Compare Miele S5 Vacuum Cleaners

As the most popular line of Miele's ever built, the Miele S5 vacuum cleaners have the best features, greatest versatility and most innovation of all previous Miele vacuum cleaner lines. Miele's innovations and technology are neatly wrapped around their tradition of excellence in home appliances. Many features in S5 models are the same found throughout Miele brand vacuums, but several major differences separate this series from the others.

Below is a quick comparison chart highlighting some of the differences between the S5 Miele vacuum cleaners. Use this as well as other charts and information we have provided to help you make the most informed purchase that will meet all of your vacuuming needs.




Miele Capricorn S5981 Vacuum Cleaner

Miele Aquarius S5880 Vacuum Cleaner

Miele Earth S5481 Vacuum Cleaner

Miele Callisto S5281 Vacuum Cleaners

Miele Libra S5281 HEPA Vacuum Cleaner

Miele Pisces S5281 Vacuum Cleaner
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Replacement Model S8 UniQ S8 Marin S8 Marin S8 Kona S8 Cat & Dog S8 Calima
HEPA Filter X X X X X X
HEPA Filter Change Indicator X X X      
Thermal Cut-Out Indicator X X X      
Deluxe Ergonomic Handle X X X X X  
Ergonomic Handle           X
Full Electronic Handle Controls X          
AutoEco Suction Adjustment   X X      
Variable Foot Switch Controls   X X      
Rotary Dial Power Controls       X X X
Park and Pause X X X      
Triscopic Wand            
Telescopic Wand X X X X X X
Upholstery, Crevice and Dusting Brush X X X X X X
Parquet Floor Tool X X X X X X
Turbobrush (Air Driven) X
SEB 217 Mid-Size Powerbrush Optional Optional X Optional X  
SEB 228 Mid-Size Powerbrush Optional Optional Optional X Optional  
SEB 236 Full-Size Powerbrush X Optional Optional Optional Optional  

With the S5 Miele vacuums there are three features that makes these units distinct. First and foremost is the size of these models. Not only does the larger canister allow for a larger bag, which means fewer bag changes for you, but the additional space provides great storage for the mini attachments. A crevice tool, upholstery brush and dusting brush all fit neatly "under the hood" of each of these units.

Next, all these models come standard with two cleaning brushes. While two in this series come standard with electric driven powerbrushes, the last, the Miele Pisces, is fully upgradeable. So should your needs change, your vacuum can change with them. While you have the option to choose either the SEB 217 or SEB 236 powerbrush for the Miele Capricorn. For maximum cleaning ability we strongly recommend the SEB 236 powerbrush, particularly for homes and apartments with wall to wall and very thick carpeting. A newer "in-between" powerbrush is the SEB 228, very similar in size and still gives you height adjustment but it lacks the LED light that the 236 has. No matter which model you choose, you will be receiving the right tools to clean both carpet and smooth floors. Lastly is the SEB 217-3, which works well on medium to low pile carpet. It is less expensive and lighter but has a narrower cleaning path and no height adjustment.

For people suffering from asthma or allergies, the S5 series is a great choice. While few other Miele canisters come standard with HEPA filtration, this feature is standard on all S5 models. If you have never used a vacuum with a HEPA filter, you might just be surprised to find how much cleaner and fresher the air can be. This combined with a sealed system, the new 9 ply AirClean G/N dust bag and pre-motor filter all work create vacuum cleaners that not only clean your floors but the air as well.

Like other Miele canisters, the S5 models are constructed of durable ABS plastic, and each is equipped with a rubber bumper to help protect your furniture while cleaning. All also come standard with 7 year warranty, sealed system construction, self-sealing (9 ply AirClean) bags, self-winding power cords, two cleaning brushes, and the reputation of a brand that has existed for over a century.

For further comparison of Miele vacuums, try one of the charts listed below or shop all Miele vacuum cleaners.

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