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?
Continue reading below to discover if the Dyson V7 is the best stick vacuum for you.
- Cleaning Tests 89%
- Usability 91%
- Value 87%
- Maintenance 95%
- Maneuverability 94%
- 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
The Bottom Line
The Dyson V7 is a powerful 2-in-1 stick vacuum that can also be configured as a handheld. This vacuum has nice upgrades over Dyson’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.
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.
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.
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.
- On / Off trigger
- Power mode switch
- Dust bin release tab
- Dust bin
- 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.
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
When configured as a handheld vacuum, the Dyson V7 measures 12″ long, 8″ tall, and 5.5″ wide.
- Wall mount
- Motorized brushroll
- Cleaning tools
Dyson V7 Absolute vs. Animal vs. Motorhead vs. HEPA
Dyson.com currently sells four different versions of the Dyson V7.
- Dyson V7 Absolute
- Dyson V7 Animal
- Dyson V7 Motorhead
- Dyson V7 HEPA
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 Absolute||Dyson V7 Animal||Dyson V7 Motorhead||Dyson V7 HEPA|
|Run time||~30 mins.||~30 mins.||~30 mins.||~30 mins.|
|Direct Drive cleaning head|
|Fluffy cleaning head|
|Mini dusting brush|
|Mini motorized brushroll|
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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
- Hardwood Floors 89%
- Low Pile Carpet 100%
- High Pile Carpet 100%
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.
Our vacuum cleaning process strives to be as consistent, fair, and true to real world use as possible. Our tests utilize the following procedure:
- Measure the weight of the testing debris and the weight of the empty vacuum debris container.
- Spread the respective debris type evenly across the central portion of the testing lane.
- Run the vacuum cleaner over the testing lane.
- 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.
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.
- Hardwood – Rice 66%
- Hardwood – Cereal 0%
- Hardwood – Kitty Litter 100%
- Hardwood – Sugar 100%
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.
- Low Carpet – Rice 100%
- Low Carpet – Cereal 99%
- Low Carpet – Kitty Litter 100%
- Low Carpet – Sugar 100%
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.
- High Carpet – Rice 100%
- High Carpet – Cereal 100%
- High Carpet – Kitty Litter 100%
- High Carpet – Sugar 99%
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moving around with the handheld or stick is a painless process and certainly a perk of this Dyson V7.
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 / Part||Replacement Frequency||Replacement Cost|
|Central Filter||Only if damaged or lost||Check Price|
|HEPA Filter||Only if damaged or lost||Check 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.
Annual maintenance costs on the Dyson V10 will be $0 / year while the warranty is still in effect. After your warranty expires your annual maintenance costs will be around $17 / year, which will cover your replacement of the battery every 2 years.
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 Absolute, 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.
All cordless vacuums on Modern Castle are put through a standard assessment of battery size, run time, life, and replacement cost.
|Charging Time||3.5 hours|
|Run Time||~30 minutes|
|Replacement Cost||Check 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.
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.
That said, the V7 is offered in a few different models on Dyson.com, 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.
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:
|Floor Type||All (indoor)|
|Dust Bin Capacity||0.4 L|
|Returns||30 days via Dyson.com|
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 visit Dyson.com.
Last Updated - March 28, 2018
The following logs all major updates and changes made to this page.
- March 28, 2018 – We made corrections to the maintenance schedule, replacement parts, and annual maintenance costs. Our original numbers were too high, reporting that the filters needed to be replaced more often than they actually do.
Older Model, But Great Value
Derek Hales is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of ModernCastle.com. He is a passionate perfectionist when it comes to testing and reviewing products for the home. When he is not testing new products, Derek enjoys golf, tennis, and PC gaming. Derek lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Samantha, and poodle, Tibbers.