The Dyson V11 Animal is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum. It sits in the upper mid-range of Dyson's extensive lineup of V-series cordless stick vacuums, above the less powerful Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, but slightly below the newer, more powerful Dyson V15 Detect. It offers strong overall performance on a variety of surface types and features a surface detection system that enables it to automatically change its suction power mode to suit different floor types, but foregoes the particle detection system found in the V15.
The Dyson V11 is great for bare floors. It does an excellent job of picking up pet hair as well as small and large debris, and performance remains consistent as its dirt compartment fills up. Although its build quality is just okay, as its plastic components seem a bit fragile, it's fairly easy to maintain. It also does a decent job of handling debris in cracks and crevices.
The Dyson V11 is good for cleaning low-pile carpet. It offers consistently strong performance on this surface type even as the dirt compartment fills up. However, while it's easy to take apart and reassemble, its build quality is only okay, with a somewhat fragile plastic construction. It can also easily get caught on lightweight tasseled rugs, forcing you to turn the vacuum off to pull it free.
The Dyson V11 is very good for cleaning high-pile carpet. It does an impressive job of dealing with debris with its Motorbar floorhead. While it struggles a bit with finer debris, it does an excellent job with pet hair, and it still does a decent job overall when the dirt compartment is full. On the downside, it's a little on the heavy side for a cordless stick vacuum, which can make it a bit of a hassle to maneuver.
The Dyson V11 is excellent for cleaning pet hair. It does an outstanding job of picking up pet hairs on any surface type. Its brushroll is also easily removable, making it a little easier to cut away any tangled hair. Its six-stage filtration system is also pretty effective in sealing in fine allergens like pet dander. It isn't unusually noisy either, which is good if your pet is sensitive to loud sounds. However, there's no mopping attachment to deal with dried-on stains, like mud or dirt your pet might track in, or a dedicated pet-grooming tool.
The Dyson V11 is excellent for cleaning stairs. It's quite portable, if somewhat heavy for a stick vacuum, and its cordless design means that you don't have to worry about tripping over a power cord while climbing and descending staircases. While it has a great performance on all surface types, its plasticky body is a little fragile in places and could be damaged if you were to drop it.
The Dyson V11 is great for cars. It's quite portable, though it can start to feel a little heavy in your hand when used for extended periods of time. Since it doesn't have a cord, you don't need to stay close to an electrical outlet or fiddle with an extension cord while cleaning your car. You can also reconfigure it as a handheld vacuum, and it comes with a crevice tool so that you can get to those hard-to-clean places.
The Dyson V11 isn't designed for workshop cleaning. It isn't able to deal with liquid spills, and heavier debris like metal shavings could damage its cyclone and filters.
The Dyson V11's build quality is just okay. The design looks somewhat premium, but aside from the wand, which is made of lightweight metal, it's almost entirely made of plastic that doesn't feel extremely sturdy. The see-through plastic parts feel particularly fragile like they could break if dropped or knocked against something hard.
On the upside, the controls are easily accessible on top of the vacuum. There's also a grippy rubber strip near the top of the handle, which helps prevent it from sliding and falling over when you lean it against a wall. An indicator light on the vacuum's body will turn on if there's a blockage or if a filter isn't seated correctly in its housing. Out-of-the-box assembly is quick and easy, and it has a button you can push to quickly unclip a tool or brush.
The Dyson V11 has few maintenance requirements. There aren't that many parts that need to be cleaned regularly, and they're all easy to access.
The Dyson V11 incurs virtually no recurring costs. Just like the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, there are no bags to replace. The filter also is expected to last the lifetime of your product as long as it's well-maintained. If any parts do break or need replacement, you can purchase them directly on Dyson's website.
The Dyson V11 is impressively easy to store. Its tall and narrow design helps it fit in tight spaces like a small broom closet. Unlike the Dyson V8 Animal, this vacuum can store up to two brushes or tools on the vacuum directly without increasing its footprint very much. It also comes with a docking station that has a couple of extra spots to store more tools, which is convenient.
Since it's cordless, the Dyson V11 has practically unlimited range, as long as it has battery life remaining and room left in its dirt compartment.
The Dyson V11 Animal is pretty portable. While it feels heavier in your hand than most vacuums of this type that we've tested, including alternatives like the LG CordZero A9 A916BM, it's still substantially less heavy than most traditional corded upright vacuums.
