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We own the Miele s5211 power plus in black.
It is used on multiple surfaces a large long pile rug, wooden flooring, a more coarse short carpet, tiles & lino.
It is used to clean our car throughout, & to tidy up diy debris on the odd occasion.
The brush can be set to rotate for carpet or pause if you have a floor you don't want scratched nice and simple press with your foot. The cable length is more than ample we can span almost 2 medium sized rooms with this. The tools are kept hidden in the main body, and the hose can be hooked onto the body, left or right, when stoood upright for a nice tidy storage solution. This is a bagged hoover. A single bag was included in the box, bags last a long time - coming from a house of 4. I bought this around 18 months ago and got 2 boxes of 4 with it, we still have a box left. Bags are fairly pricey, so that ongoing cost is to be taken into consideration, though promotions are out there so i'd recommend taking advantage when they are on offer.
Attachments are the crevice tool, small oval shaped brush flat mini head with a micro fibre pad underneath for upholstery/tight corners/cars/stairs. A large adjustable long oval shaped brush, and then the main standard attachment itself. The hose has a button halfway down on the back, this pushed and held allows you to lengthen or shorten as required. When attaching a different tool to the hose it needs to be twisted so it's exactly centred and will then click to confirm it's properly affixed. All but one of the tools feature twisting necks so that you can reach more areas. The programmes marked with symbols include a quiet one, one for carpeted areas, maximum power, blinds and curtains and 2 others are there are 6 altogether from the lowest power marked up to the highest, on a rotating dial which you just turn and awya you go automatic adjustment. One button on the hoover turns on the other retracts the cord. These could both be triggered by hand or foot. The opening to the tools inside is a simple button which opens up to see your tools, however your large flat shaped oval brush does not fit in there, the other 3 have designated slots. To access the bag and filters (there are 2 filters) there is just below the hoover's handle a slightly different looking black strip or lip. this just needs to be opened by hand a simple pull away catch system, and down it folds to show your hoovers inners. The bags necks (if buying genuine miele at least) are colour coded and the hoover branding printed on them, so it couldnt be simpler to remove one and put a fresh one in, with arrow printed on both the bag and the place the bag needs to be inserted into. Filters are also easily replaced with one at the top one at the bottom. I have not yet changed ours i didnt feel it needed replacing, though partner seems to think hoover gives of a distinctive smell when switched on so perhaps i will shortly. We received a replacement for one of the filters in each of the miele branded replacement bag boxes. Some do some don't though you would need to check if a filter as they may of changed things since i last purchased bags 18 months ago! The hoover is versatile, hard wearing & copes with everything. I purchased as mother in law had one, and will stay miele for the rest of my days, they are very well built. No complaints whatsoever. It isn't lightweight nor heavy really a midweight product. The hose and tools feel in keeping with the overall build quality. Miele provide paperwork in the box for product registration, a guarantee of 2 years and the option to extend/enhance your cover, but really... why would you! Buy this if you want high quality cleaning results, a high air wattage with suction which holds a reputation for not decreasing like many others do, a wide range of tools available, can clean most surfaces and objects, is fairly compact, and want something trustworthy. Whilst selling at comet people would routinely tell me of theirs lasting 20, 30 years, you get what you pay for in this field.
Following the disappointment of my Bosch vacuum cleaner I thought I might try and research a bit more into floorcare appliances and "see where brands are going," where models are concerned and oh how the prices of even the cheap bagless or bagged vacuums have suddenly risen due to the economy! Up until now if you wanted a basic Miele cylinder vacuum with a larger bag you could buy the cheaper Miele S2 series that does away with the robust durability factor that the Miele S5 exudes, not to mention a very handy flush fitting door that releases at the touch of a button revealing three very small cleaning tools that hide on board the vacuum. The S2 doesn't have that, therefore being far cheaper at cost (usually £119 to £132) as opposed to an ill-fitting tool holder that snap locks onto the underside of the hose and often lets tools fly off when the vacuum goes around a corner. The S4 model suffers from this (as well as a smaller 3.5 litre dust bag, but a model I much prefer for being better built, lighter to carry and far more powerful) but the S2's further disappointing plastic quality leads to scratches on the floor head, no protection to the body and the variable suction control dial which bends inwards whenever the bin lid is opened, looking like it may well ping off in later years.
