Dyson believes that cordless vacuums will be the future, whether handheld or robotic, but battery technology has been the big sticking point. The most recent V8 cordless claims to last doubly long and manage to completely replace a corded vacuum.

The Dyson V8 may be the latest in an extended line of handheld floor cleaners, which started life as the DC16 in 2007. Since that time, they’ve are more powerful, and with improved energy-efficiency and batteries, they go longer between charges. They’ve also gained floor tools and wands to carefully turn them into full vacuum-cleaner replacements.

The big difference between your V8 and last year’s V6 is that the brand new Dyson cordless claims to last for 40 minutes battery life. Could it be finally enough to completely clean the whole house?

Pros of cordless
No restrictive cord or cylinder
More manoeuvrable
Don’t need to stop to unplug
More compact
Faster to deploy
Cons of cordless
Smaller bin
Weight in the hand
Less powerful
Should be charged
Batteries wear out
Pull the trigger and off you go
Pull the trigger to start out vacuuming, lift to save lots of battery when you’re moving furniture. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
The V8 (find here) is probably the most manoeuvrable and easy-to-use floor cleaners available. Fit an instrument, press the trigger and off you go. Dyson’s system for attaching and detaching peripherals is quick, easy and feels robust – just push a button and slide apart, snapping another piece into place. This means going from a hand vacuum with crevice tool to a complete vacuum takes seconds.

Unlike a corded vacuum, there’s nowhere to store the unused ends on the cleaner, which would add weight, nonetheless it is somewhat of a pain.

With a wand and cleaning head attached, the V8 handles just like a cylinder vacuum’s wand without the weight of the connecting tube and main unit to drag around on to the floor. It feels completely different to an upright, but using it quickly becomes natural. The largest difference is that because almost all of the weight is in your hand it’s a whole lot simpler to grab and move the top around without dragging it over the floor.

Turning the V8 from a handheld vacuum to a complete cleaner takes seconds. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
Despite weighing only 2.6kg and being lighter than almost every other cordless vacuums, I came across that after cleaning a complete home with the V8 I possibly could feel the muscles in my own hand and arm commence to ache. Relaxing my grip and letting the top on to the floor take the weight helped, nonetheless it is something you should get used to.

Found in short bursts, the V8 is far more balanced than most handheld vacuums and cleaning the stairs was so easier with the Dyson than an upright or cylinder vacuum.

A switch on the very best varies between maximum and normal suction. Leaving it on normal with the powered fluffy or carpet head was plenty of for regular vacuuming, providing an identical degree of cleaning to a Dyson upright. It had been also a whole lot quieter, particularly with the fluffy head attached; I possibly could hold a complete conversation without shouting while cleaning a difficult floor.

Flicking the switch to max sends the cleaner right into a frenzy, drastically increasing the suction power, how much air it fires out the trunk, noise and battery consumption. It had been useful for the odd spot that couldn’t quite be reached with the crevice tool or that was heavily soiled, but wasn’t needed frequently.

Flick the switch to max for far more power but it’ll only last seven minutes. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
Specifications
Dimensions: 250 x 1,244 x 224mm
Weight: 2.6kg
Suction power: 115AW
Bin volume: 540ml
Battery life: 40 minutes (30/25 minutes with powered head, seven minutes on max)
Charge time: Five hours full charge
Battery life
The battery indicator on both sides of the battery assist you to keep track of just how much longer it’ll last or how charged it really is, although so long as need to worry whether it’ll make it across the house. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
Dyson claims the V8 can last for 40 minutes with out a powered head, using the crevice tool or similar suction-only accessory. It’ll last up to thirty minutes with the fluffy head attached, up to 25 minutes with the original spinning brush head or seven minutes when in maximum suction mode.

I came across the battery life a lot more than long enough. An intensive clean of four rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a flight of stairs with both carpeted and hard floor surfaces, including cleaning around the edges with the crevice tool, and using the mini motorised at once the stairs, left me with one-third of the battery left.

A lighter weekly clean left about 50 % in the tank, while I possibly could make make use of it for a complete day of clearing up after and during DIY without issue. A complete charge takes five hours and the V8 could be placed in a wall-mounted dock that holds and charges the key unit, plus has clips for just two accessories. The other accessories, like the other motorised heads must be placed separately, which is a lttle bit messy.

The bin
Emptying the bin is straightforward and about as mess-free since you can get from a bagless cleaner. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
The V8’s bin is pretty small, by virtue of the complete unit being small, nonetheless it was big enough to accomplish a complete house clean without having to be emptied in the middle of. For particularly messy jobs it could need emptying before finishing.

To do so, stick it over a bin, pull the red lever at the very top to lift up the cyclones, and additional still to open underneath door and dump out the dust. Afterward you push the cyclones down again, which scrapes pull out them, before pushing the entranceway closed again. It’s simple, simple to do and about as clean as emptying a bagless cleaner could be.

Heads and accessories
The V8 Absolute posseses an extra head, the fluffy hard floor cleaner. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
The V8 will come in two versions: the V8 Absolute and the V8 Animal. THE PET may be the starting model and includes one big motorised brush head, a crevice and combo tool and a smaller motorised head for cleaning the stairs and other bits. The Absolute also includes the fluffy head for cleaning hard floors.

The heads and accessories could be linked right to the V8 or via the wand, which is light enough to lift up with the crevice tool to attain the corners of the ceiling.

The Dyson dock mounted in the 3/4 height cupboard. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
Price
The Dyson V8 Animal costs £450 (buy here) and the V8 Absolute £500 (buy here).

For comparison, last year’s Dyson V6 cleaners start at £230, as the firm’s corded vacuums start at £200. Other cordless vacuums are for sale to £50 or more, while opponents with similar overall flexibility and design start at £150.

Observations
Initially you conclude gripping the vacuum handle and trigger too much. Relaxing your grip stops it hurting when doing longer cleaning jobs
The standard motorised head does an excellent job on all surfaces
The fluffy head will be a lot quieter compared to the other heads, is way better at picking right up large stuff and fine dust on hard floors and won’t chew up cables in the event that you accidentally come across them
Devoid of anywhere to clip the crevice tool when cleaning with the wand and head means you conclude shoving it in a back pocket
There’s no lock for the trigger, therefore you need to keep it held while cleaning
The dock is nice, could be wall or cupboard mounted, but you still have the condition of where you can store the mini motorised head and other head, in the event that you buy the Absolute
It’s difficult to stress just how much quieter and easier on the ears the V8 is in comparison to a loud upright
Verdict
The V8 Absolute may be the most flexible, simple to use and convenient vacuum I’ve ever used. Previous models wouldn’t always do the complete house on a charge; the V8 can clean a good five-bed house at once, which is a major step forward.

With the weight of the motor and battery in your hand, it’s about as tiring to use as an upright, despite being much lighter and more manoeuvrable than almost every other vacuums. There’s also a question over how long the batteries can last. It includes a two-year guarantee, but as being a smartphone, the batteries will eventually fade, meaning it could not last so long as a corded vacuum.

It really is still a trade-off, between power, battery life, weight and utility, however the Dyson V8 strikes the very best balance so far. It really is fully with the capacity of replacing a corded model for even the messiest of jobs with the added good thing about a hand vacuum built-in. The V8 only probl