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My last Miele vacuum cleaner was with me for ten years. I say 'with me' as it had seen quite some action prior to that as it was a hand me down from a relative. It suddenly stopped working one day which with age and some of the jobs it had tackled in a house renovation, did not surprise me. I could bear it no grudge so I immediately looked at more Miele models.
** why the cat and dog?**
Since acquiring my first Miele I had also acquired a small furry friend who loses a lot of fur around the house especially in spring time. I had never noticed the old vacuum being underpowered but I noted that the cat and dog could be turned up or down as required to change the suction power. It also appeared to be a compact and relatively light weight model.
** tools and attachments**
The cat and dog comes with the following tools:
1) a turbo head - this head has powered rollers that pick up hairs and dust well from carpets
2) a normal head - you can select whether a brush is deputed down or not. I use this on tiled floors
3) a crevice device - good for skirting boards and narrow gaps
4) a soft brush - I think it's for upholstery or curtains but I rarely use it
5) a smaller head - I think this is for curtains or upholstery
The normal head stays on the device whilst the three smaller tools clip on to the hose. The turbo head doesn't have a storage place.
**other technical details**
The power is adjusted using a dial with different settings eg. Hard floor, upholstery etc. the cord retracts into the cylinder after use by pushing a button. The vacuum requires a bag. This clips inside with a red dial on the cylinder indicating how full it is.
This machine is powerful enough to remove car fur with ease. Indeed, I rarely have it on the highest setting nor need to use the turbo brush. The device for attaching the three smaller tools to the hose appeared very light weight however I was surprised to find it does the job perfectly. None of them have ever fallen off. The turbo brush delivers the ultimate clean but it's a slight nuisance storing it as it doesn't clip on in any way if the normal head is in position. The tubes can sometimes be a little stiff making changing the tools a little awkward but it's not a big problem. The retractable cord keeps everything neat and overall the design is effective.
So, in summary this is an excellent vacuum that is significantly cheaper than a Dyson with a great design ang excellent suction. Dirt, dog and cat hair doesn't stand a chance.
I purchased my Miele Cat and Dog to replace a Dyson (which I hated). I wanted plenty of suction and a vacumn that would deal with my cat's copious hair loss.
I purchased this as a shop used model, so got a whopping £50 off, so I was really impressed with the price, as it was far cheaper than any of the Dyson's I was comparing it with. I love the fact that you can adjust the suction power to deal with a variety of surfaces. It's very happy on carpet, mats or wooden and tile floors and I use mine on every floor surface in the house. It has some handy attachments which help with little corners and when you need a soft attachment to eliminate making marks.
It does require bags, but these can be bought cheaply online, as can the filters.
It removes all cat hair at the first sweep, and it has rejuvenated the carpet in my son's room, which is dark blue.
I quite like the cylinder as it's easy to get around furniture and as you use a hose all the time, it's easy to manipulate under furniture, round corners and move from floor to furniture without having to change adaptors.
I wouldn't buy any other make in future, this is an excellent vacumn cleaner and it deals with pet hairs perfectly.
As far as vacuum cleaners go (and my limited 'man knowledge') this is the best one I have ever used for day to day cleaning on all surface types. We have carpet, laminate and tile flooring in our house and this copes well with all. We also have an 18 month old baby and a dog, each making sure the cleaner gets used on a daily basis.
It may be the powerful motor or the fast spinning brush thats housed in the cleaner head that seems to clear a path through any debris, including removing white dog hair from deep within a dark long pile rug.
The main unit is red with silver buttons, and has a black nozzle, wheels and vacuum head. Housed neatly inside the main unit are a number of attachments for getting in to corners, soft bristles for delicate areas, a smaller head for tight spots etc. The 10 metre cable is retractable, this means that the unit can be neatly stored and no tangled wires.
Although this vacuum has a pretty powerful motor, it doesn't seem to kick out as much noise as you would expect, and this is beneficial when it seems the only time to get the hoovering done is when the little one is having her nap! The only time there can be excessive noise is when something gets caught in between the brush and the plastic housing on the cleaner head. It is necessary to clear the brush head of any hair, string, cotton etc that with inevitably build up on it. This can be quite tricky, so best to do it often to avoid too much build up.
