The Dyson V7 Motorhead Review (UK)

Last updated: 07.07.2023 Reading time: 13 Min.

You want to buy a Dyson v7 cordless stick vacuum cleaner, but you don't know if it is still a good deal. Our detailed review of the Dyson V7 Motorhead will make that decision easier for you.

The Dyson V7 is a rather old model of the Dyson V series, but it’s still able to keep pace with many of the newer models.

Looking at the evolution from the Dyson V6 to the V7, you’ll notice some really nice improvements. It has a longer runtime (up to 30 minutes) and it’s also got more power.

And you also don’t have to dig deep into your pockets to get the Dyson V7.


  • Good cleaning results
  • Low price
  • 30 minutes runtime
  • 2-in-1 function


  • Discontinued model
  • Doesn’t work that well with coarse dirt on hard floors

The most important facts at a glance

  • A cordless vacuum cleaner from the UK market leader Dyson
  • A Discontinued model that still offers many advantages
  • Strong cleaning performance
  • Well designed product

The Dyson V7 Motorhead: Cleaning Review

When we put the Dyson V7 Motorhead cordless vacuum cleaner through the wringer with our challenges, we mercilessly revealed its strengths and weaknesses.

During the test, the devices have to vacuum different kinds of dirt from different floor types. Overall, the Dyson V7 did a very good job. The cordless household helper only reached its limits on hard floors.

Cleaning on Hard Floors

Sand was not a problem on hard floors. But when it came to coarse dirt like lentils and oat flakes, the V7 definitely had a harder time. The coarse dirt was only pushed around in front of the roller and some of it was even skidded around.

Dyson V7 Cleaning on hard floors

But to cut some slack to the Dyson V7 we have to say that this is a common obstacle for vacuum cleaners.

The best solution for this is a soft roller, which is supplied with many cordless vacuum cleaners and it’s ideal for cleaning hard floors. This was proven in our test of the Dyson V10 Absolute.

Cleaning on Short Carpet

The V7 performed much better on the low carpet. It only had a harder time with the oat flakes. It didn’t suck them up directly and pushed them around in front of it at first, the same as on the hard floor.

Dyson V7 Before/after cleaning test on short carpet

However, the Dyson V7 achieved a more than satisfactory overall result of 92% on short carpets.

Cleaning on Long Pile Carpets

Dyson V7 Before/after cleaning test on long carpet

The Dyson V7 came out with flying colors when we tested it on carpets with long fibres.

The coarse dirt was picked up very well here. It didn’t handle the sand very well anymore, though. It comes down to the fact that the slightly older model simply can’t compete with the premium suction power of the newer models.

Cleaning Performance of the cordless Dyson V7 in everyday life

In everyday use, the Dyson V7 works quite well. It manages to remove most of the dirt. You might have to vacuum two or three times over coarse dirt.

The Design of the Dyson V7 Motorhead

To this day, manufacturers still lean their designs on the appearances of the first cordless vacuum cleaners from Dyson's V series. That's why the design of the Dyson V7 Motorhead is still up to date. The shapes and metallic colours give the device a futuristic touch. We also count the Dyson V7 as a decoration in many living rooms, but that’s something that you have to decide for yourself..

Full overview of the Dyson V7

What's new about the design of the Dyson V7?

Compared to the V6, some things have changed a lot. The V7 has a new emptying function of the dirt container. The lever for this is located on top of the motor unit.

Also the switch for the two different suction levels - max and low - have been moved to the top of the motor unit.

We will take a closer look at the new emptying function, as Dyson’s main idea behind this development was to achieve a smoother emptying of the container with less dirt creeping back into the apartment..

Essential advantage: The smoother the emptying process, the better for allergy sufferers!

Power unit of the Dyson V7 from above

Another new feature of the Dyson V7 is the "Quick and Release System". By simply pressing the red switch, the suction tube can be removed and you can attach a different accessory. This way it’s much easier to convert it from a cordless floor vacuum to a cordless hand vacuum.

