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Dyson V11 vs Dreame V11

Showdown of the Dyson V11 Absolute vs Dreame V11 cordless vacuums

Our best reviewed cordless vacuum faces off against the challenger from China.

You could even say it’s the Goliath against David of the vacuuming world.

We put both the Dyson V11 Absolute vs Dreame V11 through the wringer. And we can now reveal their differences and similarities and which might be the better choice for you.

The Dreame V11, which is much cheaper than the Dyson V11, came out with flying colours in our test.

But is it on par with our best reviewed cordless vacuum, the Dyson V11?

The Dyson cleaning performance and an innovative automatic cleaning system.

Are you ready for an exciting comparison that will help with your purchase decision?

Let’s dive into it.

Dreame V11 and Dyson V11 face each other in the picture.

Strengths of the Dyson V11 Absolute:

  • Exceptional cleaning performance
  • New automatic floor roller
  • LED display
  • Perfect for allergy sufferers
  • Replaceable battery
  • Long battery runtime

Strengths of the Dreame V11:

  • Relatively quiet
  • Price
  • Many accessories
  • OLED display
  • Decent cleaning performance
  • Long battery runtime

Comparing Cleaning Performance

At Smart-Home-Fox, we put all devices through a standardised cleaning performance test.

We check exactly how well each cordless vacuum gets rid of dirt on different floor types (various carpets and hard floors).

Each device also has to clean up different kinds of dirt.

In total, we conduct 9 cleaning tests in addition to our everyday life-test. For this last part we track how well a device performs over a longer period of time.

The overall cleaning result of the Dyson V11 Absolute and the Dreame V11

Dyson V11 Dreame V11
99% 88%

You can find more details in the Dyson V11 Absolute review and the Dreame V11 review.

Comparing cleaning results on hard floors

Here the two vacuums were almost on par. Both cordless vacuums left almost no dirt behind and performed very well.

You could say that hard floors are the Dreame V11's speciality. The soft roller that comes with it (instead of the standard floor nozzle) makes all the difference here.

The Dreame V11's cleaning test on hard floor

The Dyson V11 performs better on hard floors but is not as good as on carpets.

To cut the Dyson some slack, we did use its standard brush (= carpet brush that also works on hard floors).

When we attached the included soft roller, the Dyson V11 left the floor spotless.

The Dyson V11's cleaning test on hard floor

Comparison of cleaning performance on low carpet

The short carpet is no real challenge for the Dyson. It sucked up everything - lentils, sand, oats - flawlessly.

The cleaning test of the Dyson V11 on short carpet

The Dreame didn’t have any problems with lentils, but it reached its limits with sand and our oat flakes. We had to vacuum it three times until the job was fully done.

It’s not a big deal to be fair, but it takes a little more time.

The cleaning test of the Dreame V11 on short carpet

Cleaning test on long carpet: Dyson V11 vs Dreame V11

The combination of sand and high carpet...

...that's a nightmare for many cordless vacuum cleaners. But the Dyson V11 hardly reaches its limits here. It even removed more dirt than we had spread on the carpet. An outstanding result!

It was a slightly different story with the oatmeal. The Dyson got such a strong suction that it got stuck on the carpet. The oatmeal couldn’t fit directly through the opening of the brush.

But that’s no biggie: simply choose a less powerful suction level and off you go. Now the Dyson can also seamlessly remove oatmeal.

The Dyson V11 cleaning test on long carpet

The Dreame V11’s result on long carpet was similar to the performance on short carpet.

There’s some room for improvement here, too.

It’s probably because the Dreame doesn’t have a floor brush specifically for carpets, it’s only got a soft roller.

The cleaning test of the Dreame V11 on long carpet

Conclusion of the cleaning test

The king of cordless vacuums easily defends its throne in this category.

Even though the cleaning result of the Dreame V11 is decent, it cannot compete with the Dyson V11 here.

Differences in Design: Dyson V11 Absolute vs Dreame V11

Dyson has always put much emphasis on the design...

The design of the Dyson V11
Dyson V11

Dreame V11

...and the appearance of the Dyson V11 is also top-notch - as usual.

The motor unit and the dirt container are positioned vertically, which is a considerable advantage when emptying the Dyson V11.

The Dreame V11 looks like an old Dyson model.

The motor unit and the dirt container are horizontal.

All in all, the appearance is a matter of taste.

It’s up to you whether you prefer Dreame’s retro look or Dyson’s futuristic look.

From our point of view, the workmanship of both devices is excellent.

The devices have a high-quality feel during the use. You can easily attach accessories, and their mechanisms work very well, too.

Comparing the Displays

Both devices come with a practical display.

