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Dyson V8 Absolute vs Animal

Dyson V8 Absolute vs V8 Animal

The Difference Between the Dyson V8 Absolute and V8 Animal

Even with newer stick vacuums on the market, Dyson’s V8 is still a top contender to consider when shopping for a stick vacuum. When comparing the Dyson V8 Absolute vs. the V8 Animal there’s often a bit of confusion. On paper (and in our specifications run-down below) it looks as though they are identical. There’s a good reason why: the vacuums are identical, the only difference between the two is a single attachment.

Everything, from suction power, to battery run and charge time to warranty is the same between the two Dyson stick vacuums. The difference? The V8 Absolute includes a Soft Roller cleaning head that then V8 Animal does not. The Soft Roller shines when it comes to cleaning non-carpeted surfaces, such as hard wood, linoleum or polished concrete. That doesn’t mean that the V8 Animal isn’t capable of cleaning those surfaces. It does a great job, too.

Our Recommendation

So, which Dyson V8 vacuum should you choose? If most or all of your home is carpeted go with the Animal. If a third or more of your home is hard wood or another non-carpeted surface, the Soft Roller head will be a welcome accessory making the V8 Absolute the right pick.

Competitive Stick Vacuum Overview

About each stick vacuum.
Feature
Dyson V8 Absolute
Dyson V8 Animal
Manufacturer
Dyson
Dyson
Product
V8 Absolute
V8 Animal
Series/Model
V8/Absolute
V8/Animal

Physical

Compare the dimensions, color and other physical characteristics of these two stick vacuums.

Feature
Dyson V8 Absolute
Dyson V8 Animal
Bin Capacity
17.92 oz.
17.92 oz.
Cleaning Path Width
9.84 in.
9.84 in.
Handle Length
49 in.
49 in.
Weight
5.8 lb.
5.8 lb.
Color
Yellow
Iron
Pivoting Head
Yes
Yes
Converts to Handheld
Yes
Yes
Folding Handle
No
No
Headlight
No
No
Bagless
Yes
Yes
Assembly Required
Yes
Yes

Power/Battery

If each stick vacuum cleaner is cord-less (or corded) and if so what their run and recharge times are.

Feature
Dyson V8 Absolute
Dyson V8 Animal
Cordless
Yes
Yes
Cord Length
-
-
Battery Type
Lithium Ion (Li-ion)
Lithium Ion (Li-ion)
Battery Volatage
21.6 v
21.6 v
Battery Run Time
40 min.
40 min.
Battery Recharge Time
210 min.
210 min.
Self-Propelled
No
No

Cleaning

Cleaning characteristics for each stick vacuum cleaner including its filter, cyclonic action and if it is rated for use in homes with pets.

Feature
Dyson V8 Absolute
Dyson V8 Animal
Wet/Dry
No
No
Variable Suction
Yes
Yes
HEPA Filter
Yes
Yes
Washable Filter
Yes
Yes
Full Bin Indicator
Yes
Yes
Made for Pet Hair
Yes
Yes
Self-Cleaning
No
No
Cyclonic Action
Yes
Yes
Carpet Height Adjustment
Yes
Yes
Self-Emptying
No
No

Attachments/Accessories

Compare the nozzles, cleaning heads, brushes and other accessories are included with each stick vacuum.

Feature
Dyson V8 Absolute
Dyson V8 Animal
Pet Brush
Yes
Yes
Dust Brush
Yes
Yes
Bare Floor Nozzle
Yes
Yes
Crevice Tool
Yes
Yes
Extension Wand
No
No
Motorized Brush
Yes
Yes
Built-in Attachment Storage
Yes
Yes
Edge Cleaner
Yes
Yes
Wall Mount
Yes
Yes
Upholstery Brush
Yes
Yes

Surfaces

The surfaces each vacuum cleaner is capable of cleaning.

Feature
Dyson V8 Absolute
Dyson V8 Animal
Carpet
Yes
Yes
Rug
Yes
Yes
Hardwood
Yes
Yes
Tile
Yes
Yes
Laminate
Yes
Yes
Concrete
Yes
Yes
Vinyl
Yes
Yes

Warranty and Certifications

The manufacturer warranty and certifications for each vacuum.

Feature
Dyson V8 Absolute
Dyson V8 Animal
Warranty
24 months
24 months
Battery Warranty
-
-
Certifications
UL
UL