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Dyson Animal vs. Animal 2 vs. Multi Floor 2 vs. Multi Floor Origin

It’s the ultimate Dyson upright vacuum comparison. We’ll be comparing the most popular Dyson vacuum cleaners including the following models:

Dyson Animal (1st gen.) vs. Animal 2 vs. Animal 2 Total Clean vs. Multi Floor (1st gen.) vs. Multi Floor 2 vs. Multi Floor Origin

We’ve got a lot to cover so let’s go ahead and dive in.

First, we’ve got a quick Dyson comparison chart on the vacuum cleaners we’re covering, including important specs and where we think each Dyson upright excels the most.


Best Overall

Dyson Animal 2
  • Suction: 306 AW
  • Dust Bin: 2 L
  • Weight: 17.5 lbs.
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Best Budget

Dyson Multi Floor Origin
  • Suction: 270 AW
  • Dust Bin: 2 L
  • Weight: 17.37 lbs.
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Best Maneuverability

Dyson Multi Floor 2
  • Suction: 250 AW
  • Dust Bin: 1.6 L
  • Weight: 15.6 lbs.
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Best Tools

Dyson Animal 2 Total Clean
  • Suction: 306 AW
  • Dust Bin: 2 L
  • Weight: 17.5 lbs.
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moderncastle-table-__imageDyson Animal
  • Suction: 245 AW
  • Dust Bin: 2 L
  • Weight: 17 lbs.
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Prefer to watch rather than read? See our full Dyson Animal vs. Multi Floor video below:


For simplicity, there are two main styles that we’re looking at here.

Dyson Animal vs. Dyson Multi-Floor

Both of those models can be divided into two sub-models.

The Dyson Animal includes the:

The Dyson Multi Floor includes the:

In short, the “2” models are basically updated versions of the original. There are design and performance differences between the sub-models of each vacuum, but let’s hit the highlights first.

Design Similarities

Both the Dyson Animal and Dyson Multi Floor are upright vacuums with a number of design similarities.

Design of the Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum
Design of the Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum

For instance, both vacuums have:

  • Adjustable cleaning deck: cleaning head self-adjusts to provide the best suction possible for whatever floor type the vacuum is currently on
  • Dyson Ball: patented Dyson Ball is designed for improved maneuverability and performing tight turns
  • Clear XL dust bin: large dust bin made of clear plastic for easy visibility and maintenance
  • Dyson cyclone suction: two-tier cyclone system uses the power of centrifuge to spin debris through a series of cyclones to provide strong, fade-free suction
  • Cord & accessory storage: simple cord wrap along the back of the vacuum for easy cord storage as well as simple ports for handling a couple on-board accessories
Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 vacuum
Design of the Dyson Multi Floor 2 vacuum

Design Differences

Here is a quick list of the main differences between the Dyson Animal vs. Dyson Multi Floor.

The Dyson Animal and Animal 2 both have a purple and iron colored body.

The Dyson Multi Floor and Multi Floor 2 both have a yellow and iron colored body.

Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum
Dyson Animal – purple / iron
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 upright vacuum
Dyson Multi Floor – yellow / iron

Note: Newer versions of the Multi Floor Origin have been updated to have a fuchsia (purple / pink color) body, so in this case a yellow Multi Floor 1 would be a sign of an older generation.

The different colors of each model helps to quickly identify which design family it falls into. This is likely more a branding and marketing decision more than a decision based on usability or function.

How Dyson Uprights Clean

Overall all of the Dyson Animal vs. Multi Floor upright models use similar technology. They all rely on the Dyson Ball for excellent maneuverability and the tiered cyclone system for fade-free, powerful suction.

Cyclone detail on the Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum
Cyclone detail on the Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum

Although all of these models have a similar Dyson Ball, they don’t deliver the same level of suction.

Dyson Suction Power Compared

The exact suction power of each model is listed below:

The Dyson Animal 2 is the most powerful at 306 AW.

The Dyson Multi Floor 2 gives up a little suction power, but this model is also the most lightweight and compact.

Being slightly older models, the Dyson Animal and Dyson Multi Floor Origin are slightly less powerful than their successors (in most cases), but you can also sometimes score good deals on these older models.

There are certainly advantages and disadvantages to all 4 of these Dyson upright models.

Adjustable cleaning head on the Dyson Animal 2
Adjustable cleaning head on the Dyson Animal 2

In addition the Dyson Ball and cyclone suction system, the Dyson Animal and Multi Floor uprights all use a self-adjusting cleaning head with spiral bristles. This cleaning head is designed to help prevent tangles as it cleans.

