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Miele S5281 Callisto Canister Vacuum Cleaner

by Miele
82 customer reviews

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  • Deluxe Comfort Grip handle with electrobrush control
  • Active HEPA filter with 12-stage AirClean Sealed System
  • Integrated dusting brush, upholstery tool and crevice nozzle
  • 33-feet cleaning radius
  • Electro Plus electrobrush with five-level height adjustment suitable for medium to high-pile carpeting and smooth flooring; and the Parquet Twister for the gentle cleaning of smooth surfaces
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Product Description

The Miele S5 Series Suitable for cleaning all types of floors and floor coverings, Miele’s S5 series blends energy efficiency with standard-setting innovations to create a highly intelligent and remarkably convenient vacuum cleaner. The ergonomic telescopic wands standard on all S5 models make reaching for curtain rods, mantles, blinds and other hard-to-reach surfaces as easy and convenient as caring for your floors. And with an additional layer of sound insulation, these full-size canisters operate quietly with out waking sleeping children or disrupting conversations.

S 5281 Callisto Miele’s S5 Callisto vacuum cleaner features an Electro Plus electrobrush. With a five-level height adjustment and an independent motor, the Electro Plus delivers the ultimate in cleaning power. A perfect choice for larger rooms with medium to deep pile carpeting or smooth surfaces. The Callisto also includes the Parquet Twister — providing 180° rotation for the agile, yet gentle care of smooth surfaces. A telescopic, electric, stainless steel wand and long electrical cord, with automatic rewind, provide a total cleaning radius of 33 feet. The S5 Callisto also features a Deluxe Comfort Grip handle with electrobrush control. Other conveniences include three integrated accessories — a dusting brush, upholstery tool and crevice nozzle.

Six-Stage Suction Easily adjustable, rotary dial power selector ensures the correct level of power for the surface being cleaned.

AirClean Sealed System Callisto’s AirClean Sealed System features a long-lasting HEPA filter which captures and retains over 99.9% of lung-damaging particles.

Auto-Seal Closing FilterBag With a self-locking AutoSeal collar, the AirClean FilterBag ensures that particulates are never released back into the air once they’re captured.

Deluxe Comfort Grip Handle with Electrobrush Control Ergonomic handle with convenient on/off power switch.

Electro Plus Electrobrush With a five-level height adjustment, the Electro Plus is ideal for medium to high-pile carpeting, as well as smooth surfaces.

Parquet Twister The Parquet Twister rotates 180° — offering exceptionally agile cleaning for all smooth flooring.


The vacuum that truly cleans. And lasts. Since 1899, Miele has been dedicated to producing state-of-the-art home appliances, and we support your passion for a cleaner, healthier and more comfortable home with our innovative, award-winning collection of vacuum cleaners. Our canister and upright vacuum cleaners help you care for all aspects of your home. Miele’s advanced, technologically-superior filtration systems also improve the quality of air in your home.

German Engineered Built with uncompromising quality, Miele vacuums are built to withstand the rigors of everyday cleaning, year after year. In fact, Miele vacuums are tested to last 20 years.

7 Year Motor and Casing Warranties Enjoy the comfort and confidence of a Miele-endorsed seven-year warranty on your vacuum’s motor and casing.

Two-Year Warranty Every Miele vacuum cleaner bears the Good Housekeeping Seal — earning you a two-year warranty.


Miele S5 Series Canister Vacuum Product Comparison

S 5281 Callisto
S 5481 Earth
S 5981 Capricorn
    Powerful 1,200-watt Miele-made Vortex Motor
    Controls via rotary dial
    Controls via +/- foot switch
    Controls via +/- handle control
    Number of power settings
    Motor Protection Function
    Motor Protection Indicator
    Intelligent AutoEco Motor Control
    AirClean Sealed System construction
    AirClean FilterBag, Type G/N
    FilterBag change indicator
    Air Clean Filter
    Active Air Clean Filter
    Active HEPA Filter
    Filter replacement indicator
    Telescopic stainless-steel wand
    Dusting brush, upholstery tool and crevice nozzle
    Long electrical cord with automatic rewind
    33' cleaning radius
    Durable electric hose
    Deluxe Comfort Grip handle with electrobrush control
    Deluxe Comfort Grip handle with electrobrush control and
    suction controls via handle
    Standard floor tools
Electro Plus Electrobrush
& Parquet Twister
Electro Plus Electrobrush
& Parquet Twister
Electro Plus Electrobrush
& Parquet Twister
   Recommended Flooring
Medium to high pile carpeting, rugs and smooth flooring
Low to medium pile carpeting, rugs and smooth flooring
Low to high pile carpeting, rugs and smooth flooring


