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By Lauren Quan |
September 2020 |
Dyson V7 Motorhead, is it Worth to Buy?
Fifteen years ago, Dyson became the primary manufacturer of upright and bag-less vacuum cleaners. It was a sensation in the vacuum cleaning market given the many years consumers had to grapple with clogged vacuum cleaners. Now they could buy colorful vacuum cleaners with a modern design and without using the typical throw-away bag.
Since then, Dyson's inventions have permeated the mainstream market, producing vacuum cleaners and smart hand dryers, air purifiers, and hair dryers. Each invention introduces more intelligent features to enhance the consumer’s convenience. The V7 product line is Dyson's latest line of cord-free vacuums designed as a hybrid between handheld and upright vacuums. It comes with a handful of modular parts to allow you to clean different surfaces, including the carpet, car, couch, and hard-to-reach areas.
Additional facts about Dyson’s products:
Dyson releases a new V model every year with improved battery life and suction
Each V model is assigned a different name referring to the types of accessories available
The motorhead variant marks the entry-level vacuum for each product line and comes with only one all-purpose head
The Animal variant is the mid-level vacuum cleaner. It also has an all-purpose head, which is slightly better than that of the Motorhead, and it comes with a mini motorized tool for cleaning the stairs
The Absolute variant has all the accessories and rollers from the Animal variant as well as a soft Roller designed for cleaning hard floors
The V7 product line, for example, comprises three models: the Motorhead, Absolute, and the Animal. For this review, we look at the V7 Motorhead model.
Dyson V7 Motorhead
Weighing a little more than 2kg, the V7 Motorhead is the lightest of Dyson’s V7 product line. Despite its lightweight nature, the device is equipped with two-tier radial cyclones and 100 watts of power, producing a strong suction to remove the smallest dust particles from surfaces. Tests show the V7 Motorhead sucks out more pet hair and dust from rugs than comparable vacuums from other brands. The effect is evident on thicker and denser rugs.
What’s more, the V7 Motorhead has two power modes that allow you to tailor it to the ideal setting, whether you are cleaning soft or hard surfaces. Besides its multi-functional power mode, it is incredibly versatile, thanks to its detachable construction. You can detach its arm to convert it to a small handheld device for cleaning tight spots and remove the head to remove cobwebs and dirt from corners.
The V7 Motorhead uses a lithium-ion battery that attains a full charge within 3.5 hours. Charging it is relatively easy as vacuum comes with a wall-mounted docking station that also doubles up as a storage unit.
A full charge provides a run-time of 30 minutes, which is more than enough time to clean around small apartments. However, if the max mode is turned on, the battery's run time reduces to 7 minutes. Also, buyers with larger homes or who need to remove lots of pet hair get a shorter run time.
Dyson has undoubtedly improved this model’s suction allowing deeper cleans. Once the vacuum sucks up the dirt, its two-tier radial cyclone filtration system sorts through the debris, helping the device store it more efficiently.
The V7 Motorhead has a similar design as the previous Dyson V6 model but features a few upgrades. First, it is equipped with a new release dustbin tab that makes it easy to empty the cleaner.
The tab sits atop the central unit, allowing you to pull it up to lift the bin's interior, forcing it to open the flap at the bottom. Dyson introduced this feature to provide a cleaner method for emptying the bin.
The manufacturer also includes two power modes (low and max) that enable the user to fine-tune the device to the desired power mode before cleaning and a battery life indicator. This is a significant improvement as previous Dyson vacuum cleaners would shut off mid-cleaning, forcing you to wait for another 3.5 hours to resume cleaning.
Another handy design feature about the V7 Motorhead is its new quick-release system used to attach and detach tools from the device. This means you can slide the desired tool in the central unit to enhance function. This mechanism is convenient as you don’t need to use tools to connect the attachments, and it saves time.
The V7 Motorhead cleans soft and hard surfaces relatively well. When tested on low and high pile carpets, the vacuum cleans up 100% of the debris, including kitty litter, sugar, rice, and more. However, you may need to look for a more advanced design to clean hardwood floors as its motorized brush roll flings the debris away.
Since the V7 Motorhead can be used in both handheld and stick configurations, it lends itself more towards the user’s style. When used as a stick vacuum, the floor head can turn 90 degrees, making it easy to turn sharp corners. Users can also slide in one of the smaller tools into the wand to add reach when cleaning aboveground.
When tuned to a handheld configuration, maneuverability is improved. The device feels lighter, allowing you to clean desired spots. What’s more, you can snap the crevice tool to the machine to clean hard-to-reach areas and the combo upholstery tool to clean delicate surfaces.
Ease of Use
Setting up the V7 Motorhead is relatively easy. Once you unbox the vacuum, charge it to a full charge and squeeze the trigger on the unit's handle to start cleaning. It would help if you selected the low power mode to enjoy the 30 minutes of run time, but if you want more oomph out of the system, the max mode should do. Note, the device doesn’t have a power switch; thus, the motor shuts off once you release the trigger.
This Dyson stick vacuum has a capacity of 0.6L, providing plenty of space for storing the dirt collected around your house.
Apart from the upright vacuum and the docking station, the V7 Motorhead comes with a combination tool and a crevice tool for cleaning hard-to-reach surfaces.
A standard noise test shows the V7 Motorhead doesn’t produce as much noise. When a sound meter is used tomeasure noise three inches away, the device comes to a moderate 70 decibels at low power mode which is tolerable.
Difference between Dyson V7 Motorhead and V7 Animal
Being a mid-level variant, the V7 Animal has a few additional features compared to the Motorhead. Here’s a roundup:
The V7 Animal has more attachments than the Motorhead. Apart from the docking station, combo tool, and motorhead included on V7 Motorhead’s package, it also includes a mini motorized tool, a hygienic emptying bin, and a soft dusting brush.
The V7 series has incorporated HEPA filters on only one of its models-the V7 Animal. This means it can trap 99.7% of the particles, including bacteria. The only downside of buying a
vacuum with a HEPA filtration system is that it needs to be cleaned once or twice a month. The V7 Motorhead, on the other hand, still has a filtration system that traps dirt, debris, and allergens, but it may not be as effective as the HEPA system.
Willing to take the plunge? The V7 Animal is a worthy investment, especially if looking for a more versatile vacuum. However, if shopping on a budget, the V7 Motorhead still gives you value for money.
There’s a slight difference in their weight. The V7 Animal weighs 5.28 pounds, and the V7 Motorhead weighs 5.3 pounds. Their dimensions are relatively the same, allowing you to clean awkward spaces.
The V7 Motorhead is a compelling option for homeowners living in small spaces. Its cordless design means you are free to weave it around your carpet, upholstery, and tight corners while its lightweight design and different configuration options take the strain out of cleaning.
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