Dyson v8 Animal Review
The Dyson V8 Animal has been specifically made to meet the needs of pet owners. Unlike the V8 Absolute, this is the V8 version for pet owners. As well as being cord free and extremely easy to use it is a powerful cleaner with great filtration and 40 minutes of cleaning time. However that Dyson power comes at a pretty high price, Dyson is one of the more expensive manufacturers on the market. So is the Dyson V8 Animal worth the higher price or would a cheaper cordless be just as effective?
What you get with the Dyson V8 Animal
The V8 Animal is a step down from the V8 Absolute, the top of the line of the V8 cleaners. But it is a great improvement on the cheaper V6, the first of the models Dyson brought out that was cordless but powerful enough to rival main upright cleaners. The V8 comes with tools that make it east to clean up wherever it is needed and it has two powered heads giving you better suction for the pet hair that can be stubborn to lift. It has a comfortable pistol grip with an on/of switch that is placed like a trigger so you can easily turn it on and off when you want to. The batteries are placed around the wrist area to ensure it is a balanced vacuum cleaner to use with the motor above them and the dustcup at the front. That bin has a capacity of 0.54 liters so while it is not huge, it will not need to be emptied continuously.
Dyson V8 Animal cleaners come with two filters, the main goes in and out of the cyclone area at the top and the second that is post motor can be found at the back. The claims are together these trap particles as small as 3 microns. Both need to be cleaned now and then. There is a slider switch for maxing the power you get from it that is placed on the housing for the motor. Near that is a red catch that when pulled over the bin is how you empty the dustcup. The design means there is less chance of having problems with clumps of fur blocking sections of it. If you are also considering the V8 Absolute, consider checking this detailed comparison of the Animal and Absolute: Dyson v8 Animal vs v8 Absolute.
Using the V8 Animal
As mentioned this vacuum cleaner has great suction so even when you are using it in standard mode it lifts debris and pet hair well. It does not suffer from a lack of power like some other cordless cleaners. It is effective at cleaning especially on carpeted flooring on with the tools takes care of things like furnishings and stairs too. It is not that loud being about 75dB which is around the same noise level as a quiet corded upright.
When you switch to the Max power mode though you get a big change in power and suction but also the noise gets louder too at around 83 to 85 dB. It is a powerful suction with this mode, great for difficult areas and is stronger than many corded cleaners like this and also louder. With the Direct Drive floor head on carpets it cleans brilliantly in either mode. It should easily pick up powder or small particles with one pass and it reaches the edge close to the walls well on both sides. The powered brush bar on standard mode gives good cleaning and you get a longer run time. But if you need that extra cleaning power the Max mode is there and it does reach deeper. When cleaning the same carpet on the Max mode another 20% of dirt was collected.
The V8Animal is not as good on hard floors as carpets though it does clean them still. Without the Soft Roller Head you do not get as good a finish but it is still an adequate result. Spilled cereal can be picked up with one pass and with little flicking. The design of the cleaner with its open front and a plastic bar that is flexible means while Max mode is there if needed, in most cases standard is just fine.
Conclusion – is owning a Dyson V8 Animal worth the cost?
If you are not on a budget and you are a pet owner the Dyson V8 Animal is a great cordless vacuum cleaner is definitely worth buying. You get a great company that is innovative and a cleaner that performs at the top of the range with great power, suction and more versatility. If you are trying to decide between the V8 Animal and the V8 Absolute it comes down to whether you are a pet owner and how much hard flooring you have in the home. The Animal does an excellent job at what it was designed for, picking up pet hair along with other dirt and debris. The Absolute though has that Soft Roller head for those hard floors that just gives a slightly better finish.