Dyson V7 vs. V8 Review

By: Kealia Reynolds

The House Method team compared the Dyson V7 and the Dyson V8 and rated them on a variety of factors including suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full comparison review and see which one we prefer.

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At House Method, we’re big fans of Dyson cordless vacuums. With their powerful suction, multiple accessories, and sleek designs, they’re top contenders in the vacuum market. We reviewed and compared the Dyson V7 Motorhead and the Dyson V8 Absolute to help you make the best choice for your cleaning needs.

Max suction power
Run time
Charge time
Dust bin capacity
Weight
Accessories

Dyson V7

Max suction power

100 air watts

Run time

30 minutes

Charge time

3.5 hours

Dust bin capacity

0.14 gallons

Weight

5.45 pounds

Accessories

Crevice tool, combination tool, docking station

Dyson V8

Max suction power

115 air watts

Run time

40 minutes

Charge time

5 hours

Dust bin capacity

0.14 gallons

Weight

5.75 pounds

Accessories

Crevice tool, combination tool, docking station, soft roller cleaning head, motorhead, mini motorhead, mini soft dusting brush

Dyson V7 vs. V8 design differences

The Dyson V7 and Dyson V8 are both cordless vacuums that feature a wand, cleaning head, and handheld base. The color schemes vary for both vacuums, but they’re still functionally the same. Both use Dyson’s 2 Tier Radial cyclone technology for powerful suction, can convert from a stick vacuum to a handheld mode, and have a trigger design (meaning you’ll have to hold the trigger down while you clean to activate suction).

One of our favorite characteristics about the Dyson V7 Motorhead is its color. Its fuchsia, matte design is energizing and refreshing—a nice change from typical neutral vacuum colors. Because of its lightweight, sleek design, it’s also extremely easy to hold and carry while cleaning. The Dyson V8 also has a modern, updated look that’s definitely comparable to the V7. It’s not pink, but it comes in a riveting gold-chrome color that makes it just as appealing.

The Dyson V7 comes in four different models:

  • Dyson V7 Motorhead—Weighing 5.45 pounds, this Dyson is one of the most basic Dyson V7 sticks and comes with a crevice tool and a combination tool.
  • Dyson V7 Absolute—Featuring the most accessories in the V7 series, this stick vacuum’s best accessory is the soft roller cleaning head that gently cleans hardwoods and other bare floors.
  • Dyson V7 Animal—This stick also comes with multiple accessories, some of the best being the mini soft dusting brush and the mini motorized tool.
  • Dyson V7 HEPA—This Dyson cordless vacuum includes a variety of accessories, but it’s best known for its HEPA filter that traps microscopic dust particles and allergens.

The Dyson V8 comes in two different models:

  • Dyson V8 Absolute—This model comes with more accessories and weighs slightly more than the Dyson V8 Animal.
  • Dyson V8 Animal—Perfect for cleaning up pet messes, this stick comes with a mini motorized brushroll to remove pet hair from floors and upholstery.

How do the Dyson V7 and V8 clean?

Motor—One of the main differences between the Dyson V7 and the Dyson V8 is the motor. The Dyson V8 comes with a more powerful engine, so it’s able to remove more dust and debris from your floors. This doesn’t mean the V7 isn’t powerful; its direct-drive floor head is still 75% more powerful than the standard Dyson V6.

Two-in-one design—Both Dysons can transform from a stick vacuum to a handheld vacuum by inserting one of the cleaning tools directly into the quick release point instead of the wand. This feature allows you to clean hard-to-reach spaces and give your home a more thorough clean.

Cleaning accessories—Both Dyson sticks come with a variety of cleaning accessories, but the Dyson V8 comes with a few more tools. While the V7 comes with a combination tool and a crevice tool, the V8 comes with those tools plus a soft roller cleaning head, a mini motorhead, and a mini soft dusting brush.

Looking for the Best Dyson stick vacuum? Check out our Dyson V10 review.

How big is the Dyson V7 and Dyson V8?

Both Dyson cordless sticks are similar in size—the main difference is that the Dyson V8 weighs slightly more than the Dyson V7.

Height
Length
Width
Dust bin capacity
Weight

Dyson V7 size

Height

8.2 inches

Length

49 inches

Width

9.8 inches

Dust bin capacity

0.14 gallons

Weight

5.45 pounds

Dyson V8 size

Height

9.8 inches

Length

49 inches

Width

8.8 inches

Dust bin capacity

0.14 gallons

Weight

5.75 pounds

Left Dyson V7 accessories

Right Dyson V8 accessories

Dyson V7 and V8 accessories

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of what accessories are included with the Dyson V7 Motorhead and the Dyson V8 Absolute.

