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Miele TT 5000 Cat & Dog
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Miele TT 5000 Cat & Dog
Date: 07/12/11, updated on 15/12/13 (222 review reads)
Advantages: works well, light, not too noisy, long hose, good cord lenght, picks up dog hairs
Disadvantages: bags are expensive
I have an Alaskan Malamute with a thick double coat who sheds massive amounts (see my Mikki Undercoat Rake review on Ciao to see what I mean). Unless I want hair collecting in the corners and covering the floor I have to vacuum at least every other day (every day while he blows his winter coat in spring). The Dyson Animal vacuum that my mother-in-law passed down to me just was not cutting it. It wasn't too bad on the carpets upstairs (but then the dog wasn't allowed upstairs in that house), but it tended to blow the hair around on the hard floors downstairs. Plus, it was just too heavy to carry up and down the stairs all the time. I needed an all surface vacuum that was easy to use and could handle the workload. I knew just where to look: Miele.
My mum and brother both have Miele vacuum cleaners (one is 15+ years, the other about 10 years old). I know from experience that Miele vacuums are built to work and built to last. I decided on the Miele Turbo T500 Cat and Dog cylinder vacuum (also called the Miele S5261). It came with a free two year warrantee, but for only £30 I upgraded to a 10 year parts and labor warrantee. This includes free pick up and drop off from my home.
The Miele Turbo T5000/S5261 Cat and Dog Vacuum is a bright red cylinder vacuum cleaner with a gray and silver hose. The shape reminds me of a computer mouse. I personally think it looks very sleek and cheerful. It is quite small (a bit smaller than two footballs side by side) and weighs just 7.9kg, which means it is easy to carry up and down the stairs. This is a bagged vacuum cleaner, which some people might not like as it does add to the overall running costs. However, after dealing with dust billowing into my face every time I emptied my old Dyson vacuum cleaner, I have to say I am more than willing to pay a bit extra to avoid the mess and hassle involved with bagless vacuum cleaners. Even with my giant fur ball of a dog, the generous 4.5 litre dustbags mean I only have to change the bag about once a month. When it comes time to change the bag, it couldn't be easier. You pull out the old bag and place it in the bin. You click the new bag into place. The hole process takes about 15 seconds and doesn't make a mess.
This vacuum has a powerful 2200 watt motor, but you can vary the power from 300-2200 watts with the large dial on the top of the vacuum- which makes it much easier to clean delicate items and fabrics like curtains and couch cushions, where the full power would be excessive. I tend to use the a bit more than half power for hard wood floors and about three-quarters power for carpet. I only need full power for the carpets when the bag is getting quite full. It is easy to push aross the floor and has no trouble picking up the masses of dog hair from my floors (laminate, tile, carpet, and rugs plus couches, clothes, etc.). Even on full power, this vacuum is considerably quieter than my old Dyson.
The Miele S5261 has an extra long hose, which gives a 10m operating radius. In practical terms, this means I can set the vacuum at the bottom of the stairs and vacuum all the way to the top without needing to move it. I can also easily reach cobwebs on the ceiling. The 6.5m cord is more than adequate for my needs. I never need to switch plugs half way through a room. In fact, my house is small enough I can just about do the whole downstairs off one plug and the whole upstairs off another. The cord is retractable, just push a button on the top of the machine and it winds the cord up and out of the way. It has a telescopic tube- so you can adjust the height to your preference. This means that my 5'2" mother and 6'1" brother can both use the vacuum comfortably.
There are 3 attachments housed onboard: a crevice nozzle, an upholstery nozzle and a dusting brush. Just push the button on the front of the vacuum to open a panel to reveal a compartment for each attachment to click into place. I love this feature as it means I never misplace my attachments (which I used to do quite a lot) and they are always right where I need them. It also keeps everything very neat and tidy.
Price and Availability
I bought my Miele Turbo T5000/S5261 Cat and Dog Vacuum just over a year ago from Amazon for just over £200, where it is currently listed at £213.95. It is on offer until the end of January 2012 for £199 at John Lewis. This is a very popular vacuum and can be found from a wide variety of retailers, both in store and online. All Miele Cat and Dog's come with a turbo brush, which is designed primarily for carpets, but many retailers also come with a hard floor attachment or a mini turbo brush so it is a good idea to check what is included when deciding where to buy this vacuum. That said, I use the turbo brush on all floor types. I think it works fantastic on both carpets and hard floors.As this is a bagged vacuum, the price of bags must also be considered. It takes Miele G/N bags, which are rather expensive. I normally buy several boxes at a time from Amazon. A single box (of 4) is normally just over £9 with free shipping, but I look for retailers (on Amazon) which have a lower base price (£6-7) and charge shipping. I buy several boxes at a time to save on shipping. This means I normally only pay less than £2 a bag (which lasts me a little over a month). You can get compatible bags which cost less, but I don't think they work as well so I recommend using the genuine Miele ones.
I have had my Miele S5261 for a year. It is a thousand times better than the Dyson I had previously (and Dyson's are considered good vacuums). If you don't want to take my word for it, it is a Which? Best Buy and holds a Good Housekeeping award. In addition, on Amazon it has 47 five star ratings and NO 1-4 star ratings (plus 1 more 5 star from me- when I get round to posting this review on there). At £200, this vacuum provides phenomenal value for money.
I will be posting this review on Dooyoo, Ciao, and Amazon.co.uk under the name j9j8j7. Portions of this review are also posted on viewpoints.com under the name j9j.
Summary: A phenomenal vacuum cleaners which every pet owner should consider buying.
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