Miele Canister Vacuum: Pisces S5280 In the Test Lab

Miele Canister Vacuum: Pisces S5280 In the Test Lab

Aaron Able
Mar 19, 2008

Product: Miele Pisces S5280

Price: $650

Rating: Recommend*

Have you ever fallen in love with a vacuum cleaner? After months of indecisiveness (and dustiness), I finally splurged on a new vacuum to replace the junk that threw dirt around my apartment. Behold, the Miele Pisces S5280! After a lot of web research (including a bunch of older AT posts and comments) and some in-person inspecting at Desco, I took the plunge...

While expensive, a Miele vacuum gets lots of raves and very few rants (check out the comments in the
Best Products: Miele Vacuums
post). I was shopping for a vacuum that would be a good fit for my hardwood floors and small area rugs. Living on the first floor with tiny windows, my apartment gets extremely dusty. The added bonus of an effective HEPA filter on my vacuum would help in keeping the air cleaner. (We loved this video for a demonstration of HEPA effectiveness.)

I started looking at the S4 range of Miele. It uses the same bags as the S5 series, but because the body of the vacuum is smaller, you are only partly filling the bags with the S4. I decided to upgrade to the S5 series for the larger size (less changing bags), integrated accessory storage (see below), included HEPA filter ($50 value) and the included parquet and turbobrush attachments...

The Pisces comes with a parquet brush for hard floors...

and a air-powered rotating Turbobrush for low-to-medium pile carpet...

The TurboBrush actually lifted our new FLOR tiles off the ground when it was on the highest setting.

This is the quietest vacuum I've ever used. There are six manual settings that change the power and noise level of the machine. The curtains setting is whisper-quiet. It won't pull down your window dressings but will still suck out the dust. Even the highest setting is quieter than most vacuums.

I'm super happy with my purchase. It was expensive, but I've already noticed the improved cleanliness of my apartment. I will have this vacuum for a long time. (If I had a bigger home and lots of carpet, I'd dream of the Miele Capricorn!) I would rate this Simply Irresistible if it was more affordable.

HEPA Air Filter
Very Quiet
Integrated storage for accessories
Long cord (29.5' cleaning radius!)


*Our Ratings:

Simply Irresistible
Weak Recommend

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