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Dyson V8 vs. V10

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

Both of these vacuums are powerful stick vacuums that are at the top of Dyson’s lineup.

But is the Dyson V10 worth the extra cost over the V8?

Continue reading below to find out.

Dyson V8
  • Battery: 2,800 mAh
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Recharge: 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

What are the Dyson V8 & V10 vacuums?

Both the Dyson V8 and Dyson V10 are part of the Dyson V-series. There are currently 4 stick vacuums within this line, including the V6, V7, V8, and V10. Generally, Dyson releases a new model each year.

he Dyson V10 is the newest and most powerful vacuum and, like most V-models, is available in Absolute, Animal, and Motorhead versions.

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

Dyson V8 vs. V10 Design Differences

Now, let’s talk design:

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 a 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.

(Note: Older models, like the Dyson V6, do not have the “quick release” capability on their accessories).

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 streamline 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?

CYCLONE DESIGN | The Dyson V8 and Dyson V10 both rely on Dyson’s patented cyclone cleaning system for powerful suction. Both vacuums uses a 15 cyclone system, arranged across two tiers, but they look very different.

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

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

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.

The V10 comes with the Fluffy cleaning head (for hard floors) and the Torque Drive cleaning head (ideal for carpet, but safe for hard surfaces).

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

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

2-IN-1 DESIGN | The Dyson V8 and Dyson V10 both operate as a stick vacuum or portable handheld vacuum.

When used a 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 canister and you’re good to go.

How big is the V8 and V10?

The difference in size between the Dyson V8 and V10 feels pretty negligible. The V10 model is 2/10″ 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 very 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
3Wall mountYesYes
4Direct-Drive brushrollYesNo
5Torque-Drive brushrollNoYes
6Fluffy brushrollYesYes
7Combination toolYesYes
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.The three cleaning head options are:

  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 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 Dyson V8 or the V10 model.

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 helps collect pet hair from upholstery, with less tangling

If you purchase from, you also have the option to add any additional three cleaning tools at no extra cost, when you auto register your vacuum.

With the V8, you can choose from an extra mini soft dusting brush, a replacement wand (yellow, titanium, pink, or red), up-top adapter, the mattress tool, or a Dyson tool bag to keep in the car and hold all your tools.

Similar to the V8, the V10 can also add three free tools with auto-registration. With the V10, you can choose from the up-top adapter, the soft dusting brush, mattress tool, or Dyson tool bag.

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.

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.

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

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, 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%. Still, this is a great score concerning overall cleaning performance.

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.

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

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

Regarding usability, the Dyson V8 vs. Dyson V10 are 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 pretty 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.

Daily Use

When using the V8 or V10, the daily use is also very similar for these vacuums. They turn and off the same way, using a pressure-trigger, although the exact location for the button is in a slightly different spot. 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. 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.

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.

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

Dyson V8 vs. V10 Maneuverability

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

Squeeze under sofas, 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.

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

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 $32 / year in maintenance costs.

The Dyson V10 will cost $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.

Beyond that, the only part to maintain is the battery. In the case of the Dyson V8, you can expect it to last 2’ish years (warranty will cover it within the first 2 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
Battery~24 monthsCheck 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 point of upgrade. 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

What’s the Best Bang for the Buck?

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 an 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, it’s 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 V6 vacuum review.

Dyson V10 Value

Dyson V10 Absolute cordless vacuum

As for the Dyson V10, I would say it’s perhaps not as good of a value, considering the higher price tags, but if the new features of the V10 are of critically important, it’s overall value may increase to you.

Despite the value being slightly worse, it is still objectively the best Dyson vacuum we’ve tested to date (and arguably the best vacuum on the market).

For instance, the new design of the Dyson V10 has increased airflow and because of that, it offers 20% stronger suction, compared to the V8 stick vacuum.

In addition, it also has a stronger motor and longer battery life. If you have a larger home or simply don’t want to charge your vacuum as often, the V10 battery could be a better value for you.

