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the Miele Capricorn is the best canister vacuum cleaner on the market. This is the top of the line, the cream of
the crop, the Mercedes of vacuum cleaners. The designers at Miele pulled out all the stops and brought out all the bells and whistles when they made the Miele Capricorn. For
the allergy sufferer who wants the absolute best vacuum with every luxury feature imaginable, the Miele Capricorn captures 99.99% of all household
allergens. With 12 stage filtration, Miele vacuum cleaners not only clean your floors, but they also clean the air you breathe.
Miele Capricorn Video with SEB-236 Powerbrush
Miele Capricorn S5981 Vacuum Cleaners Features
Active HEPA filter captures allergens like dust mite feces and pollen and conforms to the stringent European EN1822 filtration
standard, trapping 99.99% of all particles as tiny as 0.3 microns.
The Sealed System construction of the canister keeps all the dust inside, providing maximum protection for indoor air quality.
The Generally Activated Charcoal Filter traps chemicals and odors.
The 1200 Watt Miele Vortex Motor provides strong suction with optimal usage of power.
Miele vacuum cleaners are tested to last a minimum of 1,000 operating hours or an average of 20 years residential use (45 minutes a week on the highest setting).
Pre-motor filter protects the motor from debris.
Fingertip Suction Controls with LED indicators, provides complete control of the vacuum right on the handle.
Impressive 30 ft. operating radius with a convenient automatic cord rewind switch.
The durable ABS plastic body is surrounded by rubber bumper guards to protect furniture, and the
independent, rubber, 360° swivel wheels won't damage floors and provides unmatched maneuverability.
State-of-the-art textured finish is scratch-resistant with a contemporary appeal.
Exclusive rib-cage canister design allows the air to continuously circulate around the entire bag, maintaining strong airflow as the bag becomes full.
Large Air Clean dust bag with a 4.76 quart capacity that allows for longer use.
Constructed of 9 durable layers to prevent sharp objects from penetrating the bag, the
dust bag is spring-loaded, so it closes automatically for dust-free removal and hygienic disposal.
Dust bag change indicator light alerts you when it's time to replace the hygienic bag.
Filter change indicator light lets you know when it's time to change the HEPA filter.
Safety Shut-Off prevents the motor from overheating in the event that a damaging item is sucked up.
Silence Insulation makes for extremely quiet operation. Even at the highest setting, you can still hear the phone ring!
Deluxe Handle Assembly is ergonomic, keeping the strain off your wrist.
Lightweight at only 13.5 pounds, making it easy to maneuver.
The electric, telescoping wand has two space-saving park positions, making it easy to store and carry.
Auto Shut Off whenever the vacuum is placed in a park position for convenience and energy conservation.
Comes with the SBB300-3 Parquet Floor Brush, or Twister, with genuine horsehair bristles, ideal for gentle but thorough cleaning of tiled and wood
floors; rotates 90° and is exceptionally agile. It also comes standard with either the SEB217-3 Powerbrush for low to medium pile carpet
or the extra wide SEB236 Powerbrush for any carpet; select the package that's best for you.
On-board tools include a Crevice Tool for tight spaces, a
Dust Brush for delicate cleaning, and an Upholstery Tool for furniture and curtains.
7-Year Warranty on the motor and 1-Year Warranty on parts and labor.
Miele Powerbrush Options - Choose between the Full Size Illuminated Powerbrush or the Mid Size Powerbrush
SEB 236 Full Size Powerbrush 13 3/8 " wide
SEB 236 Full Size Illuminated Powerbrush
Electrically-driven carpet tool with a 13 3/8"-wide brush roll
and 5 height adjustments for a variety of carpet
densities is the most popular choice when purchasing a Capricorn. This carpet tool has a swivel neck for maneuverability,
an integrated, light and all-around bumper strip to protect your
furniture and an automatic shut-off when in the parked position.
Recommended for deep cleaning medium and thick carpeting.
