In this article, we’ll be doing an in-depth comparison of the Dyson V6 vs V7 handheld. Now, if you are familiar with the Dyson brand, you’ve probably heard about the V6 and V7. In fact, there’s a whole line of these cleaners consisting of 4 groups of cleaners.
Each group consists of a number of vacuum cleaners that basically differ from one another in the number of cleaning accessories each comes with. While the groups differ from one another in sophistication.
The groups we refer to are the V6, the V7, the V8 and the V10, with the V6 being the earliest and the V10 the latest and most sophisticated.
Anyway, as we earlier pointed out, we’ll be focusing on the V6 and the V7 and not generally but the handheld cleaners specifically.
And just so you know, we’ve done a general comparison of the V6 and V7 that you can check here.
Comparison Overview — Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
Overall Rating Of The Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
The handheld models share some common features with their stick counterparts like bin capacity and even the motor they come with.
However, there are enough differences with the cleaning accessories that the handheld models deserve their own comparison article.
As far as similarities go, they both have the same suction power in max mode (100 Airwatts) and have a similar dustbin capacity (0.5 for the V7 and 0.4 for the V6).
They also both need to charge for about 3 hours and 30 minutes and will run for about 6 minutes if used in max mode.
However, there are also differences. For one, the V7 uses a V7 digital motor while the V6 uses a V6. And you only get HEPA filtration with some models of the V6.
Price/Value Ratio — Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
Being the Dyson products that they are, both the V6 and the V7 handheld are pretty high end.
However, considering that there isn’t much of a difference between these two, we consider the V6 better value for money.
Comparison Table — Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
Dyson V6 Handheld
Dyson V7 Handheld
|Run Time||20 minutes without a motorized tool 10 minutes with a motorized tool 6 minutes on max mode||30 minutes without a motorized tool 20 minutes with a motorized tool 6 minutes on max mode|
|Motor Technology||V6 digital motor||V7 digital motor|
|Dimensions||10 by 16.3 by 6.1 inches||12.4 by 5.2 by 8.1 inches|
|Weight||3.4 pounds||3.77 pounds|
|Charging Time||3 hours and 30 minutes||3 hours and 30 minutes|
|Dustbin Capacity||0.4 liter||0.5 liter|
|Suction In Max Mode||100 Airwatts||100 Airwatts|
|Cleaning Tools||Mini motorized tool, crevice tool, soft dusting brush, stiff bristle brush, extension hose and wide nozzle tool.||Mini motorized tool, combination tool, crevice tool, extension hose|
A V6 Handheld Demonstration Video — Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
Which Is Better Under What Circumstance? — Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
Dyson V6 Handheld
Dyson V7 Handheld
|With the V6, you are more likely to get a wider selection of cleaning tools. So, if you think you would need all the works, we recommend you get the V6 handheld.||On the other hand, the Dyson V7 handheld provides you 10 minutes more run time vs V6.|
|Also, if you are on a budget, consider getting this one as it is more affordable than the V7 handheld.||It is also important that you know that disposal of waste is more sanitary with the V7. You can empty the bin without having to use your fingers to get things off.|
|We should also mention that one of the V6 handheld models has a feature that purifies the air. So, this model is recommended for those who have allergies or asthma. (Check the ‘Unique Features’ section to know what model we refer to)||Also, the bin on the V7 offers a bit more carrying capacity than that on the V6.|
Common Features — Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
Excluding the cleaning accessories that they come with, both the Dyson V6 handheld and the Dyson V7 handheld look exactly alike.
You could probably mistake one for the other, if not for the difference in color.
Both cleaners are composed of a head and cleaning tools. Furthermore, in both cases the head is composed of a handle, the dustbin, a couple of operating buttons and a connection point.
The handle is what you’ll hold as you work the cleaner. And in both cleaners, there is a power button on the inside of the handle.
If you are not used to Dyson cleaners, you might wonder why the power button was placed there.
Well, the idea is that you’ll have to consistently hold down the power button as you clean.
The reason for this is so that the battery does not run out when you accidentally press the power button.
The way the power button is designed, you cannot accidentally leave it on.
Now, while this is a fantastic idea, one’s fingers can get tired from having to consistently hold down the power button. This is especially an issue if one has fragile fingers or even arthritis.
Moving on, the dustbin on the Dyson V6 handheld vs that on the V7 handheld appear the same.
However, there are differences in capacity and even ease of disposal of content that necessitate giving the dustbin its own section.
Next, we’ll look at the connection point. The connection point is that protruding part of the cleaner that you are supposed to attach the cleaning tool of your choice to.
Attaching the right cleaning tool to the connection point is pretty easy. Just jam it in and be sure to hear the click.
Both the Dyson V6 handheld and the Dyson V7 handheld are cordless cleaners. The reason is both cleaners are rechargeable.
So, once you’re done charging it, you can use it basically anywhere whether there is a wall socket or not.
This makes a lot of sense especially when you consider the fact that one model both cleaners have in common is the Car + Boat model.
We’ve already mentioned that both the V6 handheld and the V7 handheld are rechargeable cleaners and that they come with a charger each. However, there’s more.