This vacuum's battery performance is okay. If you use it in its handheld mode set to 'Eco' mode, its least powerful setting, it can provide well over an hour of continuous use. However, the battery can be depleted in less than 10 minutes when it's used as a stick vacuum in 'Boost' mode, the most powerful setting, so you need to work quickly if you have a big mess to deal with. Unlike the Dyson Outsize Absolute+, it doesn't have a second battery that you can charge and swap in to extend its overall runtime. If you don't want to worry about battery life at all, check out a corded stick/handheld vacuum like the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light.
The Dyson V11 has a few features to make your cleaning experience easier. Using it in its 'Auto' power model allows it to automatically adjust its power level to match the surface that you're cleaning. There are also the manually selectable 'Eco' and 'Boost' modes for conserving power when dealing with lightweight debris or dealing with stubborn messes, respectively. You can also adjust the main vacuum head's suction to accommodate for different surface types, but you have to do it manually via a small slider on the head. Unlike the Wyze Cordless Vacuum, its main floorhead doesn't have a headlight to help you see in darker areas.
The Dyson V11 Animal comes with quite a few different tools and brushes to help you get the job done. Its upholstery tool also has a slide-on soft-bristle brush, so it can be used for cleaning fabric surfaces or dealing with lightweight debris on delicate surfaces. There's also a miniature turbo brush tool that can be used to clean furniture or stairs when the vacuum is used in its handheld configuration, not to mention a crevice tool for dealing with debris in tight spots and a hard-bristle brush for more stubborn messes. Although there isn't technically an extension wand, you can attach any tool to the end of the main wand for added reach. The Dyson V11 Torque Drive variant comes with an additional soft roller floorhead for improved performance on bare floors or easy-to-scratch floors.
You can use the Dyson V11 as either a stick vacuum or in handheld mode by detaching the wand. Unlike the Roborock H7, however, it can't be used as a bagged vacuum.
This vacuum has excellent bare floor performance. It easily clears away small debris like rice, but you might need to make an extra pass to fully clear away bulkier debris like cereal. Thankfully, suction performance remains consistent as its dustbin fills up. If you want a similar vacuum with better bare floor performance, consider the Shark APEX UpLight or the LG CordZero A9 Ultimate.
The Dyson V11 performs very well on low-pile carpet. It's very effective in dealing with large debris like sand and clears away a good amount of finer material like baking soda. It also performs quite consistently regardless of how much debris is in the dirt compartment. If you're looking for a cordless vacuum that's even more effective on low-pile carpet, however, take a look at the Shark ION P50 Upright.
The Dyson V11 has great high-pile carpet performance. While it doesn't manage to get as much debris as it does on bare floors or low-pile carpet, its multi-surface floorhead still provides a good amount of surface agitation. It's very effective in clearing away finer material like baking soda and does a good job when it comes to larger debris like sand, though performance can start to degrade slightly as its dustbin fills up. You may want to consider the Dyson V15 Detect if you're looking for a cordless stick vacuum with superior performance on this surface type.
The Dyson V11 does a fantastic job of dealing with pet hair. It easily clears away pet hair on bare floors, though a couple of strands might get left behind on low and high-pile carpet.
The Dyson V11 has good suction power, but its suction motor is advertised as offering 220AW of suction power, which isn't far off the newer Dyson V15 Detect, which produces a maximum of 230AW of power. In spite of having motors generating similar advertised power figures, the V11's real-world suction force at its floorhead is considerably lower, so it isn't quite as effective in dealing with debris wedged deep in crevices or embedded within carpet fibers. Still, it's more potent than most other stick vacuums like the Shark Vertex Pro.
The Dyson V11 Animal isn't too loud. It makes a slightly less high-pitched noise than the Dyson V8 Animal, which shouldn't be especially noticeable if you run the vacuum in an enclosed room.
The Dyson V11 Animal has good maneuverability. Used in its stick configuration, it feels a little heavy in your hand, but its slim design makes it easy to maneuver. However, the top of the handle is a bit bulky, so you need to crouch down to clean under low furniture like couches and coffee tables. The handheld configuration makes it very easy to clean furniture. However, unlike the Miele Triflex HX1, it doesn't have an automatic brushroll shutoff feature, so it's likely to get stuck on rug tassels. Thankfully, you shouldn't have any issues on a thicker rug or around cables.
The Dyson V11 Animal does a good job of handling pet hair on upholstered surfaces when used with its turbo brush attachment. It clears away long strands of hair without too much difficulty but does leave behind some shorter strands on the very edges of the path of its tool.
The Dyson V11 has good air filtration performance. Like most of Dyson's other vacuums, it's advertised as being able to trap 99.99% of particles as small as 0.3 microns in size, which does fall in line with HEPA standards.
