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About Miele
  Miele Vacuum Cleaners: Form and function in perfect harmony
  Advanced materials, skilled craftsmanship and an unwavering attention-to-detail ensure years of consistent, trouble-free performance from our world-renown vacuum cleaners. Stringent factory testing guarantees Miele vacuum cleaners will deliver brilliant results, even under the most demanding conditions.

With a tradition of over 100 years of excellence, Miele constantly achieves "Forever Better" products, surpassing the industry standard and exceeding the expectations of our customers. This, is  The Miele Difference.
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In 1899, Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann began the Miele company in a small wooden barn in the community of Herzebrock, Germany with eleven employees and a promise, "Immer Besser." This philosophy, meaning "Forever Better," has guided Miele through more than 100 years of family-ownership and continues to represent both a duty and challenge for its 15,000 employees today. Since adding vacuum cleaners to its household appliance range in 1927, Miele has been considered a leader in the international floor care industry, pressing the technology envelope ever since its first vacuum cleaner, the "Melior."

Notably, the Melior canister vacuum insulated live electrical components with a molded material, bakelite (named after its Belgian inventor, Baekeland), which was the first plastic to be used in the household arena. Miele's use of bakelite positioned the company as a pioneer in the use of plastics in domestic appliances, providing the best possible protection against electrical shock with unparalleled noise reduction.

Today, Miele continues its legacy, manufacturing vacuum cleaners that deliver powerful performance, advanced filtration systems, convenient features and enduring quality within a brilliantly designed framework.  


Miele vacuum cleaners not only have powerful motors and effective Sealed System filtration, they are also designed with a variety of significant features - all to make cleaning easier. Beginning with their castor wheels, capable of spinning 360°, Miele vacuums are responsive to the user's slightest command.
The durable ABS plastic housing, the same advanced polymer used to make football helmets, and protective bumper strip, to prevent damage to the unit and any item you may inadvertently bump into.
The crush-proof electric and non-electric hoses, rotate a full 360° without chinking or binding while the unique stainless steel, telescopic wand adjusts to comfortably fit any user.  
For quick cleaning, the tool caddie keeps all the accessories right at your fingertips. While features vary from model to model, Miele's legendary quality is built-in to every product produced.

Accessories and More: View all available accessories here

Miele offers an assortment of accessory cleaning kits and floor tools that enhance the flexibility and convenience to conventional cleaning techniques. All of Miele's non-electric, canister floor tools are interchangeable, making them useful on all vacuum cleaner models.  These accessories are not only internationally acclaimed for their design, but also stand ready to ease your cleaning burdens:
CarClean Set
Hand Turbobrush
Click me for a description of the MicroSet


Real power sets our vacuum cleaners apart
Once you try a Miele canister vacuum cleaner, you will not want to use anything else.

Our powerful vacuum cleaners are highly responsive to the slightest touch, which means you will not be fighting with your vacuum cleaner.
Powerful Performance By combining a powerful 1100-watt motor with a smooth, completely sealed system, Miele's engineers have increase the airflow on some of our canisters up to an incredible 141 cubic feet per minute for added power and performance.

Regardless of which model you choose, our motors produce exceptional airflow that ensure deep cleaning for any pile carpeting and superior cleaning results on all smooth floor surfaces.

All our canister vacuum cleaners are also equipped with speed control so you can reduce the suction when cleaning more delicate surfaces.

Air Hygiene:

A H.E.P.A. filter, even a certified one like ours, is useless if the vacuum cleaner leaks air prior to passing through the filter like some other "HEPA-like" or "HEPA-type" vacuum cleaners do.
  • When using a Miele canister or mini-upright with HEPA, you are guaranteed to capture, retain and filter virtually all particles.

  • Our engineers have crafted an air-tight dust chamber, with rubber gaskets, to ensure that the air passes through the final exhaust filter and is not leaked out.

  • Miele's advancements in this area have been so remarkable that the new S500 and S600 series are the first ever HEPA certified vacuum cleaners in the world.*
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Air Filters:

First, and most commonly included in Miele vacuums, is the electrostatically charged Super Air Clean filter.
This filter is designed for normal household use, where allergies and odors are not an overwhelming concern. The Super Air Clean filter is made of a multiple layer, random-spun, electrostatic charged material that retains 99.9% of all particles 0.5 microns and larger and 94% of particles down to 0.3 microns in size. This filter lasts as long as five dustbags and is included with each box of bags.

Next is the Active Air Clean filter.
This combines the Super Air Clean Filter with active charcoal pellets, which absorb odors - especially useful if you have pets in your household. The Active Air Clean filter achieves the same superb filtration results as the Super Air Clean filter and has an operating life of approximately 12 months or 50 hours of vacuuming.

Finally, there is the Active HEPA filter.
Vacuuming can be a nightmare for people who suffer from dust allergies, as tiny particles of dust, such as dust mite feces and pollen can be disturbed and remain airborne for hours, exacerbating conditions such as bronchial asthma and rhinitis.

With an Active HEPA filter installed within the Sealed System casing of select series of Miele vacuums, real allergy-relief can be a reality. Our certified HEPA filter traps 99.9% of particles down to 0.3 micron in size - that is 1/200 the width of a strand of human hair.

Air Filtration:

Vacuum cleaners are designed to remove dust, dirt and debris from your carpeting and furniture.

In order to produce a vacuum cleaner that actually performs its primary function successfully, it must first have adequate airflow to gather dirt and debris. Unfortunately, not all vacuum cleaners do this. The second part of the equation is filtration. Most vacuum cleaners lack the design and proper filtration system required to contain microscopic particles that have escaped through the dustbag as well as any particles that may be generated by the motor. This post motor filter design, in conjunction with rubber sealing throughout the system, is crucial to maintaining clean air.
Every Miele vacuum cleaner, including our upright units, come standard with a double layer dustbag, a pre-motor filter, and an advanced exhaust filter configuration. Over the past 75 years, our engineering and production laboratories have tested hundreds of methods to improve dust pickup and retention ratios. Miele's firm conclusion is that using a dustbag is the most effective and hygienic method of removing dust from the home while maintaining superior indoor air quality.  
Miele canister and mini-upright vacuums offer three exhaust filter options to capture the tiny particles that have escaped through the dustbag as well as any particles that may be generated by the operation of the motor. These post motor filter designs, working in conjunction with rubber seal throughout the system, are crucial to maintaining clean air.  


Why is airflow important?

Airflow determines the ability of a vacuum cleaner to clean. Horsepower, amperage and water lift give no indication of a vacuum cleaner's true ability to effectively clean.

On select models, you may adjust the power of the motor by using Miele's convenient speed controls.
They are configured as one of the following:
  • A radial dial
  • A slide bar
  • A + / - step-on button system, or
  • A handy console on the hose handle

(The + / - system on the Artico)
Whichever configuration your Miele vacuum cleaner has, speed control allows you to electronically adjust the motor's output to optimize cleaning of any surface or object. With this type of control, cleaning lamp shades, curtains and fabric window blinds, becomes an almost joyful task undertaken with ease. Conventional dusting can also become an activity of the past when using a Miele vacuum.

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