Excerpt: Maybe I should give this a 5 star rating....it really cleans very well. There are 3 things that I don't like: the cord is too short; I would prefer the on/off switch be in the handle and operated by hand rather than my foot; there needs to be a place in or on the sweeper to store the floor brush when I am using the power brush, so that I have it immediately available, just like the other tools.
Summary: Great vacuum for my 1800 square foot home with all hard floors and a few low pile area rugs. I chose this over the Olympus model because it comes with the parquet floor tool and the turbo brush. The turbo brush works great on my rugs and the parquet tool works great on my hard floors.
Summary: I remember the "good old days" when a quality canister vacuum cleaner can be purchased for under $100. I bought a Eureka. When that broke down after several years of usage, I graduated to a Royal Power Tank with a 4.5 hp motor. I once witnessed a demonstration of its powerful suction. A dust bag fill with sand was inverted ninety degrees - not one sand particle dropped to the floor. . I purchased two through the years. The first lasted over 25 years.
Summary: It is a great vacuum, it work very nicely but... The electric hose is heavier than he non electric one and significantly heavier. My arm gets tired more quickly. I got a canister to avoid having a heavy weight on my arm, but his one is heavier than expected.
Summary: The rotating brush tool doesn't work on my (1/8 inch pile) carpets; it jams and doesn't spin. Then, after three months, the telescoping wand broke (won't latch) so it's effectively useless. The warranty is crap too... the "7 years" thing is only for the motor & casing (not parts which break), and they will only service vacuums bought from "Authorized Miele Dealers". Is Amazon an authorized Miele dealer? NO ONE KNOWS.
Summary: I have had a Kenmore for three years and it was and still is listed as a top vacuum by Consumer Reports. But I found that it lost suction and was extremely hard to push after a few months even though it has been serviced several times. So I was looking for something better and willing to pay more. Didn't want a Dyson and I have heard about Miele brand for a long time. I was surprised at how light the whole unit actually is.