There’s no doubt at all that the Dyson V10 is a beast of a cordless vacuum cleaner. The Dyson V10 is available in a few different configurations, so in this post, we’re going to compare those configurations: namely the Dyson V10 Absolute vs Animal.
Dyson V10 Absolute Vs Animal: Comparison Table
Dyson V10 Absolute
Dyson V10 Animal
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Roughly 60 minutes
Roughly 60 minutes
Size of dust canister
Carpet cleaning head
Hardwood cleaning head
Mini dusting brush
Can be used handheld
So which one should you get?
This is a pretty simple question to answer, actually.
- If you want to clean hardwood or tile floors with the Dyson V10, you want to go for the Absolute.
- If you want to only clean carpeted floors with the Dyson V10, you want to save a bit and go for the Animal
Anyhow, if you decide to upgrade your flooring in the future or move into a new house with hardwood or tile floors, you can always pick up the extra attachment for the Animal later.
The main difference: the toolheads
The primary difference between the Dyson V10 Animal and Absolute is the types of toolheads that the vacuum comes with.
The V10 Absolute contains both the soft roller head as well as the direct-drive head.
The soft roller head – also known in some places as the “fluffy” head – has very soft bristles that are great for hardwood floors and tile.
Since the bristles are soft, it gently picks up the dirt and debris from the floor and also gives it a polishing motion.
The direct-drive head is a motorized roller with a combination of rigid carbon fiber bristles and softer bristles that are meant to agitate carpeted floors and get the dust and dirt out from within the carpet fibers.
That’s not to say the direct-drive head can’t be used for hardwood, but it’s definitely better to use the soft roller for hardwood and the direct drive for carpets.
If you’re not too keen on stretching your budget very far, go for the Animal to start and you can always pick up the soft roller later.
How both the V10 Animal and Absolute are similar
Aside from the hardwood cleaning head, the Animal and Absolute are essentially the same vacuum cleaner.
They both are a stick design with detachable tools and have the same size canister, the same HEPA filter, and the same powerful suction.
A trigger mechanism starts the suction. You have to hold the trigger down in order for the vacuum to run, which can be convenient or inconvenient, depending on how you prefer to use it.
It takes about 3.5 hours to 4 hours to charge and you’ll get a runtime of around 60 minutes, which will decrease if you increase the suction power.
Dyson V10 value for money
No matter which variation of the Dyson V10 you buy – Animal or Absolute – it’s still quite steep for a vacuum. That’s just how cordless vacuums are, though, so if you’re in the market for anything of this design, you need to be prepared to shell out the cash.
With that said, Dyson is actually one of the best vacuums you can buy, period, so if you have the money and are looking for solid cleaning performance, then you should certainly check it out.
Let’s have a look at how the Dyson V10 performs. Remember, the suction power of the Absolute and Animal is the same.
On hardwood floors, the Dyson V10 is a champ. Regardless of whether you’re using the Animal or Absolute, the Dyson V10 was able to clean up a wide variety of debris very efficiently, nearly sucking everything up.
Folks have experimented with cereal, kitty litter, sugar, and rice, and it’s safe to say that the vacuum was 99.5% efficient. Rice and cereal can cause a bit of an issue with clogging but it is not something that always happens. It is more of a one-off thing.
On a low pile carpet, with medium suction power and the carpet cleaner head, the Dyson V10 was once again able to clean up all the types of debris without any issue: rice, cereal, kitty litter, and sugar.
Of course, since we’re looking at carpets now, you have to adjust the cleaning power accordingly.
On a high pile carpet, you need to bump up the suction to the highest power setting, but even then, the four types of debris proved to be no match for the power of the Dyson V10.
For cereal, you can get away with low suction power because the larger debris are not as set into the carpet fibers as smaller debris like rice and sugar.
Tools and accessories
Out of the box, there are a bunch of tools and accessories you’ll get:
- Wand: The wand is the long tube that lets you convert the vacuum from a handheld to a stick and vice versa. It’s just a simple metal tube made of lightweight aluminum
- Charger: A basic charger to juice up the battery. This process takes about 3.5 to 4 hours, which may seem like a long time, but is pretty standard for lithium ion cells
- Wall mount: A little piece of plastic that you can attach to a wall and hang your Dyson V10 vacuum from it
- Torque drive brush: Available in the Dyson V10 Absolute and Animal versions, the torque drive brush is a motorized, rotating brushroll that has thick bristles designed to agitate the carpet and get dust and debris out.
- Soft roller brush: Available only on the Dyson V10 Absolute, the soft roller brush is designed for hardwood floors. The soft roller gently nudges debris into the suction and also provides a subtle polishing effect
- Combination tool: Available on all Dyson V10 models, the combination tool can be used for dusting or for upholstery cleaning
- Crevice tool: Pretty standard when it comes to all vacuums, the size is quite ideal and lets you reach hard to reach places
- Dusting brush: The dusting brush has softer bristles than the combination tool and is suited to jobs that require a more delicate touch than the combination tool
- Motorized brush roll: The motorized brush roll is a small brush roll ideal for little rugs or dog beds.
The Dyson V10 Absolute and Animal versions are incredibly robust and flexible vacuums. The beauty of a cordless vacuum is that you can really use it anywhere without any issues or worrying about wires.
If you remove the pipe and attach a smaller toolhead, it turns into a handheld vacuum that you can use in your car or for upholstery.
You can also hold the vacuum upside down and vacuum walls and ceilings this way.
There are 3 suction modes – low, medium, and high, denoted by a single dot, two dots, or three dots. You can adjust the suction power depending on your needs. Usually, for smaller debris or for thicker carpets, you want to increase the suction.
Since the vacuum is a stick design, it is really easy to maneuver around. You can turn it with ease and thanks to its light weight, you can really move it anywhere and hold it in any position that you want.
However, if you’re using it upside down with the stick attached, it may feel a little awkward as it is a bit heavy. You will find it easier to move around above your head if you remove the stick and attach the toolhead directly.
The main advantage here is that the tools that can be attached to the end of the stick can also be attached to the quick release slot directly, so there’s no need to absolutely have the stick. It will work equally well in both configurations.
Dyson V10 Motorhead: A still cheaper option
If you feel like the Dyson V10 Absolute and Animal are both a little out of your price range and don’t mind getting a smaller, slightly less powerful vacuum, then the Dyson V10 Motorhead is worth considering.
The Motorhead version has a slightly smaller dust receptacle(0.53L compared to 0.76L), and comes with only the direct drive brush, which you can think of as halfway between the motorized brushroll and the soft roller available on the Dyson V10 Animal and Absolute.
It is not motorized, and the brushes instead will spin with the force of you pushing the vacuum across the floor.
The Motorhead version comes with all the smaller tools except the mini dusting brush and the mini motorized brushroll that we talked about above.
Should you get the Dyson V10 cordless vacuum?
If you have the money, then there’s no doubt that the Dyson V10 is just one of the best cordless vacuums out there, period.
However, when you compare the Dyson V10 to some of the other similar cordless vacuums you’ll see that there are cheaper options which offer similar performance. Of course, there will be some differences like a slightly shorter runtime but if you can live with charging a little more often and shaving $100 off of your initial purchase price, maybe that’s worth it for you.
The key selling point of the Dyson V10 is the wide variety of tools and accessories that you get with the vacuum cleaner. Other similar vacuums don’t have such a flexible selection.
It’s also worthwhile considering that you can remove the tube and turn it into a handheld vacuum, essentially combining what would have otherwise been 2 separate machines into one.
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