Dyson V7 Absolute vs Animal vs Motorhead vs HEPA

dyson v7 absolute vs animal vs motorhead vs hepa


The Dyson V7 is a well-rounded vacuum that is highly maneuverable thanks to its cordless and lightweight design. Despite this, it is still a very powerful model that can perform on a range of surfaces. For those looking to get a Dyson V series stick vacuum but don’t want to spend too much, the V7 is a great option as it is at the bottom of the range but still performs. In this article, we will explain the differences between the four versions of the Dyson V7, the Absolute vs Animal vs Motorhead vs HEPA.

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Dyson V7

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The Dyson V7 is the budget option of the V series that is still being manufactured as the V6 has been discontinued. For a cheaper price, you can get a high-quality cordless stick vacuum that still has some respectable cleaning power. Although the specs are behind when it compares to some of the more recent models, the V7 is still a very capable vacuum that can perform to a high standard in most situations.

The Dyson V7 digital motor provides the cleaning power of the vacuum. This motor spins up to 110,000 a minute and generates 100 airwatts. Whilst this isn’t the most powerful vacuum, it still doesn’t struggler to clean dirt and dust on both hard floors and carpets. Yes, there may be the occasional situation where a more powerful motor does a better job, but in general, users will have little issues. There are two cleaning modes; Max and Powerful. The battery typically lasts for 30 minutes on a single charge and takes 3.5 hours to clean. It should be noted that if the Max mode is used the battery will drain more quickly.

As the Dyson is such a lightweight vacuum, just weighing 5.45 lbs, it is highly maneuverable. This allows for quickly moving around the home and the ability to clean on surfaces other than the floor. The dustbin on all versions of the V7 is 0.4 litres. There are also many included accessories and tools that are designed for cleaning on multiple surfaces and situations, such as upholstery or in corners. The differences in these accessories are how the versions differ from each other. Many of the accessories are shared by each version including:

  1. Wand
  2. Charge
  3. Wall Mount
  4. Direct Drive Brushroll
  5. Combination Tool
  6. Crevice Tool

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  • Cord free; Hassle free; Powerful suction
  • Up to 30 minute's run time when using a non-motorized...
  • Lightweight and versatile, for easy home cleaning....

Differences of Dyson V7 Absolute vs Animal vs Motorhead vs HEPA

In this section, we will explain the differences between the Dyson V7 Absolute, Animal, Motorhead, and HEPA.

Cleaning Heads

The main difference between each version of the Dyson is the cleaning heads that come with them. Here is a rundown of what each version comes with:

  • Absolute: Direct Drive cleaning head, Fluffy cleaning head, Mini dusting brush, and Mini motorize brush roll.
  • Animal: Direct Drive cleaning head, Mini dusting brush, and Mini motorized brush roll.
  • Motorhead: Direct Drive cleaning head.
  • HEPA: Direct Drive cleaning head.

As you can see the Absolute is the most complete version as it contains the most heads. Here is a quick overview of what each cleaning is designed for:

  • Fluffy cleaning head: hard floors.
  • Mini dusting brush: dust.
  • Mini motorized brush roll: hairs and ground-in dirt.
  • Direct drive cleaning head: dirt on floors.

We have covered the differences between the main versions of the V8 and versions of the V10 in another article as well. They are mostly similar across each Dyson V model.


The Dyson V7 Animal and HEPA versions come with a HEPA filter. This captures the smallest particles down to the size of 0.3 microns, including pollens, tobacco smoke, and pet dander. In the newer models, the V8, V10, and V11, every version has a HEPA filter.

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The price varies for each version of the V7 as some come with more cleaning heads. For example, Absolute comes with the most and therefore costs the most. It should be noted that you can buy these attachments later on if you wish.

Final Word

Each version of the Dyson V7 has the same vacuum at its core. The real differences between the Absolute, Animal, Motorhead, and HEPA come from the cleaning heads and accessories that come included. Objectively, the Absolute is the most complete product as it has the most cleaning heads, although it doesn’t have a HEPA filter. The answer to finding the best version for you is to check out the accessories and see which combination would suit your home best. If you have no hard floors, getting the Absolute would be pointless as the main selling point of it is the fluffy cleaning head. If you’re not sure then start small and you can purchase the accessories separately later one.

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Rupert Pople

Rupert is the founder of this website and a smart home tech enthusiast fascinated by the power of connected devices. Within his Business Management (BSc) degree at the University of Nottingham, he studied the technological impact of the Internet of Things.

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