I live in a small home, but it is also one that has very few sockets. While you may think that most vacuum cleaners would have no problem reaching around my home without needing to be unplugged, that is far from the truth. My house is an awkward shape, and that can make vacuuming it with a corded model a real challenge.
So, I figured a cordless model was my best bet. As someone who owns pets, I needed something that was powerful and able to cope with all the fluff and debris in my home.
The Dyson V7 and V8 are both excellent choices for homes that need an extra cleaning boost, and in this guide, the two models are compared in detail for you to examine.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Dyson Cordless
A cordless vacuum cleaner is perfect if you don’t have many sockets to plug a corded vacuum cleaner into, and also those who can’t stand having to keep switching sockets (just like me).
They are also very compact devices, which is ideal if you do not have a lot of space, or would like to use up as little as possible with your vacuum cleaner. They also work fantastically for those with stairs, especially since cordless Dyson’s are able to convert into a handheld model for easy cleaning.
However, if you are someone who has a large house that takes more than 20 minutes to vacuum as the charge doesn’t tend to last past this. Therefore, you would be better suited to a corded model as these don’t have a specific charge period. Plus, they tend to offer a little more power if your carpets need a very deep clean.
Presenting the Dyson V7 and V8
The Dyson V7 was designed to be the middle-ground between the V6 and the V8. It offers more power than the V6, as well as more charge, but comes at a lower price than the V8. It promises a good and thorough clean that will leave your home looking amazing, even reaching down into the carpets to grab embedded fluff.
It comes with a great selection of tools, as well as a wall mount so that it can be stored and charged in a convenient place. It’s perfect for those who want to get rid of cords and use a more compact and lightweight vacuum, but if you live in a large house, you may find it runs out of charge faster than you would like.
The Dyson V8 came after the V6, and prior to the release of the new market leader (V10) it had the best running time in the V series.
It promises to clean your home in excellent time, providing you with powerful suction and an excellent filtration system – so both your floors and the air the machine pushes back out are left cleaner than they were before.
Compared to the V6 and V7, it has more power and battery life, but if you look at it next to the V10, the latter really raises the bar. The V8 cordless is perfect for homes that need some extra time to get it clean, as well as powerful suction.
However, if you have multiple pets in your home, you should consider picking the Animal model up instead as this has extra tools and more power.
Features and Benefits of the Dyson V7 and V8
Power and Design
The V7 and the V8 actually have the same basic design, with Dyson styling them, so they look as though they are the same vacuum cleaner, but with one difference. The Dyson V7 has a purple wand, and the Dyson V8 has a copper coloured one.
This can help you to tell the difference between the two, along with the fact that they have different main floorheads. The V7 comes with a standard brush bar. This is incredible, and actually offers 75% more power than the V6.
It’s excellent for carpets as it will reach right into the deepest areas to remove embedded hair and dirt from the area. The V8 has two cleaner heads, one of this is the brush bar that the V7 comes with. The other is a soft roller that is gentle and effective on hard floors.
It provides an excellent and thorough clean without being too rough on your flooring – it’s an excellent addition. The power provided by the V7 and the V8 does not differ by much. The Dyson V8 does provide more suction and power than the V7, but only by a few air watts.
On the regular power setting, the V7 produces 21aw, whereas the V8 has 28aw. Similarly, maximum power on the V7 gives 100aw, but the V8 beats it again with an impressive 115aw. This does mean the V8 is the more powerful model in terms of suction, but it does not beat the V7 by a lot.
Both models are able to be converted into handheld ones, and these are great for reaching areas like the stairs, as well as inside your car and on your furniture. It makes both the V7 and V8 very versatile models that can be used in a whole host of situations.
When you take into account that the V8 has an additional floorhead for hard floors to make the process easier and gentler, as well as the fact that it offers more power, the V8 would certainly win in this area. However, it doesn’t win by much.
This is an essential part of any cordless vacuum cleaner, and after the V6 was harshly criticised for its very short battery life, it was interesting to see how Dyson took the feedback and built on it.
The V8 was designed to have 40 minutes of battery life when using the regular power setting, which gives you plenty of time to get your home clean and tidy again. The turbo mode, on the other hand, only offers eight minutes of runtime, and while it is often enough to get the small areas that need the turbo mode, it is still disappointingly short.
The V7 came after the V8, but that doesn’t mean that they made runtime improvements with this model. It has a battery that will last for 30 minutes, which is still more than enough to get an average house looking good and to clean the carpets.
With this model, the turbo setting only lasts seven minutes, which is also disappointing, even though it tends to be plenty of time to get those difficult areas that need more love. When looking at the battery life comparison, the V8 definitely wins.
While both have good running times that will give you enough time to clean the average home, the V8 boasts an extra ten minutes of life. Although, it is important to remember that the V8 only has a minute more than the V7 when it comes to the turbo mode.
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.
We’ll start off with the V8 in this section, as this model came before the V7. It has a larger battery than its predecessor, the V6, which is what makes the runtime so much longer. However, this model can take up to five hours to charge fully.
While it is worth the wait for the amount of suction and battery life that it provides, it is still quite a while to wait. The V7, on the other hand, was designed with solving this long charge period in mind. It takes 3.5 hours to charge instead, and only has the runtime cut by ten minutes as a result.
This is a big improvement, and it also means that it is more readily available for you to use. When looking at the charging period, the V7 is the clear winner here. With a charging period that is 1.5 hours shorter than the V8, it is a more readily available machine that can be used multiple times a day.
