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The downside so far is that the bags are expensive at £2.50 each (with a bonus of a new exhaust filter with each pack of 4). The first one filled quickly but this is partly a dusty, old well used house and partly the suction power collecting dust which I am sure the other machines missed.
Purchased from John Lewis for £239, it only comes with one bag from new, but there is a good collection of fittings including a turbo head which seems more efficient on large carpets.
This promises to remove 99.9 % of the dust which I hope will be appreciated by my daughter who is affected by the dust. The test will be when she returns home from holiday to see if she appreciates a dust free bedroom!
As the second bag showed "full" almost immediately I have reported this to Miele to see what they say - it cannot be full and I have followed the instructions by ensuring the head is off the ground so as not to give a false reading- I shall update my review when I hear from them, in the meantime it continues to work well so I just have to assess the bag filling myself.
It moves around with you quite easily but may be a little heavy for some up the stairs once you reach the end of the hose extension; i get three quarters up the stairs, so the top will have to be done from first floor.
Note the bags are custom fitting so I doubt there will be effective and cheaper copies for a while.
I do not really need to refer to the instruction book, as most of the controls are clear, as you would hope for a simple machine like this.
The smaller tools (3 of them) pack neatly in the body of the machine but the bigger heads will need to be stored when not in use.
The suction is especially powerful on full power, able to shift the dust within radiator fins from the top of the radiator, which is quite impressive.
The Miele S8330 Solution is a powerful vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to retain the majority of dust particles / great for allergy sufferers / The S8330 includes five attachments for truly flexible cleaning / These include: Upholstery nozzle to keep furniture looking good Crevice nozzle, great for those harder to reach spots Parquet brush for your delicate flooring Full size turbo head included for picking up pet hairs Dusting brush All the standard accessories are built in and the suction tube is telescopic for those hard-to-reach areas / Bag type: HyClean GN / Short name: Miele S8330