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Dyson Outsize Absolute+ Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Apr 23, 2021 at 10:59 am
Dyson Outsize Absolute+ Picture
7.1
Bare Floor
7.3
Low-Pile Carpet
7.8
High-Pile Carpet
8.7
Pets
8.7
Stairs
8.2
Cars
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Dyson Outsize Absolute+ is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum. It does an outstanding job of cleaning pet hair from many surface types, though it can struggle with small, fine debris on low-pile carpet. It also comes with a wide selection of tools and accessories, features a second battery that can extend its total runtime, and has a large dirt compartment that shouldn't need emptying very often. Unfortunately, its high suction force makes it a challenge to maneuver on high-pile carpet, and its plasticky construction is somewhat disappointing at this price point.

Our Verdict

7.1 Bare Floor

The Dyson Outsize is decent for bare floors. It clears pet hair and small debris like rice without an issue, but some bulkier debris may require an extra pass to fully clear. The vacuum itself feels rather plasticky, and there are quite a few parts that require regular maintenance, but as long as its allergen-trapping HEPA filter is regularly maintained, you shouldn't need to worry about recurring costs. It also features a docking station to hold it in place and comes with a wand clip to hold two additional tools, so it isn't too much of a hassle to store. However, it is a bit of a hassle to maneuver under low-lying furniture.

Pros
  • Long total battery life.
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning performance.
Cons
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • Plasticky construction.
  • May take an extra pass to clear bulky debris.
7.3 Low-Pile Carpet

The Dyson Outsize is a satisfactory option for cleaning low-pile carpet. It clears pet hair and larger material like sand without difficulty but struggles quite a bit with finer debris such as baking soda on this surface type. Its large dirt compartment shouldn't need emptying very often, while its bagless design and washable filter result in a near-total absence of recurring costs. Unfortunately, there are quite a few parts that need regular cleaning, and the vacuum's primarily plastic construction doesn't feel especially sturdy.

Pros
  • Long total battery life.
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning performance.
Cons
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • Struggles with small, fine debris.
  • Plasticky construction.
7.8 High-Pile Carpet

The Dyson Outsize does a very good job of cleaning high-pile carpet, but unfortunately, its high suction force can make it difficult to maneuver on this surface type. Thankfully, it sucks up pet hair and clears an impressive amount of both fine and large debris, like baking soda or sand. Thanks to the included second battery, its total runtime should be sufficient for cleaning most large spaces without too much difficulty.

Pros
  • Long total battery life.
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning performance.
Cons
  • Very hard to maneuver on high-pile carpet.
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • Plasticky construction.
8.7 Pets

The Dyson Outsize is excellent for cleaning up after your pets. It does an exceptional job of sucking up pet hair on a wide variety of surface types. Most of its included tools feature removable brushrolls, making it easier to clear hair wraps, including its conical turbo brush that's well suited to cleaning pet hair from upholstered surfaces. It also has a washable HEPA filter that traps allergens as you clean.

Pros
  • Wide selection of tools and accessories.
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning performance.
  • Allergen-trapping HEPA filter.
Cons
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • Plasticky construction.
8.7 Stairs

The Dyson Outsize is amazing for cleaning messes on stairs. It's heavier and bulkier than most other stick vacuums, though its cordless design and long total battery life should allow you to clean large staircases with little difficulty. Its large dirt compartment should also ensure that you don't need to empty it midway through a cleaning session. Unfortunately, its plastic construction doesn't feel especially robust.

Pros
  • Long total battery life.
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Portable handheld configuration.
Cons
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • Plasticky construction.
8.2 Cars

The Dyson Outsize is a great option for cleaning the inside of your car. Despite being relatively bulky and heavy, you can still use it in its handheld configuration to clean hard-to-reach areas. It comes with a wide selection of tools and accessories, including a turbo brush to clean debris from automotive upholstery and a crevice tool to clear messes in tight spots.

