Dyson V7 Car+Boat Review

The House Method team tested the Dyson V7 Car + Boat and rated it on a variety of factors including suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full review here.

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If the back seat of your car is littered with food crumbs and pet hair, or your trunk is covered in dirt and mulch, you’ll need the best handheld vacuum cleaner on the market to tackle these messes. Consider the Dyson V7 Car+Boat handheld vacuum. This cord-free car vacuum is great for cleaning your vehicle (and house). Keep reading to determine if the Dyson V7 Car+Boat is the best vacuum for you and your cleaning needs.

Overall score: 9.32/10

The value prop

Providing up to 30 minutes of fade-free suction, the Dyson V7 Car+Boat has the strongest suction of any other cordless vacuum. Combine portable power with an array of accessories for an exceptional cleaning experience around your vehicle and home.

Pros
  • Though it’s small, it delivers powerful suction to remove dirt and debris from cracks and crevices.
  • It can clean your vehicle and home.
  • Because of its portable size, you can take it anywhere you go.
Cons
  • It should be used for spot cleaning instead of larger cleaning jobs.
  • It has a long charge time and short run time.

Dyson V7 Car+Boat design

The Dyson V7 Car+Boat vacuum has a small, compact design that allows you to reach cracks and crevices with ease. Its lightweight structure also lets you transport the vacuum without any difficulty and clean multiple surfaces without having to worry about your arm getting tired.

Some other important design features of the Dyson V7 Car+Boat include:

  • Hygienic bin emptying—Don’t worry about touching the contents of your dust cup. With this feature, you’ll be able to drive out trapped debris in one simple action.
  • Two power modes—Use MAX mode for up to six minutes of extra suction power or Powerful mode for longer, day-to-day cleaning.
  • 2 Tier Radial cyclones—The Dyson V7 Car+Boat has 15 cyclones that create strong centrifugal forces that capture dirt and debris as you vacuum.

Vacuum assembly

With one click of the brush attachment, this car vacuum is ready to go—just another reason why the Dyson V7 Car+Boat is one of the best handheld vacuums on the market. To swap out accessories, simply remove the current attachment from the head and replace it with the tool of your choosing.

How the Dyson V7 Car+Boat cleans

Powered by the Dyson digital motor V7, the Dyson V7 Car+Boat handheld vacuum is one of the best Dyson handheld vacuums on the market. It can capture fine dust, dirt, and debris all over your home and vehicle with its 15 cyclones that work in parallel across two tiers, generating powerful g-forces to suck dust out of the air and into its dust bin.

The Dyson V7 Car+Boat also has a longer battery life than the Dyson V6 Car+Boat handheld, giving you 30 minutes of fade-free suction instead of 20.

What to note about the Dyson V7 Car+Boat

Though powerful, this vacuum is best for cleaning your car and small messes within your home. It has two main cleaning settings: Powerful suction and MAX mode. On Powerful mode, the vacuum can last up to 20 minutes with the normal brush attachment and up to 30 minutes with the crevice tool and combination tool. On MAX mode, the vacuum can last up to six minutes with the normal brush attachment.

Other factors to note about this vacuum cleaner:

  • You must hold the trigger down when using the vacuum.
  • You aren’t able to use the Dyson V7 Car+Boat vacuum while it’s charging, so be sure to charge it after every use so it’s ready to go the next time you vacuum.
  • During testing, we noticed that this vacuum cleaner—though brand new—gave off a mechanical smell while in use.

How big is the Dyson V7 Car+Boat handheld vacuum?

Dimension Measurement
Height 8.11 inches
Length 12.45 inches
Width 5.17 inches
Dust canister 0.2 gallons

Accessories included with the Dyson V7 Car+Boat

This car vacuum cleaner comes with a quick release extension hose, a mini soft dusting brush, a crevice tool, a charger, a mini motorized tool, a combination tool, and a stubborn dirt brush. It also comes with a car power adapter.

  • Quick release extension hose—This accessory flexes and extends to provide a longer reach in narrow spaces (perfect for under car seats and along the sides of your car).
  • Mini soft dusting brush—This tool gently lifts dust from screens and hard surfaces.
  • Crevice tool—Designed for precise cleaning around edges and in narrow gaps, the crevice tool is great for those hard-to-reach messes.
  • Car charger—This comes in handy when you need to recharge the battery during cleaning.
  • Mini motorized tool—This accessory has 3,290 stiff bristles which maximize the amount of dirt that’s agitated and sucked into the bin. The head pivots to maintain consistent suction across upholstery, mattresses, and car interiors.
  • Combination tool—Whenever you want to switch between surfaces, this tool allows you to do so with ease.
  • Stubborn dirt brush—Dislodge dirt that’s dried with this tool’s soft bristles.