Dyson V7 Motorhead Dyson V8 Absolute
Combination tool Combination tool
Crevice tool Crevice tool
Docking station Docking station
Soft roller cleaning head
Motorhead
Mini motorhead
Mini soft dusting brush

To see a side-by-side comparison of the accessories that come with all of the Dyson V7 stick vacuums, check out our full review of the Dyson V7.

  • Combination tool—Built with a wide, flat-head apparatus and adjustable brush, this tool is ideal for cleaning sensitive areas like computer keyboards or bookcases and is great for switching between floor surfaces. It can also be used to clean upholstery.
  • Crevice tool—The crevice tool is a long, narrow extension wand that works best when cleaning under couch cushions or along baseboards. It’s also used for precise cleaning around edges and narrow gaps (think: under car seats or behind your bookcase).
  • Docking station—The dock allows you to hang your vacuum on the wall and charge it simultaneously.
  • Soft roller cleaning head—Ideal for hardwoods, this cleaning head is great at picking up debris and protecting hard surfaces from scratches.
  • Motorhead—This standard cleaning head can be used on all floor types but works best on carpet.
  • Mini motorhead—This mini motorized tool is a motorized brush bar that tackles pet hair and ground-in dirt.
  • Mini soft dusting brush—Use this tool as a way to clean delicate surfaces around your home as you vacuum.

Cleaning tests

When comparing the Dyson V7 to the V8, we put both vacuums through a series of suction tests on high-pile carpet, low-pile carpet, and hard floors. For each floor type, we tested suction power using Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair.

Dyson V7 cleaning score: 9/10

Dyson V8 cleaning score: 9.58/10

Test 1—Suction test on hard floors

Dyson V7: With its high-powered suction, the Dyson V7 picked up all of the substances except for the Cheerios (these were merely pushed forward by the cleaning head). We realized that we would have to pick up the vacuum and place it over a large mess to completely remove all of the debris.

Dyson V8: The Dyson V8 performed similarly to the Dyson V7 on hard floors. Instead of sucking up the Cheerios on a forward pass, this stick vacuum pushed the mess forward and struggled to suck up the pieces even when it was over the mess. However, it picked up the kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair in just one pass.

Dyson V7 cleaning score on hard floors: 9/10

Dyson V8 cleaning score on hard floors: 9.25/10

Test 2—Suction test on high-pile carpet

Dyson V7: It took the Dyson V7 two passes to completely remove the Cheerios, kitty litter, and pet hair from high-pile carpet. The coffee grounds required three passes.

Dyson V8: The Dyson V8 did better on high-pile carpet than hard floors. With one pass, it sucked up the Cheerios and pet hair and required just a couple more passes to remove the coffee grounds and kitty litter.

Dyson V7 cleaning score on high-pile carpet: 9/10

Dyson V8 cleaning score on high-pile carpet: 9.5/10

Test 3—Suction test on low-pile carpet

Dyson V7: On low-pile carpet, the Dyson V7 captured all of the substances without any hesitation, and unlike other stick vacuums, it left no stain on the carpet when sucking up coffee grounds.

Dyson V8: Just like the Dyson V7, the V8 removed all four substances from the low-pile carpet in two passes or less.

Dyson V7 cleaning score on low-pile carpet: 9/10

Dyson V8 cleaning score on low-pile carpet: 10/10

For a more in-depth look at our vacuum tests, check out our comprehensive reviews of the Dyson V7 and the Dyson V8.

How easy is it to use the Dyson V7 and V8?

Unboxing and setup

Both Dyson vacuums are incredibly easy to unbox and set up. It took us less than two minutes to unbox and put together each vacuum.

Daily use

Because both of these Dyson cordless vacuums feature a 2-in-1 design, they can be used to tackle small messes in the handheld mode or clean individual rooms for lighter, day-to-day cleaning. One design element to note: the sticks don’t have an on/off switch; instead, they have a trigger that must be held down while vacuuming to activate the suction power. This could be a downside if you have arthritis or your hand tends to cramp while vacuuming.

Maneuverability

The Dyson V7 is easy to maneuver around tight spaces like couch corners and potted plants, as well as underneath coffee tables. Similar to the V7, the Dyson V8 is also extremely easy to maneuver. Though the Dyson V8 weighs slightly more than the Dyson V7, there’s not much of a difference when it comes to pushing them on carpets and hard floors.

Noise levels

The average vacuum measures between 78 and 80 decibels. Both Dysons are relatively quiet, making them perfect for homes with pets or small children. The Dyson V7 measured 72.6 decibels and the Dyson V8 measured 72.4 decibels.

Maintenance for the Dyson V7 and V8

Maintaining both of these vacuums is an easy process and shouldn’t require too much of your time or money.

Emptying the vacuums

We recommend emptying your Dyson after each cleaning cycle. This prevents debris from building up and causing your vacuum to malfunction. To empty the Dyson V7, simply detach the canister from the stick (if you’re not in handheld mode), and press the red button to release the contents from the bottom of the bin. Similar to the Dyson V7, the Dyson V8 also features no-touch dirt emptying. To release the contents, pull the canister tab upward and release the contents through the bottom of the bin.

