Dyson Ball Allergy Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson Ball Allergy is big, sturdy, high-end, bagless upright vacuum with wand and long-reach cleaning hose. It has excellent suction, true HEPA grade air filtration, numerous cleaning tools, automatically adjustable cleaning head and other features, making it suitable as great main vacuum cleaner for any home or apartment, for years to come.

Published: June 27, 2017.

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Dyson Ball Upright Vacuums - Features and Comparison

Dyson Ball uprights is a group of several very similar upright vacuums.

They are all based on Dyson's Radial Root Cyclone Filtering Technology, allowing extra strong suction (some Dyson Ball models provide 270 Air-Watts of suction) and lifetime washable air filter. Suction of Dyson Ball vacuums range from 210 to 270 Air-Watts, ensuring thorough cleaning regardless of the surface and dirt type.

Dyson Ball Allergy provides full 270 AW of suction, making it one of the strongest uprights on the market, especially in its price class.

For example, Dyson's Cinetic Cyclone Filtering Technology, which is used in Dyson Cinetic Big Ball vacuums, enables the unit to have lifetime, maintenance-free filter. But, such technology limits, at least at the moment, maximum suction power of Dyson Cinetic Big Ball vacuums to 180 Air-Watts (which is still very strong suction!).

Depending on the model, Dyson Ball upright vacuums weigh between 14 and 17.3 pounds (~6.4 - 7.84 kg), have power cord length between 24.5 and 35 feet (~7.5 - 10.6 m) and maximum reach between 39.5 and 51 feet (~12 - 15.5 m).

Dyson Ball Allergy has 35 feet long power cord, with maximum reach of 51 feet - that is 51 feet from the wall power socket to the cleaning tool attached on the extension wand/hose combination. Such reach can cover really large area, speeding up both regular and occasional cleaning tasks.

dyson ball allergy cleaning headAll Dyson Ball models have self-adjusting cleaning head suitable for cleaning carpets and hard floors, combined with cleaning wand and hose, making them very useful cleaning tools for cleaning home from the floor to the ceiling.

Rotating brush agitates the deeply embedded dirt in the carpets and strong air flow removes the dirt off the floors into the transparent dirt bin. Filtering is done in two stages: cyclonic filtering removes most of the dirt from the air, while washable mechanical filter does the rest. This two stage air-dirt filtration, combined with sealed unit design, enables the unit to be true HEPA grade vacuum cleaner - very important for people suffering from asthma, allergies and other similar health issues.

HEPA stands for 'High Efficiency Particulate Air' - such units are able to remove at least 99.97% of particles 0.3 micrometer in size. For example, the size of dirt particles are: sand 50.0-1000.0 micrometers, pet and human hair 30.0-200.0 micrometers, pollen 10.0-100.0 micrometers, bacteria 0.3-10.0 micrometers, dust mites 90.0-600.0 micrometers, etc.

Personally, it is very important for everyone to a vacuum cleaner which expels practically a clean air!

Capacity of Dyson Ball uprights dirt bins ranges from 0.42 gal up to 0.55 gallons. Dirt bin is transparent, so users can see type and amount of sucked in dirt. Thanks to cyclonic filtering, vacuum doesn't lose suction until the dirt bin is almost full - and that is plenty of dirt!

Dirt bin can be emptied quickly and hygienically - just push the button near the dirt bin handle, with the lower part of the dirt bin in trash can, and that's it!

Dyson Ball Allergy comes with 0.55 gal dirt bin.

Self-adjusting cleaning head is suitable for cleaning large flat surfaces, with or without obstacles. Although relatively heavy, thanks to the 'Ball' design and full swivel mechanism, Dyson Ball vacuums are easy to maneuver around the furniture, walls, edges and similar. None the less, to clean other surfaces, Dyson Ball vacuums carry onboard additional claening attachments:

- stair tool is suitable for cleaning carpeted stairs (hence the name) and similar surfaces

- combination tool can be used as dusting brush, suitable for cleaning dust from smaller areas and as crevice tool, suitable for cleaning narrow and tight spaces, edges, corners and similar hard-to-reach places.

 All Dyson Ball vacuums come with 5-Year limited warranty.

Comparison of Dyson Ball models is given in the following table:

Model Dyson Ball Allergy Dyson Ball Multi Floor Origin Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Dyson Ball Animal 2
Photo dyson ball allergy table dyson ball multi floor origin table dyson light ball multi floor table dyson ball multi floor 2 table dyson ball animal 2 table
 Weight 17.3 lbs   17.37 lbs 14 lbs 15.6 lbs 17.35 lbs 
Dimensions (HxWxD) 42.4x13.4x15.4 in   42.4x13.4x15.4 in  36.2x8.9x11.5 in  41.9x15.6x13.4 in 42.1x15.4x 13.4 in
 Cord Length 35 ft  30 ft 24.5 ft 31 ft 35 ft
Max Reach 51 ft   51 ft  39.5 ft 40 ft 50 ft
 Bin Capacity 0.55 gal   0.55 gal  0.42 gal 0.42 gal  0.55 gal
 Suction Power 270 AW  270 AW  210 AW  245 AW  270 AW
Other Tools Carbon Fiber Soft Dusting Brush, Mattress Tool, Reach Under Tool - - - Tangle-Tree Turbine Tool
Amazon Link Dyson Ball Allergy Upright Vacuum - Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor Upright Vacuum Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum

Note: Amazon links in the table open in the new windows, so feel free to check them.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor Origin - very similar to Dyson Ball Allergy model, but it lacks additional cleaning tools. Suitable for cleaning mostly flat surfaces.

Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor - the smallest and the 'weakest' model of all Dyson Ball vacuums. Nonetheless, it delivers 210 Air-Watts, almost 40 feet maximum reach and 0.42 gal dirt bin, packed in 14 pounds vacuum. Nice :)

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 - upright positioned right between 'Multi Floor Origin' and 'Light Ball Multi Floor' vacuums. It delivers 245 AW of suction, 0.42 gal dirt bin and weighs 15.6 pounds.

Dyson Ball Animal 2 - very similar to Dyson Ball Allergy model, except that it comes with Tangle-Free Turbine Pet Tool, instead of three additional cleaning tools found in Allergy model.

Which one to choose? Well, go for either Allergy or Animal 2 vacuums and then get missing additional cleaning tools :) But, more on that later!

Additional Cleaning Tools

Dyson Ball Allergy upright comes with three additional cleaning tools:

Carbon Fiber Soft Dusting Brush

dyson caarbon fiber soft dusting brushCarbon Fiber Soft Dusting Brush uses very fine carbon fiber filaments to improve pick-up of fine dust from hard and gentle surfaces - desks, blinds, bookshelves and similar.

As the carbon fiber filaments 'glide' over the surfaces, they agitate fine dust and other similar debris, while strong air flow remove the dirt permanently from the cleaned surface.

It has rather thin profile, helping the brush to fit into small crevices. Also, its angled handle makes it easy to reach cleaned surfaces at right angle.

For more reviews and recommendations, check Dyson Carbon Fiber Dusting Brush Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

Mattress Tool

dyson mattress toolMattress Tool is designed to clean the dust and other dirt like dust mites, allergens and similar from mattresses and upholstery.

It has wide head and lightweight design with 45° angled neck for easy push-pull cleaning.

It does very good job, but to clean mattresses really well, it lacks UV lamp, hot air blower and vibration mechanism.

For more reviews and recommendations, check Dyson Mattress Tool Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

Reach Under Tool

dyson reach under toolReach Under Tool (also known as 'Telescoping Crevice Tool') has a paddle-shaped profile and flexible construction - it is designed to bend and twist as required, in order to reach required area.

Robust bristles and strong suction enable dust and dirt removal from the most hard-to-reach surfaces.

According to the official Dyson web site, Reach Under Tool is "compatible with all Dyson machines from DC19 onwards, including Dyson Ball vacuums, Dyson Ball Compact vacuums, Dyson Cinetic vacuums, Dyson Cinetic Big Ball vacuums. Not suitable for cordless models."

For more reviews and recommendations, check Dyson Reach Under Tool Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

 These and other tools can be purchased if and when required.

Recommended Cleaning Tools

To improve cleaning of certain types of dirt on different surfaces, few more attachments can come very handy. Actually, these two tools are one of the most popular additional cleaning tools bought by Dyson Ball Allergy owners:

Tangle-Tree Turbine Tool

dyson tangle free turbine pet toolTangle-Tree Turbine Tool has two counter rotating angled brushes with vertical bristles. As the brushes rotate, bristles clean the surface by agitating dust, pollen, hair and other dirt, while strong air flow remove the dirt into the vacuum cleaner.

Since the brushes don't have brush bars and the bristles are facing 'down the air stream', pet and human hair don't get tangled around the bristles or brushes.

According to the official Dyson site, Dyson Tangle-Free Turbine Tool is suitable for most of the Dyson canister vacuums and upright vacuums with extension hoses.

The tool is compatible with DC19/DC23 onwards, except DC24 and Dyson cordless vacuums.

Dyson Ball Animal 2 comes with this tool by default (hence the name of the model - 'Animal'). 

Dyson Ball Allergy with this tool can be used for cleaning almost any type of surface and any type of dirt ... Except perhaps hard floors with many obstacles, preventing the Dyson Ball Allergy (and similar uprights) from cleaning such surfaces efficiently. But, there is solution to that and it is called Dyson Articulating Hard Floor Tool :)

For more reviews and recommendations, check Dyson Tangle Free Turbine Tool Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

Dyson Articulating Hard Floor Tool

dyson articulating hard floor toolDyson Articulating Hard Floor Tool is the second and last tool we can recommend to potential owners of Dyson Ball Allergy vacuum.

The Articulating Hard Floor Tool has two curtains (two rows) of soft nylon bristles – the first helps remove large debris, while the second seals the tool and the floor to prevent loss of suction.

As the tool glide over the hard floors, bristles help by gently removing the dust and other debris off the floor, and the strong suction does the rest.

Articulating Hard Floor tool features full swivel, helping the tool reach and clean surfaces which are very hard or even unreachable by main cleaning head of upright vacuums.

Tool is ~12 inches (~30.5 cm) wide and it is wide enough to quickly clean large area, but light and maneuverable to clean awkward places, too.

For more information about this tool, check our Dyson Articulating Hard Floor Tool article and follow Dyson Articulating Hard Floor Tool Amazon link (both links open in the new windows).

 Of course, there are many other very useful Dyson's vacuum attachments, but with those 2 standard, 3 additional and 2 recommended cleaning tools, one can clean almost anything.


dyson ball allergy tableLong Story Short - Dyson Ball Allergy is really good upright vacuum cleaner that is going to help its user clean the home quickly and probably more easily than with other similar vacuums.

Dyson Ball upright vacuums are strong and sturdy unit, and they come with a nice price tag :)

But, what you pay is what you get - and with 5-year limited warranty, this unit is build to last.

So, in the end, it is rather affordable main vacuum cleaner, even for large(r) homes and apartments.

For the best offers, check Dyson Ball Allergy Upright Vacuum Amazon link (link opens in the new window).