Dyson Ball Animal 2 Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated Jun 16, 2021 at 12:16 pm
Dyson Ball Animal 2 Picture
8.3
Bare Floor
8.2
Low-Pile Carpet
8.3
High-Pile Carpet
8.6
Pets
6.0
Stairs
6.6
Cars
Vacuum Type
Upright
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
No
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a corded upright vacuum. It delivers exceptional overall performance on many surface types, from bare floors to high-pile carpet. It does a fantastic job of cleaning pet hair and sucks up large and small debris without difficulty. It comes with a dedicated pet grooming tool along with a wide assortment of other tools and brushes, like a turbo brush, a crevice tool, and an upholstery tool. On the downside, its strong suction force can make it difficult to push around on some carpets. Its plastic construction also feels a little cheap in places, and the vacuum itself isn't particularly intuitive to assemble.

Our Verdict

8.3 Bare Floor

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 delivers impressive performance on bare floors. It doesn't have many issues cleaning any type of debris on bare floors, and it comes with a wide assortment of tools and accessories. Its bagless design and washable filters result in a near-total lack of recurring costs too. Its large dirt compartment can make it tricky to clean under tables and couches, but its ball-shaped wheel and pivoting head still make it relatively maneuverable. It's also fairly easy to maintain, but it has mediocre overall build quality.

Pros
  • Amazing performance on bare floors.
  • Decent maneuverability.
  • Spacious dirt compartment.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality.
8.2 Low-Pile Carpet

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a great choice for cleaning low-pile carpet. It picks up large debris like sand and fine material like baking soda without difficulty and clears most hair on this type of surface, even as its dirt compartment fills up. It doesn't have a power adjustment setting, but its vacuum head automatically changes height to suit different floor types. It's fairly easy to maintain, and the dirt compartment is spacious, too, so it shouldn't need emptying very often.

Pros
  • Outstanding on carpets.
  • Decent maneuverability.
  • Spacious dirt compartment.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality.
8.3 High-Pile Carpet

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is impressively well-suited to cleaning high-pile carpet. On this type of carpet, it cleans pet hair and larger debris like sand without difficulty, not to mention a good amount of fine debris like baking soda. Its bagless design and washable filters mean that recurring costs shouldn't be a concern either. Unfortunately, it can be hard to push on high-pile carpet due to its strong suction force.

Pros
  • Outstanding on carpets.
  • Spacious dirt compartment.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality.
8.6 Pets

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is an excellent choice for dealing with pet hair. It has no trouble cleaning hair on any surface, and it has a turbo brush to help vacuum on couches. It also comes with a dedicated pet grooming tool and is equipped with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. Unfortunately, the vacuum has a mediocre build quality.

Pros
  • Pet grooming tool.
  • Amazing performance on bare floors.
  • Outstanding on carpets.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality.
6.0 Stairs

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is mediocre for use on stairs. While you can unlatch its wand from its main body to clean stair steps, its upright design is still very bulky and quite heavy to carry up and down stairs. Thankfully, it has outstanding performance on bare floors and carpets, so it doesn't have any problem cleaning hair and small or large debris. It also comes with a turbo brush and has a long power cord and hose, enabling you to clean far away from any electrical outlets.

Pros
  • Amazing performance on bare floors.
  • Outstanding on carpets.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality.
  • Bulky design.
6.6 Cars

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 isn't designed to be used in cars.

  • 8.3 Bare Floor
  • 8.2 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 8.3 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.6 Pets
  • 6.0 Stairs
  • 6.6 Cars
  1. Updated Jun 16, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Updated Mar 23, 2021: Lowered 'Maneuverability' score of vacuum due to its high suction force, which makes it difficult to push around on high-pile carpet.

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Design
6.0
Design
Build Quality

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 has a mediocre build quality. It's mainly made out of plastic with the wand made out of lightweight metal. However, it doesn't feel very sturdy overall. The dirt compartment is made of clear plastic and feels like it could break if dropped. The ball-shaped wheels are rather flimsy-feeling, as they move a bit when the vacuum is in an upright position. Out-of-the-box, there are a lot of parts that need assembly, and unlike most other Dyson vacuums, like the Dyson Outsize Absolute+, the parts don't have an easy-clip mechanism, making it a bit difficult to put together or remove parts. If you're looking for a corded upright vacuum with a much sturdier build, consider the Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine.

7.0
Design
User Maintenance

The Dyson Animal 2 is somewhat easy to maintain, and there aren't many parts that need regular cleaning.

