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Dyson V8 vs Dyson V10

Dyson V8 vs Dyson V10 Absolute Comparison- The Showdown

Dyson is the market leader of premium cordless stick vacuums with its innovative technology. But which model works best for you? We meticulously reveal the differences and similarities of the Dyson V8 vs Dyson V10 in our comparison.

Once a year, Dyson launches a new V-series model.

The Dyson V8 was ahead of its time, and many customers loved its performance.

The groupies of the V8 have been eagerly awaiting the Dyson V9. They were curious whether Dyson could top that off with an even better device.

But the V9 never came!

Instead, the Dyson V10 succeeded the Dyson V8.

Dyson chose this name to emphasise that the cordless vacuum cleaners’ performance increased enormously.

But what are the actual differences between the Dyson V8 to the Dyson V10?

And is it worth digging deeper into the pocket for the Dyson V10?

These and other questions led us through our comparison. In the end, you’ll know which Dyson’s the better choice for you.

Comparison of the Dyson V8 vs Dyson V10 cordless vacuums

Advantages of the Dyson V8

  • Good suction power
  • Dyson quality at a low price
  • Weight
  • User-friendliness
  • Accessories

Advantages of the Dyson V10

  • Excellent cleaning performance
  • Easier emptying of the dirt container
  • Larger dirt container
  • Weight
  • Longer runtime

All important facts at a glance

Two premium cordless vacuum cleaners

  • Groundbreaking technology
  • Both have excellent test results
  • Both are very versatile in use (2-in-1 function)

Cleaning Battle of the Dyson V8 vs Dyson V10

We put both cordless vacuums through the wringer in our cleaning test.

We weighed different types of dirt, spread them on different floor types, and checked how well each vacuum gets rid of it. We used the power mode for this.

We also test how the devices perform over a longer period in everyday life.

The overall result of the two cordless vacuums is more than respectable.

However, as we took a closer look at them, we revealed huge differences.

The overall cleaning results

Dyson V8 Dyson V10
95 % 99 %

Cleaning on Hard Floors

Especially on hard floors (in our case laminate), we could easily separate the wheat from the chaff.

The Dyson V10 Absolute sucked up 100% of the coarse dirt without any problems, thanks to the enlarged brush.

The Dyson V8 Absolute, on the other hand, reached its limits with the lentils.

At first, it merely pushed the lentils in front of the brush and removed only 80% in total.

Dyson V10 before/after test on a hard floor

Test results of the Dyson V8 Absolute on hard floors: Before/after comparison

Dyson V8 before/after test on a hard floor

Test results of the Dyson V8 Absolute on hard floors: Before/after comparison

Cleaning on Short Carpets

On short pile carpet, the Dyson V10 sucked up almost everything (99% total) at an astonishing speed.

Dyson V10 before/after test on short carpet

Test results of the Dyson V10 Absolute on the short carpet: Before/after comparison

The Dyson V8 also achieved an excellent result on the low carpet (97% overall). But it wasn’t even close to the impressive speed and efficiency of its successor.

Dyson V8 before/after test on short carpet

Test results of the Dyson V8 Absolute on the short carpet: Before/after comparison

Cleaning Long Pile Carpets

Here the Dyson V10 Absolute proved its outstanding cleaning performance once again. It came out with flying colours and removed 99% of the dirt on the long carpet.

Dyson V10 before/after test on long carpet

Test results of the Dyson V10 Absolute on long pile carpet: Before/after comparison

The V8 also achieved a great (overall) result of 97% here.

Dyson V8 before/after test on long carpet

Test results of the Dyson V8 Absolute on long pile carpet: Before/after comparison

Cleaning in Everyday Life and Conclusion

We were delighted with both devices in everyday use.

However, the improved cleaning performance of the Dyson V10 Absolute is quite noticeable. It’s got such a powerful suction. In turbo mode, you even have troubles lifting the device off the carpet again. It thoroughly deep-cleans long carpets.

Even with coarse dirt, there are worlds between the cleaning in everyday life. We usually vacuum under the table after breakfast because our children often drop some “presents” for the vacuum. The V8 pushed the bigger crumbs in front of it at first. The V10, on the other hand, didn’t have any problems with it and left the floor spotless.

