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Dyson V7 Review

So you’re familiar with Dyson vacuum cleaners, but just can’t decide which model is best for you. We may be able to help.

This week we’ll be completing our Dyson V7 review, breaking down its performance, features, and overall value.

Could this Dyson be the right one for you?

A Mid-Range Dyson Stick 2-in-1 Vacuum


Dyson V7 Stick Vacuum

The Dyson V7 is a powerful 2-in-1 stick vacuum that can also be configured as a handheld. This vacuum has nice upgrades overDyson’s V6 model, including a longer run time (30 minutes), better suction, and lower annual maintenance costs. If you’re looking for an easy-to-use and powerful stick vacuum, this is an excellent choice.Check Price


  • The Dyson V7 has up to a 30 minute run time
  • This stick vacuum can also be used as a handheld vacuum


  • The price of the V7 is on the higher end for stick vacuums
  • This Dyson V7 struggles with larger debris on hardwood floor. If cleaning hardwoods is essential for you, see our best vacuums for hardwood floors analysis.

Prefer to watch rather than read? We’ve got our Dyson V7 review video here:


The Dyson V7 offers a modern design and a styling unique to Dyson. The V7 shares some similarities to Dyson’s V6, but there are many upgrades also.

Dyson V7 cordless vacuum
Dyson V7

To begin with, the Dyson V7 contains a new dust bin release tab, a new power mode button, a new battery indicator, and a brand new quick release system.

The dust bin release tab on the V7 sits on top of the main unit, allowing users to pull up on the tab which will lift up the interior of the dust bin and force open the flap on the bottom.

Dyson implemented this new design in order to provide a more sanitary method of emptying the dust bin.

Dyson V7 Motorhead logo located on the wand of the unit
Dyson V7 Motorhead logo located on the wand of the unit

MODES | Next up, the power mode switch is located on top of this Dyson vacuum’s handle. Two options, low and max, are offered and the user simply has to push the button to the desired power mode and begin cleaning.

The battery life indicator remains at the bottom of the main unit.

The light is still a single bar indicator that fades away as the battery life drops.

This is compared to the Dyson V8, which uses a three-bar light indicator.

DUST BIN | Probably one of the most interesting features is the new quick-release system used to attach / detach tools from the vacuum cleaner. Slide the desired tool in and it will click when fully inserted.

Whenever you’re ready to remove the tool simply press down on the red button located on the tool / wand / handheld and the tool will release with ease.

Labeled image of the Dyson V7 components
  1. On / Off trigger
  2. Power mode switch
  3. Dust bin release tab
  4. Dust bin
  5. Tool / wand connection point

How It Cleans

The Dyson V7 cleans through straight suction on a vast majority of the cleaning tools, but there are a couple that use agitation to lift dirt and debris while the suction is being applied. That said, the V7 Motorhead has improved its suction with the V7, allowing for deeper cleans.

2-IN-1- DESIGN | The way the vacuum cleans lends itself more towards the user’s style. Since this unit can be used in both stick and handheld configurations, the way the vacuum cleans can change fairly regularly. To that end, the suction of the vacuum is not any different between the two styles.

Detailed shot of the motorized brushroll included with the Dyson V7
Detailed shot of the motorized brushroll included with the Dyson V7

CYCLONES | Once the Dyson V7 vacuum has sucked up the dirt / debris, it filters it through Dyson’s two-tier radial cyclone filtration system. This system allows the unit to properly sort through dirt and debris, helping to store it more efficiently.

Size & Dimensions

The Dyson V7 is 49″ long, 8.2″ tall, and 9.8″ wide. Additionally, this unit weighs 5.45 pounds when fully assembled as a stick vacuum.

  • Length – 49″
  • Height – 8.2″
  • Width – 9.8″
  • Weight – 5.45 pounds
Dyson V7 stick vacuum review - size and dimensions

When configured as a handheld vacuum, the Dyson V7 measures 12″ long, 8″ tall, and 5.5″ wide.

Accessories & Parts

The Dyson V7 Motorhead includes the following parts and accessories:

  • Charger
  • Wall mount
  • Motorized brushroll
  • Crevice tool
  • Combo tool
Parts and accessories included with the Dyson V7
  1. Wall mount
  2. Motorized brushroll
  3. Charger
  4. Cleaning tools
  5. Wand

Dyson V7 Absolute vs. Animal vs. Motorhead vs. HEPA currently sells four different versions of the Dyson V7.

