Head from hardwood to carpet for quick-and-easy full-house cleanups with this Dyson V7 Motorhead vacuum in hand. The direct-drive cleaner head dives deep into your rugs, getting up dirt from even hard-to-reach spaces. Disconnect the handle of this Dyson V7 Motorhead vacuum, and you've got a cordless handheld vac for simple sweep-ups of spills.
A Pretty Good Cordless Stick Vac
Posted by: lambda100 from: on
Here's what I like about the Dyson v7 Motorhead:
(1) Extremely easy to assemble. Just click and snap the attachments into the unit. That's all it takes. It took more time taking it out of the box.
(2) The vacuum is quiet. The Dyson engineers really dampened the noise. All my previous vacuums were so loud I could not hear my wife speaking to me. (That might be a good thing). Not with this vacuum, though. I could carry a normal conversation with it running.
(3) It has very good suction. It picked up dirt, dust, hair, paper, and food particles with no problems. I used it over carpet, rugs, tile floors, and laminate floors. There are two suction modes: a regular mode for normal vacuuming and a maximum mode for more demanding tasks.
(4) The vacuum head is compact. The width of the head measures less than 10” wide, allowing it to get into tight areas.
(5) The vacuum can be laid flat while vacuuming which allows you to easily clean underneath beds.
(6) It converts to a handheld vac to easily clean stairs. It comes with a crevice and combination tool to get into tight areas and corners.
(7) The vacuum is lightweight and can clean in high up spaces. For the first time, I was able to clean out my dusty a/c vents on my ceiling.
Here's what I didn't like about it:
(1) Wish it came in other colors. Fuscia/purple is not my favorite color.
(2) No user replaceable battery. If you have a large home, you will run out of juice before you finish the job. A user replaceable spare battery would have at least eased the range anxiety.
(3) You must keep your finger on the trigger otherwise the vacuum turns off. It would be nice if the Dyson v7 also had a trigger lock feature where you could keep the vacuum in the power-on position without having to keep your finger on the trigger.
(4) The vacuum does not support itself in the free standing position. It will fall over unless you prop it against a wall or mount it on the wall dock that comes with the vacuum.
Overall, I think I would recommend this vacuum to be on the short list of cordless stick vacuums to consider for someone who is thinking about their next purchase.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Excellent vacuum - needs some attention to detail
Posted by: Beradon from: on
Over the years I've had many portable vacuums with varying degrees of effectiveness, most of them end up with battery issues or just are not very powerful. More than that, they are rarely able to pick up more than just the smallest amount of crumbs or pet hair off a hard floor, much less a carpet.
Enter the Dyson v7 Motorhead. This device is effective enough to replace even your standard everyday vacuum for most people (except those with very deep-pile carpet). The cleaning head introduces a level of power to a portable vacuum that I've never experienced and is great at what it does. The suction power is excellent, picking up everything I needed it to, even on carpet.
It has multiple attachments, the aformentioned motorhead, an angle chute and a brush attachment. It also comes with a wall hanging mount/dock which makes it so you dont have to dig around for the charging cord every time you go to replace it on the dock. The one down side to the dock is that mine did not come with the mounting screws even though the directions said it was supposed to, so I have not been able to mount it yet.
The one down side to this portable vacuum is actually its weight, especially with the motorhead attached. If you're trying to vacuum a large area rug you will feel it start to wear against the soft spot between your thumb and forefinger. The reason for this is that it has no real wheels (it has tiny ones for hard floors but nothing that would help carpet) so you're fighting against the friction introduced by a carpet, so when pushing it, the weight of the device is pushing back against the soft spot on your hand, and when pulling it back towards you, you're fighting against the forward motion of the motorhead.
Outside of those minor things, this is a great vacuum and I'd recommend it to anyone with many area rugs, a large amount of hard floor or a smaller living space where a full size vacuum doesn't make as much sense.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
The Dyson V7 Motorhead: a Great Portable Vacuum
Posted by: TechGuru from: on
The Dyson V7 Motorhead is a wireless unit for flexibility and convenience. It features an incredibly easy setup, but requires 3.5 hours of initial charge time per the instructions. Once it is charged, you are ready to go.
