Meet Miele

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  May 30, 2013 — 5 Comments

This is my vacuum cleaner. I love it a lot.

Growing up, my mom only used the vacuum on carpet and cleaned wood and tile floors with a broom or dustmop. For the first couple of years after college that I lived in houses with no carpet I didn’t own a vacuum (save for a Roomba that died within a year). I would swiffer til the cows came home and still be defeated by pet hair. My friend Lauren kept encouraging me to get a vacuum, especially one that had attachments for cleaning upholstery and other surfaces. Life changer! I researched and researched and ended up choosing a Miele canister vac. I’d never owned a canister before but I love it! The wand extends to be waist-high and I can go right from vacuuming the floor to the sofa and other flat surfaces all using the same attachment.

There are attachments for crevices, dusting, and upholstery stowed right on the canister. It’s really easy to switch them out. It uses a bag, which I actually prefer because I don’t have dust flying around when I empty it like with bagless vacs I’ve owned in the past. I only have to buy bags once or twice a year even with three pets, and it never smells bad or spews dust out while I’m vacuuming. And this may be standard on vacuums like this, but I love that it doesn’t have a rotating brush! Many a vacuum (including my roomba) died a slow and painful death thanks to strands of my long hair wrapped around its brush.

While not as pricey as a Dyson or some fancier models, the Miele Olympus is definitely more expensive than a run-of-the-mill upright vacuum. I saved up and cashed in some credit card reward points to get it (we get points when we run our debit cards as credit). Every other vacuum I’ve ever owned has gone kaput within a year or two but after two and a half years this one still works great. My hope is that it will still be going after a decade! I feel like lots of folks spend hundreds of dollars buying one cheap vacuum after another and hating every single one, so I’m really glad I decided to go outside of my comfort zone and invest in one that will hopefully last. I never would have thought to use a vacuum on wood and tile or to get a canister vac until it was suggested to me and let me just tell you, I don’t know why everyone doesn’t do this. I actually kind of like cleaning the floors now. Nobody is paying me to write this or anything, I just wanted to share with those of you who maybe are struggling to keep your floors clean. I also recently got a cordless handheld vac that I use to do a quick clean-up of the litter box area and sometimes the stairs or other tricky spots.

I’ve recently started doing a quick clean-up of the whole house on Friday afternoons to get ready for the weekend, so I’ll be a vacuuming fool come tomorrow! It’s Thursday, so the place is in total disarray right now. Baby toys everywhere and cat hair covering every surface. Hope y’all are all having a great week!


Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


5 responses to Meet Miele

  1. I grew up with an Electrolux canister model. Soon after I got married I purchased a rebuilt Electrolux canister model with all the attachments. Now I must be on my 4th or 5th one. They are great and with pets it is a necessity to have attachments to do upholstery, especially with little ones around and into everything. If you have to vacuum you mine as well have one that does it right!

  2. I feel like the vacuum cleaner is an overlooked machine in the household. Why not invest a little extra in something that you’re going to be using on a regular basis rather than just going through cheap vacuum after vacuum. I purchased my multi-floor Dyson on a super-sale for $279 and it was the best purchase I’ve made for our home so far. My mom has already gone through 2 vacuum cleaners in the 3 years that I’ve owned mine, and it’s still as good as new! I’ve heard the canister vacs are better for controlling allergens as well, which is another plus to owning one like yours.

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap May 31, 2013 at 9:42 am

      So many people rave about their Dysons! That’s awesome that you got it at such a great price!

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