If you’re a pet owner, then the Miele S6220 might be a good option for you. It has a few features that make it specifically suited to picking up pet hair, such as the Active Air Clean filter which allows the already good Air Clean filter with an active charcoal cassette to really pick up pet hair fibres that are stuck in the carpet. On top of this, it’s got rotating air driver rollers that can deep clean carpets and which work particularly well on cut pile carpets.
The attractive compact cylinder design has aluminium elements on the casing and at just 5.8kg in weight, the S6220 is not particularly heavy despite featuring a powerful 2000 watt motor that will suck up all the dirt you need. It also has a silence setting that uses the ideal power level with the quietest vacuum noise possible, so the Miele S6220 isn’t even particularly noisy.
As the Miele S6220 has a sealed system it delivers optimum filtration. The dustbags have an automatic hygiene shutter, which automatically closes the bag to keep dirt and dust safely inside — quite handy as no-one wants to have 3.5 litres of dust exploding over them. There’s an indicator which shows when the dustbag needs to be replaced.
Other handy features are the one-touch cable rewind which neatly loops the 10m cable together. There are three different accessories that come boxed with the Miele S6220 — an upholstery nozzle to keep armchairs and sofas looking clean, a dusting brush for cleaning skirting boards or curved things, and a 15cm crevice nozzle that can get into nooks and crannies.
There’s a manual suction control valve and electronic suction power dials so it’s possible to adjust the suction power for different surfaces. There’s also a nifty furniture protecting “bumper”.
The only real bad things about the Miele S6220 are that the bags are quite expensive because of their automatic closing, and it’s actually quite difficult to store upright. Other than that it’s a really decent model.