Top positive review
Top of the line quality and price
April 9, 2019
UPDATE 4/13/19: I had to come back to this review and add a half star. The brains Dyson added to this vaccuum, along with the bigger battery capacity, have immensley added to the vacuum time I get on a charge. I am leaving it set on Auto, and It is darn near twice the square feet I am getting vacuumed on a single charge. I just leave it up to the vaccuum to set the power as I go from carpet to hard wood to stone. Well done Dyson.
I have been using, for the past year or so, a V8 Animal that I bought for about $325 on sale at my local membership warehouse store. And I absolutely love it. It is far and away the best cordless vacuum I have ever used. But I can only get 1/2 my house cleaned before it goes dead. So I wanted to get another cordless to have one upstairs and one downstairs. Enter the V11 Animal. And the V11 is another outstanding cordless vacuum.
Compared to the V8, the V11 is more powerful and lasts quite a bit longer on a charge. And honestly, that would be my expectation for a new model being introduced. Where does the V11 really stand out compared to the V8? The best improvement is the 'Auto" setting. The V11 adjusts its suction for the floor it is being used on. On carpet, it turns up the suction for a deeper clean. And when it rolls off onto the hardwood it dials back. I don't know how it does it but it does it well. I found it cleaned every surface effortlessly and well. With the V8, I have to flip the switch to low when I get to the gel mats in the kitchen or It will suck the brush head down so hard the brushes would stop rolling. And with the V8, I always used high on the hardwood because it picked up so much better than low - but drained the battery very quickly.
The extra power of the V11 does add size and weight to the vacuum, but not too much. The battery is a bit bigger, the motor is a bit bigger and the filter is bigger. Both the V8 and the V11 can get a bit tiring for high vacuuming. Like the V8, the V11 filter is easily accessible for cleaning.
Hats off to Dyson for keeping the attachments with the same fittings. The V8 and V11 attachments are interchangeable. But the lack of two attachments with the V11 added to my 4 star rating. The V8 animal came with a soft dusting brush and, most importantly, an 90 degree adjustable elbow tube. That tube is a big deal because it is really the only way to avoid getting out a ladder to vacuum the top of a valance or other high object with a flat top. One thing I absolutely love about the cordless concept is the ability to stand flat footed on the floor and vacuum the top of my drapery, and you have to have a 90 degree elbow to do that. At this price, Dyson should be throwing those two attachments in. Thank goodness, the attachments are interchangeable.
In the end, the V11 wins in ease of use, power and battery life. At $200 more that the V8, those improvements come at a hefty price. So what keeps the V11 from 5 stars is the missing attachments and the price.