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As miele vacuum cleaners are becoming increasingly popular due to their value people are always wondering how they can find and authorized miele dealer online. This isn’t too tough, but you always want to be sure you’re dealing with an authorized dealer so that you receive your full warranty if there are any mishaps with the vacuum cleaner.

So how can you tell that you’re dealing with an authorized dealer or just a random person who’s being supplied under the table? First you should take a look at their website. Does it seem professional? Miele vacuum dealers take a lot of time to present their companies in a well made and professional format. If you are purchasing your vacuum off EBay, Amazon, or other auction sites you should be wary. Sometimes individuals can get a hold of miele vacuums and then sell them in unauthorized venues. This can cause the product to have a void warranty if you have a problem down the road.

Once you have established that a company is an authorized on miele dealer, you should then check to see if they are a diamond dealer or not. Diamond dealers are held in the highest prestige, as the diamond dealer logo signifies their presence as one of the top miele dealers in the nation. These dealers most always have sales people that have very detailed knowledge of the products rather than new hire sales staff that doesn’t know the in’s and out’s of the vacuum. They will be a lot more helpful in your search and help distinguish between the different variables in cleaning power and filtration.

If you are searching for a qualified and authorized online miele dealer, you can visit We carry the largest selection of miele accessories and vacuums on the market, and are ready to help answer any questions you might have.

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The My Vacuum Store Support Team

The Miele Olympus is the entry level vacuum cleaner and is the lowest priced model that is offered by Miele. Released within the last couple of years, it is part of the S2 series of vacuum cleaners that are geared towards a more price-conscious consumer who still want the quality vacuum cleaners that Miele has to offer but are on a tighter budget. These miele vacuums have a slightly smaller motor than their higher quality cousins, the S6 series, but still have a better cleaning ability than anything that is available in the big box stores such as walmart, kmart, kohls, & other corporate retailers.

Home Use Test:

Hardwood & Tile Floors – When we used the Olympus on hardwood and tile floors it worked fantastic! We knew it would work pretty well, as this canister is designed to be used primarily in homes that have all hard surface flooring. At my home we have two black labs with really waxy hair, and one golden retriever who has a longer thinner hair. The vacuum made pretty easy work of the pet hair and didn’t have trouble with crumbs either. In terms of dust and other dirt that has settled on the floor it did a decent job picking it up, but we didn’t like how it pushed some of the large pieces of dirt in front of the brush.

Area Rugs – When we switched the multi-floor tool to the area rugs setting it lifted up the brushes so we could move it more easily. When we used this multi-floor tool on a short pile area rug it worked really well too. Any crumbs, dirt, and pet hair seemed to come off pretty easily and didn’t stick to the carpet. When we attempted to use the same floor tool on a high pile area rug it proved to be pretty tough to push along and didn’t clean nearly as well.

Carpeting  –  As with the area rugs the floor tool that comes with the miele Olympus proves to be a little tough to push over carpeting. Its lack of a rotating brush roll makes it pretty evident that it’s mainly designed for use on hardwoods and tiles. Overall we weren’t too happy with the cleaning this vacuum did on carpeting.

Other Factors to Consider:

Overall Durability – We looked at this in’s and out’s of the Olympus and it seems to be pretty durable, but not nearly as well built as its more expensive brethren. When miele decided they were going to come out with a cheaper machine, you can tell that they had to cut a few corners here and there in order to get the cost down. This vacuum cleaner is still going to be more durable than anything found in your local walmart, but when you compare it to the S5, S6, S7, or soon to come S8 series there is a lack of superior design and use of higher grade materials.

Filtration – The miele Olympus comes standard with the air clean filter, which is their lowest grade filtration system. This vacuum is not designed for people who suffer from bad allergies. Those who do have allergies and are looking for a miele vacuum should consider the S6 series or the miele titan, which includes a HEPA filter. The S2 series also does not have a completely sealed system, which makes sure that all dust is retained and sent through the filtration system.

Attachments – Though this machine does come with all the standard attachments such as a hardwood floor & rug multi-tool, dusting brush, crevice tool, & upholstery tool it lacks an attachment that will work really well on carpet. It does not have a turbo attachment with a rotating brushroll or an electric powerbrush.

Overall Recommendation:

For those who are looking for a quality miele vacuum that is going to outlast anything in the big department stores by atleast 10+ years, they should consider the miele Olympus. However, if your home has more than hardwood floors, tiles, or other hard surface flooring you should go with a model that has an electric power brush such as the miele titan or miele topaz. If you have over 50% carpeting in your home you should go with an S5 series full size vacuum such as the miele Callisto or Leo.

