Dyson V7 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Review

Updated on April 6, 2020 by Joseph D. Nielson

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The Dyson V7 Animal Cordless Stick is a hybrid vacuum cleaner designed to make cleaning large homes easier and more enjoyable. Pet owners, in particular will appreciate that the V7 Animal also includes an additional motorised tool suitable for homes with pets.

Suitable for carpets and floors, the Dyson V7 is versatile and powerful, but is it worth the price? In this Dyson V7 review, we’ll look at the features, pros and cons of the product in detail.

To find the right product for your home, consult our review of the best cordless stick vacuums and get the information you need to make an education decision. 

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Key Features:

  • Dual Surface Cleaning Suction: Cleans carpets and hardwood floors
  • 2 Tier Radial Cyclones: Cyclone suction for microscopic dirt removal
  • Dyson Digital Motor V7: Formula One race car power in your hands with a 30mn battery life for hassle-free, cordless vacuuming
  • Mini Motorized Brush Bar: Perfect for removing clinging pet hair and dander
  • Soft Dusting Brush: Provides the gentle touch for cleaning delicate surfaces
  • Crevice Tool: Dirt removal from cracks, baseboards, sofa seating, lamp shades, and more
  • Extension Wand: Reach above-floor surfaces, cobwebs, nooks and hard-to-reach places under furniture where dust loves to hide
  • Twin Power Modes: Energy efficient design allows you to choose power settings
  • Docking Port: Easy, convenient storage
picture of dyson v7 animal cordless stick vacuum cleaning grey couch

Dyson V7 Review (Full)

Large homes with lots of foot traffic tend to get dirty pretty quick. Keeping on top of  pet dander, food spills, dirt, grains of sand, and countless other microscopic particles is a full time job, and especially important when you have allergies. Getting up and down stairs, and around to all the rooms in your home can be a real workout.

A cordless hybrid vacuum like the Dyson V7 changes all that. The added mobility you get from being able to switch from stick to handheld, without the limitations of a cord is truly liberating. Getting under sofas, on top of shelves, staircases, or quick spot cleans can all be done easily with the V7, for less than the cost of the V8.

Sure, the Dyson V7 animal cord-free vacuum may be a few years old on the market, but it’s still a top pick with consumers. While the Dyson Animal V8 is a great vacuum the V7 hybrid cordless has a longer track record of success when it comes to pet hair removal, carpets, and floors.

At a quick glance, here are some key advantages over the V6 and V8:

  • 350 Watts of power generated by the digital V7 motor 
  • 75% more brush bar power than the Dyson V6 cord-free vacuum
  • Direct-drive cleaner head for deep carpet cleaning drives bristles into the carpet to remove ground-in dirt
  • Hybrid design quickly transforms from stick to handheld for convenience and storage
  • Less costly than the Dyson V8

Dyson V7 Motor

If you’ve been researching Dyson vacuum cleaners, you’ll likely have come across a number of product reviews featuring the V7 motor. 

  • Dyson V7
  • Dyson V7 Allergy 
  • Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless
  • Dyson V7 Absolute
  • Dyson V7 Complete

All of these vacuums use the same Dyson V7 motor, trademarked by the company. According to their website, the Dyson digital motor V7 spins at up to 110,000 RPM’s. That’s five times faster than a Formula One car engine.

Air Flow

Producing up to 100 Air Watts, the V7 motor generates adequate suction power for most carpets and floors. Typically, an upright vacuum with at least 100 air watts is sufficient, and the Dyson V7 measures at 29 CFM on low and 50 CFM on the highest power setting. 

CFM, or cubic feet per minute, is a standard measure of unit for determining the amount of suction power a vacuum holds. The higher the CFM value, the higher the suction power. Different types of vacuums with different motors can’t be easily compared, but the most common vacuum cleaners operate in the range of 50 – 100 CFM.

using Dyson V7 to clean under cabinet

2 Tier Radial Cyclone Technology

Utilizing 15 small cyclones, powerful G-forces are generated inside the Dyson V7, filtering and trapping dust as it enters the bin. The post-motor filter is 1.5m of ePTFE porous membrane, firmly pressed between layers of PE/PET, folded 158 times to fit in a compact space. 

