January 6, 2024

The Dyson V10 vs V8 will be the subject of this vacuum comparison study.

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Dyson V10
Dyson V8
Dyson V10 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner: 14 Cyclones, Fade-Free Power, Whole Machine Filtration, Hygienic Bin Emptying, Wall Mounted, Up to 60 Min Runtime, Purple
dyson V8 Animal+ Cord-Free Vacuum, Iron/Sprayed Nickel/Purple (Renewed)
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Dyson V10
Dyson V10 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner: 14 Cyclones, Fade-Free Power, Whole Machine Filtration, Hygienic Bin Emptying, Wall Mounted, Up to 60 Min Runtime, Purple
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Dyson V8
dyson V8 Animal+ Cord-Free Vacuum, Iron/Sprayed Nickel/Purple (Renewed)
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Both these devices are part of Dyson’s V Series line of effective stick vacuums. Is the V10, however, worth the additional cost compared to the V8?

Dyson V10 vs V8 Overview

ElementsDyson V10Dyson V8
Weight5.9 lbs5.8 lbs
Time To Recharge3.5 hrs5.5 hrs
Running Time60 min40 min
Battery2600 mAh2800 mAh

The V10 comes with a better brushroll (Torque Drive vs. Direct Drive), a longer running time (60 min vs. 40 min), and higher suction (145 AW vs. 115 AW). The included accessories are similar.


The size difference between the Dyson V10 vs V8 appears to be insignificant. The V10 is 0.2′′ taller and weighs 0.15 lb more than the V8.

Is there a major difference? For the purposes of this article, we’ll consider it a tie in terms of dimensions.

Dyson V10 Dimensions

  • Weight: 5.9 lbs
  • Length: 9.8″
  • Depth: 10.1″
  • Height: 49.2″

Dyson V8 Dimensions

  • Weight: 5.75 lbs
  • Length: 9.8″
  • Depth: 8.8″
  • Height: 49″

Design Considerations

The Dyson V10 and V8 have similar designs. They’re both around the same size and have similar cleaning patterns, with color indicating special capabilities or features in each model.

Both the Dyson V10 and V8 are designed to operate as powerful stick vacuums or portable handheld devices.

User-friendly accessories feature “quick release” buttons that allow you to switch between different options.

The dust bin and cyclone system are the most noticeable design differences. The cycles on the Dyson V10 have been designed for a better-streamlined appearance, as well as a bigger dust bin.

These minor design changes have a significant effect on the Dyson V10’s overall cleaning efficiency.

Both vacuums have a trigger switch that turns the vacuum on and off. The device will not run if you don’t hold down the switch. This is a useful feature for saving battery life.

Dyson V10 vs V8 Cleaning

All the vacuums were put through vacuum cleaning tests.

These tests are designed to evaluate a vacuum’s ability to clean a variety of debris, from large particles to small ones.

They were conducted on three different types of flooring and multiple forms of debris. Engineered hardwoods, high-pile, and low-pile carpets were included in our tests.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

The Dyson V10 and V8 showed identical results for hardwood floors.

Rice, sugar, and cat litter were all collected by the V10 and V8. However, compared to the V10, the V8 did not perform so well with the cereal. Having said that, we did not have the fluffy head for the V8.

We think that the findings would have been similar if we had used the fluffy head with the V8.

If you have a larger hardwood floor area, you’ll probably want the Absolute model of the V10 or V8. The head with the soft roller of this model makes a difference.

Cleaning Low Pile Carpets

We used the Direct Drive head for the Dyson V8 and the Torque Drive head for the V10.

Both the V10 and the V8 heads performed nearly flawlessly on different debris types that were tested on the carpet with these heads.

Cleaning High Pile Carpets

The performance on the high-pile carpet was outstanding. With the exception of the rice test on V8, all tests for V10 and V8 performed well.

Nonetheless, in terms of overall cleaning efficiency, these vacuums are great performers.

