles a bit more with small and large debris on this surface type, it easily cleans up all pet hair without a problem. On the downside, it has a mediocre build quality and doesn't really feel all that sturdy. It also has a lot of ongoing maintenance needs but as long as you properly take care of the vacuum, it has virtually no recurring costs.

Pros
  • Cleans up all pet hair across surface types.
  • Picks up most small and large debris on carpeted surfaces.
  • Comes with a lot of tools and brushes.
  • Good maneuverability.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality requires a lot of maintenance.
9.1 Pets

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is exceptional for pets. It can clean up pet hair from all surface types with little problem and its handheld configuration makes it easy to clean pet beds. Although its build quality is quite mediocre and a lot of its parts need ongoing maintenance, it has a clip-on design so you can quickly add or remove parts. This vacuum also has virtually no recurring costs, which is nice.

Pros
  • Cleans up all pet hair across surface types.
  • Comes with a lot of tools and brushes.
  • Good maneuverability.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality requires a lot of maintenance.
8.3 Stairs

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is great for stairs. This lightweight, cordless vacuum can easily go up and down stairs, and although its hose has a short reach, you can always configure the vacuum into a handheld mode if you want a closer clean. It does an overall outstanding job on bare floors and it's great on carpets too. However, its build quality doesn't seem the most sturdy and parts could crack if dropped.

Pros
  • Cleans up all pet hair across surface types.
  • Can be configured into a handheld vacuum.
  • Comes with a lot of tools and brushes.
  • Good maneuverability.
Cons
  • Short hose range.
  • Mediocre build quality requires a lot of maintenance.
8.3 Cars

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is impressive for cars. Thanks to its handheld configuration and wide assortment of tools and brushes, you can reach difficult-to-reach corners and clean stuck-on dirt without too much of a fuss. It can pick up pet hair as well as most small and large debris from low-pile carpets. On the downside, it has a plasticky design that doesn't feel very sturdy and it doesn't have any on-board tool storage, so you need to make sure you have everything at hand if you're away from its charging rack.

Pros
  • Cleans up all pet hair across surface types.
  • Can be configured into a handheld vacuum.
  • Comes with a lot of tools and brushes.
  • Good maneuverability.
Cons
  • Short hose range.
  • Mediocre build quality requires a lot of maintenance.
  • 8.3 Bare Floor
  • 7.9 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.6 High-Pile Carpet
  • 9.1 Pets
  • 8.3 Stairs
  • 8.3 Cars

Check Price

Pink & Purple Cyclone V10 Absolute
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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute has only okay build quality. Just like the Dyson V8 Animal and Dyson V7 Animal, it has a mostly plastic build with a colorful, lightweight metal wand. However, it isn't the most sturdy-feeling, and its plastic dirt compartment especially feels like it could crack if dropped. That being said, everything is easy and intuitive to clip together, even if there are a lot of parts.

6.0
Design
User Maintenance

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is mediocre to maintain. While it's designed to make maintenance easy, there's a lot of parts that need regular cleaning. Take a look at the JASHEN V16 if you want a stick/handheld vacuum with fewer parts that need to be taken care of.

  • Dirt compartment: The dirt compartment is fairly small and needs frequent emptying. Debris can also spread while you're emptying it. To get to the dirt compartment, you need to remove the wand and cyclone.
  • Lint screen: Depending on your usage, you need to clean this screen when necessary by using a damp cloth to remove debris. You can only access this part once the dirt compartment is removed.
  • HEPA filter: This filter needs to be washed once a month with cold water or when the filter maintenance indicator lights up. This part is located on the top of the vacuum and can be accessed when twisted counter-clockwise to unlock and remove.
  • Motorized head and tool: When necessary, you can clean the motorized head and tool by using a coin to unlock its side cover and slide out the brushroll. You can clean this part whenever there are hair wraps by using scissors or your hands.
  • Soft roller cleaner head: There are two brushrolls that can be unlocked by a coin. If there are any hair wraps, you can remove them by hand or with scissors. You can also wash this part with cold water.
  • Turbo brush: Just like the motorized head, you can clean this part by removing hair wraps with scissors or your hands.

