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Dyson V8: The Undisputed Handheld Vacuum CHAMPION!Posted
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. PURCHASING RECOMMENDATIONS: 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. CONCLUSION: 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!
I would recommend this to a friend
Really Nice Handheld VacuumPosted
This Dyson V8 Animal cordless vacuum has quite a few good things about it, and some not so good things. This Dyson vacuum is light weight, it has impressively powerful suction on the Max power setting, and the Min power setting is sufficient for most light weight vacuuming tasks. The hepa filter on this vacuum is really easy to remove and clean. The crevice tool and combination tool are well designed and functional, and the mini motorized tool is especially impressive. The mini motorized brush bar spins and loosens dirt and dust, which results in a better than average cleaning result on household items such as recliners and mattresses, and even blankets. The larger motorized floor cleaning tool, which is technically called the direct-drive cleaner head, is really nice and cleans hard wood flooring as well as carpeting. The soft dusting brush is a pretty good design, I would like it better if it was made with bristles that were straight, instead of having angled bristles. The first time I turned on this Dyson V8 Animal cordless vacuum, I was not expecting it to have such a quiet and unique sound. This version of Dyson’s cordless vacuum does have improved battery chemistry, the box specifically refers to it as a Nickel Cobalt Aluminum battery. I did some online research and found out that this is a newer type of lithium rechargeable battery, not sure why the box makes no mention of lithium, which would kind of cause a customer to assume it was not a lithium based battery, but it is. The power adapter that charges the battery, is unique and has a round flexible power cord. The great build quality of this cordless vacuum is what’s expected from a Dyson product. The filter located at the top of the cyclones, is not my favorite type of filter, it is possible to rinse it clean and the filter is reusable afterwards, but it has a rigid center plastic structure, and it has the filter’s fabric surrounding the plastic structure, which makes it so that you can’t squeeze out any accumulated dust during the rinsing process. I prefer the round type of foam filters, which can be squeezed during the rinsing process. This Dyson V8 Animal cordless vacuum kit would be much improved if the battery were designed similar to a power tool battery found on drills, so that the battery could be removed and instantly replaced with a spare battery. As it is, the battery on this Dyson V8 Animal cordless vacuum, needs to be charged for 5 hours, before a completely charged battery can be used again. I charge my Dyson V8 Animal cordless vacuum without the supplied wall hanging bracket, and when I first plugged the power adapter in for charging, I noticed that when the round plug is plugged in all the way, it looks as if it is not plugged in enough, which caused me to try to press harder not knowing it was already plugged in all the way. (One of the attached images shows a close up view of the round power adapter when it is plugged in all the way, showing that it does not look like it is) On this specific Dyson V8 Animal cordless vacuum, Dyson designed it so that the red lever which lifts the cyclone assembly, also opens the dust bin cover to release the dust, and the process is kind of challenging, even after having practiced quite a bit. If the red pull lever which raises the cyclone assembly and opens the dust bin cover, was made out of aluminum instead of plastic, that would be much improved, as it is, the red pull lever kind of feels like it might break off in the process of pulling upwards. Any customer spending $499 on a cordless vacuum, would prefer not to have to be worried about breaking a plastic pulling lever when emptying the dust bin. After I received this Dyson V8 Animal cordless, I visited the Dyson website and I ordered the Dyson quick release extension hose that fits this vacuum. When the Dyson extension hose arrived, I was not expecting to find that the extension hose is really quite short. The actual extension hose section which collapses and extends, is not even 2.75 inches in length when collapsed. The extension hose does extend to well over 1 foot in length, but still that is not very long of an extension hose. The extension hose does make a few of the accessories much easier to use when vacuuming surfaces, as the hose extends and the tool can be swung from left to right, instead of moving the whole vacuum from left to right. I am giving this Dyson V8 Animal cordless vaccum two ratings. I am rating this Dyson product at 4 out of 5 stars, based upon overall build quality and functionality. I am rating this Dyson product at 3.5 out of 5 stars, based upon the difficulty in emptying the dust bin and the plastic pulling lever. I would suggest this Dyson cordless vacuum to any friend that could afford it. This Dyson V8 Animal cordless is a really nice vacuum kit, which I use on a daily basis.
I would recommend this to a friend
Out of this world suction. Sounds futuristic, too.Posted
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.
