Dyson Micro 1.5KG vs V8

Dyson Micro vs V8

In this comparison, we’ll look at two Dyson variants from different eras – the Micro 1.5KG and the V8 Absolute.

These two models represent Dyson’s product development in various stages.

The V8 was Dyson’s first with the hygienic system, simplifying the process of dirt disposal.

In comparison, the Micro 1.5KG is a downsized hard floor stick vacuum prioritizing weight reduction over the bells-and-whistles.

So which option is better? I’ve put these two through a grueling series of tests to find out.

A quick overview of the Dyson Micro 1.5KG and V8 Absolute

Dyson Micro 1.5KG

  • Airflow: 32.41 CFM
  • Dust bin size: 0.18 liters
  • Sand on hard floor: 99.7%
  • Deep Cleaning: 75%
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs.
  • Run time: up to 27 mins.
  • Recharge: 3.5 hrs.
  • Battery: 2500 mAh Li-ion
  • Noise: 78.5 dB

Dyson V8 Absolute

Dyson V8 Absolute
  • Airflow: 54.24 CFM
  • Dust bin size: 0.54 liters
  • Sand on hard floor: 99.5%
  • Deep Cleaning: 97.7%
  • Weight: 5.8 lbs.
  • Run time: up to 41 mins.
  • Recharge: 5 hrs.
  • Battery: 2800 mAh Li-ion
  • Noise: 73.2 dB

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Airflow tests were done using an anemometer on the extension tube and nozzle.

I used 100 grams for the sand on hard floort test to measure how well it picks up sand. I did this experiment twice to get a more accurate result.

Introduction to the Dyson Micro 1.5KG and V8 Absolute

Dyson Micro vs V8 full body

Dyson cordless vacuum products have evolved through the years. The Dyson V8 was a significant upgrade over the V6 and its first with a hygienic system.

Fast forward five years, Dyson unveiled the Micro 1.5KG, their second hard floor vacuum after the Omni Glide.

It utilizes a similar form factor, but with a horizontally aligned dustbin, you’ll see next-generation Dyson cordless vacuums.

Dyson focused on weight reduction with the Micro, thus, removing all the electronic gadgetry found in the V11 and V15 options.

Mid-Priced All-Around Option: Dyson V8 Absolute

Dyson V8 Absolute

Pros

  • Decent all-around option on hard floors and carpet
  • Above-average deep cleaning performance
  • Lightweight steering (esp the soft roller)
  • The hygienic dustbin is easy to empty
  • Fully-sealed system

Cons

  • Still expensive
  • The battery isn’t detachable

The Dyson V8 was launched in 2016 and fixed the issues plaguing the V6, particularly with dirt disposal.

This variant is Dyson’s first cordless vacuum with a hygienic system, helping consumers dispose of debris without touching it.

Dyson V8 hygienic system

Dyson also improved its battery technology and nozzles, performing better than the older V6.

The larger capacity battery helps it run longer (up to 41 minutes with suction-only tools). And the larger motor deep clean carpet decently.

There are different variants for the V8 aside from the Absolute model.

These include the following:

  • V8 Fluffy
  • V8 MotorHead
  • V8 Animal+

Please note that these models have the same motor and battery, so cleaning performance should be similar.

The difference between these options is the attachments and filter inclusions.

Lightweight Hard Floor Vacuum: Dyson Micro 1.5KG

Dyson Micro 1.5KG soft roller with body

Pros

  • Extremely lightweight design
  • Excellent performance on hard floors
  • Great around tight areas
  • Easy to empty
  • Better as a handheld option than the V8 because of its weight

Cons

  • Not very good at cleaning embedded dirt on carpet
  • Lacks tools for above-floor cleaning
  • Small dustbin

The Micro 1.5KG is a slight detour for Dyson.

Ever since the V11 came out, Dyson products have become increasingly become technologically advanced, from the V11’s interactive LCD screen to the V15’s green LED-equipped nozzle and piezo sensor.