  • 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

Dyson V8 vs. V10 Differences

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 suctionand 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 than what is offered with the Dyson V6, but don’t want to pay the high 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 Dyson models, like the V8 are dropping in price, but they are still a well-built machine. Purchasing a model that is a couple 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 sometime 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 the top-of-the-line model on the Dyson market right now. Dyson is such a fan of it that James Dyson himself was recently 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, 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.


  • April 12, 2019 – Further formatting and layout improves. Clarified a few points.
  • March 31, 2019 – Overhauled layout and formatting.

Need Help? Ask Your Question Below

  1. Hi Derek, very useful and detailed review!!
    I want to buy a vacuum cleaner and my first requirement is STRONGEST SUCTION. After I bought 5 vacuums in last 10 years, I am still not satisfied with the suction they provide. I have bought shark, dirt devil and others but never dyson. I am tired of things getting sucked very slowly or left behind or until I try multiple times. And from the review it appears that Dyson V10 will provide the strongest suction in all vacuums in the market. Is that true? Again, I care less about corded vs cordless, bag size, number of accessories and other features. Strongest suction is my only requirement. Other features will matter if the suction is same. I asked several folks in the retain stores and none of them could give good answer on what is the actual “measurement” for suction. Perhaps there is none.
    Could you please advise?


    • Hi Santosh,

      So the most common measurement for suction is AW, air watts. Most vacuum cleaners that provide high suction will make public their AW. If they don’t, that tends to indicate to me that their suction probably isn’t all that great.

      If max suction is the most important factor for you then you definitely need to go with a corded unit. The V10 has strong suction, but it’s still half as strong as a comparably priced Dyson corded vacuum.

      Dyson V10 max AW is 140.

      Dyson V11 max AW is 185.

      Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 AW is 270.

      Dyson Ball Animal 2 AW is 306. The Animal 2 has the strongest suction of any vacuum cleaner on the market (according to Dyson).

      If raw suction is most important I think it’s an easy choice. Go with the Dyson Ball Animal 2.

  2. Great reviews and has certainly made my mind up on Dyson but just not sure which one to go for?
    I live in a small one-bedroom with tiles, and a couple of shaggy rugs. Along with that, I have a dog who sheds a lot and also have very long hair myself which I worry would get stuck around the rollers?

    • With any roller it’s possible that hair will get stuck, but in my experience the rollers (both multi surface and fluffy) do a good job of sucking up hair and it not being stuck.

      If hair does get stuck, it’s not too difficult to simply cut it out with a hair of scissors. That said, I have not had to do this yet on any of the Dyson stick vacuums we use regularly around my home and office.

  3. Thank you for your very detailed analysis of the Dyson V8 & V10. So helpful. Told by salesperson in local store today there will be a reduction in cost for the V10 Absolute this Friday. Present price $999NZ. Hoping the discount will be at least $100. My flooring is mostly carpet & I have cats. Many thanks – Marie

  4. I have a dog who leaves a fair amount of hair around the house. I want as much suction as I can get and love the Dyson brand. We also have about half of our house is tile. Which one of their sticks would your recommend to some one who is ready to upgrade?

    • I’d suggest the V10 Absolute.

      The soft roller head will really help with hair on tile floors. And it’s got significantly more suction compared to the V8.

  5. Hello Derek,

    Thank you so much for all this precious information! Makes our research so much easier, you’re amazing! Im still hesitating though…
    We live in a 1300sq condo and had a central vacuum, a roomba and a small Shark vacuum…..I sold all of them and I’m now looking for a light, compact vacuum that can replace them all and that works well for day to day cleaning but also for deeper cleaning. We purchased the V8 Total Clean from Costco. I didnt open the box yet because Im still thinking about getting one of the V10. We have hardwood floors, ceramic floors and a carpet in the living room. And we have a cat. Will the V8 Total Clean be up to the task or should I consider the V10 instead? If so, which one would suit our needs?
    Thank you so much!

    • Nothing wrong with the V8, it’s a great vacuum in its own right.

      However, since you sold your central vac, Shark, and Roomba, I would suggest just going for something a little higher end.

      In my view, the V10 is a big enough step up from the V8 that it’s worth it for most users. You get notably more suction and a longer battery life. However, the cost isn’t that much more.

