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    Default Vacuums: did not like Miele canister, now what?

    I need to return a Miele red titan canister to the vac store, I wanted to love it but it's not the right vacuum for me.

    We have mostly carpet. I loved the Miele the best in the kitchen, but it felt too hard to push on the carpet and the head of the vac is small and I am not used to operating canisters.

    So, I am thinking a lightweight, powerful upright for my carpet. Maybe a stick vac for my kitchen and bath -- that would be wonderful, I hate sweeping.

    I did not love the Miele upright but that is because I thought the canisters were better, but... I don't like a canister... so maybe a Miele upright would be OK, but... it seemed heavy and a little unwieldy.

    Anyway. I have to take this canister back to the store and need to decide pretty fast if I am just going to return it or get something else. I do not want to be a problem customer who test drives a bunch of vacs....

    I was looking at an Oreck at target and it was very lightweight. I kind of like bags and don't like the idea of bagless so much.

    Thanks for any advice! I know you all know your household appliances.... super shoppers!
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    You could look at the next model up Miele. I can't tell you the name, b/c the names are different in the US than Canada -- we just got our Miele last weekend and all the different models made my head spin!

    We really love our new Miele. The powerhead on ours is much larger than the next model down and feels like it is almost self-propelled. Super easy to push on carpet. Much much easier than the POS Kenmore canister it replaced....

    We also looked at the Dyson. It was OK, a LOT noisier than the Miele. I have also heard good things about the new Electrolux canisters.
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    Yeah, I was going to suggest trying a different turbo brush or whatever they are. Did you try Oreck? I liked MIL's Oreck on our rugs, but I didn't like it for hardwoods.

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    I dunno, I think DS can suck harder than an Oreck.

    I'd just go with a Dyson then. Try and get the newer models. The DC14 and DC07 weren't fully modified for US carpets so they don't work as well as the newer models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubbaray View Post
    You could look at the next model up Miele. I can't tell you the name, b/c the names are different in the US than Canada -- we just got our Miele last weekend and all the different models made my head spin!

    We really love our new Miele. The powerhead on ours is much larger than the next model down and feels like it is almost self-propelled. Super easy to push on carpet. Much much easier than the POS Kenmore canister it replaced....

    We also looked at the Dyson. It was OK, a LOT noisier than the Miele. I have also heard good things about the new Electrolux canisters.
    How do you like the Miele for hardwood floors or tile. Our Kenmore canister vac does not pick up dust off the hardwoods. I picks up larger pieces of stuff but not the fine dust on a dusty floor. I have to Swiffer under our beds and stuff, because the Kenmore will not pick the dust up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wimama View Post
    How do you like the Miele for hardwood floors or tile. Our Kenmore canister vac does not pick up dust off the hardwoods. I picks up larger pieces of stuff but not the fine dust on a dusty floor. I have to Swiffer under our beds and stuff, because the Kenmore will not pick the dust up.

    The Miele is great on hardwood. DH said the first time he used it on hardwood that it felt like it was on ballbearings, it was that smooth.

    Our Kenmore canister is a complete POS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bubbaray View Post
    The Miele is great on hardwood. DH said the first time he used it on hardwood that it felt like it was on ballbearings, it was that smooth.

    Our Kenmore canister is a complete POS.
    Awesome! Does the wand get under beds and dressers and still pick up dust well. The Kenmore gets at a weird angle and doesn't pick up much at all under furniture. Drives me batty. We have a lot of hardwood floors and area rugs at our house. We definately need a canister vac.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wimama View Post
    Does the wand get under beds and dressers and still pick up dust well.

    That I can't help with. Our bedrooms are still carpet....
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    No problem! Thanks for your help.
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    I love my Miele canister vac. I own, and cannot stand, a Dyson upright. Luckily, I have mostly hardwood flooring, so I can get by with the Miele for most of my vac needs.

    If I had to buy another upright I'd look at Sebo. They're amazing.
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