The Dyson V11 Animal does a decent job of cleaning debris in cracks and crevices. When used in its 'Auto' power mode with its floorhead's suction gate left open, it easily clears away debris in shallower cracks, but some can still be left behind in deeper crevices. If you want the best in crevice-cleaning performance, you should run the vacuum in its most powerful 'Boost' mode with its crevice tool.
The Dyson V11 Animal does a terrible job of scrubbing away stains on bare floors when used with its primary floorhead.
The Dyson V11 Animal has no automation features.
The Dyson V11 is available in two variants: the Animal, which we reviewed, and the Torque Drive. The Dyson V11 Torque Drive comes with an additional soft dusting brush for delicate surfaces and fabrics, and its LED screen is supposed to display real-time performance. For the most part, we expect both models to perform similarly as the rest of their advertised specifications are the same. If your model is different or you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.
The Dyson V11 is a cordless stick vacuum. It's heavier than the older Dyson V8 Animal but compensates with better performance across most surfaces and a longer battery life.
The Dyson V15 Detect is a better vacuum than the Dyson V11 Animal. They're similar in build quality, battery performance, and maneuverability, but the V15 is a little lighter, delivers superior cleaning performance on all surface types, and has a built-in particle sensor. Conversely, the V11 is less demanding in terms of maintenance requirements.
The Samsung Jet 90 Complete and the Dyson V11 Animal are very similar vacuums, but the Samsung is better for most uses. The Samsung picks up more large debris like cereal from bare floors and has a slightly better overall performance on high-pile carpets. On the other hand, the Dyson is significantly easier to maintain and has longer maximum battery life.
The Dyson V12 Detect Slim is a little better than the Dyson V11 Animal, though they each have advantages. The V12 performs better on bare floors with its soft roller head, clears more pet hair on upholstered surfaces, charges faster while offering similar battery life, and has a lighter construction that's easier to maneuver. Its particle counter could also be handy if you suffer from allergies and want to know about the concentration of fine particles in your home. However, the V11 does a better job cleaning low-pile carpeting and features a larger dustbin that won't need emptying as often.
The Dyson V11 Animal and LG CordZero A9 A916BM each have their advantages, so one may suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. The Dyson has fewer parts that require regular maintenance, incurs virtually no recurring costs, has a larger dustbin, and has a surface-type adjustment feature. Conversely, the LG clears more debris on bare floors and high-pile carpet, weighs less, and comes with a second battery that effectively doubles its runtime.
The Dyson V11 Animal and the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute are two stick/handheld vacuums with different purposes. The V11 Animal has fewer maintenance requirements, is easy to store, and its dirt compartment holds more debris. The V11 Animal also features a more powerful suction motor, but this doesn't necessarily correlate to real world performance. While it does do slightly better on high-pile carpet, the V10 offers slightly better performance on bare floors as well as low-pile carpet and comes with more tools and brushes, including a dedicated bare floor soft roller floorhead. The V10's battery charges much faster too.
The Miele Triflex HX1 is superior to the Dyson V11 Animal. The Miele feels better-made, is easier to maintain, and performs better on bare floors and low-pile carpet. It also feels lighter in your hand and is more maneuverable. Conversely, the Dyson has a longer maximum battery life, more tools and brushes, a bigger dirt compartment, and slightly better performance on high-pile carpet.
The Samsung Jet 70 Pet is better than the Dyson V11 Animal. The Samsung is notably lighter, charges much faster, makes a little less noise, and delivers better performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpets. However, the Dyson has a surface detection system that allows it to automatically increase its suction power depending on the floor type that you're on. It also has a longer battery life and is more effective in dealing with pet hair on upholstered furniture.
The Dyson V8 Animal is a somewhat better stick/handheld vacuum than the Dyson V11 Animal. While both vacuums have a very similar design, the V8 does a better job on bare floors as well as low-pile carpet. However, the V11 is easier to maintain, it has onboard tool storage, and its dirt compartment is bigger. It also performs better on high-pile carpet and its maximum battery life is more than the V8.
The Dyson V7 Animal and the Dyson V11 Animal are similarly performing cordless stick/handheld vacuums. The V7 is slightly better at cleaning on low-pile carpets despite its less powerful 100W motor, and it's a bit lighter. On the other side, the Dyson V11 Animal has a better performance on bare floors. It's better at storing away when not in use, it has a slightly larger dirt compartment, and its battery performance is much better.
The Dyson V11 Animal and the LG CordZero A9 Ultimate are two stick/handheld vacuums with different strengths and depending on your needs, you may prefer one over the other. The Dyson is easier to maintain and has fewer recurring costs. It also offers better performance on high-pile carpet and comes with more tools like a hard bristle brush. However, the LG comes with two batteries so that you can use one while the other is charging. It also offers better performance on bare floors.
