an affordable line within the realm of "reasonable purchase" now. Miele is one of those brands we've been fortunate to test, but unfortunately can't afford. But that doesn't stop us from ogling about their line of sexcellent vacuums (yes, they're sexy, at least compared to other vacs). But for more crunchy types with discriminating requirements, Miele has you covered now too with the release of their "Earth" model. Released in celebration of Earth Day, the Miele Earth looks similar to their other canister vacuums, with all the improvements hidden away. Energy-saving advancements like the AutoEco automatically detects what type of flooring you're cleaning (carpet, smooth floors, drapes, furniture) and adjusts power for optimal cleaning performance and energy efficiency.
“Homeowners tend to think that the highest power setting is best for all cleaning,” says Nadine Gast, Senior Product Manager for Miele. “This is absolutely a myth. The high setting should be used only on smooth floors. Drapes and carpets require specific settings for optimal cleaning and using AutoEco will not only save tremendously in energy consumption, but also will provide better performance and long term care for home furnishings.”Other green tweaks specific to this model is construction using materials specifically designed for easy recycling, cadmium and lead-free coatings, water-based paints, and of course, lower energy consumption performance. And most importantly, the Earth was designed for a 20 year life cycle, so you can purchase one and enjoy the sealed system HEPA filtering (proprietary multi-ply, random-spun filter material vac bags) for decades instead of replacing a broken vac after just a few years. And in this regard, purchasing an "expensive" vacuum like the upper tier, $999 Miele Earth, may come out to be more affordable appliance investment in the long run.