Before we discuss the similarities and differences between these cleaners, here are a few things you need to know. Dyson has a number of different cleaners referred to as series.
The two cleaners in this comparison review are members of the same series. Other members include the V6 which is the oldest and the most recent which is the V10.
It is normal for you to think that the V7 came before the V8, seeing as the number 7 comes before the number 8. However, Dyson launched the V8 first before the V7 as a kind of middle ground between the V6 and the V8.
Furthermore, all the vacuum cleaners in the V series (V6, V7, V8, and V10) are actually series in themselves. Hence, they all come in models that generally differ in the number or type of tools they come with.
Also, the V7 and the V6 come with an extra feature that we’ll discuss later in this article, keep scrolling.
What Are The Interesting Features Of Dyson V7 vs V8?
The interesting features of Dyson V7 vs V8 are:
1. Dyson V8 is slightly bigger, offers more run time, and has stronger suction power than V7.
2. V8 needs 30 minutes more charging time than the V7.
3. Both cleaners have the exact same number and types of cleaner heads.
4. They have a HEPA filtration system.
However, because the V7 is designed to be more budget-friendly, it is not as sophisticated as the V8.
Price/Value Ratio — Dyson V7 vs Dyson V8
Which offers more value for money: Dyson V7 vs V8?
Dyson V8 offers more value for money than the V7. This is because it has more run time, brush bar and suction power on MAX mode.
However, the V8 is more expensive than the V7 for obvious reasons.
Comparison Table — Dyson V7 vs 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.|
Video: Dyson V7 vs V8
This video will show you the outstanding features of the Dyson V7 vs V8.
Which Is Better: Dyson V7 vs Dyson V8?
Dyson V8 is better than V7 because it gives you extra brush bar and suction power. It also has more run time, but you will have to pay more.
If you are on a budget and want to save a few bucks, we recommend the V7. It comes with all the cleaning tools like the V8 and does a good job.
Also, if you want to get just a handheld vacuum probably as an accompanying cleaner, consider getting the V7.
What Are The Common Features Of Dyson V7 And V8?
The common features of Dyson V7 and V8 are:
2. The head.
3. The dustbin.
4. 2-in-1 cleaner.
6. Cleaning tools.
What is the structure of Dyson V7 and V8?
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). Additionally, their similar components are in the exact same positions in both cleaners.
Remember we told you that Dyson V7 and the Dyson V8 come in models. Well, the models are color-coded so that you can tell at a glance the vacuum model. So, the color code that is used on the V7 is also used on the V8.
Hence, if we were to go by looks and the way different components are positioned, both cleaners are practically the same.
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.
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 use 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. So, to get and keep the cleaner running, you’ll have to press down the button consistently. This is designed this way to preserve battery life.
Since the cleaner 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.
On the top of the head, you’ll notice a slide button otherwise called the mode button. Both cleaners operate in two modes: the standard mode and the MAX mode. Using any of the cleaners on the standard mode offers you moderate suction and the normal run time.
However, operating both cleaners on MAX mode reduces your run time but increases suction. The suction you get with any 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. This depends on the type of cleaning you are doing.
3. The Dustbin
Both vacuum cleaners swapped out the regular waste bag for a more portable waste bin. The dustbin is located on the head and has a carrying capacity of 0.5 liters.
This might be enough to collect the debris from one room. If you are cleaning the whole house, you’ll be making frequent trips to dispose of the content of the dustbin.
Furthermore, cleaning up the bin is pretty easy. All you have to do is pull up a lever and the dustbin opens up at the bottom, dislodging its content.
Unlike the older series, Dyson V7 and V8 have a sanitary method of dislodging the debris such that you don’t have to remove debris out of the bin with your fingers.
We should also mention that with the Absolute model of both cleaners, you get a dustbin 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.
4. 2-In-1 Cleaner
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.
All the models of the V8 and V7 are able to do this so we can conclusively say that they are all 2-in-1 vacuum cleaners. That is, they can serve as either a handheld cleaner or a stick cleaner and it is easy to switch between them.
