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Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Review

Derek Hales

Written By: Derek Hales

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UPDATE 6/22/22 – Dyson just released the new Dyson Ball Animal 3. It’s better than Multi Floor 2 in almost every functional area, while also being less expensive. See review here.

An Upright Designed for All Floor Types


Dyson Multi Floor 2

Overall, the Dyson Multi Floor 2 is an excellent option if you’re looking for a powerful upright vacuum cleaner. It’s a little lighter than comparable models and is designed to tackle messes across a variety of floor types. The Dyson Multi Floor upright includes various accessories, has a 1.6L dust bin capacity, and an impressive 250 AW of suction.Check Price


  • At just over 15 lbs, the Multi Floor is about 2 pounds lighter than the Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum.
  • Lifetime washable filter means less maintenance. 
  • 40% stronger suction than the cordless Dyson V10 stick vacuum 


  • Heavier to carry around compared to stick vacuums
  • No lift-away canister for better portability  

Prefer to watch rather than read? We’ve got our entire Multi Floor 2 review in video format below:

Dyson Multi Floor Design

The design of the Dyson Multi Floor 2 is similar in style to other Dyson uprights. It’s slightly lighter than the Dyson Animal 2 upright vacuum cleaner and has a bit more of a compact body.

What does it look like?

The Dyson Multi Floor 2 has a vertical body style and dual-tone accents of gray and golden yellow. There is a clear dust bin that allows you to see into the body of the vacuum with a gold filtration system that houses the internal working parts of the vacuum.

Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 vacuum
Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 vacuum

How do Dyson cyclones work?

Above the dust bin sits the cyclones. The Dyson Multi Floor 2 uses dual layer cyclones to help capture dirt and microscopic dust in a more hygienic way.

Dyson Ball Cyclones

They gather dirt and debris and then use the power of the centrifuge to filter out the particles so that even the microscopic debris doesn’t escape.

How much suction power does the Multi Floor 2 have?

The Multi Floor model offers 250 AW (air watts) of suction power. By comparison, the Dyson Animal 2, Dyson’s most powerful upright to date, offers 306 AW of suction power.

Dyson’s most powerful cordless stick vacuum, the Dyson V10, offers around 150 AW of suction power.

RELATED: Despite the reduced suction power, the Dyson V10 still scored 100% on our cleaning performance test in the Modern Castle home test. See our testing results here.

What is the “Dyson Ball”?

At the base of the Multi Floor 2 upright is the Dyson Ball. Dyson uses their Ball design for all of their upright vacuum cleaners. The Ball allows for easy maneuverability and tight turns, as needed.

What about the brushroll?

The brushroll of the Multi Floor 2 upright uses a spiral bristle style roll that self-adjusts to varying floor types and carpet lengths.

Dyson's Multifloor brushroll
Dyson’s Multifloor brushroll

Size & Dimensions

The Dyson Multi Floor 2 is a moderate size for an upright vacuum cleaner. It’s about 2 pounds lighter than the Dyson Animal upright, but also 2 pounds heavier than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro.

How big is the vacuum?

The Dyson Multi Floor upright is:

  • 41.93″ tall
  • 15.59″ deep
  • 13.39″ wide
  • 15.6 pounds
Size of the Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 vacuum

In addition, the brushroll has a 12″ wide cleaning path and comes with a 31′ cord. When you combine the cord with the maximum length of the hose / wand it has a reach of 40′.

Accessories & Parts

In the box, Dyson provides a few key accessories that help this vacuum to be more versatile around the house. Upon purchase, you’ll get the following tools:

  • Crevice tool
  • Dusting brush
  • Stair tool
Crevice tool included with the Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 vacuum

CREVICE TOOL | The crevice tool adds extra length to the hose. In addition, it allows you to provide more direct and exacting suction to a specific spot, which can be especially helpful for tight to reach places (ex. couch cushions, cars, behind / under furniture, etc.)

Dusting bruhs included with the Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 vacuum

DUSTING BRUSH | The dusting brush offers soft bristles that can be used to dust more delicate areas around your home, while the suction from the vacuum sucks up the dust being gathered by the tool.

