If you fork out $700 for a stick vacuum, you almost certainly expect the most effective.

Dyson claims the Cyclone V10 Absolute is merely that-touting tech advances like a new ceramic shaft in the motor “3 x harder than steel’’ and waving patents that go with them.

However when the dust settled in CR’s labs, the results of most our tests didn’t soon add up to peerless performance.

To be clear, the brand new V10 is a good stick vac, and it earns a fantastic Overall Score in Consumer Reports’ ratings. But it’s not the very best. That title would go to its predecessor, Dyson’s V8 Absolute-which sells for $200 less.

The V10 in CR’s Labs
Consumer Reports purchased a Cyclone V10 Absolute and ran it through our gauntlet of stick vacuum tests. Weighing in at 5.9 pounds and measuring roughly 49 inches, the V10 includes a long metal shaft, a clear plastic dust bin, and a trigger handle. It’s fairly simple to operate with one hand, and it drives well on medium-pile carpet. Here’s the blow-by-blow account of its performance.

Carpet Cleaning
The V10 is terrific at cleaning carpet. On medium-pile carpet, our testers discovered that it expediently sucked up debris (a technician-calibrated mixture of cat hair, rice, and Cheerios), eliminating obvious surface litter in under 23 seconds.

The V10 did push some rice around the carpet instead of sucking it right up. This issue might have been because of an open/close activate leading of the motor head that controls a tiny shutter-it’s designed to allow toggling between picking right up larger debris and providing increased suction. However the shutter doors make it more challenging for the device to suction up certain types of debris-such as rice. (We tested with the switch opened and closed.)

Dyson’s closest competitor, the Shark IonFlex 2X DuoClean Ultra-Light Cordless IF251, doesn’t grab practically as much debris from carpet surfaces as the Dyson V10 or its predecessor, the V8.

Bare Floors
The V10 works well at clearing up along edges and on bare floors. It left tile very clean, with little obvious surface debris. Again, aces.

Noise
This stick vac is loud. It falls below the threshold of which we recommend hearing protection (85 decibels), nonetheless it is loud enough to annoy people that have sensitive hearing. On maximum mode, the sound power of a V10 reaches 78 decibels. For reference, that could sound about 60 percent louder compared to the V8.

Convenience
Although we don’t give vacuums a convenience rating, we do look at design and ergonomics and factor those factors in to the Overall Score.

The Cyclone V10 includes a good-sized dustbin, this means fewer trips to the trash can. But to gain access to the bin for emptying, you must remove the wand; that is difficult and somewhat of a nuisance.

With a 25.2-volt lithium-ion battery, the V10 can operate on low power for 52 minutes per charge, in regards to a third longer than earlier Dyson stick vacs. At the max power setting, it runs for a paltry 6 minutes.

Also, using any Dyson stick vacuum means holding down a trigger the complete time you’re cleaning. There’s no on/off switch. For many who may well not have the strength or agility to keep carefully the trigger down while holding and steering the vacuum, Dyson models aren’t an excellent option.

Testing Dyson’s Claims About the V10
Consumer Reports also tested Dyson’s key marketing claims about the Cyclone V10 Absolute. Here’s how it fared:

Claim: The V10 has twenty five percent more carpet pickup.
Finding: True, in accordance with Dyson’s previous model.
It’s accurate to state the Cyclone V10 can grab twenty five percent more dirt compared to the V8 inside our embedded dirt test-a test typically reserved for larger upright and canister vacuums. Does which means that it can take the area of a full-size vacuum? Not according to your data.

“If we are to compare the performance of the V10 to the performance of the average upright model inside our ratings, both V10 and V8 would earn a rating of Good, or a 3 out of 5, inside our carpet test rating,” explains Susan Booth, who oversees CR’s vacuum tests.

Claim: The V10 gets the suction power of a corded upright.
Finding: Not exactly.
Typically, we don’t perform suction tests on stick vacuums, because as a class they can’t handle the test. We created a modified version of our suction test for the Cyclone V10, using less wood flour than we normally do, to take into account a stick vacuum’s smaller bin capacity.

The verdict? Our engineers discovered that the Cyclone V10 would score a good rating, or a 2 out of 5, weighed against all of those other corded uprights inside our tests. So, technically, yes, it’s as powerful as a corded upright-just a poor-performing model. Nonetheless it can’t contend with an upright that people would recommend.

Claim: The V10 has up to 60 minutes of cordless power.
Finding: True, type of.
We took this claim-printed on the box-at face value, and ran the V10 with the powerhead, which we believe represents how most consumers would utilize the vacuum, and is how exactly we typically test for run time.

At the Cyclone V10’s max power setting, the stick runs for typically 6 minutes. At medium power, the Cyclone V10 runs for approximately 28 minutes. On the cheapest setting, the Cyclone V10 runs for 52 minutes-still 8 minutes shy of the 60 minutes in bold print.

We spoke with Dyson relating to this, and a rep told us that the “up to 60 minutes” claim only pertains to use with tools, not the powered brush roller heads. So we ran another test using the crevice and brush tools. The battery ran for accurately 60 minutes.

Overall Dyson Stick Reliability
In Consumer Reports’ 2017 Summer Survey on Vacuums, 24 percent of CR members who owned Dyson stick vacuums said that their model broke, putting Dyson at the center of the pack among six brands for CR’s predicted reliability rating. That Dyson isn’t tops in reliability is important in the context of a $700 stick vac.

Inside our labs, the carpet at once the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute stopped working during testing, though it’s tough to state what the challenge was. At Consumer Reports, we don’t contemplate it statistically significant when one unit breaks.

Overall Dyson Stick Satisfaction
Regardless of the run-of-the-mill reliability score, Dyson owners enjoy their machines: Our recent survey reports that CR subscribers who own a Dyson stick vacuum are highly more likely to recommend it to someone. It earns a satisfaction rating of Excellent.

Here’s a brief overview of the Dyson stick vacuums before the V10, in chronological order.

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Final Thoughts
If you go through the numbers, the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute isn’t worth the investment. A $700 second vacuum should ace all our tests, and the V10 falls short in a few ratings. It really is noisy, and the dustbin is tough to empty. Yes, it includes a long charge and an extraordinary amount of power, but if you’re searching for a Dyson, you may expect roughly the same cleaning capability