After spending the past few days testing the Dyson V8 vs V10, the results are in and it is much closer than you think.
These two cordless vacuums are the most popular cord-free options available with the Dyson V10 having as much power as some upright vacuums in its highest setting.
We’ll be going in-depth, looking at the similarities and differences to help you decide whether or not to splurge on the more expensive V10 or if the cheaper V8 is good enough.
First, let’s have a quick look at the product specifications of the Dyson V8 vs. V10.
Airflow was measured using an anemometer at the wand (or extension tube). To ensure that the measurement is accurate, I did several tests to get a baseline figure and multiplied it by 0.026099 to get the final CFM numbers.
Run time is measured using my phone’s stopwatch. I turned on the vacuum and ran it until it shuts off and recorded the time.
Table of Contents
- Run Time
- Value for Money
- Spec Comparison
The Dyson V8 and V10 are two of the more popular cordless vacuums in their product line.
Right now, there are five different options to choose from – the V11, V10, V8, V7, and V6.
Take note that this list will change as Dyson seems to add a new model on an annual basis.
For this article, we’ll focus on the similarities and differences between the V8 and V10.
The Dyson V10 being the newer option is more potent thanks to the new digital motor that bumps up the power by around 33%.
Despite having less power, the V8 still is a capable vacuum and performed as well as the V10 in all of the cleaning tests I did. However, one advantage that the V10 has is it runs longer so it’s better at cleaning larger areas.
The Dyson V10 is not just an upgrade over the V8, it’s actually a redesign, all of which are aimed to improve cleaning performance.
There are a lot of differences between these two models, but let’s focus on the similarities first.
One feature that I don’t think will change is the trigger switch. Despite complaints, Dyson still uses the same type of switch across the product line.
They say that it’s a necessity to extend battery capacity to its maximum.
Both vacuums have interchangeable tools that help it toggle between handheld and stick mode.
The V10 retains the slide switch found in the V8, but since it has three different power settings, the orientation is different.
One noticeable difference between the Dyson V8 vs. V10 is the dirt bin.
To be more specific, the angle. To improve airflow, Dyson shifts the alignment from vertical to horizontal, allowing for better airflow, thus better efficiency and more power.
It seems to be a minor tweak, but the simple change gives it better performance and more capacity.
To summarize, the difference between the V8 and V10 include:
- Dust cup size: The realigned and new design has allowed Dyson engineers to put in a larger capacity dust cup (0.77 liters vs. 0.54)
- Power: The airflow test I did reveal that the Dyson V10 has up to 33% more power at the highest setting.
- Run time: The V10 will run for up to 61 minutes while the V8 runs for up to 41 minutes.
- How it empties: Even if both options use the hygienic design, emptying the V10 requires removing the tube while the V8 does not.
- Price: The top-spec V8 Absolute will cost less than the V10 Absolute or Animal.
Let’s look closely at how these vacuums clean.
Central to Dyson’s impressive cleaning performance is the cyclone system that’s a staple in all their vacuum cleaners.
This system ensures that finer dust stays away from the filter to maintain suction even as the bin fills up.
These cyclones also help keep the main pre-motor filter clean longer than any brand I’ve tested.
The cyclones on the V8 and V10 have two levels. However, the alignment is different.
On the Dyson V8, the alignment is perpendicular to the motor, whereas the V10 is in a straight line.
Dyson V8 Cleaning Heads
Depending on the V8 variant you select, what comes in the box will vary.
For the “Absolute” version, there are two attachments for cleaning floors.
On the left is the soft roller or fluffy tool and on the right is the direct drive tool for cleaning hard floors and carpet respectively.
So the Absolute option is ideal for homes with a mixture of bare floor and carpet, while the Animal is the better option inside homes that only has carpet.
Dyson V10 Cleaning Heads
For the Dyson V10, you’ll be getting the upgraded torque drive head and the soft roller tool.
The fluffy tool isn’t a necessity with the V10 as it would in the V8 because the torque drive cleaning head has adjustable gates that enable it to clean bigger stuff like Fruit Loops or Cheerios.
In several tests I did, the torque drive tool did extremely well at picking up large piles of dirt. As long as it fits through the gates, cleaning large debris won’t be an issue.
You can save some money by opting for the less expensive V10 Animal that has the same set of tools as the Absolute minus the fluffy tool.
Before I did the cleaning tests, I was expecting the Dyson V10 to do much better than the V8. But after several rounds of tests, the V8 held its ground and the results were closer than expected.
Check out these scores.
Surprisingly, the Dyson V8 did slightly better overall than the V10 when it comes to cleaning performance. It also picked up slightly more embedded sand on mid pile carpet.
But take note that the V8 does not have the middle power setting so it doesn’t run as long as the V10, so the V10 is better when you factor the run time.
