Dyson V6 vs V8: Differences? Longer Lasting, 20% More Powerful and More.

Struggling to work out ‘exactly’ what the heck is the difference between the Dyson V6 and V8?

Don’t worry, I’ve been in that boat already so hopefully should save you some major leg work here and actually answer “Whether it’s worth going for the V8 or V6?”.

Struggling to work out ‘exactly’ what the heck is the difference between the Dyson V6 and V8?


Don’t worry, I’ve been in that boat already so hopefully should save you some major leg work here and actually answer “Whether it’s worth going for the V8 or V6?”.


Summary of Key Differences


  • Dyson V8 offers performs a better cleaning performance (a given really), offering more suction power with an advanced digital motor as well as the upgraded soft roller cleaner head.


  • The V8 also offers better practical aspects too such as a larger dust bin, a quick ejection feature as well as an improved run time. It also weighs a little less.


For those after a quick & snappy answer: I opted for the Dyson V8 Absolute. And believe it or not, it wasn’t even a tough call.


However, if you are like me and love a breakdown analysis of the fine details - sit back, grab a coffee - because we are going through feature by feature. Yay, vacuum shopping!


First, for those who are new to the “cordless” vacuum cleaning game, pretty much this and robotic vacuums is what the future of cleaning looks like, it’s simply FAR easier to use. Say “Goodbye” restrictive cords, heavy lumpy vacuums and sourcing a socket to plug in and say “Hello” to super lightweight and powerful, and dare I say it, fun vacuum cleaners - with minimal maintenance.


And the Dyson V6 was until recently, the crem de la crem in this market, winning multiple awards for vacuum cleaner of the year and so on. That was until Dyson recently announced its successor - the V8. Now to be frank, on the face of things - there isn’t much difference, and to be fair you are mostly right looks wise. They are pretty much identical, however when you go under the hood and take a closer look, you’ll soon see the already rather brilliant Dyson V6 gets a killer upgrade.


Dyson V6 Absolute

Dyson V8 Absolute

Max Suction Power (AW)



Digital Motor

V6 (325w)

V8 (425w)

Cyclone Technology

Dual Tier (15 Cyclones)

Dual Tier (15 Cyclones)

Cleaner Head

Direct Drive, Hard Floor

Direct Drive, Softer Roller

Dust Bin


Quick Ejection

Run Time

Up to 20 min (standard)

Up to 40 Min (standard)

Charge Time

3.5 hours

5 hours

Docking Station



Bin Capacity (Lt)



2 Year Guarantee



Weight (kg)







All the information represented in this table was sourced from Dyson and through their representatives.


Which Sucks More?

Ok, let’s jump straight to the juicy sucker part:  which is the more powerful vacuum in terms of raw suction power?


Unsurprisingly, it is the V8. This is where one of the major improvements lies. With the new lighter, more efficient and more powerful V8 (completely unique to Dyson) motor running at 425W as opposed to 325W with the V6 - this means the V8 on it’s max power mode can run at 115 air watts compared to the V6’s max at 100 air watts. Just to give a little bit of perspective, the V8 is offering suction power similar to that of some corded cylinder vacuums - in short, pretty darn impressive.

The ‘max setting’ is just activated by the boost mode, which is an easy change dial that although will use the battery juice up a lot faster (lasting just 7 mins on the V8 and 6 mins on the V6 of constant suction), it’s great for tackling the really tough dirt and grime, dug into flooring.


  • Two Tier Cyclone Technology


Both the Dyson V6 and V8 incorporates Dyson’s latest unique cyclone technology that basically allows them to function as a bagless vacuum cleaner.

Cleaner Head Comparison - Soft & Hard Floors

Now although both Absolute models (of the V8 and V6) come with the Direct Drive cleaner heads which offers “150% more brush bar power” than the motorized cleaner head (that comes on the standard, animal and so on) this makes both models great for taking a range of varying sized dirt and debris from soft floors.


  • The V8 comes with the ‘more practical’ soft roller cleaner head.


*pay attention to exactly what tools you get with each model.


However, where they do differ is when it comes to cleaning hard floors. The V6 Absolute offers the standard hard floor cleaner head that is still good for picking up dust and bits of debris but the V8 offers the new soft roller cleaner head, specifically designed for hard flooring removing both ultra fine dust particles as well as large debris in the same run.


Both make for pretty mean cleaning machines, but the V8 definitely edges it, particularly for hard floors with the new roller head.