Stair tool included with the Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 vacuum

STAIR TOOL | The stair tool makes it easier to tackle cleaning stairs. It doesn’t have a motor, like the motorized turbine tool, but the angle and size of the nozzle are great for tackling the repetitive cleaning task of cleaning stairs. 

Bear in mind, the dusting brush can be connected to the crevice tool as well, creating a combination tool.

Additional tools not included, but still available for purchase includes: 

The turbine tool can be purchased separately and used for pet hair on the Ball Multi Floor 2
The turbine tool can be purchased separately and used for pet hair on the Ball Multi Floor 2

You can also check out this Dyson accessory pack that includes four of Dyson’s most popular attachments: 

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

RELATED Dyson Animal vs. Multi Floor comparison


The Dyson Multi Floor 2 vacuum is designed with a few features that take cleaning performance to the next level as well as enhancing overall usability of the machine. 

Self Adjusting Cleaner Head

The cleaner head and brushroll is self-adjusting, allowing it to respond to whatever floor type you’re cleaning.

In our tests, we lined up high pile carpet, low pile carpet, and hardwood flooring to test how well the self-adjusting cleaning head performed.

Dyson Multi Floor 2 on different floor types

The results?

Overall, excellent. The Multi Floor 2 did exactly as advertised. It easily adjusts to different floor types and carpet types on the fly.

Performance and usability were consistently good, even which quickly switching between different floor types.

Filtration System

The Dyson Multi Floor 2 uses Radial Cyclone technology to filter out dust and debris. This technology is able to filter out particles as small as .003 microns, just like the Dyson V10 stick vacuum.

The Multi Floor 2 upright vacuum also includes a washable lifetime filter. This is great for lower maintenance costs as well as less time monitoring the performance of filters. 

Filter included within the Dyson Ball Multifloor 2
Filter included within the Dyson Ball Multifloor 2

Cleaning Performance

The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 vacuum cleaner did an excellent job throughout our Modern Castle testing series.

There were some minor hiccups along the way, however, overall performance was still among the best we’ve tested in an upright vacuum.





Low Carpet


High Carpet


RELATED – See our complete list of Dyson vacuum reviews here.

Hardwood Floor Cleaning

The hardwood floor cleaning tests against the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 were a success, for the most part.


Rice, kitty litter, and sugar stood no chance against this vacuum. However, cereal wasn’t flawless. 



Kitty Litter






Hardwood floor cleaning tests against the Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 vacuum

Wile the Multi Floor 2 was able to move over the rice, kitty litter, and sugar, it was not able to drive completely over the cereal. Therefore, some of the cereal was pushed forward, meaning it did not get picked up by the vacuum.

Although only 81% of the cereal was vacuumed up, we were able to remove the hose and use it to suck up the remaining cereal. So, even if the main cleaning head cannot suck up all of the debris on hardwood, you do have options with the hose and cleaning attachments.

Low Pile Carpet Cleaning

As we moved onto the low pile carpet cleaning tests, we saw improved results.

This time, there were no problems with cereal. The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 did a fine job of getting over the cereal and cleaning all of it up.



Kitty Litter






Low pile carpet cleaning tests against the Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 vacuum

That said, we did see a slight drop off in the sugar test results. The Multi Floor 2 was able to clean 99% of the sugar from the low pile carpet, but it did leave a tiny amount in the fibers of the carpet.

Aside from sugar remaining, rice, kitty litter, and cereal were defeated by this Dyson upright vacuum. The sugar was picked up after another couple of passes, so it was not much of an issue in the end.

High Pile Carpet Cleaning

The high pile carpet cleaning tests were almost identical to the results we saw with the low pile tests.

Here’s why:

The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 upright vacuum is able to adjust on its own as it recognizes different floor types. Therefore, the vacuum was able to recognize the thicker carpet and make the necessary adjustments to easily clean up the debris.



Kitty Litter






High pile carpet cleaning tests against the Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 vacuum

Once again, rice, kitty litter, and cereal hit 100% and sugar came in with a score of 97%. The sugar simply fell too deeply into the fibers of the carpet and the Multi Floor 2 was not able to dig deep enough to get all 100%.

