Dyson V6 vs V7 vs V8 – In-depth Comparison

Welcome again to another comparison review. This time, we will be doing something a little bit different. We are going to be comparing 3 products.

Before we go into the details, let us tell you a bit about the brand. When it comes to vacuum cleaners, this brand really does not need any introduction.

Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Red

Dyson has made a name for itself in the vacuum cleaner industry by consistently churning out quality products with great performance.

That’s not all, it responds to customer feedback and offers an improved version with what the users asked for.

This is essentially the story of the three Dyson cordless vacuums we are comparing today.

The V6 was, and still is, a good vacuum. However, there were some complaints about it so Dyson came up with the V7 as an upgrade.

Since Dyson is a forward-moving brand, it needed to improve on the V7 and that is why we have the V8.

That said, let us get down to business and explore what these cordless vacuums have to offer.

 

Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, RedDyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Fuchsia (227591-01)Dyson  (214730-01) V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Yellow
To get the V6, click here To get the V7, click here To get the V8, click here

 

 

Comparison Overview – Dyson V6 vs V7 vs V8

As you can tell from the title, all three vacuums are from the same brand and from the same line. It only makes sense that they all have quite a number of similarities.

As the number gets higher, so is the sequence of the upgrades. So, the V8 is the most advanced of the three while the V6 is the least and the earliest issue among them.

Don’t let that sway you though, the V6 still has an advantage over the other two. It distributes its weight better which makes it more convenient to handle over time.

The V7 has a dust cup design that is more efficient to empty than the V6. It also has a brush head that can clean a little more efficiently than the V8.

The V8, which is the most advanced in many other ramifications is more expensive than the other two.

As you continue reading, you will find out more differences and, of course, similarities among these vacuums. It is our hope that what you read will make it easier for you to decide which of them is best for your needs.

 

Dyson V6 vs V7 vs V8 – Comparison Table

 Dyson V6Dyson V7Dyson V8
Available ModelsAbsolute, Animal (Pro), Motorhead, Cord Free, Baby + Child, Car + Boat, Fluffy, Top Dog, TriggerMotorhead, Animal, Absolute, and HEPA

 

See our Dyson V7 review for more info

Absolute, Animal, and Motorhead

 

Check out our review of the Dyson V8 Animal to learn more about it.

Battery Life 20 minutesUp to 30 minutesUp to 40 minutes
Charge Time3 hours 30 minutes3 hours 30minutes5 hours
Power100 Air Watts (Max mode)75% more powerful than the V675% more powerful than the V6
Filtration SystemWashable HEPA filterCyclonic and WashableWhole machine
Weight 5 lbs5.45 lbs5.75 lbs
Dimension9.8 x 8.7 x 46.4 inches8.2 x 9.8 x 49 inches9.8 x 8.8 x 49 inches
Dust Cup0.4 liters0.4 liters0.54 liters
 

 

 

 

 

 

Which Is Best For What Situation? – Dyson V6 vs V7 vs V8

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The V6 is quite impressive with its cleaning performance. However, the results of tests show that the V6 cleans better on hard floors especially if you go for the model that includes the fluffy roller brush head.

 

So if you have mainly hard floors in your home, you might want to take this one seriously. But, it is not good with larger debris like cereal.

The V7 which is more powerful than the V6 is expected to clean better, and it does. Both on carpets and hard floors, this vacuum will pick up dirt and pet hairs. If you have more of hard floors in your home, you might want to go for the model (Absolute) that includes the fluffy brush head.The V8 cleaned only marginally better than the V7 (in our test), though it has more suction. Therefore, you will get a good clean with fewer passes.

 

Its direct-drive head coupled with the powerful suction makes this one arguably the best in its competitors on the same level.

The complaint from users about the dust cup in the V6 was corrected in this one. So, if you absolutely don’t want to get your hands dirty, this is a good option.

 

After the lid opens below and the dirt comes out, you can still pull up the radial cyclone part to release any dirt that is trying to stick behind.

As far as the dust cup is concerned, it is basically the same as the one on the V7.
When using a cordless vacuum, it is often a race against time. Runtime is critical in selecting a cordless vacuum. The V6 will give you 20 good minutes of vacuuming. But if you run it on Max mode, you will get only 6.The V7 runs for 30 minutes on regular power. We are sure that you will agree that the extra 10 minutes is a significant difference between completing your cleaning chores and waiting for hours for the vacuum to recharge.

