Martin Woodside of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying: "Built from pieces, albeit very small pieces, of other people's music, Jel has created an energetic, expansive sound that is all his own." He added: "Moody and atmospheric, this varied mix is remarkably cohesive."
Brad Haywood of Pitchfork gave the album a 6.9 out of 10, saying: "Although 10 Seconds doesn't break much new ground, it is a good disc, true to Jel's concept and very listenable." Lisa Hageman of CMJ New Music Report called it "an impressive compilation of a beat-maker whose close attention to detail is definitely paying off."
Writing for Pitchfork, Keith Fullerton Whitman said: "This record encapsulates the sort of subtle melancholy all but missing in contemporary productions."