Updated Aug 18, 2020

Dyson V8 vs. V10: Real World Results (Carpet & Wood Testing)

Cam Secore

After a month of testing, I determined Dyson V8 Absolute is the best cordless stick vacuum for most people, whatever their flooring type, because of its versatility, runtime, and price. Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute has a more powerful max mode, but the runtime to suction ratio isn’t ideal.

Want to learn how I reached this conclusion? Read on to see the detailed breakdown of carpet performance, hard floor performance, and overall design functionality.

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Carpet

  • V10 AbsoluteA-
  • V8 AbsoluteB+

Suction: Dyson V10

Overall impression: The V10’s low suction mode (16 Airwatts) isn’t sufficient for carpets. The regular suction mode (34 Airwatts) is slightly more powerful than the V8’s regular mode (22 Airwatts) and perfect for routine cleaning. The V10’s max suction goes deeper on carpets compared to the V8’s max mode too.

Notes:

  • The V10 has three suction modes: low, regular, and max.
  • The Torque Drive cleaner head is what you’ll use on carpets. Dyson says this is an upgrade over the V8’s Direct Drive head, but there isn’t a noticeable difference between the rollers.
  • On carpets, the V10’s low setting isn’t ideal (only 16 Airwatts); you’ll need at least the regular suction (34 Airwatts). The V10’s regular mode gets deeper than the V8’s regular mode.
  • The V10’s maximum suction power (151 Airwatts of suction) is noticeably better compared to the V8’s. It’s so powerful that it can compete with some corded models.

Suction: Dyson V8

Overall impression: The V8’s regular suction mode is perfect for routine carpet cleaning. While the max suction mode is excellent for high-traffic areas, it doesn’t go as deep as the V10’s max mode.

Notes:

  • The V8 only has two suction settings: regular and max.
  • You’ll use the Direct Drive cleaner head on carpets and the regular suction in most situations (22 Airwatts).
  • If you need extra power for high traffic areas, the high suction setting has 115 Airwatts and will go deep.

Runtime: Dyson V10

Overall impression: You get 27 minutes of runtime with the regular suction mode and the Torque Drive roller attached. In high traffic or spill areas, you can switch to the max mode for 7 minutes of serious suction power.

Notes:

  • Dyson says V10 has a 60-minute runtime with its 2300mAh battery. That runtime number is deceiving because it’s what you’ll get while on low power and without any tools attached. You need motorized tools to do most things.
  • With motorized tools the low suction mode gets 45 minutes, regular gets 27 minutes, max gets 7 minutes.
  • You’ll need at least regular suction power on carpets.
  • Because you only get 7 minutes of battery life, the max mode should be used to occasionally go deep in specific areas of your house, not regular vacuuming.
  • They have a 3.5 hour recharge time.

Runtime: Dyson V8

Overall impression: You get 34 minutes of runtime with the regular suction mode and the Direct Drive roller attached. In high traffic areas, you can switch to the max mode for 8 minutes of huge suction power.

Notes:

  • It has a 2800 mAh battery.
  • With motorized tools, the regular suction gets 34 minutes with 8 minutes in max mode.
  • The battery has a 3.5-hour recharge time.

Hard Floors

  • V10 AbsoluteA+
  • V8 AbsoluteA+

Suction: Dyson V10

Overall impression: The low suction mode is perfect on hard floors with the Soft Roller attached. You can use the all in one Torque Drive roller for carpet and hard floors, but it requires more power than just the low suction setting.

Notes:

  • The V10 Absolute comes with two rollers: Torque Drive and Soft Roller.
  • On hard floors, you can use the Torque Drive head. It does well, but you’ll probably need the regular suction mode.
  • Ideally, the Soft Roller is what you’ll use on hard floors because it’s more efficient and you can keep it on low power mode. There are cool technologies inside the roller. For example, static electricity typically makes it difficult for vacuums to pick up fine materials. The Soft Roller has carbon fiber filaments that counteract the static.
  • If you don’t want to switch rollers when changing surfaces, you can get by with the Torque Drive on everything. But if that’s what you want, you should buy the V10 Animal because it’s the same machine, minus the Soft Roller.
  • My take: If you have mostly hard floors in your house, you need one of the Absolute variants because the Soft Roller is a gamechanger. If you’re spending a premium with the V10 and have wood floors, why not get the best head for it too?

Suction: Dyson V8

Overall impression: The regular suction mode is perfect for hard floors with the Soft Roller attached. With the Soft Roller, you won’t notice a difference in the V8’s suction power compared to the V10’s.

Notes:

  • The V8 Absolute comes with two heads: Direct Drive and Soft Roller.
  • You can use the Direct Drive head on hard floors, but it isn’t as efficient as the Soft Roller.
  • You’ll need the regular suction mode with the Soft Roller. Because of the Soft Roller’s unique ability to pick up fine dust, you won’t notice a difference even when compared to the V10’s higher suction capabilities.
  • If you have mostly hard floors, you need a Dyson Absolute variant. The other V7, V8, V10 variants are sufficient on hard floors (with an all-purpose roller) but not as good as any of the Absolute variants with the Soft Roller.

