Dyson V7 MotorHead Cordless Vacuum Review

Dyson V7 MotorHead Cordless Vacuum Review is one of Dyson’s least expensive models.

Today we will go through all the pros and cons of owning the V7 Motorhead.

Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner



Starting off with the pros, the first and main thing is the V7 motorhead ‘s price. It’s currently the cheapest way to get into a Dyson cordless vacuum. All of their prices go up from the V7 Motorhead. There are other versions of the V7 that have slightly different features and attachment sets.


The next pro is that the V7 Motorhead is well-built despite it being the cheapest Dyson cordless. The build quality is more or less expected from every Dyson cordless in general. They seem to last longer than the fly-by-night brands and the consumer reviews are generally really good even after many years of being on the market.

Accessories & Parts

This so-called hygienic bin emptying system was fine. The tools included were only the bare minimum for the V7 Motorhead, a crevice tool, a combo upholstery tool with a brush and a wall mount, so just the very basics.

Carpet cleaning ability

The next big pro is its carpet cleaning ability. The first was its ability to pick up debris despite, a fairly minimal gate size. It was able to pick up all the types and sizes of debris on carpet without clogs or any issues whatsoever. It also did well on both its low and high power modes. In fact, it is recommended to use it on its low power mode in most situations unless it was for deep cleaning carpets.

In terms of deep cleaning carpet, the Dyson V7 Motorhead effortlessly scored a 100% on our deep clean test where being embed sand into a fairly thick carpet and then weighed the bend before and after eight back and forth passes. This actually outperformed the Dyson V8 on the exact same test and the head of the V7 is designed for a better seal on carpets compared to the V8 since it has less gates to let air through. The V7 scored a solid 100% each time, which is not very common among cordless vacuums in this price range.

Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner


Another pro is the V7 power. We test suction and airflow at several places on the vacuum and in both its low and high power modes. Despite this vacuum being an older model, its power numbers were impressive. In fact the V7 had more air flow than almost all the non-Dyson competitors in similar price ranges.

Dyson says that the V7 Motorhead can get up to 30 minutes of battery runtime on low power with a suction based tool and though almost 30 minutes on low power with a motorized tool in the test, the average run time in the real world on low power with the head would be more like 20 minutes and though we got a little over seven minutes on the high power test with a Motorhead. It’s more like six minutes in the real world, these numbers are only slightly lower than the V8 and it’s fairly typical numbers for Dysons in general based on the power output.

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The V7 Motorhead is the lightest Dyson cordless vacuum that it was weighed the handle at about three pounds which is significantly less than the newer style Dysons and anyone could really feel the difference.


It was also really good in terms of maneuverability and handling and tight spaces. It’s lightweight, made it more useful for handheld tasks.


Dyson V7 MotorHead: Hardwood floor cleaning

As far as the cons, it can be mentioned to its hard floor performance. Though it performed well with fine debris on both low and high power. It struggled with even a small increase in the size of debris (larger debris) on hard floors. It did fine with all sizes of debris on carpet where it utilized the natural given the carpet to get the larger debris, but with hard floors because there is no give and the head on the V7 is so geared toward carpet cleaning, it was a bit of a disappointment on hard floors. They do make an absolute version of the V7 which includes the fluffy soft roller, which is terrific for hard floor cleaning, but it increases the cost.

Dyson V7 MotorHead: Filtration system

Another negative thing is the filtration system. The V7 Motorhead has the normal washable pre-motor filter, but instead of the removable post-motor HEPA filter, which is on virtually every other Dyson cordless vacuum, the V7 Motorhead just has a standard non-removable non-HEPA filter and so it obviously didn’t pass the sealed system.

HEPA filtration test though in the dry particle test wouldn’t live up to HEPA standards. It was nowhere near as bad as some of the other non HEPA filters. It should be noted that there is a step up from the Motorhead like the V7 animal plus, which is the same vacuum with a removable HEPA filter.

Dyson V7 MotorHead: Hair tangles cleaning

The final con was that V7 did worse with hair tangles than some of the other Dysons. This should be graded on a curve since Dysons in general, including the V7 are better than average at resisting hair tangles, and although the test was refined, the V7 did more tangles than the V8.



Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

All in all, it’s worth to buy the cheaper V7 Motorhead over some of the more expensive Dyson’s. If we have mostly carpets in our home and we live in a relatively small home or an apartment, this is probably the vacuum for us. We get most of the benefits of having a Dyson with a lot less costs, but if filtration matters seriously or we have a lot of hard floors, it is advisable to consider an upgrade to the V7 animal plus or the V7 or the V8.

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