June 12, 2018 at 9:51 am #2189 Sharon HararyParticipant When I purchased my first Dyson V6 two years ago, I decided to clean my entire apartment with my old vacuum, and then with my new V6. The Dyson canister was filled to the max with dirt that my old vacuum didn’t pick up, and with that, I was able to justify spending $600 on a vacuum. I did the same thing with the V8, and while the difference wasn’t as extreme, the V8 still improves on the V6. Firstly, this is great cordless vacuum — keyword, cordless. It can run for 40 minutes on a single charge. That goes down to 25 with the motorized tool, and down to 7 minutes on “max mode.” The canister can also hold a good amount of dirt, and has a new mechanism that scrapes the sides of the bin when being emptied. With a single charge, I can vacuum the hardwood floors in my one bedroom apartment in addition to my two 5×7 area rugs. I wish that the battery lasted longer, or even better, there was an option where the vacuum could be used while plugged in. If you live in a larger apartment or house, you’re probably better off with an upright vacuum. The new soft roller cleaner head works well for hardwood floors, but on corners, I find myself having to go back with the crevice tool to finish the job. I use the direct drive cleaner head for low pile carpets, but the mini motorized tool works better for shag rugs (and car floor mats/upholstery). While I love all of the accessories, I hate that the provided mount only provides room to hang two of the attachments. I would prefer if an additional mount was available for purchase. In comparing to my V6, when cleaning hardwood floors/tile, the difference between the V6 and V8 is negligible. The difference in cleaning is clear when cleaning carpet, especially thicker pile rugs. Aside from having the latest model, the V8 doesn’t really warrant an upgrade from the V6.