Dyson V8 Review

The House Method team tested the Dyson V8 Absolute and rated it on a variety of factors including suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full review here.

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The Dyson V8 Absolute is a step above the Dyson V6, with a better battery life and more powerful suction. It’s considered one of the best stick vacuum cleaners on the market, but is it worth the price? Keep reading to learn if the Dyson V8 is the best cordless vacuum for you and your cleaning needs.

Overall score: 9.5/10

The value prop

The Dyson V8 Absolute is one of the most powerful Dyson cordless vacuums available. With a 40-minute run time, HEPA filtration, and multiple accessories, this vacuum is a top choice for those looking for entire-home cleaning. This stick also converts into a handheld vacuum and is perfect for cleaning your vehicle or spot cleaning smaller messes.

Pros
  • It has up to 40 minutes of run time.
  • Because of its lightweight design, it’s easy to maneuver around the home.
  • It converts into a handheld vacuum with the click of a button.
Cons
  • Though this stick comes with a lot of attachments, there’s no place to store them on the actual vacuum.
  • It takes up to five hours to charge and lasts for less than 10 minutes on MAX mode.
  • Its dust canister isn’t very large, requiring frequent trips to the trash can.

Dyson V8 design

The Dyson V8 is lightweight and versatile, designed for floor-to-ceiling cleaning. The motor-driven brush bar is covered in soft, woven nylon to trap large debris, while the anti-static carbon fiber filaments are great at removing finer particles. This cord-free vacuum transforms into a handheld vacuum with just one click, allowing for easy car and closet cleaning. For those who want a two-in-one vacuum (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want an easily adaptable vacuum?), the Dyson V8 could be the perfect vacuum for you.

Some other important design features of the Dyson V8 include:

  • A trigger that powers the unit—The trigger that powers the Dyson V8 Absolute sits on the handle, allowing users to comfortably hold the vacuum while pushing down on the trigger.
  • An easy-to-empty dust canister—The dust bin release is located on top of the handle. Once the canister becomes full, simply pull up on the release and empty the contents into a trash can.

Vacuum assembly

The Dyson V8 can be assembled in just two simple steps. Attach the vacuum cleaner head to one end of the stick and then attach the handheld vacuum to the other end of the stick. Before using your Dyson V8, be sure to charge the battery for at least five hours (the battery comes partially charged).

How the Dyson V8 cleans

With a fully sealed filtration system that traps 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns (for comparison, a human red blood cell is about five microns across), this stick vacuum will leave your floors looking better than before. Not only does the Dyson digital motor V8 remove even the smallest microscopic particles from your flooring, but it also provides powerful suction to help rid your home of larger debris. Though this vacuum cleaner performs well on all types of flooring, we think it does best on low-pile and high-pile carpet.

With two different power modes (MAX and Powerful), the Dyson V8 can easily adapt to any type of mess. Its re-engineered, nickel-cobalt-aluminum battery provides up to 40 minutes of fade-free power and up to 25 minutes of power with a motorized cleaner head. MAX mode gives you seven minutes of high-power cleaning while Powerful mode is great for longer, wall-to-wall cleaning.

The Dyson V8 comes with two cleaner heads: a soft roller cleaner head and a motorized brushroll.

  • Soft roller cleaner head—This head is able to pick up large debris without flinging them around on your floors. There are no bristles on this brush, so we recommend using it on hard floors (don’t worry, the head won’t scratch hardwoods).
  • Motorized brushroll—This tool agitates embedded dirt and gently lifts it out from your carpet. Though it can be used on hard floors, it performs best on carpet.

What to note about the Dyson V8

When used on hard floors, the Dyson V8 has the tendency to push larger items forward instead of sucking them up. Additionally, even though it has a longer battery life than the Dyson V6, this Dyson cordless vacuum still has a short run time compared to other vacuums. If you want a stick vacuum with a longer run time, we recommend checking out the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute.

Because it’s a stick vacuum, the Dyson V8 is hard to store (unless used with the docking station*) and can’t be left to stand on its own. Its dust canister is also not very large, making it better for smaller homes and apartments.

*The Dyson V8 does come with a wall-mounted charging dock that can store and charge your vacuum at the same time.

How big is the Dyson V8?

Dimension Measurement
Height 9.8 inches
Length 49 inches
Width 8.8 inches
Dust bin capacity 0.14 gallons

Accessories included with the Dyson V8

The Dyson V8 Absolute comes with four accessories: a docking station, a combination tool, a crevice tool, and a mini motorized tool. The Dyson V8 also comes with two head attachments: a soft roller cleaning head and a motorized brushroll.

