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Miele Canister Vacuums

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Miele make excellent canister vacuums and they get very good consumer ratings.  However there is a fair bit of confusion as to what features each model has and which are the best for your needs - and finding and sorting through the available information is truly a chore.  In this brief article we take a look at the differences between the very popular Miele S2 vacuums and Miele S4 vacuums and lay these out in a simple and easy-to-understand format.


S2 vs S4 (IN GENERAL)

- S2 Series: 4.76 quart bags, includes both electric and non-electric hose models
- S4 Series: 3.7 quart bags, only has non-electric hose models

Note: a non-electric hose cannot drive an electrically driven power head, an electric hose can.



S2 SERIES BREAKDOWN:

Olympus
- Least expensive of the S2 series
- Super Air Clean Filter
- 4.76 quart bag
- Non-electric hose
- Comes with SDB350-3 combination carpet/smooth floor tool
- Recommended for short-pile carpeting, area rugs and smooth flooring




 

 

Delphi
- Mid-range of the S2 series
- Super Air Clean Filter
- 4.76 quart bag
- Electric hose
- Comes with SEB217-3 Electro Comfort Powerhead (electrically-driven carpet tool with brush roll)
- Recommended for medium to high-pile carpeting



 

 


Titan
- Top-end of the S2 series
- Active HEPA filter
- 4.76 quart bag
- Electric hose
- Comes with SEB217-3 Electro Comfort Powerhead (electrically-driven carpet tool with brush roll), and  SBB-3 Parquet Floor Brush (designed for wood and tiled floors with genuine horsehair bristles)
- Recommended for medium to high-pile carpeting


 

 

 

S4 SERIES BREAKDOWN:

Polaris
- Least expensive of the S4 series
- Super Air Clean Filter
- 3.7 quart bag
- Non-electric hose
- Comes with SBD450-3 Classic Combination carpet/smooth floor tool
- Recommended for short-pile carpeting, area rugs and smooth flooring


 

 

 

Neptune
- Mid-range of the S4 series
- Super Air Clean Filter
- 3.7 quart bag
- Non-electric hose
- Comes with Miele STB 205-3 Turbo Comfort Brush (has air-activated brushroll), and Miele SBB300-3 Parquet Twister Floor Brush.
- Recommended for low to medium-pile carpeting, area rugs and smooth flooring

 

 

 

Eclipse
- Top-end of the S4 series
- Active HEPA filter
- 3.7 quart bag
- Electronic variable power controls (as opposed to the rotary dial)
- Triscope wand (as opposed to standard telescopic wand)
- Non-electric hose
- Comes with SBD450-3 Classic Combination carpet/smooth floor tool
- Recommended for short-pile carpeting, area rugs and smooth flooring

 


Note: there is also a Miele S5 series of vacuums that we have not shown here.

 

 

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