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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

Dyson V8 vs. V10 Differences

The Dyson V8 & V10 are part of the Dyson V-series. They are both cordless vacuums with multi-surface brushrolls and several cleaning attachments. 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).

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
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.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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

Need Help? Ask Your Question Below

  1. Hi, Dyson recently release the V8 Slim Fluffy for the Asia Market (Japan, Taiwan, HK, Singapore to name a few). For comparison sake, would you recommend V8 Slim Fluffy or V10 Fluffy where both are same price?

    • It seems like the V8 Slim Fluffy is basically a smaller version of the V8, but otherwise same specs.

      So it really comes down to whether or not that smaller design is better for your home. If you live in a really small apartment, you could make a case for it.

      But if you’ve got the room for the V10 Fluffy I’d go with that. It’s got a bigger cleaning head, more suction, and a long run time. It’s just a more powerful machine overall.

  2. Hi there,

    I’m looking at the v8 Motörhead and v10 Motörhead and v8 animal. There’s a $100 difference between the 2 Motörhead’s. The V8 is $50 more than the v10 Motörhead and $150 more than the v8 Motörhead. My house consists of mainly hardwood floors and 5-6 low pile area rugs. Which of these do you think would be the best bet for me. I see the soft brush is probably the best for hardwood floors but the price difference between the Motörhead and absolute is significant. What is your recommendation. Thanks and great and thorough review!!

    • Any of these models would be perfectly fine on hardwood floors. Certainly, the V10 has more power, run time, and other features, but in terms of cleaning performance on hardwoods all are similar.

      If money is the biggest driving factor I would just go the cheapest one available and then add a standalone soft roller brush. You can find those for all Dyson V-series models here –

  3. Hi, can you put 2 wand extensions together for an even longer reach on the Dyson V10 Absolute? In contrast to V8, V10 wand has a male/female end.

    Thank you.

    • Yes, you can.

      I’m not sure how great the performance would be, but if you could get another V10 / V11 extension wand, it would clip in.

    • It will not.

      V6 is not compatible with any future V-series vacuums. Dyson changed the attachment system with the V7.

  4. Great review. Have you tested to see how the vacuums do sweeping up dust? We have all hardwood floors with a few low pile area rugs. No pets or kids, just dust/dustballs. I’m thinking V10 would do a little better.

    • Dust really won’t be an issue for either of these.

      The only thing I would suggest is making sure you get the soft roller head. As it does both better for dust and for hardwood floors.

  5. Are any of the Dyson handheld vacuums designed to suck up water spilled on the floor?

    I tried it with my V7 and it stopped working.. so I let it Air dry for several days. Now it just runs for a second or two and then shuts off. Not sure if the circuit board shorted out, motor died, or the circuit board failed???
    I hate putting items in the landfills..
    Does Dyson do repairs?
    Are their any 3rd party part suppliers?
    Suggestions ???

    • Some of the V10 accessories are a bit more high end, specifically the multi-surface brushroll and upgrade soft roller head, but most are substantially similar and wouldn’t make as much of a difference.

  6. Derek, I forgot to mention one thing, I don’t have any pets. Considering that, would you still recommend ball animal 2 vs. v10 purely from suction standpoint?


    • You said suction was the most important factor for you, based on that, I would recommend you go with a corded unit.

      While I personally find the V10 to be sufficient suction around my home, if you’ve been disappointed in the past with vacuums that aren’t powerful enough I would suggest you step up to either the Animal 2 or Multi Floor 2. As both of those are more than capable of delivering the highest suction power. I’m confident you won’t be disappointed in their suction power, but given your comments, you might find the V10 just isn’t enough for your desires.

  7. Thanks Derek for the quick response.
    Are you saying that Dyson ball animal 2 has the best suction in ALL vacuum cleaners (corded or anything – I don’t know if there are other types) that are out there?


  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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