While Dyson relies on LCD technology here, Dreame has installed an OLED display.

Comparison of what the displays of the devices show

Dyson V11 Absolute Dreame V11
Battery runtime live Battery status in %
Low battery warning Low battery warning
Current suction level Current suction level
Brush is blocked Clean brush
Clean filter Clean filter
Error messages Error messages
Short help videos

Size and Weight in Comparison

The size of the Dyson V11 Absolute
Dyson V11

The size of the Dreame V11
Dreame V11

The size of the two devices differs by about 10 cm.

Amazingly, you hardly notice this when vacuuming. Both devices adapt perfectly to body size when cleaning.

The weight of the Dyson V11 and the Dreame V11 is also similar. The market leader weighs 3.05 kg, and the Dreame weighs 2.9 kg.

Size and weight of the cordless vacuum cleaners at a glance

Dyson V11 Dreame V11
128 cm 122 cm
3.05 kg 2.9 kg

What accessories do these vacuums bring to the table?

Here the Dyson V11 Absolute vs Dreame V11 enter the next round.

Without doubt: accessories are essential when buying a (battery) vacuum.

But which one of these two offers the best accessories?

All accessories of the Dyson V11
Accessories of the Dyson V11

All accessories of the Dreame V11
Accessories of the Dreame V11

Your advantage: There are many useful extras that you can get a hold of when buying.

Dyson V11 vs Dreame V11: Comparison of accessories

Dyson V11 Dreame V11
Torque Drive Nickel (Standard Brush) Yes No
Electric brush with soft roller Yes Yes
Combo brush Yes Yes
Suction pipe Yes Yes
Crevice nozzle Yes Yes
Mini electric brush Yes Yes
Soft brush (for dusting) Yes No
Hard brush (for rough surface) Yes No
Wall mount Yes Yes
Flex hose No Yes
Accessory holder suction tube Yes No
Charger Yes Yes
Total number of accessories 11 8

The Dyson V11 Absolute is very well thought out. All the attachments are practical and useful.

We particularly like the fact that the Dyson V11 Absolute has two rollers for cleaning the floor.

The Floor Brushes

The torque drive of the Dyson V11

The Torque-Drive from Dyson is an all-round brush. The soft roller is particularly suitable for cleaning hard floors.

Your advantage: The torque drive automatically adapts to the ground. This technology is unique.

The Dreame V11, on the other hand, only comes with a soft roller. It’s a shame, and we can’t understand why it’s just one.

The soft roller of the Dyson V11
Dyson V11

The soft roller of the Dreame V11
Dreame V11

The Mini Electric Brush

It’s included in both devices. It works very well when removing pet hair or other dirt from upholstered furniture.

Your advantage: dog and cat hair can’T stand a chance on your upholstery anymore.

The Dyson V11 mini electric brush
Dyson V11

The mini electric brush of the Dreame V11
Dreame V11

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The Crevice Nozzle

The Dreame engineers came up with a real innovation here.

The crevice nozzle of the Dreame is a multitool which you can use with or without bristles. You can simply pull back the bristles to clean more sensitive surfaces.

The crevice nozzle of the Dyson V11
Dyson V11
The crevice nozzle of the Dreame V11
Dreame V11

Conclusion on Accessories

Both devices come with lots of useful accessories. The torque drive is an advantage for the Dyson V11.

Nevertheless, the manufacturer of the Dreame includes a lot of accessories into the delivery scope, even though it’s got such a low price.

Comparing Cleaning Features

Cleaning features, cleaning functions...

...what’s that even supposed to be?

The cleaning performance of cordless vacuums depends on many factors.

Attention: Manufacturers often try to implement that strong suction power (Watt or Airwatt) alone is sufficient for good cleaning performance. But that’s wrong!

Many factors affect the cleaning result. We took a closer look at a couple of factors:

The Cleaning Brush

An important cleaning feature is the floor brush. That’s the attachment you choose to clean the floor.

It’s become a standard that this brush is now electric with every manufacturer.

It rotates relatively fast and flings the dirt into the suction pipe.

The Standard Brush of the Dreame V11

Dreame’s got a soft roller.

It does a great job when vacuuming hard floors such as laminate or parquet.

On carpet, however, this attachment reaches its limits.

The standard brush of the Dreame

Dyson V11’s Standard Brush: Torque Drive

That’s a real game-changer of the Dyson V11. The Dyson engineers have developed the so-called Dyson DLS system (Dynamic Load Sensor).

The brush always adapts to the floor and regulates the suction force independently thanks to this system.

Your advantage: You no longer have to adjust or even change the attachment for cleaning different floor types.

