The Dyson Ball Multi probably has the strongest suction of any upright vacuum available in the market right now.
It has 45 air watts more than its predecessor the DC 40 Origin and 65 air watts more than the new DC 75 Cinetic.
This strong suction allows it to pick up dirt on a variety of surfaces including bare and carpet floor surfaces.
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It comes with a stretchable hose which means this machine is capable of above the floor cleaning (take note it has a 45 feet maximum reach according to Dyson).
Rounding out the tool set included in the package includes a combination crevice/brush tool and stair tool.
Let’s see how this new version performed.
A quick look at the features
- Strongest suction of any upright vacuum in the market right now at 245 air watts
- Has a dirt capacity of .55 gallons or 2.08 liters
- Comes with 2 attachments – the combination tool and mini stair tool
- Backed up by a 5 year warranty
- Lifetime washable filter (no need to replace)
- 30 foot power cord that is retractable
- Uses root cyclone technology
- Weighs 17.3 pounds
- Very strong suction
- Long power cord (30 feet)
- Decent dirt cup size
- Capable of above the floor cleaning
- Long 5 year warranty
- Small stair cleaning tool (great only for spot cleaning in my opinion)
- Lacks special tools for cleaning pet hair on upholstery
- Pretty heavy (close to 18 pounds)
What to expect from the Dyson Multi Ball upright?
This is an upgraded version of the DC40. The biggest difference would be the suction power.
The Ball Multi Floor upright has 245 air watts while the DC40 produces “only” 200 air watts.
This is a pretty significant difference though the DC40 is cheaper by $30 and lighter by a few pounds.
Another difference would be the filtration system. This one uses the Radial Root Cyclone technology which does a better job in keeping filters from being clogged with fine dust.
Here’s the full feature list:
- 245 air watts (probably the strongest upright right now in the market)
- Uses radial cyclone technology
- Equipped with a lifetime washable filter
- Weighs 17.3 pounds
- Quick release hose and extension wand
- 30 foot power cord (retractable)
- Cleaner head is self-adjusting
- 55 gallon dirt capacity (approximately 2.08 liters)
- 4 inches tall
- Total reach of 45 feet (if you include the power cord + hose + extension wand)
Bare Floor Performance
Between the strong 245 air watt suction and brush roll on/off feature, this vacuum is well equipped to clean dust and debris off hard floors.
The low profile head may result in what you call a snow plow effect. But you can clean larger bits of debris using the quick detaching hose and extension wand.
You won’t buy this upright to clean hardwood. Using a stick vacuum would be suffice for such.
The strong suction also does wonders in cleaning surface dirt on carpet.
It is equipped with a stiff bristled beater bar that allows it to agitate and deep clean. This variant does not have the same power as the newer Cinetic but it isn’t far behind.
Do you want proof?
Check out this video and how it agitates carpet and picks up almost everything in its path.
Later in the video, you’ll also see how it picks up all types of dirt on hardwood, even the dirt trapped inside the cracks are picked up.
The strong suction power make this possible and make this upright one of the best at doing so.
This machine is one of the more affordable deep cleaning upright in Dyson’s product line up.
If you consider how it performs, the price is a good bargain.
While it comes with a stair cleaning tool, it is rather small so you’ll probably need a separate tool to really deep clean carpeted stairs, or clean pet hair off it.
It comes equipped with a detachable hose and extension wand so this is pretty capable of cleaning off dirt, dust and other loose debris from upholstery.
The main tools that you will use here are the combination crevice/brush tool and the stair tool.
It does not come with any pet hair tool so this vacuum isn’t best equipped to clean lots.
The Dyson DC65 would be better equipped to do that because it comes with the tangle-free turbine tool.
Pet Hair Removal
On carpet and bare floor, cleaning up pet hair should not be a problem because it has a motorized brush roll but on upholstery it won’t be as effective as it lacks a pet hair tool.
Attachments and Accessories
You’ll get two attachments – a crevice/brush combination tool and stair tool.
Power cord is 30 feet long and is retractable.
Filter Clean up
It comes with a washable filter that will last the lifetime of the vacuum. Dyson recommends washing it once a month.
Another HEPA filter is accessible inside the ball.
Aside from cleaning the filters, you will also make sure to regularly clean up the dirt bin as debris will accumulate the more you use this.
It comes with a 5 year warranty.
|Attachments||Combination brush/crevice tool|
|Cord Length||30 feet|
|Auto Cord Rewind|
|Brush on/off switch|
|Filter clogged indicator|
|Full bin indicator|
Dirt bin is transparent
|Net weight||17.3 pounds|
|Shipping weight||22.2 pounds|
|Dirt capacity||0.55 gallons|
|Filter type||Lifetime washable filter|
|Power||245 air watts|
See it in Action
First off consumers loved the suction that this cleaner has as it was able to pick up a lot of dust and pet hair on a variety of surfaces like carpet and hardwood.
There were some people who complained about the brush roll being too close to the floor that it did not pick up larger pieces of debris like pet dander.
In terms of weight, it was mixed some people say it was light while others say it was too heavy.
Capable of cleaning above floor
In terms of reach, when you combine the length of the hose and extension wand, it was able to reach all the way up to the ceiling.
I guess this should not be a problem unless you have a very large home with a ridiculously high ceiling.
Some potential issues
The stair tool isn’t really designed well, like what I’ve said earlier, it is too small but the hose was long enough for it to reach all the way to the top.
I must warn you that if you have a flight of stairs that is really tall or have one that turns at an angle, the hose length might not be enough.
Despite the complaints, these are just a minority.
The majority still liked how this vacuum performed despite the high price tag they were satisfied with their purchase.
One consumer summed it all perfectly, “you get what you pay for”.
Where can I buy this?
You can buy this upright vacuum from Amazon for less than $290. And it’ll come with their 2-day free shipping if you join Prime.
Amazon also sells extended warranties of up to 3 years if you want that extra peace of mind.
To wrap up
This vacuum would be great for medium to large homes with a mix of carpet and bare floor. The long 30 foot cord should be enough cover large areas but it may struggle cleaning carpeted stairs because the tool that it comes with is small and would only cover a small area at a time.
The extension wand + hose allow consumers to use this to clean upholstery, stairs all the way up to the ceiling so this machine has versatility.
Dyson advertises this to have a “whole machine HEPA filtration” and it is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Association of America to the asthma and allergy friendly.
But remember since this vacuum is bagless, emptying it still exposes you to the dust and allergens so you’ll have to either empty this outdoors or wear a mask if you are suffering from asthma.
In terms of reviews, consumers loved how this picked up dirt, especially on carpet where dust, grime and allergens tend to hide underneath.
If you cannot afford the cinetic science upright, this will be a great and cheaper alternative minus the special tools.