Hard Floor Cleaning
Now, let’s break down how I got the overall scores above. First, we’ll look at how well each model did when it comes to cleaning hard floors.
The scores of the V8 and V10 are almost identical on hard floors. Take note that these two vacuums have the soft roller attachment (available with the Absolute model) that works very well on this type of surface.
However, one advantage that the V10 Torque Drive has over the V8 Direct Drive attachment is the adjustable gates that give it more clearance for cleaning large piles of dirt.
The V8’s version does not have these gates so it’ll plow dirt forward. I wouldn’t suggest using the direct drive tool on bare floors as it won’t be as efficient. In one of the tests, it did not do so well at cleaning quaker oats.
So if your home has lots of hard floors, the best option would be the V8 Fluffy that only has the soft roller attachment.
This tool does an excellent job of picking up debris even at the lowest setting.
It also doesn’t have enough clearance to clean stuff like Cheerios, but the soft roller doesn’t have any of those issues.
Like the V8, the V10’s Fluffy tool is superb at cleaning any type of debris on bare floor. It picks up everything in its path, from coffee grounds, Quaker oats, pet litter, and even Fruit loops.
One potential issue is cleaning a large quality of Fruit loops or Cheerios as it can clog up the suction port of the soft roller brush. It’s really a non-issue since rarely will you need to clean a large mess.
There are three parts to this test – surface cleaning tests on low and mid pile carpet, then a deep cleaning test on mid pile carpet.
The first test tests how these vacuums clean surface dirt.
This test is simple, sprinkle dirt over the carpet and do a few forward and backward passes.
Here are the results on low pile carpet
Here are the results on mid pile carpet
Both the Dyson V8 and V10 did well with varying sizes of debris picking up a high percentage of what I scattered on the surface.
The V8 direct drive attachment did well on cleaning carpets. It scored in the high 90s in all the tests.
One glaring weakness would be cleaning fruit loops as large debris will not clear the low profile head even on carpets.
To test how well the V8 will do at deep cleaning carpet, I rubbed 50 grams of coffee grounds on medium-pile carpet.
The V8 was able to pick up a very decent 97.7% (average for two tests) which isn’t far off from the Dyson V10 that scored 97.03%.
The V10 torque drive performs almost perfectly on carpets, scoring almost 100% on surface pickup tests.
It does not matter if your cleaning low pile or mid carpet, it will pick up surface dirt on either surface.
In a deep cleaning I did, the V10 was able to pick up 94.4% of fine coffee grounds on medium-pile carpet. Again, it’s the average from two tests I did.
Manufacturers are vague when it comes to disclosing power figures. Dyson for instance only states air watts which is the computation of airflow plus the amount of power (or watts) the vacuum produces.
To make things simpler, I used an anemometer to measure the amount of airflow at the wand then multiply by 0.026099 to get the final numbers. I did the tests several times at each power setting to get a baseline figure and to ensure that the test is as accurate as possible.
Here are the results of the tests.
One thing glaring in this chart is the lack of the middle setting in the V8 while the V10 has this setting which helps it run longer.
Despite the V10 looking much bigger, there isn’t much of a size difference.
The V10 is slightly longer at 49.2” versus the 49” of the V8. The cleaning path is similar at 9.8”.
Lastly, the V10 is slightly heavier at 5.9 pounds, 0.15 pounds heavier than the V8.
You don’t feel it as much cleaning floors, but the top-heavy design will be felt when cleaning areas above the shoulders.
An essential factor to consider when buying a Dyson cordless vacuum would be attachments. The tools that come in the box will depend on the variant you’ll choose.
If you choose the comparable variant such as the Animal or Absolute, you’ll get the same set of tools.
Please check the list and photos below to see what tools are available for the V8 and V10, respectively.
Remember that the list will refer to the tools you get from the Absolute variant.
Dyson V8 Attachments & Tools
Dyson V10 Attachments & Tools
Let’s look at the tools that come with the V8 and V10. Depending on the variant you’ll get, both the V10 and V8 have the same set of tools with a few exceptions.
- Direct Drive cleaning head: This tool is available with the Dyson V8. The low profile design makes this more suitable on carpet than on hard surfaces cleaning small to medium size debris. It has both soft and stiff bristles that make it capable of deep cleaning even on medium-pile carpet.
- Torque Drive cleaning head: An upgrade over the direct-drive head. Not only will this tool have more agitation, but it also has adjustable gates that, in my opinion, render the soft roller tool a luxury rather than a necessity.
- Soft Roller head: Great tool to have if your home only has hard surfaces. It specializes in cleaning large bits of dirt. However, it will not do as well on carpet.
- Combination tool: Fully extended, this attachment serves as a brush tool for cleaning vents or the keyboard. With the brush tool pulled back, it is usable as an upholstery tool.
- Crevice tool: A long tool with an angled head for cleaning crevices.
