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Dyson is a great company that produces some of the best and most innovative vacuum cleaners on the market. As someone that owns a small home with very few sockets, a cordless vacuum means that I have more freedom to clean, as well as better reach for the awkwardly shaped parts of my house.
I have used cordless Dyson models in the past for getting my home in a presentable state, and they are ideal if you want something with powerful suction, as well as a model that can cope with a variety of floor types.
They have their flaws, but there are also loads of positives, and in this detailed guide I take the time to compare the two latest Dyson cordless models – the V7 and the V10.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Dyson Cordless
If you have a home that doesn’t have a great deal of sockets, or is larger and so requires that you switch them regularly, a cordless vacuum cleaner from Dyson can offer you some relief. It gives you more time to clean, and less time hassling with sockets and plugs.
Plus, they tend to be incredibly compact, and are perfect for storing in small spaces, or even mounted on your wall. Additionally, there is no issue with cleaning stairs (something that many corded models cannot cope with), and the Dyson V series is able to convert into a handheld vacuum cleaner to make this even easier.
On the other hand, if you have a large house that takes quite a while to clean, you may be left without enough charge, and so you don’t get the job done and have to wait for it to charge up again. On the whole, carpets also tend to get a deeper clean from a corded model.
Presenting the Dyson V7 and V10
The Dyson V7 was released after the V6 and the V8, and it was designed to be the option that stands in the middle of the two. As an example, it offers a longer battery life than the V6, but also has a smaller price tag than the V8.
It offers great suction at an affordable price, and is able to provide your home with an excellent cleaning experience, as well as a fantastic set of tools to help you get every inch.
The wall mount allows for storage and charging in a convenient and tidy location, but despite all of this the battery life is unlikely to be good enough for larger homes.
The Dyson V10 is the latest model to be introduced to the V series, in a bid to show the public why corded vacuum cleaners can become a thing of the past. It has an incredible runtime that lasts an hour on the regular setting, as well as a charge period that matches the V7 impressively.
The suction is great, leaving your home clean and looking fantastic, and it comes with superb attachments as well as a new and improved bin emptying mechanism.
Plus, it still has the classic V series feature where it turns into a handheld model. However, it is a little heavier than the other cordless models, and the turbo mode still doesn’t have an improved battery life, which is a little disappointing.
Features and Benefits of the Dyson V7 and V10
Power and Design
The stick part of this vacuum cleaner remains the same in both models of cordless vacuum cleaner, with the V7 donning a purple wand, and the V10 a copper coloured one.
However, there is one main difference between the two in terms of design, and this is in regard to the bin and motor at the top where the handle is. The V7 attaches itself to the bin via a separate section, leaving the lid free for you to place over the bin and empty with the vacuum intact.
The V10, however, has the wand going straight into the bin, so it needs to be removed before emptying. The V7 has a standard brush bar that works on all floor types, and this offers 75% more suction than its predecessor, the V6.
It can reach right into carpets to give them a good clean, and is also good on wooden or hard floors. On the other hand, the V10 has both a brush bar and a soft roller, and the latter of these is incredibly gentle and effective on hard floors.
There is quite a big power gap between these two models, as the V10 does provide 50% more power than the V7 and has three suction settings for you to choose from. With 150aw, it has a lot more to offer than the 100aw that the V7 is able to produce.
While the V10 is the more powerful model, the Dyson V7 is still able to produce amazing results, and will work just as hard as its newer counterpart.
As with the rest of the V series, both of these models are able to be converted into handheld ones, although the V10 is slightly larger than the V7 due to the increased dust canister size (as we will see a little later).
While this has its advantages, it can make it a little more awkward to reach tight spaces inside cars and similar areas. Both still remain very useful, however.
The Dyson V10 has more power and an additional floorhead, but the design is more awkward than the V7 in terms of the wand placement and the size of the handheld unit. In this area, the V10 does win, but only by a fraction, and for the improved suction alone.
