Update for 12 December 2019: This deal has returned for the weeks leading up to Christmas, as we hoped it would. Dyson says its now on until 18 December.
If you’ve had your eye on Dyson’s top-end V11 Absolute cordless vacuum, but been put off by the £600 price tag, this is your moment. We’ve spotted it on sale for £100 less than the usual price.
The V11 Absolute is the crème de la crème of Dyson’s cordless cleaning arsenal. It has a smart digital display with real-time battery countdown, and an auto-cleaning mode that should take the hassle out of your weekly clean. But that tech doesn’t come cheap – it’s one of the most expensive vacuum cleaners you can buy.
Genuine savings on Dyson vacuums are hard to come by. We’ve been keeping tabs on the V11 since it launched and this is the first significant price drop we’ve seen.
It was originally a time-limited offer from 27 October – 5 November, but was extended to 19 November and made a brief return for Black Friday weekend,. Now its back until 18 December.
It looks like this might be the new normal, which means it’s definitely worth considering over the V11 Animal and V10 models, whose prices haven’t moved at all.
- Dyson V11 Absolute review – get our independent verdict on whether the cleaning power lives up to the price
- Keep up to date with the latest deals, and get the inside track on typical pricing with our guide to Dyson cordless vacuum deals
Should you buy the Dyson V11 Absolute?
£100 is a decent saving on the typical price of this model, bringing it down to the same price as the lower-spec V11 Animal (which doesn’t have the auto-clean feature).
At just shy of £500, it’s not exactly cheap though. So it is worth it?
Dyson is hoping to tempt you with some clever features designed to make cleaning less of a chore. These include:
- Automatic cleaning mode – adjusts suction power depending on the surface you’re cleaning, by measuring resistance against the brush bar. This should save battery when you’re cleaning hard floors, but then ramp up the suction for a thick carpet without you having to think about it.
- Digital countdown display – the V11 is the only cordless vacuum to give you a to-the-second countdown of how much cleaning time you have left. It updates based on the setting you choose and will also let you know when it’s time to clean the filters or if there’s a blockage.
It’s also got a longer battery life than previous Dyson models: a full 60 minutes when using the eco setting.
Other nice extras include a larger dust container with a redesigned emptying system that should mean fewer dust clouds, and a handy clip to keep mini tools with you as you clean.
This makes it a more viable replacement for your main vacuum cleaner than ever before. But you’ll want to ensure it’s brilliant at cleaning too. See our full Dyson V11 Absolute review for our verdict, or compare the whole range using our Dyson cordless vacuum reviews.
Cheap vs expensive cordless vacuums
Prices for cordless cleaners vary from just £50 to an eye-watering £700. You don’t have to spend a small fortune to get a good one, but the cheaper end of the market is packed with poor performers, so you have to choose carefully.
More than a third of the cordless vacuum cleaners we’ve tested aren’t up to scratch, and many of those are the cheaper options. You can see the full list of models to avoid in our round-up of Don’t Buy cordless vacuum cleaners.
But paying more is no guarantee of greatness, as we’ve also found some pricey models that disappoint. The good news is that there are a couple of excellent options around the £200 mark.
You may not get quite as much battery life, or as many flashy extras, but our top budget picks get the basics on point. See the best cordless vacuums.
Three cheaper rivals to the Dyson V11 Absolute
Tineco Pure One S12 – £470
This model has similar features to the V11 Absolute, including an auto cleaning mode and a digital display. It’s got some extras up its sleeve too, including swappable batteries, a smartphone app, a filter-cleaning gadget and swipable power controls for extra oomph at the flick of a finger.
It’s the nearest rival in terms of features to the V11 Absolute, and now the prices are also pretty similar. Read our full Tineco Pure One S12 review to see what we thought of it and how it compares to the Dyson.
Shark DuoClean Anti-Allergen IF130UKTH – £279
This Shark is a sharp-looking cordless stick vacuum with a premium price. As its name suggests, it’s supposed to be good for allergy sufferers; it comes with a fully sealed filtration system that claims to trap 99.9% of fine particles. It also has a flexible joint in the tube so you can get it under furniture more easily, and fold it over for storage.
There’s a version with two swappable batteries so you can reload part way through a clean if you run short on juice (IF260UKTH). Read our full Shark DuoClean Anti-Allergen review to see if it’s really a good choice for those with an aversion to dust.
Vax Blade 2 Max VBT3ASV1 – £199
This model looks like a positive bargain compared with the offerings from Dyson, Shark and Tineco. It’s actually down from its usual price of £250, too, so it’s even cheaper than usual.
It’s got LED lights on the floorhead to light the way, as well as an unusual side-on dust container that Vax says improves suction and makes it easier to handle and empty. Find out whether this competitively priced model can challenge pricier rivals in the full Vax Blade 2 Max review.
Our cordless vacuum tests
Which? independently tests every cordless vacuum cleaner in exactly the same way, so you can compare them to find the best. We assess everything from cleaning performance on different floor types and with different types of muck, to battery life, noise, effectiveness of allergy filters and overall ease of use.
For the full story on how we come up with our final test score, read our guide to how we test cordless vacuum cleaners.