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Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal
The Dyson "Big Ball" is just that:
Big. Heavy. Cumbersome. Obstinate.
This machine replaced an original 'Dyson Ball' which was a beautiful machine.
Then Dyson "fixed something that wasn't broken" and invented the 'Big Ball'.
This thing is like dragging a medicine ball around.
Not only on carpet, but especially also on timber, tiled, or any smooth floor.
The wheel mechanism has a momentary prolapse in concentration, and has to be coaxed along, only by dragging on the hose....
It has issues
I have had numerous dysons over the last 25 years. This is by far the least well designed. While suction is excellent. Yes, you have to clean the brushes on the turbo head every now and then but I have to do that on all of them. The main design fault with this dyson is that the barrel, when you want to remove it to empty it, opens up and the contents get emptied all over the vacuum cleaner and your floor. So you have to clean the machine re-assemble it and then vacuum the floor, albeit small portion of it, again. The design of this one is very much bellow par in comparison to other dysons.
Scratching My Timber Floors
The suction is quite good on the vacuum cleaner and I like the fact that it is quite compact, however, it is scratching my timber floors and I can no longer use this vacuum cleaner on the timber floors which make up the majority of the flooring in my house.
Purchased in January 2017 for A$699.00.
I am so disappointed with this vacuum. It pushes the dirt around on hard surfaces and any hair it picks up from the carpet gets stuck in the brush head. I have to disassemble during and after each use to cut the hair from the brush and remove dust blocked in the tube. When I called Dyson they tried to imply that having three girls with long hair was abnormal and then tried to tell me that cleaning out the brush and tube during and after each use was the normal maintenance procedure for this vacuum. This to me is a faulty machine, but when sent ...away to test, it just came back saying they couldn’t find a fault. Is it tested on a bald bachelor? They then tried to tell me it was up to the retail store I bought it from to refund me but of course the retail store tell me it’s up to Dyson, so no one is willing to take responsibility and I’m left with a product that is totally useless to me.
Avoid Dyson Barrel vacuums- you'll end up carrying the heavy barrel in your other hand.
Purchased the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Origin from David Jones for $397 AU on 20/6/20. After the first use hated it (still hate it after the 3rd use)- doesn't suck well enough, even on the max setting (ie won't vacuum a hair ball off carpet), the barrel doesn't follow along behind you but rather tries to go the wrong way, doesn't roll at all, or just tips over. It is frustrating +++. So you have to end up carrying the HEAVY barrel in the other hand and consequently hurting your back. The bin emptying function is also terrible and the base keeps o...pening (thus dumping the contents on your foot/ floor/ itself/ any nearby pet) even if you click it into place. Just awful. I've contacted both Dyson and David Jones to request a replacement with the stick vacuum and haven't got a response.
Doesn’t work well for cars and carpets
I found the suction very poor, does not get the sand off the car carpets and mats easily. My old Electrolux was far better for less than half the price. Also on carpets, it does a poor job with pet hair, it just gathers them into a big ball of hair in front of the head. Very disappointed and planning on returning it ASAP
I wanted to love my Dyson but I don’t. I expected more for the price. The suction is good but the fact that the dust container lid pops open occasionally by itself spilling dust everywhere is a huge downside. Dyson keeps saying it’s not supposed to do that but the fact that many reviews complain about this might indicate that it is a design flaw. Very annoying. Wish you would just accept it’s an issue and fix this.
Don’t fall for the hype
The only positive of this vac is the suction. It does pick up the dirt, however ... that’s if the head you need to use at the time doesn’t twist over. My biggest issue is actually emptying it. It was sold to me as perfect for allergies, so easy to use and empty. No mess, no fuss! Well that’s a load of rubbish. Now if your lucky enough to get the barrel off the vac without it just opening and leaving all your dirt back where it started... you get to the bin and push the red button and down the dirt comes, and then you have to get in there and gi...ve it a good shake and pull all the fluff from the filters so then by this time your covered in dust and if you suffer from allergies, let me tell u this isn’t a great thing! Then the exciting part of trying to get the dust lid closed again, and actually staying closed, that’s a challenge too. The tiny clip doesn’t seem to hold properly. I bought this for hard wood and carpet flooring. Bought the one with all the attachments. Extremely annoying to have to keep going back and forth finding the tools you need cause not on the vac it self. The ball is heavy and awkward. The stick handle is very light and can adjust length which is good. However still feels very cheap. Unfortunately I’ve had this bad purchase since February and now stuck with it till I can save for something else.
Design disaster do not buy
The multi floor head is a constant struggle. It makes vacuuming carpets a nightmare. Instead of gliding over the carpet like every other vacuum I have ever used this thing lowers the blue strips that are supposed to be brushes and drags badly. Pushing the head is not possible. You have to lift, place it in position and pull heavily towards you.