Any part washed with water needs to air dry for 24 hours before using it again.

10
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
969082-01
HEPA Filter Part Number
969082-01

Just like most other Dysons, this vacuum has virtually no recurring costs, which is outstanding. The filter is expected to last the lifetime of the vacuum as long as it's maintained. However, if any parts break or need replacing, you can purchase them directly from Dyson's website.

6.7
Design
Storing
Height
46.85 in (119.0 cm)
Width
9.84 in (25.0 cm)
Depth
11.81 in (30.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is okay to store. It has a rack station, which holds up your vacuum when not in use. It also allows you to store up to two tools directly on the station. The vacuum itself can't hold any extra tools.

6.8
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.12 gal (0.45 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute's dirt compartment is okay. It's larger than that of the Dyson V8 Animal, but it still fairly small and needs frequent emptying. Luckily, there's an indicator which lets you know when the compartment's full.

Design
In The Box

  • Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute vacuum
    • Dirt compartment
    • HEPA filter
    • Wand
    • Vacuum User Guide
  • Various tools and brushes
    • Soft roller vacuum head with soft roller brush and rear brush bar
    • Motor vacuum head with motorized brush roller
    • Small dusting brush
    • Crevice tool with flexible extender
    • Dirt brush
    • 180-degree pivot extender
    • Soft bristle brush
    • Crevice tool
    • Extension hose
    • Motorized brush (with removable mini brushroll)
  • Docking station
    • Installation manual
    • Guide and screws
    • Charging cable

6.8
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
2.00 ft (0.61 m)

While the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is cordless and has an unlimited range, its hose length is quite short, which can be a bit of a pain if you need a longer reach.

8.1
Design
Portability
Total Weight
5.97 lbs (2.71 kg)
Weight In Hand
3.68 lbs (1.67 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute has great portability. It's lighter than the Dyson V11 Animal and it doesn't feel very heavy in your hand. It also has a carrying handle, which makes it easier to bring with you to different rooms.

7.2
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
9 min.
Maximum Battery Life
63 min.
Recharge Time
165 min.
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

This vacuum's battery performance is decent. On 'Suction 1' mode and with the main power head attached to the wand, its battery can last just over an hour. However, if you have a more difficult mess to clean, you need to do it quickly, as with 'BOOST' mode, the battery lasts less than 10 minutes without the wand or any power tools attached. Luckily, there are three LED lights on the vacuum's body that let you know when your battery is running low.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
No

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute has a few extra features. It has three power modes that change its suction: 'Suction 1', which has the longest battery life, 'Suction 2', which is a balanced mode to clean bare floors and carpets, and 'BOOST' mode, which is for intensive ground-in dirt cleaning. There's also a filter light as well as a blockage light indicator.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
Yes
Crevice Tool
Yes
Upholstery Tool
Yes
Soft Bristle Brush
Yes
Hard Bristle Brush
Yes
Extension Wand
Yes
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute comes with a lot of tools that easily clip onto the wand, hose, or vacuum. The hard bristle brush can retract to become the upholstery brush while the flexible crevice tool can extend and connect to the small dusting brush. There's also a harder bristle brush for stubborn dirt as well as a 180-degree extension cleaner, which can help you clean high-up places.

Design
Alternative Configuration

You can use this vacuum as either a sick vacuum or in its handheld mode by detaching the wand.

Performance
9.4
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
97 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
98 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
99 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "BOOST"

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute has an outstanding performance on bare floors. It can pick up pet hair as well as small debris easily. However, while it can clean up large debris, some debris can get stuck at the entry point near the head, especially when using the soft brush roll head. It should also be noted that this issue also happens with the motorized brush roll, but less frequently.

8.7
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
87 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
87 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
82 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
85 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "BOOST"

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is excellent on low-pile carpet. It's able to easily pick up pet hair and most small and large debris. It also performs consistency regardless of how much debris is in its dirt compartment.

