If you’re confused about the differences between the Dyson V6 and V8, you’re not alone! While these vacuums provide excellent performance, the various options can be confusing. We’ve compared the V8 and V6 in detail below to help you decide which is best for you.
The Bottom Line...
The Dyson V8 is a clear upgrade to the V6. It has a longer battery life, better emptying system, more powerful "Max" mode and larger capacity. Click here to view the price of the V8 Absolute.
If the V8 costs too much, the V6 Absolute is still an excellent choice though - as long as you don't mind the short 20-minute run-time. If you can afford to pay extra for the V8, however, we highly recommend it.
Dyson has been on a vacuum-releasing spree over the last few years. The company never stopped producing high-quality vacuums and other products, but has recently expanded their line with a range of cordless stick vacuums and even a robot vacuum.
One of their biggest successes has been the V6 range. While Dyson has produced cordless models ever since the DC35, the V6 (and more recently the V8) has proven to be an excellent vacuum. The commercial success is even more impressive considering the relatively high price.
If you’re trying to decide which cordless vacuum to buy, however, the quantity of Dyson stick models on the market can be confusing. With seemingly endless names (Animal, Absolute, Fluffy and more) along with the new V8 series, Dyson hasn’t made it easy to quickly compare models.
That’s why we’ve created this page comparing the V6 and V8 series. Keep in mind that this article is mainly comparing the underlying technology, such as motor, battery and design. For accessories and tools included with individual models, check out our guide to the V6 series.
Introduction to the V6 and V8 Series
The V6 series has become a popular choice in the UK due to its powerful suction, range of accessories and lightweight design. Some of the core features include:
- Powerful V6 motor that provides excellent suction compared to other models in this category.
- Maximum power button for when you need to get rid of stubborn dirt.
- Converts between handheld and stick modes for greater versatility.
- 2 tier cyclone technology that maintains suction while filtering small particles.
- A range of floor heads and tools for specific purposes (the tools included vary depending on which model you buy).
That doesn’t mean the V6 is perfect though. One of the biggest complaints is about the short 20 minute run-time. The effective run-time is increased by the trigger system, but this is another controversial feature as many people don’t like holding down the button.
The newer V8 series aims to improve on the previous model’s weaknesses while keeping everything that makes the V6 great. The Dyson V8 isn’t meant to replace the V6 though – at least not yet. Instead, it’s a higher priced option for people who want the ultimate cleaning tool.
How Does the V8 Differ from the V6?
At first glance, the V8 looks similar to the V6. It has the same stick design with detachable handheld, and even the floor heads look the same. There are some big changes under the surface though.
Note: For direct comparisons of specifications we’ve used the Absolute versions of each series.
Specification Comparison Table
Battery Run-Time (Passive Tools)
Battery Run-Time (Motorised Tools)
Cyclonic + Post Motor (Absolute Only)
Cyclonic + Post Motor (All Models)
Dyson realised that one of the biggest drawbacks of the V6 is the 20 minute run-time. Even with the trigger system, buyers complained that this isn't long enough to thoroughly clean a large house – especially as it dropped to 14 minutes when using a motorised floor tool.
While the V6 is powered by a lithium-ion battery, the V8 Absolute has a new Nickel-Cobalt-Aluminium battery. This provides double the run-time with suction that doesn’t fade as the battery gets lower.
Even with the motorised floor tool, the V8 has a run-time of 25 minutes which is still longer than the V6.
Quick Comparison: The V8 has a 40 minute run-time (25 minutes with motorised tool and 7 on max power mode) compared to the 20 minute run-time of the V6 (14 with motorised tool and 6 on max mode).
Dyson has built a brand new V8 motor that they claim makes the V8 the most powerful cordless vacuum on the market.
For comparison, the V6 provided 100AW of suction on max mode. This has been increased to an impressive 115AW on the V8.
The downside is that the suction power of the V8 is slightly lower than the V6 when in normal mode (22AW compared to 28AW). Both vacuums provide excellent cleaning performance though, so this isn’t a major drawback.
Quick Comparison: The V8 has a higher maximum suction power when on boost mode. The V8 has a slightly lower suction power on normal mode, however, which is one of the reasons the battery life is much longer.
Another common complaint about the V6 is that the trigger system can be frustrating. While it certainly increases run-time, people with joint issues may find it difficult to hold down during cleaning.
Despite this, Dyson hasn’t significantly changed the trigger system on the V8. There is also no continuous suction mode (such as found on the Hoover FD22G Freedom), which is a shame.
Quick Comparison: Both the V6 and V8 use the same trigger system.