The vacuum cleaner is compact, and light meaning it is easy to carry up and down stairs but I do find it difficult to balance on the stairs as it can't sit on its wheels and its rounded edges make it hard to stand on its end without using a hand to balance it.
This vacuum isn't bagless, so you will need to get hold of some spare bags, although it seems to compact the debris very well meaning less frequent changes. A little tip here, the branded Miele bags can cost up to £10 each! We found 5 for £4 on Amazon and they hold just as much and work with the vacuum just as well.
Another point I would make is the lack of smell. Often with vacuums there can be a stale smell when they're used. This doesn't seem to have that, even when it is used to clear up food and dog hair etc.
As a man of 6'1" I can't use this vacuum for prolonged periods, and before all the women start the tutting and the 'typical man' I have a valid reason. The stainless steel hoover nozzle/pole is quite short, approx 2'6" and after a while of stooping it can cause discomfort to the lower back. My partner is 5'4" and she has no issues at all. I haven't been able to find any extensions for this particular model from Miele.
I think this vacuum is accurately priced in comparison to others on the market. We do have a VAX upright but never use it unless we are shampooing the carpet. This is a great, well made, everyday use vaccum cleaner and I would recommend it.
Miele Cat and Dog Vacuum Cleaner:
I am going to start by providing a tiny bit of background as I feel it helps. The old hoover we had was a fairly basic one from Argos that cleaned up bits and bobs but it missed a lot of hair and this did gradually build up and start to annoy my partner in particular. Anyway things start to change, first of all we are planning our wedding and she has been instructed by the hair dresser to grow her hair long and this in turn has meant much more hair on the floor and secondly we now have a cat, who although we love her despite her being completely crazy does have a lot of fur going over the place. For the above 2 reasons we felt the need to get a new vacuum cleaner to make the process much easier and to save a lot of time, to get the carpet to her standards takes a long time and to be fair I normally do a rubbish job of it.
She did a lot of shopping around and we soon realised we were going to have to fork out a couple of hundred quid to get one that really does the job. This one was chosen because it had the specification that my partner wanted and well to be honest I didn't really know any better either way so her choice was my choice. Now onto the cleaner.
The cleaner itself is one of the ones with a long nozzle and a head on the end of it, those who have seen a Henry cleaner will be about to picture this one in their head quite easily. Anyone interested in matching the colour of their hoover with their room will be interested to hear that this product is mainly red with shades of black and silver. You have on the base unit a few buttons so that you can reel in the power cable and turn the thing on and off.
This vacuum is really easy to use, I have not used one with a long extension before but it does make things really simple. With the long pole it is much easier to get round corners and get under the table and all the places that I normally miss. Having the bulky unit behind you does get annoying when you catch it on doors or whatever but overall I am pleased with this style. This actual vacuum itself is very easy to use, you of course have wheels on the base unit and these slides nicely over both hard floors and carpet. The base unit also contains an on/off button and a reel in the power cable button that can be pressed with your foot while standing, for those of us who are lazy or are too old to bend over too much these are really useful. Actually cleaning with this is quite hard work and easy at the same time. It is hard because the suction on this thing is so strong that you do really have to push to get the thing to move, the pole is adjustable so that you can set it to the right height for you and whilst this helps it is still a real slug to get it around. It is however also quite easy because it has a turbo brush built into the head which means that one trip over the area is normally enough.
One thing that will put many people off of a vacuum cleaner like this is that it is a good old bagged vacuum cleaner, meaning that for those who don't know you have to fill a bag with the dust and things and then remember to empty. We have had this now for quite a while and have used it at least once a week and have only had to empty it twice, we have never had any problems with it exploding or getting overfull.
I am not normally someone who is great a hovering but since we have changed to this I am now a master, one whip round the flat and as long as I remember to do every room and every inch of every room I get a gold star and a big smile as my vacuuming is up to the standard required to keep everyone happy and with minimal effort on my part.
