- Powerful with 6 suction levels
- Ideal for pet hairs of all types
- Great on stairs
- On board accessories
- Large 4.5l dust bag capacity
- Not the cheapest cylinder cleaner
Review Price £259.00
What is the Miele S8320 Cat & Dog?Miele was one of the first brands to introduce vacuum cleaners specifically for pet owners and its models designated ‘cat and dog’ have had a long and illustrious history in the cleaner market. This latest incarnation offers an extremely powerful 2200Watt motor, 4.5 litre bagged collection and a host of accessories to cater for homes with furry friends. You get a choice of six suction power levels, enabling all sorts of vacuuming to be performed from the most delicate curtains, through to sucking up grit from the deepest of carpets.
In addition to being ideal for collecting pet hairs, the S8320’s Active Air Clean filter houses a charcoal cassette to purify the air and remove all those unfortunate pet odours. With Poppy, our willing assistant Labrador, fresh from a dip in the local duck pond, removing odours would be a real, real advantage on this test.
Miele S8320 Cat & Dog: AccessoriesThe S8320’s accessories are largely stored on-board and comprise a crevice nozzle, an upholstery nozzle and a dusting brush all fitted neatly into the top body of the machine. The other main heads are a full size turbo Cat & Dog head with a rotating brush and a mini turbo head along with the standard hard floor/carpet head.
The mini turbo head is ideal for removing pet hairs from stairs as it is more manoeuvrable than the full size head yet still offers the collecting power of a brush and beater bar.
Miele S8320 Cat & Dog: How does it clean carpets and hard floors?The six suction strengths take a bit of getting used to and different settings are required on a daily basis. The main reason for this is that full power offers tremendous suction that will lift rugs clean off the ground or stick the head to carpets, particularly short pile ones. There is also a suction release control on the handle to release the head should it get seriously stuck down.
Unsurprisingly then the S3820 performed extremely well on both carpeted and hard floors, its outstanding suction really lifting dirt from deep within the carpet. Each type of head is well designed and thought out and the cat & dog head proved particularly good with the tricky hair from our long haired collie.
Its light weight makes it highly manoeuvrable and there is also a low noise level setting, which brings down the noise even from the machine’s relatively quiet full power mode. In our three-pass test using carpet freshening powder, the Miele picked up every trace right to the edge even with the standard (non-rotating) head.
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Miele S8320 Cat & Dog: How easy is it to use on stairs?While the hose length will only get you approximately half way up or down a typical flight of stairs, this Miele’s relatively light weight and easy carrying in an upright position make it a breeze on stairs. The mini turbo brush is one of the very best tools we have found for stairs as it is manoeuvrable, light and very effective at picking up dirt and grime.
The machine is very stable when turned on its end so is ideally suited to stand on the stairs as the cleaning progresses. As the main stair-related tools are on-board you are never stuck for a tool for awkward creases and bends in stairs that turn corners.
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The Turbo Mini head is great for stairs and cars
Miele S8320 Cat & Dog: How does it cope with pet hair?Miele’s long standing experience in pet specific vacuum cleaners absolutely shines through in the S3820’s ability to pick up pet hairs with either of the turbo brush heads. Using the main Cat & Dog head proved to be very easy, our standard 30cm patch of dog hairs rubbed into the carpet being sucked up in a test record eight seconds. The smaller turbo brush is just as good for rugs and particularly the stairs, where our collie spends most of the day moulting and watching the world go by.
It was difficult to assess the efficacy of the odour filter as the offending Labrador has a piquant odour all of its own. However compared to our default domestic cleaner for the pets, a bagged Numatic Henry, there was no obvious odour emanating from the Miele during or after vacuuming up behind the dogs.
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Should I buy the Miele S8320 Cat & Dog?Frankly, the S8320 is another outstanding product from Miele. It is a vacuum cleaner that sets out with a purpose, pet hairs, and executes that with efficiency and flair. Yet its high power, control, flexibility, light weight and great range of tools make it a fabulous all-round vacuum cleaner for any home, with or without furry friends.
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