Dyson V7 Review Cordless Stick Vacuum – Motorhead, Animal, and Total Clean

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Review: Dyson V7 Cordless Stick - Motorhead, Animal & Total Clean

Dyson is one of the biggest brands of vacuum cleaner, and there is a reason they are so popular. Producing reliable, robust, and innovative new machines are what they are all about, and many of their designs are world firsts when it comes to vacuum cleaners.

They are always one step ahead of everyone else, and this is part of why I admire them as a company. The Dyson V7 range is actually the newest, having been released in 2017, and they were designed to sit comfortably between the V6 and V8 models so that you, the customer, can enjoy a middle ground.

As you can imagine, I was really eager to test out a model from the V7 range, and I have to say that the Dyson V7 Total Clean did not disappoint me – but you can find out more about that later.
As you are already here and have started reading, you might as well flick the kettle on, kick your shoes off, and enjoy yet another review. Once you have finished reading about the Dyson V7 Total Clean, make sure you take a look at the rest of the V7 range in the comparison section. 

Review Summary


Product Name:

Dyson V7 Total Clean

Product Type:

Cordless 2-in-1 vacuum


Around £350


The V7 series with power, great running time, and incredible suction on its side, there isn’t much going against this brilliant cordless vacuum cleaner. It could be the one for you.

  • Sound Power Level: 72dB
  • Capacity: 0.6 L
  • Run time: 30 mins (normal) 7 mins (turbo)
  • Charge Time: 2.5 hours
  • Weight (Machine + Kit): 2.5 kg
  • Dimensions: 3.1x0.5x3.1cm
  • Motor Power: 100 W
  • Power: 21.6v

Presenting the Dyson V7 Total Clean

The Dyson V7 Total Clean is a fantastic vacuum cleaner, and it is one of the best vacuum cleaners that Dyson have manufactured.

While the range has not even turned one yet, it’s still blowing the minds of customers every day with its; incredible power and suction. It’s impressive, to say the least.

If you live in a home with pets, especially fluffy ones, you might want to reconsider picking the Total clean up. While it does have excellent suction, it’s not quite prepared to cope with all the fuzz left behind by your pets.

As a result, we strongly recommend purchasing the cheaper and equally good Dyson V7 Animal. You can read a little more about this model in the comparison section. 

Features and Benefits

Power and Design

Dyson V7 Total Clean

This powerful little vacuum cleaner will not disappoint you, and it is able to deliver an unbelievable level of power that is sure to leave you feeling quite amazed.

The overall design is superb, as it is easy to put together and take apart again, especially when you want to transform it into a handheld vacuum cleaner.

This is one of the best (and my favourite) features, as it has clearly been made with the average homeowner in mind – and most of us don’t have time for fiddly vacuums. In total, there are two power settings on the Dyson V7 Total Clean, and these are the regular mode and the turbo mode.

The former of these is powerful and delivers excellent suction for cleaning your home, while the latter does the same but with four times the strength and energy so that even the toughest stuff can be removed from your flooring effectively. Both settings perform in an excellent manner.

The main brush head maintains a low profile, ensuring that it is able to slide under the furniture with ease, just like the rest of the V range. It works excellently on hard floors and carpets alike, with alternating bristles that vary between hard and soft so that all floors get equal treatment.

It also comes with a fluffy floorhead for hard floors, but you can read about all of these aspects later on in this review. The running time is great, and it sits nicely between the V6 and V8 at an excellent 30 minutes, which should be more than enough time to get your home clean.

However, despite the larger battery, the turbo mode does not last as long as I would like. It runs for a total of seven minutes before it runs out, and while this is often enough, there are some days where I would have liked to be able to use it for longer.

Expert Tip

The total runtime you get from your vacuum cleaner can vary according to the attachments you use. So, when you are about to test a new tool out, make sure you take a moment to flick through the user manual to see how much time it will take off your cleaning time.

In good news, the charging period for the V7 is actually shorter than previous models in the V range, and it only takes 2.5 hours for the battery to fill up.

This is great, as it means the vacuum cleaner is always ready to go when you need it, and it almost makes up for the short running time on turbo mode. When you do need to charge your Dyson V7 Total Clean, you have two options.

You can either plug it into the mains using a plug and socket, or you can mount it on the wall to keep it out of the way and charge it up at the same time.

Both options are supplied in the box, and on the side of the vacuum cleaner, there is a battery level indicator to let you know how much is left. When on charge, there are several different lights that might appear, and here is what they all mean:

  • Blue light: charging
  • Amber light: not charging due to it being too hot or cold
  • Red light: not charging, call customer support

It also comes with a long extension wand so that you can reach high up areas like the ceiling. Removing this hose turns the vacuum into a handheld model. It is made from aluminium, which make it incredibly lightweight when you are using it to clean your home.

The Dyson V7 Total Clean also comes with an aluminium extension wand. This not only turns it into a regular cordless vacuum instead of a handheld, but it also ensures that you can reach high areas to grab cobwebs and dust clumps.

Additionally, the fact that it is made from aluminium makes it very lightweight.

Safety Tip

Never use your Dyson V7 Total Clean to vacuum up any liquid messes. A standard vacuum has not been designed to tackle these, and it won’t end well. You could short the motor, which can damage the machine but could also harm you.

Effectiveness When Cleaning Stairs

As with every V model, the Dyson V7 Total Clean is a fantastic choice of vacuum cleaner for getting the stairs in the best possible condition. They can be the messiest area in your house, and I have often found that all the fluff and debris seems to collect right at the ack of each step.

