Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum

Last updated date: May 21, 2020

DWYM Score
8.3

Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum

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Overall Take

This stick vacuum uses stiff nylon bristles to reach deep down into carpet fibers to remove dirt and debris. It's able to hold a long charge and has a fully sealed filtration system. With your purchase, you'll get a charger, wall dock, direct drive cleanerhead, crevice tool and a combination tool. In our analysis of 82 expert reviews, the Dyson Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Stick Vacuum placed 4th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 21, 2020:
Checkout The Best Stick Vacuum for a detailed review of all the top stick vacuums.

Expert Summarized Score
7.3
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
4,202 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal is a more-affordable option if you want better cleaning and a longer run time than you’d get with the V7 or V8.
- New York Times Wirecutter
As one of the fastest vacuums, it cleans and traps nearly 100% of all debris. Up to 60 minutes of run time. Works great on nearly all surfaces.
- BestReviews
In our testing lab, it picked up 89% of the dirt we left out for it. Even more surprising, the V10 also dominated the battery power tests. On the low setting, it can run for 60 minutes, perfect for day-to-day maintenance. For intense cleaning jobs, you can run the Absolute for 9 minutes on the highest setting.
- USA Today
The V10 is very maneuverable, powerful, and has excellent filtration for removing allergens from your home.
- Best Vacuum For
To be clear, the new V10 is a terrific stick vac, and it earns an Excellent Overall Score in Consumer Reports’ ratings.
- Consumer Reports
The Dyson V10 has up to a 60 minute run time. This vacuum has strong suction on all indoor floor types.
- Modern Castle
What experts didn't like
The V10 is not quite as powerful or refined as the V11.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Some say that it suddenly stopped working after minimal use.
- BestReviews
If you look at the numbers, the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is not worth the investment. A $700 second vacuum should ace all our tests, and the V10 falls short in a few ratings. It is noisy, and the dustbin is tough to empty. Yes, it has a long charge and an impressive amount of power, but if you’re in the market for a Dyson, you can expect roughly the same cleaning capability from the V8 Absolute and save yourself a couple hundred bucks.
- Consumer Reports
This Dyson can be awkward to hold as a stick when cleaning in higher areas. The V10 has a fairly high price point
- Modern Castle

From The Manufacturer

Big machine suction power. But with cord-free versatility. The Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Cord-Free Vacuum has powerful suction to deep clean carpets and remove ground-in dirt. Has three power modes to choose from, to suit any task on any floor type. The Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Cord-Free Vacuum quickly transforms to a handheld for quick clean ups, spot cleaning and cleaning difficult places.

Overall Product Rankings

Bissell Featherweight Stick Bagless Vacuum
1. Bissell Featherweight Stick Bagless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 4
Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum
3. Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
Eureka Blaze Stick Vacuum Cleaner
6. Eureka Blaze Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
7. Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 8
Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
8. Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 9
Shark IONFlex DuoClean Ultra-Light Cordless Vacuum
9. Shark IONFlex DuoClean Ultra-Light Cordless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
Hoover Impulse Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
10. Hoover Impulse Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
Dyson V10 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
11. Dyson V10 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 8
Bissell PowerEdge Stick Vacuum
12. Bissell PowerEdge Stick Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
VonHaus Corded Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner
13. VonHaus Corded Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Stick Vacuums

As hardwood floors become increasingly sought after in American homes, the stick vacuum has emerged as the cleaning solution of choice for many. A slimmed-down sister of the old upright vacuum, it does the hard work of tidying up floors without that bulky bag or the bulky profile. The first stick vacuums could store easily in even the smallest closet, and while they couldn’t boast the pickup power of the big uprights, they worked just fine for tile or hardwood. They could also handle tiny crevices and corners with greater agility.

Vacuum technology has come a long way in the last couple of decades, to the point where the best stick vacuums are perfectly capable of picking up dirt from just about any surface — rugs, carpets or upholstery.  Most models now can toggle between modes for cleaning carpets or bare floors. The main difference is typically a stiff-bristled rotating brush, which helps loosen deep-seated carpet dirt. On wood floors, it not only scatters that same dirt but can sometimes harm sensitive surfaces, so choose your setting accordingly.

