Keep floors clean effortlessly with this Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner. Its powerful cleaner head removes ground-in dirt from carpets, while its soft-roller cleaner head protects hard floors. The built-in HEPA filter in this Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner removes allergens from your living environment, and the vacuum transforms to a hand-held for spot cleaning.
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Nice Hand Held Vac
Posted by: mikeheel from: NC on
I have to admit it has been sometime since I've tried a new hand-held vacuum. The last one our family had (and we've still continued to use) was a 10-year-old Dirt Devil. It was past time for an upgrade.
And the Dyson V8 Animal Cord-Free Vacuum is certainly an upgrade!
Of course, it is not just a hand-held, although it can be used in that configuration. It is envisioned mostly as a stick-vac. It shines in both uses, although it may be a little heavy for use as a hand-held if that were your only use for it.
It has already won over both my wife and myself.
It does a great job sucking up pet hair. We have two dogs who love nothing more than to shed. The Dyson V8 does wonderful job cleaning up after them. It is particularly excellent as a dust mop on hardwood floors.
Although it may be on the heavy side for a hand-vac at just over 5 pounds, it is still very light as a stick-vac. The fact is cord-free make it very portable and easy to use.
The suction power is impressive for such a little vacuum.
Suggestions for improvement are few, but here they are:
1. Include a swappable battery, so you can keep two fully charged. In our experience, the battery lasts about 45 mins. When it dies, it dies suddenly. It'd be nice to be able to swap in another battery rather than plug it back up and wait.
2. Make the primary beater tool thinner top to bottom. That would make it easier to use under furniture and such. Our old hand-held had a much thinner (but also far less effective) attachment that fit under the furniture better.
All-in-all, though, the Dyson V8 Animal is a clear winner. We use it daily.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Out of this world suction. Sounds futuristic, too.
Posted by: Alan from: San Antonio, TX on
I've never owned a cordless vacuum before, and the previous (corded) vacuums I owned always seem to have lost the potential they had when they were purchased brand new. They were also very hard to upkeep and maintenance wasn't necessarily a breeze. I have been given the opportunity to own one of Dyson's newest vaccums, the v8 Animal cordless. I've always known of Dyson vacuums but never took the plunge on purchasing one since they are quite pricey as stated by other reviewers, but now I see why it's worth the price you pay.
Out of the box you get a variety of tools that let you use this vacuum on practically any surface or object. You get two floor brushes, a smaller one to use in automobiles and rugs, and a larger one to use on carpets and (somewhat) hard-wood floors (Note: Dyson makes another floor brush specifically for hardfloors, available in their Absolute model). You also get a thin tube to vacuum tight spots like floor corners and sofa cushions, and two brushes for cleaning tabletops, keyboards, window blinds, you get the idea. And lastly a long extension tube necessary for vacuuming the floor and with the proper tool, hard-to-reach areas like your ceiling fans.
Setting up the Dyson vacuum was painlessly easy, and installing the wall-mount and charger wasn't as tedious as you'd expect compared to say, wall-mounting a television. As you can see in the photos I provided, the wall-mount goes about 47 inches from the floor to allow the cord to sit evenly near your power outlet. I love the low-profile design and it makes it incredibly easy to switch between tools.
I understand why this model is called a "v8", because the suction on this vacuum is pretty darn good! I love using the max suction feature when I want to give my carpets a good clean-up removing all kinds of dust, allergens, and junk possible every once in awhile. For the vast majority of routine cleaning, however, I found the max suction mode to not be as necessary, and the regular suction mode allows me to keep on going with up to 40 minutes of Dyson's "fade-free" suction promise. When you're done, it takes 3 seconds to fully empty out the dust bin. You simply face the motor towards the garbage can, pull the red lever and watch as a thrust of manually forced air pushes most of the dust straight to the can. By popping down the motor hard enough, you can easily get the rest of the remaining dust out. Then you simply close the bin's door and you can either continue vacuuming or prepare it for charging.