  • Reworked the Filtration System to produce cleaner air and to be 50% less noisy


They’ve taken a few steps further with the day-to-day aspects too.


For instance reworking the already efficient filtration system - both Dyson vacuums make use of unique Dyson technology, the two tier radial cyclones (as mentioned earlier)  basically allow them to be bagless as well as remove dirt and grime from the airflow created with an extremely powerful centrifugal force. However, with the V8 it’s been reworked to ensure that it captures even more particles (as small as 0.3 microns) and allergens, making the air it expels healthier and cleaner.


But, they’ve also made the airflow and passages tighter to reduce the intensive whining noise of the V6 to a quieter more mellow tone, granted it is by no means silent with the V8 - but the 50% reduction that Dyson claim is pretty significant and a whole lot easier on the ears.


Dyson have seem to have taken a lot of the feedback on board and made a similar change to the Dyson AM05 and AM09 (the bladeless air multipliers) - making the successor 75% quieter.


  • Dirt ejector to remove the bits that get clogged and improved bin size.


Although pretty simple, Dyson have also added a new “ejector” system to removing dirt that’s actually impressively effective. What you would find with the simple release contraption on all the other previous Dyson cordless vacuums (including the V6) is that you would have to end up manually remove cotton hairballs and the like that hasn’t managed to escape into the bin (essentially making it unhygienic). With the V8 however, it is a shutter that actually forces the dirt from the V8’s bin, so everything gets taken care of.


Plus, they’ve addressed another issue that people often point to being a problem with cordless vacuums and that’s the bin capacity and I’ve got to admit it is a pain, having to constantly visit the bin because you’ve filled up the vacuum in no time. Now although significant improvements were made with the V6 upping the volume capacity to 0.4 liters, the V8 makes a step further offering 35% improvement to 0.54 liters - making the trip to the dustbin a little less frequent - made even more important when considering the additional battery life.

Battery Performance

The new V8 motor performance and new massively extended battery life is perhaps the second biggest improvement with this V8. It’s the clear winner in “which lasts longer?”.


  • The V8 doubles the battery life of the V6: 40 minutes to 20 minutes.


*note that the 40 minutes is based on a low suction mode without rotary tools.


For me this ticks off the second problem with cordless vacuum cleaners, they don’t last long enough. Who spends more than 40 minutes vacuuming their house? (The first problem being, they aren’t powerful enough, which we addressed the V8 also ticks this box in the first section).


Granted the V6 is probably more suited to a smaller house, but the V8? It will more than capable of taking care of a mid sized house and have run time to spare. Plus, what’s particularly interesting to take note of is, that the Dyson batteries operate on lithium-ion “fade free” meaning the first minute of suction you get with the cordless vacuums is just as powerful as the last one before it stops running.


By comparison, you will find although other cordless vacuums “last” a long time, the only actual good vacuum usage is the first 10 minutes then the remaining 30 minutes is a diluted half hearted suction power.


Note: the battery life (on both) gets reduced a bit further with use of the powered motorised tool.


  • Docking station & Charging time


Both come with the rather convenient storage docking stations, rather than just being laid out to the floor like with standard upright and cylinder vacuum cleaners - these cordless vacuums have their own special place.


The charging time for the V8 seems to be around the five hours mark whereas the V6 did take slightly less, just under four hours. Of course what is convenient is the free docking station used for charging that comes with both, to neatly store your vacuum away.

Attachments, what comes with what?


This is where most folks get a bit confused. The difference between the Animal Vs Absolute, Fluffy Vs Clean and just outright standard is basically the attachments and tools that you get with each.


The standard model (white) cord free comes with the basics: the docking station, the motorized cleaner head and the combination tool (that’s basically a brush and crevice in one).


Flexi (silver/white) is just the standard version that comes with the addition of a crevice tool, up top tool, flexi crevice tool and stubborn dirt brush (all of which can be purchased separately if needed).


The animal version (purple) comes with the standard basics above as well as a crevice tool, mini motorized tool (great for pet hair) and mini soft dusting brush.


The motorhead (pink) basically features a more powerful cleaner head that manages to apply 75% more brush bar power to the floor than the two models above but only comes with a combination tool and crevice tool.


HEPA (white) comes with the same as the motorhead with regards to accessories, however is integrated with a more efficient filtration system - particularly for those who suffer with allergies and have breathing difficulties.


