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Dyson V7 vs. V8

Derek Hales

Written By: Derek Hales

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Dyson is no stranger to incrementally improving its product line.

In this week’s comparison review we’ll look at the Dyson V7 vs. V8 and see how they stack up.

Dyson V7
  • Max Suction: 100 AW
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Recharge: 3.5 hours
  • Dustbin: 0.53 L
  • Weight: 5.45 lbs
Dyson V8
  • Max Suction: 115 AW
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Recharge: 5.5 hours
  • Dustbin: 0.53 L
  • Weight: 5.8 lbs

Dyson V7 vs. V8: What’s the Difference?

The primary difference between the V7 and V8 is suction power and battery life. The Dyson V8’s more powerful motor can generate 115 AW of suction, while the V7 generates 100 AW of suction.

Additionally, the V8 can run for up to 40 minutes compared to the V7, which runs for 30 minutes.

Rather watch a video than read a review? See our Dyson V7 vs. V8 video review below.

Cleaning Tests

The following vacuum cleaner tests are designed to show how the Dyson V7 and Dyson V8 perform on different surfaces, picking up a variety of debris types.

We test on three different floor types, including hardwood floors, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet.

Overall Cleaning Scores

Dyson V7


Dyson V8


Dyson V7 Cleaning



Low Carpet


High Carpet


Dyson V8 Cleaning



Low Carpet


High Carpet


Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tests

The performance differences between the Dyson V7 vs. Dyson V8 were certainly noticeable when it came to our hardwood floor tests. The Dyson V7 struggled more so than the V8, simply due to the head of the vacuum pushing the cereal around the testing lane in addition to flinging the rice.

Dyson V7 stick vacuum hardwood cleaning performance test
Dyson V7 performance on hardwoods

The V8 also struggled on the cereal test, but not to the degree of the V7. Rice was no issue for the V8 as it was able to clean up 99% whereas the V7 was only able to clean up 66% of the rice.

Dyson V8 hardwood cleaning performance test
Dyson V8 performance on hardwoods

All that said, it should be noted that we used the Direct Drive cleaning head for both the V7 and V8 on these tests (since we did not have the soft roller head). Had we had the soft roller head available we suspect both would have performed much better.

In order clean larger debris like this in a real-life setting, you’d likely need to use the fluffy cleaning head or an attachment like the dusting brush or crevice tool.

Low Pile Carpet Cleaning Tests

The low pile carpet cleaning tests proved to be much less of an issue for both the V7 and V8. Each of these vacuums were able to clean up all four debris types to a level of 99% or higher.

Dyson V7 stick vacuum low carpet cleaning performance test
Dyson V7 performance on low pile carpet

Both of these Dyson vacuums showed a strong degree of suction and were able to roll over all four debris types with ease as they sucked them up.

Dyson V8 low carpet cleaning performance test
Dyson V8 performance on low pile carpet

High Pile Carpet Cleaning Tests

The Dyson V7 and V8 were virtually flawless on the high pile carpet test. Once again, all four debris types were cleaned up to a level of 99% or higher.

Dyson V7 stick vacuum high carpet cleaning performance test
Dyson V7 performance on high pile carpet

Neither vacuum struggled on the high pile carpets.

Dyson V8 high carpet cleaning performance test
Dyson V8 performance on high pile carpet

For our comprehensive testing data see our full Dyson V7 review and Dyson V8 review.

Dyson Run Time: V7 vs. V8

According to Dyson, the V7 has up to a 30-minute run time and the V8 has up to a 40-minute run time.

We decided to put these claims to the test and see for ourselves just how long these vacuums could go for.

Here were our findings:

Dyson V7

(in minutes)

  • Normal Mode: 27:45
  • Max Mode: 7:10

Dyson V8

(in minutes)

  • Normal Mode: 31:40
  • Max Mode: 8:20

**All run-time tests were completed with the Multi-Surface cleaning head.

During these tests, the V7 ran about as long as expected (less than 3 minutes of difference between Dyson’s estimated max run time and the actual max run time.

It is worth noting that Dyson’s run time estimates are based on using a non-motorized handheld attachment, and not the Direct Drive / multi-surface brushroll like that we did.

Design Differences

As mentioned above, suction and run time are the two largest players in what separates the V7 from the V8. The Dyson V8 has a more powerful motor that can generate 115 AW of suction, while the V7 generates only 100 AW of suction.

