Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Review

Let me start this Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal review by saying I love vacuuming! I rank it right up there with getting wisdom teeth pulled and getting kicked right in the seeds. So if I know I don’t like it, I might as well get the easiest vacuum out there. 

That was my goal in buying the Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal vacuum. Now that I put it through its paces I can give you this Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal review.

What is the Dyson cyclone V 10 animal?

Dyson is a company that’s probably best known for making vacuums. They have long had a group of corded vacuums that worked wonderfully. A move to cordless vacuums should give the same results given their track record. The Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal is a product that combines exceptional suction power, lightweight design, and the ability to vacuum without a power cord.

I have always hated trying to vacuum around with a power cord. It was ALWAYS getting in the way. When I saw the Dyson was now making cordless vacuums, this became a must-have for me.

Let me say up front that the “animal” part of the Dyson Cyclone really did not matter to me. I don’t have any pets so I can’t vouch for how this does with animals. I picked this one simply because it seemed to be the best fit for me that I found on Amazon.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Review

Even without being much of a vacuum expert, my concern was how long would a cordless vacuum run. If you were trying to vacuum an entire house, could you do that on one charge? 

It was hard not to have confidence in Dyson. I’ve owned two other Dyson vacuums before and they are consistently great products. So I figured a Dyson cordless vacuum would be no exception. In fact this cordless worked so well, I had to read the instructions to figure out how to dial it down a couple of notches!!

This Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Review Will Show You Why This May Be The Only Vacuum You Will Ever Need

Let’s go back to how this thing was working TOO WELL. I was having two issues with the vacuum when I first bought it:

  • The battery charge was not lasting long
  • The vacuum would get “stuck” on the floor. It was very hard to roll back and forth.

Now naturally when I first used the thing I cranked all the settings to MAX. Why not? I always figure what is the point of not using something you have “bought”. So with a vacuum, why not have it suck as hard as possible (insert your own joke here!).

So here was the issue. When you set the Dyson Cyclone to MAX suction, the battery life…..well it sucks. (oh man how did I come up with that one!). I was getting maybe 7 or 8 minutes of use per charge. I was thinking maybe I had a bad battery.

At the same time, I had a really hard time moving it on carpeted floors. It would literally just get stuck. I found myself merely dragging the vacuum across the floor. Problem? The suction was TOO STRONG!!

Vacuuming was taking forever. I thought maybe there was a problem with the vacuum head rollers. This of course was not a problem because I love vacuuming so much!

I’m ashamed to admit how many hours I spent vacuuming with this unit before I realized “maybe if I turned the suction down, both problems would be solved.”

The suction settings are 1 dot, 2 dots and max. I switched it from max down to two dots. 

Lo and behold the vacuum functioned much better and the battery life lasted all the time I needed to get my vacuuming done around the house. Probably best to read the directions first, but that’s just not me. I would rather keep doing it wrong for a while and then finally figure it out:). 

It’s all about the attachments with the Dyson Cyclone

The Dyson Cyclone comes with four different attachments. It also includes an extension wand. When you combine all these tools, there’s really not a situation where you can’t use this vacuum.

So you can easily use this around the house vacuuming carpets and floors. You can also add attachments to vacuum things like your car or get into hard to reach and delicate areas. The added bonus is always that there’s no power cord to have plugged-in that tangles around you while you work.

When you use the head with a powered roller it is going to use more battery life. In my experience, so long as you’re not on max suction, this is not gonna make a huge difference when trying to get work around your house done.

So in my daily use, I will take two of the attachments. I will vacuum the floors normally with the wand and the powerhead. Then I can attach a crevice tool that I carry in my pocket to get in hard-to-reach areas like windows and baseboards.

Charge It

The Dyson Cyclone comes with a wall mounting rack. The mounting rack allows you to run the power cord into the rack so that when the vacuum is mounted there it will charge as well.

I must say I found the setup a little bit odd. I assumed there would be a more “permanent” attachment point for the charging. All you’re really doing is routing a charging wire through the mounting bracket and then the vacuum simply sits on that. I have not had any issues with this to date but it does seem a bit “flimsy.”

Why I think the Dyson Cyclone is the only vacuum you’ll ever need

Combine the four big points I have highlighted here:

  • Great suction
  • Cordless
  • Attachments to fit any need
  • Ample, if not extraordinary battery life

When taken together, this vacuum can do practically any job around the house. Yes, it will not last as long as a corded vacuum would, but I doubt there’s a cordless vacuum in the world that could. I found that this vacuum really is the best of all worlds and it has been a game-changer for me to make something easier that I absolutely hate to do!

Is there any reason to choose a corded vacuum over this one?

Well, I can think of a couple of things. First off is cost. It seems that with most electronics, cordless versions cost more than a corded version. Dyson Vacuums seem to be no different. Second of course is going to be runtime. If you were going to be vacuuming for a very long time, this battery is not going to last forever so a corded unit may be for you.