The Dyson V7 is a good cordless stick vacuum. It can be used as a handheld vacuum and it comes with a good selection of tools and brushes, including the main motorhead, turbo brush, soft dusting brush, hard bristle brush, upholstery tool, and crevice tool. It's light to carry around and it has good maneuverability. Unfortunately, it has a disappointing battery life, so it's not suitable for long cleaning sessions. It has a small dirt compartment that needs frequent emptying but it's fairly easy to maintain. It performs best on both low-pile and high-pile carpet but struggles with large debris on bare floors.
The Dyson V7 is decent to use on bare floors. It does an excellent job cleaning up small debris and hair but struggles with large debris. Its build quality is just okay and it's fairly easy to maintain. The vacuum also has good maneuverability because it's light and switching between tools is also easy.
Great for low-pile carpet. The Dyson V7 does a great job cleaning up pet hair and large debris on this surface and it's also good a sucking up small debris. It doesn't have a surface type adjustment but it has two power settings. Its also fairly easy to maintain and it has good maneuverability.
The Dyson V7 is good for high-pile carpet. It doesn't have a surface type adjustment but it still performs very well on this surface. It cleans up almost all hair and a decent amount of small debris like baking soda but struggles with large debris like sand. The vacuum is fairly easy to maintain and it's easy to maneuver.
Excellent for cleaning up pet hair. The Dyson V7 sucks up hair from any surface without many problems. It comes with a turbo brush to help clean hair on furniture and you can also remove the brushroll in the main head to take out any tangled hair.
The Dyson V7 is amazing for stairs. You can use it as a handheld vacuum too and since it's cordless, you can easily carry it up and down stairs. Its performance on bare floors is decent and it performs best on carpet. It also comes with a turbo brush to make it easier to vacuum your stairs.
Excellent for cleaning cars. The Dyson V7 can be used as a handheld vacuum by removing the extension wand, it's light to carry, and it has excellent performance on low-pile carpet, as it's able to clean any type of debris. It also comes with a turbo brush and a crevice tool to vacuum those tight spaces in the car.
The build quality is just okay, similar to the Dyson V11 Animal. Everything is made out of plastic, except for the extension wand, which is a lightweight metal. The vacuum isn't very sturdy overall, and the see-through plastic for the dust bin is fragile and it seems like it could crack easily if dropped. The wheels on the head are made from cheap plastic and there isn't any rubber on the head to prevent it from slipping when placed against a wall.
Luckily, the vacuum has an appealing design and it's easy to assemble. The parts clip together and there's a button to quickly unclip them.
Update 08/06/2020: The maintenance required for the lint screen wasn't originally included in the scoring of the box and we've now taken it into account.
The V7 is fairly easy to maintain. There aren't many parts that you need to clean and they're easy to access.
There are almost no recurring costs, which is excellent. Just like the Dyson V8 Animal, the filters are expected to last the lifetime of the vacuum if they're well-maintained. If any parts break, you can buy them from Dyson's website.
Update 08/06/2020: The original depth of the vacuum was measured with only the vacuum head. The dimensions have now been updated to reflect its storing dimensions by measuring the depth of the head to the wall.
The V7 has decent storing capability. It's tall and narrow so it's easy to store in a tight space like a broom closet. Its storing station has space for two extra tools, which is a nice addition, but that's not enough space for all the included tools. If you plan on using the V7 mostly in its handheld configuration, you may want to look at the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC, which is smaller and can be easily stored in a closet or cupboard.
Update 08/24/2020: We've retested the dirt compartment volume using our methodology instead of using the manufacturer specs. The dirt compartment's score has been updated to reflect this change.
It has an alright dirt compartment, but it's smaller than the Dyson V11. It needs frequent emptying, but there's a line indicating its max capacity, plus it's easy to see the dirt through the plastic.
Being a cordless vacuum, it has unlimited range, and you're only limited by its battery life and dirt compartment size.
The Dyson V7 Animal is very portable. It's lighter than the Shark Rocket Pet Pro and it doesn't feel very heavy in the hand either. It also has a handle for when you need to carry it around.
The Dyson V7 Animal has a disappointing battery life. On its Max mode, with the wand extension and motorhead attached, the battery doesn't last very long and the vacuum can only be used for quick cleaning sessions.
On the Powerful mode, which is the lowest setting, with no extension wand and a regular tool attached, it lasts over 30 minutes. It takes nearly three hours to charge and you can't use it while charging. Unlike the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, it doesn't have any indicator lights to let you know when your battery starts running low.
The Dyson V7 Animal has a few extra features to make it more user-friendly. You can adjust its power mode between Powerful and Max. There's also an LED light indicating when it's done charging and when there's an error, such as overheating, but it doesn't tell you when it's low battery. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a surface type adjustment.
You can clip all tools to the wand or directly to the vacuum. The combination tool can either be used as a hard bristle brush or upholstery tool.
The V7 Animal has decent performance on a bare floor. It didn't have any problems cleaning up pet hair and small debris like rice. However, it struggles with large debris, and in our test with Cheerios, the cereal flew away when we slightly lifted the motorhead to pick them up. There are no height adjustments either to help suck up large debris. If you're looking for a vacuum with better performance on bare floors, check out the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light or Miele Classic C1.
Excellent performance on a low-pile carpet. It's fantastic at picking up pet hair and large debris like sand and does a great job at cleaning small debris like baking soda. It remains consistent even when the dirt compartment is half full. If you want something that cleans more hair on low-pile carpet, check out the Shark APEX UpLight.
Great performance on high-pile carpet. It does a decent job with small debris but struggles with large debris like sand. Luckily, it cleans up pet hair extremely well.