Click here to read our detailed Dyson V8 Absolute review and the Dyson V10 Absolute test.

Comparing the Designs of the Dyson V8 vs Dyson V10

The first change stands out immediately. It’s a significant improvement for the Dyson V10.

Comparing the motor unit (power unit) of the Dyson V8 Absolute
The engine unit of the V8

Comparing the motor unit of the Dyson V10
The power unit of the Dyson V10

Dyson has changed the arrangement of the motor unit. In the V8, they had arranged the dirt container vertically. That was the classic design that the rest of the industry copied.

That changed with the Dyson V10. Here the dirt container has a horizontal position so that the suction tube is kind of an extension of the dirt container.

The emptying function works much better than before, thanks to this innovation. Dyson also sized up the cordless vacuum cleaner’s dirt container. Instead of a capacity of 0.5 litres as with the V8, the dust container holds almost 0.75 litres now. You won't have to empty it as often anymore, which is a great advantage!

The power button remains the same. You still have to hold the trigger to vacuum. Dyson achieves a higher battery performance with this because you’ll only activate the vacuum when you are really vacuuming.

Comparing Height and Weight

Either way, the size isn’t the most important criteria and is almost the same in both devices. That’s why nothing has changed in the handling, either.

The Dyson V8 was known for its convenient weight of around 2.6 kg. The Dyson V10 is a true lightweight, too.

Dyson V8 vs V10 - Size and Weight

Category Dimensions V8 Dimensions V10
Weight 2.6 kg 2.6 kg
Size 122 cm 125 cm
Floor Roller Width 22,5 cm 22,5 cm

Dyson V8 vs V10 as a Cordless Handheld Vacuum

Both the Dyson V8 and V10 have the 2-in-1 function, which most cordless vacuums have in our reviews (best cordless stick vacuums review). This means that you can use them as a cordless stick vacuum and as a cordless hand vacuum. All you have to do is change the attachments.

This is very practical and increases flexibility enormously.

In handheld vacuum mode, the V8 is slightly ahead in terms of weight and size. But you won’t notice a big difference with a few centimetres less and 200 grams more.

Size and Weight as a Cordless Hand Vacuum

Category Dyson V8 Dyson V10
Size 32 cm + varies greatly with the attachment 35 cm + varies greatly with the attachment
Weight 1.5 kg 1.7 kg

Who’s Got Better Accessories?

We also took a closer look at the delivery scope in our Dyson V8 vs Dyson V10 comparison. The accessories decide how versatile the device is in use.

Dyson varies the included accessories in the different versions of a model (e.g. V8 Absolute and V8 Motorhead).

Here we compared the Dyson V8 Absolute and the Dyson V10 Absolute.

These two come with the same accessories.

The Dyson V8 and V10 Accessories

The Dyson V10 accessories in the Dyson v8 vs v10 comparison

Electric brush with direct drive

  • Soft roller with direct drive
  • Combination tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Mini electric brush
  • Extra Soft Brush
  • Wall mount
  • Charger

The Electric Brush with Direct Drive

is used to vacuum the floor and is the standard cleaning head of the Dyson V8. The V10 also comes with an electric brush. It’s a little wider but very similar.

Dyson V10 - electric brush with direct drive

The Soft Roller with Direct Drive

is particularly suitable for vacuuming hard floors, such as laminate. It’s a cleaner head with a soft roller and direct drive.

The Floor Nozzle: Soft Roller

The Combi Accessory Nozzle

helps vacuum furniture and objects. At the push of a button, you can retract the brush’s soft bristles and take on stubborn dirt on robust surfaces.

The combi accessory nozzle

The Crevice Tool

comes in very handy when vacuuming between upholstery or the like.

The crevice nozzle

The Mini Electric Brush

has its own electric drive and thus improves the cleaning performance. It works great for removing pet hair from upholstery or cleaning the car.

Dyson V10 The Mini Electric Brush

The Extra Soft Brush

is the modern way of dusting pictures and the like. You won’t miss a speck of dust thanks to the soft bristles and its powerful suction.

