Review

Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner: Strong upgrade to the V11

Crowdfunding for the very good T20 is finished. As the first store “dreame Official Store” lists the vacuum cleaner at AliExpress for $461.41, which is now, as expected, a much higher price than in crowdfunding. But we expect the price to drop quickly as soon as the T20 is listed in other stores.

Xiaomis subsidiary Dreame manufactures very good, powerful and high-quality battery vacuum cleaners for comparatively little money. This premise has continued with every new model. Even for the Dreame T20, which is currently in crowdfunding, the household manufacturer does not charge enormous sums. An upgrade model of its predecessor V11 that leaves hardly any wishes unfulfilled. Does it?

Dreame T20 Battery Vacuum Cleaner Display Adjust suction power

Since our test model is a “preliminary model”, a few points will be different after crowdfunding. The most important differences:

  • Dreame-Logo will be on top of the main element
  • Wall bracket will be included in delivery
  • the grey becomes much more distinctive/matter (comparable to the color of the Dreame V11)
  • Carpet roller is included depending on the financing package

Technical data: Comparison to Dreame V11

Anyone who asks now how the T20 differs from its direct predecessor, the V11, is not wrong to ask. In fact, the T20 is an optimized version of the V11.

Dreame T20

Dreame T20

Dreame V11

Dreame V11 cordless vacuum cleaner product picture

Suction power25.000 pa (150 AW)25.000 pa (150 AW)
Appnono
Displayyesyes
Wipe functionyes, depending on scope of deliveryno
Operating Volume73, 79, 84 dB (with ascending suction stage)65, 69, 73 dB (depending on suction stage)
Battery2700 mAh, exchangeable3000 mAh
Working time70 min on lowest suction level (but two batteries), 10 min on highest level90, 30, 10 min (with increasing suction level)
Charging time4 h4 h
Suction stagesFour (including “Auto mode”)three
Dust chamber0.6 l0.5 l
Dimensions126.5 x 25.5 cm122,1 x 20,2 cm
Weight1.7 kg as handheld vacuum cleaner1.6 kg as handheld vacuum cleaner, 3.9 kg completely removed
CE markyesyes

Differences to the predecessor model V11

The T20 was based on the V11. The following points have been optimized in the new model:

  • now with exchangeable battery (can also be delivered with two batteries)
  • floor roller specially designed for carpets
  • automatic adjustment of the suction stages
  • HEPA filters can be taken apart and cleaned under the sink
  • Dust chamber enlarged by 0.1 l
  • Working time reduced from 90 min. to 70 min., but second battery

The first point is also the most welcome one: a replaceable battery not only gives the device a longer life, but also allows its owner to charge another battery on the wall mount while using the device. Or both at the same time.

Dreame T20 battery vacuum cleaner comparison Dreame V11
Left the T20, right the V11.

Since the dimensions of both models differ slightly, the nozzles etc. are not compatible with each other.

Scope of delivery of the Dreame T20

In our scope of delivery (as already mentioned, a preliminary model) you will find

  • Main element with 0.6 l dust chamber and OLED display
  • Floor nozzle with attached soft roller
  • Suction pipe
  • magnetic water tank with attached wiper attachment (microfiber cloth)
  • Brush attachment (typical hand-held vacuum cleaner attachment)
  • Joint attachment (intended for grooves and narrow narrow spaces)
  • Mite attachment (against house dust mites)
  • EU charging cable (as promised in crowdfunding, suitable for the respective country)
Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner Scope of delivery
The scope of delivery varies depending on which crowdfunding package you have financed.

Unfortunately, the floor nozzle with attached carpet roller was missing in our delivery. This features the automatic carpet recognition and is functionally comparable to the Torque Drive of the Dyson V11 Absolute. This was still in the development process when we received the vacuum cleaner. We hope to receive it later, so that we can provide you with more information.

Dreame T20 vacuum cleaner carpet detection floor nozzle
The floor nozzle with automatic background detection was unfortunately not included in the pre-test model.

