Dyson upright vacuum cleaners also come in several version depending on the intended use and targeted customers: Multi Floor, Allergy, Animal, or Animal+Allergy.
Updated: June 24, 2017.
Dyson Small Ball, Ball and Cinetic Big Ball upright vacuums are new generation of vacuum cleaners from Dyson. They are corded, bagless, upright vacuum cleaners, based on tested cyclone air-dirt separation technology. With so many features, options and additional cleaning tools, many people wonder which model is right for them.
Dyson upright vacuum cleaners also come in several version depending on the intended use and targeted customers: Multi Floor, Allergy, Animal, or Animal+Allergy.
Updated: June 24, 2017.
Generally, Dyson Small Ball, Ball and Cinetic Big Ball upright vacuums are replacing old DC50, DC65 and similar Dyson’s models. However, one should not forget that refurbished DC50 and DC65 (with the official Dyson’s warranty of, for example, 6 months) have very acceptable price and they were and still are excellent vacuums.
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|Comparison Table 1 – Dyson Ball Vacuums||Comparison Table 2 – Dyson Small Ball and Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Vacuums|
|Model||Dyson Ball Allergy||Dyson Ball Multi Floor Origin||Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor||Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2||Dyson Ball Animal 2|
|Weight||17.3 lbs||17.37 lbs||14 lbs||15.6 lbs||17.35 lbs|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||42.4×13.4×15.4 in||42.4×13.4×15.4 in||36.2×8.9×11.5 in||41.9×15.6×13.4 in||42.1×15.4x 13.4 in|
|Cord Length||35 ft||30 ft||24.5 ft||31 ft||35 ft|
|Max Reach||51 ft||51 ft||39.5 ft||40 ft||50 ft|
|Bin Capacity||0.55 gal||0.55 gal||0.42 gal||0.42 gal||0.55 gal|
|Suction Power||270 AW||270 AW||210 AW||245 AW||270 AW|
|Cyclone Filtering Technology||Radial Root||Radial Root||Radial Root||Radial Root||Radial Root|
|Self-adjusting cleaner head for carpets and hard floors||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Instant high-reach wand||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Tangle-free Turbine Tool||–||–||–||–||Yes|
|Carbon Fiber soft dusting brush||Yes||–||–||–||–|
|Other Tools||Mattress tool, reach under tool||–||–||–||–|
|Warranty||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years|
|Amazon Link||Dyson Ball Allergy Upright Vacuum||–||Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor||Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2||Dyson Ball Animal 2|
Note: Dyson’s models, ‘what’s in the box’, warranty with other options and features, change over time, so be sure to read carefully data offered to you when actually buying, not only these, but also all other vacuums and appliances. Also, Amazon links open in the new windows, so feel free to check them.
Dyson Ball Allergy Upright Vacuum CleanerDyson Ball Allergy upright vacuum cleaner is big and sturdy upright vacuum cleaner with many very useful additional cleaning tools – stair tool, combination tool, carbon fiber soft dusting brush, mattress tool and reach under tool.
These extra tools help clean fine dust and allergens from difficult to reach places, including all kinds of floors, but also upholstery, stairs, under and around the furniture, under the beds, mattresses etc.
Like all Ball uprights, this model also provides HEPA grade air filtration. Suction is excellent (270 AW), unit is easy to steer and maneuver despite 17.3 lbs of weight, the dirt bin is easy to clean and has respectable 0.55 gal capacity.
Power cord is 35 feet long, with 51 feet of total reach, which is very important for large homes, especially with stairs.
Unit comes with 5-Year limited warranty.
For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Dyson Ball Allergy Upright VacuumAmazon link (link opens in the new window).
Dyson Ball Multi Floor Origin Upright VacuumDyson Ball Multi Floor Origin is designed for cleaning various floor types found at homes.
Its main self-adjusting cleaning head enables the user to traverse from carpet to bare floors and back quickly and easily.
Thanks to the Ball technology, unit maneuvers and steers easily, despite its 17.37 pounds.