See our complete Dyson V8 review for more testing data on different floors and debris.

Operational Tests

Dyson claims that the V10 has a 60-minute run time while the V8 has a 40-minute run time. Keep in mind that Dyson’s run time figures are based on the lowest setting of power and a non-motorized assembly.

Here’s how each device fared when we tried to test the operation.

Dyson V10 (Torque Drive Head)

  • Eco Mode – 50 min
  • Normal Mode – 27 min
  • Maximum Mode – 6 min

Dyson V8 (Direct Drive Head)

  • Normal Mode – 32 min
  • Maximum Mode – 8 min

RELATED: See how the V10 stacks up against the V11 in our detailed comparison here.

Cleaning Mechanism

For powerful suction, both the Dyson V10 and V8 depend on Dyson’s proprietary cyclone system. Both vacuums have a 15-cyclone cleaning mechanism across 2 tiers, but their appearances are somewhat different.

The dust bin and the cyclones on the V8 are designed in a T-shape, at a 90-degree angle to the cleaning head and extension wand. On the other hand, the dust bin on the V10 is parallel to the extension wand and cyclones, giving it a better-streamlined appearance.

Cleaning Head

The Dyson V8 includes a “Direct-Drive” head. Depending on the model you choose, it can also come with the Fluffy head.

The V8 Animal comes with only the Direct Drive head, while the V8 Absolute has both heads.

Dyson V10 vs V8 Cleaning Heads

The Torque Drive head (mainly for carpets) and the Fluffy head (ideal for hardwood floors) are included with the V10 Absolute. Only the Torque Drive cleaning head is included in the Motorhead and Animal V10 models.

These cleaning heads can be interchanged, and the preferred head conveniently snapped in with the push of a button.

Both the Dyson V10 and V8 can be used as a handheld device or stick model.

In the case of a stick vacuum, the extension wand serves as a connection between the cleaning head and the canister. For a handheld device, the cleaning tools attach right into the canister.

Included Accessories

Up to this point, the Dyson V10 and V8 have been fairly comparable, but how about parts and accessories? Is this the point where both of them start to show differences?

To be honest, we don’t think so. The parts and accessories available for each of these vacuums are very similar

 AccessoriesDyson V10Dyson V8
Torque-Drive BrushrollYesNo
Direct-Drive BrushrollNoYes
Fluffy BrushrollYesYes
Wall MountYesYes
Dusting BrushYesYes
Mini-Motorized ToolYesYes
Crevice ToolYesYes
Combination ToolYesYes

Additional Versions

Bear in mind that the above table only shows parts that come with the Dyson V8 and V10 Absolute models. Only some of the parts are included in other models (for example, Animal and Motorhead).

Everything is included in the Dyson Animal except the fluffy head. The lower-cost model Dyson Motorhead comes with only the most basic accessories.

For the V10 and V8, Dyson provides three separate cleaning heads.

The type of cleaning head used in your vacuum depends on the model you choose.

Cleaning Head

1. Direct Drive Head – This is available only on the Dyson V8. It’s perfect for vacuuming fine debris and carpeted floors. The spinning of the brush agitators helps in the removal of debris and dirt deep from within the carpet fibers.

2. Torque Drive Head – This cleaning head performs the same function as the direct-drive head. It works best on carpeted floors but is also suitable for use on hardwood surfaces.

3. Fluffy Head – This is the cleaning head with a soft roller that is perfect for vacuuming big debris from hardwood floors. This head is compatible with the Fluffy and Absolute versions of the V10 and V8.