Size & Weight

The size difference though could be a deciding factor for some users. The exact specs are listed below:

Size of the Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 vacuum

Overall, the Dyson Multi Floor 2 is the most compact and lightweight.

Size and dimensions of the Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum cleaner
Size and dimensions of the Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum cleaner

The Dyson Animal 2 the largest, but also has the greatest suction (see suction specs below).

Accessories & Tools

Another difference between the Dyson Animal vs. Dyson Multi Floor is the tool selection. As upright vacuums, each model comes with a wide variety of tools and accessories to help perform a variety of cleaning jobs around the house.

But the selection is not identical across the board.

AccessoryAnimal 2Animal 2 Total CleanAnimal 1Multi Floor 2Multi Floor Origin
Extending hose/wandYesYesYesYesYes
Self-adjusting roller headYesYesYesYesYes
Hard floor toolNoYesNoNoNo
Stair toolYesYesYesYesYes
8" Crevice toolNoNoNoYesYes
Dusting brushNoYesNoYesYes
Combination toolYesYesYesNoNo
Turbine toolYesYesYesNoNo
Multi-angle brushNoYesNoNoNo
Reach-under toolNoYesNoNoNo
Mattress toolNoYesNoNoNo

The tools and accessories that come with the base model of the Dyson Animal 1 & 2 include:

  • Stair tool
  • Turbine tool
  • Combination tool (dusting brush and crevice tool)
Accessories for the Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum
Accessories for the Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum

With the Dyson Multi Floor, you’re going to get slightly different tools, but still a nice variety, including:

  • Stair tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Dusting brush
The hose on the Multi Floor 2 adds great reach to the vacuum
The hose on the Multi Floor 2 adds great reach to the vacuum

The main tool you’re giving up here is the turbine tool, which is nice for pet hair.

The Dyson Animal Total Clean comes with the most tools of almost any Dyson. The following tools are included with this model:

  • Turbine tool
  • Articulating hard floor tool
  • Combination tool
  • Soft dusting brush
  • Multi-angle brush
  • Reach-under tool
  • Mattress tool
  • Stair tool
  • Tool carrying bag

Cleaning Tests

In terms of cleaning, both the Dyson Animal and Dyson Multi Floor are strong contenders. We put two of these models to the test in our Modern Castle home testing lab.

During these tests we run the vacuums on three flooring types:

  • Hardwoods
  • Low pile carpet
  • High pile carpet
Cleaning test debris types
Testing Debris – From left to right: Rice (3 oz.), Kitty Litter (3 oz), Cereal (1 oz), Sugar (3 oz)

We also test a variety of debris types to help identify strengths and weaknesses. Our tests use the following debris:

  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Kitty liter
  • Sugar

Overall Performance

The cleaning results of the Dyson Animal 2 and Dyson Multi Floor 2 are listed below.

Animal 2


Multi Floor 2


See our in-depth performance data for each model at the links below:

We further break down these cleaning results into separate floor types.

Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 Vacuum Value
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

Cleaning Hardwoods

On hardwoods, both vacuums scored well. The Animal 2 captured 99-100% of all debris types we ran tests for.

Animal 2


Multi Floor 2


By comparison, the Multi Floor was just a hair behind in performance. The difference in performance between these two models came down to the cereal test, where the Animal 2 captured 99% of cereal and the Multi Floor only captured 81% of the cereal.

Cleaning performance of kitty litter, rice and sugar was all 100%.

Hardwood floor cleaning tests against the Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 vacuum
Dyson Multi Floor 2 upright vacuum cleaning tests – on hardwoods

Cleaning Low Carpet

When cleaning low pile carpets, both the Animal 2 and Multi Floor 2 had flawless performance, capturing 100% of debris that was tested.

Animal 2


Multi Floor 2


Low pile carpet cleaning tests against the Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 vacuum
Dyson Multi Floor 2 upright vacuum cleaning tests – on low carpet

Cleaning High Carpet

For cleaning high pile carpet, we noticed more differences between the Dyson Animal and Dyson Multi Floor.

Animal 2


Multi Floor 2


Performance for cleaning kitty litter, sugar, and rice was pretty similar – between 97-100% on each test from both vacuums.

Dyson Ball Animal 2 cleaning high pile carpet
Dyson Ball Animal 2 cleaning high pile carpet

Like on hardwoods, the large debris cereal is where the difference came into play.

