Dyson V8 Animal vs Dyson V8 Absolute - Models Comparison

Dyson V8 Animal and Dyson V8 Absolute are two convertible, very powerful, cordless vacuum cleaners.

They can be used as lightweight stick vacuums and as powerful handhelds. With the broad range of available cleaning tools and attachments, they are capable of cleaning both floors and elevated surfaces - they are designed to be used as the main vacuum cleaners even in larger homes and apartments.

Published: April 23, 2019.

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Dyson V8 cordless vacuums follow the same design philosophy from previous Dyson V6 and Dyson V7 vacuums and they are basis for newer Dyson V10 and Dyson V11 vacuums.

Dyson Cordless Vacuums Comparison

The following table lists the most important features and specifications of the recent Dyson's cordless vacuums:

Model Dyson V6 Absolute Dyson V7 Absolute Dyson V8 Absolute Dyson V10 Absolute Dyson V11 Torque Drive
Photo dyson v6 absolute  dyson v7 absolute  dyson v8 absolute  dyson v10 absolute  dyson v11 torque drive 
Max. Operating Time 20 minutes 30 minutes 40 minutes 60 minutes 60+ minutes
Max. Power Mode Operating Time 6 minutes 6 minutes 7 minutes 8 minutes 12 minutes
Max. Suction Power 100 Air Watts 100 Air Watts 115 Air Watts 150 Air Watts 185 Air Wats
Post Motor Air Filter Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Dirt Cup 0.11 gal 0.14 gal 0.14 gal 0.2 gal 0.2 gal
Charging Time 3.5 hours 4 hours 5 hours 3.5 hours 4.5 hours
Weight 5.1 pounds 5.3 pounds 5.75 pounds 5.9 pounds 6.68 pounds
Dimensions 9.8 x 47.5 x 8.2 inches 9.8 x 49 x 8.8 inches 9.8 x 49 x 8.8 inches 10.1 x 49.2 x 9.5 inches 10.28 x 50.63 x 9.84 inches

Dyson V8, V7 and V8 are very similar units, while V10 and V11 come with the different air pathways, leading to the improved efficiency.

The most important differences between Dyson's vacuums are:

- Dyson V6: dirt cup capacity is 0.11 gal (0.4 liters), maximum operating time using non-motorized cleaning tool is 20 minutes, maximum operating time using Max suction mode is 6 minutes, and the maximum suction is 100 Air Watts.

- Dyson V7: dirt cup capacity is increased to 0.14 gal (0.5 liters), maximum operating time in the Normal mode is increased to 30 minutes, maximum operating time using Max suction mode (so-called Burst mode) is 6 minutes, and the maximum suction strength is 100 Air Watts.

- Dyson V8: dirt cup capacity is 0.14 gal (0.5 liters), maximum operating time in the Normal mode is increased to 40 minutes, maximum operating time using Max suction mode is 7 minutes, and the maximum suction strength is 115 Air Watts.

- Dyson V10: dirt cup capacity is increased to 0.2 gal (0.76 liters), it features three suction modes with operating time of up to 60 minutes (lowest power), 23 minutes (medium power) and 8 minutes (burst mode), with maximum suction of 150 Air Watts.

- Dyson V11: dirt cup capacity is 0.2 gal (0.76 liters), it features operating time of 60+ minutes (Eco mode) and 12 minutes (Boost mode), with maximum suction of 185 Air Watts. Also, unit features so-called Auto/Medium suction mode.

When it appeared on the market, Dyson V8 set new standards regarding cordless vacuums and Dyson V10 and V11 did the same.

For more about Dyson V11 vacuum, check our Dyson V11 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner - Torque Drive and Animal Models article.

Although today Dyson offers two newer models (V10 and V11), Dyson V8 was and still is a great cordless unit, with true HEPA air filtration. Also, as the new models appear on the market, Dyson V8 vacuums are cheaper and cheaper, which is great.

Nonetheless, they are still rather expensive cordless units, but what you pay is what you get - versatile, powerful cordless vacuums, being able to clean practically all common surfaces found at homes and apartments from the floor to the ceiling.

Dyson V8 Animal vs. Absolute - Features and Specifications

The only real difference among these models is in color and the available cleaner heads.

Dyson V8 Animal comes with grayish wand and Direct Drive cleaner head.

Dyson V8 Absolute comes with yellow-orange wand and two cleaner heads: Direct Drive cleaner head and Soft Roller cleaner head.

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Both units also come with Mini Motorized Tool, Mini Soft Dusting Brush, Combination Tool, Crevice Tool and wall-mounted Docking station.

Physical dimensions of Dyson V8 is 9.8 x 49 x 8.8 inches (~24.9 x 124.5 x 22.4 cm).

Dyson V8 Absolute weight, in the cordless stick configuration with the Soft Roller cleaner head is 5.75 pounds (~2.6 kg).

Dyson V8 Animal weight, in the cordless stick configuration with the Direct Drive cleaner head is 5.63 pounds (~2.55 kg).

Both units are of lightweight design, and thanks to the swivel mechanism found in the cleaner heads, they easily maneuver around floor objects and obstacles. Also, due to the very low profile of the cleaner heads, both units are suitable for cleaning under most beds, sofas, furniture etc.

