Dyson V10 Cyclone Absolute UK Review

Dyson V10 Cyclone Absolute

Last updated: 07.07.2023 Reading time: 14 Min.

We finally got our hands on the relatively new Dyson V10 Cyclone Absolute and put it through the wringer.

Spoiler alert: The Dyson v10 sets new standards!

Dyson UK wants to take cordless vacuums to a new level with the new V10. With it, you can finally put an end to annoying tangled cords and expensive bags of conventional corded vacuums. They’ll become nothing more than hurlers on the ditch.. at least that’s what Dyson UK states.

We put the Dyson V10 Cyclone Absolute to the test.

Does the new cordless vacuum cleaner from Dyson’s v-series live up to what the manufacturer promises? Or are these ‘technical innovations’ just empty words?

Dyson V10 Absolute Cyclone review


  • Excellent suction power
  • Can be used as an upright vacuum cleaner and as a hand vacuum cleaner
  • Easier emptying of the dirt container
  • Dirt container is bigger
  • Vacuum without bag
  • Long battery runtime
  • Washable filter
  • 30-day test period (promotion 2020)
  • 2 years warranty


  • Weight
  • No illuminated brush
  • No display

All important facts at a glance

  • Premium cordless vacuum
  • Convenient vacuuming with excellent cleaning performance
  • Versatile in use on all floor types (indoors)
  • Practical 2-in-1 function

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This cordless vacuum performed exceptionally well in our tests and impressed us across the board.

Powerful suction, top cleaning performance, high quality design - just a few words that perfectly describe this Shark cordless vacuum.

A favourite among fans of cordless vacuums in the UK, Shark now ups its game with the Stratos range. Read on to find out what makes these models so special! 👇 

Outstanding cleaning performance

Whether corners, edges, carpets or hard floors...

The Shark Stratos left our floors spotless in our test! 💪

Cleaning performance on hard floors.
Cleaning performance on hard floors.

Not many vacuums can achieve this, which makes the Shark Stratos a real hot tip. 🔐

DuoClean Anti Hair Wrap Plus floorhead - perfect for all floor types

A real highlight of the Stratos cordless vacuums is the dual floorhead - two motorised brush rolls working together to tackle both hard floors and carpets.

The Anti-Hair Wrap Plus roll at the back draws out embedded dirt in carpets and deals with hair pick-up, while the front roll gets to work on hard floor dirt.

Anti-Hair Wrap Plus brush roll of the Shark Stratos.

This really works flawlessly. And the highlight:

This means you don’t have to change the brush! 💃 

Anti-Odour Technology

The Stratos range features anti-odour technology to deal with any nasty odours produced by pet dander and other dirt and dust. Just pop a cartridge into the dust bin and any unwanted smells are masked with a clean, fresh scent. 

Perfect for those of us with more sensitive noses! 👃

Automatic suction level adjustment - Clean Sense IQ

Yes, you heard right:

The Stratos automatically adjusts its suction power according to the dirt and the floor type.

This saves battery and increases cleanliness. 💪 

Speaking of saving battery power:

Despite very good runtimes, the Stratos IZ420UKT model also features an extra removable battery pack and thanks to a clever charger, you can charge two batteries at the same time.

Conclusion: Should you buy it?

So do we recommend buying a Shark Stratos cordless vacuum cleaner?

Yes, definitely! 

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Powerful cleaning performance

Strong suction power

High quality

Smart, unique floorhead (DuoClean)

Practical storage function

Long battery life

Stick and handheld vacuum in one


Not the quietest


No HEPA filter

Heavier weight

How well does the Dyson V10 clean?

The main question for our detailed Dyson V10 Cyclone Absolute review is, as always, whether its cleaning performance is as good as the manufacturer states.

To do this, we spread various kinds of dirt on different floor types and cleaned them with the V10 at the maximum suction level. We used the standard electric brush as an attachment.

The Dyson V10's suction power was convincing all the way through.

Suction test on hard floors

Overall result on the hard floor

First, we spread oat flakes, sand and rice on laminate. The V10 caught us off-guard because it sucked up all types of dirt effortlessly.

There were only barely visible residues of the sand. In the measurable term: the V10 still vacuumed 97% of the sand. It probably left behind those 3 % residues because the sand was a bit damp and very stubborn.

Cleaning test on short carpet

Test on short carpet

The Dyson V10 also came out with flying colours when we put it to the test on short-pile carpets.

It didn’t have any problems and effortlessly removed all the dirt that we had spread.

Suction power on the long pile carpet

Suction test on long pile carpet

Vacuums have a harder time cleaning long pile carpets because the dirt disappears in those carpets’ depth.