Pros
  • Wide selection of tools and accessories.
  • Virtually no recurring costs.
  • Portable handheld configuration.
Cons
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • Plasticky construction.
  • 7.1 Bare Floor
  • 7.3 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.8 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.7 Pets
  • 8.7 Stairs
  • 8.2 Cars

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Dyson Outsize is reasonably well-built. It looks fairly premium, with easily accessible controls on top of the vacuum and a prominent display screen on top of the body that displays maintenance alerts, estimated battery life, and the current power mode. There's also a rubber strip near the top of the vacuum that lets you rest it against a wall so that it doesn't slip and fall over. Unfortunately, the vacuum's primarily plastic construction isn't especially robust. While its clear plastic dirt compartment gives you a rough estimate of remaining capacity, it also feels very fragile and could crack if you drop it. The vacuum's wheels are made of plastic, not denser rubber. Thankfully, the vacuum itself is very easy to put together or reconfigure thanks to the easy-clip mechanisms, with assembly being a quick process.

6.0
Design
User Maintenance

The Dyson Outsize is unremarkable in terms of ease of maintenance. There are quite a few parts that require regular maintenance, but they're all easy to access.

  • Dirt compartment: The dirt compartment is connected to the main body of the vacuum and can open by pulling the red release valve on its top surface to drop collected debris into a trash can when needed.
  • High torque brushroll: Pressing the red release button on the side of the vacuum head allows you to slide out the brushroll. You can remove hair wraps as necessary, though you should clean it with cold water frequently.
  • Fluffy brushroll: Similar to the High Torque main brushroll, you can press the red button on the side of the vacuum head to slide the brush roll from its housing. It too should be regularly cleaned under cold water. You should wipe off the laser sensor lens with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth.
  • Turbo brushroll: The turbo brushroll can be removed by pressing the release button on the side of the vacuum head. You should clean it under cold water.
  • Filter: The filter is placed near the vacuum exhaust and is removed by twisting it counterclockwise to release it from its housing. It should be washed under cold water at least once a month or whenever the maintenance light indicates that it needs cleaning.

All parts that can be washed under cold water should be left to dry for at least 24 hours before being re-inserted.

10
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
970422-01
HEPA Filter Part Number
970422-01

The Dyson Outsize has virtually no recurring costs. As long as its main filter is regularly maintained, it shouldn't need replacing. That said, you can buy a replacement unit from the manufacturer's website.

8.1
Design
Storing
Height
45.87" (116.5 cm)
Width
12.60" (32.0 cm)
Depth
12.60" (32.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
Yes
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The Dyson Outsize is impressively easy to store. It comes with a wand clip that allows for on-board storage of two tools and also has a wall-mounted docking station with slots for two other additional accessories.

7.8
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.40 gal (1.52 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The Dyson Outsize's dirt compartment is very spacious. It's significantly larger than that of other stick vacuums like the Dyson V11 Animal and shouldn't need to be emptied very often. It's made of clear plastic, too, so you know how close it is to max capacity at all times.

Design
In The Box

  • Dyson Outsize Absolute+ vacuum
    • Vacuum body/Dirt compartment
    • Post-motor HEPA filter
    • Main High Torque Brush vacuum head
    • Main High Torque Brush vacuum brushroll
    • Wand
    • 2x Batteries
    • User Guide
  • Various tools and brushes
    • Laser Slim Fluffy™ tool
    • Soft dusting brush
    • Stubborn dirt brush
    • Upholstery brush/Hard bristle brush combination tool
    • Hair screw turbo brush
    • Crevice tool
    • Wand clip
  • Docking station
    • Docking station
    • Installation manual with mounting screws
    • 2x chargers

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A

The Dyson Outsize has an effectively unlimited range as long as it has sufficient battery life and room left in its dirt compartment.

7.4
Design
Portability
Total Weight
8.16 lbs (3.70 kg)
Weight In Hand
5.20 lbs (2.36 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The Dyson Outsize is decently portable. It's a little heavier than the Dyson V11 Animal and doesn't feel as light in your hand, but its integrated carrying handle makes it reasonably easy to pick up and move.

