Dyson V7 Animal Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated Feb 15, 2021 at 12:06 pm
Dyson V7 Animal Picture
7.1
Bare Floor
8.0
Low-Pile Carpet
7.8
High-Pile Carpet
8.6
Pets
9.0
Stairs
8.6
Cars
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Dyson V7 Animal is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that performs best on carpets. It's lightweight, maneuverable, and comes with a variety of tools and brushes that can help with different tasks. Unfortunately, its battery life is disappointing, so it's not suitable for long cleaning sessions. The dirt compartment is small and needs frequent emptying, but it's otherwise a fairly easy vacuum to maintain. Unfortunately, it fails to suck up bulky debris like cereal on bare floors.

Our Verdict

7.1 Bare Floor

The Dyson V7 is a decent choice for cleaning bare floors. It's very effective at sucking up pet hair and debris like sand but has a hard time with bulky material like cereal. It's easy to maneuver because it doesn't weigh very much, and you can easily clip and unclip its tools. It's also decently easy to maintain.

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

The Dyson V7 is great for low-pile carpets. It does a great job of 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. It's also fairly easy to maintain and has good maneuverability.

Pros
  • Excellent on low -pile carpet.
  • Good maneuverability.
Cons
  • Disappointing battery life.
7.8 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 simple to maintain and is easy to maneuver.

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

The Dyson V7 Animal is an excellent choice for cleaning up pet hair. It has no issue sucking it up from any surface type, from bare floors to high-pile carpets. It has a removable brushroll, which makes it easier to cut away tangled hair, and comes with a turbo brush you can use to clean hair off of fabric-covered furniture.

Pros
  • Easily cleans hair and small debris on bare floors.
  • Comes with a turbo brush.
  • Equipped with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter.
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.
8.6 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.
  • 7.1 Bare Floor
  • 8.0 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.8 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.6 Pets
  • 9.0 Stairs
  • 8.6 Cars
  1. Updated Aug 24, 2020: We've retested the dirt compartment volume.
  2. Updated Aug 06, 2020: We have updated the maintenance and storage scores.
  3. Updated Jul 06, 2020: Updated the scoring for maneuverability.
  4. Updated Jul 06, 2020: Review published.
  5. Updated Jul 06, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Dyson V7's build quality is just okay. Similar to other Dyson models like the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, it looks premium but doesn't feel very sturdy. It's almost entirely made of plastic, even the wheels on the main head, with no rubber anywhere to keep it from slipping when you lean it against a wall. The dustbin is made of see-through plastic and feels particularly fragile, like it may break if you drop it.

On the other hand, assembling the vacuum is easy and intuitive. The parts clip together, and there's a button you can use to quickly unclip them when you want to reconfigure the vacuum.

6.5
Design
User Maintenance

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 Dyson 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 use a damp cloth to clean debris from 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.

Take a look at the Simplicity S65S if you're looking for an alternative with less demanding maintenance requirements.

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

This vacuum incurs practically no recurring costs. Like the Dyson V8 Animal, it uses a bagless design and washable filters that shouldn't need to be replaced as long as they're properly maintained. If any parts break or are lost, you can buy replacements on Dyson's website.

6.8
Design
Storing
Height
47.24" (120.0 cm)
Width
9.84" (25.0 cm)
Depth
8.27" (21.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

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 Dyson 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 vacuum 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.

6.6
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.09 gal (0.35 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

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 that of the Dyson V11 Animal. 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

The Dyson V7's range is practically unlimited, as long as it has space left in its dirt compartment and battery life remaining.

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

This vacuum is very portable. It's lighter than the Shark Rocket Pet Pro and it doesn't feel very heavy in your hand either. 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.

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

The Dyson V7 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.

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

The Dyson V7 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 feature.

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

The Dyson V7 comes with several few tools and brushes, including a turbo brush, soft bristle brush, crevice tool, extension wand, and a combination hard bristle brush and upholstery tool. You can clip all tools to the wand or directly to the vacuum.

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"

The Dyson V7 has a decent performance on bare floors. It's great at picking up pet hair and debris like rice from these surfaces. However, it struggles with bulkier material. Debris like cereal can get pushed around by the vacuum without going under it, and if you lift the motorhead to try and avoid this, the brushroll sends the bulky debris flying. 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.

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"

Excellent performance on low-pile carpets. 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. Its performance 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.

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"

This Dyson V7 is impressive on high-pile carpets. It does an excellent job with pet hair and also picks up a great amount of fine debris like baking soda. It struggles more with larger debris like sand, but on the plus side, its performance stays consistent as its dirt compartment fills. If you want a vacuum that does a better job of sucking up debris like sand, try the Shark Wandvac System WS620.

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

The Dyson V7 has good maneuverability, very similar to the Dyson V11 Animal. 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 on rugs 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 Dyson V7 cordless vacuum 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 Animal is a versatile stick vacuum that performs very well on carpet but 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.

Dyson V11 Animal

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, 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 Humdinger

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.

Dyson V8 Animal

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. That said, the Dyson V7 is a bit better at cleaning fine debris, such as baking soda, from high-pile carpet.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

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.

Shark APEX Upright Vacuum

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 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. 

Dyson V15 Detect

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. Meanwhile, the V7 is a little lighter and isn't quite as demanding in regular maintenance.

Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H

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 as well.

Dyson Omni-glide

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 as well. 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 it comes with a charging dock. However, it's not intended for cleaning carpets, and its performance on bare floors is only passable.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light

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. 

JASHEN V16

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.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister

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 of cleaning up small debris on these surfaces. 

Shark Anti-Allergen Pet Power

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.

Simplicity S65S

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, better battery performance, is easier to maintain, and delivers better performance on bare floors.

Shark APEX UpLight

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 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.

Shark ION P50 Upright

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. 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.

Shark ION F80

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 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 ION W1 WANDVAC

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.

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