Dyson’s Absolute V8 is the most recent in a long line of cordless vacuums, each one outperforming its predecessor. Cordless vacuums have rocketed in popularity in recent years. Lightweight and easy to use, they have always been well-suited to compact houses or smaller areas that need a ‘little and often’ approach, such as kitchens, hallways or stairs. That is until Dyson launched the V8 in 2016. The game-changer was the increased battery time – up to as much as 40 minutes in a single clean. This made the V8 a genuine contender to take over from the traditional corded vacuum, especially with the added benefits of it being quieter, lighter and easier to use than its clunkier cousin.
But is the V8 really that good? Experts have tried and tested the V8 and the general consensus is that it is pretty amazing. The maximum battery life is 40 minutes without using one of the powered heads. With one of the powered heads (which for most people would be the most popular choice) the battery last somewhere between 25 – 30 minutes, depending on which head is used but less on maximum power. Most agree this is still plenty of time to give a 4 or 5 bedroom house a good clean.
Experts have also been impressed by other features of the V8. The powerful digital motor is the result of extensive research and testing, and has such fearsome suction power that it is often not necessary to switch to maximum mode. There are also several heads and accessories including a large motorised brush head, a fluffy head for cleaning hard floors, a crevice and combination tool and a smaller motorised head for cleaning the stairs and other bits. Those options combined with it weighing just 2.6kg mean that it is possible to clean your house from ceiling to floor. As with other Dysons, the bin is easy to empty.
The only downside is the cost: there’s no denying that the V8 Absolute is one of the more expensive cordless vacuums on the market. However, the old adage that you get what you pay for is generally true for cordless vacuums. And there seems to be no doubt that the V8 showcases the very best of Dyson’s mighty research, engineering, technology and design expertise.
The lowdown: weight: 2.6kg / suction power: 115AW / bin volume: 540ml / battery life: 40 minutes (30/25 minutes with powered head, seven minutes on max) / charge time, 5 hours full charge.
Buy now and save. The Dyson V8 Absolute is currently £379