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Dyson V8 Absolute Review

This high-end cordless model is one of the best you can get, but comes at a premium price
Dyson V8 Absolute
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Price:   $500 List | $549.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Compact, great at cleaning carpet, convenient
Cons:  Short battery life, expensive
Manufacturer:   Dyson
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jul 28, 2021
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  • Convenience - 35% 7
  • Hard Surface Cleaning - 30% 8
  • Ease of Use - 20% 8
  • Carpet Cleaning - 15% 8

Our Verdict

Just narrowly getting edged out of a top spot, the Dyson V8 Absolute is another exceptional product and among the best of the best when it comes to cordless stick vacuums. This model cleans exceptionally well, is easy and convenient to use, and is very light and maneuverable. It comes at a premium price, and the battery doesn't last nearly as long as other top models, but if you want something lightweight, versatile, and wall-mountable, you won't be disappointed with this stellar appliance.

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Pros Compact, great at cleaning carpet, convenientConvenient to use, great at cleaningFantastic at cleaning hard floors, very easy to use, swappable batteriesGreat value, convenient, does well with hard floorsDecent at cleaning hard surfaces, inexpensive
Cons Short battery life, expensiveA bit loudA little priceyCould be better at carpetHarder to use, loud
Bottom Line This high-end cordless model is one of the best you can get, but comes at a premium priceIf you are looking for the absolute best of the best when it comes to stick vacuums, this is one of our all-time favoritesThis is an exceptionally easy to use product that cleans well and sweeps away most of the competitionIf you are shopping for a stick vacuum and don't want to break the bank, then we think this is a great optionThis inexpensive model cleans decently, especially when it comes to hard surfaces
Rating Categories Dyson V8 Absolute Shark Rocket Pet Pro Shark IONFlex Moosoo XL-618A VonHaus 600W 2-in-1
Convenience (35%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
4.0
Hard Surface Cleaning (30%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
4.0
Carpet Cleaning (15%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
5.0
Specs Dyson V8 Absolute Shark Rocket Pet Pro Shark IONFlex Moosoo XL-618A VonHaus 600W 2-in-1
Weight 5.6 lbs 7.8 lbs 8.9 lbs 5.1 lbs 4.5 lbs
Cordless Battery Life 8:19 min:sec 20:37
min:sec
11:44 min:sec 22:40 min:sec n/a
Maximum Corded Reach n/a n/a n/a n/a 21 ft
Measured Charge Time 240 min 150 min 210 min 340 min n/a
Noise Level 77 dBa 73 dBa 74 dBa 67 dBa 77 dBa
Model Number V8 IZ163H IF200W XL-618A EPT2
Battery Type Lithium-ion Lithium-ion Lithium-ion Lithium-ion n/a
Measured Cleaning Path Width 9" 10.25" 8" 7.75" 8.75"
Variable Suction Control Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Brush On/Off Switch? No Slows the brush for hard floor Slows the brush for hard floor No n/a
Storage Wall mount only Freestanding in MultiFLEX storage mode Freestanding in MultiFLEX storage mode Wall mount only Stands up; falls over easily
Bag Type Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless
Swivel Head? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Soft Bumper? Yes No Yes Yes No
Cordless? Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

Bringing the cyclonic separator technology from its line of upright vacuums, Dyson has made an excellent cordless stick vacuum with notable prowess at cleaning carpets. This compact vacuum can clean everywhere from your floor to your ceiling — provide you can finish before the battery dies.

Performance Comparison


The Dyson V8 Absolute.
The Dyson V8 Absolute.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Convenience


Earning the most weight out of any of our rating metrics, convenience is king when it comes to these products. To test this, we compared how well each vacuum did at cleaning non-floor areas of the home, its weight, battery life or maximum reach, and its storage method — whether or not it could stand upright or be mounted to a wall.


The V8 is excellent at cleaning non-floor surfaces, with tons of attachments and accessories to reach all of those tricky places around your home.

The included accessories with the Dyson V8.
The included accessories with the Dyson V8.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Additionally, it is exceptionally easy to switch between attachments, with simple locking buttons holding them securely in place until depressed. This vacuum is decently light, weighing in at 5.6 pounds, and is a cordless model with a wall mount. Unfortunately, battery life is quite short, particularly when using the max power mode, and it takes about four hours to recharge the battery, so this model isn't suited for particularly long or deep cleans. It is much more suited for cleaning up a single, small mess or cleaning a small amount of space.