This optimization gives the Dyson V7 improved suction power over the Dyson V6, providing filtration with minimal pressure consumption. Microscopic dirt particles as small as 0.3 microns (almost 100 times smaller than the width of a human hair) are trapped by the filter and sealed inside the dust bin for a more thorough cleaning of your carpets, floors, drapes, and other interior surfaces.


A retuned, rechargeable nickel-manganese-cobalt battery powers the Dyson V7 vacuum for up to 30 minutes of unfaded cordless suction power. On the higher setting, however, you can get a maximum of only 6 minutes of power before you need to recharge.

Initially, you’ll need to charge the V7 for a minimum of 3.5 hours before you can use it for the first time. The vacuum motor is activated by a trigger, so it only pulls power from the battery when you pull the trigger. So even if you’re distracted or interrupted while vacuuming, you can go back to the V7 assured that the remaining battery power is preserved.

picture of hanging Dyson V7 on the wall

What We Like

  • CORDLESS FREEDOM:  Hassle-free, cordless suction power wherever you go. Upstairs, downstairs, corners, rooms, are all within your reach. You can easily cover a 2000 square space without ever needing to plug in.


  • RECHARGEABLE BATTERY: 30mn runtime on the battery gives you plenty of time vacuum a large 1000 sq ft room, a basement, or several upstairs rooms. To conserve energy, the Dyson V7 only uses battery power when you pull the trigger, so you don’t waste any. Requires 3.5 hours of charging time before the first use.


  • EASY TO CARRY: This is one lightweight and versatile stick vacuum. The stick design or handheld mode give you different options depending on your needs and available space.
  • HYBRID DESIGN: The ability to switch from stick to handheld gives you more versatility than a single style design. Reach for above-floor surfaces with the extended wand or convert to handheld for cleaning pet hair out of your sofa.


  • MULTI-SURFACE CLEANING: Attachable tools and a direct drive cleaner head, as well as an extension wand allow for a full vacuum experience in one unit. Carpets, floors, drapes, sofas, electronics, ceiling fans, high corners – there’s nowhere this vacuum cleaner can’t go.


  • POWERFUL SUCTION: 100 air watts of suction power, generated by the Dyson digital motor V7, along with 2-Tier Cyclone technology engineered to pick up microparticles of dust from hard floors and carpets.


  • IMPROVED BRISTLES: 75% more brush bar power than the Dyson V6 cordless vacuum.


  • HYGIENIC BIN: With a bin volume of  0.14 gallons, the Dyson V7 is easier to clean than the V6he V6.  The trap door design is a simple but effective improvement. Like the V8, a hygienic mechanism pushes the dirt down, to prevent it from escaping.

Drawbacks (But Not Dealbreakers)

  • While the 30mn runtime is adequate, there’s no indicator or alert to signal when the battery runs out of power. The vacuum simply ‘stops’ when the battery is low. Could be a bit disconcerting if you lose track of time while cleaning, considering it takes a while to recharge.

  • You can switch to the high setting for carpets but the suction is a bit too strong. If your carpet isn’t secured to your flooring, it can get pretty awkward. Even on carpeting that is fixed in place, the Dyson V7 has a tendency to get stuck in place.

  • On the higher setting, the powerful V7 motor is significantly louder.

  • Dirt gathered by the vacuum is clearly visible through a shiny clear plastic, which gets pretty grimey quite fast. 

  • A larger bin would mean less frequent cleaning.There are upright vacuums with a much larger bin capacity for the same price or less.
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About Joseph D. Nielson

Former journalist and editor for various press groups, I now dedicate my time to reviewing products for the home and family life. When I get time to myself, I enjoy rock climbing, taking my dirt bike for a rip, and most importantly providing my family with the best home possible!