Docking station

This accessory allows you to hang your Dyson on the wall and charge it at the same time. This prevents it from falling over when you go to lean it against a wall.

Combination tool

The combination tool is a two-in-one piece meant for simple switching between floor surfaces.

Crevice tool

The crevice tool is designed for precise cleaning around edges and narrow gaps (think: under car seats or behind your bookcase).

Mini motorized tool

The mini motorized tool is a motorized brush bar that tackles hair and ground-in dirt in tight spaces like your car or closet.

Dyson V8 Absolute vs. Dyson V8 Animal

The Dyson V8 is available in two versions: the Dyson V8 Absolute and the Dyson V8 Animal. Both are lightweight, can quickly transform into a handheld vacuum, and have a fully-sealed filtration system that traps 99.97% of microscopic particles. The main differences between the two are weight and included accessories. The Dyson V8 Animal is slightly heavier than the Dyson V8 Absolute and doesn’t come with the soft roller cleaning head.

Suction power
Run time
Charge time
Dust bin capacity
Weight
Power modes
Accessories

Dyson V8 Absolute

Suction power

115 air watts

Run time

40 minutes

Charge time

5 hours

Dust bin capacity

0.14 gallons

Weight

5.75 pounds

Power modes

2

Accessories

Soft roller cleaner head, Direct Drive motorhead, mini motorhead, mini soft dusting brush, combination tool, crevice tool, docking station

Dyson V8 Animal

Suction power

115 air watts

Run time

40 minutes

Charge time

5 hours

Dust bin capacity

0.14 gallons

Weight

5.63 pounds

Power modes

2

Accessories

Direct Drive Motorhead, mini motorized brushroll, combination tool, crevice tool, docking station

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Cleaning tests

We performed three different tests that measured suction power, maneuverability, and mobility on hard floors, low-pile carpet, and high-pile carpet. For our suction tests, we used Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair.

Cleaning score: 9.58/10

Test 1—Suction test on hard floors

The Dyson V8 did pretty well on hard floors with the exception of picking up the Cheerios. Instead of sucking the cereal up, it pushed the pieces forward and pulsed on and off when any pieces got stuck in the vacuum head, letting us know there was a problem. We discovered that we had to pick up the vacuum, place it over the cereal, and drag it backward for it to actually suck up the mess. Though the vacuum struggled to pick up the Cheerios, it picked up the kitty litter, coffee grounds, and dog hair in just one pass.

Test 2—Suction test on high-pile carpet

On high-pile carpet, the Dyson V8 performed similarly to how it did on hardwood floors. In just one pass, it sucked up the Cheerios and pet hair. The kitty litter and coffee grounds required a couple more passes before the high-pile carpet was completely clean.

Test 3—Suction test on low-pile carpet

Out of all of the flooring surfaces, this vacuum did best on low-pile carpet. Using the motorized brushroll, the Dyson sucked up the Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair in two passes or less.

Maneuverability

We found the Dyson V8 relatively easy to maneuver—in fact, we’d say maneuverability is one of its best qualities. Unlike Dyson uprights that have Ball technology, preventing them from cleaning under low-set furniture, Dyson sticks have a sleek design that allows them to clean hard-to-reach spaces. The Dyson V8, in particular, is extremely easy to move around furniture and other obstacles.

When transformed into a handheld vacuum, the maneuverability of this stick only increases. Because of its small, compact design, you’re able to target localized messes and efficiently remove debris.

Usability

This is one of the easiest vacuums to use. Assembly is painless and the toughest decision you’ll have to make when using this vacuum is whether you want to use it as a stick or a handheld. Regarding movability, it’s easy to move this vacuum back and forth on all types of surfaces, but we found it slightly less easy to move on high- and low-pile carpet. During our tests, we had to give it a little more push and pull in order to entirely remove a mess on this type of flooring.

Noise

At just 72.4 decibels, the Dyson V8 comes with better sound insulation than the Dyson V6 and is one of the quieter stick vacuum cleaners available. The noise it makes is just slightly higher than what city traffic sounds like.

Dyson V8 maintenance

One of the best parts about the Dyson V8 is how low-maintenance it is. To empty the Dyson V8, all you need to do is pull the canister (in the handheld piece) upward and release the contents through the bottom. When we emptied the canister, it took us less than 15 seconds—13.35 seconds to be exact—to empty it. The best part? Hygienic bin emptying means we didn’t have to touch any dirt or debris.