Suction power is excellent – 270 AW. Strong suction, 0.55 gal dirt bin and 30 feet long power cord, enable the user to quickly clean large area – very important for regular cleaning tasks.
Thanks to the extension hose and wand, total reach of the unit is 51 feet (~15.5 m) – that is 51 feet from the wall power socket to the cleaned surface.
Also, additional hose and wand enables the unit to clean stairs, edges, corners and other surfaces which are not accessible to ‘classic’ upright vacuums.
Note: all Dyson Ball and Cinetic Big Ball vacuums come with extension hose and wand cobined with stair tool and combination too. Nice 🙂
Air filtration is based on the Dyson’s Radial Root Cyclone technology which enables the unit to capture very fine, microscopic dust, dirt, pollen, allergens and other fine particles. Whole machine is designed to achieve true HEPA air filtration – very important for people having allergies and other similar health problems. Although, healthy people would benefit too from the vacuum which expels practically a clean air.
Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor Upright vacuumDyson Light Ball Multi Floor upright vacuum weighs only 14 pounds (~6.3 kg) is lighter than other Dyson Ball vacuums, except Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor (12.16 lbs) and Dyson Ball Compact Animal (11.6 lbs).
However, Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor delivers 210 AW of suction, has decent size dirt bin of 0.42 gal, and slightly shorter power cord of 24.5 feet (~7.5 m). This power cord is long enough for most cleaning tasks in smaller homes and apartments, especially considering maximum combined reach of 39.5 feet (~12 m).
Self-adjusting cleaner head helps the user clean various floor surfaces without the need for manual adjusting.
Radial Root Cyclone technology and washable lifetime filter ensures true HEPA grade air-dirt filtration and low maintenance costs during operating life of the unit.
Since it comes with 5-Year limited warranty, units like this are designed and built to last for long period of time.
Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor comes with standard combination and stair tools, but it lacks more specialized cleaning attachments like tangle-free turbine tool, carbon fiber soft dusting brush or multi-angle brush, or any other similar tool – these tools, of course, can be ordered later, if required.
For more reviews and recommendations, check Dyson Light Ball Multi FloorAmazon link (link opens in the new window).
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 upright vacuum cleaner is very similar to Dyson Ball Multi Floor Origin and Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor and share with them many features.
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 weighs 15.6 pounds, while Dyson Light Ball Multi Floor 14 pounds, and Dyson Ball Multi Floor Origin 17.37 pounds.
Suction strength is very good at 245 AW (Light Ball – 210 AW, Ball Origin – 270 AW), with the dirt bin capacity just like in Light Ball model – 0.42 gal (Ball Origin – 0.55 gal).
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 also comes with self-adjusting cleaner head – it automatically adjust required cleaner head, to provide optimum cleaning, regardless of the surface type (bare or carpeted floor).
Power cord is 31 feet long, with maximum reach of 40 feet – additional hose and wand, combined with stair and combination tool, enable the user to clean from the floor to the ceiling.
However, Multi Floor vacuums, Ball Multi Floor 2 included, lack other, more specialized cleaning tools like multi-angle brush, or reach under tool etc. If required, they can be ordered later.
Radial Root Cyclone air-dirt separation technology, combined with additional mechanical filter ensure true HEPA air filtration.
This is very interesting unit for people having large open floors to clean, regardless of the floor type, with occasional need to clean other surfaces as well – stairs, upholstery, corners, edges etc.
For more reviews and recommendations, check Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
Dyson Ball Animal 2Dyson Ball Animal 2 is one of the heaviest Dyson Ball vacuums – it weighs 17.35 pounds. Thanks to the ‘Ball’ technology and swivel steering, it can maneuver easily around furniture and other obstacles.
With 35 feet (~10.7 m) long power cord and maximum reach of 50 feet (~15.2 m), it can cover rather large area using single wall power socket.
With 0.55 gal transparent dirt bin and 270 AW of suction, Dyson Ball Animal 2 can clean large amount of stubborn dirt without the need to stop cleaning to empty the dirt bin or to clean the same area with many passes.