It’s a different story with the Dyson V10. We were able to remove every single bit of dirt, even on the long-pile carpet.

From all suction modes, the medium power mode works best on the long-pile carpet.

Dyson V10 – How is the suction performance in everyday use?

Does our cleaning test show realistic results?

Well, we have to admit that our tests include tough challenges for the Dyson V10 Absolute. We want to see where it reaches its limits.

But what about the cleaning performance in everyday life? Even in everyday life, there are unique challenges that a cordless vacuum cleaner has to master.

After three weeks of continuous use, we can say that the Dyson V10 Absolute is a blessing in the household.

During this time (despite having two children in the household), there wasn’t a single type of dirt that the Dyson V10 Absolute couldn't handle. Only the results of the Dyson V11 Absolute review were more impressive.

And additional: if you like to read more check out our comparison dyson V10 vs V11 .

Long hairs and pet hair are often challenging for cordless vacuum cleaners. They wrap themselves around the roller and block it at some point. However, this rarely happened with the Dyson V10, and the roller didn’t block at all.

The design of the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute in the review

What's new in the design

Like its predecessors, the Dyson V10 has a super futuristic look and seems to be our vacuum-rescuer.

Nonetheless, Dyson UK has made many changes in the new model’s appearance. We've checked them out in our latest Dyson V10 Absolute Review 2020.

Dyson V10 Suction Tube

The suction tube is now some kind of an extension of the dirt container, and the flap for emptying surrounds the suction tube.

The new container is also much longer, so you attach a new accessory directly to the dirt container whenever you change it. From now on, you have to push instead of pull to empty the container.

The dirt container now has a small slide on the bottom side for emptying.

You can find the HEPA filter at the rear of the motor. Later on, we’ll take a closer look at the advantages that result from this change.

Dyson V10 slider

You still have to hold down a pistol-like trigger to activate the Dyson V10. Just like all previous models, it’s not lockable. But it’s pretty easy to press it down and hold it. We didn’t find that particularly strenuous.

When it comes to colours, the customer is spoilt for choice.

The Dyson V10 comes in five different colours. They all have the distinctive metallic look.

What are the measurements of the Dyson V10?

The bagless cordless vacuum cleaner weighs 2.6 kg (5.7 lbs). The Dyson’s got a height of about 125 cm (49 inches) when you use it with the suction tube and roller to vacuum the floor. Since the joint between the tube and floor roller is very flexible, its size is not significant. The Dyson V10 sits nicely in the hand when vacuuming thanks to the individual angle of inclination.

Height of the Dyson V10 compared to a person

Due to the structure’s changes that we described before, the dirt container has a higher capacity (approx. 750 ml).

The size of the Dyson V10 cordless vacuum cleaner (figures are rounded up)

Category Dimensions
Height 125 cm (49 inches)
Power Unit Length 25 cm (9.8 inches)
Floor Roller Width 23 cm (9 inches)
Weight 2.6 kg (5.7 lbs)

It’s quite a different picture when you convert the V10 into a hand vacuum. The suction power is still good, but its weight of 1.7 kg (3.7 lbs) is above the average of handheld vacuums.

The size of the Dyson V10 as a handheld vacuum (figures are rounded)

Category Dimensions
Length Varies significantly with the attachment
Weight 1.7 kg (3.7 lbs

Dyson v10 accessories - which brush is for what?

The manufacturer includes all sorts of practical accessories with each cordless vacuum cleaner, also for our 2020 Dyson V10 review.

The key question is: which cleaner head is for what and do I even need all of them?

The included accessories differ from model to model. It’s usually the main difference between the models.

Dyson offers the V10 in three different versions:

  • Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute
  • Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal
  • Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead

We have tested the Dyson V10 Cyclone Absolute and put together an overview of the accessories that come with it and what they are suitable for.

All accessories of the Dyson v10 Cyclone Absolute

  • Suction tube: As always, the suction tube comes in striking metallic colours and adds to the futuristic style of the Dyson V10. It’s made of extremely lightweight and super strong metal.
  • Dyson V10 Direct Drive Electric Brush: You can use the main roller for any type of floor.

The brush rotates by the power of its own small motor, which sits directly on the brush. This contributes enormously to the excellent suction power.

The cordless vacuum cleaner also picks up dirt across the entire width of the brush. Barely any hairs wrap themselves around the roller.

  • Dyson V10 electric brush with soft roller: This roller has become popular in the UK with Dyson's Fluffy models. It is particularly suitable for all types of hard floors.

The soft roller sucks up even larger pieces and won’t scatter them across the room.