But with the Micro, there’s none of the high-tech stuff.

Everything is basic. There are no screens or advanced sensors.

Dyson stripped everything out to make it as light as possible.

Dyson Micro in handheld mode

It has one feature that many consumers have clamored for years: a push-button switch.

The 1.5KG Dyson used in its branding is this product’s actual weight.

I weighed it without any attachments, and it weighs 2 pounds and 0.9 ounces, which is the lightest I’ve tested.

And that’s Micro’s biggest selling point, its lightweight frame.

Add the narrow nozzle and steering, one of the best steering stick vacuums available (outside the Omni Glide).

Similarities of the Dyson Micro 1.5KG and V8

1. Form Factor

The Micro and V8 utilize similar form factors despite the apparent size difference.

Both have the traditional Dyson stick vacuum frame with the motor and dustbin close to the handle.

2. Hygienic System

Dyson Micro dustbin open

These vacuums employ Dyson’s hygienic system, where consumers use a level to push dirt out of the dustbin.

It’s a highly effective design and one of my favorite features of Dyson products.

3. Versatility [Interchangeable Tools]

Another similarity is the interchangeable tools and versatility.

The Dyson Micro and V8 are versatile options that consumers can use as a stick vacuum or handheld.

4. Sealed-System

Both utilize a sealed dustbin which didn’t leak during the fog test. So there’s a high probability of allergens staying inside the dustbin and not leaking.

Differences between the Dyson Micro 1.5KG and V8

Next, let’s look at the differences between these products, and there are plenty.

1. Power Switch

The V8 utilizes Dyson’s trademark trigger switch that consumers love or hate.

For years, Dyson has remained steadfast about using this feature as it helps maximize run time.

But that changed when the Omni-Glide was unveiled, then the Micro as both used a push-button switch.

Dyson Micro push button switch

There are two buttons for the Micro: one for the default and a second for the max setting.

This feature, combined with the lightweight frame, makes this the best handheld in terms of ergonomics.

2. Weight and Size

The next difference is the size and weight variance.

The Dyson V8 is obviously larger and heavier by a few pounds (5.8 vs. 3.3 lbs).

Dyson strictly focused on weight reduction with the Micro as it has a smaller battery, dustbin, and tools, whereas the V8 uses standard Dyson attachments.

Again, the weight reduction means the Micro will be better ergonomically and have a lighter steering feel.

3. Dustbin Alignment

Dyson Micro vs V8 body view

Dyson adapted the horizontal dustbin configuration with the Micro, which maximizes airflow since it’s in a straight line.

The Dyson V8 utilizes the horizontal alignment found in older variants.

One advantage for the V8 is that there’s no need to detach the tube to empty it, whereas you’ll need to detach the Micro’s wand.

4. Attachments

The Dyson V8 Absolute comes with more attachments than the Micro,  but that would depend on where you purchase these products.

Nonetheless, the Absolute variant will have more and is the only option with the standard nozzle for vacuuming carpet.

It’s something absent in the Micro.

5. Surfaces It Can Clean

Since the Micro doesn’t have a standard nozzle, it won’t clean carpet efficiently.

Sure, it can pick up surface debris, but it won’t clean embedded dirt since the nozzle doesn’t have a brush attachment.

The Dyson V8 (depending on what variant you choose) can clean hard floors and carpet.

As I’ve said, the V8 Absolute comes with a soft roller and direct drive attachments so that it can clean both surfaces efficiently.

6. Battery Capacity

Dyson Micro vs V8 battery comparison

The Dyson V8 has a slightly larger battery than the Micro (2800 mAh vs. 2500), enabling it to run longer (41 minutes vs. 27 minutes).

Since these products don’t have detachable batteries, there’s no way to extend the range.

Egonomics Comparison

Dyson Micro vs V8 ergonomics

The clear winner between these two is the Micro, with a microscopic handle weight of just 0.85 kgs (or 1.87 lbs).

