Dyson V8 Cordless Stick Vacuum Review– Total, Animal & Absolute

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Review: Dyson V8 Cordless Stick Vacuum - Total, Animal & Absolute

When it comes to vacuum cleaners, we have all heard of Dyson. They are one of the biggest brands, and as a massive fan of heir vacuum cleaner range, I can safely say that they are some of the best.

They are an innovative company that is always striving to find new and unique ways to improve your cleaning experience and leave your home just the way you want it. The Dyson V8 range is the latest selection of cordless vacuum cleaners that we are taking a look at.

I was incredibly excited to finally get my hands on one so that I could start it up and see how well it cleaned my home. In short, I was quite impressed, but you can find out more about that later.

The price is a little higher than most Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners, but it’s seriously worth spending extra on this exceptional model.

So, now that you are here and already reading, why not stay and have a read of this Dyson V8 Absolute review. Oh, and make sure you check out the other models in the V8 range later on in this article. 

Review Summary


Product Name:

Dyson V8 Absolute

Product Type:

Cordless 2-in-1 vacuum


Around £400


Masters of their craft, Dyson has produced some of the finest vacuum cleaners on the market. The latest on the scene is the V8 Absolute, and it’s not a vacuum cleaner that aims to disappoint. Powerful, lightweight, and ready to go, it’s the vacuum that dreams are made of.

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  • Sound Power Level: 72dB
  • Capacity: 0.6 L
  • Run time: 30 mins (normal) 7 mins (turbo)
  • Charge Time: 2.5 hours
  • Weight (Machine + Kit): 2.5 kg
  • Dimensions: 3.1x0.5x3.1cm
  • Motor Power: 100 W
  • Power: 21.6v

Presenting the Dyson V8 Absolute

The Dyson V8 Absolute is new, powerful, and ready to start cleaning your home in the most effective way possible.

With superb suction that will blow you away and a range of additional features that can only impress you, it covers all floor types and promises to leave your home beautifully clean.

The only issue that this vacuum cleaner has is that the max power setting has a very short battery life that only lasts eight minutes.

This can be quite inconvenient, especially if you have multiple areas that are heavily soiled to clean or pets. It might be worth looking at a mains-powered vacuum cleaner or the Dyson V8 Animal instead if this will be an issue for you. 

Features and Benefits

Power and Design

Dyson V8 Absolute

The Dyson V8 Absolute is a slim powerhouse, and it is able to deliver a fantastic level of power despite its small and compact size. It has a fantastic overall design that is easy to put together and get the hang of.

It even transforms into a handheld model, and you hardly have to do anything to unlock this feature. One of the most useful aspects of this model, it has been made with your entire home in mind.

It has two power settings, normal and turbo, that you can choose between when you go to do the vacuuming. The turbo setting offers more power and suction.

It makes it ideal for tough areas of carpet that need a good clean, while the regular setting is used for general cleaning. I have found that both settings perform superbly while vacuuming, and the turbo setting is more powerful than its V6 counterpart.

The main brush head is still low profile, which means that it can slide nicely under the furniture and grab all of the debris there.

It has also been designed to deal with hard floors and carpets alike, as there is a combination of hard and soft bristles on the brush roll that allows for alternation to ensure that both floor types receive a clean that is even and thorough.

However, you can read more about this later on in the review. When you use this vacuum cleaner on the regular power setting, the running time is a whopping 40 minutes, which is double the time of the most popular model, the V6. 

Expert Tip

The lights that come up when the vacuum cleaner is charging have different meanings, and it is important that you know them all. Take a look at the main section (Power and Design) for a handy list to help you out.

However, they still haven’t managed to make the turbo settings last more than 10 minutes, as the Dyson V8 Absolute only lasts for eight minutes in this mode. However, it’s still longer than the V6.

The longer running time in regular mode also means that it tends to be more suitable for regular sized homes. The charging period for the V8 Absolute is slightly longer than the V6, and it takes 3.5 hours to charge instead of three.

However, this is not much more time, and you do have a larger and more powerful battery to fill up. You can use the wall mount (see Weight and Handling) or the mains plug that is provided.

On the side of the vacuum cleaner, there is a charge indicator to let you know how much battery is left. When you are charging it, there are different coloured lights that can appear, and this is what they mean:

  • Blue light: charging
  • Amber light: not charging due to it being too hot or cold
  • Red light: not charging, call customer support

It also comes with a long extension wand so that you can reach high up areas like the ceiling. Removing this hose turns the vacuum into a handheld model. It is made from aluminium, which make it incredibly lightweight when you are using it to clean your home.

Effectiveness When Cleaning Stairs

Just like the V6 and V7, the Dyson V8 Absolute is an excellent model for cleaning the stairs in a quick and efficient manner.

I find that all of the hair my dog sheds seems to collect on the stairs, and having a vacuum cleaner that turns into a handheld model is exceedingly useful for removing all of that pesky fluff from my stairs. Since the V8 Absolute is pretty good with pet hair, I used it on my stairs first.

The attachment of choice is the mini motorised brush head, and this is the one to use for stairs. The suction is powerful and consistent, and it does a great job of picking everything up.

Plus, the swivel head ensures that it remains easy to handle and that it can reach right into the corner of your stairs. You can even use the other tools and attachments (that we talk about later) to reach every inch. 

Safety Tip

When you wash the filter, make sure that you leave it to dry for at least 24 hours, or until it is completely dry. It could be hazardous to place it back in the machine when damp or wet, and has the potential to harm you or the vacuum as a result.

