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Dyson V8 vs. V10

This vacuum comparison review is going to look at the Dyson V8 vs. V10 vacuums and put them to the test.

Both of these vacuums are powerful stick vacuums in Dyson’s V Series lineup. But is the Dyson V10 worth the extra cost over the V8?

Dyson V8
  • Battery: 2,800 mAh
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Recharge: 5.5 hours
  • Dustbin: 0.54 L
  • Weight: 5.8 lbs
Dyson V10
  • Battery: 2,600 mAh
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Recharge: 3.5 hours
  • Dustbin: 0.77 L
  • Weight: 5.9 lbs

Dyson V8 vs. V10 Differences

The Dyson V10 has a higher max suction (145 AW vs. 115 AW), a longer run time (60 minutes vs. 40 minutes), and a more powerful brushroll (Torque Drive vs. Direct Drive). They both include similar accessories.

Prefer to watch rather than read? See our comprehensive Dyson V8 vs. V10 review video below.

Cleaning Tests

At Modern Castle, we put all of the vacuums through our standard vacuum cleaning tests.

These cleaning tests are designed to test a vacuum’s full range of cleaning performance, from large debris to small.

We perform a total of 12 debris tests, using 3 different flooring types and 4 types of debris. We test on engineered hardwoods, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet.

Dyson Cleaning Test Performance

Dyson V8


Dyson V10


Hardwood Floor Cleaning

When cleaning hardwoods, the Dyson V8 and V10 had similar results (mostly).

Both the V8 and V10 did an excellent job of collecting rice, kitty litter, and sugar. However, the V8 did struggle more with the cereal test compared to the V10. That said, we did have the fluffy cleaning head for the V10, but we did not have it for the V8.

Dyson V10 cleaning hardwood
Dyson V10 cleaning hardwood

Had we had the Dyson V8 fluffy cleaning head I expect the results would have be more similar.

If your home has any significant square footage of hardwood floors you will most likely want an Absolute version of the V8 or V10. The soft roller head makes a big difference. So much so that the V10 Absolute was awarded the #1 spot in our best vacuums for hardwood floors research piece.

Dyson V8 Results



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Dyson V8 hardwood cleaning performance test
Dyson V8 performance on hardwoods

Dyson V10 Results



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Dyson V10 hardwood floor cleaning tests
Dyson V10 cleaning performance tests

Low Pile Carpet Cleaning

For the low pile carpet test, we continued to use the V8 Direct Drive cleaning head and switched the Dyson V10 to the Torque-Drive cleaning head.

With these heads, both the V8 and the V10 had a nearly flawless performance on all debris tested on low pile carpet.

Dyson V8 Results



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Dyson V8 low carpet cleaning performance test
Dyson V8 performance on low pile carpet

Dyson V10 Results



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Dyson V10 low carpet cleaning test
Dyson V10 low carpet cleaning tests

High Pile Carpet Cleaning

Lastly, for high pile carpet, the performance was exceptional. All tests for both the V8 and V10 scored 99% or above, with the exception of the V8 rice test which scored a 93%.

Even so, this is a great score concerning overall cleaning performance.

Dyson V8 Results



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Dyson V8 high carpet cleaning performance test
Dyson V8 performance on low pile carpet

Dyson V10 Results



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Dyson V10 high carpet cleaning test
Dyson V10 high carpet cleaning tests

For our full testing data (in addition to before and after pictures) on all floor and debris types see our complete Dyson V8 review and Dyson V10 review.

Run Time Tests

According to Dyson, the V8 has up to a 40-minute run time and the V10 has up to a 60-minute run time. Bear in mind, these run time estimates from Dyson are based on the lowest power setting and using a non-motorized attachment.

Here is how each vacuum performed in our testing lab when we tested to see how long these vacuums could actually run for.

Dyson V8

(in minutes)

  • Normal Mode: 31:40
  • Max Mode: 8:20

Dyson V10

(in minutes)

  • Eco Mode: 49:40
  • Normal Mode: 26:50
  • Max Mode: 5:30

**Run-time tests were completed with the Torque Drive cleaning head (V10) and Direct Drive (V8)

Design Compared

The design of the Dyson V8 vs. V10 looks fairly similar. Both of them are about the same size and follow the same clean aesthetic patterns, using color to denote special features or capabilities for each model.

