Dyson V8 Absolute+ handheld vacuum review

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No one thinks vacuuming is actually fun, but it can be quick and easy – provided you choose the right tool for the job. Dyson has been at the forefront of vacuum cleaner technology since it began with the world’s first bagless vacuum. Let’s explore its latest showstopping design – the V8 Absolute+ handheld vacuum.

What is the Dyson V8 Absolute+ vacuum?

V8 Absolute+ stick vacuum

Dyson’s most powerful cord-free stick vacuum cleaner is the Dyson V8, which comes in three different packages. The Dyson V8 Absolute+ is the latest package, including the full set of add-ons available. It’s the top of the range for the already high-end vacuum line.

What makes the Dyson V8 Absolute+ stand out?

The V8 vacuum range is built around Dyson’s latest and most powerful digital motor. It’s powered by a lithium-ion battery – offering up to 40 minutes of fade-free suction, or 25 minutes when you use the motorised floor tool. Fifteen cyclones – arranged in two tiers – work together to increase airflow and capture fine dust. Suction power can be increased or decreased depending on how much suction power you need (and whether you feel like lifting up the rug with the vacuum) by sliding the power mode switch. Air passes through a HEPA filter before being released from the vacuum cleaner, ensuring that no allergens can escape and persist in the air inside your home.

The docking station is wall-mounted, so the vacuum charges while stored. The dock also holds additional attachments, for easy access. Like all Dyson cord-free vacuums, the V8 converts easily into a handheld vacuum for quick clean-ups and spot cleaning.

What accessories are included with the Dyson V8 Absolute+?

Dyson Accessories

Apart from the vacuum itself, the Dyson V8 Absolute box contains the following components and add-ons:

  • Docking station
  • Soft roller cleaner head (for removing both large debris and fine dust from hard floors)
  • Direct drive cleaner head (drives bristles deep into carpet to help lift out ground-in dirt)
  • Combination tool
  • Rigid crevice tool
  • Mini soft dusting brush (for removing dust from delicate surfaces such as laptops, coffee tables, and dashboards)
  • Mini motorised tool (for removing fine dust from sofas, mattresses, car seats and other soft furnishings)
  • V8 extension hose (for getting into difficult to reach places, e.g. under car seats)
  • V8 mattress tool
  • V8 flexi crevice tool (for getting into narrow spaces, e.g. behind the fridge)
  • V8 up-top adaptor (for vacuuming surfaces up high, e.g. the top of wardrobes or ceiling fans)
  • V8 accessory tool bag

What’s the difference between the Dyson V8 Absolute and the Absolute+?

The difference between these two Dyson V8 products is around $100 on the price tag, and the list of accessories included. The Absolute does not include the extension hose, mattress tool, accessory bag, flexi crevice tool, or up top adaptor.

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Does the Dyson V8 Absolute+ require much maintenance?

Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Cleaning

As a bagless vacuum, it needs to be emptied directly into a bin once full. Stick vacuum cleaners have a smaller capacity than barrel types, so they do need to be emptied more frequently. The nozzles and accessories should also be cleaned out regularly to prevent the accumulation of any gunk or potential blockages. The filter is designed to be washable and to last the lifetime of the vacuum cleaner.

The user manual includes simple instructions for keeping your Dyson kit clean.

How much does the Dyson V8 Absolute+ cost?

Given that Dyson is a premium vacuum brand, it will come as little surprise that its top products come with a heavy price tag. The Dyson V8 Absolute+ carries a recommended retail price of $999. Keep an eye out for sales from retailers if you want to shave a bit off that figure, however as the newest model to hit the shelves you may be waiting a while if you’re looking to snag a bargain.

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