DYSON UPRIGHT REVIEWS

Depending on whether you are buying a Dyson upright for the first time or you are upgrading your 10-20 year old Dyson, a lot has changed. If you are just chucking out your DC01....well Dyson have been busy and have now just started naming their uprights 'Ball 2' being the latest and LAST corded model.

 

They've gone from the original dual cyclone, to root cyclone, to radial root cyclone, to two tier radial root cyclone, to Cinetic science in that time.

What does all that mean in plain English?

Basically the suction is better (in most cases) and the filters don't get dirty as fast.....or at all.

 

You'll be pleased to know most of the annoying issues that affected the earlier Dysons have been resolved. Cable failures are now virtually non-existent, wheels don't fall off, the parts are a lot more robust and a few design tweaks have improved the overall usability of the Dyson.

 

I'm not saying they are flawless otherwise we wouldn't be in business, machines break down, moving parts wear out, that is just the way of the world.

 

However, buying the right Dyson from the beginning will make your experience a lot better. Think about it, if you have a family with 4 kids and two dogs is your Dyson going to get more or less abuse than a 70 year old who lives alone in a 1 bed apartment?

Some of the Dysons are designed for light use in small areas, others are workhorses designed for daily use banging into walls with the kids riding on them.

 

Read on below and I will give the pros and cons of each one, who it is more suited for and any known defects.

Each review is totally independent and in my opinion only, as an ex-Dyson service engineer who has repaired over 19,000 Dysons and still repairs them daily, I would like to think my opinion counts more than a shirt and tie salesman in a big retail outlet.

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DYSON BALL 2 REVIEW

 

The Dyson Ball 2 is the latest and LAST corded upright Dyson will make. Dyson announced in 2018 after the release of the Dyson V10 cordless vacuum cleaner that they would no longer be developing the normal plug in vacuum cleaners.

 

The Dyson Ball 2 released in 2017 is basically a Dyson DC41 with a few improvements on the DC41 such as the articulating handle and an improved cleaner head.

However due to the 2017 EU Regulations it had to conform to the reduction in motor power. No new vacuum cleaner can have a motor more powerful than 900W. 1400-1600W used to be the norm in most Dyson vacuum cleaners.

What does this mean for the Dyson Ball 2? The Dyson Ball 2 has suction power of 90 Air watts!

In English, the Dyson DC07 the most powerful upright vacuum cleaner Dyson released had 280 Air Watts, the DC01 the first vacuum cleaner Dyson released had 90 Air watts so it has the same suction as a DC01.

The DC01 was groundbreaking when it was first released and the suction was enough back then so there is no reason why it's not enough now. The Dyson DC07 however was a great vacuum cleaner but was heavy and hard to push due to the high suction, I remember getting calls to reduce the suction as it was too powerful.

The Dyson Ball 2 is also a lot more user friendly than the DC01, blockages are easier to clear, filters are washable and the handle articulates to make it easier to get to difficult areas..

The filters are washable which has been standard for nearly 20 years with Dyson so no filters to buy. There are no belts to buy due to the brushbar motor which normally lasts 5 years maybe more.

If you are not ready to jump into the cordless market just yet, then the Dyson Ball 2 should last you at least the 5 year guarantee period with minimal trouble if you're the average user and not using it 10 times a day.

 

Weight:  7.34Kg

Suction power: 90 Airwatts

Bin capacity: 2.1 litres

Guarantee: 5 years

 

PROS: A lot of improvements (Improved cleanerhead, articulating wand handle, design improvements, radial root cyclone) Easy to manoeuvure due to the ball.
CONS: Same suction as a DC01 mainly due to 2017 EU regulations, out of guarantee it might be difficult to find someone to repair it due to the complexity.
 
KNOWN ISSUES: Released in 2017 so all still under guarantee, it will have the same issues that affect most of the ball models with age. The brushbar motors fail eventually but on the Dyson Ball 2 it will be a complete cleanerhead required as the brushbar motor is not replaceable.
The hoses can split and the internal hoses are not easily replaced.
The main motor tends to be reasonably reliable as long as filters are cleaned regularly, however if the motor does need to be replaced it's not to be attempted by the impatient and the chances are you won't get it back together again in working order....it's not for the faint hearted.
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DYSON SMALL BALL (UP22) REVIEW

 

The Dyson small ball (or UP22) is the new and improved version of the Dyson DC40.