Dyson V8 cordless vacuum
Dyson V8

Both vacuums also have an on / off trigger switch, which powers the vacuum. If you’re not holding down the switch, your vacuum will stop running. This can be a handy feature for conserving battery life.

Dyson V10 cordless vacuum
Dyson V10

Both the Dyson V8 and Dyson V10 are also designed to alternate between a portable handheld and a powerful stick vacuum.

Easy to use accessories are designed with “quick release” latches that make it easy to go back and forth as you clean.

Dyson V8 vs. V10 vacuum comparison review
Dyson V8 (on left) vs. V10 (on right) vacuum comparison review

The biggest difference in design is the cyclone system and dust bin. On the Dyson V10, the cycles have been reworked for a more streamlined look, which resulted in a larger dust bin as well.

These small changes in design make a powerful impact on the overall cleaning performance of the Dyson V10.

How does the V8 & V10 clean?

The Dyson V8 and Dyson V10 both rely on Dyson’s patented cyclone cleaning system for powerful suction. Both vacuums use a 15-cyclone system, arranged across two tiers, but they look quite different.

Dyson V8 vs. V10 dust bin canister review
Dyson V8 (on right) vs. V10 (on left) dust bin canister review

In the case of the V8, the cyclones and dust bin are designed perpendicular to the extension wand and cleaning head, creating a T-shape. Whereas, with the V10, the dust bin is parallel to the cyclones and extension wand, creating a more streamlined look.

Cleaning Heads

The V8 comes with a “Direct-Drive” cleaning head and may also include the Fluffy cleaning head, depending on the specific model you select.

For example, the V8 Absolute comes with both cleaning heads, while the V8 Animal only includes the Direct Drive option.

V8 vs V10 Dyson vacuum cleaner heads
V8 vs V10 Dyson vacuum cleaner heads

The V10 Absolute comes with the Fluffy cleaning head (for hard floors) and the Torque Drive cleaning head (ideal for carpet, but safe for hard surfaces). Animal and Motorhead V10 variants only include the Torque Drive head.

These cleaning heads are interchangeable and with the push of a single button you can easily snap the alternate cleaning head in.

The Dyson V8 and Dyson V10 both operate as a stick vacuum or portable handheld vacuum.

When used as stick vacuums, the extension wand acts as an intermediary between the canister and the cleaning head. As a handheld, the cleaning tools snap directly into the canister and you’re good to go.

How big is the V8 & V10?

The difference in size between the Dyson V8 and V10 feels pretty negligible. The V10 model is 0.2″ taller than the V8 and 0.15 lb. heavier.

Is that a back-breaking difference? Not likely—so for the sake of this comparison, we’re going to call it a draw for size and dimensions.

Dyson V8 Size

  • Height: 49″
  • Length: 9.8″
  • Depth: 8.8″
  • Weight: 5.75 lbs.

Dyson V10 Size

  • Height: 49.2″
  • Length: 9.8″.
  • Depth: 10.1″
  • Weight: 5.9 lbs.

What accessories come with the V8 & V10?

The Dyson V8 and Dyson V10 have been quite comparable up to this point, but what about accessories and parts? Is this where one breaks away from the pack?

Honestly, not really. Both of these vacuums have an almost identical collection of available parts and accessories.

#AccessoryDyson V8Dyson V10
2Charger YesYes
3Wall mountYesYes
4Direct-Drive brushrollYesNo
5Torque-Drive brushrollNoYes
6Fluffy brushroll YesYes
7Combination tool YesYes
8Crevice toolYesYes
9Dusting brushYesYes
10Mini-motorized toolYesYes

Other Versions

Please note that the table above indicates accessories that are available with the Absolute version of the Dyson V10 and V8. Other versions (ex. Animal, Motorhead) include a subset of these accessories.

The Dyson Animal includes everything except the soft “fluffy” cleaning head. The Dyson Motorhead, which is the least expensive, includes only basic accessories.

Dyson V8 vs V10 stick vacuum comparison review - parts and accessories
Dyson V8 vs V10 stick vacuum comparison review – parts and accessories

First thing first, is the cleaning head. Dyson offers three different cleaning heads for the V8 and the V10.

Depending on the specific model that you select, that will determine which cleaning head your vacuum includes.