The Dyson V11 Animal and Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless are fairly evenly matched overall, and you may prefer one over the other depending on your needs. The Dyson is easier to maintain, has a longer maximum battery life, and performs better on low and high-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Shark feels better-made, is more maneuverable and cleans more debris on bare floors. It also charges substantially faster.
The Dyson V11 Animal is better overall than the Roborock H6 Adapt, though they perform similarly. While the Roborock is more effective on high-pile carpet, the Dyson is slightly better on low-pile carpet and bare floors, particularly at picking up bulky debris like cereal. They're both easy to maneuver and reconfigure into handheld vacuums. The Dyson is a bit less portable but has a slightly larger dirt compartment. On the other hand, the Roborock has better overall battery life.
The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a better vacuum for cleaning floors, while the Dyson V11 Animal is more versatile. The Ball Animal 2 is an upright vacuum with outstanding performance on bare floors and carpets. It also has a bigger dirt compartment, and it comes with a pet grooming tool. The V11 is a cordless stick vacuum, so you're not limited by a cord in terms of its range. You can also use it as a handheld vacuum, which is useful to vacuum stairs or inside cars.
The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H and the Dyson V11 Animal are similarly performing stick/handheld vacuums. The Shark feels better built, it's significantly more maneuverable, and it has a better performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet. The Dyson, on the other hand, is easier to maintain, has a bigger dirt compartment, and more tools. It also has better performance on high-pile carpet.
The Dyson V11 Animal is better than the Roborock H7. The Dyson feels slightly more robust, has fewer parts needing periodic cleaning, has a removable battery, delivers better performance on low-pile carpets, and does a better job clearing debris in cracks thanks to its stronger suction force. Meanwhile, the Roborock is lighter, has a longer battery life, and can be used as a bagged vacuum, making it easier to dispose of any accumulated debris.
The Dyson V11 Animal is a better overall vacuum than the Shark APEX Upright Vacuum. Thanks to its stick/handheld design, the Dyson is lighter, slightly more maneuverable, and as it has a cordless design, you don't have to worry about its range. It also does a better job cleaning high-pile carpet. However, the Shark has a much better performance on bare floors, and its dirt compartment can hold more debris before needing to be emptied.
The Dyson V11 Animal is a better vacuum than the Dyson Omni-glide. The V11 Animal delivers excellent performance on bare floors and does a very good job on carpets, too. It comes with a bigger variety of tools and brushes, and its dirt compartment can hold more debris. On the other hand, the Omni-glide is much lighter and recharges more quickly, although its performance on bare floors is mediocre.
The Dyson V11 Animal and Shark Vertex Pro each have their advantages, meaning that one may suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. The Dyson has fewer parts that require regular maintenance, comes with a rack station and an onboard tool clip, and has a motorized turbo brush. It also does a better job of clearing debris on low-pile carpet. Conversely, the Shark performs better on bare floors and high-pile carpet, is a little easier to maneuver thanks to its flexible wand, feels more sturdily built, has a larger dustbin, and charges faster while offering similar overall battery life.
The Dyson V11 Animal is better than the Shark ION F80 for most uses. It performs better on carpet as it sucks up a decent amount of debris on both low-pile and high-pile carpet. This means it's also better suited to clean cars and it comes with more tools too. The Shark has a wand that can bend 90 degrees so it has better maneuverability and the batteries on the Shark are also better.
The Dyson V11 Animal is better than the Tineco PURE ONE X Tango for most uses. The Dyson has less demanding maintenance requirements, incurs virtually no recurring costs, has a bigger dustbin, is easier to maneuver, and performs notably better on low and high-pile carpets. Conversely, the Tineco is lighter, charges faster, and clears more debris on bare floors.
The Dyson V11 Animal is slightly better than the Shark Anti-Allergen Pet Power. The Dyson incurs virtually no recurring costs, has a slightly longer battery life, comes with a miniature turbo brush, and clears slightly more debris on low-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Shark feels sturdier, is a little more effective on bare floors, and has a slightly bigger dustbin.
The Dyson V11 Animal and the Roborock S6 are two very differently designed vacuums. The Dyson is a stick/handheld with little recurring costs and easier maintenance. It has a slightly larger dirt compartment, and it can be reconfigured into a handheld vacuum for cleaning tough-to-reach places. It also does a better job of cleaning low and high-pile carpet. However, the Roborock is a robot vacuum, which is better if you prefer a hands-off approach to cleaning. It's more maneuverable, it does a better job of cleaning bare floors, and it's well-built. It also has a longer-lasting battery life, and it comes with a mop attachment feature for tackling sticky messes, although we don't currently test for this.
