Cordless vacuums have come a long way since the original Dustbuster. Luckily, minimal suction and substandard battery power are a thing of the past. With the advent of lithium batteries, cordless vacuums have increased in power and the amount of time it can be used between charges.
Three of the best cordless vacuums on the market today are the Tineco A10 Master, the Tineco A11 Master, and the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute. So, which one is best for you and your household? While it depends on your and your household’s needs, for our money, the Tineco A11 Master is the best vacuum for the price. We’ve based this on a variety of factors, such as power, price, and features.
But the A11 may not be the best bet for every household so we’ve got you covered with some detail. We’ll take a look at the features of each, as well as the similarities and differences and answer some frequently asked questions about the three powerhouses. Let’s dive into it.
Seriously Powerful Vacuums
These aren’t your grandparent’s cordless vacuums. These three machines all use a lithium-ion battery, which makes all the difference to cordless vacuum cleaners. A lithium-ion battery can hold a charge far longer than other types of batteries. They last longer; they weigh less and you don’t need to fully discharge the battery in order to prevent decreasing run-time. That’s critical to a cordless vacuum. No one wants to continue to vacuum just to run down a battery. Lithium batteries are more light-weight, too, making vacuuming with all these an easy chore, rather than one to be avoided at all costs.
While each vacuum has a different suction power, even the lowest is comparable with a corded vacuum. Each gives you the ability to clean up even the dirtiest floors. So we know they’ve got power and suction. What about the other similarities?
How Are The Tineco A10, Tineco A11 and Dyson V10 Alike?
Beyond the lithium battery which helps with the run-time and suction power, what other features do the Tineco A10, the Tineco A11 and the Dyson V10 have in common? All of them have a powerful brush or attachments that can tackle hardwood floors, laminate floors, carpet, tile or linoleum. In Tineco’s case, it’s the LED Multi-tasker power brush. This is the standard brush on the Tineco vacuums and it’s very effective on carpets. However, Tineco also offers the LED soft-roller power brush, which is better used for harder floors like wood or tile. Similarly, Dyson has a torque drive cleaner head or a soft roller cleaner head for use on carpets or harder floors. All these attachments do a good job at agitating dirt out of carpets or suctioning up the debris from hardwood floors.
Each of these vacuums uses a 4 stage fully-sealed filtration system. If you’ve used vacuums with older filtration systems, you know how important this is. Using a 4 stage filtration system traps even small dirt and dust particles inside the filter and promises no leakage, ensuring cleaner air for your home. This is especially useful for anyone in your home who may suffer from allergies.
All these vacuums come with a crevice tool, allowing you to get in corners and hard to reach places. They also have a soft dusting brush for more fragile places in your home. Attachments per model can vary but the basic tools needed for almost any job are included with each vacuum.
But How Are The Tineco A10, Tineco A11 and Dyson V10 Different?
For all their similarities, the models do have differences and some of them are fairly significant. Most notably, they differ in the areas of price, battery, filter, features, and power. Depending on your needs, these may matter to you or they may not.
The Tineco A10 Master is the oldest model reviewed and it’s priced accordingly. At $249, it’s the cheapest of the bunch. The A11 model by Tineco comes in at $399 and the Dyson is at the higher end of the spectrum, coming in at $426.
Both the Tineco models have detachable batteries. For some customers, that’s a big deal. On both these vacuums, you can continue cleaning with one battery while charging the other in the handy docking station Tineco provides you. That means almost unlimited vacuuming, if that’s your thing. The A11 model offers more battery life than the A10 model, giving you more runtime on one battery with the latest version. The Dyson has a slightly more powerful battery but it’s not detachable, which means you have to charge the whole unit when the battery runs down. The positive side of this is the Dyson offers more power for that one battery so you can almost always get your entire vacuuming done before the battery runs out of juice.
The Dyson also requires that you wash the filter when you clean the vacuum itself. Washing the filter takes minutes but you then have to let it air dry, which can take hours, which is why most customers let it dry overnight. Both Tineco models have a filter cleaning tool included to easily clean the filter without using water, offering you no down time with the Tineco vacuums.
All three models come with similar features, such as heads that can clean hardwood floor and heads that can clean carpeting. One feature in which they differ is the continuous power button offered by Tineco. The Tineco models have a pull trigger which will start the vacuum only when your finger is on the trigger but they also offer a button that will offer continuous cleaning once you press it. The Dyson only has a trigger so, once you take your finger off, the vacuum stops. Another feature is the dust bin and both the Dyson Absolute and the Tineco A11 Master have larger bins for capturing dirt, at 0.54L and 0.6 L, respectively. The Tineco A10 offers a relatively small 0.4 liter bin, which may mean you have to change it out more often while vacuuming. Both Tinecos do have an LED headlight on the front of the unit, handy when trying to spot dirt or dust in dark places. The Dyson does not.
