In this article, we’ll be taking a look at one of Dyson’s most popular models: the Dyson V8. First, let’s take a look at the design. The handle includes the motor, cyclones, dustbin, battery, and trigger. The V8 uses a rigid wand, which you can use as a stick vacuum or as an extension for handheld use.
Additionally, the V8 includes a multi-surface rotating brush roll. The V8 is 49 inches tall and the cleaning head is 9.8 inches wide. Additionally, the V8 is fairly light at 5.75 pounds.
The Dyson V8 comes with a wide variety of accessories. However, it is important to note that the specific model you purchase will determine the exact set of accessories that come with your Dyson.
There are two main versions of the V8: the Dyson V8 Absolute and the Dyson V8 Animal. The V8 Absolute comes with the most accessories and most notably includes both the multi-surface cleaning head and the fluffy soft roller cleaning head for hard surfaces. The V8 Animal includes all the same accessories as the Absolute. The only thing you miss out on is the soft roller head. The motor, suction, runtime, dustbin, and battery power are all the same.
All our vacuum reviews are tested on three different floor types and against four different debris types. For each test, we measure the percentage of debris cleaned. For our hardwood floor tests, the V8 performed great. The only significant problem was the cereal test. However, it should be noted that these issues were more a result of the direct drive cleaning head. The direct drive cleaning head is great for multi-surface but not ideal for large debris on hard surfaces. When we retested the V8 with the fluffy clean head, the debris removal was nearly flawless.
Our tests on both low and high pile carpet were no match for the V8. The V8 performed nearly flawlessly on all of our tests for both low and high carpets. One of the major benefits of the Dyson V8 is simply how versatile it is. The V8 can be configured as a stick vacuum or a handheld. A variety of attachments can be used directly on the handheld or on the end of the extension wand for extra reach.
Overall usability on the V8 is excellent. To set up, you just snap the pieces together. Emptying the dustbin is fairly easy. Simply pull up on the red latch and force the debris into the trashcan. The V8 dustbin is designed to help force dust and debris out of the canister and into the trash.
Overall maneuverability on the V8 is great. It’s lightweight, can turn at 90 degrees, and can lay nearly flat. Being cordless also provides significant mobility and convenience. Maintenance is fairly straightforward. The V8 include the lifetime washable central filter and a lifetime washable HEPA filter.
To maintain the filters, you’ll want to wash them in cold water about once per month. Make sure you allow the filter around 24 hours to completely air dry. The V8 battery takes around 3.5 hours to fully charge, and runtime on the V8 is around 40 minutes at low power.
Annual maintenance costs on the V8 are fairly low. Since both filters are washable, the only costs involved will be if you lose or damage your filters or you need to replace the battery. The V8 is fairly average when it comes to noise. At low power, the Dyson V8 comes in at 73 decibels.
So who should buy the Dyson V8? The V8 is best for users who:
1. Want a cordless vacuum. With the V8, much of what you’re paying for is convenience of a battery-powered vacuum that still has good suction and power.
2. Want a two in one vacuum. The V8 vacuum is highly versatile. You can use it as a stick vacuum, handheld, and includes a variety of attachments to help clean different messes.
3. And lastly, you’re okay with the higher price tag. When you combine cordless design, 40-minute runtime, lots of attachments, and great suction, you can expect the higher price point. If these features aren’t as important to you, there are probably other vacuums that will be a better choice for you.