Regarding the battery, it only requires replacement once it dies. Because this Dyson comes with a two-year warranty that covers parts and labor, the battery should be covered within this time frame.

Filtration

The Dyson V8 has whole machine HEPA filtration (perfect for those who suffer from allergies) that captures allergens and expels cleaner air than the air you breathe. Dyson recommends washing the filters with cold water at least every month. Ensure the filters are completely dry (allow them to dry for 24 hours) before refitting them in the vacuum cleaner. You only need to replace the filter if it’s damaged or becomes lost.

Is the Dyson V8 a good value?

Though the Dyson V8 is extremely powerful and does a tremendous job at sucking up messes from carpet, we’re not sure it’s worth the price tag, especially if you’re looking for a vacuum that can pick up large items and bigger messes. The Dyson V8 is basically a more updated Dyson V6 with a higher price tag. Its design makes it great for apartment dwellers, but if you need to vacuum larger areas, we recommend an upright vacuum like the Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor.

Who should buy the Dyson V8?

We recommend the Dyson V8 Absolute if you’re looking for the following:

  • HEPA filtration—If you suffer from asthma or allergies, this vacuum might be a great option. It has whole-machine HEPA filtration that captures allergens and expels cleaner air back into your home.
  • A 2-in-1 vacuum—The Dyson V8 quickly transforms into a handheld vacuum with just one click. If you want to clean the inside of your vehicle and your whole home in one day, this is the vacuum for you.
  • A cordless vacuum with fade-free power and a long run time—With 40 minutes of fade-free power in Powerful mode, this stick vacuum provides entire-home cleaning and won’t disappoint.

Dyson V8 specifications

Below is a list of the most important Dyson V8 Absolute specifications.

Specifications
Type Stick
Manufacturer Dyson
Model V8 Absolute
Length 49 inches
Width 8.8 inches
Height 9.8 inches
Weight 5.75 pounds
Floor type All floors (carpet, tile, wood, vinyl, etc.)
Dust bin capacity 0.14 gallons
Power cord length N/A
Cordless or corded Cordless
Bagless Yes
Returns 30 days via Amazon. Varies by retailer.
Warranty 2-year limited

Consumer ratings

See how other sites rate the Dyson V8.

Source Consumer rating Number of ratings
Amazon 4.4 stars out of 5 1,960
Bed Bath & Beyond 4.8 stars out of 5 1,933
Walmart 4.8 stars out of 5 1,529
Best Buy 4.7 stars out of 5 1,418
Sylvane N/A N/A

Customer reviews

“We have used a V6 for several years and we were very pleased with its performance. The only issue we have with the V6 is its battery life. We received our V8 From Amazon a few days ago. I installed the charging unit and fully charged the V8. I used the V8 today and was very impressed. I was familiar with the V6 so I kept waiting for the battery to exhaust its charge but it kept going. I was able to sweep at least three times more than the V6. We have a long-haired German Shepherd and had to empty the V8 three times. The way you empty the V8 sweeper is much better than the V6. If I was going to make a purchase for the first time and was debating between a V6 and a V8, I would definitely go with the V8. Probably because of the HEPA filter, the V8 is significantly quieter than the V6.” — Amazon review

“ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! I owned an older model that I bought over five years ago that was starting to have problems. I really debated between this one and the less expensive V6 model…VERY glad I took the plunge. This baby is very powerful. It does such a good job that I now only use my big shark vacuum for the rugs about once a week. You won’t be disappointed with its performance. I have one complaint though and that is they give you great attachments, all of which I have used, but no storage caddy for storing them on the wall for easy access.” — Amazon review

Buy the Dyson V8.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between the Dyson V8 Absolute and the Dyson V8 Animal?

The main difference is the weight and accessories that come with each vacuum. The Dyson V8 Animal is slightly heavier than the Dyson V8 Absolute and doesn’t come with a soft roller cleaner head.

How long does the Dyson V8 take to charge?

Expect to charge your vacuum for around three to four hours for a maximum charge.

Does the Dyson V8 come with a lifetime warranty?

The Dyson V8 comes with a two-year limited warranty that covers parts and labor.

About the author

Kealia is a staff writer and social media coordinator for House Method. She writes for a variety of beats, including home inspiration (her favorite), real estate, and home wellness.


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