In this review, we will be looking in detail at the Dyson V8 vs. V10.
These two cordless vacuums are the most potent 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 opt for the cheaper V8.
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 0.26099 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 record 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 vs .V10.
The Dyson V10 being the newer option is more powerful 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. One advantage it has being smaller is that it is lighter and ergonomically better cleaning above floors.
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 will change is the trigger switch. Despite complaints of consumers, Dyson still uses the same type of switch.
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, it’s 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 options:
- 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 I did reveal that the Dyson V10 has up to 33% more power at the highest power setting.
- Performance: The larger motor enables the V10 to score better during deep cleaning tests – 99% vs 92%.
- 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 much 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 their vacuum cleaners.
This system ensures that finer dust stays away from the filter to maintain suction even as the bin fills up.
The cyclones on the V8 and V10 are arranged on 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 tools for cleaning hard floor 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 latter isn’t as necessary 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.
It won’t clean the extra-large stuff, and you’ll need to wiggle it a bit to fit the larger pieces of dirt in, but there’s no need to switch tools constantly.
You can save some $$$ by opting for the less expensive V10 Animal that has the same set of tools as the Absolute without the fluffy tool.
In this section, we’ll look at how well the V8 and V10 clean.
These tests range from hardwood to carpet, as well as crevice and deep cleaning tests.
Yes, you heard that right, a cordless vacuum can deep clean carpet to some extent and you’ll be surprised with the results.
On bare floor, you almost always have to use the soft roller cleaning head for cleaning anything larger than a grain of rice.
The direct drive cleaning tool cannot clean stuff like cheerios as it just pushes it forward.
There isn’t enough clearance with the fit larger debris through.
If your home has bare floor, you’ll need to get the option that has the soft roller cleaning head.
For other stuff like pet litter, rice, and dust, it will pick up 100% or close to it.
Dyson V8 results
One of the weak points of the direct drive head is cleaning cheerios. The success rate will depend on the size of it. If you’re cleaning large cheerios, it’ll hardly pick up anything because it does not fit.
Cleaning crevices is another tough challenge for most vacuums even uprights. The Dyson V8 has proven capable to do the task on high power in about three passes. Crevice depth varies between 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch.
Dyson V10 results
Using the fluffy tool, the V10 did a remarkable job on bare floor picking up 100% on most tests. Some that did not hit the 100% was pretty darn close at 98 or 99%.
Here’s the kicker, with the torque drive, it performed better than the V8 version thanks to the adjustable gates.
Not as good as the fluffy head, but decent enough for you not to constantly carry an extra tool every time you encounter a surface change.
Carpet cleaning test
There are two parts to this test – the surface cleaning test and the deep cleaning test.
The first test tests how these vacuums clean surface dirt.
This test is simple, sprinkle dirt over the carpet then run the vacuum over it.
Both the Dyson V8 and V10 did well with varying sizes of debris picking up between 93% and 100%.
Dyson V8 results
The V8 direct drive cleaning head did a much better job cleaning debris on carpet than on hard surfaces.
Results were excelling in terms of surface pick up thanks to the agitation and suction.
Leaving it on the normal setting is enough to clean surface dirt.
In a deep cleaning test done by Vacuum Wars, the V8 was able to deep clean 92% on medium pile carpet. This test is similar to the one done by Consumer Reports. They used 10 grams talc powder and 90 grams of sifted sand then embedded it on carpet for the test.
Dyson V10 results
The V10 torque drive performs almost perfectly on carpet, scoring almost 100% on surface pickup tests.
It does not matter if your cleaning medium pile or high pile carpet, it will pick up surface dirt on either surface.
In a deep cleaning test done, the V10 was able to pick up 100% of fine dirt on medium pile carpet. Granted it took 16 passes to do so, but the ability to do so is very impressive.
Take a look at some of these videos to see further how the V8 and V10 clean.
First, let’s look at how the V8 cleans a considerable mess on carpet (skip to the 3:15 mark). There’s no measurement done before and after, just an eye test on how this vacuum performs.
There isn’t much of a difference in terms of cleaning surface dirt between the normal and max mode. Using the normal mode is enough in most cases for daily cleaning tasks.
Next, let’s look at the V10’s torque drive head and how it does (skip to the 1:21 mark).
Even with a single forward pass, the V10 picked up most of the dirt and that is a big mess that you wouldn’t usually have to deal with.