In comparison, the Dyson V8 is heavier at 1.61 kgs (or 3.54 lbs).

The Micro is the more ergonomic option, factoring in the push-button switch.

Its feather-lite steering is one of the best, and the more compact nozzle will fit in tighter zones.

Interface Comparison

Dyson Micro vs V8 interface

Aside from the dustbin alignment and power switch, these vacuums are similar.

There are no LCD screens, nothing fancy.

The filter placement is also similar behind the motor.

Battery and Run Time Comparison

The Dyson V8 will run longer thanks to the larger capacity 2800 mAh battery and will last up to 41 minutes in my tests (with non-powered tools).

BatteryLowMax
Dyson Omni Glide41 mins.7:23 mins.
Dyson Micro27 mins.8:58 mins.

But that number goes down to 31 minutes with the main nozzle, but it’s still longer than the Micro’s 27 minutes.

Nonetheless, what’s impressed me is that the milliamp downgrade (only 300 mAh) isn’t much considering the size difference.

So thumbs up to Dyson for improving their battery technology.

Airflow Comparison

Next, we’ll look at how these vacuums compare with airflow, where I used an anemometer.

BatteryLowMax
Dyson V8
Wand
31.34 CFM
54.24 CFM
Cleaning head
26 CFM
36.95 CFM
Dyson Micro 1.5KG
Wand24.53 CFM32.41 CFM
Cleaning head19.33 CFM26.64 CFM<

The Dyson V8, with its larger motor, had more airflow, maxing out at 54 CFM, nearing doubling the Micro’s output of 32 CFM.

However, the Micro doesn’t need night airflow since it’s designed primarily as a hard floor vacuum.

Its soft roller attachment has enough agitation to pick up debris on hard surfaces, and the cleaning tests show that it has more than enough power for the task.

Also, the Max setting isn’t needed on hard floors,  but for the V8, it’s a must for deep cleaning carpet.

Cleaning Performance Comparison

ModelDyson V8Dyson Micro 1.5KG
Overall98.21%93.08%
Hard Floors (Surface Test)99.66%99.45%
Sand on Hard Floor99.5%99.7%
Carpet (Surface Test)97.29%98.17%
Deep Cleaning97.7%75%

Overall, the Dyson V8 had a higher average, but Micro’s low deep cleaning score skews that.

Comparing the hard floor results, it’s very close. The Micro did better in several categories like the sand on hard floor test and carpet surface debris test, which was a surprise!

Clearly, the V15 Detect is better at carpet since it’s got more power and the upgraded nozzle.

But my point is the Micro more than held its own with hard floor cleaning.

Which is better on hard floors?

The sand on hard floor test is one barometer I use to determine which cordless vacuum is better on hard floors.

But for these two products, it’s too close at less than a percentage point (99.7% vs. 99.5%).

Here’s a look at the Dyson V8’s before and after photos.

Dyson V8 sand on hard floor

And the Micro’s result.

Dyson Micro sand on hard floor results

One surprise for me is that the Micro did better!

Also, if you look at the averages, both are really close, so cleaning performance shouldn’t be a deciding factor.

Consumers will have to look at the peripheral factors such as bin size, price, and other features to decide the better option.

Edge Cleaning Comparison

There isn’t much difference with edge cleaning as both did really well cleaning this area.

Check the photos below to see the result of the Dyson V8.

Dyson V8 edge cleaning

And Dyson Micro.

Dyson Micro edge cleaning

You’ll notice I used different debris for this experiment: pet litter for the V8 and coffee grounds for the Micro.

Regardless, these results show that the Micro and V8 can clean edges.

Hair Wrap Comparison

Model
Dyson V8
Dyson Micro
5-inch strands
100%
96%
7-inch strands
N/A
88%

The Dyson Micro and V8 did quite well in hair wrap tests, at least for five and seven-inch hair.

Both did well with shorter five-inch strands as hardly anything wrapped on them.

Here’s how the Micro’s soft roller looks after the five-inch test.

