Dyson is looking to reinvent the looks and functionalities of home appliances and it is apparent in the design and technology that has been put into their products. The V8 takes everything that is already impressive about the V7 series and ramps it up a few more notches. The V8 is currently the top of the line cordless vacuum from Dyson, with the most powerful digital motor, longest lasting battery per charge, improved sound reduction technology and one of the best agitation attachments in the market.
Out of the box the V8 looks like a ray gun that has just stepped out from a science fiction movie. Constructed from multi-colored and see-through durable hard plastic, it’s easy to see that the V8 looks more like a toy than a home appliance but the loud colors are done for a purpose. Reds are the trigger parts that you can manipulate and blues are attachments that can be removed to be cleaned. Disassembling the V8 is very easy and there are minimal parts to clean.
Dyson has managed to cram everything from a normal sized vacuum into a 2.6kg cord-free handheld unit. There is no dangling power cords or connecting plastic tubes, the vacuum snaps together into a tight, cohesive piece of functional machinery. From arm-length to ceiling or floor length, on hard floors or carpets, the V8 is easily luggable and adjustable with its multiple attachments to suit your vacuuming needs for various tasks and surfaces. The V8 also has better overall dirt agitation to provide a better cleaning performance, especially on carpets.
Talking about the weight, the V8 is not too heavy to the point that it’s uncomfortable to carry around but after using it for 30-40 minutes, you can definitely feel it in your arms. The V8 also comes with an activation trigger that is unlike like the normal click on click off switch found in other vacuums. Some might find it a bother to have to hold down the switch continuously to activate the V8. Our only gripe with the button is that we wished Dyson would make it non-slip or rubberised.
Dyson V8 offers excellent fade-free operating time powered by Nickel-Cobalt-Aluminium batteries, up to 30% better than Dyson V7 or in layman terms 40 minutes on full charge without motorised tool attached. With motorised tools the run time is about 25 minutes and with the “Max” mode engaged, a paltry 7 minutes. Do note with “Max” mode on we have managed to vacuum up any mess we came across in a single pass, so we reckon you can actually get everything and anything cleaned up even with just 7 minutes on the clock. The charging for the V8 does take awhile though, roughly about 5.5 hours to get to full charge so do keep it docked in the charge bay at all times. Worry not, the V8 comes with an auto cut-off once it is fully charged so you won't incur any extra cost to your power bill.
The powerful Dyson digital motor V8 spinning at 110,000 times a minute combined with the 2-Tier radial cyclones creates a powerful airflow to capture fine dust and allergens in the post-motor HEPA filtration system. After one full use of the V8, we do find that the general air quality in the room is not as muggy as compared to when we vacuumed with a non HEPA filtered appliance. Another important improvement in the V8 is the reduced noise levels, by up to 50% compared to the older V series.
The Dyson V8 range currently comes in two packages, the Absolute+ (RM3299.00) and the Fluffy Pro (RM2999.00). Both versions are similar except for the bundled attachments. The only problem we see stopping the Dyson V8 from hoovering up all the customers from the competition would be the price but after using it for a week, we feel the convenience it gives is definitely worth the investment. The V8 is just too easy to pick up and it’s so much fun! We now have it permanently on charge, just waiting for spillages to happen or daring some dust balls to float by so we can zap it up with the V8.
Do drop by Dyson’s Demo Centre at Lot F-227B, First Floor, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City for a hands-on or you can find a Dyson retailer nearer you through the link below.