This model transforms into a handheld vacuum cleaner that can be used with no strain or stress to clean the stairs and get them looking brand new again.

The mini motorised brush head is the best piece of kit to use with this vacuum cleaner when you move onto the stairs, and this is because it does an amazing job of picking everything up as the power is consistent and the suction very strong.

In addition to this, the swivel head on this tool means that you have more versatile cleaning while getting all the grime up. Plus, the other attachments will help you to reach perfect levels of clean. 

Weight and Handling

The Dyson V7 Total Clean is a very lightweight model of vacuum cleaner, like most cordless vacuum cleaners, and while it is a little heavier than the V6, this is because it has a larger battery and longer running time as a result (something we previously talked about).

Despite the added weight, you will barely notice it as it still remains a model that is very light and easy to handle when you are vacuuming. It's really compact as well, which makes the storage a much easier process.

You can either slide it into the cupboard under the stairs, or another cupboard in your home, or you can mount it on the wall.

The wall mount is supplied and has storage for both the vacuum cleaner and attachments, but the best part is that it actually charges the machine at the same time, so it is always ready to go. 

Dust Capacity

The dust canister for this model is the same size as the V8 Absolute, and so larger than the V6 model of the same name. While it is still a little smaller than the bin on most standard models of vacuum cleaner, it does fit with the size and compactness of this vacuum.

Additionally, the issue with the V6 that the V8 fixed is still resolved with the Dyson V7 Total Clean. To give a little more insight, the V6 range has a dust canister that is difficult to empty as the debris gets stuck around the shroud.

You end up having to pull it all out by hand, which can be very frustrating. With the V7 range, all you need to do is press the release button, and everything falls out. 

Did You Know

The Dyson V7 range came after the V8 range and was launched in May 2017. It was designed to sit between the V6 and V8 ranges so that there was a middle ground for customers when choosing a handheld vacuum cleaner

Cleaning Different Floor Types

One of the brilliant things about the Dyson V7 Total Clean is that it works superbly on all floor types, allowing for seamless cleaning throughout your home. I used it on my carpet, and I was impressed by the power in both power modes.

The regular one provided my carpets with an excellent clean, and the turbo setting really helped to get the mud I brought in out of the fibres. All it took was a few runs over the same spot before everything was gone in normal mode, and the carpet really did look great afterwards.

On the maximum setting, it took even fewer runs, and the amount of debris it was able to collect really blew me backwards. The carpet was even lifted, so there was nothing left behind. The Dyson V7 Total Clean also comes with the fluffy floorhead, which has been designed for hard floors.

I tested this one out, and while it was very gentle on the floor, it didn’t provide results that were any different to the standard head, which was a little disappointing. As a whole, this model did a great job of picking up finer debris on the hard floors in my home.

However, both heads still suffer from the snowplough effect – where the floorhead pushes the debris into a pile instead of sucking it up – so you have to use the hose without an attachment in order to collect it. This doesn’t take a great deal of time though. 


The Dyson V7 Total Clean comes with an excellent selection of tools for you to use so that you can get your home to a godly level of clean. The first tool you have is the crevice tool, and this is one of the most versatile attachments.

It can be used to get right into tight corners, the line between skirting and your floor, and also those really irritating cobwebs on the ceiling. There is also a 2-in-1 dusting and upholstery tool. The way this works is that the dusting brush slides over the top of the nozzle to create a new tool.

 When you are finished with it, you can slide it down again, and it’s ready to use on the upholstery – such as your furniture and car interior. The dusting brush is ideal for delicate areas and surfaces, as well as your kitchen floor (which is my favourite use).

It also comes with the fluffy floor head, which has been specially designed for hard floors. This can be a very handy tool, but if you look at the previous section, you can see what I thought of its cleaning capabilities and whether or not it is as effective as Dyson claims. 

How Does It Compare?

Here are some other, similar, models of vacuum cleaner for you to consider, just in case you want to look at other options before you commit to the Dyson V7 Total Clean.

Dyson V7 Animal Cordless

The Dyson V7 animal is the most affordable in the V7 range, and actually one of the lowest priced cordless Dyson models. It provides powerful suction on both hard floors and carpets, and is able to tackle even the toughest clumps of pet hair that have found their way deep into your carpets. With a fantastic range of attachments, it is the best vacuum cleaner for pet owners everywhere.

Dyson V7 Motorhead

This model of Dyson vacuum cleaner has a powerful main floorhead that is sure to leave your home looking cleaner than ever before. It features an excellent running time, as well as a short charging period that leaves it the envy of the V8 and V6 series of vacuum cleaners. Plus, like the other V models, it converts into a handheld vacuum cleaner to make things easier for you.

To Conclude

Hopefully, this Dyson V7 Total Clean review guide has given you some more information on how this vacuum cleaner could benefit you when it comes to keeping your home clean and tidy.

This vacuum cleaner may be small, but it is also incredibly powerful, and you are sure to be more than a little pleased with the amount of dirt it is able to suck up. It has a compact design as well, which makes it easy to store or mount on the wall where it can stay out of the way.

The only thing that you really have to worry about is the short battery life when you are using it in the turbo setting. It only lasts for seven minutes, which can be a little disappointing.

You shouldn’t need this setting for more than a couple of minutes, and the rest of the features that this vacuum offers more than makes up for it. Overall, it is one of the best vacuums we have reviewed, and certainly, one of the top models Dyson have produced.

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