Both cleaners have a model referred to as the Car + Boat model. Now, if you get this model, you’ll get a car charger alongside it.
The basic idea is for you to be able to charge the cleaner on the move. This way, you are sure to always have your cleaner anywhere.
So, you can clean up your car immediately the spill happens instead of waiting till you get home. Naturally, the car charger doesn’t come with any of the other models.
4. Cleaning Tools
To understand why the diversity in cleaning tools, you need to bear in mind that both the Dyson V6 handheld and the Dyson V7 handheld come in a number of different models.
The V6 comes in about 5 different models while the V7 comes in just 2. Knowing this, you’ve probably figured out that the V6 comes with more cleaning tools than the V7 and you would be right.
However, there are still a number of tools that both cleaners have in common and those are the tools that will be covered in this section.
Mini Motorized Tool
This tool kinda mimics the regular large sized cleaning tool that usually comes with the stick cleaners.
However, because it is small, it makes for a good cleaning for upholstery, other furniture and even cars.
The mini motorized tool isn’t heavy, so, you can lift it and use it to clean basically any kind of surface.
However, bear in mind that because this tool is motorized (and the only motorized tool that either cleaner comes with), using it cuts down the run time available to you.
Furthermore, you might be surprised to know that this tool does not come with all the models of the V6 handheld.
This one is a slim cleaning tool with a mouth that is designed to fit into tight spaces.
And by tight places we refer to corners, gaps and crevices. The crevice tool is basically a nozzle and is thankfully not motorized. This tool comes with all the models of both the V6 and the V7.
This is another feature that only comes with the Car + Boat model. Let us say here that the extension hose isn’t necessarily a cleaning tool and you’ll have to actually attach a cleaning tool to it to use it.
The big idea behind the extension hose is for you to be able to reach into certain parts of your car that are otherwise difficult to reach. We are looking at places like between seats and even beneath seats.
A Dyson V7 Handheld Demonstration Video — Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
Unique Features — Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
This is a very significant difference between the V6 and the V7. We’ll start off by saying that both cleaners come with 1 lithium-ion battery each. The battery is rechargeable but not easily replaceable.
However, it does allow for fade free suction. That is, both cleaners operate at optimum performance till the very last drop of battery.
One more similarity. Both cleaners need to be charged for 3 hours and 30 minutes. Now let’s look at what is different.
With the V6, you get 20 minutes of run time and this is only possible if you are not using a motorized tool.
If you add a motorized tool, however, your time is cut in half. Using the cleaner in max mode means you have 6 minutes to do your business.
On the other hand, the V7 offers you a 30 minute run time without a motorized tool and 20 minutes with a motorized tool.
So, to put things in perspective, using the V7 with a motorized tool offers you what the V6 does without a motorized tool.
On max mode, though, the V7 offers as much time as the V6 does.
The dustbin is one feature that is largely different between the Dyson V6 vs V7 handheld. They basically look alike and are in the exact same position. However, there are differences.
For one, the carrying capacity of the V6’s dustbin stands at 0.4 liter while that of the V7 stands at 0.5 liter.
That 0.1 liter difference could be the difference in how often you have to go dispose of the content of the bin.
However, a more significant difference is in how the content of the dustbin is disposed of.
On the V6, you’ll notice a button opposite the bower button. Pushing that button opens up the dustbin at the button, forcing it to let go of its content.
However, things are not as easy as they seem. The bin opens up just fine, however, there is this motor thing that is inside the bin that does not move.
Dirt and debris tend to hide around that thing and they usually cannot come out without help.
So, more often than not, you’ll have to use your fingers to prod them out. In some cases, you might have the debris too far up in the bin that your fingers cannot reach.
And in those cases, you’ll have to disassemble the bin, get the rubbish out and then reassemble the bin.
Thankfully, the V7’s bin is more sanitary. Instead of a button, you have a lever atop the bin.
So, when you pull up the lever, the motor on the inside is lifted up at the same time the bin opens at the bottom.
This way, everything in the bin is let out and you don’t have to provide assistance.
3. HEPA Filtration
The HEPA filtration feature is what helps the cleaner purify the air. So, what this feature does is to capture the allergens in the air and then trap them in the bin such that even when you empty the bin, the allergens do not escape.
This way, the air that is left is, according to Dyson, purer than the air with breathe. This is a good idea for those that have allergies or asthma.
This feature is only present in some of the V6 models and none of the V7 models.
4. Max Mode Button
We’ve already mentioned that both cleaners perform basically the same way in max mode; they offer the same run time of 6 minutes and the same suction power of 100 Airwatts.
However, how you move from the regular mode to the max mode and vice versa is different.
With the V6, you get a push button on the back of the head. There’s nothing much to say about that as it is pretty easy to use.
On the other hand, the V7 comes with a more convenient button. The max button on the V7 is a slide button with either side appropriately tagged.
You just slide it along to whichever mode you need and at every point, you know what mode the cleaner is on.
5. Cleaning Tool
This is basically the only cleaning tool we’ll be mentioning here that is peculiar to the V7.
