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When it comes to vacuums, Dyson certainly needs no introduction. Most of us have heard of their brand and know that they’re well loved for the ergonomic design, ease of use and brilliant suction power of their vacuums.
The challenge comes when you have to toss up between two Dyson models though. Well both Dyson V8 and V11 are great vacuums, they do have different features and arecarp priced differently. Which will best suit you?
Keep reading as we compare both vacuums and find out which one didn’t quite perform as well.
Dyson V8 vs. V11 at a Glance
- The V11 does have a maximum run time of 60 minutes compared to the 40 minutes of the V8.
- The suction of the V11 is stronger compared to the V8, so it does clean a little better.
- Both vacuums do not weigh much, but the V8 weighs less, and may be easier to carry around.
- You have a solid amount of space for your dustbin in both vacuums, but it’s true that the V11 does have a little bit of a bigger bin.
- Both are stick vacuums and are powered by a digital motor, while being easy to lift and carry as portable handhelds too.
- There are more features in the V11, but the V8 comes for a better price, and it’s proven to work.
Dyson V8 Advantages
It’s true that the V11 does have some more powerful features than the V8, but it’s also true that the price of the V8 is less expensive. This means that it still has pretty good suction, can work for 40 minutes, and can be used as a handheld device just like the V8 without costing you too much out of pocket. That makes the V8 a great option if you just need a vacuum to go around your house.
Because the V8 is so small and can be detached to become a handheld vacuum, it’s easy to use this vacuum anywhere in your home or in your car. It’s an especially good option if you have a small apartment or if you don’t vacuum too much.
Because of the way the extension wand connects to the motor and dustbin in the V8, this vacuum is lighter in weight and has a little more versatility in movement. This ensures that it’s easy to lift this vacuum high for cleaning the cobwebs up by your ceiling.
Dyson V8 Disadvantages
- Run Time
Hopefully, you’re not vacuuming for an hour, but if you like to do all of your vacuuming at once, you might wish that the V8 had a little bit of a longer run time. Forty minutes is still a long time though, but it’s not as long as the 60 minutes that you get when you buy the V11.
- Suction Power
You do have less suction power with the V8. This doesn’t mean that it’s not a great vacuum, but you may not get absolutely everything that you try to pick up, even if you will get a great majority of it.
- Battery Charging
You have a few less features than there is in the V11, but that doesn’t mean the V8 doesn’t work well. It does mean, however, that it will take you a little more time to charge your V8, and you will be able to use it for less time too.
Dyson V11 Advantages
- Run Time
You can use your V11 for an entire hour, which makes this vacuum a great option if you have a large space to clean, or if you like to get all of your cleaning done at once. You won’t need to worry about your vacuum dying or losing suction right in the middle of your work.
- Digital Features
Because the V11 is updated from the V8, you have a new digitized screen that can provide you with extra information about how your vacuum is running. This means that you don’t need to guess about battery life or the power mode, since you’re able to adjust everything right from that little screen.
Dyson V11 Disadvantages
Honestly, the V11 is a great upgrade from the V8, but that’s just it: it’s an upgrade. It has some stronger features and can pick up a lot of dirt, although if you need to watch your wallet, you don’t necessarily need these features to clean your home well. The V8 will work well for a lower price point.
You can not swap out the battery of this Dyson if you notice that the battery is beginning to die. Ultimately, this means that in the long run, you will have to buy a completely new vacuum rather than just replacing the battery when it runs low.
- Debris Scattering
You have lots of power with the Dyson V11. Sometimes too much power maybe. There’s so much torque to the head in some of the low power modes that you may find that your debris scattered around. This might not be the best for people with allergies.
Winner: Don’t want to read the full article? The editor’s choice is Dyson V11.
What’s the Difference Between Them?
When it comes down to the details, we could really go into what separates the Dyson V8 vs the V11. However, they have just enough similarities and differences to make either a great buy, depending on the factors you value most in your vacuum.
That said, the design is very similar although there are key features that differ, which might end up making all the difference to you. As a starter, they both have different models available, which also ends up affecting some of the features they bring to the table.
Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s all about the extras though. When it comes down to it, both the V8 and V11 have different power, user interface, dust bin capacity, and efficiency. Not only that, they also each have a different head design and added accessories.
However, in terms of overall functionality, size, and design, they’re both very similar. So, if you just need a stick vacuum, look at the other features you really want first.
At face value, one of the biggest differences is the price. The V8 Dyson makes a great vacuum for people looking to get a quality vacuum at a value price. However, the V11 comes with some features that make it worth the extra cost to some people.
Here’s what you need to know about the biggest differences between them, and how they stack up against one another.
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Suction and Power
Perhaps one of the biggest differences between each Dyson vacuum is the power it uses, and the suction it produces. However it’s not just about the raw suction power. It’s also about exactly how each vacuum uses the suction power it’s built with.
To be fair, both the V8 and V11 use cyclonic suction to get the debris off your floors. It is more efficient than the suction technology vacuums used long ago.
These canisters sit forward, rather than behind the motor. This allows more efficient suction. While both perform very well in getting debris off the floor, and both do have good suction, they aren’t exactly the same.
The newer vacuum, the V11, comes with higher power which ultimately gives it more suction power. However, there is a slightly higher price tag to get that extra power. Likewise, the older vacuum, the V8, has slightly less suction power, but it comes at a more affordable price.