Runtime: Dyson V10

Overall impression: You get 45 minutes of cleaning time with the low suction mode and the Soft Roller attached. The low mode is the only mode needed on hard floors (with the Soft Roller).

Notes:

  • With motorized tools the low suction gets 45 minutes, regular gets 27 minutes, max gets 7 minutes.
  • The low suction mode is all you’ll need when you have the Soft Roller attached, which will give you 11 more minutes of runtime compared to what the V8 has to offer.
  • The battery has a 3.5 hour recharge time.

Runtime: Dyson V8

Overall impression: You get 34 minutes of cleaning time with the regular suction mode and the Soft Roller attached. You’ll never touch the max mode because the regular mode is the only mode needed on hard floors.

Notes:

  • It has a 2800 mAh battery.
  • With motorized tools, the regular suction gets 34 minutes with 8 minutes in max mode.
  • The only time you’ll need the max mode is if you want to go deep on carpets, but you’ll never need it for hard floors.
  • The battery has a 3.5-hour recharge time and is not replaceable. 

Design

  • V10 AbsoluteA
  • V8 AbsoluteB

Design: Dyson V10

Overall impression: The V10 looks futuristic and has a better docking system. Also, the dustbin holds more debris (757 ml), and it has a push-down debris release that’s more convenient than the V8’s pull up release.

Notes:

  • It looks stunning and futuristic.
  • It weighs about 3.7 pounds, which works great when using it as a handheld.
  • The dustbin holds 757 ml of dry material, making it 43% larger than the V8’s.
  • The V10 has a slightly nicer design where you push down (instead of pull up), but these dustbins and dust removal mechanisms are all fantastic.
  • You’ll get a docking station that is nicer than the V8’s. You can easily slide the vacuum in and out.
  • On the V8 and V10, you have to hold down the trigger to keep the machine powered. This preserves battery life, but it gets tiring on your fingers.
  • The V8 and V10 are light and great to use as handhelds because of the weight distribution.

Noise:

  • The V10 has a similar volume level to the V8, but the maximum suction is substantially louder than anything the V8 produces. Here are my numbers:
    • Low Suction: 77 Db.
    • regular Suction: 81 Db.
    • Max Suction: 91 Db.

Design: Dyson V8

Overall impression: The V8’s dustbin is smaller than the V10’s, making it less ideal for houses with lots of pet hair (it piles up quickly). Secondly, the docking system is more complex, which makes it harder to quickly grab the vacuum. Lastly, the primary suction mode runs slightly quieter than V10’s primary mode.

Notes:

  • It weighs about 3.5 pounds.
  • It holds 530 ml of dry material.
  • You’ll never have to get your hands dirty. You pull the red tab and all the dust comes out, while the debris from the filter is squeegeed off as it slides down.
  • It comes with a charging dock, but it isn’t as easy to remove the vacuum. You need to slide the angle first, then pull out.
  • On the V8 and V10, you have to hold down the trigger to keep the machine powered. This preserves battery life, but it gets tiring on your fingers.
  • The V8 and V10 are light and great to use as handhelds because of the weight distribution.

Noise:

  • The V8 runs a little quieter than the V10 because you’ll be using the low suction in most cases on the V8 and the regular suction on the V10. Here are the numbers I observed:
    • Regular Suction: 77 Db.
    • Max Suction: 85 Db.

The Verdict

dyson v10

Dyson V10 Absolute

9

Get the Dyson V10 Absolute if you want more runtime on hard floors. On carpet, it runs for 27 minutes for performance similar to the V8. On hard floors, it runs for 45 minutes for similar performance to the V8.

dyson v8

Dyson V8 Absolute

9

Get the Dyson V8 Absolute if you want to maximize runtime on carpets. On carpet, it runs for 34 minutes for a similar performance to the V10. On hard floors, it runs for 34 minutes for a similar performance to the V10.

You’ll be happy with any Dyson stick model if you pick the right variation for your home. Keep in mind, the variation (Motorhead, Animal, and Absolute) is more important than the model (V7, V8, V10, V11).

The Motorhead variant includes one roller (Motorhead). It cleans carpet well, but it’s just OK on hard surfaces.

The Animal variant includes one roller (Torque/Direct Drive). It cleans carpet better than the Motorhead, but it’s just OK on hard surfaces. You also get a mini motorized head designed for cleaning stairs.

The Absolute variant includes two rollers (Torque/Direct Drive and Soft Roller). The Soft Roller is explicitly engineered for hard floors, and in my opinion, a must-have for those who with lots of wood floors. (Here’s my video demo that shows the difference in the rollers.)

Each new Dyson V model gets a slight improvement in suction power and battery runtime from the previous model.

Here’s how important the rollers (the variants) are:

If you have lots of hard floors, you’ll probably be happier with the V8 Absolute or the V7 Absolute compared to the V10 Animal and V11 Animal. Plus, you’ll save at least a hundred bucks!

If you want the best of the best, and to go extra deep on carpets, you should look at the Dyson V11 Torque Drive (read my comparison).

 

I’ve been obsessed with gadgets since I was eight years old. I buy each device reviewed with MY money and don’t have insider access. I’m just like you, the everyman.

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