Like other Dyson Ball vacuums, Animal 2 also has hygienic emptying of the dirt bin – just press the button to release the dirt (but not yard above the trash can!).
Unit is true HEPA unit – it combines Radial Root technology with mechanical filter. Filter is washable and it must be washed periodically.
Main cleaning head automatically adjust the head’s height in order to clean efficiently, regardless of the surface type – bare floors, carpets, rugs etc.
Like other Ball vacuums, Ball Animal 2 comes with standard stair tool and combination tool. Also, it comes with tangle-free turbine tool, designed to remove pet and human hair from stairs, car seats, upholstery and other smaller surfaces.
Dyson Ball Animal 2 is highly recommended for people with pets and with large open floor areas combined with the need to thoroughly clean stairs, upholstery, furniture etc. from the pet and human hair and other dirt and debris.
For more reviews and recommendations, check Dyson Ball Animal 2Amazon link (link opens in the new window).
Note that older models Dyson Ball Compact Animal (DC 50 Animal) and Dyson Ball Multi Floor are no longer available via official Dyson’s web site, but can be found on Amazon and other on-line shops. These are good vacuums and since they are slowly being phased-out, they can be found at great price.
Dyson Ball Compact Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner (DC50 Animal)Dyson Ball Compact Animal vacuum is no longer available via official Dyson’s web site. However, it still can be found new on some on-line shops. Refurbished Dyson Ball Compact Animal (with official Dyson’s warranty) is great choice as the main vacuum cleaner in (smaller) homes and apartments, especially on the budget.
Weighing just 11.6 pounds, it is the lightest of all current Dyson’s corded uprights – it is lighter even than Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor (11.6 vs 12.15 pounds).
Like all Dyson Ball uprights, Dyson Ball Compact Animal also has self-adjusting cleaner head with anti-static carbon fiber filaments for increased dirt pick-up across all floors.
Filtration is based on 2 Tier Radial Cyclone technology – it is bagless technology using easy-to-clean dirt bin and provides no loss of suction, regardless how filled dirt bin is. Although ‘the weakest’ of all Dyson uprights, it has very good suction – maximum suction power is 128 Air-Watts, which is less than 150 Air-Watts of Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor.
Dyson Ball Compact Animal also features true HEPA air filtration.
Due to its smaller dimensions and small weight, Ball Compact models turn on the spot and steers easily in tight spaces. It can be operated by kids (under supervision of adults) and elderly with ease.
Although it is rather sturdy vacuum, due to its smaller size, dir bin capacity is relatively small (0.21 gal). Power cord is 25 feet (~7.6 m) long and the maximum reach is 33.4 feet (~10.5 m). Obviously, new generation of Dyson upright vacuums have longer cords and longer reach thanks to the flexible extension hoses and wands.
Like all other similar Dyson vacuums, it comes with 5 year parts and labor warranty when purchased from an authorized reseller.Also, it comes with the Stair Tool and Combination Tool.
It doesn’t come with certain cleaning tools like some ‘Allergy’ and ‘Animal’ models, but if required, those tools can be purchased separately. But, it does come with tangle-free turbine tool, which is great aid in cleaning pet and human hair from various surfaces.
For short – Dyson Ball Compact Animal (DC50) is lightweight and very good corded upright vacuum cleaner. It is true HEPA unit, with standard additional cleaning attachments, but with tangle-free turbine tool. And since it is being phased out, it can be found at very affordable price, new or refurbished.
For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to follow Dyson Ball Compact Upright Vacuum CleanerAmazon link (link opens in the new window).
Dyson Ball Multi Floor Upright VacuumDyson Ball Multi Floor is very similar to Dyson Ball Multi Floor Origin and newer Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 models.
Dyson Ball Multi Floor comes with the same standard set of additional cleaning tools (stair and combination tools), but it is heavy as Dyson Ball Multi Floor Origin and have suction strength like Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 (245 AW). Also, it weighs 17.3 lbs, it has 30 feet long power cord, with maximum reach of 45 feet.
