Earlier today Dyson unveiled its new V11 vacuum.
Having spent a little time with it already, I have now become irrationally excited to clean my floors. And a lot of that has to do with the screen...
If something runs on batteries, you’ll find a battery meter somewhere on it. Your smartphone, your vape; even batteries themselves can tell you how close they are to dying. So why am I excited about Dyson’s inclusion of a redesigned battery meter on its new V11 cordless vacuum? It finally alleviates the anxieties of not knowing when it’s going to suddenly run out of power while you’re in the middle of cleaning up a mess.
The new LCD display now shows you how many minutes and seconds you have left until the battery runs out. The thought process here is that people would rather have a more accurate idea of how much is charge is left than what a percentage can provide. Having used it myself this week (stay tuned for the full review) I'm inclined to agree.
The countdown display pairs well with the new Dynamic Load Sensor, which adjusts the suction in 'Auto' mode depending on what kind of floor you're on. There is a noticeable difference in suction (which is 20% more powerful than the Cyclone V10) when I go between my carpet, lino and tiles. You not only feel the difference, but you hear the motor switch over in a way that is reminiscent of a car changing gears.
The screen adjusts, too. As carpet provides more resistance it requires more power, and it was kind of wild watching the timer go from around 45 minutes down to 25 when I went from the kitchen to the lounge room.
Dyson told us at a recent briefing that due to the AI capabilities of the vacuum these numbers would become more accurate over time as it adjusted to the household and took into account varying factors such as height and pressure.
If you're looking for a little more control, you have the option of of putting it into 'Boost' or 'Eco' mode - the latter of which is much gentler and will help save on power.
The screen has another added function - informing users of issues such as blockages or the filter not being connected properly. It will also let you know when the filter needs cleaning. It will even display where the issue might in case you're unsure. This happened to me during my first use and I wouldn't have known there was an issue in optimisation otherwise.
The filter itself is said to capture 99.97% of particles that are as small as 0.3 microns. The 14 cyclones in the unit can force more than 79.000 microscopic particles like pollen and bacteria into the bin. In other words - its designed to help nerds like me who have asthma and are prone to allergies. I'm looking forward to see what horrors it sucks out of my mattress. I'll take pics.
The V11 also has a boost in run time compared to its predecessor - up to 60 minutes. However, the trade off here is that it will now take roughly 4.5 hours to fully charge a battery from 0, as opposed to 3.5 hours in the V10. However, if you're charging in between quick cleans or even overnight this may not be an issue for you.
The bin is also 40% bigger, which does add to the weight - this thing is noticeably more hefty than my V8, especially when you've equipped the full floor attachment. This isn't the only hefty aspect of the V11.
Coming in at a cool $1,099, it isn't a cheap machine. That being said, it comes with a full suite of attachments that can be used across the home and car. It's going to be future proofed for the next few years at least. Still, it's a lot of money to drop.
I bought my V8 in November last year, and despite it being several generations behind, it's great. So with that in mind, the V11 may be worth it in terms of an investment. Otherwise, keep your eyes peeled during the next sale period.
The Dyson V11 is available as of today over at Dyson's website.