To be clear, I have only owned this vacuum for about a couple weeks and I gave myself enough time to use the vacuum to it's fullest and giving my home and my car a thoroughly deep clean. Dyson has made one of the most tedious chores a fun thing to look forward to. If you can afford to, get this vacuum. I'm certain it will last you (and me) a very, very long time.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Dysons Rep for well made products is well deserved
Posted by: Nate34 from: North Bay Area, Ca. on
The V8 Animal is the perfect tool for animal owners, and works for a variety of other things as well. In the box you get the cordless Vacuum, Direct Drive Cleaner Head, Mini Motorized Tool, Mini Soft Dusting Brush, Crevice Tool, and a Combination Tool. As well as the AC adapter cord for charging the Vacuum and a very convenient docking station you can screw to the wall for easy storage.
The included tools and connectors make this much more than just an animal clean up device. I really like the ability to use it to vacuum out a car without having to worry about where to plug it in. And this is just one of the many different things you can do with all the included connectors and heads. The suctions is very powerful as well. Even after vacuuming my floor with a standard vacuum it still picked up dust, dirt, as well as animal hair that the other vacuum missed. It has 2 power modes to choose from for what your needs are. If you use the lower setting you can get up to 40 minutes of power. You can also use the included extension tool to reach up high, or other hard to reach areas like under couches, etc. And since it is cordless you are not constricted by how long your power cord is, or if there is a power outlet nearby.
And once you are done it has a very easy ejection that makes it very easy to dump out everything you've picked up while cleaning. And when the filter needs cleaning you just pop it out, clean it, and your good to go. This is a great cleaning tool, and makes the not so fun job of cleaning a lot more tolerable. And its all backed up by Dysons 2 year warranty just in case you need to use it. If you are looking for an all in one tool to clean your house with pets, or for other cleaning this is a great choice.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Dyson V8: The Undisputed Handheld Vacuum CHAMPION!
Posted by: gadgetguy11 from: on
REFERENCE FOR EVALUATION:
The Dyson V8 Animal Cord-free Vacuum wields higher suction power than some plug-in upright vacuums: 115AW (Air Watts, the measurement of suction power). I own 4) of the Dyson previous top handheld model, the V6 Absolute (100AW) & 3) Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal+Allergy upright vacuums (180AW). I picked up a V8 Animal to replace one of the older V6 Absolute vacuums (we are a multi-cat household & have a very messy bird).
COMPARING THE V8 ANIMAL TO THE V6:
1- The V8 Animal has a larger 0.14 gallon Dust / Dirt Bin than the 0.11 gallon bin on the V6 - a very welcome improvement!
2- The V8 is much quieter & has a "mellow" sound, compared with the older noisy / "raspy" sounding V6 (the V6 sound didn't bother me until I heard the V8 - WOW!! The sound is reduced approximately 50%).
3- The V8 trigger is a new soft touch design - it is easier & is super smooth - light years ahead of the V6 trigger.
4- The release button on the V8 tools is an amazing soft push with a positive click, now located on the tool end; on V6 & earlier models, the silver release buttons were very stiff & difficult to lock in positively. They were on the vacuum end (opposite of the V8). So tools are NOT interchangeable between the V8 & the V6 or older model.
5- The V8 beater bar is MUCH more powerful than the V6! The nameplate on the pick-up tool specifies a 50 Watt Beater Bar Motor vs. a 20 Watt Beater Bar Motor on the beater bar on the V6!
6- Dumping the bin is radically different on the V8, too. Simply lift the red finger pull on top of the machine & the entire bin raises & the bottom opens up! You never touch the dirt. The older V6 required you to touch the dirt bin. Great sanitary improvement. Dyson calls it a "hygienic dirt ejector".
7- The V8 has 3) blue LED's that indicate battery & charging status, unlike the single LED on the V6.
8- Despite the slightly heavier 5.75 pound weight over the 5 pound V6, both vacuums feel perfectly balanced & comfortable handling at any angle.
9- The V8 includes a greatly improved battery & provides a 40 minute run time. This is a tremendous advantage over the 20 minute runtime of the V6! This longer battery life is even more amazing, considering the even more powerful motor: V8 motor runs at 425 Watts, compared to the V6, which runs at 350 Watts.
