Dyson v7 Motorhead Review

About 15 years ago, Dyson created an upright vacuum that could clean better than most of its competitors. The vacuum hardly clogged and came with an excellent modern design, and was more colourful than other typical vacuum devices. It was a game-changer, as many people bought this product to show they had great taste, and they had waited for a vacuum that would help them clean better, quickly and comfortably. Since then, Dyson continues to manufacture great vacuums that turn around the way people clean, and it is one of the most favourite vacuum brands globally.

Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
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Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
  • Deep cleans carpets. Sucks up pet hair. Powerful suction and a direct-drive motor head clean deep into carpet removing ground-in dirt.
  • Transforms to a handheld. Quickly and easily transforms to a handheld for cleaning on the stairs, in the car and on the sofa.
  • 50% quieter. Same powerful suction. Acoustically engineered to reduce volume and improve sound quality.
  • Cord-free. Hassle-free. No cord to unravel, plug in, drag around and restrict your reach. You can quickly and easily clean when you need to
  • Up to 30 minutes of fade-free suction. With fade-free lithium-ion batteries, suction starts strong and stays strong.
Other than Vacuum cleaners, Dyson manufactures a variety of products such as hair dryers, smart hand dryers, and air purifiers. Most people who have used or still use Dyson products have a lot of positive things to say about the products’ performance. Dyson makes sure they meet all their customers’ demands before releasing their products into the market. 

One of Daysons’ latest products is their cordless vacuums in the line of handsticks. The vacuums’ design is an integration of both handheld and upright vacuums. All Dyson’s cordless vacuums come with unique features and modular parts that enhance the way you vacuum your couch, floor, or car. When you buy this product, your cleaning life will never be the same again.

In the line of their stick vacuums, the Dyson V7 Motorhead is one of the latest models. The main target of Dyson V7 Motorheads is people who prefer a cordless, smaller and easy to handle vacuum. All Dyson stick vacuums share similar qualities in design, but as you go higher, the larger the floor brush, more battery run time, more powerful suction, and more accessories. About the Dyson products’ prices, their prices tend to be higher than other vacuums in the same categories. Prices should not be your primary focus here. You will always get what you pay for.

Product overview

The first thing we noticed about the Dyson V7 motorhead was its colour: vivid purplish-red with shiny grey elements. Dyson is keen on remaining intent on giving visual statements. The Dyson V7 motorhead comes with four modular or tools:

  • A smaller motorhead: a detachable version of an ordinary head from an upright cleaner.
  • A brush for sucking strings or any form of debris off your surfaces.
  • A finisher that is narrow for cleaning crevices and corners.
  • A two-foot extension tube.

The above tools snap on and off the central unit easily, and all have various functions in facilitating a smooth cleaning experience. To switch the V7 to upright, you will need to attach the extension tube to the unit’s motorhead, and you will be good to go. While vacuuming narrow spaces, you will need to connect the narrow finisher to the handheld unit directly. When you want to clean off cobwebs from the corners of your ceiling, you will need to pop the brush onto the unit’s extension tube.

The Dyson V7 Motorhead also comes with a feature that allows you to mount it on a wall. The wall mount is not only for storing the vacuum but also helps in charging the battery of the vacuum as well. The wall mount connects the plug to an electric outlet to charge the vacuum in less than one hour. The vacuum battery runs for about 30 minutes on standard power settings when the battery capacity is full. If you live in a smaller house, this vacuum will be ideal for you. In 30 minutes, you will have finished cleaning all the surfaces that need vacuuming. If you live in a bigger house and take longer than 30 minutes to clean your home, you might require a bigger vacuum.

Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
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Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
  • Deep cleans carpets. Sucks up pet hair. Powerful suction and a direct-drive motor head clean deep into carpet removing ground-in dirt.
  • Transforms to a handheld. Quickly and easily transforms to a handheld for cleaning on the stairs, in the car and on the sofa.
  • 50% quieter. Same powerful suction. Acoustically engineered to reduce volume and improve sound quality.
  • Cord-free. Hassle-free. No cord to unravel, plug in, drag around and restrict your reach. You can quickly and easily clean when you need to
  • Up to 30 minutes of fade-free suction. With fade-free lithium-ion batteries, suction starts strong and stays strong.
The tool is efficient and flexible as the manufacturer aimed at creating a vacuum whose features meet all demands a customer would need from a vacuum. Dyson V7 Motorhead has an equivalent feel to other previous Dyson models. It has a max mode that enables the suction to become more powerful when it comes across some difficulties moving over a carpet or a rug. So, this vacuum can work on stubborn surfaces to give an excellent finish.

