Dyson V7 Review: How is this Different from the V8?

Last updated on December 3rd, 2018 by Garrick Dee

While Dyson hasn’t unveiled a new product in the past few months, it has been busy in terms of product diversification.

Dyson V7 Review

Their latest product, the Dyson V8 has another variant – the V8 Animal.

This variant has the same features as the V8 Absolute.

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But it only comes with a single floor tool called the direct drive cleaner head which works great on carpet.

Another new addition is the Dyson V7 and in this review we will have a close look at it. Take note that this isn’t a new product because it combines the features of the V6 and V8.

Dyson did not specify what motor they used but based on the spec sheet, it looks like it has the V6 motor inside since it has 100 air watts.

This is an option between the V6 and V8 if you aren’t willing to spend a lot of $$$ for a top of the line Dyson.

A quick look at the features

  • 30 minute run time
  • The MotorHead comes with a direct-drive cleaner head
  • Absolute comes with both the direct-drive head and soft roller brush
  • Max mode will run for 6 minutes
  • 3 pounds
  • 100 air watts
  • 14 gallon dirt bin
  • Lifetime washable filter
  • Other tools include mini soft dusting brush, crevice tool, combination tool and mini motorized tool
  • 2 year warranty

Pros

  • Cheaper than the V8
  • Decent run time
  • Easier to empty compared than the Dyson V6
  • Cordless convenience
  • Great for small to medium sized homes with bare floor and carpet

Cons

  • Small dirt bin
  • Still expensive
  • Will not deep clean

What to expect from the Dyson V7?

The Dyson V7 is basically a combination of the Dyson V6 and V8. I believe that Dyson created the V7 to address the biggest issue that consumers had with the V6 without having to pay top dollar for the V8.

This issue would be emptying the bin, to be more specific, how messy it is.

The V6 had Dyson’s classic trap door design that only relies on gravity. This issue was solved thanks to the mechanism that pushed dirt out in the V8. The only problem is the V8 costs at lot more than the V6 hence, the V7 was born.

It adapts the V8’s bin and max switch minus the V8 motor which allows Dyson to sell it cheaper than the V8.

According to Dyson, the V7 comes with the V7 digital motor that produces up to 100 air watts – the same number as the V6.

More agitation

Despite having the same power output as the V6, Dyson engineers were able to squeeze out 75% more agitation in the V7 compared to the V6.

This simply means better cleaning performance on carpet which makes this a better value-for-money option in my book.

A preview of what to expect

Watch this video to see the different features of the V7. The variant you see is the “MotorHead” that only comes with the direct-drive cleaner head. It’s the one with the bristles so this is great for carpet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpyZjWmEH14

The video does not have an extensive cleaning test but from I saw it was able to clean fine dust off the edges well.

If you find yourself cleaning a lot of large debris like cheerios or chips then the V7 Absolute with the soft roller cleaning head is a great option. It also comes with the mini motorized tool for cleaning upholstery.

But that will set you back around $500 so the Motorhead would be a great option if spending $500 is too much.

Tools included

It comes with the crevice and combination tool that is quite versatile. In max mode, it was able to pick up dirt on the floor mat and chair inside a vehicle. But it’ll run for only 6 minutes.

You can store the crevice and combination tool on the wall mount.

Easy to empty

The V7 comes with the same dust bin as the V8 which means it has a mechanism that’ll push dirt down.

You won’t need to use your fingers to pull statically charged dirt out. This was one of the biggest complaints in the V6.

Bare Floor Performance

The V7 Absolute will provide the better bare floor performance because it has the soft roller cleaning head.

This tool is a revolutionary design that ditches the need for a bristle. In its place is a soft fabric type material with horizontal grooves that help “pull” dirt towards the suction chamber.

It all but eliminates the dreaded “snow plowing” effect that hinders the performance of cleaning heads with a low profile. Also a bristled cleaning head will have a tendency to “kick” larger debris around due to its sheer velocity.