I would recommend this to a friend
A bit pricey, but outstandingPosted
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
I would recommend this to a friend
Engineered well, solid, light, great performance!Posted
Prior to using this Dyson, I had very little experience using a cordless vacuum. While my prior use had been "good," I had some concerns that, one, it would not be powerful enough and two, the cordless design/battery would further be a limitation. After some use, I can say my concerns were unwarranted and I was pleased not only with its performance, but also (nearly) everything Dyson brought to the table. First off, as with other Dyson products, the packaging is superb. Yes, it is only packaging, but even with something as straightforward as this, you can see the time, effort and thought put into every aspect of the product. This attention to detail carries through as one moves on to the product itself. Included in the packaging are the Dyson V8 Animal itself (with battery), a 6' charging power cord, a power cord docking station (which allows one to hang the vacuum while it is charging), a 28 1/2-inch extension tube, 1 large and 1 small self-powered floor sweeper brushes, a crevice tool, 2 non powered brushes and a user's manual. Once everything is out of the packaging, getting everything together was quite easy. The included manual, was clear, yet concise, with numerous pictures to aid in not only putting the unit together, but also for future maintenance. It should be noted, before first use, it is suggested to charge the unit/battery for a full 5 hours. Before moving on to the vacuum itself, I feel I must touch on the docking station. It is optional, in that you can just use the plug to charge the unit, but, for me at least, that was not the optimal solution. I liked the idea of having a dedicated location where the unit can stay, charge, hold everything and just, well, be. My problem, well, and another small one I will touch on shortly, was where to mount it? Again, perhaps this was just my experience, but I did not want it "out," to be seen, and I just do not have a lot of space. Finding a location, in general, and then one within range of the cord that needs to be plugged in was certainly a challenge for me. That said, I did find a space, and I do like the dock, very much, for the reasons I stated earlier, BUT, it seems it was not designed to hold all the provided attachments. So close to being a perfect solution, just to fall short in such a way is a bit of fail for me. If all the attachments just fit, or if some other way was provided to organize all the attachments, it would have been perfect. Again, the dock is great, just not the perfection I have come to know and expect from Dyson. As fir the vacuum, as I said earlier, since it was a cordless unit, I had my concerns about suction as well as battery performance. These are the "standard" issues within this class, of course, but the other side of these concerns are the benefits of portability and convenience. Not only did this unit easily handle my concerns, but it also did the same on the benefits side of things. It has a battery, so battery life must be discussed. I found it not to be a concern. It is advertised as a 45-minute life (when using the non-motorized attachments), and I found that to be accurate. This is for the "low" of the two power settings (the other being MAX or "high.") I did not find the need to use the "high" setting in my use, other than to see how it performed. More on that later. As with anything requiring a battery, if you plan, and keep it charged when you will need it, it should not be an issue. Again, I have a smaller space, this was my use case, but I had zero trouble getting all my vacuuming done within the limits of the battery. It was not even a thought. Lastly, it has fade-free power throughout use, that is, the unit just goes full power until the battery dies, then it is done. There is no drop off in the power of the unit as the battery depletes. I found that to be a nice feature, and honestly, something I did not even think about beforehand. Finally, how is it to use? How is the performance? It is the most portable and convenient vacuum I have ever used. No cable to manage, no outlet to be tied to, small, light, easy to maneuver on all surfaces, multiple attachments for various tasks (that are very easy to put on and take off) and all the power you need to get the clean results you are looking for. It hits all the marks. It is built well and "feels good" in the hand. I can't say how it will hold up over time, but the two-year warranty gives some piece of mind. The vacuum powers via a "soft touch" trigger grip that cuts off upon release to save the battery, and while I did not have any issues, I feel a "lock" for the button should have been provided. A small gripe, I know, but it is a frustrating omission. Once powered, it had enough suction to tackle all my surfaces, even picking up more dust and dirt from what I thought were already "clean" areas. Throughout all of my use, I didn't have to use the "high" setting, which provides more suction, but I turned it on (by flipping a simple switch) several times to test it out. I can see it helping if you have trouble spots that require more attention. Honestly, the only issue I had with suction was perhaps too much when trying to vacuum some smaller area rugs. The Dyson would "grab" it, if you know what I mean, and I had to hold it down to finish vacuuming it. Perhaps an adjustment option for height would handle this issue, but again, honestly, most "good" vacuums would suffer this same fate, so it is not a negative, just something to think about. Emptying and cleaning the canister was a simple task and the same can be said for cleaning the HEPA filtration system (which is a very nice feature). There are two filters which Dyson states should be cleaned once a month for optimal performance. Ultimately, I am quite pleased with nearly every aspect of the Dyson. It does the job, does it well and looks good doing it. In my experience, I found it worth its cost, and while I do not have the advantage at this point of seeing how it will hold up over time, I feel confident it will still be worth it down the road. I have no problem recommending this Dyson vacuum.
