Dyson V10 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Last updated date: March 21, 2019

Review Melt Score
7.9

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We looked at the top 1 Stick Vacuums and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including Consumer Reports, Trusted Reviews, Modern Castle, Tech Radar, The Gadgeteer, BestReviews, Wired, Tech Walls and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Stick Vacuum you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 72 expert reviews, the Dyson Dyson V10 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 9, 2019:
Checkout The Best Stick Vacuum for a detailed review of all the top stick vacuums.

Expert Summarized Score
8.4
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
929 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The V10 is effective at cleaning up along edges and on bare floors. It left tile very clean, with little visible surface debris.
- Consumer Reports
September 6, 2018 | Full review
Powerful, long-lasting and incredibly good at, well, everything, the Dyson Cyclone V10 is not only the best cordless cleaner we have tested, it is the best cleaner full stop.
- Trusted Reviews
November 20, 2018 | Full review
The Dyson V10 has up to a 60 minute run time. This vacuum has strong suction on all indoor floor types.
- Modern Castle
August 6, 2018 | Full review
The V10 has a much more energy-dense battery than its predecessors, meaning you can now vacuum continuously for up to 60 minutes on the lowest setting. That setting was also generally more than strong enough to lift any dirt we put in front of it.
- Tech Radar
November 12, 2018 | Full review
The Dyson Cyclone V10 is lightweight, powerful and easy to use, no matter what you’re vacuuming. Attachments are easy to add and remove and the bin is the easiest to empty of any vacuums I’ve used.
- The Gadgeteer
May 30, 2018 | Full review
High marks for the vacuum's design sophistication in terms of cleaning functionality as well as particle removal. The most powerful suction of any cord-free vacuum. Up to 60 minutes' run time. Works great on nearly all surfaces. Lean and efficient design hides vacuum well when not in use.
- BestReviews
Redesigned to be lighter and easier to handle. Amazing sucking power. Runs quiet. Battery lasts one hour and charges in less than four. Bigger bin requires fewer trips to the trash can.
- Wired
The steel spinning shaft is replaced by a ceramic one which is lighter and harder. I also made a simple test to see if the Dyson V10 motor’s suction is improved by 20% like the manufacturer claimed; The result is not surprising as the new V10 is the clear winner. The vacuum has 3 power modes and you will choose one depending on your situation. The 2nd power mode is good enough and I often set my vacuum in this mode when cleaning my laminate floor.
- Tech Walls
October 12, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
This stick vac is loud.
- Consumer Reports
September 6, 2018 | Full review
Not quiet on Max mode, expensive and has only one battery.
- Trusted Reviews
November 20, 2018 | Full review
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
August 6, 2018 | Full review
The V10 will be a tad too expensive for many potential buyers.
- Tech Radar
November 12, 2018 | Full review
However, it’s big, heavy and the built-in extension hose is a huge pain to use.
- The Gadgeteer
May 30, 2018 | Full review
Some found that it suddenly stopped working after minimal use.
- BestReviews
Very expensive. Bin can be tough to shake clean even with the push-lever emptying mechanism, so you'll have to get your hands dirty. Fluffy roller head gets grungy too quickly.
- Wired
Expensive. Emptying dust bin is inconvenient.
- Tech Walls
October 12, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Big machine suction power. But with cord-free versatility. The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cord-Free Vacuum has a 40% bigger bin than our previous Dyson V8 Absolute Vacuum for the big cleans. The torque drive cleaner head removes 25% more dust from carpets than our previous Dyson V8 Absolute Vacuum. It's our most powerful cleaner head yet. The soft roller cleaner head removes fine dust and large debris from hard floors. Has three power modes to choose from, to suit any task on any floor type. The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cord-Free Vacuum quickly transforms to a handheld for quick clean ups, spot cleaning and cleaning difficult places.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Shark IONFlex DuoClean Ultra-Light Cordless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 6
2. Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
5. Bissell Featherweight Stick Bagless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Hoover Impulse Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Eureka Blaze Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Dyson V10 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 8
9. Bissell PowerEdge Stick Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
10. VonHaus Corded Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 7.1
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 like the Hoover Linx 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 IONFlex DuoClean 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.

Review Melt 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 number one 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. That said, Dyson’s cyclonic filtration innovation has improved vacuum efficiency dramatically by eliminating the filter, and models using that system can be counted on for quality suction. 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. Models like the Shark IONFlex DuoClean 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 like the Dyson V7’s 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.