Miele Vacuum Reviews

Are Miele vacuums worth the money? Which one is best? Read our reviews to find out. We look at features, warranty, pros & cons, consumer ratings, specifications, and much more.

Miele started by making cream separators in the late 1800's. Headquarters are in Germany and the company has grown to have an annual turnover in excess of 3 billion dollars. Production of Miele vacuums began in the 1920's and today Miele vacuum cleaners are very well-known and the brand is synonymous with quality. They make stick vacs, uprights and canisters which frequently garner high consumer ratings. They are known for being powerful yet quiet and good for allergy sufferers and pet owners. They also feature prominently in our top vacuum lists.

Top 5 Rated Miele Vacuum Cleaners - 2017

Model Type Avg Rating / 100
Miele Complete C3 Soft Carpet Canister Vacuum 95
Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum 94
Miele Classic C1 Capri Canister Vacuum 93
Miele Complete C3 Alize Canister Vacuum 93
Miele Complete C2 Limited Edition Canister Vacuum 93

In the above table an effort has been made to highlight machines currently available

Miele S5281 Callisto Vacuum


Avg. consumer rating = 92/100 

The Miele Callisto is part of the Miele S5 series of vacuums.  The S5 series are Miele'’s higher-end canister vacuums, with the S4 and S2 series being typically more affordable.  The Callisto has been around for some time and is now paired with the new SEB228 Heavy Duty Powerhead (for both high and low-pile carpet) and the SBB300-3 Parquet Floor Brush (for bare floor cleaning).  This canister vacuum gets very good consumer ratings and is said to be powerful yet still quiet.

S5 Miele

Miele German-made canister vacuums are extremely well-liked and highly rated by consumers.  Their top of the line canister vacuums are the S5’s.  So which S5 Miele canister vacuum is best for your needs?  It seems like a simple question, but once you start doing a little investigating it quickly becomes confusing.  Different models are recommended for different flooring, however several models get the same recommendation.  The vacuums also have a wide range of features that vary model to model – and optional attachments.  In this article we have gathered and organized key vacuum information in such a way as to make your choice a little bit easier.

Miele Canister Vacuums

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.

Miele S2 Vacuum Cleaners

Avg. consumer rating = 95/100 

Manufactured in Germany and new for 2010, the Miele S2 series of canister vacuums range in price from about 300USD for the Olympus to about 600USD for the Titan.  It can be a little confusing determining which S2 canister is the right one for your needs.  In this review we describe what the Miele Olympus, Miele Delphi and the Miele Titan have in common as well as where they differ.  Additionally we discover some of what consumers think of this relatively new Miele S2 vacuum cleaner series.

Miele S163 Universal Upright Stick Vacuum Cleaner Review

Avg. consumer rating = 73/100 

Like most Miele vacuum cleaners this one works very well but reviews are fairly average and it is also expensive. Having said that, it was recently rated by Consumers Digest as a Best Buy.  Owner ratings on this unit are limited, but those comments that can be found are good in some cases but poor in others.  The Miele S163 stick vacuum also comes with a Super Air Clean Filter and an optional HEPA filter, a level of air filtration not overly common with stick vacs.  It is recommended for low-pile carpeting and smooth floors.

Miele S4212 Vacuum Cleaner Review

Avg. consumer rating = 98/100 

There are two Miele S4212 vacuums - the S4212 Polaris and the S4212 Neptune.  The base model, the Miele S4212 Polaris is the replacement for the Miele S4210 Carina.   It should be noted that the S4212 Polaris is entirely the same vacuum with the same features as the S4210 Carina.  The only difference is the color - the Polaris is a light blue color (baby blue) while the Carina is a light yellow.  Like the S4210 Carina, the S4212 Polaris is the entry level Galaxy S4 series Miele canister vacuum, and like the Carina it is recommended for short-pile carpeting, area rugs and smooth flooring.

Miele S4210 Vacuum Cleaner Review

Avg. consumer rating = 92/100 

After a number of comments asking us to review the likes of Miele, Lindhaus and Sebo we have undertaken our first Miele review.  Were we impressed?  Well, yes actually.  We typically have reviewed some of the more moderately priced brands of vacuum cleaners and the three aforementioned can be a bit pricey, however the Miele S4210 (Carina version at least) can be found at some websites/stores for under 400 USD.  Not cheap but then again not over the top for a machine with fantastic reviews and a 7 year motor warranty (yes – 7 years).

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About Me


I'm Nigel Russco, a 50 year old professional engineer originally from the west coast of Canada.  I love to review vacuums and I’ve been doing just that since 2008.  

I make every effort to write unbiased, intelligent vacuum cleaner reviews and I provide average consumer ratings for each and every vacuum cleaner I investigate.  My ultimate goal is to ensure you find the best vacuum for your cleaning needs.  

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