Small dyson ball vacuum: Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor Vacuum Cleaner Review

Dyson Small Ball Upright Vacuum Cleaner Review

  • Compact design

  • Highly maneuverable

It replaces the popular DC50/Compact Animal, condensing all the advances of the bulky Dyson Cinetic Big Ball (MSRP $599.99) into an apartment-friendly package. The Small Ball may not be as powerful as other vacuums in its class. But, after a week cleaning with it on various floor types and lifting it around our labs, we think it’s a good tradeoff for some consumers.

Should the prospect of lifting a 20-pound vacuum up the stairs prevented you from cleaning those carpets, the Small Ball might be just what the chiropractor ordered.


Light traveler

Open the box and you’ll find the pickings rather spartan. While the Big Ball came with enough attachments to warrant their own tote bag, the Small Ball includes only a combined crevice and brush tool, plus a stair tool.

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  • The Small Ball is dwarfed by a canister vac like the Kenmore Elite 81714. Credit: / Jonathan Chan

  • The Dyson Small Ball Credit: Dyson

  • The Small Ball has a low-profile brush head. Credit: / Jonathan Chan

  • The controls are within arm’s reach. Credit: / Jonathan Chan

  • We found the trapdoor on the canister stuck a little. Credit: / Jonathan Chan

  • The Small Ball comes with only an upholstery brush and crevice tool. Credit: / Jonathan Chan

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    The Small Ball comes with only an upholstery brush and crevice tool. Credit: / Jonathan Chan

It’s just enough for all of the basic vacuuming scenarios: a brush tool for curtains, a crevice tool for corners, the main brush head for the floor, and a stair tool for awkward surfaces. It’s not much, but it’s probably all you need. They all attach to the wand that detaches from the top of the cleaner—a Dyson signature move that takes a little getting used to until it becomes second nature.

Conveniently, the Small Ball is also equipped with a washable, cone-shaped filter, which sits atop the bagless canister. Cleaning any vacuum filter is an annoying extra step, but with the Small Ball it’s as easy as rinsing a plate and waiting for it to dry.


The Small Ball can handle the corner-kick

The namesake of the Small Ball is an engineering feat that helps with handling. Unlike cheaper uprights, the Small Ball incorporates a universal joint—a ball—that lets it twist and turn on a dime. Being able to apply force from different angles lets you more easily navigate around furniture. Plus, it’s easier on the arms.


The Small Ball saves a lot of space over other uprights.

You’ll need all the mobility aids you can get, because the Small Ball clamps down pretty hard on carpets–necessitating about three pounds of force to push it. That’s a lot, but the tradeoff is good suction. If this is too hard to push, or if it leeches onto high-pile carpets, simply operate the vacuum on its low setting.

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If you have multiple floors in your home, the Small Ball is worth your consideration. At only 12 pounds with all the attachments onboard, it’s easy to heft the Small Ball up and down stairs. And with a 32-foot cord, the Small Ball can easily clean a room or three without the need to replug. That cord does have to get manually wrapped up every time you’re done cleaning it, however.

When you’re done cleaning, the Small Ball’s dirt canister has a button-operated trap door on the bottom. It didn’t spring open as easily as we’d like and was tricky to replace after emptying. We got everything to work after some practice, so don’t get discouraged.

Does It Get My Floors Clean?


As a design-focused company, Dyson has handling and accessories down pat. What usually makes or breaks a Dyson is dirt pickup. Frankly, the Small Ball doesn’t live up to the big hype or bigger price tag.

For instance, when we distributed 100 grams of testing dirt on short carpet, the Small Ball got just 43% of it. Compared to your normal sub-$100 vacuums, that’s a superior clean. However, you can get almost twice the dirt pickup for $150 less with the bulkier Kenmore Elite 31150. The performance-to-price gap got even wider when we switched over to high-pile carpet: This Dyson got only 13% of the dirt, while the Elite sucked up 24%.