 

So, if this aspect of a cordless vacuum is worth the price difference between this and the V6, it is a step up.

If you have heavier floor cleaning demands, this is better for you as you can cover more grounds in 40 minutes than you would with any of the other two.
The filter in the V6 is HEPA and is washable. This saves you the scare of allergic and asthmatic attacks just because you have to vacuum. That it is washable means that you can reuse it multiple times and save the cost of buying replacements often.This vacuum uses the cyclonic system to handle dust and has a washable filter. Some models of the Dyson V7 have 2 filters in them for an even better filtration process.The advanced whole machine filtration system of the V8 is your best bet if you truly don’t want to inhale allergens. They also have 2 filters to better protect you. These filters have lifetime longevity and are also washable.
Price is quite important too. Dysons are expensive, but some are more expensive than others. This is a good vacuum by all rights but if the dust cup flaw and the battery life is something you can live with, you will spend less and still get a good performance.If you believe that the upgrades of the V7 over the V6 are worth the price difference, do go for this.If the advancement is worth the price to you, then this is the one you need to buy.

 

Common Features – Dyson V6 vs V7 vs V8

These 3 are essentially the same vacuum. The only difference is that one has its performance upgraded over the other.

It only makes sense that there are certain, more than a few, things that will remain the same in all three vacuums.

However, that a feature remains the same does not mean that they still work the same way. For instance, “Direct Drive brush head” is a feature common to the three vacuums but they don’t work the same way in all three.

 

Appearance

All three cordless vacuums look just the same by looking at them. If not for their color schemes, you will have a hard time telling them apart.

The Dyson V6, V7, and V8 have their 2-Tier Radial Cyclone located in the same place. You can find it just behind where the wand connects to the handle. It looks more like a crown.

The only difference is its color. The radial cyclone part is white on the V6, fuchsia on the V7, and metallic on the V8.

Just so you know, this radial cyclone technology spins dirt and dust in a circular motion at high speeds which separates the dirt from the air.

The reason for this is to keep the airflow at optimum which in turn affects the suction. This is the reason these vacuums do not lose suction as the dust cups get filled.

 

Trigger Button

Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners do not use the common switch or press button to power them up.

Rather, their power button is a trigger that you need to hold down to keep them on. That is how it is on the Dyson V6, V7, and V8.

Dyson has a good reason for this power button. It is for the purpose of saving power.

Instead of reaching for the power button all the time, you just have to release your finger on the button. You will agree that this is faster and more convenient

In all honesty, this design serves its purpose. However, over time, you will begin to feel the strain on your finger. This is because you will subconsciously exert more that necessary pressure on the button.

 

Max Mode

Furthermore, all three vacuums can switch to Max Mode. This is a high-level power mode that boosts suction power. As you know, the higher the suction the deeper the clean.

The increase in power is significantly higher. We are talking about over 4 times higher. The three vacuums can reach in excess of 100 Air Watts of suction in the Max mode.

While both the V6 and the V7 can last for 6 minutes in this mode, the V8 lasts longer.

 

Washable Filter

If you know about vacuuming, you will know how important the filtration system in a vacuum cleaner is. All three vacuums use the Radial Cyclone technology to handle the fine particles the vacuum sucks up.

Some models have dual filters while others have just one. However, they all have a filter located in the middle of the Radial Cyclone tubes.

These filters trap in a significantly high amount of allergens and dust preventing them from seeping back into the atmosphere in your home.

All models of the V8 have a post-motor HEPA filter which does a second level purification of the air that passes through it.

However, it is only the V7 Animal and, of course, the HEPA models that have this post-Motor HEPA filter.

The same is true for the V6 as there is a V6 HEPA model which, of course, has a HEPA filter.

Another thing about the filters in these vacuums is that they are washable. There is a financial benefit that comes with this. You will not need to buy filters as often since you will be reusing this one.

In fact, the filters in the V7 and V8 can boast of lifetime longevity. This means that you will not even need to replace the filters at all, of course, unless you lose or damage it.

 

Battery

All three batteries are lithium-ion. Both the V7 and V8 have 21.6 volts, 6-cell Lithium-ion battery. All three batteries are also fairly the same size.

One point of note is that the V8 battery is larger. This would explain to a large extent why it offers a better runtime.

Before we move on, lithium-ion batteries are a great choice for these vacuums as they play a part in their performance.

