I have to admit it has been sometime since I’ve tried a new hand-held vacuum. The last one our family had (and we’ve still continued to use) was a 10-year-old Dirt Devil. It was past time for an upgrade.
And the Dyson V8 Animal Cord-Free Vacuum is certainly an upgrade!
Of course, it is not just a hand-held, although it can be used in that configuration. It is envisioned mostly as a stick-vac. It shines in both uses, although it may be a little heavy for use as a hand-held if that were your only use for it.
It has already won over both my wife and myself.
It does a great job sucking up pet hair. We have two dogs who love nothing more than to shed. The Dyson V8 does wonderful job cleaning up after them. It is particularly excellent as a dust mop on hardwood floors.
Although it may be on the heavy side for a hand-vac at just over 5 pounds, it is still very light as a stick-vac. The fact is cord-free make it very portable and easy to use.
The suction power is impressive for such a little vacuum.
Suggestions for improvement are few, but here they are:
- Include a swappable battery, so you can keep two fully charged. In our experience, the battery lasts about 45 mins. When it dies, it dies suddenly. It’d be nice to be able to swap in another battery rather than plug it back up and wait.
- Make the primary beater tool thinner top to bottom. That would make it easier to use under furniture and such. Our old hand-held had a much thinner (but also far less effective) attachment that fit under the furniture better.
All-in-all, though, the Dyson V8 Animal is a clear winner. We use it daily.