Battery life

When buying a stick vacuum, having a long-lasting battery is important, especially if you’re vacuuming multiple rooms in one cleaning. The Dyson V7 lasts for 30 minutes on Powerful mode while the Dyson V8 lasts for 30 minutes on Powerful mode and 40 minutes on Powerful mode with attachments. Note: the Dyson V8 lasts only seven minutes on MAX mode.

The batteries for each vacuum should last the lifetime of the warranty and may last longer than that. If the battery dies within the warranty time frame, Dyson will replace it at no cost to you.

Dyson V7 value

With incredible suction performance, great maneuverability, and a 2-in-1 design, the Dyson V7 is great for those who want a stick vacuum that can aid in day-to-day cleaning around the home. Though it comes with fewer accessories than the V8, its cleaning performance and functionality are basically the same. Not to mention, it’s less expensive than the Dyson V8.

The only reason this might not be a great fit for you is if you have large areas to clean and spend more than 30 minutes vacuuming each day. If the battery life worries you, you may want to check out the Dyson V10 (it has a battery life of 60 minutes).

Buy the Dyson V7

Dyson V8 value

Though the Dyson V8 is more expensive than the V7, its cleaning performance is slightly better and it comes with way more accessories. We especially love the soft roller cleaning head made for sucking up debris on hard floors. Its design makes it great for apartment dwellers, but if you need to vacuum larger areas, we recommend an upright vacuum like the Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor.

Buy the Dyson V8

Dyson V7 vs. V8 specifications

Type
Manufacturer
Model
Length
Width
Height
Weight
Dust bin capacity
Floor type
Cordless
Bagless
Returns
Warranty

Dyson V7

Type

Stick

Manufacturer

Dyson

Model

V7 Motorhead

Length

49 inches

Width

9.8 inches

Height

8.2 inches

Weight

5.45 pounds

Dust bin capacity

0.14 gallons

Floor type

All floors

Cordless

Yes

Bagless

Yes

Returns

30 days

Warranty

2-year limited

Dyson V8

Type

Stick

Manufacturer

Dyson

Model

V8 Absolute

Length

49 inches

Width

8.8 inches

Height

9.8 inches

Weight

5.75 pounds

Dust bin capacity

0.14 gallons

Floor type

All floors

Cordless

Yes

Bagless

Yes

Returns

30 days

Warranty

2-year limited

Dyson V7 vs. V8 differences

The biggest differences between the Dyson V7 and V8 are:

  • Battery power—The Dyson V8 has a larger capacity battery and is able to run for 40 minutes on Powerful mode while the Dyson V7 runs for only 30 minutes.
  • Accessories—The Dyson V8 comes with considerably more cleaning accessories than the Dyson V7, giving your home a more in-depth clean.
  • Price—Because it’s a newer model and comes with more accessories, the Dyson V8 is slightly more expensive than the Dyson V7.

Who should buy the Dyson V7?

Though the Dyson V7 is an older Dyson stick model, it’s still a great cordless vacuum cleaner. We recommend the Dyson V7 if you’re looking for the following:

  • A 2-in-1 vacuum—If you want to clean your floors and your vehicle, the Dyson V7 might be the best vacuum for you. All of the tools that come with this Dyson (with the exception of the floor heads) work with both the stick and handheld version.
  • A lower cost model—Dyson V7 models are less expensive than Dyson V8 models. If you opt for a Dyson V7, you’ll get to choose between four Dyson V7 sticks. If you prefer a Dyson V8, you’ll only have two models to choose from.

Who should buy the Dyson V8?

We recommend the Dyson V8 if you’re looking for the following:

  • A 2-in-1 vacuum—The Dyson V8 quickly transforms into a handheld vacuum with just one click. If you want to clean the inside of your vehicle and your whole home in one day, this is the vacuum for you.
  • HEPA filtration—This vacuum has whole-machine HEPA filtration that captures allergens and expels cleaner air back into your home. It’s perfect for those who suffer from asthma or allergies.
  • Extended run time—With 40 minutes of fade-free power in Powerful mode, this stick vacuum provides entire-home cleaning and won’t disappoint.

Frequently asked questions

Which vacuum has a longer battery life?

The Dyson V8 has a longer battery life by 10 minutes. It lasts for 40 minutes on Powerful mode (with accessories) while the Dyson V7 only lasts for 30 minutes on Powerful mode. Note: it takes five hours to charge the Dyson V8 battery and 3.5 hours to charge the Dyson V7 battery.

How long are the vacuum warranties?

Both vacuums have a two-year limited warranty.

Which vacuum makes the most noise?

Both vacuums are relatively quiet. The Dyson V8 measured 72.4 decibels while the Dyson V7 measured 72.6 decibels.

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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