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Published on January 3rd, 2011 | by Ruth


Miele S 7210: Solid Vacuum, With A Twist

As the new year ap­proach­es, we’re feel­ing the urge to clean out ev­ery­thing (re­la­tion­ships, clos­ets, bank ac­counts…). We’re al­so re­solv­ing to clean our habi­ta­tions more of­ten, and thor­ough­ly. Af­ter notic­ing how quick­ly cat hair builds in­to an unattrac­tive area rug, we pulled out the Miele S 7210 Twist and took it for a spin.

Be­sides be­ing a cute play on var­i­ous dance forms (Miele al­so has mod­els called the “tan­go,” the “swing,” and the “sal­sa”), the “Twist” de­scribes the ma­neu­ver­abil­i­ty of this vac­u­um. An in­no­va­tive, patent­ed “swivel­neck” al­lows you to steer the ma­chine in all di­rec­tions, at all an­gles. We were able to vac­u­um around table legs, and even un­der a bed, with­out need­ing to pull out the at­tach­ment. The front wheels have 360 de­gree ro­ta­tion, mak­ing it eas­i­er to zag around odd-shaped rooms. We tapped a foot switch, and the floor head cas­ing dis­en­gaged and the rear wheels re­tract­ed in­to the vac­u­um body, fur­ther smooth­ing move­ments. Re­mind any­one else of play­ing with Trans­form­ers?

One of the rea­sons we of­ten put off vac­u­um­ing is the hor­ri­ble noise that ac­com­pa­nies the chore. Lis­ten­ing to mu­sic be­comes im­pos­si­ble, and hear­ing your­self think im­prob­a­ble. Though not nin­ja-silent, the Miele Twist cre­ates less rum­ble than the vac­u­ums we grew up with, even with the 1200-watt mo­tor. This vac­u­um is heavy enough that you’re not go­ing to want to cart it around, but the weight bal­ance makes it easy to wield. We were al­so im­pressed by the 39-foot cord- find­ing a free pow­er out­let in the right place was not a prob­lem.

We usu­al­ly hate chang­ing vac­u­um bags- the poof of dust and al­ler­gins of­ten sparks a cough­ing fit. Miele tack­les this prob­lem with nine-lay­er elec­tro­stat­i­cal­ly charged bag, in an air­tight vac­u­um cham­ber. It did work, but we’re not crazy about need­ing to buy re­place­ment bags, around $20 a pop. We tried out an­oth­er up­right vac­u­um re­cent­ly, the LG Kom­pres­sor, that uti­lized a can­is­ter in­stead, while still be­ing al­ler­gy-friend­ly.

The bot­tom line, we found the Miele S 7210 a sol­id, re­li­able vac­u­um. It felt like it would last a long time. It doesn’t have the fu­tur­is­tic as­pects of some of the oth­er vac­u­ums we’ve re­viewed, but is an im­prove­ment on the vac­u­ums we grew up with. You can in­vest in one from Ama­zon for around $430.

Now to get an ear­ly start on those res­o­lu­tions and vac­u­um be­hind the couch…

About the Author

The ampersand tattoo on her shoulder goes a long way towards explaining Ruth's outlook on life: there's always an "and." With TrulyNet, Ruth enjoys working on social media and writing... and editing... and... Ruth went to the University of Oregon, where she studied music, dance and cognitive psychology (and sleeping very little). While there, she designed classes and taught arts enrichment to talented and gifted grade-school students. After graduation, Ruth spent several years as a Market Analyst at a large law firm in New York. Feeling the pull back to the west coast, Ruth moved to San Francisco and worked for Stanford for a year before deciding to focus on her passion for the arts. Ruth spends more time on Facebook that she cares to admit. When not attached to the computer, working for TrulyNet, or dancing, Ruth rock climbs, knits, swims, obsessively plays Boggle, plays games, plays tennis, cooks, sips beer, wine and whiskey, and travels seeking adventure.

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