Dyson launches Cinetic Big Ball cylinder vacuum cleanerWhich? expert view on Dyson Cinetic's new features

13 April 2016

Dyson has launched a new cylinder vacuum cleaner, the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball, that claims to be able to 'right' itself if it topples over, the first of its kind.

The new Dyson Cinetic Big Ball also claims to remove trapped dirt from the dust canister and has a handle that can be rotated in three directions for flexibility.

We'll have a more detailed review from our vacuum cleaner expert online in a few weeks, but you can read his initial assessment below. You can also take a look at our full review of the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball upright vacuum cleaner and 18 other Dyson vacuum cleaners.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball - new features

It seems that Dyson has made a real effort to improve the user experience with this new vacuum cleaner as it includes several potentially useful new features.

Self righting

Some cylinder vacuum cleaners can topple over when you are dragging them along, meaning you have to tip them back the right way or tug at the hose to get the vacuum back on an even keel. But those days could be gone as Dyson claims the Cinetic Big Ball is the only cylinder vacuum that 'self-rights' when toppled.

Which? vacuum cleaner expert Matthew Knight says: 'I have seen this self-righting mechanism in action. In the name of research I spent some time trying to topple the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball to see if it corrected itself, which I am happy to report that it did, every single time. And in case you were wondering, it still worked after I was finished.'

If you're interested in the science behind it, Dyson engineers say that assembling the vacuum’s components in a spherical shape, with the heaviest nearest to the floor, and placing them inside a curved body with a low centre of gravity, means that whenever the vacuum is displaced, gravitational forces will automatically return it to its upright resting position.

Hygienic dirt ejector

As the bin is emptied a silicone collar slides down the inside of the dust container. Dyson says that this removes any trapped dirt and debris, which means that you don't need to go through the annoying and messy process of sticking your hand into the dust container to remove any remaining bits of dust and fluff.

We know this is one of the most disgusting things about using a bagless vacuum cleaner, so it is great to see efforts from Dyson to remove this problem. Dyson isn't the first to the party on this one though, we have seen similar technology on vacuum cleaners from AEG, Gtech and LG.

Articulated handle

Dyson's new handle now rotates in three directions allowing for more versatile movement and easier cleaning. The wand, or telescopic tube is also longer than on previous Dyson vacuum cleaners, extending to 1.25 metres.

Which? vacuum cleaner expert Matthew Knight says: 'These changes should make the vacuum cleaner easier to use. We have recently made changes to our vacuum cleaner test programme to incorporate cleaning on high shelves, at various heights and on ceilings, so I can't wait to find out how this vacuum cleaner performs in these tests.'

Vacuum cleaner reviews you can trust

At Which? we test all of the latest vacuum cleaners at our test lab - we put each of them through more than 50 individual assessments, including how well they suck up fine dust, large debris, pet hair and how well they retain allergens in their filters, so we know what makes a great vacuum cleaner.

The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball will be winging its way to our test lab shortly so we will be able to give you a definitive verdict on whether it meets the coveted standards of our Best Buy vacuum cleaners when we publish the results in June. It will need to do well to justify the hefty £449 you will need to part with for the top of the range version, the Cinetic Big Ball Animal.

In the meantime, if you are looking for a new vacuum cleaner, you can find the best ones in our vacuum cleaner reviews or cordless vacuum cleaner reviews.

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