The torque drive of the Dyson V11

Suction Levels in Comparison

Another vital factor for the cleaning performance is the number of suction levels.

Suction levels of the Dreame V11

The Dreame V11 comes with three different suction levels:

  • Eco
  • Mid
  • Turbo

The manufacturer states that the Dreame achieves an impressive 150 air watts in turbo mode. This is an excellent performance on the same level as that of the Dyson V10, the predecessor of the Dyson V11.

The suction levels of the Dyson V11

The Dyson V11 also has three suction levels:

  • Eco
  • Med (automatic)
  • Boost

In the automatic mode, you can vacuum at ease. But you can also choose the mode yourself. This expands the possibilities.

In Boost mode, the Dyson reaches 185 air watts. You’ll notice that when you vacuum. That’s the strongest suction power of a cordless vacuum cleaner we have tested so far.

Your advantage: With the Dyson V11 you can do a deep-cleanse.

What’s the handling like?

Commissioning

It doesn't matter whether it's Dyson V11 or Dreame V11:

Everybody likes to unwrap a nice package.

Both packages include exciting accessories, and they got many surprises in stock for you.

We’re giving a bonus regarding sustainability for Dyson's packaging.

Advantage: Dyson doesn’t use environmentally harmful plastic in the packaging of the V11.

Unpacking and commissioning the Dyson V11 Absolute

Unpacking and commissioning the Dreame V11

Commissioning is quite simple with both devices. It’s self-explanatory!

You just have to choose the right accessories, and off you go.

Manoeuvrability

The floor rollers are connected to the suction tube by a joint which improves the cordless vacuums’ manoeuvrability.

The joint works great on both cordless vacuums and improves their mobility enormously.

Soft roller with joint for good manoeuvrability.

Nevertheless, this point goes to the Dyson V11, because it simply moves better over the floor.

Dreame uses some kind of small padding that get caught sometimes.

Dyson, on the other hand, relies on several small rollers that simply work better.

Thanks to the additional roller at the back of the soft roller, the Dyson glides smoothly over the floor.

The workmanship is more sophisticated and of higher quality.

The joint of the Dyson V11
The Joint of the Dyson V11

Dyson V11 soft roller from below
Dyson V11 Soft Roller

Power Button

That’s a popular topic among the few Dyson critics.

You can’t lock the pistol-like trigger on any Dyson device...

...they didn’t change that in the V11.

The power button of the Dyson V11
The power button of the Dyson V11

Your advantage: It should extend the battery life.

That way, you only activate the vacuum cleaner when you are actually vacuuming!

With Dreame V11, on the other hand, you can easily lock and release the power button.

The power button of the Dreame V11
The power button of the Dreame V11

Your advantage: The locking function is convenient for longer vacuuming.

It's hard to decide who gets the point here. But Dyson’s strategy to extend the battery runtime seems to work out.

The 2-in-1 function: conversion into cordless hand vacuums

One of the most significant advantages of the Dreame V11 and Dyson V11 is their 2-in-1 function.

The 2-in-1 function allows you to convert your cordless vacuum into a cordless hand vacuum.

Your advantage: That increases the application possibilities enormously.

You can easily convert both the Dyson and the Dreame within a few seconds.

The Dyson is a little heavier, but it's still great for vacuuming the car or cleaning pet hair from your upholstery with the mini electric brush.

The handling of the Dreame as a cordless hand vacuum cleaner is also excellent.

The Battery Life of the Dreame V11 vs Dyson V11

Battery life is an important criterion.

After all, whether you can vacuum your flat in one go or have to load it in between depends solely on the battery runtime.

That's why we compared the battery life of the Dyson V11 vs Dreame V11.

The battery life of both competitors is extraordinary.

Here’s an overview:

Dyson V11 Dreame V11
Suction mode Duration in minutes Suction mode Duration in minutes
Eco 70 Eco 90
Mild 55 Mild 45
Boost 8 Turbo 12

The runtime in medium mode matters the most. Because we normally use this mode most in everyday life.

The Eco mode is relatively weak, and the Boost or Turbo mode is extremely powerful in both devices... One could say it’s like cracking a nut with a sledgehammer ☺.

Dyson has an outstanding performance with 55 minutes, and Dreame’s 45 minutes are also great.

Sound Check

You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs, and you can't vacuum without a noise.

Neither Dyson nor Dreame can change that yet.

However, we measured a little over 70 dB with both cordless vacuums. You could compare that volume with the volume of a washing machine...

...so it’s bearable.