Cleaning Heads

  1. Direct Drive cleaning head: This is only offered on the V8, not the V10. It is best used for vacuuming carpeted floors and fine debris. Brush agitators spin and help release dirt and debris from deep within carpet fibers.
  2. Torque Drive cleaning head: This cleaning serves the same purpose as the direct-drive cleaning head. It’s best on carpets, but is also safe on hard surfaces.
  3. Fluffy cleaning head: This is a soft roller cleaning head, best used for vacuuming up large debris from hard floors. This cleaning head is available with the Absolute and Fluffy versions of the V8 and V10.

Accessories Explained

Apart from the cleaning head differences, the V8 and V10 have the same included parts and accessories:

  • Charger: plugs the vacuum into a wall outlet to charge up before cleaning cycles
  • Docking station: attaches to the wall and allows you to hang up the Dyson while it charges
  • Extension wand: used for accessing high or hard-to-reach places as well as the upright portion when used as a stick vacuum
  • Mini soft dusting brush (quick release): has soft bristles that dust and clean furniture, baseboards, blinds, etc.
  • Combination tool (quick release): serves the purpose of a dusting brush and rigid hose attachment
  • Crevice tool (quick release): has an angled tip that is used in tight or hard-to-reach crevices
  • Mini motorhead tool (quick release): motorized brushes spin in opposite directions from each other and help clean pet hair from upholstery, with less tangling
Both Dyson V8 and V10 can reach into high corners and difficult to reach places.
Both Dyson V8 and V10 can reach into high corners and difficult to reach places.

How easy is it to use the Dyson V8 & V10?

Regarding usability, the Dyson V8 vs. Dyson V10 is quite similar.


Both vacuums arrive pretty much assembled, with extra parts. To assemble the vacuum, all that is needed is a few “quick release” latches.

These red buttons are a Dyson staple in stick vacuum models released after the Dyson V6. With a push of a button, these latches allow you to quickly and easily snap new accessories in or reconfigure your stick vacuum.

RELATED – Wonder how the V10 compares to the V6? Find out in our Dyson V6 vs. V10 vacuum battle.


Setting up these stick vacuums is also simple. Before running a clean, make sure to charge the vacuum fully. You can either use the wall docking station or simply plug the vacuum into the wall using the provided charger.

The wand snap into the cleaning head and body and with that you’re ready to clean.

Daily Use

When using the V8 or V10, the daily use is also similar for these vacuums. They turn on and off the same way, using a pressure-trigger.

To conserve battery life, these vacuums will only run if your finger is on the trigger.

Emptying the Dust Bin

Emptying the dust bin is one of the key differences in how these vacuums operate.

Dyson V8 vs V10 dust bin emptying technique
Dyson V8 vs V10 dust bin emptying technique

With the V8 vacuum, there is a latch at the top of the vacuum. Give it a pull and the top part of the cyclones slide up, unlatching the dust canister and allowing dirt and debris to fall into the trash can.

Dyson V8 dust bin
V8 dust bin empty
To empty the V10's dust bin, push down on the red level and point the end of the vacuum towards the trash can
V10 dust bin empty

With the V10, there is a sliding latch on the side of the unit. With this style, they take a “point and shoot” approach. Simply place the canister over a trash can, point, and slide the latch… or shoot. As it slides the dust bin opens and the debris falls out.

Maneuverability Compared

Because these vacuums are so similar in size, the maneuverability is also basically the same.

Dyson V8 vs. V10 - maneuverability turning angle
Dyson V8 vs. V10 – maneuverability turning angle

Both can squeeze under sofas and use the crevice tool for the hard-to-reach-places. With Dyson’s various attachments, there is a wide range of places you can use the V8 or the V10.

What are the Dyson V8 & V10 maintenance costs?

The maintenance costs for the Dyson V8 vs. V10 are notably different.

The Dyson V8 will cost around $11.50 / year in maintenance costs.

The Dyson V10 will cost virtually $0 / year in maintenance costs.

Both the Dyson V8 and V10 use a lifetime washable HEPA filter. The V8 has a lifetime washable central filter also. You only need to replace these if they are damaged or lost.

To maintain them, simply wash once per month with cold water and allow to air dry for 24 hours.

The other big difference here is the battery. In the case of the Dyson V8, you can expect it to last 3-6’ish years (warranty will cover it within the first 2 years). Our cost estimate is based on replacing it every 4 years.

