Dyson V7 Trigger review 2022

A brilliant vac with hardly any downsides. It’s powerful in standard and a beast in MAX mode, the capacity is fantastic, it's great on pet hair and the attachments are easy to use. But it is heavy.

  • A powerful and spacious all-rounder
  • Expensive
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Details

Price£199
Capacity (litres)0.54
AccessoriesCrevice tool, Mini motorhead tool, Nozzle tool, Combo brush
Warranty (years)2
Surface typeCarpet, Wood, Laminate, Tile
ColourGrey and red
Run time (minutes)30
Charge time (hours)3.5
Washable filter
Performance ★★★★★
Convenience★★★★★
Run time★★★★★
Overall Finder score★★★★★

Dyson V7 Trigger handheld vacuum review

How well does the Dyson V7 Trigger clean?

You have to hold down the red power button when using the Trigger. It’s the only handheld we’ve tested that operates like this but we didn’t find it a problem; in fact, it provided more control.

We tested this Dyson on carpet to see how well it fared tackling Cheerios, rice and biscuit crumbs, and it produced a clean sweep, mopping up each spill with ease in standard mode. In 3 sweeps, using the combination tool, all the rice and biscuit disappeared. This was better than many of the other vacs we’ve tested, which struggled with smaller crumbs. It picked up all the cereal in 3 sweeps, too, although it needed a bit of care to ensure there was no clogging.

During one of our tests where it passed over clumps of Cheerios, the Dyson clogged up and regurgitated some of the cereal. But in MAX mode the Trigger obliterated the cereal with no clogging or loss of suction.

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It’ll clean debris off hard surfaces in 3 sweeps but make sure the chunks aren’t too large as the chamber could clog.Finder

On hard surfaces the Dyson performed near perfectly, with no debris blowing away. Beware of large chunks clogging the combo tool, though.

Cleaning crevices was a smooth experience as the narrow crevice tool whizzed round the sofa ridges and into the cushions cleaning up more than 90% of our crumbs in 3 sweeps. It’s one of the best we’ve reviewed at crevice cleaning, although only with the tool – it’s too wide otherwise (unlike the slim Wandvacs or Hoover H Handy).

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In 3 sweeps, it cleaned nearly all the crumbs from the sofa’s crevices.Finder

Can the Dyson V7 Trigger clean pet hair?

The V7 is one of the best handheld vacs for pet hair that we’ve reviewed. Using the motorised tool on standard mode, it sucked up around 90% of the hair off a velvet sofa leaving very few strands. There was no clogging or hair stuck to the bristles of the tool, either. This makes it one of the best, a close second to the Gtech MK2 K9 which is designed specifically for pet hair. On MAX mode, the V7 left almost no hair visible on the couch.

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In 3 sweeps, the Trigger transformed the sofa from hair ridden to almost brand new. Finder

On carpet, it cleaned up nearly 80% of the hair during a light sweep with the motorised tool. It took 5 sweeps with more pressure to get nearly all the hair out. Again, MAX mode cleared all the hair in 3 sweeps, which was the best of all the vacs we tested – we can’t praise the turbo option enough.

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What’s the run time of the Trigger?

After 3.5 hours of charging, the Dyson V7 Trigger can run for an impressive 30 minutes. This is the best charge-to-run time of all the handhelds we’ve reviewed. It means you can clean stairs and a few rooms before the battery conks out.

MAX mode is powerful, but this drains the battery much faster – you’ll only get 6 minutes of run time on this mode, similar to the Wandvac WV270UK on boost mode.

How convenient is the Dyson V7 Trigger?

The biggest convenience with this model is its 0.54 litres of dust capacity, which is among the largest we’ve reviewed. While it’s easy to empty the basket with a quick release tab, you won’t need to interrupt your cleaning to do it often. You can buy replacement batteries in case the original fails after the 2-year warranty period.

The V7 Trigger lacks a charging dock and its larger size means you won’t be slotting it into a slim cabinet or drawer.

Is the V7 Trigger easy to use?

The attachments for the Trigger are some of the easiest and most intuitive to use. It comes with 3: the combination tool with brush and wide nozzle, the crevice tool and the motorised brush tool. They are easy to clean – hair or crumbs rarely stick to their surface. The tools click on and off without fuss.

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The Trigger’s attachments (combo tool, crevice tool and motorised brush) are simple to attach and do their specific tasks extremely well. Finder

You need to press the power button continually to operate the vac, which is a plus given you won’t waste any battery life.

However, this model is not suited to cleaning heights or the top of cabinets. It’s on the heavy side at 1.38 kg, and isn’t great for reaching under low furniture given its thick body. A much better vac for hard-to-reach areas is the BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Pivot with its adjustable head.

Dyson V7 Trigger customer reviews

This model has excellent reviews on Amazon (around 90% with 4 stars or more, based on more than 140 ratings). Customers love the alternative setting, long run time and large capacity. They aren’t so happy about its weight and bulkiness in tight areas. (Last updated June 2022.)

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Fantastic suction on all surfaces
  • Great on pet hair
  • Large capacity
  • Simple to empty
  • MAX mode is powerful
  • Intuitive attachments
  • Impressive run-to-charge time

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Clogging with cereal (standard mode)
  • Not the best for low furniture
  • Not the best to clean heights
  • Expensive

Our verdict: Is the Dyson V7 Trigger any good?

Yes. It’s an exceptional handheld vac, with a price to match. The V7 offers outstanding suction and capacity, easy-to-use attachments and a run time that outlasts all the other vacs we tested. It’s great for pet hair and the MAX setting will make short work of anything the standard one can’t handle. The Trigger won’t fit into cramped areas given its width, plus it’s not the one to clean high cupboards as it is heavy. But overall, if you have the money to spare this model should be on your shortlist.

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Reemul is a writer at Finder, specialising in product reviews and news. He's a qualified journalist having worked at local papers in the UK covering breaking news, food and restaurant reviews. He has an MA in Film from UCL and a BA in History and French from Durham University.

Expert review

Dyson lives up to its reputation with this excellent handheld vac. It’ll banish most spills fast and sweep up even the most clingy of pet hair. Nothing gets past its MAX mode, which obliterates piles of debris with zero clogging. The attachments are intuitive and its dust chamber is so spacious, you won’t even need to empty it between tasks. It’s a bit on the heavy side and is not the best at cleaning under low furniture due to its bulky, rotund shape, but these are small drawbacks considering it’s one of the best handhelds we’ve tested – hands down.

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