Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Review

Dyson excels in making beautiful vacuums, and the Cinetic Big Ball Animal canister vacuum is no exception. This is a sleek, modern vacuum that stands out from the other bagless canister vacuums we tested. Most importantly, it cleans effectively – much more effectively than competitors.

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Our Verdict

This Dyson combines strong suction with a well-planned, maneuverable design to give you the best canister vacuum in our lineup.

For

  • The Dyson Cinetic works well on every surface and glides along with little effort.

Against

  • At 81 dB, this is a relatively loud vacuum. Your entire household will know when it's running.
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Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal was one of the louder canister vacuums, generating 81 decibels in our testing.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal was one of the louder canister vacuums, generating 81 decibels in our testing.
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Assembling the Cinetic Big Ball Animal was an easy process that took just a couple of minutes.

Assembling the Cinetic Big Ball Animal was an easy process that took just a couple of minutes.
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The number of accessories that come with the Big Ball Animal is impressive, but they have to be stored in a separate bag rather than be attached to the base.

The number of accessories that come with the Big Ball Animal is impressive, but they have to be stored in a separate bag rather than be attached to the base.
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The turbine head on the Dyson Cinetic has stiff bristles to help remove hair and other debris from carpeting.

The turbine head on the Dyson Cinetic has stiff bristles to help remove hair and other debris from carpeting.
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We used flour to simulate fine dust that you may have to clean out of your carpets as we tested the Big Ball Animal in our laboratory.

We used flour to simulate fine dust that you may have to clean out of your carpets as we tested the Big Ball Animal in our laboratory.
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We were able to snap together the Dyson Cinetic without the use of any tools.

We were able to snap together the Dyson Cinetic without the use of any tools.
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The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal has a sturdy handle on the top of its base that made it easy to move during our testing.

The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal has a sturdy handle on the top of its base that made it easy to move during our testing.
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The brush inside the head of the Dyson Cinetic is constantly in motion in order to gather up different kinds of debris from carpeting.

The brush inside the head of the Dyson Cinetic is constantly in motion in order to gather up different kinds of debris from carpeting.
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The Animal does not have any filters that you have to clean or replace.

The Animal does not have any filters that you have to clean or replace.
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The cyclone feature inside the Cinetic Big Ball Animal is meant to trap microscopic debris.

The cyclone feature inside the Cinetic Big Ball Animal is meant to trap microscopic debris.
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The way the Animal ejects dirt makes it so you don’t have to touch any and keeps the dust cloud at a minimum.

The way the Animal ejects dirt makes it so you don’t have to touch any and keeps the dust cloud at a minimum.
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The Cinetic Big Ball Animal is designed to right itself when it tips over, which we found incredibly helpful during testing.

The Cinetic Big Ball Animal is designed to right itself when it tips over, which we found incredibly helpful during testing.
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The Animal is one of the heavier canister vacuum cleaners in our lineup, but it didn't seem inordinately heavy during testing.

The Animal is one of the heavier canister vacuum cleaners in our lineup, but it didn't seem inordinately heavy during testing.
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The handle on the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal is hinged in a way that makes it easy to maneuver for different cleaning tasks.

The handle on the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal is hinged in a way that makes it easy to maneuver for different cleaning tasks.
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The Animal is great at cleaning spider webs and other messes that are up high.

The Animal is great at cleaning spider webs and other messes that are up high.
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The Cinetic Big Ball Animal has a combination brush and crevice tool that can help get into tight spots.

The Cinetic Big Ball Animal has a combination brush and crevice tool that can help get into tight spots.
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This Dyson is equipped to suction and trap 0.42 gallons of dirt and debris before it needs to be emptied.

This Dyson is equipped to suction and trap 0.42 gallons of dirt and debris before it needs to be emptied.
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The Animal comes with an assortment of attachments that can help clean stairs, upholstery and curtains.

The Animal comes with an assortment of attachments that can help clean stairs, upholstery and curtains.
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The Cinetic Big Ball Animal is covered by Dyson's impressively long warranty and great customer service.

