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Dyson V11 Review (Dyson V11 Animal vs Torque Drive vs Outsize)

The latest Dyson Cyclone Cordless Stick Vacuum is here with us – the Dyson V11. What are the new features? How is it different from the V10, V8, V7, and V6? In this article, we delve deep into the Dyson V11 review in terms of the features, specifications, pros, and cons.

Dyson V11 Review Dyson Animal vs Torque Drive vs Outsize

We’ll also compare the three current variants – the Dyson V11 Animal, the Dyson V11 Torque Head, and the Dyson V11 Outsize.

Dyson V11 Animal vs Torque Drive vs Outsize Comparison Table

Before we look at the features, here is a comparison of the Dyson V11 Animal, Torque Drive, and Outsize variants:

 V11 AnimalV11 Torque DriveV11 Outsize
ColorPurpleBlueRed
Weight6.68 lbs.6.68 lbs.7.85 lbs.
Auto suction controlYesYesYes
Cleaner headHigh TorqueHigh TorqueHigh Torque XL
Dynamic Load SensingYesYesYes
Cyclone technology14 concentric cyclones14 concentric cyclones18 concentric cyclones
Suction force79,000g79,000g79,000g
FiltrationAdvanced whole machineAdvanced whole machineAdvanced whole machine
DisplayLEDLCDLCD
Charge duration4.5 hours4.5 hours4.5 hours
Max run time60 minutes60 minutes120 minutes
Dirt capacity0.2 Gallons0.2 Gallons0.5 Gallons
Intelligent cleaning modes333
Extra tools455
Multi-surface cleaningYesYesYes
Good for pets?YesYesYes
Converts to hand vacuumYesYesYes
Dimensions (LxWxH inches)49.65 x 9.84 x 10.2849.65 x 9.84 x 10.2850.63 x 11.7 x 12.5
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Dyson V11 Review – Features

In this section, we look at the general features and capabilities of the Dyson V11. As we explain each feature, we’ll point out any difference among the three variants – Dyson V11 Animal, Torque Drive, and Outsize. If we don’t point out any disparity under a particular feature, it’s because all the three options are similar in that aspect.

Suction

Dysons are famous for being very powerful. The same applies to Dyson V11. This model uses the Dyson digital motor V11. The motor spins at 125,000 RPM and in the process, generates 20 percent more suction than the V10.

Also, 14 concentric cyclones generate a very huge force that pulls in even the tiniest particles. So, pollutants such as pollen and dust cannot match the Dyson V11.

While the suction force is almost the same for the three vacuums, the Dyson V11 Outsize produces 18 cyclones. That means even more efficiency in keeping the filter clog-free. Therefore, suction remains constant from the moment you start vacuuming to the end.

Dynamic Load Sensor (DLS)

It is well known that most Dysons are great on all types of flooring. The Dyson V11 goes a step further. DLS technology automatically changes the motor speed as you transition from carpets to hard floors and vice versa. It does so by detecting the roller brush resistance as you clean.

This way you will automatically have just the right suction for the respective floor type you’re cleaning.

Design

A good design should not only be focused on aesthetics. Of course, the Dyson V11 is pleasing to the eye. But more importantly, the design is also focused on making the cordless stick vacuum more efficient and easy to use.

First, it is acoustically designed. This helps to reduce the maximum noise level. Granted, all vacuums are loud, but if you can get a slightly quiet one, you should go for it. Then, the motor, the dirt bin, and the cyclones are aligned. This straight-line design helps to boost the suction because air + dirt is sucked into the vacuum in a straight line.

Cleaner head

Dyson V11 Review - Dyson V11 Animal vs Torque Drive vs Outsize - the Bigger Dyson V11 Outsize XL Cleaner Head
V11 Cleaner heads

The Dyson V11 Animal and Torque Drive use a High Torque cleaner head to clean both hard and carpeted floors. Stiff bristles take care of deeply embedded dirt while soft carbon fiber filaments are for hard floors, cracks, and crevices. The soft filaments are ideal for the finer dirt and dust particles.

On the other hand, the Dyson V11 Outsize has a full-size cleaner head. So, you will spend less time cleaning the same room with the Outsize than with any other Dyson cordless stick vacuum.

Cleaning modes

The Dyson V11 has three cleaning modes – Auto, Boost, and Eco. First, the Auto mode automatically adjusts suction as you move from carpets to hard floors. Secondly, the Eco mode allows you to clean for a long time by reducing power consumption. Lastly, the Boost mode increases the suction so that you can tackle any deeply embedded dirt. Of course, the runtime is going to be reduced in Boost mode.

