Dyson's new DC39 is company's first canister vac with Ball technology

The Dyson Ball has made its way into a canister vacuum that the company says is easy to maneuver, even around the "tightest corners."

The DC39 Multi-floor is due out in mid-March and retails for $449.99. The DC39 Animal, which comes with an accessory for pet hair, is purple and retails for $50 more. Dyson

If you're a fan of Dyson's bagless vacuums but always wished that the company made a canister model that was powered by its Ball technology, that day has arrived: Dyson has introduced the DC39 Multi-floor and DC39 Animal canister vacs.

Dyson vacuums have never been cheap, and the new models, due out in mid-March, cost $449.99 and $499.99, respectively. Aside from its color and higher price, what distinguishes the Animal from the Multi-floor is the inclusion of an accessory that's specially designed for picking up pet hair. Both models are being marketed as "smooth steering" machines.

What's inside the ball? Dyson sent a dissected sample of the Ball technology inside the DC39 to media outlets. Note: We're returning it to Dyson for recycling. Sarah Tew/CNET

"Sitting on a ball, the DC39 has a lower center of gravity and is easier to pull without snagging on corners or the carpet pile," the company says. "Coupled with a unique central steering system, it uses an articulating chassis and central pivot point for negotiating tight turns and circumnavigating sofas."

Dyson's claim to fame is its Radial Root Cyclone technology, which Dyson says allows its products to capture more microscopic dust than competing products. Dyson sells bagless canister vacs that use Cyclone technology, but as noted, this is the first to be based on the Ball system.

Dyson's founder, James Dyson, says the "Ball" canister posed quite a few engineering challenges and took three years to develop.

"Compressing the airways, concealing the motor, and ducting and devising a new steering mechanism," Dyson said. "We've miniaturized the technology to deliver our most maneuverable canister vacuum yet."

We'll have some additional impressions once we get our hands on a review sample, but at first glance, leave it to Dyson to make another unique-looking vacuum.

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