Dyson - Cinetic Big Ball Animal Bagless Upright Vacuum - Iron/Purple

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Catch stubborn dust and dirt with this Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal 206031-01 upright vacuum, which features Cinetic science and HEPA filtration and is designed for homes with pets. The adjustable cleaning head adapts to the shape and surfaces of your home.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Cinetic Big Ball Animal Bagless Upright Vacuum
  • Combination and stair tool, turbine tool
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1873 out of 1981)

Features


Cinetic science

Provides efficient vacuuming power.

Adjustable height settings

Via a self-adjusting cleaner head let you adapt your cleaning to carpet or bare floor surfaces.

Whole-machine HEPA filtration

Utilizes a permanent cloth filter to catch dirt, dust and pet dander.

35' cord

Gives you the freedom to clean an entire room without switching outlets.

Bagless technology

Saves time and energy with no bags to replace.

13.4" cleaning path

Quickly cleans a wide area.

Edge cleaning

Helps you catch dirt in hard-to-reach areas.

0.55-gal. capacity

Holds a large amount of dirt for less emptying.


Customer rating

4.7
95%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4.3

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic vacuum

    Posted
    ryuken83
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have got to say that I am a very practical person. I'm also a very clean person. Not quite an obsessive neat freak but I am close to that label. That means I can use a simple, cheap vacuum and use it to keep my house clean and it will suit my needs just fine because I clean pretty much every day. This was how it was before I got married and had kids and pets. Let's fast forward past my bachelor days and on to the present days of a wife, 4 kids and a large breed dog and a cat. My old vacuum broke. It just wasn't picking up anymore due to a whole. Needed a vacuum replacement. I'm not a picky guy but it gets annoying having to replace a vacuum every few years. So I went ahead and splurged on this expensive DYSON for the sake of longevity. Here's what I found after purchasing this item. Ladies and gentleman I am a neat individual but clearly I have been subjugating my family to absolute filth. I'm not even exaggerating at all. My house looks clean but I whipped this thing out and picked up so much dirt and HAIR that I was disgusted with myself. My dog doesn't even visibly shed and you could never tell there's a dog present if you walk in but still....I"m just amazed there was so much within my floors. The suction of this thing is fantastic. The accessories that come with the DYSON also made it simple to get to hard to reach places. I haven't done my stairs EVER because it was so difficult and inconvenient with my previous vacuum but the flexible hose made it so easy I just couldn't resist. I've done my SUV, my washer dryer area and the lint trap, my MATTRESS and the floors every other day. Each time this thing picks up tons of dirt and hair. It truly does what it claims it can do. I have no complaints about its performance. Some reviews that I read prior to purchasing this vacuum is that it's hard to maneuver. I'm sorry but unless you are a person with extreme rheumatoid arthritis then you should have no problem with this vacuum. My ten year old daughter has to vacuum 2x per week and she has no problems using this vacuum. So unless you're physically incapacitated then you're either weaker than a ten year old (which means you need to consult a physician) or you're just an idiot. I love this thing and I hope to keep it forever. My only concerns is that the vacuum gets filled up very quickly. So you will be emptying it frequently if you have a large area to cover. Personally I don't think it's that big a deal but it can be annoying. Second, the price. Now I know this is pretty much the top of the line model but this thing is not cheap. Keep in mind the age old adage of "you get what you pay for". For this price however, I think there should be a rebate to knock off like a hundred bucks or something. Other than that, great product. If you have pets, you want this. If you have multiple people in your home, you want this. Get it and stop letting your family live nasty.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pets? No Problem!