The Small Ball also had problems dealing with large debris. The low-profile, auto-adjust brush head will push around uncooked macaroni, for example, rather than scooping it up. It’s the same problems we’ve seen with other Dyson uprights. If your little one drops her Cheerios or your dog is a messy eater, you’ll have to bust out the hose.

For in-depth performance information, please visit the Test Results Page.


With proof of purchase, the Dyson Small Ball comes with an impressive five-year warranty. This covers any original defects of materials or workmanship. “Normal wear and tear” is not covered.

Before You Buy

A lightweight—in more ways than one.

Dyson rounded up a lot of technology into a little vacuum. Navigation is a dream, and it’s light enough for homes with lots of stairs and small enough for tiny apartments. Everything we liked about the Big Ball is here, in a smaller package.

Well, almost everything: For all the cyclonic power, the Small Ball offers relatively weak dirt pickup. And while 12 pounds is even lighter than some cordless vacuums, we think $400 is a tough sell, especially with cheaper, more functional options out there. Taking all that into consideration, we say wait until you can snag one on sale.

Edge Cleaning

Edge cleaning tests measure how close to the wall the Small Ball can get. We place a wooden barrier alongside carpet to represent the trim along a wall, and pour talcum powder to visualize what is and isn’t cleaned. The Small Ball is able to clean flush against the wall from both the front and the side—meaning suction is distributed evenly throughout the brush head. Dyson’s unique drive system is to thank, as vacuums with drive belts mounted on the left or right just can’t get that close.

Carpet Cleaning

Our carpet tests are split across high-pile and short-pile carpet. To simulate the dirt that’s in your own carpets at home, we blend a mix of sand of various sizes and talk. Then, we pour it on the carpet and tamp it down with a roller—like your feet do. We then run each vacuum over the entire surface once, the same way you clean your own home.

On average, this Dyson picked up 43.2% of the dirt off the short-pile carpet. Although that’s good for vacuums in general, it doesn’t measure up to competitors in this price range. Pickup results on the deep carpet lowered the Small Ball’s ranking even more. It vacuumed up only 12.9% of the testing dirt, and while all vacuums struggle with this test, the Small Ball’s performance placed it near the back of the pack.

Bare Floor Cleaning

The bare floor test is intended to reflect cleaning scenarios in your kitchen, and we simulate that by leaving out pieces of uncooked macaroni and rice. This is where the Small Ball stumbled the most: It only picked up 45% of the macaroni and 65% of the rice. The brush head is simply to low to the ground to pick up large debris, so you’ll need to take out the hose and spot clean instead.

Meet the tester

Jonathan Chan

Senior Manager of Lab Operations


Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Lab Manager at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it’s likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company’s efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he’s a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he’s plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.

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Light to carry and saves storage space. 25% longer cleaning reach. 2 Tier Radial cyclones direct drive motor. Suction control. Advanced cleaner head technology. Washable lifetime filter. Five-year warranty parts and labor. Suction Power: 150AW. Bin Volume: 0.21 gallons. Total weight: 12.15 lbs. Cord length: 31′. Maximum reach: 33.4′. Dimensions: 31.8″H x 11.0″W x 14.1″D.

    • 2 Tier radial cyclones, 19 Cyclones arranged across two tiers, work in parallel to increase airflow and capture fine dust.
    • Light to carry, weighs just 12.5 lbs for easier lifting up stairs and around the home.
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    • Saves storage space. Compact with collapsible handle
    • Advanced self-adjusting cleaner head automatically adjusts between carpets and hard floors, sealing in suction. Direct drive motor pushes bristles deeper into carpet.
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    • Latest Ball™ technology with improved stability to maneuveur easily around furniture, obstacles and into difficult places
    • Hygenic bin emptying with a quick single button cyclone release and bin empty. No need to touch the dirt.
  • Whole-machine HEPA filtration ensures that allergens are trapped inside the machine, not expelled back into the home.

Dyson Small Ball Allergy review: A powerful corded upright vacuum that allergy sufferers will appreciate


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Welcome to our Dyson Small Ball Allergy Review. In short, this might be the best Dyson upright corded vacuum cleaner for small homes.

