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We’re back with Dyson, but this time I am here to talk to you about what makes each of the models in the V ranges different from each other. You have probably heard if the Dyson V6, V7, and V8, but how do you tell which one is going to be the best one for you?
It’s not an easy choice, but I am here to take you through my experiences and help you to determine which of these (if any) will be right for your home.
I’m a huge fan of Dyson vacuum cleaners, but not all of these models were able to keep up with what I needed for my home. There are many similarities between the range, but also a number of differences.
So, as you are already here, you might as well take some time to carry on reading and see if any of the models from the Dyson V6, V7, or V8 ranges pique your interest and leave you ready to grab one off the shelves. I might just help you find the perfect vacuum cleaner.
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So, What’s the Difference and What’s the Same?
When it comes to the Dyson V6, V7, and V8 ranges, there are some differences, but there is also a lot that is the same. Before we take a look at the key differences between each of these vacuum cleaner ranges, here are the things that you can expect to remain unchanged, or at least very similar, between each of them:
- Cord-free with easy charging and an included in-wall docking station for storage
- Slim and well-organised docking station. This has easy access to vacuum and attachments
- It only weighs 5lbs, this makes easy cleaning for harder to reach areas like stairs and ceilings
- Advanced brush technology that picks up significantly more debris than most cordless sticks
- Air filtration system (although most models have HEPA filters)
- Simple push-button emptying of canister into the trash (varies with V6 model)
- Easily transforms from stick to handheld to clean cars, desks, the stairs, and more
- Max power of 100-115 air watts (equivalent to some corded uprights)
- 20 to 40-minute battery life depending on the version
Now that you have seen the similarities between the models, let’s take a look at the comparison section below to see what makes each model different.
Comparing the Dyson V6, V7, and V8 Models
Suction and Power
The V7 and V8 models of vacuum cleaner do offer more power than the V6. Essentially, you can categorise them in the following ways in terms of power and suction generated:
- V6 (least power)
- V8 (most power)
Of course, it should be noted that the power produced does not vary massively. The suction is improved in the V7 and V8 models of vacuum cleaner, and my experience confirms this, but the V6 will still do a great job of cleaning your carpets and hard floors.
Battery life is a really important aspect of any cordless vacuum cleaner, and it is an area that the Dyson V6 was criticised for.
The V6 range has a battery life of 20 minutes on regular mode and 6 minutes on turbo - which isn’t really enough to get your entire home clean, and often leaves this as a supplementary vacuum cleaner instead of the sole one.
The Dyson V8 range, on the other hand, has 40 minutes of running time on the normal setting, which is much better for keeping your home nice and clean, and it also means that you can use it as a sole vacuum cleaner in normal size homes.
The only downside is that the turbo still has a short runtime of 8 minutes, but I did find this to be enough for the areas required. Finally, there is the V7 range – and this is the latest creation from Dyson.
It sits nicely between the V6 and V8 in terms of runtime with a total of 30 minutes on the regular setting. This also offers plenty of time to clean your home, but once again the turbo setting is stuck with only 7 minutes of life before it needs to be charged again.
Many cordless vacuum cleaners have intense charging periods that last up to 15 hours before they can be used again – this is not the case with Dyson. Each model has a great charging period, and we will start this section off with the V6.
This model has a total charge time of three hours, which is pretty good and means that it is ready to use all the time. The V8 has a larger battery, and so it does take a little longer to charge.
After 3.5 hours you should be fine to get going again with this one, and it is worth waiting a little longer for the excellent running time as well as the increased power.
Finally, the V7 has solved any issues with long charging periods. It has a larger battery than the V6, as well as a longer running time, but it also has a charging period of 2.5 hours, so it is ready to use again in no time at all. This is an improvement on both the V6 and V8 ranges.
The filter that is installed in the vacuum cleaner is something that needs to be considered, especially if you (or someone you live with) has asthma or allergies. The V6 and V8 ranges both have HEPA filters installed, as well as a secured filtration system.
This means that all the air that goes into the vacuum cleaner has to go through the filter, which traps the allergens, before the clean air is pushed out.
Interestingly the V7 does not have a HEPA filter, and instead contains a very basic filtration system that is not particularly effective for those who have asthma or allergies. I am still not sure why Dyson left this excellent feature out of their latest range.
The V7 and V8 models of vacuum cleaner are slightly heavier than the V6. However, this is hardly noticeable, and it is not something that you are likely to notice unless you have one of each and pick them up at the same time.
They all remain well under 5kg and are very lightweight, just as any other standard cordless vacuum cleaner is.
This is an interesting one, and the only range that is different from the others is the V6. This model had a lot of complaints about the canister and the capacity, but the main issue was with the way the canister had been designed.
When you press the button to eject the debris, not all of it falls out. Instead, a lot of it ends up stuck to the shroud, and you have to physically put your hand in to pull it all out. I really disliked this, as your hands end up covered in vacuum gunk and it is time-consuming.
The V8 was the first to fix this issue, and the Dyson V7 ensured that the new fix stayed in place when it was launched.
The canister is slightly larger than the V6 model, and when you press the release button nothing gets stuck to the shroud and all of the dry debris will just fall out nicely. It’s a much simpler and less time-consuming method.
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Finally, there is the price to look at. If you are trying to set a budget, it is important to know what kind of price range to expect from the V models. Below, you can find a list of each series alongside the highest and lowest prices. Of course, these prices depend on the model you decide to purchase.
- V6: £200-£335
- V8: £294-£399
- V7: £279-£450
Read full Review and Compare Best Online Prices for the V6 Here
What Do the Other Models Mean?
Of course, there are other models of vacuum cleaner in each of the V ranges, but what does it mean and what makes them different from the standard models we have listed above?
These models have been designed specifically to tackle pet hair and the debris they leave behind. As a result, the suction tends to be more powerful in both settings so that even the trickiest clumps can be tidied away efficiently.
There is also a mini motorised brush for removing tough areas where pet hair and grime has collected.
The Motor Head is the standard V7 model, so it comes with less tools than the Total Clean, and it, therefore, offers a little less versatility when you go to clean.
This does, however, mean that it’s a little cheaper than the Total Clean when you go to buy it. It’s the Total Clean without the hard floor attachment.
This model is only found in the V6 range, and the only thing that makes it different is that it comes with the hard floor head – which is also known as the fluffy. It is the most expensive model in the Dyson V6 range, but if you have hard floors, it could be a tool worth investing in.
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Hopefully, this review has helped you to find a vacuum cleaner that is not only right for you, but will also be able to get your home to a level of clean that you can be proud of.
Each of the models in the Dyson V ranges has their own advantages and disadvantages, and some of them are going to work better for you than others.
As an example, if you have allergy or asthma sufferers in your home, you might not want to invest in the Dyson V7 as it does not have a HEPA filter to keep allergens trapped and clear the air. However, both the V6 and V8 ranges have HEPA filters, so these are the more desirable factors.
On the other hand, the V6 range tends the be cheaper, but the V8s are often more powerful and have upgraded technology. One of these vacuum cleaners is right for you, and I know you will find it here.
What did you think of our Dyson V6, V7, and V8 versus guide? Do you agree with our thoughts on the models listed, or are there others that you think are better suited to the task? We love hearing from you, so make sure you leave us a message in the comments below.
Gemma Tyler is a freelance journalist with 15 years of experience writing for consumer publications. She has tested and reviewed a wide range of household items from vacuum cleaners to washing machines and dehumidifiers to steam irons. Her attention to detail and exhaustive testing certainly makes her an expert in her field.