    Posted
    DominicG
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Most people who by this vacuum are doing so because it is supposed to remove pet hair. Hence the "Animal" in the product name. So, let me first start by saying that this vacuum does a great job with pet hair! This is especially true when trying to get pet hair off your furniture. The "pet" attachment is simply wonderful. I have owned several vacuums with this kind of attachment over the years, and this one puts all the others to shame - by a wide margin. Now, on to a more comprehensive review: Assembly is a snap. Literally. You don't need tools. Everything simply snaps into place. I especially like the retractable extension that is inserted directly into the main hose, which sits nicely out of the way in the main housing. With other vacuums that I've owned, the hose seemed to always be in the way, particularly when trying to wrap the cord after I was finished with the machine. No problems here. Also, the cord is longer than I've ever had, so I can literally vacuum 90% of my apartment from a single plug-in. I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet this machine is. That being said, don't be fooled - because this is a powerful machine. As I stated earlier, I've had several vacuums over the years. This is the only one that noticeably lifted the carpet up with it's suction. My other machines did a nice job of getting the pet hair out of my carpet, but honestly, I didn't really notice much dirt with those other machines. The first time I used this Dyson, I was astounded at the dirt that was mixed with the pet hair. My only dislike is the way the machine is built. It's really all plastic, so you have to be careful not to ram it against a coffee table, because there's likely a real possibility that you can crack something. The only other thing I had to get used to was standing the machine upright. It doesn't really have a distinct locked upright feature, so there were a few times the machine simply fell over when I first got it. So be careful! As I said, it's mostly plastic, and you don't want to crack it! Overall, this is the single best vacuum that I've ever owned. Yes, it is more expensive than some vacuums that claim to be similar - but the difference is the cleaning quality is really noticeable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed, awkward to use, older model superior

    Posted
    Fiesty1
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I am completely disappointed in this vacuum, don't quite understand how the quality and ease of use declined so greatly in such a highly rated, higher end product. I love my older model Dyson, it is about 10 years old, in great condition but needed some parts replaced; a gasket,belt, and filter. Before the parts arrived I ended up needing to vacuum for guests so I got a new Dyson and planned to re-purpose the older one. I did some quick research on price & performance, and at the store ended up choosing the best model Best Buy had to offer, as family has allergies and I was expecting a long lasting, quality product. From the very first time I set up and used this vacuum I was unhappy, the suction is equal or less than my 10 year old model, motion is not smooth, difficult around furniture. This unit is hard to control; the roller ball is very hard to maneuver and REALLY hard on your arm & shoulder. I am fairly athletic and can only imagine someone who wasn't would find it difficult and painful to use even for a short time. The tools and bag seemed exciting at first but quickly realized that there is no on board storage for even the 1-2 most commonly used accessories and nowhere to put the bag unless you want to carry it like a purse from room to room. The new accessories only work with the new models because they click into the hose instead of a tension fit.. Seems like the idea behind all the new tools is good but the execution is poor, down to the way the accessories don't fit neatly into the pockets of the bag. For the price I feel like there are many competitors models with superior performance at about 1/2 the cost. I was a big fan & cheerleader for Dyson but unless there is a major improvement in quality this will be my last. If I hadn't needed to use this the night I purchased it I would have returned it the very next day, but once it was used & the clear canister showing such I felt stuck. Honestly with the parts replaced my older model works good as new, I wish I had not splurged on this expensive, clunky, so-so vacuum. Very disappointed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      DysonProductExpert

      HI there, this is Krystal with Dyson. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy. We appreciate your loyalty. However, we are sorry to hear you are less than satisfied with your machine. We would value the opportunity to learn more about your experience as comments from consumers who use our products and services over time are very valuable to the development of future products. Please contact us at askdysonUS@dyson.com, include your name and contact information, and we will be glad to assist. We look forward to hearing from you. 

      Best Wishes,
      Krystal
      Dyson Customer Service Dyson-EN_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!!!

    Posted
    Consumer

    I bought this Dyson on black Friday, for a great price. I have a Dyson DC17 Animal, which is an amazing vacuum but it is getting old and not nearly as versatile as newer vacuums. I purchased a major competitor of Dyson's and while it is a good machine, it just isn't as powerful as my Dyson. My grandmother bough another competitor of Dyson's on Black Friday, and it was also a good machine but still not as powerful as my older Dyson is. After using both of the competitors, one of them for over a year, I decided I wanted another Dyson. Let me start with one word, WOW! This Dyson has a lot more pros than cons. First the machine is extremely maneuverable, even better than the other two vacuums I used that also have a steerable cleaning head. Two, the suction power of this new Dyson is incredible. You can hear and feel just how much air this machine is moving. Three, the new Dyson has a great cleaning head, you can feel it vibrating the carpet and it leaves a beautiful cleaning path. Something I noticed, after buying this vacuum, was there is no longer a sole plate on the bottom which means when you vacuum you are cleaning the entire area, instead of just where the brush hits. Four, this machine comes with a lot of great attachments that none of the competitors offered standard when purchasing the vacuum. I was able to vacuum the ceiling fans, mattresses, curtains, car, between the dryer and washer, air conditioner vents, couches, stairs, and even above the cabinets without a problem. You definitely want to pay the extra money and get this model, because the attachments make vacuuming way easier. Five, the new wand design is fantastic! You just pull it out and go, plus the tools snap on to the hose and wand and no longer fall off. Six is definitely how QUIET the vacuum is. I was blown away by how quiet this vacuum was when I was using it, compared to my old Dyson which is pretty loud. So far I haven't found anything that I don't like about this new Dyson, but if I do I will come back and update my review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Lousy piece of Junk Dyson should pull this

