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Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Musclehead Review

Written by James Hall |

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Musclehead




Ease of Use


Cleaning Power







  • Powerful suction
  • Self-adjusting floorhead
  • Self-righting ball design
  • Great performance on all floors
  • No filter to clean


  • Relatively heavy
  • Only a 6.6 metre cord
  • Struggles with hair on carpets

The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Musclehead is a bagless cylinder vacuum that’s designed to cope with the toughest cleaning jobs. Its standout feature is the Musclehead floor head, which automatically adjusts to provide maximum suction on any surface. The vacuum also comes with a powerful motor, Dyson’s Ball steering technology and a range of unique features.

Is the Big Ball Musclehead really an improvement over cheaper cylinder vacuums though? And how does it perform on carpets, hard floors and pet hair? Keep reading our review to find out!

Overview of Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Musclehead

  • Dyson’s Cinetic technology for preventing suction loss
  • Separates dust and allergens without needing a traditional filter
  • A hygienic emptying system means you don’t need to touch the dirt
  • “Musclehead” floor head adjusts automatically depending on the type of floor
  • Wand extends to provide a cleaning distance of up to 10.75 metres
  • The wand also has an articulated joint for 360 degree rotation
  • Tools have a quick release button
  • Like other Big Ball vacuums, the Cinetic Musclehead is self-righting if it falls over
  • Comes with stair and combination tools

In-Depth Look at the Musclehead’s Features

Appearance and Design

This is a top down view of the Big Ball designThe Musclehead has the same body as the Cinetic Big Ball Animal. The only real difference between the two is the tools included (more on that later).

Like all recent Dyson cylinder vacuums, it’s built with Dyson’s Ball technology. While some people think this is just a gimmick, the Ball provides excellent manoeuvrability around the home – especially if you need to clean around furniture. It also means the vacuum self-rights when it falls over.

Dyson claims the vacuum has a streamlined design, but it’s a relatively heavy model. At 7.9kg, it’s certainly heavier than the average cylinder vacuum. It’s still easy to move around the home due to the Ball steering, but if you’re looking for a lightweight vacuum this isn’t the best choice.

Tackling difficult areas of the home is made easier with the wand’s articulation. This allows you to rotate the wand in three directions, so you can get into tight spots much more easily. The shape of the vacuum can make it difficult to balance on stairs though.

A downside is that the vacuum only has a 1.6 litre dust capacity. This is larger than previous Cinetic vacuums, and bagless models tend to have small capacities, but it’s still smaller than many other cylinder vacuums. The bagged Miele C3 Cat & Dog, for comparison, has a 4.5 litre capacity, while the bagless Miele Blizzard CX1 has a 2 litre canister (see our Miele Blizzard CX1 vs Dyson Musclehead for more information). While we don’t think this is a major problem, be prepared to empty it more often than larger vacuums.

Suction Power and Performance

The Musclehead has a 10.75m cleaning radiusThe vacuum is powered by a 1200W motor. This provides excellent suction, but at the cost of energy efficiency (it has an “E” rating for energy efficiency). It’s also built with Dyson’s Cinetic cyclonic technology that prevents loss of suction as the canister fills up. The powerful motor isn’t the noisiest we’ve seen, but at 85dB it’s also far from the quietest.

One of the stand-out features of this vacuum is the Musclehead floorhead. This adjusts itself automatically when switching between types of floors, so you don’t need to fiddle with settings manually. While this might sound like a gimmick, it can save a lot of time if you have a mixture of floor types, or rugs over hardwood or laminate floors. It also has a low-profile design, so it’s easier to clean under furniture.

Most importantly, how does the vacuum perform on carpets, hard floors and other surfaces? The good news is that it’s a great all-rounder. While it excels on hard floors – especially when tackling dirt and dust trapped in floorboard cracks – it does a good job on all types of floor, including laminate. It can also handle larger debris, such as spilt cereal, despite the low-profile head.

Its carpet pickup rating is only an “E” though. While we think this is slightly misleading, as it does a decent job on both short and long-pile carpets, it can struggle with removing pet hair from carpet fibres. The vacuum also doesn’t come with a miniature turbo tool for cleaning upholstery. If you have a dog or cat this is something to keep in mind.

The vacuum comes with a hygienic emptying systemEase of Use Features

  • The canister has a hygienic emptying system that scrapes out dust, hair and dirt so you don’t need to pull it out with your hands.
  • Each of the tools has a quick release button so you can easily change tasks.
  • It has a reasonably large 10.75 metres cleaning radius so you won’t need to change plug sockets as often. We would have a liked a slightly longer cable though, as it’s only 6.6 metres.


One of the great things about the Cinetic Big Ball Animal is that you don’t need to wash or replace the filter. The cyclonic technology used in the Dyson separates dust and other small particles from the air without the use of a filter. This, combined with the bagless design, mean that there’s little maintenance or ongoing costs associated with the vacuum.

Surprisingly, even without a filter the vacuum has achieved an “A” rating for dust re-emission. While this makes it great for people with allergies, be aware that dust can still escape when emptying the canister. Unless you can get someone else to empty the vacuum outside, we recommend a bagged vacuum for allergies.


As you would expect from a Dyson vacuum cleaner, this model isn’t cheap. It has an RRP of over £400, so it’s a similar price to the Miele Blizzard CX1 but more expensive than bagged Miele vacuums.

Despite the high price tag, we think it provides excellent value for money. It’s a great all-round cleaner that can handle almost any cleaning task. So if it’s within your price range, you won’t be disappointed.

The Dyson Big Ball Musclehead has a "quick release" tool systemAccessories and Tools

Along with the articulated wand and Musclehead floor head, the vacuum also has a combination nozzle and stair tool. These are relatively basic compared to the Musclehead, although both are useful and improve the versatility of the vacuum.

They also both have a quick release button for fast switching (see picture to the right).

Frequently Asked Questions

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Musclehead Vs. Animal – What’s the Difference?

Both the Cinetic Musclehead and Animal cylinder vacuums have the same motor and body design, but where they differ is the tools and price.

The Musclehead is slightly cheaper than the Animal but also comes with fewer tools. While both have a stair tool and combination nozzle, the Animal comes with a carbon fibre turbine head and tangle free turbine tool (for hair). The primary turbine head doesn’t have the self-adjusting feature of the Musclehead, but instead has stiff nylon bristles that dig deeper into carpets. It also has carbon fibre filaments for smaller particles. The tangle free turbine tool is great for removing pet hair from upholstery or stairs.

In short, both the Musclehead and Animal are great vacuums. If you have pets, the Animal is the better choice. For daily cleaning we think the Musclehead edges it though – especially if you have different types of floor and rugs in your home.


The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Musclehead is an outstanding vacuum cleaner. We’re big fans of the floor head – it’ll save you a lot of time if you have different types of floors. The self-righting Ball technology, hygienic emptying system and powerful suction all combine to make this a great choice for most households. We also love that there’s no filter to clean or bags to replace.

Are there any reasons not to buy it though? If you have pets, the Animal version of the vacuum is a better choice. It has the same body but comes with different floor tools, including a tangle-free turbine accessory. People on a tight budget or who only have carpeted floors may get better value from a different vacuum too.

Aside from that though, we don’t think many people will be disappointed with the Musclehead. It’s a powerful vacuum that’s built to last, so we think it provides excellent value for money.

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