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The Miele S6220 Cat and Dog is a bagged cylinder cleaner that is part of the Miele S6 range. The S6 is the replacement for the older S4 range and was launched a couple of years back. It is Miele's new compact cylinder range, and uses 3.5 litre Miele Hyclean bags. I have owned my Miele S6220 since May 2012, and it has so far been a very effective and reliable model. It comes in a nice shade of red, has a 1.8 metre crush proof hose, and maximum 2000W motor - so it can pack a serious punch where suction power is needed.
This model is ideal for those who have pets, and also need to clean substantial amounts of carpet. It has a full size turbo brush floorhead that comes as standard in the package, and this air driven head is ideal for cleaning pet hair from short pile carpets, runners, and mats. It also comes with a standard non turbine floorhead for cleaning hard floors, and carpets - but it is not very effective at removing large amounts of pet hair, unless the pet hair is mainly on hard floors. The turbo brush is very good quality and has a removable soleplate to make cleaning long hairs from the brushroll. It also has a toothed non breakable belt, so no worries about getting the brushroll jammed with a towel or odd sock on the bedroom floor, or a fringe on the hearth rug, as this will simply stop the turbine with no damage. The turbo brush is also a lot easier to push across carpets than the standard head, as it has wheels fitted to front and rear. Like any other turbo brush or upright cleaner with a revolving brush, the brushroll will need regular cleaning and unjamming if it is used to clean up in households where there are pets (or ladies) with long hair.
The stainless steel telescopic wand, handle and both large floorheads fit together with Miele's famous click button fittings, so no friction fit problems with getting the heads off the wand.
The S6220 comes with the 3 standard small tools, the short crevice, dusting and upholstery brushes, but these do not store inside the cleaner's main body. Miele supply a small caddy that these tools push onto, and this caddy can be attached either to the hose to cleaner body socket, or the handle itself. Personally I don't like this tool storage method and think it spoils the look of the cleaner when they are located on either of the specified places on the hose or handle, so I leave the tool caddy separate from the cleaner.
The S6220 has a piston bag full indicator, which goes red if the airflow is blocked off, but this means that it also goes red if the hose is blocked, and red to some extent if used on high power with the crevice tool or the turbo brush - this indicates that the suction power is too high and the suction dial should be turned down.
The suction control is a dial wheel with 6 settings which varies the power in stages from 300W up to 2000W.
The vac has 3 parts to its filtration system, the first is the 9 layer filter bag, which is an excellent quality synthetic, type F/J/M Hyclean bag with a red collar, the second is the pre motor filter - one of which can be found in each box of 4 genuine Miele Hyclean bags, and the third is the exhaust, or post motor filter, which can be found under the bag compartment lid.
On the S6220, because it is for pet owners, it is supplied as standard with an ActiveAirClean post motor filter, which is a plastic cassette that contains carbon. This filter helps to absorb dog odours from the bag, and whilst it does a reasonable job, it cannot eliminate all smells completely. This filter (SF-AAC50) must be replaced every 50 hours of operating time using Miele Hyclean bags, and has to be purchased separately from stores like Currys or online retailers, or from Miele's online shop. They currently retail for about £12.
If non genuine bags are used, this filter can become blocked prematurely, restricting airflow from the motor and creating back pressure behind the filter which will eventually push it up out of its housing and even damage the lid of the cleaner. This can also occur if you don't change the post motor filter as often as you should, and it becomes clogged with carbon dust, and other impurities.
You can is you want, order a standard filter grille from Miele for less than a tenner, and this will enable you to use the standard exhaust filters that are supplied in each box of Hyclean bags. This will do away with having to pay out for ActiveAirClean carbon filters each year, but will make the cleaner smell of stale dustbag syndrome - moreso if you have dogs.
All models in the S6 range, including the S6220 have a comfort cord rewind, which means that regardless of whether you have pulled out 6 metres of cord, or just 2 metres, one touch of the pedal will automatically reel in all the cable. This feature I really like.
Like other Miele cylinder cleaners, this one has 3 castors on the bottom, and can move sideways just as well as forwards or backwards. It has parking slots in both sides so it can be stood upright and the wand docked on the side for compact storage.
So there you have it - the Miele S6220, its a very very good cleaner, and as I have a short haired cat, it picks up her fur off the carpets very efficiently indeed. Its well built, sturdy, and reliable - but only if you use the correct bags, and change the filters when recommended to do so
With the S6220, you will need to buy bags at £10 for a box of 4 (Hyclean F/J/M type) and every 50 hours of use (that's once a year if used for an hour a week) you will have to pay out about £12 for a new ActiveAirClean carbon filter cassette for the machine's post motor filtration.
