In general, vacuums are loud. I mean, really, how can they not be? Most vacuum cleaners are essentially a motor and a bag (or container to hold the stuff you vacuum up). The motor creates suction that draws in air, debris, dirt, then traps the particles while allowing the air to pass back into the home. The problem is that not only does the motor produce noise as it runs, but you also have the suction created by the vacuum - that "giant sucking sound" (anyone remember Ross Perot?).
These two things often combine to make most vacuums so loud that you simply cannot hear the phone ringing, someone knocking on the door, or even someone in the same room trying to talk to you. Ultimately, brand matters little in this regard. From Dyson and Kirby to Eureka and Hoover, and everything in between, most vacuums are loud. But are ALL of them loud enough to rattle your windows? With the help of my family, I've decided to give you a photographic representation of a better way.
Looking for a quieter vacuum, particularly one that offers filtration as good as a HEPA air purifier, suction as powerful as any available, a warranty that surpasses all competitors, and a choice of styles, features, and colors? A Miele is your best bet! And I am fully confident that this completely unscientific photographic representation offers all the proof you need.
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Special thanks to my sister, sister-in-law, and nephews. The Miele pictured is the Auto-Eco (formerly the Bolero).
Thanks for messing up the shot!
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Starting with traditional bagged uprights, the Twist came in at that top. The only area where this vacuum didn't receive a best or near best rank was with regard to handling. This is somewhat understandable given the weight of Miele uprights. One of the few top vacuums that did receive a high mark in this area was the SEBO Felix Premium, which not so coincidentally, is one the lightest vacuums that was tested. In terms of noise level, filtration and performance (particularly on carpet), the Miele Twist was overall the top model.
Joining the Twist on the list was the Miele Cat & Dog, Bolero (now known as the Auto-Eco), and the Jazz. So for the category as a whole, Miele uprights snagged four of the top ten slots and two of the top three.
When it comes to bagged canister vacuum cleaners, again Miele was leading the way. In this category, the only average rank the Callisto received was in handling, but that was actually right in line with all of the other models. As something I've pointed out about Miele vacuums, the Callisto was the quietest of all the models tested. Unfortunately, the Callisto, as well as the rest of the Miele S5 vacuums have largely been retired. The upside is the new S8 line of canisters offers a direct replacement model for nearly every retiring S5. In the case of the Miele Callisto, the new Miele Kona canister is a direct replacement - same color, features, and performance, with a slightly redesigned package and a few upgrades.
Here are a few other observations from year's report. One interesting note about the upright category, Dyson was noticeably absent from the bagless uprights. Additionally, the Dyson Animal canister was noted as a particularly poor performer. Though overall, Dyson and Miele were some of the most reliable of the major brands.
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Author: K. Gilmore
Take advantage this weekend only on Miele prices. If you were looking at purchasing a Miele vacuum cleaner, this weekend is the time to buy. On October 1st, prices are going up on several popular models including the Miele Twist and Miele Olympus.
In many circles Miele vacuums are known simply as a luxury appliance. Styling, performance and price place many of their models at the top of the luxury vacuum list. For us, Miele is an effective, durable home cleaning machine, and recently, J.D. Power and Associates recognized both Miele canister and uprights as ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction".
Beyond the accolades, independently tested HEPA filtration, an array of features and tools, and quality construction combine to deliver the type of clean that not only leaves your home looking better but actually healthier too. From dirt, soil, and pet hair to allergens like dander, pollen and mold spores, these vacuums are designed to remove not only the mess you can see but also the microparticles that can pollute your indoor environment. From styling and ease of use to performance and durability, a Miele can be a great fit in any home.
Now, in addition to free express delivery, you can save up $49.95 in the form of a free filter. Each free filter will be included in the box with your purchase. One FREE HEPA filter per vacuum. Take advantage of this rare offer from Miele before time runs out!
For the second year in a row Miele uprights rank highest in customer satisfaction based on the latest J.D. Power and Associates study. Newly created this year, the canister vacuum cleaner category also features Miele as the top brand. With performance and ease of use being the strongest drivers of positive consumer sentiment, Miele vacuums ranked well for both of these criteria. Here's a quick look at the latest report.