Aside from the cleaning heads, the V10 and V8 come with the same accessories:

  • Charger – charges the vacuum by plugging it into the wall socket before cleaning
  • Docking Station – mounts on the wall and lets you hang the Dyson as it charges
  • Extension Wand – for high or hard-to-reach areas, as well as the erect part of the stick vacuum
  • Dusting Brush (mini) – soft bristles to clean and dust furniture, blinds, baseboards, and other surfaces
  • Combination Tool – works as a dusting brush and a solid hose attachment
  • Crevice Tool – comes with an angled tip for use in narrow or difficult-to-reach areas
  • Motorhead Tool (mini) – motorized brushes turn in opposing directions for cleaning pet hair from cushions with less entanglement.

The Dyson V8 and V10 can also hit high corners and hard-to-reach areas.

Dyson V10 vs V8 Operation

The Dyson V10 and V8 are similar in terms of usability.


Both vacuums come almost fully assembled, with a few extra fittings. A few latches need to be released to assemble the vacuum.

After the Dyson V6, these red latches became a Dyson norm in stick vacuums. These buttons allow you to easily add new attachments or reconfigure the stick vacuum with just a push.

RELATED – Curious how the V8 stacks up against the V11? In our Dyson V8 versus V11 vacuum comparison, find out.


These stick models are also easy to set up. Make sure the vacuum is completely charged before starting a cleaning session. You can either use the docking station or the vacuum can be plugged into the wall with the supplied charger.

You’re ready to clean once the wand is snapped into the head of the vacuum.

Regular Use

The V10 and V8 vacuum cleaners share similarities in terms of daily use. It is the same pressure trigger to turn on and off.

These vacuums only work if you are pressing the button, which helps to save battery life.

Clearing The Dust Bin

Clearing the dustbin is one aspect in which both models vary.

For the Dyson V8, there is a latch above the vacuum. When it is pulled, the upper portion of the cyclone moves up. This releases the canister, allowing debris and dirt to fall and collect into the trash bin.

In the case of the V10, a sliding lock is located towards the side of the device. They follow a “point and shoot” mechanism. The canister should be placed on top of the trash bin and slide the lock (point and shoot). The dust canister opens as it slides, and the dirt falls out.

Cost Of Maintenance

The two models have different maintenance costs.

The V10 would need almost no maintenance over the course of a year.

The Dyson V8’s annual maintenance costs are estimated to be about $11.50.

The Dyson V10 and V8 both have a HEPA filter that is washable for reuse. In the case of the V8, the central filter is also washable. They need to be replaced only if they are lost or damaged.

Simply wash them once a month in cold water and air dry them for a day as part of routine maintenance.

The battery is the other major difference. For the V8, it is estimated to last for 3-6 years (it is covered by the warranty during the first two years). Our maintenance costs assume that it will be replaced every four years.

The V10, on the other hand, is a different story. The company states that the V10’s battery is expected to last for 15 years.

Anyhow, chances are that you would upgrade vacuums before the battery dies. Therefore, the replacement costs are almost zero.

PartReplacement Frequency
BatteryV10: 15 YearsV8: 3-6 Years
Central FilterIf Lost/Damaged
HEPA FilterIf Lost/Damaged

Battery Lifespan

The battery in the V10 and V8 is certainly different.

The V10 is powered by a 7-cell NCA battery (nickel-cobalt-aluminum oxide) that lasts for about 60 minutes. The V8, on the other hand, runs on a Li-ion battery with a run time of 40 minutes.

If you use the maximum power setting or motorized parts for one of these vacuums, the run time will be greatly reduced.

BatteryDyson V10Dyson V8
Run time60 min40 min
Charging Time3.5 hrs5 hrs
Capacity2600 mAh2800 mAh

Note: the cleaning mode determines the actual run time.

Noise Level

In terms of noise, the V8 is a bit quieter than the Dyson V10. The noise level measured at 3 feet away came out to be closer to 73 dB for the V8, while the V10 was about 75 dB.

Ability To Maneuver

Since these versions are quite comparable in dimensions, they have similar maneuverability.

Both can fit under couches and the crevice tool can be used for difficult-to-reach areas. The V10 or V8 can be used in a variety of ways thanks to Dyson’s different attachments.

