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Dyson V8 vs V10: Which Is Better?

Edited by Oh So Spotless
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These are two great vacuums, but which one is right for you? 

Dyson makes a lot of amazing vacuum cleaners, but the V8 and V10 are two that catch many customers’ attention. While they are similar in many ways, they differ in other areas.

As faithful Dyson users, we are going to take you through the main features of both the Dyson V8 and the 10. We’ll take you through pros, cons, main specs as well as comparing them in depth against a few main details to help you decide which Dyson vacuum is the best for you.



Dyson V8 Vs V10 Comparison Chart

Product Dyson V8 Dyson V10
Price Check Price Check Price
Best Carpets Hard Floors
Power Source Battery-powered Battery-powered
Best For Carpets, but also works on hard floors Hard floors but it also works on carpets
Battery Life Up to 40 minutes Up to 60 minutes
Weight 5.64 lbs 5.88 lbs
Versatility Cleans up high & also can be converted to handheld It can be converted to a handheld option
Filtration System Whole machine filtration system 14 concentric cyclones for advanced whole machine filtration
Good for Pets Yes Yes
Emptying the Bin Hygienic; no need to touch the bin The design of emptying the bin could be better
Bin Size 0.14 gal. Not specified but 40% bigger than the previous model
Modes Powerful suction & MAX mode Two suction modes
Extra Tools Four included Four included
Dimensions 8.2 x 9.8 x 49″ 9.84 x 10.08 x 49.17″

Product Overviews

What exactly can you expect from each vacuum? Let’s take a look.

Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum

Best Dyson Vacuum for Carpets

Take your carpets from dusty and messy to totally spotless with the Dyson V8 Animal vacuum. It’s never been easier to use, thanks to the cord-free design and incredible suction power.

The V8 Animal provides 40 minutes of run time — enough to vacuum most homes before needing to put it back on charge. It’s a lightweight and versatile vacuum that is easy to maneuver around the home, get into tight corners, and even clean underneath furniture.

Another big advantage to this incredible vacuum is that it’s designed to deep clean homes with pets. If you have a fur baby, you’ll know the hassle that comes with cleaning up after them. This vacuum has a filtration system that cleans up allergens and pet dander thoroughly, leaving behind much cleaner air.

While it’s designed for carpets, it still works on hard floors, too. It just has 150 percent more brush bar power than previous Dyson vacuum models which makes it exceptional to use on carpets.

Pros

  • You don’t need to touch the dirt bin when emptying it.
  • It works on both carpets and hard floors.
  • It works great on furniture, too.
  • Cordless design makes it extremely easy to use and maneuver.
  • It transforms into a handheld vacuum which is perfect for furniture and stairs.
  • Up to 40 minutes of vacuum time between charges.

Cons

  • When used on the maximum suction setting, the battery lasts between 10 and 25 minutes.
  • The handle is not ergonomically designed and is uncomfortable to many users.
  • You may need a new battery every year or so, which isn’t covered by the warranty.

Additional Specs

Power Source Battery-powered
Best For Carpets, but also works on hard floors
Battery Life Up to 40 minutes
Weight 5.64 pounds
Versatility Cleans up high and also can be converted to handheld
Filtration System Whole machine filtration system
Good for Pets Yes
Emptying the Bin Hygienic; no need to touch the bin
Bin Size 0.14 gallons
Modes Powerful suction and MAX mode
Extra Tools Four included
Dimensions 8.2 x 9.8 x 49 inches

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cordless Vacuum

Best Dyson Vacuum for Hard Floors

In our experience, hard floors are more of a pain to vacuum than carpets. It’s hard to get every piece of dust and dirt, and if you don’t, it shows up a lot more visibly. That’s where the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cordless Vacuum comes into play.

This vacuum will spruce up your hard floors in no time. It captures as much dust as possible, so when guests come over, they’ll be well impressed at your clean home.

If you have carpets though, don’t worry, because this works well for both floor types. Watch as it sucks up even the most ground-in and fine dirt and dust on your floors.

We also love that this vacuum quickly converts to a handheld option which is great for tight corners, stairs, and even cleaning your car.

Pros

  • Up to 60 minutes of battery life.
  • It captures fine allergens and bacteria, giving you a cleaner home.
  • It’s very lightweight and easy to maneuver.
  • It’s perfect for cleaning every inch of the home, including furniture and even your car.
  • It works on both hard floors and carpets.
  • 40 percent bigger bin than the previous model.

Cons

  • The battery life lasts 10-15 minutes on the maximum suction setting.
  • It works better on hard floors than it does on carpets.
  • It takes about 24 hours for the filter to dry, leaving your vacuum useless for a day.

Additional Specs

Power Source Battery-powered
Best For Hard floors but it also works on carpets
Battery Life Up to 60 minutes
Weight 5.88 pounds
Versatility It can be converted to a handheld option
Filtration System 14 concentric cyclones for advanced whole machine filtration
Good for Pets Not designed for pet hair, but works pretty well
Emptying the Bin The design of emptying the bin could be better
Bin Size Not specified but 40 percent bigger than the previous model
Modes Two suction modes
Extra Tools Four included
Dimensions 9.84 x 10.08 x 49.17 inches

In-Depth Feature Comparison

Let’s take a look at how the Dyson V8 compares to the V10 in terms of some specific features.

Battery Life

Both vacuums use a battery-powered engine which means you charge it up before using it cordless. However, the battery lives vary on each model.

The Dyson V8 has a maximum battery life of 40 minutes. This is based on using the lowest power setting without any attachments.

