An Epinions user reviews the Miele S514 Solaris Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner: “The Miele S514 Solaris Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner felt so lightweight and quiet as to make me think the thing was a toy. And then I discovered that a lighter, quieter vacuum could be superiorâ€”vastly superiorâ€”to any other vacuum I had previously used.
I purchased my Miele S514 Solaris Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner with the upgraded extra-large powerhead with onboard headlight, which brought my total purchase price up to about $750, I believe. We live in a large house, and the larger powerhead seemed like a necessity to get the job done efficiently.
I chose this particular model because it offered practical, tangible benefits over lesser Miele models, and I decided that anything more expensive did not offer any critical benefits. Lesser models did not have the integrated electrical connectivity built into the wand, so changing from powerhead to floor brush required plugging and unplugging a cord. The Miele S514 Solaris Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleanerâ€™s integrated power delivery lets you push the foot pedal, pull off the floor brush, and plug it into the powerhead in one simple movement. Snapping the wand into the powerhead is all that is needed to deliver the electric current to the powerhead. The Miele S514 Solaris Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner also offers selectable motor speed and is compatible with the optional HEPA filter, which I purchased. More expensive models offer electronic controls and automatic motor speed adjustment based on the degree of resistance encountered by the motor. For the difference in price, I decided electronic controls were not important, and I did not really want the vacuum attempting to override my judgment on motor speed.
Overall, I think anyone who can tolerate the idea of spending $700 to $800 on a vacuum cleaner will be pleased with the results from this lightweight, quiet powerhouse.”