Dyson V7 Motorhead Review & Comprehensive Guide

V7 Motorhead Pros & Cons

  • Powerful 100 air watts of suction with 2 power modes
  • Removes >99% of carpet debris
  • Easily converts between handheld and stick vacuum
  • No whole-system HEPA filtration
  • Small dust bin, larger available in V10+
  • Performs poorly on hardwood floors with large debris like cereal

V7 Motorhead - In the Box

 V7 Motorhead - In the Box
The Dyson Motorhead V7 package comes with the following:

1) Extension Wand
2) Direct Drive Multi-floor Cleaner Head
3) Docking/charging Station
4) 2-in-1 Combination Tool
5) Crevice Tool
6) Dyson V7 Motorhead Unit
7) Wall Plug Charging Adapter

Dyson V7 Comparison

All Dyson V7 models have the same motor, battery, weight, size, suction, dust bin, and general performance. The difference between the V7 submodels come down to price, filters, the types of cleaner heads and accessories included.

The right submodel for you will come down to your home's floor types and accessory needs. You may find that some submodels may offer a HEPA filter and extra accessories, and are still cheaper than other submodels which do not. I recommend taking advantage of those offers.

Cordless vs Corded Vacuums

There are key advantages and disadvantages to both corded and cordless vacuum cleaners.

The setup cost and inconvenience of corded vacuums is significant. It takes time and effort to get the vacuum out, it weighs considerably more, you need to mess with the cord, plug it in, and keep plug hopping throughout the process. No such cost exists for cordless vacuums. Convenience is the cordless vacuum's greatest strength. Because the vacuuming process is so simple, you want to do it more often - it doesn't feel like a commitment.

On the other hand, cordless vacuums sacrifice constant high suction power of a corded vacuum. Corded vacuums have unlimited power supply, so the limiting factor is only the motor and design. With a cordless vacuum cleaner, the battery is the biggest limiting factor. While many cordless vacuums can offer the suction power of a corded vacuum, that is typically on the highest power setting which drains the battery quickly.

Of course, you need to think about whether you even need all that raw power of a corded vacuum because cordless vacuums do very well on hard floors even on lower power settings.

The biggest customer complaint about cordless vacuums is that the battery runs out too fast. If the cordless vacuum is rated for 30 minute run time, that usually means with no attachments. If you add an electric brush head, you can easily drop that time to 20 minutes. And if you set the vacuum on maximum power mode, you will drain the battery in 4 to 10 minutes (depending on battery size).

Managing battery use is part of owning a cordless vacuum. You can't just switch on maximum power and go about your day. You do not always need maximum suction, so knowing when to switch it on and off becomes important.

Suction Rating

The V7 Motorhead provides 2 power settings: Normal at 25 Air Watts, and Max at 100 Air Watts. The V7 suction rating is very good. Air watts, to put it simply, is a formula that factors in both the airflow and water lift. It represents the strength and airflow volume capacity of the motor. The V7 model offers the same air watts as the V6 model, and just slightly below the 115 air watt V8 model. All in all, V7 suction is excellent so long as you properly clean the filters (see Maintenance section).

The V7 Motorhead offers 72 inches of water lift, which is a measurement of how much weight the vacuum can lift with the motor. This translates to how well the vacuum can pick up large, heavy debris. Every V7 model, including Motorhead, Animal, Allergy, Fluffy, and Absolute provide the same water lift rating because they all have the same exact motor and design. The airflow rating specifies the amount of air the vacuum cleaner can suck in with no attachments per minute. The V7 Motorhead can consume 39 CFM (cubic feet per minute), which is a great amount of air within its price class.

Motor

Motor
Dyson V7 high efficiency motor
The V7 Motorhead comes with a small but powerful motor that spins up to 110,000rpm (around 1800 per second!), producing excellent suction and airflow. The V7 motor got a new design from the previous V6 generation motors, featuring 15 small cyclones that produce massive g-forces and optimized to filter out particles about 100 times the size of a human hair (those cyclones at the top of the vacuum aren't there for cosmetics!). The V7 motor also saw an increase of 75% of power at the brush bar than the previous V6 generation.

In terms of raw power, the V7 Motorhead motor showed excellent performance and ability to pull both small and large particles.

Battery, Charging, & Running Time

Battery, Charging, & Running Time
Blue light indicating charging
The V7 Motorhead has 2 power settings: Normal and Max. Normal offers a good 30 minute run time without any attachments (20 minutes with direct drive cleaner head), and 7 minutes on high setting regardless of attachment. This is up from 20 minutes on the V6. The V8 provides 40 minutes of run time, and each subsequent release offering even more run time, at the expense of getting heavier and bulkier.

30 minutes should be enough for an average 2000 sq ft house, but you have to factor in floor type and extent of cleaning. For instance, vacuuming carpets will consume more energy than vacuuming hardwood floors for the simple reason that the motorhead meets a lot more resistance when driving the brush through carpet. If you decide to vacuum every crevice, baseboard, and ceiling fan, one charge might not be enough.

