The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is Dyson’s top of the line upright vacuum. At 270 Air Watts it is said to have the strongest suction of any vacuum. We put the Ball Animal 2 to various tests and came up with a practical list of pros and cons, (Amazon links in the description.) and lets get started.
It really does have amazing suction, it passes the crevice pick up test, designed by Dyson with flying colors, this is particularly important if you have any gaps in wood flooring. Most vacuums simply cannot get to material deeper than 1/8 of an inch.
When vacuuming carpet, you can really feel the difference in the amount of suction and material that is being picked up, It also has a super powerfull brushroll motor as well….combining this suction and brushroll with the whole machine HEPA filtration, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 would be a step above when it comes to allergy concerns.
It does very well of hard floors as well where the suction can pull debris in from a fair distance.
Though it is fairly heavy, at 17.3 lbs it, is actually pretty easy to maneuver because it doesn’t require too much forearm twisting to change directions.
The attachment set including the Tangle-free Turbine tool, stair tool, combination tool is a good match with a special nod to the turbine tool which really does prevent tangling and therefore cleaning.
It has a 5 year parts and labor warranty and lastly it looks pretty darn cool.
The most common complaint about the Ball Animal 2 is the suction being too strong for some types of carpets. For example it worked perfectly on my very low pile carpet, but on a large living room rug it was unworkable because it was so hard to push. Im not sure why our living room rug is too much for the dyson as I wouldn’t describe it as long pile, its just thick. I can imagine there are a lot of returns when people find out that it wont work with their longer or thicker carpet and Its not really practical for use in our cleaning business because it would not work for every house we clean where carpet types differ from house to house.
Another con is that while Dyson’s self adjusting cleaner head is a great invention which insures the maximum amount of suction for whatever surface you are cleaning the downside is that because it is so close to the floor, it gives the Dyson very poor performance when trying to get to larger debris. It was soundly defeated by the Shark Apex in our Big Mess Test. (links in the description to the full test)
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You can watch the videos on the tests we performed on the Ball Animal 2 or how it stacks up against the Shark Apex by clicking any of the links on the screen.
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