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.
However, if you need the cleaner to be a handheld, you’ll attach the appropriate cleaning tool directly to the connection point on the head.
How many docking stations do Dyson V7 and V8 have?
Dyson V7 and V8 have 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 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.
6. The Cleaning Tools
What are the cleaning tools found in Dyson V7 and V8?
The following are the cleaning tools found in Dyson V7 and V8:
1. Direct drive cleaner head.
2. Combination tool.
3. Crevice tool.
4. Mini-motorized tool.
5. Dusting brush.
6. Soft roller cleaner head.
Direct Drive Cleaner Head
This is the principal tool for both cleaners. It is lightweight, portable, and should be able to fit into certain small spaces including staircases.
Also, the direct drive is a good cleaning tool on carpets and some other floor coverings as it digs in well to dislodge dirt. However, it doesn’t do so well on hardwood floors or bare floors.
In addition, the direct drive is not the best tool for picking up large debris. It effectively picks up dust and sand, however, cereal might prove quite a challenge.
It is important to note here 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 cleaning tool comes with all the Dyson V8 models and all the models in the Dyson V7 stick line.
This tool is basically a combination 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 vacuums.
This is another nozzle like cleaning tool. However, it is designed such that it has a pointed mouth. The reason for this is so that it can penetrate into corners and crevices.
And 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.
The crevice tool comes with all the models of both the Dyson V7 and V8.
The mini-motorized tool is like a miniature direct drive tool. However, its basic purpose is to collect hair; pet hair, human hair, and even yarn.
It is also good for dislodging ground-in dirt. However, this tool doesn’t come with the Motorhead model of both the V7 and the V8.
This cleaning tool 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 delicate surfaces like keyboards and screens. It is an exclusive tool that doesn’t come with the Motorhead model of either the V7, V8, or 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 the V7 and the V8.
Video: Dyson V7 Cord-free Vacuums
Watch this video for more on the functionality of the Dyson V7 vacuum cleaner.
What Are The Unique Features Of Dyson V7 And V8?
The unique features of Dyson V7 and V8 are:
2. Handheld models.
What are the differences between Dyson V7 and V8 battery?
The differences between Dyson V7 and V8 battery are:
1. Dyson V7 gives you 30 minutes of run time without any of the motorized tools. When using a motorized tool, you have about 20 minutes and 6 minutes battery life if used on MAX mode.
2. Dyson V8 gives you 40 minutes of run time without a motorized tool and about half an hour with a motorized tool. If you then decide to use the cleaner on MAX mode, you get about 8 minutes run time.
Both cleaners come with 1 rechargeable battery each that is not easily replaceable. Additionally, there’s a 30 minute charging time difference between them probably as a result of the run time that each cleaner affords.
Dyson V7 requires a 3 hour 30 minutes charge time while the V8 requires a 4 hour charge time.
2. Handheld Models
Earlier, we mentioned that unlike the Dyson V8, the V7 cleaner offers 2 distinct lines of vacuum cleaners. They include a stick line that can function as either a regular stick cleaner or a regular handheld cleaner and 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 comes with except the vacuum wand and the large cleaner heads (the Direct drive and the soft roller).
However, the handheld line come with some tools that are specific to the line. For example, 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.
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What Are The Unique Pros Of Dyson V7?
The unique pros of Dyson V7 are:
1. It is more affordable than the Dyson V8.
2. It weighs slightly less than the V8. This becomes a bit apparent when you have to lift the cleaner to clean ceilings or walls.
3. It offers a wide range of cleaning options with its stick and handheld lines of cleaners.
What Are The Unique Pros Of The Dyson V8?
The unique pros of Dyson V8 are:
1. It offers a longer run time than the Dyson V7. However, you should know that this increase comes with an increase in charge time.
2. It offers 75% more brush bar power than the V7. This naturally translates into better penetration into carpets to dislodge dirt.
3. With the V8, you have more suction power as it gives 115 Airwatts of suction on the MAX mode than the 100 Airwatts suction power of the V7.
