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We took the new Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Cordless Vacuum and the Dyson V8 Absolute and put them through
a series of tests to see and measure the differences.
Links above for current prices and reviews on both models, and let’s get started.
On the surface, these two vacuums are both extremely well-designed and seem very sturdy.
We have the Absolute version of both vacuums which means that they both came with the soft brush in addition to the standard cleaner head.
The standard cleaner head has been upgraded quite a bit from the v8 to the v10. It’s now called a torque drive cleaner head, and Dyson says it has 25% more brush roll agitation power than the V8’s standard cleaner head.
The new design also has two small adjustable gates on the front which are crucial for picking up larger debris on hard floors. The V8’s standard cleaner head does not have these gates, so we tested if it made a difference.
The V10 with its gates all the way open did great on both low and high power. I originally was a little hard on the V10 until I realized how much these gates affect its hard floor performance. The V8 was unable to pick up any of the larger debris on hard floors without similar gates.
Interestingly, the same head on the V8 had no trouble with larger debris on carpet. In fact, it was just a little bit better than the V10’s torque head as far as large debris on carpet even with the gates on the torque drive wide open.
Both the V8 and V10 had no trouble with large debris on hard floors with the soft
brush. We tested this in low and high power, and though it was better on high power, the low power settings did the job fine.
I was genuinely impressed with the pickup ability on both carpet and hard floors with both units, but it is important to choose the right head or the right setting on the head to get the best results.
So, to sum up this section, the Dyson V10’s torque head is a significant improvement over the V8’s head. I would say that getting the Absolute version with the soft brush is more important with the V8 especially if you have hard floors.
Moving on to airflow and suction results.
Part of the reason Dyson moved to a more inline design with the V10 was so it could generate more airflow, and combined with its new motor, it certainly does.
We tested the airflow at 3 places: the cleaner head, the wand opening, and directly on the base.
Here are all the airflow numbers, and I will explain what they mean.
So, the V10’s airflow didn’t change much no matter where we measured it.
It had the highest airflow at 2027 fpm, measured at the wand.
On medium power, it measured about 1220, and it was 925 fpm on low power.
The V8 was just a hair more powerful than the v10 on low power at 964 fpm. Its highest airflow measurement was 1752.
The interesting thing was that when the v8 was measured at the cleaner head, which is the most common use, the number drops almost 200 fpm to 1555 fpm. Just to be safe, I tested this on two different occasions with the same results.
So, that means that when vacuuming with the cleaner head, there is an airflow increase of 24% from the v8 to the v10.
Another way to test airflow is with the crevice pickup test. We have two crevice sizes and 1/8” and a ¼”. Most vacuums simply cannot pick up the debris in either crevice, and many of the vacuums that can take up to eleven passes to do so.
I didn’t expect them to pick up much on the low power setting, but I was surprised to see that both the v8 and the v10 were able to pick up the debris on at least the 1/8” crevices, but the v10 did so a little easier by doing so with one less pass.
On high power, the v8 was able to pick up all the debris in both crevice sizes in about 3 passes.
The V10 on high power does better than any vacuum I have tested yet of any type, picking up all the debris from both crevice sizes in just one pass.
Even though airflow is what people mostly mean when they talk about suction, we tried to test the actual suction or (inches of water lift), but both units have fairly sensitive auto shutoff features for when the bin gets full or there is clog, and so we couldn’t test water lift.
Moving on to battery life—the battery life on both the v8 and v10 are dramatically different depending on what power mode you’re using and which attachments you have attached.
For the sake of time, we measured the main extremes of each power setting.
For example, on low power with no attachments the V8 went for 42:48 and the V10 went for 61 minutes. On high power with the cleaner head attached, the v8 went for 9 minutes and the V10 for 6:30 seconds which is actually pretty good for that much power.
The V10, which is the only one with a medium power setting, went 26:57 on medium power with the cleaner head attached. So, medium power on the V10 really seems like the best of both worlds—that is, airflow and battery life.
If you are wondering if low power is enough to clean your floors, I would say that it really is. I had my doubts before these tests, but low power is still better than ninety percent of the upright vacuums out there.
Moving on to usability issues—they are both very close to the same weight with the base of the V10 being just three ounces heavier. Both of these units are much better than any cordless I have used in terms of weight and comfort.
They perform pretty much identically in terms of handling and smoothness. The extra airflow can really be felt on carpet with the v10 on high power but not enough to really matter.
The dirt bin is about 8 ounces or 1 cup bigger on the v10 than on the v8, which is pretty significant. The v10 also has a new way of emptying the bin where you can point the barrel inside the trash can to reduce mess. I didn’t really find this all that helpful. I find that the older style v8 bin emptying is just as good.
The v10 is quieter on low power (decibels: low 82.1, med 85.2, high 94.9), but the v8 is quieter on high power (decibels: low 74.8, high 85.4). But, there were no extremes in either case as far as the noise level.
So, before I conclude with a video compilation of some of the pick-up tests we did, I will say that the V10 is certainly an upgrade from the V8 with a better cleaner head, more power, longer battery life on low power, an added medium power setting, and a much bigger bin without sacrificing weight or maneuverability. It makes it our pick for the best cordless vacuum of 2018.
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