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Dyson's Cinetic Big Ball vacuum can't be knocked over

Richard Easton
13 Apr 2016
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball musclehead vacuum
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The ball-shaped, self-righting Cinetic Big Ball vacuum won't topple over no matter how hard you try

The classic Roly-poly toy was a mainstay of many childhood homes. Trying to knock it over was a source of endless fun, especially in my household. Dyson is paying homage to the classic toy with its new Cinetic Big Ball vacuum, which self-rights itself when toppled over. This, however, shouldn't be confused with the Cinetic Big Ball upright variety; knock that one over at your own peril.

It's a problem most of us have faced when using a cylinder vacuum on traditional wheels. Trying to circumnavigate the living room, you get yourself all in a knot, eventually causing the vacuum cleaner to fall over in a sad state on the floor. You then have to trundle back over to get it back on its feet. It's tiring and inconvenient, making the chore of vacuuming even more chore-some. 

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball musclehead cylinder

I had a chance to try out the Cinetic Big Ball a few weeks ago and it indeed proved difficult to knock. Dyson has achieved this by putting all of the components inside a spherical array, with the heaviest components close to the floor. The low centre of gravity then means that when the vacuum takes a tumble, gravitation forces return it to its upright resting position with minimal fuss. 

As with Dyson's previous spherical vacuum cylinder vacuum cleaners, the ball shape also improves manoeuvrability, allowing you to turn on the spot. Manoeuvrability has also been improved with a three-way articulating handle, which now also extends longer than previous models. Like the recently announced V8 Absolute, the Big Ball also has a hygienic dirt ejector, which scrapes off trapped debris and dirt from the bin, rather than leaving it stuck to the sides. The bin is also 33% bigger than previous Dyson vacuums.

Dyson promises there aren't any hidden costs with its Cinetic Big Ball, too, as there aren't any filters to wash or replace, and no additional bags to ever buy.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball musclehead

Four models of the Big Ball will be available, two with Cinetic technology and two without. The Cinetic Big Ball Musclehead variant will cost £399, which includes a new Musclehead floor tool. The new head will self-adjust to every floor type, meaning you can go from carpet to rugs to hard floors without making manual adjustments. The head height will automatically adjust to maintain suction across all surfaces. 

There's also the Cinetic Big Ball Animal for £449. Then there are also the standard Big Ball Animal at £349 and the Big Ball Total Clean at £379, both of which lack the Cinetic technology, therefore requiring some user maintenance of the filters.

All models will include a 5-year guarantee on parts and labour and are available from the Dyson website. We're expecting to get one in very soon, so be sure to check back for a full review. 

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