I was able to vacuum 2300 square feet on one charge with seemingly plenty of juice left to continue. I also was able to vacuum the ceiling corners on the same charge. The unit is light enough that I didn't need to switch hands while vacuuming the house.
The vacuum itself is very maneuverable and also has a very low profile so that you can vacuum under beds, and even some couches and dressers. This means you don't have to move as much furniture around to get a good clean.
The Dyson V7 Motorhead comes with upholstery attachment with brush, and an attachment to go in tight spaces like couch crevices. It also includes a wall mount so that the unit can be put up and out-of-the-way while it charges.
The unit has 2 suction modes, one for regular suction, one for extra suction. Keep in mind that during regular operation, only normal suction should be used, or it will greatly reduce the battery life.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
A very capable vacuum!
Posted by: buckeyestargazer from: on
I was pleasantly surprised by the Dyson V7 Motorhead. This vacuum delivers very good suction in a lightweight, quiet, cord-free package.
Perhaps the biggest surprise to me was that the vacuum never lost full suction right up until the time the battery ran out. Speaking of the battery, the specs say that the battery will last 20 minutes at the normal suction rate. In my case the battery lasted a full 29 minutes while using the main agitator. If using the other attachments the battery will last somewhat longer.
Another nice surprise is just how well the vacuum sucks...and that's a good thing! I swept approximately 1200 square feet in a pet-friendly home and the Dyson V7 Motorhead picked up a lot of pet dander.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Another good Dyson vacuum
Posted by: Jules from: on
Finding a good, let alone great, cord-free vac is tough. I use one every day because I have a dog, a cat, and a parrot that need to be cleaned up after every morning and periodically throughout the day. I've had the V7 for a couple days and have used it 4 times already. I was using a cordless Hoover Linx that did the job, but it only did a light job. I have another Dyson - a DC7 - that is corded and really cumbersome, but I pull it out for deeper cleaning a couple times a week. That one has performed well for over 10 years so far. This V7 fits right in between those two, averaging ease of use and performance, and I could see it even being an upright replacement because of the awesome build quality and suction.
This vac outperfoms all other cordless vacs I've used over the years (Hoover, Shark, Eureka) with battery life being the only limitation, but they all have that limitation. I don't need a half hour's worth of runtime but I attempted to let it go that long to see if it would work for the advertised time. I got the advertised ~30 minutes on a full charge. It doesn't seem like such a long time to run a vacuum cleaner until you do it (especially using the power-saving trigger grip). It has plenty of runtime for me.
The V7 feels slightly heavier and has a different balance than the Linx vac. It cleans SO well and is very agile. Carpet, wood, and linoleum floors gave up so much cat hair and bulldog hairs - under chairs and under the floorstanding birdcage too - that I was actually surprised it was there, since I vac pretty often. Bigger things like bird seed shells, feathers, and cat litter were sucked up fine. I was especially happy about the cat litter - the other Dyson shoots it out the back, but maybe (probably) that just needs a good cleaning.
One thing to consider is that this might be hard for someone with arthritis to manage because you're holding most of the gadget in your hand instead of letting it rest on the floor. I had my (arthritic) mom try it out and she didn't care for it - she needed to use both hands to guide it.
The final test is how easy it is to clean because I have lots of long hair that winds around beater bars. It doesn't seem any different than other vacuum so I guess there's no joy there.
This vac can be stored away wherever there is a power outlet and will be charged up for whenever needed. Of course, there are attachments that, once you're used to it, can be switched out pretty easily. I'm used to wrangling a Dyson, so that is familiar. The plastics that Dyson parts like the dirt cup and wand are made with seem less brittle or thin than other brands and this is no different. I'd definitely recommend this vacuum - even though it's pricey - because I have had good experiences with the company and products so far.
For the money, and considering that I need it mostly because I have pets, the V7 accomplishes all I need a cordless vacuum cleaner to do, and in a relatively lightweight form. Since it is advertised to have "75% more brush bar power than the V6 stick" (which I have never used but have considered getting) and it really does suck (so to speak), I'm pretty happy.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Very Good, But Some Negatives
Posted by: gtdad from: Miami, Fl. on
The Dyson V7 Motorhead Is the first cordless vacuum I have owned. I have found that cords can be annoying, however, they provide you with steady power for an unlimited amount of time. But I wanted the convenience of cordless. So when Dyson increased the runtime and power on the new V7 Motorhead I decided to give it a try.