SEB 217-3 Mid Size Powerbrush 10 1/2" wide
SEB 217-3 Mid Size Powerbrush
This electrically-driven carpet tool with
a 10"-wide brush roll with floating head and swivel neck design is
ideal for low-pile and medium-pile carpet care. Recommended for deep cleaning and restoring of crushed carpet nap on low- to
medium-pile carpets with moderate densities.
SBB300-3 Parquet Floor Tool
A mixture of polyamide and natural hair ensures a gentle cushion
for this floor brush which makes sure that tile, wood and other
smooth surfaces are cleaned thoroughly with extreme care. It has a
90° rotation and is exceptionally agile at cleaning around obstacles
such as table legs and in tight places.
Electric Hose A required component for the use of all electric powerbrushes. Versions vary depending on canister style used. Miele hoses all are
crush-proof and regardless of the abuse, will always retain their original shape, and the there are no exterior wires that could get caught on
furniture while cleaning. The Miele Capricorn hose gives you the ability to use nearly any floor attachment Miele offers.
Additional Accessories The Galaxy series comes with 3
included tools all useful for cleaning upholstery,
shelves, baseboards, and more.
Deluxe Handle Assembly The new ergonomic handle assembly makes vacuuming a
breeze, keeping the strain off your wrist. This
handle comes equipped with powerbrush control switch to
easily turn the powerbrush off or on from the handle. This full control handle also allows you to adjust the suction level
and turn the vacuum's motor off with just the push of a button.
Air Clean Dustbags The new Air Clean dustbag features a 9-ply
construction with a spring-loaded, self-sealing
collar built into the bag. Each style is color coded to prevent confusion and offer many
33% longer suction performance than Intensive Clean bags
15% improved filtration
Air flow guides increase dust storage capacity by up to 25%
Self-sealing collar for hygienic removal and disposal
Active HEPA Filter The active HEPA filter not only captures and retains
tiny, lung damaging particles (including dust mite feces
and pollen), it also uses a layer of generally activated charcoal to absorb
odors. The filter conforms to stringent European
standards, trapping 99.99% of all particles as tiny as
0.3 microns. Replace after 50 hours of use or
approximately 12 months.
The Miele AutoEco is heavy but pushes easily and is extremely effective. A recent appliance repair person at our house to repair a sub zero refrigerator commented that it is the best vacuum on the market. Love it! More Testimonials
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This is my third vacuum in 45 years. I look for quality and reputation. This vacuum seems like it will keep me happy and our house clean for some years to come. I like the size and weight of it.
Reviewed by: House of cats from Houston, Tx
Love it. Had a high quality vacuum in Belgium and moved back to the states looking for something similar. Have 2 cats and this is wonderful for daily cleaning of hardwoods and ceramic and even blinds.
The only negative is the bag size, seems a bit small and are expensive to replace.
Meile Capricorn Vacuum
Reviewed by: Bonny from Redmond, Wa
A new vacuum cleaner was long overdue. Everytime I vacuumed I could feel the dust and dirt I was breathing in and it would effect my respiratory system each time...I dreaded vacuuming for that reason. Checked out dozens of reviews online and went with the one that swore by the Miele. Watched a video on it and was sold. No more breathing in dust. It takes up everything and leaves all the dust and dirt in the bag where it should be. My house feels so clean now when I vacuum and I can still breath when I'm done! I'm completely sold on Meile and believe 100% it does what it claims in it's ability to pick up anything as small as a dust mite. Ordered thru Achoo Allergy, it was here quick, and I couldn't wait to vacuum!
Customer Q & A
Q1: What attachment do you use to vacuum stairs? My electrolux has a small powerhead for stairs that works nicely. Thanks!
A: For stairs I would recommend the STB101 handheld turbobrush. Truthfully, if you purchased the Capricorn with the SEB 217-3, it is light enough that it works fairly well on carpeted stairs. It's generally a little wider than most stairs, but I have found it works really well. The SEB 236 is better on carpet, but a little heavier and wider, so it can be a bit awkward for people to use on stairs.
Q2: Concerning the onboard upholstery brush, etc. - In order to access these accessories would one have to turn off the vacuum to open the storage area?
