In this comparison, we’re going to be taking a look at two of the best Dyson stick vacuums around. These are the Dyson Cyclone V10 and the new Dyson V11. Both of these stick vacuums are incredible because they truly embody the design philosophy that Dyson established many years ago. In a matter of fact, they embody and embrace this philosophy completely.

Dyson Stick Vacuums

You are going to learn all about the unique features that the Dyson Cyclone V10 and the Dyson V11, offer.

However, before we can dive into these two stick vacuums, we’re going to go over what Dyson’s intention was, in creating these vacuums, as well as what, exactly, a stick vacuum is.

What Is A Stick Vacuum?

When you look at the design of the other vacuums that Dyson has released – stick, or otherwise – there is a noticeable commonality. This commonality is that each one of these vacuums is designed to be as simple, and as easy to use, as possible. This is important to know when looking at any Dyson vacuum because it is this focus on simplicity and ease-of-use that defines Dyson, and their design philosophy.

You can see this philosophy in everything. The size and shape of the vacuum. The handle of the vacuum. Along with the power that the vacuum offers, and a variety of other features and attributes that all coalesce to form a Dyson vacuum!

Dyson V10 and V11

As for what a stick vacuum is, a stick vacuum is a vacuum that has a similar shape to an upright vacuum – similar, in the sense that a stick vacuum is relatively tall, and it stands upright. A stick vacuum is much lighter and much smaller, because it’s thin, just like a stick. Stick vacuums are designed to be used in all kinds of spaces and to be maneuvered freely and effortlessly, due to their size.

With both of these stick vacuums, you have a focus on versatility and flexibility, combined with Dyson’s focus on simplicity, and ease-of-use. There is a lot of performance packed in a small package.

Dyson V-Series

Dyson Cyclone V10

Weighing just under 5.9 pounds, the Dyson Cyclone V10 is lightweight. It is not, by any means, a heavy stick vacuum, and this means you can easily and effortlessly move it around your home, or whatever space you are in, without having to strain your arms or shoulders.

Dyson Cyclone V10 vs. Dyson V11

Due to its thin shape, and small size, moving the vacuum within small doorways, passages, and other small spaces, is no problem. This vacuum has been designed to vacuum in any space imaginable, no matter how small – or big, for that matter – the space may be.

When you look at the design and aesthetic of the vacuum itself, it’s a simple design, but one that is clear and concise. Every button is labeled and delineated with precision, and the aesthetic is one that embraces a sense of futurism and sleekness, without being overbearing or drawing too much attention to itself. These design elements are truly fantastic because they make the entire experience of using the V10 a lot more pleasant. Since the vacuum looks nice, it never becomes an eyesore or annoyance, either.

The V10 motor powers the Dyson Cyclone Stick Vacuum. This motor runs at 125,000 RPM, which is VERY fast. With this amount of suction, the Dyson Cyclone V10 offers the same amount of suction power as you would find in a regular full-size upright vacuum, and all of this power is contained within the frame of this small stick vacuum.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Stick Vacuum

As you vacuum your home, you will be using this motor, and the suction that it is providing, as well as the Torque drive cleaner head that Dyson has designed for its newer stick vacuums – this same cleaner head is also found in the Dyson V11 – and this cleaner head is the most powerful cleaner head that Dyson has ever developed, according to Dyson. It can remove a lot of dust, dirt and grime from your floor, easily and effortlessly.

You have access to three distinct power modes while vacuuming, and each one of these power modes works great for all different kinds of floors and general surfaces. Dyson has spent a lot of time ensuring that this particular vacuum is incredibly powerful, while also ensuring that it gives you a range of useful options for vacuuming so that you have the freedom and ability to vacuum whatever needs to be vacuumed.

If you want to clean upholstery, for example, or an especially small space, you can press a button, and the Dyson Cyclone V10 turns into a handheld vacuum. With the handheld vacuum, you have a great deal of freedom to clean many different spaces, as well.

When running on a single charge, the Dyson Cyclone V10 lasts for up to 60 minutes. This is a decent amount of battery life, but for a larger home, it probably won’t be enough time for proper cleaning.

Ultimately, the biggest flaw is the battery life, but there is another thing to consider. And that’s the fact that this is not an inexpensive stick vacuum. It is very expensive, and so is the Dyson V11, but you must consider the fact that you’re paying for quality, and this vacuum is one of the best out there.

Dyson Cyclone V10

Dyson V11

With the Dyson V11, you are getting a stick vacuum that has many similarities to the Dyson Cyclone V10, but also a couple of distinct differences that separate it from the Dyson Cyclone V10.

Dyson V11 Stick Vacuum

On a basic level, the Dyson V11 is, more or less, the same vacuum. You have the same suction speed – 125,000RPM – the same sixty-minute battery life, handheld capabilities, and a variety of other features that are the same.

So, what’s the big deal with the Dyson V11, what makes it so different from the Dyson Cyclone V10?

With the Dyson V11, Dyson has introduced a new feature known as the Dynamic Load Sensor system – or the “DLS system”, for short. This system is unique and useful, because it allows you to move the vacuum across a variety of surfaces, and then it allows the suction to adjust itself to accommodate the different surfaces that you are vacuuming.

To give you an example, let’s say you are vacuuming on a tile floor. Tile floors are smooth, and it’s easy for a vacuum, of any sort, to vacuum up the dirt and debris that is on that floor. And then you move from tile to carpet or a rug. The Dyson V11 can detect this, and then it tells the vacuum to turn the suction up so that it is producing enough suction to properly accommodate the density of that rug, enabling it to gather up all of the dirt, dust, and debris that is lodged within that rug/carpet.

Dyson V11

Few stick vacuums have this. A feature like this is useful and it makes the entire experience of vacuuming a lot easier.

As for the other features that the Dyson V11 offers, in comparison to the Dyson Cyclone V10, there isn’t a lot else to mention. It’s very much a similar stick vacuum, and while the Dynamic Load Sensor system is incredibly useful, for some people, it just may not be worth the extra price tag.

In the end, the Dyson V11 is a fantastic stick vacuum. It truly embodies all of the wonderful qualities that a good Dyson vacuum has while embracing Dyson’s design ethos of simplicity and ease-of-use.

Dyson V11 vs. Dyson Cyclone V10

Just as with the Dyson Cyclone V10, this is an easy stick vacuum to use, and you’re not going to have any real issues using it and vacuuming with it. It’s simple, easy-to-use, and very efficient. And those are amazing qualities to have, in a stick vacuum.

It is expensive, though, and the price is a bit heftier than the Dyson Cyclone V10. So, if you don’t care about, or need, the Dynamic Load Sensor system, then you should probably stick with the Dyson Cyclone V10.


When you look at these two stick vacuums, you realize that they’re both very similar. They’re both similar, and they have both many of the same basic features and attributes. But, that’s not a bad thing, because they’re both fantastic, and the vacuuming experience that they create is one that is exceptionally pleasant and enjoyable! Regardless of which one you choose, you’ll have a pleasant time vacuuming, and the vacuuming process will be effortless.