The V7 battery charging time is 3.5 hours. When connected to the charger, a solid blue light will emit on the side of the battery indicating that it's charging. When the light shuts off, that indicates charging is complete. Dyson provides a 2 year warranty on all of its batteries.
Q: Does the Dyson V7 battery detach?
A: No, the V7 battery does not detach. To remove the battery, you must use a screwdriver.
Q: How do I know if the Dyson V7 is charging?
A: When charging, a blue light will emit on the side of the battery. Once fully charged, the light will turn off.
Q: How long does the V7 battery take to charge?
A: The V7 battery takes 3.5 hours to charge to full.

Dyson V7 Motorhead Weight

Weighing a manageable 5.3 lbs, the V7 V7 is up from 4.6 lbs of the previous V6 generation. The extra weight is in part due to a larger battery that extends run time to 30 minutes and other improvements. Relative to V8, V10, V11, and subsequent models, I would still consider the V7 Motorhead low to medium weight. It's easy to hold and maneuver, even for an extended period of time.

Dust Bin

"500ml bin is slightly lacking"
Dust Bin
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Emptying the dust bin quickly and easily
The V7 Motorhead dust bin is 25% larger than the V6, filling at a modest 500ml (0.13 gallons). Even with the increase in size, it's still fairly small, and you will have to make extra trips to the trash can if your house is extra dirty. This dust bin got a surprisingly great overhaul from the previous generation of V6 dust bins in terms of simplicity and ease of use. Simply lift the small red handle up and bottom of the dust bin will fly open, releasing all the dust and debris directly into the trash can, without getting your hands dirty. The see-through canister design is great because you can see what is being picked up and how much.

Emptying the bin is quick, convenient, and clean. Should any hair get wrapped around the collector head refusing to drop down, simply shake the container or reach in and pry it off. While the design is great, points are removed for its small size.

If you're looking for a larger dust bin, you will have to skip the V8 model, which is also 500ml, and go for the V10, which provides a 50% larger dust bin than the V7 or V8.
Q: How big is the Dyson V7 dust bin?
A: The V7 dust bin is 500ml (0.13 gallons) in capacity.
Q: Which Dyson dust bin is larger, V6, V7, or V8?
A: V7 and V8 are both 500ml. V6 is 400ml.

No HEPA Filter

No HEPA Filter
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Removing the pre-motor filter
All Dyson V7 models have a pre-motor filter located at the top of the vacuum which filters out most of the dust, but the V7 Motorhead does not have a whole-machine HEPA filter which removes allergens and fine dust particles. The pre-motor filter is a lifetime filter, which needs to be washed once a month by submerging it underwater and squeezing the dust and dirt out. Make sure to dry it completely before use.

If you suffer from allergies or are sensitive to dust, you would be better served by the Dyson V7 Animal, Allergy, or Fluffy model, which is similar to the V7 Motorhead but also comes with a HEPA filter.
Q: Does the Dyson V7 pre-motor filter need changing?
A: No, the filter lasts a lifetime.
Q: How do you maintain the Dyson V7 pre-motor filter?
A: Wash it under running water, submerge, & squeeze it thoroughly. Dry for 24 hours.
Q: Do I have to replace any Dyson V7 filters?
A: No, you do not have to replace the pre-motor or the HEPA filter.

dyson v7 filter hepa image
Q: Can a HEPA filter be added to a Dyson V7 without HEPA?
A: No, you cannot add a HEPA filter to a Dyson V7 which doesn't come with it.
Q: How do I know if my Dyson V7 has a HEPA filter?
A: Dyson V7s with HEPA filters have a blue cylinder located at the rear exhaust of the vacuum.

V7 Carpet Cleaning Test

V7 Carpet Cleaning Test
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Effortlessly picks up all carpet debris
Many tests show that the Direct Drive V7 cleaner head (comes included) picks up debris from carpet with ease, large and small. Using the stiff nylon bristles, the brush drives deep into carpets to capture hard to reach dirt. Rice, Cheerios, oats, flour, and sand is picked up with no issues at normal power setting and normal cleaning pace. The vacuum also picks up pet and human hair with ease. The brush will get tangled if enough long hair is picked up, but that is to be expected.

The dual-brush cleaner head intake is slightly smaller than the V8 version and has fewer air gates which leads to higher suction. This makes this cleaner head great for deep cleaning your carpets and picking up the deep seated debris.

Hardwood Floor Cleaning Test

Hardwood Floor Cleaning Test
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Struggles picking up large debris on hardwood floors
The V7 dual-brush cleaning head picks up fine dust with ease on any type of hardwood floors. Its high suction makes it a breeze. However, picking up larger bits like cheerios is an issue, as it tends to push the debris forward instead of picking it up. This is simply because the suction style brush roll cleaner head is not ideal for hardwood floors. It was designed to be used for both surface types, but it ended up being good for just carpets. If your house floors are primarily hardwood floors, you want to look for a vacuum with a soft roller cleaner head such as the V7 Fluffy model.

