If you’re here, you already know that this article is about the Dyson V7 vs Dyson V8. However, before we go into discussing the similarities and differences between these cleaners, here are a few things you want to know.
Dyson has a number of different cleaners and they usually push them out in what we can refer to as series.
The two cleaners in this comparison review are members of the same series. Other members include the V6 which is the earliest and the latest which is the V10.
Now, it is perfectly normal for you to think that the V7 came before the V8, seeing as the number 7 comes before the number 8.
However, Dyson actually pushed out the Dyson V8 and pushed the Dyson V7 later as a kind of middle ground between the V6 and the V8.
Furthermore, all the vacuum cleaners in the V series (the V6, V7, V8 and V10) are actually series in themselves.
Hence, they all come in models that generally differ in the number of tools they come with and,in very rare cases, the type of tool.
Also, the V7 (and the V6 too actually) come with an extra something that we’ll get to later.
So, be sure to stick through till the end. In this next section, we’ll be doing a quick overview of what the Dyson V7 vs Dyson V8 comparison article contains.
Comparison Overview — Dyson V7 Vs Dyson V8
Overall Rating Of The Dyson V7 Vs V8
However, considering that the V7 was created to be the budget friendly V8, it only makes sense that it isn’t as sophisticated as the V8.
For one, the V8 offers more run time. And in addition to that, it has a slightly stronger suction power, is slightly bigger and needs 30 minutes more charging time than the V7.
That said, both cleaners have the exact same number and kinds of cleaner heads and also have a model that features the HEPA filtration.
Price/Value Ratio — Dyson V7 Vs Dyson V8
Both the V7 and the V8 are high-end, what with being Dyson products and all.
However, the V8 is definitely the more expensive of the two and we actually consider it the better value for money.
Comparison Table — Dyson V7 Vs Dyson V8
|Run Time||30 minutes without a motorized tool. 20 minutes with a motorized tool. 6 minutes on max mode.||40 minutes without a motorized tool. 30 minutes with a motorized tool. 8 minutes on max mode.|
|Motor Technology||V7 digital motor||V8 digital motor|
|Dimensions||8.2 by 9.8 by 49 inches||9.9 by 8.9 by 49 inches|
|Weight||5.28 pounds||5.75 pounds|
|Charging Time||3 hours and 30 minutes||4 hours|
|Dustbin Capacity||0.5 liter||0.5 liter|
|Suction In Max Mode||100 Airwatts||115 Airwatts|
|Cleaning Tools||Direct drive cleaner head, mini motorized brush bar, combination tool, crevice tool, dusting brush tool and soft roller cleaner head.||Direct drive cleaner head, mini motorized brush bar, combination tool, crevice tool, dusting brush tool and soft roller cleaner head.|
A Comparison Video — Dyson V7 Vs Dyson V8
Which Is Better Under What Circumstance? — Dyson V7 Vs Dyson V8
|If you are on a budget and are looking to save a few bucks, we recommend the V7. It comes with all the cleaning tools that the V8 comes with and does a good job, even if not as the V8.||However, if you have a bit of cash to spare, you could really benefit from the extra brush bar and suction power. So, it is our opinion that you try out the V8.|
|Also, if you are looking to get just a handheld device, probably as an accompanying cleaner, then consider the V7.||Also, if you want more run time then the Dyson V8 is what we recommend.|
Common Features — Dyson V7 Vs Dyson V8
The Dyson V7 and the Dyson V8 are basically the same when it comes to structure and how they appear generally.
They both have what we like to call the 3 basic structures, the head, the body and the cleaning tool(s).
Furthermore, the components similar to both cleaners are in the exact same positions in both cleaners. Even the color code thing that Dyson likes to do is similar.
Remember we told you that both the Dyson V7 and the Dyson V8 come in models.
Well, the models are color coded so that you can tell at a glance which is which. So, the color code that is employed on the V7 is also employed on the V8.
Hence, if we were to go by looks and the way different components are positioned, the Dyson V7 vs the Dyson V8 are practically the same vacuum cleaner.
2. The Head
This is one of the things we consider a basic component of vacuum cleaners and it is obviously located at the top.
