Miele S5580 Aquarius Canister Vacuum Cleaner with SEB-217
List Price: $959.00
Our Price: $959.00
Powered by a 1200 Watt Miele Vortex motor and including an SEB 236 Powerbrush, this Miele S5580 Aquarius vacuum cleaner is one of their most deluxe models. Miele's vacuum system is the most effective and hygienic method of removing particulate matter from the home. Their exclusive combination of a Sealed System using the very best raw materials, electrostatically charged IntensiveClean Plus dust/filter bag, and the first certified HEPA filter, provide the essential formula for this success.The dustbag has a layered special fabric which provides 20% longer suction performance and 15% improved filtration. An impact foil prevents sharp-edged objects, such as pine needles, glass or sand from penetrating the bag. So you can clean large areas without having to change outlets, Miele vacuum cleaners feature an extra long cord and an operating radius of almost 30 feet. Dimensions - 8.25 x10 x 19 in. / Color - Capri Blue
The Active HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter captures and retains tiny, lung-damaging particles (including dust mite feces and pollen), and uses the Generally Activated Charcoal filter (GAC) to absorb odors. This Miele filter conforms to the new stringent European standard for filtration (EN 1822) which means that it actually traps 99.99% of all particles as tiny as 0.3 of a micron.
Automatic Power System (APS) - Six symbol-displayed power settings from minimum motor strength (curtains) to maximum motor strength (bare floors), plus Miele's unique automatic power setting allows the Miele S5580 Aquarius to sense the suction power required for the job at hand.
Parquet floor brush - With two soft rollers and genuine horsehair bristles, this floor brush makes sure that tiled and wood floors are cleaned thoroughly but gently. It has a 90 degree rotation and is exceptionally agile at cleaning around obstacles such as table legs
4.76-quart IntensiveClean Plus Plus Dustbags with flap for dust-free removal (2-supplied) / Dustbag change indicator alerts you to replace the hygienic bag / Filter grill / Filter indicator / Overheating lamp / Safety shut-off on overheating / Space-saving storage bracket on each side of the vacuum / Silence insulation
Half Baked I have now owned the Miele Aquarius for over two months. I opted for the premium power brush and for an additional rough surface floor brush. Although the suction is good and the filtration is probably good, many of the design details seem to be half baked, as follows:
The canister must be lifted from a hardwood floor by grasping both the front and rear. Otherwise if I grasp only the handle, the rear wheel housings will swivel and scrape the floor.
The tiny wheels have plastic "ramps" that will rub against the edge of a higher floor when being pulled onto that floor. If the highter floor is hardwood, you had better lift the canister first, and by both the front and rear per the comment above.
The tiny wheels with their plastic ramps do not cross over the power cord easily.
The in-board location of the swiveling wheels combined with the leverage of the hose exiting the canister vertically allow the canister to be tipped over easily.
The brush parking feature is nice, but it blocks the retraction of the power cord.
The power button and the cord retraction button are angled such that my foot usually slips off before they have been effectively pressed.
The parquet brush pushes fine dust ahead where it is not accessed by the suction.
The hose is actually a bit long and sometimes gets in the way.
The power cord is not as long as that of my Hoover Futura.
The detach mechanism for the power brush often gets depressed and separates as I clean underneath beds.
The power brush shuts off as the brush angle becomes nearly upright. Although this is meant as a convenience feature, it becomes a nuisance as I vacuum tight spaces....more info
Awesome machine; will probably outlast most marriages After becoming extremely frustrated at buying "disposable" vacuums year after year and tired of putting cheap junk in the landfills, it came down to buying this machine or a Dyson. After doing pretty intensive research, we settled on this machine from a local vacuum shop that repairs. The reason we didn't go with the Dyson is as follows:
1) Finding a place to repair a Dyson is very very difficult. We did not want to have to send it back and pay through the nose (minimum of 131. to change a belt on the 15 and 17 models) There are three shops within 10 mile of my Los Angeles area house that can repair a Miele should it need it. Plus, poor reviews from a significant number of friends that loved it at first, then a few years out had serious issues after medium residential use. (Also, we did talk to two repair persons who absolutely hate the machines and want nothing to do with them)
2) A canister is much easier to control, and very light. The airflow measurement CFM on a Dyson is around 90. The CFM on this machine is 140; so almost 50 percent more. Of course, the price reflects the difference.
3) The build quality is superior on the Miele, the parts lock together beautifully, and it's very easy to use. The Dyson seems cheaply put together, and is awkward to move around. My house is mostly hardwood and area carpets, so much easier to use the canister.
4) I have three cats and a dog. (2 with long hair.) After a pass with my friends Dyson which I used to try it out, it did pick up but was difficult on bare wood and I have to make several passes. The Miele did it first time, every time.
