We have coveted Miele products ever since working for a fabulous but O.C.D.-inflicted Interior Designer who insisted that each day begin and end with a good vacuum. She swore by the Miele brand, and we just loved the sexy shape enough to suffer through the twice daily cleanings. While it seems insane to spend over $300.00 for a vacuum, we must admit that it does the job and everyone who has one swears by it. The canisters are the bomb, and as with all Miele vacuums, are made with ABS plastic material, crush-proof hoses, and can come with HEPA filters, which filter lung-damaging particles down to 0.3 microns - that includes dust mites and their feces, which are known allergy triggers. Gross but true.