Lithium-ion batteries are good at holding power and they have a decent shelf life. Furthermore, they release energy to the vacuum steadily such that the vacuum’s power remains relatively the same until it goes flat.

 

Dust Cup

The dust cup on all three are fairly the same size, however, the one on the V6 is smaller while the V7 and V8 have the same dust cup size.

While the dust cup on the V7 and V8 are of the same design, the V6 dust cup is a bit different.

They all look the same but the design difference will show when it is time to empty. They all open at the base so the contents can fall out into the trash.

The V7 and V8 both have a lever that you can pull that will lift the cyclone portion out of the dust cup. This essentially shakes off any dirt that is hanging on.

This will cause most of the dirt to fall out. However, the V6 dust cup does not have this design, so, some dirt still remains which you will have to pull out manually.

 

Handheld

These 3 vacuums can easily transform into a handheld vacuum. If you couple this with the attachment tools, the versatility is extensive.

Your cordless vacuum suddenly lets you clean more than just floors. You will be able to reach as high as the ceiling as well as everything in between.

In the handheld mode, you can go anywhere you want with the vacuum since it is cordless. Your car, boat, trailer, etc. how you can clean is only limited to your creativity.

 

Maneuverability

All three vacuums are lightweight. That way, you can carry them around wherever you want, up and down the stairs.

They also have a swivel steering head. This allows them to turn easily. In fact, all three vacuums can turn 90 degrees.

This will let you maneuver around obstacles and furniture easily which will make your vacuuming experience more fun than work.

All three vacuums can also tilt nearly flat on the floor so you can get underneath furniture.

 

 

Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, RedDyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Fuchsia (227591-01)Dyson  (214730-01) V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Yellow
To get the V6, click here To get the V7, click here
To get the V8, click here

 

 

Dyson V6 vs V7 vs V8 – What’s Unique To Each Product?

Features Unique To Dyson V6

Weight Distribution

When searching for a cordless vacuum, or any type of vacuum for that matter, the weight is an important feature to consider.

This has everything to do with its maneuverability as using a heavy vacuum is not as convenient as a light one.

One common problem with cordless vacuums is that they are often top heavy. This puts a strain on your hand when you use it for an extended period. For those with physical challenges, it can actually be a pain.

The Dyson V6 did great with its weight distribution. It is not heavy at 5 pounds but if not for how the weight is distributed, it might not be so comfortable to use over a long period.

 

 

 

Features Unique To Dyson V7

Brush Head

The brush head on the V7 is slightly smaller than the one on the V8 and is about the same size as the one on the V6.

However, in some tests, the V7 brush head proved to be more efficient at picking up dirt than even the V8! But in truth, the difference was only marginal.

The V7, with its brush head that is 75% more powerful than that of the V6, combined with its powerful suction makes it perform well.

 

 

Features Unique To Dyson V8

Battery Indicator

There is a battery indicator on the V8 with 3 lights. Though the V6 and V7 have battery indicators, it has only one light.

This is a good feature because it lets you know how much power you have left which can influence how you work.

The light indicator also lets you know how the battery is charging. If two of the lights are on, for instance, you can tell that it has charged up to two-thirds of the way.

 

 

 

 

Dyson V6 vs V7 vs V8 – Unique Pros

Dyson V6

i. It is comfortable to use over long periods as its weight is well distributed.

ii. It is less expensive than the other two and still does a good job.

iii. The V6 has more variants (models) to choose from.

Dyson V7

i. The brush head is more powerful than the one on the V6 and a bit more efficient than the one on the V8 on carpets.

Dyson V8

i. It has a stronger motor, hence more powerful suction.

ii. All V8 models have 2 filters one of which is HEPA.

iii. It has a longer battery life than the other two.

 

 

Dyson V6 vs V7 vs V8 – Unique Cons

Dyson V6

i. The dust cup relies too much on gravity. So, some dirt that sticks to the dust cup needs to be removed manually.

Dyson V7

i. Two of the three V7 models have only one filter and it is not even HEPA.

Dyson V8

i. It takes a heck of a long time to recharge.

 

 

Dyson V6 vs V7 vs V8 – Pros Common To All Products

Dyson V6Dyson V7Dyson V8
This vacuum comes with quite an impressive collection of attachment tools.