Functionally, all four Dyson V7 models are more or less the same. The motor, battery, suction, dustbin, and cleaning power are all the same. The different models simply provide different cleaning heads, accessories, and filters, depending on your needs.

For our review, we tested the Motorhead.

Below are the major differences between each type:

 Dyson V7 AbsoluteDyson V7 AnimalDyson V7 MotorheadDyson V7 HEPA
Digital motorYesYesYesYes
Run time~30 mins.~30 mins.~30 mins.~30 mins.
Power Modes2222
Direct Drive cleaning headYesYesYesYes
Fluffy cleaning headYesNoNoNo
HEPA filtrationNoYesNoYes
Crevice toolYesYesYesYes
Combination toolYesYesYesYes
Docking stationYesYesYesYes
Mini dusting brushYesYesNoNo
Mini motorized brushrollYesYesNoNo

Wonder how other Dyson’s compare? See our complete Dyson vacuum reviews guide or our popular Dyson battles:

Cleaning Tests

The following vacuum cleaner tests are designed to show how the Dyson V7 performs on different surfaces, picking up a variety of debris types.

We test on three different floor types, including:

  • hardwood floors
  • low pile carpet
  • high pile carpet

Cleaning Score





Low Carpet


High Carpet


For each floor type we test the vacuum cleaner against:

  • Rice – 3 ounces
  • Dry Cereal – 1 ounce
  • Kitty Litter – 3 ounces
  • Sugar – 3 ounces

Each of the aforementioned debris types was spread across our testing lane. The base surface of our testing lane is an engineered hardwood floor. For our carpet tests, we slide in a low pile and high pile carpet insert on top of the hardwood floor.

Cleaning test debris types
Testing Debris – From left to right: Rice (3 oz.), Kitty Litter (3 oz), Cereal (1 oz), Sugar (3 oz)

Our vacuum cleaning process strives to be as consistent, fair, and true to real world use as possible. Our tests utilize the following procedure:

  1. Measure the weight of the testing debris and the weight of the empty vacuum debris container.
  2. Spread the respective debris type evenly across the central portion of the testing lane.
  3. Run the vacuum cleaner over the testing lane.
  4. Measure the weight of the now filled container and take notes on the cleaning performance.

Hardwood Floor Cleaning

The hardwood floor tests came as a bit of a surprise when using the Dyson V7. Although sugar and kitty litter were not an issue whatsoever, cereal and rice were.

When trying to vacuum up the rice on our testing lane, the motorized brushroll flung the rice away from the vacuum, resulting in less being sucked up.

On the other hand, cereal was pushed forward and not one piece was able to make it under the head of the V7.

The motorized brushroll was simply too close to the ground, which made it difficult for any of the cereal to get into the suction path.

BEST – Need a good vacuum for hardwood floors? Check out our Best Vacuum for Hardwood Floors page.

Some Dyson models include the Dyson Fluffy cleaning head. This is a soft roller style with an open front facing, making it more ideal for hardwoods and larger debris. Our Dyson V10 review included the Fluffy and it scored 100% on hardwood floors.



Kitty Litter






Dyson V7 stick vacuum hardwood cleaning performance test

Low Pile Carpet Cleaning

The Dyson V7 took a complete 180° turn when it came to the low pile carpet tests. The vacuum was virtually flawless, cleaning up 100% of the rice, kitty litter, and sugar, as well as 99% of the cereal.

The friction between the carpet and the debris allowed the vacuum to roll over each debris type with ease and suck it up.



Kitty Litter






Dyson V7 stick vacuum low carpet cleaning performance test

High Pile Carpet Cleaning

High pile carpet was another great run for the V7. Once again, three out of the four tests hit the 100% cleaned up mark. Sugar was the only one that did not reach 100%, but 99% of it was still cleaned up.



Kitty Litter






Dyson V7 stick vacuum high carpet cleaning performance test


Using the Dyson V7 is a simple process. That said, there is a short setup period required before you can use the unit.

SETUP | This setup consists of unboxing the vacuum, charging it, and choosing the tool you want to clean with. As a cordless unit it does need to be charged in order to run for its full 30 minute run time, but this is virtually the entire setup process.

