🛍️ Product reviewed: Dyson V8 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
⏰ Tested it for: Two years
⭐ Rating: 5/5
💸 Reasons to buy: It’s convenient, lightweight, effective and easy to keep clean. It also gives me better results than corded vacuum cleaner brands I’ve tried
✋ Reasons to avoid: It's a worthy investment, but doesn't come cheap
💰 Best deal we've found: Currently at John Lewis, it's reduced by £100, down from £329.99 to £229.99
Convenient, lightweight and so easy to use, it's one of the best investments I've ever made, and while it certainly doesn't come cheap, it's worth every penny.
Before splurging, I tracked down the best deals I could find, as the likes of John Lewis, Currys and Very offer occasional discounts across Dyson vacuum cleaners throughout the year, so if you've had your eye on one, it's well worth keeping a look out for money off.
I live in a two-bed flat, with a mix of carpet and laminate flooring and find it works brilliantly on both, not to mention the cordless aspect is one of the best inventions ever.
If you're keen to know exactly why it's worth snapping up, here's my honest verdict.
💸 Reasons to buy
Firstly, there's no fiddly set up or assembly when the box arrives, and it comes complete with a combination tool, crevice tool, mini motorhead, charger and docking station – the latter allows you to hang it up on the wall for a clutter-free space.
The attachment I most like to use is the detangling motorbar that you can see in the picture – it's ideal for covering large surface areas such as the kitchen or living room floor and the ball joining allows you to pivot around corners and sharp edges easily.
The crevice tool comes a close second however – it's a long-angled attachment that sucks up dust from the tightest of spaces, skirting boards, carpet edges and bookshelves, you name it.
The suction power is ultra-strong but quiet and swiftly gets rid of dust, dirt, crumbs and hair from my carpet and leaves my laminate kitchen floor spotless.
Once fully charged, I usually get around 40 minutes of run time, which is plenty to vacuum my whole flat, but to ensure it's never low on juice, I like to keep it permanently plugged into the charger so I can use whenever needed.
When the bin needs emptying, there's no faffing around and dealing with dusty vacuum bags, you simply hold it over your kitchen bin, click the button, the base of it will spring open and all the contents drop into your rubbish, without making any mess.
My favourite aspect however is how light and easy to store it is. Having previously owned a very heavy corded vacuum that only had one motorhead and a cable that wasn't long enough to stretch from room to room, vacuuming always felt like a sweaty workout by the time I was done.
There's none of that with my swanky Dyson, and as a result I clean more, there's less mess and my whole flat looks better for it.
✋ Reasons to avoid
As much as I love my Dyson, it's not cheap, which for me is its only downside. However the V8 Cordless design that I own is hundreds of pounds cheaper than its more advanced models, including the Dyson V15 Detect Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, which usually retails for an eye-watering £629.99.
This V15 vacuums hefty price tag is due to three key features – its super powerful suction, a nifty LCD screen displaying data about the cleanliness of your floors and an angled green beam that illuminates dust and dirt particles that can't be seen by the naked eye.
While the Dyson V8 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is highly rated by John Lewis customers – over 4,900 people have given it a five-star review – some have marked it down for its battery life. One wrote: "Sadly this Dyson vacuum cleaner has a very short battery life especially if you put it on Max."
💰 Best deals we've found
Thankfully the Dyson V8 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is often on offer, with many deals to be found at reputable stockists including John Lewis, Currys, Very and Argos.