The larger Miele S5 however has been in production since 2000 though and has remained to be the top flagship models also responsible for the popular "Cat and Dog" model, specially built for animal owners. If however there is one downside to any Miele vacuum, it is the cost price but it does pay to shop around and my Miele S5211 came from Redhill Appliances at a cost of £158.00 including VAT. Not even Argos or Comet can beat this price as they charge £170 and John Lewis currently has this on sale for £163.35 which is about the nearest.
The S5211 is Miele's "basic starter" priced S5 and for all that it is the primary model in the S5 range, you wouldn't know it from its soft black function plastic silver painted pedals and accompanying auto cord rewind pedal to wind back 7 metres of cord, oiled precision pre-selected silver variable suction control dial, smooth edges and metallic inserts dotted around. It is beyond the realm of cheap plastic quality than its bargain-market priced rivals. The S5211 weighs around 7.7kg, yet has telescopic metal height adjustable tubes, locking 2 way standard suction-only floor head and a comfortable well made bent angled handle at the top complete with an air outlet slider. Take away the pipes and the floor head and the weight decreases to around 5kg making it super light for cleaning out awkward corners like the car thanks to its lightweight hose and comfortable handle. Don't forget the fact that you have three smaller cleaning tools on hand safely tucked away behind the flush fitting door on board. So handy to grab whenever needed! The hose on this model is slightly smaller at 1.75 metres compared to 1.8 on the S2, but then there's a lot more power cord on this model, which is what I need compared to hopelessly short 4.5 metres which meant constant plug hopping and having to go back to the vacuum each time when the S2 didn't reach other rooms.
Moving from one room to the next, the S5211 moves effortlessly and cleanly along carpets and hard floors thanks to its four built in castors, the long flexible hose which can be used with one hand whilst the other controls the handle and the suction only head that doesn't scratch carpets unlike the Bosch Home Professional. Oh yes, this model even gets four castors as opposed to three castors and makes all the difference when moving along in tighter spaces, also reaffirming protection to delicate floors thanks to their rubberised covering. The Bosch had the same amount of wheels but the Miele doesn't leave unsightly trail marks and flies around hard flooring as a result. The S5211 feels very similar to the SEBO D2 series, and even if they have similar sizes, the Miele S5 feels a bit more compact with a greater degree of access due to the telescopic height adjustable tubes that provide a little more reach on their highest setting. Neck and Neck with the SEBO, the Miele S5211 has 2200 watts of power, which isn't screaming at the top end and remains beautifully quieter than many a bagless vacuum like Dyson or Vax due to the sealed suction system Miele build into every vacuum they sell.
Performance wise, the suction only floor head is really well made with excellent pick up on both sides (edge cleaners) as well as a larger dust intake which speeds dirt pick up. Quality wise, it mirrors a similar floor head I've used before on Miele vacuums, with a proper press down "2 action" flush fitting pedal that moves firmly and stays there. Whilst this basic vacuum lacks a moving beater bar, the actual power from the S5211 motor minimises the need for a beater/turbo brush for hairs and difficult to remove threads that often show the disadvantage of suction only floor heads. This is a most unexpected find because normally when it comes to thread and deep dirt removal I often need to swap over the floor head for a turbo brush. You can buy an additional turbo brush for this model - but BE WARNED - if you buy another brand's turbo brush claiming to fit Miele vacuums, you may be given a difficult to remove adaptor that will always have to be used - plus Miele's standard large turbo brush has a further air slider for different floor heights making it superb to clean on hard flooring for easier gliding and thicker carpet pile.