All things considered, this vacuum is one of the best upright vacuums we have tested, with regard to cleaning performance.

The sheer suction power, advanced brushroll, and automatic adjustments help create an extremely easy cleaning process.

Usability & Maneuverability 

In terms of usability, the Dyson Multi Floor 2 still offers  nice features.

What about the weight?

Sure, it is heavier than a stick vacuum and can’t traverse stairs as well, like a portable handheld. 

Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 maneuverability

But this upright vacuum provides more suction power than all handheld or stick vacuums that we’re aware of. So what you lack in maneuverability, you make up for in suction power. 

Size and weight aside, the Dyson Multi Floor 2 scores some big point as an upright.

Here are some of the best features that add to its usability. 

RELATED – Wonder how the Multi Floor 2 compares? See all of our vacuum cleaner reviews here.

The Dyson Ball

The Dyson Ball is the Ball that’s at the base of this vacuum. Like any other round object, it makes it easy to turn on a dime and makes it generally easier to maneuver.

Kinetic ball located at the base of the Multi Floor 2
Kinetic ball located at the base of the Multi Floor 2

High-Reach Wand

There is also an extending wand and hose that can be used when cleaning hard to reach places, like crown molding, fans, or overhead light fixtures. The high-reach wand can also be used for low areas like under sofas, tables, or beds. 

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 hose and wand together combine for around 9′ of extra reach.

Easy Dust Bin Emptying

The dust bin can be emptied with one-click design, that opens the hatch allows the debris to fall into a trash bin located below. 

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

ATTENTION PET OWNERS: If you have pet hair, you may want to be wary. Sometimes pet debris can get stuck in the dust bin and require you to do some digging to get it all out. 

If the thought of touching any dust or debris has you reaching for the hand sanitizer, don’t panic just yet.

Dyson has since developed more advanced dust bins that they use in their cordless stick vacuums. The Dyson V7V8, and V10 stick vacuums all use dust bin emptying systems that force the debris out and reduce the chance of you having to touch it.

Quick Maneuverability Specs

  • Weight: 15.6 pounds
  • Width: 13.39″
  • Height: 41.93″
  • Turning: 90°

Maintenance Costs & Tasks

The maintenance costs for the Dyson Multi Floor 2 are minimal, considering the lifetime washable filter and the bagless design.

Most of the maintenance costs would be chalked up to replacement parts that may occasionally wear out.

To keep the Dyson running smoothly, I would recommend doing the following on a regular basis: 

  • Empty the dust bin and clean the shroud with a cloth or small brush as needed. (Shroud is the yellow part inside the dust bin.) 
  • Wash the filter using cold water (at least once per month). Allow to air dry for at least 24 hours before reinstalling. 
  • Inspect the brushroll and trim off any debris that may be tangled around the axis.
  • Proper maintenance of the Dyson Multi Floor will help to limit replacing parts unnecessarily. If parts do break or need replaced, most parts are available directly from or third part retailers, like

Is Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 worth it?

The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 is worth it and offers a great value. The cost is not overwhelming, but the performance is really what takes the cake.

First up, cleaning performance:

Dyson Ball Multifloor 2 Vacuum Value

Throughout our cleaning tests we found that the suction power of the Ball Multi Floor 2 was exceptional and was able to make adjustments as we changed floor types. It dominated our tests, scoring an average of 98%.

Additionally, the maneuverability options included with this vacuum are an added benefit. The vacuum already has a 31′ cord, but then an extendable wand / hose give users an additional 9′ of reach, for a total reach of 40′.

This extra reach helps improve usability, especially as it pertains to cleaning stairs, cars, and other hard to get to spots.

To wrap it up:

In the end, the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 vacuum is an above average performer sold at a reasonable price point. If you’re in the market for a new upright and want to be sure you’re receiving a quality product, I believe you will be hard pressed to find another upright at this price with as strong of a performance as the Multi Floor 2.