The Dyson V10 is another story. Dyson’s founder, James Dyson, has been quoted saying the V10’s battery will last 15 years.

Making the replacement costs effectively zero (since you’ll probably upgrade vacuums before the battery is dead anyway).

PartReplacement FrequencyDyson V8Dyson V10
Central FilterOnly if damaged or lostCheck PriceNA
HEPA FilterOnly if damaged or lostCheck PriceCheck Price
Battery3-6 years (V8), 15 years (V10)Check Price Check Price

MORE – Have a specific cleaning surface you need to deal with? See our best vacuums for hardwoods and best vacuums for carpets guides.

How long does the battery last?

The battery between the V8 and V10 is certainly a major difference.

The V10 uses a seven-cell, nickel-cobalt-aluminum battery that can power the vacuum for up to 60 minutes. Comparably, the V8 uses a lithium-ion battery with a 40 minute run time.

With both of these vacuums, if you’re using the “Max Power” mode or motorized tools, you can expect the run time to be significantly less.

PartDyson V8Dyson V10
Capacity2,800 mAh2,600 mAh
Charging Time5 hours3.5 hours
Run Time40 minutes*60 minutes*
Replacement CostCheck PriceCheck Price

*exact run time determined by cleaning mode

Is the V8 or V10 quieter?

Concerning noise, the Dyson V8 is just slightly quieter, about 73 dB from 3′ away, compared to the V10, which is closer to 75 dB at 3′ away.

Dyson V8 vs V10 stick vacuum review - decibel noise test

Value Comparison

For a complete value assessment, let’s take a closer look at each specific model.

Dyson V8 Value

So overall, I would say that the value of the Dyson V8 is pretty good. Strictly looking at cleaning performance, this vacuum was able to keep up with the V10 on most all cleaning tests.

Dyson V8 cordless stick vacuum

The design is similar to that of the Dyson V10, in terms of usability and aesthetics. The big difference in design is the position of the dust bin.

The V8 comes with the Direct Drive cleaning head, which seemed to do equally as good of a job at cleaning as the Torque Drive cleaning head (with the V10). The V8 comes with the same accessories as the V10 so that’s a bit of a wash.

Considering that the Dyson V8 is notably less than the V10, its overall value is pretty good. Unless you need the extra-long run time of the V10, the V8 would likely suit all your needs.

  • Warranty – 2-Year
  • Returns – Varies by retailer. May vary from other retailers
  • Check Price

RELATED – Is cost the most important factor for you? Take a look at our best cheap vacuums guide or our Dyson V7 review.

Dyson V10 Value

Dyson V10 Absolute cordless vacuum

As for the Dyson V10, in my view, it’s as good if not a better value than the V8. This is especially true consider the price has declined since it launched in 2019.

The V10 has:

  • Greater suction (145 AW vs. 115)
  • A longer run time (60 mins. vs. 40)
  • Lower maintience costs ($0 / year vs. $11.50 / year)
  • A larger dust bin (0.77 L vs. 0.54 L)

It’s objectively better than the V8 in several key areas, while not being that much more expensive.

  • Warranty – 2-Year
  • Returns – Varies by retailer. May vary from other retailers
  • Check Price

RELATED – For more information on Dyson’s vacuum lineup see our complete analysis in our Dyson vacuum reviews guide.

Dyson V8 and V10 Specifications

SpecsDyson V8Dyson V10
Weight5.75 lbs.5.9 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)All (indoor)
Dustbin Capacity0.54 L0.77 L
ReturnsVaries by retailerVaries by retailer
Warranty2 Year limited2 Year limited
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price

Comparison Summary

1.The Motor

The Dyson V10 runs off the V10 digital motor has 20% more suction power, compared to the V8, according to Dyson.

2. The Airflow

The Dyson V10 has been redesigned to have more efficient airflow and more powerful suction.

The cyclones, dust bin, and cleaning head have all been aligned to help to provide stronger suction and, in turn, help the vacuum be more efficient.

3. The Run Time

The Dyson V10 also uses an improved, fade-free battery that allows for up to 60 minutes of run time, compared to 40 minutes of run time on the V8.

Should You Buy the Dyson V8?

The Dyson V8 is a great option if you want a longer run time compared to the V6 / V7, but don’t want to pay the higher price tag for the Dyson V10.

Looking specifically at cleaning performance, the V8 was a real contender against the V10, coming within a percent or two for most of the tests.