Everything that the Miele S5211 has been designed to do in terms of dust pick up does the job without the least bit of stress and everything is at hand when you need it. This is why when it comes to cost price, Miele or SEBO German vacuums cost higher, not just down to their bagged and higher filtration systems to keep the dust in. No filters to clean when the Super Air Clean filter lasts for four bags and then you get a free one to replace in the next box of high filter bags - and dust bags on this Miele model last for twice the amount of capacity that a bagless vacuum's bin on average fills to. The bag capacity is around 4.5 litres but this translates to around three to five months usage when vacuuming once every week. I don't mind paying £9-95 for the box of bags against nothing on a bagless vacuum - when it comes to emptying dust, press the well oiled bin release lock, lift the lid and pull out the bag - the blue seal on the GN type bags close up the hole, no dust escapes and no need to go outside your home to get rid of the dust! Like SEBO, the bags are easy to install as well as take out and if you get it wrong, the lid reassures you by not locking down if the bag is fitted wrongly. To be honest, fitting a bag in SEBO's D series is far quicker and their bags have a better cap that just folds over the bag aswell as being a bit larger in capacity. With both German models you can also check the condition of the dust bag to see how full it is really getting even though both have bag full indicators on the body. The other advantage of the SEBO D series is that you can use perfumed capsules or any air freshener (such as a Yankee Candle perfumed sachet powder) which don't ruin the hospital grade filters on board. The standard Miele filter bar the higher filter grades like Active Air Clean and HEPA don't condone the use of any perfumed capsules as they ruin the charcoal that keeps the allergens at bay. The Super Air Clean filter however is the basic material filter that Miele put in the S5211. It copes well with pet hair until maybe the third dust bag is installed, but adding a little bicarbonate of soda powder can neutralise the bag as well as the filter if pet hair odour becomes too much. If you do upgrade the filters, keep the Super Air Clean holder, as Miele will charge a lot of money if you lose it.
Even if you need to clean stairs with the floor head, the beauty of the Miele design means you can take off the floor head and lock it to the handle. No tools to fall off because the handle, pipes and the floor head all have locks at the press of a button. The S5211 is also great on stairs with a side park position for the tubes and floor head to lock onto for storing as well as carrying. The slim body means it sits upright and doesn't fall over whilst the hose is long enough to stretch without constantly lifting the vacuum with you. It is a pity however that as wonderful as the tool door rises to reveal three small cleaning tools such as crevice tool, flat upholstery tool and a newly improved round dusting brush with long uniform bristles that still revolves 360° with angles that can be locked, (thus tools are always ready to hand) the air vent at the top puts out so much hot air, it is impossible to get away from the hot facial when trying to change suction setting. This is also apparent when pressing down the auto cord rewind pedal and you get a warm foot, particularly if like me you do vacuuming in your feet rather than slippers...
All in all, if you are looking for a good quality vacuum cleaner, easy to pull along as well as carry, the Miele S5211 is an excellent all rounder vacuum - but Miele need to change the air vent design as the hot air becomes all too much each time a suction setting has to be changed. If Bosch can fit a similarly rated high suction motor with minimal air blast, Miele can do it too! At the end of the day as a brand, Miele have been awarded design and best buys from many organisations including Which UK consumer magazine and it is easy to see why. Although the Cat and Dog model may appear to be a better bargain with the larger turbo brush added, the humble basic S5211 should not be sneered at and at a later date you can always buy either the larger floor head or mini turbo brush from Miele themselves. For the price and the excellent performance it exudes, the Miele S5211 is a far better purchase long term than any rival from Hoover, Electrolux or Panasonic - where bags and filters are additionally easier to find thanks to Miele's reputation and popularity and the general all round design means you wont be fighting with the vacuum to clean around your home. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011
Questions and Answers
Will the Miele S5 fall over when in use?
- Not unless you purposefully kick it over when it's in the upright position.
What guarantee will I get with the Miele S5211?
- 2 Years guarantee at the moment although some sellers are offering an extra incentive, extra years or Miele's special £30 extra 10 year guarantee.
Do the smaller cleaning tools have locks on them?
- No they fit by friction fit only - but they fit on both the handle and the end of the telescopic height adjustable tubes.
SEBO D2 versus Miele S5 - which one is better?
- S5 is more compact but it lacks a longer cord. The SEBO is a bit more modern with a thicker hose to decrease clogging and has a better and more versatile filter on board with no additional air blast in your face or feet when it comes to using the controls. The extra price difference between S5211 and Sebo's D2 Storm is the larger dust bag capacity, longer cord and hospital grade filter fitted as standard.
Why should I buy a Miele over Panasonic, Hoover or Electrolux?
