Dyson V8 Absolute Review
Pros: Compact, great at cleaning carpet, convenient
Cons: Short battery life, expensive
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Dyson V8 Absolute
$499.99 at Amazon
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|Pros||Compact, great at cleaning carpet, convenient||Convenient to use, great at cleaning||Fantastic at cleaning hard floors, very easy to use, swappable batteries||Great value, convenient, does well with hard floors||Decent at cleaning hard surfaces, inexpensive|
|Cons||Short battery life, expensive||A bit loud||A little pricey||Could be better at carpet||Harder to use, loud|
|Bottom Line||This high-end cordless model is one of the best you can get, but comes at a premium price||If you are looking for the absolute best of the best when it comes to stick vacuums, this is one of our all-time favorites||This is an exceptionally easy to use product that cleans well and sweeps away most of the competition||If you are shopping for a stick vacuum and don't want to break the bank, then we think this is a great option||This 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|
|Hard Surface Cleaning (30%)|
|Ease Of Use (20%)|
|Carpet Cleaning (15%)|
|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
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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