Dyson V8 vs V10: Cordless vacuum comparison

Dyson V8 vs V10

If you’re looking for a new product to turn to when cleaning your home then a Dyson vacuum is one of the best choices you could go for. Their Dyson V cordless stick vacuums are market leaders and have been called “upright vacuum killers” as they are as powerful as corded vacuums but much lighter and easier to move around.

There have been several Dyson stick vacuums released, with the Dyson V11 being the very latest model in the series. It goes without saying that Dyson’s premium reputation is justified through their top tier engineering which results in their high quality and reliable products,

This article will compare the second top Dyson stick vacuum, the V10 against the V8, which is just one ranking below. Looking at the most core features such as suction power and battery life, this Dyson V8 vs V10 comparison will provide all the information you need in order to find the right model for your home.

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Comparison Table

ModelDyson V8Dyson V10
DesignDyson Cyclone V8 Animal realDyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Animal
49.2 x 9.8 x 8.8 49.2 x 9.8 x 10.1
Weight5.75 lbs5.9 lbs
HEPA Filter
Battery Life 40 Minutes60 Minutes
Charge Time5 Hours3.5 Hours
Dustbin Size
Multiple Power Modes
One-Click Bin Emptying
Docking Station
2 Tier Radial Cyclones
AvailabilityCheck PriceCheck Price

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Dyson V8

Dyson Cyclone V8 Absolute

The Dyson V8 is a well-rounded model that is slightly cheaper than the most recent and expensive models in the V series. It has many of the same perks that the V10 has, a super-lightweight design with solid suction.

The V8 digital motor spins up to 110,000 in a minute, which Dyson proudly proclaims is more than a Formula 1 car. This speed generates a maximum of 115 airwatts in the most powerful cleaning mode. There are two power modes; Max and Powerful. The most powerful Max mode is used when in the most difficult cleaning situations such as carpet flooring and with more tangled debris or pet hair.

When using the V8 in Powerful mode, you can expect to get up to 40 minutes of cleaning time. If used in Max mode, the battery will drain quicker as more energy is used. Total recharging of the V8 takes a while, a whole 5 hours.

dyson v8 cleaning

Another useful feature of the V8 is the HEPA filter which captures the smallest particles, down to the size of 0.3 microns. In previous models, the HEPA filter had to be bought separately. There are a few different versions of the V8 which are the Absolute, Animal, Animal+ And Motorhead.

We cover the difference of the two most popular in most detail in our article: Dyson V8 Absolute vs Animal. We explain each version in more detail later on in this article.

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Dyson V10

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

The Dyson V10 is an upgraded version of the V8, mainly due to the increased power of the digital motor as well as the battery runtime. It is still super lightweight as it measures 49.2 x 9.8 x 10.1 inches and weighs just 5.9 lbs. This is almost the exact same as the V8, using either one you wouldn’t notice a difference between them. Another similarity is the HEPA filter which comes as part of the vacuum rather than needing to purchase it separately.

A major upgrade to the Dyson V10 is in the digital motor which spins 125,000 a minute and generates 151 airwatts making it more powerful than the V8. This will mostly affect cleaning on harder to clean surfaces with harder to clean dirt and debris. For example, the Dyson V10 will be slightly better on cleaning carpets, although the V8 will still be almost as good.

dyson v10 digital motor

The Dyson V10 also lasts a lot longer and has a battery life of one hour with a charge time of 3.5 hours. Both the extended battery runtime and shorter charge time are quite attractive perks of going with the V10. The dust bin is also large on the V10, with a size of 0.76 litres which is 40% more than the V8.

There are different versions of the Dyson V10, we compare the main ones, the Absolute vs Animal in another article. As well as these two there is the Motorhead. Here is an overview of what each version is designed to clean:

  • Torque Drive – Designed for all floor types, best on carpets.
  • Fluffy Head – Designed for hard floors.
  • Direct Drive – Designed for carpets.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Motorhead Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
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This section will cover the main differences between the V8 and the V10. Looking at a range of the key features such as suction strength, battery runtime and more, the upgrades of the V10 will be explained in full.

1. Digital Motor and Suction Power

The main and most important difference that directly affects the cleaning performance of each model is that the Dyson V10 has more powerful suction. As the V10 digital motor generates 151 airwatts, it is around 24 percent stronger than the V8 which generates 115 airwatts.

Of course, more suction has a greater ability to bring up dirt, debris, and dust into the vacuum’s dust bin. However, it should also be noted that this maximum strength is only achieved by using Max mode.

The design of the airflow of the Dyson V10 is more efficient as it uses a ‘point and shoot’ which means the motor bin and cyclone are in a straight line. This in combination with the more powerful motor equates to the extra 20% more suction strength over the V8.

dyson v8 vs v10 air flow

Most of the time when cleaning, it is unnecessary to use that much power anyway. In most cleaning situations the V8 will do just fine and match the performance of the V10, especially on hard floors. Occasionally, when the Max Mode is required for a more challenging cleaning task the Dyson V10 will have an edge over the V8. This will most likely happen when cleaning thicker and deeper carpet flooring with more entrenched debris or pet hair.