10- The wall mounting bracket is necessarily slightly wider to accommodate the slightly larger V8, compared with the smaller V6. Thankfully, the mounting centers for the 2) holes remains 5" OC, co I simply unscrewed the V6 wall bracket & screwed the new V8 wall mounting bracket into the same holes in my wall.
FUTURE DESIGN IDEAS:
So, what could Dyson change to make the V8 even better? That is a tough question.
Only one suggestion: Make the fixed battery pack removable so you could purchase & keep a spare battery pack charged. You could charge each pack, one at a time in the vacuum handle, or Dyson could add a snap-in compartment on the wall bracket that would allow charging both the V8 & the spare battery pack simultaneously... This may sound extreme, considering the V8 features a 40 minute run time, but I operate it on Maximum all of the time. Using motorized power heads, expect 7-8 minutes of operation in Maximum mode.
If you have any hard floors, such as hardwood / ceramic time / vinyl, you will be better served buying the Dyson V8 Absolute, as it also includes the soft roller head designed for hard surfaces. Both V8's include the powerful beater bar tool for carpeting, a Mini Motorized Tool - handy for stairs. Both include a dusting brush - great for computer keyboards & a narrow crevice tool. Dyson sells the optional soft roller head for $111.99 - I just ordered one to add to my V8 Animal. It is not listed yet - you have to order it through chat.
Dyson continues to perfect an already excellent product! Owning 4) impressive V6 vacuums, I did not see how they could improve that design... until now.
The V8 changes are not just evolutionary - they are REVOLUTIONARY!! 2X battery life, more suction, more motor power, more beater bar power, soft trigger, softer & more positive tool release buttons, battery / charge indicator, with half the noise! The Dyson V8 is the Undisputed Handheld Vacuum CHAMPION!
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Powerful handheld vacuum but some limitations
Posted by: cusedice from: on
I currently own a Dyson upright and also a Dyson canister vac, along with the Dyson hairdryer. So I'm definitely a fan of Dyson. I was excited to try out one of their handheld cordless vacs to see how they stacked up. The quality of the machine and it's packaging does not disappoint. It feels solid and everything snaps together easily and securely. Setup was easy and took about 5 minutes to un-box everything, peel labels and put it together.
I have used this machine several times and it does a great job with bare floors and low pile carpets. It's terrific for stairs and getting up in the corners by the ceiling. I haven't had the chance yet but I imagine this would be perfect for cleaning out the car. The brush head turns by the force of the suction, so it's not powered. The issue there is that you can't turn it off to do hardwood floors. Unlike my canister Dyson that has an air diverter switch to stop the brush from spinning, this one spins non-stop. Dyson makes an attachment that has a brush specifically for hardwoods but like most Dyson products, it's not cheap. For those with thick, plush carpeting, this will not work well on those types of carpet. I tested it and the brush head would stop spinning immediately when it hit the thick carpet.
The other limitation I found is in battery life. With the battery fully charged, I was able to get about 8 minutes of cleaning on average before it died. This was on the Max Suction setting. The regular setting got me about 15 minutes on average. So it's really built for spot cleaning or easier cleaning of the stairs and bathrooms where it might be tough to get a big vacuum, not cleaning the whole house.
You're not going to replace your household vacuum with this but it is a typical Dyson, meaning it's high quality with lots of power. If you are looking for something that is simple and easy to use, that you can grab quickly if there's a mess or use to clean the car and furniture, this is perfect. So it does have value as a supplement to your household vacuum and I would recommend it to others. I give it one star off because of the inability to stop the brush head from spinning, but otherwise it's a great handheld.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
A bit pricey, but outstanding
Posted by: sdmarsh from: on
This is the first time that I have owned a cordless vacuum of any type and all I can say is this thing is outstanding. I have only owned it a few days, but I'm totally impressed on how well it sucks up everything I vacuum over.
The vacuum comes with a 6' charging power cord. A wall attachment to hang the vacuum from while it's being charged. A 28 1/2 inch extension tube, 1 large and 1 small self powered floor sweeper brushes. 1 thin crevasse tube to get into tight places like sofa cushions, and 2 non powered brushes for cleaning things like window blinds, computer keyboards and such. And of course, the hand held motor and battery unit which weighs only 5 pounds.