Dyson V7 vs. V8
Dyson V7 (left) vs. V8 (right)

Additionally, the V8 can run for up to 40 minutes compared to the V7, which runs for only 30 minutes. The Dyson V7 offers an aesthetic extremely similar to the Dyson V8. Both utilize the three part design with a wand, cleaning head, and handheld base.

Each of these pieces serves a different function, but they are virtually identical when it comes to comparing the V7 and V8.

Dyson V7 vs. V8 cyclones
Radial cyclones on the Dyson V7 (right) and Dyson V8 (left)

Color schemes vary between these two models. Dyson does not offer the same color pallet for the V7 and V8.

As a company, it intentionally kept the colors different between the two models to ensure there is less confusion between them.

Dyson V7 Model Variants

The V7 comes in four different models:

  • Dyson V7 Animal – The Animal includes a few different accessories, but the primary “animal” accessories are the motorized brushroll and mini motorized brushroll.
  • Dyson V7 Motorhead – This is the most budget-friendly version of the V7, only including a crevice tool and combination tool.
  • Dyson V7 Absolute – The V7 Absolute comes with a plethora of accessories. The main accessory that is unique to this model is the soft roller head.
  • Dyson V7 HEPA – This Dyson V7 offers a few accessories, but the biggest distinction is in the filter. This V7 includes a HEPA filter on the back of the vacuum.

Dyson V8 Model Variants

The Dyson V8 is available in the Absolute and Animal version.

  • Dyson V8 Absolute – Includes all accessories in addition to both the Direct Drive cleaning head (multi-surface) and fluffy soft roller cleaning head for hard floors
  • Dyson V8 Animal – Only includes the Direct Drive cleaning head (multi-surface), but still includes most the same accessories as the V8 Absolute.

How the Dyson V7 & V8 Clean

Both the Dyson V7 and V8 continue to use Dyson’s patented radial cyclone design. These two Dyson stick vacuums also utilize the original cyclone design first seen on the Dyson V6.

Each of these units has the radial cyclones stacked on top, or perpendicular, to the dust bin. Although this design is a bit less streamlined than the newer Dyson V10, the suction power and performance is still quite impressive.

Cleaning Heads

Another similarity shared between the V7 and V8 is their cleaning heads. While we only received the Direct Drive head for each unit, both of them have the option to add a soft-roller cleaning head, depending on the model you select.

Dyson V7 vs. V8 cleaning heads
Dyson V7 vs. V8 direct drive cleaning heads (for all surface types)

There are four different V7 models available, but the V8 is only offered as the Animal and Absolute (in the US).

The Direct Drive head is powered by the motor when the trigger is pulled and allows the brushroll to spin, agitating dirt and debris while sucking it up.

The V8’s head is a bit larger in terms of height, which definitely helps when it comes to picking up larger debris.

RELATED – Want the absolute best performance Dyson can offer? See our Dyson V11 Outsize review and Dyson V11 review.

If you select a model with a soft roller head, keep in mind that it is best suited for hard floor surface types and larger debris types. The softer pad does a nice job of rolling across your floors without scratching them.

Dyson soft roller brush cleaning head
Dyson soft roller brush cleaning head

MORE: For comparison, here is a view of the Fluffy cleaning head that comes with the Dyson V10. The fluffy head for the V7 and V8 is nearly identical to this.

2-in-1 Design

Each of these Dyson vacuums can be used as a stick or a handheld. Swapping between the two styles is as simple as the click of a button.

Combo tool on the Dyson V7 in action
Both the Dyson V7 and V8 can be configured to be used as a handheld vacuum.

Simply insert the wand into the quick release point on the main unit to use the V7 or V8 as a stick, or insert one of the included cleaning tools directly into the quick release point to use them as handhelds.

Size & Dimensions

The Dyson V7 stands at 49″ tall and is 9.8″ wide. Additionally, this vacuum weighs 5.45 pounds.

This is just a touch shorter than the Dyson V8, which totals 49.2″ in height. That said, they are the same width at 9.8″ wide. The V8 does weigh a bit more as well, bringing home a total weight of 5.75 pounds.

Although the V8 is a little heavier than the V7, the difference is not enough to significantly affect the maneuverability of the vacuum.

Dyson V7 Size

  • Height: 49″
  • Width: 9.8″
  • Depth: 8.2″
  • Weight: 5.45 lbs.

Dyson V8 Size

  • Height: 49″
  • Width: 9.8″
  • Depth: 8.8″
  • Weight: 5.75 lbs.