The top handle is downright stupid. because it is a loop above the tube, it twists your wrist badly.
The musclehead of this vacuum cleaner is total rubbish - ridiculously designed. We have had other Dyson vacuum cleaners which were well designed, but this one really "sucks." Suction is so great the muscle head sticks to the the carpet and scratches the polished floors even on the low suction setting. It's not called a "muscle head" for nothing!! So brutal to move - needs to be more like a hovercraft than a limpid clam. The designers certainly need to go back to the drawing boards. Meanwhile here I am cursing and looking for an alternative head with bristles instead of hard plastic ribbing.
Do Not Buy Dyson, Never again Dyson
Never again Dyson. We have exhausted our patience with our Dyson cinetic big ball animal pro. Have been loyal Dyson customers for nearly 20 years, this is our 3rd Dyson vacuum, but the Animal Pro vacuum has too many faults, extremely disappointing for a very expensive machine, one would expect total reliability, but it is definitely not fit for purpose, does not do what it is advertised to do, that is to vacuum up dog hair. We bought the Dyson cinetic big ball Animal Pro because we wanted the Dyson pet groom attachment tool. Issues include but...not limited to not picking up dog hair, the reason vacuum was specifically purchased for, just blows dog hair up in air. Dog hair sticks to wand from static, resulting in continually having to turn off to wipe hair off wand to feed into vacuum. Does not vacuum up dust and hair off dry tiled floor. Does not collect dust and hair evenly in barrel, but sticks to top of barrel, which makes emptying messy. Barrel doesn’t fully empty, the clips on the barrel don’t secure properly thus spills contents back on to clean floor requiring the floors to be vacuumed again. I have emailed Dyson to advise them of these problems, that the Animal Pro is not fit for purpose and would appreciate a refund or replacement. Dyson have requested I send the Animal Pro to their service centre, but because of this costly exercise we do not wish to spend any more money on their inferior vacuum. We informed Dyson of our loyal customer of nearly 20 years with serial no of 1st purchase of DCO5 that was recalled by Dyson in 2006 due to Electrical Safety Recall. Then we paid Dyson additional money to upgrade to Dyson DC23. But Dyson are not interested in repaying out loyalty, but intent on insisting we return the Animal Pro for servicing, despite the faults not being serviceable. Dyson have forever lost our custom, we will now be replacing with another brand.
Another bitterly disappointed Dyson customer...
Oh Dyson what has gone wrong! I had one of your first vacuums for many years and loved it! Sadly it died and I replaced it with this model. I am so very disappointed! The barrel never seems to close properly and I am forever having to use my stick Dyson to clean the mess that falls out of this vacuum. It is messy to empty. My carpets never feel like they are properly vacuumed and the carpet head does not have the range like the old vacuum. I have to continuously empty the barrel just to feel like I am getting some suction. I've rung a couple of...times only to have to wait for a long time to be told that others love this vacuum. Well I dont! I have been a loyal customer for many years, and we own a number of Dyson products. I will never buy another Dyson product. I'm not sure what has happened in the Dyson company for it to put out such a disappointing product. I can only assume Dyson has been sold to a bigger company so once again we see greed before customer satisfaction.
Not worth the money
Very disappointed with the overall quality and performance. Not enough variation in suction. Emptying the canister is not easy and has often clicked open as it is taken out of it's holder. The on/off switch is too small as is the cord rewind. Vacuum rod is too large and difficult to use. Attachments are poorly designed for the purpose intended.
- Cinetic Big Ball Animal
- Verified purchase
My dyson cinetic big ball animal arrived today FANTASTIC MACHINE......
Anyone thinking if buying a dyson dont hesitate you will love it. All i am waiting on now is the 3 free accessories to arrive..
Purchased in November 2019 at Dyson.com.au for A$699.00.
Disappointed as there is a filter in the apparently filterless vacuum!
This review is not an attack on Dyson, just simply stating fact that there is a major and hidden design fault within this vacuum cleaner.
On a positive note, the vacuum works well when new, great suction and good range of tools!
