In this review, we’re looking at the Dyson V8 Absolute and trying to decide if you can really justify spend upwards of £400 on a cordless vacuum cleaner, just because it’s a Dyson and your friends have one. Do they really perform better than a cheaper vacuum cleaner? In the past we have looked at the best handheld vacuum cleaners from across the market and whilst we did like the Dyson, we also like the Black & Decker dust-buster which is a quarter of the price.
The problem with the Black and Decker is the biggest selling point of the Dyson, when the Black & Decker starts to get full of dust, it looses all its suction meaning that you constantly need to empty it, however with the Dyson, it uses a bagless set-up and cyclone technology to to ensure that you never loose suction no matter how full the vacuum is of dust.
The Dyson V8 Absolute Review
Let’s start with looking at the Dyson v8 which is the latest vacuum cleaner from vacuum giants Dyson, and offers a number of effective and interesting features to make vacuuming a simple, easy and enjoyable experience. It’s very lightweight, versatile and mobile, so it can be simply used to clean all surfaces, from floor to ceiling. It weighs only 2kg and has an attractive slim design with blue and yellow colouring.
Despite its mobility and versatility, it offers a very strong and thorough clean, and is fully able to give a great clean to thick and rough carpets. It comes with tough bristles to really get into the core of the dirt, and the special max power mode allows for seven minutes of ultra-strong cleaning if you have anything that requires extra attention.
The Dyson V8 has a bagless collection capacity of 0.54 litres meaning that you won’t be spending the whole time emptying your Dyson into the bin, whilst at forty minutes, the battery life is great and will allow you to clean your home before it’s needs to be re-charged. What’s really great is that the power does not fade over the course of forty minutes in the way that many cordless vacuums can. This is partly thanks to the all new lithium battery that provides more power, but also due to the cyclone technology that creates 15 cyclones within the vacuum to keep the power strong and steady.
This version comes with an additional brush attachment specifically made for an effective clean on any hardwood or laminate floors. This hard floor brush actually gives a decent brush and sweep as you’re vacuuming, which is a nice touch. If you need to get into any nooks and crannies when you clean, this model quickly and simply transitions into its handheld form and included are a mini motorised tool, a combination tool and a crevice tool, which is all the cleaning diversity that you really need… and because it’s so lightweight, this diversity is all really easy to make use of.
There are a couple of small flaws in this, but they are indeed minor. The trigger on the machine is a little stiff, which is of little significance. Another slight flaw is the upright design means that, if you want to bend down to pick something up while you’re cleaning, you have to lay the vacuum down rather than allowing it to stand as you may with a traditional cleaner. Other than that, it’s a fantastic machine and comes massively recommended!
Overall we love the Dyson V8 and it’s ability to pick up fine and small particles whilst removing allergens from the air helping to make your home feel fresh in addition to looking great. In terms of price, this is an expensive model, but it’s worth the outlay if you’re prepared to make the investment. Dyson is the most respected name in vacuum cleaning, and they’ve really taken things up a notch here – this offers a way better clean than most other alternatives, and does so without the need for wires, which is a pretty mean feat.
Your Other Options
If you really cannot the price of the Dyson V8, you do have one other choice, buying the Dyson v6 which is the slightly older model from 2015 which performs nearly as well but comes with one drawback that does annoy me. The battery is fine to provide suction, but does not last very long. This is the key difference between the older and newer models and helps to ensure that you can buy a Dyson and use it to clean your whole home.
In the past this was not possible simply because the battery did not last long enough meaning that it was great as a handheld vacuum to use when you made a spillage or needed to clean your car, but did not allow you clean your whole home.
Would You Buy The Dyson Absolute V8
The honest answer is that actually I would buy the Dyson V8 knowing that i could have the best portable vacuum on the market that can clean my entire home. Personally this is the key part that makes buying a Dyson worth the extra money. I also think that Dyson’s are designed and manufactured very well and will last long in the future. As an example of their longevity, I still have an old Dyson DC25 back from 2007 which whilst was not only the first vacuum cleaner with a HEPA air filtration system but is also still work well and would think that we will be using long into the future.