The Dyson V8 in handheld mode.
The Dyson V8 in handheld mode.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Hard Surface Cleaning


We used a section of hardwood laminate floor as our test surface for this metric, conducting tests with oats, rice, flour, pet hair, and cereal.


For the first test — rice collection — the V8 delivered an unremarkable performance. This vacuum did a decent job, taking about 1.5 passes to clean the test area, but it flung some grains of rice around, especially when the grain was piled up. We used the hard floor brush at the normal speed and suction setting. In contrast to its mediocre performance collecting rice, the V8 did an amazing job collecting flour from the hardwood floor, even removing flour trapped in the cracks between boards.

The V8 delivered an excellent performance in this test.
The V8 delivered an excellent performance in this test.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The V8 carried its excellent performance over to our cereal collection challenge, being one of the first Dyson vacuums that we have tested that did not become clogged when tasked with collecting Cheerios. Usually, the crushed cereal dust would prove an impossible challenge, but the V8 did a great job overall. It continued its solid performance into our oat collection challenge, only taking a single pass to clean the floor with no oats flung about the floor. Tufts of pet hair were also easily sucked away.

The Dyson V8 collected oats with ease.
The Dyson V8 collected oats with ease.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use


For our ease of use testing, we looked at the noise level of each vacuum, its ability to clean under furniture and in close to edges, as well as the different cleaning power levels.


The V8 has both a high and low power cleaning mode, with the low power mode being a great option for lighter messes or when you want to conserve battery life. This model doesn't really have an option to turn off the rotating brush; rather, you switch brush heads, and there is a switch on top of the brush head to adjust the amount of suction.

The V8 is extremely easy to use.
The V8 is extremely easy to use.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The V8 did great collecting rice along the edge of a wall and when cleaning underneath furniture, earning one of the group's top scores. To test this, we crafted a simulated sofa out of boxes and measured how far each model could reach under — in the case of the V8, an astonishing 37".

The Dyson V8 easily cleans under most furniture.
The Dyson V8 easily cleans under most furniture.
Credit: Austin Palmer

This model has swivel steering, making it very maneuverable and agile, and it is on the quieter side. The wall mount is easy to use and can store two of the included attachments.

The swivel head makes the V8 very nimble.
The swivel head makes the V8 very nimble.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Carpet Cleaning


For our fourth and final metric, we compared the skills of each stick vacuum at cleaning carpets. We again used pet hair, oats, cereal, flour, and rice as our sample messes, using both low-pile and medium-pile carpets as our test floors. The Dyson V8 delivered a fantastic performance.


This model did exceptionally well in our rice collection test, earning top marks in both the flat and fluffy carpet versions. For the flat carpet test, the V8 picked up the majority of our spilled rice in two passes. It also did a fantastic job on the medium-pile carpet, leaving almost no rice behind. The V8 also distinguished itself in the flour test, performing among the best of all our tested models.

The Dyson V8 did a great job at cleaning flour from the low-pile...
The Dyson V8 did a great job at cleaning flour from the low-pile carpet.
Credit: Austin Palmer

This vacuum also did very well at collecting Cheerios, once again breaking the trend of crushing up the cereal and becoming clogged, like other Dyson models we tested were prone to doing. It took minimal effort to clean the low-pile carpet, and while it did begin to pile up the cereal, it sucked all of the Cheerios up with only a slight delay.

The Dyson V8 even collected Cheerios without becoming clogged, like...
The Dyson V8 even collected Cheerios without becoming clogged, like other vacuums did.
Credit: Austin Palmer

When tasked with oats, the V8 left only trace amounts of crumbs behind. In fact, it looked comparable to the performance of some of the better upright models in the fluffy carpet test. Finally, this model continued to show its carpet cleaning prowess in our final test, pet hair collection, collecting the vast majority of the hair we laid out.

The Dyson V8 is one of the best when it comes to cleaning carpets.
The Dyson V8 is one of the best when it comes to cleaning carpets.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


While the Dyson V8 is a great stick vacuum and among the best cordless models you can get, it definitely isn't cheap, and you are going to have to pay a hefty sum to get it unless you can find it on sale or refurbished.

Conclusion


Earning one of the top scores, the Dyson V8 is an all-around, fantastic cordless stick vacuum that is exceptionally easy to use, convenient, and has superb cleaning powers. Unfortunately, it is a bit on the pricey side and doesn't have the longest battery life.

David Wise and Austin Palmer