Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Last updated date: March 29, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.2

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We looked at the top 1 Stick Vacuums and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, New York Times Wirecutter, Wired, Consumer Reports, Vacuum Cleaner Advisor, Trusted Reviews, Tech Radar and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Stick Vacuum you should buy.

Overall Take

This stick vacuum's battery charges in under an hour and runs for up to 30 minutes on some modes. Its motor is relatively quiet, efficient and tough enough to tackle any surface in small to medium-sized homes. For allergy sufferers, the easy-to-empty canister is also a plus. In our analysis of 72 expert reviews, the Dyson Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 9, 2019:
Checkout The Best Stick Vacuum for a detailed review of all the top stick vacuums.

Expert Summarized Score
8.5
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
246 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Snap on extra parts easily for a full customized house cleanse. Comes with a HEPA filter to reduce allergies. Cord-free. Up to 30 minutes' run time. We love that it's one of the few vacuums described as fun to use.
- BestReviews
The V7 Motorhead is particularly good at getting dust and hair out of carpets, compared with most other cordless models. It works well on bare floors, too. The battery can last 28 minutes with the cleaning head attached, which is plenty for most apartments or townhouses, and even a lot of single-family houses if you work fast. It can also convert into a handheld vacuum, and comes with two snap-on tools.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The efficiencies and flexibility built into the V7, therefore, are top-notch. The V7 comes with a wall mount that not only stores and charges the vacuum, but also efficiently manages the modular tools. The wall mount plugs into a standard, nearby electric outlet, and charges the vacuum in less than an hour.
- Wired
June 18, 2017 | Full review
Great for small to medium sized homes with bare floor and carpet. Easier to empty compared than the Dyson V6
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
December 3, 2018 | Full review
The Dyson V7 rated Excellent overall. This cordless model solidifies Dyson's domination in our lightweight stick vac category. It received top scores for our carpet, bare floor, edge cleaning and pet hair tests although it did not prevent small particles from being released into the air when vacuuming. It features a max mode that runs for 7.5 minutes on a full battery charge and converts to a hand vac.
- Consumer Reports
This vacuum is fairly powerful for its size. Easy-to-empty dust canister.
- Vacuum Cleaner Advisor
January 19, 2018 | Full review
Great cleaning on any type of flooring, light, well balanced and quiet.
- Trusted Reviews
November 20, 2018 | Full review
Lightweight, and great for pet hair.
- Tech Radar
July 6, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Simple to charge, but battery life may not last as long as other models.
- BestReviews
The V7 is a very expensive vacuum. But if you want a cordless vacuum that can clean your whole home as thoroughly as a good plug-in model, this is how much it costs.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The small faults I found with the V7 Motorhead had more to do with the tradeoffs Dyson made to create a flexible product. For example, due to its smaller size, it took longer to vacuum the floor with the V7 compared to a standard upright vacuum. And because it's larger than a typical handheld, its wall mount takes up more space, making it tricky to find a convenient mounting spot that's out of the way, easily accessible, and near an electric outlet.
- Wired
June 18, 2017 | Full review
Small dirt bin and expensive.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
December 3, 2018 | Full review
Dirt bin is exceptionally small compared. It does not have a brush on/off switch and is not self-standing.
- Consumer Reports
Some feel the run time is insufficient. It doesn’t deep clean like a full size vacuum and struggles with large debris on bare surfaces.
- Vacuum Cleaner Advisor
January 19, 2018 | Full review
Brilliance doesn't come cheap.
- Trusted Reviews
November 20, 2018 | Full review
Watch out for the cloud of dust when emptying.
- Tech Radar
July 6, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Dyson V7 Moorhead cord-free vacuum has 75 percent more brush bar power than the Dyson V6 cord-free vacuum. Engineered for all floor types, the direct-drive cleaner head drives bristles into the carpet to remove ground-in dirt. The Dyson V7 Moorhead cord-free vacuum quickly transforms to a handheld for quick clean UPS, spot cleaning and cleaning difficult places. Cleans hard floors with extra power for carpets. With 2 additional tools. Up to 30 minutes of powerful fade-free suction. Trigger releases instantly. Battery power is only used for cleaning. The direct-drive cleaner head drives bristles deep into the carpet to remove ground-in dirt. It has 75Percent more brush bar power than the Dyson V6 cord-free vacuum. Transforms to a handheld for beyond the floor cleaning. Hygienic dirt ejector empties dust from the bin in a single action. 2 tier radial tm cyclones - 15 cyclones, arranged across two tiers, work in parallel to increase airflow and capture fine dust. Max power mode provides up to 6 minutes of higher suction for more difficult tasks. Balanced for cleaning up top, down below and in between. All Dyson cordless vacuums quickly convert to a handheld for quick clean UPS, spot cleaning and cleaning difficult places. Convenient docking station stores and charges the machine, and holds additional attachments. So it's always ready to go. Dyson received the highest numerical score among stick vacuums in the J.D. Power 2017 Vacuum Satisfaction Study, based on 6,965 total responses from 7 companies measuring the opinions of consumers who purchased a stick vacuum in the previous 12 months surveyed in February-March 2017. Your experiences may vary. Do not use to pick up flammable or combustible liquids, such as gasoline, or use in areas where they or their vapors may be present.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Shark IONFlex DuoClean Ultra-Light Cordless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 6
2. Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
5. Bissell Featherweight Stick Bagless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Hoover Impulse Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Eureka Blaze Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Dyson V10 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 8
9. Bissell PowerEdge Stick Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
10. VonHaus Corded Lightweight Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Stick Vacuums

As hardwood floors become increasingly sought after in American homes, the stick vacuum has emerged as the cleaning solution of choice for many. A slimmed-down sister of the old upright vacuum, it does the hard work of tidying up floors without that bulky bag or the bulky profile. The first stick vacuums could store easily in even the smallest closet, and while they couldn’t boast the pickup power of the big uprights, they worked just fine for tile or hardwood. They could also handle tiny crevices and corners with greater agility.

