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Tineco PWRHERO 11 Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Nov 14, 2022 at 08:57 am
Tineco PWRHERO 11 Picture
8.0
Bare Floor
7.6
Low-Pile Carpet
8.2
High-Pile Carpet
7.3
Pets
8.6
Stairs
7.9
Cars
5.7
Workshop
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Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes
Wet Compatible
No

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 is a cordless stick vacuum that sits closer to the bottom of Tineco's lineup of cordless stick vacuums. In terms of design, it's similar to the pricier Tineco PURE ONE S11, though it foregoes the latter's onboard dirt sensor and associated automatic power adjustment capability, Bluetooth connectivity, and comes with far fewer attachments. Still, it delivers broadly similar overall performance, thanks to its similarly potent 450W brushless motor, and offers near-identical ergonomics.

Our Verdict

8.0 Bare Floor

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 is great for cleaning bare floors. It easily clears away pet hair as well as solid debris on this surface type, with no significant loss in suction as its dustbin fills up. It also does a great job of handling debris in cracks and crevices, like what you'd see on tile or parquet floors. Unfortunately, while it's very lightweight, maneuverability is unimpressive compared to a lot of other cordless stick vacuums, and build quality is a little on the fragile side too.

Pros
  • Lightweight design.
  • Fantastic performance on bare floors.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Low recurring costs.
Cons
  • Somewhat fragile build quality.
  • Unimpressive battery life.
  • Floorhead can be unwieldy in tight spots.
7.6 Low-Pile Carpet

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 is a good option for low-pile carpet. It's effective in dealing with pet hair and clears away the majority of solid debris on this surface type. It isn't especially hard to maintain and incurs low recurring costs too. However, it can be hard to maneuver in cramped quarters, and its battery life isn't especially noteworthy compared to newer cordless stick vacuums. It also doesn't feel especially robust.

Pros
  • Lightweight design.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Low recurring costs.
Cons
  • Somewhat fragile build quality.
  • Unimpressive battery life.
  • Floorhead can be unwieldy in tight spots.
8.2 High-Pile Carpet

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 is a great choice for cleaning high-pile carpet. While it can get bogged down on shag-pile carpeting, it can still maneuver on less plush high-pile carpeting, where it easily clears away pet hair as well as fine and large debris. It also incurs low costs of ownership and isn't especially difficult to maintain. However, its battery life isn't very long, so you'll need to work pretty fast when using the vacuum in its more potent suction modes when cleaning denser carpeting.

Pros
  • Lightweight design.
  • Excellent performance on high-pile carpet.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Low recurring costs.
Cons
  • Somewhat fragile build quality.
  • Unimpressive battery life.
  • Floorhead can be unwieldy in tight spots.
7.3 Pets

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 is decent for dealing with pet hair. It easily clears away pet hair on bare and carpeted floors when used with its multi-surface brushroll. However, its upholstery tool is a little too small for cleaning larger pieces of fabric-lined furniture and doesn't provide the necessary level of surface agitation to clear away short strands of hair. Thankfully, its on-board HEPA filter results in good air filtration performance, and its brushroll is pretty easy to clean.

Pros
  • Onboard HEPA filter.
  • Easily clears away pet hair.
Cons
  • Not suitable for liquid spills.
  • Limited selection of attachments.
8.6 Stairs

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 is excellent when it comes to vacuuming stairs. It doesn't weigh very much, making it easy to carry up and down long flights of stairs. Its cordless design also ensures you won't trip over a power cord while cleaning. It delivers strong performance on a variety of surface types when used with its multi-surface floorhead. Like any conventional cordless stick vacuum, you can remove its wand and floorhead to use it as a handheld vacuum, though its selection of attachments is quite limited.

Pros
  • Lightweight design.
  • Fantastic performance on bare floors.
  • Excellent performance on high-pile carpet.
Cons
  • Somewhat fragile build quality.
  • Limited selection of attachments.
7.9 Cars

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 is a very good option for cleaning the inside of your car. Since it's cordless, you won't have to park your car close to an electrical outlet or deal with the hassle of an extension cord. You can easily reconfigure it into a handheld vacuum to clean tight spots. Its selection of attachments is somewhat limited, with no miniature turbo brush or hard-bristle brush. However, it does come with a crevice tool for cleaning hard-to-reach areas as well as a combination upholstery tool/soft-bristle brush for cleaning seats and floormats or delicate surfaces.

Pros
  • Lightweight design.
  • Easily clears away pet hair.
  • Easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Somewhat fragile build quality.
  • Limited selection of attachments.
5.7 Workshop

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 is sub-par for workshop cleaning, though that isn't its intended use case. It can easily handle lightweight household debris on hard surfaces, but it isn't designed to tackle heavy-duty debris like metal or wood shavings. It also can't be used to clean up liquid spills.

