(Review) Corvan K18 vs Dyson V11: Which One’s For You?
Cordless vacuums have become a must-have cleaning tools in many homes in Malaysia. Since the first cordless vacuum was rolled out in 1979, cordless vacuums have evolved. The branded ones, in particular, are known to be practical, reliable, convenient, and can be found across various pricing options. Brands like Dyson, Corvan, Philips and Electrolux continue to compete to offer us their best innovations. In this article, we will look at two of the most popular models in Malaysia, the Corvan K18 and the Dyson V11, compare them and suggest if they are right for you.
Corvan K18: Designed for Malaysians
The Corvan K18 is a flagship cordless vacuum cleaner from the Malaysian brand, Corvan. Primarily, it is a high-end cordless vacuum designed with Malaysia’s environment, user habits and requirements in mind. According to its Shopee product page, it has sold over 3,000 units in the last 6 months, and garnered an excellent user rating of 4.9/5 stars.
Here are some key performance specs of the Corvan K18. For a brief review of the Corvan K18, check our cordless vacuum recommendation page.
- Max Suction Power: 201 Air Watts (AW).
- Max Operation Time: 50 minutes.
- Charging Time: 4 hours.
- Power Levels: 3.
- Dustbin Size: 800ml.
- Unique Features: Spin mop, digital touchscreen.
- Price: Around RM1,500.
The most prominent feature of the Corvan K18 is the motorised twin-mop which allows you to mop and vacuum at the same time. That’s a feature that you won’t find in the vast majority of cordless vacuums in the market. At the same time, the K18 also offers great performance in terms of its battery, suction power and features a good sizable dirtbin with digital display. All at an affordable price for Malaysians.
Dyson V11: Worth the Price?
The Dyson V11 is regarded as one of the best cordless vacuums anywhere in the world. The problem? It’s pretty expensive, especially for Malaysians. It was launched in March 2019 and is available in 2 models: Absolute+ and Fluffy.
- Max Suction Power: 185AW.
- Max Operation Time: 60 minutes.
- Charging Time: 4.5 hours.
- Speed Levels: 3.
- Dustbin Size: 760ml.
- Unique Feature: High torque big vacuum head, LCD screen.
- Price: Around RM2,999.
The best feature of the Dyson V11 is its strong suction level, high torque motorised vacuum head with big fluffy brush, great battery capacity, sealed HEPA filtration system and its sturdy construction design, made up of ABS, polycarbonate and aluminium.
Comparing Corvan K18 Against Dyson V11
OK, now that we know a little bit about both of these models, let’s compare them on each relevant metric.
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Both are user replaceable so if you want, you can load a new battery to double their operating time. Also, no need to worry about having to take it to a professional in case anything happens to the battery as you can just replace it by yourself.
Although the V11 is only partially washable, we find the filters are similar enough that it won’t make much difference in the long run. Both are 6-stage sealed HEPA.
Both offer crevice, 2-in-1 (combination) and bed vacuuming or mini head, although the mini head of V11 is motorised.
One obvious difference is that the V11 is double the price of the K18. So, the question is: does the V11 offer qualities worth spending an additional RM1500?
K18 can go higher but for most cleaning jobs, the lowest setting would suffice. However, the extra power does give you options to clean faster or deeper whenever needed.
The V11 is 40ml lesser but it’s not a big difference.
Charging & Operation Time
The V11 offers 10 more minutes (at lowest setting). This is assisted with the larger battery of the V11 (3600mAh vs 2200mAh). But whether this makes a difference depends on your cleaning habits.
The Corvan K18 is more convenient in this regard as it comes with an independent charging station, so there’s no need to drill anything into your wall.
Floor Brush Head
The Dyson V11 offers a high torque big fluffy floor brush that can increase the suction power automatically when vacuuming carpets, by sensing higher brushing resistance. The Corvan K18 on the other hand, does not provide “Auto-adjustment” function, but with the multiple suction levels combined with anti-hair tangle brush, it is a pretty decent head for most regular cleaning jobs. No complaints here.
This is where Corvan K18 shines: it not only vacuums but also mops and you can do it at the same time. The motorized twin mops offer enhanced cleaning with auto water dispensing. You can also add a few drops of your regular floor detergent into the water tank to make your floors squeaky-clean. The Dyson V11 has no such feature but undeniably, has more cleaning tools although both have 2 motorised heads: mops and vacuum for Corvan while Dyson has 2 types of dry vacuuming heads.
Dirt Disposal System
The Corvan K18 has a one-up over the Dyson V11’s 2-hand operating point-and-shoot dirt disposal, with its simple 1-hand point and shoot dirt disposal, which is more convenient.
The main body of K18 is slightly smaller and lighter than V11 (0.5 kg less). Some users may not find it a major breaking point for a 25% weight difference but the smaller-built may find it a great relief to their tiring hands. The K18 claims to use lightened material including light alloy and a super lightweight motor. In any case, it feels pretty solid when we hold it. Worth noting that the extra weight of V11 may be due to the aluminium used.
Both offer a digital display although only the K18 is a touch screen, and both allow you to set and view suction levels, view blockage reports and battery levels. However, the V11 can give you a precise time of remaining battery in hours and minutes, as well as filter reminders. On the other hand, with K18, you won’t need to constantly press the trigger to vacuum: press once, and it will stay on.
V11 comes with more cleaning tools (particularly its mini head is motorised), but the K18 tools are sufficient in our opinion.
Conclusion: Which One Should You Get?
Short answer: Either is a fine choice and both are recommended by us. What we wanted to share here is simply prima-facie, one-to-one empirical measurements. Other factors that are not presently taken into account, and your own experience with the product (how you use it and what for) will also play a role.
Overall, though Dyson V11 is no doubt a global brand, we find that the K18 is an excellent choice for a high performing vacuum that won’t create a hole in your wallet (especially in this economic climate!). That’s what it’s designed for and it certainly meets that expectation. But make no mistake: it’s not just an option for when you don’t have the budget to spend on V11, the Corvan K18 is a great choice all on its own. So, can we call the K18 one of the best cordless vacuums in Malaysia? Yes, beyond any doubt.