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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
You Get What You Pay For. But You Pay.
9/5/2014
Pros
Easy To Empty
Powerful/Good Suction
Quiet
Well-built
Cons
Expensive Bags
Expensive Hepa filters
Mediocre Ergonomics
Best Uses
Carpet
Hardwood Floors
Pet Hair
Tile Floors
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
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.
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