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Why the Dyson V8 cordless vacuum is a big deal


Update: Dyson V8 released

It’s here! You can now get your hands on one of the brand spanking new Dyson V8 vacuums. We’ll be writing a review soon. In a couple words:  It’s amazing. Best vacuum I have ever used. If you’re interested check it out here. If you compare the Dyson V8 vs V6 it is really no comparison. You’re getting:  better battery, better dirt drum and just an overall better vacuum design.

If you want some extra info on the Dyson V8, we have done up a full Dyson V8 Absolute review as well.

Today Dyson finally unveiled the follow-up to their wildly popular cordless line of vacuum cleaners. And it addressed pretty much everything people had an issue with in previous models.  While the Dyson V6 Absolute and the lower end versions of it offered an amazing vacuum, especially for people living in smaller living spaces, there were two main gripes about it. Let’s go into what they have fixed on the new model and whether it is worth it to upgrade to the new Dyson V8 when it arrives in stores this year.

There are two main models being released the Dyson V8 Absolute and the Dyson V8 Animal. The Dyson V8 Animalvs Absolute is really just the difference between getting an extra high end motorized cleaning head on the Absolute which is really good on hardwood floors. Also, the Absolute has an orange metal bar vs the more subdued silver on the Animal. Otherwise they are identical.

Battery life has been extended

This is the part that I am most excited about. The previous V6 models boasted about 20 minutes of running time, which would quickly turn into more like 10-15 minutes if you were using more suction power using the turbo mode. For many this just wasn’t enough for a vacuum cleaner that cost over $500. While 20 minutes is probably enough for many situations, it is just shy of enough run time to actually clean a normal sized single family home in one shot. The Dyson V8 Animal and the upgraded V8 Absolute both offer a whopping 40 minutes of battery life thanks to their new lithium ion design. Now this is what I’m talking about!  I can actually see myself using this cordless vacuum now that it is above the 30 minute threshold.  The nice thing is that the model hasn’t gained any extra weight due to this added battery juice. This is Dyson’s engineering magic at play and I am super excited about it.

Now onto the next issue that was solved…

It’s easier to empty the dirt drum

On previous Dyson cordless vacuums it was often a bit of a dirty ordeal to empty the dirt drum. One would often have to use their fingers to actually pull the dirt out of the drum into a garbage bin. Now the new dirt emptying mechanism literally pushes out the whole vacuum piece in order to literally push out any stubborn dust or hair in the unit.  This is a welcome change that will keep customers happy and just a little bit cleaner at the end of the day.

Conclusion: This is the cordless vac you want!

These two redesigns are more than enough to warrant someone on the fence to jump into the cordless vacuum game. Mind you the price is a bit steep at about $600 in the United States (when it launches near the end of summer 2016). But it seems that the technology behind cordless vacuums is finally maturing. The suction power has been there for a few years now, thanks to the great work of Dyson’s engineering team. What lagged behind was less than stellar battery life. And it looks like this has been solved! The V8 Absolute will also debut a new motor head for the vacuum that will work better on longer carpets. Stay tuned for a full review in the coming months.  Until then, you can always check out the current V6 Absolute which is still the best cordless vacuum in the world.

Dyson 214730-01 V8 Absolute

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  • Cord-free. Hassle-free. The most powerful suction
  • Up to 40 minutes of powerful suction. Trigger releases instantly. Battery power is only used for cleaning
  • Whole machine HEPA filtration captures allergens and expels cleaner air than the air you breathe
  • Powered by the Dyson digital motor V8, it creates the most powerful cordless vacuum
  • The direct-drive cleaner head drives bristles deeper into the carpet to remove even more dirt. It has 150Percent more brush bar power than the Dyson V6 cord-free vacuum


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