DAILY USE | After getting the V7 charged up and ready to roll, the rest is up to the user. Using this Dyson vacuum is as easy as it gets. Swapping between cleaning tools is as easy as a push of a button. Powering the unit is controlled by squeezing the trigger located on the handle of the unit. There is no power switch, so once the trigger is released, the motor shuts off.

POWER MODES | Two power modes are available with the V7; low and max mode. The low mode offers up to 30 minutes of run time, but if the max mode is turned on the battery run time drops to between 6 and 7 minutes. Although this is a rather large change in run time, the suction power on max mode is much stronger than the low power mode.

Power mode switch on the Dyson V7
Power mode switch on the Dyson V7

All things considered, using this vacuum is among the easiest we have tested to date. There are no confusing features or modes to learn. Everything on the vacuum is rather self-explanatory.

RELATED – It doesn’t get much easier than a robot vacuum. Check out our Roomba 980Neato Botvac D3, and Bobsweep Pet Hair reviews.


Maneuvering the Dyson V7 is easy.

STICK MODE | When being used as a stick vacuum, the wand is lightweight and the floor head is able to turn 90°, which makes turning sharp corners and going around furniture much easier. Additionally, users have the ability to snap one of the smaller tools into the wand, which adds some reach when cleaning above the ground.

  • Weight: 5.45 pounds
  • Width: 9.8″
  • Height: 49″
  • Turning: 90°

HANDHELD MODE | As you move into the handheld configuration, the maneuverability becomes even easier. The weight decreases and now the unit basically goes wherever you go.

The crevice tool allows users to get into those harder to reach spots and the combo dusting brush / upholstery tool gives users the opportunity to clean delicate surfaces.

Combo tool on the Dyson V7 in action
Combo tool on the Dyson V7 in action

Moving around with the handheld or stick is a painless process and certainly a perk of this Dyson V7.

RELATED – Vacuum size plays a big factor in its usability. See our best small vacuum cleaners primer for more info.


The following table indicates the frequency at which you will likely want to replace the various parts and components of the vacuum. However, your individual experiences may vary.

Accessory / PartReplacement FrequencyReplacement Cost
Central FilterOnly if damaged or lostCheck Price
HEPA FilterOnly if damaged or lostCheck Price
Battery~24 months Check Price

Maintaining the Dyson V7 boils down to three main parts:

  • Wash the central filter – The central filter on the V7 is a lifetime filter. Users should wash once per month with cold water and allow to air dry for 24 hours.
  • Wash the HEPA filter (if included) – Not all of the Dyson V7 models include a HEPA filter. That said, if your unit does, it should be washed once per month with cold water and allowed to air dry for 24 hours. Just like with the central filter, only replace if it’s damaged or you lose it. The HEPA filter is a lifetime filter.
  • Battery – The battery does not require your attention as much, unless it dies. Aside from replacing the battery as a whole, there is not much maintenance that goes into the battery.

After your warranty expires your annual maintenance costs will be around $15 / year, which will cover your replacement of the battery every 2 years.

The filter on the V7 is located on the top of the radial cyclones
The filter on the V7 is located on the top of the radial cyclones

OTHER MODELS | One final note regarding annual maintenance costs: If you elect to go with a different Dyson V7 model (e.g., the Dyson V7  HEPA or Animal), you should know that all of these include a HEPA filter. This will improve the filtration of the vacuum, but you will need to make sure you wash your HEPA filter every month or so.


All vacuum cleaner reviews on Modern Castle are put through our standard noise test. For this test, we use a sound meter to measure noise in terms of decibel level approximately 3′ away from the vacuum.

The Dyson V7 came in at a moderate volume of 70 decibels at low power.

Dyson V7 noise test


All cordless vacuums on Modern Castle are put through a standard assessment of battery size, run time, life, and replacement cost.

Size2,100 mAh
Charging Time3.5 hours
Run Time~30 minutes
Replacement CostCheck Price

The battery on the Dyson V7 is solid, offering ~30 minutes of run time when fully charged. Charging this battery takes anywhere from 3.5-4 hours.

If the vacuum is placed in max mode, the battery run time does drop to 6-7 minutes. Although this is a big difference in run time, the increase in suction power is impressive.