Weight and Handling

The Dyson V8 Absolute is very lightweight, although it is a little heavier than the ever popular V6. This is due to the fact that the battery is much larger (hence the longer running time we talked about before).

However, this doesn’t mean that it has become incredibly heavy. Instead, it is still very easy to slide around the home, it reaches under furniture, and is simple to handle – even when only using one hand. The storage is also fantastic.

You can either pack it up and store it in a cupboard, or you can make use of the wall mount that comes with the machine. This not only stores the vacuum cleaner and attachments out of the way and on the wall, but it also charges the machine – leaving it ready for you to use at all times. 

Dust Capacity

The dust canister is larger than the Dyson V6 Absolute, but it is still smaller than a conventional vacuum cleaner. Due to the compact size of this model, however, you cannot expect a massive canister without altering the rest of the machine accordingly.

Plus, they fixed the issue that the V6 had with emptying. In the previous model, you could not empty it without getting your hand in the canister to pull the fluff and gunk out. Now, all you need to do is press the release button, and everything will fall out nicely into the bin.

I found it much more pleasant than the previous process. It has a fantastic filtration system, and probably the best one in the V range. The HEPA filter that Dyson prides themselves on using works excellently to trap allergens and ensure that they remain inside the machine.

The Dyson V8 Absolute also has a sealed filtration system, and this ensures that all the air that enters the vacuum cleaner is pushed through the filter first, so nothing is pushed out and back into your living space. 

Cleaning Different Floor Types

The Dyson V8 Absolute works splendidly across a number of different floor types, which is part of what makes it such a brilliant choice of vacuum cleaner. It even works excellently on pet hair, and in a better way than the V6 Absolute.

While the V8 Animal is the best model for coping with pet hair, you will find that the Absolute still does a great job of cleaning it up. When I used it on my carpets, I was really impressed with the great job it did on the regular setting.

A couple of runs, and everything was cleared up, and my carpet was left looking great. Generally speaking, all you will need are a few passes before the carpet is nice and clean. On the maximum setting, it is even more impressive.

You can use this for the tougher areas of your carpet and the ones where there is a larger concentration of debris for you to clear up. The suction is so powerful that the carpet is lifted as you run the vacuum over it, ensuring that nothing is left behind.

With hard floors, you should be very pleased with the results when cleaning finer debris. Things like flour and sugar will be cleared up with no issue, but when you hit the larger stuff, you might come across an issue with snowploughing.

This is where the brush head pushes the debris forward and into a pile instead of sucking it up. However, you can remove the main head and use the metal hose to remove large debris from your floor, it just requires a little more effort.

Did You Know

Previous models of cordless Dyson vacuum cleaner have had an issue with emptying the canister, as it used to be really fiddly and difficult. The Dyson V8 Absolute has this solved, and it is way easier to empty it now.

Read More: Read the Best Dyson cordless Vacuum Cleaner Models 


This vacuum cleaner comes with a fantastic range of tools and attachments that you can use to get your home as clean as possible.

First, you have the crevice tool, and this slides onto the end of the vacuum cleaner easily so that you can clean tight corners as well as the line between the skirting and the end of your flooring. It’s also perfect for use on cobwebs due to the narrow nozzle.

You also have the dusting and upholstery tools. These are actually attached to each other, so the dusting brush can be slid over the nozzle to create a whole new tool.

The upholstery tool can be used in your car and on your furniture to get everything nice and clean, while the dusting brush is ideal for bannisters, delicate areas, and the kitchen floor.

Personally, I love using it on tiled flooring as I find that it is very gentle and also does a great job of removing debris. Finally, there is the mini motorised head, something we talked about more in the stair cleaning section earlier on. 

How Does It Compare?

Here are some other, similar, models of vacuum cleaner for you to consider, just in case you want to look at other options before you commit to the Dyson V8 Absolute.

Dyson V8 Animal

The V8 is exactly what you need if you live in a house with pets, this is the vacuum cleaner that you need. It has been made to battle even the thickest clumps of fluff, so you are sure to end up with a home that is free from pet hair and looking amazing. With handheld conversion so that you can clean the stairs and a range of attachments to make life easier, this model is going to make life easier.

Dyson V8 Total Clean

This vacuum cleaner has been designed to clean like no other, and you will be left shocked and amazed by the results. It has the standard V8 tool selection, but the Total Clean also has two additional floorheads for carpets and hard floors. It’s perfect for a really deep and thorough clean, and while it may be the most expensive in the range, it’s also one of the best.

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To Conclude

Hopefully, this Dyson V8 Absolute review guide has given you a little more information on the ways in which it could benefit both your home and your cleaning routine.

It’s a vacuum cleaner that is both small and mighty, providing powerful suction and excellent results when it is run over multiple floor types. Plus, it doesn’t take up too much space thanks to the wall mount, which is a massive benefit.

The only thing this vacuum cleaner has against it is the fact that the max setting only lasts for eight minutes before it needs to be recharged, and this can be a disappointment for many.

However, the running time for the regular setting is pretty good, and makes it suitable for use in most homes – and could even be used as a sole vacuum in many of them. Generally speaking, it’s a great model that I thoroughly enjoyed using and would gladly have in my home.

If your still not convinced, why not read more cordless vacuum reviews in our roundup here

What did you think of our Dyson V8 Absolute review? 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.