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Ok now I admit that when I was offered to test the S7 Bolero upright vacuum from Miele I was not expecting much. My wife pretty much had cleaning our home down to a science using our old Kirby vacuum. Convincing her to give the Miele a try was a task in itself. When I got the Miele home I quickly unwrapped the unit and put it on our home scale. It weighed in at 13 lbs. Almost 10 pounds less of what our Kirby was!  My next comparison was suction capabilities. The Miele was incredible at removing everything from our carpets. This vacuum is so smooth and almost impossibly quiet. I could talk all the time I was vacuuming and instead of that smelly old vacuum smell we used to get with other vacuums , we were both surprised at the clean smelling air that the vacuum was expelling  back in our living area. What is really great about the Miele bolero is that the beater bar in the Power brush is driven by a separate motor, which can be switched on and off. This is great for cleaning wood floors and tiles. You truly can feel the quality of this superb vacuum cleaner . Over all we gave the Miele a perfect 10 for usability and quality. Needless to say we are keeping the Miele and putting the old Kirby on craigslist. We love our new Miele S7 upright vacuum cleaner.


Pets have hair, and pets shed hair. This is a basic fact of life and unfortunately it’s one that most homeowners do not take into consideration when choosing man’s best friend. What they also do not take into consideration is what kind of dog hair vacuum they are going to need to clean up after them. A lot of large companies (who have loyalty to their shareholder’s and not to creating a quality product) take advantage of homeowners and come up with marketing ploys such as the “Pet Vacuum” and charge a premium for the product. Though I’m not fully against this, it does make me angry when this supposed pet vacuum is nothing different than the other vacuums that they have. There are some companies out their such as miele who have the “Cat & Dog” vacuum. A miele vacuum is one of the top performing vacuum cleaners on the market, and no gimmicks are involved with their marketing. Not only does the Cat & Dog work much better with pets because of the suction, it also comes with a larger variety of tools which enable the customer to clean up pet hair and dander in myriad of odd places.

Miele S7 Cat & Dog Vacuum

So what are the features you should be looking for in a pet vacuum? The first answer is suction! Without a high quality vacuum that has a lot of suction, you won’t be able to pick up the stubborn pet hair that sticks to carpet and furniture. This leads into the next questions a homeowner might have, and that is what vacuum actually has the most suction? For most American consumers they may think that this is dyson with their cyclonic technology. This has been proven to be incorrect, and is just a ploy behind some very good marketing techniques and a smooth talking Englishman. The pet hair in these machines actually tends to get clogged up in their “cyclones” and requires that the vacuum be cleaned out by hand on a regular basis. When you really look at what is on the market, the two top brands in terms of quality and overall suction are Miele & Riccar. Miele is one of the largest appliance companies in the world, and is still family owned! When you don’t have to “make the numbers” and be responsible for lifting up the price of a stock then you can actually focus on making a quality product. This is the same case with riccar, which is fully owned by tacony corp. These non-public companies create the best dog hair vacuums available because they actually care about creating a long lasting product with value, rather than a quick sale on a disposable piece of machinery.

Now that we’ve figured out what the two best brands are for pet vacuums, we can take a closer look at the vacuums themselves to see exactly why they work so well for pet hair and dander. The first vac we will take a look at is the miele S7 cat and dog. These vacuums feature a dual motor system, one motor to drive the brush roll and another that is designed just for suction. When you only have a single motor system then you aren’t getting the suction that you need. The miele cat and dog also utilizes on board tools and an on-board 10 foot hose to get into corners and baseboards. We all know that pet hair tends to bunch up in the places, so having an on-board hose for an upright vacuum makes it much easier to clean. One of the most important features of this vacuum though has to be the HEPA filtration. The S-class HEPA filters that miele uses are world class, and are comparable to high grade air purifiers that cost thousands of dollars. When you use a miele vacuum, you are actually cleaning the air and creating a healthier living space.

Now that your search for the best dog hair vacuum has come to its end, you should take into consideration all the factors that were talked about. Why buy a vacuum that’s mass produced in Malaysia (dyson)? When you can have a high quality vacuum from riccar or miele (made in germany and the USA) for the same price. Overall you’ll be much happier with your decision when you choose the quality product!

Thanks for reading and happy cleaning!

The Tech Support Team

A few years ago Miele, a longtime canister vacuum company, broke into the upright market with their newly designed S7 series vacuum cleaners. The miele salsa has been one of their best selling miele S7 models, as it offers all the bells and whistles people like on vacuums along with a price that is comfortable for a long lasting appliance. The overall durability of these machines is very sound, and the design features are striking when compared to what is also on the market. This unit in particular though can only be found at independent floor care centers, also known in the community as your local vacuum store.