- Put simply, you pay for quality and you get it. You can also buy optional tools or filters for extended use making the machine a custom build for yourself. No filters to wash even after a year - replaceable and can be upgraded to HEPA standard (£15 on average) or Active Air filtration (£9-95) if you have pets. Miele vacuums second hand also retain a better resale figure.
Which optional cost tools should I consider later on with this vacuum?
- To make the cord longer you could make the hose longer by purchasing the SFS10 Extender (see review) but it will add weight to the back of the handle as well as having to cope with excess hose locked on. The Extender is a great accessory and one you can take off or put on at any time, but it will also exert one hand on the hose and one hand on the handle when in use like normal.
For increased reach from the handle, the long flexi-crevice tool will also suit this model since it can be used on either the pipes or the handle to clean awkward corners or getting under ultra slim appliances like cookers, washing machines etc.
Miele's Turbobrush (full size or mini style) will give you additional pet hair rivalling pick up to the Cat and Dog model. Unlike the mini turbo brush, the full size one can be clipped to the machine when in use and for storage if the machine is stored with the wheels on the carpet or the upright position.
Well this little Miele certainly proves the point. I have had an assortment of vacuum cleaners over the years including 2 Dysons but this little machine outshines them all. My girlfriend is a professional cleaner and she is very impressed. As so many others have said it is very powerful and unless objects are permanently attached then they run the risk of being beamed up to the Starship Enterprise. The fact that there is a lot of choice in levels of power and noise is a bonus, especially when listening to Radio 4. I am very impressed with its compact build and housing of accessories, making the fight to restrain things in that cupboard under the stairs less aggressive. I also welcomed the tip (thank you dooyoo reviews) that buying cheaper bags is false economy and although I am optimistic that this great little Miele will give good and long service, the extended warranty will hopefully protect it from my predicted abuse as I am expecting it to deal with all manner of undesirables!
Not my words, originally at any rate, but I can heartily endorse them. Over the years I have occasionally been called a snob for my insistence on finding the best available item, whether shopping for food, a car, hi-fi, or, in this case a household appliance. Over the past 42 years I have purchased Miele appliances for a number of homes and three businesses, and they have never, ever, let me down. The only downside is that when Miele bring out an improved model, as they regularly do, there are still many years of useful life left in the original machine. So now the faithful fifteen year old cat-and-dog cylinder cleaner is relegated to the garage for car cleaning duties - a regular event as our German Shepherd moults for Britain.
The 5211 cannot be faulted, unless you are allergic to deep black which I must admit is not my favourite colour. It is in danger, if used on full power, of sucking up anything that isn't superglued to the floor. Used with a turbo brush it manages to pick up hairs from carpets in a way I have never seen equalled. It can also be extremely quiet if you ask it to be.
This Miele may not be cheap but as with so many well made machines it will actually repay your investment handsomely. It is worth shopping around as the price can vary from as low as £157 to as high as £230 (quoting from today's internet ad's). A word of warning, learned from a very experienced engineer, not working for Miele - do not be tempted to buy cheap bags. The original Miele bags are designed to prevent dust getting into the motor. Inferior bags are generally porous and eventually wreck the innards.
My wife sneezes when there's lots of dust around so when we were looking for a hoover we wanted to be sure that we got one that would really clean. At first we wanted to buy a Henry but after some good advice from the shop assistant we were poinyed towards the Miele range. The Miele S 5211 was one of the pricier cleaners in the range - it came with more accessories and importantly for the dust thing - more power. This vacuum cleaner is extremely powerful. It has six power settings which indicate that it can be used on anything from curtains to carpet. Changing the bag is very easy and although the bags are fairly expensive they only rarely need changing. The fittings that come with the cleaner are very useful, allowing you to get right in to the dusty corners. And best of all it is so quiet compared to other cleaners. It stores away nicely and doesn't take up too much cupboard space so if you've only got a small place like we have, then it's a good vacuum cleaner for you.
I previously had a 'henry' vaccum which was fine for everyday use, i then purchased a young lab puppy, and the old hoover could not cope with the amount of hair, chewed twigs and general mess!! This miele is absolutely brilliant at picking up all of the hair and other items!! It is powerfull enough that you dont have to keep going back over the same parts of the carpet to get all of the hair up.