Dyson V8 vacuums are powered using power fade-free lithium ion batteries, requiring up to 5 hours to fully charge the fully discharged batteries.

However, lithium ion batteries don't feature memory effect and they don't have to be fully discharged prior being charged again - when you are done vacuuming, place your vacuum on the docking/charging station and the battery will be charged automatically.

Also, what is very important for lithium batteries: when the battery is fully charged, the Dyson V8 vacuums can remain indefinitely connected to the charger (docking station) without the fear of overcharging the batteries.

Fully charged battery store enough energy for up to 40 minutes of vacuuming using non-motorized cleaning tools. When the Direct Drive or Soft Roller cleaner heads are used, maximum operating time is decreased down to 20-25 minutes. When the maximum suction (burst mode) is used, operating time is shorter ('just' 7-8 minutes, depending on the cleaning tool attached), but the vacuum generates 115 Air Watts of suction, which is comparable with many corded stick, upright and/or canister vacuums.

dyson hepa filterAir filtration is excellent: Dyson V8 vacuums feature 2 Tier Radial cyclones (for the total of 15 cyclones), which generate strong centrifugal forces and separate dirt and clean air.

Two mechanical air filters (one pre-motor air filter and one post-motor HEPA air filter) remove any remaining dirt particles from the air flow.

Whole machines are designed and manufactured to prevent any leakage of unfiltered air - Dyson V8 Animal and Absolute are true HEPA vacuums, being able to capture 99.97% of 0.3 microns or larger particles, including pollen, pet dander, dust, and other potential allergens.

Air filters are washable, decreasing the maintenance costs. Before assemling them back into the unit, be sure that they are thoroughly dry - never operate these vacuums with wet filters or no filters at all. Such use can damage the units!

Note: Dyson V8 is simple to use and maintain cordless vacuum, but nonetheless, before the very first use/charging, be sure to read the manual thoroughly.

Dirt cup capacity is 0.14 gal which is good for the vacuum cleaner of this size and class, but for the main vacuum cleaner in larger homes and apartments, it could be larger. Dirt cup is transparent, allowing the user to see amount and type of vacuumed dirt. Also, dirt cup can be easily emptied directly into the trash can, using bottom emptying system. Personally, empty the dirt cup after each use.

Dyson V8 Absolute vs V8 Animal - Cleaning Attachments

As said before, the main difference between these two models is the fact that Dyson V8 Absolute comes with Direct Drive cleaner head and Soft Roller cleaner head, while Dyson V8 Animal comes with only Direct Drive cleaner head.

Other cleaning tools and attachments include Mini Motorized Tool, Mini Soft Dusting Brush, Combination Tool, Crevice Tool and wall-mounted Docking station.

Direct Drive cleaner head features stiff nylon bristles that agitate deeply embedded dirt in the carpets and rugs, enabling the strong suction to pull the dirt away into the dirt cup. Direct Drive cleaner head can be used on the non-sensitive bare floors too.

Soft Roller cleaner head features brush bar that is wrapped in soft woven nylon, combined with anti-static carbon fiber filaments. Such combination picks up both large debris and small particles of the bare floors, including sensitive wooden floors.

dyson mini motorized toolMini Motorized Tool feature motorized brushroll that is used for picking up various dirt including pet and human hair, fibers, lint, dust etc. Mini Motorized Tool is used for cleaning car seat, stairs, sofas, upholstery and similar surfaces that tolerate cleaning with such cleaning tool.

Note: Direct Drive, Soft Roller and Mini Motorized Tool are not maintenance free cleaning tools. It is up to the user to periodically remove wrapped pet hair, lint and fibers from the brushrolls.

Mini Soft Dusting Brush is used for dusting sensitive elevated surfaces, especially those surfaces that are too sensitive to be cleaned using Mini Motorized Tool.

dyson combination toolCombination Tool is designed as 2-in-1 cleaning tool, allowing the user to quickly switch between tools as and when required.

Crevice Tool is long and narrow cleaning tool, intended for cleaning narrow and tight areas, like edges, corners, between car seats, cushions, mattresses and similar. Due to the narrow nozzle, tool feature strong suction even when used in Normal suction (lower power) mode.

Note: cleaning attachments can be used with or without cleaning wand, allowing the use to clean hard-to-reach areas and surfaces.

Dyson manufactures other cleaning tools as well, and they can be ordered later, if required. These tools include Quick Release Extension Hose, Stubborn Dirt Brush, Mattress Tool etc.


dyson v8 animal vs absolute mFor Short: Dyson V8 Animal and Dyson V8 Absolute are were and are still great cordless, convertible vacuums. They have versatile cleaning tools, strong suction, excellent air filtration and are easy to use and maintain.

Since the Soft Roller cleaner head does excellent job on the bare floors, this tool justifies the price difference between Absolute and Animal models - if you can, go for Dyson V8 model.

On the other hand, if you don't have much bare floors, Dyson V8 Animal with only Direct Drive cleaner head can do the same job, at cheaper price.

For more reviews and recommendations and most up-to-date offers and prices, check Dyson V8 Animal and Dyson V8 Absolute Amazon links (links open in the new windows).