    Posted
    SomeguyOnalaska
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Had Purple big ball long time worked great. Part broke so we bought the Nickel one to replace it. Keeps plugging up loses suction. Called Dyson and the rep talked my nontechnical wife through disassembly and told her she has one just like it and jams all of the time. Tech says she dissasembles her all of the time to fix it because it plugs up if you use it more than a couple times without unjamming it.. Dyson said can do nothing to help. Best Buy manager says we had for a while which is too long and Best Buy will do nothing about it.. Customer service rep manger actually laughed at my wife. I went to a replacement part supply on line site and ordered replacement part for our old Purple. It now works as good as new. The Nickel is garbage and Dyson should recall it. We will research every consumer site next time before buying another Dyson The purple is great even though it is older this Nickel model stinks. I would buy a functioning Purple at a rummage sale before buying the Nickel new in the store. Dyson will post some auto response to this and ask you to contact them to hear about your experience. Go ahead we already called they are not going to deal with it and Best Buy is just the vendor so they won't either. We like Best Buy and we like Dyson Purple Ball but the Nickel is junk. You will see most of my reviews are positive to excellent but they earned this one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      DysonProductExpert

      Hi this is Jay with Dyson.

      Dyson Cinetic is the only vacuum with strong suction and no filters to wash. This vacuum has the highest geometric average when carpet, hard floor and creviced hard floor pick-up results are combined. I understand you have talked with our customer support line, I have read your review and on behalf of our leadership team we would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. Please email us with your contact details to AskDysonUS@Dyson.com. We will be in touch to help.

      Best wishes,

      Jay
      Dyson Online Support Dyson-EN_US

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great but design flaws.

    Posted
    docskorpion
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Got his Dyson after a lot of research. We have a couple of dogs that shed as normal pets do. Keeping the hair off the floors and carpets is a big job in itself. Before you buy, the price of this vacuum is pretty high compared to others in the market. For me I don't make my buying decisions based on price alone but value for money. If an appliance doesn't do it's job, it is worthless even if it is free is what I believe in. Anyway we bit the bullet and bought this one. I would say as far as cleaning and suction is concerned, it is spot on. I have never seen that kind of results with anything else, dog hair or dust it does a great job. Why I took a star off is cos of it's design. First and foremost if I pay that kind of money, I accept the build quality to be stellar with tight tolerances. That is not the case, it looks like an average plastic build which is pretty heavy and cumbersome when using it. Difficult to maneuver it around the corners with its big ball. It is not a good design ergonomically. Fatigue sets in if you are using it for a long time. Anyway, more than that the latch to take the canister off for emptying has it's own quirk. If you press it by accident as you are taking the canister off to empty, it will release all the dirt there itself. So be careful how you hold it when you are emptying it. Putting the extension tube on and hose back in place also is not very easy, so you need to get used to it. So it is the best when it comes to suction but not so good in the design aspect. So there is a scope for design improvement. Been using it for more than 1.5 years and happy with it overall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst Vacuum I Have Ever Owned

    Posted
    CJav
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This is my second Dyson. I decided to purchase this model because I had recently added a pet to the family. The motor on this unit is definitely strong however the beater bar intake design is the entire problem. Constantly the hose just past the beater bar would become clogged with hair and debris never making it into the waste canister. I would have to literally every two minutes of vacuuming take the beater bar assembly off, clean it out and resume vacuuming. At first I thought maybe my carpets are really dirty and this problem will go away with time. So I vacuumed daily for an entire week, same issue constantly arising. So after a week of vacuuming I decided to get out my old Dyson DC24 (8 years old) expecting it to not pick up anything because I had cleaned the carpet seven times with the Cinetic. Much to my horror the DC24 managed to get a full canister out of each and every room. In short the Cinetic sucked and in a bad way. An 8 year old Dyson should not outperform this vacuum. Even worse, somehow the Cinetic made my entire home dusty. Its as if it brought a bunch of dust to the surface and blew it around. I never managed to get a full canister of debris on this vacuum as the beater bar assembly would constantly be clogged. This is a design issue and perhaps mine is defective but this is absolutely the worse vacuum I have ever purchased. I returned my unit to Best Buy a week after purchase. I am going to try a Dyson canister vacuum next in hopes for better performance.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      DysonProductExpert

