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Miele S7 Series Vacuum Cleaners

19 August 2010

Miele Vacuum Cleaner 001

“Viva Las Vegas”

Miele Vacuum Cleaner 002 One of the things I most enjoy about this blog site is the freedom it gives me to occasionally expand our horizons a bit, which is what I will be doing today. A routine appliance like a vacuum cleaner really falls outside the parameters of what Joe and I established when we put this thing together, but I decided to write about it today for the simple reason that the Miele S7 Series is not an average vacuum cleaner. It’s like Las Vegas, I kid you not. But bear with me for a moment while I explain. I first saw the S7 Series a few weeks ago when Joe and I went to Los Angeles for a press conference, which ended up as “Joseph and Joe’s Excellent Adventure.”

Because it’s a press conference and they naturally want people to write nice things about them, one tends to come away with a nice bag of goodies, and I must say that Miele did a wonderful job in that regard. But one of the things that piqued my curiosity when I saw it was the diaper they’d put in the bag, because my thought was, what in the world am I going to do with that? As I examined the diaper, though, I noticed that it had a plastic ring on it, and looking closer, I saw that it was actually a vacuum cleaner bag. And I knew then that I would eventually want to write this blog, because what I held in my hands was a state-of-the-art home filtration system that defies belief. It won’t clean all the air in your home, or even a fraction of it, but what it will do is KEEP every bit of dust it vacuums up. The problem with vacuum cleaners is that they really don’t work very well. I have seen vacuum cleaners billed as being powerful enough to suck the nail out of a board-and maybe they can. The problem is what happens after that.

Miele Vacuum Cleaner 003 As a woodworker I am probably more alert to the evils of dust than most, because of the nature of what I do. It doesn’t take much to understand that ingesting the sawdust in one’s shop is not going to be particularly beneficial, but what a lot of people in general, and woodworkers in particular, don’t understand is that the unseen dust is really more injurious than the coarse sawdust one sees all about the shop, because those microscopic particulates have a way of wedging themselves into your lungs, and the damage they do can be every bit as catastrophic as coal miner’s black lung disease. I have read quite a bit on the subject and have worked hard to keep my own shop as free of sawdust and airborne particulates as possible, but I always feel I should be doing more. The thing a lot of us don’t realize, though, is that even though it’s not a woodworking shop, there is still a lot of very injurious dust making its way about our homes, dust we’re not doing much of a job of removing. And that brings us back to Miele.

Miele Vacuum Cleaner 015 Some time back I had a bag-less vacuum cleaner that relied upon a cyclone chamber. Looking at the TV ads, this baby looked like the real deal. It swirled everything beautifully. You then removed the chamber and poured everything out, and if you’ve seen them doing this with marbles on TV, it’s simplicity itself, right? Well, yes, but only if you’re in the habit of vacuuming up marbles. The dirt I actually vacuumed out of my carpeting went right into the filter, where it wedged itself. I then had to knock out all the dust and debris out of the filter, which tended to make almost as big a mess as the one I’d just cleaned up. And here’s the other thing. As I vacuumed, I could still smell all the dust I was supposed to be removing, which necessarily meant that it was going into my lungs.

After a few months of that monstrosity, I went back to a vacuum cleaner with bags, which I like better because you just remove those and throw them away, but even those do not entirely do the job. First, there are the bags which tend to leak a bit and so forth. But the other aspect of it is what happens with the vacuumed items which pass through the bag, or Miele Vacuum Cleaner 018even the much maligned cyclone chamber, where all of the heavy solids are removed. Then what? The microscopic particulates, the ones that really do a number on your lungs, pass through the bag, out the rear of the vacuum cleaner and right back into the air! And over a period of time you get to breathe those little rascals in, and they do NOT come back out of your lungs. Think that sort of stuff does you any good? Me neither! But that’s what’s exciting about Miele, because they people have really revolutionized the whole subject of vacuum cleaners.

In a Miele vacuum cleaner, incoming air laden with dirt, dust, and microscopic particulates enters, makes its deposits, and exits. But in this vacuum cleaner, it goes through three filters, starting with the first one, the dust bag I first thought was a diaper. The fact that it is a nine-layer, electrostatically charged AirClean Filter-bag probably has something with that. This Filter-bag works in conjunction with their unique Sealed System and certified HEPA filter to capture and hold on to 99.99% of lung damaging particles. So, really, they’re a lot like Las Vegas. What goes in the bag stays in the bag.


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    2 Responses to “Miele S7 Series Vacuum Cleaners”

  1. Katsuyo  Says:

    When my husband brought a Miele vacuum home I thought he had lost his mind paying something like $900 for a vacuum cleaner. But, all of the cheaper vacuum cleaners only seemed to last 3 or 4 years at best, so I figured that maybe paying more for the Miele would be cheaper in the long run. That was over 20 years ago and it still works well!

  2. Joe Dusel  Says:

    Yep, Miele (pronounced “me-lah”) makes a great vacuum, but based on what I have seen of their other products I don’t think they make anything that is not top-notch. I still want one of those Miele coffee makers. http://cft411.com/2010/04/29/miele-4/


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