The Extra Soft Dusting Brush

The Practical Wall Mount

Dyson has developed the docking station so you can store your device on the wall and save space. You can even connect the charger to the wall mount, thanks to its ingenious system. This way, you’ll charge the device whenever you’re stowing it away.

The wall mount with charging station

Are the Dyson V8’s accessories compatible with the V10?

Yes, you can use the accessories of the V8 with the V10! You don't even need an adapter or anything like that.

Cleaning Features of the Dyson V8 vs V10 - What contributes to the cleaning performance?

Both devices have various cleaning features that optimise the cleaning performance apart from the exceptional suction power and the sophisticated cyclone technology (details on cyclone technology).

The V8 and V10 have standard brushes and soft rollers with direct drive. This means that the brushes rotate independently. They catapult the dirt into the suction tube at high speed once you activate the vacuum.

The brush of the V10 reacts as soon as you press the button. The brush of the V8 has a slight delay.

How do the different cleaning brushes help?

The standard electric brush of the Dyson V8 Absolute
The standard brush of the V8

The standard brush of the V10 Absolute
The standard brush of the V10

The V8 Absolute and V10 Absolute both come with a standard brush and a soft roller.

The soft roller of the Dyson V8 and the Dyson V10 Absolute

You can use the standard brush for all floor types. However, the soft roller of the Dyson V10 does a great job removing coarse dirt on hard floors. It’s an upgrade to the poor performance of the V8 on hard floors that we mentioned earlier.

The Differences in the Power Settings

Dyson added a third ("weaker") cleaning mode to the Dyson V10 Absolute.

The power settings of the Dyson V10 Absolute

You can remove light dirt with the V10 in the first power mode. It’s got a suction power of 14 Air watts (AW), which saves battery. The battery life is approx. 50 minutes in this mode.

However, we used the V10 mostly in the medium power setting in everyday life. The battery runtime is shorter at this level, but it’s got a more powerful suction sufficient for almost all types of dirt.

The medium mode of the V10 is almost the same as the first mode of the V8. Dyson upgraded this mode with another 10 air watts in the V10. It’s not entirely clear whether these 10 AW ensure better cleaning performance. It’s probably the overall package that leads to a significant increase in cleaning performance.

The V10 Absolute shines with 150 AW in turbo mode. That’s an increase of about 30%. That’s an astonishing improvement, especially when you look at the competition (see our other battery vacuum cleaner reviews).

The Suction Power at a Glance

Power Mode V8 Suction Power V8 Power Mode V10 Suction Power V10
X X Level 1 14 AW
Level 1 28 AW Level 2 35 AW
Turbo Mode 115 AW MAX Mode 150 AW

Differences in the Handling

How does a product stand out from the crowd these days?

It’s got to be intuitive and easy to use. Nobody wants to read hours of instruction manuals before they can get started.

When comparing the Dyson V8 vs the Dyson V10 Absolute, you’ll see that Dyson focused on that during development.

The handling is not the same, but it’s still user-friendly.

The Commissioning

As soon as you unpack it, you notice that Dyson has put some thought into it.

Plastic-free packaging ensures sustainability, and that’s why we’re giving it a plus regarding eco-friendliness.

The packaging of Dyson cordless vacuums

After unpacking and charging, you can simply plug in the required attachments, and off you go. It’s pretty self-explanatory!

Soundcheck of the V8 vs V10

We measured a volume of 70 to 80 decibels for both devices. It’s quite tolerable, and you could compare it to the volume of a washing machine.

The volume scale: Comparing the volume of Dyson V8 vs Dyson V10 Absolute

Who lasts longer?

The manufacturer managed to improve battery performance during development. Naturally, the runtime depends on the area of use and the attachment.

The battery lasts between 30 to 40 minutes in the medium level of the V10 or Level 1 of the V8 Absolute. But the V10 brings considerably more power to the table.

The battery performance of Dyson V8 vs V10 Absolute

Suction Level V8 Battery Life in Minutes Suction Level V10 Battery Life in Minutes
X X Level 1 approx. 50 minutes
Level 1 approx. 40 minutes Level 2 approx. 40 minutes
Turbo approx. 7 minutes MAX approx. 9 minutes

The Manoeuvrability of the V8 and V10

Both cordless vacuums are very easy to manoeuvre thanks to the joint on the brushes.

