Dyson Vs. Miele
Two companies known for making high quality vacuum cleaners are creating a dilemma for shoppers everywhere that are looking to pick up a new vacuum. If you have hardwood floors, it’s important to get a vacuum that won’t cause harm to your floors over time. While both of these companies make vacuums suitable for cleaning hardwood floors, the question that causes the most confusion is, which one makes the better cleaning machine?
To help clear things up, let’s take a look at a few different areas that these companies differ in that might make your choice a bit easier:
Until recently, each of these companies had a sort of association with different types of vacuums. Miele was known for their canister vacuums, while Dyson specialized in uprights. This is not the case anymore, as both have branched out their arsenals to include models of various types. Dyson has created modern and competitive canister vacuums, while Miele has been working on their uprights to face against the rival company.
Although both companies now offer competitive models of each type, you may still find that years of expertise in a particular type, whether canister or upright, shows through. These “new additions” don’t have the same experience behind them as the models which have been produced since the beginning. For this reason, Dyson may still have better uprights, while Miele may have better canisters.
Power Vs. Maneuverability
Once you get past the more obvious things like brush-roll heads (which are a big no-no on hardwood floors, by the way!), the debate for hardwood floors can be focused mainly on these two areas: suction power and ease of use.
While you need to decide for yourself how much of each is necessary for your house, there are certain things you should keep in mind as a reference. Generally, when dealing with hard surfaces at all, you want to look for strong suction since there are no brushes or the like to help you reach all the dirt particles properly.
If a vacuum cleaner’s suction is too weak, it will be ineffective and frustrating to use on a hardwood floor. The trade-off is that a vacuum with super powerful suction might give you trouble if you intend to use it on any other type of surface as well, because area rugs and mats might get stuck to the head, or carpet fibers could be pulled from your carpeting.
When looking at the maneuverability, think about all the tight spots you have in your home. Whether you are thinking about vacuuming under furniture, around cabinets or wall edges, between obstacles, etc. you will need to look into a vacuum that has the capability to move around without a lot of hassle.
Uprights are usually known for their power and not known for their ease of use, while canisters can either excel at both or focus mainly on moving fluidly while sacrificing some in the area of suction.
Bags or Bagless?
In this particular issue, there could not be a more polar opposite in design. Dyson vacuums are made exclusively without bags, taking advantage of cyclonic filtration in a large dirt collection cup as well as HEPA certified filters.
Miele uses specialty bags and HEPA filtration to create a nearly dust-free environment. If you’re not into bagless vacuums, don’t even think about getting a Dyson. However, if you hate changing vacuum bags or don’t want the hassle and expense of buying vacuum bags, Miele is a poor fit.
There are people who will swear by both of these brands, insisting they are the best thing to come out in the cleaning world. This can make it hard to tell which is better. The bad news is, there really isn’t one vacuum that’s better than the other. The good news is there are certain characteristics that each one holds, which will help you decide what your preference is. Here are a few traits that were commonly noted in user reviews of different models from both Dyson and Miele:
- Dyson vacuums have strong suction and a sturdy design, meaning you will be able to use the same vacuum for years and years without worrying about a replacement.
- Miele makes fairly quiet, yet highly effective canisters for hardwood floors.
- Dyson are harder to maneuver in general, because of the somewhat bulky design on some of their models. Recently though, different Dyson canisters have been released that will cut down on this issue.
- Miele vacuums are easy to get around the house, and most of them have a very good reach, making it possible for you to lay the suction wand almost completely down on the floor.
- Dyson vacuums may have a higher cost initially, but there is no upkeep required to keep them running. Miele vacuums, on the other hand, require bags to operate, which can be a bit expensive depending on the model you choose to purchase.
- Miele’s tend to keep the dust out of the air better.
- Dyson’s are easy to empty and very easy to clean when necessary.
Hopefully, you have a pretty good idea about the pros and cons of each company now. In general, Dyson makes powerful, sturdy vacuums that require little upkeep in order to work well for their entire lifespan. Miele makes maneuverable vacuums with excellent filtration systems that require bags to be replaced as necessary in order to operate properly.
Take this knowledge and decide what’s more important to you. Whatever you choose, make sure that you don’t use a brush-roll head on your hardwood floor!
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