I’m going to start things off by telling you that I have a home that is both small and weirdly shaped, which can make vacuuming with a corded model a nightmare – not to mention that I also have a staircase that consists of two parts to contend with.
As a result, my corded and upright vacuum cleaner often ended a session with me yelling and cursing its existence. In the end, I actually bought a cordless Dyson, because as someone who needs something that offers more versatile cleaning I felt this would be the best move.
The Dyson V8 and V10 are the two most powerful ranges in the V series, and it is in this guide that I am going to take the time to compare them in detail for you, allowing you to learn more about each, as well as which is best for you.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Dyson Cordless
If you hate the hassle that comes with changing sockets, or the restrictive nature of a cord, then a cordless vacuum cleaner from Dyson is probably the way to go. They are very compact, folding up nicely to store away in your cupboard, or you can mount them on the wall to charge and store.
Plus, there is no need to look for spare sockets while you clean. Due to the fact that Dyson models convert into handheld vacuum cleaners, they are also really handy for the stairs, furniture, and the interior of your car.
The only thing to watch out for is that if you have a larger home, you are less likely to find a model that is able to allow you enough time to clean the entire house before it runs out of battery and needs to be put on charge. Some also claim that corded models do better on carpet, but this tends to be down to personal experience.
Presenting the Dyson V8 and V10
The Dyson V8 came before the V7 and after the V6, and it has one of the best running times in the V series, as well as excellent suction and a superb range of attachments that come with it. It provides you with enough time to clean your home thoroughly, allowing for carpets and wood floors to receive the treatment they deserve.
Lightweight and with conversion into a handheld model, it has everything you need in one neat package. It’s perfect for homes that need the extra time and improved suction, but it does have a really long charge period, and the turbo mode needs improvement with regards to battery life.
The Dyson V10 is the new kid on the block, and it has so much to offer. To show the world that cordless vacuums are the way forward, the runtime was massively boosted, as was the suction and dust capacity. Working across all floor types, it promises quality and fantastic results at all times, and the charge period is surprisingly short.
It comes with an impressive range of attachments, as well as the ability to transform into a handheld model. Completing the package is the new canister emptying system, and while it is a little heavier than its predecessors, it is worth it. Sadly, the turbo modes lifespan has not been increased by very much though.
Features and Benefits of the Dyson V8 and V10
Power and Design
For the V8 and V10, the stick section of the vacuum cleaner remains unchanged in terms of design, and both sport a copper coloured wand.
The main difference here is the fact that the V8 attaches itself to the bin and motor at the top through a separate section so that the bin can be emptied easily, but with the V10 the wand goes straight into the bin – so it needs to be removed before it is emptied.
This can be a little inconvenient as it takes up additional time and is awkwardly placed. Both the V8 and the V10 have two cleaner heads – the standard brush bar and the soft roller.
While both can be used on all floor types, the brush bar is perfect for reaching right down into the carpets to remove embedded hair and fluff, while the soft roller provides a gentle, but thorough, clean for hard floors. It’s not too rough, and it is also easy to clean afterwards.
There is a distinct power difference between the V8 and the V10, however. The latter of these two models produces 31% more suction than the V8 on the regular power setting, which is quite impressive and really helps with tough areas that are more difficult to clean. The V8 provides you with 115aw, whereas the V10 gives 150aw.
It might not seem like a massive difference, but you will notice some change to the cleanliness of your carpets. As with all models in the V series, you can convert both of these into handheld models, and they are excellent for reaching tricky areas like the stairs, furniture, and car interior.
However, it should be noted that the V10 has a larger canister capacity (which we will look at later), and so it is slightly larger and clunkier in its handheld form. This can make it slightly trickier to reach tight or small areas with.
Both models have strengths and weaknesses in this section, with similar designs and power settings. There is a distinct balance here as the V10 has more suction, but the V8 provides an easier and more compact design. As a result, there can be no clear winner here.
