Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor Review

By: Kealia Reynolds

At House Method, we tested the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor and rated it on a variety of factors including suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full review here.

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The Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor features updated 2 Tier Radial Cyclone Technology that increases suction power and gives your floors a more in-depth clean. It targets microscopic particles with its HEPA filtration and does a great job removing all types of pet messes—making it the perfect option for those with furry friends at home. Keep reading below to determine if the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor is the best vacuum for you.

Overall score: 9.37/10

The value prop

The Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor is a powerful canister vacuum that targets dirt and debris on carpets and hard floors. With its strong suction and a plethora of accessories, this Dyson Ball is ideal for removing pet hair and tackling daily messes.

Pros
  • It generates powerful, centrifugal forces to capture microscopic dust and dirt particles.
  • It rides on a ball, so it’s easy to steer around furniture and into difficult places. This design also allows it to right itself when toppled over.
  • It cleans especially well on hard floors.
Cons
  • There’s a slight drag when moving the cleaning head backward on carpets.
  • The vacuum tends to rub fine materials into low-pile carpets.
  • Its powerful suction may pick up light area rugs during vacuuming.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 design

The Dyson Ball canister is ideal for those who want a powerful, lightweight vacuum that doesn’t lose suction during vacuuming. Equipped with a cord that extends 21 feet, the vacuum has a maximum reach of 35 feet and has an ergonomic handle for comfortable gripping. Between the canister’s weight and large, round design, it may be harder to maneuver than a stick or handheld vacuum.

Some other important design elements of the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor include:

  • An on/off brush roll switch—Located on the vacuum handle, this switch stops the rotating brush from spinning on bare floors or delicate rugs.
  • A self-righting feature—Though the Dyson Ball canister may wobble and fall down, this feature automatically allows it to self right itself.
  • Suction control—This feature reduces the flow of air through the hose, which can be helpful when cleaning delicate surfaces like blinds and drapes.
  • A retractable cord—Included with most canister vacuums, a retractable cord saves you time from wrapping the cord around the machine.

Vacuum assembly

Our team put together the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor in just two minutes. Accompanied with the canister are four parts that can be put together by following the steps below:

  1. Slide the head of the vacuum into the extendable end of the wand until it clicks.
  2. Connect the opposite end of the wand to the straight end of the handpiece.
  3. Attach the plain, grey end of the hose to the foldable opening on the handle.
  4. With the red tab facing up, slide the end of the hose into the base of the canister until it clicks into place.

How the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor cleans

Composed of 19 compact cyclones, the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor is capable of capturing even the finest dust particles on hard and soft surfaces. The turbine brush bar’s thick nylon brushes allow it to remove gritty dirt that’s made its way to the very bottom of your high carpets. But that’s not without a little pull.

Though the Dyson Ball effectively removes embedded dirt, there’s a bit of added friction when vacuuming backward on high-pile carpets. However, we found the vacuum’s outstanding suction to be worth the extra effort.

For more cleaning tips, view our ultimate guide to vacuuming.

What to note about the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor

During testing, we noticed our new Dyson Ball vacuum gave off a slight mechanical smell while in use. After using it a few more times, the smell ended up going away.

How big is the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor?

Dimension Measurement
Height 12.13 inches
Length 15.71 inches
Width 13.66 inches
Cord length 21 feet
Maximum reach 35 feet
Dust canister 0.5 gallons

Accessories included with the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor

The Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor comes with three attachments: a combination tool, a stair tool, and a turbine head.

Combination tool

This tool lets you expand the long-reach wand up to 50 inches so you can clean those hard-to-reach vents, curtains, and ceiling corners.

Stair tool

The stair tool works well on both carpet and hardwood stairs. It can also be used to reach tight spaces like under your couch or behind your bed.

Turbine head

This cleaning head helps remove embedded dirt and pet hair from carpets.

Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor vs. Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal vs. Dyson Ball Multi Floor

The Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor is incredibly similar to the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal—the major difference between the two canister vacuums is that the Dyson Animal has a few more accessories, making it more expensive, and is powered by cinetic science cyclone technology. The Dyson Big Ball is also larger than the original Dyson Ball Multi Floor but has slightly less suction power.

Suction power
Dust bin capacity
Weight
Power cord length
Max reach
Cleaner head
Accessories

Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor

Suction power

250 air watts

Dust bin capacity

0.5 gallons

Weight

17.6 pounds

Power cord length

21 feet

Max reach

35 feet

Cleaner head

Self-adjusting

Accessories

Combination tool, stair tool, turbine head

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal

Suction power

250 air watts

Dust bin capacity

0.6 gallons

Weight

17.6 pounds

Power cord length

21 feet

Max reach

35 feet

Cleaner head

Self-adjusting

Accessories

Combination tool, stair tool, turbine head, tangle-free turbine tool, stubborn dirt brush

Dyson Ball Multi Floor

Suction power

280 air watts

Dust bin capacity

0.5 gallons

Weight

16.9 pounds

Power cord length

21 feet

Max reach

45 feet

Cleaner head

Triggerhead

Accessories

Combination tool, stair tool

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Cleaning tests

We performed three different tests that measured suction power, maneuverability, and mobility on hard floors, low-pile carpet, and high-pile carpet. For our suction tests, we used Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair.

Cleaning score: 8.83/10

Test 1—Suction test on hard floors

The Cheerios proved to be problematic for the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor on all three of our suction tests. On hard floors, the head of the Dyson vacuum pushed the Cheerios forward instead of actually picking them up. In order to completely remove the Cheerios, we had to lift the vacuum head over the mess and pull the vacuum back with the head slightly elevated. Fortunately, the canister vacuum excelled in the remaining hard floor tests and removed the kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet fur within the first couple of passes.