Now, there is quite a bit to the head and we might even have to give some of the components their own section.
The first component of the head we’ll look at is the handle. Everybody knows that the handle is what you hold on to as you work the cleaner.
However, what you might not know is that the power button is on the inside of the handle.
The positioning of that button is actually very strategic because to get and keep the cleaner running you’ll have to press down the button consistently.
Now, the reason Dyson decided to do things this way is to preserve battery life.
Seeing as the cleaner will can only run if the power button is held down, it will have to take an intentional effort to get the cleaner to use up battery life.
Now, since we are talking buttons, let’s talk about the mode button. On the top of the head you’ll notice a slide button.
Both the Dyson V7 and the Dyson V8 operate in two modes: the standard mode and the max mode. Using either of the cleaners on the standard mode offers you moderate suction and the normal run time.
However, operating either cleaner on max mode reduces your run time but increases suction.
And the suction you get with either of the cleaners is really powerful; 100 Airwatts for the V7 and 115 Airwatts for the V8.
Another part of the head is the connection point. This is the point where you connect the vacuum wand (the body) or any relevant cleaning tool to the head, depending on the function you’re going for.
3. The Dustbin
Both the V7 and the V8 swapped out the regular waste bag for a more portable waste bin. The bin is located in the general area of the head and has a carrying capacity of 0.5 liter.
This might be enough to collect the debris from one room but if you’ll be doing a whole house, you’ll be making frequent trips to dispose of the content of the dustbin.
Furthermore, clearing up the bin is pretty easy. You basically just pull up a lever and the dustbin opens up at the bottom, dislodging its content.
Unlike the earlier series, both the V7 and the V8 have a sanitary method of dislodging the debris such that you don’t have to coax anything out of the bin with your fingers.
We should also mention that with the Absolute model of both the V7 and the V8, you get a bin that has the HEPA filtration feature.
HEPA filtration is that feature that captures allergens in the air and traps them in the bin, leaving behind air that is apparently purer than what we breathe.
For a cleaner to be considered 2-in-1, it has to be able to serve as both a handheld vacuum and a stick vacuum cleaner, not simultaneously of course.
Now all the models of the V8 are able to do this so we can conclusively say that they are all 2-in-1 vacuum cleaners.
On the other hand, the V7 comes in 2 mini-lines of vacuum cleaners: the stick vacuum cleaners and the handheld vacuum cleaners.
All the models in the V7’s line of stick cleaners are 2-in1 cleaners as they can serve as either a handheld cleaner or a stick cleaner.
As for the handheld line, we’ll talk about that soon. So yes, we can say that the V7 and the V8 have this in common. And it is pretty easy to switch between stick and handheld.
To use the cleaner as a stick vacuum cleaner, you’ll need to attach the body (vacuum wand) to the connection point on the head then attach the appropriate cleaning tool to the wand.
If, however, you need the cleaner to be a handheld, you’ll attach the appropriate cleaning tool directly to the connection point on the head.
The Dyson V7 and the Dyson V8 come with 1 docking station each. The docking station is basically a wall mount with 3 pockets.
There is a large pocket that houses the cleaner itself and then there are 2 smaller pockets that can house two cleaning tools.
You can charge either of the cleaners in storage. However, the docking station has to be positioned close to an electric socket so that you can plug the charger to the socket and then pass it through the docking station to charge the cleaner. Pretty convenient!
6. The Cleaning Tools
Direct Drive Cleaner Head
This is kinda like the principal tool for both cleaners. It is pretty lightweight and portable and should be able to fit into certain small spaces including staircases.
Furthermore, the direct drive is a good tool on carpets and certain other floor coverings as it digs in well to dislodge dirt. However, it doesn’t do so well on hardwood floors or even just bare floors.
Also, the direct drive is not the best tool at picking up large debris. It effectively picks up dust and sand, however, cereal might prove quite a challenge.
Although, we do have to point out that the V8 does a slightly better job than the V7.
It is, however, important to note that the direct drive cleaner head on the V8 has 150% more brush bar power than the Dyson V6.
This is 75% more than what the V7 offers seeing as the V7 has 75% more brush bar power than the V6.