The battery life is really important in cordless vacuums, and after all the criticism that came with the V6, Dyson really worked to improve the battery life of their models. The V8 was the first to really boost this, and it has a total running time of 40 minutes on the regular power setting.
This gives you plenty of time to get your home clean, and is also suitable for medium-size homes to use comfortably. However, the turbo mode only lasts for eight minutes, although this should only be required for really tough areas.
When the V10 was released, Dyson made further improvements by giving it three power settings instead of two. On the regular one, this model has 60 minutes of battery life so that even large homes can benefit from it being used, and it provides an effective clean.
The medium setting provides around 20 minutes, which is great, but the turbo mode is at a disappointing eight minutes of battery life, which is the same as the V8. When comparing the battery life of these two models, the V10 is the winner.
It has an hour of juice to keep you going, as well as three settings so that you can choose the one that suits the situation best. However, it should be noted that the turbo setting has not been improved, and it is the same amount of time for both the V8 and the V10.
Just like the battery life, the charge period is an essential feature. This is because a cordless vacuum should be ready for you to use every day, or even a few times a day if needed. It may not be an issue with the corded models, but you also don’t get cables in the way with cordless machines.
The V8 has a larger battery than its predecessors, and this means that the runtime is quite long, but it also negatively impacts the charge period. It can take up to five hours to fully charge, and this means that you might be hard-pressed to use it twice in one day. While it is worth the wait for the suction.
It has the longest charge time in the V series and was subject to numerous complaints. It would seem that Dyson listened to their customers when the V10 was released, because while this one has a larger battery for the increased runtime, it only needs 3.5 hours to reach full charge.
This means that it is readily available a couple of times a day, and it is still able to provide you with more than enough time to get your entire home perfectly clean.
There’s no question that the V10 is the winner in this section, simply because it offers a much shorter charge period than the V8 while also being able to provide a longer running time. While the V8 is an excellent model, Dyson made a mistake in terms of charge time.
For those that suffer from asthma and allergies, the filtration system is an integral part of any vacuum cleaner choice. Interestingly, the Dyson V8 and V10 have the same system in place.
They each have a HEPA filter installed, and this is able to trap 99.7% of allergens and dust due to the new and secure filtration system they have in place.
It ensures that all of the air going into the vacuum cleaner is forced through the filter, where the offending particles are trapped, and then clean air is pushed out of the machine afterwards.
In short, there is no winner in this section because they are both equally suitable for asthma and allergies since they use the same system and filters. Whether you go with the V8 or the V10, you are making a good choice.
There is a very small weight difference between the V8 and the V10, and it is as small as 0.07kg. It’s such a small weight difference that you wouldn’t even notice it if you were to pick them both up. The Dyson V8 weights 2.61kg, and the V10 2.68kg, and this is because each model has a larger battery than the V6 and V7 ranges.
This means that both are very light to hold and easy to handle, and while there is a weight difference between them, it is so insignificant that neither model of cordless vacuum wins this round. Both are equally good in terms of weight and handling.
Cordless vacuum cleaners tend to have a smaller weight capacity than corded ones, and this is because they are designed to be lighter and more agile. Plus, the V range from Dyson convert into handhelds, so a large canister would be impractical.
The Dyson V8 has a capacity of 0.54L, and while this does mean that it requires more frequent emptying, it is still a good size. The emptying process is also very easy, and all you need to do is press a button, and it released into the bin.
Generally, dust clumps don’t get stuck on the shroud, but it does happen, and this can be a little fiddly to fix, as well as cause you to get covered in dust. The V10 has a larger capacity of 0.76L, and this means that it does not need to be emptied quite as frequently.
Plus, it uses Dyson’s new emptying system as well. After removing the wand to access it, once you open the bin, the shroud will clean itself so that you don’t have to worry about getting dust on your hands or spreading it.