But in return, we have perhaps added something even more exciting: A magnetic water tank with attached wiper attachment. With this the Dreame owner can vacuum and wipe at the same time – in one go two annoying household chores. We know the principle from the first and second generation Roidmi NEX.

Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner Water tank
The water tank including the wiper attachment.

It is not yet clear whether the water tank will also be available for us in this country, but we are very much hoping for it.

Design and processing

As much as you always have to praise the workmanship and high quality of the materials used in the Dreame-models (as well as the T20), I find the coloring this time not quite as sparkling as in the otherwise so fine looking “typical xiaomi-white” vacuums of the manufacturer. But yes, whining on a high level.

Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner design
The choice of colors makes the T20 look a bit cheaper than what Dreame is used to.

What would I like to have available for each cordless vacuum cleaner? Unlocking and locking the trigger. This allows the user to decide for himself whether he wants to keep the power button pressed to keep the vacuuming process active, or whether the T20 should vacuum continuously with one click. I am absolutely team “one-time-pressing”, but everyone has to know for themselves.

Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner display
The suction stage can be changed using the button below the display.

With the dimensions 126,5 x 25,5 cm the teat is also usable for people up to 1,95 m (6ft 4″) without any problems (here again my hugely grown, younger 2-m-brother (6ft 6″) can be used) Also the weight of 2,7 kg completely removed (incl. suction pipe and floor nozzle) does not spoil the comfortable handling.

Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner display green
The handling is both extended and as a hand vacuum cleaner very comfortable .

The entire filter system can be easily washed out under the sink. Depending on the intensity of use, this makes sense every two to three months. Also the emptying of the 0.6 l dust chamber is well thought out by the manufacturer. All the user has to do is press a button (trash can symbol) and the contents of the chamber tumble out. It is therefore essential to perform the process above the trash can.

Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner dust chamber
One can be satisfied with the dust chamber size of 0.6 l.

The potential filling quantity of the chamber is also exemplary, so that more intensive cleaning can be carried out without having to stop at the trash can. Whereby this would not be too bad either. The CE mark, which is mandatory for European sales, is also included.

Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner suction tube
The suction tube is made of the usual high quality material.
Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner - plug the individual parts together
The assembly of the individual parts is simple and flawless.

Unfortunately, you always have to lean the T20 somewhere or put it in the wall mount if you want to put something away quickly. But well, also whining on a high level.

The display

2020 is – in terms of battery vacuum cleaners – the year of displays. Although it is still debatable whether these are really needed on a battery vacuum cleaner, they are still being used more and more often. So the T20 was also equipped with a display that wants to provide its owner with information.

Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner display 99
The display offers a variety of information for the user.

The display shows a wealth of information:

  • Charge level in percent
  • four suction levels (Eco, Med, Auto, Turbo)
  • Trigger locked or unlocked (continuous vacuuming or pressing)
  • Note that the HEPA filter must be cleaned
  • Language selection (English and German available)
  • Various error messages (low battery power, roller must be cleaned, filter not inserted correctly, etc.)
Dreame T20 Battery Vacuum Cleaner Display Features
Many display options for a good overview.

To be able to track the remaining battery life I find it absolutely useful, also the display of error messages can be very practical, so you know directly what to do. Tracking the active suction stage is not absolutely necessary, you can see that even during use – but hey, if the display is already there anyway – why not.

Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner cleaning
Quite helpful during cleaning, but not absolutely necessary.

In general, there is nothing negative to be gained from the display, but also only because the total price for the vacuum is manageable. If the price for the vacuum would be much higher, one could argue that the display would have raised the price unnecessarily, but one cannot complain.

Performance in the household

After a charging time of 4 h the T20 is ready for use for a working time of 70 (Eco), approx. 30 (medium suction stage) or 10 min (Turbo). This is 20 min. less on the lowest suction stage than on the predecessor V11, but still a very good value compared to many other models (Dyson V11 Absolute for example provides 60 min. Otherwise you can also use the second battery.

Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner
On hard floors there is hardly anything that could cause problems for the vacuum cleaner.

