Summary: We have had a Miele Canister for 4 years and this high end upright a year and a half. The Canister vacuum has been great so far but the upright has not done well in respect to its durability or quality of construction. It DOES clean well but it is not designed to be durable or long lasting. We use it once a week at our office which is roughly 1000 sq ft. Within 8 months the Beater Bar and the motor that drove it died. Fortunately this was repaired under warranty.
Summary: We researched and considered a new vacuum for the past couple of months. After some debate and based on overall features, design, reviews and cost, we purchased the Dyson DC65. A week later we returned the Dyson and bought a Miele. We were not as impressed with the ball technology or maneuverability of the Dyson as we had expected. It moves pretty well on carpet, but is terrible on hard surfaces.
Summary: I have owned a Hoover and a Eureka vacuum. There is simply no comparison to the Miele. We did a lot of research about vacuums before we bought one because this was to be the 3rd vacuum purchase in 13 years. Vacuums are rated by suction power and agitation. Agitation enables the dirt to be sucked out of the carpet. Miele does not have the highest suction power, but it dominates in agitation. You can literally see the dirt vibrating right before you vacuum it up.
Summary: My husband does all the vacuuming now as I can't for health reasons. I loved my old Electrolux and had 2 of them in the last 40 years. Both my son and daughter bought a Miele one an Upright like the one we bought and one a canister. I went with the Upright this time as I seem to be able to vacuum again. It brings new life to my carpeting and it just picks everything up, carpet and floor, as also my husband loves it.
Summary: My initial impression when I first used this vacuum was how cool it is. It starts up like a jet engine and picks up dirt like a dream. I thought if this is German engineering, I want a BMW! Good thing I stick to American autos. This vacuum lasted a month before it started clogging up in multiple places that aren't all easy to access. Unfortunately, it doesn't take much to clog it.