The Dyson V8 is Dyson’s latest handheld cordless vacuum. Being a technology nerd as well as a food lover, I thought I’d throw up my Dyson V8 review.
I purchased the Dyson V8 Absolute just over a month ago so I’ve given it plenty of time and put it through it’s paces in day to day use before I wrote this review. I thought it would be better to wait this amount of time just so the shiny toy bias wears off.
This Dyson V8 review won’t go into the technicalities or the sales blurb about Dyson’s 2 Tier Radial Cyclone technology. Instead, I’ve focused it on the practical uses and my experiences which I hope you’ll find useful.
This is my first review of a gadget so let me know if I’ve missed any points. Typically I blog about food and restaurants and other food related stuff. Feel free to explore my blog!
Dyson V8 Animal Vs. Dyson V8 Absolute
The Dyson V8 comes in two variants, the slightly cheaper Dyson V8 Animal and the more expensive option, the Dyson V8 Absolute. Both variants are identical bar one single element which is the hard floor head or what Dyson call the soft roller cleaner head which comes in the Absolute version. Having owned and used the Dyson DC44 for the past two years, I skipped the Dyson V6 models, primarily because I didn’t want to upgrade so soon after getting the DC44. In my opinion, Dyson complicated the V6 range, coming out with different variants such as the Animal, Fluffy, Absolute, Total Clean and Flexi. You get the picture, there are just so many choices and it was hard to tell which version was right for you.
With the Dyson V8, it’s great to see that they’ve only got two versions which makes the buying process a lot easier. If you’ve got hardwood floors, go for the Absolute. The soft roller cleaner head is definitely worth the additional price tag.
In this Dyson V8 review, I’ve covered both the Animal and Absolute models.
Dyson V8 Vs. Dyson DC44
Having owned the Dyson DC44, I thought it would be worthwhile to do a quick comparison of both. My main issues with the DC44 was the frustration of performance on hardwood floors. It would take a few attempts to pick up some larger debris. Battery life, although shorter, was fine for me as I only use it in the downstairs of the house.
Size wise, the DC44 heads are a little smaller than the V8. The V8 weighs a little bit more than the DC44 but I’ve gotten used to the weight of the V8 already. The dust compartment is bigger in the V8 which means you don’t have to empty it out as often. The trigger is a lot easier to press on the V8 which is addressing the issue a lot of users have complained about with the earlier versions. It’s great to see Dyson are listening to their customers.
The build quality of both are excellent but the main thing that sticks out for me with the Absolute is the soft roller cleaner head attachment. No more multiple attempts and going over the same spots to pick up the dirt. If you have an early generation machine, it is definitely a worthwhile upgrade. If you are coming from the Dyson V6, I would recommend keeping it or try to get the hardwood floor tool for the V6 as the V8 isn’t that big a step up from what I can tell.
Dyson V8 Build Quality
Like any Dyson product I’ve come across, the V8 build quality is brilliant. When you pick it up, you definitely feel a premium product. The attachments click into place with a firm clunk. Each of the components, although lightweight, are very well put together and easy to use.
Dyson V8 Attachments
Moving on with my Dyson V8 review, let’s talk about the attachments that come with the Absolute. I’ve already mentioned the soft roller cleaner head and this is the tool that stays on my Dyson 95% of the time. Aside from this attachment, you also get the following:
- Direct Drive Cleaner Head – Another large attachment that is recommended for carpets
- Mini Motorised Cleaner – Perfect for the stairs or car
- Combination Tool
- Rigid Crevice Tool
- Wall Mount
Over the past month, I’ve been able to put the machine through it’s paces and use all the attachments.
Dyson V8 Soft Roller Cleaner Head
In my Dyson V8 review so far, I’ve mentioned this hardwood floor attachment at least 8 times already. This is because for me, it is the tool that makes this machine worth it. No matter how big or small the debris, this tool just sucks it all up. The soft woven nylon is a magnet for all debris it encounters and is able to take it all in without going over the floor a second or third time. One thing to note is that due to the nylon finish on this tool, I would not recommend using it on carpet as it could cause damage to both the attachment and the carpet with its spinning movement.
Dyson V8 Direct Drive Cleaner Head
I’ll start with the Direct Drive Cleaner Head. This is a similar to the attachment that comes with the DC44 and also the V6. I’ll point out that heads from the V6 will not fit the V8 which is a bit disappointing if you are coming from a V6 and hoping that your attachments will fit. The Direct Drive Cleaner Head performs well on carpets, on hardwood floors, I’ve found it does push dirt around a little bit, but not as bad as my DC44. On hardwood floors, the soft roller cleaner head is still king.
Dyson V8 Mini Motorised Cleaner
The mini motorised cleaner is perfect for stairs or the car. I’ve used it on the carpets for the stairs instead of our trusted main machine, a Miele C3. While the suction from the C3 is really good and possibly better than the V8, the portability of the handheld wins hands down for me. There is no more need to change sockets or to run back up the stairs to unplug the hoover. You also don’t have to lug around the big hoover going step to step. The convenience is great. Even for the car, I was surprised at how well this head works, combined with the Crevice tool to reach those awkward spaces, I will be turning to the handheld each time the car needs a clean.
