The Dyson V7 Animal is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum. It sits below the more expensive Dyson V8 Animal in the manufacturer's lineup, with a less powerful suction motor and a lower-capacity battery. It comes with some handy attachments, like a miniature turbo brush and a combination upholstery tool/slide-on soft-bristle brush. Unlike newer flagship and mid-tier models like the Dyson V15 Detect and Dyson V12 Detect Slim, it lacks any automatic power adjustment capability.
The Dyson V7 is a good choice for cleaning bare floors. It's very effective at sucking up small debris. However, bulky material gets stuck at the entry to its floorhead and then scattered around due to the rotation of its brushroll. Thankfully, its lightweight construction makes it easy to maneuver, and its bagless design incurs virtually no recurring costs.
The Dyson V7 is great for low-pile carpets. It does a great job cleaning up pet hair and clears most fine and large debris on this surface. While it doesn't have any height adjustment feature for its floorhead, it does have two power settings, which can be helpful when dealing with particularly stubborn debris. However, it doesn't feel especially sturdy, and its battery life is unimpressive compared to most newer cordless stick vacuums.
The Dyson V7 is very good for high-pile carpet. Although you can't adjust its floorhead height, it still manages to clear an impressive amount of debris on this surface type. It incurs minimal recurring costs thanks to its bagless design and washable filters, though its plastic construction feels somewhat fragile. However, there isn't a brushroll on/off switch for its floorhead, so it can sometimes get stuck on rug tassels. It also has a short battery life, especially when using it in its most powerful suction mode.
The Dyson V7 Animal is a good choice for cleaning up pet hair. It has no issue sucking up hair from bare floors or low and high-pile carpets. It has a removable brushroll, making it easier to cut away tangled hair, and has a turbo brush you can use to clean hair off of fabric-covered furniture. Its allergen-trapping HEPA filter is washable, so you won't worry about recurring costs.
The Dyson V7 is amazing for stairs. You can use it as a compact handheld vacuum by removing its wand and floorhead, and since it's cordless, you can easily carry it up and down stairs. Its performance on bare floors is decent, and it performs impressively well on carpet. It also comes with a turbo brush to make it easier to vacuum your stairs.
The Dyson V7 is great for cleaning cars. You can easily reconfigure it as a handheld vacuum by removing the extension wand, allowing you to clean tight spots with less effort. It's also lightweight and delivers amazing performance on low-pile floor mats. It also comes with a turbo brush and a crevice tool to vacuum tight spaces in the car.
The Dyson V7 Animal isn't designed for workshop cleaning. It's okay when handling small household debris on bare surfaces but struggles with heavier material. Using it to clean messes like wood or metal shavings could damage it, and it isn't designed to suck up liquids.
The Dyson V7's build quality is just okay. Similar to other Dyson models like the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, its mainly plastic construction doesn't feel especially sturdy while in use. Unlike many other cordless stick vacuums, there isn't a rubber strip on the handle that could keep it upright when propping it up against a wall. The dustbin is made of see-through plastic and feels particularly fragile.
Thankfully, out-of-the-box assembly is easy and intuitive. The vacuum's parts clip together, and there's a button you can use to quickly unclip them when you want to reconfigure it.
The Dyson V7 has a few parts that need regular cleaning.
Take a look at the Simplicity S65S if you're looking for an alternative with fewer parts that need regular cleaning.
This vacuum incurs practically no recurring costs. Like the Dyson V8 Animal, it uses a bagless design and washable filters that won't need replacing as long as you clean them regularly.
The Dyson V7 is fairly easy to store. It's tall and narrow, meaning you can fit it in a closet without much difficulty. Its rack 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 vacuum mostly in its handheld configuration, you may want to look at the Shark ION W1 WANDVAC, which is smaller, and you can easily store it in a closet or cupboard.
This vacuum has an alright dirt compartment. It's smaller than on the newer Dyson models like the Dyson V11 Animal, but since it's made of clear plastic and has a max fill line, you can easily tell how full it is at a glance.
The Dyson V7's range is practically unlimited, as long as it has space left in its dirt compartment and remaining battery life.
This vacuum is very portable. It's lighter than alternatives like the Shark Vertex Pro, and it doesn't feel very heavy in your hand. It also has a handle for when you need to carry it around. The Dyson Omni-glide is an even lighter stick/handheld vacuum, although it's not as versatile since you can't use it to clean carpets.
The Dyson V7 has disappointing battery performance. Its battery has a capacity of 2100 mAh, compared to the Dyson V8 Animal's 2800 mAh pack, resulting in shorter battery life. On its 'Max' mode, with the wand extension and floorhead attached, it provides under 10 minutes of runtime, so you should be careful and monitor your battery usage when dealing with stubborn debris. In its default 'Powerful' mode, you can expect over 30 minutes of runtime, which is still considerably shorter than even newer budget-friendly stick vacuums like the Wyze Cordless Vacuum. Worse still, it takes nearly three hours to charge, and it doesn't have any indicator lights to let you know when your battery starts running low.
The Dyson V7 has a few extra quality-of-life features. 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, like overheating, but it doesn't tell you when it's low on battery. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a surface-type adjustment feature, unlike the Miele Triflex HX1.