- Mini soft dusting brush: The soft bristles make it suitable for more delicate surfaces such as curtains or lampshades.
- Mini motorized tool: A smaller version of the main cleaning head with a motorized brush. Great for cleaning pet hair and dirt from fabric upholstery. It also works well on low pile carpet.
- Extension wand: Extends the reach of the vacuum above the floor. It also doubles as a tool you can connect to the main cleaning head to vacuum floors effortlessly.
- Docking station: Storage and charging base that neatly stores the vacuum and a few attachments.
- Charger: Plugs into a wall outlet to charge the vacuum.
The vacuum itself is assembled out of the box. You don’t need any special tools to put the parts together.
All the tools that come with these vacuums are held in place by a locking mechanism that has a quick-release latch, meaning removing it will be as simple as pushing a button.
Setting up either of the two vacuums is straightforward. While there is some charge in the batteries when you take it out of the box, it would be best to charge them for a few hours.
It comes with a wall-mountable docking station that requires drilling a few holes. This is the only part where you’ll need to use tools. It is not a requirement to use since you can plug the power cord directly into the vacuum. You’ll only need it if you want to store the vacuum vertically.
If you don’t want to drill holes on the wall, look at third-party accessories like the Masterpart Docking Station that will store not only the vacuum but also tools in a space-saving fashion.
One advantage of using a cord-free stick vacuum is that you don’t have to deal with cords. Just pick up the vacuum and clean the area that needs cleaning then store it afterward.
Ergonomics is a strong point because using the V8 or V10 is like using a giant water gun. As you pull the trigger, the motor fires and cleans. Dyson does this to maximize battery life.
It does get tiring if you’re pulling the trigger for long stretches. If this is an issue, there are options like the Tineco Pure One S12 that comes with a trigger lock that keeps it at the “on” position.
Emptying the Dust Bin
One of the essential factors you should consider when buying a cordless vacuum is how easy it is to empty it.
Both of these vacuums score fairly high because of the hygienic system it uses.
For the Dyson V8, it’s the red lever behind the cyclones on top of the vacuum. Pull this lever up and the whole dust cup goes down along with the dirt.
In the V10, the location of the lever is at the bottom of the bin so it’s more of a point and shoot approach when emptying.
Both these vacuums can swivel so you won’t have trouble vacuuming around furniture and under it.
The weight difference isn’t much when cleaning floors. But the V8 scores higher here because the smaller motor and bin make it less top-heavy, but not by much.
Dyson says that the V8’s battery will run for up to 40 minutes. The V10 has a listed run time of up to 60 minutes. Take note that those numbers are only applicable to non-powered tools.
So to test if these claims are accurate, I did several tests with and without the main brush roll and the results are listed at the table below.
|Battery||Dyson V8||Dyson V10|
|Run Time (Low, No Attachments)||41 mins.||
|Run Time (Low, W/ Brush Roll)||31:33 mins.||
|Run Time (Medium , W/ Brush Roll)||N/A||
|Run Time (High, W/ Brush Roll)|
Surprisingly, the Dyson V10 with its larger motor is only slightly louder than the V8 in normal mode.
In low power mode, the V10 only produces 63.2 decibels while the V8 is at 62.2.
Please check the table below for the results of the noise tests.
|Model||Dyson V8||Dyson V10|
All Dyson cordless vacuums come with a 2-year warranty, and this applies to both of these models.
The good news is you can purchase extended warranties from Amazon of up to 3 years.
It will cost you extra $$$, but I think it’s worth it if you want the more peace of mind.
When it comes to performance, the Dyson V8 performs as well as the V10 with a few exceptions.
It has the same versatility with similar tools (the V10 will have more options) but at a lower price.
What the V10 can clean, the V8 will be able to handle as well.
In cleaning tests, the V8 and V10 are really close, too close to declare a clear winner.
The downside with the V8 is if you’re transitioning from hard floor to carpet or rugs, you’ll have to carry another tool with you at all times since the fluffy tool isn’t very good on carpet.
Being lighter, the V8 has better maneuverability and less straining on the wrists cleaning above floors.
However, there are only a few reasons why the V10 is more appealing than the V8.
First is the run time. The V10 will run longer (up to 61 mins) than the V8 and will cover more area.
Second is the torque drive cleaner head. This tool is a huge improvement from the direct-drive head of the V8 when cleaning bare floors.
It’s capable of cleaning even large piles of dirt using a zigzag motion.
What this means is you don’t have to change tools regardless of surface and renders the soft roller tool a luxury.
With that said, the V8 still provides excellent value since it cleans as well as the V10, even in the deep cleaning tests I did.
With the Dyson V11 present, the prices of the V10 have gone down significantly, which is good news for us consumers.
You can check my latest comparison where I compare the V8 and V11. Please make sure to check it.