Dyson comes out on top in the power department. The Dyson Absolute offers a whopping 150 watts of suctioning power on max power, allowing you to suck up even the grimiest mess. Vacuuming on max should be an infrequent occurrence, because it’s so powerful it uses up battery life very quickly. Most customers find the medium setting to be more than adequate, but it’s nice to know that the max setting is there if you need it. Conversely, the Tineco A10 only offers 110 watts of suction power, while the Tineco A11 offers 120. Don’t get it wrong. 110 and 120 watts should be perfectly fine for your cleaning needs but Dyson does offer a bigger bang for the buck in that department.
Features of Tineco A10, Tineco A11 and Dyson V10
Tineco A10 Master
- Only costs $249
- Lightest weight of all three vacuums
- Least power of all three vacuums
- Shortest run time of all three vacuums
- Small dust bin
Tineco A11 Master
- Up to 50 minutes run-time
- 120 watts of suction power
- Largest dust bin of all three vacuums
- Most attachments of all three vacuums
- Not as powerful as the Dyson
Dyson V10 Absolute
- Most power of all three vacuums
- Up to 60 minutes of run-time
- Long lasting battery
- Highest priced of all three vacuums
The Comparison Table
|Feature||Tineco A10||Tineco A11||Dyson V10|
|Dimensions||12.5 x 8.3 x 43.3 in.||12.6 x 6.9 x 30.2 in.||9.8 x 10.1 x 49.2 in.|
|Weight||5.3 lbs||5.5 lbs||5.88 lbs|
|Power||110 Watts||120 Watts||150 Watts|
|Battery Type||2 pcs 2000mAH, detachable||2 pcs 2000mAH, detachable||1 2600mAH, attached|
|Dustbin Capacity||0.4 L||0.6 L||0.54 L|
|Attachments||crevice tool, hair cleaning tool, LED Multi-task power brush, soft roller power brush, mini power brush, 2-in 1 dusting brush||LED Multi-task power brush, mini power brush, crevice tool, 2-in 1 dusting brush, hair cleaning tool, soft roller power brush, soft dusting brush, flexible long crevice tool, multi-angle folding tool, flexible extension hose||Torque drive cleaner head, combination tool, crevice tool, mini soft dusting brush, mini-motorized tool|
Frequently Asked Questions
So what’s the best vacuum? One of the Tinecos or the Dyson?
It depends entirely upon what you’re looking for in your cordless vacuum. While higher-priced, Dyson offers more power. Although it doesn’t have the dual batteries of the Tinecos, which offer continuous cleaning, you may not need that extra battery if your house is of an average size. All three offer serious power but the runtime on the Tineco A11 and the Dyson V10 is very good, while the A10 model did not perform as well in this area. All three vacuums have their strong and weak points. It really boils down to what your home is like and the features that may suit you and your lifestyle better.
How long will the batteries actually last?
Run on average power, the Tineco A10 will run for 25 to 30 minutes. At max power, you may get 10-15 minutes out of it. The Tineco A11 will last for about 45 minutes on average power and about 15-20 on max power. The Dyson will last about 45-50 minutes on average and about 15 on max power. Keep in mind that you don’t need max power for most jobs and the battery should get even better after a few uses.
Who owns these companies, anyway?
Dyson is owned by James Dyson, who was so frustrated with his family’s vacuum that he invented a better one in 1978 using cyclone technology. Tineco is a smart appliance brand under the Ecovacs Robotics Group, a Chinese technology company.
Will Tineco A10, Tineco A11, and Dyson V10 get under furniture?
It depends on how low your furniture is but all three vacuums should be able to maneuver easily under furniture a foot off the ground.
Are Tineco A10/A11 and Dyson V10 really lightweight?
They are all very lightweight, all coming in at under 6 pounds.
Can I vacuum my couch and car with these vacuums?
Yes, you can. They all break down to handheld models so you can take them out to the car or get hard to reach places on your couch or chairs.
Tineco A10 vs Tineco A11 vs Dyson V10: Which is better?
We like Tineco A11. It’s a good cordless with plenty of power, detachable batteries, LED headlight, the filter you can clean and reuse immediately and more attachments for the price. But we do like all these vacuum cleaners. If you can’t afford the Tineco A11 Master or Dyson Cyclone V10 right now, the Tineco A10 should suit you fine, especially if you have a small home or not much cleaning to do. If you require more power and have the funds, the Dyson may be the right choice for you. The Tineco A11 just has the best bang for the buck, in our opinion.