8.0
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
18 min
Maximum Battery Life
152 min
Recharge Time
460 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The Dyson Outsize delivers impressive battery life. Since it comes with two batteries, you can quickly and easily swap one out for a charged unit. Using two fully charged batteries results in more than two and a half hours of runtime in its energy-efficient 'Eco' mode, which should be more than enough for cleaning most large spaces. Using its more powerful 'Boost' mode drops its total runtime to just under 20 minutes, though that should be sufficient for dealing with smaller, more stubborn messes.

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

The Dyson Outsize has a couple of quality of life features. Using the vacuum's 'Auto' mode automatically adjusts the vacuum's suction to different surface types, though you still need to rotate the gate on its head to fully accommodate different surfaces. Its main vacuum head also rotates to make it easier to navigate in cluttered environments.

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 Outsize comes with a broad selection of tools and accessories. It has a few unique tools, including its conical hair screw turbo brush, which cleans pet hair from different surfaces. It also has a Laser Slim Fluffy™ tool to help see small particles from bare floors. The combination tool is for cleaning messes on upholstery and features an all-surface dusting brush. There's also a brush with very hard bristles for dislodging especially stubborn dirt, and another with softer bristles for dusting off delicate surfaces. You can also use its crevice tool to tackle messes in tight spots. While it doesn't have a dedicated extension wand, all of the included accessories can fit the main wand to help you clean hard-to-reach places.

Design
Alternative Configuration

The Dyson Outsize can be used as a rather bulky handheld vacuum by removing its main wand and fitting the tool of your choice in its place.

Performance
7.0
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
95%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
76%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
76%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
77%
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
79%
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
95%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
94%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
94%
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
93%
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Auto" (vacuum head vents completely open)

The Dyson Outsize offers decent performance on bare floors. It clears pet hair and small debris like rice without difficulty. However, it may take an extra pass to suck up all bulkier material, like cereal. Thankfully, suction performance remains very consistent even as its dirt compartment fills up. Take a look at the Dyson V15 Detect if you're looking for a vacuum with superior cleaning performance on bare floors.

7.4
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
96%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
87%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
87%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
87%
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
87%
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
44%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
45%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
46%
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
47%
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Auto" (vacuum head vents completely closed)

The Dyson Outsize delivers satisfactory performance on low-pile carpet. It clears pet hair without difficulty and does a great job of sucking up larger material like sand. However, it struggles somewhat when it comes to small, fine debris like baking soda, though suction performance remains consistent as its dirt compartment fills up.

8.2
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
97%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
67%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
68%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
68%
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
69%
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
69%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
68%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
67%
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
65%
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Auto" (vacuum head vents partially open)

The Dyson Outsize clears an impressive amount of debris from high-pile carpet. It sucks up pet hair without any difficulty and does a great job of sucking up small and large debris, like baking soda and sand, though it may take an extra pass to clear everything.

Note: This vacuum's suction force is very strong, to the point where it's very difficult to use or even move around, so it isn't recommended for cleaning this surface type. It occasionally picked up and dragged high-pile rugs in testing.

7.0
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Ok
Under Low Table
Ok
On Furniture
Good
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Ok

The Dyson Outsize is decently maneuverable. It's heavier and bulkier than other Dyson stick vacuums, like the Dyson V8 Animal, which makes it a little harder to move around, though it can still navigate fairly cramped spaces. Since its handle is underneath the main body of the vacuum, you need to crouch very low to the ground to thoroughly clean under couches, tables, and other low-lying furniture. The vacuum itself is also a little on the tall side, so shorter users may find themselves lifting their shoulders when cleaning close to themselves. Cleaning on top of furniture is a little easier, though its bulky size can make it a challenge for some to carry handheld for extended periods. Unfortunately, due to its very high suction force, it's difficult to push around on high-pile carpets and can even drag them around if you don't stand on them to keep them in place.

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There are a few variants of the Dyson Outsize. We tested the Absolute+ variant, and you can see its label here. They vary in terms of included equipment, but we expect the other variant of this vacuum to perform similarly overall when using common attachments.