Value For Money

Let’s have a close look at each version for a thorough assessment.

Dyson V8 Benefits

Overall, we think that the V8 offers good value for money. In most cleaning tests, this vacuum was comparable to the V10 in terms of performance.

The designs are similar when it comes to aesthetics and usability. The location of the dustbin is the primary design difference.

The Direct-Drive head comes standard on the V8. It seemed to clean just as good as the Torque Drive head of the V10. The V8 is equipped with similar accessories as the Dyson V10.

Given that the V8 costs much less than the Dyson V10, it provides good value for money. Unless you are looking for the V10’s long run time, the V8 will most likely suffice.

• Warranty: 2 years

• Returns: Depending on the retailer, they can differ

Dyson V10 Benefits

In our opinion, the Dyson V10 is as good as, if not better than the Dyson V8 in terms of value. This is particularly true given how much the price has dropped since it first came out in 2019.

  • Increased suction (145 AW compared to 115 AW)
  • A long-running time (60 minutes compared to 40 minutes)
  • Lower annual maintenance costs ($0 compared to $11.50)
  • A bigger dust bin (0.77 L compared to. 0.54 L)

In some main ways, it is objectively superior to the V8, and it isn’t too expensive.

• Warranty: 2 years

• Returns: Depending on the retailer, they can differ

Dyson V10 vs V8 Specifications

SpecificationsDyson V10Dyson V8
Weight5.9 lbs5.75 lbs
Floor TypeAll (Indoor)All (Indoor)
Dust Bin Capacity          0.77 L0.54 L
Warranty2-Year Limited2-Year Limited
ReturnsDepends On RetailerDepends On Retailer

Run Time

The V10 also features a new, quality battery that provides a run time of about 60 minutes, compared to the V8 with 40 minutes.


The V10 is designed to provide better airflow and suction capacity.

The cleaning head, dust bin, and cyclones have all been set to help the vacuum provide better suction and thus be more effective.


The V10 is powered by a digital motor, which Dyson claims has a suction power 20% higher than the V8.


If you are looking for a long run time than the V7 / V6 but don’t want to spend more on the Dyson V10, the Dyson V8 is a great choice.

When it came to cleaning results, the Dyson V8 was similar to the V10 in most tests.

The V10 is one of Dyson’s powerful vacuum cleaners. The vacuum is portable and lightweight, even though it has strong suction and a big dust bin.

The V8 is a good choice if you are looking for:

  • Different cleaning heads: The Dyson V8 comes with 2 cleaning heads: a direct-drive head and a soft roller head (on the V8 Absolute)
  • Medium run time: For certain users, the Dyson V6’s run time may be insufficient (20 minutes), while the V10’s run time may be excessive (60 minutes). If you want a run time in between, the V8 offers a good balance of value and quality
  • Cheaper price: With the introduction of the V10, older versions such as the Dyson V8 are becoming more affordable. Therefore, buying a version such as the V8 that is a few years old is a smart way to save money

Go with the V10 if you are looking for:

  • The Torque Drive head: The V10 version comes with a Torque Drive head, which is an upgrade to the direct-drive head. The Fluffy head (soft roller) is available for both the V10 and the V8.
  • More suction: The cyclones, motor, and dust bin have all been aligned for a streamlined design and have 20% more suction than the Dyson V8 stick vacuum
  • Long run timeThe V10 has a 20-minute run time advantage over the V8, for a maximum of 60 minutes. This is the run time when using standard power. The run time will be shorter if you use the maximum power mode or motorized tools
  • Bigger dustbin: The Dyson V10’s dustbin is bigger than the V8’s
By Robin M

Robin remains an active participant in the skilled trades community. His hands-on involvement in projects, coupled with a genuine enthusiasm for helping others succeed in their home improvement pursuits, reflects his commitment to empowering readers with the knowledge they need to tackle projects confidently.

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