Dyson V7 Car+Boat vs. Dyson V7 Trigger vs. Dyson V6 Top Dog HEPA

Dyson offers three handheld models: the Dyson V7 Car+Boat, the Dyson V7 Trigger, and the Dyson V6 Top Dog HEPA. The biggest differences between these handhelds are the run time, dust bin capacity, and accessories included with each vacuum. The Dyson V6 Top Dog has the shortest run time but can hold the most debris (the dust bin is likely so big because this vacuum is specifically designed to clean up pet messes). Both the Trigger and Top Dog have fewer accessories than the Dyson V7 Car+Boat.

Suction power
Dust bin capacity
Weight
Charge time
Run time
Accessories

Dyson V7 Car+Boat

Suction power

100 air watts

Dust bin capacity

0.2 gallons

Weight

3.77 pounds

Charge time

3.5 hours

Run time

30 minutes

Accessories

Stubborn dirt brush, mini motorhead, quick release extension hose, mini soft dusting bruh, combination tool, crevice tool, charger, in-car charger

Dyson V7 Trigger

Suction power

100 air watts

Dust bin capacity

0.2 gallons

Weight

3.77 pounds

Charge time

3.5 hours

Run time

30 minutes

Accessories

Mini motorhead, combination tool, crevice tool

Dyson V6 Top Dog Hepa

Suction power

100 air watts

Dust bin capacity

1.1 gallons

Weight

3.6 pounds

Charge time

3.5 hours

Run time

20 minutes

Accessories

Mini motorized tool, crevice tool

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Cleaning tests

We performed three different tests that measured suction power, maneuverability, and mobility on hard floors, low-pile carpet, and high-pile carpet. For our suction tests, we used Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair.

Cleaning score: 9.16/10

Test 1—Suction test on hard floors

The Dyson V7 Car + Boat received a perfect score across all substances on hard floors. It had no problem sucking up the substances on each of its power settings. Even the Cheerios were easily removed by the vacuum’s powerful suction.

Test 2—Suction test on high-pile carpet

On the Powerful setting, this car vacuum took more than seven passes to suck up the Cheerios. Similar to the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor vacuum, the Dyson V7 Car+Boat just moved the Cheerios around instead of adjusting to the height of the Cheerios and sucking them up. On MAX mode, this Dyson handheld vacuum took one pass to suck up the Cheerios.

The vacuum performed similarly with the coffee grounds. On the Powerful setting, the vacuum took four passes to remove the coffee grounds and on the MAX setting, it cleared the coffee grounds in one pass. For the kitty litter and pet hair, the Dyson V7 Car+Boat took one pass on both the minimum and maximum settings to remove the substances completely.

Test 3—Suction test on low-pile carpet

On the Powerful setting, the vacuum took roughly eight passes to suck up the Cheerios, five passes to suck up the coffee grounds, three passes to suck up the kitty litter, and one pass to suck up the pet hair. On MAX mode, the vacuum performed exceedingly better. It picked up the Cheerios, kitty litter, and pet hair in one pass. However, we noticed that the vacuum did a better job sucking up coffee grounds on the lower setting (it took more than seven passes on maximum power to completely remove all coffee grounds).

Maneuverability

Since the Dyson V7 Car+Boat is a handheld vacuum, it’s extremely easy to maneuver around furniture, cracks, and crevices. Its lightweight structure also benefits its maneuverability. It received a perfect score on moving around a couch corner, underneath a coffee table, between car seats, and in a cluttered trunk.

Usability

This vacuum cleaner is easy to move on different surfaces (hard floor, high-pile carpet, and low-pile carpet), but it can be difficult to suck up substances like Cheerios and coffee grounds on carpeting.

Noise

The Dyson V7 Car+Boat vacuum measured 84 decibels, which is slightly louder than the average noise level of a standard vacuum.