However, after a while (12 months) the machine started to smell like burnt dust and was literally blowing dust out the back of the motor vents so much so that the air is hazy from suspended dust. Externally everything looked fine and being apparently "filterless", we couldn't see what the problem was. So, I pulled th...e machine apart as it was blowing so much dust that it was unusable and completely unhygienic. And I found a FILTER! YES, a FILTER. There is a disposable paper element filter that is supposed to trap smaller particles between the vacuum cylinder and the motor. This filter was entirely blocked and split so was therefore blowing huge amounts of dust out of the motor vent (see images). The filter looked as though it had been sucking ash, but it hadn't, just blocked with dust.... The vacuum has only ever been used on carpet and floorboards (before Dyson responds that the machine has been used inappropriately). We have a workshop vacuum for 'bad' things and ironically, the Karcher workshop vacuum has ended up in the house as the Dyson isn't useable...... So then off the the Dyson Australia parts website to buy a replacement and nothing was shown! I have now found a replacement filter for $69.00 which the website even states that "If you think that there is no filter in your Dyson Cinetic Big Ball vacuum cleaner you are wrong". And interestingly, the Dyson website states that "No dirty filters to wash or replace" which is simply not true. It would of have been very easy for Dyson to allow the filter to easily clip in and out, but instead c. 19 screws have to be removed to access the filter. Why did they do this when in the past, their vacuum filters were easy to access and washable? I have noted that a number of the other reviews on this site that state that the machine smells or is blowing dust. Dyson have not once responded with a simple solution of replacing the filter, simply contact customer service. Why when there IS a filter and it's a very simple solution or is this simply avoiding admission that a $600.00 vacuum has a fault? Anyway, I have ordered a new filter (the one that doesn't exist) and will see how long it lasts......
Purchased in April 2017 for A$550.00.
- Cinetic Big Ball Animal
- Verified purchase
This product is strong and has lots of little pieces that can help me with my vacuuming. I bought it mainly for my cats hairs on the sofa and it does that so good.
A very well made, high performing vac that's worth a look if you want mains power - and can use all the accessories.
Pros - Excellent performance, quality build and finish, comfortable and efficient to use, large capacity dust collector, wide collection of attachments that work well if you have a use for them...
Cons - ... but up the already premium pricing unnecessarily if you don't. On/off switch on the small side and potentially fragile for tapping with your foot, hard floor head is missing the retaining notch to hold the wand and hose upright on the vacuum itself, reasonably heavy to drag around the house, two-year warranty seems stingy.
Bottom Line - ...A well-made, great performing unit that's worthy of its price if you need a regular mains powered vacuum cleaner over a wide variety of surfaces and furniture - but a cordless unit might be a more convenient option if you don't need endless run time. -- The Cinetic Big Ball range is Dyson's current take on their well-known - some might say iconic - cyclone-style bagless/filterless barrel vacuum cleaners. The Animal+ model is an up-spec'd offering with an emphasis on dealing with pet hair, hence the extra accessories and the corresponding higher price.
Purchased in September 2019.
It's good but not great.
It looks flash.
It has reasonable suction.
It's not too noisy.
It has no bags.
It has a lot of accessories.
Power cord is too short (true off all 3 powered dysons I already own).
Ambassador review: it's great ! Just like the last one.
I was sent this new Dyson Animal+ to review. Conveniently, I already own the previous Dyson Animal model, which may be useful for those who may already own one and are wondering what has changed. I was quite excited to do the comparison, knowing full well it would either be very interesting or it wouldn't be very different at all and that very much turned out to the be case.
Aside from the purple, faux-anodised coloration, the product appears almost exactly the same, on first impression. The differences are very few and far in between and the ...only one I can detect is that the power and cord retraction buttons are slightly larger - that's it. The following is identical: cord length, attachments, stick length/size and the bin is a mirror image of it's previous model, also. For those who have not used a Dyson before and have been deterred by the price-point, I don't blame you in the slightest. Make no mistake, this is a pricey unit at around $750. That said, given the service life of our previous model (over 3 years now), I would absolutely buy another. If it broke within a year then that would be a deal breaker. In a nutshell, the Dyson Barrel vacuums are very, very good. I live in an apartment - all carpet. It's a never-ending challenge to keep our carpets clean and I when I got my first Dyson I was extremely happy with the performance - I still am, which is why I am also very please with the performance of this new model. As a comparison, there is little to no difference in performance between the two. I can't be sure, but I believe the new model is slightly (and mean, very slightly) more quite than the old, but that could be an old vs new thing. I did note that both models use the same "turbine floor tool" (aka - the big brush head that moves and whines, but cleans exceptionally well). This tool is generally great, although our older model now occasionally makes very high pitch, irritating whining sounds when being moved backwards and forwards. I'm not sure if that's due to material suck in the rollers (I have tried cleaning them out) or if it's just that there is a design issue. Given there is zero visible evidence of change on this attachment, I would expect this new model to also have this flaw as time goes on. The other slight irritation is that, in order to remove the spinning brush from this workhorse adapter (because hair will get caught in it), you need a 10 cent coin or something similar to remove the cover on the side of the unit. I would very much like to see a change here that is tool free if possible. Likewise, the bin on both models are indistinguishable, visually, bar superficial colouration. In my experience, this will be generally a good thing - but expect two issues: albeit rarely, you will pop out the bin and it will open unexpectedly. This largely points to incorrect re-installation after cleaning, however, it's not just that. Once you empty the bin (and yes, expect to have to put you hand into the bin to remove jammed up carpet fibre and bits and bobs) the challenge begins to secure the bottom of the bin back onto itself. I often find myself having make multiple attempts at this primarily due to the rubber seals not evenly locking onto the plastic circumference of the bin. All the while, exceptionally fine dust particles are spreading around and getting up your nose and causing wonderful sneezing - it's the price you pay for a vaccum that literally sucks up the finest crud from your carpets - and, it's a price I pay gladly. That said, there is room for improvement in the bin design and I would also like to see improvement in caching the finest of the dust so it doesn't get a chance to aerosolise around the room. The only way to get it out to get the bin multiple hard whacks - which really doesn't help your cause for preventing a dust storm. Overall, I would love to give this a 5 but I know that Dyson can do better and I expect that they certainly will as product development evolves. That said, I would rate this vacuum above all others I have used in the past and I would buy one again.
