Dyson has launched its biggest-capacity cordless vacuum cleaner yet in an attempt to extend the appeal of cordless cleaning to owners of larger homes, but can a big cordless vac still deliver on convenience?
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According to Dyson, the V11 Outsize can hold a litre more dust than its predecessor, the V11 Absolute, with increased suction power and a wider floorhead to boot.
The V11 Outsize, which launched in the US last March, is available in the UK from today. It costs £650; about £50 more than the V11 Absolute.
Sales of cordless vacuums have surged in recent years, with consumers embracing the convenience of cord-free cleaning. But their limited battery life and reduced dust capacity – the average dust capacity of a cordless vacuum is 0.7 litres, compared with 2.3 litres for corded vacuum – makes them a trickier sell for those with more floorspace to cover.
Read on to see what else is new with the V11 Outsize, and how it compares with rivals, or check our full Dyson V11 Absolute review to see how this similar version fared in our tough lab tests.
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Dyson V11 Outsize: what’s new?
Here’s a look at the key differences on the new Outsize model.
Larger floorhead and improved suction
Dyson says the V11 Outsize cleans deeper over a larger surface area than its predecessor, thanks to the improved suction and larger 32cm floorhead (25% wider than the existing V11 one).
This should mean you don’t have to spend quite as long going back and forth over larger floor areas, though you might struggle to squeeze it into smaller areas such as between chair legs.
Larger dust capacity for less frequent emptying
The biggest difference with the V11 Outsize is the dust capacity. This may not sound very exciting or groundbreaking, but it could mean considerably fewer trips to the bin, saving you time and effort.
While the V11 Absolute holds a respectable (for a cordless vac) 0.9 litres, the V11 Outsize can hold 1.9 litres of dust. This is much closer to what a traditional upright vacuum can hold, and means you shouldn’t have to empty the dust container anywhere near as often.
For context, we found that cleaning a four-bed home with the smaller V11 Absolute could require emptying the dust container almost every time you clean, which is a bit of a chore.
Weight and battery life could be an issue
Like its predecessor, the V11 Outsize comes with a digital display, which gives you a to-the-second battery life countdown and reminds you when (and how) to clean the filters. We really liked this feature.
All in all it sounds like a promising solution for those with bigger homes, but it’s worth bearing in mind the larger bin and floorhead does impact on weight.
In the case of cordless cleaners, bigger doesn’t always mean better – the V11 Outsize is heavier than its predecessors, which could get tiring when it comes to cleaning up high, or covering large amounts of floor space.
It’s also possible that the increased suction power will drain the battery faster than the V11 Absolute.
Battery life has improved in the latest models, with Dyson’s V11 range managing a good hour’s worth on the lower power settings, but, unlike some rivals, you can’t swap batteries easily mid-clean, so if you run out of juice you’ll need to wait for it to charge up again (interestingly, you can on the US version of this model).
We’ll be taking the V11 Outsize for a spin at home soon, and testing it in our labs as soon as possible. In the meantime, check our Dyson cordless vacuum reviews to see how the rest of the range measures up.
Dyson V11 Outsize vs rivals
If you’re in the market for a larger-capacity cordless cleaner, there are a few options to consider.
Bagged cordless models, such as those from Halo and Numatic, tend to squeeze in more dust, while upright-style cordless models from brands such as Shark and Lupe (not slim stick versions) also offer more big-home functionality.
We’ve picked out some other models suitable for larger homes so you can see how they compare:
* manufacturer claim, values for other vacuums based on our own tests
For those looking for larger capacity on a budget, the Halo is a good possible option – the disposable bags fit in more dust than average, but it’s still quite light and under £300.
Other cordless options with big capacities tend to be heavier than the Outsize, though the Henry, Lupe and Shark are all either cylinder or upright-style vacuums, so you don’t have to shoulder the weight in your hands as the weighty bits of the machine are in the base unit, not at the handle.
See all our top picks in our round-up of the best cordless vacuums you can buy.
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Are Dyson vacuum cleaners reliable?
Dyson cordless vacuums are top of many a wish list, but with prices topping £600 for the latest tech, you’ll want to know how well they last, as well as how effectively they clean compared to rivals.
To see how Dyson cordless cleaners last, and the most common problems people experience, take a look at our guide to the best and most reliable cordless vacuum cleaner brands.
Prices correct as of 20 January 2021