This tool comes with all the Dyson V8 modes and all the models in Dyson V7’s stick line of vacuum cleaners.
This tool is basically a combination (for want of a better word) of 2 cleaning tools: a small brush and an equally small nozzle. You basically just need to slide up the tool you want to use and slide it back down when you’re done.
The combination tool is one tool that comes with all the models of both the Dyson V7 and the Dyson V8.
This is another nozzle like tool. However, this one is designed such that it kind of has a pointed mouth. The reason for this is so that it can penetrate into corners and crevices.
Furthermore, just like the combination tool, the crevice tool is not a motorized tool, so it does not reduce the amount of run time available to you.
Also, the crevice tool is another tool that comes with all the models of both the Dyson V7 and the Dyson V8.
The mini-motorized tool is kinda like a miniature direct drive tool. However, its basic purpose is to collect hair; pet hair, human hair and even yarn.
The mini-motorized tool should also be good for dislodging ground-in dirt. However, this tool doesn’t come with the Motorhead model of both the V7 and the V8.
This one is a bigger dusting brush than what you have on the combination tool and its bristles are softer.
The dusting brush is what you’ll use for light dusting and on somewhat delicate surfaces like keyboards and screens.
The dusting brush is another exclusive tool that doesn’t come with the Motorhead Model of either the V7 or the V8.
It also doesn’t come with any of the models in the V7’s line of handheld cleaners.
Soft Roller Cleaner Head
We’ve already pointed out that the direct drive cleaner head is not awesome at picking up large debris. This is the basic reason why the soft roller cleaner head is in existence.
This tool does the job of picking up large debris and is also great on hardwood or bare floors. However, this tool only comes with the Absolute model of both the V7 and the V8.
A Dyson V7 Demonstration Video — Dyson V7 Vs Dyson V8
Dyson V7 Vs Dyson V8 – Unique Features
Both the V7 and the V8 come with 1 rechargeable battery each that is not easily replaceable. By easily replaceable we mean something you can remove without tools.
Anyway, the basic difference between the battery of the V7 and that of the V8 is the run time that both afford.
With the Dyson V7, you get 30 minutes of run time without any of the motorized tools.
Throw in a motorized tool and you have about 20 minutes. Additionally, if you are using the cleaner on max mode, you get just 6 minutes of battery time.
On the other hand, the Dyson V8 affords you 40 minutes of run time without a motorized tool.
Throw in a motorized tool and you’re looking at about half an hour. If you then decide to use the cleaner on max mode you get about 8 minutes of run time.
Additionally, probably as a result of the run time that each cleaner affords, there’s a 30 minute charging time difference between the V7 and the V8.
So, the Dyson V7 requires a 3 hour 30 minute charge time vs the Dyson V8 which requires a 4 hour charge time.
2. Handheld Models
Earlier, we mentioned that unlike the Dyson V8, the Dyson V7 offers 2 distinct lines of vacuum cleaners.
There is the stick line that can function as either a regular stick cleaner or a regular handheld cleaner. Then there is the handheld line.
All the models in the handheld line of Dyson V7 cleaners cannot be anything but handheld cleaners. They come with basically all the accessories that the stick line does except the vacuum wand and both large cleaner heads (the Direct drive and the soft roller).
However, this handheld line does come with some tools that are specific to the line.
For instance, the Car + Boat Handheld model comes with an extension hose for reaching into difficult to reach areas in your car.
It also comes with a car charger so that you can charge the cleaner on the go.
Fun fact: In the entire V series of vacuum cleaners, just the V6 and the V7 have a line of handheld vacuum cleaners. Who knows? Dyson might decide to add this line to the later series.
Unique Pros — Dyson V7 Vs Dyson V8
Pros Of The Dyson V7
- The Dyson V7 is more affordable vs the Dyson V8.
- Also, the Dyson V7 weighs slightly less vs the Dyson V8. This becomes a bit apparent when you have to lift the cleaner to clean ceilings or even walls.
- We also like that the V7 offers a wide range of cleaner options with its stick and handheld lines of cleaners.