My mum purchased the cat dog version of the miele which was about £100 more and i didnt see very much difference to be honest you get a slightly different valve but the power is pretty much the same i didnt think there was £100 worth of difference! We have since got another dog and it copes with the amount of hair just as well as it did when there was only one dog malting. Definately worth the money especially if you have an animal!!
I help my partner clean houses (she cleans about a dozen a week) and I do the Vacuuming for her. I have used many Dysons, uprights, cylinders.. you name it I've used it. This Vacuum is by far the best I've used!
It's light, easy to handle, long lead, quiet and DAMN powerful! I only ever set to the 5th power setting (out of 6) as the highest setting will suck the carpet up!
Remarkable quiet for the power, and the power settings are really useful.
I would recommend this Vacuum to everyone.
Next vacuum I buy will be this one.
The price is value for money, the hose is long and it cuts time cleaning, a pleasure to use. Great on all surfaces.
Dysons are ok but they dont seem to last long before bits fall off!
Treat yourself! buy this Vacuum! I give it 11 out of 10!
Miele S 5211
Now if the Miele 5211 was your girlfriend, she would be Charlotte Church.............quite good looking, has the voice of an angel, you can't fault the performance but you'll have to change the bag once in a while! Joking aside, this is a fantastic vacuum cleaner from Miele.
Wattage 2200 W
Colour Deep Black Special Requirements
Sealed System for optimum filtration
Discharged Air is cleaner than the ambient room air.
Motor protection Filter
Super Air Clean Filter
Dustbags Supplied 2
Automatic hygiene shutter
Standard Floorhead Suitable for all floor surfaces with extendable brushes Parquet Brush
Power Controls Electronic power using dial control To adjust the suction power for different floorings Radio Frequency controls
Silence Setting Ideal combination of low noise level and cleaning performance Change dustbag indicator. Signals when dustbag needs to be replaced
Automatic cable rewind
Smooth running 360 swivel castors 3 Mounted on steel axles to ensure excellent maneouvrability
Furniture protecting bumper strip
Ergonomic carrying handle
Super silent sound insulation
Thermal safety cut-out
Electronic gentle motor start-up
Suction hose and tube
Hose with 360 swivel joints 2 Sure-lock system for hose, tube and floor heads Stainless steel telescopic tube.
3 high quality tools to suit a wide range of tasks, conveniently stored inside the body of the cleaner
Upholstery nozzle. This nozzle is ideally suited for cleaning upholstery, mattresses, cushions, curtains etc
Dusting Brush. For cleaning skirting boards, ornate or carved objects. the head can be swivelled to adjust the angle Crevice nozzle Y
Weight ready to use (Kg) 7.7
In all fairness, if your still reading this review then fair play, even writing out those specifications was incredibly boring! What you really want to know is does the thing clean the house well?
Well the answer is a resounding yes!!!!!!!!
If god could choose a vacuum he would choose a Miele. Why? Well god was well known for his ability to create a few miracles once in a while. Well the Miele performs a miracle in my house every week! I am often amazed at what a good job it does on both my wooden floors and the carpets. The main secret is the powerful 2200 watt engine which practically lifts up the floorboards as it effortlessly glides its way through the jungle that is "Hidden Dirt" in my house. I must confess however, it is so good, its almost too good! What I mean by that is if you happen to run over anything that is not strapped to the floor or weighs more than a rhino, this thing will try and suck it up into its carnivorous belly!!!!! I have spent many a morning trying to steal my rug back from the jaws of the beast (I have lost on a couple of occasions!)
Noticebly though, it is extremely quite, because it has a built in silent setting. This is useful because my dog was considering legal action against me for regularly "SCARING THE CRAP" out of him. It does however make the vacuum akin to a stalking tiger, sucking up any prey that is unwittingly strewn across the floor. (my delight in seeing my girlfriends latest edition of COSMOPOLITAN being destroyed by the jaws of the beast who's hunger is never satisfied, was a beautiful, beautiful moment).
As mentioned in the specifications, it comes with the usual attachments (Upholstery Nozzle, Dusting brush, Crevise nozzle) which are all useful, but you'll find you use them for the wrong job e.g the upholstery nozzle doubles up as a fantastic dog cleaning devise...............sorry did someone mention RSPCA (I'm just kidding before I get complaints !!!!!!).