Inside the T20, the motor operates at 125,000 rotations per minute, which corresponds to the motor value of the Dyson V11 Absolute. But what I find particularly positive after dozens of laps is a different motor – namely that of the bottom nozzle. You only have to give the T20 the direction, the engine does the rest by itself. So you have less the feeling of doing annoying housework and more the feeling that vacuuming can also be fun. It really does with a good cordless vacuum cleaner like the T20.

Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner Carpet roller Soft roller
The soft roller is optimal for hard floors, but not necessarily for carpets.

It would have been nice to compare the floor nozzle with attached carpet roller with the Torque Drive of the V11 Absolute, but unfortunately it was still in development for the test phase. With the soft roller in combination with the 25.000 pa suction power (just below the previous best value) you are equipped with sufficient feeding power for carpets, but not with the right roller. The special carpet roller should be much more suitable for this purpose than the soft roller. With our advance delivery scope we are not optimally equipped for use on carpets.

Dreame V11 cordless vacuum cleaner comparison Dyson V11 Absolute floor roller
On the left the Torque Drive of the Dyson V11 Absolute: For carpets you need the right roller.

With the different attachments the owner can cover different applications by removing the floor nozzle and putting one of the attachments on the suction tube.

Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner attachments
The available attachments for different applications.
Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner handheld mite attachment
Hand-held vacuum cleaner with motorized mite attachment, which can be used to extract house dust mites from textiles.
Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner mite attachment textiles
Quickly walk over the sofa, the pillows or the mattress of the bed? House dust mites hate this trick.

Wipe function with water tank

Even if it is not certain whether the simultaneous vacuuming and wiping will be included in the standard scope of delivery in this country, I can also recommend the wiping function. This is, as I mentioned before, comparable to the wiping function of the Roidmi NEX, with a little practice and biceps strength you can achieve quite a lot in one suction-wiping operation on hard floors. Without streaks, with enough water on the floor and in addition with a few drops of floor cleaner you can enjoy the result. And I love the magnets on the floor nozzle:

Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner Attaching the water tank magnetic
By means of magnets the water tank is connected to the floor nozzle.

Although you can still apply a little more pressure on the floor with a standard mop, the T20 is absolutely suitable for standard wiping once a week. If there are some very stubborn, deep-seated stains on the floor, you can still get the mop from the storage room.

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Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner Attach the water tank Magnets
The attached water tank with washable microfiber cloth.

At least I wouldn’t put the T20 in the chamber, because it is simply too attractive for that and with the wall mount it can be placed in the room in a practical and visually striking way. Not least because sockets in the storage room are rather rare (a short survey in the office with 5 participants showed that only one respondent had a socket in the storage room).

Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner wipe function
The wipe function is really not wrong.

Conclusion: The new flagship model

When we discovered the Dreame T20 in crowdfunding a few weeks ago, we just thought: Surely this is simply a Chinese, US or other market version of the very strong Dreame V11. Not far away, but still missing: Everything that was missing in the V11 and was criticized on a high level, Dreame has now implemented and optimized in the T20. The step towards the replaceable battery is welcome from the consumer’s point of view, as Dyson also recognized a few months ago and many other manufacturers will still notice.

Even though it is not yet possible to say exactly how much the T20 will cost after the crowdfunding phase in the stores (I reckon with a launch price of around $350), the T20 can be recommended unconditionally. Another strong battery-powered vacuum cleaner from the Dreame-Universe and therefore also Xiaomi-Ecosystem. So it may go on like this. From my point of view, Dreame just has to be careful now to continue this strong run (is it already hype?) properly and not to launch too many models on the market, which could lead to confusion among customers. Unfortunately, Chinese companies tend to do this, and Dreame’s production cycles seem to be getting shorter already. Let us hope for the best!

What does Dreame itself say about the T20?

Dreame T20 cordless vacuum cleaner Dreame statement

Surprise. 😉 And what do you think of the new model?

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I'm interested in Gadgets, that make our life at home easier - especially when it comes to cleaning the floor or the windows. I was able to test about fifty robot vacuum cleaners since now.

