Dyson launches new V8 cordless vacuumIs this the best cordless Dyson yet?
08 April 2016
The new Dyson V8 is claimed to give up to 40 minutes of run time when cleaning, all while being quieter, lighter and easier to use than before.
However, it will cost you just shy of £500 - making it one of the most expensive vacuum cleaners we've ever seen.
If you aren't ready to drop that much cash on a vacuum cleaner, you can see the best cordless models we've tested - some of which cost under £200 - by heading to our round up of Best Buy cordless vacuum cleaners.
Dyson V8 lasts longer
The Dyson V8 boasts a number of upgrades from previous cordless Dyson models, the key one being that it claims to have twice the battery life. With up to 40 minutes of cleaning time, Dyson says you should be able to clean most of your home in one go. However, this only applies if you are using the smaller handheld crevice and upholstery tools. The mini turbo tool and motorized floor tools only last for around 25 minutes - and much less on max power.
The V8 also has a new bin emptying mechanism, called the 'hygenic dirt ejector'. This uses a rubber collar to push dirt and fluff down through the dust canister when you empty it. This should mean no more faffing around trying to scrape dust out of the canister - and less sneezing for allergy sufferers.
There are two versions available - the V8 Absolute (£499) and the V8 Animal (£449). The only difference is that the V8 Absolute comes with an additional hard floor tool designed for better debris pick-up, something that made its debut on the Dyson V6 Fluffy.
New V8 motor powers the latest cordless Dyson
Behind these new features is some serious hardware. The new V8 digital motor - which Dyson says is the product of 18 months research and 500,000 hours of testing - is smaller and more powerful then the previous V6 motor found in the Dyson V6 Absolute. Dyson says this translates to more powerful suction, meaning it should suck up any dirt in its path.
You should be able to vacuum without terrifying your pets too, as the V8 is claimed to be up to 50% quieter than previous cordless models. Dyson says this has been achieved by redesigning the air flow paths through the vacuum, and adding acoustic felt and foam to reduce sound and vibrations.
First impressions of the Dyson V8
According to Dyson, extensive customer research fed into the process of designing the new V8 range, and on first impressions they do seem to have addressed some key drawbacks of previous cordless Dyson vacuum cleaners.
Our vacuum cleaners expert, Matthew Knight, says:
'There's a lot to like about Dyson's cordless vacuum cleaners, but the maximum battery life of 20 minutes has always been a limitation. It will be interesting to see if the new V8 really can last the distance and, most importantly, whether it will do a good job of cleaning your home.'
We'll be trying out the new Dyson V8 over the coming weeks, so check back soon for our full first look review.
In the meantime, you can see how the full Dyson V6 range compares to rival cordless brands like Bosch, Hoover and Vax if you head over to our cordless vacuum cleaners reviews.