Review: Dyson V11 Absolute cordless vacuum

By reviews / 29. April 2020

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Read more: Vacuums are one of those things you buy maybe once or twice in your lifetime, right? They tend to be expensive, so you want to choose wisely. Should you get a full size, upright, stick, cordless, portable, or a robot. All good questions that you’ll answer based on your space, and budget. I recently had the chance to test out the Dyson V11 Absolute cordless handheld stick vacuum for a few weeks in my home. Here’s what I learned about it.

Dyson V11 Absolute Vacuum

The Dyson V11 Absolute is the next-generation cordless model from well known manufacturer and innovator, Dyson. This cordless vacuum clear packs a screen on its rear and a new smart sensing technology to adjust power automatically. The company touts that this is the best Dyson vacuum cleaner in their lineup.

The most noticeable change in the Dyson V11 is the new 185 air watts motor, which the company claims is 20% more powerful than the V10, so right away we’re getting more power. Cool.

LCD info screen

Another new addition to the V11 that is hard to miss is the LCD display. The LCD screen gives you information about when to replace the clean filters for optimum performance, and how to clean any blockages during operation. The V11’s screen also displays a countdown timer, so that you know exactly know how much battery life is left before the vacuum runs out of juice.

I tested the V11 Absolute with a variety of debris:
pet hair and fluff from dog toys
fine dust and dirt from the yard
cracker crumbs

There was really nothing the V11 wouldn’t pick up.

How does the Dyson V11 Absolute fair on stairs and around the home?
The Dyson V11 Absolute can be morphed into a capable handheld vacuum by removing the extension pole. Just plug the attachments directly into the head unit and then use the vacuum as you would to clean pet hair from your stairs or sofa.

Battery life
Dyson says the battery takes 3.5 hours to fully charge and has a run time of approximately up to 60 minutes.
How long it will stand by, unplugged, with a full battery is something I’m still working out. While I’d love to keep this vacuum plugged in and charging, I just don’t have a place where I have the space.

One thing I was looking for was to be able to see the battery level at a glance, but it seems the V11 only shows you the battery level once it’s starts to get low. It would be nice to be able to check in on it from time to time and get a percentage display.

Storage of vacuum & accessories
Storing and charging the Dyson V11 is also something Dyson thought of. The vacuum can be easily attached and detached to the supplied wall-mounted dock.

??? But do the accessories fit????

Emptying the bin

Much like other Dyson vacuums, emptying the bin is easy and your hands never touch the mess. Just pull down on the red handle to lower the bin, then push it to a second stop. That will open the lid and dump the debris right into the garbage for you. Then pull the handle back up and it locks back into place. Then just flip the lid closed.

Germophobes might be icked out to find you have to touch the lid, but for me, this wasn’t a big deal.

Cleaning the filter

Conveniently, you can remove the filter, wash it in the sink, and then let it dry and replace it. I definitely like that feature, since it won’t cost extra to replace it.

Dyson V11 Absolute — Pros and Cons

7. Work on all surfaces; carpets, stairs, upholstery, and hard floors
8. Amazing suction power
9. Suction power adjusts automatically
10. The LCD screen displays remaining run-time
11. Cleans pet hair
12. Easy dumping mechanism
13. Comes with washable filter

5. Can’t see the battery level until it’s low
6. Expensive
7. A bit on the heavy side
8. Relatively small dustbin


I really like this vacuum, and it turns out it’s the vacuum I needed, though I didn’t know it. Having a more compact cordless vacuum is so much more versatile, and means I can more easily keep up with pet hair and small spills between major cleanings.

The Dyson V11 Absolute sells for between $799CD- $999CAD, depending on the heads you get with your package, and if you want the gold colour. No kidding. Gold. My particular model sells for about $899.

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