I would recommend this to a friend
Dyson V8 lives up to the hypePosted
This Dyson hand vac lives up to its reputation. Not only does it do a great job in picking up messes, it looks great doing it too! There are easily a dozen other choices of hand vacs in all price ranges but this one fills the small niche market of wanting both form and function. Assembly was straight forward and I had it on the charger within minutes of opening the box. The manual does state that it comes pre-charged to about 20% but recommends plugging it in immediately for 5 hours to fully charge the battery. It comes with an assortment of attachments that each has a very distinct purpose and adds value to the already high price tag of the vacuum. It does come with a fancy wall mount but limited to a nearby outlet for the charging cord to reach. I haven’t found that “perfect” spot to mount it yet as I don’t want it to be a “statement piece” in the living room. My interest in the hand vac is linked to the 2 dogs and 1 cat I have in the house. Our dogs have their spots on the couch and can get pretty furry in less than a few days. The chore of lugging a large vacuum out and unwinding the long cord is enough to discourage a daily cleaning of the couch. This is where the Dyson V8 shines. Its light, less than 6 pounds, and fully charged when you need it. Its more convenient to use the hand vac for small tasks than using the large full sized vacuum. I have attached 2 photos that shows the versatility of the hand vac. It has 2 suction settings that you can use to match the job. Most of the time, the lower setting is enough to do the task. The low setting got us about 40 mins of continuous use and the high setting got us a little over 7 minutes. This may not sound like much but this hand vac is meant to fill in the in-between use of your full sized vacuum. The first picture is what the dog fur looks like when we don’t vacuum it for a few days. It didn’t take long for the V8 to tackle the job on the low setting. It took the crevice and small spinning brush to do the job. With a push of a button, changing the tools was a breeze. My full sized vacuum would have done the job but way less convenient. The second picture shows the effectiveness of the hand brush attachment. Brushing the cat usually gets me another cat’s worth of fur on the ground. The cat’s fur is so fine that its easily matted into the carpet. The suction of the Dyson and the small brush head attachment did a great job in picking up the fine cat fur and only with one sweep too. Emptying the canister is as easy as pulling a lever. It does come with a washable filter that’s easy to rinse out in the sink. I highly recommend the Dyson V8 for homes with animals or small children. The convenience of having a small vacuum without unwinding a power cord will most likely increase my vacuuming rate per week. It might be one of the most expensive hand vacs in the market but know that you’re not only paying for its great function, you are also getting a nice looking hand vac that’s not an eyesore that you have to hide in the closet either. I hope my review helped!