You can easily turn your V7 into a powerful handheld by removing snap one tools and motorhead. With the little handheld, you can easily zap up most of the dirt on your rug, carpet or car. 

Product specification

  • Brand: Dyson
  • Product Line: Dyson V7
  • Model: Motorhead
  • Product Type: Vacuum cleaner
  • Type of Vacuum Cleaner: General purpose
  • Cleaner Type: stick
  • Cleaning Method: Dry
  • Dust Collection: Bagless
  • Width: 9.8 inches
  • Depth: 8.2 inches
  • Height: 48.8 inches
  • Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • Colour Category: grey, purple
  • Power Type: Rechargeable batteries
  • Operating Autonomy: 30 minutes
  • Warranty: Two years

Product features

Dyson V7 has the following features:

  • Direct drive motor: You will find it in the cleaning head, and it helps to push the beater bar into the carpet for enhanced cleaning.
  • Docking station: This feature helps you to mount your vacuum on a wall. While charging your vacuum, you will just need to insert it upward, push it into the station, and then connect it to your home power supply.
  • Max mode: It delivers an incredible seven minutes of suction power for removing stubborn dirt or working efficiently on surfaces with high traffic. 
  •  Washable filters: Filters of this vacuum are effortless to clean, and they quickly dry, ensuring that your Dyson Motorhead remains clean and operates efficiently.
  • Quick to empty the dustbin: You will only need to lift a lever that will allow dirt to be ejected out of the dust bin without using your hands. This ensures your hands remain clean and dust-free.
  • Two Tier Radial Cyclones: Cyclones in the vacuum create strong centrifugal forces that enhance the dirt capture from your carpet, rugs, or any other surface.
  • Lightweight: This feature enables you to clean in high places smoothly as you can effortlessly lift the vacuum without struggling.
  • Inside the box is: Dyson V7 Motorhead.
  • The direct-drive cleaner head.
  • Combination tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Drop-in dock

Design and handling

Dyson V7 Motorhead is a comfortable, lightweight vacuum that you can easily convert into a smaller handheld.  Its design makes it move smoothly on various surfaces, capturing any form of dirt that may be on your car, sofa, carpet, or rug. Similar to all Dyson’s products, the Dyson V7 handstick has an aesthetic design that makes it attractive and easy to handle while cleaning. The vacuum is sleek, minimalist, and modern. All Dyson products send a visual statement, and V7 is no exception. It has shades of grey, red and purple, which makes it more appealing and attractive.  

Dyson V7 Motorhead comes with storage solutions as it has a wall mount panel, meaning you will save on space and not struggle to find a place to store the appliance. All you will need is a convenient wall. Also, the wall mount is equipped with niches for standard cleaning heads, which means you can stow everything in one place. 

Tools that facilitate these appliances easily snap on and off the main unit, including the extension tube ideal for general cleaning, especially on hard-to-reach corners in your home, such as ceiling corners. 

Most handsticks easily make you tired when you hold them above your shoulder height. The V7 weight offers you an opportunity to work comfortably without any fatigue. With the integration of lightweight design with a swivelling direct drive brush, the vacuum smoothly moves along different surfaces in your house, including carpets and hard floors.

The only thing that is slightly uncomfortable about Dyson V7 Motorhead is that you need to hold down the trigger throughout the cleaning period in order to keep on the power. All Dyson’s handsticks and primarily most cordless vacuums operate while holding down the power button. The location of the power button is under the handle of the unit, where you can easily reach with your forefinger throughout the cleaning session. If Dyson can add an option to keep the appliance running without having to hold it down the entire cleaning period, it can help people clean better as the unit will be more flexible.

Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
1,735 Reviews
Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
  • Deep cleans carpets. Sucks up pet hair. Powerful suction and a direct-drive motor head clean deep into carpet removing ground-in dirt.
  • Transforms to a handheld. Quickly and easily transforms to a handheld for cleaning on the stairs, in the car and on the sofa.
  • 50% quieter. Same powerful suction. Acoustically engineered to reduce volume and improve sound quality.
  • Cord-free. Hassle-free. No cord to unravel, plug in, drag around and restrict your reach. You can quickly and easily clean when you need to
  • Up to 30 minutes of fade-free suction. With fade-free lithium-ion batteries, suction starts strong and stays strong.
Getting rid of the collected dirt is extremely easy. You will just need to pull on the release tab of the bin, which is located on the upper part of the barrel. When you pull on the release tab, the bin’s interior is pulled up, allowing the opening of the bottom flap. Once the flap opens, everything inside the bin drops out, and only a thin layer of dust remains, which you can easily wipe. Pushing back the bin is as easy as pulling it out.  