The combination tool, as the name already suggest, is a combination of 2 tools; a small nozzle and a small brush.
To use either tool, you basically just slide up your preference and then slide back down when you’re done.
While you will get the combination tool with all the models of the V7, you won’t get it with any of the V6 handheld models.
Soft Dusting Brush
This brush can be used for light dusting of furniture and even car seats. The bristles are soft, so, you need not worry about the brush leaving brush marks on your furniture.
Stiff Bristle Brush
This one is used for more intense cleaning and that’s the reason it has stiff bristles.
You won’t want to use this on certain sensitive surfaces like screens and even keyboards.
The stiff bristle brush is usually used to dislodge ground-in dirt. You won’t get this tool with any of the V7 cleaners.
Wide Nozzle Tool
This one is usually used to get those large debris that the mini motorized tool cannot. It is basically what the name says it is; a nozzle that is wider than the crevice tool.
Anyway, just like basically all the other cleaning tools, the wide nozzle tool does not come with any of the V7 handheld models. However, you will get it with the Baby + Child and the Mattress models.
Unique Pros — Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
Pros Of The Dyson V6 Handheld
- The Dyson V6 handheld cleaner is a more versatile cleaner vs the V7 handheld. It comes in more models than the V7 and does and so invariably comes with more cleaning tools.
- The Dyson V6 handheld is also more affordable than the V7.
- And let’s not forget that one of the V6’s models comes with a HEPA filtration feature which captures allergens in the air and traps them in the bin.
Pros Of The Dyson V7 Handheld
- With the Dyson V7 handheld, you get a bit more bin space vs with the V6 handheld. However, more importantly, the V7’s bin is more sanitary than the V6’s, especially seeing as with the former, your fingers need not be involved.
- Also, the Dyson V7 offers more run time vs the V6. In fact, using the V7 with a motorized tool is as good as using the V6 without a motorized tool.
Unique Cons — Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
Cons Of The Dyson V6 Handheld
- With the Dyson V6 handheld, you get a 20 minute run time which might not be enough for you to do all the cleaning.
- Also, the bin on the V6 could be a lot of work. You’ll most likely have to use your fingers to pull out debris or even disassemble the bin in certain situations.
Cons Of The Dyson V7 Handheld
- The Dyson V7 is not as versatile vs the V6 as it comes in just 2 models. This might not be a bad thing if one of the models fits the bill for you.
Common Pros — Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
Dyson V6 Handheld
Dyson V7 Handheld
|Cordless||The Dyson V6 handheld is a cordless cleaner. This means, it doesn’t with a cord attached to it. This way, you can use your cleaner to clean practically any surface without having to bother about the availability or otherwise of an electrical outlet.||Same as the V6 handheld.|
|Portable||Furthermore, the Dyson V6, alongside its attendant cleaning tools handheld is pretty lightweight. Lifting it and working with it shouldn’t be a problem.||Same as the V6 handheld.|
Another V7 Handheld Demostration Video — Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
Common Cons — Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
Dyson V6 Handheld
Dyson V7 Handheld
|Power||To get and keep the Dyson V6 handheld running, you’ll have to consistently hold down the power button. Now, while this has its advantage, it could get pretty tiring for one’s fingers. Especially if one has fragile fingers or arthritis.||Same as the V6 handheld.|
|Charging Time||The V6 needs to be charged for about 3 hours and 30 minutes. This is a bit of time for the cleaner to charge. Especially seeing as the battery is not easily replaceable.||Same as the V6 handheld.|
What People Are Saying About Both — Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
Dyson V6 Handheld
Dyson V7 Handheld
|It is popular opinion that the Dyson V6 handheld vacuum cleaner makes for a nice additional cleaner. A lot of people seem to be of the opinion that this cleaner might not be the best idea for a primary cleaner to take care of the entire house.||People also seem to be of the opinion that the V7 handheld makes for a good additional cleaner. A good number of people see it as an improvement on the V6, what with the additional run time and the improvement on the dustbin.|
|However, people seem to like it for the job it does as an additional cleaner. There have been some complaints, though, about the run time the cleaner affords and also the fact that the power button has to be consistently held down.||However, people have about the same complaints with the V7 handheld as with the V6 handheld. Well, aside the run time complaint, of course.|
Our Take — Dyson V6 Vs V7 Handheld
Dyson V6 Handheld
Dyson V7 Handheld
|We are also of the opinion that the V6 handheld vacuum cleaner will make for a good secondary cleaner. We especially like that there is a wide variety of models and tools such that you should be able to find something.||The Dyson V7 handheld could also be a good additional vacuum cleaner. We like that the V7 handheld offers more run time, more bin capacity and even more sanitary disposal means vs the Dyson V6 handheld.|
|We concede that the run time might not be enough to get all your cleaning done and the bin could be a problem. However, they are probably things you can work around. If you think so too, get the Dyson V6 Trigger now!||However, we also concede that there are a few issues with the V7, chief among them which might be that it is not as versatile. Nonetheless, if we were asked to choose, we would go for the V7 just because of the run time and the sanitary waste disposal. If you would too, get the Dyson V7 trigger now!|