When someone is searching for miele vacuum cleaners bags, they should be aware that there are a lot of imitation and generic bags out there that are not up to par when it comes to overall filtration ability. These bags may come with a price that is sweet at first glance, but when the bitterness of poor quality and filtration sets in the customer is never happy. These imitation and generic bags are marketed under the filtrete and envirocare brands and have been proven to let up to 288x more harmful particulates through the bag and out of the exhaust of your miele vacuum cleaner.

So how do you know if you’re getting genuine miele vacuum cleaner bags? The genuine bags will always be pictured with a miele box and are a much higher quality material than the imitators. They also will be red, blue, or green in color on the plastic tab that holds the bag in the machine. These Red, Blue, & green colors signify the type of bag that is needed. The FJM bags will have a red plastic color and will fit most of the midsize machines. The GN bags are designed for the larger vacuums such as the blue moon & all of the new s5 series. These bags have a blue collar and have 40% more capacity than the FJM. The U bags is standard for the new upright machines, also known as the S7 series. The U bags have a green collar and aren’t suppose to be used in the canisters at all.

All of these bags will also be a few dollars more expensive than any of the cheap generic brands. Since the reason most people purchase a miele is because of the filtration technology, the extra 3-4 dollars per box is well worth the 8 layers of filtering material used. You can find genuine miele bags either in your local vacuum store or at

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The Team

Those without allergies never truly understand the daily terror that some people go through due to pollen, dander, and other particles that agitate the body’s response mechanisms. Most people are blessed with no allergy symptoms, while others can have an attack at any time which could leave them with anything from a runny nose to a hospital visit. It is because of these allergens that many companies have come out with products that help relieve the symptoms by removing them at the source. Miele is one of these companies, and the miele HEPA filter is one of the most advanced particle retaining filters on the market today. Since vacuum cleaners are the first line of defense when removing dirt, dust, and other particles from your home it makes sense that they would be optimized to actually clean and purify the air that is coming out of the exhaust.

A Miele S300-S700 Series HEPA Filter

So what exactly makes the miele HEPA filter so efficient in cleansing the air of particles when compared to other vacuum cleaners on the market? There are actually a few things:

1)      Miele uses a higher grade HEPA filtration system than its competitors. These types of filters cost significantly more to manufacture, but are the most superior in filtering out the smallest particles. This is why their filtration system will capture up to 99.99% of particles up to .3 microns in size. When other filter systems are used you actually see up to 288x more particles being released.

2)      Miele uses a closed and completely sealed system in their S5 & S6 line of vacuum cleaners. This system eliminates any particles from being released out of the vacuum once they are suctioned up. Though this does not seem like a problem vacuum cleaners have, it is actually one of the main reason why most HEPA vacuum cleaners do not properly clean and purify the homeowners living space. As an experiment, we recommend inspecting at the seals of a dyson vacuum cleaner and comparing them to that of a miele. You will find that the seals on a dyson are made of a cheap polymer and release dust if not properly aligned. A miele vacuum will not release any dust into the air, as it has to go through a 12 stage filtration system before exiting.

3)      The efficiency of the HEPA filtration is also reliant on the integration with other filters within the miele vacuum system. The high quality authentic Hyclean bags utilize seven different layers of filtration, then the air travels through a motor pre-filter, and finally through the high efficiency particle arrester (HEPA) filter which catches the smallest material. This filtering system is the best on the market and no other manufacturer has even come close as of yet.


These finding are also backed up by independent laboratories that have tested the miele canisters and uprights for particle capturing efficiency. Companies such as IBR Laboratories utilized special testing techniques that proved miele’s findings, and put them at the forefront of filtering technology.

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!

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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 S4212 Miele vacuum series consisted of the S4 series vacuum cleaners, a line that as of March 2012 has been discontinued. The S4212 canister vacuums were a lightweight series offered by miele that had a lot of suction but lacked the ability to have a full size power nozzle attachment. This full size power nozzle is essential for those who have carpeting in their home.

The Miele S4 series first made their debut in the middle 2000’s, as an alternative to the full size vacuums that were on the market. The full size vacuums that were available were perfect for those who had carpeting in their home, but did not offer a lighter weight unit for customers. Miele fixed this by coming out with the S4 series of smaller canisters.  These smaller, more agile, and lighter machines were perfect for the people who had mainly hardwood and tile in their homes, as the included attachments were for this purpose.

The S4 series included everything that you would find on a full size miele canister vacuum, including on board attachments, great suction & filtration, & the quality miele is known for. What they lacked though was a full size power nozzle for homeowners who had a decent amount of carpeting in the home. Therefore it was impossible to match someone up with an S4 vacuum that had light weight but could clean all the different types of surfaces.

