The V8 is one of Dyson’s most popular cordless stick vacuums available right now.
We will be comparing at the three different options available – the V8 Absolute, MotorHead, and Animal.
Once upon a time, the Dyson V8 had the most powerful motor and the best cleaning performance of all cord-free vacuums.
But with the release of the Dyson V10 and V11, that is no longer the case.
Still, the V8 is a great value-for-money alternative for folks who don’t want to pay a premium for the newer Dyson cordless vacuums.
Dyson V8 Absolute vs. Animal vs. Total Clean
You’ll get two options for the Dyson V8. These include the Dyson V8 Absolute and Animal. Don’t let the branding confuse you. All these machines are the same in terms of power and performance. The differences are the attachments that come along with each one. To summarize, the V8 Absolute suites homes with a mixture of bare floor and carpet, while the V8 Animal works best in homes with only carpet that have pets.
The V8 Total Clean is only available in Dyson UK. It comes with slightly more tools than the V8 Absolute. In addition to the standard options that you’ll get with the Absolute, you’ll also get Flexi-crevice tool, up top adaptor, and tool bag.
- Excellent cleaning performance on both hard floor and carpet thanks to the soft roller and direct drive cleaning heads
- The hygienic bin is easier to empty than the old design in the V6 series
- 40-minute run time is adequate for most homes
- Still expensive
- Small dirt bin
I’ve written a detailed review of the Dyson V8 Absolute here. Please click on the link if you want to learn more about its performance and features.
For this comparison, I’ll briefly go through all the improvements that the Dyson V8 has over the V6.
What improvements does the Dyson V8 have over the V6?
1. Bigger Motor
This new Dyson comes with an improved motor that has upped the power by approximately 15% more. The new V8 motor produces a maximum output of 115air watts while the V6 has 100 air watts.
To give you some perspective, the Black and Decker BDH2000FL has the same amount of power. But what separates the Dyson would be the superior agitation.
2. Better Agitation
More importantly, the V8 has better agitation – around 150% better to be exact according to Dyson. It will provide better cleaning performance, especially on carpet where agitation plays a considerable role in how much dirt it can pick up.
Design of the motorized tools remains the same. It has one soft roller head called the “Fluffy” and another bristled tool called the “Direct Drive” head.
3. Improved dirt bin
Perhaps the most significant improvement at least for me would be the dirt bin. Not only is the V8 bin bigger, emptying it is much easier than before.
No longer will you need to use your fingers to dislodge dirt trapped between the outer casing and inner mesh filter. The new design has a lever on top that you pull, and the machine does the rest.
Instead of just relying on a trap door and gravity to empty dirt, the new design helps push dirt out. With the mesh filter out of the way, it’s easier to remove any statically charged dirt like pet hair with the extra space.
4. Larger battery
The new lithium-ion battery extends the run time of the V8 from 25 minutes (without any motorized tools attached) to 40 minutes.
With the motorized tools attached, run time is around 25 minutes. And with the “Max” engaged that goes down to 7 minutes.
5. Less Noise
Dyson says that the new V8 their engineers have developed “significant acoustic improvements” to reduce sound without compromising suction power.
To give you an idea of how this translates to the real world, watch this video.
In terms of loudness, the V8 only produces around 66 while the V6 produces approximately 74 in normal mode. In max-mode, that number goes up over 80 decibels in the V6 and only 76 decibels in the V8.
So that’s around a 7 and a 4-decibel difference in normal and max mode respectively.
6. Max Switch
The last upgrade would be the max switch that unleashes the full power of the V8 motor.
Instead of using the same pushbutton switch, Dyson changed it to a slide switch that makes it easier to turn on.
The Dyson V8 is one of the very few cordless stick vacuums capable of deep cleaning carpet, and cleaning tests confirm it.
In a deep cleaning test done by Vacuum Wars, the V8 was able to pick up 92% of sand and powder from medium pile carpet. For a stick vacuum, the results are impressive.
Surface cleaning tests reveal that the V8 will pick up close to 100% of dirt whether it be as large as Cheerios or as fine as sand.
Choosing the right variant would depend on what type of floor you have inside your home.
Homes with only carpet flooring should benefit the most from the V8 Animal. If it is a mix of hard floor, rugs or carpet then go with the more expensive Absolute.
The soft roller cleaning head is a game-changing design that will be the future of hard floor cleaning. It features a roller with a fabric-like exterior that will literally grab dirt of all sizes.
How long does the V8 run?
The official number for the V8 is 40 minutes on low power using non-motorized tools.
In actual run time tests, the V8 actually exceeds this figure by a couple of minutes. Check the table below.
|Dyson V8 Run Time|
|No attachments||42:48 mins.|
|Low power (w/ powered tools)||33.30 mins.|
|High power (w/ powered tools)||9:00 mins.|
The 42 minute run time is impressive and more than enough for most spot-cleaning tasks.
That number will drop down to 33 minutes with any of the motorized tools attached. If you’re relying on the V8 to clean your floors, it is feasible as the run time above is adequate unless you live in a large mansion.
Maintenance and Running Costs
Keeping the V8 in peak condition boils down to keeping both filters clean. This vacuum has two filters – the pre-motor and post-motor HEPA filter clean.
The good news is both filters are lifetime washable filters, meaning you don’t have to replace it.
Washing it once a month is enough, make sure to let it air dry for 24 hours before reattaching it.
Other than cleaning the filter, other parts to look at would be the main cleaning heads. Regularly check both tools to see if there are hair wrapped around the brush or the axles. Do the same for the mini-turbo brush.