Accessories & Parts

Please note, the following table indicates the parts and accessories that are included on the most popular available versions of both the Dyson V7 and Dyson V8.

AccessoryDyson V7 MotorheadDyson V7 AnimalDyson V7 AbsoluteDyson V8 AnimalDyson V8 Absolute
Charger YesYesYesYesYes
Wall mountYesYesYesYesYes
Soft roller cleaning headNoNoYesNoYes
Direct Drive brushrollYesYesYesYesYes
Combination toolYesYesYesYesYes
Crevice toolYesYesYesYesYes
Dusting brushNoYesYesYesYes
Mini-motorized toolNoYesYesYesYes

Each of these vacuums have a model that includes both the soft roller head and a direct drive (motorized brushroll) head.

Be sure to double check that the model you are interested in has the appropriate cleaning head(s). The differences between these two heads are:

Direct Drive Cleaning Head

Dyson Direct Drive Cleaning head for V6, V7, and V8 vacuums

Standard cleaning head with a motor-driven rotating brushroll. Works on all floor types (ideal for carpets though)

Soft “Fluffy” Cleaning Head

Dyson Fluffy Soft Brush Cleaning head for V6, V7, V8, and V10 vacuums

Soft rotating brushroll—ideal for hardwood floors and other hard surfaces, also great at picking up larger debris. If you have 30% or more hardwood floors it’s worth getting a version that includes the soft roller head (or buy standalone here).

In addition to the different cleaning heads, here’s a rundown of the other parts and accessories with these Dysons:


Dyson wand for stick vacuums

Can be used to create a stick vacuum or in the handheld configuration, adding length and versatility to the unit as a whole


Dyson charger for V-series vacuums

Plugs directly into the wall and your vacuum to charge the battery

Wall Mount

Dyson wall mount for V6, V7, V8, and V10

Allows you to hang the vacuum on your wall

Crevice Tool

Dyson crevice tool

Gives you access into tighter and hard to reach corners and crevices

Combination Tool

Dyson combination cleaning tool

Acts as a dusting brush and upholstery cleaning tool

Dusting Brush

Dyson dusting brush

Soft bristles dust more delicate surfaces around your home while also vacuuming

Mini-Motorized Brushroll

Dyson mini motorized brushroll

As a smaller motorized brushroll, users can attach this tool t help lift pet hair off of surfaces inside the home

Using the V7 & V8


The unboxing process for both the V7 and V8 is simple, but can take a few minutes to complete. Dyson wraps each piece individually; therefore, you have to pull each part out of its wrapper before assembling each vacuum.

Dyson V7 vs. V8 maneuverability
The V7 and V8 can be configured with any of the attachments (with or without the wand)


Once you move into setup, the main piece of the puzzle is charging each vacuum. The Dyson V7 and Dyson V8 is assembled by snapping in the wand or tool you’d like to use.

RELATED – Can it get easier than not having to vacuum at all? Robot vacuums can do the vacuuming for you. Check out a couple of our favorites, including the Roomba S9+ and Roborock S6 MaxV.

Daily Use

With regard to using these vacuums on a daily basis, the V7 and V8 utilize the trademark Dyson trigger used by all of the V-series vacuums. The trigger applies power to the motor and once released, shuts the power off.

Dyson V8 Trigger mechanism
Dyson V8 Trigger mechanism

This design allows the battery to only be used when the trigger is being pulled.

2-in-1 Design

Both the Dyson V7 and V8 can be configured as a stick or handheld vacuum.

Inserting the wand results in creating a stick vacuum, but the wand can be removed quickly, turning the unit into a handheld vacuum. Each of these Dyson vacuums has a good level of versatility.

Emptying the Dust Bin

Unlike the rest of the V-series Dyson vacuums, the V7 and V8 are the only two that share an identical dust bin emptying process.

Dyson V7 dust bin
Emptying the Dyson V7 dust bin

Both of these have a tab on top of the handheld portion of the unit. Users can pull that tab up and the dust bin flap on the bottom of the vacuum will open, allowing users to hold the unit V7 and V8 directly above the trash can while emptying.

Dyson V8 dust bin
Emptying the Dyson V8 dust bin

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Maneuverability Differences

Once again, the Dyson V7 and V8 are similar in terms of maneuverability.


The V8 weighs just under half of a pound more than the V7. Therefore, there is not much of a difference when it comes to pushing these vacuums around, or using them as a handheld vacuum.

Cleaning Angle

When it comes to the angles at which the V7 and V8 can turn or lay flat without lifting up (when assembled as a stick vacuum), they are virtually identical.