Bin Emptying System
The V6 series is described as having a hygienic bin that allows you to empty the device without touching dirt or dust.
This was great - at least in theory! The problem is that pressing the button doesn’t always get rid of everything in the bin. This is because dust and dirt often sticks together in clumps.
The V8 has been designed to solve this problem. Instead of using a door and quick release button, the new bin has a surface that physically pushes dust and dirt out. As you pull up the lever, dust in the bin is dislodged before the door opens at the bottom.
Quick Comparison: The V8 has a redesigned bin that scrapes dust and dirt when you press the lever. The V6 relies on gravity alone, which means dirt often gets stuck.
Weight and Convenience
One of the great things about the V6 is its convenience – especially if you buy a model with a variety of tools and accessories. The V8 is just as good in this regard. It features the same handheld mode, a handy docking station and has several models with various tools.
The V8 also has a couple of redesigned features to make it even easier to use. An example is the max power button, which has been moved for more convenient access.
As a bonus, the V8 Absolute weighs around 0.1kg less than the V6. This isn’t a huge difference, but it’s great that the longer battery life and new motor haven’t increased the weight.
Quick Comparison: Both the V6 and V8 are highly versatile and convenient to use. The V8 is slightly lighter and fixes some minor annoyances of the V6.
Floor Heads and Tools
While the V6 has a powerful motor and lightweight design, it really shines because of the innovative floor heads. These include the direct-drive for digging deep into carpets and the soft roller for hard floors. Here’s a quick overview of the various floor heads:
- Motorised cleaner head – this is the basic tool that can be used on both carpets and hard floors. While it has a powered brush bar, it doesn’t agitate carpets as strongly as superior floor heads.
- Direct-drive cleaner head – this is the upgraded version of the motorised tool. It provides much more brush bar power and stiff nylon bristles for digging deep into carpet fibres. It also has softer carbon fibre filaments for hard floors.
- Soft roller cleaner head – this floor head has been designed specifically for hard floors. It has a unique design that makes it effective for getting up large debris (such as cereal) as well as smaller particles.
- Hard floor cleaner head – this is the basic hard floor head that’s only available with the V6 Absolute.
The V8 comes with the same set of cleaner heads, although the ones included with each model may not match those found on the corresponding V6 version. All V8 models use the upgraded heads rather than the basic motorised cleaner head.
The V8 Absolute, for example, includes both the soft roller and direct-drive cleaner heads, which isn’t the case for the V6 Absolute. The V8 Animal also has a powerful direct-drive head, while the corresponding V6 uses the basic motorised head.
All V8 models also come with the mini motorised tool. This is great for getting up pet hair from sofas, stairs and other furniture.
There are fewer models available for the V8 though. At the time of writing this article, there are seven stick V6 models in the UK, including the Standard, Total Clean, Animal, Animal Extra, Absolute and Fluffy. The V8 only has three – Absolute, Total Clean and Animal.
Quick Comparison: The V6 and V8 both have a range of tools and accessories depending on which model you buy. The direct-drive cleaner head is fantastic for carpets, while the soft roller excels on hard floors. All V8 models have the upgraded floor heads, while some of the V6 models come with the basic motorised tool.
The V8 is built with the same two tiers of radial cyclones as the V6. These spin air in a circular pattern, which forces dirt and dust to become separated before air is pumped back into the room.
The V8 also comes with a post motor filter. This is designed to filter particles as small as 0.3 microns in diameter. According to the Dyson website, this extra filter is fitted on all V8 models, while it’s only available on the V6 Absolute.
Quick Comparison: Both the V6 and V8 use a cyclonic system to separate dirt and dust. All V8 models also have a post motor filter that’s capable of removing particles as small as 0.3 microns, but this is only found on the V6 Absolute.
Both the V6 and V8 series are excellent vacuum cleaners. They provide strong suction power that’s suitable for almost any cleaning job – not just quick spot cleans.
In terms of performance, the V8 is clearly the superior vacuum. The longer battery life and improved bin design make it better suited to thorough cleaning. It has a slightly lower suction power on normal mode, but the V8 engine is more powerful on max mode. V8 models also come with Dyson’s best floor heads for more effective carpet and hard floor cleaning.
It’s not just about performance though, as V8 models are more expensive – and the V6 isn’t cheap in the first place!
For this reason, choose the V6 if you want a vacuum for daily cleaning and would prefer a lower price rather than a longer run-time. If you want to use a cordless vacuum for cleaning an entire home, however, then the V8’s 40-minute run-time is the better choice.
Do you have any questions about this Dyson V6 vs. V8 comparison? Or do you own one of these vacuums and want to leave a review? Let us know in the comments.