And the best part: the easy conversion to a cordless hand vacuum increases the range of applications extremely.

You can activate the cordless vacuum cleaner with a pistol-like trigger. When you release the button, the cordless vacuum cleaner shuts down again. This helps to save battery power and extends the runtime of the device.

The motor unit/power unit of the Dyson V7 Motorhead

The Dyson V7 accessories

It’s always worth to take a look at the accessories of a cordless vacuum cleaner, as the degree of flexibility of the device depends on them.

Complete accessories for Dyson V7

All the accessories of the Dyson V7 Motorhead

Size of Dyson V7’s Power Unit

  • Engine unit (power unit)
  • Suction tube
  • Multitool
  • Electronic standard brush
  • Upholstery nozzle
  • Crevice nozzle
  • Extension with brush
  • Angle tube

The Standard Electric Brush

It’s got a roller that rotates by itself. It picks up the dirt and then transports it into the suction pipe at high speed.

The Dyson V7 Motorhead's standard electric brush

The Suction Pipe

Dyson V7’s suction pipe comes in stylish metallic colours and is very durable and valuable.

The suction tube of the Dyson V7 Motorhead

The Multitool

It’s very convenient when vacuuming furniture and smaller objects. The bristles can be retracted and also pushed forward again to clean sensitive surfaces.

The Dyson V7 Motorhead multitool with extended brush

The Dyson V7 Motorhead multitool with the retracted brush

The Upholstery Nozzle

It’s used for vacuuming upholstered furniture.

The Dyson V7 Motorhead upholstery nozzle

The Crevice Nozzle

This one comes in very handy when you try to reach narrow corners and slots. With this you can easily suck out crumbs between sofa cushions that your kids have left there as a little gift to you ?.

The crevice nozzle of the Dyson V7 Motorhead

Extension with Brush

It’s an attachment that can be extended telescopic rod-like. There is a brush at the end. We use it to get rid of cobwebs in the corners of the ceiling or to vacuum the skirting boards.

The extension with brush of the Dyson V7 Motorhead

The extension with brush of the Dyson V7 Motorhead fully pulled out

The Angled Tube

A moderately useful gadget designed to vacuum cupboards without having to climb onto a chair. Let's face it, we’d be done much faster if we’d just climb onto a chair.

The angled tube of the Dyson V7 Motorhead

The Bottom Line

Dyson UK provides many useful attachments that you can put to good use. Some are quite handy and some aren’t really useful. In any case, you have much more possibilities of application so you can’t really accuse Dyson of a lack of creativity.

The Cleaning Features of the Dyson V7 Motorhead in the review

Not only the cyclone technology developed by Dyson UK (more details here) determines the cleaning performance. In the best case, some other features also give a little boost to the cleaning performance of the cordless vacuum.

The Electric Floor Brush

The electric floor brush of the Dyson V7 ensures that dirt is picked up and transported into the suction tube. This improves the cleaning performance a lot.The electric floor brush reaches its limits when it comes to hard floors and coarse dirt.

The Dyson V7 Motorhead Electric Floor Brush

Two Suction Levels

The Dyson V7 comes with two suction levels. The low level is usually sufficient for removing normal dirt. When it gets down to the nitty gritty, only the turbo mode can make it happen. The difference is obvious and when vacuuming with the V7, you’ll often wish that it had a longer runtime in turbo mode.

How long does the Dyson V7 battery last?

The battery runtime depends on the suction level and the selected attachment. With the standard electric brush in low suction mode, the V7 lasts for 30 minutes. In turbo mode, the cordless vacuum cleaner works for only 6 minutes.

The charging time of the Dyson V7 is only 3.5 hours.

The Handling of the Dyson V7 Motorhead in our review

The review of the Dyson V7 Motorhead cordless vacuum revealed that the device weighs only 2.33 kg (5.1 lbs), which makes it one of the lighter models. It’s very easy to handle thanks to the low weight and optimal height.