      Hi there, this is Krystal with Dyson. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am sorry to hear of the difficulties with the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal + Allergy. What you've described is certainly not the way the vacuum is intended to perform. The Cinetic have less suction power due to the new technology it uses and has a whole HEPA filtration system that does not need to be continuously maintained as our other models require. So it is more efficient as the cyclone tips oscillate at up to 5,000 Hz, separating the microscopic dust that clogs all other vacuums. Therefore, more dust/dirt ends up in the bin eliminating the need for a filter.

      We would value the opportunity to address your concerns in more detail and want to ensure your vacuum is working as intended. Please contact us at askdysonUS@dyson.com with your serial number, description of issue or concern and your contact information and we will be happy to help.

      Best Wishes,
      Krystal
      Dyson Customer Service Dyson-EN_US

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    If you must have no filters.....

    Posted
    Buzz
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have owned 3 Dyson uprights starting years ago with our DC 14 Animal (which still works great). I was eager to use Dyson's Cinetic technology in my home because it presents many challenges do to our many pets we share our home with. Amazon parrot, Citron Cockatoo, African Grey, one chinchilla, four cats, and two Australian Shepherds. You might say I have the ultimate testing ground, lol. This vacuum astetically is a work of art, has adequate suction, excellent tool supply, manuvability is ok (large ball limitability), excellent brush agitation & will handle pretty much anything I wanted removed from my floors. Most would be satisfied with this vacuum new. The reason I did not keep this model is because I had some long term ownership concerns about the filterless design ( at this point in time). Without any filters, the extremely fine particles have to go somewhere and all avenues lead to the origin of suction (the motor), I'd compare it to the likes of buying a computer without any firewall protection. Because of this, I returned the unit to Best Buy and purchased Dyson's Ball Animal Two (this vacuum has two lifetime filters). This vacuum (in my opinion) is the pinnacle of the Dyson line. The suction and manuvability (small ball) of this vacuum is unrivaled in the bagless world at this time....period. It is quite simply an AMAZING machine. If your not happy with this you might as well hire a cleaning person! Bottom line, do your homework before buying, and then buy the Dyson that your comfortable with, After all, Dyson machines still rule the bagless world. Hope this is helpful, Sincerely, Dave

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      DysonProductExpert

      Hi there, this is Krystal with Dyson. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. With the new Cinetic technology, the pre-filter is not needed. It uses and has a whole HEPA filtration system that does not need to be continuously maintained as our other models require. So it is more efficient as the cyclone tips oscillate at up to 5,000 Hz, separating the microscopic dust that clogs all other vacuums. Therefore, more dust/dirt ends up in the bin eliminating the need for a filter.

      We understand that you may have already returned the vacuum. However, we would value the opportunity to learn more about your experience. Please contact us at askdysonUS@dyson.com with your serial number, description of issue or concern and your contact information and we will be happy to help.

      Best Wishes,
      Krystal
      Dyson Customer Service Dyson-EN_US

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars with 14 reviews

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    The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball vacuum cleaner comes with a self-adjusting 'Musclehead' floor head. It sounds like it should be able to cope with some tough cleaning tasks, so did it pass our tough tests with flying colours? Read on to find out howFull Review
  • Trusted Reviews (UK)Rating, 4.5 out of 5Richard & Jackie Stevenson on November 1, 2016
    Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal
    Resisting the urge to sing the "Weebles Wobble But They Don't Fall Down" advert from the 1970s – it's on YouTube – Dyson's Big Ball cleaner is an innovative, self-righting cylinder cleaner featuring the company's Cinetic filter-free technologyFull Review
  • TechCrunchDarrell Etherington on September 19, 2016
    Dyson's topple-resistant Cinetic Big Ball Animal vacuum works wonders
    Company founder James Dyson created the first vacuum cleaner without a bag, and he also created the ball-based design that made it easier to negotiate complicated room layouts. A couple of years ago, Dyson also eliminated the need for a filterFull Review
  • Reviewed.comRating, 4 out of 5Jonathan Chan on September 1, 2016
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    Thanks to clever engineering, this Dyson always lands on its feetFull Review




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