Pros
  • Fantastic performance on bare floors.
Cons
  • Somewhat fragile build quality.
  • Not suitable for liquid spills.
  • 8.0 Bare Floor
  • 7.6 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 8.2 High-Pile Carpet
  • 7.3 Pets
  • 8.6 Stairs
  • 7.9 Cars
  • 5.7 Workshop
  1. Updated Nov 14, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Nov 09, 2022: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 is currently available in only two color variants: 'Black/White' or 'Teal/White'. We tested the 'Teal/White', though the 'Black/White' model will be fully comparable in terms of performance and included equipment. You can see the label of our testing unit here.

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Compared To Other Vacuums

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 is effectively a stripped-down version of the Tineco PURE ONE S11, with no automatic power adjustment feature and fewer included attachments. That said, it's worth a look if you're looking for something that delivers broadly similar debris pickup performance at a relatively affordable price.

If you're looking for an alternative, look at our list of recommendations for the best cordless stick vacuums, the best cordless vacuums, and the best vacuums for pet hair.

Tineco PURE ONE X Tango

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 is better than the Tineco PURE ONE X Tango. The PWRHERO is easier to maintain, has a larger dirt compartment, and has a more powerful suction motor that yields superior performance on carpeted surfaces. Its battery pack is also removable and replaceable, though the PURE ONE X's non-removable battery does last longer on a single charge. The PURE ONE X also comes with a wider assortment of tools and accessories, including a miniature turbo brush for cleaning fabric surfaces, and has a dirt sensor that allows it to automatically raise its suction power when it encounters an area with a significant amount of debris.

Tineco PURE ONE S11

The Tineco PURE ONE S11 is a little better than the Tineco PWRHERO 11 for most uses, though the two vacuums are similar in terms of design. The S11's most significant advantages lie in its automatic power adjustment capability and Bluetooth connectivity, which allows you to monitor battery life, adjust its suction power, or check the replacement and maintenance intervals of various components using the Tineco Life companion app. It also comes with a wider assortment of attachments than the PWRHERO. Still, if you don't need any of those features, the PWRHERO delivers a similar level of debris-clearing performance for a cheaper price.

Dyson V8

The Dyson V8 is slightly better than the Tineco PWRHERO 11. The Dyson incurs virtually no ownership costs, comes with a wider assortment of attachments, including a turbo brush that does a great job of handling pet hair on fabric furniture, and is easier to maneuver. On the other hand, the Tineco weighs a little less, has a larger dustbin, and makes a little less noise.

Shark Cordless Pet Plus

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 is better than the Shark Cordless Pet Plus. The Tineco weighs a lot less, has fewer parts needing regular cleaning, takes up less room when not in use, and offers stronger real-world suction force, making it more effective in drawing away debris embedded in carpets or shallow cracks and crevices. Meanwhile, the Shark has a larger dustbin that won't need emptying as often. Despite its bulkier design, it's also a little easier to maneuver than the Tineco.

Test Results

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Design
6.5
Design
Build Quality
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld

This vacuum is fairly well-built. It's made mainly from plastic, except for its lightweight metal wand. Like the similarly-designed Tineco PURE ONE S11, it rests in the hand comfortably and looks somewhat premium, but there are a few obvious weak points, and the overall build quality of the vacuum falls short of similarly-priced alternatives like the Shark Cordless Pet Pro+ or Samsung Jet 60. The connection between the body and wand does feel quite loose, and you can see some of the vacuum's internal wiring after removing the HEPA filter from its housing. Its metal wand also scratches somewhat easily.

7.5
Design
User Maintenance

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 is pretty easy to maintain, with fewer parts needing to be cleaned regularly than the similarly-designed Tineco PURE ONE S11.

  • Dirt Compartment: You can empty the dirt compartment by pressing the release latch at the front of the bin to open its bottom cover and unload its contents over a trash bin. It can be wiped out with a damp cloth whenever necessary, but make sure water doesn't get too close to the battery or penetrate any cracks in the body. If you want to clean it thoroughly, it's best to detach it from the main body by pressing the switch under the trigger, where you can wash it under cold running water. Let it air dry completely before reinstalling it.
  • Mesh Filter: The mesh filter is located inside the dustbin. You can remove it by opening the dustbin door and then twisting it counterclockwise within its housing, but make sure not to turn the appliance upside down when removing the filter, as that could cause dust to enter the suction motor. You should clean it regularly with a damp cloth or by running it under cold water, but make sure to let it air dry before reinstalling it.
  • Pre-Filter: The pre-filter is inside a central housing inside the mesh filter, and you can remove it by pulling on the small release tab. Unlike the Tineco PURRE ONE X Tango, it doesn't come with a pre-filter cleaning attachment, allowing you to use the vacuum itself to clean the filter. Instead, the manufacturer advises washing the pre-filter under water.
  • HEPA Filter: The HEPA filter is found in a compartment above the vacuum handle. You can access it by pulling off the top cover and pulling it from its housing. It comes loose very easily. You should wash it under running water regularly.
  • Multi-surface brushroll: You can pull out the floorhead's brushroll by unlocking its brushroll cover using a coin. Its grooved surface makes it easy to remove hair. No specific maintenance interval is given, but you should clean it with the included tool whenever you notice a buildup of debris.