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 0.26099 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.
|Dyson V8||32 CFM||N/A||54 CFM|
|Dyson V10||28 CFM||36 CFM||59 CFM|
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 V10. 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 will get the same set of tools.
- 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 debris. It has both soft and stiff bristles that make it capable of deep cleaning even 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, etc. 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 its brush and motor. Great for cleaning pet hair and dirt from fabric upholstery.
- Extension wand: Extends the reach of the vacuum above the floor. It also doubles as a tool that you can connect to the main cleaning heads to clean floors effortlessly.
- Docking station: Storage and charging base that neatly stores the vacuum and tools.
- Charger: Plugs into a wall 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 feature, meaning removing it will be as simple as pushing a button to release.
Setting up either of the two vacuums is straightforward. While there is some juice 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 you’ll have to bolt on a wall with a few screws. This is the only part where you’ll need to use a drill and screw, and it’s not something you have to use since you can plug the power cord directly on the vacuum.
If you don’t want to drill holes on your wall, you can 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 without drilling anything on the wall.
One advantage of using a cord-free stick vacuum is 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.
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 on a different location at the bottom of the bin. While the way you hold the vacuum is different emptying, the function remains the same, which is to push the dirt down.
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 are lighter up top.
Dyson says that the Dyson 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 the non-powered tools.
The good news is both these vacuums exceed the listed figures in real-world tests.
Check out the table below for the details.
|Battery||Dyson V8||Dyson V10|
|Recharge||5 hours||3.5 hours|
|Run Time (Low Power, No Attachments)||41 mins.||61:59 mins.|
|Run Time (Medium Power, W/ Brush Roll)||N/A||27:38 mins.|
|Run Time (High Power, W/ Brush Roll)||8:31 mins.||5:42 mins.|
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 comparison between these two.
|Model||Dyson V8||Dyson V10|
|Low||61.5 - 62.8 dB||62.1 - 64.1 dB|
|Medium||N/A||69.2 - 71.6 dB|
|Max||67.7 - 70 dB||74.5 - 78.7 dB|
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.
When it comes to performance, the Dyson V8 isn’t very far off from the V10.
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 do so as well.
In surface dirt pickup tests, the V8 does comparably well as the V10.
The downside 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.
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 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.
It has more agitation, and the adjustable gates give it the ability to clean more significant bits of debris.
What this means is you don’t have to change tools regardless of surface and renders the soft roller tool unnecessary unless on only have bare floor.
Overall, the Dyson V8 is still an excellent option for the price it is currently at and is a great deal in my opinion.
- Warranty: 2 years
- Check Price
With the Dyson V11 present, the prices of the V10 have gone down, which is good news for us consumers.
Don’t let the higher cost of this vacuum dissuade you from having at least a look because some of the upgrades may be 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 carpet, the V10 is the better option because of the uptick in power plus it has a bigger dirt bin and run longer.
Consumers have been happy with the performance of the V10 and actually, prefer it over the V11 because of the price difference.
The V10 does bring a lot of value to the table.
- Warranty: 2 years
- Check Price
Best value for cleaning performance
Even if the V10 has more power, the V8 matches it when it comes to surface debris pickup. The only thing that separates both of these is in deep cleaning where the V10 picks up 99% versus the 92% 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 42 minutes. With the main cleaning head attached, the V10 will run for 26 minutes at medium and the V8 is slightly higher at 33 minutes at low. 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. This could be because of the larger bin, motor, and battery. The V8 also feels nimber 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 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.
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 and overkill in most instances, but for those who can afford this cordless, it is a useful tool to have in keeping your homes clean without having to carry a heavy upright.
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.
These include the 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.
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 V8 and V10 aren’t far off if you look at surface cleaning.
The V10 does have an edge when it comes to deep cleaning.
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.
- 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 two attachments capable of cleaning bare floor and carpet well if you opt for the Absolute variant.
Check the latest price of the Dyson V8 on Amazon
Should you buy the Dyson V10?
The Dyson V10 represents the future of cordless vacuums with extended run times and power comparable to uprights.
James Dyson is confident at their cordless vacuums that he said in an interview that they would stop developing uprights and focus on cordless.
With the release of the V11, I don’t think he’s playing around.
You can take advantage right now and get the V10 at a lower price because of the V11.
To summarize, here are the reasons why the V8 is the better option for you.
- Deep cleaning: The V10 outperforms the V8 when it comes to deep cleaning carpet. It has more power and agitation that makes it one of a handful of cordless vacuums capable of doing so.
- 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.
Check the latest price of the Dyson V10 on Amazon