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If you’ve found that the Dyson model numbers you’re familiar with aren’t lining up with the names of the brand’s vacuums that are currently for sale, you’re not just seeing things: Dyson has changed its vacuum naming.

As such, it may be time for you to brush up on your Dyson lingo. Here’s a roundup of some of the most popular models, what they used to be named and what they’re called now.

Upright

Dyson Models Explained: Dyson Ball, Dyson DC65 and More

Dyson Ball Compact Animal

  • What it used to be: DC50 Animal
  • What it does: The Dyson Ball Compact Animal is a relatively lightweight upright model ideal for cleaning pet-filled households from top to bottom. The device comes with a tangle-free turbine tool, combination tool and stair tool. It’s available from Dyson for $449.99

Dyson Models Explained: Dyson Ball, Dyson DC65 and More

Dyson Ball Multi Floor

  • What it used to be: DC65 Multi Floor
  • What it does: A slightly less expensive upright vacuum (sold by Dyson for $399.99), the Dyson Ball Multi Floor has a self-adjusting cleaner head that’s designed to maintain suction. Its ball technology promises to make steering simple. The device’s accessories include a combination tool and stair tool.

Which upright is a fit for you? Check out an in-depth comparison of the Dyson DC50 Animal and the Dyson DC65 Multi Floor.

Canister

Dyson Models Explained: Dyson Ball, Dyson DC65 and More

Dyson Ball Compact Animal

  • What it used to be: DC47 Animal
  • What it does: As its name suggests, $449.99 Dyson Ball Compact Animal is suitable for homes with pets. Among other features, it boasts ball technology, a lightweight design, a carbon fiber floor tool, a tangle-free turbine tool, a combination tool and stair tool.

Dyson Models Explained: Dyson Ball, Dyson DC65 and More

Dyson Ball Multi Floor

  • What it used to be: DC39 Origin
  • What it does: The Dyson Ball Multi Floor canister vacuum is $399.99 from Dyson. This sleek device is heavier than the Dyson Ball Compact Animal, but it features a longer cord (30 feet compared to 16.4 feet) and more suction power (280 air watts compared to 170 air watts). Its accessories include a combination tool and stair tool.

Handheld

Dyson Models Explained: Dyson Ball, Dyson DC65 and More

Dyson V6 Trigger

  • What it used to be: DC58
  • What it does: If it’s a handheld vacuum cleaner you need, the Dyson V6 Trigger provides a portable, cordless option for picking up dirt in small spaces. This handheld provides up to 20 minutes of suction and weighs just 3.4 pounds. For $199.99, you’ll receive the vacuum, a combination accessory tool and a crevice tool.
Dyson Ball Compact Animal Dyson Ball Multi Floor Dyson Ball Compact Animal Dyson Ball Multi Floor Dyson V6 Trigger
Retail price $449.99 $399.99 $449.99 $399.99 $199.99
Former name DC50 Animal DC65 Multi Floor DC47 Animal DC39 Origin DC58
Type Upright Upright Canister Canister Handheld
Cord length 25 feet 30 feet 16.4 feet 30 feet Cordless
Weight 11.6 pounds 17.3 pounds 13.8 pounds 17.3 pounds 3.4 pounds
Suction power 128 air watts 245 air watts 170 air watts 280 air watts 100 air watts

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Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: courtney@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @courtneynerd.


Images via Dyson.