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8 Best Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners

Andy Vandervell


Dyson V8 Absolute 17

6 / 8

Reviewed by Richard & Jackie Stevenson

24 May 2016

Dyson V8 Absolute

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Key features:

  • 2.61kg cordless stick vacuum cleaner
  • 40-minute battery life
  • Tools include a soft roller hard-floor head and multiple crevice tools
  • Review Price: £499

The Dyson V8 Absolute scores full marks from us, and it's not hard to see why. With a slew of handy tools, a respectable run-time of 40 minutes and unrivaled suction power for a cordless vac, it's practically perfect in every way. That is, if you can see past its hefty price tag; the V8 is the most expensive vacuum  in our round-up.

Still, if it's lightweight convenience you're after, the V8 pretty much sets the benchmark. All of the machine's many tools – including Dyson's fabulous soft roller hard-floor head and multiple crevice tools – dock into a removable handheld unit, which makes it super easy to zip up the stairs and reach those high-up corners.

For the Crème de la Crème of cordless vacs, look no further than the V8.

Our Score:


e. black

January 10, 2017, 9:21 pm

a little surprised that the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light vacuum (hv302) wasn't included in this comparison as well?. we have the full sized dyson but for Christmas wanted a lighter vacuum so picked up the shark. nothing wrong with our dyson, just a bit cumbersome to haul all over the house.

we didn't expect much from the shark thinking it would work on par with other ultra-light models we've had in the past. boy were we wrong. not only did it cost a lot less but it works in my opinion nearly as good as the big dyson.

the surprising power from the small motor is something only made possibly by recent tech innovations, rare earth elements, stronger magnets,..amazing how much things have advanced over the course of just a few years. the only thing going for the larger dyson as opposed to the much smaller shark is the size of the dust bucket.

so the shark is something to consider when looking. fyi we got her shark on cyber monday so it cost even less, a little over a hundred bucks for the corded version.

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