Filtration is based on Radial Root Cyclone technology, which provides high level of air filtration without suction loss regardless how dirt bin is full.
This model also provides true HEPA grade exhaust filtration, which is very important for people with asthma and other similar health issues.
It is heavier than Dyson Ball Compact Animal (DC50) model and thus require more strength to operate, but it is still rather maneuverable.
Dyson Ball Multi Floor is no longer available via Dyson’s official web site, but it can be found new on some online shops. Note that refurbished models are very affordable models and they come with warranty (often 6 months), too. Newer models do have certain improvements, but this is still great vacuum to consider, on the budget or not!
For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to follow Dyson Ball Multi Floor Upright VacuumAmazon link (link opens in the new window).
|Model||Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor||Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Multi Floor||Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal||Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus Allergy|
|Weight||12.15 lbs||19.2 lbs||19.2 lbs||19.2 lbs|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||31.8×11.0x14.1 in||43.3×13.4×17.2 in||43.3×13.4×17.2 in||43.3×13.4×17.2 in|
|Cord Length||31 ft||35 ft||35 ft||35 ft|
|Max Reach||42 ft||50 ft||50 ft||50 ft|
|Bin Capacity||0.21 gal||0.57 gal||0.57 gal||0.57 gal|
|Suction Power||150 AW||180 AW||180 AW||180 AW|
|Cyclone Filtering Technology||2 Tier Radial||Dyson Cinetic||Dyson Cinetic||Dyson Cinetic|
|Self-adjusting cleaner head for carpets and hard floors||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Instant high-reach wand||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Tangle-free Turbine Tool||–||–||Yes||Yes|
|Carbon Fiber soft dusting brush||–||–||–||Yes|
|Other Tools||–||–||–||Reach under tool, multi-angle brush, mattress tool|
|Warranty||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years|
|Amazon Link||Dyson Small Ball Multi Floor||–||Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuum||Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus Allergy|
Note: Again, Dyson’s models, ‘what’s in the box’, warranty with other options and features, change over time, so be sure to read carefully data offered to you when actually buying, not only these, but also all other vacuums and appliances. Also note that Amazon links open in the new windows.
Dyson Small Ball Multi FloorDyson Small Ball Multi Floor is the lightest of the current uprights found on Dyson’s official web site – it weighs only 12.15 pounds (~5.5 kg).
Dirt bin of 0.21 gal is large enough for common cleaning tasks at home, but it is significantly smaller than dirt bins found in larger uprights (up to 0.55 – 0.57 gal).
Power cord is 31 feet long, with maximum reach of 42 feet – very good reach for such lightweight unit.
Dirt-air filtration is based on 2 Tier Radial cyclonic technology – combined with mechanical washable lifetime filter, unit achieves true HEPA grade air filtration.
Like all other Ball uprights, Small Ball Multi Floor has self-adjusting main cleaning head – user can clean without interruptions large areas of flat surfaces, regardless of the floor type. Hence the name ‘Multi Floor’ 🙂
Due to lightweight design and swivel steering technology, Small Ball Multi Floor vacuum is easy to use, even when there are many obstacles around (furniture, walls, stairs etc.).
For cleaning other surfaces as well, unit has standard stair and combination tools; but it lacks more specialized tools like tangle-free turbine tool, mattress tool etc. If required, they can be ordered later.
For more reviews and recommendations, check Dyson Small Ball Multi FloorAmazon link (link opens in the new window).
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Multi FloorUnlike Ball and Big Ball and Small Ball uprights, Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Multi Floor comes with air filtration based on Dyson Cinetic technology.
According to the Dyson, dirt-air separation in Cinetic Big Ball vacuums is so efficient that there are no dirty filters to wash or replace. Like other Ball vacuums, Cinetic Big Ball Multi Floor is true HEPA vacuum cleaner, expelling practically clean air.
