Dyson V8 Animal vs Absolute

Sometimes when looking for a new vacuum cleaner and you are trying to decide between two cleaners that are very similar, it helps when someone has done a comparison so that things are broken down for you. Both the Dyson V8 Animal and the Dyson V8 Absolute are great options so whichever you choose you will get that Dyson quality product. Here though is a brief comparison between the Dyson V8 Animal with the Dyson V8 Absolute for those who need it!

The Dyson V8 Animal – a closer look

There are a lot of great aspects to the Dyson V8 Animal that make it a great buy. It is a battery powered cleaner so it is cordless but it is one the most powerful cordless cleaners you can get. You get 40 minutes of cleaning time in general but with tools that turns to 25 minutes and then if you have max power mode turned on it is 7 minutes.

You get a variety of useful cleaning accessories with it that are easy to release when its time to use. Those with allergies will be happy to see it has HEPA filtration, the best system there is. Then there is a docking station for it to charge at and of course it comes with a full 2 year warranty, though Dyson offers that for all of its vacuum cleaners. It weighs just 5.6 pounds, the dust bin has a capacity of .14 gallons and when completely charged you get 31/2 hours of battery life.

The Dyson V8 Absolute – a closer look

When you get the V8 Absolute from Dyson home and take it out of the box you should find the vacuum itself along with several accessories and tools such as, a mini motorized tool great for handheld mode, a direct drive cleaner head, a crevice tool, a mini soft brush for dusting, and a combination tool all of which have connectors with quick release. There is also a docking station where it charges and is stored.

Another bonus is the extra floor tool, a soft roller cleaner head, perfect for non carpeted surface cleaning. This has a carbon filament that is anti static on the brush bar so it is great for the finest of dust particles up to larger debris. Unlike with similar attachments in other cleaners the visor on the soft roller head does not come into contact with the floor giving it higher clearance and making it more efficient at picking up larger debris rather than pushing it around. This means the Absolute is really great for homes with a lot of care floors like hardwood, laminate or tile.

Comparing the Dyson V8 Animal with the Absolute

Really the main difference between these two cleaners is the soft roller cleaner head on the Dyson V8 Absolute. Both come with the other accessories and tools mentioned, both have an extension hose and both have great reviews for cordless vacuum cleaners. Both can be used as handheld cleaners, as stick cleaners for quick cleaning and on carpeting and upholstery. Both V8 machines have better cleaning performances than the V6 line, emptying the dust bin is easier and cleaner in the later line too and the run time is longer. The Animal is just a very little lighter than the Absolute, with the former being 5.6 pounds and the latter being 5.8 pounds.


If you are looking at either the Dyson V8 Animal or the Dyson V8 Absolute really the only thing that might change things is whether you need that soft roller floor head for hard flooring. If your home is almost all carpeting the Animal is great and about $100 cheaper. However if you do have hard floors to clean up as well as carpeting then the Absolute is certainly worth that bit extra for much better hard floor cleaning.

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