  • 5-inch: 96% inside the dustbin; 4% on the roller
  • 7-inch: 88% inside the dustbin; 12% on the roller
Dyson Micro 5-inch hair wrap results

and the seven-inch test.

Nothing wrapped on the roller after the seven-inch experiment.

There was no visible hair on the roller after the seven-inch test, but it wrapped on the axle.

I did more comprehensive tests with the V8 between five and twelve-inch hair strands.

Dyson V8 hair wrap on carpet
  • 5-inch strands: 100% inside bin; 0% on the brush
  • 7-inch strands: 100% inside bin; 0% on the brush
  • 9-inch strands: 100% inside bin; 0% on the brush
  • 11-inch strands: 89% inside bin; 11% on the brush
  • 12-inch strands: 63% inside bin; 37% on the brush

One advantage of the V8 is it can pick up hair on carpet since it has the standard brush roll.

Dyson V8 hair wrap on carpet
  • 5-inch strands: 100% inside bin; 0% on the brush
  • 7-inch strands: 100% inside bin; 0% on the brush
  • 9-inch strands: 100% inside bin; 0% on the brush
  • 11-inch strands: 83% inside bin; 17% on the brush
  • 12-inch strands: 16% inside bin; 84% on the brush

The Dyson V8 did well on five, seven, and nine-inch hair, but its limit is nine-inch strands.

The Micro can’t clean hair on this surface since it only has a soft roller nozzle.

Another advantage of the V8 for cleaning hair is the dustbin size. 

Which is better on carpet?

Surprisingly, the Dyson Micro did well and picked up a higher percentage on carpet than the V8 (98.17% vs. 97.29%).

But it cannot clean embedded dirt on carpet as well as the V8 (97.7% vs. 75%).

Still, the 75% score is decent, but not something I’d recommend.

If carpet cleaning is top-priority, the V8 is the better alternative.

Attachments Comparison

The attachments you’ll get will be dependent on what variant you purchase or the source.

For consumers who’ll purchase the Dyson V8 Absolute on Amazon, they’ll get these tools.

Dyson V8 Tools
  1. Fluffy tool
  2. Direct drive tool
  3. Mini turbo brush
  4. Soft dusting brush
  5. Combination tool
  6. Crevice tool
  7. Docking station
  8. Extension wand

It’s the most expensive V8 option, but it offers the most number of tools.

The Dyson Micro won’t have as much tools out of the box, but it’s enough for most tasks.

Dyson Micro tools out of the box
  1. Dyson Micro vacuum
  2. Extension wand
  3. Combination tool
  4. Mini turbo brush
  5. Charger
  6. Wall mount
  7. Micro roller

Dustbin and Filter Comparison

Dyson Micro vs V8 body only

The Dyson V8 has a significant advantage with dirt volume (0.54 vs. 0.18 liters), which means it’s better suited inside larger homes.

Both have a hygienic system, so it shouldn’t be a huge factor.

And Dyson utilizes a sealed system for both, which means allergens won’t leak out.

Dyson Micro vs V8 filter comparison

This is confirmed as both didn’t leak during the fog test.

The filter placement is at the back behind the robot, but these aren’t interchangeable.

One difference is that the Dyson V8 has a second filter sitting between the cyclones, while the Micro doesn’t.

The cyclones do a good enough job at keeping dust away, so there’s no need to clean it often.

Noise Comparison

ModelDyson V8Dyson Micro 1.5KG
Low62.8 dB74.0 dB
Max73.2 dB78.5 dB

Surprisingly, the Dyson V8, with its larger motor, is the quieter option in both settings.

It maxed out at 73.2 decibels, almost 7 decibels less than the Micro’s 78.5 decibels.

Maintenance Comparison

How to clean Dyson V8 cyclone

Dyson cordless vacuums are workhorses that will last for years if maintained properly.

For the V8 and Micro, the process will be the same. You can check my article here to see a detailed guide on cleaning the V8.

Here are the basics and components that need upkeep.