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 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.
The Dyson V11 Animal and Tineco PURE ONE S11 are somewhat evenly matched, though one could be a better fit for you, depending on your exact needs. The Tineco is a superior option for quick cleaning sessions, as it weighs considerably less and is a little bit quieter. Conversely, the Dyson is heavier but has a more potent suction motor that allows for better debris pickup performance on carpets.
The Dyson V11 Animal is better than the Samsung Jet 60 Pet, though the Samsung is a good alternative for the price. The Dyson is a little easier to maintain, incurs virtually no recurring costs, has a telescopic wand, lasts longer on a single charge, does a better job dealing with pet hair on upholstery, and performs better on bare floors and low-pile carpet. However, the Samsung charges much faster, weighs considerably less, and makes slightly less noise.
The Dyson V11 Animal and Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away are differently-designed cordless vacuums, meaning one might suit you better depending on your needs. The Dyson is a stick vacuum that has fewer parts needing regular cleaning, is easier to store, and weighs less. Meanwhile, the Shark is a cordless upright that delivers better performance on all surface types, does a better job dealing with debris in cracks, feels lighter in your hand, charges faster, and has a larger dirt compartment.
The Samsung Bespoke Jet is better than the Dyson V11 Animal. The Samsung feels better-built, weighs less, comes with two batteries that can be charged at once, giving it a longer overall runtime, and delivers better overall performance on all surface types. Its Cleaning Station accessory allows you to quickly empty its dustbin without creating a plume of dust. The Samsung is also fully compatible with a dedicated mopping floorhead for dealing with stains. However, the Dyson is easier to maneuver, takes up less room, and has an adjustable suction power slider.
The Dyson V11 Animal is a better overall vacuum than the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister. The V11 Animal does a much better job of vacuuming up large debris on all surface types, it has a cordless design so you can go anywhere with it, and you can even configure it into handheld mode. However, its battery performance is alright, and unlike the corded Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister, you'll need to make sure it's charged before you use it. That being said, the Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister is also easier to maintain.
The Wyze Cordless Vacuum and Dyson V11 Animal each have advantages, and one may suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. The Wyze is notably lighter and clears more debris on low and high-pile carpet. Conversely, the Dyson has a longer battery life, a larger dustbin, and is more effective in dealing with bulky debris like cereal on bare floors.
The Dyson V11 Animal and BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro are differently-designed vacuums with different intended uses. The Dyson is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that's easier to maintain, incurs minimal recurring costs, is easier to maneuver, and performs notably better on carpeted surfaces. Meanwhile, the BISSELL is a corded hybrid upright vacuum mop that does a much better job of cleaning stains and is capable of dealing with liquid spills.
The Dyson V11 Animal is better overall than the Dyson Micro 1.5kg. The Micro is lighter and more portable, but it's not suited for carpets, so it's less versatile. Meanwhile, the V11 has a larger dirt compartment and longer maximum battery life, and though it's not quite as effective as the Micro on bare floors, it still does an excellent job on this surface type.
The Shark APEX UpLight and the Dyson V11 Animal are two similar stick vacuums. The Shark has better overall performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet, while the Dyson is slightly better on high-pile carpet. The Shark has a better build quality and the Dyson is more versatile as it's a cordless vacuum, but that means you have to worry about its battery life, which doesn't last very long on the max power settings.
The Dyson V11 Animal is a better overall vacuum than the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light. The Dyson stores easier, it has a bigger dirt compartment, and it's cordless, so you can go anywhere with it. It can also adjust its power level to better suit the mess, and it comes with several tools that help to clean more specific objects like blinds, which is nice. On the other hand, the Shark is corded, so you never have to worry about running out of battery life or recharging it.
The Dyson V11 Animal and the Dyson Humdinger are both great vacuum cleaners, but the V11 is a bit more versatile thanks to its hybrid stick/handheld design. Although the Humdinger is more portable and has fewer parts to maintain, the V11 has a longer battery life and larger dirt compartment, so it's better for cleaning larger spaces. Their overall performance on different surface types is similar, though the V11 performs better on low-pile carpets.
The Dyson V11 Animal and the Roborock S6 MaxV have different strengths, and you may prefer either one depending on your needs. The Dyson is a stick/handheld vacuum, so it's more suitable for quick clean-ups and tackling awkward areas like stairs or your car's interior. It also incurs fewer recurring costs and delivers much better performance on low and high-pile carpets. On the other hand, the Roborock is a robot vacuum that offers great automation features and a mostly hands-off cleaning experience. It also has a much better build quality.