Dyson V8 cordless: video previewSee the new Dyson vacuum cleaner in action

13 May 2016

The new Dyson V8 Absolute cordless vacuum cleaner is claimed to have double the battery life of previous Dyson models, as well as better suction, quieter operation and a snazzy new bin-emptying mechanism that should prevent you getting a face full of dust. 

But it also costs £500 - or £450 if you plump for the V8 Animal, which has fewer accessories. 

Our vacuum cleaner expert, Matthew Knight, has been busy trying it out to bring you his first impressions. He was disappointed to find out that the 40 minute run time only applies when you are using the smaller handheld tools, but did the other new features on this Dyson impress?

Head to the Dyson V8 Absolute review to get our first look verdict.

First look video: Dyson V8 cordless

Watch our video below to see the V8 in action, or visit the Dyson V8 review for the full first look video - and our verdict on whether it's worth spending £500 on.

Dyson V8 features

Dyson says the V8 - like the previous model the V6 - is versatile and lightweight. So it should be ideal for quick cleaning jobs, reaching up high or into awkward spaces and cleaning the car.

If it works well, the new dirt-ejector, which uses a silicone collar to push dust and fluff out of the dust canister, could solve a common cordless vacuum cleaner complaint. We found that you often had to scrape around inside the canister to dislodge dirt properly with previous cordless Dyson models - not ideal for allergy sufferers.

The V8 Absolute comes with a number of different attachments, including a 'fluffy' floorhead with soft roller brush designed for picking up large and small debris from hard floors. We've tested the fluffy floorhead on the earlier V6 cordless range, read our Dyson V6 Fluffy review to find out what we thought.  

Cordless vacuum cleaner reviews

We've tested more than 30 cordless vacuum cleaners, putting each model through a number of tough tests to find out whether they live up to the manufacturer's claims. 

From carpets and hard floors to crevices, cars and stairs, we test how well each vacuum can suck up fine dust, fur and fluff, as well as how easy they are to use. Our tests also reveal whether the claimed battery life is what you'll actually get at home, and whether they will keep their suction power as the battery drains.

See how Dyson models compare to cordless vacuums from Bosch, AEG, Gtech and Hoover in our cordless vacuum cleaner reviews.

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