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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
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Price:   $500 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Compact, great at cleaning carpet, convenient
Cons:  Short battery life, expensive
Manufacturer:   Dyson
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Aug 16, 2017
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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 being edged out of the top spot, the V8 Absolute by Dyson is another exceptional product and the best of the best when it comes to cordless stick vacuums. This model cleans exceptionally well, is easy and convenient to use, and very light and maneuverable.


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Pros Compact, great at cleaning carpet, convenientUnmatched cleaning performance, very convenient and easy to useGreat battery life, fantastic at cleaning hard floors, very easy to useFantastic cleaning power, versatile, easy to useGood at cleaning carpets, convenient
Cons Short battery life, expensiveExceptionally expensive, on the loud side, doesn't pick up well when going "reverse" over debrisA little priceyHeavy, loudDidn’t do as well as we hoped with hard floors, expensive
Bottom Line This high-end cordless model is one of the best you can get, but comes at a premium priceBy far the best of the best when it comes to these products, but your pocketbook is definitely going to take a hitThe Shark IONFlex is an exceptionally easy to use product that cleans well and sweeps away the rest of the competitionFor those that need a product to handle heavier messes, the Rocket is a great betThis premium offering from Dyson has some unique features but didn’t quite do well enough to nab an award
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Rating Categories Dyson V8 Absolute Dyson V10 Absolute Shark IONFlex Shark Rocket... Dyson V11 Animal
Convenience (35%)
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Hard Surface Cleaning (30%)
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Specs Dyson V8 Absolute Dyson V10 Absolute Shark IONFlex Shark Rocket... Dyson V11 Animal
Weight 5.6 lbs 5.9 lbs 8.9 lbs 10 lbs 6.7 lbs
Cordless Battery Life 8:19 min:sec 8:19 min:sec 11:44 min:sec N/A 12:30 min:sec
Maximum Corded Reach N/A N/A N/A 33.5 ft. N/A
Measured Charge Time 240 min. 190 min. 210 min. N/A 220 min.
Noise Level 77 dBa 78 dBa 74 dBa 77.5 dBa 77 dBa
Model Number V8 V10 IF200W (we tested) HV380W V11
Battery Type Lithium-ion NCA or Li-aluminum (a type of Lithium-ion) Lithium-ion N/A Lithium-ion
Measured Cleaning Path Width 9" 9" 8" 8" 9"
Variable Suction Control Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Brush On/Off Switch: No No Slows the brush for hard floor Slows the brush for hard floor No
Storage Wall Mount only Wall Mount Freestanding
in MultiFLEX storage mode
Wall Mount; Or can detatch the top and hang it on the bottom and have it stand upright Wall Mount only
Bag Type Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless
Swivel Head Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Soft Bumper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cordless Yes Yes Yes No Yes

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 unmatched prowess at cleaning carpets. This compact vacuum can clean everywhere from your floor to your ceiling — provide you can finish before the battery dies.

The Dyson V8 Absolute.
The Dyson V8 Absolute.

Performance Comparison


To see which of these products came out on top and were worthy of awards, we conducted a rigorous series of side-by-side tests, assigning each product a score from 0-100. These tests were split among four metrics — Convenient, Hard Surface Cleaning, Ease of Use, and Carpet Cleaning — each weighted based on their importance.

The Dyson V8 in handheld mode.
The Dyson V8 in handheld mode.

Convenience


Earning the most weight out of any of our rating metrics, Convenience is king when it comes to these products, accounting for 35% of the total score. To test this, we compared how well each vacuum did at cleaning non-floor areas of your home, its weight, battery life or maximum reach, whether or not it was cordless or corded, as well as it storage method — whether or not it could stand upright or be mounted to a wall. The V8 scored very well, earning a 7 out of 10.


The V8 tied with the Shark Rocket for being the best of the bunch at cleaning non-floor surfaces, with tons of attachments and accessories to clean all of those tricky places around your home.

The included accessories with the Dyson V8.
The included accessories with the Dyson V8.