The other pleasing aspect of its performance is the fact its not too heavy (7.7kg to be precise). Many times I have practically suffered a triple hernia trying to lift vacuums up my stairs, precariously balancing it on the edge whilst cleaning at the same time. I'm not gonna lie, but DYSON are awful for this, its more like having a workout than doing the hovering!!!!! The Miele however is quite manageable and it also has an easy lifting handle on the top which makes for easy manoeuvring.
Now DYSON listen up, your new (And might I add ugly) design for the vacuum that moves in ever direction has infact been around for a good many years, so please refrain from plugging you grotesque WHEELBARROW CLEANER as a revolutionary design. The Miele WILL move in any direction you like because its on swivelling 360 degree wheels. They have always done this!!!!!!
The Miele when used correctly is extremely safe, two of the best benefits are the automatic THERMAL SAFETY CUTOUT, which prevents the machine from setting alight if there's a blockage and the ANTI STATIC HANDLE which will prevent electric shocks occurring in the event of an electrical fault. I will note however that using the Miele to clean large dogs will result in almost certain injury.
At a notch under £140, this in my opinion is a well priced vacuum. Certainly it is a lot better at doing the job than any DYSON I have used at the same price, which in my opinion have the sucking power of a slightly undersized pigeon with a 20 a day habit. Its light, manoeuvrable but extremely powerful, so well worth it.
All in all this is a fantastic vacuum cleaner. It is also made by the world famous Miele, which basically means top top quality and virtually indestructible! (My mum has a Miele washing machine which is still going strong after 20 odd years!). Well worth the money you'll pay for it.
Hope that helps,
I have a black Miele S5221 full size vacuum cleaner, which I just received today with great anticipation. Even though it's full size and not "compact" it is not as big as their older models (my mother in law has one which is 15 years old). It is 2200W and goes as low as 300 W for delicate furnishings. It comes with a standard floor head and three "on board" tools - a crevice tool (useful), a round brush and an attachment for soft furnishings (both of which I haven't used yet). It has a 10m electric cable so you can hoover upstairs too (depending on your house of course!) and is very quiet until you put it on maximum when it becomes a bit louder. It is still much quieter than my previous vacuum cleaner.
It has three wheels underneath making it easy to manouver, and a fully rotating suction hose which also makes movement easy. It uses bags, which are a cleaner way of disposing of waste to a bagless vacuum, and has a motor filter and an air filter, both of which are supplied when you purchase a box of 5 bags (cheapest i've found so far is about £7.23 from Miele website itself with free delivery!). It makes for a cleaner system in my opinion. I paid £133.33 from Hughes Direct including delivery.
I was so so so pleased with the result - it does what a vacuum is supposed to do - clean!!! I have been though so many cheaper cleaners that have just given up just after the warranty had run out that I got fed up with this type of cleaner, and wondered if there were any vacuum cleaners out there that would actually clean. THIS DOES! It is easy to manouvre, is quiet, and you can store the metal hose on either side of the cleaner for tidy, compact, and efficient storage.
Basically, it cleans which is what you ultimately want from a vacuum cleaner, and although I haven't had it for a year as yet, i'm sure it will last a good deal longer than that! Because it cleans I don't mind getting bags for it, as I think it makes a much cleaner and efficient system!
You need a vacuum cleaner to clean, right? WELL BUY THIS ONE!!!
Much better than my old Dyson DC07. It is a little bit cheaper as well, so you can save to buy a bumper pack of the hoover bags! LOL
Its very quiet for a hoover, which is a strange thing to say but it is.
Its also comes with the fab 5 year Miele guarantee which is worth a bundle as hoovers can get worn out.
I have a long haired cat and it picks up all the hair with the minimum of fuss and even cat litter from the floor with no problems.
I was worried about it not being bagless after having a Dyson but it looks better as with a Dyson you can see all the dirt whereas with this its all enclosed. The suction is no different my my old Dyson.
Its defo worth the money.
2200 watts power 4.5 Litre dustbag capacity High Clean Bag Super Air Clean Filter Stainless steel tubes Telescopic tubes On board tools Cord rewind Dust bag full indicator Black colour One year warranty extendable for free to two years / Form in box / Short name: Miele S5211