8.0
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
66 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
58 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
63 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
59 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "BOOST"

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is great on high-pile carpet. Just like on low-carpet, it's able to pick up all pet hair. However, it struggles a lot more with small and large debris and it may take you several passes to fully clean an area.

7.5
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Ok
Under Low Table
Ok
On Furniture
Excellent
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Excellent

This vacuum has good maneuverability. Thanks to its lightweight design and plastic wheels, it can easily move around the room with little problem. However, since there's no tool storage on-board, you need to make sure you have the brush you want to use on hand. When cleaning under a couch or table, the filter can get in the way if you're not crouched and can hit your wrist. The vacuum can also get stuck on a rug tassel, even on a lower setting, but you shouldn't have too much of a problem on thicker rugs or cables.

Automation
0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
No
Schedule Programming
No
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
No App

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute has no automation features.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Dyson Cyclone V10 also comes in several other variants with a different amount of brushes and tools included. They also have different wand colors, but we expect our results to be valid for the other color variants as well.

Model Name Parts Included Wand Color Notes
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Soft roller vacuum head, motor vacuum head with motorized brush roller, small dusting brush, crevice tool, dirt brush, 180-degree pivot extender, soft bristle brush, crevice tool, extension hose, motorized brush (with removable mini brushroll) Orange or Pink & Purple Discontinued 
Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Motorhead, mini motorized tool, combination tool, mini soft dusting brush, crevice tool Purple  
Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Motorhead, combination tool, crevice tool Red  

 If someone comes across a Cyclone V10 that's different from ours, let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared to other vacuums

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that comes with a wide variety of tools and brushes to help you get the job done. When compared to similar Dyson vacuums such as the Dyson V7 or the Dyson V11 Animal, it has generally similar performance on all surface types, although it tends to do just a bit better on bare floors. However, it lacks any on-board storage for its tools and it requires more ongoing maintenance than other Dysons, which is a bit of a shame.

Dyson V11 Animal
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dyson V11 Animal and the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute are two stick/handheld vacuums with different purposes. The V11 Animal is more specifically designed for cleaning pet hair. However, the Cyclone V10 Absolute can also pick up pet hair and it's better at cleaning this kind of debris on all surfaces than the V11 Animal. The V11 Animal has less maintenance needs, it's easy to store, and its dirt compartment holds more debris. The Cyclone V10 Absolute, on the other hand, has a more versatile design. It has a bit better performance on bare floors as well as low-pile carpet, it comes with more tools and brushes, and its battery charge time is a lot faster as well.

Dyson V8 Animal
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Dyson V8 Animal and the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute are very similar stick/handheld vacuums with a few minor differences. While these two vacuums are very similarly matched in terms of their performance on bare floors as well as carpet, the V8 Animal is a bit lighter and easier to maintain. However, the Cyclone V10 Absolute comes with more tools and brushes. Its battery charge time is a lot less too and its dirt compartment, while small, can hold slightly more than the V8 Animal.

Dyson V7 Animal
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BestBuy.com

The Dyson V7 Animal and the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute are two similar stick/handheld vacuums with a few differences. The Cyclone V10 Absolute does a significantly better job on bare floors, and it's a bit better on low-pile carpet as well. It has a longer battery life, and it comes with more tools and brushes for more specialized cleaning tasks. The V7, on the other hand, is easier to maintain, it has a slightly bigger dirt compartment, and it's somewhat better on high-pile carpet too.

Shark ION F80
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is a better vacuum for cleaning carpeted surfaces than the Shark ION F80. The Dyson easily picks up more pet hair as well as small and large debris from low to high-pile carpet. It's lighter, its dirt compartment is slightly larger, and it has virtually no recurring costs. It also comes with a lot more tools and brushes than the Shark. However, the Shark is better at cleaning bare floors, it feels better built, and it's easier to maintain. It's also able to maneuver around a room more easily than the Dyson.

JASHEN V16
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute does better in more situations than the JASHEN V16. The Dyson is more effective at picking up all kinds of debris on everything from hardwood floors to shag carpeting, comes with more tools and accessories, and recharges much faster. The JASHEN, meanwhile, is a little bit lighter and has fewer parts that require regular maintenance.

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