by Garrick Dee
Updated December 15th, 2018
The V8 is currently the latest cordless vacuum Dyson has in its product line right now.
It’s got the most powerful motor, longest lasting battery and the best agitation of all their cordless products.
And we’ll look closely at the different variants that are available.
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I’ve written in detail about the Dyson V8 Absolute in this review. Click that link if you want to find out more about how it performs and features.
For the purpose of this comparison, I’ll briefly go through all the improvements that the Dyson V8 has 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. This will provide better cleaning performance especially on carpet where agitation plays a huge 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 biggest 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 just 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.
And since the mesh filter is out of the way, it’ll be easier to remove any statically charged dirt like pet hair as there is more space.
4. New 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 how this translates to the real world, watch this video…
In terms of decibels the V8 only produces around 66 while the V6 produces around 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 4 decibel difference in normal and max mode respectively.
6. Max Switch
Last upgrade would be the max switch that unleashes the full power of the V8 motor.
Instead using the same push button switch, Dyson changed it to a slide switch that makes it easier to turn on.
Dyson V8 Comparison: The Different variants
Right now there are two main variants – the V8 Absolute and V8 Animal with the former being more expensive.
Just 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 allegens 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.
It makes this variant a great option in homes with both carpet and hard floor surfaces.
Other attachments include:
- Combination tool
- Crevice tool
- Mini motorized tool
- Soft dusting brush
The V8 Animal has the same toolset as the V8 Absolute but minus the soft roller head. Opt for this variant if your home only has carpet inside.
I believe the bristled tool can picking up dust on bare floor. But it’ll struggle cleaning large debris like chips or cereal.
If you don’t need the soft roller cleaning head then you can yourself some dough by opting for the V8 Animal.
Where can I buy this?
If you live in the United States, my favorite place to buy this would be in Amazon because of the fast turnaround time and the free 2-day shipping if you are a Prime member.
For UK residents, Amazon.co.uk is the place to find the best deals. Buying this from Dyson UK will cost around £520.00 for the Absolute and £370.00 for the Animal.
Dyson UK also has the “Total Clean” variant that comes with 2 additional tools – the up top adaptor and flexi crevice tool.
You also have the option to go for a refurbished V8 if you don’t mind buying something used.
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.
This is basically 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.
To Wrap Up
Right now the Dyson V8 line up isn’t as massive as the V6 product line. But I expect that to change as time goes on.
When Dyson introduced the V6 it only had a single variant but now it has 10.
There are two main options – the V8 Absolute and Animal. The former has the direct drive cleaner head and soft roller head that work well on carpet and bare floor respectively. It is a no-brainer option for homes with carpet and bare floor.
The MotorHead only has the bristled direct drive tool that will work better on carpet that it will on bare floor. But it still is capable of picking up dust on hard floors but don’t expect it to clean large debris as well.
Dyson UK has release a third variant called the “Total Clean” that adds two additional tools that’ll increase reach.
These include the top adaptor and “flexi crevice” tool – a combo tool that’s flexible.
It is a V6 with the dirt bin and max switch of a V8. Should you feel like you don’t need the power but want the other upgrades then go with this option.