Dyson V8 Absolute Review – A V6 on Steroids

DysonV8AbsoluteReviewUpright power in a cordless vacuum which seemed impossible 10 years ago now is a real possibility thanks to this product I’m going to share with you today.

Dyson has been busy with product development.

First it was the 360 Eye that was made available to consumers after years and millions of dollars put in on R&D and now we have the V8 Absolute.

This is a major upgrade from the previous DC59/V6 series with improvements in several key areas.

These areas include the bin emptying mechanism and the max switch that had some quirks in it.

The new V8 has a bigger motor which translates to more power. According to Dyson this bad boy has 150% more brush bar power compared to the V6.

A larger capacity lithium ion battery improved run time two-folds – 40 minutes vs the 20+ minutes for the older V6.

This machine also is equipped with the HEPA filtration that filters out 99.97% of microscopic dust particles as small as 0.3 microns.

On paper this product has a makings of a great product but is it worth the hefty price tag? We’ll find out in this review.

But first let’s have a look at the features of this state of the art cordless:

  • Up to 40 minutes of run time (25 minutes if you use either of the two motorized tool attachment)
  • HEPA filtration
  • 150% more beater bar power compared to the Dyson V6
  • 50% more quiet than the V6
  • Powered by the new V8 motor that produces up to 115AW of suction power
  • Two motorized attachments specially designed for bare floor and carpet – soft roller cleaner head and direct drive cleaner head
  • 0.14 gallon dirt bin
  • Weighs only 5.75 pounds (just a little bit heavier than the V6)
  • Washable lifetime filter
  • Two year warranty

Pros

  • Perhaps the most powerful cordless vacuum in the market today
  • Has specially designed tools for bare floor and carpet
  • HEPA filtration
  • Dyson has improved their dirt emptying mechanism
  • Longer run time (40 mins max)

Cons

  • Very expensive (more expensive than some of the Dyson uprights in the market)
  • Dirt bin while has increased in capacity is still small

What to expect from this all new V8

Features

Dyson is one of those rare companies that actually listen to consumer feedback. With the new V8 they’ve improved in several of the key areas that held their previous products back. I wasn’t expecting them to release a new product this soon after introducing the V6 in 2014.

In the end, consumers are the biggest winners here when products like this come out. This forces other brands to step up their game and innovate.

If you look around you’ll see products that copy Dyson’s design, brands like Shark and Hoover have copied Dyson but still cannot match it in terms of performance but there it a war out there.

All new V8 motor

Universally known for manufacturing the powerful vacuums Dyson has pulled it off again. In designing the V8, their engineers managed to squeeze out more power by remapping and re-tuning the motor’s electronics.

The result is around a 20% more power, around 115AW in max mode up from the 100AW in the previous V6 variant.

150% more brush roll power

Motorized Tools

Inside both the soft roller brush and direct drive tool is an internal motor that spins it and Dyson says it has improved by 150% which means better agitation on carpet (if you’re using the bristled brush tool).

The soft roller brush also works the same way, drawing dirt in to the vacuum opening. The design somehow prevents debris from flinging around.

Improved battery performance (and improved run time)

A cordless vacuum is only as good as its run time and Dyson didn’t neglect to improve this area as well.

Dyson says that they’ve improved battery chemistry to deliver more power to the motor and increase the run time as well from 20 minutes to 40 minutes but that number drops down to 25 minutes when you use any of the motorized brushes.

In max mode, that number has gone up to 7 minutes from 6 minutes in the V6.

Better sound insulation

Sound deadening was another area of improvement and it was a necessity because the V8 used a more powerful motor.

Engineers developed what they called a post-filter media to muffle the noise by up to 50% (that’s just a claim so don’t take my word for it).

CNET says that it sounds like a “high, airy whine” rather than a jet-engine roar.

Improved dirt ejector

In my opinion this is one of the biggest areas of improvement.

Whereas in previous V6, you will need to push down on a lever in front of the trigger to empty the bin. The V8’s design allows you to empty it without having to pull any of the dust bunnies out.

Another improvement would be the location of the lever. Instead of placing it in front of the trigger, the new design has it behind the cyclones – a much more accessible area.

This new design makes it much easier to empty the bin. All you need to do is pull up the lever and the whole housing rises up, pushing dirt down.

Mini motorized brush

The new V8 also comes with a mini-motorized brush tool similar to the one found in the V6 Mattress that will help you clean upholstery such as fabric sofas and mattresses.

In essence you don’t need to buy that variant just to clean your mattress as this variant is fully capable of doing so.

Bare floor cleaning

Like the previous Dyson V6 Absolute, this vacuum comes with a soft roller cleaning brush that is absolutely brilliant at cleaning bare floor surfaces like hardwood, linoleum or tile.

Here’s a big mess test, testing the fluffy tool on this huge party mess…

A bristled brush can be effective on bare floor but it one flaw. It had the tendency of scattering larger bits of dirt.

This new tool eliminates this problem thanks to the soft furr-like texture that pulls stuff like bread crumbs, crushed chips and dust into the bin.

Carpet performance

This is where the motorized brush comes into play. I’ve mentioned earlier that the V8 improved the agitation by 150% in the new V8 and this will come in handy most in cleaning carpet.

Even in the default power mode, it will be enough to at least help you dirt from piling up on the carpet. I wouldn’t recommend using this as your main carpet cleaner because it still lacks suction power and it has a small bin.