      If you can afford it I’d suggest the V10 Absolute, so you can get both the multi surface brush and the soft roller brush. Since you have a lot of hard surface flooring I think you’d really benefit from the soft roller head.

  6. We had a Dyson V8 animal but recently replaced it with another make. I replaced to battery on the V8 to keep as a spare. The roller brush is a bit worn and looked to replace it. I was told that this was no simple straightforward operation but that Dyson could do it for £99. Is this correct?

  7. Hi Derek,
    That’s a great line up of comparisons between the stick vaccuums for someone like me to start here.
    I’m looking to send a stick vaccuum to my mom who is in India. The house floors in India are not wooden and less or no use of carpet. It’s mostly tiles or marble flooring and wooden (teak) doors. Can I still send in any of the stick vaccums to her? Will it be useful for her. Also it has so many accessories. Will she know how and when to switch between them? Is there any cause of damage she can cause if she is not using right tools for the right surfaces? To use US products in India they need to converters and stabilizers. Is it recommended to do that?

    • Perfect timing for this question.

      We just launched our best cordless stick vacuum comparison here –

      It features all of the stick vacuums we’ve tested to date.

      As long as she’s able to charge the stick vacuums using India’s wall plug then she should be able to use any of these. Unfortunately, we don’t know much about India’s standard for power (you might need an adapter or a convert plug, so check into that).

      As far as damage goes, that shouldn’t be an issue. All of the multi-surface brushrolls will be fine on hard surfaces and tiles.

      Based on your needs I would recommend a vacuum with a soft roller header, probably the V8 Absolute or V10 Absolute (go V10 if you’ve got the budget as it’s such a nice upgrade).

      Let me know if I can do anything else for you.

  8. Hi Derek,

    I am still on the fence between the V10 Animal and the V8 Absolute (if I really need the fluffy head for my tile floors for the extra cost)?

    Have you independently tested the run time of both the V8 and the V10 with a power cleaner head? I think I have seen somewhere that both only last 20min on low power mode? It would be great to hear what results you got.

    Also, the V10 looks like it would be a little more awkward for use while cleaning a car over the V8. Is this assumption correct?


    • Hi Killian,

      We tested run time on the V10. At low power it ran for exactly 60 minutes.

      Regarding the V10 on handheld mode, I think it really is subjective on whether it’s awkward or not.

      I didn’t find it overly awkward, but I also have large hands and I’m a taller man. If you’re shorter or have small hands it could be a bit more difficult to wield.

      Please let me know if there is anything else I can help with.

  9. Does a V10 motor fit on the tube of a V8? wondering if i could buy a V10 motor separate to switch back and forth with my V8.


    • If by “tube of the V8” you mean the extension wand, then yes.

      Most of the V11, V10, V8, and V7 accessories are compatible, as they all use the quick release system that Dyson initially launched with the V7.

  10. Hi – Thank you for the information – I am considering the DYSON V8 Total Clean Cordless Vacuum Cleaner (new) which I can get for £300 or the DYSON ABSOLUTE (new) which I can get for £380 (which is £449 from Dyson themselves). The V10 Total is £479 – so £179 more than the same model V8.

    My question is £300 for V8 with every tool under the sun or £80 more for V10 absolute (less tools).

    I am a little concerned with Lithium overall Battery life ie. V8 2-4yrs and V10 (15yrs apparently or did Mr Dyson quote 2yrs)

    I have a small 3-bed house hardfloors down stairs and carpet upstairs. So Im not sure I need the extra run time or the bigger bin that the V10 has.

    • For a difference of 80 quid I would go with the V10. The tools are great, but if your experience is anything like mine you’ll end up using the same 2-3 tools for almost everything and use the others very little.

      I would much rather have the better battery and suction power in the V10 than more tools in a V8 package.

  11. Hi Derek

    How often i have to chance the battery of V8? If as it said 2 years in a row i think buying v10 is more logical if it dies in 15 years… It gets cheaper. What do you think?

    • It’s hard to say for sure.

      Most people I’ve chatted with say their V8 battery would last 2-5 years. So say on average 3.5 years.