The Dyson V7 on the scales

The floor brush joint makes perfect cornering possible. You can easily move the device in a 90 degree curve, which makes it much easier to vacuum around furniture and objects.

The joint of the standard brush of the Dyson V7

The dimensions of the Dyson V7 at a glance

Category Dimensions
Weight 2.33 kg (5.1 lbs)
Height 125 cm (49 inches)

The Dyson V7 Motorhead in cordless handheld vacuum cleaner mode

Thanks to the Click System that we mentioned at the beginning, you can convert the Dyson from cordless floor hoover to cordless hand vacuum cleaner mode very easily and quickly.

Simply click out the tube and attach the desired accessory. Then the V7 sits comfortably in your hand and is ready to go to vacuum your car or your home.

The Dyson V7 cordless handheld vacuum cleaner

How loud is the Dyson V7?

It always gets noisy when vacuuming. It has always been like that and it doesn't really change with the Dyson V7. We measured between 75 and 85 dB. That’s not a big thing, but you can't watch TV in the meantime.

The volume scale of the Dyson V7 Motorhead

Maintaining the Dyson V7

The maintenance of the cordless vacuum cleaner includes the following tasks on a more or less regular basis:

  • Cleaning the filter
  • Emptying and cleaning the dirt container
  • Charging and changing the battery

Cleaning the HEPA filter of the Dyson V7

To clean the HEPA filter (suspended matter filter), you can simply pull it out of the top of the motor unit. You can tap out the filter and wash it if necessary.

Removing and cleaning the HEPA filter

Attention: After washing, the filter must dry for 24 hours.

If the filter breaks or becomes too dirty, you can buy a new one for little money. However, this doesn’t happen very often.

Emptying and cleaning the dirt container

To empty the device, you’d be best advised to hold it over a bucket or the dustbin outside of your home and pull the red lever upwards. The lid at the bottom pops open and the dirt falls out.

Emptying the dirt container

The dirt tank holds almost 0.5 l and has to be emptied after a complete cleaning of our home with a size of 120 sqm.

If the container gets dirty, you can easily remove it and wash it out. After it’s dried up, it can simply be reattached.

Removal of the dirt container

The Dyson V7 battery

It’s a key point for sustainability that you can replace the battery if it breaks. That’s rarely possible with most devices. With Dyson, however, it is. A few small twists and turns and the battery is changed.

Contact Dyson UK

Customer Service: To contact Dyson UK directly, please call their helpline 0800 298 0298 or visit their live chat. The Customer helpline is available Monday to Friday (8 am - 8 pm) and Saturday and Sunday (8 am - 6 pm)

Registered office: Dyson United Kingdom - Tetbury Hill, Malmesbury SN16 0RP.

The Dyson V7 Motorhead Review (UK): Conclusion and price-performance ratio

In our review, the Dyson V7 Motorhead cordless vacuum cleaner turned out to be a high-quality cordless vacuum at a fair price.

You get it for a much better price than the newer models we tested. For example the Dyson V8 review, Dyson V10 review or even Dyson V11 review, but you will have to sacrifice in performance. This doesn’t mean that the performance of this device is bad, but keep in mind that it’s an older model and not as advanced.

We can still recommend the Dyson V7 if you're looking for the following features:

You're looking for a cordless vacuum cleaner with a good cleaning performance and a decent runtime. 100 air watts and a runtime of 30 minutes speak for themselves here.

You want a cordless vacuum cleaner with a 2-in-1 function that allows you to clean both your home and your car, for example. The conversion works perfectly well and gives you much more possibilities in use.

It’s important to you that your cordless vacuum cleaner is not too heavy. With 2.3 kg, the Dyson V7 is a real lightweight.

You want a cordless vacuum cleaner with well thought through accessories.


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