The Dyson Animal 2 has stronger suction and that suction held the cleaning head closer to the base of the carpet, which prevented it from collecting all of the cereal. The Animal 2 only captured 58% of cereal dropped.

The Dyson Multi Floor 2 has slightly less powerful suction so it was able to keep the cleaning head more on top of the carpet fibers and clean up more cereal. The Multi Floor 2 captured 100% of the cereal dropped.

Final Notes on Cleaning

Despite these differences, we would call performance between these two Dyson uprights to be substantially the same. At the end of the day, the biggest issue was cereal, which is easily removed with a hose if that’s something you encounter often while cleaning.

What about the Dyson Animal 1 and Multi Floor 1?

Wondering about the cleaning performance of older models, like the Dyson Animal 1 or the Dyson Multi Floor Origin?

While we haven’t tested these models personally, we can make a few assumptions that the quality and performance would be similar or slightly less than the performance of the “2” models.


The usability of these Dyson Animal vs. Dyson Multi Floor is comparable as well, but there are a few things to note here.


Due to it’s slightly smaller size and overall weight, the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 is the easiest to maneuver, compared to other Dyson Animal models.

Using Tools

Taking tools on and off is quick and easy on all of these models. The red “quick release” design makes it simple to adjust and they all come with a nice selection of tools included with the vacuum.

The Dyson Animal is designed to store tools on-board for easy access.

Attachments & Tools on the Dyson Animal 2
Attachments & Tools on the Dyson Animal 2

For additional tools with the Multi Floor or Animal 2 upright, check out the Dyson accessory pack. This set includes four of Dyson’s most popular attachments: 

  • Extending hose
  • Soft dusting brush
  • Hard bristle brush
  • Wide nozzle tool

Emptying the Dust Bin

Emptying the dust bin is the same for the Dyson Animal vs. Multi Floor. There is a press-button tab that releases the dustbin from the upright.

To remove the dustbin, depress the yellow tab and pull away
To remove the dustbin, depress the yellow tab and pull away

Take the dust bin over to a trash can and press an alternate lever that releases the bottom of the canister, allowing the debris to fall into the trash.

Emptying the dust bin on the Dyson Animal 2 upright
Emptying the dust bin on the Dyson Animal 2 upright

Close the lid to the dust bin and reinstall it into the upright and you’re good to go.

One quick note: All of the models listed in this comparison have a 2 liter dust bin capacity EXCEPT for the Dyson Multi Floor 2, which has a max capacity of 1.6 liters, do it’s more compact size and weight.

In addition to dust bin maintenance, you may also need to keep an eye on the filter. The Dyson Animal and Dyson Multi Floor models all come with a washable filter that you can clean with cool water.

Allow the filter 24 hours to dry before reinstalling it into the body of the vacuum.

Removing the Dyson Animal 2 HEPA filter
Removing the Dyson Animal 2 HEPA filter

Dyson’s washable HEPA filter helps to provide protection from airborne irritants and allergens as well as providing cost-saving solutions that save annual maintenance expenses.

Looking for a Dyson vacuum that runs filter-free? Check out the Dyson Big Ball Cinetic, the only current Dyson model that doesn’t need a filter.


Basically the same as all use the patented Dyson Ball design. The Dyson Ball allows for all of these vacuums to turn on a dime and have great maneuverability.

In addition to a tight turning radius these Dysons can also pivot side-to-side and recline backwards for extended reach.

Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum review
Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum review

So what are the shortcomings?

One disadvantage to the Dyson Ball is the inability to squeeze under furniture. The Ball is rather large so if you’re trying to squeeze under furniture or a bed, you’ll likely need to use the extension wand or a hose.

RELATED – Want a vacuum that easily vacuums under furniture without hassle? Check out our Shark IONFlex stick vacuum review.

What about weight?

In terms of overall maneuverability, weight is another factor to consider. As we said above, although the Dyson Animal 2 has the strongest suction it is also the heaviest vacuum and the most difficult to maneuver.

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 maneuverability
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

For the best maneuverability, the Dyson Multi Floor 2 is the clear winner. It is the lightest and most compact model, while still having excellent suction power.

Which Dyson Upright is the Best Value?

So all things considered, which of these models is going to provide the best bang for your buck?

Top Value

For sheer value, the Dyson Multi Floor 2 upright is our winner today. This vacuum is less expensive than the Dyson Animal 2, and had slightly better overall cleaning performance over the Animal 2 (98% overall vs. 96% overall).

