(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
You Get What You Pay For. But You Pay.
Easy To Empty
Expensive Hepa filters
I got this to replace a small Dyson upright that was OK in my old carpeted apartment, but not so usable in my new apartment with hardwood floors and a couple of area rugs (including a shag it can't really vacuum).<br /><br />The Miele is a quality piece of equipment, but you pay out the nose for it. It's quieter than virtually any vacuum, which is important to me in a studio apartment comprised of hard surfaces. The tone of the noise is also fairly low-pitched, unlike the high-pitched whine of the Dyson. The suction is great, although surprisingly not all that much better than the tiny Dyson's - I expected something like twice the suction, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Still, it seems more than adequate for sucking up most dust, pet hair and debris.<br /><br />The attachments are well-made, although the storage for them is less-than-ideal - some of them don't really have a solid home. My grandmother's circa-'82 Kenmore canister actually had better storage options, featuring a molded plastic tray that rode atop the canister and held all the attachments securely. It feels like we've actually regressed since then.<br /><br />Her Kenmore also allowed you to control all power functions from the wand itself, but this Miele forces you to control the main power from the back of the canister. You can only flick the powerhead off and on using the wand.<br /><br />The powerhead is well-built and works great, but it's also quite narrow. It's fine for a small space, but I'd hate to try to vacuum a large carpeted home with it - it would take forever. It doesn't even have a light, something grandma's 1982 Kenmore sported. You can buy a bigger powerhead that features a light, but it'll set you back another $250 - more than some entire canister vacuums cost.<br /><br />The non-powered hard floor attachment that comes with the vacuum is great for tile but only so-so for hardwood. You can buy a much nicer hardwood tool, but it's a whopping $80.<br /><br />I'm glad I no longer have to fiddle with emptying canisters and washing a bunch of filters, like you have to do all the time with the Dyson - what's the point of having great filtration if you just have to play in the dirt again at the end? However, the Miele bags are expensive (though effective) and the HEPA filters are OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive, approaching $50. Fortunately both last quite awhile, but good grief this company gets you coming and going.<br /><br />In the end this is a good-but-not-great vacuum that's expensive to buy and expensive to own. Fortunately they have a reputation for lasting a long time, so you'll probably get your money's worth. Eventually.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.