Model Name Tools Included Wand Color Notes
Dyson Outsize Absolute+
Laser Slim Fluffy™ cleaner head, High Torque XL cleaner head, Hair screw tool,
hard bristle brush, wand clip, soft dusting brush, combination tool, crevice tool, docking station, 2x batteries, and 2x chargers
Gold  
Dyson Outsize
 High Torque XL cleaner head, Hair screw tool,
hard bristle brush, wand clip, soft dusting brush, combination tool, crevice tool, docking station, 2x batteries, and 2x chargers
Nickel  
Dyson V11 Outsize
 High Torque cleaner head,
extension hose, wand clip, mini turbo brush, combination tool, crevice tool,
Quick-release flexi crevice tool
docking station, 2x batteries, and 2x chargers
Nickel/Red Only available in some markets.

 If you come across another variant of this vacuum, let us in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Dyson Outsize is a full-featured cordless stick/handheld vacuum. It comes with a wide variety of tools and accessories and has a larger dirt compartment than many other alternatives, like the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, but it's also heavier and more difficult to maneuver.

If you're looking for alternatives, check out our list of recommendations of the best cordless stick vacuums, the best cordless vacuums for pet hair, and the best multi-surface vacuum cleaners.

Dyson V15 Detect

The Dyson V15 Detect is better than the Dyson Outsize Absolute+. The V15 is easier to store, easier to maneuver, and delivers superior cleaning performance on bare floors and low and high-pile carpet. The Outsize has a larger dirt compartment that doesn't need emptying as often. It comes with an extra battery, which extends its total runtime and allows you to keep cleaning for longer.

Dyson V11 Animal

The Dyson V11 Animal is a little more versatile than the Dyson Outsize Absolute+. The V11 is easier to maintain and maneuver, slightly more portable, and delivers superior performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Outsize has a larger dirt compartment that doesn't need to be emptied as often and has a longer total runtime thanks to its extra battery. It also comes with a larger selection of tools and accessories.

Miele Triflex HX1

The Miele Triflex HX1 is a better vacuum than the Dyson Outsize Absolute+. The Miele is better-built, less demanding in terms of maintenance, offers superior performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet, and is easier to maneuver. It also has a unique three-in-one design that makes it a little more versatile. Meanwhile, the Dyson has a larger dirt compartment that doesn't need to be emptied as often and comes with more tools and brushes, not to mention a second battery, which gives it a significantly longer total runtime.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute and Dyson Outsize Absolute+ each have their advantages, so one may suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. The V10 is noticeably lighter, more maneuverable, and delivers superior performance on both bare floors and low-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Outsize has a larger dirt compartment that doesn't need to be emptied as often and has a longer total battery life thanks to its included second battery. It also has a docking station with room for two accessories and a wand clip that can hold two additional tools, which makes it a bit easier to store.

Samsung Jet 90 Complete

The Samsung Jet 90 Complete is better for most use cases than the Dyson Outsize Absolute+. The Samsung is more portable, easier to maneuver, and delivers superior performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. However, the Dyson has a larger dirt compartment that doesn't need to be emptied as often, incurs virtually no costs, is less demanding in terms of maintenance, and has a longer total runtime by virtue of its included second battery.

Dyson Ball Animal 2

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 and Dyson Outsize Absolute+ are differently designed vacuums that suit different use cases. The Ball Animal 2 is a corded upright vacuum that delivers better performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet.  It's also easier to maintain and has a virtually unlimited runtime courtesy of its corded design, though the Outsize has a long overall battery life if you keep its second battery charged. The Outsize feels slightly better-built, is easier to store, has a larger dirt compartment, and has a virtually unlimited range. Both vacuums are hard to maneuver on high-pile carpet due to their high suction force.

Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is a slightly more versatile cordless stick/handheld vacuum than the Dyson Outsize Absolute+. The Shark feels slightly better-built, less demanding in terms of maintenance, and maneuvers easily because of its lighter design. It also delivers better performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet. Conversely, the Dyson has a longer total runtime thanks to its second battery, a larger dirt compartment that doesn't need to be emptied as often, and incurs virtually no recurring costs.

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