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Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean vacuum cleaner review
Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean (Photo: Screen grab / Dyson)
helloBARK! staff
By helloBARK! staff
Updated on July 24, 2019

Buying a vacuum cleaner can be an overwhelming experience.

There are a lot of different models available from a variety of big names.

Even the same manufacturer can have lots of models that have subtle differences.

We’ve already taken a look at the Dyson Ball Animal 2 vacuum cleaner.

Website: www.dyson.com

But in this article, we’re going to review the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean vacuum to see what is has to offer and what customers are saying about the product.

We’ll break the article into the following sections:

• What is Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean vacuum?
• Design
• Technology
• Ease of Use
• Customer Reviews
• Price
• Any negatives?
• Is this the best pet vacuum cleaner?
• Anything else to consider?
• Wrapping up – our final thoughts

That brings us to an end of our brief introduction. Let’s start our review of the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean vacuum.

What is Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean vacuum?

As dedicated readers of helloBARK! will already know, we’ve previously reviewed The Dyson Ball Animal 2 vacuum cleaner.

In this article, we’re taking a look at Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean vacuum, which is a slight variation on the other model.

This pet vacuum cleaner has a head that drives deep into carpet fibers to capture dust, animal hair and ground-in dirt.

As any pet parent will tell you, animal hair and dirt carried in by your canine can provide a constant headache.

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The Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean vacuum has been engineered for homes with pets – whether it be cats, dogs or other small animals.

It has a tangle-free turbine tool, which is particularly effective at removing hair from carpets and upholstery without the hair wrapping around the brush head.

One of the big differences with this Dyson model is that it comes with seven extra tools to give pet parents plenty of options and versatility when it’s time to vacuum.

Design

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean doesn’t look lightweight and nimble. Compared to their stick models, this vacuum has a cumbersome appearance.

Your eye is drawn to the machine’s trademark Ball technology, which gives it mobility. The waste bin has a 1.8l capacity so plenty of room for pet hair!

On top of the bin are the cyclones which provide Dyson’s trademark power.

The purple hose at the top of the vacuum matches the purple detailing in the ball and some of the buttons. The rest of the machine is a silver color with splashes of purple in the head and ball.

As the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean comes with seven attachments, they provide a tool bag to store the attachments rather than the ability to clip onto the machine as with the Dyson Ball Animal 2 product.

The hose and want release is quick and smooth and can stretch to 15 feet for stairs and ceilings.

Technology

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean pet vacuum is a powerful machine – just like the Dyson Ball Animal 2 cleaner.

The Radial Root Cyclone™ technology allows the pet vacuum cleaner to capture more microscopic dust.

Like the other model, it has Ball technology, which allows it to navigate furniture and obstacles with what Dyson describe as a “simple turn of the wrist”.

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The self-adjusting cleaner head can raise or lower depending on the type of floor it encounters. The powerful motorized brush will allow you to give your home a deep clean.

This Dyson model comes with seven attachments – which sets it apart from other Dyson products. These are the tangle-free turbine tool, the articulating hardfloor tool, the mattress tool, reach under tool, the multi-angle brush tool, carbon fiber soft dusting brush tool, stair tool and combination tool.

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean has been certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Ease of Use

Dyson’s website emphasise that the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean has been designed for homes with pets.

The attachments give pet owners a lot of flexibility and versatility to ensure no area of the home will go without a clean.

Just like the Dyson Ball Animal 2 vacuum, this is a pretty heavy machine that could be cumbersome to drag around the home compared to stick vacuums.

It weighs 7.5kg (17.5lbs), which makes the product heavier than both of my Alaskan Klee Kai dogs combined!

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean has a cord length of 35ft to give you plenty of room to get around.

However, we prefer vacuums without a cord for ease of use.

We do like that the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean automatically adjusts to different flooring.

Customer Reviews

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean vacuum has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars based upon 454 reviews. Their website says that 86 per cent of reviewers would recommend this machine to a friend.

To be fair to Dyson, it gets the same score on online retailer Amazon, although that’s based upon just 30 reviews.

One satisfied customer revealed her floors have never been so clean:

I love this vacuum!! It works well for all different surfaces! I love how it self-adjusts from hard floors to carpets. We have a bulldog who sheds like crazy but this vacuum can get in all the books and crannys! The many attachments meet every need. I especially love the attachments for the stairs! My floors have never been so clean!

Another pet owner was delighted with the machine’s performance:

We have 2 dogs that have access to the yard through doggie doors and are constantly in and out. We also have a cat… This is a great vacuum. It has insane suction and gets the hair.

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One common problem appears to be that the vacuum does have issues standing upright on its own. Take this five-star review for example:

Mr. Dyson, you really need to find a better way to keep this position locked in place; the vacuum really needs to stand upright on its own.

Price

The Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean vacuum cleaner is priced at $599.99 on their website. That’s $100 more than the Dyson Ball Animal 2 vacuum cleaner.

We assume you’re paying the extra money for the seven attachments.

Any negatives?

As a dog owner, I really like to use vacuums that are cordless and mobile. While a great product, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean has a cord and weighs nearly 18 pounds.

Other than the cord and weight, it’s hard to find fault with the machine, especially given the glowing reviews from a lot of satisfied pet owners online.

We encountered a number of testimonials that complained about the machine’s inability to stand upright by itself.

Is this the best pet vacuum cleaner?

If you’re willing to settle for a pet vacuum with a cord, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean could be the right machine for you.

However, we feel there are some better models on the market that are more efficient that this Dyson product.

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Anything else to consider?

Dyson provide a tool bag to store the seven attachments when they’re not in use so you’ve got a safe place to leave all the tools.

Designed with pet parents in mind, the Dyson Ball Animal 2 vacuum is certified asthma and allergy friendly.

Whole-machine HEPA filtration ensures that allergens are trapped inside the machine, not expelled back into the home.

Wrapping up – our final thoughts

We’ve reached the end of our review of the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean vacuum cleaner.

It’s clear to see that the machine does a good job for pet parents with cats or dogs in their home.

The Dyson machine delivers a lot of suction and power but it needs improvement in terms of ease of use and mobility.

For that reason, we would be more tempted by a handheld vacuum.

For more information and to buy: www.dyson.com

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