Purchased in September 2019.
Highly recommended for homes with fur-babies!
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal+ Vacuum Cleaner
This my first my first review, and first time with a Dyson so naturally I was keen to experience one of these for the first time. It was a bit of an anti-climax when it arrived as I had hurt my back a couple of days earlier. So as keen as I was to test it out, I was worried about being able to actually use it!
Anyway, a little background. Our house is two storey, tiled living downstairs and carpeted bedrooms upstairs. We have two VERY cute but VERY fluffy Ragdoll cats that ...
Questions & Answers
Where are the filters
Your Dyson Cinetic Big Ball machine features Dyson Cinetic Science which means it has no filters you need to wash, replace or change. Just empty the bin when the dust reaches the MAX line to ensure it performs as it should (you can see how to do this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDs8l7msca0)
While there is a post motor filter built into the ball, this filter is designed to last the lifetime of your machine with no need for maintenance.
If we can assist further, please get in touch with our Dyson Experts via email@example.com, we are happy to help.
If you are not in Australia, please visit www.dyson.com and press "Contact Us" for the local contact information of the Dyson helpline in your area.
Why does mine smell bad when it has never been wet or vacuumed up wet material? How do you clean it thoroughly?
If a smell is coming from your machine, this can indicate either something with a strong scent or some dust containing a high moisture content has been vacuumed up. We recommend carrying out the following steps which may dispel any odour.
After emptying you may rinse the clear bin in cold water, ensuring that no detergents are used. Please don't remove the seals whilst washing the clear bin and most importantly ensure that the clear bin is completely dry before placing back onto the machine. Please note that the cyclone top assembly, which attaches on top of the bin, must be removed and is not washable. You can find instructions on how to remove the cyclone here: https://support.dyson.com.au/supportHome.aspx/Vacuums/Cylinders/Dyson-Cinetic-Big-Ball/214892-01/maintaining-your-dyson-machine/cleaning-the-bin
We also recommend to let the hose, floor tool and wand of your machine air out for 24-48 hours, ideally somewhere safe, dry and sunny.
If you find the odour persists, or we can assist further, please call us on 1800 239 766 with your machine handy. Our helpline is open Monday - Friday 8am - 7pm and Saturday - Sunday 8:30am - 4pm.
our Big Ball Animal Dyson started exhausting a foul smell as well.
Turned out it was the cyclone filter system. Despite emptying the bin out and cleaning it thoroughly, it still smelt horrible
I ended up completely disassembling the cyclone filter (BIG job) and found a huge amount of muck stuck inside all over the filter and the air jets. Some were completely clogged. Turned out my partner had used one of those carpet cleaning powders which I think are slightly damp as well. It's gone through the entire filter system and gummed it all up inside. I had to pull the entire filter apart and clean all the parts individually. I then soaked all the parts in a mix of water and mild detergent overnight. Dried it all out with compressed air and then re-assembled. Smell is now gone and suction is as good as new now.
We since found out that you should never use powder carpet cleaners in bag-less vacuums.... lesson learned. Fortunately it seems the powder didn't make it to the motor, which seems to have survived.....
my new dyson big ball origin head doesn't seem to pick up dirt rather it just pushes it around causing me to have to lift the head up and place it down on top of dust to get it clean
I had the same problem.
l had to purchase a carbon fibre turbine head of the Dyson website. Not ideal to fork out an extra $120 but now I get a really good clean.
Any debris too large to fit under the floor tool may be pushed along the floor. For larger debris such as this, we would encourage either placing the floor tool directly on top of the debris, or removing the floor tool and using the included combination tool to clean these up.
If we can assist further, our Dyson Experts are available via firstname.lastname@example.org and happy to help.
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|Weight||11.34 kg||11.04 kg||10.67 kg||10.55 kg|
|Cord Length||6.6 m||6.6 m||6.6 m||6.6 m|
|Suction (Air Watts)||250 AW||250 AW||250 AW||250 AW|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)||2 year(s)||2 year(s)||2 year(s)|
|Release date||Apr 2016||Apr 2016||Apr 2016||Apr 2016|
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