Every cordless vacuum cleaner needs a decent battery life, and it is something that Dyson has worked hard on since the V6 was so harshly criticised for it. The V7 has a good 30 minutes of battery life, which is good for cleaning your entire home and should leave you with enough time to do so.
However, this is when you are using the regular power setting. If you want the turbo mode for some tough areas of carpet or flooring, you can expect to be left with only seven minutes. While you shouldn’t need this setting for long, it would be nice to have a better battery life.
The V10 really upped Dyson’s game, providing you with an entire 60 minutes of charge on the regular setting, so that even larger homes can be catered to perfectly. It gives you plenty of time, and the suction is great.
With this model, you also have a medium power setting that will give you around 20 minutes of cleaning time, but the turbo mode is also disappointingly short. With only eight minutes of life, it isn’t much of an improvement on the V7 in that regard.
There’s no argument here that the V10 wins in terms of battery life, and while they each have great running times, the V10 offers more and is able to clean larger homes as well. Despite this, it should be remembered that the V10’s turbo mode only offers one minute more in terms of battery life.
This is an interesting one, and the charge time is important with cordless vacuum cleaners. After all, you need it to be ready and on hand each day so that you can keep your home looking great.
It’s a problem that you won’t have with a corded vacuum cleaner, but you also get the inconvenience of the cable itself. The V7 and the V10 actually have the same charge time, which is an interesting improvement on the V8, which was criticised for its massive charging period.
They each take 3.5 hours to charge, and the reason that they have different runtimes is because the battery that was installed in the V10 is much larger – which increased the weight as a result. Either way, they both have great charge times that make them readily available when needed.
For this section, there is definitely no winner. They both have equally good charge periods, and this makes them both accessible and easy to use vacuum cleaners that are always on call.
If you suffer from asthma or allergies, you will need to make sure that you take the filtration system into consideration. The V7 has a standard one that uses a washable filter to trap dust and allergens while you are vacuuming, but it does not use a sealed system to ensure that only clean air is pushed out.
It’s an effective process, but not as much as some of the other models in the V series, including its descendant, the V10. The Dyson V10 has a HEPA filter, alongside the secured filtration system.
What this does is ensure that 99.7% of dust and allergens are trapped in the filter as all the air entering the vacuum is forced to go through it. In addition to improving the capture rate, it also ensures that clean air is pushed out, and so reduces the risk of an asthma attack or allergic reaction.
Of course, both of these machines are perfectly suitable for those with asthma or allergies. However, the V10 is able to offer a better and more advanced filtration system that uses the whole machine instead of one section, making it the winner here.
There is not much of a difference between the two models, with a 0.37kg difference between the two. While you would definitely notice a difference if you had both of them and held them at the same time, they remain incredibly lightweight. The V7 weighs in at 2.6kg, with the V10 being the heavier of the two at 2.68kg.Each of them is easy to handle and lightweight, but there have been some reports of users feeling more strain in their wrists when using the V10. As a result, the V7 is the better of the two in this section, but not by a great amount.
The V series has long been criticised for having small dust bins, which is something that many cordless vacuum cleaner models suffer from. They are supposed to be lightweight and easy to handle, so you cannot expect massive things from them.
The Dyson V7 has a capacity of 0.54L, which is a good amount, even though it will need to be emptied frequently. The emptying process is really simple as well, although dust and debris can get stuck on the shroud. The V10 worked to improve this system by creating a model with a larger capacity of 0.76L.
This means that it does not need to be emptied as frequently, and there is also a new emptying system involved. While you do need to remove the wand to access it, the shroud cleans itself so that you don’t need to get your hands dirty or spread more dust around.
This section has the V10 as the winner, because the dust bin has a larger capacity for more convenient cleaning, but the new emptying design with the self-cleaning shroud means that you will have an even easier time of emptying the canister.
For the final section, we have the attachments, and these are incredibly helpful when it comes to giving your home a better and more thorough clean. Every model in the V series comes with at least one or two, partly because it makes things easier, but also because they turn into handheld models.
