It is a dream of many people to own an efficient vacuum cleaner – after all, it helps you clean your house, professional space or any other room with ease, and you can keep high standards of cleanliness for longer. The only problem you want to avoid is a cleaner that has an annoyingly short battery life, but the Dyson V8 does not have that, and we will see why it is worth your money.
When it comes to vacuum cleaners, many manufacturers want to go as light as possible in their creations so as to appeal to the public. You do not want a cleaner that is too stressful to handle, so the Dyson V8 is the answer to many of the requirements you likely have.
The basic premise it uses is the amazing Dyson V6, which was highly efficient in its working mechanism, but had a few issues (mainly its battery life and tacky emptying of the bin). Clearly, the results here show that the company has listened to customer feedback.
What you can expect in the Dyson V8 Absolute
If there is one thing we love about this machine, it is its improvement on the previous model, the V6 – it basically offers everything, but with an improvement on the bin emptying (much easier), power, and improved battery life that allows you to run it for double the previous time.
It is therefore unsurprising to see that the V8 Absolute actually tops the extensive range of vacuum cleaners that the company offers. It also comes with a wide variety of tools for cleaning additional surfaces, including the interesting ‘Fluffy’ that is a soft-roller hard floor head, detail cleaning components, and powered brush heads.
In addition, it also improves on the filtration aspect. Even though the price point and weight is higher than the V6, its build quality is also above other cordless cleaners, and this makes it a worthwhile buy anyway.
The V8 and V6 share some features, so it is easy to mistake them for identical twins – even when the subtle upgrades show they are not. The external look is in two colors – iron and yellow, while the shaft is in different colors to mark it out.
Regardless of the color, which is never really a deal breaker, you will notice that it can work well on both hard floors and carpets. When you use it on a carpet, the ‘direct-drive’ cleaner mode will clean extra dirt by digging deep into the carpet, while on hard floors, you can use the fiber head made from soft woven nylon cotton to collect dirt and debris.
Some other aspects to look at include:
The battery life and dual power modes
You will be impressed with the in-built battery that comes with the Dyson V8. According to the manufacturer, it will give you up to 40 minutes of uninterrupted use in the ‘Powerful’ mode, but it gives you a battery life of 25 minutes when you use the motorized cleaning head.
This places it right in the middle when compared to other cleaners, even from the same company; for instance, the V7 gives you 30 minutes of battery life, while the V10 gives you a full hour.
You can use multiple modes
Similar to the other vacuums in the same line of Dyson Cyclones, it is possible to use the V8 cleaner in a variety of ways and reasons. When you attach the shaft to it, you can use it to clean high points of your walls, on your floors, and even corners when you want to remove accumulating debris. If you want to, you can also detach the shaft and use it as a handheld vacuum as well.
In addition, you will like the soft roller cleaning attachment, which helps immensely when you handle large debris. If you own pets and allergens are a major concern in your home, then the improved HEPA filtration mechanism will help in rooting them out of sight as well.
Greater motor power and improvements on bin
Since the V6, the company has consistently improved in their subsequent models in terms of the power they use. For the V6, it runs on 325W power, while the V8 uses 425W power. In addition, the bin capacity has also gone through expansion and is easier to empty, with the V6 having 0.4 liters and the V8 having 0.54 liters.
The emptying of the bin is the change that might be the most invisible, but is very impactful on your ease of use. On the V6, you would use the side clip to release the canister base, but you would have to struggle quite a bit to get bigger debris out, such as pet hairs.
However, the V8 changes all that – it instead has a top clip, which will activate the center cyclone to pull away from the bin, forcing the base flap to open and empty all the contents. Any debris that remains will not need added poking to get it out, which makes it easier for you to clean the machine.
Easier attachment of tools
It is much easier to attach the extra tools, as you do it through the extension tube that comes with the package, or the handheld unit directly. However, it is at a disadvantage if you own tools for the V6, as you cannot use them in the V8, which can be frustrating at times.
You will not be struggling with choosing your tools though, as there are plenty of them for different situations and surfaces.
- It is super quiet
- The battery life has improved greatly from previous models
- Its mechanism is quiet
- Better cleaning mechanism compared to many mains-power cleaners
- Very good air filtration capability
- Improved emptying of the bin
- Has useful tools for all jobs you need
- It is quite expensive compared to other models
If you need the most versatile vacuum cleaner that can handle different surfaces with ease, then you will not be disappointed with the V8 – certainly capable of cleaning your house as efficiently as possible. Aside from the price, it is well worth the investment if you can buy it.