Both of these Dyson models have the ability to lie almost completely flat on the ground before the head of the vacuum starts to lift off of the ground.

Dyson V8 maneuverability

In addition, each of these is able to make sharp turns of 90°.

Both the Dyson V7 and V8 can turn ultra tight 90° turns, are lightweight, and can lay nearly flat.

Maintenance Costs

Maintaining each of these vacuums is easy. The main tasks consist of emptying the dust bin, washing / replacing the filters (if needed), and replacing the battery after it dies.

PartReplacement FrequencyDyson V7Dyson V8
Central FilterOnly if damaged or lostCheck PriceCheck Price
HEPA FilterOnly if damaged or lostCheck PriceCheck Price
Battery~24-60 months Check Price Check Price

Emptying the dust bin should be completed after every major cleaning cycle. Washing the primary filter can be completed every few cleaning cycles and only needs to be replaced if lost or damaged. This goes for the HEPA filter as well.

The battery should last at least the life of the warranty, and could even go as long as 5 years. If it does die within the warranty time frame (2 years), Dyson will replace it at no cost to you.

Dyson V7 annual maintenance costs is estimated to be around $9.50 / year and Dyson V8 annual maintenance costs should be around $11.25 / year.

The annual maintenance costs above reflect replacing the battery every 4 years. Either way, this cost wouldn’t begin until after the warranty expires.

Dyson notes that its filters are lifetime washable filters. Therefore, you do not need to replace a filter on either of these Dyson vacuums unless you lose or damage one.

RELATED – Cordless vacuums make mobility significantly easier. See some of the best cordless handheld vacuums here, as well as other cordless stick vacs we like, including the Dyson V10 and Shark Vertex DuoClean.

Does the V7 or V8 Have a Better Battery?

The Dyson V7 and V8 have a similar battery, but the V8 offers a longer run time. Although they both come with lithium-ion batteries, the V8 has a slightly larger power capacity, coming in at 2,800 mAh as compared to the V7’s 2,100 mAh.

That beign said, the V7 has the lower sticker price.

PartDyson V7Dyson V8
Capacity2,100 mAh2,800 mAh
Charging Time3.5 hours5 hours
Run Time~30 minutes*~40 minutes*
Replacement CostCheck PriceCheck Price

The run time of the V8 lasts about 40 minutes, which is an additional 10 minutes compared to the V7.

That said, if you switch either of these vacuums into “MAX” power mode, you will see a significant drop in battery run time.

Is Dyson V7 or V8 Quieter?

When comparing noise, the Dyson V8 is a touch louder than the V7.

Dyson V6 vs. V7 vs. V8 vs. V10 vs. V11 noise comparison chart

Measured from 3′ away, the V8 comes in around 73 dB and the V7 comes in at 70 dB.

Value Comparison

For the best value, let’s compare these two models.

Dyson V7 Value

All things considered, I would say the Dyson V7 has a solid value. The cleaning performance on hardwood floors did not stack up well against the V8, but the rest of the cleaning tests proved to be a breeze for the V7.

Dyson V7

When it comes to design, these two vacuums are extremely similar.

Price fluctuates depending on the model of the V7 you purchase, but in general the V7 should be less than the V8.

  • Warranty – 2 years
  • Returns – Varies by retailer, other retailers may vary
  • Check Price

Dyson V8 Value

The overall value of the Dyson V8 is hard to beat. Although this vacuum is priced higher than the V7, its cleaning performance is certainly an upgrade.

Dyson V8 Absolute review

The V8 was able to clean up all four of our debris types on all three floor surfaces at the same, or higher, level than the V7.

In my opinion, the price of this Dyson vacuum justifies its performance and quality, giving it a slightly better value than the V7.

  • Warranty – 2 years
  • Returns – Varies by retailer, other retailers may vary
  • Check Price

Dyson V7 vs. V8 Specifications

SpecsDyson V7Dyson V8
Weight5.45 lbs.5.75 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)All (indoor)
Dustbin Capacity0.4 L0.54 L
ReturnsVaries by retailerVaries by retailer
Warranty2 Year limited2 Year limited
BuyCheck PriceCheck Price

Biggest Differences of Dyson V7 vs. V8

1. Battery Power

The Dyson V8 has a larger capacity battery (2,800 mAh vs. V7’s 2,200) and is able to run for 40 minutes (10 minutes longer than the V7).

