Dyson V7 Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jul 06, 2020 at 08:23 am
Dyson V7 Picture
7.2
Bare Floor
8.0
Low-Pile Carpet
7.9
High-Pile Carpet
8.6
Pets
9.0
Stairs
8.7
Cars
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

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.

Our Verdict

7.2 Bare Floor

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.

Pros
  • Easily cleans hair and small debris on bare floors.
  • Good maneuverability.
Cons
  • Struggles with large debris on bare floors.
  • Disappointing battery life.
8.0 Low-Pile Carpet

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.

Pros
  • Excellent on low -pile carpet.
  • Good maneuverability.
Cons
  • Disappointing battery life.
7.9 High-Pile Carpet

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.

Pros
  • Great on high-pile carpet.
  • Good maneuverability.
Cons
  • Disappointing battery life.
8.6 Pets

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.

Pros
  • Easily cleans hair and small debris on bare floors.
  • Comes with a turbo brush.
Cons
  • Disappointing battery life.
9.0 Stairs

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.

Pros
  • Easily cleans hair and small debris on bare floors.
  • Excellent on low -pile carpet.
  • Great on high-pile carpet.
  • Comes with a turbo brush.
Cons
  • Struggles with large debris on bare floors.
  • Disappointing battery life.
8.7 Cars

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.

Pros
  • Excellent on low -pile carpet.
  • Comes with a turbo brush.
  • Crevice tool included.
Cons
  • Disappointing battery life.
  • 7.2 Bare Floor
  • 8.0 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.9 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.6 Pets
  • 9.0 Stairs
  • 8.7 Cars

Test Results

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Design
6.5
Design
Build Quality

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.

7.0
Design
User Maintenance

The V7 is fairly easy to maintain. There aren't many parts that you need to clean and they're easy to access.

  • Dirt compartment: The dirt compartment is a bit on the small side so you need to empty it often. It's easy to remove and you can empty it without dirtying your hands. You may need to clean it with a damp cloth to clean the lint screen.
  • FIlters: There are two filters: a pre-motor filter and a post-motor filter. They're easy to access and need to be cleaned with water once a month. They must be dry before you use them again.
  • Brushroll: You can remove the brushroll to take out any tangled hair.
  • Mini brushroll: Like the main brushroll, you can also take it off the turbo brush to remove any debris or tangled hair.

10
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
965661-01
HEPA Filter Part Number
967478-01

There are almost no recurring costs, which is excellent. 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.

6.9
Design
Storing
Height
47.24 in (120.0 cm)
Width
9.84 in (25.0 cm)
Depth
5.16 in (13.1 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

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.

7.0
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.14 gal (0.54 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

It has a decent 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.

Design
In The Box

  • Dyson V7 vacuum
  • Vacuum head
  • Soft dusting brush
  • Turbo brush
  • Crevice tool
  • Combination tool
  • Wand
  • Docking station
  • Power cable
  • Vacuum user guide
  • Docking station installation guide
  • Screws for docking station

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A

Being a cordless vacuum, it has unlimited range, and you're only limited by its battery life and dirt compartment size.

8.4
Design
Portability
Total Weight
5.22 lbs (2.37 kg)
Weight In Hand
2.93 lbs (1.33 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The V7 Animal is very portable. It doesn't feel very heavy in the hand and it has a handle for when you need to carry it around.

5.6
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
7.5 min.
Maximum Battery Life
33 min.
Recharge Time
170 min.
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
No
Removable Batteries
Yes

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.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
No

This vacuum 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.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
Yes
Crevice Tool
Yes
Upholstery Tool
Yes
Soft Bristle Brush
Yes
Hard Bristle Brush
Yes
Extension Wand
Yes
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

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.

Design
Alternative Configuration

You can remove the extension wand and use it as a handheld vacuum.

Performance
6.9
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
97 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
64 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
62 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
96 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
96 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used MAX power

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.

8.5
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
92 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
87 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
91 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
81 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
82 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used MAX power

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.

8.1
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
96 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
58 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
63 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
74 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
73 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used MAX power

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.

7.5
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Ok
Under Low Table
Ok
On Furniture
Excellent
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Excellent

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.

Automation
0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
No
Schedule Programming
No
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
No App

The V7 has no automation features.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

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.

Compared to other vacuums

The Dyson V7 lacks on bare floor performance compared to other stick vacuums, however, it's better on carpet. It also has a disappointing battery life but it's very portable. 

Dyson V11 Animal
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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. 

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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. 

Shark APEX Upright Vacuum
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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. 

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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. 

Shark ION F80
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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. 

Shark APEX UpLight
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

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