One thing to watch out for with this is the noise, you would think as they have advertised it for cat and dog owners they would try to dull down the noise a bit, sure that is not going to be easy when its primary function is to pick up all of that fur but even so it is a real beast and the cat always scarpers when this comes out of the closet.
I cannot comment on the longevity of this device as we have only had it around 8 months, in that time we have had nothing go wrong and it was just a case of clicking things together as per the instructions in order to set it up. The cable that comes with this is quite long and I can easily plug it into one end of the hallway and do half the flat and then into the plug at the other end of the hallway and do the rest of the flat, this makes it much easier than having to change the plug for every room.
In my life I have had the pleasure to use a variety of cleaners that include a Henry, a Dyson and a budget one but this one beats the lot, it gives a great cleaner and makes mere mortals like me look like a vacuum cleaning god.
We bought this vacuum as we had two cats and our existing cleaner was struggling with the job of cleaning up the hairs. One of our sons suffered from asthma and we thought the improved performance suggested by the "Cat and Dog" label might help there.
The Miele Cat and Dog did make a reasonable job of removing cat hairs compared to our previous clapped out vacuum but it hasn't really matched our expectations. We'd rather expected it to glide effortlessly over the carpets removing all evidence of cat with the minimum of fuss and effort - in reality however removal of cat hair remained hard work with the upholstery attachment necessary at times to secure complete removal. Perhaps it was just our cats or maybe our expectations were too high. The "Cat and Dog" label does however suggest exceptional performance where removal of pet hair is concerned.
We have also found the lid of the tool storage compartment on the machine to be somewhat flimsy and it has come off on more than one occasion.
We use this vacuum upstairs and have since acquired a Numatic "Henry" for use downstairs. On balance I think it would be fair to say that we've found the Numatic more efficient where pet hair removal is concerned although it has one or two portability issues.
Bags for the Miele Cat and Dog are not too difficult to find. They come in at around £6 for 5. The "Henry" bags are however bigger and also beat the Miele on price at around £3.50/£4 for 5.
In all, although my experience is limited, I suspect the Miele Cat and Dog is not much more than an average performer. Overall we've certainly found the Henry a better (and cheaper) model.
I purchased my Miele Cat and Dog cylinder hoover for approximately £200 at John Lewis approximately 4 years ago.
I had been using a dyson prior to that but wanted something with a bit more suction and a good filtersystem. After much research this came out tops. The filtersystem it uses is Hepa/S Class which really grabs the dust in the carpet. The main reason of purchase was the massive 1800 Watt power to it which outshines other strength of suction by nearly 100%. (ie Dysons is half of this). This means that when you switch it on you know about it - it has such a strong suction that you notice immediately the difference to your carpets; it really seems to get that ground in dirt in your carpet immediately. Comes with a turbo brush which is good on steps, the mini turbo is great for the stairs and a crevice tool thats long enough to fit into small narrow spaces such as down the back of cupboards and down radiators the suction is suffciently powerful that it sucks up dust from within the radiators too. The soft velour tool which cleans up sofas a treat.
It also comes witha 2 year guarantee which I only needed to use as the top flat came off and needed refitting (overzealous hoovering on my behalf)!
Seems heavier than some hoovers but no so that it makes it difficult up the stairs etc. Not bagless which means you have the added expensive of continually puchasing hoover bags.
This has got to be one of the best hoovers on the market. There has been no reduction in suction all the time I have had it, it consistently proves its worth when I hoover as it feels like the carpets are 'deep down clean'. I would definately buy this item again and recommend it to everyone.
My elderly Grandfather actually owns this machine but I am the main user, it is the old one and is similar to the picture.
This vacuum is very powerful I have never felt the need to use it on the highest setting I usually prefer 1200. The Miele is the only vacuum aside from my Dyson that is strong enough to spin a turbine head so fast that it doesn't slow right down when it makes contact with the carpet/sofa. I find the pick up excellent, the pet's I have are a short haired Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog and a hamster that kicks sawdust everywhere and it it very effective on the short black dog hairs that get stuck into the cream carpet. However find the standard - non turbo floor tool completely ineffective on thick carpets as it just shudders over the dirt, although this attachment is very effective on flat rugs/hard floors on a lower power setting. The suction is very strong as when the crevice tool is used the noise is so loud.