  1. Cleaning nozzle: The first and most critical component is the cleaning nozzle. Hair and gunk will accumulate on the roller, brush, and axles. Clean these areas at least once a month to minimize unnecessary friction.
  2. Dustbin: Empty the dustbin after every cleaning chore. This prevents dust mites from breeding and helps maintain performance.
  3. Filter: Dyson calls their filters “lifetime” filters, which means it’s washable. There’s no need to replace them. However, these use paper, which degrades every time water touches it. The best recourse is purchasing extra filters to maintain filtration and performance.
  4. Other tools: There’s not much needed with maintenance for attachments other than removing hair and dust buildup.
  5. Cyclones: Dyson doesn’t have documentation about cleaning cycles, but dust will accumulate in these areas over time. There’s a risk of the buildup clogging the narrow openings, thus affecting performance. The only way to clean it is by fully disassembling the cyclone assembly, which requires special tools (Torx and a lot of patience). I’ve detailed the steps for the Dyson V8 and will do the same with the Micro in the future.

Are the Dyson Micro 1.5KG and V8 Tools Interchangeable?

Unfortunately, the Micro and V8 connecting ports are different, so their tools aren’t interchangeable.

But the V8 accessories are interchangeable with other V-series options (except the V6), and the Micro tools are switchable with the Omni Glide.

Can you replace the battery of the Dyson Micro and V8?

Yes, the batteries for both vacuums are replaceable but not detachable, meaning you’ll need to unfasten a few bolts to remove them.

There are plenty of replacement options for the Dyson V8, and if the trend continues, replacement options for the Micro will be abundant.

Spec Comparison

 
Dyson V15 Detect
Dyson Micro 1.5KG
Type
Cordless Stick
Hard Floor.Vacuum
Run time
up to 41 mins.
up to 27 mins
Recharge
3.5 hours
3.5 hours
Dirt capacity
0.54 liters
0.18 liters
Weight
3.3 pounds
5.8 pounds
Length
49"
47.5"
Cleaning Path
9.8"
8.2"
Power
54.24 CFM
32.41 CFM
Bagless
Yes
Yes
Warranty
2 yrs
2 yrs
Price

Where can I buy the Dyson Micro and V8?

Consumers can purchase the Dyson V8 and Micro in online stores like Amazon and Dyson. Check the links below for the latest pricing information.

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Which Option Offers Better Value?

Both products offer a lot of value, but choosing one will be a matter of preference.

The Dyson V8 has more tools, but it’s the more expensive option, while the Dyson Micro has better ergonomics thanks to its lightweight frame.

I’ll enumerate reasons why you should consider each variant to help you decide.

3 Reasons to choose the Dyson V8

  1. Longer run time: The Dyson V8 runs (slightly) longer with the main nozzle, but not by much.
  2. Better on carpet: The V8’s direct-drive attachment is better suited for cleaning carpet.
  3. Larger dustbin: This model triples the Micro’s capacity and is better suited inside larger homes.

Reasons to choose the Dyson Micro 1.5KG

  1. Better ergonomic option: The Micro’s lightweight frame makes it better than the V8 steering around furniture, especially in tight spots.
  2. Best handheld option: Its lightweight frame makes it easily the best handheld option of any cordless vacuum I’ve tested.
  3. Excellent in small spaces: The narrow cleaning nozzle and lightweight steering make it superior to the V8 in cleaning small spaces.
  4. Better hard floor alternative: The Dyson Micro is a better option inside homes with only hard surfaces despite the close scores. It’s lightweight, steers better, and less tiring on your wrist.

The Verdict: It’s a Matter of Preference

Choosing between the Dyson Micro and V8 will boil down to your preference.

Do you need the V8’s larger dustbin and carpet cleaning ability?

Or do you need something lightweight?

Answer those questions will determine your final answer.

My preference would be the Dyson Micro because it’s lightweight and moving it around my small townhome is much easier than the V8’s larger nozzle.

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