Comparing the volume of the Dyson V11 and Dreame V11
Comparing the Volume of the Dyson V11 and Dreame V11

Dyson V11 Absolute vs Dreame V11: Maintenance

Both the Dyson V11 Absolute and the Dreame V11 have different strengths and weaknesses regarding their maintenance.

When it comes to maintaining cordless vacuum cleaners, we are particularly interested in the following points:

  • Emptying and cleaning the dirt container
  • Maintenance or cleaning of the HEPA filter
  • Changing the battery

Emptying the Dirt Container

It’s crucial how you can empty the dirt container of a cordless vacuum cleaner.

How much dirt ends up in the trash? How much dirt sneaks back into your apartment and therefore also into your air? That depends entirely on the emptying process.

Especially allergy sufferers should pay attention to the emptying function when buying a cordless vacuum cleaner. That’s where you can separate the wheat from the chaff.

The motor and dust container’s vertical arrangement on the Dyson V11 is a real revolution in the emptying process.

You can push the dirt out of the container with the help of a slider on the bottom side.

You have to push the slider forward

Accurate emptying possible

It works very well, and all the dirt ends up in the bucket.

This feature makes the Dyson V11 particularly suitable for allergy sufferers.

The Dreame V11 caught us off-guard when we emptied it. The mechanism for opening and closing the container is of high quality and works perfectly.

Simply hold it over the trash and press the button. The dirt will fall out.

However, if something gets caught between the filter and the wall, you have clean it by hand.

Extra tip: We’d advise you to empty the dirt container outside above the trash. This way, the dirt won’t have a chance to sneak back into the flat.

How to clean the dirt container

You can remove the dirt container of the Dyson V11 with a push of a button. Then you can wash it and use it again once it's dry.

Removing the dirt container

Unfortunately, this does not work with the Dreame, because the container is not removable.

You have to clean it with a cloth and/or a brush.

The Maintenance and Cleaning of the HEPA filter

It’s easy peasy to clean the filter of both devices.

Both manufacturers use long-lasting HEPA filters (High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters).

Your advantages: Long-lasting filters are good for the environment and save a lot of money.

You can easily unscrew the filters and tap them out.

Cleaning the Dyson V11 HEPA filter

The maintenance of the Dreame filter

If a filter breaks or becomes too dirty, you can buy replacement filters for little money.

The Maintenance of the Battery

Battery maintenance is also a widespread issue with cordless vacuums.

Premium devices such as the Dyson V11 Absolute now have a click-in function for the battery. You can remove the battery with a simple push of a button and replace it with a fully charged one.

The charging time of Dyson V11 Absolute vs Dreame V11

The charging time for the Dyson V11 is 4.5 hours. Especially if you have two batteries for the Dyson V11, the charging time doesn’t really matter.

The Dreame V11 has a charging time of about 4 hours, which is insignificantly shorter than that of the Dyson V11.

The Dyson V11's replaceable battery

Your advantage: The replaceable battery doubles the battery runtime with a flick of the wrist.

The technology of the Dreame V11 is not quite as advanced yet. Unfortunately, you can’t replace its battery.

Note: This also means that you have to send the device in if the battery breaks.

Dyson V11 Absolute vs Dreame V11: Where to buy?

The best address to buy your Dyson is probably direct at the Dyson online shop. Direct contact and very good service wait for you.

This means that we can also get Dyson devices at the best price there.

You can buy the Dreame V11 online on Amazon. Here, too, you have some advantages when shopping, especially if you are a Prime customer.

Dyson V11 Absolute vs Dreame V11: Price-Performance and Conclusion

Dyson V11 vs Dreame V11: Aaaaaaand the winner is: Dyson V11, easily.

You need to know why the price of the Dyson V11 is almost twice as much as that of the Dreame V11.

But that's probably one of the main reasons why you're reading this article!

You can buy our test winner, the Dyson V11 Absolute, with premium quality and all its advantages, for an RRP of 649 euros.

The big advantage of the Dreame V11: you get it for the RRP of 349 euros.

Long story short: Quality has its price and investing in the Dyson V11 Absolute is "absolutely" worth it.

The Dyson V11 Absolute clearly won the race against the Dreame V11.

The best cleaning result, a high-quality finish and absolute user-friendliness impressed us. Dyson is our winner.

Nevertheless, the Dreame V11 also has a lot to offer. We recommend the device if you don't want to dig too deep into your pocket.

But you’ll have to make a few cuts compared to the Dyson V11.

Either way, your flat will be bright and shiny ☺

Joe

I have always been excited about smart home products. User-friendliness is one of the most important criteria for new products for me and my reviews should also be user-friendly. This way, you can find the product that suits you best and I hope that our test reports offer you real added value in this way.

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