When using the motorized tool function, the battery life is around 25 minutes. Most people use the higher suction settings which decreases the battery life. When going all out with high solution power and attachments, the battery may only last around 10 minutes.

The Dyson V10 has a maximum battery life of 60 minutes when using the lowest suction and no attachments. When you use the soft roller cleaner in suction mode one, the battery lasts 40 minutes.

The battery will last 20 minutes when using the torque drive cleaner head in suction mode two. However, the battery can last as little as 10 minutes when using various attachments at a high suction power.

While both vacuums can drop down to 10 minutes of battery life, the V10 has an overall better battery life, spanning up to 60 minutes.

Winner

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cordless Vacuum

Versatility

Of course, you’re going to want to use your vacuum for a variety of different jobs, dirt and in many corners of the home.

The V8 is great because it’s ever so slightly lighter which makes it super easy to maneuver around the home. But it also has the option to clean up very high, meaning you can zap away cobwebs and dust in corners of the ceiling. The balanced weight makes this very easy.

Better yet, it converts to a handheld vacuum! This is ideal for cleaning cars, furniture, and in hard-to-reach places.

The V10 has the option to go completely flat which allows you to zap up dirt and dust that collects underneath furniture. As well as that, it also has the option to convert to a handheld vacuum for cleaning the car, furniture, and stairs.

However, we do love that the V8 allows you to clean in high corners as well.

Winner

Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum

Filtration System

Dyson wins when it comes to all things filtration. Their goal is to make homes a cleaner and healthier place.

The V8 vacuum has a whole machine HEPA filtration system that captures allergens and leaves your air much cleaner than before. So if you live in a home with people who have allergies, then this vacuum can definitely improve the air quality.

However, the V10 goes a bit further with its filtration system. It’s similar, but this is an advanced system with 14 concentric cyclones. The system traps 99.97 percent of particles as small as 0.3 microns giving you clean fresh air in the home.

While both are great, and the V8 will do the job for many families, the V10 is slightly more advanced.

Winner

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cordless Vacuum

Cleaning Pet Hair

For any pet owner, finding a powerful vacuum is a must. We personally use a Dyson in our home, and it’s great for cleaning up pet hair, fluff and dander.

The V8 is specifically designed to clean up pet hair. After all, it has the word “animal” in its name! It uses stiff nylon bristles to capture dirt and hair that’s embedded very deeply. This deep cleans homes with pets and the whole machine filtration system gets rid of the tiniest bits of dirt, hair and dust.

The V10 is not designed for cleaning up pet hair, but that doesn’t mean it won’t do the job.

Many happy customers that found the vacuum’s most powerful settings did an incredible job at cleaning up after their fur babies. However, the more gentle settings didn’t always do the trick and a few customers found that this vacuum didn’t meet their expectations when cleaning up behind their pets.

Winner

Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum

Bin Size

The last feature that we’ll compare is the bin size. If you’re anything like us, emptying the bin is a job you despise and put off for as long as possible.

The V8 vacuum has a 0.14-gallon dirt bin which is spacious enough to a point. You may need to empty it after every couple of uses, but thankfully, it’s a mess-free and hygienic emptying system which takes some of the hassles out of this job.

However, the V10 bin is visibly bigger. The exact size is not specified but it’s 40 percent larger than the previous V10 model which was also 0.14 gallons. Therefore, we can conclude the bin size is probably about 0.20 gallons. This will extend the time between trips to the garbage can to empty the bin.

Winner

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cordless Vacuum


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Dyson V8 Being Discontinued?

The model we have called out in this article is not being discontinued, but it currently is the only V8 model available.

Can I Use a Dyson V8 Animal on Hard Floors?

You sure can! It’s designed for carpets but still works well on hard floors.

How Long Should a Dyson V8 Last?

It has a two-year limited warranty, so it should last at least this long. However, the battery may need to be replaced sooner. The battery will give a flashing red light when it needs to be replaced. This may be sooner than the two-year warranty, and it may not be covered by the warranty as it is considered general wear and tear.

Despite the two-year warranty, we do think that Dyson vacuums should last between seven and 10 years (1). We’ve personally had ours for three years and it works as well as new!

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Does Dyson V8 Scratch Hardwood Floors?

You should be careful with using it on hardwood. As mentioned, it was designed mostly for carpets so there is a small risk it may scratch hardwood floors.

Many customers didn’t have an issue with it, but a few customers reported scratches to their hardwood floors, especially if the floors were very dirty to begin with.

Can I Leave My Dyson V8 on Charge All the Time?

You can store your Dyson V8 on the charging unit. But Dyson recommends that you let the battery run down to completely empty at least once a month which can prolong the life (2).


Dyson V8 Vs V10 Conclusion

To wrap it up, after this in-depth comparison, which vacuum do we think is best for you?

Dyson V8 Verdict

If you have carpets, then we definitely recommend going with the Dyson V8. It is designed to pull out dirt and debris — and even pet hair — from deep within your carpets. However, it also works well on hard floors.

The Dyson V8 also offers almost the exact same performance at almost half the price of the Dyson V10. Yes, the battery life and suction power are slightly compromised, but we think you’re getting more for your money.

Dyson V10 Verdict

For hard floors, we do recommend the Dyson V10. It is designed for hard surfaces and will do an incredible job at giving you dust and debris-free floors.

It has an incredible filtration system that will zap out allergens, bacteria, dirt and dust from your home, leaving you with cleaner air. Last but not least, the vacuum can last up to 60 minutes which is very convenient for big homes.