Let’s start with something basic: the name. Pronounced “ME-la”, this German manufacturer of small appliances is known for advanced engineering and quality production techniques. In the world of mixed-review mass production, they are arguably the Mercedes of vacuums.
Styles Of Vacuums
As most manufacturers do today, Miele gives you options to choose from in terms of vacuum type. Their vacuums come in a variety of styles, though the ones most of us are familiar with are their canisters. Each style is good for a particular kind of cleaning.
Canister vacuums are the largest and most powerful in terms of suction among your choices. The brush head of the model is connected to the canister where the mechanics and dust bin live by a hose of significant length. You drag the canister behind you as the lightweight brushes do the work.
These vacuums are known for superior suction, easy to imagine since Miele doesn’t need to worry about overall vacuum weight. A good portion of it is on the floor. They come with disposable, replaceable bags, and they feature a much larger dust bin capacity than an upright or stick model can hold.
Use a canister for heavy-duty cleaning, large spaces that need regular cleaning, or if you have significant allergy problems that require frequent deep cleaning. While carpeting is what you’d probably want this for, canisters also work well on solid floors.
Consider these the lighter, smaller canisters. The shape of a bagless system differs from the bagged model. Bagless requires access to a dust bin typically attached to the back (opposite end from the hose) of the floor canister.
Bagless bins have a smaller capacity than their bagged siblings. They may be slightly less powerful too due to their smaller size. However, everything that extends from the hose to the head and accessories generally do not vary.
The advantage to these systems is size overall. Smaller storage spaces, smaller homes, and less frequent vacuuming are all aspects to consider. If your cleaning needs are not heavy-duty, this canister vacuum is more than up to your challenges.
Upright vacuums conquer the transitions from high traffic carpeting to hardwoods and solid floors with ease. In recent years, many of these formerly bagged systems have transitioned to bagless, though not all Miele models have made the change.
They come with a variety of brush head types and designs, some with lift-off telescoping wands built in to extend your reach.
Known for strong suction and power, uprights feature a complete system attached to a single stem. When you want to move, you’re moving it all, and that can be annoying for some people. However, it also gives you the ultimate in control, including adjustable brush rollers and height settings for dense textured carpet or fine wood surfaces.
It’s much less cumbersome to move an upright from floor to floor in your house. If you need the ability to change surfaces quickly or target where you prefer to vacuum, an upright accommodates you. Miele uprights tend to be stiff, which is a good thing as you’re making passes around furniture or over those ground-in dirt places.
Stick vacuums are an even smaller version of an upright with all of the mechanics and dust bin in a lightweight package. They come both corded and cordless from vacuum manufacturers in general. A corded system, the only one Miele offers, tends to have more suction power while carrying a little more weight.
Most of these vacuums from other manufacturers come with a removable bagless dust bin; Miele’s sole offering is a bagged model. Some have washable filters and several accessories for steps, furniture and tight corners. Stick vacs are great for spaces with lots of furniture to dodge around or floors to move between.
They are not known for super suction power, so sticks work best in homes that don’t generate big messes. They also work well for in between the big deep cleaning sessions. Homes with pet fuzz issues might want to think twice about making this their primary vacuum.
People like to believe that a robot vacuum is enough to take care of their floor cleaning needs by itself. It runs daily or with whatever frequency you program, and it’s smart enough to avoid tumbling down the stairs while keeping the areas under the furniture clean. However, robots have been known to get stuck in bathrooms or keep bumping into the same furniture legs without going around the obstacles.
If you want something to keep your minimal messiness under control and you don’t have a lot of time to vacuum, programming a robot to handle this is a good compromise. It learns your layout and develops a cleaning pattern to cover the allotted floor space. Programming it to run daily for light cleaning or regularly for a slower, more thorough pickup covers your general needs.
Still, you might want to do a deep cleaning with a larger system on a regular schedule. Robots don’t have the suction strength for heavy traffic or significant debris. Their dust bins are often small, and since they won’t run if the bin is full, it might not complete a cycle because it needs your human intervention to empty accumulated debris.
PowerLine is the name for Miele’s highest suction systems. Vacuums with this label offer the strongest cleaning power and are particularly great for households with pets or active dirt tracking. This is not included in all Miele models.
A finger touch control for the amount of suction the vacuum delivers is featured in most of the canister and upright models too. This means you can run the system with less power over surfaces that don’t need deep cleaning and adjust for delicate solid flooring. Couple this with what Miele calls the Comfort handle for ergonomic positioning while vacuuming.
You might think this label has something to do with the automated movement of your vacuum, but it’s the wheels that touch your floors. These castors rotate a full 360 degrees and feature a rubberized coating that won’t scratch your solid floor surfaces. They adjust to the terrain, so you won’t get stuck in deeper mortar spaces or changes in surfaces or elevations.
If you’re prone to shoulder discomfort, Miele’s shock absorbers mounted on the casters create movement less prone to jarring. This system is also quieter than the standard wheels we usually see on vacuums. When you want a machine that is easier to handle, look for the DynamicDrive designation on your selection.
If you live with pets, you have pet odors and dander. Indoor smoking also produces stale or unpleasant lingering odors due to residue suspended in the air. In both cases, you want the carbon cleaning efficiency of a Miele Active AirClean filter in your vacuum, an air exhaust system that scrubs the air of most odors.
Miele also offers a HEPA AirClean filter for those with severe allergies. It strips dust and allergens from the exhaust and traps it inside the filter. Replace it when the proprietary timestrip® signals that the filter is full.
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