While it may not have as many attachments or the sleek look of a Dyson, the Hoover Air Cordless has a longer runtime at 50 minutes and it takes three hours to recharge its interchangeable battery. It’s also $250. For $180, you could also get the Bissell Bolt Ion XRT 2-in-1, which is both a cordless vac and dustbuster. Both options provide long runtimes and good cleaning power at more affordable prices, though they do lack some of the versatility of the Dyson V8.
Will it last?
Entirely plastic, the Dyson feels pretty durable, though the aluminum wand did get a ding when we propped it against the counter and it properly fell over. The V8 roughly doubled the battery life of the V6, so it would be nice if the vacuums had swappable packs like the Hoover Air Cordless machines. In fact, it would be great if you could have a spare battery that you could exchange in when the first one ran out of juice.
Should you buy it?
If your place is spacious and you’re looking for something to be your one-and-only vacuum, you probably don’t want a cordless. But if your apartment has pets, hardwood floors, and carpet and you want something that can handle it all, the V8 is versatile enough to do so. It’s pretty enough that you might not mind hanging it on your wall, but there are cheaper, less elegant cordless vacs out there if the V8 doesn’t fit your budget.