  12. Hi,
    I have a V6 and have a cleaner now who brings her own vacuum. But inbetween her visits I sometimes need to use the V6. I pulled it out the other day – it only ran for less that a minute (it is always on charge). So we pulled it apart and cleaned it – put it back on charge – again, just a minute. It is not 5 years old yet.
    We have a large home, over 2 floors, with pets and a teenager – and 2/3rds of it being wooden floors. Two questions – should the battery on the V6 have lasted more that 5 years? Also, we can get a V8 at a good price on special, or I can pay more for the V10. What would you suggest? Also, the salesperson is trying to sell me an Electrolux Pre F9 Flexlift (about the same price as a V10)- telling me that they have better reviews and are more popular – what are your thoughts?

    • 5 years on a V6 battery is about the longest I would expect it to go. So to hear it’s dying is not surprising.

      At this point, the V8 is several years old. I would suggest going with the V10. If you need to save a little money, go with the Motorhead, which isn’t a whole lot more than the V8 Absolute.

      V10 Motorhead –

      As far as the Electrolux F9 goes, I’m unfortunately unfamiliar with that model. I’m not sure how it compares.

  13. Hi
    I have had a Kirby for the last 15 years and a small corded stock vacuum. Kirby has some pieces broken and way to heavy to clean a 3200square foot home. All hardwood floors and tile with area rugs and some carpet in the basement. Looking to replace both of these vacuums with a dyson. Not sure which one to go with. V8 or 10 and what are the options they each have?

  14. Help! I have a 600-ft mostly carpeted floor apartment (the kitchen and bathroom are tiled), no pets, and have been thinking about getting a Dyson stick vacuum cleaner. I’m leaning towards the Dyson V10 Absolute but with my small-sized flat I’m wondering if I should ultimately go for this model, or if, on the other hand, any of the V8 versions (either the Dyson V8 Absolute or Dyson V8 Animal) could serve me just as well in the long run, or at least over the next 4-5 years? Your comments would be extermely appreciated.

    • Hey Gina,

      Thanks for your question.

      At the end of the day, you’re hard pressed to go wrong with either vacuum.

      If you’re looking for something for the next 4-5 years I would suggest you go with the Dyson V8 Absolute. It’s a great vacuum and the battery should last around that time frame.

      If you want something where the battery is able to last longer, go with the Dyson V10 Absolute.

      If you have allergies or otherwise just want to be able to remove small particulates I would suggest the Absolute model in both cases. But if you’re not as concerned about that you could get the V8 Animal or V10 Motorhead to save a little money.

  15. Curious on your opinion on the new V11 Torque. Just saw the advertising for it, after just having had purchased a V8 Animal. Price is twice the cost, and wondering if I want the latest and greatest, or should I just stick with the V8. What’s your opinion?

    • Great question, Chris.

      We are actually in the process of testing and writing up our full review.

      My initial thoughts…

      Performance wise, it’s just as good as the V10. But I’m not sure it’s actually that much better.

      It has the same run time, same accessories, and same torque driving cleaning head as the V10. However, Dyson is just including one cleaning head (a multi floor) and doesn’t include their soft roller brush. So if anything, it’s probably a bit worse on hard surfaces (it flung rice around in our test).

      Where it’s better is raw suction power, which increases from 150 to 185AW. Additionally, the intelligent suction is pretty cool.

      We should have our full V11 review live late today or tomorrow at the latest. So look for that on the home page and in the main menu.

  16. I have been on the fence. I have cord free (cheap) vacuum that could that has about as much suction power as a backwards whistle. I am really looking at Dyson – run time, suction power, ease of use, cordless. Buying a Dyson is akin to buying a car. Way too many choices. An tv shopping channel has the Dyson V8 Animal Pro Cordfree Vacuum on “sale” for $299. Came to your site to see the differences. Your breakdown is brilliant. The best I have seen on the internet. Wish I could subscribe to your site. I know when any Dyson is on “sale” there is a new one coming out. I have seen this before. Thanks for this superb review.

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Sandy. I’m glad our guide was able to help!

      There is a good chance Dyson will release a new product within the next couple of months. Every year for the last 4 years they’ve launched a new stick vacuum. So we probably will see the Dyson V11 (or something similar before summer).

      Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean the V8 is a bad vacuum by any stretch. V8 and V10 will continue to be exceptional vacuums.

  17. hi
    First of all thanks so much for the details which helped me a lot
    i’m considering buying a Dyson
    For my budget i can get the Dyson V8 absolute or the Dyson V10 Motorhead.
    which one would you suggest?
    i have quite a small appartement and no pets. I do have some carpets.

    • If you have mostly carpets and no pets, go with the V10 Motorhead. It’s going to be the better performer and value in that situation.

      Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you!

  18. Hi, I am torn between these 2 vacuums and the biggest factor that I am stuck on is sucking up all the pet hair our dog is always leaving behind, although reading the v10 has more suction does the v8 still do the job? Not wanting to blow the budget but in need of a decent vacuum! Thanks 🙂

    • The V8 is still an amazing vacuum in its own right.

      If you have high pile carpets that tend to have pet hair buried in them I would suggest going up to the V10.

      If not, you will probably be fine with the V8.

  19. Hello, I just bought a V10 Animal, and realized that it does not come with the fluffy head attachment. i am very worried about scratching my hardwood floors with the Torque Drive Cleaning head. is it REALLY ok to use this on hardwood floors? Can i buy a Fluffy head attachment? HELP! Thanks so much!

    • Hi Karen,

      It is perfectly safe on almost all hard surfaces to use the multi-surface cleaning head that comes with the V10 Animal.

      I use it on my hardwood floors all the time (an engineered hardwood floor) and it has never left a scratch.

      If you’re worried or you have more sensitive floors then it might make sense to grab the fluffy cleaning you. You can buy it here –

  20. You’re comparisons, analysis and easy to understand information is just awesome. I’m considering a new stick vacuum and this site has been so helpful. Not sure yet if I’ll go with the Dyson…cost is hefty for me, but I just may go for it with all the benefits you outline. Thank you!

    • Thanks so much, Lynn! I’m glad we could help.

      If you have any specific questions I can answer don’t hesitate to ask!

  21. great video on explaining the dif between v8 and v10.currently have the v8 will buy the b10 as soon as I can save enough money.

  22. Hello Derek,
    Do you have experience with replacing the battery in the V8? Is it really necessary after 2 years? In my opinion, when buying such an expensive tool, it should last way longer. At least 10 years.
    Kind regards, Mark

    • Hi Mark,

      I have not replaced a V8 battery.

      It very well may last longer than 2 years. I put that as a very conservative estimate (since that’s what the warranty covers).

      Other readers have told me their battery lasted in the range of 4 years. So it really just depends on use.

    • Hi Mark,

      I am a frequent user of the V8 in the past 2 years. The battery does deplete its capacity and within 2 years the battery power has halved ! It is enough for me to return the vacuum to Costco for a refund.

      Since then I have upgraded to a V10.

    • Sorry to hear about your experience, Joanne.

      One suggestion on how to maintain longer battery life. Make sure the V10 is unplugged once it’s fully charged. This will help extend the life of the battery.

      The same applies to just about all lithium ion battery powered devices.

    • I have a 2yo v8 that only runs for about 40sec on Max now so the battery definitely does not last. I bought it factory refurbished & won’t do that again since a new battery is $130…
      I’m upgrading to a v10 rather than buy a new battery… before the v8 I had one of the earlier sticks & still use it. The motorized tools were better on v8 than the old ones but in all other respects including batter the old was better. I’m intrigued to hear the v10 should not have battery issues. Hope that’s true but also buying new not refurb this time.
      Also- I don’t believe it’s true that you should unplug when it’s full. MOST chargers have sensors that shut it to a trickle to avoid over charge yet keep it charged. These vacs are MEANT to be stored on the charger after all.
      The thing I found in the v8 manual is this: “To help prolong battery life, avoid recharging immediately after a full discharge. Allow to cool for a few minutes.”
      I routinely killed it & put it straight on the base. I feel my battery was not right from the start but I’m sure I hastened it’s death!
      fingers crossed a new v10 will not have Battery trouble so fast.

    • Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Dana. I’m sorry to hear about your issues with the V8. There’s definitely more risk with a refurb.

