In India, a vacuum cleaner is usually accompanied by a large cylinder, long cords and quite a bit of manual labour. However, as a regular home appliance, you can buy vacuum cleaners at quite cheap price points.
That’s where Dyson differs. If you haven’t used or tried the company’s vacs yet, it’s likely because of the price point. After all, how many of us can afford a vacuum cleaner that costs nearly Rs. 60,000, right? Well, that’s not a question Dyson worries about.
Dyson V11 Absolute Pro is undoubtedly expensive but it also brings features with tangible benefits in your daily cleaning needs.
The V11 is certainly an incremental update over the V10 from last year, but 125,000 rpm motor inside is undeniably strong. If expensive means good, Dyson certainly ticks the right boxes.
We tried cleaning a 2BHK apartment with the V11 and have some interesting observations to make.
For one, the V11’s battery life sways between 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the mode you’re using it in. The Boost mode, which is the strongest, runs the battery dry in about 15-20 minutes, while the other two -- Eco and Auto -- last between half an hour to an hour. The Eco mode, of course, lasts the longest. You can see all this on the screen on top of the vacuum cleaner.
That’s pretty much what Dyson advertises too, and admittedly those numbers fell a tad low to us -- until we actually used it.
If you clean your house regularly, the Boost mode on the V11 will almost never be required. So, essentially, you will only need it to suck dust from areas that escape attention for months.
On the other hand, the Eco mode seems to suffice for cobwebs, dust settled in corners, particles from food etc. on sheets and more. If you do feel the need for higher suction, the auto mode will be the go to choice in most cases.
As a result, the practical battery life of the Dyson V11 Absolute Pro is closer to an hour than 15 minutes. So, it will suffice for cleaning most urban flats on cleaning day. The catch, of course, is to clean regularly.
Having said that, Dyson would increase its stick vacs’ value immensely if it can figure out how to provide higher battery life. Unlike the west, quantities of dust and how fast dust accumulates is much higher in India, so products like the V11 could be less or more valuable depending on your living conditions.
The auto mode on the V11 can also sense floor types, so if you switch from the floor to the carpet, the vacuum will change suction accordingly. This responsive cleaning is something that sets the V11 apart from other stick vacs in the industry.
As we mentioned before, the V11 is an incremental update to the V10. That means you should hold on to the V10 if you have one. Other than responsive cleaning, the V11 has a screen which though useful, isn’t indispensable. But as far as suction power and tank size is concerned, the V10 is just as useful. Dyson says it improved suction by 20%, but that’s difficult to discern in practical usage.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for the best handheld vacuum cleaner you can buy in India right now, the V11 is as good as it can get.