I have an excellent corded Hoover vacuum cleaner that has attachments like a small rotating brush to clean furniture or stairs, and that rotating brush is powered by the suction that the vacuum creates when using it. Unfortunately, if the carpet is too thick or you push down too hard, the rotating part won't rotate.
With the Dyson V8 Animal, the two rotating tools, large and small are electrically powered with each unit having it's own little motor built into the unit. I used the smaller unit to vacuum my dogs hair off the sofa and love seat without any slowdown of the stiff bristles and was totally amazed that it got all of the hair. My Hoover could never get all the dog hair off the furniture. And while I would not use the V8 Animal to vacuum my whole house as it would need to be recharged a few times, I vacuumed in tight areas and under all of the beds with the larger floor attachment. And it worked excellent. I have also used the V8 Animal in my Ford Explorer, and it easily got the dog hair out of the carpet thanks to the smaller powered rotating floor brush.
With all the dog hair I vacuumed up, I had to empty the collection chamber a few times, but it's very quick and easy to do so. All you need to do is hold the motorized unit over a trash can, pull up on the red lever and the motor part rises up, and then the bottom of the collection chamber opens on a hinge and the debris falls into the trash can. Then simply push the motor head back down and flip up the bottom of the collection chamber and you're ready to go.
The Lithium-ion battery delivers up to 40 minutes of fade-free suction and features a trigger grip that releases instantly to ensure battery power is only used for vacuuming. If you need a bit more power, then simply flipping the switch to max power mode will get you up to 7 minutes of greater suction for harder jobs. I only tried max power for a minute or so to see what it would do, but for what I was doing it was not needed. Dyson sends the Lithium-ion battery with some power in it, but you must charge it for 5 hours before using the V8 Animal for the first time.
Another feature is that it has a HEPA filtration system that captures allergens and releases air that's cleaner than the air you breathe thanks to its completely sealed design. The unit has 2 filters that Dyson recommends that you wash at least once a month. Since I just got the Dyson, I can't comment on how this works. The Dyson V8 Animal comes with a 2 year warranty which is great as it seems most items now days only come with a year or less warranty
Overall, I highly recommend the Dyson V8 Animal cordless stick vacuum. While it will not replace my regular upright corded Hoover
vacuum cleaner, it will compliment it
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Awesome smaller vacuum
Posted by: JeffyK from: York, PA on
This Dyson is a nice, small, compact vacuum that does the job. The suction is more powerful than the first iteration of the Animal and does a great job.
This vacuum comes with plenty of attachments that are very easy to take off and put on. This vacuum is more for a quick clean up and the battery only lasts about 40 minutes.
Even after using this on a rug that we had just vacuumed, it picked up more hair and dirt than our normal vacuum, so the suction is very powerful.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
The best cordless on the market!
Posted by: TheGadgetGuy from: on
If you're looking for a light-weight but effective vacuum, this model is perfect! Sleek, powerful suction, great battery life and an easy to use attachment system. The included wall mount is an awesome benefit!
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Perfect for a small home!
Posted by: MurphyR from: Arlington, VA on
I live in an apartment of about 750 sq ft, and use this as my primary vacuum. It is perfect for it! I can let it charge in a closet so it is out of the way, and I don't have to worry about uncovering outlets from behind furniture to get to the entire place.
The listed specs for the battery charging and use time appear to be accurate. The max power setting is good for about 7-10 minutes, which is all I need for my small place. The fact that it is cordless also means that I can vacuum out my car without issue, despite being parked in a parking garage without any outlets. I haven't had occasion to test the extended use setting.
As for the suction power, I am using this to replace a Roomba (pet edition as well), and am very pleased that I can go over the same space as the Roomba just did, and get more dust and such out of the carpet.
The attachments are also very nice, and everything clicks into place very easily. This vacuum really does seem to be well designed. Hopefully it'll last!
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Cleo from: on
This is the best battery operated vacuum around. Loved it so much we bought 2 for our kids to use.