My Cat & Dog came with
- large turbo head
- small turbo head
- standard hard floor/carpet tool
and on-board storage for
- upholstery tool
- crevice nozzle
- dusting brush
The area where these tools are kept is a flip up compartment on the main body of the vacuum, this tends to come off the spring occasionally.
This vacuum is one of the quietest I have ever used (compared to Electrolux and Dyson)
and has quite a long flex and bags last a long time and keep odours in well as they are the fabric bags with layers of filtration. The vacuum also has an exhaust filter which needs replaced roughly once a year depending on use.
Unfortunately this cleaner is nowhere near as good as Miele would like you to believe. The unit itself gets very hot very quickly and the lid that keeps the tools in place doesn't itself stay in place. The filters and bags are expensive and have to be replaced often and I spend just as much time cleaning the hoover as the hoover does cleaning the floors. The "turbo" brush head gets very tangled and I have gone through 3 of them since buying the vacuum cleaner.
Sebo on the other hand is far superior, German and cost about £20 more. I won't be going back to Miele. I have a Miele dish washer and a Miele Washer dryer. Both have has broken down and cost me £350 each in repairs when only 6 yrs old. So much for the "20 year life".
Rip off really considering the price.
I think I'm in love with my Miele upright Cat and Dog!!! It's by far the best vacuum I've ever owned in the last 30 years. I've had Dysons, Vax, Hoover - you name it, but this one is by far the best one. I was put off by the fact that it takes bags, but the bags last such a long time (months!) and are such good quality that it's not a problem - and they have a self closer when you take them out so no muck comes out. Also, something I hadn't realised when I bought it, the body of the cleaner swivels making it so easy to clean around furniture - really impressed.
If you are considering buying a vacuum, I can't recommend this one highly enough - I have 5 cats and 1 dog and my house is being renovated and it's coped fantastically. I did the research into which vaccuum to buy, so don't bother with any reseearch - just read this and buy a Miele Cat and Dog!
We received our Miele Cat and Dog as a wedding present. I wanted the Dyson, but my husband-to-be was put off by the Which? review and the expense. For about a third of the price and with a glowing Which? review, we settled on this cleaner, secure in the knowledge that we would shortly have a hairy dog to make this worthwhile.
So as a basic cleaner, we never had a problem. It's got great suction, the operation is self explanatory, it stores neatly in a couple of positions, and the bags are easy to get hold of.
Now that there is not one, but two hair-shedding, smelly hounds in the house, we really appreciate the cleaner's efficiency in picking up the many wafty white strands of fluff that our little doggies leave liberally around the house.
I also have to admit, that as a woman with long hair, the cleaner has been most useful at removing the shed-loads of hair that falls of my head in the region of the bedroom mirror, where I brush it every day!
You have to check the hoover head every once in a while and spend some time snipping the clot of hairs off with scissors, but I haven't yet met a cleaner where you didn't have to do that (my parents own the dyson, which I still love and you have to cut the clot on that).
The bag capacity is mighty, so you don't change it very often. My only complaint is that the hose kinks every once in a while as you clean. It does my head in, but I have developed a hose-flicking technique which straightens it out, so i suppose it's something I can live with. i do wish they'd sort that out, though...
Here's a few extra details for those who like to know these things.
The cleaner weighs in at a measley 7.7kg - this roughly translates to being easily lugged up the stairs by a heavily pregnant me without sending me into premature labour or putting my wibbly back out.
It's 2200 Watts -so it's prooty darn powerful. Or powerful enough to tackle the combined hair power of two moulting dogs.
It comes with a crevice tool, mini upholstery head, brush attachment and a turbo head, as well as two bags 94.5 litre capacity). The three littlest tools stash away tidily inside the cleaner.
This is a fantastic Vacuum Cleaner and has very few negatives to report.
We have had ours now for over three years and it is still going strong. The suction has various strengths which is ideal for the various flooring that we have in our home (lino, carpet, tiles) It's adapters are easy to fix and remove. Sadly we had a little accident with the microscopic handle, which has since been taped into its longest extended length as replacement parts do tend to be on the slightly pricey side.