Dyson V8 Combination Tool
The combination tool is a great companion with the wand. It clears away old cobwebs from our porch and I also use it to go around the skirting boards around the house. This tool and the Crevice tool can be attached to the wall mount in the same way as the DC44. The brushes on the combination tool can be retracted too but I’ve mainly used the brushes to wipe the area I’m hoovering.
Dyson V8 Rigid Crevice Tool
The rigid crevice tool is really good for those hard to reach corners or under your furniture. Being able to clean behind the fridge or on worktops with this neat little tool is a godsend. It is one I’ve found myself using more than I thought I would.
Dyson V8 Wall Mount
The Dyson V8 wall mount is simple to put on the wall and makes for neat storage of your Dyson. It takes up very little room and is easy to install. Two screws (not supplied) hold the mount in place and the power cable runs neatly through the back of the machine. The wall mount has storage for the rigid crevice tool and the combination tool. You are going to have to find somewhere to store the motorised attachments. For what it’s worth, the wall mount fittings for the V8 are the same as the DC44 which meant I didn’t have to drill new holes to install this wall mount. Great thinking Dyson!
Dyson V8 Battery Life
The Dyson V8 battery life is really good. Actually, let me rephrase, it is perfect for my situation which may be different for others. I’ve yet to run out of battery but then again, I primarily use this machine for a general tidy up after cooking/eating or for going over the downstairs before I have guests over. Dyson states on its website that the V8 can run for up to 40 minutes but when you dig into this number, you’ll find that it’ll reduce when you actually use the motorised tools, this is because they are electrically powered too and needs the battery in order to move the motors. Still, if you have a small to medium sized apartment or are just using this for the downstairs or upstairs, the Dyson V8 will be perfect for quick cleans.
Another neat feature that the Dyson V6 and V8 models have is a battery indicator. 3 blue LED lights on the base will show you the battery life at any given time. While you’re using the V8, the bars will indicate the level of battery left. The battery indicator lights up while charging too
Dyson V8 Max Mode
Max mode is a feature that has been available through all the models of Dyson’s handheld range. Think of it as a turbo mode for the machine. I’ve always used the DC44 on max mode as I needed the power to pick up dirt but I haven’t needed it on the V8. I turned it on a few times to try it out and you can feel the difference in suction power. The Battery life diminishes a lot quicker when max mode is used. Dyson says that max mode will give you 7 minutes of use but I’ve never needed to use this feature.
Dyson V8 Maintenance and Cleaning
Like any bagless or handheld models, the V8 needs some basic maintenance to keep it going strong. There are two filters which are really easy to take out and clean. Just take them out and rinse them under cold water and leave to air dry.
Emptying the dust compartment is really easy. One pull of the trigger and the bottom of the bin opens to remove the dust. The top part slides up which clears the dust off the canister too.
The dust compartment is really easy to detach and clean. Being able to detach the compartment and clear out any stubborn bits of debris is a good feature.
The motorised attachments also need some TLC from time to time. Again, these are very easy to disassemble, clean and put back together.
Here is a great youtube video which will show you how to clean your Dyson V8. I’m not affiliated with the video but he’s done a great job in going through the maintenance for this machine.
Dyson V8 Price
The Dyson V8 Animal currently costs around €439 where as the Absolute will set you back closer to €500. I purchased mine from Power City and found them to be the cheapest at the time. Keep an eye on online comparison sites to see what is the cheapest. I know that Amazon where selling them cheaper but I prefer buying this from a physical shop.
I’ll admit that this is not the cheapest handheld out there. There are plenty of cheaper alternatives, even it’s younger brother, the Dyson V6. To me, it’s been worth every penny.
Dyson V8 Warranty and Service
According to Dyson’s website, they guarantee the handhelds for two years which is great peace of mind.
From reading online reviews, I can see that Dyson take their service seriously. I’ve read countless positive reviews from people who have had issues and had them dealt with quickly and painlessly from Dyson. This made the decision to buy the V8 even easier as it gives you peace of mind when you are splashing out €500 on a vacuum.
Dyson V8 Review Summary
As you can see from my Dyson V8 review, it’s been mostly positive. I’ve found the machine easy to use and works really well. I will mention though that I do not believe this machine will take over the deep cleaning. I don’t believe the V8 was intended to replace the main machine for a household. I’ve always used this machine to do a quick run around before visitors or to clean up after dinner. For this, it is perfect and works very well. The wall mount makes storage of the handheld really simple. You will need to find somewhere to store the motorised tools when they’re not in use.
For deeper cleans, I’ll still take out my trusted Miele. A lot of the negative reviews I’ve seen online mention the fact that the battery life doesn’t allow them to completely clean their house but I do not believe this is what this machine is for.
Overall, I would recommend the Dyson V8 for anyone who needs a machine for quick cleans around the house.
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