Comparing the joint of the Dyson V8 and Dyson V10 Absolute standard brush.

In our opinion, the motor unit’s rearrangement makes using the device much more comfortable and improves the vacuum’s manoeuvrability. It feels like the weight is better distributed.

Maintenance: Is It a Burden or a Blessing?

The maintenance of Dyson devices is by no means annoying. Maintaining these two devices in questions gives you no troubles. The tasks are user-friendly and consist of three different things you have to do at regular intervals.

  • Emptying and cleaning the dirt container
  • Cleaning the HEPA filter
  • Maintenance of the battery

Emptying the Dirt Container

You can take from our Dyson V8 vs Dyson V10 Absolute comparison that the dust container’s emptying has changed completely. That’s due to the power unit’s new arrangement.

On the V8, the lever is at the top of the engine. You have to pull it upwards so that the dirt container’s lid opens downwards. The dirt ends up in the waste once you get the hang of it.

Comparing the emptying mechanism of the Dyson V8 vs V10 Absolute
Dyson V8 emptying mechanism
Comparing the emptying mechanism of the Dyson V8 vs V10 Absolute
Dyson V10 emptying mechanism

To empty the dirt container of the Dyson V10, you have to push a small lever on the dust container’s bottom side. The lid pops open, and the dirt will fall out. It’s much easier to hit the dustbin with that mechanism.

We think this is a massive advantage of the V10 over the V8. It’s handy for Allergy sufferers, as you can empty the dust container much more precisely into the dustbin.

Extra tip: We still recommend emptying the cordless vacuum cleaner outside so that dust won’t find its way back into the home.

Cleaning the Dirt Container

Dyson has installed a small button for cleaning the dirt container. You can remove the dirt container very easily by pressing the button. Then you can wash out the container.

Removing the dirt container on the Dyson V8
Cleaning the dirt container V8

Removing the dirt container on the Dyson V10
Cleaning the dirt container V10

Cleaning the HEPA filter

The HEPA filter (high efficencie filter) removes the smallest dust particles from the air before it goes back into the room. The filters are long-lasting if you maintain them correctly.

Cleaning the HEPA filter works the same for the V8 and the V10. With the V8, you have to pull it out of the engine area from above. With the V10, it sits on the back.

Removing the Dyson V8 HEPA filter
HEPA filter V8

Removing the HEPA filter of the V10 Absolute
HEPA filter V10

Once you pull out the filter, you can tap it out and wash it from time to time.

Caution: After washing the filter, it has to dry for 24 hours before putting it back in.

The filters have a long service life. You’ll save money and protect the environment at the same time.

The Maintenance of the Battery

You basically won’t have to do anything for maintaining the battery. The manufacturer states that both devices’ battery lasts 10 years, but they don’t give a warranty for that. The good thing is that if it breaks or the performance declines, you can remove it and replace it in a few steps.

Price-Performance and Conclusion

We revealed many advantages of Dyson’s cordless vacuums in this Dyson V8 vs Dyson V10 comparison.

Especially the user-friendliness was extraordinary.

The Dyson V8 is a premium vacuum, and the price is relatively low now.

It works great as a second device or as an addition to a robot hoover. No matter what your flat looks like, you’ll be able to clean it with the V8.

The V8 was on par with the V10 in almost all cleaning tests. It only reached its limits with coarse dirt on hard floors.

The accessories are almost the same. However, the electric brush of the V10 is better than the standard brush of the V8. The newer brush is an all-rounder that can you can use for any floor. The standard brush of the V8, on the other hand, has some difficulties on hard floors.

If your budget allows it and you're prepared to dig a little deeper into your pockets, we'd recommend the Dyson V10.

The V10 is one of the best cordless vacuums we’ve tested so far.

It scores with extremely powerful suction and the best cleaning performance.

They also improved the design of the V10 immensely compared to that of the V8. The emptying function is much more efficient. This is a huge advantage, especially for allergy sufferers.

Joe

I have always been excited about smart home products. User-friendliness is one of the most important criteria for new products for me and my reviews should also be user-friendly. This way, you can find the product that suits you best and I hope that our test reports offer you real added value in this way.

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