  • Mini electric brush: We recommend this attachment especially for cleaning the car or upholstery.
  • Combination tool: This cleaning head is perfect for vacuuming furniture, books or pictures. You can retract the brush with a simple handle and vacuum with the hard plastic end, making it very versatile and efficient.
  • Crevice tool: A classic vacuum nozzle. It’s excellent for cleaning the crevices and creases between car seats or the couch.
  • Quick Release Extra-soft brush: The new extra-soft brush is a live-safer for all those who want to clean sensitive surfaces. The soft bristles and the pad on the dusting brush’s underside protect even the most sensitive surfaces from scratches.
  • Storage and charging station: The docking station from Dyson is ingenious. It attaches the Dyson V10 to the wall and saves a lot of space.
  • Charger: You can easily connect the matching power supply unit to the wall mount. The Dyson V10 automatically charges when it’s attached to the mount.

You can remove each of these attachments at the touch of a button and reinstall them just as quickly.

Dyson V10 - Comparison of the three V10 models

While researching for our Dyson V10 review, we found out that there are three different models:

  • V10 Absolute
  • V10 Animal
  • V10 Motorhead

That brings up the questions:

What are the differences between the three models, and which model works best for me?

The following table shows the differences between the Dyson v10 Absolute, Animal and Motorhead models.

Three models of the Dyson Cyclone V10:

V10 Absolute V10 Animal V10 Motorhead
Motor V10 V10 V10
Cleaning Modes 3 (1,2,max) 3 (1,2,max) 3 (1,2,max)
Suction Power 151 air watts 151 air watts 151 air watts
Battery Life approx. 50 min approx. 50 min approx. 50 min
Dirt Container Capacity 0.76 l 0.76 l 0.54 l
Weight 2.6 kg (5.7 lbs) 2.6 kg (5.7 lbs) 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs)
HEPA Filter Yes Yes Yes
Scope of Delivery 8 7 5
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Which Dyson v10 model should you buy?

After testing the Dyson V10 Absolute, we came to the following conclusion: the more attachments, the better!

The accessories are very well thought-out. You can buy the individual components, but then they’ll cost more.

That’s why we’d recommend the Dyson V10 Cyclone Absolute, as the delivery scope is more extensive. The included soft roller is very impressive and useful for all those who have to clean many hard floors.

We won’t give the Dyson V10 Motorhead a purchase recommendation because you’d have significant limitations with this model and its relatively small delivery scope.

Extra Tip: The old attachments of the Dyson V6, V7 are no longer compatible with the newer Dyson V8 and V10. However, you can fix that with an adapter.

How does the Dyson V10 Absolute cleaned in our review?

During our Dyson V10 Absolute review, we found out that there’s a lot of information missing in the Dyson V10 Absolute user manual. The cleaning system is one of them:

Dyson UK uses dual-cyclone technology for its vacuums. The cordless vacuum cleaners have two cyclone chambers. The cyclones whirl up the air, which sweeps the dirt to the outside. That’s how it can remove coarse dirt as well as very fine dust.

What effect do the special Dyson V10 Absolute attachments have on cleaning?

Each of the Dyson V10 Absolute attachments supports the cleaning process in its unique way. We compiled a list of explanations.

Let's take a look at the two most important included attachments. They are for cleaning different floor types:

  • Firstly, there is the Dyson V10 direct-drive electric brush. It’s an all-rounder.

The roller does a great job on hard floors and works incredibly well on carpets, too. It picks up dirt with its bristles and transports it towards the cyclone chamber.

Electric roller with direct drive

  • There’s also the Dyson V10 electric brush with a soft roller. You mainly use this roller on hard floors - it works wonders here.

It won’t push away the dirt from its roller, quite the opposite: the dirt pushes itself into the roller. Then the airflow gets a grip of the dirt and throws it towards the cyclone chamber. The soft roller also prevents scratches on the floor.

Soft roller especially suitable for hard floors

Both rollers have their own small electric motor, which sits directly on the roller and adds to the power of the Dyson V10.

Even though the soft roller works much better on hard floors, you won’t necessarily have to change the rollers. The Allround brush (direct drive electric roller) does a great job on any surface.

You can even choose between three different heights for the Allround brush so that you have the perfect setting for every floor type. All you have to do is operate a small slider directly on the roller.

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute as a (rechargeable) handheld vacuum

Not only the rollers for cleaning floors are included in the delivery scope. There are also other attachments that you can use for the Dyson V10. You can transform the cordless stick vacuum into a handheld vacuum in no time (What accessories are included? See above).

