Review: Does the Dyson V11 Animal Cordless Vacuum Justify Its $600 Price Tag?

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Dyson makes serious appliances for buyers willing to pay bigger money for the latest technology and strong build quality. The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer legitimately changed hair dryer technology, even as it sits well outside the average woman’s budget. Then there’s the company’s $400 Pure Cool fan, which boasts a HEPA filter that can trap COVID-19-filled air droplets. While the company makes a wide range of home products, it’s Dyson vacuums that get the most attention. Today, the Dyson V11 Animal Cordless Vacuum sits at the top of this maker’s premium line of vacuums — its name indicating that it snapped its leash and will now devour all the dirt it can find.

Dyson reports the V11 possesses twice the suction power of any other brand’s cordless vacuums. While it’d take an extensive testing procedure with multiple vacuums to prove that kind of claim by way of comparison, it’s easy enough to check the effectiveness of the V11 on its own. Just a few minutes of use proves that this cordless stick vacuum can tackle any dirt and reasonably sized debris in a home or office environment. If it’s small enough to fit in Animal’s maw, it’s gone into the filter tank.

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In keeping with so many Dyson products, the V11 puts artificial intelligence to work with onboard software that optimizes the suction amount to match power between carpet, hardwood, tile, etc. The device’s high torque cleaner head automatically adapts inward force to clean those different floor types.

What We Liked About the Dyson V11 Cordless Vacuum:

In this era of pandemics, a vacuum that merely picks up dust and dander might not get the job done in some homes. While the V11 definitely picks up all manners of household dirt, the Dyson filter technology it employs promises to snag allergens and bacteria. Its filtration system looks to trap 99.99% of particles, dust and pollen as small as 0.3 microns.

Most Unique Feature: The Digital Screen

The Dyson V11’s ergonomics fit in the hand like a gun or a power drill. On the butt end of that handle, Dyson installed a digital readout that keeps the owner aware of multiple elements of the D11’s function. From that small, circular screen, the user can monitor battery charge, potential run time, filter condition and possible blockages. It’s the clearest demonstration of how well the D11 “thinks.”

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What We Didn’t Like About the Dyson V11 Animal:

A buyer needs to be pretty serious about the concept of cleaning to invest the better part of $600 on a cordless vacuum. Now, Dyson is undoubtedly a high-end brand in the appliance business. It’s a company known for technological innovation. To invest in that reputation, the V11 demands a price that could buy you three or four of a rival brand’s serviceable alternatives. The V11 would be better than those three or four, but how much better depends on the buyer’s needs.

Also, the V11 offers a 60-minute battery run-time per charge. Depending on the size of the home to be cleaned, a completely full battery might be in order to get the job done.

The Verdict:

Extremely powerful for any vacuum, let alone a cordless model, the Dyson V11’s ability to capture and remove every particular and organism down to 0.3 microns makes it a prime option for a high-end buyer. If you live in an average-sized apartment or home and just need an ordinary vacuum, you can live without this particular stick vacuum. However, for larger homes and pet owners, the $600 price tag starts to look more reasonable.

If you’re looking for the world’s best vacuum, this is it.

Buy the Dyson V11 Animal Cordless Vacuum

As a major, established international appliance brand, Dyson items are available on multiple online sites and in traditional stores. Some online outlets offer occasional discounts off the V11’s $599.99 MSRP, including an Amazon price closer to the $500.00 level. If supplies run low on third party sites, Dyson’s own HQ site offers direct ordering.

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