I would recommend this to a friend
Much improved modelPosted
Over the years, owned several vacuums, including a few cordless. This is by far the best stick vacuum in the house. Compared to our older Dyson DC56, it's slightly bigger, slightly heavier and a lot more powerful while being quieter. It's really a big difference compared to the older model. It's actually impressive, the suction is higher than on many corded vacuums. The vacuum is very modular and anything that's involved with dirt can be cleaned. The whole dustbin assembly can be removed from the vacuum. It has two operation modes: A standard and full. The full suction mode feels a lot more powerful and likely overkill for most uses. Dyson claims it has up to 40 minutes battery. I could not test this but cleaned different rooms and battery indicated 2 out of 3 bars. The 'Animal' model comes with the handheld vacuum, a 'dock', power adapter, the extension rod, a direct drive floor cleaner (it has its own motor), a mini motorized tool (Great for car seats and sofas), a combination brush, crevice extension (fixed length) and a soft dusting brush (Good to clean appliances because the bristles are very soft). The step-up model from this is the 'Absolute'. Besides colors, the only difference I could find is that it has an additional soft roller head (the whole assembly with a soft roller for hard floors). The roller that comes is fine for both carpets and hard floors, and it's designed in a way that hair is not easily tangled. Lots of other vacuums we had would collect lots of hairs on the brush, making it messy to clean. The way the dustbin is cleaned lifts the stainless steel filter against a rubber ring, so it's cleaned on its own. On the older model we had sometimes we had to pick through the bin to remove hair. Not with this. Since this model has a thin stainless steel mesh as the primary filter, a lot less dust goes though the top of the vacuum. It also has a washable filter before the engine and a small HEPA filter before the exhaust. Because this filter is the last, I don't see the need to ever replace it. Way I didn't like is the design of the 'dock'. It's functional and should work well, but have to drill holes on the wall to hang it, and then run the power cable from it. I would much preferred to have the option of a pedestal, but it's not available for this model. It can also be powered by plugging it in directly to the power adapter, which is what we do. The other issue is that while it's overall very light and easy to use, because the engine is on the handle, it might get a bit heavy after a while, compared with upright vacuums or other stick vacuums where the engine Is near the bottom and thus more balanced. Like in other Dyson models, the battery is not easily replaceable. Also the top of the vacuum is spay-painted, and will likely scratch. Also, to keep in mind, if you have older Dyson models, the tools won't work on this because the clip is on the tool, not on the vacuum. I was looking for a flexible crevice tool and it's not available for this model.
I would recommend this to a friend
Powerful cordless vacuumPosted
I received this product in exchange for a review. Overall: This Dyson cordless vacuum is lightweight, yet powerful. I found it easy to use and was happy with its performance. I have owned other Dyson products and have always been pleased with the build quality and performance of their products. This is no exception. The vacuum is well balanced and easy to hold in your hand. It's also easy to maneuver with the use of attachments. If I had to pick out negatives about it, I would pick the relatively small canister size (which is a tradeoff for making it less compact) and the fact that the dock is missing one more place in order to hold all 4 attachments on the dock. Read below for a more detailed review. Performance: Despite weighing only a few pounds, this vacuum packs a powerful punch. It is activated by holding down a trigger on the handle and stopped by releasing it. In a house with cats and dogs, I found myself impressed with how much hair it picked up. So much so, that I found myself frequently emptying the bin. It offers 2 power modes, regular and Max. Max mode offers a significant amount of additional suction power at the expense of run time. When my wife first switched to Max mode, she commented that it felt like the motorized head was suddenly suctioned to the floor. We found the normal mode sufficient for regular cleaning. The selection of attachments was nice as well, but we found ourselves using the main motorized cleaning head as a traditional vacuum the most. It also comes with a smaller motorized head which was helpful on stairs, on furniture (pet hair) and in cars. Additionally, it comes with a crevice tool, a combo tool with dusting bristles and a smaller dusting brush. Battery Life: Battery life can be a key selling point or sense of frustration in cordless devices. Dyson advertises this vacuum right on the box as having up to 45 minutes of cleaning time per charge. You'll find some smaller, qualifying print in the manual. If you use the main motorized brush head, they list 25 minutes of battery life. For the smaller motorized tool, up to 30 minutes. And around 40 minutes for the other attachments. So, realistically, you're looking at closer to 25-30 minutes of run time with average use. I found that to be an accurate representation. With regular bin emptying, making sure to take my hand off the trigger when not in use and being deliberate in my path with the vacuum, I found myself able to tackle my whole house of around 1200 square feet, including the 2 staircases. I would be pushing the limits of the batteries to get all the furniture on the same charge. So, if you are someone that likes to complete all vacuuming at one time, you may find this battery falls short if you have a home much larger than mine. If you break the chore up over the week or even the day, the run time could be sufficient for larger homes. At the other end of performance is Max mode. It is meant to be used when you need more suction power, but only temporarily. This mode knocks the battery life down to only 7 minutes, but the increase in power is very noticeable. So, given