You Should Buy the Dyson V8 If You…

  1. Want a lower price – With the new release of the V10, older models like the V8 are declining in price. Purchasing a model that is a couple of years old can be a great way to snag a deal, as is the case with the Dyson V8.
  2. Don’t need the extra run time – The 20-minute run time of the Dyson V6 may be a little short for some people, while the 60-minute run time of the V10 could feel a little excessive. If you want some time in the middle, the V8 provides that middle-ground between quality and value.
  3. Want multiple cleaning heads – If you want two cleaning heads, the V8 comes with the direct-drive cleaner head as well as the soft roller cleaner head (with the V8 Absolute model).

For more information or to buy check out the Dyson V8 here.

Should You Buy the Dyson V10?

The Dyson V10 is among the best vacuums that Dyson builds.

Dyson is such a fan of it that James Dyson himself was quoted saying that the launch of the V10 is “why I’ve stopped developing corded vacuums.” The vacuum is lightweight and portable, yet has a large dust bin and provides powerful suction.

You Should Buy the Dyson V10 If:

  1. Want a longer run time – Compared to the V8, the V10 offers 20 extra minutes of run time, for a total of a 60-minute run time. This run time is when running on standard power. If you’re using motorized tools or the “Max Power” setting, the run time will be less.
  2. You Want stronger suction – The redesign and alignment of the dust bin, motor, and cyclones results in a vacuum that looks more “streamline” and offers 20% stronger suction over that of the V8 stick vacuum.
  3. Want a larger dustbin – the V10’s dustbin is 40% larger than the Dyson V8.
  4. You Want the Torque Drive cleaning head – As an upgrade to the direct-drive cleaning head, the V10 model comes with a Torque Drive cleaning head. Both the V8 and the V10 are available with the “Fluffy” soft roller cleaning head.

For more information or to buy check out the Dyson V10 here.


  • March 4, 2021 – Added a run test tests section. Improved formatting. Clarified a few points, opinions, and facts. Fact checked the comparison. Updated several outdated links. Updated the estimated annual maintience costs.
  • April 12, 2019 – Further formatting and layout improvements. Clarified a few points.
  • March 31, 2019 – Overhauled layout and formatting.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider,, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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118 Comments on “Dyson V8 vs. V10”

  1. Hi Derek,
    From what I gather, the V10 can move from hardwood floors to carpet with no need to change the brush, and the V8 animal requires a brush change, is that right? Most of my rooms have both, and I want to be able to just do a whole room without switching anything.


    • Both the V10 and V8 can move from hardwood to carpets without a brush change, provided you are using the Direct Drive / Torque Drive multi-surface brushroll.

      Depending on the version, they may also come with a Fluffy soft roller head, which is only suitable for hard surface flooring.

  2. I love my Dustin V8….but, I’m 6.5 ft and I find myself bending over more than I would like to vacuum. Is the V 10 handle a longer distance from the floor than the V8?

    I actually wrote Dyson once and said you should have at least some sort of extender for us really tall folks.

    • V10 is slightly taller, but probably not by enough to make a difference.

      If you were to put a V8 tube on a V10 or V11 you’d get a few extra inches that way. So that’s one option to consider.

  3. Hi Derek,

    Wanted to ask you for advice. I am deciding now between the V8 Animal for 240$ vs the V10 Animal for 320$. I am not sure if the 80$ Is worth the bigger basket, longer battery and higher suction from tech perspective. They both come with almost identical accessories.

    My question is, which one would be better in durability from long run perspective when you use it on daily basis? Which one is more likely to break down over the time?

    Thank you, Martin.

    • Long term durability should be similar, except with respect to the battery. The battery on the V10 is supposed to last the life of the unit, or at least 15 years.

      I have never heard of a V8 battery lasting anywhere near that.

      In my view, the V10 is definitely worth an extra $80.

  4. Hi Derek,
    l bought a Dyson v8 animal and l want to buy the fluffy head attachment for hard floors but l can’t find it anywhere would it be best to buy the fluffy head from v7 or v10 instead.
    Thank you

  5. We are trying to decide between the V8 animal and animal V10 or V 11 animal… we have a mini golden doodle that we recently got and both of our kids have mild dog allergies so we want to make sure to get all of her hair up off the couch and floor. We got the V-8 animal from Costco but I am considering returning it to upgrade to the V10 or V 11 because of the short battery life. We do have a Oreck commercial XL that we can use when the battery dies or just for straight vacuuming.

