I wasn’t expecting to fall in love when I went to the Miele S8 premiere party in Atlanta last month, where I rubbed elbows with the Southeast’s most avid vacuum aficionados and Miele ambassadors. And then, from across the room, I locked eyes with the Alize.
This vacuum is everything I ever wanted: artisanal quality, check. Next-level filtration, check. Criminally cute design? Yeah buddy. We just received the S8 line at our corporate headquarters, and before I run away to Reno with my Alize, let me tell you what makes these vacuums so cool.
The Miele representative gave us a backstage view of the planning that went into developing the S8’s, which update their popular S5 line. (And by popular, I mean 6 million units sold.) Specifically, this line took 4 years, 20,000 hours of work, and 600 meetings.
Miele approached this task, he said, with one question in mind:
“If there were no limits, what would you see from a vacuum?”
Miele S8 Features
You can’t really talk about these vacuums without going into their 12-stage active HEPA filtration, an especially big deal for anyone with allergies. Air actually ends up cleaner than it was before it went in the vacuum.
Other features unique to this line are:
- Lightweight at just 11 pounds
- Comes with an ergonomic carrying handle
- Virtually silent operation
- Easier cable access
- One-touch cable rewind
- A 3D bumper strip
The Miele S8590 Alize HEPA Vacuum Cleaner
The Miele Alize is perfect for my apartment, which is on the smaller side, and full of nooks and crannies, plus hardwood floors, tile, and low-pile carpet.
The AirTeQ Combination Floor Tool moves from one flooring type to the next without any bumps or hiccups. This is thanks to the Alize-exclusive dynamic drive function, which absorbs shock for a cool, smooth ride.
Did you ever see that Seinfeld episode about Rubber Man? “He cleaned the little one-inch area between the refrigerator and the counter,” Jerry remarks. “How did he get in there?”
With the Miele Alize, you can, using the telescopic wand and crevice tool. Also clean behind the washing machine, underneath low-clearance couches, and up in the top corners of your home where those sneaky dust webs gather.
This vacuum has one other exclusive feature, an LED spotlight on the handle. Press the button on the handle, and the light comes on for 30 seconds to shine on all those hidden corners and crevices in your home.
Miele S8990 UniQ HEPA Vacuum Cleaner
This vacuum comes with the Electro Premium Powerbrush, which has its own motor for strong suction to leave thick carpet clean and manicured, vacuum lines and all.
Here are the features exclusive to the Miele UniQ:
- Electrobrush and suction controls on the handle
- An LED-lit underbody
- A special parking system (the UniQ stays lit 30 seconds after you turn it off for easy storing)
- Velvet and chrome accents
Even after the infatuation dies down, you can be sure of a lasting union with your S8. Miele will replace or repair the motor and casing on the Alize for 7 years—the UniQ for 10 years. Miele also covers the costs of parts and labor for 5 years on the UniQ.
So, tell me. Have you ever fallen for a Miele? And if so…how did you tell your mother?