Woman vacuuming a rug with the Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Stick Vacuum

Is it possible to have a crush on a vacuum cleaner? Because every time Dyson launches a new model, I think to myself, “Wow, perfection has officially been reached.” But until last year, I never felt like I could justify the splurge—even though my friends all gave the brand rave reviews.

Then in July 2020, after landing a new job, I decided to treat myself to the Dyson V11 Torque Drive cordless vacuum—the most affordable model in the brand’s latest V11 range. Forget a new dress, vacation or spa day; the most beautiful vacuum on the market felt like the perfect reward.

But could a Dyson stick vacuum live up to my epic expectations? Here’s my Dyson V11 review.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive cordless stick vacuum

Dyson V11B Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum, Refurbished

Run time: Up to 60 minutes (it depends on the mode you choose)

Charge time: 4.5 hours

Power settings: Eco, Auto, Boost

Bin volume: 0.76 litres

In the box: Six vacuum heads, wand storage clip, charger and docking station

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How I Use My Dyson

How long I’ve had my Dyson V11: Eight months

How often I use it: One or two times per week on laminate floor and tiles, plus every two weeks on all my rugs (plus, I shake out my mats and blankets and get under furniture)

Why I bought it: I chose the Dyson V11 Torque Drive for three reasons:

  1. I hate using a clunky vacuum and the Dyson V11 is colourful and sleek. I figured I might want to clean if I had a pretty vacuum.
  2. I was tired of navigating around the cord of my corded model. I knew I wanted a cordless vacuum.
  3. I wanted powerful suction because I hate the feeling of a dusty floor, or the thought of hidden dirt and pet hair ground into my rugs.

Why I Love It

1It has a simple LCD screen with helpful notifications.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive LCD screen

This vacuum is teched out! It has an LCD screen that shows you what mode you’re in: battery-saving Eco mode, mid-suction Auto mode and powerful-but-battery-draining Boost mode. Plus, the timer displays how many minutes you have left until you need to charge. The screen will also flag if the vacuum requires maintenance.

2It tidies messes large and small—from pet hair to fine dust.

Pet hair on laminate floor

The Dyson V11 can work wonders on your floors—whether your child has a Kinetic Sand obsession or you like to leave the windows open and dust or pollen coats your floors. I have two dogs that shed—a lot. My Dyson sucks up pet hair without a problem and I’ve even noticed that my nose is less stuffed up than it used to be. It does a way better job of cleaning up fine dust and dander than my old vacuum, making it helpful for people with allergies.

The V11 also has these helpful features:

  • A crevice tool so you can suck crumbs, dirt and hair out of tight spaces
  • A washable lifetime filter

3The suction power is amazing on rugs.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive vacuum head on rug

I think part of the reason the Dyson V11 is so good at reducing allergies is because it has really powerful suction on carpet, where all those sneaky dust, pollen and dander particles hide.

  • If you use Auto mode, it will sense the difference between hard flooring and carpet and will increase power as necessary.
  • If you use Boost mode, you’ll have twice the suction of any other cord-free vacuum (according to Dyson). You can feel the power and see all the junk it sucks up when you look at the see-through dust bin.

4It’s really easy to clean out the bin—and untangle long hair.

Dyson V11 Torque Drive full dust bin

The V11 has a “point and shoot” dust bin. All you have to do is press a button and the bin empties. It’s easy and hygienic. Plus, long hair won’t clog the filter, which is great since my hair is super long. I do find that my hair sometimes tangles around the cleaner head, but the hair is really easy to remove. It never takes me more than 30 seconds.

What I Would Change

As much as I love my Dyson, it’s not perfect.

  • It’s a little heavy. It weighs 6.6 pounds, which is lighter than many other stick vac models, but I wish it was even lighter. That said, I wouldn’t give up the powerful suction to save a pound or two in weight.
  • You can’t lock the power button. The V11 has major power and pretty long battery life. To balance these two competing features, the vacuum doesn’t have a lock button, since it’s not energy efficient to run the vacuum when it’s not actively being used.

Is It Worth the Splurge?

If you crave a deep clean or have allergies, the V11 Torque Drive is a solid bet. But since a new Dyson stick vacuum costs more than $700, you might want to consider a refurbished Dyson instead (and look for “B” in the model name). The Dyson Official Outlet is a reputable retailer based in Mississauga and sold on Walmart.ca. It offers refurbished Dyson vacuums, fans and purifiers at a fraction of the cost of a brand-new model.

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