You must air dry any part that's washed with water or a damp cloth for at least 24 hours before using it again. The vacuum's companion app can also remind you when it's time to replace or clean its filters.

8.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number No bag
Filter Part Number Tineco S11/A11/A10 Pre Filter
HEPA Filter Part Number Tineco S11/A11/A10 HEPA Filter

This vacuum incurs low recurring costs.

  • HEPA Filter: You should replace the HEPA filter every year.
  • Pre-Filter: You should replace the pre-filter after six months of use.

You can buy a replenishment kit from the manufacturer that includes:

  • 1x HEPA filter
  • 2x Pre-filters

Note: Tineco doesn't currently list replacement part compatibility for this vacuum. However, its HEPA filter and pre-filter are of an outwardly identical design to those used by the Tineco PURE ONE S11 and should be fully compatible with those parts.

6.8
Design
Storing
Height
44.61" (113.3 cm)
Width
10.43" (26.5 cm)
Depth
10.04" (25.5 cm)
Cord Storing
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

This vacuum is fairly easy to store. It's about the same size as most conventional cordless stick vacuums, like the Dyson V8, and comes with a wall-mounted docking station with storage slots for its crevice tool and upholstery tool/soft bristle dusting brush.

7.3
Design
Dirt Compartment
Bagless
Yes
Volume
0.13 gal (0.50 L)
Full Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

This vacuum's dirt compartment is decently-sized, as it holds noticeably more debris than alternatives like the Dyson V8. It's made of clear plastic, so you can keep tabs on how full it is at all times.

Design
In The Box

  • Tineco PWRHERO 11 cordless vacuum
    • Vacuum body
    • Dirt compartment
    • Wand
    • Battery
    • 1x Pre-filter
    • 1x HEPA filter
    • 1x Mesh filter
    • Manual
    • Warranty/Registration Tag
  • Various tools and brushes
    • Full-size LED Multi-tasker power brush floorhead
    • Full-size LED Multi-tasker power brushroll
    • Combination upholstery tool/dusting brush
    • Crevice tool
  • Charging station
    • Dock station + Clip-on tool storage rack
    • Power adapter
    • 2x screws
    • 2x anchors

10
Design
Range
Cordless
Yes
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A
Minimum Wand Length
1.28 ft (0.39 m)
Maximum Wand Length
3.05 ft (0.93 m)
Total Range
N/A

It's a cordless vacuum, so its range is limited only by the room left in its dustbin and its remaining battery life.

8.4
Design
Portability
Total Weight
5.47 lbs (2.48 kg)
Weight In Hand
2.65 lbs (1.20 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

It's an impressively portable vacuum. At under six pounds, it's on the lightweight end of the scale for a vacuum of this type, weighing noticeably less than other cordless stick models like the Shark Anti-Allergen Pet Power.

7.3
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
11.9 min
Maximum Battery Life
45.6 min
Recharge Time
247 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 offers decent battery performance. When used in its high-power 'MAX' mode, it runs out of power in just over 10 minutes, which doesn't give you a lot of time to deal with stubborn debris, but this also isn't unusual for a vacuum of this type. In its default 'Low Mode', it can run for a maximum of 40 minutes, which is considerably shorter than the Tineco PURE ONE X Tango's runtime of about 70 minutes. On the upside, this vacuum has a removable battery, so you can swap in a new one once the current battery pack is depleted. You can monitor the vacuum's charge status with the indicator light on the pack itself. It switches from solid blue to blinking red when the vacuum is out of power or if it's been clogged. While charging, it will switch from a blinking blue light to a solid blue light once it's been fully topped off. Unlike most conventional docking stations, there's no integrated charging slot. Instead, you need to plug the power adapter into a port on the battery itself.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
Yes
Easy On/Off
Yes
Head Surface Type Adjustment
None

There are quite a few quality-of-life features on offer. You can toggle between the default 'Low', more powerful 'Medium', and high-power 'MAX' using the power adjustment button at the top of the vacuum body. There's also a trigger lock, so you don't have to hold down on the suction trigger when cleaning for extended periods. Unfortunately, unlike the Tineco PURE ONE X Tango, there's no onboard dirt sensor that would allow it to automatically increase its suction power in the presence of high amounts of debris.

