When Dyson introduced the world to the DC series, it changed how the world viewed cordless vacuums.
It brought in suction and versatility never before seen in a cordless.
A lot has changed since the first Dyson DC35 entered the fray.
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We’re going to have a close look at these two closely, more specifically its features, differences, and performance.
Oscar Wilde said that “imitation is the highest form of flattery.” And Dyson’s success has bred a lot of imitators.
Both brands utilize the Dyson blueprint such as the removable wand, trigger switch and interchangeable tools.
But none can still match Dyson’s combination of power and versatility.
Sure a Shark Rocket may have more power, but that’s because it has a cord. A Hoover Cruise is cordless, but it doesn’t quite pack a punch.
Spec Comparison of the Dyson V6 vs. V8
up to 20 mins
up to 40 mins
100 air watts
115 air watts
When Dyson first unveiled the V6 series, it changed the way people think about a cordless.
People could no longer say that a cordless has weak suction and useless. The V6 had better agitation and more power.
Put this side by side against the 2nd generation DC44; the V6 has two times more power in max mode.
Regardless of power, the V6 had never-been-seen-before tools that aid it in cleaning floors.
The V6 Absolute was the first Dyson cordless that had the soft roller cleaning head.
This tool was the first of its kind and changed how bare floors were cleaned.
No longer will a stiff bristle risk scratching expensive hardwood flooring or create a bigger mess.
Both of these variants have this tool along with the bristled attachment for cleaning the carpet.
It’s this versatility that makes a Dyson unique. Forget about deep cleaning for a moment here; what I’m talking about is portability like no other product can provide.
Aside from the noticeable improvements in power and run time, here are two significant improvements that make the V8 a better product compared to the V6.
The V6 had two design flaws that held it back. It was from consumer feedback.
The first flaw would be the bin design. And Dyson said it as easy to empty.
When you look at advertorials, it shows dirt dropping down easy. But the reality is that isn’t always the case.
In the real world, you’ll be cleaning a lot of dust, dander, hair and maybe some breadcrumbs.
This dirt has what you call static electricity and don’t drop easily when the trap door is open.
What do I mean?
According to Wikipedia, statically charged dust likes to cling to other objects because of static electricity. In the case of the V6 dust sticks on the plastic shell and inner filter of the bin.
And when you empty it, these types of dirt don’t just drop down without a fight.
It stays inside the bin. And you’ll need to use your fingers to dislodge it or disassemble the bin to clean it thoroughly.
See what I mean?
Dyson has improved the design in the V8. Instead of just relying on just a trap door and gravity, the new design pushes dirt out, at least most of it.
Even with all the muck and hair inside, it has a mechanism that pushes stuff out. Another area of improvement would be the placement of the lever.
The V6’s lever is in front of the trigger.
It is a pretty awkward position when you’re trying to empty it.
The V8’s lever is on top just behind the cyclones. To empty, all you need to do is pull =the lever up.
I feel that this is a better design because it is less messy and dirt (at least most of it) will go to the trash bin.
New Max Switch
Another improvement would be the max button. In all variants before the V8, turning on the max involves pressing a button at the back of the post-motor filter.
Nothing wrong with the placement but getting it to tun on can be tricky. You’ll have to apply a bit of pressure to get it to work.
There will be instances where pushing the switch does nothing, so you’ll have to push it again – that is annoying.
The new design eliminates that nuance. It uses a slide switch that makes the process much easier.
The Dyson V6 has the V6 motor that pumps out 24 air watts in normal mode. In the max mode that number goes up to 100 air watts.
To give perspective on this, a full sized Dyson upright will have around 270 air watts on tap.
A hundred is pretty darn good considering this machine does not have any cords. It nearly produces more than a third the power a Dyson Ball Animal 2 would.
Dyson V8 has a new motor and more power
The Dyson V8 comes with the latest V8 digital motor that produces almost 20% more power than the V6 motor. It has the same 2-tier radial cyclones that capture fine dust and allergens. And a post-motor HEPA filter keeps those allergens inside the bin.
Winner: Dyson V8
Cleaning on flat surfaces does not only require sheer power, but you will need some agitation to pull up dirt. It is especially true when cleaning dusty areas.
The Dyson V6 and V8 have tools specifically designed for bare floor and carpet. You’ll see in these videos the cleaning performance of both.
V6 demo on tile and carpet…
You’ll notice at the carpet test that the V6 still used the older cleaning head that had less agitation.
And here’s a demo for the upgraded cleaner head…
In a single pass at normal mode, the new cleaner head in the Absolute was able to pick up all the pet hair.
Here’s a demo of the soft roller cleaner head (or fluffy tool) on the hardwood.
This video proves that agitation plays an important role in cleaning on both surfaces. It’s not just raw power. Agitation is good enough to pick up even dust in the cracks.