Dyson has made a few upgrades to its batteries since the V7 was released. The V8 now has a run time of up to 40 minutes and the V10 stretches all the way out to a 60 minute run time.


The Dyson V7 offers a fair value. The price of this unit is lower than the newer V8 and V10, but the performance is also weaker. By no stretch is this Dyson stick vacuum a poor performer, but there are less options available for specific cleaning scenarios.

Dyson V7

That said, the V7 is offered in a few different models on, so you do have the option of selecting one of the models that includes a few extra tools.

However, bear in mind, that this is an older model so the performance is not going to be quite as good as the newer Dyson V8 or Dyson V10.

RELATED – If you’re looking for a less expensive choice check out the Dyson V6. Or see our best cheap vacuums and best cheap robot vacuum guides for more.

With regard to warranty and returns, Dyson offers a 2-year warranty and a 30-day return period. Both are in line with the standard warranty and return period.


Below is a complete list of important specifications and features included on the Dyson V7:

Length (inches)49
Width (inches)9.8
Weight (pounds)5.45
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
Dust Bin Capacity0.4 L
ReturnsVaries by retailer
Warranty2-Year limited
BuyCheck Price

Who Should Buy the Dyson V7?

The Dyson V7 is a stick vacuum with the ability to break down into a handheld vacuum. Powerful suction, a long battery run time, several cleaning tools / accessories, and a quality build all combine to create a cordless vacuum well worth considering.

I would recommend the Dyson V7 if you’re looking for the following features in a stick vacuum:

  • Want a 2-in-1 vacuum – The Dyson V7 is primarily known for its stick configuration, but it also has the ability to be used as a handheld. With the exception of the floor heads, all of the tools included with the V7 work with both the stick and handheld configurations.
  • Want a lightweight stick vacuum – When fully assembled as a stick vacuum, the Dyson V7 weighs 5.45 pounds. This is light enough for most people to lift above their head and clean above the ground, in addition to on the ground.
  • Need a good run time – This Dyson cordless vacuum offers a 30 minute run time when fully charged.
  • Don’t mind a higher price tag – Although the V7 has a lot to offer, the price point is not low. If budget is not an issue, then the V7 could be a good choice. Otherwise, you may want to explore more inexpensive units, like Dyson’s V6 model.

For more information on the Dyson V7 see here.


  • April 12, 2019 – Added an image. Made a few small formatting updates.
  • March 31, 2019 – Overhauled the layout and design.
Older Model, But Great Value
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    Design - 95%
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    Performance - 99%
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    Quality - 95%
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    Usability - 95%
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    Value - 96%


The Dyson V7 is a few years old, but by all accounts still a great cordless vacuum. It has a 30 minute run time, 100 AW of suction power, and tons of cleaning attachments. It’s easy to use, works great on both carpets and hard surfaces, and is priced well for the features and overall performance. A good all around budget vacuum that will work well for most homes.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider,, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

Need Help? Ask Your Question Below

  1. Hi confused on v7 motorhead and v7 normal. Dyson said only difference is an extra filter on motorhead. So does the extra filter do anything extra other than sort dust. It doesn’t affect cleaning use between 2. Also alot of bad reviews on dyson website of v7 says doesnt pick up well on hard floors we are tiled majority of house sell kids alot of crumbs will v7 be good for this or do I wait for v7 motorhead sale maybe. Thanks

    • The filter they are referring to is the HEPA filter, which removes more dust and other fine particulates. Great if you suffer from allergies or asthma. However, it doesn’t massively impact functionality.

      In our tests the V7 was more than good on hardwood floors. I think it will be fine for your home.

  2. You don’t say anything about pet hair and the hassle of cleaning the roller which I assume is an issue but since you don’t
    Specify I can only assume it’s not easy.

    • Historically we haven’t tested against pet hair, because doing so is incredibly subjective and it’s hard to repeat the same test again and again (as we do for our other tests).

      More recently we’ve come up with a test that offers reasonable data, but haven’t tested the V7 yet. The more recent V11 and V10 did pretty well with the test, removing 60-75% of the hair, with the remaining portion getting stuck. However, that test is also pretty brutal. We put perhaps 100 strands of hair directly into the path of the vacuum and see what it does.

      I would expect the V7 to be worse than the newer V10 and V11, but still perform reasonably well with respect to hair.