Out of the box the V7 Motorhead was easy to assemble. It is an upright vacuum with the motor and dust cup at the top of the unit. This detaches to become a handheld portable unit for increased versatility and for use with the 2 included smaller attachments for cleaning tight spaces or for automobiles. Also included is a very well designed storage bracket. It makes it very easy to hang the vacuum on the wall and you can integrate the charger so that every time you place the vacuum in the holder it will charge.
The vacuum comes with a 20% charge and says it will take 3 1/2 hours to fully charge before the first use. I found it only took about 2 hours. I have a 1300 square foot apartment with 3 bedrooms. I definitely had range anxiety and maybe cleaned at a little faster pace than normal because I was expecting the power to run out at anytime, but it never did. I was able to finish the entire apartment, even cleaning tight places with the crevice tool and cleaning the sofa with the brush attachment. Dyson promises 30 minutes of runtime at normal power. There is also a max power setting which will drain power much quicker. It took me about 45 minutes to complete the cleaning at normal power. But thanks to the power saving switch, which turns the power off every time you loosen you grip, I never ran out of power. Also the power remained strong and steady throughout. Maneuverability was outstanding.
Cleanup was very simple and quick. The brush bar was easy to disassemble and clean, and the removal of the dust from the dust cup is ingenious. I also found that hair, which gets caught in the brush bar of my other vacuum, simply goes straight to the dust cup on the Dyson.
So why did I only give it 4 stars?
1) About half way through I began to experience pain at the base of my thumb. Now I have small to medium size hands, but when I gripped the vacuum, the hard plastic at the top of the handle put constant pressure on the top of my hand. When I finished, there was a red circle at the base of my thumb and it was painful. This could easily be remedied with a soft material placed at the top of the inside of the grip.
2) The head unit was small enough to fit under my kitchen cabinets, but not under the front edges of most of my furniture. In comparison to my other vacuum, the Dyson was about 1/2" higher. Therefore, those areas required the crevice tool to clean.
3) In order to access the brush bar and clean the head unit, there are 2 locks that open by turning slotted pieces. Each slot is a different size. Surprisingly, this $400 vacuum does not provide you with a plastic tool for this purpose. Instead, make sure you have change on you, because one slot is about the size of a quarter and the other a dime or a penny. Come on Dyson, a 5 cent plastic tool would really help.
Overall, the positives are many and the negatives can be overcome.
The cost is expensive, but it seems to be a quality product. It cleaned very well, and if it lasts a long time, which I expect, then I think it is worth the price. I would definitely recommend it.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Very lightweight yet powerful cordless vacuum.
Posted by: JimS from: Oregon on
This Dyson vacuum Motorhead v7 was super simple to put together. It is extremely well designed and built. This is not some cheap vacuum. Literally.
The instructions say to charge it at least 5 hours before using, so I plugged it in overnight. The next day I picked it up and accidentally hit the trigger. It started up and startled me. I then discovered it has a hair trigger. It is almost impossible to not start it up by mistake.
I used the vacuum in my shop for about 30 minutes, and couldn't believe how well it sucked up everything, and was so easy to maneuver around things. I have some very heavy rubber mats in my shop, and the suction was so strong that I had to turn down the power level to normal, or it would just suck the mat and not let go.
I was commenting to my wife before she tried it about the hair trigger. She used it for a bit and said that it was probably designed that way so it would be easier keep it on for a long time. She also loved its portability and easy of use. She really liked how easy it is to empty the dust collector. Simply lifting a lever pops open the container, allowing the dirt to fall straight down into the garbage.
We still aren't sure how long the battery lasts, but I'm sure long enough to do our motor home several times on a trip on one charge.
Overall, I'm very pleased with it, but I'm afraid my wife wants another for the house.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Very Good Cordless
Posted by: SteveC from: Central Mississippi on
I’ve always seen these Dyson stick vacs in the stores and wanted to give them a try. When the new model came out and was asked to check this one out I jumped at the chance.
