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My Marvellous Miele
Miele S4212 Turbo
Member Name: historywitch
Miele S4212 Turbo
Advantages: Great build quality, fantastic suction, well designed
Disadvantages: Price, cost of the bags
First impressions were very very positive - a shining moulded vacuum unit that just oozes quality. It feels very sturdy and well designed and its almost a thing of beauty (its a vacuum-I have to draw the line somewhere!). Its quite a bit heavier than the lightweight Dirt Devil unit but it is very easy to carry and manoeuvre and I love it! The base unit has two large silver buttons with rubber lines applied to prevent slippage when you turn the machine on or off / wind in the cable. They are beautifully designed to be perfectly placed for your foot and the rubber lines 'catch' your foot, so no slippage. In between is the floor selection dial which has pictures of 6 floor types to indicate which setting you should use-from lino to what looks like a woven floor covering like sisal. Above this is a display which shows how long until you need to change the bag- a red line creeps along as you use it and when the display is fully red it is time for a bag change.
The bags themselves are typical Miele quality, reinforced and very sturdy-no paper nonsense here. They are somewhat expensive however-retailing at £9.99 for four on the Miele shop website. You can get them cheaper from Amazon and other shops however e.g. £6.78 delivered from Amazon. I have had it for a month and have cleaned four rooms and the stairs regularly with it, and the bag is only one quarter full-impressive considering the sheer weight of crumbs my children can produce. Changing a bag is very very simple, slide the old one out and the new one in and as each bag comes with a change of filters you can do that at the same time if you wish.
The hose and telescopic handle and similarly good quality and they click together rather than having to be pushed on. To release you have to press a button on the handle above the piece you want to remove which slows down tool changes but also means you don't lose the attachment half way through the cleaning process. The tube also extends beautifully and smoothly at the touch of a button, once retracted you can hook the large brush head onto the back of the motor unit for more compact storage. As well as the three usual smaller tools (brush, small rectangular head and crevice tool) and the main carpet head you also get an elegant medium tool that cleans my upholstery beautifully. The smaller tools come ready attached to a small piece of plastic that clips onto the base of the flexible hose, close to the motor unit.
Also in the box is one free bag, a manual and a warranty card for two years free warranty. According to the small print you get one year automatically but in order to get the second you have to return a card to Miele/visit an area of their website so its best to make sure you read everything that comes with the vacuum.
***Performance and Use***
At 2000 Watts I was expecting this to be less powerful than the 2200 Watt Dirt Devil we had just returned as faulty. But, lo, behold the power of the Miele motor and tremble at its terrific suction. Its motor is very powerful but not very noisy; not exactly quiet either but not frightening to my toddler son. One interesting feature is that the exhaust is on the top of the machine, so when you turn it on you get a blast of hot air upwards. Nice in the winter or if you want the Marilyn Monroe effect whilst vacuuming, not so much fun in the summer I would have thought. Anyway this is how the Miele performed on the various surfaces in the house.
*Cheap Thin Carpet* Where I was impressed with the Dirt Devil I was totally over the moon with the Miele as it sucked all the dust, hair, crumbs etc out of the carpet and did a better job than the Dirt Devil on the trampled pile. It literally lifted the carpet off the floor and the dirt stood no chance. Actually nothing stood a chance so I have to do a check of the floor first before I vacuum because I can't rescue anything out of the bag until its full - something I only remembered after losing about ten pieces of lego and almost losing three plastic necklaces (cue mass wailing from my children). I only had to do one sweep of the floor as no piece of carpet needed another going over. Even better pieces of dirt/rice cake that only just went under the edge of the carpet head as I vacuumed were pulled in by the powerful suction as it cleans right to the very edge of the head. I was incredibly impressed as this halved my vacuuming time as I could make wider sweeps with the vacuum head. The machine glided after me and dealt with the door sills very easily, it never got stuck or wedged which is quite unusual as we have a compact house with tons of junk in it! 10/10
*Bare Floorboards* Zips over them, sucking up lots of bits I could and couldn't see. Boards felt much cleaner as did the bits between them. It even copes with the odd sunken corner, whereas I had to go back with a smaller tool with the Dirt Devil.
*Stairs* Very easy to manoeuvre and sits on the steps nicely. I could do one step with one or two sweeps of the head. 10/10
*Lino and Laminate* Not bad, especially with the brushes on the main head down. I still prefer my dustpan and brush/mop 9/10
*Antique Persian Rug (Thin)* I had to have it on the very lowest setting to clean the rug as the higher settings all pulled the rug up from the floor and warped it as I cleaned. It did do a very good job of cleaning the detritus from the rug very gently and did not damage the tassels on either end but I had to take my time with it. The rug was very velvety when I had finished and it seemed much cleaner than before 10/10
*DIY Debris* No way is my beautiful vacuum going anywhere this stuff. Also I was very aware of how quickly the bag would fill up and the cost of the bags. So the Tesco rubbish model has been deputised as a solely DIY cleanup vacuum. 0/10
*Upholstery* The wide, thin extra tool (despite not having a place to be stored on the unit) does a very quick and efficient job of getting the muck off my sofa, my curtains and also odd things like a hanging dressing gown that had fallen in some dust. 10/10
The rewind button is very powerful and gets the cable back into the machine incredibly quickly. Its generally best not to get bits of you between it and the unit as it goes at quite a considerable rate! There are no hitches, no loose bits of cable hanging out the end of the machine, it just works...really really well.
Storage - The head of the vacuum is supposed to clip onto the back of the motor unit but I found that the hose sticks too far into the air, so I just rest the tube and hose on the top of the motor unit, which seems to reduce the chances of me catching against it in our small house.
Maintenance - It all just clicks apart so its very easy to check the tubes for blockages and clear them out. The inside of the machine needs the occasional clear out and filter change and I tend to do this once a week as the machine undergoes daily heavy use and picks up a lot of hair which can clog it after a while. The tools are all also easy to clean and dehair.
This is a lovely quality piece of machinery. Everything is beautifully put together and it all works incredibly well. The suction is as superb as the build quality. The only negative is the price and the fact it regularly requires new bags at additional cost. Would I buy it again-oh yes indeed! Would I recommend it? YES!
Summary: Would never go back to another brand
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