  3. It seems that the fluffy head works the best on hard surfaces but does it work on carpet? Our loft has polished concrete floor but does have a throw rug in the living room.

    • Correct, fluffy heads are for hard surface flooring.

      It will “work” on a carpet, but it’s not how it was designed to be used.

  4. Hello everyone hoping everyone’s is safe and well.
    COULD you please advise what’s heads/attachment so come with Dyson origin v7 .
    Also what are extra accessories to purchase for for the origin v7 . THinking of buying one and the big w catalogue hasnt much information in it .
    Kind regards deb

    • I would not recommend the V7 on wool or any other delicate rugs. Any of the V-series with a their standard brushroll is going to be too rough.

      You could perhaps clean it with one of the straight suction (non-motorized) accessories. If you go with that option, any of the V-series vacuums is going to be about the same.

  5. Hello Derek,

    Thank you for all you do for us! I just purchased the V7 Allergy, but now am learning about the soft roller brush or fluffy head. The Dyson world is all new to me!
    Now I am noticing the soft brush to buy separately is almost 100.00. If I purchased a V10, w/a a soft roller, would the soft roller be interchangeable w/the V7?

    I am thinking of asking my brother to go half on the V10 with me, and we can share it. = ) lol

    • You’re too kind, Tracy…and you’re very welcome!

      And yes, the V7 can use the V10’s soft roller head. It won’t perform as well on the V7, as the V7 doesn’t have the same raw power as the V10 does, but it will still be workable for most cleaning tasks.

      Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.

  6. I just purchase my new Dyson V7 Origin, I love it for small job but it’s dead within 10 minutes. The negative side of this is it doesn’t stay charge!!!
    Should it stay charge more then 10 min???

    • Unless you’re using it on max mode exclusively, then it really shouldn’t be dead by 10 minutes.

      If it’s dead at 10 minutes on normal mode you have a defective battery and should contact Dyson immediately for a replacement (battery is covered for 2 years under the warranty).

  7. Is it possible to buy an attachment to make the V7 allergy Hepa model more suited for good hardwood floor cleaning? It doesn’t appear so from the dyson website but maybe a different model’s hardwood floor attachment would be useable? Seems like an easy fix so dry goods aren’t flung out of the way

  8. Hi can you put the Hera filter on the Dyson v7 if it hasn’t got one and will a Dyson v7 battery fit in the v10 thanks

    • No, you cannot. The versions of the V7 that include a HEPA filter have a re-designed body that allows for the HEPA attachment.

      And no, the Dyson V7 battery will not work on the V10.

  9. Are there any differences between the motors for V7 Origin and V7 Motorhead?
    do they have the same suction power? Not sure why Motorhead is about $50 more then the Origin. But if there is no difference in the suction power, I may go with the Origin.

    • V7 Complete is available only in Canada (from what we can tell). It’s similar to the V7 Animal in terms of performance and accessories.

  10. Thanks for your review of the Dyson V7 models. I was already thinking of getting the Dyson V7 Animal and your review was the tipping point in making my decision to make the purchase. I was wondering if I could purchase the Fluffy cleaning head from the Dyson V7 Absolute and if it would fit the Dyson V7 Animal? Thanks again for your review.

    • You’re very welcome!

      And yes, you can buy the fluffy cleaning head separate and use it on the V7 Animal (or other models / variants).

    • Hi,
      Reading your reviews and comments make me interested in getting a dyson V series but due to budget, i could only get a V7 motorhead unit.
      Is it possible i purchase a HEPA filter to go with this model?
      Another concern is the V7 able to able to vacuum water?

      Looking foward for your reply.


  11. Great information, thank you! Especially since the Dyson website was lacking so much detail, like the lack of HEPA filter on the Absolute. Based on your reviews, I’m going for the Absolute for my wood floors and throw rugs and getting Dyson’s HEPA filters to add since you say they are compatible. Should I use both the pre and post HEPA filters?
    One bit of info that would be helpful to include is the weight of the units as handheld vacs for those of us who are challenged by these things. I’m guessing they’re about 3lbs?

    Thanks again for your great help!

    • Thanks so much, Page! I’m glad you found our reviews helpful.

      Regarding the filters, yes, I would suggest one of the models that include both the pre-filter and HEPA filter.

      Regarding the weight, yes it’s around 3-3.5 lbs.

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