Dyson has revealed its latest generation cordless, the £499 V8 Absolute – replacing 2014’s V6 and marking a decade since the company first released a cord-free cleaner.
Cordless vacuums have already come of age in terms of their cleaning ability but – just like phones and laptops – their battery power has been limited. Not so with the V8…
1. It’s got much better battery life
Aside from the motor, the major advance with the new Dyson V8 Absolute is the doubling of usable battery life – now 40 minutes instead of 20.
That’s enough to vacuum all but the largest homes, whereas you’d have to pace it around to clean decent-sized homes previously for fear of having to come back to the job later after a recharge.
A battery runtime indicator gives you a visual indication of cleaning time remaining.
2. The V8 motor is better than the V6 (well, obviously)
Dyson has long extolled the virtues of its motors versus those of its competitors and having tested many of them, it’s clear that performance varies wildly. “Some cordless vacuum cleaners use small motors that can be weak, while others rely on heavy motors that can compromise versatility,” it says.
The V8 motor runs at 425W, compared to the previous generation V6 which ran at 350W. It spins up to 110,000rpm for powerful fade-free suction. It’s what Dyson has invested most money in developing over the last decade. The V8 is “the result of 18 months research and development and 500,000 hours of testing,” says James Dyson himself.
In 2016, Dyson says it will produce 8.8m digital motors – that’s approximately one every 3.5 seconds. 376 robots are used to assemble Dyson digital motors, as even the most dextrous human hand isn't precise enough: the smallest manufacturing tolerance is +/- 3 microns, which is approximately a quarter of the thickness of a human hair.
3. There’s a more powerful max mode
The max mode offers higher suction for more difficult tasks, and is activated with a redesigned switch in the V8. It also now provides 115AW of suction, compared to a max of 100AW on previous generation machines.
4. There’s something called a hygienic dirt ejector
The new V8 Absolute has a new bin emptying mechanism, called a hygienic dirt ejector. Put simply, this means you never have to touch the dirt as you bin it. As the bin is emptied, a rubber collar slides down the shroud (which itself was redesigned and now constructed from chemically-etched stainless steel, which has a smooth surface punctuated by approximately 15,000 holes measuring 0.4mm each), scraping dirt off. This drives out trapped dust and debris in a single action, with no need to touch the dirt, which you often do with other cleaners. The bin also has a larger capacity than the previous generation.
5. It only weighs 2.6kg
Ley components like the motor and battery are positioned near the hand to shift the centre of gravity and making the cleaning end of the vacuum much lighter. The overall weight isn’t different to the V6, so it’s just as manageable despite the new motor and other components like the larger bin.
Interesting fact: the polycarbonate clear bin is made from the same durable material as riot shields.
6. It can clean carpets and hard floors
A direct-drive cleaner head removes ground-in dirt and pet hair from carpeted floors and is 150 percent more powerful than the equivalent V6 accessory, while a soft roller cleaner head can remove large debris and fine dust from hard floors.
All tools feature a new quick release catch enabling you to change smoothly between tasks.
As standard, the Dyson V8 Absolute vacuum includes the direct-drive cleaner head and the soft roller cleaner head, in addition to the mini motorised tool, the combination tool and the crevice tool.
7. It’s got a charging station
Many rival products have a charger you have to unravel and plug in, but the V8 has a charging station instead.
8. It’s quieter than the V6
Up to 50 percent quieter, in fact. The air flow paths through the machine have been reworked, to reduce the noise associated with air moving fast through tight spaces. The post-motor filter has been redesigned, so it helps to muffle sound. And acoustic felt and closed cell foam inside the machine absorbs vibrations, also reducing noise.
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