Cleaning the stairs can sometimes be tricky - the Vacuum does not always sit comfortably on the stairs. The final drawback is the length of the electricity cable - sometimes I wish this was longer.
In the past I have had several Dyson's and Henrys - but this knocks spots off them! This Vacuum is robust, sturdy, has great suction, easy to carry around the house, and neat to store.
This is a MUST purchase, and I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone - even if they do not have a Cat or a Dog!!
Not really my ideal cleaner. Yes it picks up hair and bits well, but I find it very awkward to use. The cylinder part is very heavy and seems to have a tendency for getting stuck as you try to manoeuver it around corners. That along with getting wound up in the hose and wire make it very frustrating to use. One other point - the compartment that holds the tools opens on the top of the cylinder, and I soon noticed that as the cleaner heats up is use, the door of the compartment springs open. It then refuses to close because the fitting has expanded with the heat. The dust bag fills up very quickly, which I suppose is what you get for the good hair pick-up, but you can't empty it and reuse it, you have to replace it with a new one. Being that they cost about £10 for 4 bags, this can run to a sizeable expense. On top of all this, I find it really noisy. All in all I'm considering replacing it after only 6 months.
I bought the miele cat and dog a few months ago based on several reviews online and also a recommendation from a random person in the shop I was buying it from.
The selling point for this vacuum is that it has a special head that is meant to lift more cat/dog hairs than a normal vacuum. I think after a couple of months I can say that it does indeed pick up more cat hairs than my old vacuum and probably other vacuums on the market. As well as the special head it comes with the other usual routine heads which have a special stowage area inside the main vacuum body. The is also a "stowage area" for the telescopic suction tube - a slot on the side of the main body that the brushes can slot into. It should be noted that the special cat head does not have any stowage area. To complement the different heads it has a variable power dial so that you can vary the power output of the vacuum depending on the surface you are trying to clean.
Movement and handling wise, it is slightly heavier than my old vacuum but it is still light enough to carry and the wheels on the body make it very nimble.
While the vacuum is slightly more expensive that other vacuums on the market it does have the ability to extend the warranty out to 10years for only £30 directly from Miele. The extended warranty also comes with an extra 2 bags. As a result of this warranty I have no need to buy a new vacuum cleaner for the next 10 years!
Overall, first impressions are very favourable for this vacuum and I can recommend it highly.
I have recently purchased this vacuum cleaner after searching for the right one to do the job and I'm so glad I found it.
I have a long haired border collie, a collie x and a yorkshire terrier x that all cast shockingly and was fed up with a vacuum that just didn't lift the hair off the carpeted areas of the house.
This vacuum cleaner, although possibly a little more expensive than some people may wish to pay out is well worth the money.
It comes with the normal accessories of a head that is for hard floors and carpeted areas, the small upholstery brush and the tiny one for getting into tight corners. The bonus is the turbo head brush which is what lifts the hairs off the floor.
I was sceptical that it would live up to my ideal but it is brilliant. The suction is fantastic and cleans very well with one sweep of the area (rather than the several hard sweeps I had to do with a previous vacuum).
The cleaner is small and I felt it was lightweight and easy to carry round the house to where it was needed. It also has variable suction which is depicted by the different surfaces eg: mats or upholstery and also has a quieter mode too.
It is a bagged vacuum cleaner and comes with 2 bags to start you off and the filtration is anitbacterial so there is not as much dust in the air when hoovering.
I would definately reccommend this product to anyone especially those who are frustrated with animal hair not coming up.
This hoover is great whether you have pets or not. I dont have any pets but its great for picking up human hair, carpet fluff and dust. The suction is really strong and it has settings to modify the amount of suction. It also has 3 types of fittings which I use all the time so really handy. The replacement dust bags are really expensive to buy but they do take a while to fill up so well worth the money. The hoover is not so heavy but it does become heavy when the bag is nearly full. It is easy to hoover the stairs and the wire is long but it could be a little more longer. It's a nice colour and the handle can easily be fixed back on the hoover so neatly be stored away. Overall, it is expensive to buy but the benefits outwieght the cost of the hoover..a great buy.