||The Miele Marin
emerged as the most popular Miele canister
vacuum. This was a bit surprising considering the Marin has been around for less than six months, but a review of some of the comments and overview of
the features reveals why this vacuum was so well-liked by the staff. Three key factors popped up in comments for this vacuum cleaner. First was choice. Everyone likes
choice, and the Achoo Team is no exception. They liked the fact that you can choose with powerhead you get with this vacuum. Plus it allows you to customize your price a
bit too. Second was the color. While there can always be some debate, the fact is the color choice for the Marin was perfect. It's appealing to most people regardless of your taste and
is something you truly don't see with a run-of-the-mill vacuum. Lastly was the noise level. Granted, the noise goes up a bit with the powerbrush engaged, but in all, the Marin was
noted as exceptionally quiet.
In addition to these features, I found that this model represented some of the best balance of features, price and performance. The cleaning ability is consistent, regardless of
what type of flooring or even above-the-floor cleaning you are taking on. Indicator lights, push button suction control, a deluxe handle, and the one-touch cord rewind are all value added
features that truly do add convenience. The warranty is one of the best in the business and overall craftsmanship and attention to detail is apparent with this model. For those with allergies and
asthma, the Marin is a great choice. The Active Air Clean System traps dirt, debris, hair, and even odors with a better than HEPA rated filter, 9-ply filterbag and sealed system..
Coming in VERY close second in our survey was the
Miele Onyx. The Onyx was popular for a few reasons -
it comes standard with two floor tools, price, and size. Though this model lacks the electrically driven powerhead, the Onyx does come with the turbobrush as well as
the parquet floor tool. So for homes with a good deal of smooth flooring or only lower pile carpet this model is a good fit. The suction is just as good as any top of the line model, as are
the included mini accessories. In terms of price, the Onyx is one of the most economical models in the entire line of Miele vacs. Though you won't spend near as much as on an S8 or other
premium model, the Onyx still delivers the same consistent suction, cleaning performance and reliability.
Color is also a factor. Black is a very universal color, and though it might seem plain to some, it has appeal to far more. In addition to this, the warranty provides peace of mind that other
brand simply cannot. All in all, it's a great "middle ground" vacuum, and the popularity amongst the staff reflected this.
Placing third in our AchooAllergy.com voting was the new
Miele UniQ. If price was not a factor, this model would have been chosen higher (though I don't know if it
could have knocked off the Marin), but the most commented on features of the UniQ were the added features/style, exceptional control, and warranty. While no one could note any flaws (with the ONLY possible
exception being a lack of powerhead choice), the unique features of the... er, UniQ was the biggest draw. The LED underbody and park lights may seem trivial until you take the UniQ home, put it in the
closet after use and think, "hhmm... guess those are pretty handy!" The chrome trim gives this vacuum a real touch of class, as do the felt trim accents. The digital display is only found with the UniQ, as
is the completely streamlined design. There aren't even +/- buttons on the body, which leads me to the second point - exceptional control. The suction and brushroll control is conveniently placed on the
handle. This gives complete control when vacuuming to transition across multiple types of flooring on the fly. While the push buttons found on the other S8 models is a step up over the rotary dial,
once you've used the handle controls, you find yourself not wanting to go back. Lastly the warranty - The UniQ features and unprecedented 10 year warranty. This is a full three years longer than comes
standard with Miele vacuum cleaners. While we know that Miele stands behind their products, for a manufacturer to warranty a vacuum for a full decade says something good about the product.
In addition to these features, the UniQ comes decked out with all the bells and whistles Miele has to offer, from the Air Clean System (ideal for anyone concerned with indoor air quality) and
one-touch cord rewind to a raised bumper and super quiet operation. In all, there is almost nothing this vacuum lacks.
The Miele Titan gets an honorable mention. It has long held a top three spot amongst the staff and was narrowly edged out this year, but the reasons why this vacuum is
so liked remain, particularly that it provides versatile cleaning at one of the best price points available. The color and size are also reasons it remains one of the most popular in the Miele line.