Dyson V7 Car+Boat maintenance

Nobody wants to spend a long time emptying their vacuum cleaner. Luckily, with the Dyson V7 Car+Boat, all you have to do is click one button to empty all the contents from the canister. A hygienic mechanism traps dirt and debris, so you won’t even need to touch the contents when emptying the canister.

Filtration

The Dyson V7 Car+Boat vacuum has a washable lifetime filter. Dyson recommends washing the filter with cold water at least every month. Simply remove the filter from the top of the canister, run it under cold water, and let it dry for 24 hours. Once the filter is completely dry, insert it back into the vacuum cleaner.

Is the Dyson V7 Car+Boat a good value?

Overall, the Dyson V7 Car+Boat vacuum is one of the best handheld vacuums available and is a great option for those who need a vacuum for light cleaning in and around their home or vehicle. It’s best for cleaning in cracks and crevices and it’s not recommended for cleaning large areas. While uprights and canisters are going to provide more power for cleaning jobs, handheld vacuums outperform the former two in portability and maneuverability. If you’re looking for a larger Dyson vacuum to clean your whole house, check out our Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 review.

Who should buy the Dyson V7 Car+Boat handheld vacuum?

We recommend the Dyson V7 Car+Boat if you’re looking for the following:

  • A quality machine that provides portable power—With 30 minutes of run time and incredible suction power, this Dyson handheld can tackle any mess put in front of it without losing charge.
  • Multiple cleaning accessories—From a mini motorhead and car charger to crevice tool and dusting brush, the Dyson V7 Car+Boat ensures that you have the right tools for any vacuuming job.
  • A vacuum for your house and car—Though this vacuum is designed for car and boat cleaning, it can also be used inside your house to clean up small messes. It’s undoubtedly one of the best car (and home) vacuums on the market.

Dyson V7 Car+Boat specifications

Below is a list of the most important Dyson V7 Car+Boat specifications.

Specifications
Type Handheld
Manufacturer Dyson
Model V7 Car+Boat
Length 12.45 inches
Width 5.17 inches
Height 8.11 inches
Weight 3.77 pounds
Floor type All floors (carpet, tile, wood, vinyl, etc.)
Dust bin capacity 0.2 gallons
Power cord length N/A
Cordless or corded Cordless
Bagless Yes
Returns 30 days via Amazon
Warranty 2-year limited

Consumer ratings

See how other sites rate the Dyson V7 Car+Boat handheld vacuum.

Source Consumer rating Number of ratings
Amazon 3.9 stars out of 5 47
Bed Bath & Beyond N/A N/A
Walmart 4.5 stars out of 5 12
Best Buy 4.1 stars out of 5 24
Sylvane N/A N/A

Consumer reviews

“So far I love it… I’ve only used it once. I drive a semi, and I’m in a lot of very dirty environments. I spend a lot of time cleaning the interior. I’ve tried every 12V appliance out there, and a few rechargeables. This worked like a charm. I don’t think my truck has been this clean.” — Amazon review

“By far the most powerful vacuum I’ve ever used!! I use it for everything, my truck, boat, my rug, my bed, my recliners, everything. Comes with so many attachments that are good for every situation. The only downside is the battery life. With that being said, it does have a lower suction mode that lasts significantly longer as long as you can sacrifice the major difference in power. Despite that, I would still recommend it to anyone looking for the most powerful handheld vacuum on the market.” — Amazon review

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Frequently asked questions

What’s the difference between the Dyson V7 Car+Boat and the Dyson V7 Trigger?

The main difference between these two Dyson handhelds is the accessories that come with each vacuum. If you want a more comprehensive cleaning experience, go for the Dyson V7 Car+Boat: it comes with a stubborn dirt brush, a mini motorhead, a quick release extension hose, a mini soft dusting brush, a combination tool, a crevice tool, a charger, and an in-car charger. The Dyson V7 Trigger comes only with a mini motorhead, a combination tool, and a crevice tool.

How much does the Dyson V7 Car+Boat weigh?

It weighs 3.77 pounds and is one of the lightest handheld vacuums available.

Can the Dyson V7 Car+Boat be used to clean inside your house?

Yes. Not only can this Dyson handheld vacuum clean your vehicle, but it’s also one of the best handheld vacuums on the market for entire-home cleaning.

About the author

Kealia is a staff writer and social media coordinator for House Method. She writes for a variety of beats, including home inspiration (her favorite), real estate, and home wellness.


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