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Miele S 2181 Titan
 
Approximate retail price:
$660
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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(2 of 2 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.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Miele makes top notch vacuums
6/8/2013
Pros
Easy To Empty
Easy to Use
Efficient
Lightweight
Powerful/Good Suction
Quiet
Cons
Short Power Cord
Best Uses
Hardwood Floors
Pet Hair
Rugs
Comment:
We have 3 dogs and 3 cats with hardwood floors and rugs.<br />This vacuum does a great job. Variable suction that picks up virtually everything, easy to use because it is lightweight and everything about it conveys that it is well made. We've had ours for 5 years and it still looks and works like new. <br />The only improvements I could suggest are a longer cord and more precisely sized Miele bags (the specified bags are too big for the cavity and fold in at the sides taking up valuable cavity space).
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Love this machine!
6/8/2012
Pros
Easy to Use
Lightweight
Powerful/Good Suction
Very quiet
Cons
Short Power Cord
Best Uses
Carpet
Hardwood Floors
Pet Hair
Stairs
Tile Floors
Comment:
I always used an upright vacuum, but when it came time to replace it, I thought I would try a canister. This unit is so lightweight and quiet, I wish I changed years ago. It has variable suction strengths so you can actually vacuum an area rug without it getting jammed up. Just turn the switch to return to a stronger vacuum power.This machine is so much easier to use than my old ones, I actually clean more often. So far, the only negative I have experienced is the short length of the power cord.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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