Seven vacuums in eighteen years; got sick of them falling apart! Our household has 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 adults; vacuuming is a daily task like cleaning up the kitchen. It's not that the previous vacuums didn't necessarily do a good job, the disappointment was in the build quality; so it came down to a Kirby or this Miele as final choices with the Kirby being a tad too expensive and more like an industrial machine (Kirby is a great machine if you are considering one; I love my mom's). The Miele Cat & Dog is quiet, has great features such as either cleaning bare floors really well without the power brush on, or when the brush is on, it doesn't spit everything out behind it. The cord is super long and the swivel feature is great. The bags are expensive but it took almost 3 months to fill one up. This house consists of hardwood floors, ceramic tile, lots of large and small area rugs and throw pillows galore; 80% of vacuum time is on furniture, nooks and crannies. This machine easily goes from one level to another or quickly changes from floor to hose and standard attachments without a hassle. Most importantly, it picks up all the cat and dog hair. The suction is continuous, strong and it can be adjusted like the floor level feature. Have had no problems with clogging, and while it does have an aggressive floor brush, have yet to damage any flooring by leaving it standing alone while on. The best part of the machine so far is the build quality; it's durable and very well constructed. It is, however, very heavy to push or lift even with the carrying handle. With all the previous bad experiences with vacuums, I am still in the skeptical stage, but to date feel a sense of relief; previous machines started to fall apart early on at about this stage, so give it a 9.5 out of 10 at this point. The final decision on buying the Miele was based on the opinions of a friend and neighbor who have 5 and 7 year old models; they swear they'd buy another one in a heartbeat.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.