Vacuum technology has come a long way in the last couple of decades, to the point where the best stick vacuums are perfectly capable of picking up dirt from just about any surface — rugs, carpets or upholstery.  Most models now can toggle between modes for cleaning carpets or bare floors. The main difference is typically a stiff-bristled rotating brush, which helps loosen deep-seated carpet dirt. On wood floors, it not only scatters that same dirt but can sometimes harm sensitive surfaces, so choose your setting accordingly.

The initial draw of the stick vacuum — portability — has likewise improved. Even budget models like the Hoover Linx are now cordless, allowing you to the freedom to clean floors, ceilings or patios without worrying where the plug is. Battery life is always a concern, but just mount it for a recharge and you’re ready to go again.

Many modern stick vacuums don’t even need to be confined to the house, thanks to their modular sensibility. Vacuums like the Shark IONFlex DuoClean are light enough in their normal configuration, but you can also detach the vacuum from the floor cleaner. Snap on one of a series of attachments, and you’ve got an effective handheld cleaner that can tackle car interiors or other tough-to-reach areas.

Finally, one of the same things that make stick vacuums so sleek also makes it more sanitary. Instead of the bag container of the classic upright vacuum, stick vacuums trap the dirt they capture in a cup – typically near the handle at the top. This container isn’t as roomy as that of an upright vacuum, meaning you’ll need to empty it more often. But when you do, it will generally mean less mess. Some vacuums double down on that cleanliness with a HEPA filter that traps tiny particles and allergens, but the thickness of that filter can reduce suction power in budget models.

Review Melt Fun Fact

The concept of vacuum cleaners has been around since the late 1800s, but the efforts of early inventors were more trouble than they were worth. Daniel Hess’ initial patent for a “carpet-sweeper” involved the use of a manually-operated bellows to create suction, so it’s no surprise that one may never have been created.

The advent of gasoline power didn’t do much to improve the concept. In 1898, John S. Thurman created a “pneumatic carpet renovator” that used a gas engine to blow (not suck) dirt into a large receptacle. The drawback? It had to be carted around in a horse-drawn carriage, with tubes that snaked into a house through the windows or doors. Believe it or not, Thurman actually did have some takers for his offer of house cleaning calls at $4 a pop.

The world’s smallest vacuum cleaner? As of December 2018, that honor goes to Talabathula Sai of India. He created a working 2.13-inch vacuum cleaner using a pen cap, 12-volt battery and a DC motor. We’re not sure what it cleans, but it sounds like it would be perfect for Barbie’s dream house.

The Stick Vacuum Buying Guide

  • The number one concern for anyone buying a vacuum, stick or otherwise, is going to be suction. It’s a difficult thing to quantify, as there’s still no generally accepted measurement of vacuum effectiveness. Not to mention, the fact that suction isn’t consistent even on the best vacuums. It can vary with the type of surface being cleaned, how full the dirt container is or how often the filter has been cleaned. That said, Dyson’s cyclonic filtration innovation has improved vacuum efficiency dramatically by eliminating the filter, and models using that system can be counted on for quality suction. Horsepower is also a good ballpark measurement, and user reviews can be helpful in determining how well a vacuum works and what type of surfaces it handles best.
  • Portability can also be a big concern. Stick vacuums are a favorite in many households primarily because they can maneuver under couches and coffee tables or even into ceiling corners — areas that upright units can’t easily reach. Cordless vacuums can be especially helpful for this, but you’ll want to bear the weight in mind, especially for older users.
  • If you’re choosing a cordless vacuum, research the battery life. The batteries on these vacuums are typically rechargeable, but larger houses may need more than one charge to get the job done. Models like the Shark IONFlex DuoClean have a removable battery, and you can even upgrade to a spare one that can be recharged while you run the original.
  • Depending on what you plan to use it for, attachments can make all the difference. Stick vacuums are versatile to begin with, but many have the added bonus of detaching from the floor cleaner and transforming into a handheld device. From there, you can pop on attachments like brushes or crevice tools to tackle upholstery, car seats or fan blades — if those extras are available for your vacuum.
  • Allergy sufferers are going to want effective suction (and maybe a HEPA filter for severe cases), but they will also want to make sure all those particles and dirt can be emptied out without getting it all over their hands. In that case, look for a detachable cup that can be easily cleaned, or a container like the Dyson V7’s that can be emptied without even touching the lid. Container capacity can be another big plus, ensuring that it won’t need to be emptied as often.
  • You and your floors may love a vacuum with a lot of horsepower, but your sleeping child may not. Some vacuums are definitely louder than others, so if you have sensitive roommates or children, do your research.