2. Battery Life & Charging Time

Another very important difference between the V8 and V10 is the battery runtime and charge time of each model. With a battery runtime of 60 minutes and a charge time of 3.5 hours, the V10 is more convenient than the V8 which lasts 40 minutes and charges in 5 hours. However, it also depends on the user’s home and how they intend to clean.

  • Dyson V8 battery: 2,800mAh
  • Dyson V10 battery: 2,600mAh

The Dyson V10 battery has one more cell than the V8 which allows it to run at a high voltage. Using nickel-cobalt-aluminum cathodes doesn’t compromise the weight of the vacuum. Altitude sensors optimize the power to the cleaner head in order to prevent the suction power from fading at any point.

dyson v10 battery

Someone with a small one-bedroom apartment will likely not benefit from an additional 20 minutes of clean time with the Dyson V10. They may in fact, just find 20 minutes would be more than enough. More is not necessary, although it is certainly good to have the option if you want to extend your cleaning to the car for example. Some users also like to do little bits of cleaning here and there rather than the whole home in one go. In those instances, an extended battery isn’t necessarily needed.

Another important factor to note is that the battery runtime quoted is when the vacuum is used in a more conservative cleaning. It is effectively a maximum of what can be achieved when the vacuum is used in an energy-efficient manner. When used in Max power mode each vacuum will only last a fraction of that time. The Dyson V10 typically only lasts for around 6 minutes whilst the V8 is about 8 minutes.

dyson v8 battery

Another important battery feature to consider is the long term life. The V8 batteries last for around 2 years whilst the Dyson V10 will last for an estimated 15 years. This large difference will lead to long term higher maintenance costs as a new battery will have to be purchased.

3. Dust bin Size

The Dyson V10 has a much larger dust bin than the V8, 0.76 litres compared to 0.54 litres. In reality, 0.54 litres is still decent for a cordless stick vacuum. This means that on average theV8 will require slightly more maintenance than the V10 as it will reach capacity more frequently and need to be emptied sooner. Whilst the additional dust bin size is useful it shouldn’t be as determining of a feature as suction power and battery runtime of each vacuum.

4. Versions Available

Each Dyson V series vacuum has multiple versions that it is available in which can be a little confusing. These vary based on what attachments are included, although they have slightly different color schemes as well. The V8 has four versions:

  • Absolute: Comes with Fluffy cleaning head, Direct Drive cleaning head, Mini dusting brush, and Mini motorized brush roll.
  • Animal: Comes with Direct Drive cleaning head and Mini motorized brush roll.
  • Animal+: Comes with Direct Drive cleaning head, Mini dusting brush, and Mini motorized brush roll.
  • Motorhead: Comes with Direct Drive cleaning head.

Dyson V8 versions

The Dyson V10 comes as the Absolute, Animal, and Motorhead which are similar to the V8 versions except the heads are slightly different. This is mostly due to the V10 having a new attachment which is the Torque Drive cleaner head, similar to the Direct Drive but slightly better. Here is a summary of the V10 versions:

  • Absolute: Comes with Fluffy cleaning head, Torque Drive cleaning head, Mini dusting brush, and Mini motorized brush roll.
  • Animal: Comes with Torque Drive cleaning head and Mini motorized brush roll.
  • Motorhead: Comes with Direct Drive cleaning head.

Dyson V10 versions

The main difference to note between all versions is that the Absolute is the most complete and is best on hard floors as it comes with the fluffy cleaning head. This is designed to reduce scratching on these floor types. It is possible to purchase any of the cleaning heads later on, regardless of which version you buy. There are more accessories that come with every model which are covered in the similarities section.

5. One-Click Bin Emptying

A single click of a button on both the V10 and V8 will unlatch the cover of the dust bin so the collected dirt and dust will fall out instantly. This is for easy use and maintenance although users must be careful not to press it at the wrong time and cover their floor in dirt!

Whilst the technology is there in both vacuums there is a subtle difference to how it is done for each model. As explained earlier, the Dyson V10 has a point and shoot design that optimizes the airflow. This also applies when emptying the dust bin, you point the vacuum and dust bin cover and then slide the latch which is on the side of the dust bin. This is shown on the image below:

dyson v10 bin emptying

This is a little more convenient than the Dyson V8 which has the bin cover perpendicular to the direction of the vacuum as shown in the image below.

dyson v8 bin emptying

6. Price

As the V10 is a newer and upgraded version of the V8, it is unsurprisingly more expensive. The extra price is paid to get the perks we have listed, such as the stronger cleaning motor, longer battery life, and larger dust bin size.


In this section, we will compare the main similarities between the Dyson V10 and V8. This includes the dimensions and weight, 2-in-1 design, one-click bin emptying, HEPA filter and accessories.

1. Dimensions & Weight

Having a lightweight build is an important part of cordless stick vacuums as they are intended to be as portable as possible. For easy use around the home, whether it’s for floor or ceiling cleaning or for use in the car, both the Dyson V10 and V8 are designed to be as lightweight as possible.

