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Dyson V11 Absolute in the test: What can the cordless vacuum cleaner do?

Dyson vacuum cleaners have become an indispensable part of most households. They offer practically designed devices and good quality. The big flaw, however, is the high price of the products. For example, the Dyson V11 Absolute costs around 550 euros. Anything but a bargain!

We asked ourselves: is it worth buying such an expensive vacuum cleaner? Our colleagues from the Les Numériques test portal put the cordless vacuum cleaner through its paces in their Dyson V11 Absolute test.

>> Here you can have a look at the Dyson V11 Absolute on Amazon.

The Dyson V11 Absolute in the test

Dyson V11 Absolute: Product details

First of all, the rough key data of the Dyson V11 Absolute: The vacuum cleaner offers modern technology and comes with a wide range of accessories. The product details are as follows:

  • Filter type: HEPA, multicyclonic
  • Floor nozzle: Torque-Drive nickel
  • Container volume: 0.76 L
  • Weight: 3.05 kg
  • Running time: 60 minutes
  • Replaceable battery: Yes
  • Equipment: Combination accessory nozzle, crevice nozzle, mini electric brush, quick release extra soft brush, electric brush with soft roller, quick release extra hard brush, torque drive nickel as well as storage and charging station

The Dyson V11 Absolute is also still available in the "Animal Plus" and "Pro" versions.

Dyson V11 Absolute: optics

The look of the Dyson V11 Absolute fits in perfectly with the classic Dyson design: bright, colorful colors that should make cleaning the house easier. The cordless vacuum cleaner is available in metallic gray, red, purple and blue.

As with all Dyson devices, there is nothing to complain about in terms of quality. The plastic is solid, the sliding mechanisms work perfectly and the individual parts of the vacuum cleaner are built together securely so that the Dyson V11 Absolute is 100% leakproof. The processing is really great.

Dyson V11 Absolute: How does it work?

What is surprising when you first use it: The Dyson V11 Absolute is quite heavy. No wonder, because it weighs just under 2 kilograms. The battery already makes up 735 grams of the total weight. Depending on which suction head you use, the vacuum cleaner becomes even heavier.

When cleaning the house every day, weight is usually not a problem. Only when the sucking is prolonged will the weight slowly become noticeable in the arm.

The operation of the Dyson V11 Absolute is easy. The vacuum cleaner is switched on by pressing the switch on the handle. As soon as the handle is released, for example to move furniture, it switches off again. This should reduce energy consumption and save the battery.

Control via display
The small display, which can be used to adjust the suction power of the Dyson V11 Absolute, is not only simple, but also practical. There are three different suction modes: Auto, Eco and Boost.
If vacuuming is carried out in automatic mode, the vacuum cleaner automatically adjusts the suction power according to the nature of the floor, the dirt and the battery charge.

The display on the Dyson V11 Absolute is a real plus, because it not only offers the possibility to choose between the different suction modes, but also shows the battery charge and provides information when the container needs to be emptied.

Adjustable suction power
The automatic mode worked well in the Dyson V11 Absolute test. However, there was still a little room for improvement in terms of suction power precision. Fortunately, the vacuum cleaner gives you the opportunity to decide for yourself. While the eco mode is particularly energy-saving, the boost mode also removes stubborn dirt. However, the vacuum cleaner also consumes a lot of battery charge.

Storage of the Dyson V11 Absolute
It becomes a bit impractical if the vacuum cleaner is stowed away after vacuuming. Unfortunately, the Dyson V11 Absolute does not have the option of standing without a bracket. Instead, a special fixture must be attached to the wall. It also charges the vacuum cleaner's battery directly as soon as it is brought to the station.

Dyson V11 Absolute: how to clean the vacuum cleaner

Almost everyone is familiar with the problem of bagless vacuum cleaners: You may open the container above the garbage can, but all the same dirt trickles past it and you can vacuum straight away.

Not so with the Dyson V11 Absolute: The "Point & Shoot" tank emptying system is practical, quick and hygienic. To empty the container, hold it over the rubbish bin and use the red plastic lever to open it. Now the dust can be easily removed.