 

However, you should pay attention to which model you go for as not all of them have the same attachment tools

Same as the V6Whichever model of the V8 you go for, you will still get almost every available attachment tool.
Power is something you will get from any Dyson cordless vacuum. So, if that matters to you, this is a good start.The power you get from the V7 is even more than what the V6 has to offer.The V8 is the most powerful of them all.
Even though this has the lowest runtime compared to the other two, it is still impressive compared to other cordless vacuums on its level.You get more time on this one than the V6.A whopping 40 minutes is sufficient time to complete your vacuuming chores, yes?
This vacuum is lightweight and easy to maneuver.Same as the V6Same as the V6
You get a washable and highly efficient filter.Same as the V6Same as the V6
You can transform it into a handheldSame as the V6Same as the V6

 

Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, RedDyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Fuchsia (227591-01)Dyson  (214730-01) V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Yellow
To get the V6, click here To get the V7, click here
To get the V8, click here

 

 

Dyson V6 vs V7 vs V8 – Cons Common To All Products

Dyson V6Dyson V7Dyson V8
The V6 is still quite expensive despite the series of upgrades after it.Upgrade or not it is quite expensive.Same as the V7
The trigger power button that is a good idea can easily be a con as it can become painful to keep your finger in place for long.Same as the V6Same as the V6

 

 

 

Dyson V6 vs V7 vs V8 – General Feeling Among Users

Dyson V6Dyson V7 Dyson V8
Some users are happy that you can easily switch the attachment tools without hassles. You just need to snap on any tool you need to use. They also like that you can convert it into a handheld vacuum. A certain user said she uses it for cleaning the interior of her car.The attachments that come with it are also a point of praise for the Dyson V7 Cordless Vacuum. Depending on which version you buy, you have sufficient attachment tools to do different types of cleaning.The attachment tools on the V8 works basically like the other two. They all have the pull and snap approach to using them and work well. So, it is safe to assume that users enjoy this part of the vacuum, though few of them mentioned this.
As we already know that the Dyson V6 also has powerful suction, almost every user is happy about that. They love that it picks up dirt pretty well. Pet owners too love how easily it picks up pet hairs.Not surprisingly, a lot of the users loved how powerful the suction is. Consequently, they also love how well it picks up dirt and hairs on both hard floors and carpets.Users applaud the V8 for how well it deals with pet hairs. A particular user who has pets in her house mentioned how much hair the V8 still picked off her carpet after a robot vacuum had already gone over it. She is quite excited about the result she is getting.
Users with wooden floors love how well this vacuum works on it. You will get even better performance if you have the fluffy roller brush head. This is because the soft roller leaves a polished effect in its wake.Some users mentioned that the vacuum works great on hard floors. A particular user even said that he or she would recommend the vacuum if you have more hard floors than carpets. Kindly note that you will need to have the fluffy roller head to get the best effect on hard floors.Most of the users attest to how well this vacuum performs. However, they often talk about its performance on both hard floors and carpets.
While we did not come across a lot of users who commented on the noise level, we can easily say that it is not so bad. The reason being that it is just 6 decibels louder than the V7. That’s nowhere near as noisy as your hair drier.Most users agree that the V7 is not noisy at least not enough to be uncomfortable with. In fact, by comparison, it is the quietest of the three. A lot of them even expressed surprise at how quietly it works considering its suction power.The V8 is only 3 decibels louder than the V7. Few users also called the V8 quiet.

 

Dyson V6 vs V7 vs V8 – Some Complaints

Dyson V6Dyson V7Dyson V8
Some user had ergonomic complaints about the trigger feature. Dyson had good intentions using this approach as we pointed out earlier.

 

However, users experienced the problem we thought this feature might have. They complained that it becomes painful having to hold onto the power button over a period of time.

The trigger power button is featuring here as a complaint. This only goes to show that people have different preferences. Some complained about it because it causes strain on their fingers as a result of holding it down for long.There are few similar complaints about the same thing for the V8. It only makes sense since it features the same design.

 

Do note that this complaint was stated by individual users of all three.

 

 

Dyson V6 vs V7 vs V8 – Our Verdict

Dyson V6Dyson V7Dyson V8
If you want to save money and still get good cleaning performance, this is your best among the three featured vacuums.

 

The vacuum has some shortcomings, to be honest, but if your aim is to save your hard earned money, the V6 is a great choice.

The V7 is an upgrade to the V6 and it surely proves that in more ways than one.

 

However, it is more expensive. You will certainly get value for your money. So, if you don’t mind spending for what you want, then is worth your buck.

If you can afford it and the upgrade it offers is the extra you are looking for in a cordless vacuum, why not? Go for the V8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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