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 maneuverability
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2

It has a slightly smaller dust bin compared to the Multi Floor Origin as well as the Animal and Animal 2, but the smaller dust bin allows for this vacuum to also be lighter and easier to maneuver.

Raw Power

That said, if raw suction power is what you need the most the Dyson Animal 2 is the better choice. At 306 air watts of power, it’s the highest suction vacuum cleaner on the market.

Cleaning carpets with the Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum
Cleaning carpets with the Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum

The Best Tools

Last but not least, I think we also should give a mention to the Animal 2 Total Clean. It has the same specs at the Animal 2, except it includes a number of extra tools that can make cleaning up even easier.

Definitely worthy of consideration.

Dyson Upright Vacuum Specifications

Below we’ve listed the complete specifications for:

SpecsAnimal 2AnimalMulti Floor 2Multi Floor Origin
ModelAnimal 2AnimalMulti Floor 2Multi Floor Origin
Weight17.5 lbs.17 lbs.15.56 lbs.17.37 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)All (indoor)All (indoor)All (indoor)
Dustbin Capacity2 L2 L1.6 L2 L
ReturnsVaries by retailerVaries by retailerVaries by retailerVaries by retailer
PriceCheck PriceCheck PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
ReviewRead ReviewRead Review

Which Dyson upright vacuum model should you buy?

Ready to pull the trigger on a Dyson, but still not sure which model will be best for you? Consider the recommendations below.

  • If you want the absolute best suction, I would recommend the Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum. This model delivers 306AW at max power, which is the highest degree of suction of any Dyson upright.
  • If you want the best maneuverability, I would recommend the Dyson Multi Floor 2. It is lighter and more compact than the Animal, while still having excellent cleaning performance. In addition, it is a bit easier to push along carpeted floors and had better cleaning performance of large debris on carpet compared to the Animal 2.
  • If you want a deal, the Multi Floor Origin is a solid option. It actually has a little more suction power (270 AW) over the Multi Floor 2 (250 AW) and retains the large dust bin capacity like the Animal 2.
  • If you want the most tools, I would recommend the Dyson Animal Total Clean. This model comes with more tools and accessories than any other Dyson upright currently on the market. The wide range of accessories helps to clean a wider range of spaces with one vacuum.

Honestly, I find it a little challenging to recommend the Dyson Animal 1 or Multi Floor 1 anymore. Dyson has simply made so many advancements in suction power and design that you can get more suction power and a lower price from other Dyson models.

If you like the price point on the Animal 1 or Multi Floor 1 you should just go with the Dyson Multi Floor Origin. It feels like the better option, while still keeping budget in check.

The Last Word

Still not sure what Dyson you should buy? Use our comment form below to drop us your question. We’d be happy to answer.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider,, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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20 Comments on “Dyson Animal vs. Animal 2 vs. Multi Floor 2 vs. Multi Floor Origin”

  1. I am in need of a new vacuum. I have several cats and a husband with lots of allergies, so something that is going to pick up as much pet hair, dander, and dust as possible is what I’m after. I have luxury vinyl sheeting for my kitchen floor, hardwood floors with area rugs in the rest of the downstairs, and medium pile carpet on my stairs and upstairs hallway.
    I notice that with the medium pile carpet, I have to pull my 10 year old Hoover Windtunnel on the middle setting (out of 5 height options) just to be able to push it across the carpet. Do think the Animal-2 might have too much suction for me? Would I be better off with the Multi-Floor 2? I lean towards the Animal for the pet hair, but want something that I can use on all of my surfaces. I don’t want to have to keep a 2nd vacuum just to handle my stairs and hallway with the medium pile carpet.

    • If you experiencing too much suction on a Hoover then absolutely the Dyson Animal 2 is going to be too much. I would strongly recommend either the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 or one of the V-series Dysons…perhaps the V11 or V15, both of which have variable suction power.

  2. Hi Derek, my house is on 3 floors, so I need something I can carry up/ down the stairs, but its wooden floors throughout. Not a carpet in sight. I’ve had a Dyson cordless before, and it didnt have the suction power I needed and the battery life wasn’t good, and I dont want to pay £600! Which Dyson would you recommend? I have a child and a cat and my house gets very dusty.

    • If you don’t want to pay $600’ish for a high-end cordless vacuum your next best option would be the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 –

      It’s not light, but it is lighter than the Animal. And it works well on hardwoods (in addition to rugs and carpeted surfaces). And of course, no need to worry about battery (since it’s plug in).

