Dyson V8 Animal vs V8 Absolute Vacuum Reviews & Comparison

 

When it comes to vacuums, we are interested in the ones that have the capability to clean up pet hair, and of course general mess.

We’ve already put together a comparison guide of the different models in the Dyson Stick Vacuum V Series.

But, in the comparison guide below, we focus on the V8 Animal and Absolute models.

We look at the main similarities and differences, and also the main features of each model.

Let’s take a better look at them!

 

(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)

 

Dyson V8 Animal vs Absolute Vacuum 

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Dyson V8 Animal vs V8 Absolute Vacuum: Comparison

Dyson V8 Animal vs Absolute: Which To Get?

Both are essentially the same vacuum performance wise, and come with most of the same features and accessories/attachments.

The Absolute however comes with the additional soft vacuum cleaner head for hard floors specifically, and picking up larger debris.

So, if you plan on doing more cleaning on flat harder floors and you want that additional cleaner head, get the Absolute.

Otherwise, you may find the Animal a better option if you can get it for a better price and you don’t need that soft cleaner head. 

 

Dyson V8 Animal vs Absolute: Differences

The main difference is that the Absolute comes with the additional soft vacuum head for hard floors and larger debris, whereas the Animal doesn’t

 

Dyson V8 Animal vs Absolute: Similarities

Both are cordless/battery operated stick vacuums

Both are highly portable and very lightweight

Both can be used on most surfaces, and above floor level too

Both use a motorised brush head for picking up hair, including pet hair

Runs on lithium ion batteries

Both are designed to run up to 40 minutes on a full charge with non motorised tools

Both run about 25 minutes on the motorised cleaner head

Both have a charging time of around 4 hours

Both have the same motor specs and power specifications

Both are designed to have 150% more brush bar power than the Dyson V6

Both have a slide switch which enables you to go to full power mode for up to 7 minutes before you run out of charge

Both work as a stick vacuum but can also detach down into a smaller and lighter handheld

Both have a dust filter that has HEPA filtering

Both have a dust container no bags to deal with

Both have a container capacity of 0.14 gallons

Both have the extended reach of the stick, where you can clean floors, but also walls and ceilings

Both come with crevice and combination tools for cleaning corners and harder to reach spots, a duster brush attachment, and a mini motorised tool

So, both have 4 attachments in total, plus the direct drive cleaning vacuum head

Both come with a wall mounting station for mounting your vacuum on the wall

Both have 15 cyclones on the vacuum arranged across 2 tiers, which increases airflow and capture fine dust.

Both have a 2 year limited warranty

 

Dyson V8 Animal vs Absolute: Reviews

Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Features

A cordless/battery operated stick vacuum – highly portable with no cords, and very lightweight

Can be used on most surfaces, and above floor level too

Uses a motorised brush head for picking up hair, including pet hair

Runs on lithium ion batteries

Designed to run up to 40 minutes on a full charge

Charging time is around 4 hours

The V8 is designed to have 150% more brush bar power than the Dyson V6

There’s a slide switch which enables you to go to full power mode for up to 7 minutes before you run out of charge

The V8 works as a stick vacuum but can also detach down into a smaller and lighter handheld

The dust filter has HEPA filtering

There’s a a dust container on this vacuum and no bags to deal with

Container capacity is 0.14 gallons

With the extended reach of the stick, you can clean floors, but also walls and ceilings

Comes with crevice and combination tools for cleaning corners and harder to reach spots, a duster brush attachment, and a mini motorised tool

So, there’s 4 attachments in total, plus the direct drive cleaning vacuum head

Also comes with a wall mounting station for mounting your vacuum on the wall

There’s 15 cyclones on the vacuum arranged across 2 tiers, which increases airflow and capture fine dust.

Vacuum has a 2 year limited warranty

 

Drawbacks

With the motorised brush head, you only get about 25 mins run time (not the 40 minutes you get with the non powered crevice tool and other non powered attachments)

The regular brush head is thick – too thick to get under lower furniture – but you can switch to the crevice tool for this

Not a cheap vacuum

Some people may prefer an electric/corded vacuum if they don’t like the idea of having limited run time with a battery

Some people can have issues with the battery (like any battery operated vacuum). Make sure you check the return policy and warranty conditions prior to purchasing to protect your investment

The V10 is available, which some people may prefer over the V8

Some people don’t like that you have to hold the button down to use this vacuum

 

Overall

Overall, this is one of the best pet vacuums on the market, and perhaps the best cordless/stick pet vacuum.

Although it is pricy, it performs well on carpets, hard floors and above floor level too. It’s lightweight and portable.

If you want to get it, just make sure you are OK with the return policy and warranty before you buy.

 

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Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum

Features

A cordless/battery operated stick vacuum – highly portable with no cords, and very lightweight

Can be used on most surfaces, and above floor level too

Uses a motorised brush head for picking up hair, including pet hair

Compared to the V8 Animal, the V8 Absolute also comes with an extra soft vacuum brush head for hard floors and for picking up larger derbris

Runs on lithium ion batteries

Designed to run up to 40 minutes on a full charge

Charging time is around 4 hours

The V8 is designed to have 150% more brush bar power than the Dyson V6

There’s a slide switch which enables you to go to full power mode for up to 7 minutes before you run out of charge

The V8 works as a stick vacuum but can also detach down into a smaller and lighter handheld

The dust filter has HEPA filtering

There’s a a dust container on this vacuum and no bags to deal with

Container capacity is 0.14 gallons

With the extended reach of the stick, you can clean floors, but also walls and ceilings

Comes with crevice and combination tools for cleaning corners and harder to reach spots, a duster brush attachment, and a mini motorised tool

So, there’s 4 attachments in total, plus the direct drive cleaning vacuum head

Also comes with a wall mounting station for mounting your vacuum on the wall

There’s 15 cyclones on the vacuum arranged across 2 tiers, which increases airflow and capture fine dust.

Vacuum has a 2 year limited warranty

 

Drawbacks

With the motorised brush head, you only get about 25 mins run time (not the 40 minutes you get with the non powered crevice tool and other non powered attachments)

The motorised brush head is thick – too thick to get under lower furniture – but you can switch to the crevice tool for this

Not a cheap vacuum

Some people may prefer an electric/corded vacuum if they don’t like the idea of having limited run time with a battery

Some people can have issues with the battery (like any battery operated vacuum). Make sure you check the return policy and warranty conditions prior to purchasing to protect your investment

The V10 is available, which some people may prefer over the V8

Some people don’t like that you have to hold the button down to use this vacuum

 

Overall

Overall, because it’s similar to the V8 Animal, the Absolute is one of the best pet vacuums on the market, and perhaps the equal best cordless/stick pet vacuum. Although it is pricy, it performs well on carpets, hard floors and above floor level too. It’s lightweight and portable. If you want to get it, just make sure you are OK with the return policy and warranty before you buy. 

 

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Dyson V8 Animal vs Absolute: Buyer’s Guide

Who Might The Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner Be For?

Those looking for a:

Cordless vacuum

Stick vacuum

Vacuum with a pet hair tool

 

Who Might The Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner NOT Be For?

Those looking for a:

Electric/corded vacuum

Upright type or canister type vacuum

Cheap vacuum

 

Who Might The Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Be For?

Those looking for a:

Cordless vacuum

Stick vacuum

Vacuum with a pet hair tool

Vacuum that comes with an extra vacuum head designed specifically for head floors and larger debris

 

Who Might The Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum NOT Be For?

Those looking for a:

Electric/corded vacuum

Upright type or canister type vacuum

Cheap vacuum

 

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