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Miele Canister Vacuum Buying Guide
 
Note:  This buying guide is very long.  It needs to be in order to give you all the information you need to select the right Miele Vacuum for you.  If you have any questions fell free to give us a call.  We are here to help.
 
Miele Vacuums do not fall into an easy hierarchical structure that makes for one simple comparison among the vacuums.  When deciding what vacuum is best for you there will be several choices you will have to make to lead you to the best vacuum.  Before breaking down the differences between the vacuums we want to take a moment to go over the similarities among all the vacuums.
 
Constant Powerful Suction:  The hallmark of all Miele Canister vacuums is the Miele made and proprietary Vortex motor.  In comparison to some of the nations best selling brands we have found that the Miele Canister vacuum will have as much power at their mid level setting as their popular competitors have at their highest setting.  All Miele motors have a seven year warranty when used for residential purposes.
 
Quality German Engineering:  Miele vacuums are renowned for the longevity and durability and the vacuums are tested and expected to last more than a decade.
 
Quiet Performance:  Miele canister vacuums are exceptionally quiet.  This is no small accomplishment considering their powerful suction and the reaction to customers in our store when we go from one of our louder machines to the Miele is profound.  You really can hear the phone ring.
 
Superior Filtration:  The majority of Miele vacuums include a HEPA filter and provide particular filtration that is better than the majority of air purifiers on the market today.  In fact, Miele vacuums with a HEPA filter are certified HEPA vacuums making them ideal for allergy sufferers or anyone concerned about the quality of the air they breathe.
 
While all of the Miele canisters share these great common features you will need to make some choices based on the floor tools and added features to find the best vacuum for you.  The easiest way to start is to determine the appropriate floor tool that will do the best job on your home's surfaces.
 
Right now there are five floor tools to choose from.
 
Combo Tool:  This tool allows for the easy transition between hard floor surfaces and extremely light carpeting.  This tool is perfect for people that have a home with mostly hard surfaces and either commercial grade carpeting or light area rugs.
 
Parkett Tool:  This tool is only effective on hard floor surfaces.  With soft but durable bristles, full swivel motion and counter notched openings this is a high quality floor tool that will not harm any of your hard floor surfaces.
 
Air Turbobrush STB205:  The brushbar on this floor tool is powered by the powerful suction of Miele Vortex motor.  This floor tool is ideal for light to medium nap carpeting.
 
SEB217 Electric Floor Tool:  This motor driven floor tool provides deep cleaning for any carpet surface.  For anyone with thick or heavy nap, pet hair or problematic areas you will experience excellent carpet cleaning.  The on off button for the brush bar also makes it easy to transition from your hard floor surfaces to carpeting.
 
SEB236 Electric Floor Tool:  The SEB236 provides a feature driven alternative to the SEB217.  The only difference in regards to cleaning is the SEB236 bristles on the brushbar are closer together providing a more throrough cleaning.  The SEB236 also has a light on the front, an extra bumper strip, a height adjustment, a self parking feature and a quick release lever.
 
Based on just the floor tool you can start to narrow down the appropriate vacuum for you:

 

Combo Tool

Parquet Tool

STB205

SEB217

SEB236

S4 Carina / Polaris

Included

Separate

Separate

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S4 Antares / Neptune

Separate

Included

Included

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Miele Plus

Separate

 Separate

Separate

Included

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S5 Pisces

Separate

Included

Included

Separate

Separate

S5 Callisto

Separate

Included

Separate

Included

$100 More

S5 Aquarius / Leo

Separate

Included

Separate

Included

$100 More

S5 Earth

Separate

Included

Separate

Included

$100 More

S5 Capricorn

Separate

Included

Separate

Included

$100 More

 





 
Once you decide which floor tool is best you will than have to select which model you want to purchase based on the additional features that are available.  You can take a look at the S4 models, S5 models, the other alternative models, and than make some more comparisons so you can make the best choice possible.
 
Miele S4 Vacuums:  Miele is transitioning to a new line up that will feature only three S5 vacuums; the Polaris (replacing the Carina), the Neptune (Replacing the Antares) and the Eclipse (effectively replacing the Luna).  The Orion and Sirius are being retired in 2009.
Control Position:  With the Dial Controls you will have to go to the machine and adjust the power setting by turning the dial.  With the Luna you have step controls and can adjust the power with your foot.  With the Orion the controls are on the handle and you do not need to return to the machine to adjust the power.  If you have many different cleaning surfaces, drapes, and furniture to clean having the controls at your fingertips can be a nice feature.
 
Deluxe Handle:  The ergonomically designed Deluxe Handle allows for a nicer grip design while you vacuum.  This design is also better for people with arthritis.  This handle is included with the Luna and Orion.
 
Wand Length:  You will gain roughly nine additional inches with the tri-scoping longer wands.  This can prove useful for getting that extra reach for tall ceilings.
 
Selling Rank:  Here is how our 2008 customers have purchased within the S4 Series.  This is not to say that the #1 vacuum is the one for you.  This is just to give you an indication of what our past customers have purchased.



Miele S5 Vacuums:  There are currently five models to choose from.  In 2009 Miele introduced the Earth vacuum and replaced the Aquarius with the Leo vacuum.  Here is an easy chart to see how they compare to each other in regards to the major features: