Blogging is my job, so this post contains sponsored links. However, I bought and paid for the Dyson V7 myself, and all thoughts and feedback are my own
I’d been dying to get a cordless stick vacuum for years.
I’d watch enviously as friends vacuumed nimbly around their homes, sucking up mess and spills, unimpeded by pesky cords.
But, in the back of my mind one question always held me back – are Dyson cordless vacuums worth the cost? We already had a perfectly good Henry Hoover, and there was always something more essential on the list of things to buy.
Then the pandemic happened and I couldn’t take my annual birthday weekend away, so I decided to treat myself to something slightly less exciting, but much more practical, with the money instead.
A Dyson V7 Absolute cordless vacuum cleaner.
I opted for a slightly older model as I could talk myself into forking over £300 (ease of use, saves me time, kids can help out more, perfect to clean up after the puppy, easy to take up and down the stairs, I can clean out the car, etc…) but simply couldn’t justify spending between £400 – £599 for the newer versions.
However, it was still a lot of money to spend, so I did lots of research first, comparing the different brands and models and reading piles of reviews.
The Dyson V7 cordless vacuum had a battery life of 30 minutes, which is a little less than I would have liked, but still long enough to get the whole house vacuumed if I don’t mess about, and totally fine for those sporadic spot cleans (AKA: when the puppy decides to pulverise a box into a thousand mulched-up chunks of cardboard).
Also, this model didn’t have the anti-hair wrap technology, but, on balance, I still felt it was worth losing that feature and the longer battery life for the more pocket friendly price.
When I unpacked the machine I discovered that, besides the main motorhead for carpets, it came with a soft roller cleaner head for hard floors, such as tiles, laminate, and hardwood and engineered wood flooring.
The vacuum itself was really lightweight and so manoeuvrable it almost seemed to have a life of its own! I was so used to pushing the clunky old Hoover around, but this was so smooth and responsive it took me a while to learn how to keep it under control.
The only tiny niggle I had was that I had to keep continuous pressure on the handle to keep the vacuum going (it turns off as soon as you release it), but even that became less of an issue once I got used to it.
Over the next few weeks I tried out all the different attachments that came with the Dyson V7 cordless vacuum. I used the mini-motorhead by removing the long pipe and connecting it directly to the vacuum, creating a small, compact handheld vacuum.
With the corded vacuum the stairs had always been my nemesis. The hose wasn’t long enough to reach the top, so halfway up I’d have to unplug the machine, lug it up to the top, and plug it back in to finish the top stairs.
Now, I could just hold the lightweight machine in one hand and work my way from bottom to top in less than two minutes. The compact head meant I could get into all those fiddly corners and awkward spaces, making it perfect for inside the car and vacuuming under the sofa cushions.
It also came with a crevice tool, which I used at the end of the pipe to get the cobwebs in the ceiling corners. The soft brush was ideal for dusting off the glass shelves and photo frames, which the ‘reach-under’ attachment helped me to twist the vacuum so it could get right under the beds and sofas. There’s also a combination tool with a brush/crevice attachment, all of which clip on and off with the simple push of the release button.
My biggest concern was that, being cordless, the machine wouldn’t have as much power as my old corded vacuum, but I was surprised by how much suction power the Dyson V7 cordless vacuum actually had. The regular setting had plenty of power for everyday tidy ups, while the MAX mode (which gives you six minutes of super-boosted power) made easy work of messier jobs.
It also fluffed the carpet pile back up nicely, giving it that lovely freshly vacuumed look.
On half hour of battery turned out to be plenty of time to get the entire house done (the trick is to always put the Dyson straight back on its wall mount, so it stays fully charged). I let the machine run completely down to see what happened, and the vacuum didn’t lose any power when it was nearing empty – the machine simply stopped working, signalling time to click it back into the charging base.
The wall mounted docking station/charger was brilliant too – not only did it store the Dyson V7 cordless vacuum neatly up and out of the way when it wasn’t in use, it was designed so you could easily lift the machine free with one hand (a Godsend when you’re simultaneously juggling children, laundry, pets, etc…).
To empty the vacuum bin was so simple too – although it did take me a couple of goes to get the knack of it. When you pull the red latch at the top firmly upwards; the cyclones lift up and the bottom releases outwards like a trapdoor, emptying all the dust and dirt straight into the rubbish bin.
Top tip: keep it over the bin while you push the cyclones back down again, because (as I discovered the hard way) more dust releases when you do.
Click the trapdoor base back into place and et voila! You’re ready to vacuum again.
Are Dyson cordless vacuums worth the cost?
While it’s clearly a luxury, rather than an essential household accessory, the answer to the question, ‘Are Dyson cordless vacuums worth the cost?’ is a resounding yes.
For me, it earned its keep from its sheer convenience and from all the time and effort I saved not having to lug the big vacuum up and down the stairs, plugging and unplugging as I went.
The suction strength of the Dyson V7 cordless vacuum is much better than I expected and just as good as my old Henry Hoover – although I’d hesitate to use it for heavy duty jobs, such as construction dust and detritus, purely because I wouldn’t want to risk damaging it.
I also love its compact design – it doesn’t take up a big, clumsy chunk of space, like traditional vacuum cleaners do, and the wall-mounted holder/charger means you can neatly tuck it away between uses.
The different attachments mean I carry out a range of jobs with ease, including dusting around fiddly items and cleaning out my computer keyboard, while the two-year guarantee gives you extra peace of mind.
If £300 is a price you can comfortably afford, I’ll happily tell you to pop the Dyson V7 cordless vacuum on your Christmas list.
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• image courtesy of HS Spender, Unsplash