The Dyson Gen5outsize/Gen5outsize Absolute is part of Dyson's 2023 flagship lineup of cordless stick vacuums. With a dustbin that the manufacturer advertises to be 150% larger than the bin on the Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute, it's essentially a higher-capacity version of that model, featuring the same improvements over older models like the Dyson Outsize. These include a new Fluffy Optic™ floorhead with a brighter laser to see more fine dust particles and a built-in crevice tool that integrates into the vacuum's wand. Despite these welcome improvements, the vacuum's larger size makes it harder to maneuver than your average stick vacuum.
The Dyson Gen5outsize is great for bare floors. It has little trouble clearing debris from hard surfaces like tile or hardwood, though larger materials like cereal can sometimes get clogged in the entryway to its dirt compartment. The vacuum feels slightly sturdier than older Dyson models, but some parts still feel flimsy. Thankfully, the vacuum has plenty of tools and attachments, including a soft roller head with a laser light to help you see dust and fine debris on hard surfaces. The vacuum is also easy to maintain and won't incur recurring costs as long as you regularly clean its HEPA filter. Its larger size makes it a bit cumbersome to maneuver and use for long periods.
The Dyson Gen5outsize is very good for low-pile carpet. It clears away debris on this surface type with ease, with a strong suction motor that can pull deeply embedded debris out of carpet fibers. The vacuum is well-built for the most part, easy to maintain, and doesn't incur recurring costs. However, its larger size and weight make it a bit harder to move around, especially during longer cleaning sessions.
The Dyson Gen5outsize can clear away plenty of debris on high-pile carpets, but its powerful suction force makes it very hard to maneuver on this floor type. It takes a lot of force to push and pull it on thicker rugs and carpets, which, along with its heavier size and weight, gets tiresome fairly quickly. Its motorized brushroll can also get tripped up on shag carpet or rug tassels.
The Dyson Gen5outsize is great for households with pets. It has no issues clearing away pet hair on bare and carpeted floors and upholstered furniture. It also comes with a HEPA filter to trap allergens like pet dander. It has a large dustbin capacity for a stick vacuum, though its larger size can make it a hassle to maneuver, especially when getting pet hair out of hard-to-reach areas like the crevices in your couch.
The Dyson Gen5outsize is excellent for cleaning stairs. Its cordless design makes it easy to clean up and down stairs. However, it's less portable than most stick vacuums, with a larger dirt compartment and heavier weight that can make it a bit tiresome to maneuver, especially in tight spots like staircases. Thankfully, it delivers excellent debris pickup performance on a variety of surface types.
The Dyson Gen5outsize is great for cleaning the inside of your car. Its cordless design means you don't have to worry about finding an outlet, and you can easily reconfigure it into a handheld vacuum. It even has an integrated crevice/dusting tool that fits inside the main wand. Aside from that, however, there's no onboard storage for other attachments. The large size of its dustbin can also make it hard to maneuver in tight spots.
The Dyson Gen5outsize isn't designed for workshops. While it has no trouble cleaning household messes, it isn't meant to be used on heavy-duty debris like wood, metal shavings, or liquids.
The Dyson Gen5outsize comes in two main variants, the Gen5outsize and the Gen5outsize Absolute, though they differ only in color. You can buy either variant of the vacuum with either the regular-sized Digital Motorbar™ cleaner head or the Digital Motorbar™ XL cleaner head, which is a bit wider. The variants with the XL motorhead also come with a second battery. We tested the Gen5outsize in Nickel/Blue with the Digital Motorbar™ XL; you can see our unit's label here.
|Model Name||Tools Included||Color||Notes|
|Gen5outsize||Fluffy Optic™ cleaner head, Digital Motorbar™ cleaner head, Hair screw tool, built-in crevice and dusting tool, combination tool, Wall dok™, charger||Iron/Purple|
|Gen5outsize Absolute||Fluffy Optic™ cleaner head, Digital Motorbar™ cleaner head, Hair screw tool, built-in crevice and dusting tool, combination tool, Wall dok™, charger||Prussian Blue/Copper||Exclusive to Dyson.com|
|Gen5outsize||Fluffy Optic™ cleaner head, Digital Motorbar™ XL cleaner head, Hair screw tool, built-in crevice and dusting tool, combination tool, Wall dok™, additional battery, charger||Nickel/Blue|
|Gen5outsize Absolute||Fluffy Optic™ cleaner head, Digital Motorbar™ XL cleaner head, Hair screw tool, built-in crevice and dusting tool, combination tool, Wall dok™, additional battery, charger||Prussian Blue/Rich Copper||Exclusive to Dyson.com|
If you come across another variant, let us know, and we'll update the review.