that the whole vacuum is to be held in a single hand during use, it actually has a pretty good battery life. Adding more battery capacity would mean a larger size and increased weight, which would make it less easy to use. Charging from empty to full capacity is listed around 5 hours, but if you use the provided dock, it can always be charging when not in use. There are 3 blue LEDs on the side of the vacuum that indicate relative remaining battery life. All three are lit after a full charge and only one when it is approaching the end of run time on the current charge. Emptying the contents: I found emptying the bin to be very simple, especially in comparison to some other vacuums I've used. You can detach any attachments for convenience, but you don't have to in order to empty it. Just hold the bin over a trash can and pull up on the red lever until the bottom hatch opens up. There is a rubber sleeve that removes dust from the central filter when pulling up as well. Just push the motor back down and close the hatch to continue. Compared to other vacuums where you have to disassemble the bin from part of the vacuum before it can be emptied, this is very simple. There are also two removable, cleanable filters on this device. The first is in the center of the motor unit. It can be pulled out and cleaned with cool water. The second filter is around the exhaust of the vacuum and can be twisted to be removed. The manual recommends washing them by hand under cool water and allowing them to air dry at least monthly. Because of it's compact size, the volume of the bin isn't very high. That's not too much of a problem, since as I stated above, it is easy to empty the bin. However, in a larger or more debris filled environment (such as a home with pets), you can find yourself exceeding the max fill line on the bin frequently. That line appears to be only about a third of the way up the canister, but you can see that exceeding it would block air flow. Convenience: The biggest pro of this vacuum is the convenience factor. You don't have to manage a cable or pay attention to how far you are from the outlet. It's light and easy to maneuver, particularly on elevated surfaces such as stairs or furniture. Emptying and cleaning it are a breeze. And if you use the provided dock, storing it out of the way and charging it are simple as well. It think it lives up to the hassle-free promise Dyson prints on the package as well as can be expected.
I would recommend this to a friend
Light and convenient but has its flawsPosted
In my opinion, Dyson has become known as the end all be all in vacuums. I'm not claiming they're the best, I just mean it in the sense if I ask my mom, she's convinced they are. Much like how Bose became the audio quality standard for noise cancelling headphones. They're also like status symbols; the commercial shows a woman pulling her handheld Dyson off the wall in her kitchen as if it were a fashion statement or piece of art on the wall. I've never owned a Dyson and was excited to give this one a try. I like the idea of having a cordless vacuum that's light with a lot of power. And while this vacuum meets those standards, it's flaws (along with it's steep price) keep it from being the best stick vacuum. Putting it together was easy, the instruction manual includes lots of pictures to help explain how to put it together, maintenance, etc.Note that you do have to charge it 5 hours before using it. The dock is optional, but I wouldn't want to plug it in manually each and every time I charge it. So that means I'd use the wall mounted dock, which leads me to my first gripe: location. Unlike the aforementioned commercial, I don't want the Dyson attached to a wall in my house for all to see. I have a small house and didn't have an option of putting in a closet, so it's in my garage. It's not a huge problem for me, but I would take into account the fact that you'll almost "need" to mount this on the wall before you purchase it. And the power cable isn't very long, so it will need to be right next to an outlet or you'll have to find a work around. The docking station leads me to my next gripe: location for the attachments. This vacuum comes with a long extension tube (to use upright) a large motorized attachment brush, a small motorized attachment brush (for when you aren't using the long extension tube), skinny angled attachment (for corners) and two other brushes. The dock holds two attachments and the vacuum would have another attached to it (I keep the large motorized brush on it). But it comes with 5 attachments. So now I have to keep track of 2 attachments that don't attach to the dock. What am I supposed to do with them? This vacuum is too expensive not to have a docking station that can accommodate all of the attachments. In regards to performance, it is pretty good. The battery lasts 40 minutes according to the box, but that's with he motorized brush. Without the motorized brush it lasts 25 minutes. If you were to put it in "max" mode it would last 7 minutes. I don't use Max mode because honestly, I couldn't tell the difference. I have hardwood floors with some area rugs and two cats. The Dyson did a fantastic job picking up hair etc on the hardwood floor and couches, but it was absolutely horrendous on the rugs. The motorized brush would just stop working. The only workaround I came up with was to get the brush spinning in the air and take a running start with the vacuum on the carpet and hope it keeps spinning. I also don't like that there's no option to keep the trigger pulled. It's really easy to maneuver the vacuum but I hate holding the trigger for an expended period of time, why couldn't there be a switch that kept the trigger "activated?" All in all, it's a good vacuum. But it's tough to recommend for the price. On the one hand, I love being able to use a powerful vacuum without cords, and is super easy to maneuver. But it's performance on carpet leaves much to be desired. It also bugs the heck out of me that not all of the accessories fit on the dock. If owning a "Dyson" means a lot to you and you can afford it, this is a great vacuum, but you could find cheaper alternatives with similar performance (more bang for your buck).