If a complete cleaning is due, the container can be taken apart. It is also possible to remove the filter and clean it under running water. To do this, the rear purple part of the container can be unscrewed.

The various suction heads and brushes can also be easily removed and cleaned if necessary.

Fortunately, even if cleaning is really easy, the filter rarely needs to be completely cleaned. The filter of the Dyson V11 Absolute filters really well and does not allow dust to escape. In the Dyson V11 Absolute Test, the vacuum cleaner was subjected to an endurance test: 20 grams of cocoa powder were sucked up. The container was then shaken vigorously to release the powder. The result: no dust has escaped!

Dyson V11 Absolute: How good is the suction power?

All suction modes were tried out in the Dyson V11 Absolute Test. Overall, the suction power of the cordless vacuum cleaner was excellent. It was a little difficult for the Dyson on a high-pile carpet, all other surfaces were no problem for him. For the test, grains of rice were scattered on the test areas.

Carpeting
On Shaggy carpet the performance of the Dyson V11 Absolute was still significantly better than that of most other cordless vacuum cleaners. in the Automatic mode 97% of the dirt was vacuumed up in just 2 minutes. Also in Eco mode 96% of the dirt was removed in the same time. in the Boost mode even all the dirt was sucked up.

On thin carpet sucked the Dyson V11 Absolute in both the Automatic as well as in Eco mode 94% of the spilled rice in 30 seconds. In a minute, both modes removed all of the dirt. The Boost mode exceeded the result a little.

Smooth surfaces
On hard floors was the result after just 30 seconds Automatic and boost mode perfect. The Eco mode also removed 97% of the dirt in 30 seconds.

Dyson V11 Absolute: How long does the battery last?

In the Dyson V11 Absolute test, the result was not entirely clear. The battery performance was initially measured on a smooth surface in the Auto mode tested. The Dyson vacuum cleaner lasted 47 minutes, even though the display had only predicted 42 minutes at the beginning.

in the Boost mode the display showed 8 minutes and 30 seconds, but it only took 7 minutes and 45 seconds for the Dyson V11 Absolute to give up the ghost.

The Eco mode the display promised a range of 68 minutes. The battery even lasted for 78 minutes.

Overall, these values ​​are definitely sufficient for daily use. A full charge of the Dyson V11 Absolute takes 3 hours and 17 minutes.

Dyson V11 Absolute: how loud is the vacuum cleaner?

The volume of the Dyson V11 Absolute increases with increasing suction power. In eco mode, it is only 65 dB (A), which corresponds roughly to normal room volume and thus makes it very bearable.

In automatic mode, the sound level meter still shows 65 dB (A) and increases to 68 dB (A) on thin carpets and long-pile carpets.

The boost mode is obviously the loudest and far from pleasant on the ears. A noise level of 79 dB (A) was measured here. This corresponds roughly to the volume of a piano.

Conclusion: is the Dyson V11 Absolute worth it?

The Dyson V11 Absolute is in no way inferior to the other models from the premium brand. That means above all: one super strong suctionthat makes vacuuming a breeze. At first glance, the display may seem like an unnecessary gadget, but once you've tried it, you don't want to do without the practical battery level indicator.

Another great thing is that thanks to the Cyclone filters no dust escapes from the container - particularly beneficial for allergy sufferers. A very positive thing to note is the very easy way to clean the vacuum cleaner without having to disassemble everything beforehand.

One disadvantage is definitely the weight of the Dyson V11 Absolute. We would therefore advise against this vacuum cleaner to someone who regularly has to clean an apartment with a large number of square meters. For small to medium-sized apartments and short cleaning times, the weight is definitely not a problem.

So is it worth spending that much money on a vacuum cleaner? It all depends on the requirements you place on a vacuum cleaner. If you value excellent workmanship and good suction power, for example because you have hairing pets or a lot of carpeting in the apartment, then the Dyson V11 Absolute is exactly the right choice. Here you get quality that is really impressive and that will certainly last for many years.

>> Here you can buy the Dyson V11 Absolute from Amazon.

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