On top of that, it is exceptionally easy to switch between attachments, with simple locking buttons holding them securely in place until depressed. This vacuum is about average in terms of weight, weighing in at 5.6 lbs — right in the middle of the group, as shown in the following chart.


This is a cordless model, earning it a few more points than the corded models when it came to convenience. However, this model lost some points when it came to battery life, having one of the shortest runtimes of the group.


We did run this test at the maximum cleaning power, so it would extend a bit if run on a lighter cleaning mode. It takes about four hours to recharge the battery, so this model isn't suited for particularly long or deep cleans of your house. It is much more suited for cleaning up a single, small mess or cleaning a small amount of space. The V8 is intended to be stored using the included wall mount bracket, though it could be stored upright if leaned against a wall or another piece of furniture for stability.

The Dyson V8 collected oats with ease.
The Dyson V8 collected oats with ease.

Hard Surface Cleaning


Ranking behind our Convenience metric in terms of importance, comprising 30% of the total score for each vacuum in our review. We used a section of hardwood laminate floor as our test surface, conducting tests with oats, rice, flour, pet hair, and cereal as messes for each model to clean up. The Dyson V8 did very well.


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 did fling some grains of rice around, especially when rice was piled up slightly. We used the hard floor brush at the normal speed and suction setting. In contrast to its mediocre performance at collecting rice, the V8 did an amazing job at collecting flour from the hardwood floor. This vacuum essentially received top marks — on par with the Shark Rocket. It even removed flour that was trapped in the cracks between boards.

The V8 delivered an excellent performance in this test.
The V8 delivered an excellent performance in this test.

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. Bette yet, it didn't fling oats everywhere, like its counterpart the V6 did. Finally, the V8 did a respectable job of collecting the tufts of pet hair we laid out, tying with a handful of other models for the top score.

The V8 is extremely easy to use.
The V8 is extremely easy to use.

Ease of Use


Next up in our testing series was our Ease of Use metric, taking credit for 20% of the total score. We based the scores of 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 available. The Dyson V8 again scored very well, tying for the top spot.


The V8 has both a high and low power cleaning mode available to use, 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 have a switch on top of the brush head to adjust the amount of suction. Moving on to the next test, edging, the V8 did a great job, collecting all of the rice along the wall without any difficulty.

The Dyson V8 does a good job at cleaning close to a wall.
The Dyson V8 does a good job at cleaning close to a wall.

This model of vacuum also did an excellent job at cleaning underneath furniture, earning one of the top scores of the group. 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.

This model has swivel steering, making it very maneuverable and agile.

The swivel head makes the V8 very nimble.
The swivel head makes the V8 very nimble.

The V8 is on the quieter side when it comes to these products, measuring in at 77 dBa on our SPL meter.


This model can also store two of the included attachments in the mount.

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.

Carpet Cleaning


For our fourth and final metric, we compared the skills of each stick vacuum at cleaning carpets. This metric accounts for the remaining 15% of the total score. We used pet hair, oats, cereal, flour, and rice as our sample messes, using both low-pile and medium-pile carpet as our test floors. The Dyson V8 delivered a fantastic performance, earning an 8 out of 10 and nabbing the top spot.


This model did exceptionally well in our rice collection test, earning top marks in both the flat and fluffy carpet version of this test. For the flat carpet test, the V8 picked up the majority of the rice in two passes. It also did an amazing job on the medium-pile carpet, leaving almost no rice for the cleanup vacuum to pick up. The V8 also distinguished itself in the flour test, performing by far the best out of the entire group.

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

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.

The Dyson V8 even collected Cheerios without becoming clogged  like other vacuums did.
The Dyson V8 even collected Cheerios without becoming clogged, like other vacuums did.

It took minimal effort to clean 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 continued its exceptional performance into our oat cleanup test, with only trace amounts of crumbs left 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.

Value


While the Dyson V8 is a great stick vacuum and the best cordless model you can get, it definitely isn't cheap and you are going to have to pay a hefty sum to get it.

Conclusion


Earning one of the top scores, the 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