Dyson may specialize in high-spec cordless vacuum cleaners, but for many, the best Dyson vacuum cleaner is still the good old vertical cord. This may come as a surprise to many – after all, Dyson announced that the V10 cordless vacuum cleaner put an end to its corded vacuum cleaners back in 2018. Despite this, in 2019The last Dyson Small Ball Allergy plug-in vacuum cleaner was introduced.

Following on from its predecessor, the Dyson Light Ball Animal, the new Dyson Small Ball Allergy does not differ much in design and performance. However, the key feature here is that it is specifically certified for people with asthma and allergies at home, which is also a plus for pet owners.

The best thing about this model is that it is cheap and comfortable (at Dyson prices) and costs only 19£9. This is probably the average price of a modern premium upright vacuum cleaner. But can it still deliver the optimal performance and convenience of Dyson’s more innovative cleaners? We have tested it.

  • The best vacuum cleaner: without bag and with bag, with wire and without cable


Assembling the small Dyson allergy ball was a little confusing trying to figure out the intricate attachment of the wand to the retractable cord. There are red buttons that need to be pressed to insert and release parts such as the wand and dust box. And while everything should just be a slot and a click (theoretically!), it turned out to be a bit finicky.

In terms of design, it is well built, ergonomic and equipped with a 1.6 liter bagless dust container. Enough to do all the hard cleaning work without spending multiple times on the trash can. The one-click bin emptying feature allows you to quickly and easily empty the bin with a simple push of a button.

However, it is quite heavy at 6.9 kg. And while it’s not the heaviest of the upright vacuums, I can imagine that it will soon become a problem if you live in a large house or when going up and down flights of stairs. However, it’s neat, looks good, and is compact enough to fit nicely in a storage closet. The solid plastic construction is strong and durable without unnecessary wobble.

The main feature of the allergy to small Dyson balls lies in the name. Specially formulated with a filtration system that is Allergy Standards Limited certified to be allergy and asthma free. For the allergy sufferer who often struggles with the musty smell in the air that can often be left behind after vacuuming, this is a huge bonus!

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Of course, there’s Dyson’s signature ball feature, which is perfect for easy movement and room navigation. However, there is one drawback: the ball is too big to fit under a sofa, bed, or other low furniture for it to be tucked away well. To do this, you will have to detach the wand and use a suitable attachment to treat these inaccessible places. A bit inconvenient when you just want to fully inspect the floor.

With a quick nozzle with a large reach and a quick release, it makes it easy to switch from mopping to ceilings and walls. And the extension cord is LONG, with endless stretch to get to the most inconvenient places.

Supplied with motorized floor nozzle and air flow regulator. The rotating brush can also be disabled on a hard floor. In addition, it has a set of attachments, including a handy stair tool, a combination tool, a soft dust removal brush (which is super soft!) and a useful mattress tool. The only thing that worries me about accessories is where to store them, especially if you already have a full cupboard! And while Dyson has a handy accessory holder on the side where you can stack multiple tools on top of another, you still need to find room for two other attachments. However, you at least know that there is a tool to suit every cleaning need.

It is also equipped with a 9.4 meter cord which, in combination with an extended extension hose, is useful for cleaning the stairs (without them falling over). Having said that, I miss the instant convenience that a retractable cord brings.


The Dyson Small Ball Allergy detector is easy to use. Once back upright, you simply press the power button, tilt the handle back so it slides off the stabilizer wheels and is ready to go (no pun intended!).

As you’d expect from Dyson, exceptional power and suction on both hard floors and carpets is undeniable. On hard floor and tile, it quickly sucks up dust, crumbs and everything else in seconds. Its exceptional power comes from a 700W motor and Radial Root Cyclone technology that captures dust successfully. In particular, the soft brush was a handy part of the kit for removing accumulated dust in and around the fireplace, bookshelves, and window sills.

It is easy and smooth to push on the floor, and the ball provides more flexibility and mobility. However, it was quite difficult to get my head into tight corners or around furniture. Also, I couldn’t vacuum under the sofa due to the awkward path of the ball.

