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I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t like Dyson. They are a good and reliable brand, and while we haven’t always got along, they have consistently produce excellent machines.
The Dyson Light Ball was an exciting opportunity for me, especially since it is one of the last of its kind from Dyson after they announced they will no longer be developing corded vacuum cleaners. Of course, they still plan to manufacture this model; there just won’t be any new and updated corded vacuums in the future.
This is why it’s so important to test out what’s currently on the market; to figure out which ones are the best for the job. In short, I was really impressed with this machine. It did a great job cleaning my floors, and I felt like it was one of Dyson’s better creations.
Was it perfect? It was not, but no vacuum cleaner is really. Read on to find out more in this Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor review.
Dyson Light Ball
Corded upright vacuum
There is so much about the Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor vacuum cleaner that is new and improved. New floor head, new accessories, and a really snazzy design. Appearances are one thing, but does it work as well? The answer is yes. Let this beast glide across your floors and show you a level of clean you didn’t think existed anymore.
- PROS AND CONS
- 1.5L dustbin
- 7.3kg weight
- HEPA filter
- 90 air watts
- 5-year guarantee
Presenting the Dyson Light Ball
The Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor is the perfect vacuum cleaner for homes that need something quick and effective to clean up.
You can even pick up the animal version for an extra tool to tackle pet hair, although the machine does a decent job of it alone. It’s easy to handle, and the ball makes avoiding obstacles and steering a lot easier.
The Dyson Light Ball replaced the very popular Dyson DC40, and whilst this model is no longer produced by Dyson, there is still a good number of refurbished models around so check out the prices of those here.
It’s not going to be the perfect fit for everyone, however, and one of the main issues this model has is that it’s a little heavy.
If you are searching for something lightweight, one of the V range cordless vacuums from Dyson might be your best bet.
I will note, however, that once you are pushing the Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor across the floor, you don’t feel the weight as much.
Design and Features
The Dyson Light Ball has a really lovely and modern design. It retains that classic ball look, but ups the ante with great colours and a sleeker finish. The assembly is also very easy as you will find the whole thing simply clicks together.
This is something I was grateful for as I have always hated upright vacuum cleaners that are complicated to set up. The most exciting part of this Light Ball vacuum cleaner is the fact that it has a new floorhead design, and this completely changes the upright game.
It has a really big brush roll for a much deeper clean, and there is a second motor inside so that you can have control over when it is running.The new head also offers better edge cleaning (which I will look at a little later), and the actual brush bar is completely replaceable.
The bristles are also made from red nylon now, which means that they last for longer and also don’t get tangled up with hair nearly as quickly.
The floor head also has a slider on the front with three different suction controls, and you will find that the middle one is the option you use the most. Low is for hard floors; medium is standard and for both types, high for deep carpet cleaning.
I will quickly note that the maximum setting does make pushing the vacuum cleaner harder. The handle is made from plastic and quite light, as well as acting as the extension wand.
It released quickly from the main body of the vacuum and can be used with the hose and attachments to clean the home more efficiently. You will find there is a tool holder that will slide onto the machine, and you can store all of your accessories here.
The controls are very easy to access as well, and you will find them on the main body above the bin. Not only is the power here, but also the brush bar control. You can switch it on and off at will, which is really handy if you are worried about damaging your hard floors.
How Noisy is it?
In compliance with EU laws, the Dyson Light Ball runs at a surprisingly quiet 80db. This is a massive improvement from some of the really early Dyson models that made you wonder if you would end up going deaf.
Cord Length and Storage
I was so pleased to discover that it came with a 10m cord, as this is the perfect amount for most homes and means you may not even have to switch sockets.
The cord is also able to be packed away nice and neatly when you are finished thanks to the hooks on the back of the machine, and the plug can be attached to it as well.
Weight and Handling
It was a little disappointing to discover that the Dyson Light Ball was not so light after all, weighing in at 7.3kg. Of course, you don’t tend to feel this so much when you are vacuuming because you are pushing it across the floor, and only maximum suction can make this more difficult.
Despite the weight, the handling is actually very smooth, and the ball means that it is very easy to steer and avoid obstacles like furniture quickly.
Dust Canister and Filter
The Dyson Light Ball has a great dust capacity at 1.5L, and I will never understand why some people still do not think that is enough. For the average home, that size will hold at least a few vacuuming sessions.
