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is never easy replacing HEPA vacuums that have been the most popular models in Miele's over 100 year history, but with the new Miele UniQ S8, they just may have succeeded. The UniQ
takes the very best that made the S5 line so popular and pushes them even further, adding luxury features and making practical improvements that you can see, feel and
hear. From reduced noise and more intelligent controls to greater convenience and an improved ergonomic design, the Miele UniQ will clean nearly any
floor surface in your home while
removing allergens and improving indoor air quality. Sleek and modern styling blends luxuries found in high end automobiles and electronics into this top-of-the-line home appliance. The
result is the pinnacle of form and function right in your home. Quite simply, the Miele UniQ is the best vacuum that Miele has ever built.
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Miele S8990 UniQ Vacuum Cleaners Features
AirClean System provides 12 layers of filtration and seals to prevent air leakage. As the leader in vacuum filtration, each Miele
actually improves indoor air quality by using superior filtration to ensure that the air coming from your the UniQ is cleaner than the ambient air in your home.
As a key component of the AirClean system, the Active HEPA Filter is tested and certified to trap 99.99% of particles 0.3 microns and larger while a layer of activated charcoal
adsorbs household odors.
The 9-ply G/N AirClean dust bag can hold up to 4.76 quarts and traps large particles and allergens.
The 1200 Watt Miele Vortex Motor provides powerful suction with reduced noise and emissions.
Miele vacuum cleaners are rigorously tested to last an average of 20 years residential use (approximately 45 minutes per week at highest setting), and
each vacuum is tested prior to leaving the factory floor.
With a longer cord, the UniQ offers an expanded 33 ft. operating radius with a convenient One-Touch cord rewind switch.
Enhanced Silence Insulation combined with the encapsulated motor makes the Uniq the quietest vacuum Miele has ever created. You can easily
hear the doorbell or phone even when operating it on the highest suction setting.
Always the trend setter, this Miele vacuum comes with a glossy metallic finish and a raised, velvet bumper strip to protect the
vacuum and your furniture from scuffs and scratches.
The S8 UniQ comes standard with additional touches of class - a raised Miele logo, LED underbody lights, and true chrome accents.
Dust bag change indicator alerts you to replace the dust bag, while a separate filter change indicator lets you know when it is
time to replace the HEPA filter.
Safety Shut-Off prevents the motor from overheating in the event that a damaging item is sucked up.
Lightweight, with a ribcage style design, the Miele UniQ weighs in just under 11 lbs. - 2 lbs. less than comparable S5 models! This
design also allows for proper airflow through the vacuum regardless of how full the bag is.
The UniQ has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.
The Deluxe Ergonomic Handle Assembly allows for a comfortable cleaning motion while the integrated brushroll and suction controls
put complete control of the vacuum right at your fingertips.
The Stainless Steel Telescopic Wand fully extends and retracts to increase reach for amazing above-the-floor cleaning.
Like other Miele's, the UniQ offers three space-saving park positions. The park position at the base of the unit
automatically puts this S8 into Standby Mode, while the side park positions are LED illuminated.
Standby Mode saves power while the vacuum is parked but provides convenience when life interrupts while cleaning.
The Automatic Suction setting provides ease and convenience and is environmentally friendly by only using
as much power as needed for you specific cleaning task.
As the standard carpet tool, the UniQ comes with the SEB 236 Powerbrush that is well suited for use on all carpet styles. The electrically
driven carpet tool cleans deeply and features a height adjustment pedal and LED light to illuminate your cleaning path.
SBB 300-3 Parquet Floor Tool is the standard smooth floor tool for this model. Gentle, but firm, bristles dislodge debris while the
wide, slim design of the brush allows for quick cleaning of large spaces.
A Crevice Tool for tight spaces, Dusting Brush for delicate cleaning,
and Upholstery Tool for furniture and curtains are neatly nestled in a velvet-lined storage compartment (under the hood).
The Miele UniQ is the only Miele vacuum that comes with a standard 10 Year Warranty on the motor and body casing - 5 Year Warranty on parts and labor.
SEB 236 Full Size Powerbrush 13 3/8 " wide
Electrically-driven carpet tool with a 13 3/8"-wide brush roll
and 5 height adjustments for a variety of carpet
densities is the best carpet tool that Miele has to offer. This carpet tool has a swivel neck for maneuverability,
an integrated LED light to illuminate your cleaning path, an all-round bumper strip to protect your
furniture and an automatic shut-off feature when in the parked position.
Recommended for deep cleaning of all types of carpet from thin and low pile to dense, thick carpeting.
