Dyson builds very good cordless vacuum cleaners – which the Xiaomi brand Jimmy regularly copies. Now Jimmy claims to overtake the big model with the JV85 Pro. We want to know exactly.
Jimmy has been copying Dyson models with his cordless vacuum cleaners for years. They usually cost significantly less than half. But buyers have to live with compromises. They are often more difficult to clean, are louder, slightly poorer and offer less suction. They then try to iron out these disadvantages with a unique selling point. The Xiaomi Jimmy JV53 Plus, which costs almost 200 euros (test report), has a second, enclosed battery.
With the JV85 Pro, Jimmy not only wants to catch up with the Dyson top models, but even overtake them in the all-important aspect of suction power. The unique selling point should not be missing either. This time, the suction tube can be folded down at a 90-degree angle to be able to vacuum better under furniture, couch and co.
The price differences are no longer so severe. While the Dyson V11 sometimes costs from 560 euros, its almost equivalent predecessor Dyson V10 Motorhead changed hands for 350 euros, currently it costs 390 euros. The Jimmy JV85 Pro is not very far from that at 300 euros.
To check Jimmy’s full-bodied claim, we let the JV85 Pro and the not much more expensive 2018 Dyson V10 Cyclone (test report) compete against each other in a suction duel. The V10 offers the same design and handling as its successor V11. However, the V11 should suck a little more efficiently and be quieter.
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For many people, suction power is the most important consideration when it comes to buying a new vacuum cleaner. To test which of the two opponents sucks better, we spread organic golden millet on a short-pile office carpet and parquet, and then suck it over it once with a slow movement. Whoever sucks more millet wins.
On carpets, we use both the soft electric combination brush, which is suitable for smooth floors and flat carpets, as well as the electric carpet brush. We only use the electric combination brush on parquet. The models both offer three levels, each of which must show what they suck.
The Dyson V10 showed better suction performance in all tests on carpet. This is particularly clear when using the carpet brush at full speed. While only a few millet remains with the Dyson V10, the millet residues are still very present when vacuuming with the Jimmy JV85 Pro. In the middle and lower level and when using the combination brush, the difference is smaller, but still there.
When vacuuming on parquet, the difference is very small, but here, too, the Dyson is ahead of the Jimmy. However, Dyson seems to be pushing a lot of the millet around and not sucking it up straight away. Because after switching it off, the Dyson leaves a clear heap of deer – Jimmy does that better.
If you want to get your own picture of the suction test, we recommend this picture gallery.
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At a constant speed, we slowly drive over the organic millet heap with each vacuum cleaner. The Jimmy JV85 Pro always sucks on the left and the Dyson V10 on the right
The Jimmy JV85 Pro has a handle that extends from the back to over the suction unit. That’s why sucking is much easier with it than with the Dyson, whose handle does not protrude upwards. A second point that Jimmy has been doing better than Dyson for several generations of vacuum cleaners: The Chinese build in an on-off button, with the Dyson the trigger must be pressed permanently with the finger when vacuuming.
The suction tube of the Jimmy JV85 Pro can be bent by up to 90 degrees if required, so that it is easier to get under the couch, for example. It works amazingly well and reliably. Dyson has no such function.
With the suction unit, suction tube and motor brush, the Dyson weighs 2550 grams. The Jimmy JV85 Pro weighs 3100 grams. Since the motor brush is always on the floor, the difference is not noticeable during use.
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When the Dyson’s 0.7 liter container is full, remove the suction tube, hold it over a rubbish bin and press a small red lever down until a flap opens at the front end and the entire plastic unit also slides forward. That works great.
A flap is also opened on the Jimmy, from which the dirt falls out of the 0.6 liter container. However, there is a risk of getting your fingers dirty when opening it. In addition, you can unscrew the cyclone unit and the Hepa filter from the other side if you wish, in order to clean them separately if they are dirty. That works well, but a little better with the Dyson.
The floor rollers can also be taken apart for cleaning. However, we find this to be comparably difficult with both models.
As the table shows, the Jimmy JV85 Pro is significantly quieter. Even at the highest level, our noise meter shows fewer decibels than the Dyson V10 at its lowest. But this difference feels less serious. This is mainly due to the fact that the Jimmy sucks more frequently than the Dyson. Some might find the sound unpleasant.
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Both vacuum cleaners are modular. The buyer can attach the motor head directly to the suction unit via plug connections, for example to clean car seats. If you want to vacuum a floor, you clamp the suction tube between the motor head and the suction unit. Amazingly, the connectors on the Jimmy are much easier to disconnect and reconnect.
Both suckers are plastic bombers. With the Dyson products, however, we now know that they can withstand a lot. The author himself has dropped his aging Dyson V8 several times on the tiled floor – so far without permanent damage. The Jimmy suckers still owe this proof. Nevertheless, the Jimmy JV85 Pro doesn’t seem a bit poorer and can keep up with its quality at first glance.
The battery of the Jimmy JV85 Pro has a capacity of 72 watt hours, the battery of the Dyson V10 63 watt hours. With this, the Jimmy vacuumed at full speed and with the motor brush running for 13 minutes in our test. The Dyson V10 comes to max with motor brush on 8 minutes. However, its battery has already been in use for two years, and there should be more here. Still, the Jimmy beats the Dyson in terms of battery life. This is also shown by the manufacturer’s information. Accordingly, the Jimmy sucks on the lowest level for 70 minutes, while Dyson speaks of 60 minutes with the V10.
The Jimmy has a small display with a charge level indicator in percent. Instead, the Dyson V10 only has three LEDs on the battery. Its successor V11, however, has a display like the Jimmy.
The Dyson takes about 3.5 hours to fully charge, the Jimmy 4.5 hours. We find it somewhat irritating that the Jimmy can only be charged using the charging station supplied for wall mounting. This is practical and we recommend every buyer to mount both the Jimmy and the Dyson on a wall if possible. This makes it much easier to use. However, as with the Dyson, we would have preferred an additional charging port on the device or battery.
The Jimmy JV85 Pro offers a lot of accessories for its price of around 300 euros. In addition to the normal motor brush, a narrower motor brush for upholstery is also included. You can also swap the combination brush in the wide motor head for the parquet brush supplied. We also think the flexible hose is great. It makes it easier to clean hard-to-reach areas such as car seats. There are also three more, much narrower plastic attachments included.
Amongst other things Geekmaxi (purchase link) sells the Jimmy JV85 Pro for 320 euros. With the voucher code AT7IKJD7 the price is reduced to 300 euros. We ship from a European warehouse.
With the Dyson V10, the price determines the amount of accessories. The Dyson V10 Motorhead for currently 380 euros only comes with an electric combination brush and a joint brush. In our experience, that should be enough in many cases. The Dyson V10 Absolute has the full equipment, but it also costs significantly more.
With the JV85 Pro, Jimmy shows a thoroughly good cordless vacuum cleaner that can keep up with the Dyson products – apart from its suction power. Here Jimmy lags behind the Dyson V10 Cyclone (test report). Nevertheless, it sucks very well, which is completely sufficient for most applications. Regarding the processing quality and the possibility of cleaning the vacuum cleaner, we see both of them almost at eye level. When it comes to battery capacity, ergonomics and flexibility, the Jimmy JV85 Pro is one step ahead. In terms of price and equipment anyway.
Overall, we can recommend the Jimmy JV85 Pro, but we would have liked it a little cheaper. If you want to spend less money, you should take a look at the Jimmy JV53 Plus (review). It costs less than 200 euros, sucks properly and even brings a second battery.
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