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Hi there, this is Krystal with Dyson. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on the V8 Animal. I am pleased to hear that you are enjoying some of its great features. Being a cordless vacuum, it is great for in between cleanings and quick clean ups.
The docking station was designed to hold the machine along with 2 tool attachments. Unfortunately, with a number of additional tool options you can get, it wouldn't be ideal to have them all attached to the mount as that may, in turn, make it too heavy for mounting. Alternatives are available, such as a Dyson Tool Bag for storing extra parts/accessories.
The cordless vacuum cleaners have a battery-enhancing trigger. Battery power is only on when the trigger is pushed – this means that the battery is only used for cleaning, and is not wasted when moving from room to room, or moving around obstacles.
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Leaves the competition in their dust, literally!Posted
The Dyson V8 Cord-Free Hand Held Vacuum leaves the competition in their dust, literally! The Dyson V8 Animal Vacuum is in a league of it's own; and is second to none other than itself. I was excited to finally get a chance to see what all the Dyson hype was about, and boy did I see why. The rumors are true; Dyson is a BEAST in the vacuum industry. I actually only needed one day of usage to provide my feedback, but thought it was best to utilize the vacuum to it’s max capacity over a few days before providing feedback. I am a first time buyer and user of any Dyson product. I’ve owned several top-brand vacuums in the past and could not understand why people were willing to pay 10 times as much for the Dyson when (in my opinion at the time) it did what all the other vacuums on the market did/do. I see now that I was only fooling myself. On day one, when I first opened the Dyson V8 Animal Cord-free Vacuum box I came to appreciate the perfectly premium packaging that made good use of the space while still protecting the unit. When I began to take the items out of it’s packaging I noticed that the unit and the attachments did not have any scratches and I believe it is safe to assume the box had been thrown around during delivery, yet the shipping had no affect on my vacuum or the attachments. I also quickly noticed how lite in weight each attachment was. Even the main unit felt lite and easy to grab hold to. I was happy that the unit was shipped with about 20% charging, but I still needed to wait an additional five hours to ensure it was fully changed. However, once the vacuum was fully charged, it took me less than 15 seconds to attach the assessor I wanted to begin with first. I set out to run the battery down to zero as I was concerned about the available cordless power between charges. I didn’t think the 7 (max power/turbo), or the 25-40 minutes (standard power) would be enough for me to complete all of the vacuuming I needed to do. Again, I was wrong. When set to normal power usage, I was able to vacuum all of the rooms in my house, and when I say all the rooms I mean the living room, family room, dinning room, kitchen, two bathrooms, gym/office, and stairs and I still had power remaining. I then thoroughly vacuumed out my car (floor mats and all). It’s great because you can just keep vacuuming without stopping to adjust for height as you can just keep vacuuming over multiple surfaces. It works well on many surfaces (rubber mats in gym, ceramic tile, carpet, hardwood floors, rugs, and car mats. I even used this Beast of a machine (DYSON Hand-held Vacuum) to get in tight crevices on my sliding patio doors and wooden shutters. I was able to reach almost any area and angle in house, which included on the side of the fridge, between the cabinets, on the side of the China drawer, underneath the bed, between and underneath the car seats and behind the toilet and all the house vents. The fully interchangeable attachment accessories add many combinations that allow you to get to just about any area quickly, and with ease. They Dyson V8 is an enemy to spiders and their webs as it sucks them away quickly and doesn’t leave a trace of their existence. Finally, just as I finished my last car floor mat, the vacuum stopped. My car floor mats look like new as if they were detailed. I was able to get a little more than 40 minutes of use as well. At first I wasn’t a fan of using the trigger, but I realized often times I had to stop to move an item or do something else and it was easy to just remove my finger, which stopped the motor, and saved the battery from running when it was not in use. However, nothing is perfect and without flaws or issues. I did find that using the vacuum on turbo makes the unit get hot very quickly. I also found that holding the tripper for long extended periods I would begin to experience some trigger fatigue. Although the battery did last me past the 40-minute claim, I found myself feeling distraught that it can take up to 5 or 6 hours for a full charge. I did discover that old habits die hard. With previous vacuums I had to vacuum an area twice, a practice that I got used to as I would move the vacuum up one area/section and then back across the same area to be sure it was clean. However, this is not necessary with the Dyson V8. I realized that after one stroke, the area was clean. It evens gets dirt and dust you can't see with the common eye. I’d vacuum an area that looked clean but then notice something (dust/dirt/lint) in the canister that collects the dirt. I found that the clever pull and then push design to empty the trash was very convenient and easy to use. This is the perfect vacuum for easy daily use for small and large jobs. Vacuuming no longer feels like a chore that I regret to do. All of the Dyson hype is correct, earned and deserved. The pros clearly outweigh the cons. If you can afford it, it’s a no brainer. The amount of money I spent on the previous four vacuums was in vein, this Dyson is an all-in-one vacuum that will last for years to come. Dyson leaves the competition in their dust, literally! Needless to say, I gave my other vacuums (upright and hand-held) away as I will no longer have use of them now that I have my very on Dyson V8 cord-free vacuum. This is a five-star vacuum!