SBB300-3 Parquet Floor Tool
Even on delicate flooring the polyamide bristles are tough, but gentle in removing debris and cleaning up messes. A wide cleaning path allows
you to tackle large areas of smooth flooring quickly, and a swivel neck design allows the Twister to angle and fit through most tight spaces
and underneath almost any type of furniture.
Automatic Feature By monitoring the air pressure at the floor tool, the Automatic Suction Control on the Miele S8 UniQ
automatically adjusts the suction to the type of flooring you cleaning. For carpet the suction level lowers to allow for smooth movement
across the surface without any sticking or catching. On smooth flooring like tile or hardwood, the suction level increases allow for effective
cleaning around edges. By automatically adjusting, the UniQ ensures that only the power required to clean each specific surface is used. This means
more efficient energy consumption and less waste.
Deluxe Ergonomic Handle
No one wants cleaning to feel like work, and with a handle that is specially designed and tested for comfort and functionality Miele
takes the work out of keeping a clean home. The shape allows for a natural grip that reduces stress and strain on the hand and wrist. The
deluxe controls provide complete control of the vacuum without ever having to bend over. Suction can be adjusted with a set of +/- controls and
you can turn the brushroll off and use straight suction to clean areas of smooth flooring. Convenience and functionality are hallmarks of
HEPA Filter The HEPA filter conforms to stringent European
filtrations standards (EN 1822). It actually traps
99.99% of all particles as tiny as 0.3 microns. A thin layer of Generally Activated Charcoal
removes household odors, and the
filter only needs to be replaced after 50 hours of use,
or approximately 12 months. And, there is a handy spot
right on the filter where you can write the date,
eliminating guesswork. The HEPA filter is sealed with a rubber edge, to prevent
existing dust particles from escaping the filter.
AirClean Dustbags The AirClean dustbag features a 9-ply
construction that increases airflow while improving filtration. This color-coded, spring-loaded, self-sealing
dust bag is a key component to Miele's AirClean system.
Traps 99.9% of all fine dust particles
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
Illuminated Park System
The UniQ features a series of LED lights around the park system to make parking your vacuum and storing it
just a little more convenient. These capacitor powered LED's do not require batteries and stay lit for 30
seconds after powering the vacuum down. They can illuminate the cleaning surface as you vacuum or a closet where you store your Miele.
Like other Miele's, the S8 UniQ has three above-the-floor cleaning accessories that are conveniently located "under the hood." These three tools allow you to
clean nearly any surface or area in your home and store snugly in a velvet-lined compartment. They are always within reach, and you'll never have to waste time
searching for lost vacuum accessories!
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Miele UniQ S8990 Vacuum Cleaners
After years of development, Miele has designed a vacuum cleaner line that they feel can surpass the quality, performance and popularity
of the S5 canisters. Building upon that foundation, the Miele S8 vacuums offer unique enhancements and features that work to surpass their high standards.
As the flagship model of this new line, the Miele UniQ displays the very best that Miele has to offer in a vacuum cleaner. With our demo model
in hand, we set about testing this S8 and breaking down what truly makes this vacuum -
What I like about the Miele UniQ S8
Performance - With a 1200W workhorse powering the UniQ, there is no lack
of suction. Other brands try to
differentiate themselves with brand specific categorizations, but the Vortex motor has proven itself to be unmatched. On smooth flooring, the
Parquet Tool is both gentle enough for softer flooring but stout enough to dislodge debris. The SEB 236 continues to be one of the best all round tools for carpet. LED lights illuminate your cleaning path, while an
independent motor powers a brushroll that cleans deep. A height adjustment pedal and fingertip brushroll control allow for an on-the-fly transition across
multiple types of flooring. On thicker carpet like Saxony or Frieze, the SEB 236 will restore matted or crushed fibers, remove loose
fiber and debris. I dropped the height of the brushroll down, and the 236 worked great for removing pet hair and dirt from low pile Berber. In the
kitchen and dining room, the Parquet tool cleaned with ease, rolled along smoothly, and allowed for the suction to really pull debris from edges and
underneath things like the stove and refrigerator.
Filtration - Independently certified and conforming to rigid EU filtration guidelines, Miele's AirClean System is the best
filtration available today. This isn't as surprising when you consider Miele was the first to offer a HEPA certified vacuum cleaner. This is, however, an
understated and often overlooked benefit for allergy and asthma sufferers. As air enters the UniQ, the 9-ply
dustbag filters smaller and smaller particles, up to 99% of all particles that enter. After passing through a pre-motor filter, the air then travels through
the HEPA filter and a layer of Generally Activated Charcoal. This eliminates allergens like dander, pollen and the most damaging particles in the air you
breath. The end result is air that filters out 99.99% of particles 0.3 microns or larger. The thin layer of charcoal removes nuisance odors, and ultimately,
the AirClean System improves your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) while cleaning your floors.
