Dyson V8 Absolute vs. Dyson V10 Motorhead: Is Extra Power Worth It?

April 5, 2019, 12:08 p.m.

Which one would be the best for pet hair and carpet? Is the Dyson V10 Motorhead any better than the Dyson V8 Absolute?

  Dyson V8 Absolute Dyson V10 Motorhead
Suction power 115 AW 150 AW
Battery life up to 40 min in standard mode up to 60 minutes in standard mode
Battey capacity 2,600 mAh 2,800 mAh
Charging time 210 min 300 min
Noise level 72 dB 70 dB
HEPA filter yes yes
Dirt bin capacity 530 ml 530 ml
Battery Type lithium ion     nickel cobalt aluminum battery
Cleaning modes 2 3
Weight 5.75 lbs 5.05 lbs
Width 9.9 in 9.8 in
Lenght 49 in 49 in
Warranty 24 months 24 months
Price ~$350 ~$350

What the V8 Absolute vs. V10 Motorhead have in common? 


Both models are about the same size and weight. The Dyson V10 is 0.7 lbs lighter. 

HEPA filter 

Both have a HEPA filter that can be washed. 

Dustbin size 

Both are equipped with a 530 ml dustbin which is recommended to empty after every cleaning especially if you have pets. 

Easy to transform into a handheld 

All Dyson vacuum cleaners can be easily transformed into a handheld by one simple action. 

Convenient docking station

Stores and charges the machine and holds additional attachments. So it’s always ready to go.

What makes the Dyson V10 Motorhead different from the Dyson V8 Absolute?

Battery life & capacity

  Low power settings Medium power settings High power settings
Dyson V10 46-61 minutes 26-30 minutes 5-9 minutes
Dyson V8 33-42 minutes - 5-9 minutes

The Dyson V8 runs up to 33 minutes when using the cleaning head and for about 40 minutes with no attachments. In the max mode, it performs up to 9 minutes. 

The Dyson V10 has three power settings. In low power settings, it gives 45-60 minutes depending on the attachment you use; on medium settings - 26-30 minutes and up to 9 minutes on high power settings. 

The Dyson V8 battery has a 2,600 mAh capacity when the Dyson V10 - 2,80 mAh. Even though the V10 is equipped with a longer-lasting battery, it takes about 210 minutes to get charging done; the V8 - 300 minutes. 

Accessories in the box

As all the Absolute versions, the Dyson V8 Absolute has may accessories in the box, including a soft-roller head that works the best on hard floor. Aside from the soft-roller head and direct drive cleaner head, the V8 comes equipped with a mini motorized tool, mini soft dusting brush, combination accessory tool, crevice tool. 

The Dyson V10 Motorhead has least accessories of all the V10 options. It only has a combination tool, direct drive cleaner head, crevice tool, docking station, and charger. 

Suction power

In the max mode, the Dyson V8 motor delivers 115 AW, the Dyson V10 - 150 AW. The Dyson V10 is one of the most powerful cordless vacuum cleaners on the market. 

Battery Type

The Dyson V8's battery is lithium-ion; the Dyson V10 has a nickel cobalt aluminum battery.

Less noise 

Even though the V10 has stronger suction, it makes less noise than its older brother. 

Power settings

V8 model comes with two power settings when the newest Dyson has three. 

Dyson V8 Absolute quick look

The Dyson V8 Absolute comes equipped with a bunch of accessories in the box which makes the vacuum versatile and suitable for different cleaning needs. It is lightweight, has HEPA filtration, its dustbin is easy to empty, and every part of the main body is washable. 

It is ideal for both: hardfloor and carpet. The V8 has strong suction, but it is not enough to provide deep cleaning on high-pile carpets especially if you have pets though it is ideal for quick cleanups and performs great on thin and medium-pile carpets. 

The Dyson V8 Absolute has a soft-roller that removes fine dust and large debris from hard floors. 

Since it has a battery that lasts up to 40 minutes, the V8 Absolute is suitable for small and average-sized homes. 

If your home is about a mixed surface, you have pets and don't need extra power - go with the Dyson V8 Absolute.

Dyson V10 Motorhead 

The Dyson V10 Motorhead has a few accessories in the package since it is the most basic of the V10 series. 

It has HEPA so the vacuum is safe for allergy and asthma sufferers. Before Dyson launched its newest model Dyson V11, the V10 had been the most powerful of all cordless cleaners. 

With three power settings, you can adjust suction power depending on your cleaning needs. 60 minutes of cleaning time gives the Dyson V10 opportunities to work in big houses. It is enough to cover a significant area. 

Yes, it lacks the soft-roller tough the motorhead brush works great on carpet and bare floor. It only struggles with big debris like cereals on hardfloor. On carpet, the Dyson V10 Motorhead performs flawlessly.  

With the extra power, you get deeper cleaning on thin and thick carpets which is great especially if you have high-pile carpets and pets. 


Since both models cost about the same, it is not as easy to choose the best. The V8 Absolute is more suitable for bare floors because of the roller head when the V10 Motorhead does its best on carpet.

If you don't have thick carpets or want to use the vacuum as a helper to your traditional one - get the Dyson V8 Absolute. It is powerful, lightweight and ideal for homes with a mixed surface. 

If you live in a big home that is covered with carpets mostly - have a look at the V10 Motorhead. It does a superb job on carpets, it also works great on bare floor, it is able to get rid of pet hair even on high-pile carpets. With longer battery life and extra power, the Dyson V10 Motorhead is a cordless vacuum cleaner that can replace your traditional vacuum. 

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