Don’t let the higher cost of this vacuum dissuade you from giving it a look because some of the upgrades are helpful in the long term.
It’s one of the better performing vacuums and capable of deep cleaning carpet.
If your home has lots of carpets, the V10 is the better option because of the uptick in power, the bigger dirt capacity and it runs longer.
Consumers have been happy with the performance of the V10 and actually, prefer it over the V11 because of the price difference.
Best value for cleaning performance
Even if the V10 has more power, the V8 matches it when it comes to cleaning. Even in the deep cleaning tests, the V8 was able to clean embedded coffee grounds almost as well as the V10.
The V8 scored 94.3% versus 94.4% of the V10 which is as close as you can get.
The biggest difference between the two is how long it runs. While the V8 cleans as well as the V10, it won’t run as long. Go with the Dyson V10 if your home is bigger, otherwise, go with the V8.
Factoring in the price, I’d say that the V8 provides better value being the cheaper option.
Best value for capacity
The V10’s bin is almost double the size of the V8 – 0.77 liters vs. 0.54.
Best value for run time
The V10 will run for around 61 minutes using suction-only tools, while the V8 will run for up to 41 minutes. With the main cleaning head attached, the V10 will run for 27 minutes at medium and the V8 is slightly higher at 31 minutes at the lowest setting.
However, the V10 has a higher airflow when you compare both at their respective settings so this offsets the advantage the V8 has.
Best value for ergonomics
The V8 is the lighter alternative but not by much (0.1 pound difference). However, the V10 feels heavier at the forearm when you use it above floors because of the larger bin, motor, and battery. The V8 also feels nimbler around furniture.
The technology in the Dyson V10 looks very promising with the extra power, larger bin, and longer run time. But I feel that the price is too steep (at least for the V10 Absolute) for the performance improvements that it has.
Even if Dyson says that the brush roll provides 25% better agitation, I feel that this isn’t reflected in the real-world as you’ve seen in the tests I did earlier.
However, the V10 runs much longer thus will have more range and the torque drive attachment is better on hard surfaces, so you can actually purchase the V10 Animal at roughly the same price as the V8 Absolute.
The important thing for consumers is to select the right variant because the attachments will vary.
The Winner: Dyson V10 (Better Performance and Usability)
As I compare the Dyson V8 and V10, I noticed that Dyson puts a lot of work into the tiniest details. This is evident with the Dyson V10. The V8 is already an excellent product that trumps other cordless vacuums in terms of sheer performance, but they still feel that there is room for improvement hence the release of the V10. Yes, it is expensive, but for those who can afford this product, it is a useful tool to have in keeping your homes clean without having to carry a heavy upright.
Should you buy the Dyson V8?
The Dyson V8 is an excellent option if you don’t want to spend the extra $$$ for the V10.
It will run twice as long as the V6 with the hygienic system that makes it easier to dispose of dirt.
When it comes to performance, the difference between the V8 and V10 are negligible. The results of cleaning tests are too close to declare one a winner over the other.
To summarize, here are the reasons why the V8 is the better option for you.
- Lower priced option: Between the two vacuums, the V8 is the cheaper option. The presence of the V11 pushes the V8’s price down further making it a more attractive option considering it cleans almost as well as the V10.
- Excellent cleaning performance: The V8 scored high marks in nearly all the cleaning tests I did. However, the direct drive attachment struggles at cleaning Fruit loops on either surface. It also did not do so well on hard floor.
- Want something better than the V6: Make no mistake that the V6 is a good product, but the V8 resolves the issues of the V6 that includes the short 20 minute run time and dust cup that can be messy to empty.
- Versatility: The V8 has a bevy of attachments at your disposal for cleaning different areas inside the home.
Should you buy the Dyson V10?
The Dyson V10 represents the future of cordless vacuums with extended run times and power comparable to uprights.
One reason to opt for the more expensive V10 would be the better range. This option will run for as much as 61 minutes based on my tests, and it has a better standard brush roll that works equally well on hard surfaces.
So you can opt for the less expensive Animal variant since it has the same tools as the Absolute minus the soft roller attachment.
To summarize, here are the reasons why the V8 is the better option for you.
- Excellent torque drive tool: The V10 torque drive is better than the V8’s direct-drive attachment on hard floors. It was able to pick up large piles of dirt, even Fruit loops.
- Long run time: Even with the powered tools the Dyson V10 is capable of running for up to 40 minutes in low power which is plenty to cleaning floors in an apartment.
- Don’t want to change tools constantly: One significant advantage of the torque drive head is its ability to clean larger bits of dirt thanks to the two gates upfront. Having this feature negates the advantage of the soft roller head. In normal cleaning situations, you won’t need the soft roller head even on hard surfaces as the torque drive will do the job as well.
- Large dirt bin: The large capacity dirt bin means you won’t need to empty it as often.