The V8 and V10 have very similar dimensions and weight which make them very easy for this prupose. The V8 is 49.2 x 9.8 x 8.8 inches and weighs 5.75 lbs whilst the V10 is 49.2 x 9.8 x 10.1inches and 5.9 lbs. Whilst there is a small difference between the two, it isn’t noticeable.

2. 2-in-1 Design

Each of these vacuums rapidly transforms from a stick vacuum into a handheld vacuum. This 2-in-1 design provides greater versatility for home cleaning. A particularly useful application for this is car cleaning, as handheld vacuums are better for getting in between seats and other confined spaces.

dyson v8 2 in 1 design

3. HEPA Filter

The Dyson V8 and V10 have a sealed HEPA filter which captures small particles down to the size of 0.3 microns. These potentially harmful particles are allergens and are essential for any users sensitive to them.

A sealed HEPA filter is better than a nonsealed one as it stops the possibility of these particles escaping through the exhaust.

The filter must be washed once a month to keep it working and unblocked. This requires the user to remove the filter from the vacuum, rinse it and leave it to air dry, ideally overnight.

dyson v10 hepa filter

4. Accessories

In addition to the cleaning heads that come with each version as we mentioned previously, the Dyson V8 and V10 come with a range of standard accessories. Here is a full list of what they are and what they do:

        1. Wand: The main body of the vacuum that makes it a stick vacuum.
        2. Charger: Charges the vacuum’s battery.
        3. Wall Mount: A docking station for the vacuum that can be drilled into the wall.
        4. Combination Tool: Multipurpose stiff nylon bristle tool.
        5. Crevice Tool: Thin and long hose that fits into corners.
        6. Mini-motorized Tool: Targets hair and ground-in dirt in confined places.

5. Noise reduction technology

The Dyson V8 and V10 both use technology to reduce the noise each vacuum produces. Combining both an aerodynamic motor housing and managed airflow with the right materials that absorb vibrations make each vacuum less loud than they need to be. Both models generate a noise level of around 75-80 decibels.

Final Word

The Dyson V10 has some clear upgrades from the V8. Without beating around the bush, the main features you are paying for when upgrading are simply the cleaning power, battery life, and dust bin size. Beyond this, there aren’t many differences and each model has different versions that come with the many different accessories and tools that Dyson provides. The next thing to consider is the price of the vacuum, with the V10 you will have to pay more for these perks.


In this section, we will answer the most commonly asked questions that people have about the Dyson V8, V10 and how the two compare against each other.

Is the Dyson V8 or V10 better?

As the higher model name suggests, the Dyson V10 is a newer and more advanced cordless vacuum cleaner than the V8. Most notably, the motor is the V10 is 20% stronger than the V8 which makes its performance better. The Dyson V10 has an extra 20 minutes of battery which totals 1 hour, which is very useful if cleaning your home normally takes longer than 40 minutes. Finally, the charge time is just 3 and a half hours compared to the 5 hours of the V8.

Is the Dyson V10 worth it over the V8?

If you are comfortable with a slightly higher budget and your cleaning normally takes longer than 40 minutes (the battery runtime of the V8), then the Dyson V10 is definitely worth it.

Are the tools of the Dyson V8 and V10 interchangeable?

Yes, the tools of both the Dyson V8 and V10 will work on the other models should you need to.

Are the Dyson V8 and V10 more expensive than other similar vacuum cleaners?

Yes, Dyson is a premium brand and therefore they charge more for their vacuums. With a Dyson vacuum cleaner, you get the reputation, high performance, and highly reliable vacuum cleaners, along with solid customer support.

What is the difference between the Absolute and Animal models?

The Dyson V8 and V10 Absolute model comes with a soft roller tool designed to improve cleaning on hard floors. So if your home and cleaning focus is mostly on hard floors get the Absolute, if you have more carpets then get the Animal.

What is the battery runtime of the Dyson V8 and V10?

The Dyson V8 will last for around 40 minutes on a full charge of battery and the V10 will do around 60 minutes. Those numbers are for a more conservative powerful. On Max mode, they last 8 and 6 minutes respectively.

How powerful the Dyson V8 and V10?

The Dyson V8 generates 115 airwatts and the V10 is around 20% stronger at 151 airwatts.

Are the Dyson V8 and V10 more powerful than upright vacuum cleaners?

This depends on what upright vacuums you are comparing them too. In general, the V8 and V10 are remarkably powerful given their size and cordless design. They are in fact powerful than many upright vacuums, especially cheaper and older models.

Which is quieter the Dyson V8 or V10?

The two vacuums produce a very similar level of noise although the V10 is marginally louder. However, listening to both it would be hard to tell the difference.

Which is better on carpet flooring?

The Dyson V10 is better on carpet floors as it has a greater maximum power. Carpet floors require more suction to clean as dirt and debris can get stuck in them. This is espcially true for pet hair which can very easily get tangled in carpet.

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Rupert Pople

Rupert is the founder of this website and a smart home tech enthusiast fascinated by the power of connected devices. Within his Business Management (BSc) degree at the University of Nottingham, he studied the technological impact of the Internet of Things.

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