The Cyclone V10 Absolute + is the latest cordless vacuum cleaner from British home appliances maker Dyson.
It is powered by the company's new V10 digital motor, which is almost half the weight of its predecessor, the V8. It is Dyson's most powerful digital vacuum motor yet, capable of 125,000 rotations per minute (up from the V8's 110,000 rpm).
In fact, Dyson founder James Dyson is so confident about the V10 that his company has stopped making corded vacuum cleaners. In other words, he thinks the Cyclone V10 Absolute is the only vacuum cleaner one needs. Really?
The unit used in this review is the V10 Absolute + ($1,199). There is also an identical-looking V10 Absolute ($999) version.
The main difference between them is the bin volume - the V10 Absolute+'s is 220ml bigger than that of the V10 Absolute.
The plus version also has three more accessories - an extension hose, a flexi-crevice tool and a tool bag.
Otherwise, both versions have the same accessories, including the soft-roller cleaner head (for bigger pieces of debris), combination tool, mini motorised tool (great for cars), mini soft-dust brush and direct-drive cleaner head, which I used most often for this review.
Like Dyson's previous cordless vacuum cleaners, the V10 looks ultra-futuristic. Without any accessories attached, it looks like a handgun from a sci-fi movie. It has a hand grip with a trigger that you press to activate its suction power. On top, there is a switch to adjust the three levels of suction power.
PRICE: $999 (Absolute),$1,199 (Absolute +, version tested)
WEIGHT: 2.5kg (Absolute),2.7kg (Absolute +)
BATTERY LIFE: 5/5
VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/5
However, compared with its predecessor, the V10's design has been streamlined. While the airflow of the V8 takes a 90-degree turn from the cyclones - conical containers that remove particulates from the air stream - to the bin, the V10's cyclones and bin assembly line up to forma straight-line airflow path - improving suction by 20 per cent.
This linear design also allows a "point-and-shoot" bin-emptying mechanism. Simply push the red lever at the bottom of the bin forward to slide the bin out to empty its content.
I used the V10 with its direct-drive cleaner head to vacuum my 90 sq m flat on its lowest suction power. While it usually takes me one hour to clean my home using my $3,000-odd industrial-grade (but bulky) Rainbow vacuum cleaner, using the V10 took me only about 30 minutes as it was more convenient to move around.
Despite the shorter time, I found that the machine did not pick up as much dirt and hair as my Rainbow vacuum cleaner when used on the lowest suction power. I ended up repeating the vacuuming.
On a full charge, the V10 can last up to 60 minutes using the lowest suction power - probably the best battery life for its genre.
However, its battery cannot be swopped. So, if you have a bigger house and need more time to clean, the V10 cannot be your only vacuum cleaner.
Another downside is the lack of a trigger lock, which is also absent in its predecessor. Having one would make the device more convenient to use as your finger does not need to press the trigger all the time. I found myself having to change the finger pressing the trigger, as each finger gets numb pretty quickly.
• Verdict: The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute + is a superb cordless vacuum cleaner that is the best of its class. However, it is still short of being the only vacuum cleaner you need.