The Dyson Gen5outsize is a high-end cordless stick vacuum. It performs very similarly to its regular-sized stablemate, the Dyson Gen5detect, with a powerful suction motor, class-leading debris pickup performance, and plenty of useful tools and attachments. That said, while its larger-capacity dustbin means less frequent emptying, it also comes at the cost of maneuverability—arguably the main advantage of choosing a cordless stick vacuum over other types. That aside, it also doesn't offer enough improvements over the Dyson Outsize to justify its substantially higher price.
The Dyson V15 Detect is better overall than the Dyson Gen5outsize/Gen5outsize Absolute. While the Gen5outsize does feature some improvements over the V15, like a brighter laser light on its soft roller head and a larger dustbin, it doesn't offer enough to justify its significantly higher price. It's also less portable and maneuverable.
The Dyson Gen5outsize feels decently well-built. Like the Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute, the body feels slightly sturdier than previous Dyson models, with a slightly thicker grade of plastic. It incorporates many of the same elements as the Gen5detect, including an on/off button rather than a trigger and an integrated crevice tool that slots into the wand. The crevice tool includes a plastic barrier to prevent the bristles from bending backward, which is a nice touch. That said, there are still a few components that feel a bit cheap. Just like the Gen5detect, the rubber gasket around the cyclone peels and breaks down very easily, as you can see here.
Out-of-the-box assembly is easy, with parts that attach using easy-clip mechanisms. When you first turn the vacuum on, you simply need to choose a language on the LED display to complete the initial setup.
The Dyson Gen5outsize is pretty easy to maintain. Although many parts require regular maintenance, they're very easy to access.
You should leave any parts that you wash under cold water out to dry for at least 24 hours before re-installing them.
The Dyson Gen5outsize incurs virtually no recurring costs. As long as you regularly clean the HEPA filter, it won't need replacing.
Unfortunately, replacement filters, in case of damage or loss, are currently unavailable. That isn't unusual for a new vacuum, however. Once this part is in stock, we'll update this review. On the upside, you can purchase a replacement battery from Dyson's website, seen here. It's worth noting that the Gen5 models use a different battery than older Dyson models, so you can't use the battery from the original Dyson Outsize on this model or vice versa.
The vacuum is fairly easy to store. It's the same size as the Dyson Outsize and a bit bigger overall than the Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute. It comes with a wall-mounted docking station for easier storage. While there's no place to store attachments on the vacuum itself, the docking station can hold two of the included accessories.
If you choose to mount the docking station to the wall, letting the floorhead dangle, the full height of the vacuum is just under 52" (131cm).
The Dyson Gen5outsize has a large dirt compartment for a stick vacuum, though its size impacts maneuverability. When filled to the Max fill line, the dust bin holds 1.52L (0.40 gal), which falls short of the 1.9L (0.50 gal) capacity that Dyson advertises. When filled completely, it's more in line with the advertised capacity, but you aren't supposed to fill it past the Max fill line. Still, it's significantly larger than the Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute, and you shouldn't have to empty it too frequently. The clear plastic also makes it easy to monitor how full it is.
Since this is a cordless vacuum, its range is limited only by its remaining battery life and the room left in its dirt compartment.
The vacuum is fairly portable but notably bigger than most cordless stick vacuums. It's almost a pound heavier than the Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute, which itself is heavier than its predecessor. Though these are slight differences, and it's still far from being the heaviest vacuum on the market, it makes it harder to carry around and maneuver for long periods than other stick vacuums.
The Dyson Gen5outsize has very good battery performance, partly because it comes with two batteries, so you can quickly swap to the second battery while the first charges. It's on par with the Dyson Outsize, with over two and a half hours of runtime when using two fully-charged batteries in the energy-conserving 'Eco' mode. With a single battery, the vacuum has a maximum runtime of just over 75 minutes in 'Eco' mode. Using the more powerful 'Boost' mode gives you just under 15 minutes of runtime with two batteries, or around seven minutes per battery. That's enough for spot-cleaning stubborn messes since you likely won't clean entire rooms in 'Boost' mode. It's also worth noting that battery life can vary drastically in its self-adjusting 'Auto' mode depending on the surface you're cleaning as well as the debris type. Thankfully, you can easily check the estimated remaining battery life at a glance on the LED display. That said, it takes a little under four hours to recharge each individual battery, which is quite a long time.