    1. Which of the Dyson‘s would you recommend for someone one trying to make sure they get dog hair up to prevent dog allergies? do you think the battery life truly last longer on the V 10 and the V 11 vs the V8?
    2. On the V-8 we are currently using I’d like to keep it on Max suction would this be equivalent to lower section on a V 10 or V11 therefore resulting in more run time?
    3. Do you think the oreck XL commercial is comparable to the V8 ( or V10 / V11) for basic vacuuming of a family room with normal pile carpet ?

    Thank you!!

    • 1. I’d go with the V10 for the longer battery, improved suction, and larger HEPA filter. Based on our tests the V10 run time was longer than the V8 on low power, but shorter on max mode. But you get more power on the V10, so it’s a bit moot, in my view.

      2. V8 on Max is still higher suction than low and medium mode on the V10, but not as high as the V10’s max suction. Here’s our run time test data:
      V8 Low = 31:40
      V8 Max = 8:20

      V10 Low = 49:40
      V10 Medium = 26:50
      V10 Max = 5:30

      3. I do not. We tested the Oreck XL a few years ago, here are the results – – In general, I was massively disappointed. I would only use the Oreck XL Commercial in true commercial environments. It is not anywhere near similar to either the V8 or V10.

  6. I don’t ever leave comments when looking at websites for reviews/etc, but I had to say thank you for this one. It helped a lot. It was very thorough, easy to read, and got to the point of the similarities and differences. Made me feel better about my choice and didn’t have buyers remorse! (And it was the only page I had to look at for a review instead of reading multiple different ones to get the full comparison.)

    • You’re too kind, Megan. Thanks so much!

      I’m glad to hear our comparison was able to bet he one-stop review shop for you 🙂

      Hopefully we’ll have other reviews in the future that you’re in need of and we can help you again.

  7. Thanks for the detailed comparisons – helped me make my decision.
    One potential correction for you to consider – the following website indicates the V8 uses a Nickel-Cobalt-Aluminum battery type like the V10, but uses one fewer cell:
    It is reflected in the fact that the V8 and v10 battery costs are the same on the Dyson website. So presumably the V8 and V10 batteries should have similar life spans.
    The NCA batteries are slightly different than the nickel-manganese-cobalt composition of the V7:
    Note that both are a type of Lithium battery, but not the old-school Lithium-Cobalt Oxide composition.

    • Interesting. Thanks for sharing, Dr. Fu Manchu.

      I guess I don’t understand why Dyson wouldn’t just come out and say that the V8 battery will last as long as the V10 if it were true. Unless they simply don’t want to consumers to view the V8’s battery lifespan at the same level of the V10.

      In any case, that’s just conjecture on my part.

      With respect to the V10 battery life and the reason we gave it a cost rating of $0 / year is simply because James Dyson said that it would last 15 years or longer. James Dyson nor did Dyson the company make any such claims about the V8 battery. Moreover, we have a lot more evidence of V8 batteries dying well short of any 15 year mark. Based on a litany of user reviews and our own experiences with a V8, the V8 battery seems to be good for 3-5 years in most cases.

      The V10 is still pretty new, so we don’t have as much data to look on. But looking to our own experience, our V10 battery is as good today as it was when we first got it.

      I know that’s not a perfect answer, but I hope that better explains our thinking and why we estimated cost the way we did.

      Thank you for your feedback!

  8. I have 2 cats and a German Shepherd that shed a lot and I have low pile carpet. Would the V10 with more suction power clean my carpets better or is the V8 comparable for lots of pet hair?

  9. Hi Derek,

    Your site and videos provides a great review, and I came here to read the detailed comparison between the different models. However, I’m surprised to find your reviews lacking when it comes to providing real-world notes, observations, and usage difference between models, especially when it comes to long term testing and any issues you’ve had with them.

    Some construction criticism: While the review is very factual, at times it reads more like a copy of a Dyson spec sheet promoting affiliate links, with very similar performance results between the models, rather than providing a real world comparison in a home environment, with notes on minor variations. While the grid of cleaning tests was nice, it did not seem very real-world to me, and could use a detailed methodology. wirecutter has a example of this, they even mention “For what it’s worth, specs and measurements of raw power do not reliably tell you how well a vacuum works.”
    The end result makes it sound like there’s no clear winner and to buy based on budget (both have multiple cleaning heads, not just V8).