 

Released in 2017 the Dyson Small Ball is one of the last corded models Dyson will ever manufacture alongside the Dyson Ball 2. As above Dyson announced they would no longer be developing corded vacuum cleaners after the release of the cordless Dyson V10 in March 2018.

 

The Dyson small ball (UP22) is not much different than the Dyson Ball 2 except it is slightly lighter and does not come with the articulating wand handle

The Dyson small ball suction is the same as the Dyson Ball 2 and aside from some fancy colours on the Dyson Ball 2 is almost identical.

 

Suction on the Dyson Small Ball is 90 Air Watts which as mentioned in the Dyson Ball 2 review is the same as the first Dyson the DC01. This reduced suction is due to the 2017 EU regulations which limited motor size to be no more than 900W (standard size in most Dysons used to be 1400-1600W). Again 90 Air Watts was good enough in the DC01 days and is no different now except the new Dysons are a lot more user friendly.

The Dyson DC40 was a very popular model and this is an improvement on that model, the filters are washable as you would expect, there are no belts to replace and clearing any blockages is easy so it's largely maintenance free.

The Dyson Small Ball should give you minimal hassle over the 5 year guarantee period and beyond with a little bit of looking after.

 

Weight:  6.9 Kg

Suction power: 90 Air watts

Guarantee: 5 years

 

PROS: Improved cleanerhead, design improvements, Easy to manoeuvure due to the ball, reasonable price at around £200.
CONS: Same suction as a DC01 mainly due to 2017 EU regulations, out of guarantee it might be difficult to find someone to repair it due to the complexity.
 
KNOWN ISSUES: Released in 2017 so all still under guarantee, it will have the same issues that affect most of the ball models with age. The brushbar motors fail eventually but on the Dyson Small Ball it will be a complete cleanerhead required as the brushbar motor is not replaceable.
The hoses can split and the internal hoses are not easily replaced.
The main motor tends to be reasonably reliable as long as filters are cleaned regularly, however if the motor does need to be replaced it's not to be attempted by the impatient and the chances are you won't get it back together again in working order....it's not for the faint hearted.

 

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DYSON DC75 CINETIC BIG BALL REVIEW
 

Big ball, small suction

Released in 2015 The Dyson DC75 Cinetic big ball is the newest technology offering from Dyson, It has two lifetime filters that never needs to be washed, this is due to 35 oscillating tips which Dyson call Cinetic science.

These oscillating tips are supposed to filter the dust so finely that only clean air reaches the filter, the rest will be deposited in the bin.

 


At 8.7Kg the Dyson DC75 Cinetic Big Ball is quite a heavy model, heavier than a DC33 which is quite a bulky upright, yet despite its weight and the fact it was released in 2015 before the 2017 EU regulations came into force, the suction is disappointing.

In comparison to the DC33 which has suction power of 255 Airwatts, the Dyson Cinetic Big ball has 120 Air watts....less than half the suction of  a DC33.

Yes the suction is enough but this is a big and bulky upright and without the limitations of the EU regulations you would think it would be higher.

 

The good news is the price has come down considerably since its release in 2015, from £460 down to less than £300.

 

There's more good news too! Since my first review back in 2015 the kinks have been ironed out and the Dyson DC75 Cinetic Big Ball is a very reliable model. If you can handle the weight of it then it is worth owning especially now the price has fell by a third.

 

Weight:  8.7 Kg

Suction power: 120 Air watts (DC01 has 90)

Bin capacity: 2.18 litres

Guarantee: 5 years

 

PROS: Easy to turn due to the ball, No filters to wash or replace
CONS: Heavy, suction is disappointing considering it was released before the 2017 EU regulations came into force
 
KNOWN ISSUES:
Released in 2015 so some are just coming out of guarantee:
The Dyson DC75 Cinetic Big Ball will have the same issues that affect most of the ball models with age. The brushbar motors fail eventually and the good news is the Brushbar motor is replaceable and it uses the same one as in many other models so will be around for a while.
The hoses can split and the internal hoses are not easily replaced.
The main motor tends to be reasonably reliable, however if the motor does need to be replaced it's not to be attempted by the impatient and the chances are you won't get it back together again in working order....it's not for the faint hearted.
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