The canister itself is very easy to detach from the body of the vacuum, and all you need to do is press a button to empty it. It has both a HEPA filter and a motor filter, which is perfect for those suffering from asthma and allergies.
The main filter can be found in the top if the bin, and it should be rinsed under running water before being squeezed out and left to dry. The motor filter is located in the ball, and this should also be washed with plain water and left to dry. Each filter should be washed monthly.
How Well Does It Clean?
I loved the way this upright vacuum cleaner worked with hard floors. There was absolutely no snowploughing, and it was able to pick everything up very quickly and efficiently; large and small debris alike.
I also decided to test it out with side cleaning, and while it was perfect when tackled from the front, it was not as good from the side.
Equally, I was pleased with the way it worked on carpet. It did a really good and thorough job on short and long pile carpets, able to pick up finer and larger pieces of debris with ease after just a couple of passes.
I found it did a better job when I was using the maximum power setting, but medium was also superb. I have to say that I was a little disappointed with the way it performed on stairs. It is only able to reach 10-11 steps, which does make it a little tricky to clean efficiently.
However, it still did a great job, despite the fact that I needed to lift the vacuum up with me a couple of times. Floor to ceiling cleaning was also impressive.
As the wand is easy to access and release, the tools simply clip on, and it is quite lightweight, cleaning can be done quickly and without hassle. However, I did find that the hose does try to jump back sometimes, which can be frustrating.
How Well Does It Cope with Pet Hair?
On hard floors, the Dyson Light Ball offered superb cleaning. It picked up larger clumps of hair as well as the finer debris left behind after muddy walks. It did the job quickly as well, and only really took one pass to pick everything up.
As for carpets, it certainly did a better job than DC40, which I was quite pleased by. I did find that it was prone to leaving some hairs behind even on the highest setting, which wasn’t the best result.
However, after a few passes, the carpet looked fantastic again. I found this was the result on short and thick carpets.
The Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor uses new accessories that now have a quick release and click into place. This new attachment method means that older tools will not fit on your new upright vacuum cleaner.
If you decide to buy the animal version, you will find that it comes with a great little pet tool to help you with those really tough areas. The combination tool is both a crevice tool and a dusting brush, and the brush can actually be removed if you find that it is getting in the way.
The former is great for reaching those tight spaces, while the latter is designed for delicate surfaces that need some extra care and attention.
The stair tool is for ensuring that your steps get a good and thorough clean, and it can also be used on your upholstery and car interior if you feel like getting rid of any fluff and debris on them.
How Does It Compare?
Here are some other, similar, models of vacuum cleaner for you to consider, just in case you want to look at other options before you commit to a Dyson Light Ball.
Dyson DC40 Animal
The DC40 Animal is made for pets, but also your convenience. It’s lightweight and compact, which makes it easy to handle as well as simple to store once you have finished using it.
The suction power is brilliant, and the floorhead does a good job of cleaning up both hard floors and carpets.
The accessories included are standard, alongside a pet tool, and you can read my detailed review of Dyson DC40 Animal here.
Dyson Ball Animal 2
Made for deep cleaning and really getting into those tough areas, you’ll be thankful for this floorhead.
It’s very similar to the Light Ball, and works just as well to remove fluff and debris from carpets and hard floors alike.
The lightweight metal wand makes cleaning with the hose a lot easier, and it comes with a fantastic selection of attachments. You can read my full review of Dyson Ball Animal 2 upright vacuum here for more information.
We hope that this Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor guide has helped you to learn more about what it is able to offer you, as well as whether or not it is going to be the best model for your home. As a little reminder, there is a pet version available if you want the additional tool.
Despite its various perfections, there are a couple of imperfections that I need to mention again in this quick roundup. Despite the work light being in the name, it is a little heavy to carry and move around, but this does tend to fade as you get used to it.
The hose is also too short to reach the top of most staircases, which can be frustrating at times. However, it does remain a very powerful and effective machine, as well as one that can tackle pretty much anything you throw at it (and with no snowploughing).
Overall, I award this Light Ball an excellent 4/5. What did you think of our Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor review? Do you agree with our thoughts on the vacuum, or are there others that you think are better suited to the task?
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Gemma Tyler is a freelance journalist with 15 years of experience writing for consumer publications. She has tested and reviewed a wide range of household items from vacuum cleaners to washing machines and dehumidifiers to steam irons. Her attention to detail and exhaustive testing certainly makes her an expert in her field.