  • Dirt compartment: The dirt compartment can be pulled from the top of the vacuum with the handle. It opens from the bottom and should be emptied over a trashcan once it fills up.
  • Brushroll: You can't remove the brushroll from the main head, but if you need to access it to clear any hair wraps or stuck-on debris, you can unclip the base plate on the underside of the head.
  • Pre-motor filter: The pre-motor filter is located in the dirt compartment and can be unclipped from the lid and pulled out. The manufacturer recommends washing it under water once a month, and you have to let it dry for 24 hours before using it again.
  • Post-motor HEPA filter: The post-motor filter is located in the ball, and you have to unscrew the side of the ball with your hands to take it out. Like the pre-filter, it should be washed with water once a month and left to dry for at least 24 hours before reinstalling it.

10
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
920640-01
HEPA Filter Part Number
920769-01

The Dyson Animal 2 has virtually no recurring costs. If the filters are well-maintained, they don't need replacing. However, like any other vacuum, if you don't properly maintain the filters, they may need to be replaced eventually.

7.0
Design
Storing
Height
42.13" (107.0 cm)
Width
13.39" (34.0 cm)
Depth
16.93" (43.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Manual
On-Board Tool Storage
Yes
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 has okay storage capability. It stays upright on its own but is still quite bulky. Thankfully, there's on-board storage for a few tools, but you can't fit its floor attachment, its pet grooming tool, the turbo brush, or the hard bristle brush in the tool storage slots.

7.6
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.32 gal (1.20 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

This vacuum has a good dirt compartment. It's quite large and is made of clear plastic, allowing you to check roughly how much room is remaining.

Design
In The Box

  • Dyson Ball Animal 2 vacuum body
  • Dirt compartment
  • Wand
  • Hose
  • Vacuum head
  • Turbo brush
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Hard bristle brush
  • Crevice tool
  • Upholstery tool
  • Hard floor tool
  • Pet tool
  • Pre-motor filter
  • User guide

7.7
Design
Range
Cord Length
35.17 ft (10.7 m)
Hose Length
9.22 ft (2.81 m)

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 has a good range. The cord is very long, and you can likely bring the vacuum to another room without changing plugs, depending on the size of the room.

6.7
Design
Portability
Total Weight
17.20 lbs (7.80 kg)
Weight In Hand
2.76 lbs (1.25 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 has decent portability. It's heavier than the similarly-sized BISSELL PowerForce Helix, but the carrying handle makes transporting it to another floor easier.

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Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
N/A
Maximum Battery Life
N/A
Recharge Time
N/A
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
No
Removable Batteries
No
Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
No
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
Manual And Automatic

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 has a few extra features. The head automatically changes height to suit different surfaces, and you can stop the rotation of the brushroll with an on/off button near the handle. It's worth noting that when the vacuum is in an upright position, suction comes through the hose on the body rather than the main head. You need to place the vacuum at an angle for the suction to go through the main head.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
Yes
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
Yes
Crevice Tool
Yes
Upholstery Tool
Yes
Soft Bristle Brush
Yes
Hard Bristle Brush
Yes
Extension Wand
Yes
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
Yes

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean comes with quite a few tools. The soft bristle can be slid over the crevice tool, which can be placed on the onboard storage along with the upholstery tool. There's also a turbo brush for clearing messes on fabric surfaces, a hard bristle brush for dislodging stuck-on dirt, and an extension wand for reaching far away areas. Unlike the BISSELL CleanView Swivel Pet, this vacuum also comes with a pet grooming tool. Note that there's a variant of this vacuum sold with fewer tools.

Design
Alternative Configuration

You can also use this vacuum with the wand and hose, but the vacuum has to be in an upright position for the suction to go through the wand. If you want an upright vacuum that can be used in a handheld mode, check out the Shark Navigator Lift-Away.

Performance
9.3
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
93%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
95%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
97%
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
100%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
100%
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used Default

The Dyson Animal 2 has amazing performance on bare floors. It picks up hair and small debris like rice without difficulty. Unlike the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus or Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister, it can also suck up a fantastic amount of bulky debris like cereal, though some material can get stuck underneath the head. The vacuum maintains its performance as the dirt compartment gets filled, which is great when dealing with several large messes.