    For example, I’m trying to understand the difference between the cleaning heads, looking at the photo titled “V8 vs V10 Dyson vacuum cleaner heads
    “. It’s hard to make out any change between the v10 direct-drive cleaning head and the v8 torque-drive cleaning head, which I would expect your review to call out especially as you mention “As an upgrade to the direct-drive cleaning head, the V10 model comes with a torque-drive cleaning head”. What makes this an upgrade?

    It appears the V10 cleaning head has a +/- height (or gates?) adjustment which you haven’t mentioned. Did you actually notice an upgrade from usage? Can you try swapping out the cleaning heads on the models (like you did with soft roller heads) and see if you notice any difference in power?

    I appreciate all the effort you put in to the review and answering comments.

    One last question: Do you know if V10 Animal Pro is the same as V10 absolute, is it a new marketing term?

    • Hi JJ,

      Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate it. Admittedly, on these 1 to 1 comparisons we are a little more straight down comparative facts, features, and specs. Our standalone reviews get more into the fine details and usage notes.

      Lots of questions, so let’s just dive in:

      • According to Dyson, the V10 head creates 25% more suction than the V8 head. Based on our usage, it definitely feels better and like it’s creating more downward suction. It’s larger, which can allow it to get over the time of debris easier in many cases. The manual height adjusting gates also make a notable difference, as they allow you to create more / less suction seal depending on floor type and debris.
      • Swapping the V10 head onto a V8 isn’t a great idea, as the V10 head requires more power to even operate. So the V8 cannot deliver enough power, making that comparison one we felt wasn’t worth including.
      • V10 Animal Pro seems very similar to the V10 Absolute. The websites that are selling it are a little more vague than I’d like them to be to know with 100% certainty, but it’s got both cleaning heads, which is the big thing to look for
  10. Hi, sorry also to add to my question (wanting a vacuum for dog hair and hard wood floors) would you recommend the V8 animal + soft head brush privately purchased or the V10 Motörhead. They would both be a similar price.

    Many thanks


    • V8 Animal with an extra soft-head or the V8 Absolute would be better for you than the V10 Motorhead.

      I would still suggest the V8 Absolute if it’s available. Otherwise, if you can find the V8 soft roller head available for purchase standalone that’s fine too.

  11. Hey there,

    Quick question – what is the source of the free accessories once you register the vacuum cleaner online? I have checked it and it does not seem to be the case anymore.

    • Hi Albert,

      Sorry for the confusion. That was an offer Dyson used to offer, but it seems they no longer do.

    • Looks like the offer is back:

      Choose additional tools absolutely free with auto-registration on select vacuums. To choose your free tools, see the accessory selector page after you add to cart.

      Free tools worth up to $75. Amount may vary based on tool selection and availability.

  12. Thanks for the review. It’s informative. It’s a shame you didn’t have the fluffy head on both units for the hardwood test. It would be much more helpful to see the actually results under those conditions. Kind of odd you wouldn’t have the soft roller head. I think it would have been a better test to put the torque drive head on the V10 for the hardwood test vs the Direct Drive.

    • Hey Mike,

      Unfortunately, we didn’t have a V8 Absolute on hand (only the Animal), so no soft roller brush.

      However, we did recently test the V8 with the V10’s soft roller brush attached (which is substantially similar to the one available on the V8). You can see those tests and results here –

      TLDR – Performance on the V8 and V10 on hardwoods when using the soft roller head is almost identical.

  13. Derek, I’m looking for a vacuum that can handle really long hair on carpet and hard woods. I’ve been interested in the v10 , but i am curious what your take would be. Our corded vacuum flips breakers in the house when I try to use the brushroll so I am looking for cordless. I shed a lot and my hairs is like 2.5 feet long so it gets in-bedded in everything. Any advice?

    • I think your initial thought to go with the V10 was the right direction. The soft roller brush on the V10 Absolute is great at capturing hair on hardwoods without tangling.

      I’ve had my V10 for over 2 years and I have not experienced a single tangle on it.

      To be fair though, my wife has fairly short hair (maybe 12-14″). Even so, I think the V10 is your best shot at a vacuum that can both clean well and won’t lead to significant tangles.