Updated May 25, 2019

Dyson V8 vs. Dyson V10: Can You Get By With The V7 Instead?

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 as good.

I’ll explain how I reached my conclusion by comparing two stick vacuums (Dyson V8 vs. Dyson V10) while evaluating four categories: carpet, hard floors, battery, and design.

dyson v10

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

  • Carpet: The low suction mode isn't sufficient for carpet, but the high suction goes the deepest.
  • Hard Floor: With the Soft Roller attached, you can get by with the low suction mode (45 minutes runtime).
  • Battery: The low suction mode gets 45 minutes, medium 27, and high 7.
  • Design: It looks futuristic and holds 757 ml with a better release compared to V8.

Best for you if...

You want extra runtime on hard floors or to go deep on carpet with the max suction. On carpet, you need at least the medium suction (27 minutes). While on hard floors, the low suction with the Soft Roller (45 minutes) is perfect.

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Dyson V8 Absolute

  • Carpet: The regular suction mode provides plenty of power, and the max is excellent for high-traffic areas.
  • Hard Floor: With the Soft Roller attached, you’ll use the regular suction mode (32 minutes runtime).
  • Battery: The regular suction gets 34 minutes, and the maximum gets 8.
  • Design: The dustbin only holds 530 ml, and the dock isn’t as nice as V10’s.

Best for you if...

You want the best value stick vacuum for any surface type. The V8 and V10 perform the same on hard floors with the Soft Roller. You'll get a better runtime on a carpet with the V8's regular suction compared to the V10's regular suction mode.

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Things To Know

  • You can’t go wrong with any Dyson stick vacuum because they’re the best of the hundreds of stick vacuums on the market (I tested Shark ION F80 too).
  • Dyson has five “V” vacuums and typically releases a new one each year. Dyson V11 is the newest model. Dyson believes in this technology so much they’ve stopped developing corded vacuums.
  • Each “V” model has a variant (Motorhead, Animal, and Absolute). For example, each Dyson V8 has the same motor and base. The only differences between V8 Motorhead, V8 Animal, and V8 Absolute are the attachments and heads. Dyson cordless vacuum variant comparison:
    • Motorhead is the entry-level variant. It comes with the Motorhead head and two accessories: Crevice and Combination tool. It cleans carpet well but is just OK on hard surfaces.
    • Animal is the mid-level variant and typically costs $100 more than Motorhead. It comes with the Torque/Direct Drive Cleaner Head instead of the Motorhead head. It’s slightly better than Motorhead. You’ll get all of the accessories from the Motorhead plus a mini motorized head designed for cleaning stairs.
    • Absolute is the premium variant and the most expensive. It includes all of the accessories and rollers. The Absolute is the only option that includes the Soft Roller Cleaner Head (referred to as the “Fluffy Roller”), which is explicitly engineered for hard surfaces floors. This is essential for people with hardwoods. (Watch my demo video that shows the difference in the rollers while on a hard surface with the same Dyson V7 base.)
  • You’ll be happy with any Dyson stick model if you pick the right variation for your home. The model variation (Motorhead, Animal, and Absolute) is more important than the model (V7, V8, V10).
  • I prefer the control and turn radius of the Dyson stick vacuums compared to others because there’s a wider range of motion and they’re lighter.
  • You have to hold down the trigger to keep the machine powered. This preserves battery life, but it gets tiring.
  • They’re light and great to use as handhelds because of the weight distribution.
  • If you want to learn about other generations, I’ve written two other comparison posts:

Dyson V10


Carpet (A-):

  • 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 I don’t think there’s a noticeable difference.
  • On carpets, the lowest setting isn’t ideal (only 16 Airwatts); you’ll need at least the medium suction (34 Airwatts). The medium suctions gets deeper than the V8’s regular mode, but you’ll get a shorter runtime.
  • The V10’s maximum suction power (151 Airwatts of suction) is noticeably better compared to the V8’s. You’ll only get 7 minutes of battery life, so you’ll only be using it to occasionally go deep in specific areas of your house. It’s so powerful that it can compete with some corded models.

Hard Floor (A+):

  • 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 medium 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?

Battery (B):

  • Dyson batteries have a long life, but they aren’t removable (like Shark). My speculation is that Dyson doesn’t provide replaceable batteries because they’re worried about the motor getting overused in a short period.
  • 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, and the low power has worse suction than the V8.
  • With motorized tools the low suction gets 45 minutes, medium gets 27 minutes, max gets 7 minutes.
  • You’ll need at least medium suction power on carpets and it’s more effective than the V8’s low suction.
  • They have a 3.5 hour recharge time.

Design (A):

  • 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 up pull up), but these dustbins and dust removal mechanisms are all fantastic.
  • The V10 sounds similar to the V8, but the maximum suction is substantially louder than anything the V8 produces. Here are my numbers:
    • Low Suction: 77 Db.
    • Medium Suction: 81 Db.
    • Max Suction: 91 Db.
  • You’ll get a docking station that is nicer than the V8’s. You can easily slide the vacuum in and out.

Dyson V8


Carpet (B):

  • You’ll use the Direct Drive cleaner head on carpets and the regular suction in most situations (22 Airwatts). You’ll get 34 minutes of cleaning time, which is more than the comparable mode on the V10. Unlike, the V10, there are only two suction settings.
  • If you need extra power for high traffic areas, the high suction setting has 115 Airwatts and will go deep.

Hard Floor (A+):

  • 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.
  • As I mentioned before, 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.

Battery (A-):

  • 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 (B):

  • 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.
  • 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 medium suction on the V10. Here are the numbers I observed:
    • Regular Suction: 77 Db.
    • Max Suction: 85 Db.
  • 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.

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