Pros Of The Dyson V8
- First off, the Dyson V8 offers a longer run time vs the Dyson V7. However, you should know that this increase comes with an equal increase in charge time.
- Furthermore, the Dyson V8 offers 75% more brush bar power than the Dyson V7. This naturally translates into better penetration into carpets to dislodge dirt.
- Also, with the Dyson V8, you have a bit more suction power as it offers 115 Airwatts of suction on the max mode vs the Dyson V7’s 100 Airwatts.
A Dyson V8 Demonstration Video — Dyson V7 Vs Dyson V8
Unique Cons — Dyson V7 Vs Dyson V8
Cons Of The Dyson V7
- While the Dyson V7 is a good enough cleaner, it doesn’t offer as much brush bar and suction power as the Dyson V8.
Cons Of The Dyson V8
- The Dyson V8 costs a bit more than the Dyson V7. However, with the modifications that the V8 has, we can see why there is a difference in price.
Common Pros — Dyson V7 Vs Dyson V8
|Storage||The Dyson V7 comes with a docking station for proper storage of the equipment. The docking station also affords convenient charging for the equipment.||Same as the Dyson V7.|
|Flexible||The Dyson V7 has a line of stick cleaners that can work as what they are or as handheld cleaners. Also, switching between kinds is pretty easy.||Same as the Dyson V7. However, the V8 comes in only the stick models.|
|Cordless||The V7 is a rechargeable cleaner and so does not come with a cord. Hence, you need not bother about what to plug it to. You can basically just pack it up and move anywhere to clean.||Same as the Dyson V7.|
|Plethora Of Cleaning Tools||This cleaner comes with a variety of cleaning tools that are for different functions and different surfaces. In fact, the tools come in such a way that one tool kinda makes up for the seeming deficiency of another tool.||Same as the Dyson V7.|
Common Cons — Dyson V7 Vs Dyson V8
|Run Time||The Dyson V7 runs for a maximum of 30 minutes and that is only if you are not using a motorized tool. With a motorized tool, you have only 20 minutes of running time. Now, while this might be OK for small houses or individual rooms, the time might not be sufficient for a more intensive cleaning.||Same as the Dyson V7. However, the V8 does offer 10 minutes more of run time.|
|Charging Time||Compared to the run time it affords, 3 hours and 30 minutes is a bit long for the cleaner to charge.||Same as the V7. However, the V8 needs 30 minutes more of charge time.|
|Power||To get the V7 running, you’ll need to consistently hold down the power button. Now, consider having to hold down a button consistently for about 20 minutes and you should get the gist.||Same as the V7.|
What People Are Saying About Both — Dyson V7 Vs Dyson V8
|It looks to us like people are satisfied with how the Dyson V7 works. Granted the direct drive cleaner head isn’t the best for large debris. However, there is a compensation with the soft roller cleaner head. If you get the Absolute version, that is. Furthermore, the line of handheld cleaners seems to be a popular choice for people who already have a stick cleaner. It is more affordable and pretty portable.||People also seem to be really satisfied with the Dyson V8. In fact, the fact that it offers 75% more brush bar power than the V7 suggests that the brush bars do a better job than the V7. So, we can see what people see. People also like that there was an effort on this cleaner to offer more run time.|
|However, the run time seems to be getting to some people. Especially seeing as the cleaner has to be charged for 3 hours and 30 minutes.||However, that the effort comes at an increase in the charge time isn’t exactly making many people happy. Especially seeing as the run time increase is just 10 minutes.|
Our Take — Dyson V7 Vs Dyson V8
|It is our honest opinion that the Dyson V7 is a good vacuum cleaner. There is enough diversity, ranging from the stick line to the handheld line that you should find something to cater to practically any of your home cleaning needs.||We also believe in the effectiveness of the Dyson V8. Especially seeing as there is an increase in the brush bar and suction power. And of course, we laud the increase in run time.|
|We agree with anybody that says the run time might not be sufficient. However, if you are willing to look past this and wait for the cleaner to get charged, you can get the Dyson V7 here now.||Granted, the Dyson V8 costs a bit more than the V7. However, with the improvements that are on this one, we advise that you consider getting the V8. Especially if your budget isn’t so tight.|