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

This variant of the TIneco PWRHERO 11 has a somewhat limited set of attachments. It comes with a crevice tool for cleaning tight spots and a combination upholstery tool/soft-bristle dusting brush for cleaning fabric furniture and delicate surfaces. Unlike the Tineco PURE ONE S11, it doesn't come with a secondary soft-roller floorhead, a miniature turbo brush, or a dedicated pre-filter cleaning tool.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No

You can use this vacuum in a handheld configuration by removing its wand and floorhead.

Performance
9.0
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used "MAX"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 94%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 91%
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) 100%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 100%
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

This vacuum performs superbly on bare floors when used in its 'MAX' power setting. It easily clears away small debris like rice and bulkier debris like cereal. Better yet, suction power remains consistent as its dustbin fills up.

7.1
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "MAX"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 67%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 69%
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) 68%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 60%
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

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 has decent performance on low-pile carpet in its 'MAX' power setting. It's effective in handling fine debris like baking soda and larger material like sand on this surface type, though you'll probably need to make an extra pass to clear away everything.

8.8
Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "II", (Medium Mode)
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 77%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 76%
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) 86%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 79%
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

This vacuum does an excellent job of handling messes on high-pile carpet in its 'Medium' power mode. It clears away the majority of fine material like baking soda and larger debris like sand. However, it's worth noting that this vacuum is quite hard to maneuver on high-pile carpet when used in its high-power 'MAX' mode, as its floorhead generates a tight seal with the contact surface. When cleaning high-pile carpet, it's best to leave the vacuum in its intermediate 'Medium' power setting.

9.7
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
100%
Low-Pile Carpet
95%
High-Pile Carpet
99%

This vacuum does a fantastic job of clearing away pet hair on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. Its multi-surface brushroll isn't especially hard to clean either.

6.4
Performance
Suction
Maximum Suction
3.8 inHโ‚‚O (0.94 kPa)
Setting Used For Maximum "MAX"
Normal Suction
1.0 inHโ‚‚O (0.24 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal "Low", (I)
Hose Diameter
1.3" (3.2 cm)

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 has unremarkable real-world suction power. Despite using a similarly potent 450W motor to the Tineco PURE ONE S11, its advertised output of 120W falls slightly short of the latter's 130W max output. In practice, however, that difference in suction output isn't especially noticeable when it comes to real-world debris pickup performance.

8.7
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
69.1 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
70.0 dBA

This vacuum is very quiet. It's notably quieter than alternatives like the Dyson V8 and won't be too disruptive for people nearby, especially if you use it in an enclosed room.

6.5
Performance
Maneuverability

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 is reasonably maneuverable. Its lightweight construction makes it easy to pick up and carry, but there are a few obvious downsides. Its floorhead has a fairly limited range of rotation, and can be resistant to making sharp turns, partly due to its grippy, rigid wheels. The floorhead also creates a pretty tight seal with the surface that it's on, making it hard to push around on low-pile rugs and causing it to get bogged down on plush shag-pile carpeting. The limited selection of attachments also makes it hard to clear furniture. Its suction trigger lock can also be unlocked very easily if you have big hands, causing the vacuum to shut off unexpectedly.

7.0
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 does a decent job cleaning pet hair on furniture using its combination tool with the soft bristle brush retracted. It does leave some shorter stands of hair behind, and unlike the Tineco PURE ONE S11, there's no miniature turbo brush to make it easier to clean larger areas. It's also easy to turn off the vacuum's suction lock while using it in its handheld configuration, especially if you have large hands, causing the vacuum to shut off.

Performance
Air Quality
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

This vacuum has good air filtration performance. Its four-stage filtration system, comprised of its cyclone, mesh, pre-motor, and HEPA exhaust filter, lets it trap most small allergens.

8.0
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test

The Tineco PWRHERO 11 delivers impressive crevice-cleaning performance. Its multi-surface floorhead generates a tight seal with bare floors, enabling it to clear out debris in everything from shallow to deep cracks and crevices.

1.0
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test

Since there's no mopping capability on offer, this vacuum's multi-surface floorhead has no impact on dried-on stains.

0
Performance
Water
Wet Compatible
No
Water Pickup Post Test
Automation
0
Automation
Physical Automation
Automatic Recharging
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Pathing Algorithm
No Pathing Algorithm
Physical Boundary Markers
No
Scheduled Start Buttons
No
Cycle Control Buttons
No
Navigation Control Buttons
No
0
Automation
Companion App Automation
App Name
No App
iOS Availability
No
Android Availability
No
Software Boundary Markers (No Go Zones)
No
App Scheduled Start
No
App Cycle Control
No
Navigation Control within App
No

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