Dyson V7 Motorhead has a single light located on one side of the handle, unlike the V8 model with three-bar light. The main unit has a slider that facilitates changing of suction modes: located right in the front part of the handheld unit. You will need to use your other hand to switch modes. That is the only point where you will need to use both hands while cleaning as this appliance is remarkably easy to operate and handle.

Comparing Dyson v7 Motorhead  to the V6 Motorhead

Dyson has worked so hard to increase the run by 50% from the typical 20 minutes to remarkably 30 minutes. Also, the sound produced by the appliance when working has been greatly reduced. Actually, we thought it was weaker during the appliance testing as it was quiet enough to warrant our thinking. On the other hand, we could feel the brush beating the surfaces. The appliance is a bit powerful as it could grab our carpet. 

When using turbo mode on a high pile, the vacuum will work well when you pull it towards you because if you push it, the suction causes the roller to be stopped by the motor protection. The V7 unit works well, mostly on carpets. Although it is ideal for cleaning hard surfaces, some debris hit the roller and fly to other parts of the room. However, the offending pieces are captured within seconds as they do not fly far away. This should not worry you, as it is a common problem with most multi-surface vacuums. Your V7 models will work better on carpet than on hard surfaces. The V8, on the other hand, is tougher on hard surfaces.

Cleaning Dyson V7 Motorhead

Cleaning Dyson V7 Motorhead is straightforward. The dirt bin can accommodate dirt of up to three moderately dirty rooms in your house, meaning you can work continuously without needing to empty it every time. You will be able to see the levels of dirt accumulation in your dirt bin as the container is made of a clear material, and when dirt reaches the full, you will need to empty the bin first.

Dyson vacuum filters

Dyson products have filters that help purify the air by ensuring dust does not get back in the air. The following are answers for basic maintenance of Dyson filters and other frequently asked questions about Dyson products:

How often should you change the Dyson vacuum filter?

Dyson filters are quite effective in removing dirt, dust, and allergens from the surfaces of your home. To maintain efficient and effective performance, you ought to replace the filters after every six months. This applies to all bagless vacuum cleaners. 

How do you clean your Dyson vacuum filter?

Cleaning Dyson vacuum filters is very easy. Filters make sure that dust does find its way back into your home environment. You will need to clean this filter to make your unit more efficient. You will be required to wash them with clean cold water. Remember not to use detergents, a washing machine, or a dishwasher to clean Dyson vacuum filters. Rinse under clean water while squeezing the water out of your filter. Repeat the process until the water being squeezed out of your filter runs clear.

How can you make your Dyson filter dry faster? 

You can dry your Dayson filters using a hairdryer. This is how you go about it:

  • Set your hair dryer on the “Low” mode and plug in its power cord.
  • Hold your filters four inches away from the hairdryer
  • Move the blow dryer back and forth continuously over the filters to protect them from being scorched.
  • Within 12 hours, your filters will have dried up.

Where are the filters on a Dyson?

The filters in most Dyson upright vacuums are located below the dust cup. If you want to access your Dyson vacuum filter, you will need to remove the dust receptacle completely and open the cover near the sweeper’s base. If your machine is as small as a Dyson ball, you will find the filter inside the ball. 

How do you remove the Dyson filters?

First, ensure the machine is disconnected from the charger before you start the process of removing the filters. You should be very careful not to pull the “ON” trigger of your appliance accidentally. We have established how you can access the filter of your vacuum. Once you access it, twist it in an anticlockwise direction to open the position and pull it away from the machine. 

What does a HEPA filter do?

HEPA is an abbreviation for High-efficient Particle Air. It is in the mechanical air filters category as it functions by forcing air through its fine mesh to trap any harmful particles such as pet dander, dust mites, and pollen. 

How do you determine your Dyson model?

It is very easy to know the Dyson model you are using. The first five digits of your appliance’s serial number will help you understand the model you are using.

What does f4 mean on Dyson?

F4 is a fault code that appears on display. Other fault codes include F5 and F6. When these appear on display, you should immediately unplug your appliance and leave it for 30 to 60 seconds before plugging it back in. If the fault codes persist, contact your technician or Dyson Helpline.

Why does my Dyson v7 keep cutting out?