This would be a great in-between cleaning tool on high traffic areas, if you have pets this will come in handy removing pet hair.

Cleaning stairs shouldn’t be a problem as well because you can just remove the wand and attach either of the two main cleaning heads to clean bare floor or carpet stairs.

Upholstery Performance

Not only will the V8 clean floors, it also comes with several tools for cleaning upholstery.

The mini-motorized brush is the main tool for upholstery with its still bristles powered by its own motor. These bristles agitate dirt and dead skin that may be embedded on your sofa and mattress!

And with the improved agitation and suction, this tool shouldn’t have a problem picking up dirt, pet hair and even dead skin on upholstery.

If you have young children inside your home, this is a must-have tool that will help you keep not only your floors but also furniture clean.

Pet hair

Cleaning pet hair whether on carpet, bare floor or upholstery shouldn’t be a problem with the purpose-built tools you’ll get from this vacuum.

To pet hair off upholstery, the mini-motorized tool would be the best tool for the job.

Attachments and Accessories

The V8 comes with a total of 6 attachments…

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Charging time

While their website doesn’t specify how long you need to charge this, I checked the manual and it says that it will full charge in roughly 5 hours.

When you plug this on the wall mounted charger make sure to check the status light.

If all three lights are steady and blue, it means the battery is full and you can unplug the charger.

Filter clean up

The placement of the filter is similar to that of the Dyson V6 series wherein you pull the filter out from the middle and then wash it.

Filter Clean Up

The cyclonic filtration system in the Dyson is so good that you will not need to wash it very often, if you use this every day, you can wash it once a month.

Extra filtration is provided by a post motor HEPA filter. This part is also washable.

HEPA

Warranty

Dyson backs this up with a 2 year warranty.

See it in action

Check out some of the features of the V8 and a brief demo on carpet and hardwood flooring in this review.

The improved direct drive motorized tool does its job, dare I say it has some deep cleaning capabilities. It won’t match a corded upright and with the smallish dirt bin, I wouldn’t recommend this to be your primary vacuum if your home has a lot of carpet but the technology is getting there and the V8 is one big step closer.

Product Specifications

AttachmentsSoft roller cleaner head

Direct-drive cleaner head

Mini motorized tool

Mini soft dusting brush

Combination accessory tool

Crevice tool
Brush roll on/offNo
BatteryLithium Ion
ChargerWall Mount Charger
Charging timeNot specified (approx. 5 hrs)
Battery life40 mins.

25 mins. (w/ the motorized tool attached)

7 mins. (max mode)
Net weight5.75 pounds
Shipping weight12.3 pounds
Cleaning path9.8"
Overall length49"
Battery indicatorYes
Filter typeLifetime washable filter
Dust capacity0.14 gallons

(0.53 liters)
Air Watts115AW
Voltage110v
Manufactured inUSA
Warranty2 years on parts and labor

Customer Reviews

On paper Dyson made pretty significant changes in the V8 but how does it translate with consumers?

Overall it was largely positive. With all the improvements made I can say that this product is a big step forward.

Not a lot of products can boast of that combination of run time and power that this one has but…

The listed 40 minute run time is without the motorized tools attached. With those attached that number will drop down to 25 minutes which is still a lot of time to clean a small home.

There was also more power, even at normal mode there is around a 20% increase in power and with the soft roller brush, cleaning up bare floor is easier than before.

While the direct drive tool for carpet also got an upgrade – more agitation! Up to 150% more than the V6 and this resulted in more deep cleaning power which makes this one of the best at cleaning carpet.

Another improvement that consumers like is the noise… well the lack thereof.

Dyson also has improved the sound deadening in and around the motor thus reducing the noise that it produces. I’m not sure of the 50% reduction that Dyson claims but it is still significant.

This product looks very promising with a more powerful motor and much longer run time than the previous generation V6.

Emptying the dirt bin will also be less messy thanks to the redesigned mechanism that lifts the entire cyclonic assembly forcing dirt downwards.

The only complaint I have would be the price, at around $550 this vacuum is very expensive.

Price

The best place to buy a Dyson would be in Amazon where it would cost around $490.

If you buy this direct from Dyson, expect to pay around $100 more.

This is also available in Amazon UK for those who live in that area for less than £400.

Conclusion

It’s too early to tell but it looks like the Dyson V8 will supplant the incumbent V6 as the best cordless vacuum cleaner at least in our list.

The new and improved version of the V6 has a longer run time, strong suction, more agitation, a larger dirt bin and an easier to empty mechanism that consumers have been clamoring Dyson to improve.

And boy did they deliver on this one.

The biggest issue would be the price. Easily this is one of the most expensive cordless vacuums sold right now but you’ll get a lot for your dollar.

If your home has mostly bare floor, you could probably use this as your main cleaner. For homes with carpet, this is a great in-between cleaner to keep dirt from piling up.

Add to that the 40 minute run time makes the V8 the standard bearer when it comes to cordless cleaning tools. Nothing in the market touches it in terms of cleaning performance.

Garrick Dee
 

Garrick is the founder of the Cordless Vacuum Guide that originally focused on cordless vacuums but he has now expanded to reviewing corded vacuums and carpet cleaners to be able to provide a more complete guide in terms of choosing the right cleaner.

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