The Dyson V7 Animal comes with a few attachments. There's a turbo brush for cleaning fabric surfaces, a soft bristle brush, a crevice tool, an extension wand, and a combination hard bristle brush and upholstery tool. You can clip all tools to the wand or directly to the vacuum.
You can use the Dyson V7 as a handheld vacuum by removing its extension wand.
The Dyson V7 has okay performance on bare floors. It's great at sucking up small debris like rice from these surfaces. However, it struggles with bulkier material. Debris like cereal can get pushed around by the floorhead without going under it, and if you lift the motorhead to try and avoid this, the brushroll scatters it around. Unfortunately, there's no way to adjust the head height or turn off the brushroll to stop this from happening. If you're looking for a vacuum with better performance on bare floors, check out the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light or Miele Classic C1 PowerLine Pure Suction.
The Dyson V7 delivers excellent performance on low-pile carpets. It's fantastic at picking up large debris like sand and does a great job of sucking up finer debris like baking soda. Its performance remains consistent even when the dirt compartment is half full, which is good if you have several large messes to deal with.
The Dyson V7's performance is very good on high-pile carpets. It does a great job sucking up fine debris like baking soda but struggles more with larger debris like sand. Thankfully, its performance stays consistent as its dirt compartment fills. If you want a vacuum that does a better job overall on this surface type, try the Shark Wandvac System WS620.
The Dyson V7 delivers superb pet hair-cleaning performance. It can easily clear away pet hair on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet.
The Dyson V7 Animal has poor suction performance at its floorhead, so it may have some trouble pulling debris embedded deeply within shag carpeting. Its 100W motor is substantially less powerful than the 150W unit found in the newer Dyson V12 Detect Slim. That said, the design of its floorhead compensates for that in some ways and enables it to draw out debris in cracks and crevices.
The Dyson V7 is pretty quiet. It's a little quieter than the newer, more powerful Dyson V12 Detect Slim, but it still can mask the sound of nearby conversation. However, using it in an enclosed room does help block out most of the noise.
The Dyson V7 has good maneuverability. It's lightweight and easy to carry around. You can also swap out its tools with minimal effort. 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 on rugs, making it hard to push around, so it's best to clean carpets in its default 'Powerful' setting. Rug tassels also tend to get sucked into the floorhead.
The Dyson V7 Animal does a good job of dealing with pet hair on furniture when used in its default 'Powerful' mode with its turbo brush attachment. It clears away most strands of hair, though some small amounts might be left behind if you only make one pass. It does slightly better in its 'MAX' mode, though using the vacuum in this configuration drains its battery in under 10 minutes.
The Dyson V7 does a great job of sealing in fine debris. Like most other Dyson stick vacuums, it has a HEPA filter that's effective at capturing fine allergens.
The Dyson V7 has okay crack-cleaning performance. It doesn't have much trouble lifting lightweight material from shallow crevices, but it struggles with debris wedged a little more deeply. The manufacturer advertises its motor to produce 100W of power compared to the Dyson V8 Animal's 115W motor, so it isn't surprising that it has a harder time with dealing with debris in deeper crevices. It's recommended that you use the vacuum's crevice tool for these situations.
This vacuum does a terrible job cleaning stains when used with its default floorhead.
We tested the 'Animal' variant of the Dyson V7. There are other variants of this vacuum sold, which differ only in included attachments and equipment. We expect them to perform similarly.
|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||Doesn't 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 isn't as good as some other vacuums on bare floors, especially compared to newer, more expensive Dyson models like the Dyson V15 Detect. It has a disappointing battery life, but it's fairly easy to maintain, and there are virtually no recurring costs.
The Dyson V8 Animal is better for most uses than the Dyson V7 Animal. The V8 performs far better on bare floors, where it clears large debris like cereal with much less difficulty. It also has a longer maximum runtime and has a battery life indicator to let you know how roughly how much charge is left. The V8 also comes with a unique 180-degree brush, which is good for cleaning hard-to-reach places.
The Dyson V7 Animal and the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute are two similar stick/handheld vacuums with a few differences. Thanks to its more powerful suction motor, 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 Animal and the Dyson V11 Animal are similarly performing cordless stick/handheld vacuums. The V7 is slightly better at cleaning on low-pile carpets despite its less powerful 100W motor, and it's a bit lighter. On the other side, the Dyson V11 Animal has a better 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.
The Dyson V15 Detect is a better vacuum than the Dyson V7 Animal. The V15 features an onboard tool storage rack, has a slightly larger dirt compartment that doesn't need emptying as often, has a longer battery life, and delivers superior performance on bare floors and low and high-pile carpet thanks to a motor that provides almost twice as much power. Meanwhile, the V7 is a little lighter and isn't quite as demanding in regular maintenance.
The Dyson V7 Animal is a better vacuum than the Dyson Omni-glide. The V7 Animal delivers better performance on bare floors and is great on carpets. It also comes with a much wider variety of tools, including a hard bristle brush and a turbo brush. On the other hand, the Omni-glide is much more maneuverable and has a significantly better battery performance since its battery is removable and comes with a charging dock. However, it's not intended for cleaning carpets, and its performance on bare floors is only passable.
