Dyson V7 Trigger handheld vacuum review

The Dyson V7 Trigger handheld vacuum is undeniably powerful, but it has a long charge time and short battery life when placed on its highest power level.

Dyson V7 Trigger handheld vacuum review
(Image: © Dyson)

Top Ten Reviews Verdict

This is an expensive handheld vacuum, but it is powerful and offers a two year warranty. Its main drawback is its six minute battery life when placed on MAX power mode, but it will last for up to 30 minutes when on a lower mode.


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    Up to 30 minutes suction on low power

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    Two power modes

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    Hygienic bin emptying

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    Two year warranty

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    Three hour charge time

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    Power on MAX setting lasts only six minutes

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The Dyson V7 Trigger handheld vacuum is recommended for use on hardwood floors and has a run time of up to 30 minutes, which sounds impressive when compared to many of the best handheld vacuums. However, on its MAX power mode, it will only last about six minutes. This is an expensive option, but it comes with two power modes and some tool attachments. It has a 0.8 quart suction cup capacity, which is a convenient capacity to save you from making regular trips to the trash. When you do empty the Dyson V7 Trigger, the bagless design and one-touch emptying will make the task hygienic.

Dyson V7 Trigger: Main features

Dyson V7 Trigger info

Weight: 4 pounds
Dust cup size: 0.8 quarts
Warranty: 2 years
Charge time: 3 hours
Battery life: 30 minutes / 6 minutes MAX mode

The The Dyson V7 Trigger handheld vacuum comes with a charger and docking station, as well as a crevice tool for narrow gaps and tricky areas and a mini motorhead for upholstery and stairs. The motorhead has 3,920 stiff bristles to dislodge dirt and dust, and the combination tool is a two-in-one tool which has both a brush and wide nozzle for a variety of household tasks.

This handheld vacuum takes three hours to charge. That's a lot compared to the Black + Decker Dustbuster CHV1410L, which holds its charge for a similar amount of time - 30 minutes. For a handheld vacuum to hold its charge for 30 minutes is well above the average time, but there is a catch with the Dyson V7 Trigger. The vacuum comes with two power modes, and while the lower power could last for up to 30 minutes when fully charged, it will only last up to six minutes on MAX boosted suction power. The MAX boosted mode is only designed for intense tasks and tackling tough spots, though, so don't expect to use it on this mode all the time. 

The design of the Dyson V7 Trigger is similar and size and dimensions to most handheld vacuum cleaners. It weighs four pounds, which is again about standard for most handheld vacuums. For a much more lightweight model, try the Shark WANDVAC

The Dyson V7 Trigger handheld vacuum

The Dyson V7 Trigger handheld vacuum has a Mini Motorhead and Combination Tool.  (Image credit: Dyson)

Dyson creates some of the best vacuum cleaners for home and is constantly innovating when it comes to vacuum design, which accounts for its high prices. That being said, this handheld vacuum offers a lot of the same features as some lower-priced options on the market. One of the many things which set it apart is its two year warranty, which is above average among vacuum models.

Dyson V7 Trigger: User reviews

So the Dyson V7 trigger looks good on paper, but what are users saying? Feedback is overwhelmingly positive. One said "I should have bought this years ago. I used this on the carpet in the back seat of my car and the mats look like new. It recharges quickly and stores easily". When weighing up the price against the performance, another said "The product price is higher than I like to spend, but you are definitely paying for the quality and durability!"

Almost all of the negative feedback we saw complained of the same thing - the battery life. One user said it was a "great purchase, but I wish the battery life was a tad longer". 

Should you buy the Dyson V7 Trigger? 

There's no doubt that the Dyson V7 Trigger is a great handheld vacuum, but the question is - is it worth its high price point when it has a similar battery life to other, less expensive models? Well, this handheld vacuum is certainly very powerful and capable of tackling hardwood floors, upholstery, and even pet hair. Its two year warranty and numerous add-ons set it apart from cheaper competitors. Whether that makes it worth it really depends on your budget and needs. 

Millie Fender
Head of Reviews

Millie Fender is Head of Reviews at Top Ten Reviews. She also works on our sister sites: Real Homes, Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens, and Livingetc. As Head of Reviews, Millie is on a mission to make sure that we are reviewing all of the latest and greatest products for you and your home, whether it's a vacuum cleaner or an inflatable hot tub.