      I don’t think you’ll have an issues with the battery on the V10.

      To you’re point about removing them from the charger. You’re not wrong. Most new tech is smart enough to turn itself off to protect its battery. I tend to lean on the side of caution and will still unplug when my electronics are full.

      However, it really shouldn’t be damaging to a machine as advanced as Dyson’s V-series line.

  23. My name is David. I am a parent and we own a big house. We have a 5 year old daughter and she always play with the vacuum cleaner. We are very worried about her safety yet we want a vacuum cleaner that can clean the house quickly. In this situation, what vacuum cleaner do you suggest me to buy?

    • Hi David,

      The safest option would probably be either a Dyson V-series vacuum or a robot vacuum.

      The biggest vacuum dangers for children are going to be 1) suction that grabs hold of hair or small hands and doesn’t let go due to continuous power and 2) cords that could become a strangulation hazard.

      With the Dyson V-series vacuums you have to hold the power trigger to activate the suction. So there is less of a risk that should could hurt herself with the suction (and of course it’s cordless, so no risk there).

      With a robot vacuum, you have a cordless design and when you pick up the robot vacuum it will turn itself off. So even less risk there.

      As far as the Dyson goes I think you’re on the right path with either the V8 or V10. Those are the two top models currently.

      For robots, I would suggest starting here –

      In any case, I think it would be best to always supervise her while she’s using the vacuum. These are still powerful machines and they can be dangerous to children.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  24. Unfortunately I am in the market of buying another Dyson Stick since my last one is no longer working… it fell too many times….

    As much as we love our dyson, the one complaint is that it does not stand-up on its own.
    It’s forever falling to the floor when I try to lean it against a wall.

    • That is the unfortunate case for most stick vacuums.

      Dyson (and others) does offer a wall mount though. So it may be worth installing that with your new Dyson.

    • I have read that the V10 has rubber pads under the battery that provide enough friction to stop it slipping down the wall that you might be leaning it against.

    • That is true. It does have a rubber gripper pad on the top back of the battery, so you can more easily lean it against a wall.

      Would still probably be best to use the wall mount, but if you really don’t want / can’t wall mount, it’s not bad.

    • Do you know the time each will last on the max power setting, and / or with motorized heads?
      Thanks so much,

    • On max? V10 is going to be around 15 minutes.

      V8 probably more like 10. Those are just estimates though.

      Max power definitely puts a lot more strain on the battery.

  25. What about differences in weight distribution and balance and how this may cause strain on the wrist and arm or back if using for 30+ min.?

    I have a very small hand and carpel tunnel. Which model’s trigger would be more comfortable and cause me fewer health problems? You noted the trigger was in slightly different place for both. I wonder if one may also be harder to keep pressed down for a good long time.

    • Hi Joyce,

      I am doubtful that you would notice any major difference between the V8 and V10.

      Both are extremely lightweight, under 6 pounds (and within 0.1 pounds of each other).

      I would say the V10 is perhaps a bit more ergonomic, as it spreads the weight further down the unit, whereas the V8 has a more compact design.

      As far as holding the trigger goes, I don’t think you’d notice a difference. The weight of the vacuum means you aren’t holding the trigger as much as you are just holding the vacuum upright with your finger in that position.

  26. If you add the cost of the V8 battery that will need to be replaced after 2 years, And possibility of 1 or both filters needing replacement on the V8, vs only 1 filter on the V10, then the price difference between V8 and V10 might end up being much closer.

    • Perhaps.

      However, there really is no reason to think you’d need to replace any of the filters. All of the filters are lifetime filters. Unless they are damaged or lost there will be no reason to replace them.

  27. Great presentation on the comparison between the V8 and the V 10 and it’s great that the v19 battery lasts as long as it does but what are the chances that Dyson will come out with a V 11 or 12 with in the next for five years Making the V 10 obsolete

    • Chances are high Dyson will release a new model within the next 2 years. However, it definitely won’t make the V10 obsolete.

      Even though the V8 is several years old, it’s still an incredible value. Sure, the V10 is better, but the V8 is still arguably one of the top 3 vacuum sticks on the market.

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