9.1
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
88%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
100%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
99%
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
80%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
81%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
82%
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used Brush Roll "ON"

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 has outstanding performance on low-pile carpet. With the brushroll turned on, it sucks up most large debris like sand and hair, and its performance is consistent as the dirt compartment fills. You may need to perform another pass to fully clear fine debris like baking soda, but its performance in this respect is still excellent.

9.0
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
101%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
86%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
84%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
80%
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
78%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
78%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
77%
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used Brush Roll "ON"

The Dyson Ball Animal delivers superb performance on high-pile carpet. The automatic surface type adjustment helps it clean on this carpet, and it has no problem with pet hair. It does an excellent job of clearing large debris like sand as well as fine material like baking soda, and it significantly outperforms the Sanitaire PROFESSIONAL Upright too. However, its high suction force can make it somewhat difficult to maneuver on this surface.

7.0
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Good
Under Low Table
Good
On Furniture
Good
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Ok

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 has decent maneuverability. Since the vacuum is quite big, it's harder to use in tight spaces, but the ball makes it easy to move around. To clean under tables and couches, you need to attach the floor tool, and you can use either the turbo brush or crevice tools to clean on furniture. The tools are a bit difficult to remove or attach since they don't have an easy-clip mechanism like other Dyson vacuums, like the Dyson V15 Detect. Also, its strong suction force can make it a hassle to push around on carpets. It can even drag around some lighter rugs, and rug tassels get caught in the vacuum head.

Automation
0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
No
Schedule Programming
No
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
No App

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean but there are two versions of the vacuum that you can buy with different parts included, which are listed below. Besides the tools and brushes, we expect our results to be valid for the other variant.

Model Name Included Tools Notes
Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean Turbo brush, soft bristle brush, hard bristle brush, crevice tool, upholstery tool, hard floor tool, pet tool  
Dyson Ball Animal 2  Turbo brush, soft bristle brush, crevice tool, upholstery tool  

If someone comes across an Animal 2 that's different from ours, let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is one of the best vacuums we've tested in terms of cleaning performance. It performs exceptionally well on all surface types, and even though it's on the bulky side and not very portable, most people should be happy with it.

See our recommendations for the best vacuums, the best upright vacuums, and the best vacuums for pet hair.

Dyson V11 Animal

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a better vacuum for cleaning floors, while the Dyson V11 Animal is more versatile. The Ball Animal 2 is an upright vacuum with outstanding performance on bare floors and carpets. It also has a bigger dirt compartment, and it comes with a pet grooming tool. The V11 is a cordless stick vacuum, so you're not limited by a cord in terms of its range. You can also use it as a handheld vacuum, which is useful to vacuum stairs or inside cars. 

Dyson V15 Detect

The Dyson V15 Detect and Dyson Ball Animal 2 are designed to suit different use cases, and one may suit you better than the other depending on your needs. The Ball Animal 2 is a corded upright with a theoretically indefinite runtime. It has a bigger dirt compartment, fewer parts that need to be regularly cleaned, and a dedicated pet grooming tool. Meanwhile, the V15 Detect is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that's far more compact, easier to maneuver, and comes with a wider assortment of tools overall, which include a fluffy brushroll head with a laser light to help you see small debris. Both vacuums can be difficult to maneuver on some carpets or rugs due to their strong suction force.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a better vacuum for all surface types than the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal. The Ball Animal 2 has a better performance with pet hair, as well as both small and large debris. As it's a bulky upright vacuum, it isn't suited for cleaning cars, and you may have a harder time cleaning stairs, especially when compared to the range and maneuverability of the Cinetic Big Ball Animal. 

Dyson V8 Animal

The Dyson V8 Animal and Dyson Ball Animal 2 are differently-designed vacuums with their own strengths and weaknesses. The V8 Animal can be used far away from an electrical outlet by virtue of its cordless design. It's also far more maneuverable and a lot easier to pick up and carry or store. Meanwhile, the Ball Animal 2 is a corded upright with an automatic surface type adjustment feature. It delivers superior performance on low and high-pile carpet.

Shark APEX Upright Vacuum

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a bit better overall than the Shark APEX Upright Vacuum. The Dyson performs much better on carpet, it's easier to move around, and it's easier to maintain too. The Shark performs better on bare floors, it has a bigger dirt compartment, and since it can also be used as a handheld vacuum, it's better suited to use on stairs or to vacuum inside cars. 

Shark Navigator Lift-Away

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is better for most uses than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away. Both vacuums perform similarly on bare floors but the Dyson has a better performance on carpet. It's also easier to maneuver, it comes with more tools and brushes, and it has a much better range. However, since the Shark can be used in a handheld configuration, it's better suited for cleaning stairs and cars. 