Some of the features that are nice on this miele vacuum cleaner include the completely sealed HEPA filtration system, the on-board tools, and on board hose. These three things make it clean-freaks dream vacuum. The HEPA filtration system is second to none and the exhaust is comparable to some of the most expensive hospital grade air purifiers. With this filtration miele has been able to cure allergy sufferers symptoms by removing common allergens and dust particles from the home. The on-board tools and hose making cleaning stairs and baseboards much easier than it ever was. The 10 ft. reach can be used to reach ceiling fan blades and other dusty areas that can’t normally be reached with a conventional vacuum cleaner.

The only gripes that we sometimes hear from consumers is the overall weight of this machine. It is considerably heavier than an oreck, but is right in line with all other upright vacuums such as the hoover, dyson, & shark. It is also important to note that among consumers miele is rated the highest in overall customer satisfaction. The durability of these machines is seen as their strongest attribute as they are made to last as long as 20+  years.

When people are searching for a high quality vacuum such as the miele, they can come across some ideas that simply aren’t true. A common misconception with consumers today is that when they enter the big box department stores and see the most expensive vacuum cleaners (dyson), that they are getting the best product for their money. This could not be farther from the truth. The dysons may be better than anything else in the big box stores, but they are far from the quality, durability, and power of the new miele S7 vacuums. Although the dyson vacuum cleaners are better than anything you can currently find in the big box stores you’d be extremely disappointed when you compared to the S7 uprights. The overall quality difference between the machines is clear as day, and one can see how the world has single handedly made james dyson a billionaire through a piece of over-hyped plastic.

The new miele upright S7 vacuums came to the market within the last five years and seem to uphold the quality standards that miele has with all of their appliances. These uprights are the pinnacle of miele vacuum design, and although it seems a bit odd to say, they took a boring appliance and made it sexy. As with all newly designed vacuums though, there are going to be some flaws that will have to be addressed as manufacturing inceases. Luckily, these flaws are few and far between and we can honestly say these machines make a dyson vacuum look like a childrens toy.

New Miele S7 Upright Vacuum

When you actually get to see one these machines up close you can see very clearly the manufacturing quality. Each of these machines is made in miele’s german factory as they refuse to fall into the global trend of cheap manufacturing in second and third world asian countries. When compared to a dyson vacuum it’s almost a no brainer. Looking between the two you can see that the dyson is made of extremely cheap components and is severely overpriced for what you’re getting for your hard earned money. When you look at the miele upright you actually get a sense of value in the product. The miele vacuum parts that are used are produced by the company for each individual products, and is carefully stress tested.It’s sturdy and uses a good mix of metal components where the wear and tear occurs on upright vacuums. Look at the bottom of a dyson and you can see the obvious differences in quality.


The PRO’s:

We tested the machine to see how well it cleans and we were actually very surprised. The Miele S7 upright was by far the best upright weve seen for hardwoods and tiles. When you compare this to other popular brands such as riccar, hoover, eureka, or dyson it consistently outperformed the competition. This company is particularly well known for using high quality large motors. The motor that provides the suction for the S7 uprights is larger than most, and that’s why it does better on the hard surfaces.

Other things that we liked about this machine is the ability to adjust the suction, the automatic height adjustment feature, and the fact that the vacuum has all the tool and attachments on board with a long and useful hose. The ability to adjust the suction on the machine is good for people that are using this vac for multiple purposes. When you’re using the tools and attachments you want to be able to dial down the suction for things such as drapes and upholstery. The automatic height adjustment for these machines is also key if you have different levels of carpeting. If there is not enough clearance between your vac and the carpet, it will completely cut off the suction of the machine and render it basically useless. Miele fixed this problem by having an auto-adjust feature that will set the vacuum to the correct height in response to different styles of flooring.  Last but certainly not least is having all of the tools and attachments on board for use. With the S7 upright your able to pop off the hose and wand and use all the normal tools you would expect on a miele canister vacuum. This way you’re not limited on what surfaces you can clean, and you able to get in weird spots such as baseboards and stairs.


The Con’s:

Though the miele upright is built extremely well it does come at a cost. Unfortunately this cost is the overall weight of the machine. When you’re using better components and larger motors in vacuums you’re obviously going to add a bit more weight to it. For those who don’t want to sacrifice quality though, the increased weight of the machine is a not a factor. One other thing we weren’t exactly thrilled with is the overall balance of the machine. A lot of the weight tended to be in the middle portion of the machine, which may put a bit more strain on the wrist when you’re trying to maneuver it. They did try to fix this though by having the machines swivel and the addition of an ergonomic handle grip.

Overall the miele upright is for those who want a quality upright vac that is going to last. In a world where more and more appliances are becoming disposable the miele brand is starting to stand out as the best in terms of durability. To this day miele remains family owned and dedicated to their founder’s views of having a product that is “Forever Better”. If you’d like to read about any other miele vacuum reviews that we have available you can find them on our blog or on our retail website

Happy Cleaning!

– The My Vacuum Store Team