Fluffy (blue) comes with a range of accessories that also includes a soft roller head, specifically designed for hard floors that acts to not only remove small particles but large debris too.


Total clean (red) comes with all the attachments that Fluffy does but also has the direct drive cleaner head (that of the motorhead).


The Absolute (orange/gold) includes the soft roller cleaner head, the direct drive cleaner head, the mini motorized tool, combination tool, crevice tool and mini soft dusting brush and in all represents the best value for money.


A slight change that I almost forgot to mention is that when it does come to altering accessories, it has a dedicated release clip that’s been relocated to the accessory head (as opposed to being on the actual tube itself and main unit). So now it has become less of a juggling act but the operation is now swifter and far easier to complete with just your free hand.

Dyson V8 Absolute Vs Animal

For example let’s take a look at comparing the Dyson V8 Absolute and Animal to clarify the difference between them (as I’m guessing that will be the most popular comparison) you can see that although they’re different colours (the animal being purple and the Absolute being orange) where they actually differ to each other is when it comes to “what’s in the box”.


The Animal version you obviously get the cordless V8 vacuum itself (quick note: it’s called a V8 for the way the motor is arranged, just like the letter V), a direct drive cleaner head, the rather useful mini motorised tool to directly battle against pet hair (hence the name “animal”) along with a combination tool that doubles up like a brush and nozzle as well as a long rigid crevice tool for those difficult narrow gaps.


On the other hand with the Absolute model, although as said, nothing changes performance wise directly the extra attachments make it a better cleaning machine. You get the soft roller head, making it more effective on carpets, you still get the direct drive cleaner head as well as the rest of the other tools the Animal has including the mini motorised tool.


So essentially what you need to weigh up between these two models is whether difference between the Absolute and V8 Animal is whether the soft roller cleaner head is worth that much to you? In my opinion, the fact it is meant to be far more effective and with a house that’s 90% carpeted floor - in general it makes sense - for those with mainly hard floors, probably not so much.

Which is easier to handle?

They still pretty much operate the same way. Both can be changed to a handheld vacuum cleaner, both are capable of cleaning low and high - they key difference here is that the V8 is slightly lighter than the V6 (2.61 kg compared to 2.7 kg, but as the weight is distributed at the handle, they both feel really rather easy to use). They make for a fantastic option as a lightweight vacuum for the elderly in particular.

That said the dimensions are slightly different too: the V8, 250 x 1244 x 224 mm compared to the V6, 250 x 1268 x 208 mm. In this regard, they are pretty similar.


With the articulating floor tool for the Dyson V8, it really does become really easy to clean with this little vacuum, everything is quick, fast and easy to manoeuvre in between obstacles - really is such a contrast to your traditional heavy handed clunky vacuum cleaner.

The only real negative I’ve got is a little detraction on both the cordless vacuums is the trigger handle is a little harsh, could have been made to be softer as it can grain against your thumb, a touch of rubber a slight indented curve wouldn't go amiss - though this can be said for both models.

Final thoughts


Why I’ve gone for the Dyson V8.


First off, it is a significantly better battery performance on the V8 - offering twice continuous usage more than covers the average sized medium home. Plus, it gives an indicator as to how long you’ve got left before needing to be charged.


The V8 motor is even more powerful than the V6, running at 425w as opposed to 325w with the V6. Down to one of the most remarkable upgrades, the battery. Being able to deliver this higher wattage, for longer, whilst helping to reduce the overall weight is very impressive. Combined with the highly efficient new motor, allowing the max power mode to generate even more suction per watt of power used - 115 airwatts on the V8 (similar to that of corded cylinder vacuums) vs just 100 AW on the V6 (which is in itself incredibly powerful for a cordless).


It also ups it’s game on the practicality side too, being lighter and incorporating the hygienic dirt ejector which is surprisingly useful for such a simple feature. As well as the fact that it’s more effective on both soft flooring and hard flooring (150% more effective).


Plus, it’s a whole lot quieter too, airflow paths have been re-worked to reduce the number of decibels. Please don’t get me wrong the V6 will be more than adequate for most household, but for that little bit extra you get so much more.


It ain’t cheap by any means, but what do you expect - when you are getting one hell of a vacuum cleaner that is surely the very first cordless to sufficiently replace that of a corded (and more).


Going with either vacuum will change your outlook on vacuuming completely if you are still stuck with a corded upright though the V8 is undoubtedly the superior.


P.s. Don’t forget to register your machine.