Monday, September 24, 2012
My present from my wife for Father's Day was a Miele Onyx vacuum.
Before the purchase I did quite a bit of research and comparisons.
My main complaint with our old Hoover Windtunnel was that using it for more than a few minutes made me sneezy. Although Consumer Reports had recently written an article about vacuums they provided no information about how allergy-friendly the vacuums were. Apparently this is difficult information to find because vacuum manufacturers are allowed to use language describing only the filter with disingenuous wording as if it describes the entire vacuum.
I thought I would get another bagless upright, but eventually got a with-a-bag canister. The Miele was that astounding in being nice to my nose, very quiet, and doing a great job on our berber carpets and wood floors.
At our local Miele dealer, Viking, it did not cost as much as that website price linked above. It was more than a low-end Hoover, but not nearly as much as a high-end vaccum.
(I had even looked at the absurdly expensive Rainbow vaccums but learned they cannot be used with fireplace ash. I need to be able to vaccum downstairs, where we heat the house with wood!)
With the Hoover I vacuumed as little as possible--which was still often because I have to keep our house free of possible gluten crumbs. Now I vacuum almost daily and enjoy it. The canister is well designed and easier to use than the old upright. The air smells nicer after vacuuming. Removing hair from the vacuum head is much easier.
Both boys like it too! Here is a photo of Smiley helping.