The initial draw of the stick vacuum — portability — has likewise improved. Even budget models are now cordless, allowing you to the freedom to clean floors, ceilings or patios without worrying where the plug is. Battery life is always a concern, but just mount it for a recharge and you’re ready to go again.

Many modern stick vacuums don’t even need to be confined to the house, thanks to their modular sensibility. Vacuums like the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum are light enough in their normal configuration, but you can also detach the vacuum from the floor cleaner. Snap on one of a series of attachments, and you’ve got an effective handheld cleaner that can tackle car interiors or other tough-to-reach areas.

Finally, one of the same things that make stick vacuums so sleek also makes it more sanitary. Instead of the bag container of the classic upright vacuum, stick vacuums trap the dirt they capture in a cup — typically near the handle at the top. This container isn’t as roomy as that of an upright vacuum, meaning you’ll need to empty it more often. But when you do, it will generally mean less mess. Some vacuums double down on that cleanliness with a HEPA filter that traps tiny particles and allergens, but the thickness of that filter can reduce suction power in budget models.

DWYM Fun Fact

The concept of vacuum cleaners has been around since the late 1800s, but the efforts of early inventors were more trouble than they were worth. Daniel Hess’ initial patent for a “carpet-sweeper” involved the use of a manually-operated bellows to create suction, so it’s no surprise that one may never have been created.

The advent of gasoline power didn’t do much to improve the concept. In 1898, John S. Thurman created a “pneumatic carpet renovator” that used a gas engine to blow (not suck) dirt into a large receptacle. The drawback? It had to be carted around in a horse-drawn carriage, with tubes that snaked into a house through the windows or doors. Believe it or not, Thurman actually did have some takers for his offer of house cleaning calls at $4 a pop.

The world’s smallest vacuum cleaner? As of December 2018, that honor goes to Talabathula Sai of India. He created a working 2.13-inch vacuum cleaner using a pen cap, 12-volt battery and a DC motor. We’re not sure what it cleans, but it sounds like it would be perfect for Barbie’s dream house.

The Stick Vacuum Buying Guide

  • The No. 1 concern for anyone buying a vacuum, stick or otherwise, is going to be suction. It’s a difficult thing to quantify, as there’s still no generally accepted measurement of vacuum effectiveness. Not to mention, the fact that suction isn’t consistent even on the best vacuums. It can vary with the type of surface being cleaned, how full the dirt container is or how often the filter has been cleaned. Horsepower is also a good ballpark measurement, and user reviews can be helpful in determining how well a vacuum works and what type of surfaces it handles best.
  • Portability can also be a big concern. Stick vacuums are a favorite in many households primarily because they can maneuver under couches and coffee tables or even into ceiling corners — areas that upright units can’t easily reach. Cordless vacuums can be especially helpful for this, but you’ll want to bear the weight in mind, especially for older users.
  • If you’re choosing a cordless vacuum, research the battery life. The batteries on these vacuums are typically rechargeable, but larger houses may need more than one charge to get the job done. Some models have a removable battery, and you can even upgrade to a spare one that can be recharged while you run the original.
  • Depending on what you plan to use it for, attachments can make all the difference. Stick vacuums are versatile to begin with, but many have the added bonus of detaching from the floor cleaner and transforming into a handheld device. From there, you can pop on attachments like brushes or crevice tools to tackle upholstery, car seats or fan blades — if those extras are available for your vacuum.
  • Allergy sufferers are going to want effective suction (and maybe a HEPA filter for severe cases), but they will also want to make sure all those particles and dirt can be emptied out without getting it all over their hands. In that case, look for a detachable cup that can be easily cleaned or a container that can be emptied without even touching the lid. Container capacity can be another big plus, ensuring that it won’t need to be emptied as often.
  • You and your floors may love a vacuum with a lot of horsepower, but your sleeping child may not. Some vacuums are definitely louder than others, so if you have sensitive roommates or children, do your research.