Video: Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This video will show you a demonstration of the Dyson V8 vacuum cleaner.
What Is The Unique Con Of Dyson V7?
- Dyson V7 doesn’t offer as much brush bar and suction power as the V8.
What Is The Unique Con Of The Dyson V8?
- Dyson V8 is more expensive 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 V8
|Storage||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 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 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 Dyson V7 And 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 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.|
What We Think About Dyson V7 And 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.|
Dyson V7 vs Dyson V8 – Related FAQs
Are Dyson V7 And V8 Accessories Interchangeable?
Dyson V7 and V8 accessories are interchangeable. They can either be used as a stick or a handheld vacuum depending on the surface to be cleaned and type of debris. The stick mode is used to clean crevices, walls, and ceilings. The handheld mode, on the other hand, is used to clean floors, car seats, and furniture.
The 2-in-1 cleaning feature of these models is designed by Dyson for all V-series vacuums.
So, their attachments can fit into all models, whether canister, handheld, and upright or stick vacuums. However, older models may need adapters for some cleaning accessories.
Is Dyson V7 Any Good?
Dyson V7 is good compared to other models. Here are some of its advantages:
- It is cheaper than Dyson V6, V8, V10, and V11 models. Hence, it is budget-friendly.
- It is light compared to other stick or upright vacuum models. At 5.3 pounds, the V7 cleans areas above the floor better.
- Its cleaning performance is above-average and so measures up with V8 and other models. It only differs in power when used for deep cleaning (V7 is slightly downgraded when used in this mode compared to other models).
- It comes with a more hygienic dustbin. This makes it a lot easier to dispose of its contents or dirt without soiling your hands.
Is Dyson V8 worth it?
Dyson V8 is worth its price. It offers a good battery life and cleaning power at a relatively affordable price. This model is a great option for users who want more features not found in lower-end vacuums.
Dyson V8 cleaners’ shaft comes in 2 colors: Iron and yellow. They can clean all types of floors. You can use the soft woven nylon fiber cleaning head to clean up debris on hardwood floors. On carpets, it uses its direct drive cleaning tool to dig deep, extracting hair, dirt, and other debris.
Other exceptional features of this cleaner include an inbuilt battery, HEPA filter, and its ability to serve as a stick or handheld vacuum.
What Is The Difference Between Dyson V8 Animal And Absolute?
The difference between Dyson V8 Animal and Absolute vacuums is that the V8 Animal has great suction power that can eliminate pet hairs. On the other hand, V8 Absolute has a soft roller cleaner head that cleans floors gently. As a result, they are perfect if you are cleaning hard floors.
Apart from these differences, both models have similar features and are better than the older models previously launched. It is advisable you choose a model that suits your cleaning needs and floors.
Which Is Better For Household Needs: Dyson V8 Animal Or Absolute?
Dyson V8 Animal is better for household needs than V8 Absolute. But this is if you have pets in your home that will shed hair and fur often. It has the capacity to remove pet hair and ground-in dirt or debris from your carpet.
Also, it can clean up any type of household mess which is common in homes with kids. So, you will not have to worry about your kids running around.
However, if your home floor is hard such as tiles or floorboards, consider getting the V8 Absolute. It cleans up small particles and large debris as well as guaranteeing a gentle and softer cleaning.
What Are The Different Dyson Cleaning Attachments Used For?
Dusting brush. It is a round cleaning tool with soft, long bristles. It is used to whisk bookcases, blinds, framed art, lampshades, and window sills.
Crevice tool. This cleaning attachment is used to clean hidden corners and crevices such as spaces between couches, along baseboards, around radiators or vents, refrigerator coils, and inner workings of a dryer.
Extension wand. This attachment is used for deep cleaning from ground level. It gives you a far reach and removes dust hanging from high ceilings, corners, or behind appliances.
Upholstery tool. This cleaning attachment sometimes has a fabric strip that catches lint. It can be used to remove dust from chairs, cushions, sofas, and mattresses.