Control - One of the biggest complaints with many vacuums is having to bend down each time you want to adjust suction. Ditching the rotary dial controls, the Miele UniQ allows you to control
everything from your fingertips or with your foot. Vacuuming the carpet in the bedroom and don't feel like switching floor tools to clean
the tile in the master bath? No problem, flip the brushroll
off (via the handle) and use straight suction only.
Vacuuming a rug? Again, simply adjust the suction down
on the handle and you're all set. On the canister, there is a one-touch cord rewind
button. Simply press it once when
you're finished and it automatically retracts the cord. If you want to take some of the guesswork out of suction while saving money, set the UniQ to Automatic. This setting adjusts suction
levels to use only the power needed to clean the particular surface you are on at the time.
Manueverability - Miele's patented 360° casters allow for smooth, even movement around the house. The canister glides across linoleum and hardwoods,
while quietly following you as you clean across carpet. A cord that is 3' longer than S5 models gives you even more cleaning reach throughout your home (1 outlet change to clean my entire
ranch style home from end to end). The handle is largely as it was with S5 models.
It fits well in your hand and reduces strain. Across the board, all Miele components
are built to glide, swivel, bend and turn with ease.
Luxury - Fancy is a bit of an understatement when it comes to the UniQ. Miele took
several queues from high end autos to give the UniQ a sleek style and feel that is all its own. From the deep, metallic finish and true chrome accents,
to the raised chrome Miele logo and LED park and underbody lights, the influence of modern luxury automobiles, like Mercedes, is fairly evident. Miele has
always been one to put the "luxury" in term "luxury home appliance". (As a side note, this made me feel a little bad as it bounced
off tables, chairs and other furniture in my home.)
Sound - I remember having to yell to my mother when she was running her old Eureka. Miele broke new ground with S7 uprights by producing
a vacuum that was quiet enough to hear the phone ring, a knock at the door, or your child asking for a juice box. The UniQ is one of the quietest vacuums ever
produced. Thanks to an encased motor and insulation, Miele was able to further reduce noise with this model to create a vacuum that doesn't even sound
like a vacuum!
Odds and Ends - Each Miele UniQ is tested before it leaves the factory to ensure that when it arrives to you, it performs exactly as it should.
A new velvet covered 3D bumper protects the vacuum as well as your furniture from the inevitable bangs and collisions while cleaning. From the durable ABS shell that withstood my downright abuse in testing to a hose that I literally put four knots in (just to ensure it would bounce back to its original
shape), the new Miele UniQ not only performs and looks great doing it, but it lasts. To back this up, Miele has offered the longest warranty ever on this model -
a full 10 Year Warranty on the motor and 5 Year Warranty on parts and labor. That type of confidence and peace of mind is years ahead of the rest of the industry.
What I do not like about the Miele UniQ S8
Price - There is really no getting around it, price will be the biggest drawback for most people when it comes to the Miele UniQ. This combination of
performance and luxury has a price, and that is $1499. Granted, you get a great deal for that price, and ultimately you get a vacuum that is tested to last 20 years. Think about it like this. If the UniQ lasted you 20 years, it would mean your initial cost is only $75 a year. So when you put it in perspective and view it as something you're making a
20 year investment in, it makes it a bit easier to justify.
Choice - The Capricorn was the top of the Miele S5 line and with it, you had a choice in which powerhead you wanted. With the UniQ, that option goes away.
While the 217-3 is smaller and not as effective on high pile or very thick carpet, the option to choose the smaller tool at a reduced price, was attractive to some. However, with
the UniQ being quite possibly the best vacuum Miele has ever designed, I can see the side of not wanting to offer a less effective carpet tool. You pay for the best, and you get the best, regardless of flooring type.
The various influences Miele had in creating the S8 line and the UniQ come together to create a stylish, top-performing vacuum cleaner. No matter your cleaning task, the UniQ is
perfectly suited to deliver the results you demand. The filtration is the best in the world, and the quality and durability of the UniQ cannot be found
with any other canister vacuum cleaner. A sleek, well appointed design perfectly compliments the core cleaning ability, while intelligent controls and superior components
make this Miele S8 the most hygienic, effective and truly UniQ vacuum available today.