Dyson V11 Review Dyson Animal vs Torque Drive - Auto Mode
Auto Mode

Display

Unlike previous Dyson Cyclone models such as the V8 and V10, the Dyson V11 has an LCD screen that displays various things. Apart from the cleaning mode you have selected, it also shows how much time is remaining before the battery runs out.

Dyson V11 Review Dyson Animal vs Torque Drive - Display
LCD Display

Also, for optimal performance and prevention of damage to the vacuum, it displays maintenance-related alerts. For example, it lets you know when to clean filters. In case there is any blockage, the information is displayed on the screen. This way, you never have to replace filters or other parts before the expected lifespan is reached.

The Dyson V11 Animal has an LED screen while the Dyson V11 Torque Drive and Outsize both have LCD screens. The display also shows how long you’ve got till the battery charge runs out.

Filtration

Filtration is a critical part of a vacuum – especially if you are fighting allergies. Also, anyone suffering from respiratory diseases like asthma must be keen to get a vacuum with a good filtration system. The Dyson V11 uses an advanced whole machine filtration system. Consequently, allergens as small as 0.3 microns in diameter are trapped inside the dirt bin.

This filtration system is HEPA standard because HEPA filters also capture particles as little as 0.3 microns (diameter).

Battery

When compared to the previous models in the V series, the V11 has a larger battery with a higher capacity. This translates to about 20 percent more suction power than the immediate predecessor – the Dyson Cyclone V10. The battery also ensures that the suction remains constant from start to finish.

While the Dyson V11 Animal and Torque Drive last for up to 60 minutes on Eco Mode, the Dyson V11 Outsize can last twice as long. Why? It comes with two click-in batteries.

Wall mount

This is pretty straightforward. There is no particular improvement since you get a wall mount that is also available for previous models. The wall mount doubles up as a charging dock and a convenient storage space for the vacuum.

Attachments

All three Dyson V11 vacuums have several attachments that are useful for above-floor cleaning. Both Dyson V11 Torque Drive and Outsize come with a mini motorized tool, a combination tool, a crevice tool, a mini soft dusting brush, and a stubborn dirt brush.

On the other hand, the Dyson V11 Animal has a mini motorized tool, a combination tool, a crevice tool, and a stubborn dirt brush. Therefore, Dyson V11 Torque Drive and Outsize have one extra accessory each (mini soft dusting brush).

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Dyson V11 Animal vs Torque Drive (Specifications)

These two Dyson V11 iterations are basically the same, with only a few differences. As mentioned above, the Torque drive has one more attachment. Then, the Dyson V11 Animal is slightly shorter.

Dyson V11 Animal vs Torque Drive Comparison Table

What is the difference between the V11 Torque Drive and Animal? Here is a comparison of the Dyson V11 Animal and Torque Drive variants that should answer your questions:

 V11 AnimalV11 Torque Drive
Weight6.68 lbs.6.68 lbs.
Cleaner headTorque DriveTorque Drive
Cyclone technology14 concentric cyclones14 concentric cyclones
FiltrationAdvanced whole machineAdvanced whole machine
DisplayLEDLCD
Charge duration4.5 hours4.5 hours
Max run time60 minutes60 minutes
Dirt capacity0.2 Gallons0.2 Gallons
Height10.28 inches10.28 inches
Length49.65 inches50.63 inches
Width9.84 inches9.84 inches
Attachments45
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Dyson V11 Review: Pros and Cons

Like any other vacuum, the Dyson V11 is not perfect. There are so many positives, but also a few negatives. Let’s look at the Dyson V11 Pros & Cons.

Pros

These are the many things we like about the Dyson V11:

  • Powerful suction
  • Lightweight
  • Multi-surface cleaning
  • Great for pet hair
  • It has a display
  • Convenient storage
  • Relatively long run time
  • Excellent filtration
  • Relatively quiet
  • Has attachments
  • Very easy to empty
  • Two-year warranty

Cons

These are the few things we don’t like about the Dyson V11:

  • Quite pricey
  • The dirt cup could be bigger
  • Being cordless, the run time can be limited especially on higher settings

Should you buy the Dyson V11?

Well, first of all, Dyson stick vacuums are the most expensive in the market. However, they are also among the most powerful and efficient stick vacs. Also, they are great at picking up all kinds of dirt and debris (including pet hair).

So, if you can afford the Dyson V11, you should definitely buy it. The vacuum is more powerful than the previous V series models. A huge plus is the LCD/LED display that lets you know which cleaning mode you’re using and the status of the battery and/or filters. You won’t find a more advanced stick vacuum in the market this year.

Lastly, the fact that it adjusts the suction automatically depending on the surface is a great selling point. That is a rarity in the stick vacuum space.

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