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Review: Dyson Small Ball packs full features in half the size

by • February 28, 2016 • No Comments

Dyson started off with its signature upright vacuum cleaners, and so expanded with a line of transportable handhelds based on the same innovation. Now the company is filling in the gap with the Dyson Compact Ball – a tiny upright that claims to pack showcases comparable to a full upright in half the size. We dirtied up the place and put the Compact Ball to the test.

  • The Compact Ball is 30 percent quieter than previous Dysons and has additional efficient filtration
  • The Dyson Compact Ball is created for tiny flats
  • The Dyson Compact Ball controls
  • The Dyson Compact Ball uses a recreated ball unit

According to Dyson engineer Sean Hopkins, the Compact Ball is created for folks living in condos or tiny flats where storage space space is at a premium. With its retractable handle, the Compact ball takes up half the volume of other Dyson uprights. It stands 2.6 ft (0.8 m) tall when keepd and weighs in at 12.5 lb (5.7 kg), that manufactures it simpler to keep than conventional uprights, that tend to dominate cupboard space. In addition, Hopkins says that the tinyer Dyson uses less materials and consumes much less power, so it is actually advantageous for the environment.

In a telephone interview, Hopkins told us that the Compact Ball is not just a shrinking of a Dyson upright, but in addition tweaks previous creations to include new technical manufactures it to and address consumer feedback. The product of three years of development by over 100 engineers, the Compact Ball, like other Dysons, packs its motor and electronics into the central ball. This means that shrinking the size of the vacuum required considerable redesign of the ball to maintain comparable performance.

The ball itself was in addition tweaked for greater maneuverability and stability. In terms of performance, the Compact Ball is 30 percent quieter than previous Dysons and has additional efficient filtration. As to power, the Compact Ball has improved per pound performance with an output of 141 air watts – yet Hopkins points out that vacuums are like cars, and engine displacement is an significant factor, so sizeabler machines can yet manage greater air flow.

One other advance, says Hopkins, is that the self-adjusting head does away with the belt and uses a direct drive to power the carpet sweeper. This puts additional power on the carpet and greater agitation, that results in additional pet hair, dander, and satisfactory dust being sucked up.

Out of the box, there was the usual initially impression of a Dyson, that is that it appears to be created entirely of plastic and that its designers apparently placed a premium on clever ways to hook things together. The great news is, unlike a few of the quite early Dysons, the company has learned of experience and the plastic for the most part feels sturdier, and the snap-together bits now come across as functional as well as clever.

Set up is quite swift, involving little additional than attaching the brush head and handle/cleaning extension, but there is an element of solving a puzzle. Even with the graphic guideline guideline it wasn’t that effortless to fit the cleaning extension for the reason we couldn’t figure out that way round it went. It was a much like story with the brush attachment rack, but once we figured out what went where, equitething snapped together quite rapidly and easily.

The bagless Compact Ball comes fitted with a pair of dust filters. One is conical and fits within the collection bucket and the other is circular and fits behind a screw-on port in the ball. Both are effortless to get to, yet the ball cover is tricky to get back on. Both of these require to be washed under the tap and left to dry equite three months under regular use.

Once put together, the Compact Ball looks like a mini-Dyson with a slide-out aluminum alloy shaft to extend the handle to a working length. The shaft and handle have a great ergonomic feel, but the temptation is to pick up the vacuum by the handle, that just slides out. Meanwhile, the real carry handle on the dust basket appears a bit delicate for the purpose.

One other notable showcase is that the Compact Ball has a much longer reach over other vacuums. Hopkins says that the cable on the Compact Ball is 25 percent longer at 32 ft (9.67 m) and with the hose that comes out to just about 43 ft (13 m).

To test the Compact Ball we took a two-bedroom flat, let a pair of sizeable dogs shed in it for a fortnight and so subjected it to a teenage sleepover party. In addition there were a couple of carpet stains that requireed lifting and a number of corners that had been collecting dust for months.

The height of the extended handle was great and felt firm despite the machine’s tiny size.

We discovered it much quieter than the previous Dysons and the tinyer ball did manufacture it a bit simpler to move around in tight corners. But, like most Dysons we’ve tried, the catch that keeps the vacuum upright yet tends to undo itself at a touch – leaving the machine to crash to the floor.

The length of the power cord was quite astounding and if it hadn’t been for furniture and getting caught under doors, it may have been possible to clean the entire flat of one central plug in. As to the hose extension, we discovered extending and attaching it to be counterintuitive. It requires to be turned around preceding fitting to the hose, but when it is actually in place, it provides a proper handle, that manufactures it much simpler to maneuver. One bonus of the Compact Ball’s lightness is that it is actually quite great to carry while via extensions, so dealing with stairs or getting at dust behind furniture and in tight spaces is much simpler.

The Compact Ball’s self-adjusting sweeper head handled transitions of carpet to bare floors readily and the transparent cover on the sweeper assembly created it effortless to check for anything tangling the brushes. The vacuum sucked up dirt with a surprising amount of power and handled both pet hair and satisfactory dust quite well. It actually took party confetti and carpet cleaner in its stride.

The basket requireed frequent emptying, that is a great sign for a machine doing a major clean. This is done by pressing the release button to let the dust drop into the rubbish bin. Theoretically this means no require to get one’s hands dirty, but getting rid of the pet hair intended removing the basket casing as well, resulting in dusty hands. Similarly, when remnants of stain remover were picked up, the resulting damp dust clogged the filter meshes and required careful removal by hand. So you may require to get a few dirt under your nails at the end of the day, but overall the Compact Ball unquestionably does indeed punch above its mass in the cleaning stakes.

The Dyson Compact Ball is on the market for US$400. The video at a lower place introduces the machine.

Product page: Dyson Compact Ball vacuum cleaner


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