A: No. There are essentially two separate compartments for where the onboard tools are located and where the dust bag sits. The onboard tools can be accessed at any time without having to turn off the vacuum.
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Miele Capricorn S5981 Vacuum Cleaners
The Miele Capricorn is quite possibly the best vacuum cleaner on the
market today. Versatile enough to handle all of your cleaning needs,
yet simple to operate, the Capricorn showcases all of the best
qualities and features of the Miele brand. Durable and efficient,
the Capricorn simultaneously cleans your floors while cleaning the
air in your home. After testing the Capricorn on high and low pile
carpet as well as finished concrete and hardwood flooring, I was
more than pleased with the results.
What I like about the Miele Capricorn Vacuum
I break down this section into two halves. First is the performance
of the Capricorn. On carpet I used the Capricorn with the SEB236 Powerbrush. This is by far Miele's most powerful carpet cleaning
brush. Being an electrically powered brush, the 236 packs more punch
and pulls up dog hair and dirt better than any other attachment I
When cleaning the finished concrete and hardwood, I
switched to the Parquet Floor Brush (SBB-300-3). For these surfaces
this simple suction tool actually worked better than the powerbrush.
Though vacuums will often come with a turbine-like head, on smooth
surfaces something with wide reaching, simple suction is better at
picking up debris without leaving anything behind. Both tools
offered excellent movement and fluid control, with the Parquet brush
being best in tight spaces.
The bumper strip came in handy while
testing this model. Not paying attention, I bounced the Capricorn
off two desks, a trash can and a door, all without leaving a mark on
them or the vacuum.
The second part of this is the accessories that come standard with
the Capricorn. The Deluxe Handle of this unit offers convenient
functionality. A Standby button will power the unit down if you are
interrupted for a short period of time while cleaning. This function
is essentially a pause button for your vacuum. The second button
on the handle turns the powerbrush on and off, while the last button
controls the suction power of the motor.
The simple + or -
button eliminates bending over to turn a rotary dial. Also on the
handle is an indicator letting you know what power level you are
currently using. In addition to a Deluxe Handle, the Capricorn comes
equipped with either the SEB217-3 or the SEB236. Both are
excellent carpet cleaning brushes, but for thicker carpet I have to
give the edge to the larger SEB236.
Active HEPA filtration is
standard with this unit. This tested and certified filter combined with the sealed system, and 9-ply
Air Clean bag create an Air Clean System. Simply put, unlike other vacuum cleaners, the Miele Capricorn
actually cleans the floor while filter allergens, dirt and dust from the air you breathe. This model also comes standard with
an Overheating Indicator Light as well as HEPA Filter Replacement
In addition to these features, the Capricorn comes standard with
everything that makes Miele unique. A durable ABS plastic shell,
self-winding cord, self-sealing bags, rubber bumper to protect your
furniture, three mini-attachments located under the hood, ultra
quiet operation, smooth movement, 7 year motor warranty, retractable
wand, and long life span all make the Miele vacuum well worth the
What I do not like about the Miele Capricorn Vacuum
For some the Standby feature may be useful, but Miele warns not to
keep the unit in Standby for too long because it may cause it to
automatically shut off from overheating. I would be more likely to
simply turn the unit off if interrupted while cleaning instead of
using a Standby feature.
Be it that the Capricorn is the top of the line, the best of the
best, the initial cost reflects this. To make this more palatable,
try to consider a Miele vacuum cleaner an investment. When you
spread the initial cost over the tested lifespan and factor
the superior cleaning ability as well as convenience of these
machines, the initial cost is less than the cost of buying cheaper
brands that you will likely have to replace after only a couple
years of use.
With the Capricorn, Miele pulled out all the stops and included a
myriad of modern conveniences to complement superior performance.
For allergy and asthma sufferers this unit will not only keep your
floors free of dirt, dust, pet hair and other allergens but also
clean the air in your home. From the smallest to the most intense
cleaning jobs, the Miele Capricorn quietly rises above the rest in form,
function and convenience.