Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister Review
Earlier models used a washable filter that will last the life of the vacuum but the Cinetic Big Ball does not use any filters at all thanks to the Cinetic Science technology that uses flexible oscillating tips that prevent microscopic dust from clogging it.
This is the same technology found in the Dyson Cinetic Animal but this is a newer version with improvements done based on consumer feedback. The first and most notable would be the dirt bin design, particularly how you dispose dirt.
Better Bin Design
With the previous generation Cinetic Animal canister, a door at the bottom opens and gravity takes over. The problem with this design is statically charged dust and hair will stick on the mesh filter located at the middle portion of the bin.
You will have to use your fingers to scrape off debris that are stuck in the middle part where the mesh filter is located and this can be a mess process. This by far is one of the biggest complaint not only with the Cinetic Animal but with Dyson vacuums in general even their cordless vacuums.
The new design found in this Cinetic canister solves this issue. Instead of just a door that opens, the whole outer shell of it can be pushed down and a rubber flap pushes all of the dust, hair and other statically charged debris off the metal filter at the middle down and then when you open the bottom door, it drops down.
This two-step process makes it less messy and much easier to empty compared to the earlier variants.
Another notable improvement over the previous DC76 Cinetic canister would be the design of the body itself…
As you can see in the image above, the old Cinetic’s bin is located in front of the ball making it longer. The new Cinetic is more compact with the bin pushed back towards the ball making a more compact design.
The downside as would any new Dyson product would be the price, this canister will rip your wallets for around $570 in Amazon.
Pet Hair Removal
Ease of Use
Let’s look at the features of this filter-less canister vacuum:
- Utilizes the latest Dyson technology called the Cinetic Science that has 36 Cinetic tips that separates dust that would normally clog other vacuums that use a traditional filter
- This technology does away with a filter so there is nothing to wash or replace, you just have to empty the bin regularly
- “Self-rights” when toppled – perhaps the only canister that picks itself up when it falls sideways
- New hygienic bin emptying mechanism pushes out the dirt for you making emptying less messy and faster
- Carbon fiber turbine head (take note this is air powered not motorized) uses a combination of carbon fiber filaments and stiff nylon bristles to pick up fine dust and ground-in dirt
- 360 degree articulating handle allows you to move the wand around during a cleaning session
- Ball technology makes turning on a dime easier and moving this somewhat heavy canister around much easier
- 5 year warranty
- No filters to clean
- More compact that older Dyson canister vacuums
- Larger bin
- Improved bin design makes this easier and less messy to empty
- Comes with an adapter to that will make tools on older Dysons fit
- Short hose
- Very expensive
- Main cleaner head does not have its own motor – it is powered by air
- Short power cord
What to expect from this filter-less top-of-the-line canister?
Used to be vacuums were categorized as bagged or bag-less and the latter was an innovation by inventor turned entrepreneur James Dyson, the founder of Dyson. Now you can add a third type thanks to the Cinetic Science technology from Dyson.
Before anything else you have to watch this video to understand what the technology is all about and how it works…
Now the canister in the video isn’t the latest big ball Cinetic but the previous one but I just wanted to share with you the technology behind it called Cinetic Science.
These are the oscillating tips that prevent microscopic dirt from clogging these filters.
Dyson claims that this technology is maintenance free and you don’t need filters because the dirt that passes through it ends up inside the bin. Even the ball part of the vacuum does not contain any filters which makes this the first truly maintenance free vacuum in the market right now.
You only have to empty the bin when it gets full. There are some limitations though as Dyson warns consumers not to use this on hot ash as it could damage the rubberized tips.
Watch this video from Ibasaic to see what’s inside the box and how all these attachments go together. Remember that the Dyson he has is the UK version, the US version may have different accessories included.
For the $500 or so dollars you are spending, you will get a lot. One of my favorite tools is the tangle free turbine tool which in itself costs around $47. This tool in my opinion is one of the best hair cleaning tools in the market right now.
You will also see how the new dirt bin design works. It is a two-step process – when you push on the lever, the whole outer shell goes down along with it all the dirt that may be trapped on the mesh filter. The second step would be opening the bottom door to empty.
In my opinion this is a way better design and again, kudos to Dyson for coming up with these changes through customer feedback.
If you fast forward towards the 23 or 24 minute mark, you will notice that all the tools can be attached on the articulating handle or direct on the hose. This is huge because there are instances where you will not need the handle – particularly when cleaning tight areas inside the car or in-between sofa cushions.
Stands back up
Towards the end of the video, you’ll see how the canister stands back up when it topples over the side – this is thanks to the clever ball design that’s more compact.
No filters to wash
The Dyson Cinetic technology makes it possible for this vacuum to function without any sort of filter, pre-motor or post-motor. Earlier Dyson Cinetic uprights have a post motor HEPA filter.
Carbon fiber turbine head
This refers to the main cleaning head of this canister. Take note that it is only air powered meaning the brush rotates through the airflow created by the vacuum’s suction. It does have a very powerful suction at 250 air watts which somewhat makes up for this limitation.
