Last updated 22 November 2018
Dyson’s V7 cordless vacuums sit between the older V6 and V8 cordless ranges, and offers a compromise between the two. The V7 models have some of the features we love on the V8 range, such as the dirt ejector mechanism, but Dyson claims that they also have 75% more power than the older V6 vacuums.
There are three variants of the Dyson V7 vacuum: the V7 Total Clean, the V7 Animal and the V7 Motorhead. The only difference between them is that the V7 Animal comes with an additional motorised tool suitable for homes with pets, while the V7 Total Clean also has Dyson’s ‘Fluffy’ soft roller head designed for better pick-up on hard floors.
At launch, these cost between £300 and £400, but they have now come down and you can usually pick up the entry-level V7 Motorhead model for around £250. Read on to find out more about these models and discover if they’re right for you.
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Dyson V7 vs Dyson V6 battery life
The key difference between the V7 and its cheaper predecessor is that you get an additional 10 minutes of vacuuming from the battery. This might sound like a lot, but this figure is based on using the V7 without the motorised turbo floorhead on.
It’s likely you’d be using this combination floorhead most often when cleaning your carpets or hard floors, rather than the handheld tools that use less battery power. We measured battery life for the V7 at 28 minutes, so it’s worth comparing the cost if the V6 is around too, and deciding if you really need that extra time.
We’ve found 20 minutes isn’t quite long enough if you have an average to larger home. It’ll probably be fine if you live in a smaller flat with less carpets, but otherwise the extra time will help to make a full-home clean more realistic.
Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners compared
We’ve tested all the models in the Dyson cordless family, including variants such as the V6 Fluffy and V8 Absolute. Below, you can see the key differences between the ranges, including the battery run-time claims.
Our tests have shown that the battery performance and charge time can actually be quite different to what Dyson claims. Check our Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner reviews to find out how these models measured up when we put them through our rigorous lab tests.
Stated run time (normal mode)
Stated run time (turbo mode)
|Dyson V6||20 minutes||6 minutes||3.5 hours||£180|
|Dyson V7||30 minutes*||6 minutes||3.5 hours||£250|
|Dyson V8||40 minutes*||7 minutes||5 hours||£330|
|Dyson V10||60 minutes*||8 minutes||3.5 hours||£400|
*Up to, depending on tool used.
All Dyson V7 and V8 models come with Dyson’s ‘hygienic dirt-ejector’ – this is a silicone collar inside the dust container that pushes out dust and dirt when you press the release lever. It can be handy, as the small dust capacity means you’ll need to empty the bin more often. We also found that, on older models such as the V6, dust can get trapped, making emptying the bin a messy job.
The V7 Absolute has additional filtration, which is claimed to capture allergens and dust particles so they don’t leak back out into your home once sucked up. You’ll also find this feature on the V6 Absolute and V8 models. See our Dyson V8 Absolute review for our verdict on how effective it is.
It’s worth checking prices for the slightly higher spec models when you are looking to buy, as sometimes we’ve seen higher spec V8 models on sale for less than V7 models, or the V8 price has jumped to the point that you’d be better off upgrading to the V10. Remember that within each range, the main difference is the accessories you get with the variants such as Animal, Absolute and Total Clean, the core machine is the same.
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Cordless vacuum cleaner reviews
We’ve reviewed more than 95 cordless vacuums from brands such as Bosch, Dyson, Gtech, Hoover, Shark and Vax. Our tests have revealed that the best cordless vacuums are almost as good as our top-scoring corded ones. But we have also found plenty of cordless vacuums that are so poor at cleaning that we’ve rated them as Don’t Buys to avoid.
Find out which models these are by checking our list of cordless vacuum cleaners to steer clear of.