      In addition, you might consider an air purifier also. Think of it like a vacuum for the air. It can help reduce the dust that eventually falls to your floor. You can see all the models we’ve tested here –

  3. In all that research, I didnt really know which picked up pet hair the best. Could you tell me? I have high pile carpets and low pile carpets as well as hardwood and tile floors. But the pet hair drives me nuts sometimes. Also, I like to vacuum ceilings. Which would you recommend? BTW, I had an animal ball. It sometimes wouldn’t grab the pet hair.

    • The Animal 2 and Multi Floor 2 are going to be perform similarly with respect to pet hair. Both will be notably better than the original Animal and Multi Floor Origin.

      The Animal 2 can sometimes create too much suction for high pile carpets. So if you’re worried that it may be hard to push through your high pile carpets I would suggest you go with the Multi Floor 2. While Multi Floor 2 has less suction than the Animal 2, it’s still 250 AW. Which is more than sufficient to clean virtually anything.

      With respect to vacuuming ceiling, both Animal 2 and Multi Floor 2 have the same wand and attachments, so you’ll get the same experience either way.

    • This appears to be Sam’s Club’s special SKU for the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 1. Same specs, just a different name so that Sam’s club can sell it at whatever price they want.

  4. what would be the best choice for medium pile carpet and kitchen and bathroom floors? No pets, but lots of long human hair lol. We also have allergies.
    thank you

    • Thank you. I’m also open to other brands if there is something better. Also, I noticed there is a bare floor attachment. Would this be necessary or not?

    • Bare floor attachment really wouldn’t be necessary.

      If you are open to something else I would suggest the Dyson V10 Absolute –

      The soft roller head included with the Absolute model is amazing for hard surface flooring. In addition, the cordless design is extremely convenient, while still being incredibly powerful (140 aw of suction power).

  5. What’s the best option for tiled floors? No pets here but I shed quite a bit of hair myself. I found a good deal on the Origin so I’m tempted to go with that one but would welcome input. Thanks!

    • I agree, based on your needs I think the Ball Multi Floor Origin makes sense for you. It’s a great vacuum.

      If you haven’t already, I would suggest you take a look at the Dyson V10 Absolute also – – while the Multi Floor series is fantastic, when it comes to tile and other hard surface flooring, the soft roller brush included on the Absolute is a easily the best we’ve seen.

  6. After many hours of looking at online reviews of vacuums YOU are my favorite reviewer Derek! Your details and break downs/charts are the most helpful.
    That said, I’m stumped! I gave my trusty, 15 yr old windtunnel away last week to a needy friend and am vacuumless with 3 long haired cats and a shedding dog. HELP! I have some med pile carpets, mostly hardwood floors, stairs to vacuum and carry the vacuum up and I’m over 65 and small so prefer something not heavy this time. Shark looks good however, I’m really not happy with all of the complaints regarding their brush rollers failing and the inability for replace. Owners are having to replace the entire head- so much waste of money and plastic! Dyson looks good but how do you vacuum under furniture? I vacuum a lot so think I want corded. However I’m open to anything. Please advise asap as the hair is mounting as I type! Thank you SO MUCH for this GREAT service! I’ll post you on my FB page as I have LOTS of friends who will also appreciate your expertise.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Barbara. I’m happy to hear our reviews have been helpful 🙂

      In a choice of Shark vs. Dyson, I tend to lean towards Dyson, especially for uprights. The only Shark upright that I think is a cut above the others is the Shark APEX DuoClean.

      Now as far as what you should pick…honestly, you’re pretty hard pressed to go wrong with any of the choices here. Dyson Ball Animal 2 or the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 would be my first 2 picks. The most common complaint I’ve seen regarding the Animal 2 is simply that it has too MUCH suction and as such can be hard to push through higher pile carpets. Since you have medium pile that’s probably not going to be an issue for you. However, if you were worried at all about it I would go with the Multi Floor 2. In any case, both vacuums have more suction than you need and certainly more than your old Windtunnel.

      As far as cleaning under furniture, that’s going to be more of a challenge. Neither of these uprights really do a great job there.

      If you do clean often under furniture you may want to consider a cordless, either the Dyson V10 or Dyson V11.

      There are pros and cons no matter what you choose. I think you just need to decide what’s more important to you. Hope that was helpful!

  7. Just returned the animal2. Impossible to maneuver through medium pile carpet. Too much suction. Had an animal for 15 yrs. maybe just get another one .

    • Perhaps consider the Dyson V11 Outsize? The variable suction levels help prevent that type of issue from occurring.