One more thing to look at would be the battery. It should last the duration of the 2-year warranty period and possibly more if you take good care of it. Fortunately, the battery in the V8 is replaceable and third-party options are available (some have higher capacity).
Dyson V8 Comparison: V8 Absolute vs. V8 Animal vs. V8 Total Clean
Right now there are two variants – the V8 Absolute and V8 Animal with the former being more expensive.
To clarify that all V8 products have the same motor and bin. So performance is the same, and the main difference would be the tools that come along in the package.
Both have a HEPA filter, so 99.9% of allergens stay inside the bin.
Dyson’s HEPA filter at least in their cordless line is washable, so you don’t have to buy anything extra during the lifetime of the machine.
This is the most expensive and feature-rich variant currently in the V8 line up armed with the soft roller head and direct drive cleaner head.
These tools make this a great option inside homes with hard floor and carpet.
It also comes with the mini motorized tool that makes it a feasible option for cleaning pet hair on upholstery inside your home or vehicle.
Here’s the complete list of attachments and tools that you’ll get from the Dyson V8 Absolute:
- Soft roller cleaner head: A purpose-built tool for cleaning hard surfaces such as tile and hardwood.
- Direct drive cleaner head: This tool works best on carpet capable of even deep cleaning dirt.
- Mini motorized tool: Miniature version of the direct drive tool that cleans up embedded dirt on upholstery and even mattresses.
- Soft dusting brush: The soft bristles of this tool makes it ideal for cleaning more delicate surfaces like curtains and lampshades.
- Combination tool: A combo tool that combines a mini-upholstery tool and brush tool. Ideal for cleaning vents or keyboards.
- Crevice tool: For cleaning tight crevices such as areas between sofa cushions or car seats.
- Docking station: A tool for storing and charging this vacuum cleaner. You’ll need to drill holes on the wall to use it. *
* If you don’t want to drill holes, you can buy a third-party tool like the Slysy Storage Stand that helps you store this vacuum cleaner plus all the accessories in one area. I like this accessory because you don’t have to drill holes and the vertical storage will save lots of space.
The V8 Animal has the same tools as the V8 Absolute but minus the soft roller head. Opt for this variant if your home only has carpet inside.
The direct drive is still capable of cleaning debris like dust on bare floor. However, it will struggle with the large particles of dirt. If you try it on cheerios or cereal, it will just push it forward.
If you don’t need the soft roller cleaning head, then you can save yourself some dough by opting for the V8 Animal.
- Direct drive cleaner head
- Mini motorized tool
- Soft dusting brush
- Combination tool
- Crevice tool
- Docking station
V8 Total Clean
Another option available is the V8 Total Clean. This variant comes with more tools than the V8 Absolute.
Like the V8 Absolute, it comes with the two main cleaning heads, crevice, combination, mini turbo brush, and soft dusting brush, it comes with two extra tools that make your life easier cleaning areas high above your head and really tight crevices.
Take at the look at the photo below to see the tools.
- Soft roller cleaning head
- Direct drive cleaner head
- Mini motorized tool
- Soft dusting brush
- Combination tool
- Crevice tool
- Docking station
- Quick-release up top adapter: You can use this tool with the soft dusting brush to clean areas high up like tops of cabinets or ceiling fans.
- Flexi crevice tool: Excellent at reaching in really tight areas where a standard crevice tool might not be able to.
- Tool bag: For storing all the attachments.
Does the V8 provide good value?
Yes, the V8 is expensive, but it offers a lot of value for your dollar.
It is hands down one of the best performing options available. Both floor tools are capable of pickup up nearly 100% of surface debris on rug, carpet or hard floor.
However, it isn’t the best performing cordless vacuum (that distinction goes to the V10 and V11).
Also, there are cheaper options that will perform almost as well as the Dyson V8, but they don’t do as well deep cleaning carpet.
That’s the trade-off you should look at. If you don’t mind the high price tag then this vacuum cleaner will be an integral part of keeping your home clean.
How is this different from the V7?
Just recently, Dyson has released a new variant in the market called the V7. This product combines the features of the V6 and V8 at a more affordable price than the V8.
It is a V6 with the upgraded bin design and slide max button switch. If you’re not a fan of the bin of the V6 but don’t want to spend a whole bunch for the V8, then this is a good compromise.
The information below is the complete list of product specifications for the Dyson V8.
|Dust Bin Capacity||0.54 L|
The verdict: Who should buy the Dyson V8 stick vacuum?
The Dyson V8 may not be the most powerful cordless vacuum, but it has a great balance between ergonomics, power and run time.
It’s a rare combination that you need to look for when buying something without a cord.
You’ll get a versatile tool that can be used in different configurations depending on the need.
If you’re looking for the following features (listed below) in a cordless stick vacuum then the Dyson V8 would be a great option.
- Versatile cleaning tool: You can use the Dyson V8 as a handheld or a stick vacuum, for cleaning hard floors or carpet.
- Lightweight and ergonomic: The Dyson V8 does not have the power of the V10, but it’s lighter thus more maneuverable and easier to use above floors.
- Strong suction: The V8 scores high marks in terms of airflow (cfm) which contributes to the excellent cleaning performance.
- Long run time: The run time in real-world tests exceed the 40-minute mark by Dyson. Even if you use the main cleaning head, it’ll still run for more than 30 minutes which is plenty for a cord-free vacuum cleaner.
- Don’t mind paying for a quality product: Yes, the Dyson V8 is expensive, but you’ll be getting an excellent product that will last for years with the proper maintenance. If you’re willing to spend the $$$ for such a product then this is a great option.