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a better vacuum than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe NV360. The Dyson is less demanding in terms of maintenance, has a longer power cord and vacuum hose, comes with more tools and accessories, and delivers superior performance on all surface types. Meanwhile, the Shark is a little lighter and can be used in a semi-handheld configuration by removing its wand from its body and carrying around its dirt compartment.

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute and Dyson Ball Animal 2 are differently-designed vacuums intended for distinct use cases, so one might be a better fit for you, depending on your exact needs. The cordless stick/handheld V10 is much lighter and is a lot more maneuverable. It's also easier to assemble or attach different tools thanks to the use of easy-clip mechanisms. Conversely, the Ball Animal 2 has a virtually indefinite runtime, fewer parts that need to be regularly cleaned, and a vacuum head that automatically changes height to suit different surface types.

Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is better than the Hoover WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind for any type of use. It performs much better on bare floors, and it has outstanding performance on carpet. Despite also being an upright vacuum, the Dyson is easier to maneuver because of its rotating head. However, the Hoover is easier to maintain, and it has a slightly bigger dirt compartment. 

BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a better overall upright vacuum than the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus. The Dyson has a longer range, and it requires less maintenance and with almost no recurring costs. It has a better performance on all surface types too, and it also comes with a pet grooming tool, which is nice for pet owners.

Dyson Outsize Absolute+

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 and Dyson Outsize Absolute+ are differently designed vacuums that suit different use cases. The Ball Animal 2 is a corded upright vacuum that delivers better performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet.  It's also easier to maintain and has a virtually unlimited runtime courtesy of its corded design, though the Outsize has a long overall battery life if you keep its second battery charged. The Outsize feels slightly better-built, is easier to store, has a larger dirt compartment, and has a virtually unlimited range. Both vacuums are hard to maneuver on high-pile carpet due to their high suction force.

BISSELL CleanView Swivel Pet

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a better overall vacuum than the BISSELL CleanView Swivel Pet. The Dyson cleans all surface types better, it has an anti-allergy filter, it's easier to maintain, and there are virtually no recurring costs. It also has a better range, a pet grooming tool, and it's significantly easier to maneuver.

Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is better overall than the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Upright. It has outstanding performance on any surface, a longer range, and it's easier to maintain. The Shark can be used as a handheld vacuum so it's a better choice to clean stairs and cars with.

Dyson Omni-glide

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a better vacuum than the Dyson Omni-glide. The Ball Animal 2 is a corded upright vacuum that delivers significantly better performance on bare floors. It does a fantastic job of cleaning carpets, and its dirt compartment is much more spacious. On the other hand, the Omni-glide is a cordless stick/handheld model that's very light, which may make it more suitable for cleaning awkward areas like stairs, but it has a mediocre cleaning performance.

Shark APEX UpLight

The Shark APEX UpLight is better for the most part than the Dyson Ball Animal 2. The Shark has better performance on bare floors, it's more portable, and it feels better built. However, the Dyson cleans better on carpet and has a bigger dirt compartment.

Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 and Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine are very similarly-performing upright vacuums. The Dyson employs a bagless design with a HEPA filter, so it has virtually no recurring costs and can filter out allergens more effectively. It's also lighter and consequently easier to carry around and maneuver in tight spots. That said, the Miele is much better-built, easier to maintain, and has a much larger dirt compartment.

BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is better for most use cases then the BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033. The Dyson is a corded upright with a substantially longer range, far more accessories and cleaning peripherals, and substantially better cleaning performance across all surface types. The BISSELL, however, is easier to maintain and carry around by virtue of its lighter, simpler design. It's also slightly better at picking up pet hair.

Sanitaire PROFESSIONAL Upright

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a better upright vacuum than the Sanitaire PROFESSIONAL Upright. The Dyson has a better build quality with virtually no recurring costs, thanks to its bagless design. It has better maneuverability and comes with a lot of tools and brushes too. It even offers significantly better performance on all surface types. However, the Sanitaire is easier to maintain.

BISSELL PowerForce Helix

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a better overall upright vacuum than the BISSELL PowerForce Helix. The Dyson has a better performance on all surface types, it's more maneuverable, it's easier to maintain, and it has virtually no recurring costs. It also has a longer range, and it comes with more tools and brushes. However, the BISSELL is lighter and has a slightly bigger dirt compartment.

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