When your Dyson vacuum keeps cutting out, the first thing you should do is to empty the dirt bin because when it is full, it makes the vacuum behave that way. Also, your vacuum may perceive the bin as too full, causing the vacuum to cut out. The machine keeps cuts off when the bin is full; the Dyson vacuum requires a constant airflow throughout the working period; when the airflow is not enough, it fails to keep starting and stopping.

Is there a reset button on the Dyson vacuum?

Some vacuums have reset buttons that aid in solving problems that are not technical. For Dyson vacuums, these buttons do not exist. In case you encounter a problem, there are things that you can do to help you overcome it. The most common solution for any problem you may encounter while using a Dyson vacuum is disassembling the vacuum to get to the root cause of the issue.

Why does your Dyson smell?

If your Dyson vacuum keeps making a popping sound and giving off a pungent or acrid burning smell, this is an indication of a motor failure. As a result, your unit filters get burnt. You will need to replace the motor and filters to ensure you operate with less noise and without any smell. 

Why should you buy the Dyson V7?

Although there are other powerful Dyson handsticks you can opt to buy; the Dyson V7 motorhead has many advantages that you should not ignore. This machine is quite cheaper and has the ideal suction power to tackle most of your cleaning jobs.

Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
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Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
  • Deep cleans carpets. Sucks up pet hair. Powerful suction and a direct-drive motor head clean deep into carpet removing ground-in dirt.
  • Transforms to a handheld. Quickly and easily transforms to a handheld for cleaning on the stairs, in the car and on the sofa.
  • 50% quieter. Same powerful suction. Acoustically engineered to reduce volume and improve sound quality.
  • Cord-free. Hassle-free. No cord to unravel, plug in, drag around and restrict your reach. You can quickly and easily clean when you need to
  • Up to 30 minutes of fade-free suction. With fade-free lithium-ion batteries, suction starts strong and stays strong.
The Dyson V7 vacuum cleaner is also versatile; you can use it to clean your house or car. This feature makes the Dyson V7 handier than most Dyson’s handsticks in the same category. Away from cleaning your floors and car, you can use it to remove cobwebs off your ceiling. The machine quickly converts into a compact handheld unit, allowing you to clean your upholstery, interiors, and stairs easily. 

If your apartment is small, the Dyson V7 motorhead will be an ideal vacuum cleaner for you. The battery life of the Dyson V7 is 30 minutes. This time is more than enough for you to complete vacuuming your entire house. The machine can not handle large surfaces; if your house has many rooms, you may want to consider other more powerful Dyson vacuum cleaners models. In a single run, the Dyson V7 can not provide a good deep clean in a larger room.

Who should not the Dyson V7

You should not consider Dyson V7 if:

1. You are on a tight budget

Although it might be one of the affordable and cheapest Dyson handsticks, it also carries some Dyson Premium, compared to other available options on the market. If you are looking for a cheaper vacuum cleaner, you should opt for other brands.

2. You live in a large home

We have already mentioned that the Dyson V7 is incapable of handling larger rooms or a house with many rooms. If you live in a one-bedroom apartment, this machine may work for you. If you live in a larger space, you should consider other powerful Dyson modes such as Dyson V8, whose battery life is 40 minutes. Other latest versions of Dyson handsticks are more powerful and have a battery life that will allow you to clean for a long period. 

3. You need a vacuum with a larger capacity

While the machine is incredible for vacuuming, the dustbin is way too small. It has a volume of 0.5L, meaning you will need to keep emptying it depending on the volume of work. If your vacuuming involves a larger dirt capacity, you may need to get a vacuum cleaner with a larger dustbin capacity.

Product pros

  • It does not consume a lot of power.
  • The Turbo mode is almost as powerful as upright.
  • The large brush functions well on deep piles. 
  • It features a docking station because of its convenience.
  • You will use a switch instead of a button when you want to use turbo mode.
  • Its run time is fairly enough for you to have completed most of the work, especially on small-sized surfaces.
  • You can easily disassemble the machine in case there is a problem.
  • It is one of the most flexible Dyson handstick.
  • Emptying the dust picked while vacuuming is relatively easy.
  • Switching on-touch tools are easy and quick.
  • It comes with a wall-mount which provides a storage solution for the machine.
  • It doesn’t produce too much noise while it’s working. You might even think it’s weaker.
  • The machine has an aesthetic appearance facilitated by a combination of shades of purple and grey colours, making it a sleek looking vacuum.
  • While working on narrow spaces, the Dyson V7 motorhead is the best tool for you.
  • It works well on stairs.
  • The machine is also ideal for carpets, bare floors and rugs.