I find that once you have done your initial house clean with this vac, the rate of consumption of bags will fall, especially if you are replacing an old and ineffective cleaner.
Depending on how many people and pets live in your house, and the size of the house, you may get through 2 boxes of bags a year. If you live in a small terraced 2 bedroom house and have no children, and 1 cat like myself, with short cut pile carpet in all rooms except kitchen and bathroom, then you may only use 1 box of bags a year.
Typically for the average family in the average house with a couple of pets, you could spend £20 a year on bags, and £12 on a new filter.
On the subject of running costs of a vacuum cleaner - If you consider a Vax Power 6 Pet bagless vac - it may be cheaper to buy, but you can only wash the filters a certain number of times before they fall to bits, and a replacement set of filters from Vax for this model will cost you £20. Plus you have the mess of emptying the bin, constant problems with the filter and cyclone clogging up, washing dirty pre-motor filters then having to wait for them to dry. I speak from experience here. As a vacuum cleaner collector I have many vacuum cleaners, both bagged and bagless, and bagless is not the dream that James Dyson would have you believe. Running most bagless vacuums costs money in the long run, or they will burn out and have to be replaced very often indeed. A Miele bagged vacuum takes away all the hassle of a bagless vac, and if looked after, will last for 1000 hours - that's 20 years vacuuming of you do 45 minutes of vacuuming a week.
In reality it wont last 20 years, but it will last an awful lot longer than a cheap plastic bagless vac.
We have had previous vacuums which I thought were really good until I got one of these. The first time we used it, it nearly filled the bag which went to show how much it picked up when I thought the house was actually clean. It's not noisy in comparison to other cleaners out there either. It comes with great attachments which Are easy to use and fits nicely in small spaces for storage. As we live in a 3 storey house, it's light enough to take up the stairs.
We bought one of these as there are three dogs in our household. Previous cleaners, including a Dyson seem to struggle to get all the pet hairs up but the Miele is a revelation. Although it's quite small and light, this little cleaner packs a big punch. It features a spinning brush in the main head which is excellent at stirring up the carpet to get the hairs out. With the full power of 2000W, this pretty much gets everything up first time. A useful feature is the ability to adjust the power level, there's a switch on the top with six settings from the full 2000W down to 300W. The lower speed is ideal if you have a more delicate rug with fancy fibres on it and is also useful for hard floors. There's three extra heads included, a crevice tool, small brush head and small T-piece. Unlike the earlier model, there's no storage compartment for these in the cleaner and you have a plastic stand which holds them together instead. I guess this has been done to make the size of the cleaner as small as possible. It does require bags although these can take a fair amount of dust and you can buy 3rd party equivalents if you don't want to spend a fortune on the original Miele bags.
In summary, I'd thoroughly recommend this cleaner for anyone with a pet hair problem. It's light, powerful and has a quality feel to it too. We wouldn't be without it!
Love your pets but hate the pet hair? Keep on top of the cleaning battle when you invest in the German manufactured Miele S6220 Cat & Dog Vacuum Cleaner ! This compact red Miele S6220 Cat & Dog Vacuum Cleaner features a powerful 2000W motor and includes a range of tools to help keep your home spick and span / The turbobrush is particularly good for deep-cleaning cut pile carpets, with its rotational air-driven rollers / Three other tools are conveniently stored onboard: Crevice nozzle, Upholstery nozzle and Dusting brush / Plenty of other novel features make the Miele S6220 Cat & Dog Vacuum Cleaner an attractive solution, including one-touch cable rewind, a useful 10m operating radius and included Miele dustbags with automatic hygiene shutter / A silence setting automatically delivers the best combination of performance and quietness as well / Enjoy your pets without sacrificing a super-clean and hygienic home when you pick up the Miele S6220 Cat & Dog Vacuum Cleaner ! Characteristics Type Compact cylinder Power (Watts) 2000 Bag volume or reservoir (litre) 3.5 litres Filter type Active Air Clean Filter Power regulator Electronic suction power controls Indicator for bag content Change dustbag indicator Ergonomy Telescopic tube Stainless steel EasyLock telescopic tube Cable length 6.5m cable length, 10m operating radius Others Colours Red Included accessories Upholstery nozzle, dusting brush, crevice nozzle 15cm, turbo brush (STB 205-3), active air clean filter, 2 x HyClean dustbags / Short name: Miele S6220