The Dyson V8 Animal was specifically designed for homes with pets.
Its powerful motor and specially engineered tools allow it to suck-up pet hair like it’s regular dust. It also captures allergens and expels clean air.
But does it live up to such high expectations and deliver on its promise? Let’s find out.
What I’ll Cover…
- Top Features & Highlights
- Included Tools and How to Use Them
- Advantages & Disadvantages
- People’s Opinions
- Is it Suitable for You?
OK, let’s get started…
Dyson have designed this model with pet owners in mind, but regardless, it’s still a great vacuum cleaner for cleaning carpets and hard floors.
So don’t click away if you don’t own a pet.
Let’s take a deeper look at all the features to find out what makes it the perfect cordless cleaning tool.
The powerful V8 digital motor is one of the best motors a cordless vacuum cleaner can have.
It provides up to 115 air watts (425 watts) when in MAX mode, and 28 air watts in powerful mode.
You’d be surprised by how strong it actually is. it picks up hair and dirt you didn’t even know was there!
Give it a whirl around you home and even clean carpets have a lot of dust sitting in them.
We noticed something similar when we tested out the Shark AX vacuum, which is a corded style of vacuum so would normally have a lot more power.
The V8 Animal also comes with a wall-mounted docking station that doubles as a charging station.
You can charge the vacuum cleaner with a regular cord as well, but this is much more practical.
It takes around 4 hours to charge fully, and then can be used for 40 minutes.
This is quite impressive for a cordless cleaner but it’s not unique to Dyson.
With that being said…
With power-tools attached to it, the run time drops to 25 minutes, and when using MAX mode it only lasts 7 minutes. This drastically decreases the time needed for cleaning though.
Quick and easy bin emptying
One of the best features of this model is the emptying system.
It’s quick, hygienic and easy.
There’s no need to touch the dirt because when you pull the lever, a silicone collar pushes all the hair and dirt out.
If you didn’t see my video review of the GTech Power Floor, having this feature is really handy.
The Dyson V8 filter along with the cyclonic technology allow for capturing and trapping even microscopic dirt and allergens.
The powerful filtration system prevents any dust or allergens escaping, at least that’s what they tell me…
It’s hard to know really, as they’re microscopic!
If you are struggling with allergies, it’s best to empty the V8 outside as it’s a bagless vacuum cleaner, so some of the allergens might escape while emptying it.
Here are the highlights…
- Comes with multiple tools
- Advanced filtration system
- Lightweight (only 2.6kg) & Versatile
- Quick bin emptying
- 35 day return policy
- Trusted brand for cordless cleaners
- Powerful motor with up to 425W (115 air watts)
- Up to 40 minutes run time per charge
Check the Dyson V8 Animal in action
What’s in the box?
The Dyson V8 Animal comes with many powerful tools that make vacuuming even easier.
The motorhead tool has stiff nylon and carbon brushes that push deep into your carpets and pull up anything that’s stuck.
It also has its own motor that allows it to turn the brushes even when cleaning thick carpets.
It’s great for collecting even the most stubborn fluff, hair or dust, as well as larger items such as cereal.
As for hard floors, the nylon brush is a bit shorter than the carbon brush, so you don’t have to worry about damaging the floor.
Mini motorhead tool
A mini motorhead tool is perfect for cleaning sofas and car seats.
Just like the motorhead tool, it has its own motorised brush for better lifting up of stuck in dirt and debris.
If your pets have long hair, the roller might get tangled due to the quick rotations of the motorised brush.
Or your own hair for that matter, especially when vacuuming around the bedroom. However, removing and cleaning the roller is incredibly easy.
The combination tool is basically two tools in one.
They are easy to switch between, so you don’t have to stop when cleaning multiple surfaces.
Attaching this tool to the main body or even the extension tube is a breeze.
The crevice tool is perfect for tackling those hard-to-reach areas, such as stairways.
It’s also handy for getting behind sofas and down the sides of cushions.
And with the machine only weighing a couple of kgs it’s not hard to move it around.
What are People Saying…?
People can’t seem to figure out what took them so long to discover the wonders of this cordless vacuum cleaner.
It’s easy to use, picks up absolutely everything in its path, cleans the carpets thoroughly, and is surprisingly quiet for such a strong vacuum.
It has also helped a lot of people with allergies, as the innovative filtration system prevents any allergens from escaping.
The best thing I have ever purchase. Worth every penny. Cleans my home effortlessly in 10 minutes. My eczema is gone since I started using it. Super suction power and light in weight, easy to use. Highly recommended. – Sedef Ersoy
What’s the Downside…?
The only downside of this model is the dust capacity.
The bin size is only 0.54 litres so it needs to be emptied quite often.
However, seeing as this is a cordless vacuum cleaner, this should come as no surprise. Also, the easy emptying system makes it much easier to do this.
Plus points, good suction, lightweight, good on hard floors. But….on carpeted floors the dust collector is very small and fills up quickly. It’s still easy to empty though.
- Powerful suction
- Easy to manoeuvre
- Great at picking up pet hair
- Easy and hygienic emptying system
- Filtration system keeps allergens trapped
- Small bin size
Is it Suitable for You..?
The Dyson V8 Animal is incredibly easy to use yet powerful enough to pick-up almost anything in its way.
Compared to a corded vacuum, such as the Shark AX range it’s not quite as powerful but for a cordless machine you can’t expect it to be.
The multiple tools that come with it make it the perfect vacuum cleaner for homes with pets and for deep carpet cleaning.
Its lightweight design allows for hassle-free cleaning at anytime, and the docking stations enables quick access while it’s charging so you’re ready to go again ASAP.
The bottom line…
So, if you are still having doubts about whether this cordless vacuum cleaner is powerful enough to thoroughly clean your floors and carpets and remove all the dog hair, now is the time to let go of them.
The powerful motor combined with the lightweight construction and the variety of tools will make your life much easier.
Even though some people may be intimidated by the price, a lot of satisfied users swear its worth every penny.
Not quite sure if this is the best choice for you? No worries, it can be a little confusing trying to decide which one to purchase online.
That’s what I would recommend reading my guide to the best cordless vacuum cleaners that money can buy today in the UK.
Check it out and see if it can help you to make a decision on which one is best for your needs, budget and requirements.