Formerly the best cordless vacuum cleaner that money could buy, the Dyson V8 Absolute is still a top-of-the-line battery-powered cleaning machine, even as the Cyclone V10 has dethroned it from the very top rung of the ladder. It also remains a real joy to use.
First, the design. With a removable extender pole and six different heads for different surfaces and use cases, the V8 Absolute is lightweight and easy to run around the house. With the suction motor in the pistol-grip handle area, you can also easily clip a head directly onto the main unit, turning the whole thing into a portable cleaner – one that’s perfect for going up the stairs or decrumbing the car.
A full charge will give you around 40 minutes of use, which is really impressive for a cordless cleaner, though mileage will vary once you start using on the motorized heads – or switch on the V8 Absolute’s MAX mode. You’ll rarely need it though: for a handheld, this cleaner rivals upright vacuums for sheer dirt-sucking power. Its large bin will take in plenty of trash too before needing emptying, which is another convenience not often seen in a cordless.
Best of all though, it is genuinely fun to use. The sci-fi aesthetic makes it one of the few “white goods” gadgets you’ll happily leave on show in the house, with the transforming design as useful as it is clever. It’s still worth a look even with the V10 now on the scene.