The V7 has good maneuverability, very similar to the Dyson V11 Animal Vacuum. It's light, easy to carry around, and it's easy to switch between tools. Unfortunately, the swivel on the main motorhead gets stuck in a straight position if it's lifted too much. On its highest power setting, Max, the strong suction pulls the rug and hinders movement, so you need to set it to Powerful, which is the lowest setting, to be able to move properly. It struggles on a rug, even on the lowest setting, but the mini motorhead does an excellent job on the couch.
We tested the Dyson V7 that comes with five brushes and tools. There are other variants of this vacuum sold, with fewer brushes included and different wand colors, but we expect our results to be valid for these.
|Model Name||Parts Included||Wand Color||Notes|
|Dyson V7 Animal||Motorhead, mini motorhead, soft dusting brush, combination tool, crevice tool||Iron|
|Dyson V7 Motorhead||Motorhead, combination tool, crevice tool||Fuschia|
|Dyson V7 Origin||Motorhead, combination tool, crevice tool||Blue||Does not include a docking station|
If someone comes across a V7 that's different from ours, let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.
The Dyson V7 Animal is a versatile stick vacuum that performs very well on carpet but surprisingly isn't as good as some other vacuums on bare floors, such as the Shark ION F80. It has a disappointing battery life but it's fairly easy to maintain and there are virtually no recurring costs. Also see our recommendations for the best vacuums for carpets, the best cordless vacuums for pet hair, and the best vacuums for high-pile carpet.
The Dyson V7 and the Dyson V11 Animal are similarly performing cordless stick/handheld vacuums. The V7 is slightly better at cleaning on low-pile carpets, and it's a bit lighter. On the other side, the Dyson V11 Animal has a better overall performance on bare floors. It's better at storing away when not in use, it has a slightly larger dirt compartment, and its battery performance is much better.
Although both vacuums are similarly matched in performance, the Dyson V8 Animal is much better for cleaning bare floors than the Dyson V7. The V8 can pick up more large debris, it has a significantly better performing battery, and it comes with a unique 180-degree brush, which is good for cleaning hard-to-reach places. That being said, the Dyson V7 is a bit better at cleaning high-pile carpet, its dirt compartment is bigger, and it's much easier to maintain.
The Dyson V7 and the Shark Rocket Pet Pro are similarly performing vacuums but the Shark is better for cleaning bare floors. The Shark has little problem on bare floors, it feels better built, it's significantly more maneuverable, and its battery performance is better. However, the Dyson performs a bit better on high-pile carpet, comes with more tools and brushes, and it's more portable as well.
The Dyson V7 Animal and the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute are two similar stick/handheld vacuums with a few differences. The Cyclone V10 Absolute does a significantly better job on bare floors, and it's a bit better on low-pile carpet as well. It has a longer battery life, and it comes with more tools and brushes for more specialized cleaning tasks. The V7, on the other hand, is easier to maintain, it has a slightly bigger dirt compartment, and it's somewhat better on high-pile carpet too.
The Dyson V7 is a better handheld vacuum than the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light. Since the Dyson is a cordless vacuum, it has an unlimited range, making it well-suited for cleaning cars or stairs. It also manages to suck up more pet hair than the Shark. However, its battery life is disappointing and you can't use it while charging either. The Shark, on the other hand, performs better on bare floors.
The Shark APEX Upright Vacuum is better to use on bare floors and the Dyson V7 is better to use on carpet. The Shark vacuums any type of debris on bare floors easily and it also has a bigger dirt compartment. Since it's a corded vacuum, you don't have to worry about its battery life but its cord range is limited. However, the Dyson performs better on carpet and it's more versatile because it's lighter and easier to use in cars or on stairs.
The Dyson V7 Animal and Shark ION W1 WANDVAC have different strengths and weaknesses, which is normal for vacuums with different intended uses. The Shark is a dedicated handheld vacuum for spot cleaning that feels sturdier and lighter, is easier to maintain and store, and clears more debris on bare floors. The upright/handheld Dyson is better for clearing large sections of floor due to its larger dirt compartment, longer continuous runtime, and a broader selection of tools and brushes. It also performs better on carpeted floors.
The Shark ION F80 is better overall than the Dyson V7. The Shark has much better performance on bare floors as it doesn't have trouble cleaning any type of debris. It also has better maneuverability and the batteries are much better too. On the other hand, the Dyson has more included tools, it's lighter to hold, and it performs better on carpet, so it's a better choice to use in cars.
The Dyson V7 is a better vacuum for tackling low and high-pile carpets than the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister. While the V7 has a similar performance to the Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister on bare floors, its cordless design is more portable, and you can also use it as a handheld vacuum. It also does a better job of handling large debris on low and high-pile carpet. However, the Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister does a slightly better job of cleaning up small debris on these surfaces.
The Dyson V7 Animal is a more versatile vacuum than the JASHEN V16. The Dyson doesn't struggle nearly as much when it comes to picking up large and small debris on all surface types, it's lighter in the hand, and feels easier to maneuver. Meanwhile, the JASHEN lasts longer off a single charge and picks up slightly more pet hair.
The Shark APEX UpLight is a better performing vacuum than the Dyson V7, but the Dyson is more versatile. The Shark has outstanding performance on bare floors and it's good on carpet. It's also better-built and it has a bigger dirt compartment. The Dyson is cordless so you can take it wherever you like and it's very light to hold, but sadly, it has disappointing battery life.
The Shark ION P50 Upright and Dyson V7 have different advantages due to their different designs. The cordless upright/handheld Shark has a longer battery life and is more effective at clearing large debris, especially on bare floors. Conversely, the Dyson employs a stick/upright design that's far more portable and does a better job of clearing small debris like sand or baking powder, especially on carpeted floors. The Dyson also features a wider assortment of specialized brush heads but isn't quite as well-built.