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What Is the Dyson V7 Trigger?
Dyson is a well-established UK company that was created in 1987 by James Dyson and has always been particularly well known for creating quality, high-end vacuum cleaners that perform better than most other products on the market. These days they are focusing heavily on cordless vacuum cleaners.
Their newest handheld model is the bagless Dyson V7 Trigger which has been designed to take care of all the tasks your regular floor vacuum cleaner can’t. Although their V6 was also widely popular, they have improved upon the impressive battery life so that it now runs for 30 minutes which is heads and shoulders above most other cordless handhelds currently available, and it’s also around 200g lighter.
At the moment there is only the standard Trigger V7 available in the UK, although in the US they offer a Car + Boat version which contains a built-in flexible hose and an additional stiff bristled brush. Keep a lookout though as they are likely to soon offer this model in addition to other versions in the UK too.
For this V7 review, we managed to get our hands on the standard model to find out how it compares to other handhelds we have tested. Read on to find out if it’s worth the price tag.
- Long Runtime – Impressive 30 minutes of fade-free suction on the standard model.
- Hygienic Dirt Ejector – Don’t get your hands dirty when emptying the dirt receptacle.
- Lightweight – Weighing just 1.38kg the V7 is a very comfortable handheld to use.
- Washable Filter – The filter is designed to last for the life of the machine which will save you money.
- No Extension Hose – The standard V7 Trigger lacks a built-in extension hose which we feel should be a common feature on all of their models.
- Separate Wall Mount – A wall mount is available but needs to be purchased separately. Included is a standard plug-in charger.
Dyson V7 Trigger Handheld Key Features
Dyson Digital Motor – The V7 is powered by Dyson’s digital motor which is small but powerful and spins up to 110,000 RPM. This means that it’s capable of producing 100 air watts which are impressive for such a little handheld hoover.
Two Power Modes – Unlike many other cordless handheld models, the V7 Trigger has a max power mode for particularly difficult areas in addition to their standard setting (which is still more than adequate for most cleaning tasks). It runs for 30 minutes on the normal suction mode, and 6 minutes on the ‘max’ suction mode.
2 Tier Radial Cyclones – With 2 tier radial cyclonic technology and with the help of 15 small cyclones, the Trigger is capable of picking up both large and small particles (as small as 0.5 microns with HEPA filtration).
The V7 Trigger uses a 21.6V lithium-ion battery that allows it to run up to 30 minutes on the standard setting, and produce up to 100 air watts on the shorter lasting max setting. It takes around 3½ hours to fully charge once depleted, which isn’t bad considering that other cordless models can take much longer. There is a wall dock for the V7 Trigger available, although you need to purchase it separately. Out of the box, you get a standard plugin charger. On the side of the battery is a blue LED indicator which lets you know when the handheld hoover is fully charged and how much battery life is remaining while you are cleaning.
Design & Accessories
The Dyson V7 Trigger is designed to be an effective handheld vacuum cleaner while still being lightweight, compact and durable. Upon unboxing the product this is evident as it’s well very made and it’s clear that plenty of thought has gone into the development to make it easy to use. It’s definitely a modern looking machine and is styled with a metallic grey colour with red and purple accenting (and a clear dirt receptacle so you know when it needs emptying).
The material is of a strong, hard plastic and the quick release attachments make a firm ‘clicking’ sound when changing them. The handle is angled to be ergonomic and it uses a trigger instead of a standard on/off power button. Although some people may prefer an on/off button, the trigger actually helps you to use less of the battery as it’s only running while you’re using it. There is a switch above the handle, though this allows you to swap between the two different power settings.
On top of the V7 Trigger is the purple HEPA filter which you can twist and remove to wash under a tap. As mentioned, it’s designed to last and won’t need to be replaced. When it’s time to empty the 0.54-litre dirt receptacle, this is done rather smartly by holding the vacuum over a bin and pulling a red lever at the top. When you do this you slide the filter (and cyclone) housing up while the bottom dirt flap opens automatically. It’s designed so that as it slides up, the filter shroud is cleaned automatically so you don’t need to get your hands dirty. This makes it an incredibly hygienic handheld that maintains suction.
The standard V7 Trigger comes with three primary quick release attachments:
- Combination Tool – This is both a regular nozzle and can also be easily converted into a duster.
- Crevice Tool – This is great for any tight spaces and other hard to reach areas.
- Mini Motorhead with Stiff Bristles – This is ideal for cleaning upholstery and carpeting.
If available you might also opt for the V7 Trigger Car + Boat model which in addition to the above attachments also includes a built-in flexible hose, mini soft dusting brush, stiff bristle brush and in-car charger.
Despite the relatively low air watt on the standard cleaning mode of 21 air watts, the V7 Trigger is very efficient with its airflow and can be used for a variety of tasks. On this setting, you’ll easily be able to take care of all your dusting around the home while hoovering up everyday dirt and debris. For any stubborn dirt or embedded hair, you’ll find the need to use the max power mode (100 air watts), however, being a handheld, most of the time it only needs to be used for short intervals anyway.
The V7 Trigger doesn’t have any issues picking up both small and large particles – whether that’s beach sand on your car floor and seats, spilt sugar and spices on your kitchen countertop, or kitty litter around your cat box. The best feature of the Trigger is the mini motorized head which makes picking up pet hair and even pine needles a breeze both on carpeting and hard flooring. It’s especially useful for those who like to use a handheld to clean their stairs. The dirt receptacle capacity is respectable for such a compact unit and is easy to empty.
The Dyson V7 Trigger handheld vacuum cleaner is firmly placed at the high end of the market, although as it’s a relatively new product you may purchase it for a special price on Amazon for a limited time. At the time of writing this review, it’s even cheaper than its predecessor, the V6 Trigger. Dyson also offers a standard 2-year warranty and have great customer service.
It’s hard to go wrong with Dyson’s cordless products, and the V7 Trigger is no exception as it can be used for a number of applications while performing an exceptional job. It’s also a very lightweight and ergonomic handheld which makes it a good option for those with arthritis or other problems with their hands or wrists. One issue we have is that for the price we think it should have more attachments. For instance, the cheaper Gtech Multi Mk2 which we reviewed here, has more attachments including a built-in extension hose.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the measurements of the V7 Trigger?
206mm height, 316mm length and 131mm width.
How long does the max power mode last?
The max power setting on the V7 Trigger lasts for up to 6 minutes.
Can I use the standard setting for most applications, or will I need to use the highest setting?
For the majority of your cleaning, the V7 produces enough suction so that you won’t need to use the max setting. However, for especially dirty areas or if you want to clean a small area quickly then the max setting is a great feature.
Does it come with a wall dock?
No, the V7 Trigger only comes with a normal plug-in charger, though you can purchase a wall dock separately.
Is this a good model to use for my car?
Yes, most people find the attachments and suction power more than adequate. If you don’t clean your car often you may find you’ll need to use the max power setting. Dyson also makes a boat + car version which has additional tools that are more practical.