Thinking of buying a Dyson cordless vac but not sure which to get? In this article, we compare the popular V6 and V7 ranges to help you make an informed choice.
The Bottom Line...
The Dyson V7 is an upgrade from the V6 in several respects. It has a longer run-time and a more hygienic bin emptying system, but also has a higher price for the standard version. Click here to view the price of the V7 Motorhead.
If you don't need the extra run-time, the V6 is still a great vacuum. A battery of life of just 20 minutes means it's not the best choice for long cleaning sessions though - and versions with the direct-drive cleaner head are often similarly priced to the V7.
The world of Dyson cordless vacuums can be a confusing place. At the time of writing, there are three different product ranges (V6, V7 and V8) with over 10 different models - and that's not including the handheld versions or those that are available in other countries!
With so many models on the market, it's not surprising we get asked for advice about the Dyson cordless range more than any other vacuum. That's why we've made it our mission to untangle the confusing names, product series and features to help you choose the right vacuum for your home.
Note: If you want to learn more about the V7, check out our detailed test and review of the V7 Animal.
What is the Dyson V6?
When first released, the V6 was one of the most powerful cordless vacuums on the market - and it's still up there with the best today. It's proven wildly popular and was one of the first cordless models to rival corded vacuums for cleaning performance.
What makes the Dyson V6 stand-out from other cordless vacs though? Firstly, it's a stick vacuum that can convert into a handheld by detaching the rigid tube, making it a versatile option. The V6 also has excellent suction and fade-free battery power - although it only lasts 20 minutes.
Other features include a range of useful accessories, docking station for charging and a bagless design. The V6 can also be bought with Dyson's excellent direct-drive cleaner head or "Fluffy" head for hard floors - although these are only available on certain models.
Speaking of the various models, the V6 is the largest range that Dyson currently manufactures. The floor heads, accessories and even filtration system vary depending on which you buy. There are also both stick and handheld versions (such as the Dyson V6 Car and Boat). We've compared the V6 models here to help you identify the best option for your home.
What is the Dyson V7?
After the V6, Dyson released the premium V8 range. At the time, many people wondered by they had skipped a number - but they clearly had a plan to produce a "middle" model that combines some of the new features of the V8 with a lower price.
If you've read about the Dyson V8, the V7 has many of the same features. It has the trigger design, so you need to hold the button down when in use. It also has the same detachable handheld mode, MAX power button and comes with a direct-drive floorhead.
Most importantly, it's cheaper than the V8 (although perhaps by not as much as many people hoped), while including some of the extra features of the premium model. These include the new "no-touch" dirt emptying system and longer battery life.
Quick V6 vs V7 Comparison Table
The V6 and V7 are both excellent vacuum cleaners. Like most Dyson vacuums, they are powerful and packed with useful features - but they are also expensive. Here's a quick overview of the differences between the two models (we've used the Animal versions of each vacuum for the comparisons).
Direct-Drive Floor Head
Yes (some models)
Yes (all models)
20 minutes without motorised tool
30 minutes without motorised tool
No-Touch Dirt Emptying
Cyclonic + Washable
Cyclonic + Washable
Both the V6 and V7 series are sold with different collections of tools and accessories. The filtration system can also differ between models of the same series.
It's best to avoid comparing models with the same name directly (such as the Animal and Total Clean). Instead, look at the tools and accessories of each version individually. Most features of the V6 and V7 are the same on all versions, however, so let's take a look at the differences.
Both the V6 and V7 have the following features:
- The vacuums can convert into a powerful handheld by removing the rigid tube. The tube can be quickly detached using a single button.
- Both vacuums use a trigger system rather than continuous suction. You need to keep your finger on the trigger when vacuuming, which some people find annoying. This feature increases the battery life of the machine though.
- The V6 and V7 are both built with Dyson's 2-Tier Radial Cyclone technology. This spins dust and dirt at high speeds to provide strong suction power that doesn't decrease as the bin gets full.
- They also both have a "Max" power mode. This increases the suction power of the machine at the expense of battery life.
- Like most cordless vacuums, the V6 and V7 are relatively lightweight. The V7 is slightly heavier, but not by much.
There are some differences between the two models though. The biggest is that the V7 comes with Dyson's new "No-Touch" dirt emptying system. This has an internal collar that effectively pushes dirt and dust out, so clumps don't get stuck. The V6 doesn't have this feature - it only has a simple trap door for emptying the bin.
Differences: The vacuums have a very similar design, but the V7 has the more hygienic "no-dirt" emptying system.
Surprisingly, the V7 actually has slightly lower suction power - at least when on regular mode (21 Air Watts compared to 28 for the V6). In MAX mode, both provide 100 Air Watts of suction.
This doesn't mean the V7 doesn't clean as effectively as the V6 though, as the V7's cleaner head has 75% more brush bar power than the standard V6. This, combined with the effective suction, means it cleans deeper into carpets.
Differences: Both the V6 and V7 are powerful cordless vacuums. The V6 has slightly more suction power in standard cleaning modes, but the V7 has 75% more brush bar power which makes a big difference to cleaning performance.
One of the most important differences between the V6 and V7 is the battery life. The V6 has a relatively short run-time of just 20 minutes, which is one of the biggest criticisms of the model compared to other cordless and hands-free vacuums.
The V7 has an improved 30 minute run-time. This gives you an extra 10 minutes of cleaning time, which can make the difference between getting around the entire house or needing to wait for the vacuum to recharge.
Interestingly, both the V6 and V7 have the same 6-minute run-time when in MAX power mode. They also both require 3.5 hours to fully recharge.
Differences: The V7 wins this category as it has a 10-minute longer run-time.
Accessories & Tools
Both the V6 and V7 come with a crevice tool and combination tool as standard. The V7's crevice tool is "quick release" though, so it's easier to snap on and off the vacuum cleaner. All models also come with a docking station.
The other tools included depend on the model you choose. Both series have models that include the "Fluffy" floor head for hard floors, mini motorised head for pet hair and a variety of others. The V6 Standard doesn't include the direct-drive cleaner head to dig deeper into carpets though, but it's considerably cheaper than the V7.
Differences: Both have similar accessories that vary depending on the version you buy.
Another important difference between the V6 and V7 is the price.
While the V6 Standard was originally priced similarly to the V7 when it was first released, it's now available for less (depending on the model you want). It's not "cheap," but it's certainly less expensive than the V7 or V8. The Standard version doesn't come with the direct-drive head though - for that you'll need to spend a bit more.
The V7 is also surprisingly expensive considering it's meant to be the "bridge" vacuum between the V6 and V8. We've noticed it start to drop in price in relation to the V8 in recent months though.
Differences: The V6 is often cheaper than the V7 for comparable models.
Summary and Buying Advice
Here's the bottom line...
Both the V6 and V7 are fantastic cordless vacuums. They are powerful, have a useful handheld mode and high-quality accessories.
The biggest differences are the price and battery run-time. For this reason, if you need the vacuum for longer cleaning sessions, the Dyson V7 is worth the extra money. It also comes with the hygienic dirt emptying system.
If you just want a powerful cordless for spot cleaning - or you have a small home and don't need longer than 20 minutes - the Dyson V6 is a great alternative.
We hope this Dyson V6 vs V7 comparison has made the differences between the two models clearer! If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments and we'll do our best to help.
* Prices can vary, and we've even seen the V7 dip below the V6 at times for certain versions. In general, the V7 is more expensive though.