Dyson Multi Floor 2 Specifications

Below you’ll find a complete table listing the important facts and features about the Dyson Multi Floor 2 upright vacuum cleaner:

ModelMulti Floor 2
Length (inches)15.59"
Width (inches)13.39"
Weight15.6 pounds
Floor TypeAll
FilterWashable lifetime
Dust Bin1.6L
CordlessNo - 31' cord
Suction Power250 AW
ReturnsVaries by retailer
Warranty5-Year limited
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Who Should Buy the Dyson Multi Floor 2?

If you’re looking for an all-around great performer for an upright vacuum, it’s hard to go wrong with the Dyson Multi-Floor 2 upright vacuum. It is not terribly expensive, especially for an upright Dyson, and comes with the features and tools to tackle a wide variety of cleaning tasks. 

I would recommend the Dyson Multi Floor 2 if you’re looking for the following features in an upright vacuum: 

  • Want a smaller Dyson upright: It’s no surprise that Dyson makes some massive upright vacuum cleaners. The Multi Floor 2 is a nice option because it’s a little smaller than other models, but still provides excellent suction power and cleaning performance. 
  • Want great cleaning performance: This Dyson upright vacuum dominated the Modern Castle cleaning tests. It scored an average of 98% on our cleaning tests. There was virtually no hesitation for this vacuum when sucking up rice, kitty litter, cereal, and sugar across three different floor types. In the end, this is one of the most impressive performers we have tested to date.
  • Want something for all floor types: The Multi-Floor 2 is a nice option for all floor types due to its self-adjusting cleaning head and overall cleaning performance.

For more information on the Dyson Multi Floor 2 upright vacuum, see here.

Why did the Dyson Multi Floor 2 upright vacuum score the way it did?

  • Design – Feels like an intentionally designed vacuum that works well together. Every design element improves usability, performance, or both.
  • Performance – The best upright we’ve tested to date. Also, one of the best vacuums overall. 
  • Quality – Feels well put together. Parts are plastic, but don’t feel cheap. 5 year warranty provides extra peace of mind.
  • Usability – Relatively lightweight compared to other high performance uprights. Easy to maneuver. Love that it has a washable filter.
  • Value – Washable filter, incredible suction, and nearly flawless cleaning performance…all for an affordable price point. This is exactly what I look for in a great value.
A Powerful Upright for All Floor Types
  • Design - 98%
  • Performance - 98%
  • Quality - 96%
  • Usability - 100%
  • Value - 97%


The Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 is an upright vacuum cleaner using popular Dyson technology, like advanced swivel steering, 250 AW of suction power, washable lifetime filter, self-adjusting for multiple floor types, and an array of included accessories. This vacuum comes in at just over 15 lbs and can reach up to 40′ between the 31′ cord length and 9′ hose / wand. If you’re looking for a powerful upright vacuum, the Multi Floor 2 could be a great option.

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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10 Comments on “Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Review”

    • You don’t have to use any attachment. You can just use the primary multi-floor.

      Attachments are for handheld use.

  1. Hi
    So after reading detail review about Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor Canister and Dyson Multi Floor 2
    Now it’s even harder to decide which is better for animal hair.
    I have 100 lb dog ( short hair Italian mastiff ) and my apartment kitchen and bathroom has hard floor
    living room and bedrooms have high pile thicker carpet.
    Which one you would recommend since price is exactly the same ?

    • In terms of Animal hair they are effectively the same.

      Personally, I’d go with the Dyson Multi Floor 2. Simply because I think the upright form factor is easier to use. But it’s really just a personal preference.

      Performance wise they are basically the same.

  2. I have a new Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 and it has to much suction power for me. The suction power is so strong that I cannot push or pull it across medium or high pile carpet. And forget about trying to vacuum small area rugs like bathroom, bedside and door entrance rugs because the strong suction just eats up those small rugs. I would not have purchased this vacuum if I had known about this problem.

    • I’m sorry to hear about your trouble with the Multi Floor 2, Lowell.

      You might consider trying the Dyson V11 or V10. They are cordless vacuums with variable suction, so you won’t ever run into an issue where the vacuum is sucking down so hard that you cannot move it forward.

      You can see our comparison review here –