I would recommend this to a friend
phenomenal stick vacuumPosted
The Dyson v8 animal is a step up from the v6 model with some slight upgrades. This vacuum is a must for anyone who owns pets or even a business that may deal with pet grooming. Lets figure out if this is the right set up for your everyday needs. First off this is a stick style set up which also comes with a few attachments and easily breaks down for those hard to reach places and for ease of cleaning. Right out of the box comes everything you need to get your set up going. This product is designed to mount to the wall and comes equipped with only one battery pack. 5 hours of charge time is recommend before you start and Dyson claims about 45 minutes of run time. At first that's kinda of a hefty charge time for such a short amount of run time but Dyson claims that's adequate time for an average size house. On a personal level i own a 3500 sq. ft. house and i can honestly say the amount of time was more then enough and i never ran into any real issues. The main reason this is adequate is due to the fact that you have a pistol grip handle with a trigger on/off button so no constant run time, and you also are given a MAX button on top of the vacuum head for those stubborn pet hairs or deeply rooted food particles. Believe me when i say there is definitely a huge difference in suction power when you hit the MAX button. Not only does the sound increase but it will actually lift the carpet up so caution is necessary for those more expensive carpeted floors. I want to talk about something technical for a minute. The Dyson uses a direct drive set up for the head which is a feature that allows quality and suction power. So what does this mean exactly? Well on my cheaper vacuum cleaners that i own they are belt driven. Basically what this means is over time the belt will wear down and start to become loose similar to a Tee shirt that gets pulled on. What happens is as the belt becomes loose tension is lost and therefore suction power is lost with it. This means you can no longer dive deep into the carpet to grab debris that has rested deep in the base. Dyson eliminates this by using a direct drive set up. Basically all you need to know is there is no belt drive because it uses geared teeth meshing with other geared teeth similar to the cogs of a clock. Anyways what this means is your suction power should stay constant through the life of the vacuum spelling quality and power for years to come. I have two long hair dogs and the vacuum had no issue pulling up dog hair. But i wanted to really see was how this would stand up against a stress test. I have a friend who owns a dog grooming place so i spent the day there and allowed them to use the vacuum with all the attachments given to see how well it would perform and how long before the vacuum would die. First off the the attachments helped break down the vacuum and make it smaller and more portable to make it a lot easier to clean the dog kennels. One thing i noticed right away is how easily it cleans on hard surfaces. Not once did i need to use the MAX button. I did start to notice some minor set backs, although nothing too off putting i did notice the bag would need quite a bit of emptying, since it is portable it does not offer much in the place of waste storage. Now this is a bag-less set up so it was not much of a big deal. Simple hold the canister over the trash, release the trap door and bam your all ready to go. It emptied all the dog hair quite easily without me having to stick my hand in there and pull out any excess hair that did not empty out. Another thing i noticed was that by the end of the day the brushes were beginning to get some of the longer dog hair stuck on the brushes. Now this is designed for animals so it was a minimal amount, but luckily Dyson kept this in mind and allowed for a very easily removable brush head so you can wash it out. Simply turn the side slotted screw and the head comes out for ease of cleaning. Also one thing i forgot to mention but is pretty much a given is that since this is meant for animal hair the vacuum does come equipped with a hepa filter helping to eliminat