On the other hand, Cinetic Big Ball vacuums provide somewhat weaker 180 AW of suction – nonetheless, more than enough for all but the toughest messes found at homes.
Cord length is 35 feet and maximum reach is 50 feet – combined with large 0.57 gal transparent dirt bin and self-adjusting cleaning head, this unit can quickly clean large area without interruptions for changing wall sockets, adjusting cleaning head or emptying the dirt bin.
Standard attachments include combination tool and stair tool – using these tools, user can clean most of the surfaces found at home, other than flat floors.
Like other Multi Floor vacuums, Cinetic Big Ball Multi Floor lacks other specialized cleaning tools, but they can be purchased at the later time, if required.
For people requiring excellent air filtration, having large open areas to clean and who doesn’t like to wash filters periodically, Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Multi Floor is excellent choice.
Unit comes with standard 5-Year limited warranty.
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal VacuumDyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal upright vacuums use Dyson Cinetic Science air filtration technology – Dyson Cinetic tips oscillate at high frequencies (up to 5,000 Hz), separating the microscopic dust particles from the air.
Such dust particles could clog mechanical air filters and decrease the suction, until filters are replaced or washed. Like other similar models, Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal vacuum cleaner is true HEPA vacuum cleaner.
It is bagless upright vacuum cleaner, offering constant suction power. Although slightly heavier than Dyson Ball vacuums, it has somewhat weaker suction at 180 air-watts – still very respectable value.
It also has self-adjusting cleaner head which improves suction across carpets and hard floors. The motorized brush bar is equipped with stiff nylon bristles which drives deep into the carpets and rugs, to help remove deep ground-in dirt.
Power cord is 35 ft long, with maximum reach of 50 ft – very important for larger homes and apartments.
Unit weighs around 19.2 lbs, with respectable 0.57 gal dirt bin, and standard limited warranty of 5 years.
It is great vacuum cleaner which comes with a nice price tag – but, what you pay is what you get 🙂
Actually, since this is low maintenance, sturdy and durable vacuum, in the long run, it is not that expensive at all! On a contrary …Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal comes with standard stair and combination tools, but also with a tangle-free turbine tool. The tangle-free turbine tool is highly recommended for pet owners – turbine tool is equipped with counter-rotating heads with cleaning brushes which remove pet and human hair from carpets, rugs and upholstery.
For short – excellent vacuum cleaner, recommended for people with pets and large(r) homes and apartments.
For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal VacuumAmazon link (link opens in the new window).
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus AllergyDyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal+Allergy is heavy, big and sturdy upright vacuum cleaner with many extra cleaning tools, designed to help remove fine dust particles, allergens and all other dirt from various floor types and also from hard to reach areas.
List of tools include: tangle-free turbine tool, carbon fiber soft dusting brush, reach under tool, multi-angle brush, mattress tool. Also, it comes with standard stair tool and combination tool.
Technical specifications are similar to other Cinetic Big Ball uprights:
– power cord is 35 ft long, with maximum reach of 50 ft,
– unit weighs around 19.2 lbs – not the lightest upright on the market, but like other Cinetic Big Ball vacuums, it is easy to steer and maneuver.
– suction is very good at 180 A, enabling the unit to remove almost any type of dirt found at homes.
– it has 0.57 gal dirt bin, largest of all Dyson uprights – and thanks to filtration technology, unit can operate without loss of suction until the dirt bin is almost full.
When purchased from authorized resellers, Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal+Allergy comes with 5-Year limited warranty.
Note: Dyson cyclonic technology is often advertised as having hygienic bin emptying – to release the dirt, all what one has to do is to push the button. Actually, that is true statement, just be sure to do that from low height, with lower part of your dirt bin already in the trash can or cloud of dirt and dust can easily spread around – this is not a Dyson’s fault, but common users’ error 🙂
For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to follow Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus AllergyAmazon link (link opens in the new window).
Dyson Uprights vs Dyson V6, V7 and V8 Cordless VacuumsWhen trying to find out which vacuum is the best for them, some people consider cordless units too, even for the main vacuums at home and apartments.
