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Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Vacuum Cleaner Review

With great handling, the Cinetic will help you get the ball rolling on your house cleaning

January 08, 2015
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By the Numbers

Vacuum cleaners are more complicated than you might think. We don't just evaluate cleaning performance, but also look at maneuverability, weight, noise, and ease of use. On this page we'll discuss how we reached the conclusions in our review of the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball.

Sound

While idling, the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball produced 74.5 dBa. According the Department of Transportation, that's about the same as a gas lawn mower 100 feet away. Not super loud, but other members of your household will know when you're vacuuming.

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Edge Cleaning & Furniture Clearance

The Big Ball was able to clean right up against the wall during our edge cleaning test. It didn't matter if we measured from the side or the front of the brush head—the dirt was gone.

Furniture Clearance
The Dyson Big Ball has trouble doing the vacuum limbo. View Larger

The titular big ball made it difficult to fit under furniture. For example, if you have a bed frame that sits four inches off the ground, the brush head would only be able to reach about five inches underneath. Even with a foot of clearance, the Big Ball could only reach under by 15 inches.

Carpet Cleaning

We divide carpet cleaning into two categories: high-pile and normal. Both use a mixture of 100 grams of dirt that is composed of various grain sizes. This mixture is sprinkled evenly on test carpets and then we run the test vacuum over it.

The Dyson did very well on high-pile carpet. It picked up about grams 18.25 of the dirt mixture, which is good compared to the average of 16.2 grams that we've measured across all vacuums we've tested. The self-adjusting brush head proved its worth here.

On normal carpet, the Big Ball proved only average. It picked up 62.15 grams of the dirt we put down, which is about par for most high-end vacuums. However, considering that the Big Ball costs $700, we think it fell short.

When we switched to large debris, the Big Ball had even more trouble. The large debris test consists of uncooked macaroni, rice, and cat hair, evenly distributed across a surface.

On high-pile carpet, the Dyson left behind 25% of the macaroni, 15% of the rice, and 33% of the cat hair. It performed slightly better on normal carpet, missing 5% of the macaroni, 20% of the rice, and 17% of the cat hair. We found that the self-adjusting head put itself too low and pushed debris out of the way.

Bare Floor Cleaning

On bare floors like your kitchen, the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball did a fair job. It scooped up all of the macaroni we left out and missed only 20% of the rice. Again, we had an issue with the Big Ball pushing debris along rather than picking it up.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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