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Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor Review

Great cleaning performance with additional features that will keep you happy and your house clean
Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor
Credit: Dyson
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Price:   $400 List
Pros:  Great maneuverability, cool features, picks up finer debris, great with hair
Cons:  Poor with larger debris, expensive
Manufacturer:   Dyson
By Ruth Bruckbauer and Jessica Riconscente  ⋅  Jul 26, 2022
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  • Carpet Cleaning - 35% 6.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6.6
  • Handling - 20% 7.2
  • Hard Surface - 10% 5.5
  • Pet Hair - 10% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor performed well amongst our other canister vacuums, particularly with pet hair. We were also impressed by it's long reach at just over 33 feet and its ability to transition from hard floor to carpet surfaces with a trigger on the handle that reduces the speed of the brush roller. This canister vacuum performed quite well all across the board, all except for a middling performance on hard surfaces. But, if you have loads of pet hair to clean, this is the right vacuum for you.

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Pros Great maneuverability, cool features, picks up finer debris, great with hairGreat edging, hard surface, and carpet cleaning performancesEasy maneuverability, strong suction, good on hard floorsLong reach, great handling, superb pet hair performanceLightweight, inexpensive
Cons Poor with larger debris, expensivePoor pet hair cleaning, short reachStruggles with pet hair, non-adjustable shaftExpensive, poor edging performance, bulky headSo-so with pet hair, can get clogged
Bottom Line Great cleaning performance with additional features that will keep you happy and your house cleanThis little vacuum can pack a punch in performance, cleaning carpets and hard surfaces with ease at an affordable priceGreat maneuverability and cleaning performance makes this a go-to vacuum, especially if you're looking for a bagged modelThis vacuum takes many passes to get the work done at a high costWhile being light and easy to handle, this product struggles with more intense cleanup challenges
Rating Categories Dyson Big Ball Mult... Eureka WhirlWind Eureka Mighty Mite Kenmore Elite Pet F... Bissell Zing Bagles...
Carpet Cleaning (35%)
6.0
6.7
6.8
4.7
5.1
Ease of Use (25%)
6.6
6.3
5.8
6.7
6.3
Handling (20%)
7.2
7.5
7.0
6.8
5.9
Hard Surface (10%)
5.5
8.0
8.0
4.0
6.0
Pet Hair (10%)
9.0
4.0
4.0
9.0
4.0
Specs Dyson Big Ball Mult... Eureka WhirlWind Eureka Mighty Mite Kenmore Elite Pet F... Bissell Zing Bagles...
Model Number N/A NEN110B 3670G 81714 2156A
Dirt Collection Bagless Bagless Bag Bag Bagless
Measured Head Width 10.5'' 10.5'' 10.5'' 14.75'' 10.0"
Measured Weight 17.4 lbs 11.0 lbs 9.3 lbs 24.5 lbs 9.2 lbs
Measured Brush Width 9'' N/A N/A 14'' N/A
Measured Weight Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brush On/Off Switch Adjusts N/A N/A Yes N/A
Measured Maximum Reach 33' 4" 26' 10" 31' 10" 37' 4" 26' 6"
Measured Power Cord Length 22' 16' 6" 19' 6" 26' 16' 6"
Automatic Cord Rewind Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Measured Noise 74 dBa 68 dBa 72 dBa 72 dBa 72 dBa
Measure Suction Power 80'' 60'' 90'' 74'' 64''

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor is super tough on pet hair and has a sleek design that would fit in with any modern household. But, this model doesn't just have looks to offer — it has a pretty good carpet cleaning performance too. Also, the long reach of this vacuum means you likely won't need to carry it up and down the stairs. Lastly, we enjoyed the see-through head of this canister, as it was satisfying to be able to watch the debris suctioned up.

Performance Comparison


Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum
Credit: Chris McNamara

Carpet Cleaning


Although wood and other hard floors are growing in popularity, carpeting still reigns supreme. Therefore, we weighted this metric to be 35% of the total score for each canister. For our carpet cleaning tests, we splayed out lots of different debris such as flour, rice, oatmeal, and cereal. Then we counted how many passes each canister took to clean up each mess. Continue on to see how well the Dyson executed our carpet cleaning tests.


The Dyson performed particularly well with fine debris, like flour and oatmeal, picking up everything in around five passes. But, the Big Ball dropped the ball when vacuuming up larger and heavier debris, like Cheerios and rice. In order to pick up the Cheerios, we had to lift and drop the head on top of them several times, but we still could not pick up everything.

Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum - the flour test prior to vacuuming.
The flour test prior to vacuuming.
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Ease of Use


Next, we compared each vacuum's ease of use, which is responsible for 25% of each model's overall score. We examined each canister vacuum's span of reach, ability to transition from carpeting to hard surfaces, and how easily each model maneuvered in and around furniture. Keep reading to find out how easy the Dyson is to use around your home.


The Dyson was only a little above average in the edging tests. It vacuumed some grains from the edges and corners of the wall, but it wasn't able to catch 100% of the debris. The Dyson did do well in our surface transition tests due to its trigger on the handle that is used to reduce the brush roller speed. The only downside of the trigger is that you have to hold down on it the entire time it's in use. The vacuum handle also has a suction-control slider that shifts the motor and head for the different suction levels.

Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum - the low clearance of the dyson big ball head means that you can get...
The low clearance of the Dyson Big Ball head means that you can get under furniture much easier.
Credit: Chris McNamara

One of the things we enjoyed most about the Dyson is that it manages to get all the way under our furniture, thanks to its length of just over 33 feet. This model also angles quite well and manages to maneuver around tight corners.

Handling


In our handling tests, we vacuumed stairs, measured the level of pushing/pulling effort, and tested maneuverability through our vacuum obstacle course. We weighted this metric at 20% of each canister vacuum's overall performance. Please continue reading to find out how well the Dyson handled our tests.


Again, the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum really shone in our handling tests, earning one of the highest performances in this metric. The pushing/pulling on hard surfaces felt so-so, but the vacuum's effortless maneuverability made up for this. The adjustable handle also worked really well at keeping the hose out of the way of the vacuuming, thus cutting down on frustration. And, the long cord made it easy to vacuum more than one room without having to unplug and replug somewhere else.

Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum - the dyson is actually fun to use and makes vacuuming less of a chore.
The Dyson is actually fun to use and makes vacuuming less of a chore.
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Hard Surface


For our hard surface tests, we vacuumed up a myriad of messes such as cereal, oatmeal, rice, and flour on our hardwood flooring. We also took note of which vacuums had adjustable brush roller speeds. Brush rollers can create fine scratches on hard surfaces, especially hardwood floors, which is why you'll want a vacuum that has the option to turn this feature off. We gave hard surface cleaning a 10% weighing over each product's overall score. Read on to see how the Dyson performed in our hard surface testing.


The Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum had a middling performance on hard surfaces. The Dyson did very well at getting all the fine debris like flour and rice, although it struggled with larger debris, like Cheerios and oatmeal. What we really liked with this vacuum was the convenient trigger design on the handle that reduced the roller speed for hard or chunky pick-ups. The slower speed worked really well here, although it still was no match for larger debris. Although hard floors are not its strong suit, this model performs well in every other metric.

Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum - cheerios managed to clog up most of the models we tested.
Cheerios managed to clog up most of the models we tested.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Pet Hair


We give pet hair its own testing metric for those with furry friends in mind. For our testing, we tirelessly first weighed out exactly 50 grams of pet hair that was generously donated to us by a local groomer. We then spread the hair on the carpets and floors we used for the previous testing. Then we weighed out the hair, determining what percentage was vacuumed and how much was left behind. Pet hair performance accounts for 10% of each product's overall score. Read on to see how well the Dyson Multi Floor performed in our pet hair tests.


The Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor vacuumed up a whopping 98.20% of pet hair! It only left behind 4.91 grams of pet hair on our high pile carpet after just four passes — quite impressive compared to others in our lineup. To put that in perspective, we only saw a few strands of hair here and there. This vacuum could easily compete with an upright any day in our pet hair tests. Thanks to this model's effective and adjustable brush roller, it was able to not only suction but also grab the fine pieces of hair. We highly recommend this canister vacuum for pet owners.

Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum - our reviewers hard at work testing all the different canister...
Our reviewers hard at work testing all the different canister vacuums so that you can feel confident with your purchase.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Should you buy the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor?


We base value on what matters most to consumers in a product as well as the price. The Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum definitely lives up to its name — if you have pets, this is the vacuum for you. However, it is on the expensive side. But, even if you don't have pets, you might still want a vacuum cleaner with many outstanding features, is easy to use, and has a decent overall performance. If that's the case, then this vacuum is worth the investment.

Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum - this agile vacuum will make a great addition to your home.
This agile vacuum will make a great addition to your home.
Credit: Chris McNamara

What Other Canister Vacuum Should You Consider?


We enjoy this vacuum's outstanding features, sleek design, and outstanding pet hair performance. We think the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor would be an excellent choice for pet owners. But, for those who want the overall best performance, you may want to invest in the Eureka Whirlwind or the Miele Compact C1 Turbo.

Ruth Bruckbauer and Jessica Riconscente
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