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Miele S 2181 Titan
 
Approximate retail price:
$600
Summary: This bag-equipped Miele canister has a brush on/off switch, retractable cord, full-bag indicator, and HEPA filtration. It weighs 17 lbs.
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Type: Bagged canister vacuums
About - Miele S 2181 Titan

The Miele S 2181 Titan is part of the vacuum cleaner test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, canister vacuum cleaner models like the S 2181 Titan are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Carpet:
Indicates how much embedded talc and sand a vacuum lifted from a medium-pile carpet.

Bare floors:
Shows how well a vacuum picked up sand without dispersing it on bare floors.

Tool airflow:
Indicates the strength of airflow through the hose.
About This Brand

This German appliance manufacturer is family-owned and run, and has been making vacuum cleaners since the late 1920s. In the U.S., Miele vacuums are primarily sold through small, independent vacuum retailers, though the brand's retail distribution now includes Bed, Bath & Beyond and Amazon. Miele focuses on high-end, well-featured upright and canister models, with prices typically ranging from about $300 to $1,000.

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Features & Specs - Miele S 2181 Titan
info Bag Yes
info Weight (lbs.) 17
info Brush on/off Yes
info Easy on/off Yes
info Manual-pile adjust No
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User Reviews - Miele S 2181 Titan
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5.0
powerful vacuum; few bell/whistles
8/16/2014
Pros
Easy To Empty
Easy to Use
Efficient
Long Lasting Motor
Powerful/Good Suction
Cons
Hose Breaks Easily
Best Uses
Carpet
Hardwood Floors
Stairs
Tile Floors
Comment:
The Miele is a great vacuum. When I see that it didn't do well for some on carpets, all I can think is that they may not have purchased the power-head that is meant for rugs. I do not like the generic head that comes with the vacuum, however, which works on hard floors but not on rugs really. There is a hardwood floor head that is better for floors than the generic one that comes with the machine (which sells for $60 on Amazon.) Buy the power-head if you are going to use this vacuum on carpets. BTW my last Miele canister is still going after 25 years and works well. The power head is still running well also. My only con is that the hose can break with rough usage and is expensive to repair
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
For the price a disappointment
7/4/2014
Pros
Easy To Empty
Lightweight
Powerful/Good Suction
Cons
Carpet Brush Too Heavy
Poor Design
Short Power Cord
Best Uses
Carpet
Hardwood Floors
Pet Hair
Tile Floors
Comment:
I owned the Miele Parquet for about 10 years and loved it so I automatically replaced it with another Miele. However the Miele Titan has disappointed me.<br /><br />The biggest problem is they have made the canister portion so light and added a heavy motorized carpet head to the wand making the entire business completely top heavy. Half the time you vacuum and pull the canister behind you, when you look around the canister has turned on it's side it is just too light. Also if you clip the wand onto the canister with the carpet head you have to get it just right of the whole thing tips over. <br /><br />I guess the design was to keep the canister weight to the minimum but it has had consequences.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Disappointed
10/1/2013
Pros
Lightweight
Powerful/Good Suction
Cons
Expensive Bags
Poor Design
Small head
Smelly
Best Uses
Hardwood Floors
Stairs
Tile Floors
Comment:
As we are getting on in years, we felt we had to replace our old (15yrs+)Kenmore with something lighter. <br /><br />This was a mistake, an expensive mistake. The Titan is much lighter of course, but that is its only advantage over our old machine. The width of the cleaning head is narrower than on our old machine and believe it or not that does make a difference in the time it takes to clean a house. Also the motorized brushes are not as powerful on the Titan.<br /><br />This machine may be ok for hardwood floors, but it is no match for our old machine on carpet. Changing head is not as easy because it does not have a foot operated lever that eliminates the need to bend down to release the cleaning head. <br /><br />The on-off switch is not on the wand handle near your thumb where it is on some machine.We really miss that feature. Every time we want to pause the vacuuming to change tools on the Titan, we have to hunt with our foot for the off button on the canister.<br /><br />Miele seems to be a quality product in terms of manufacturing, but not in term of ease of use certainly.<br /><br />By the way, we did not for the expensive special filter and there is a definite dust odour in the room when we use the machine.<br /><br />This purchase was a mistake. <br /><br />If you can, try out this machine before you buy it.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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