Dyson Ball Animal 2 upright vacuum cleaner

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Review

Considering whether the Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a good fit for keeping your home clean? Our in depth review offers everything you need to know about this beast of a machine for homes with pets, asthma and allergy sufferers!
Considering whether the Dyson Ball Animal 2 is a good fit for keeping your home clean? Our in depth review offers everything you need to know about this beast of a machine for homes with pets, asthma and allergy sufferers!

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The Dyson Ball Animal 2 vacuum cleaner

A vacuum cleaner with powerful suction can be a real godsend for allergy sufferers and Dyson has delivered just that for many years on end. Below we offer an in depth review of the Dyson Ball Animal 2 for allergy and asthma sufferers.

Though it’s named after its ability to support households with pets, we find this vacuum to be something of a beast! TL;DR, it is hugely powerful and sucks up more allergens than you possibly could have imagined, yet it’s also a bit of a handful to wield.

Let’s dive into exploring this beast of a machine so you can decide if it’s the right fit for your home.

Our Rating: Dyson Ball Animal 2

Dyson Ball Animal 2Rating
Design and Size4.2
Performance (including suction power)4.5
Type of Filtration4.3
Durability and Warranty4.1

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is one of the upright vacuums in the Dyson stable. The machine’s colossal suction ensures top notch cleaning of pet hair and other allergens on bare floors and carpets alike. But, the weight of the vacuum makes it a little cumbersome despite the added maneuverability of Dyson’s ball technology.


Asthma & Allergy Friendly Design

For allergic families, what we love most about the Dyson Ball Animal 2 is that it is solidly built for allergy sufferers. It’s immense suction power is unparalleled!

Not only does it pick up more dirt, dust, pet hair, dander and other particles that have settled deep into carpet or upholstery fibers, it’s also allergy certified. The fact that it picks up a lot is one thing.

Unlike most vacuum cleaners, especially cheaper models, this beast of a machine also ensures everything it picks up stays inside. It doesn’t leak unfiltered air or recirculate dust and other allergens back into the air.

Vacuuming with Dyson Ball Animal 2

That’s all thanks to the highest standard of HEPA filtration it uses. Trapping more than 99.97% of particles greater than 0.3 microns with its whole machine filtration capabilities, is a serious contender for asthma and allergy sufferers!


Pet Friendly Design

Whether you have allergies or not, living with a pet, especially one that sheds a lot can be a real pain! High shedding breeds can create a carpet of their own even when their coat isn’t going through the typical seasonal blowouts!

No matter if you live with a German Shepherd, a Ragdoll cat or any other type of high shedding breed the Dyson Ball Animal 2 is your ally in keeping your home fur and dander free.

Key Features

Dyson Ball Animal 2 vacuuming dirt off carpet
Dyson Ball Animal 2


Dyson is known for creating high-end quality products, and this reflects in the price of the Animal 2. While there are certainly more affordable options on the market, a good vacuum cleaner is a worthwhile investment for allergy sufferers to keep their indoor air quality pristine!


A modern and sleek purple and gray exterior helps to give the Dyson Ball Animal 2 an elevated aesthetic. The canister is clear, so you can see how much dirt and debris are being collected. The dust cyclones that Dyson is famous for (and that power the overall suction) are also clearly visible.

Space is provided on the body of the vacuum to store the multiple attachments when they’re not in use. The accessibility of these items saves you time because you won’t need to search all over your home for the pieces.


The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is about the same size as other upright, bagless vacuum cleaners with powerful suction. The attachment tools work well and the cleaning reach (power cord, hose, wand) is very long.

The biggest drawback of this machine is that it is a little heavy (17.4 lbs) and can be quite cumbersome. The ball helps with maneuverability but can also be ineffective on carpeted areas.

The self-adjusting head combined with powerful suction can cause the vacuum to stick and it requires immense pressure to move on some types of carpets. If you are not afraid of a heavyish machine and are looking for flat out cleaning power, this vacuum will most certainly deliver.


Dyson Ball Animal 2 Reviews From Allergy Sufferers:
What They Loved

“I have been running my vac every single day and I am just shocked at the amount of crud and dirt, and hair that this thing pulls up!”

“I have a child whom is suffering from asthma and allergies, on top of suffering from allergies myself...since using this my son’s asthma has been much better, not as much coughing, etc.”

“I am still this morning in disbelief as to how much hair and dirt the Dyson pulled out of our carpet! … My wife - who was even more skeptical than I was about this purchase - also said the carpet felt almost brand new under her feet.”


Dyson Ball Animal 2 Reviews From Allergy Sufferers:
The Not So Great Stuff

“Too much suction for medium pile carpet.”

“The "ball" is great for maneuvering on the carpets and hardwood but is too big to allow the sweeper to go under furniture.”

“Harder to push than traditional bagless.”

“On hardwood floors, tile floors, and indoor/outdoor carpet, it is great. But, on my normal carpet, which is not a shag or any big pile, it takes about 60 lbs. of force to push it across the floor.”

“Power Cable - A bit ungainly. Stability - Has a tendency to fall over if not locked upright correctly.”

“My only suggestion would be that Dyson include the extension hose with the vacuum. Hose is short and awkward to use without it.”

“My only complaint is the hook to wrap the power cable is on the hose so anytime you want to use the hose, you have to unwrap all of the wire.”

The Verdict

We love this machine! It is consistently one of our top picks for different vacuum cleaner categories due to the unparalleled suction power it offers. We also love that it is purpose built for allergy sufferers and asthmatics with whole machine filtration.

If you have carpet areas and aren’t keen on a mini-workout every time you vacuum, then this may not be the best option for you.

Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum Cleaner


CertificationCertified Asthma and Allergy Friendly
ManufacturerDyson USA Inc
Date Certified2017-02-01
Test Prototype ID03-01
Cert Number AAFC1395/17/03//01/1989
Surface RecommendationHard floor, Carpet, Dual action
Dimensions (Height X Length X Width)42.13 in X 15.35 in X 13.39 in
Cyclone TechnologyRadial Root cyclone
Bagged / BaglessBagless
Pet Hair FeaturesYes
Approx Weight17.4lbs
Filter TypeHEPA filter
FiltrationWashable lifetime filter
Cleaner HeadSelf-adjusting cleaner head
Power Cord Length31 feet
Voltage110120 Volts
Maximum Reach40 ft
Motor Driven BrushbarYes
IncludedCombination tool, Stair tool
Warranty5 years
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