Dyson Red Button Tools: Two Sizes That Look the Same. CY22, CY23, Light Ball & Big Ball Adaptors Explained.

We have written here before to try and demystify the confusion with Dyson tool socket fittings and adaptors.

Here is one previous article: Dyson V8 tool adaptors: Use your old tools with your Dyson V7 and V8 (if you have a V8 or V7 – read that instead).

Here is another: Which Dyson ‘Universal’ Adaptor Do I Need?

Dyson have a habit of changing tool sockets quite frequently. Ostensibly to deny owners of tools belonging to other Dyson vacuums the ability to use them across several models or use old tools with newer machines.

We assume this is to make you dash out and buy a glut of new tools.

However, the more savvy person actually goes in search of a tool adaptor. Dyson make the odd adaptor, and the after-market usually makes the ones they don’t.

Dyson’s latest tool socket comes with a red button on the tools, known as a “quick release” type. (Personally, I never found the older ones slow to release, but I digress…..) 

This red button tool design is used on the cordless V8 (and V7) ranges, and also on the CY22 and CY23 Big Ball cylinder machines and some of the later Ball machines known as “Light” ball, “Big” ball, etc., and at first glance the fittings all seem the same.

However, with Dyson’s historical tendency to make tool sockets differ to inconvenience you as much as possible, what they have done this time is made the identical fitting in two different sizes.

Dyson Red Button Tool Adaptors

Now isn’t that jolly?

The smaller one is for the V8 and V7 cordless machines. The larger one is for the CY22, CY23, Light Ball, Big Ball and Cinetic range.

Here they are from another angle:

Dyson Red Button Tool Adaptors

On the left is a CY22/CY23/Light Ball/Big Ball Cinetic adaptor, and on the right is a V8 and V7 adaptor.

Confusing stuff if you are shopping for adaptors, yes? Be SURE to read the sales listings in detail. And remember, nobody makes adaptors to allow electrically driven floor heads to interchange between types, so don’t bother looking for those.

So what about the CY22/CY23/Light Ball/Big Ball Cinetic or other non-V7/V8 red button tool using Dyson owner who wants to use all his or her old Dyson tools with their new Dyson? What if you have the old DC01-DC14 32mm tools, or want to suck air from vacuum bags, etc.? Dyson will tell you that you cannot do that as the correct adaptors don’t exist.

Well they do. If you have a CY22/CY23/Light Ball/Big Ball Cinetic and want the best cross model compatibility you want this set:

Dyson CY22, CY23, Light Ball, Big Ball tool adaptors

If you want adaptability for your Dyson CY22/CY23/Light Ball/Big Ball Cinetic (not V7/V8) red button tool versions with old DC01-DC14 32mm tools, or want to suck air from vacuum bags, etc., you want the set above.

You can find that set on Amazon >>here<<, eBay >>here<< and on Manchester Vacs >>here<<.

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2 Responses to “Dyson Red Button Tools: Two Sizes That Look the Same. CY22, CY23, Light Ball & Big Ball Adaptors Explained.”

  1. Hi, I have a v6 slim origin and have bought the small ball allergy upright. All the v6 tools fit directly onto the hose of the small ball except for the v6 motorised cleaner head. I find it strange but I think I read in one of your answers that there isn’t an adaptor for that? I find it confusing because all the tools work for both cleaners.
    Thanks.

  2. Correct – there are no adaptors for electrically-driven floor heads or articulating floor heads between any of the Dyson variants.

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