Being powered by lightweight and powerful lithium ion batteries, performances of cordless units don’t lag behind much from performances of corded units.
Some of the Dyson cordless vacuums can be used as the main vacuums at home, but their operation is limited by the size and capacity of their batteries.
For example, all V6, V7 and V8 models are relatively similar in design, but the main differences between them are in dirt bin size, suction power and operating time:
– Dyson V6: dirt bin volume 0.4 liters, suction power 100 Air Watts (burst mode), operating time 20 minutes (normal mode)
– Dyson V7: dirt bin volume 0.5 liters, suction power 100 Air Watts (burst mode), operating time 30 minutes (normal mode)
– Dyson V8: dirt bin volume 0.5 liters, suction power 115 Air Watts (burst mode), operating time 40 minutes (normal mode)
Obviously, cordless vacuums are not as strong as corded units, not even in the burst mode. Also, their operating time is rather limited, even in normal mode of operation.
But, don’t forget that Dyson’s cordless V6, V7 and V8 units are kept in docking/charging stations, ready to be used in emergencies at the moment notice and can be used for regular cleaning – and one can clean rather large area in 10-15 minutes of operation.
If you need good vacuum cleaner for smaller home or apartment, don’t forget these cordless vacuums. For more information about V6, V7 and V8 cordless vacuums – check Dyson V6 vs. Dyson V7 vs. Dyson V8 Vacuum Cleaners article.
Long Story Short: all these uprights will do their job thoroughly, however, Dyson Cinetic Science technology enables one to avoid filter cleaning – for life, at least in theory.
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball vacuums have somewhat weaker suction when compared with Dyson Ball vacuums. However, 180 AW of suction power is plenty of suction – and 270 AW is even more 🙂
All of these models are true HEPA vacuums, so, people with health issues should consider these models as their main vacuum cleaner. Animal and Animal+Allergy models are recommended for people with allergies, asthma, kids, pets etc – they are pricey, but they come with many additional cleaning tools.
Multi Floor models are designed for cleaning mainly floors and stairs, although standard stair and combination tools can clean almost anything – but not as good specialized cleaning tools. Keep on your mind that additional cleaning tools can be purchased later, if required.
If you don’t mind occasional filter cleaning, Dyson Ball upright vacuums are somewhat cheaper units. Here too, one can choose between various models:– Dyson Ball Allergy has many additional tools, except tangle-free turbine tool
– Dyson Ball Animal 2 comes with tangle-free turbine tool, but it lacks carbon fiber soft dusting brush, mattress tool, and reach under tool.
Fortunately, Dyson tangle-free turbine and other cleaning attachments can be purchased separately and they fit practically all newer models of Dyson’s upright vacuums. For more about cleaning attachments, check our Vacuum Cleaner Attachments and Fittings page.
Dyson Ball Compact Animal (Formerly DC50 Animal) is very light vacuum cleaner that is the weakest of these models, but it is perfect for elderly people and people with kids that like to help around the house. Dyson Ball Compact Animal doesn’t have certain cleaning tools, but if required, they can be purchased later.
Author choice: Dyson Ball Allergy with additional free-tangle turbine tool. I don’t mind cleaning filter from time to time by myself; I don’t have pets, but my wife and daughter have very long hair 🙂 Or perhaps somewhat weaker Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus Allergy – this ‘weaker’ is relative, since 180 AW (compared to 270 AW) does excellent job, too.
These are great and power full units with nice price tags, but units like these are purchased to be used daily, for a very very long time …
Obviously, author of this article is a little bit biased toward units with multiple cleaning tools. If You don’t need certain cleaning tool, it means that you can choose cheaper unit! And if required, any additional tool can be ordered later.
Every single one of these Dyson upright vacuums is excellent choice for the main vacuum cleaner at your home or apartment – in the end, when choosing main home vacuum cleaner, it all comes to personal preferences and individual needs and requirements.