The V10 does have a better capacity as well as an improved system for cleaning the shroud – saving you time and your hands from getting really dusty. It’s a good choice to go for if you want something larger and more capable, especially if you have a larger home.
Finally, you have the attachments, and these are quite important. Most vacuum cleaners will come with one or two, and the Dyson cordless models always have some - especially since they convert into handheld vacuum cleaners.
The Dyson V8 and the V10 come with the following:
The combination tool has an upholstery tool, and a small brush on it that you can switch between, allowing you to vacuum all of your surfaces, while the crevice tool helps you to reach tight spaces and nooks – both of these are standard tools to have.
Both models of cordless vacuum also have the addition of a dusting brush for delicate surfaces and countertops, as well as a mini motorhead that is able to give specific areas of carpet a really deep and thorough clean.
What makes the Dyson V10 different, however, is the new quick release system for attaching tools to the wand and the handheld section. The tools clip into place, ensuring that they do not come loose from wear, or end up jammed in place from too much force.
It is a better system that provides the tools with a longer lifespan. Both the V8 and the V10 have the same tools, and so there is no winner on that front. However, the V10 does have the new quick release system, and that is something that should be strongly considered when you go to buy.
I searched through the internet to find some positive user reviews for you to look through, and there were loads to choose from. All from real customers, if you read the testimonials below you can see just what other people thought of both the Dyson V8 and V10 cordless vacuum cleaners.
Dyson V8 Testimonials
I have owned this for nearly a week and this is by far the best hoover I have ever owned. I was a little skeptical about the power with a cordless cleaner but I am amazed by how powerful it is.
This hoover is even better than previous corded hoovers I have owned! So easy and lightweight it makes cleaning a pleasure. - Chezza
Expensive,but a good product,would recommend if one can afford it,to purchase extra filters,the maintenance schedule states the filters should be washed every month,the drying period for the filters takes about 24hours,rendering the cleaner redundant for that period of time!! - Graham Maggs
Fantastic design and very efficient with one small drawback .... I find I get a small static shock between my hand holding the handle and the recharging connection which is set into the handle. When in use every two minutes or less there is a sharp unpleasant very, very small sharp shock.
The DYSON helpline are AWARE OF THE PROBLEM and suggest not cleaning deep rugs or carpet on the max setting. I simply put a small bit of insulating tape over the recharging inset connector which solves the problem, I notice someone says they wear kitchen gloves to avoid the shock.
It is an outstanding machine but I am surprised there are not more complaints in the reviews but perhaps I wear too much nylon clothing. - Ian L.
Dyson V10 Testimonials
Great vacuum, very handy for a quick blast around and nipping up and down stairs without lugging a blooming great thing out of the cupboard trailing hose and lead, but why oh why is there no carrying tool for all the useful attachments?? Come on Dyson! One step away from the perfect item.- Michaela Campbell
It's amazingly powerful, I thought the V8 was good and did not see how it could be bettered but Dyson have done it, another leap forward. Mum and I are disabled so cant cope with a mains powered one, we can both use this to clean around the house.
The Dyson V10 will probably beat most corded vacuums. The only downside is the price, if you can afford it it's well worth looking at. - Andrew
Got this recently and it's absolutely great compared with the previous, coded one. Way easier and faster to use (cleaning time is reduced considerably) and it lasts for the whole house. Not sure how it behaves with carpets as I use it on wooden floors. With its parts it's good as you can use it for car as well. - Catalin
We hope that this guide has helped you to learn more about each model, as well as which one will work best for you. Each of them offers an excellent battery life, great attachments, and suction that is practically unheard of in cordless vacuum cleaners.
The two are so close in terms of quality and the things that they are able to offer that it is hard to determine the overall winner. In many ways, the V10 is the triumphant one here, but the V8 also has a lot to offer your cleaning routine.
What did you think of this comparison guide? If you would like to check out the V8, you can click here, and for the V10, just follow this link. Both are great vacuums, and we would love to hear your thoughts on them below.
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