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?
- Battery: 2,800 mAh
- Run Time: 40 minutes
- Recharge: 5.5 hours
- Dustbin: 0.54 L
- Weight: 5.8 lbs
- 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
- Cleaning Tests
- Run Time Tests
- Design Compared
- How does the V8 & V10 clean?
- How big is the V8 & V10?
- What accessories come with the V8 & V10?
- How easy is it to use the Dyson V8 & V10?
- Maneuverability Compared
- What are the Dyson V8 & V10 maintenance costs?
- How long does the battery last?
- Is the V8 or V10 quieter?
- Value Comparison
- Dyson V8 and V10 Specifications
- Comparison Summary
- Should You Buy the Dyson V8?
- Should You Buy the Dyson V10?
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.
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
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.
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
Dyson V10 Results
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
Dyson V10 Results
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
Dyson V10 Results
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.
- Normal Mode: 31:40
- Max Mode: 8:20
- 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)
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.
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.
Easy to use accessories are designed with “quick release” latches that make it easy to go back and forth as you clean.
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?
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.
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 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.
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?
Honestly, not really. Both of these vacuums have an almost identical collection of available parts and accessories.
|#||Accessory||Dyson V8||Dyson V10|
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Because these vacuums are so similar in size, the maneuverability is also basically the same.
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).
|Part||Replacement Frequency||Dyson V8||Dyson V10|
|Central Filter||Only if damaged or lost||Check Price||NA|
|HEPA Filter||Only if damaged or lost||Check Price||Check Price|
|Battery||3-6 years (V8), 15 years (V10)||Check Price||Check Price|
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.
|Part||Dyson V8||Dyson V10|
|Capacity||2,800 mAh||2,600 mAh|
|Charging Time||5 hours||3.5 hours|
|Run Time||40 minutes*||60 minutes*|
|Replacement Cost||Check Price||Check 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.
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.
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
Dyson V10 Value
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
|Specs||Dyson V8||Dyson V10|
|Weight||5.75 lbs.||5.9 lbs.|
|Floor Type||All (indoor)||All (indoor)|
|Dustbin Capacity||0.54 L||0.77 L|
|Returns||Varies by retailer||Varies by retailer|
|Warranty||2 Year limited||2 Year limited|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
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?
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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Want a larger dustbin – the V10’s dustbin is 40% larger than the Dyson V8.
- 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.