Based on responses from over 5000 vacuum cleaner purchasers from Feb. 2012 to Feb. 2013, the survey scores vacuum brands on things like performance, suction, styling, price, ease of use, and other factors. Aggregated into 1000 point scale, the survey showed the Miele uprights scoring particularly well for performance, styling, and features while Miele's canister vacuums scored well for performance, ease of use and features. Both upright and canisters scored at least 49 points higher than average (more in the case of uprights), 816 and 805 respectively, making them each best in their segments. Thirteen different upright and ten different canister vacuum brands were included in this survey.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys are some of the most respected and mentioned consumer satisfaction benchmarks today. Annually, they compile quality, performance and satisfaction measurements for thousands of products from the direct feedback of millions of customers.
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The Soniclean uprights consist of two models, the Galaxy and VT Plus. Both work well on carpet, are very lightweight, and use Soniclean's patented sonic technology. A sonic bar vibrates hundreds of times per second, and it is this rapid vibration that helps to dislodge stuck-on dirt and debris. Powerful suction then removes dirt and allergens and stores it in an H13 HEPA filterbag. While the Soniclean Galaxy is a bit more in terms of price, it does offer a longer warranty, both in terms of parts and labor as well as on the motor. The VT Plus, though, is likely a better buy. Despite a shorter warranty period, as an AchooAllergy.com exclusive, with the purchase of a VT Plus upright you also get the Soniclean handheld vac for free.
The Handheld vacuum is a small canister style vacuum that also uses a HEPA filterbag. It is lightweight and fits over the shoulder with a strap. Included with this model are two wand extensions, a smooth floor tool, a handheld turbobrush (think PowerPaw), and three mini accessories - upholstery tool, crevice tool and dusting brush, all neatly stored away in a tote bag. You can literally fit everything (hose, wand, attachments, and tools), except the vacuum itself into the tote. This compact handheld unit is the perfect addition to either upright since it provides all of the above-the-floor cleaning ability that the uprights lack. Free with the purchase of the VT Plus, the handheld unit is great for quick spills in the kitchen, dusting through the house or simply as the perfect vacuum for garage projects.
In addition to the uprights and handheld model are two canisters. These use a filterbag, sealed system and separate HEPA filter to trap allergens and dirt. Keep an eye out for product reviews now that in-home testing is complete.
For anyone considering a powerful, lightweight and economical vacuum, Soniclean is well worth a look.
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With two included floor tools, the Topaz is ideal for most homes or apartments. The SEB 217-3 offers powerful cleaning ability on most types of carpet while the Twister is the signature Miele floor care tool for all types of smooth flooring. This powerful, compact vac also comes with a sealed system and can easily be upgraded to a HEPA or Active AirClean filter. Seal-sealing FJM bags make replacement a cinch and ensure that debris and allergens collected stay trapped. Lightweight, the Topaz stores easily and is a convenient solution to multilevel homes.
The Topaz is now available in the Tayberry Red color and comes with Free Second Day Delivery included (continental US destinations). To learn more about the Topaz or to view the entire line of Miele S6 midsize vacuum cleaners.
Miele Onyx - First on our list in the Miele Onyx. Most people who are considering the Onyx find that it is perfectly suited for home with mostly smooth floors with some low to medium pile carpet and rugs. Quiet, powerful and economical, the Onyx is an easy choice for most.
Miele Callisto - An old mainstay, the Callisto is the most awarded Miele vacuum cleaner in history. Consistently ranking well in consumer reporting surveys, recipient of numerous Best Buy awards, the Callisto is a balanced HEPA vacuum cleaner that fits the cleaning needs of almost any home. Though it is retiring, the Kona is a direct replacement model. Though a new model, the Kona's features, price, and performance are all almost identical to the Callisto.
Miele Quickstep - Compact, lightweight and priced right, the Quickstep has been THE choice when it comes to having a second vacuum for the kitchen or laundry area. The slim design, ability to assemble and reassemble the handle, wand and body allow the Quickstep to go from an upright to handheld in seconds. Small apartment and loft dwellers love this compact vacuum.
