Dyson V8 reviews: How good is the Absolute or Animal?

A vacuum cleaner is an essential household product for anyone wanting to keep their house clean and presentable. Vacuum cleaners have advanced hugely over the years, making what was once a dreaded household chore into an easy, enjoyable task. Vacuums can undoubtedly be expensive; however, considering the lifespan of a vacuum and how often it is used, it’s usually worth paying a little extra for a top quality machine that will last.

Dyson is an international company, selling its products in 65 countries around the world. It is renowned for its quality and innovative designs which have progressed vacuum cleaner technology. When looking for the perfect vacuum cleaner there are so many things to consider. Do you want cordless? How powerful is it? How versatile is it? What floor surfaces will it work on? The list of questions goes on. In this review we are taking a look at a couple of Dyson’s top cordless vacuum cleaners available on the market today.

The Dyson V8 range
Dyson V8 Absolute

Dyson V8 Absolute

The range topping V8 model. Comes complete with soft roller head cleaner head for hard floors, direct drive cleaner head, mini motorised tool, combination tool and rigid crevice tool.

Dyson V8 Animal

Dyson V8 Animal

Cheaper than the V8 Absolute. Same power and compacity but does without soft roller head included on the V8 Abosulute.

The Dyson V8 Absolute

The Dyson V8 range currently has two models, the Absolute and Animal. They are both cordless which gives you the freedom to take it wherever it needs to go without worrying about a long cord trailing behind you. One problem associated with cordless vacuums is how long it will last once it’s charged. The Dyson V8 Absolute has 40 minutes of powerful suction once charged which should be enough time for the average house vacuuming.

Also incorporated into the V8 Absolute is machine filtration, capturing allergens and expelling clean air meaning you don’t need to worry if you or your family has allergy issues. Additionally, Dyson are always trying to improve their technology and it is no different with the V8 models. Absolute boasts a Dyson digital motor V8 and 2 tier radical cyclones, the combination of which ensure your Dyson V8 Absolute will capture even fine dust particles.

Of course, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, however, we all take design into consideration when buying a new item for our home. With a vacuum cleaner, you want something that’s lightweight, easy to use, looks good and will adapt to perform all necessary cleaning functions. With the V8 Absolute model you won’t be disappointed.

At 2.61kg, this cleaner is extremely lightweight and will therefore be easy to manoeuvre, even in high up places you normally cannot reach. The Absolute model will also transform to a handheld model, for cleaning difficult areas or just for a quick spot cleaning, meaning you don’t need to clutter your cupboards with individual devices for all these things; they are all incorporated into one device.

Soft Roller Cleaner Head

Finally, if you choose to purchase the Dyson V8 Absolute, you will receive the direct-drive cleaner head as well as the soft roller cleaner head. The former will delve deep into carpeted areas and with 150% more power than the previous V6 model, it will remove even more hard to reach dirt. With the latter, soft roller head, there’s no longer need for sweeping and mopping your hard floor. The soft roller head will remove dirt and dust from any hard floor. With the combination of these interchangeable cleaning heads, you will never need to buy another cleaning device again.

The Dyson V8 Animal

If you don’t need both cleaner heads, or you prefer to mop your hard floor rather than vacuum, you may want to take a look at the V8 Animal model from Dyson. This model incorporates all the same features and specifications as the Absolute model; whole machine filtration, digital motor V8, 2 tier radical cyclones, 40 minute suction power and transforms into a handheld machine too.

The Animal model is slightly lighter, weighing 2.55kg and only includes the direct-drive cleaner head, therefore this machine would be perfect for anyone with only carpets in their home. With the V8 series there have only been minor complaints so far. As it is a new range, there are not many customer reviews to go by, but one customer did suggest that the V6 series held better suction power. Considering there is only one complaint of this out of all user reviews, it could be considered an isolated situation.

Ultimately, the Dyson V8 is a fantastic new innovative addition to the cordless vacuum market. It boasts high suction power and can be adapted to clean in hard to reach places or on different floor surfaces, making it versatile and a true all-in-one machine.