Dyson Small Ball vacuum


The Dyson Small ball vacuum is Dyson's latest compact upright. It combines the performance of a full-size vacuum in a machine that weighs just 12.15 lbs. It has a retractable handle that saves up to 50 percent more storage space than the Dyson ball upright, while the self-adjusting cleaner head automatically seals in suction across carpets and hard floors. It has a combined cleaning reach of 42 ft. and generates 30 percent less noise than our previous compact upright.


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The all-new Dyson Small Ball (MSRP $399.99) packs all of Dyson's best design and technology into a single 12-pound package.

The Dyson Small Ball vacuum replaces the popular DC50/Compact Animal, condensing all the advances of the bulky DysonCineticBigBall (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.


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

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 Dyson 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 Dyson 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.

f 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.


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.

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Saves Storage Space

Retractable handle saves up to 50% more storage space than a full-size upright.

2 Tier Radial Cyclones

19 cyclones increase airflow and capture fine dust.

Advanced Self-Adjusting Cleaner Head

Seals in suction across carpets and hard floors.

Ball Technology

Steers easily into difficult places.


25% Longer Cleaning Reach

Cable, wand and hose extend to 42 feet.

Hygienic Bin Emptying

Quick single button cyclone release and bin empty.

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Price $399.99

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