Last updated on December 15th, 2018 by Garrick Dee
Just in case you have not heard, Dyson just unveiled their latest cordless vacuum, the V10 Absolute. And this thing is an absolute beast. It’s the most powerful and feature rich cordless cleaner we’ve seen.
This isn’t just a refresh of the Dyson V8 but it’s a new design with a larger bin, longer run time and more power.
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But all of these upgrades will come at a price. The new Dyson V10 costs close to $700! That’s a whole lot of cash to spend on something without a cord.
Now the big question is, is it really worth the price tag considering you can get a comparable product, the Dyson V8 for a few hundred less?
We’ll find out in this comparison between the Dyson V8 and V10 as we breakdown every feature to help you decide if the V10 is really worth the premium.
Motor and Power
Despite the success of the V8, Dyson did not rest on their laurels. They went back to the drawing board and see how to further improve it. The result of this research is the V10 motor that Dyson claims is their lightest and yet strong motor they’ve created thanks to the carbon fiber shaft.
The motor spins at a dizzying 125,000 rpm. And all this power results in 150 air watts of power which is very impressive for a cordless. That’s around 20% more power than the Dyson V8.
It also has three power modes – super max, max and normal. All of which can be controlled via a slide switch that was first implemented on the V8. The super max mode obviously will reduce run time down to around 6 minutes or so.
The V8 come with the V8 digital motor that uses a similar technology as the V10 but 15,000 less rpm. This will result in less power, which is around 115 air watts.
Both motors use a similar system with oscillating cyclones and a high efficiency filtration system.
Unlike the V10 that has 3 power modes, the V8 only as two – normal and max mode. Normal mode should be enough on most surfaces. Only use the max if you need to clean a little plushier carpet.
Winner: Dyson V10
One of the biggest design changes in the Dyson V10 would be the bin design. Prior to its release, all Dyson cordless vacuums have a bin that’s vertically aligned with the motor.
This means that the trap door is at the bottom.
In the new V10, the bin is totally different. Instead of a horizontal alignment, Dyson engineers turned it into a horizontal alignment meaning the bin and the motor face the same direction.
This also means that the trap door is now at the opposite end of the trigger which makes this look like a huge toy gun.
Easy to empty
So emptying this would be different as in the V8. The change in alignment has another side benefit. A bigger bin (0.2 gallons vs 0.14 gallons) which is a little more than 25% increase in capacity.
Changing the orientation of the bin also helps improve air flow and better overall cleaning performance.
Both bins have the same design wherein a mechanism pushes dirt out. And you don’t need to use your fingers dislodge anything.
Dyson also makes it possible to disassemble the outer wall of both variants so you can do periodic cleanup on the mesh filter inside.
Winner: Dyson V10
Battery and Run Time
Another improvement in the V10 would be the battery. This new variant comes with a seven-cell, nickel-cobalt-aluminum battery that will last up to 60 minutes.
The V8 comes with the same nickel-cobalt battery but it has fewer cells thus limiting the run time to just 40 minutes max.
Winner: Dyson V10
Both the Dyson V8 and V10 come with a whole machine HEPA filtration that blocks allergens and keep it inside the bin. In the V8 there are two separate filters. The first would be a thin filter that looks like a stick at the middle of the cyclonic housing. A second filter is at the back of the motor.
The V10 only has one filter that’s at the back of the motor. This one filter acts as the primary and HEPA filter.
For this comparison we’re going to be looking at the two main tools.
First would be the soft roller cleaning head and second would be the direct-drive cleaner head. Both these vacuums actually have the same tools.
Dyson says that the V10 has 25% more agitation versus the V8.
First let’s look at how the Dyson V10 direct drive head does on medium pile carpet…
For those are not familiar with the Direct Drive Cleaning Head, it’s Dyson’s marketing terminology that refers to a motorized brush with bristles. This tool is their main weapon against dirt on carpet.
The performance of the V10 in this cleaning test is quite impressive. It was able to pick up nearly all surface dirt. But the downside to their design would be the bin. Even with the larger bin, it fills up quite fast.
You’ll notice after a single back and forth pass, it was at the max level already. I’m quite sure you’ll not clean a mess this big in your home daily. Turning on the max and super max will help on thicker pile carpet.
Next, let’s look at how the Dyson V8 handles a big mess (please fast forward to the 3:15 mark to see the test)…
Like the V10, the V8 is also impressive picking up most of the surface dirt after a single back and forth pass.
What I like is even in normal mode, it was able to pick up well on carpet. This simply means agitation is great thanks to the wide brush and stiff bristles.
Even with the bin filled to the brim, it still was able to pick up debris off carpet.
And lastly emptying the bin isn’t as hard as it is in the V6 – when you pull the red level, the shroud underneath pushes dirt down.
Soft roller head
Another tool that both the V8 and V10 have is the soft roller cleaning head. This tool was first seen in the V6. One advantage that a soft roller brush would have over a traditional bristle would be more clearance.
Since this tool does not have any bristles and uses soft fabric, there is much less chance of it kicking dirt around.
And it has ridges that “grab” dirt. With the higher clearance, more of the beater bar is exposed to dirt. This eliminates snow plowing that is a common problem with traditional cleaning heads with low profile design.
You’ll get both of these tools if you get the “Absolute” variant which is top-of-the-line which means it’ll cost the most money. If you’re looking to save a little you can go with cheaper variants such as the “Animal” or “Motorhead”.
For both the V10 and V8, you’ll also get the mini-motorized tool, combination tool, crevice tool and mini dusting brush.
The mini-motorized tool is a great option to have if you’re cleaning fabric upholstery. It’s got a beater bar that agitates and does well picking up pet hair on fabric sofas or chairs.
Even if Dyson says the V10 has more agitation the videos above does not reflect the 25% difference. If there is any it’s actually very minimal.
All Dyson cordless vacuums come with a 2-year warranty and this applies both of these vacuums. 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 extra peace of mind.
Compare that to a few months ago, the price difference between these is shrinking.
Winner: Dyson V8
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 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 real world performance as you’ve seen in the videos above.
Plus the power difference on paper also doesn’t translate to the real world because the V8 has good agitation. You’ll get virtually the same tools if you buy the same variant.
If you buy the “Absolute”, you’ll get both the soft roller head and the direct drive tool for floors. And combination tool, crevice tool, mini motorized brush and soft dusting brush.
One good thing though about the V10 is the price change. The Dyson V8’s price went down sharply and now is a bargain if you ask me.
Simply put, while the V10 has all the bells and whistles but the price is too steep. You can perhaps wait a few months for the price to drop or a new variant to come out.