This is important for those with asthma and allergies to consider. The V8 has a HEPA filter installed, as well as a specially secured filtration system that ensures all of the air in the vacuum cleaner goes through the filter, has the allergens trapped (99.7% of them), and then pushes clean air out afterwards.
It’s the classic system, and it works excellently when preventing attacks. The V7 does have a filtration system, but it is not one used by the whole machine like the V8.
It is a washable filter that works to trap dust and allergens while you clean, but it does not use the technology that passes all of the air through the filter and pushes clean air out. It’s still effective, but less so than the V8.
While both machines are suitable for those with asthma and allergies, the V8 does offer a better and more advanced filtration system that uses the whole machine as opposed to one section. As a result, it is the winner in this comparison.
The weight difference between the two vacuum cleaners is 0.31kg, and this is a tiny amount. If you have both of them in your home and you pick them up, you will probably notice a slight difference. Otherwise, they will both feel very lightweight. The Dyson V7 weighs 2.3kg, while the Dyson V8 comes in at 2.61kg.
As a result, they are both very light and easy to handle, which is great for pretty much every vacuum cleaner owner. As the weight difference is so small, and practically irrelevant, there can be no clear winner for this section.
The dust capacity of any vacuum cleaner is important, and as each model converts into a handheld one, you can’t expect it to be massive. The Dyson V7 and V8 actually have the same capacity of 0.54 litres.
They do need to be emptied quite regularly, but both are an improvement on their predecessor, and they provide a really easy way to empty them as well. All you need to do is press the release button, and all the dust is ejected without getting stuck on the shroud.
Once again, this is a tied round. There is nothing different about the dust canister, or even the emptying process, in either model. Both are the same size and incorporate the new (and easier) system for emptying the bin.
Finally, you have the attachments, and these are quite important. Most vacuum cleaners will come with one or two, and the Dyson cordless models always have some - especially since they convert into handheld vacuum cleaners.
The Dyson V7 comes with the following:
The Dyson V8 comes with the following:
The combination tool has an upholstery tool, and a small brush on it that you can switch between, allowing you to vacuum all of your surfaces, while the crevice tool helps you to reach tight spaces and nooks – both of these are standard tools to have.
The Dyson V8 has the addition of a dusting brush for delicate surfaces and countertops, as well as a mini motorhead that is able to give specific areas of carpet a really deep and thorough clean.
When it comes to tools, both the V7 and the V8 have an excellent selection. However, the V8 does include a few extras that make it incredibly handy for every home – and also for getting rid of tough dirt. As a result, it is the better of the two in this section.
I scoured the internet for some positive user reviews, and I found an abundance for you to take a look at – both for the Dyson V7 and V8. If you would like a little social proof when it comes to the excellence of these machines, you are going to want to take a moment to read through these testimonials.
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 own 2 upright Dyson vacuums, one for upstairs and one for down and I honestly don't think they'll be used much any more!! I only bought this 4 days ago and I'm already so impressed with it. It's lightweight yet powerful, but not so powerful that when you try cleaning say the curtains, it sucks them in.
But boy, does it clean well. I was very skeptical that it would be as good as the heavy corded vacuum but it certainly is. It's so easy to use, just take it off the charging point, clean wherever needs it and put it back.
No plugging into a socket, only being able to do so much before moving to another socket, then storing the flex away and putting the vacuum away. I'm not a great one for housework but this makes it so easy our floors are already cleaner than they've ever been!
We did look around at other brands but for some reason none of them wowed us, then we went to Curry's to look at this, tried it out and bought it there and then. It's one thing that should it break down (and it has 2 years warranty, so after that time) I'd get another one straight away.
If in doubt do go and try one either at Curry's or any other supplier and like us, I think you'll be sold on it. Thank you Dyson for another great product. - Elaine
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 V8 Testimonials
Fantastic design and very efficient with one small drawback .... I find I get a small static shock between my hand holding the handle and the recharging connection which is set into the handle. When in use every two minutes or less there is a sharp unpleasant very, very small sharp shock.
The DYSON helpline are AWARE OF THE PROBLEM and suggest not cleaning deep rugs or carpet on the max setting. I simply put a small bit of insulating tape over the recharging inset connector which solves the problem, I notice someone says they wear kitchen gloves to avoid the shock.
It is an outstanding machine but I am surprised there are not more complaints in the reviews but perhaps I wear too much nylon clothing. - Ian L.
Expensive, but a good product, would recommend if one can afford it, to purchase extra filters, the maintenance schedule states the filters should be washed every month, the drying period for the filters takes about 24hours, rendering the cleaner redundant for that period of time!! - Graham Maggs
What a great improvement over our original DC59. Super expensive so waited until we could get at reduced price we paid £360 which included £24 for one day delivery to Spain. At this price it’s still expensive for a battery operated device but if you can see past that then things get a lot better.
For the weight it’s a fantastic cleaner. Very quiet and we love the soft floor brush as we don’t have carpets which is why we purchased the Absolute Model. So far have not needed max mode.
The bin emptying is much improved and taking it apart for cleaning is very clever. On balance super happy and glad we could afford it. Highly recommend! - David Isom
Hopefully, this has helped you to understand the difference between the Dyson V7 and the Dyson V8. They are excellent vacuum cleaners that make your routine an easier one, removing the need for cables and allowing for freedom of movement when you are tidying.
Plus, they transform into handheld models that allow you to reach even the most difficult places with ease. The V8 is better than the V7 though, and this is because it has a better runtime, improved accessories, and better suction than its counterpart.
What did you think of this comparison guide? If you would like to check out the V7, you can click here, and for the V8, just follow this link. Both are great vacuums, and we would love to hear your thoughts on them below.