First it came packaged very well like our other two Dyson uprights, very easy to assemble with a very detailed instruction manual making assembly very easy. There was a sticker around the grip and trigger that stated the battery was 20% charged from the factory and to charge fully before using, so I plugged it in and waited about 1.5hrs for the blue charge light to go out.
I wanted to see just how long the battery would last with the Motorhead attached so I ran it pretty much nonstop till the battery died. I was able to get 28 minutes of run time out of it, which isn’t bad for a device this light, and that’s with the Motorhead attached and running all the time also.
After the battery died I plugged it back into the charger and waited about 2.75 hours for it to charge back up. Not fast but not overnight either. I can tell this is designed for a few quick cleanings and probably not for a whole house. But during my first test I actually cleaned a very large portion of the house with it, and after almost 30 minutes of run time I was ready for it to give out anyway.
We have two other Dysons my wife uses in her cleaning business and we have an H branded cordless upright for our house. I was really impressed with how much fine dirt this little vac was able to pick up.
it pretty much equaled and maybe even a little better than the H branded cordless, but it is new and the other is very well used so that could be the reason it did as good or better at picking up the fine dust.
Our house is tile and laminate flooring in every room and we have throw rugs or runners every room.
For this the V7 worked exceptionally well, it filled up a lot faster than I expected, and the small dust bin is probably it’s only disadvantage, so you will be making trips to the trashcan often. I also have a D “tool company branded” cordless hand vac. The suction on V7 is a whole lot better than it. Its only advantage is that the battery pack is the same as my D branded drill and can be swapped out, it can also vacuum up ½ gallon of liquid.
A friend of ours has a V6 and happen to stop by last night so I let them check out this one. They were very impressed. They like their V6 but said this one definitely had more suction power than the old model. Now they are going to be looking at upgrading theirs and sort of wish they hadn’t seen the new model.
Emptying the dust bin is pretty straight forward. Just pull straight up on the red handle and the motor unit slides up and then the bottom door swings open dropping the contents. Then you just slide the motor head back down, swing the bottom lid back into place and you are done, very simple. The one thing I did observe that you want to keep an eye on the dirt level and make sure you empty when it starts to get up there, I didn’t at first and overfilled it a little. When I went to empty it I removed the extension and dirt came pouring out the nozzle end of the canister “oops”, you’ll also want to keep the device as level as possible when detaching the extension otherwise if you hold it to vertically some stuff may drop back out the nozzle end of the vac, “lesson learned’. If Dyson could have some sort of flap inside to help prevent this it would be nice but may be hard to do without affecting suction.
I haven’t had time to test everything else out but from what I have seen so far this is a great little stick vac. And if you only have hard flooring with a few low pile throw rugs then this may be all you really need.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Txstatesal from: Austin, TX on
I just unpacked this bad boy, well girl since it is hot pink and like any other house gadget/toy I had to give it a try right out of the box.
I'm glad to have this in our house since we just got rid of carpet all over the house and I had no clue how I was going to maintain the wood floors all over the house.
So quick and spiffy: this wireless handheld vacuum is easy to assemble, quick to charge and I finally have something that can swivel in an angle under those hard to reach areas like my couch but also comes with a brush attachment which I was in awe of because those small spider webs that gather in corners were suctioned up in an instant.
I'll be honest, I am not sure how to assemble to wall mount and I have no worry it will be easy.
After giving it a few tries I can say that my only concern was the suction because it is not as loud as my Dyson Animal but no worries there either. Dyson has gotten better at producing a quiet machine that still packs a punch! Next I want to get the Dyson robot vac because it looks amazing!
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Great power in a small size!
Posted by: JamexRZ from: on
Great little vacuum with the power and attitude of a big one, the attachments make it easy to use in a variety of different scenarios, reach spots that a regular size vacuum will not.
The convenience of not having a cord makes it very easy to use for auto detailing and to reach high spots very light and the battery life is great, it also charges in no time and the charge lasts enough to vacuum the whole house i definitely would recommend this.
The only thing that i think could make this even better (if at all possible) would be if it came with a small version of the carpet brush attachment.