The Dyson V8 Absolute is arguably the best stick vacuum cleaner in the market, and it rightfully belongs in that spot. It is among the selected few stick vacs that can go toe-to-toe with upright vacuum cleaners in terms of cleaning power. The Tineco A10 Hero is also a high performer, although most people consider it a “Dyson knock-off”.
We understand why Tineco A10 was molded and fashioned to be like one of the best stick vacs of all time. The issue is not the emulation, as ideas are borrowed, it is a matter of delivering the perfect product that is either better or equal in performance and reliability, which Ecovacs (the parent company) did with the A10. Therefore, the A10 Hero is a budget-friendly version of the Dyson. Here is a head to head analysis of the Tineco A10 Hero versus the Dyson V8 Absolute.
When it comes to performance, the Dyson V8 is only second to the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute. The V8 boasts high suction power of up to 115 watts thanks to a unique combination of a digital motor and a 2 tier radial cyclones system. The cyclones are 15 in total and are arranged in two parallel tiers for maximum airflow and to trap fine dust. The digital motor is made up of steel shaft that spins at a high rate, which means the suction speed is very high, powerful and easily gets rid of all types of debris.
The Dyson V8 operates in two modes which are activated by a switch, the normal and maximum power. The max power mode is very powerful and energy consuming and can only provide 7 minutes of battery life. The normal mode is quieter and operates at a high level also. It is also lightweight with a total weight of only 5.8 lbs. Couple the compact lightweight with an ergonomic handle design and you have a very comfortable stick vac that is also very easy to handle on higher surfaces. It is also easy to assemble and disassemble most of its parts. To disassemble, just press a button and just dislodge the accessory away. Assembling is also as simple as snapping an accessory into place.
The Tineco A10 Hero also provides impressive performance. With a 350W digital motor, it can reach a suction power of up to 110 air watts. It operates on two power modes like the V8, the Max, and Non-max mode that are also activated with a switch. The max mode, though powerful it is actually ultra-quiet and has the same runtime of 7 minutes as the V8. It is lighter at 2.87 lbs. and can also be operated as a handheld device or as a stick vacuum by fixing the cleaning tools either on the machine or the wand, respectively. The A10 Hero comes with two trigger features: the first is the normal trigger mode that requires you to pull the trigger for it to work. The second is the continuous power mode that is activated by a trigger switch lock. The Dyson only has a normal trigger mode, which may be tiring to the hand.
Tools and Accessories
They both feature the same design and accessories. The V8 Absolute includes three powered cleaning heads for different surfaces, the Direct Drive head, the Mini Motorized head and the Soft Roller (fluffy) cleaning head. It also comes with a crevice tool and a brushing tool. The Soft Roller head is the highlight of this stick vac. It utilizes a combo of soft nylon fibres and antistatic carbon filaments that work gently on hard floors. The Direct Drive cleaner features stiff nylon bristles and is very effective on carpets, while the Mini Motorized is efficient in removing pet hairs and debris from upholstery, beddings, and furniture.
The Tineco A10 Hero comes with one cleaner head with a special brush roll that works on both hard floors and carpets. In front of the cleaner heads are five LED lights that illuminate the path when cleaning in dark areas. It also comes with a Mini Motorized tool that cleans away pet hairs, dander and debris from upholstery, furniture, and beddings. In addition, this stick vac comes with a dusting brush that doubles as a crevice tool and an upholstery tool.
Battery and Runtime
They both run on one lithium ion battery that is also installed below the handle in both cases. The V8 comes with a seven cell lithium ion NCA battery that can last up to 40 minutes without the powered head, 25 minutes with the spinning brush and 30 minutes with the fluffy head. It comes with a wall mount docking station that functions both as a storage attachment and a charging station. The recharge time for the V8 battery is around 5 hours.
The A10 Hero is powered by a 2000mAh lithium ion battery with a 21.6 voltage. It has a lower runtime of 25 minutes. However, the battery is detachable and you can use more than one battery for added runtime. The A10 comes with a standing dock station that also works as a charging station and a storage facility for the vac and all its accessories. They both have LED indicators that show the level of battery charge left and how charged the battery is. It also takes about 5 hours to recharge the A10 Hero battery.
Dust Bins and Filtration System
Both units have a double filter system. The V8 has a cyclonic filtration system and the post-motor HEPA filter. The cyclones are very effective in separating small debris from large debris and as a result, they require very little maintenance. The post-motor HEPA filter is also effective in capturing micro-sized allergens up to the size of 0.3 microns. The air expelled by this filter is therefore 99.9% free of germs and allergens. The rear filter has side vents to prevent the expelled air from blowing directly to you. The two filters are washable by water.
The A10 Hero also has a pre-filter and a post-motor HEPA filter, which are both washable by water. However, it does not include cyclones in the pre-filter, but just an easy to assemble/disassemble filter system. It is equally effective in keeping the air free from 99.9% of allergens. Another similarity between the two is that they are bagless and collect debris using dust cups. The dust cups are easily emptied by a simple press of a button that opens up the bottom of the cup releasing the dirt.
The Dyson V8 is the better stick vacuum between the two. However, the Tineco A10 Hero is also great and comes at a fraction of the V8 price with almost the same performance. You can never go wrong with either choice.