The Dyson V7 comes with the following:
The Dyson V10 comes with the following:
When looking at the combination tool, it has an upholstery tool and a small brush that you can switch between, and this allows you to clean all surfaces in a quick and easy manner. The crevice tool ensures tight spaces and corners are reached with ease, and is great for cobwebs.
The Dyson V10 also has a dusting brush for delicate surfaces, as well as a mini motorhead for deep cleaning areas of carpet that really need it. Interestingly, the V10 also comes with a new quick release system for clipping tools into place, and this ensures they do not become loose over time or get jammed in and stuck.
There is an excellent tool selection for both vacuum cleaners, but the V10 does provide you with more, and also has the new and handy system to keep tools in place without them becoming damaged over time. This makes it the better of the two models in this section.
To help you decide if you want a Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner, I searched through the internet to find genuine customer reviews for both the Dyson V7 and the V10. These are generally positive, and should show you exactly what people think of these vacuum cleaners. So, take a moment and flick through the testimonials below.
Dyson V7 Testimonials
Really happy with this product and price paid for it. Seller was very quick to respond to a query I had. I have given it 4 stars and would have given 5 but it is not easy to use when cleaning the interior of my car. Perhaps I need additional tools? - Sue S.
I bought this originally intending it for the 'go-between cleanups' of its big brother - the Animal DC40. However, it has become the main hoover in the house. It is very powerful for a cordless and even gets the dogs' hair up from carpets - I have 8 dogs.
I love this little hoover and use it daily as it is so easy and portable. No plugging in from room to room. I have seen on some reviews that the on button is a nuisance as you have to keep it pressed in when in use but I have found that you soon get used to that.
No more slicker brushing carpets after vacuuming! Don't be put off by the small collection drum - the more you use it, the less there is to be picked up plus it is incredibly easy to empty when full.
Plenty of charge time for my 3-bed, 3-reception roomed house too. Don't just think about getting one of these - it is a must have. - Sam B.
I did a lot of research and it was not easy to make a final decision about which Dyson it is going to be (and even if it is going to be a Dyson) but I decided to buy the V7 Motorhead about a month ago and I am so happy with it! It is really quiet and the battery lasts long enough to clean the whole house (4 bedrooms).
There is no need to hoover in the max mode until you have a really challenging corner or very dirty part to clean and for that the 6 minutes will absolutely do.
Also the motorhead works really well on floorboards and carpet! I had no problem with opening the lid to empty the dust bin as some people wrote before and highly recommend this product. - Ramona
Dyson V10 Testimonials
Great vacuum, very handy for a quick blast around and nipping up and down stairs without lugging a blooming great thing out of the cupboard trailing hose and lead, but why oh why is there no carrying tool for all the useful attachments?? Come on Dyson! One step away from the perfect item.- Michaela Campbell
It's amazingly powerful, I thought the V8 was good and did not see how it could be bettered but Dyson have done it, another leap forward. Mum and I are disabled so cant cope with a mains powered one, we can both use this to clean around the house.
The Dyson V10 will probably beat most corded vacuums. The only downside is the price, if you can afford it it's well worth looking at. - Andrew
Got this recently and it's absolutely great compared with the previous, coded one. Way easier and faster to use (cleaning time is reduced considerably) and it lasts for the whole house. Not sure how it behaves with carpets as I use it on wooden floors. With its parts it's good as you can use it for car as well. - Catalin
We hope that this guide has helped you to understand the differences between the V7 and the V10, as well as some of the similarities. Each of these models is excellent in their own right, and they are both just as capable of keeping your home the way you want it.
They have great attachments, powerful suction, and are able to work across all floor types to deliver the best results. While the V10 may be the clear winner here, the V7 is not one to forget about – and it is also the budget friendly model.
What did you think of this comparison guide? If you would like to check out the V7, you can click here, and for the V10, just follow this link. Both are great vacuums, and we would love to hear your thoughts on them below.