The brush roll is made from two types of material, first would be the carbon fiber bristles that attract statically charged dust on bare floor and the second would be the stiff nylon bristles that work best in agitating dirt on carpet strands.
So yes this vacuum will work on both bare floor and carpet.
Improved dirt bin
This perhaps is the biggest improvement at least for me. The new design makes emptying the bin less messy because it has a mechanism that pushes statically charged debris like dust bunnies off the mesh filter in the middle.
You don’t need to get your hands dirty emptying this vacuum.
It also comes with a wand that extends up to 4.1 feet which allows you to reach even the highest areas.
You don’t need to climb a ladder just to take off cobwebs off the ceiling with this tool in your home.
The new ball-technology is ultra-maneuverable and turns on a dime without too much tugging and even if you tug it too much and it tips over sideways, it stands back up by itself.
Larger dirt bin
The new bin is larger and can hold up to .42 gallons of dry dirt. That’s around 1.6 liters of dirt. Interestingly the older Dyson Ball with the older cyclonic system has a bigger capacity dirt bin at 0.53 gallons.
As you’ve already seen in the video by now, the handle folds for easier storage and rotates at 3 directions giving you maximum flexibility and maneuverability depending on the area you will clean.
Quick release tools
All the attachments in this vacuum lock into place with a locking mechanism that clicks into place. Removing these tools is also easy with quick release latches. This is what separates it from cheaper brands that may use only friction to hold the attachments to theses or wand.
Power cord is measured at around 21 feet. No particularly long but it does have a cord rewind to make tidying up much easier.
Before anything else watch this video as it shows you what tools you get with this vacuum (at least the UK version not the US version), performance on carpet, upholstery and tile…
Perhaps the most impressive tool based on this test would be the carbon fiber turbine head. Even without a dedicated motor to power the brush, it still was able to pick up huge amounts of pet hair on carpet.
Not only did it pick up surface dirt, soil and debris on carpet, it was also able to pick up pet hair not very visible on camera.
However Dyson does not recommend using this to clean a huge amount of fine powder.
On bare floor however it did have a little snow plowing effect but not too much. The snowplow effect only happens when you try to clean big messes like this…
You will not clean messes like this every day but it is nice to know that this vacuum is capable of handling messes like these should the need arise.
I also notice the shroud right in the middle isn’t spotless.
But cleaning it is much easier compared to previous old Dyson canister.
What comes in the box?
Based on the information I got in Dyson this will come with the following tools, all of which can be directly attached on the hose or the articulating handle.
All Dyson corded vacuums like this are backed up with a 5 year warranty.
|Attachments||Carbon fiber turbine head|
Tangle-free turbine tool
Stiff bristle brush
|Brush roll on/off||No|
|Cord Length||21 feet|
|Above floor reach||35 feet|
|Net weight||17.64 pounds|
|Shipping weight||24.8 pounds|
|Cleaning path||approx. 10"|
|Dust capacity||.42 gallons|
Consumers are pretty much consistent with their assessment of this vacuum. Suction is top notched and the turbine head is a great tool on both bare floor and carpet. The fact that it is filter-less is also another plus point for this product, they say that the product pays off for itself by keeping your home clean without the need to buy extra filters or washing them provided it lasts for years.
However, there were a few complaints of this about it being hard to push and that it picks up area rugs because it has too much suction but remember you can control the suction using a lever located on the handle so this should not be an issue.
Another potential issue would be the space that this product will take. You see this is the biggest downside of a canister that it takes more horizontal real estate compared to an upright that can be stored without you having to rest it on a wall. Also the attachments that come along with this do not have any storage so you have to make your own storage space.
Overall this canister vacuum does perform even with the air powered cleaning head. In terms of tools you have just about every tool you need to clean every nook and cranny inside your home and in your vehicle should you choose to clean your vehicle with this.
Power cord is on the short side as well as the hose but this product makes up for it by being maneuverable. Yes it is an expensive purchase but consider it an investment. Hand down one of the best canister vacuums available in the market right now.
Even though Dyson has a special promo on-going right now, the best place to buy this would still be in Amazon where this can be had for just under $570 which is around $20 less than it would cost buying from Dyson.
This vacuum would be great for owners of medium sized homes looking for a versatile cleaner that will clean their bare floor and carpet with equal efficiency.
The main carbon fiber turbine tool may only be air powered but based on the video I shared with you, it is fully capable of picking up not just surface dirt but also hard to clean pet hair that under stands of carpet.
Pet owners would love this vacuum because the mini-turbine tool that inhales pet hair off upholstery and any pet owner would tell you this is the biggest trouble spot in their home.
Emptying this isn’t as mess free as I originally had hoped but the new design makes it less messy but you may want to do it outdoors if you have a small bin indoors.
Buying this won’t be cheap but you will get a lot for the $570 you will be spending and it comes with a worry free 5 year warranty from Dyson.