S251i Miele Plus features: New 1200 Watt Motor - By combining a powerful 1200 Watt motor with a smooth sealed system, Miele vacuum cleaners achieve an incredible airflow of 118 cubic feet per minute (cfm) New Miele Motor Warranty increased from 5 years to 7 years Exceptional Air Flow - Ensures deep cleaning for your carpeting. The motor can also be electronically adjusted, allowing you to select the proper amount of power for whatever you're cleaning. No more sucking up curtains or throw rugs. A simple turn of the dial adjusts the motor, creating the perfect suction to do the job right. Clean Air - The Miele Plus comes equipped with a double-layer dustbag, a pre-motor filter and an advanced electro-static filter called the Super Air Clean Filter. Note: This model comes with the Miele Air Clean filter, but will not utilize the H.E.P.A. filter. Integrated tools - An upholstery tool and crevice nozzle store in a caddy on the machine, allowing for quick access when cleaning furniture and tight corners. A horse hair dusting brush is also included for cleaning tabletops and bookcases. Note: The crevice and upholstery tools conveniently fit inside the vacuum, the dusting brush will not. SEB213-2 Electric Powerhead - Electrically driven carpet
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very quiet German product We ordered this vacuum after seeing one a friend had that impressed us with how very QUIET it was when operating. It is pricey, but is like a BMW of vacuums with high quality German engineering. You can almost have a conversation while vacuuming, it is that quiet. Previous other brands have been soooo noisy that one risked hearing impairment if ear protection wasn't worn, this machine is a huge relief....more info
Great BUT I can understand why people loves these machines. They are so quiet, and they are light. However, there are a couple of design flaws that drag down their usefulness, especially when you factor in the high price:
1) The SEB 213 powerbrush that comes with this model works awkwardly with carpets. We have a couple of short-piled ones, and it's a push to use the powerbrush. I can do it, but don't especially like it. If we had high-pile carpets, I doubt we could use this vacuum.
2)Furthermore, this powerbrush is quite difficult to remove and reassemble. The big problem lies in the connector cord that plugs into the handle.It's a struggle to get it out and even harder to get it back in. If you remove the head to suck up dirt along the edges, you have to go through this struggle a lot.
We have found that we no longer use the powerbrush at all. We just use the "floorbrush" on both carpet and bare floors. While it is even a bit harder to use on our carpets than the powerbrush, the struggle to attach/detach the powerbrush makes it worthwhile to stick to the plain brush.
For anyone with a lot of carpets, this is not the vacuum to get. For someone like us with mostly hard floors, I would NOT get this model. I think were I to do it all over again, I'd get the Miele model 4210 Carina which comes with a simpler floor brush and save about $150. If you want HEPA filters, there's the 4210 Sirius for a bit more money. Or look up Consumer Reports' recommended Sears model and get one of those....more info
Spend The Extra Money! I've had my Miele vac for several years now and am almost completely satisfied with it. Great power -- it really DOES clean very effectively, is much quieter than most vacuums, has great accessories, a very powerful powerhead for carpet cleaning, and it's easy to use. To top it all off, the Miele is downright pretty!
The filters are great, it's much cleaner internally than most vacs, and the vacuum cleaner bags can be removed without spewing dust all around. Absolutely the only drawbacks I find with this cleaner are its lack of a power switch on the metal wand and awkward upright storage. If you buy the next level up, I think even those flaws are absent, but I didn't have the money to buy the more expensive model at the time. Other than that, I would buy it again tomorrow. It's a terrific cleaner and a whole lot better than any other cleaner I've ever owned (that would be about ten different cleaners over the years). Well worth the money....more info
Good cleaner but fragile plastic parts. The title says it all. I've had this product for a couple of years and have had to get the plastic "neck" that attaches the wand to the floor head twice already. However, it does very well on tough carpets (dark blue with white persian cat hair!) and the mobility is terrific. Long hose, small low profile head, long cord. Oh, the cord still pops out of the socket... but at least not as often!...more info