The Cinetic Big Ball Animal is covered by Dyson's impressively long warranty and great customer service.

Dyson excels in making beautiful vacuums, and the Cinetic Big Ball Animal canister vacuum is no exception. This is a sleek, modern vacuum that stands out from the other bagless canister vacuums we tested. Most importantly, it cleans effectively – much more effectively than competitors. The Cinetic handles all surfaces well, and the base turns easily as you change directions. It can even correct itself when it tips over with just a slight tug. The large wheels on the base move with less friction than is usual for canister vacuums, the canister is easy to empty, and the bin is large despite the vacuum's lightweight design. For all these reasons, the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal earns our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award. 

This vacuum provides great suction, thanks in part to the cyclonic tips on the top of the base that continually oscillate while the vacuum operates. These tips clear dust particles as you clean. This is one of the best canister vacuums available for cleaning carpet. In our vacuuming test using flour in place of fine dust, the Cinetic cleaned the entire area in a short four passes. No vacuum was able to clean the area quicker than that. The head of the vacuum had a little more trouble on hardwood, but it still performed better than most canister vacuum cleaners. We were impressed with how well it picked up large pieces.

The Dyson Cinetic provides true HEPA filtration and an efficient filter that you don't need to wash or replace. This means fewer allergens in your home and cleaner air as well as flooring. Other vacuums have low-maintenance filters, but the Cinetic is the only canister vacuum that doesn't even need to be washed. You pay more up front for this vacuum, but you'll never have to buy another filter or bag for the life of your ownership. If you need something a little more budget-friendly in terms of purchase price, check out the Bissell C4 cyclonic.

Despite having a larger base than some other lightweight canister vacuums, the Cinetic is easy to move around. The wheels reach almost up to the roof of the base, meaning larger wheels that glide more easily over heavy carpet or rough surfaces. As you move in different directions, the canister naturally follows the wand around without extra effort on your part. The vacuum has a solid handle on the top of the bin for moving it up and down the stairs.

This vacuum doesn't require a lot of extra maintenance – its filter never needs to be cleaned, and the bin is easy to empty and holds a lot of dirt. The bin has a 2-liter capacity, the second largest in our lineup, and the vacuum still manages to be one of the more lightweight canister vacuums. The bin clicks off and on with an accessible button and has clear walls that show you when the vacuum is full.

Our biggest complaint about the Cinetic is how loud it is. At its maximum volume, we measured it at 81 dB. For comparison, the quietest vacuum we tested was only 71 dB. To put this in perspective, consider that every 10 dB doubles the volume of an appliance. A conversation is about 60 dB, making this vacuum three times louder than talking at a normal volume. You get a powerful vacuum with the Cinetic; the only problem is that you can hear the power, too.

The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal has a large assortment of accessories and tools, including additional extension wands, combination tools and crevice tools. We were impressed with its tangle-free turbine tool, which is made specifically for picking up pet hair. The turbines on this attachment move in a circular motion, making sure the hair doesn't stick and tangle within the brush. If you are a pet owner who has had to constantly clean the head of your vacuum, this is a neat extra.

One concern we have is that the attachments aren't actually attached to the vacuum. They need to be stored separately in a small bag. This isn't nearly as convenient as accessories that clip to the base or wand of the vacuum. Overall, the Cinetic's attachments are better designed than those of other vacuums, but you might find it an additional burden to have to carry the bag around wherever you clean in the house.

Dyson has one of the best canister vacuum support sites we reviewed. The webpage has large pictures, clear video presentations and a complete manual. The Dyson community is active online, and you can reach customer service by phone, email or live chat. Dyson also offers a five-year warranty on its vacuums, which is the same as the highest warranties available from other manufacturers. While Dyson sells many other appliances, you can tell that vacuums are its bread and butter, something we can't say about other vacuum companies.

The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal was so wonderfully efficient at cleaning that we used it to tidy up the floors and couch once our canister vacuum cleaner reviews were done. It can be a little loud and you have to go and fetch attachments rather than getting them off of the base, the way you can with competitors, but other than that it is ideal. The suction is powerful enough to clean any mess, on any surface.