Dyson released their latest cordless vacuum, the V7, in early 2017. The name suggests it sits between the V6 and V8 ranges - but how do the models compare? Read our V7 vs V8 comparison to find out!
There's no doubt Dyson vacuums are expensive. But the combination of powerful suction, excellent floor tools and handheld mode make the V6 and V8 difficult to beat.
In fact, one of our only criticisms is the large number of Dyson cordless vacuums on the market. There's a reason for this - each version has its own set of tools - but we don't think Dyson does a good job of making the differences clear.
To make matters more confusing, Dyson released the new V7 series earlier in 2017. The goal of the Dyson V7 is to provide a middle-ground between the cheaper V6, which has a relatively short run-time, and more powerful V8.
While we certainly think there is a gap for the V7, it added to Dyson's already extensive array of cordless vacuums (this is why we've written in-depth about the differences between the V6 and V8 and compared the V8 Absolute and Animal).
The Dyson V7 was initially only available through Dyson's website, but is now sold on regular shopping sites. We've received a few questions about whether it's worth buying, so we thought it would be useful to compare it to the V8.
What is the Dyson V7?
As the name suggests, the V7 aims to improve on the V6 cordless vacuum while being cheaper than the V8 (click here for a comparison of the V6 and V7). It has many of the features found on the flagship V8, but is available at a lower price.
The V7 range features a similar design to the V8. The body of the vacuum has a trigger for suction and can either be used in handheld mode or as a stick vacuum. When used as a stick vacuum, the powerful direct-drive floor head can clean both carpets and hard floors.
Other features include an improved battery life compared to the V6 (but shorter than the V8), "no-touch" dirt emptying system and several accessories. Like other Dyson cordless vacuums, you can switch to max mode when you need more power.
The Dyson V7 is available in three versions: Motorhead, Animal and Total Clean. There is no "Absolute" version of the V7 - the top-end model is the Total Clean. Here's an overview of the different versions:
- Motorhead - the Motorhead is the basic version of the V7. It comes with Dyson's direct-drive cleaner head that's 75% more powerful than the one found on the V6 (although not as powerful as the V8).
- Animal - the Animal, as you would expect, includes a mini motorised tool for cleaning pet hair on carpets and furniture.
- Total Clean - the V7 Total Clean is the only model to come with Dyson's "Fluffy" floor tool. This is designed for hard floors. It also has the mini motorised tool found on the V7 Animal.
Quick V7 vs V8 Comparison Table
Now, let's take a look at how the V7 compares to the V8. The table below summarises most of the main differences, or scroll down for a more in-depth comparison.
V8 (Dyson's most powerful)
Direct-Drive Floor Head
75% more powerful than the V6
150% more powerful than the V6
30 minutes without motorised tool
40 minutes without motorised tool
No-Touch Dirt Emptying
Cyclonic + Washable
* This is the RRP listed on the Dyson website. It doesn't reflect the current price of each model on shopping sites on in-store.
Both the V7 and V8 have three versions but only the Animal models are directly comparable. The Total Clean versions are quite different in terms of filter and tools, while the Motorhead and Absolute only appear on the V7 and V8 respectively.
In terms of design, both the V7 and V8 are similar:
- V7 and V8 cordless vacuums use Dyson's 2-Tier Radial Cyclones to maintain suction while capturing dirt and dust.
- They can each convert from a stick vacuum to handheld mode.
- Both have a trigger design, so you need to hold a button to activate suction. This maximises battery life but makes the vacuums a tad less convenient to use.
- The V7 includes the "No-Touch" dirt emptying system that was added to the V8 (the V6 doesn't have the same feature). This pushes out dust using a lever, rather than relying on gravity.
- Both are relatively lightweight, although the V8 is marginally heavier.
One of the main differences between the V7 and V8 is the motor. The Dyson V8 comes with the company's most powerful V8 engine, so it's able to remove more dust and dirt - especially when in "boost" mode. The V8 also has a more powerful direct-drive cleaner head that can clean deeper into carpets.
This doesn't mean the V7 is weak though. Dyson claims the V7's direct-drive floor head is still 75% more powerful than the V6 equivalent, which is already a powerful handheld.
Differences: V8 has more powerful motor and brush bar
Battery run-time is probably the biggest difference between the V8 and V7. The V7 has a maximum run-time of 30 minutes when used with a non-motorised floor tool, which is 10 minutes less than the V8.
30 minutes is around average for a cordless vacuum - and probably enough for most cleaning tasks. This is especially true as cordless vacs are usually better for "little and often" cleaning rather than extended sessions.
Even so, reducing run-time by 10 minutes may be an issue for some households - especially as this is the maximum time without a motorised floor tool.
Differences: V8 has a 10-minute longer run-time
Accessories & Tools
Both the V7 and V8 have similar accessories. The V7 Motorhead, for example, includes a combination tool and crevice tool. Other models have a soft-dusting brush and mini motorised tool. All these accessories can be found on the V8, including several others, but the kit you get depends on the version.
The V7 and V8 also both include a docking station for charging and storing accessories.
Differences: Both have the same accessories but vary depending on the version
Filtration systems tend to go under the radar, but are vital for allergy sufferers. Dyson have been somewhat vague about the filter system included with the V7, but the basic model doesn't seem to come with the advanced filtration system of the V8.
Instead, you get a lifetime washable filter. This may not be as effective as the V8 for allergy sufferers.
Differences: V8 has a more effective filter
The V7 is cheaper than the V8 - but the difference at first release probably isn't as much as many people hoped.
For example, the V7 Animal has an RRP of £419.99 according to the Dyson website. The V8 Animal, which has a longer battery life, more powerful suction and better filter, has an RRP of £469.99.
While this is a saving of £50, which is a decent amount of money, we recommend paying extra to get the advanced features of the V8.
The good news is the price for the V7 already appears to be dropping. We've seen the Animal version, for example, sold for considerably less than the RRP. If you can find any of the V7 versions for less than £100 cheaper than the corresponding V8, we think they provide good value.
Differences: V7 is surprisingly expensive, although it's cheaper than the V8. If you can find it for £100 less than the equivalent V8 model, it's definitely worth considering though
Summary and Buying Advice
To summarise, the Dyson V7 has a less effective filter, a 10-minute shorter run-time and isn't quite as powerful. It still has many of the same features of the V8 though, including the bin emptying system, yet is available for a cheaper price.
To put this in context, the Dyson V8 is by far the best cordless vacuum on the market at the moment, so this doesn't mean the V7 is a bad cordless. In fact, it's a great vacuum - but with an RRP that's not much lower than the V8, we can't help but feel Dyson has slightly missed the mark.
With that said, now the V7 has been on the market for a few months we're starting to see the price drop.
As we mentioned in the price section, if you can find the V7 for around £100 cheaper than the corresponding V8 version - and don't mind the reduced specification - it's an excellent vacuum.