2. Cleaning Performance

The Dyson V8 dominated the V7 on hard floor cleaning tests, especially rice and cereal. The V7’s cleaning head design had a tendency to fling rice around and was too close to the ground (preventing it from getting over the top of larger debris, like cereal).

3. Annual Maintenance

The Dyson V7 only costs around $9.50 / year to maintain, compared to the V8’s $11.25 / year. The cost difference is due to the battery, which is more expensive on the V8 if you need to replace.

Should You Buy the Dyson V7?

The Dyson V7 is an older model, but still a well rounded vacuum cleaner. The battery and motor are still some of the best performers, helping to create a Dyson stick vacuum worth considering.

You should buy the Dyson V7 if you…

  1. Want a lower cost unit – The price difference is not huge, but the V7 is the less expensive model between the two. There are also four models to choose from, all of which are less expensive compared to the V8.
  2. Don’t need the longer run time – The Dyson V7 offers about 30 minutes of run time, which comes in around 10 minutes shorter than the V8. This is still a great amount of time, but if you need more time to vacuum your home then this may not be the right choice.

See here for more information or to buy the Dyson V7.

Should You Buy the Dyson V8?

The Dyson V8 has a larger capacity battery, longer run time, greater cleaning performance, and a larger dust bin. It is objectively better in virtually every criteria compared to the V7. However, it’s also more expensive. But with price comes performance.

You should buy the Dyson V8 if you…

  1. Want a longer run time – The V8 has the ability to run for ~40 minutes when fully charged. This extra time (compared to the 30 minute run time on the V7) could be the difference between finishing the job and not.
  2. Want a stronger cleaning performance – Overall, the V8 had a stronger cleaning performance than the V7. When on carpets, these two vacuums performed on a similar level. Yet, when it came to hardwood floors, the V8 took a strong lead over the V7.
  3. Want a larger dust bin – The V8’s dust bin is around 30% larger than the V7 (0.54 L compared to 0.4 L)

See here for more information or to buy the Dyson V8.


  • March 3, 2021 – Added a run test tests section. Improved formatting. Clarified a few points, opinions, and facts. Fact checked the comparison. Updated several outdated links. Updated the estimated annual maintience costs.
  • April 16, 2019 – Improved formatting and layout in several sections. Added new internal links. Removed some redundant information.
  • March 31, 2019 – Comprehensive page re-design.

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.

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48 Comments on “Dyson V7 vs. V8”

  1. Did u find the 8 as comfortable as 7. We find the extra length of the 8 hurts our hand from rubbing on the outer hand and can actually create a blister.

    • I believe the battery form factors are a bit different, so they won’t fit.

      However, many 3rd party manufacturers build V7 batteries that have higher capacity and therefore a longer run time. See here –

  2. Is it correct that the V8 takes much much longer to recharge than the V7? Something like 3 1/2 hours versus 5 1/2 hours? How much is this soft roller if it comes with a different roller?

    • Yes, that is correct regarding the recharge time.

      Soft roller head is usually $100-$120 if you buy standalone.

    • I believe the answer is yes. However, I don’t have the V8 in our lab any more to double check.

      I will say, more recent V-series models seem to slightly update the pin charger, so they aren’t all universally compatible. But I’m pretty sure the V7 and V8 are.

  3. My daughter has 2 cats, lots of hair to vacuum up. Is the V7 animal adequate ot should we buy the V8 animal for her.
    Kind regards,
    Alan O’Brien.

  4. Thanks so much for such a comprehensive review. I have a V7 but it does not have a motorised head as I bought the hand held and then added the wand after. I’m looking at buying the motorised head, but was wondering if I should buy the head for the V7 or V8. From your review I can see the V8 head is slightly larger and can pick up larger debris, which appeals. Does the size of the head have any impact of suction capacity on carpets and rugs? If so which has better suction capacity? Thanks

    • I’d suggest you just buy the V7 head. While the V8 head will work on the V7, you may have battery / power issues down the road, as the V8 cleaning head requires more power to operate.

  5. Hi, thank you for the in depth explanations and tests in the article. I just wanted to know between the V7 and V8, which is more suitable for someone with eczema and asthma. I’ve read that the V8 is “Certified allergy & asthma friendly with hygienic dirt ejector”, and I was wondering whether the V8 would be better than the V7 in this aspect?

    • Hi Marcus,

      I would say they are equally suitable for eczema / asthma, provided you get a version that 1) includes a HEPA filter and 2) if you have any substantial volume of hard surface flooring, get an Absolute version (for the fluffy cleaning head).