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Comments (17)

  • Profile picture from mikkel laursen
    # 06.09.20 um 15:04

    mikkel laursen

    I have booked a t-20 but quite concerned as no Chinese vaccum cleaners have ever been delivered on time. Looks like a dodgy way of getting early funding for other projects,

    • Profile picture from Tim
      # 08.09.20 um 13:10

      Tim CG team

      Hi mikkel, I wouldn't worry about that, you shot a nice price and Dreame is a trustworthy company. I'll get mine this way, too 😉

      • Profile picture from Mikkel Laursen
        # 02.11.20 um 11:39

        Mikkel Laursen

        Well Tim, shipment schedule is already overdue and not a single unit has been shipped! More than 6000 customers are lacking information but Dreame has ceased all communication.

        This stinks, and spoils Dreame's reputation. Not exactly manners of a trustworthy company.

        • Profile picture from Tim
          # 03.11.20 um 12:28

          Tim CG team

          Hi Mikkel, I know that there are already cleaners shipped and on the way, I am not concerned about that.

  • Profile picture from David Scott
    # 09.09.20 um 02:17

    David Scott

    I’m living in Australia,does the cleaner come with an Australian plug and work on 240v /50hz?

    • Profile picture from Maike
      # 09.09.20 um 10:18

      Maike CG team

      Hi David, Dreame sends an Adapter with the Vacuum cleaner, there are more information about that in the specifications on Indiegogo as you can see in the screenshot 🙂

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  • Profile picture from Jan Martin
    # 09.09.20 um 14:35

    Jan Martin

    Will it be possible to charge the vacuum cleaner without the wall charger, just by using the cable?

    • Profile picture from Tim
      # 09.09.20 um 15:00

      Tim CG team

      I'm sure that you will be able to do that

  • Profile picture from Guest
    # 11.09.20 um 10:08

    Anonymous

    Noise levels are very high. Did you test that?

    • Profile picture from Tim
      # 11.09.20 um 11:15

      Tim CG team

      No, we have not been able to test the Dreame T20 yet.

  • Profile picture from Mikkel Laursen
    # 02.11.20 um 11:40

    Mikkel Laursen

    Maybe you should adjust your review and warn that customers are neither receiving their purchased products, nor getting any information on reason why nor reason for holding back products which have already been paid for

    • Profile picture from Tim
      # 03.11.20 um 12:29

      Tim CG team

      Hi Mikkel, as already said: I know that there are already cleaners shipped and on the way, I am not concerned about that.

      • Profile picture from Mikkel Laursen
        # 09.11.20 um 00:04

        Mikkel Laursen

        No Tim – you are wrong! Not a single unit has ben shipped yet.

        They promised delivery more than a month ago, yet nothing has happened, beside +6000 users paying more than 1,5 mio usd.
        At best they have been dishonest with dates of shipping throughout the entire proces and continuedly made excuses and promises they didnt make. At worst its a scam.

        I thinnk you owe to let your readers know

        • Profile picture from Tim
          # 10.11.20 um 10:30

          Tim CG team

          Hi Mikkel, you always find two kinds of backers in crowdfunding: The ones that panic after a few weeks and the ones asking themselves after months: "Damn, i forgot my paket". Let me tell you that you will get your cleaner in a bit. And: The price for the cleaner is over $400 in the shops now, so you made a great deal. Please stay calm and wait, you'll receive your cleaner.

  • Profile picture from Carolyn A DuBois
    # 17.11.20 um 20:50

    Carolyn A DuBois

    I have not received my Dreame T20 order either!
    I would like to know when it will be delivered especially since the message said it was shipped, delivered and signed for. Certainly not by me. Not verified by Amazon, Post Office, PayPal and on and on. Sure looks like a scam to me!

    • Profile picture from Carolyn DuBois
      # 17.11.20 um 21:03

      Carolyn DuBois

      Please check on my order ASAP!

      • Profile picture from Maike
        # 19.11.20 um 12:09

        Maike CG team

        Hi Carolyn,

        we do not have anything to do with selling or shipping any gadgets, we merely write articles and link to the shops. Therefore, please contact the seller for any problems concerning your order.

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