5) The noise level on the Dyson is very loud. It is almost silent on the Miele in comparison. My cat didn't even flinch when I used it the first time. The difference in performance was like a Mercedes compared to a Yugo. (shame I can't afford a real Mercedes!) German engineering at it's finest in this machine.
All and all, it's hard to justify spending this kind of money on a vacuum cleaner. However, I have talked with other Miele owners and they have had very good luck with this machine. It is very well built and the powerhead will immediately shut down if something becomes caught in the roller bar, avoiding and overheating situation.
As others have mentioned, it also cleans the air. My sinuses have benefitted greatly; and it must have something to do with this machine.
Also, the review for this machine is the same as the Capricorn. They have the same insides, the controls are just different. The controls on the Aquarius are on the machine body and are operated with your foot, very simple. The model one notch below has a rotary dial that you have to bend over to operate, the Capricorn has them in the handle. (and what a nice handle I must add!). So, the cost goes up in increments of 100 depending on the controls.
I am very pleased, and figure the price will be made up on constant replacements even if the machine only lasts 10 years. Although it is plastic, it is ABS plastic, the wand is metal, and it is very rugged. I miss the old metal machines my parents had, but alas, only time will tell if you can get 30 or more years out of Miele like the old Electrolux company ones. These machines are designed to last 20 or more years....more info
Love my Miele!!!!!!! I am thrilled with the Miele system. The bags caught most, if not all (hey I don't have a microscope) of my dust, dust mites and their and my blech. I live in Oregon, land of 24/7 365 moisture. So dust mites love it here. And I happen to live in a valley... grass grass pollen pollen. I also have a cat that loves to quite literally roll around in the dirt. After testing a Miele Aquarius on my entire carpeted apartment, it was a no brainer to get a Miele. The first night I had my loaner from a friend I thoroughly cleaned my bedroom and that night I slept better. In the morning instead of going through a dozen or more tissues I just needed one. I also did not have to blow my nose in the middle of the night. I already have an amazing non-toxic mattress that the mites can't live in so I knew the problem was carpet, dust and moisture related. I ended up with the Gemini Miele as I don't need the Automatic (extra function) of the Aquarius. I did want the backlit knob indicator which is why I went with the Gemini over the Callisto. I purchased through Witbecks and they have been amazing in service and I would definitely buy from them again. And if the price makes you balk... read The Miele company's environmental statement. They make some appliances too. Think about it, 15-20 years for a vacuum... how many pieces of junk vacuums can you go through in that time? I don't know of anyone yet that does not love their Miele!
ps People, if you have allergies... look at your laundry detergent too.... I am simply flabbergasted how many people say they have allergies and use scented detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets!!!!!! That synthetic fragrance is definitely exacerbating any allergies you may have. That includes any 'plug-ins' or the like. Those products are actually quite toxic over time, they damage your olfactory senses (nose) and pollute the air, not freshen it....more info
Best Vacuum On the Market We were looking to replace our 3 year old Kenmore canister vacuum and I had done a lot of research on-line and in several leading consumer magazines. I have bad allergies to dust and pet hair (we have a dog) so I was looking for an upgrade over our Kenmore, which leaks dust, had been in the repair shop twice and was starting to show some wear and tear. I settled on a Miele vacuum due to their strong reputation for quality, durablity, and good filters. I ordered through an Amazon partner, Witbeck Vacuums, who didn't have the model I wanted, but immediately upgraded me to the next model up, free of charge. I got my vacuum, Next Day Air, and sure enough was vacuuming by the following afternoon. The Miele Aquarius is extremely lightweight, and comes with every feature you can imagine. I started to vacuum in one room and found myself cleaning our entire house (mix of medium pile carpet, hardwood and tile floors). I used the various attachments on our drapes, couch, chair and dog bed. The results are simply amazing and I could not be happier with my purchase. The dust in our house, after two weeks, has been visibily reduced and the whole house feels cleaner. ...more info
Miele Aquarius S5580 with SEB 236 Power Nozzle Bravo, couldn't be happier!! I didn't realize I had indoor allergies until after using the Aquarius. I bought this vacuum initially because of it's cleaning performance, but thanks to the sealed hepa filtration, the allergens were removed as well. This is the hepa/cleaning performance that I thought I was getting when I bought my Hoover Windtunnel, which was so highly rated, what a joke! I have the SEB 236 power nozzle for my medium pile carpet and my carpets have never looked so beautiful.
I chose the Aquarius over the Callisto for two reasons, the auto suction control which eliminates all of the guess work and also for the +/- foot controls which eliminates the bending to manually change the suction speeds. The fingertip controls on the Capricorn are nice, but I felt that with the small controls bunched together on the handle, that it could possibly lead to another thing that could go wrong and the small LED pictures might be hard to see without glasses.
Yes, my husband was in disbelief, shock actually, that one vacuum could cost so much, but I am pleased to say that he has recovered and is as pleased as I am with the beautiful performance of the Aquarius and with money well spent....more info