Now let’s move over to the V8
Fine dust is perhaps the toughest type of debris to clean off carpet and you’ll how the V8 handle’s it…
The V8’s direct drive cleaner head is perhaps the best in the industry.
Here’s another video comparing the V8 to other vacuums cleaning powder on a tile with a deep crevice in the middle…
Only the V8 was able to pick up all of the powder scattered even inside the crevice.
Both of these variants come with a fade-free lithium-ion battery, but the V8 has a much longer run time of 40 minutes compared to 20 minutes of the V6.
The 40 minutes run time can only be achieved minus the motorized tools attached. If you connect any of the powered devices (e.g., soft roller cleaner head), that run time goes down to 25 minutes which is still plenty for spot cleaning.
Can you replace the battery on the Dyson V6 and V8?
Yes, the good news is, the batteries in the Dyson V6 and the V8 are replaceable. This is awesome news in terms of the longer term viability of this product. Replacement batteries will cost in the $30 to $60 range in Amazon but take note that these batteries aren’t original Dyson parts.
Please check the instructions here on how to replace the battery in the Dyson V6 and here for the V8. What’s good about these replacement batteries is that you can get something with a larger mAh so it’ll give you a longer run time.
These replacement batteries usually come with a one-year warranty and 30-day replacement guarantee. Make sure to check the fine print carefully before buying one.
Both the V6 and V8 have HEPA filtration. Its filters are washable and will last the lifetime of the vacuum, so you don’t have to worry about running costs.
The V8 is slightly heavier at 5.8 pounds. The V7 is lighter at 5.1 pounds.
With the new bin design of the V8, Dyson was able to increase capacity to 0.14 gallons. This is around 0.03 gallons bigger than the V6.
All Dyson cordless vacuums come with a 2-year warranty.
If you check out Amazon, the V6 has a total of 10 variants, each with its own set of tools for a specific purpose.
As an example, the V6 Mattress was created for mattress cleaning. It comes with a mini-motorized brush for the job.
Other tools in the package include a crevice, combination and soft dusting brush tools.
The first two is pretty standard in all variants.
At Dyson.com, the V6 has four variants – Total Clean, MotorHead, Cord-Free and HEPA.
Not as diverse as the Amazon selection but still gives you options.
The first two have the improved direct-drive motorized brush. It provides 75% more agitation compared to the older cleaner head found in the Cord-Free and HEPA variants.
So far the V8 has only one variant in Amazon – the Absolute. It has the full set of tools that include the direct-drive cleaner head, soft roller brush, crevice tool, combination tool, mini-motorized tool, and soft dusting brush.
Comparing the top variants both these variants come with the same number of tools. The most significant difference would be the motorized tools of the V8 that has more agitation.
Winner: V8 (slightly)
If you don’t need the bare floor cleaning soft roller head then opt for the cheaper V8 MotorHead with only the direct drive head.
If you live in the United Kingdom, you can buy the V8 Absolute from Amazon’s UK site.
The Dyson V6 is also available from Amazon’s UK site, and the options include the Animal, Flexi, Top Dog, Fluffy, and Total Clean.
You can’t go wrong with either of these two products. Both offer a level of versatility and power I’ve yet to see in another cordless vacuum.
Some reasons why you should buy the Dyson V6
With the V8 and V10 in the market, the V6 is the most affordable Dyson cordless vacuum available. The top-spec V6 Absolute costs less than $250 which is a bargain in my book considering the number of tools that come with it. It will provide almost the same performance as the V8 but with much shorter run time.
I’d recommend the Dyson V6 for people who
- Don’t mind getting their hands dirt emptying the bin: The dust cup of the V6 can be hard to empty if you’re cleaning a lot of dust or hair because some of it will stick to the mesh filter at the middle. You’ll have to disassemble the bin to fully clean it.
- Want a cheaper cordless vacuum: The current price point makes the V6 a bargain in my book.
- Don’t mind the small bin: You’ll have to empty this vacuum more often than the V8.
I’d recommend the Dyson V8 for people who
- Have homes with carpet: The more powerful V8 would suit homes that have carpet. The direct drive cleaning head in the V8 has more and agitation that would do a better job on carpet.
- Want a vacuum that’s easy to empty: The redesigned dust cup in the V8 is easier to empty thanks to the mechanism that pushes dirt down.
- Don’t mind spending more: Yes, the V8 is more expensive but I believe that the two key improvements (with the larger/easy to empty dust cup and power) are worth it.
The Dyson V8 is no doubt head and shoulders above every cordless vacuum (except for the V10) when it comes to versatility, power, and features.
No other cordless touches it in sheer power and agitation it brings to the table with the two motorized tools in its toolset.
However, all that high-tech gadgetry comes at a premium.
The V6 is a good option if you don’t want to spend over $500 for a cordless.
The top of the line variant will cost a few hundred dollars less. It has a total of 10 different options in Amazon that comes with a specific toolset each designed for a particular need.