Cordless Dyson V8 Review | Should you buy the V10?

I have had the Dyson Absolute cordless V8 for 2 years and was really eager to hear more about the V10 when it came out. It made me wonder, “Should I splurge on a new vacuum?” Well, if you’ve been wondering the same thing, I did the research for us and am going to go into some of the differences of the Dyson cordless V8 versus the V10 and let you know whether the V10 seems worth it. I will go through the major differences first and then run through a couple other features at the end, so keep reading to find out whether the Dyson V10 is worth it. If you prefer to watch than read, I have a video here with the same info.

// price

J.D. Power has awarded this vacuum with “Highest in customer satisfaction with stick vacuums, 2 years in a row”. So, Dyson must be doing something right. But getting the best means paying, what I consider, to be a high price. 

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is regularly priced at $699. The V8 Absolute is now considered an older model since the new V10 came out, so it’s priced a lot lower at $499. These prices will vary from store to store and when there are sales running, but these are the regular, non discounted prices as of today.

Dyson V10

Dyson V10

Dyson V8

Dyson V8

They have the regular and Animal versions which run a little cheaper, but I’m just going to review the Absolute because that’s the one I have. The regular, Animal and Absolute mainly differ in what accessories you will receive, but the main features, like the motor and power of the vacuums are all identical.


// accessories

As far as what you will receive with the V8 or V10, the accessories are the same except the V10 brush roll head has changed. The one on the V8 that is intended for carpets is a little more rough on your hard floors. They have improved that in the V10 version. This torque driven cleaning head on the V10 cleans carpets well, but can handle hard floors too. So, if you have carpets and hard floors, you might not necessarily need to get the Absolute version, which has the fluffy head specific for hard floors. I do find that the fluffy head is amazing for things such as cat litter or other small particles on the hard floors. So, if you have pets or really dark wood in your house, want to make sure every speck gets picked up and is gentle on your floors, then you might want to go for the Absolute version, which comes standard with the fluffy head.

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The different brush heads snap in the same way on both V8 and V10. It’s just a simple red button to switch out the brush heads and it’s so quick and easy. I love that you can switch between a handheld or stick vacuum and the Absolute has all the tools and attachments you might need for every household chore. There is a tool for dusting, one for getting into crevices, one that’s great for using in your car, and my personal favorite – the mini motorized tool which cleans up fur on couches so easily. Love that thing. You wouldn’t even know there are 2 cats that live here.

// Size and dust bin

One big change is that the V10 has a larger dust bin. Now, I never had a problem with the size of the V8 dust bin and I use my vacuum every day, sometimes twice a day and I usually only need to empty it once a week. 

The way the dustbin opens is a little easier on the V10 because you point it into the trash can and release the latch from behind. With the V8, you hold it and open from above and since you are usually above the trash can you’re blocking your view, so you just hope to get everything in the trash can and not on the floor – if you’re clumsy like me.

The size and weight is pretty much identical. They weigh a little under 6 pounds, so it is easy to swing the vacuum up to get a high window or to lay it down to get under a couch. There are no adjustments to make it taller or shorter, but it is very comfortable to use at my 5’7” height.


// battery power 

The main difference and upgrade is the run time between the V8 and the V10. This is what really got me most interested. The V8 uses a lithium-ion battery with 40 minutes of run time and the V10 uses a seven cell nickel cobalt aluminum battery that powers the vacuum for 60 minutes. You can use the V8 on two different power modes. Regular is 40 minutes and Max is only 7 minutes. The V10 will do 60 minutes in regular mode and 8 minutes in “burst” mode. I personally use the max power setting on my V8 every time. The regular power mode is ok but I didn’t pay $700 dollars for just “ok”, so I always use the best and highest setting on my vacuum. I can usually speed clean in 7 minutes or less and just recharge and do the rest later if needed. 

Now, my V8 battery did lose its strength after about a year and I wasn’t even able to do a couple minutes without recharging. Dyson replaced it, since it was under warranty. But now it is out of warranty and a new battery could cost about $75 or more, so I really hope that doesn’t become an issue every year. 


// a couple other things

There are a couple other things I wanted to mention.

One thing I don’t like on the V8 and that they haven’t improved on the V10 is that you have to hold the power button down for it to work. I would rather have a switch to turn it on and off. It is just an awkward position and I get a dent in my knuckle every time I use my vacuum.

As far as maneuverability – the maneuverability is the same in both. They have a nice rotating brush head and you can swing the handle all the way to the floor, so you can get under couches and beds really easily.

The set up is really easy too and it comes with a nice storage system so that you can hang it on the wall. It only took about 20 minutes to get everything into this set up.


// conclusion

So taking everything into account, I am going to stick with my Dyson V8 for now. The only unfortunate thing is that if the battery died after one year, it may die again soon. So if that becomes an annual trend, I could be paying close to an extra $100 every year just to keep my V8. For that reason, here are my recommendations. If you have the V8, stick with it until you have battery issues – if you have battery issues – hopefully you won’t. I just don’t see a good enough reason to upgrade based on the research. If you’re getting a Dyson cordless for the first time, I would splurge on the V10, because at least you won’t have to worry about replacing the battery during the life of the vacuum. 

So those were some of the differences of the Dyson cordless V8 versus the V10. If you liked this post and want to see more like it, please comment below. Thanks for reading and have a happy day!

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