Product cons

  • You can not adjust the roller depth.
  • For extended use, it starts to feel heavy, and your hand can hurt.
  • It is not ideal for hard surfaces.
  • If you are not careful, emptying the dustbin can be so messy.
  • It is not ideal for people on low budgets.
  • The dust bin is too small for cleaning areas with high amounts of dirt.
  • It is not suitable for cleaning larger spaces on a single charge.
  • The battery run time is too short when you have a large volume of work.
  • Sometimes the machine struggles with large items of debris, especially on bare surfaces.
  • It cleans poorly compared to a full-size vacuum.

Our honest review

Overall, the V7 Motorhead is an impressive, well thought out, and capable cordless vacuum cleaner. Although it is not as powerful as most of its counterparts, it still stands out on the market, and you can not ignore the influence it has. In the testing process, the machine could pick almost everything from different surfaces apart from larger debris which was a struggle capturing them. If you are more interested in maximum cleaning and suction power, you should look towards some other Dyson upright models. 

The Dyson V7 motorhead will be perfect for anyone looking for an overall house or a quick-pot-on cleaner without a cord. With this machine, you can clean any place you want as it comes with tools that enhance your cleaning. The tools allow you to clean all the corners of your house, including on your ceiling. Having such a cordless cleaner makes cleaning less overwhelming, more effortless, fun and excuse free.

When you need your home to stay clean or keep your car interior in tiptop shape, the Dyson V7 Motorhead is the perfect vacuum cleaner for you. Dyson has more powerful handsticks in the more current versions, such as the V10 and V8. However, the Dyson V7 is more affordable than the newer versions. It also has enough power to suck sand, pebbles, and hair. You will need to be a bit fast while cleaning because the Dyson battery will allow you to clean for only 30 minutes. Sometimes you may not be able to clean your house in one go.

People tend not to buy products based on how they look. On the contrary, Dyson came to shutter such a mentality: the more attractive a product is, the more its quality is in doubt. Dyson V7 motorhead has an attractive, sleek appearance design. Many owners comment on how good the vacuum looks. When shopping for a vacuum cleaner and your eyes catch it, there is no doubt you will take a double-check. 

As mentioned, most Dyson V7 motorhead owners are pleased with the work this vacuum cleaner does. Nonetheless, there are still some complaints about the cleaner, especially how it struggles in capturing larger debris. Some users complain that it does not deliver the same quality of deep cleaning as a full-size vacuum would. This is much expected because of its small size, but it annoys many people. However, the machine is mainly designed for cleaning small to medium spaces and fairly rough surfaces that do not have large debris. If your space is bigger and involves vacuuming large debris, you should look for alternatives.

Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
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Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
  • Deep cleans carpets. Sucks up pet hair. Powerful suction and a direct-drive motor head clean deep into carpet removing ground-in dirt.
  • Transforms to a handheld. Quickly and easily transforms to a handheld for cleaning on the stairs, in the car and on the sofa.
  • 50% quieter. Same powerful suction. Acoustically engineered to reduce volume and improve sound quality.
  • Cord-free. Hassle-free. No cord to unravel, plug in, drag around and restrict your reach. You can quickly and easily clean when you need to
  • Up to 30 minutes of fade-free suction. With fade-free lithium-ion batteries, suction starts strong and stays strong.
Satisfaction time is a big issue with almost all cordless vacuum cleaners. With 30 minutes run time, it might not be enough for you to do a thorough cleaning without worrying about the battery charge. On the other hand, 30 minutes is a lot of time as some folks get 20 minutes. When using the powered cleaner head, you will only clean for 20 minutes. If you are cleaning a smaller space, this tool will offer you an adequate run time, and you might not even get to the stipulated 30 minutes run time. However, if you are cleaning many rooms or a larger space, it will be hard for you to clean in a single run.

You should handle the Dyson V7 Motorhead with care as its beautiful paint scratches easily. However, this is not a big issue with vacuums. Dyson V7 is a pretty device, and you will be doing justice to it by taking good care of it; you should not expose it to scratching.

Other minor faults we found with Dyson V7 Motorhead are the tradeoffs that Dyson creates to enhance the flexibility of this product. For instance, because of its size, it takes too long to clean the floor compared to a standard upright cleaner. Also, it is larger than a regular handheld, and for this reason, it takes up much space; sometimes, it can be hard for you to find a convenient place on the wall to mount the machine. If your electric outlet is located in an inconvenient area for wall mounting the V7 vacuum, you may experience some challenges when you want to charge the machine.

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