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In any case, the Dyson Small Ball Allergy excels on low pile carpets, with enough suction to remove dirt, dust and stubborn hair strands. Deep cleaning the stairs was easy, and in the “Maximum” mode, you could even feel a slight pull of the suction. In fact, next to the ladder tool, my faded beige carpet looked brighter and could pass for brand new. Very impressive!

If you want to use hand tools, you must remove the extension hose from the housing. Now this should be a quick and easy process, but getting the wand out of the cord can be tricky. But it’s something you’ll soon get used to. In hard-to-reach places, you can pull out the tube and add the right tool, or remove the tube completely to attach it directly to the hose. Keep in mind that the hose can be stiff and uncomfortable at first, so you’ll have to pull on it to get the range you want.

Emptying the bin without a bag is not easy and the latch does not always close properly (which can potentially release dust), so be careful when emptying. Best of all, the air was noticeably fresher, with no odor that “just vacuumed” in the air.

Perhaps the only disadvantages worth mentioning are its weight and inconvenience to move around low furniture or tight spaces. However, I can easily overlook these issues due to the excellent to superior results and very impressive allergen filtration.


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When it comes to performance and power, Dyson Small Ball Allergy is definitely not a concern. The suction system, designed for people with asthma and allergies, will deep clean floors to perfection without leaving potential allergens in the air. The choice of nozzles is very convenient, although you will probably need a little patience to easily remove the wand from the hose. In addition, the rollerball is too large to be cleaned under a sofa or any low furniture.

However, this does not detract from its impressive power and flexibility, allowing you to vacuum almost everything in the house. All in all, the Dyson Small Ball Allergy is a worthwhile upright vacuum cleaner. It may be one of the last vacuum cleaners left after the culling of its plugged-in comrades, but it’s a great machine and, especially by Dyson standards, excellent value for money.

James Dyson – a man and a vacuum cleaner

Starting a journey and family

Rotation, balls, rollers, the like gizmos and phenomena were the key elements in his fruitful creative life. Sir James Dyson, a true knight of the United Kingdom, is best known as an outstanding English industrial designer.

He was born in Norfolk, England on May 2, 1947. James is one of three unfortunate children in a family whose father died of liver cancer in 1956, when his son was only 9 years old.

He managed to get his primary education at Gresham’s School, in the same place in Norfolk, where he spent 10 years – from 1956 to 1965 – until his nineteenth birthday.

At school, he managed to distinguish himself: he became the best long-distance runner. According to him, this happened not because he gained excellent physical shape, but because he was determined, but learned such determination during training – this greatly helped to achieve success in the future. After completing his secondary education, he spent one year at the Byam Shaw School of Art, which is now the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Further, before he became interested in engineering, they spent 5 years (1966-1970) studying furniture and interior design at the Royal College of Art (Royal College of Art).

In 1968, James Dyson became engaged to Deirdre Hindmarsh. Her salary as an art teacher helped him a lot during the development of later popular instruments. The couple had three children: Emily (Emily), Jacob (Jacob) and Sam (Sam).


James Dyson will make a big name for himself in the future. Among his first inventions is the Sea Truck, which was put into production in 1970, when he was still studying at the College of Art.

His total sales in the future will bring him $500 million.

It is a modified version of a wheelbarrow that uses a ball instead of the latter.
The idea of ​​its application remained with him when he developed the trolleyball (trolleyball) – a small mechanical tractor for launching small boats into the water.

And soon after that, he created a wheeled boat (wheelboat), capable of moving both on water and on land at speeds up to 65 km / h.

One of his most famous inventions was the Double Cyclone, a bagless vacuum cleaner that works on the principle of cyclonic separation.


Cyclone technology works by creating a centrifugal separation of air and its impurities, while the flow is involved in high-speed rotation. Dust and dirt are ejected from it and collected in a container like a simple trash can – not in a filter or bag.