Miele Alize - Though only available for a few months, the Alize has quickly become a very popular vacuum. Completely unique features like the sound-reducing DynamicDrive casters and Integrated Spotlight set the Alize apart while these features and the included floor tool makes this an ideal vacuum for anyone with smooth floors and a desire to remove allergens in the home. (Just a note, the UniQ was a close second amongst all S8 models, though the Marin is QUICKLY gaining ground on both .)
Miele Twist - Miele is known for canister vacuums, but since the introduction of the S7 uprights, these vacuums have been making serious headway in terms of popularity. Powerful, almost self-propelled, durable and very maneuverable, the Twist provides the largest cleaning radius of any Miele vacuum, works well all types of carpet and smooth flooring, and is far quieter than any comparable upright.
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The Kona shares many of the features of the retiring Callisto, including,
- HEPA Filter to trap 99.99% of particles 0.3 microns or larger
- Sealed system with self-sealing filterbag
- Two floor tools - SEB 228 for all types of carpet and the SBB 300-3 Twister for all types of smooth flooring
- Three included mini accessories and a 7 year warranty
Second, the older style rotary dial suction control is gone. Instead, the Kona features +/- buttons on the body of the vacuum that allow you to adjust suction with a tap of your foot. In addition to this, the cord will now fully retract simply by tapping the button (instead of having to hold it down). So after you plug the Kona in, you have full control, with your hands and feet, without the need to have to bend down when you change cleaning tasks.
Third, instead of the integrated flush rubber bumper that the S5's had, the S8 line has a raised rubber bumper. With a raised profile, this small strip cushions and protect the Kona and your furniture better.
And lastly, each of the new S8 canisters are about 20% lighter than the S5 line. The Kona offers the same great suction and cleaning performance but in a slimmer, more lightweight package.
These features are all upgrades without any increase in the price (compared to its predecessor). In all, the Kona retains the balance that not only made the Callisto the most popular S5 vacuum but also made it an award winner. In the coming months and year, we fully expect the Kona to pick up right where the Callisto left off. For more detailed information about the Miele Kona or to compare all of the Miele S8 vacuums.
Author: Kevin Gilmore
One thing that Miele heard back from dealers and customers alike was how much people prefer some choice. With the S5 Capricorn, you have your choice of two powerheads. Have really thick carpet or pets? Go with the SEB 236. Medium pile carpet or only a couple rooms with carpet? The SEB 217-3 is your better option. Along with the choice in powerhead is also a difference in price, which means you can not only match your floor cleaning needs but also tailor a price point that fits your budget. The Marin offers your choice of either the SEB 236, 228 or 217-3.
For anyone who has allergies, asthma or a respiratory condition, it’s important to try to improve your indoor air quality while possible. Many vacuum cleaners fail to even meet the “do no harm” criteria in this category and spew millions of microparticles and ultrafine particulate back into the air as you vacuum. The Miele Marin is a different. With the AirClean system, the Marin uses a sealed system and 12 stages of filtration to not only “do no harm” but do better by trapping 99.99% of all particles 0.3 microns or larger. That’s more efficient than most air purifiers!
Like other Miele canisters, the Miele is extremely versatile. Vacuum flooring of all types, dust hard to reach areas like on top of ceiling fans and doors, between and under furniture, clean out vents and registers, remove dust from drapes, clean your furniture and even your car. The three included attachments when combined with the Miele's powerful suction and the length of the hose and wand provide the ability clean nearly any space or mess in and around your home.
For those wanting a few extras with the vacuum, this S8 model has filter and bag replacement indicators, one-touch cord rewind, a raised bumper strip, and full foot pedal control, as well as the automatic suction setting. Aside from the functionality, two of the things I like most is that it is really quiet for a vacuum cleaner and honestly, the color. Call me a color snob, but some Miele colors are more appealing than others, and this is one of my favorites. In terms of noise level, Miele vacuums are some of the few that you can actually run and not worry about missing a doorbell, phone call or child yelling in the background about how they made Peeps explode in the microwave.
Named after the mild, humid breeze that comes in off the coast of France, the Marin strikes the perfect balance between cleaning ability, air filtration and appealing features. As the second model in the new S8 line, the Marin is available and in stock.
Author: K. Gilmore