The Dyson Gen5outsize has several quality-of-life features. You can choose between three different power modes: the energy-efficient 'Eco' mode, the high-suction 'Boost' mode, and 'Auto' mode, which automatically adjusts the suction power depending on the amount of debris and the surface you're cleaning. There's a suction gate on its motorized head to help you further tweak its suction force on different surfaces. Like its predecessor, it also has an LED display that gives you a rough estimate of particle quantities sucked into the dustbin. Instead of a regular trigger, this vacuum features an on/off button, similar to the Dyson V12 Detect Slim, so you don't have to keep holding down a trigger throughout longer cleaning sessions. The Fluffy Optic™ vacuum head features an integrated laser light to illuminate dust and debris on hard surfaces, and it gets noticeably brighter than the Laser Slim Fluffy™ head bundled with the Dyson Outsize. It's the same cleaner head that comes with the Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute, and you can see that compared to the older Laser Slim Fluffy™ head here and here.
The Dyson Gen5outsize comes with a wide range of tools and accessories. It has unique tools, like the Fluffy Optic™ head, which helps you see small particles on bare floors. There's also a conical turbo brush, which can clean pet hair from fabric-lined surfaces, as well as a combination tool that features an upholstery tool and a sliding hard bristle brush. Like the Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute, it also features a crevice tool/soft-bristle brush that slots into the wand, making it easy to remove the wand to quickly use as a handheld vacuum. You can see how that works here. That tool features a plastic bracket that surrounds the bristles to protect the bristles, which you can see here.
You can reconfigure the Dyson Gen5outsize into a handheld vacuum by removing its wand. Unlike many previous Dyson models, there's an integrated crevice tool/soft-bristle brush that fits inside the main wand, making it much easier to quickly switch into handheld mode.
The vacuum's bare floor performance is fantastic, for the most part. Using the Fluffy Optic™ floorhead in the 'Auto' power mode, the vacuum can easily clear large and small debris. That said, if you try to pick up too much bulky debris, like cereal, at once, it can get clogged in the entryway to the dirt compartment and cause the vacuum to shut off. However, the vacuum has no issues when bulky debris is more spread out.
The Dyson Gen5outsize performs decently well on low-pile carpet in 'Auto' mode with its motorized floorhead. While suction performance stays consistent as the dirt compartment fills up, it can struggle with finer material like baking soda. It does a better job with larger debris like sand, though.
This vacuum does an excellent job of clearing debris from high-pile carpet in its 'Auto' power mode with the multi-surface floorhead left partially open. That said, it's worth noting that the vacuum's very strong suction force makes it incredibly difficult to push around on thicker carpets, even with the suction gate on its multi-surface floorhead left partially open, to the point where it could be almost impossible to use on this surface type for some users.
The Dyson Gen5outsize does a remarkable job of handling pet hair on bare floors and different kinds of carpet. You can easily remove the brushrolls for each of its floorheads, making it a lot easier to remove any tangled hair afterward.
The vacuum's suction force is very strong, particularly in its high-power 'Boost' mode. Its advertised suction power of 250 AW is a bit lower than the 262 AW advertised for the Dyson Gen5detect, but in practice, they're not far off. Overall, the vacuum has enough suction force to pick up debris embedded in carpet fibers, cracks, and crevices.
The Dyson Gen5outsize isn't too loud, especially when using the Fluffy Optic™ floorhead on bare floors in 'Eco' or 'Auto' mode. With the motorized multi-surface floorhead, it gets a bit louder, especially when 'Boost' mode kicks in on carpets.
The Dyson Gen5outsize isn't the most maneuverable stick vacuum. Its larger size makes it harder to maneuver than the Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute, with a wider vacuum head that requires wider turns when maneuvering around corners or obstacles. While the handle includes some padding above the grip for comfort, it doesn't help much with the vacuum's weight, which can cause fatigue in the hand and wrist during longer sessions. Because of its suction power, the vacuum is also very difficult to maneuver on high-pile rugs and carpet. Shag carpeting and rug tassels can get caught in the brushroll and stop the vacuum from operating, as well, though the vacuum doesn't give you an indication that the brushroll has stopped spinning. The large dirt compartment can be awkward maneuvering under couches and low tables. Still, the vacuum's cordless design makes it easy to move from room to room, easily switch into handheld mode, and change out attachments to clean furniture.
Like the Dyson Gen5detect/Gen5detect Absolute, the vacuum does a great job of dealing with pet hair on upholstered furniture when used with its Hair Screw Tool in its 'Auto' power mode. However, like the original Dyson Outsize, its larger size makes it harder to maneuver, and the dirt compartment can get in the way when trying to get inside the crack of a sofa arm, for instance.
The Dyson Gen5outsize has good air filtration performance. The manufacturer advertises its HEPA filtration system as being able to seal in particles measuring as small as 0.1 microns.
The Dyson Gen5outsize does an excellent job of cleaning debris from cracks and crevices on hard floors using its soft roller head. It's slightly better than the Dyson Outsize at clearing fine debris like baking soda out of cracks.
This vacuum isn't meant to clear away stains on hard floors with either of its included floorheads.
This vacuum isn't designed to clear away liquid spills.
This vacuum has no automation features.