      In terms of performance and functionality, there just aren’t that many differences. If it was me I’d probably get the V8 Absolute (longer run time is a nice extra).

  6. Hi ,
    Thank you so much for this wonderful review.
    I want to know is v8 absolute model is still available? Google saying they have discontinued this model. It says only v8 animal is continued.I am looking for the vacuum for both carpet and hard floors if v8 absolute is discontinued then v7 is the good to go with?
    Thanks in advance

  7. Thank you for the valuable information provided on the V7 & V8 models! I appreciate the thoroughness/layout in which you presented the info. I was so puzzled/pressured in the store trying to select the best one. So I left without purchasing either!!! My daughter found and sent me the specs that you did and I was able to immediately make an enlightened decision on which one to purchase. You covered every question that I had regarding those models! I chose the V8, and I love it! I can’t say thank you enough! Keep up the good work for people out there like me!!!

    • You’re too kind, Ocie! I’m glad to hear our comparison was able to help you make an informed decision 🙂

      I’d love to hear you like the V8 once you’ve had a chance to use it!

  8. Hi there
    First of all , thank you so much for all the info regarding dyson vacuums.
    Can I use dyson sv10 ( 215867) battery on Dyson v7 cordles animal pro ?
    Also if possible then can I use the same v7 charger to charge the sv10 battery.
    Thanks in advance.

    • No, those batteries are not interchangeable.

      Also – I am fairly certain that the power cord on the V10 is different than the V7, making that not interchangeable either.

    • Hello Derek, I believe I need a new battery for my V7. I wondered if it’s possible to upgrade to the V8 battery for longer vac time. Will the V8 work on the V7?

    • I believe the battery connection is a little different, so you couldn’t buy a V8 battery from

      However, you could get a 3rd party battery for the V7 that has a larger than stock capacity, which would increase the run time. See here –

  9. Thanks so much for your detailed compare/contrast.
    Just got a V7 for a belated Christmas gift.
    I was delighted to get such a thoughtful gift.
    Now on to maxing out on convenient and full
    TOOL KITS. [ from SFT ].

  10. Very helpful. Do you mean to run the V7, I have to keep pressing on the power thingy, like a spray paint can? I hate that as my hand hurts for days after.

    • Yes, that’s correct. All of the Dyson V-series vacuums are powered when (and only when) you hold down the trigger.

      The idea is to increase battery longevity by only powering when you are holding, but I can see how some might not like it.

  11. Is it possible to get the V7 motorhead and find the soft roller head separately? Would it attach/fit properly? Also wondering .. do the heads need to be swapped out depending on which type of floor you’re cleaning? (Sorry if any of this is in the review and I missed it btw!) Thanks in advance!

    • Yes, you can find the soft roller cleaning head here –

      The idea is to use the soft roller cleaning head on hard surfaces like hardwood, tile, and laminate. And then to use the multi-surface cleaning head on carpets. You can also use the multi-surface on hard surfaces, but the soft roller head does work better.

  12. On the V7, if I plan to get the absolute which comes with the soft roller head, do you think it’ll make the V7’s cleaning performance on hard wood floors much better where the difference between the V7 and the V8 will be immaterial on hard work floors? Thanks!

    • Yes, absolutely.

      With the soft roller head I would expect both the V7 and V8 to remove 99-100% of debris.

  13. Excellent reviews. I went for the V7 and am very happy with the performance. However, the Operating Manual is unclear about whether I can leave the unit on the Docking Station/Charging Unit after the blue charging light has turned off (but the power to the Docking Station/Charging Unit is still on) or whether I should turn the power off. I have contacted Dyson about this and am waiting for a reply. Grateful for your advice on this matter.


    • As far as I know, you can leave them plugged in.

      However, at least in the case of the Dyson V6, I’ve heard stories of people leaving them plugged in and it degrading the battery faster.

      As a result, I would suggest just unplugging it once it is fully charged. The V-series vacuums hold their charge a surprisingly long time. My V10 has held a charge (with off an on usage) as long as a full month.

  14. These reviews are phenomenal. Everything I was looking for as far as comparing features, cleaning power, price, and other details all in one place.
    Really appreciated the cleaning review in pictures on different surfaces, makes it easier than sorting through 100s of reviews searching for one detail.
    Thanks for helping me make a decision!

    • You’re too kind, SS. Thank you! I’m so glad our comparison was exactly what you needed 🙂

      What did you decide to buy?