If you’re not dealing with heavy duty messes, either choice is a solid addition to your home. However, if you’re dealing with a busy home, plenty of carpet, and messy high traffic areas, it might be worth investing a little more to get the extra suction of the V11 Dyson.
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that the V11 looks nearly identical to the V8, although in using it, you might notice some differences. While we consider it a small difference the higher powered motor of the V11 does add a little bulk to it.
Of course, this only comes down to an inch or so difference in size, and around a pound of weight. However, we’ll discuss these details more in depth in our overall design criteria section.
Verdict: Both vacuums come with efficient, high powered suction. However, in terms of suction and power, the V8 runs at 115 AW. The V11 runs at 185 AW, making it our winner in this category.
Sometimes, the look of your vacuum is important. However, it’s hard to pick out many differences between each of these Dyson vacuums. As with the rest of the models in the Dyson V series, they have the same general profile, look, and functionality.
If you’re interested in how it looks, you won’t notice a difference.
One of the most popular ways to use them is as a stick vacuum. However, they all come with a handy 2 in 1 design. You can use them either as a handheld vacuum, or a stick vacuum.
Likewise, they all come apart and go together the same way, so there’s really no difference in assembly. No matter how you want to use it, all the connection points are the same.
You connect the wand to the handheld part on one side and the cleaning head on the other if you want to use it as a stick vacuum. To use it as a handheld vacuum, just attach the handheld component to the special attachment piece.
Both the V8 and V11 also allow you to use the vacuum as a handheld with extended reach, for cleaning in hard to reach spaces. If you need the extended reach, simply connect the handheld part to the wand, and then connect the wand to the cleaning head.
No matter which model you use, the connection pieces all snap in and have a red button to release them. As we mentioned, their overall design is more or less the same. However, with a newer model, and more powerful motor, also comes some minute changes.
That said, we find it worth mentioning simply because it’s the only real, noticeable difference between the design of the V8 and V11. The V8 is slightly slimmer, and a little lighter. It’s about 49 inches tall, and about 8.8 inches deep. It weighs in at 5.75 pounds, which is very lightweight for a vacuum of any size.
The V11 on the other hand, weighs in at about 6.68 pounds. If you struggle moving a vacuum around or have back problems, the added weight might deter you from the V11.
It’s also a little bigger than the V8, at 50.6 inches tall and 10.3 inches deep. However, both the V8 and V11 are 9.8 inches long. If weight or storage is a big concern for you, these are the only things that will make much of a difference in your decision.
Verdict: In terms of overall design, both the V8 and V11 are extremely similar. Unless you’re comparing the two side by side, chances are you’ll never notice a difference. The V11 is slightly larger and heavier, but these are very small differences. In short, this round is a tie.
Parts and Accessories
There’s more to these vacuums than a 2 in 1 design. In fact, some of the biggest differences between the V8 and V11 (suction power aside, of course) come down to the accessories they come with, and their cleaning heads.
With that in mind, let’s look at the different parts each comes with, and what difference it makes:
First, the V11 comes with everything you’d expect from a newer Dyson vacuum. It comes with a special Torque cleaning head, the extension wand, charger, and docking station. However, it also includes some other nice pieces that can make a tough cleaning job a lot easier. You also get a crevice tool, to get into tough areas.
The V11 also comes with some special brushes and tools that you don’t get with most vacuums. For example, you get the mini motorized tool, which is great for getting up pet hair, and the mini soft dusting brush for soft surfaces and upholstery. It also includes a special brush, ‘the stubborn dirt brush,’ which can get caked on messes up.
Next, let’s talk about the V8 and everything that comes with it. This vacuum actually comes with two different cleaning heads, so you can use the right one for any cleaning job. There’s the soft, fluffy cleaning head for light messes and the direct drive cleaning head, which you’d use like any other vacuum cleaning head.
Like the V11, you also get an extension wand, charger, and docking station. Of course, the V8 also includes a crevice tool like most Dyson V series models. As with the V11, the V8 also comes with a mini soft brush, which serves the same function although it’s designed a little differently.
The tools that come with the V8 and not the V11 include a combination tool and a mini motorized brush tool.
All in all, both the V8 and V11 come with plenty of accessories. Likewise, both sets of accessories are designed to let you clean a variety of messes with minimal effort.
However, depending on what kind of flooring and furnishings you have in your home, either the V8 or V11 will suit you better.
We do like that both come with motorized tools, crevice tools, and soft brush tools for fabric and upholstery. The biggest difference is really in the cleaning heads and the stubborn dirt brush tool.
Verdict: This is another tough call, since both the V8 and V11 come with plenty of accessories. While many are similar, and in fact some are the same, some tools are different enough to sway your choice. The V8 wins for having two different cleaning heads, although the V11 would win if it came down to only accessories, since it includes a motorized mini brush as well as the stubborn dirt brush.
We have two great vacuums here: the V8 and the V11. Both of them have solid suction, protect you from too many airborne particles, and can clean your home fairly quickly.
The difference is that the V11 is an upgraded version of the V8, and therefore has some better features than the V8, including improved suction and air filtration. The V11 is the superior vacuum, but if you’re trying to save some money, you’ll still get a great vacuum if you pick up the V8 instead.
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