Here’s a demonstration of the soft roller head in the V6…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYXy1hn4Ds4

In terms of performance, it did a fabulous job picking up pet hair and dust even under the cracks.

Expect a similar, if not a better performance from the V7 because of its improved agitation.

Carpet performance

Both the Motorhead and Absolute comes with the improved direct drive cleaner head that Dyson says has 75% more agitation compared to the V6.

This means better performance on carpet. I must warn you not to expect deep cleaning performance with any cordless because it lacks power and relies on a battery for power.

But for quick clean ups in high traffic areas, these tools are golden. It’ll help keep dirt from piling up that could potentially damage carpet.

Upholstery

One of the biggest selling points of any Dyson cordless would be its versatility that extends reach to upholstery. Depending on what type of upholstery you have at home and whether or not you have pets will depend on which variant you’ll select.

If you have a lot of pets, the V7 Absolute would be a better choice because it comes with the mini motorized tool attachment that makes it more efficient cleaning pet hair off fabric upholstery.

But if your sofas have a leather finish then the MotorHead would be sufficient.

Product Specifications

AttachmentsMotorhead:

- Combination tool

- Crevice Tool

- Direct drive cleaning head

Absolute

- Soft roller cleaning head

- Mini Motorized Tool

- Combination Tool

- Crevice Tool

- Mini Soft Dusting Brush
Brush roll on/offNo
BatteryLithium Ion
ChargerWall Mount Charger
Charging time3.5 hrs.
Battery life30 mins.

6 mins (max)
Net weight5.30 pounds
Cleaning path9.8"
Overall length49"
Battery indicatorYes
Filter typeLifetime washable filter
Dust capacity0.14 gallons

(0.53 liters)
Air Watts100AW
Voltage110v
Manufactured inUSA
Warranty2 years on parts and labor

Variants

Currently there are 4 variants if you browse in the Amazon US site. These include the MotorHead, Animal, Trigger and Car + Boat. The latter two don’t include the floor tools because these variants target folks looking only to get a handheld vacuum.

Consumer Reviews

Consumers like how the V7 is compact and lightweight. This cleaner will work well inside apartments, town houses and even inside a vehicle.

The 30 minute run time is sufficient – better than a V6. And the price is another plus point considering the upgrade you’ll get in this product.

Consumers say that it’ll do a great job on hardwood and low pile carpet, even upholstery but it will not deep clean. This is something I’ve not seen a cordless vacuum do (just yet).

But if you don’t mind this limitation, it is a good investment for those of you looking for a compact and lightweight vacuum that’ll clean small homes and vehicles.

Where can I buy this?

You can buy the Dyson V7 MotorHead from Dyson for less than $300 which is a bargain! It also comes with a free 2-day shipping if you enroll in Prime. Amazon also offers extended warranties of up to 3 years which bumps up the warranty to 5 years.

The V7 Absolute is available in Dyson for around $400.

For those who live in the United Kingdom, you can purchase this from Amazon’s UK website for the MotorHead version.

To Wrap Up

Finally Dyson has come up with a product that’s right smack in the middle of the V6 and V8. When you consider the cost and features it brings to the table, the V7 MotorHead is a bargain.

It’ll give you better agitation compared to the V6 MotorHead and a longer run time. It also has the upgraded bin that makes it easier to empty. Plus the slide max switch that allows you to toggle between normal and max mode much easier.

All this for a few bucks more! Can you say great deal?

This would be ideal inside small homes because of its compact design and interchangeable tools. You can also this inside your vehicle using the crevice and combination tool.

It lacks a hose tool that will allow it to reach deep into the dashboard but it can clean the air condition vents seats and floor mats.

3 thoughts on “Dyson V7 Review: How is this Different from the V8?”

  1. Just bought V7 Handheld Trigger, not a stick vac. It seems that Dyson recently released this one. I was just wondering if the trigger unit is compatible with the stick V7’s extension wand and direct drive heads (motorhead or soft roller). I tried to find out online and it is very hard to find.
    If you happen to review V7 Trigger, I would appreciate for the tool compatibility between the trigger unit and stick version.

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