Each of the Dyson V10 Absolute attachments fits both on the suction tube and on the power unit. Simply plug it in until it clicks.

From our Dyson V10 Absolute review, we can tell you one thing for sure: the Dyson V10 handheld vacuum is excellent for cleaning corners, furniture or cars.

Dyson v10 converted to a cordless vacuum cleaner

How many suction levels are available in the new Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute?

Dyson’s new flagship has a new power level to offer. You can choose from three different power settings now.

You can control the level with a small switch on the top of the motor.

The suction power depends immensely on the level selected. Not only that but also the battery life varies enormously with the different suction modes.

How easy is it to use the Dyson V10?

The Dyson V10 cordless vacuum is very user-friendly. The device comes in a large cardboard box. We were also delighted that they didn’t use any plastic for the packaging of the individual elements.

Packaging of the Dyson v10 without plastic

Once you unpack the parts and give the vacuum battery a full charge (about 3.5 hours for the first time), you’re good to go. No cables, no bags, just attach the accessories you need and start vacuuming.

When you set it up and use it, you can tell that Dyson is all about ease of use.

You can quickly convert the Dyson V10 from a stick vacuum to a hand vacuum with just a few movements. You just have to press one of the plug-in system’s red buttons to remove or attach the accessories.

What’s the battery runtime of the Dyson V10 Cyclone Absolute?

Well, well, well.. the Dyson V10 and its battery life. For years, it was the bottleneck of cordless vacuum cleaners. There was always that anxious voice in our head: Is the battery runtime long enough to vacuum my entire flat? Not without reason do we ask that and similar questions.

That’s why Dyson UK focuses on the development of the battery and the runtime of each model.

By adding level 1 - which is relatively weak -, Dyson scores a long battery runtime of 50 minutes with its new cordless vacuum cleaner.

That's 10 minutes less than the manufacturer states, but it's still a considerable step in the right direction.

We consider it a significant enrichment for the cordless vacuum cleaner since the 14 air watts of level 1 are often sufficient.

Battery runtime in the individual suction levels

Suction Level Battery Runtime in Minutes Suction Power in Airwatt AW
Level 1 approx. 50 min 14 AW
Level 2 approx. 30 min 35 AW
Max approx. 9 min 151 AW

In Max mode, the battery lasts only about 9 minutes. However, the suction power in this mode is so strong that you’ll only need it for really stubborn dirt.

In medium mode, the battery runtime of the Dyson V10 is about 30 minutes. This cleaning mode was our top choice during our review. We were able to vacuum 100 to 120 square metres at a stretch in medium mode.

The Dyson has an excellent performance with these battery runtimes.

How loud is the cordless vacuum cleaner?

What’s the volume of the Dyson? Is the volume of the suction power in Max mode unbearable?

We did a soundcheck with the Dyson V10 in dB.

Volume scale for comparison

In Max mode, we hit 80 dB. We can’t call that quiet, but it’s still negligible. The volume is acceptable, especially if you bear in mind what a powerful suction you get for it.

Volume of the Dyson V10

Suction Level Volume in dB
Level Max approx. 80 dB
Level 2 approx. 75 dB
Level 1 approx. 73 dB

The new Dyson V10: Manoeuvrability and flexibility

The Dyson V10 is very flexible in movement. Due to the joint between the roller and the tube, you’ll almost get a right angle in curves. You can effortlessly move it through the room.

You can also lay it flat on the floor in an almost 180-degree angle. That makes it easier to vacuum under higher furniture such as beds or cupboards.

Unlike many other manufacturers, Dyson UK has built in the motor directly on the handle and not on the roller’s bottom. That also contributes to an easier vacuuming of the dust under the furniture.

What about the maintenance of the Dyson V10 - what should I keep an eye on?

Is it difficult to maintain the Dyson V10?

Not at all. Dyson cordless vacuums don’t need a lot of maintenance. It consists of three tasks only:

  • Emptying and cleaning the dirt container
  • Cleaning the filter
  • The maintenance or replacement of the battery

How to empty the Dyson V10 container

Emptying the Dyson V10 dirt bin isn’t rocket science. The emptying has changed compared to the previous models, as the dirt container is now perpendicular to the pipe. There’s a small red slider at the bottom of the container.

The dirt falls out completely once you hold the Dyson V10 over the dustbin and push the slider away from you.

Emptying the dirt container

If you want to clean the container, you can simply remove it at the touch of a button and reattach it just as quickly after washing.