Crevice Cleaning Test

Crevice Cleaning Test
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Need to hold the cleaner head over the crevice
The crevice cleaning test shows the motorhead requires considerable effort picking up dirt from the crevice when going over at normal pace. If you keep the motorhead over the crevice for a couple of seconds, it tends to begin to clean it. Using the crevice tool for this purpose is a better alternative, but this goes to show that the motorhead can help with crevice cleaning.

Dyson V7 Usability

The V7 Motorhead offers great usability. Transforming the vacuum cleaner from handheld to stick (and vice versa) is simple. All it takes is a push of a button to quick release the pieces, and snap in the new extensions in seconds.

The V7 has very good maneuverability. The vacuum itself is quite light, can turn 90 degrees, and lay nearly flat to reach deep underneath furniture.
Q: Can the Dyson V7 reach beneath furniture?
A: Yes, the Dyson V7 can lay flat and reaches underneath most furniture.

Noise

The V7 produces moderate noise levels, clocking in at 65dB normal setting and 74dB on high setting. This makes it just slightly louder than the V8 version, but not by a big margin.
Q: How loud is the Dyson V7?
A: The Dyson V7 is moderately loud, ranging from 65 to 75 dB.

Maintenance

Maintaining the Dyson V7 Motorhead is quite simple. First, empty the dust bin when the debris level reaches the marker on the side of the canister. Second, remove and clean the pre-motor filter at the top of the unit under running water once a month. Let it dry for 24 hours before inserting the filter back in. Following those steps, the V7 will operate efficiently over a long period of time. The pre-motor filter does not need to be replaced at any point. The filter should last a lifetime.

Annual maintenance cost: $0

Accessories

The Dyson V7 Motorhead comes with everything you need to get started. All V7 Dyson attachments come with a quick-release button which simplifies the whole process.

Crevice Tool

Dyson Crevice Tool
Crevice Tool
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The crevice tool is included with the V7 Motorhead, V7 Animal, and V7 Absolute which is extremely useful when trying to reach between tight spaces and crevices. This tool provides higher, concentrated suction power necessary to maximize reach in hard to reach spots. It's one of my favorite tools to use when cleaning.

This tool is compatible with Dyson V7 V8 V10 V11 and V15 models.

Combination Tool

Dyson Combination Tool
The two in one combination tool is included with the V7 Motorhead, V7 Animal, V7 Absolute, and V7 Allergy models and provide a convenient dusting brush which can be switched to a general nozzle for upholstery by holding down the button and pulling back the brush. In addition to cleaning upholstery, this tool can be used to clean the baseboards, vents, window sills, pick up webs, and a verity of other things. It's a great multi-purpose tool and you'll find new things to clean with it all the time.

The V7 combination tool will not fit a Dyson V6, however, it will fit a V8, V10 and V11 Dyson cordless vacuums.

Docking Station

Dyson Docking Station
Docking Station
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Quick & simple docking/charging station
The docking station is a convenient place to keep your vacuum and attachments. All it takes is just 2 screws and anchors to attach it to a wall, and you're ready to go. I do suggest placing the docking station near a plug so that your docking station is also a recharge station. This makes it very convenient - your vacuum will always be ready to go. The docking station comes with all V7/V8 models, including the V7 Motorhead.
Q: Can you mount the docking station to a wall?
A: Yes, the docking station comes with 2 screws and anchors to mount it to a wall.
Q: Can the Dyson V7 automatically charge when placed on the docking station?
A: Yes, just follow the instructions to turn your docking station into a charging station.

Final Verdict

The Dyson V7 Motorhead is an overall good vacuum cleaner in terms of suction and performance, but lacks in whole system filtration, which makes it difficult to love. If you're looking for a cheaper entry option and your home is mostly carpet and you don't need an fine dust/allergy removing HEPA filter, then this vacuum is a good option. However, if you can find a V7 Animal for the same price (or even slightly more expensive), it's a no brainer to go with the V7 Animal, as it's essentially the same as V7 Motorhead, plus extra attachments and a HEPA filter.

If your home is mostly hardwood floors, you have the option to get the V7 Animal and buy a fluffy cleaner head separately for $80 original or $40 third party, or you can just go for the V7 Fluffy model which already comes with the fluffy cleaner head, but does not come with a multi-surface cleaner head used for carpets.

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V7 Motorhead
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Max Suction
100 Air Watts
Running Time
30 Min / 7 Min
Charging Time
3.5 Hours
Weight
5.3 lb
Dust Bin
500ml
Noise
70dB
Whole System HEPA Filtration
Crevice Tool
Combination Tool
Direct Drive Head
Fluffy Cleaner Head
Mini Motorized Tool
Soft Dust Brush
Price
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