After discontinuing the S4 line back in 2011, miele came out with their all new S6 series of lightweight machines. These machines seem to have a much better design, and the overall quality is unmatched. Rather than make one machine with optional attachments, they designed a whole entire series that would incorporate different attachments with each vacuum. This made it easy on the homeowner, as they could describe what type of flooring they had to the retailer and the retailer could then match the person up with a specific miele that meets their needs. You can find all the newest S6 miele vacuums on

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The Team

Miele bags are the epitome of what is needed for any person that suffers from an allergy or is sensitive to dust and pollen. As a company miele has been focused on helping the millions of people that suffer daily and seasonally from allergens, dust mites, pollen, and other sources of allergy inflaming materials. The bags are made of several special materials that add seven layers of filtration before reaching the motor pre-filter and HEPA filter. The bags are also designed and manufactured by miele, unlike a lot of companies who outsource the manufacturing of their bags to Chinese companies. This inside manufacturing process insures that the proper filtration materials are being utilized, and that the end user has a product that will eliminate dust and allergens from aggregating within the home.

The miele bags themselves come in several different size variations that correspond the proper miele vacuum. The FJM bags are designed for the smaller machines and have a lower dirt capacity than the comparable GN bags. GN bags have typically been used in the larger machines and have about a 30-40% larger capacity. Other bag types such as U bags are used in their upright machines and are not designed to be used with the canisters. When inserted into the machine the bags attach to a plastic holding bracket which secures it and keeps it from moving. The plastic mount located on the bag is color coordinated with the inside bag holder, in order to keep the customer informed of the proper bag to choose.

It is necessary though to always use miele genuine bags as opposed to generic ones. Genuine miele bags have been proven to retain much more particles, and counterfeit HEPA filtration bags have been shown to release up to 288x more material. It is imperative that someone who has allergies be aware of these differences, as the filtration is one of the main reasons a homeowner buys a miele vacuum cleaner.

Overall miele bags are a very high quality bag and operate as 7 of the 12 layers of filtration in the vacuum cleaners. The high grade material keeps the customer assured that all of the allergens and dust particles are being captured, and that they are creating a healthy living environment.

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When trying to perform a miele vacuum repair you should always consider whether or not you have the technical knowledge to do so without damaging the vacuum cleaner even more. Though some older miele vacuum cleaners tend to look pretty basic on the interior, they have a lot of fidgety parts that can break if not properly put back together. We’ve had many customers that try to fix their miele on their own, but end up doing damage to the cord reel or internal wiring assembly. It is important to know that if you are performing a miele vacuum repair by yourself, it may void the warranty on your machine. You should always consult your user’s manual for more information on warranty.

Though there are not any manufacturing defects with these vacuums, there are some problems that are more commonplace than others. Usually these problems arise by misuse from the homeowner, and can be avoided with proper use of the machine. Some of the more specific things that will keep your vacuum out of the repair room include turning the power off before unplugging the vacuum, and making sure the power nozzle is off before unplugging the hose from the power nozzle assembly. If you fail to do this, it can sometimes cause an arc to form between the two electrical connects. This leads to them being burnt out or induces corrosion at a faster rate.

If you are heart set on performing a miele vacuum repair rather than bringing it to a technician, you should know a few things before proceeding. When you open up an older style miele canister vacuum, you want to be very careful with the screws. Putting too much pressure on them when taking them out or putting them back in will cause the plastic to fracture. Replacing the plastic housing on your vacuum will be much more expensive than fixing the original problem.

The easiest way to access the interior of a miele is to first undue all of the screws in the base when looking at it from the top. You will sometimes have to remove parts to get to all of these screws. Be very careful when removing these top parts, as the tabs that hold them can break if not properly disassembled. Once you remove the parts and the screws, the whole entire top plastic housing should come off. Depending on the model vacuum that you have, the motor and interior components will either be connected to this top housing, or anchored into the lower base housing. Once you have accessed the interior components we recommend that you do not mess with the cord assembly. The cord retraction assembly can easily break if the cord assembly is opened up. If you need to replace the cord make sure that it is cut to size and properly put in just as the other cord was. If you are replacing the motor and other electrical components it’s important to make sure all of the wiring is intact exactly how it was.

Overall we do not recommend performing a vacuum repair on your own, but if need be you should follow the guidelines that we’ve set. Failure to do so will probably make the problems worst! You can find miele vacuum reviews and other information on our website to aid you in any vacuum need!

Happy Cleaning!

The Team

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