Dyson has embraced artificial intelligence in its latest vacuum cleaner. The Dyson V11 using complex algorithms to determine when you need more suction power as you clean your house.
The new cordless vacuum follows on from last year's Dyson V10 Absolute and sees a number of design tweaks and performance changes.
It sports a similar form factor, but is fitted with a new, more powerful but, perhaps most importantly, quieter motor.
Other changes include an improved filter claimed to be easier to clean, plus a digital display on the back of the device to inform you how much battery life you have left. It also tells you what cleaning mode is selected.
In terms of tech, the biggest change of all is Dyson’s decision to embrace sensors on a new brush bar. They relay back to the main unit, telling it what surface you are cleaning. That then changes the V11's power usage accordingly.
It’s this approach, via a new "auto" mode, that has enabled Dyson to promise 60 minutes of continuous clean time. This is a considerably boost over the previous model.
The Dyson V10 required users to manually opt between three settings. But, while that is still possible with the V11, it will also now do that for you.
Meanwhile, if you do opt to go for the Boost (previously Max) setting you’ll get 12 minutes on a single charge. That is a considerable leap over the last model's maximum time of 8 minutes.
As well as battery and cleaning mode, the V11's display is used to alert you when the airway is blocked. It also gives basic instructions on how to change the filter – although, as we found in our quick demo, is incredibly easy anyway.
Dyson has gone back to the drawing board with the cleaning head too. Available in the all singing all dancing V11 Absolute offering, the unit has an improved brush bar, with a wider array of bristles and a power slider to clean things like rugs without ripping them up off the floor.
Realising that people lift the cleaner as they pull back, there is now a much bigger seal on the back of the head to improve suction.
Our quick hands-on with the V11 proved that it certainly feels better than the V10 we've been using to clean over the last 12 months. It does also feel a little heavier though.
The addition of the screen improves the cleaner in a number of ways. It gives you a quick indication of what mode you are in - although that's fairly easy to tell simply based on the power of the suck and the noise the machine makes. And it is handy to see how much battery life to complete your clean.
Testing the "auto" mode during the launch, we found it cleaned a mixture of substances from rice to salt, switching between carpet and lino at ease. It detected what was happening and changed suction power accordingly. It works well we think, but with a quick tap you can always override the auto mode if you’re not happy.
The V11 Animal, which is the same as the Absolute but without the high torque brush bar and surface detecting sensors, is a bit cheaper at £449.