Removing the dirt container

Cleaning the HEPA Filter of the Dyson V10

Cleaning the Dyson V10's Hepa filter (More about the filter) is just as easy as emptying it. You can unscrew it from the back. Then rinse it with cold water and let it dry for 24 hours before reattaching it. If one of the parts breaks, you can buy more

Cleaning the Hepa filter

Extra Tip: We strongly recommend cleaning the filter regularly, because this filter removes even the smallest particles from the air. That’s very important for allergy sufferers.

What’s the battery life of the Dyson V10?

The manufacturer tests the Dyson V10 and the other devices for 10 years. That’s how long the battery should last. However, if it breaks, you can easily buy a new one and replace it.

Is the Dyson V10 worth its money?

Dyson is known for its high-quality products, and they are always a bit more expensive than the others.

Is it still worth buying the Dyson V10?

We think so!

The Dyson V10 is a good investment. You get the best cleaning performance, excellent service, and a futuristic design for the higher price.

The Dyson V10 is currently available in different versions. These differ mainly in features, not in performance:

We tested the Dyson V10 Absolute and were very satisfied with the included accessories.

The Dyson V10 Absolute’s recommended price in online shops (usually cheaper than in shops) is now much lower.

Dyson V10 Cyclone Absolute UK Review: Is it a good investment to buy a Dyson V10 Absolute?

Last but not least: the price-performance ratio in our Dyson V10 Absolute review.

The price is no longer as high as it was when the Dyson V10 was released. That’s one of the reasons why the cordless device is in high demand these days.

The key question remains: is it worthwhile buying a Dyson V10 Absolute?

The vacuum had an outstanding performance in our tests. We were also impressed by the fact that the manufacturer offers a very well thought-out and, above all, user-friendly device. Its simple operation and high performance are some of its great advantages:

  • Extremely high suction power
  • Long running time
  • Very user-friendly
  • The perfect attachment for every occasion

Sustainability is also getting more and more important these days. Not only was the packaging free of plastic, but the possibility to replace all parts in case of damage increases the lifespan of this product enormously. Therefore, we give it a few extra points for being eco-friendly and sustainable.

You can buy both the battery and the filter for the Dyson V10 Absolute.

You also won’t need any vacuum bags anymore. It’s usually just a waste and a financial burden with conventional vacuums.

The motto "quality has its price" describes the Dyson V10 Cyclone Absolute quite well. If you are looking for outstanding quality, you’ve come to the right place.

Contact Dyson UK

Customer Service: To contact Dyson UK directly, please call their helpline 0800 298 0298 or visit their live chat. The Customer helpline is available Monday to Friday (8 am - 8 pm) and Saturday and Sunday (8 am - 6 pm)

Registered office: Dyson United Kingdom - Tetbury Hill, Malmesbury SN16 0RP.

Additional information

  • About the Dyson UK

    Did you know: Dyson UK has been developing vacuums since 1978. It all started with James Dyson, who developed his own vacuum out of frustration with the vacuums he had bought before. Since then, Dyson has become a global player in technology and household appliances. Read more on the history of Dyson...

  • Fascinating Facts

    Sustainability is a must of Dyson’s corporate principles. One of the company's maxims is to research and perfect its products until they meet the highest quality standards. That contributes to the products’ high durability and thus preserves natural resources.

  • Social Commitment

    The James Dyson Foundation is committed to helping children and young people find their way into research and engineering. They develop training programmes and teaching materials and provide scholarships.

  • Try the Dyson V10 cordless vacuum for 30 days

    If you buy the Dyson V10, just ask for the 30-day trial period from Dyson in the shop. The manufacturer promises that if you buy a device, they’ll take it back up to 30 days without any problems. 

    You can simply test the devices, and if you’re not satisfied, you can return the device to Dyson (after consultation). We think this creates trust and helps with the purchase decision.

  • Are there any spare parts for the Dyson V10?

    Dyson offers all kinds of spare parts for its cordless vacuum cleaners. You can easily buy them in the Dyson online shop. The manufacturer is well-positioned when it comes to spare parts and increases the sustainability of the devices enormously. You don't have to buy a new one if something breaks.

    Germany, the service desert - not with Dyson!

    We tested the customer service and contacted them in various ways.

    Dyson customer service is available 24/7, and we made excellent experiences with it. The employees are very helpful, and it was easy to contact them.

  • Cordless vacuum against stress

    You will probably ask yourself: "What's next? How is a cordless vacuum supposed to help with stress?"

    Well, it’s a well-functioning device that doesn't have annoying cords that you could trip over, it’s always at hand when your kids have made a mess again. It makes your cleaning stress-free and quick.

    Of course, there are also other remedies against stress, like letting your soul dangle.

    A trendy product that can help with stress and in many other situations is CBD.

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