The Dyson V7 Animal and the Dyson Humdinger are different vacuum types, each adapted to different uses. The V7 is more versatile thanks to its stick design that you can reconfigure for handheld use. It's less portable than the incredibly lightweight Humdinger, but it has a significantly larger dirt compartment. The V7 is better for larger spaces, while the Humdinger is better for spot cleaning, particularly on bare floors.
The Samsung Jet 60 Pet is better than the Dyson V7 Animal for most uses. The Samsung has a much larger dirt compartment, lasts longer on a charge, takes less time to recharge, and has a more powerful suction motor, resulting in superior debris pickup performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet. On the other hand, the Dyson has a less unwieldy miniature turbo brush attachment for cleaning upholstered surfaces.
The Samsung Jet 70 Pet is better than the Dyson V7 Animal. The Samsung has fewer maintenance requirements, features a larger dustbin, lasts longer on a single charge, charges faster, exerts a stronger suction force at its floorhead, and does a better job of clearing away debris on bare floors and high-pile carpet, not to mention cracks and crevices. It's also quieter and more effective in dealing with pet hair. However, the Dyson is a little more portable, and you might find it easier to clear away pet hair on furniture than the Samsung.
The Dyson V12 Detect Slim is better than the Dyson V7 Animal. The V12 has a far more powerful suction motor and delivers correspondingly stronger performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet. The V12 is also easier to maneuver, comes with more attachments, has fewer parts needing to be cleaned periodically, and has longer overall battery life. Unlike the V7, it can also automatically increase its suction power on carpets or whenever it encounters an area with a high concentration of debris. Conversely, the V7 has a larger dirt compartment.
The Dyson V7 Animal and LG CordZero A9 Ultimate each have advantages, so one might suit you better than the other depending on your needs. The Dyson has fewer parts that need to be cleaned regularly, incurs virtually no recurring costs, and delivers slightly better performance on low and high-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the LG does a better job of dealing with bulky debris on bare floors and has a much longer battery life since it comes with a second battery that you can keep charged while using another.
The LG CordZero A9 A916BM is a little better than the Dyson V7 Animal. The LG comes with two batteries, yielding a much longer maximum runtime if you keep them both charged. It also performs significantly better on bare floors and high-pile carpet. However, the Dyson has fewer parts that need periodic cleaning, incurs minimal recurring costs, and, unlike the LG, comes with a turbo brush.
The Samsung Jet 90 Complete is better than the Dyson V7 Animal. The Samsung has a larger dustbin, charges much faster while lasting longer on a single charge, and performs better on bare floors and high-pile carpet. It comes with two swappable brushrolls, one for bare floors and the other for carpets. Conversely, the Dyson is a little more effective on low-pile carpet and has fewer parts that need regular cleaning.
The Dyson V7 Animal and Shark Anti-Allergen Pet Power each have strengths, meaning that one may suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. The Dyson incurs virtually no recurring costs, is notably lighter, comes with a motorized turbo brush, and clears debris more effectively on low-pile carpet. Conversely, the Shark performs much better on bare floors, especially when cleaning bulky debris like cereal, has a larger dustbin, lasts longer on a single charge, and feels better built.
The Dyson V7 Animal and the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H 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.
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 Dyson V7 Animal 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 Dyson V7 Animal is a more versatile cordless vacuum than the Hoover ONEPWR Evolve Pet. The Dyson is a cordless stick vacuum that you can configure as a handheld. It weighs less, is easier to maneuver, incurs minimal recurring costs, delivers superior air filtration performance, makes less noise, and does a better job clearing debris in tight crevices. Meanwhile, the Hoover is a cordless upright with a removable battery pack. It's more effective in cleaning bulky debris, feels better built, charges faster, has a longer battery life, and has a larger dustbin.
The Dyson V7 Animal is a more versatile vacuum than the JASHEN V16. The Dyson doesn't struggle nearly as much when 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 Dyson V7 Animal 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 cleaning up small debris on these surfaces.
The Shark APEX Upright Vacuum is better to use on bare floors, and the Dyson V7 Animal is better to use on carpet. The Shark vacuums any 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 Shark APEX UpLight is a better performing vacuum than the Dyson V7 Animal, 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 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 Animal 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. The Dyson employs a stick/upright design that's far more portable and does a better job cleaning 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 as well-built.
The Dyson V7 Animal and Simplicity S65S each have their strengths, and one may suit you better than the other depending on your needs. The Dyson has lower recurring costs, is easier to store, comes with more tools and brushes, and delivers better performance on low-pile carpet. The Simplicity has a larger dirt compartment, has better battery performance, is easier to maintain, and delivers better performance on bare floors.
The Shark ION F80 is better overall than the Dyson V7 Animal. The Shark has much better performance on bare floors as it doesn't have trouble cleaning any debris. It also has better maneuverability, and the batteries are much better too. On the other hand, the Dyson has more included tools, is lighter to hold, and performs better on carpet, so it's a better choice to use in cars.