Two centrifugal air streams are created in the vacuum chamber. In the upper part of the vacuum chamber in 7 funnel-shaped channels, the cyclones are forced to rotate along a greater than the initial curvature, creating an even greater centrifugal force. This, in turn, makes it possible to reliably capture fine particles before the air is expelled from the instrument.

Powerful suction power allows the vacuum cleaner to pick up large pieces of dirt and all sorts of debris. Special protection then filters out fluff and other debris. The fast-moving air picks up small particles and carries them into the cones, where the dirty air accelerates to 1,400 km/h, spinning at over 300,000 revolutions per minute. As a result, the centrifugal force is up to 200,000 g! The efficiency is such that the particles of cigarette smoke are separated from the air already in the narrow initial tip of the cone and then sent to the container.

The evolution of the idea

Dyson came up with the idea to create a vacuum cleaner using this technology in the late 1970s. Its goal is a vacuum cleaner that will not lose suction power as dirt accumulates. The first development, Hoover Junior (Junior), upset him, because. with the increase in the amount of collected dust, the efficiency still decreased. But soon the air filters of the rooms for the production of “balloons” led him to the idea of ​​​​the cyclone principle – and after five years of “sitting” on his wife’s neck and making more than 5,100 test models in 1983 g. Dyson completed the creation of G-Force (G-Force).

Unfortunately, no sponsor or manufacturer took this vacuum cleaner into the UK, because, sadly, it could seriously harm the garbage bag market. Therefore, the inventor organized sales in Japan through catalogs.

The final version of the device, made in pleasant light pink colors, was approximately £2,000.91 International Design Prize. Dyson received his first American patent in 1986.
Failure due to the refusal of big businessmen prompted James Dyson to open his own production in his homeland. In June 1993, in Malmesbury, Wiltshire (Malmesbury, Wiltshire), the inventor creates his own research center. During this period, his device outsells the devices of companies that once rejected his offer, and his brand becomes one of the most popular in the United Kingdom. In early 2005, it was reported in the press that the Dyson vacuum cleaner, not by the number of units sold, but by turnover, became the market leader in the United States.

And given the fact that the American market is familiar with the products of the inventor only since the Root Cyclone model (something like the Basic Cyclone) and it did not introduce Dual Cyclone DC from the first to the fifth generation, this is a quick and stunning success . By the way, the Dual Cyclone became a vacuum cleaner that sold faster in the UK than any other ever made – a true vacuum cleaner!
After the success of the mentioned models, the scientists of the research center decided that they could create an even more powerful vacuum cleaner . .. And this was achieved by adding another smaller diameter fast dust collector to increase the centrifugal force. This resulted in 45% more efficiency than the Dual Cyclone and more dust removal by dividing the air into 8 separate cyclones – the Root 8 Cyclone was born.

This creation of Dyson, 10 years after the first defining discovery, swept an advertising cyclone on many TV channels. The marketing campaign was able to convince many viewers of the complete absence of the need for replaceable garbage bags, the market size of which was £ 100 million at that time. The slogan “say goodbye to bags” became much more attractive to buyers than the previously proclaimed more effective dust suction. Ironically, in the design of vacuum cleaners before the invention of the Cyclone, the ability to change bags was a stunningly successful innovation.

In the wake of Dyson’s success, many manufacturers turned to profit by creating their own versions of vacuum cleaners. Not without plagiarism: Dyson filed a lawsuit against Hoover UK, accusing them of patent infringement – his compensation amounted to $ 5 million.

The inventor conceived in 2000 a washing machine based on two counter-rotating drums. But this creation did not find a response among consumers and was very soon forgotten.

In 2006, the hygienic hand dryer Dyson Airblade was successfully developed.

It is supplied with air at 400 mph through 0.3 mm holes. As a result, a powerful jet of air works like an invisible towel, removing moisture from the hands.


After their success, the Dysons became the owners of Dodington Park, a 300-acre Georgian estate in Gloucestershire worth £15 million. The couple also bought a castle in France for $3 million and a large house in Chelsea in London.
Dyson has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Design Museum, the world’s first institution to display once-created original objects.