Test 2—Suction test on high-pile carpet

When it came to picking up fine particles like coffee grounds and pet fur, this Dyson Ball vacuum did extremely well. It picked up both of these materials in fewer than three passes. However, it didn’t do as well against the Cheerios: the vacuum pushed the cereal pieces forward instead of sucking them into the canister. We found that by slightly lifting the cleaner head while moving forward, the Cheerios would fit under the vacuum head. Similarly, the coarse kitty litter took approximately five passes to be removed from the high-pile carpet.

Test 3—Suction test on low-pile carpet

On low-pile carpet, the Dyson Ball removed the kitty litter without hesitation. It also had no problem sucking up the pet hair. Unfortunately, this vacuum had some difficulty picking up the Cheerios (similar to the high-pile test) and left a faint stain in the carpet after vacuuming over the coffee grounds.

Maneuverability

The Dyson Ball design and extendable wand allow you to clean under large, low-set furniture like coffee tables and couches and closely move around fixed items like potted plants and standing lamps. When we tested this Dyson around a couch corner and under a one-foot-high coffee table, we found it extremely easy to maneuver.

Usability

There’s noticeably more friction when vacuuming on high-pile carpets, especially on the backstroke, but it’s evident that this is due to the Dyson Ball’s intense suctioning power. If you have lightweight area rugs, this vacuum may be a bit too powerful and will probably suck up the rug.

If you have hard floors in your house, this product will make vacuuming a breeze. The canister smoothly wheels behind you as you clean and the cleaner head does a great job at picking up most messes.

Noise

The Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor is powerful—and has the sound to prove it. Measuring an average of 82.7 decibels (a bit louder than an alarm clock), this canister vacuum is the loudest vacuum we’ve reviewed to date.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 maintenance

If you’re the type of person who dreads emptying the vacuum, you’re going to be blown away by the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor. The dirt trapped in the bin can easily be removed by detaching the bin from the canister and pressing a single button to release the contents. You won’t have to touch a spec of dirt.

Filtration

The Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor vacuum has a washable lifetime filter and HEPA filtration. Certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, this vacuum provides whole-machine filtration and ensures that allergens are trapped inside the machine.

Is the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 a good value?

If you’ve done your research on Dysons, you know they’re pricier than the average vacuum. Fortunately, you’re not just paying for the name. The Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor is a great deal when compared to other Dyson vacuums (the three accessories alone account for nearly $100 when purchased separately).

When it comes to this Dyson Ball, getting the best value depends on your vacuuming needs. If you have hardwood floors and high-pile carpet throughout your home, this might be your perfect match. But we don’t want you to end up with coffee-stained carpet, so low-pile carpet owners may want to check out the Dyson V10 or Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 as alternatives.

Who should buy the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor?

We recommend the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor if you’re looking for the following:

  • A vacuum that can target pet messes—Pet owners who find themselves having to constantly empty fur-filled canisters are sure to appreciate this vacuum cleaner’s large, half-gallon bin. It also has a 45-foot cleaning radius that allows you to clean multiple rooms while connected to a single electrical outlet and a turbine head that effectively removes embedded dirt and pet hair.
  • A light vacuum that’s easy to maneuver—While this vacuum’s bowling-ball-like canister may seem cumbersome, the ball technology and 360° rotating wand actually make it easy to maneuver around furniture. Another bonus: all of the vacuum’s main components are located inside the ball, creating a low center of gravity that allows it to self-right when toppled over.
  • Allergy and asthma relief—Not only does its cyclonic technology ensure that even the most microscopic particles are captured, but this vacuum is designed to expel only clean air into your home. With a hygienic dust bin that offers no-touch emptying and a washable, lifetime filter, this vacuum is a perfect choice for allergy sufferers.

Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor specifications

Below is a list of the most important Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor specifications.

Specifications
Type Canister
Manufacturer Dyson
Model Big Ball Multi Floor
Length 15.71 inches
Width 13.66 inches
Height 12.13 inches
Weight 17.64 lbs
Floor type All floors (carpet, tile, wood, vinyl, etc.)
Dust bin capacity 0.5 gallons
Power cord length 21 feet
Cordless or corded Corded
Bagless Yes
Returns 30 days
Warranty 5 years

Consumer ratings

See how other sites rate the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor.

Source Consumer rating Number of ratings
Amazon 4.0 stars out of 5 227
Bed Bath & Beyond 4.6 stars out of 5 33
Walmart 4.6 stars out of 5 37
Best Buy 4.5 stars out of 5 37
Sylvane 5 stars out of 5 2

Customer reviews

This is the real deal! It cleans my area rugs and hard surfaces all in one go. The best part is that suction is also strong enough to clean everything from mud to pasta sauce off my upholstered furniture.” — Amazon review

This is our third Dyson variation since the first upright Animal back in 2008!! This one has amazing suction power on both carpet and hard floors, is quieter than previous models, and maneuvers so easily. Hands down our favorite vacuum ever!!!” — Amazon review

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Frequently asked questions

Where are the attachments stored on this vacuum?

The included cleaning tools are stored on the upright tube above the vacuum cleaning head.

What is a tangle-free turbine tool?

A tangle-free turbine tool has counter-rotating heads with brushes to remove hair and dirt from carpets and upholstery. There’s no brush bar for hair to wrap around, making it a great tool for pet owners.

Is the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor a good choice for those with arthritis?

This model has an ergonomic handle for comfortable gripping and is easy to roll around the house as you clean. It does weigh just under 18 pounds, so it may not be great for people who have to carry the machine up and down stairs.

About the author

Kealia is a staff writer and social media coordinator for House Method. She writes for a variety of beats, including home inspiration (her favorite), real estate, and home wellness.


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