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 23.2 x 14.6 inches ; 25 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 30.7 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: USA
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  • ASIN: B0038JPDJI
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  • Item model number: S5281
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,431 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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231 of 239 people found the following review helpful By Brian H on April 11, 2007
Apparently 3rd in the hierarchy of 4 models in the new S5 series of Miele vacuum cleaners, the features, price, and accessories are not exactly linear in transition from lower to higher models, nor even across series. Many of the older series models have more features and a higher price than the newer ones. They have fancy names like Capricorn, Red Velvet, and Champagne, leading to much confusion and forcing you to compare each one similar to buying a car. If your browser has tabbed browsing (e.g., Firefox), the best way to figure out which model is best for you is to go to Miele's website and open a tab for each model you're interested in. Flip back and forth to see what text changes. Callisto is the cheapest no frills model of the newest series (newest technology motor?) that still comes with an electronically powered brush (the 4th Pisces model is turbo).

After 3 months of extensive use:

Agility - The 10 ½" wide SEB217-3 electric powerbrush comes standard, and one of the reasons I chose this model. For me, smaller is better. While other vacuums advertise large 13" power brushes to cover more area in a single swipe, I don't have much open carpet space. Coffee tables, chairs, weight benches, and computers, all need vacuuming around and under. The powerbrush swivels well to get around corners.

Brush duster - The most commonly used attachment (for me), the brush duster is also small (slightly larger in diameter than the hose) and the bristles are durable. It's angled by default, but even this plastic piece swivels to straighten out. This is not mentioned anywhere; you just have to figure this out for yourself.
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128 of 130 people found the following review helpful By mom2serena on July 28, 2007
I never in my life imagined I would spend $800 on a vac. Seriously.

Many of my online mom friends were bragging about their Dysons. In our new house we have laminate floors thru the whole house, a few rooms have area rugs. We have a labrador, 2 cats, and 2 preschool aged children. The upright vacs were horrible on the hard floors, would always kick kitty litter back at my feet. I **HATE** kitty litter being kicked back at my feet. And none of the uprights would fit under the furniture. I wanted a cannister. We went to Sears, tried them all. I was so bummed out that the Dyson cannister didn't do a very good job. But happy I didn't spend $400 on it.

I saw a bunch of reviews raving about Miele. I went to the company website and found a local dealer. Went there to check them out. The man that ran the shop was just one of those down to earth, good people. He asked what kind of floors we had, etc. He picked out a vac that he said was "mid-range", now that I've seen all the models, he actually picked out one of the lesser expensive models. It's rare these days when the sales people start you out at the low end, kwim? We must have asked him a zillion questions and he answered them all. And the best part was the carpet freshener he had, he sprinkled it out on the hardwood floor. It was just like the kitty litter at home. And not one single piece was left behind or kicked back at me. I was in heaven. LOL!

This guy was so nice, we decided to buy there rather than try to find the cheapest price on the net. I'm glad we did. He spent alot of time with us and spends his days repairing all brands of vacs. He threw in a box of replacement bags too. I love helping out the little guy, especially when they are good people.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By KT on January 3, 2009
First, let me say that I have horrendous allergies, including a near-severe dust/dust mite allergy. I also have mild to moderate asthma. Vacuuming is something that I have absolutely hated to do- not due to laziness; rather, I pay the price each and every time I use a vacuum.

I thought the answer to my woes was to purchase a Dyson DC17 "Asthma and Allergy" vacuum cleaner. It is endorsed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. Well, those at the foundation who made the decision to give it their blessing must have been high on some illegal substance. Less than a week after I purchased that beast, I returned it. During the time that I used it, I coughed, sneezed and wheezed. This lasted for hours afterward, too, since it emitted and kicked up so much dust- not to mention having to empty the canister and suffering some more. I reside in a nonsmoking home with only my husband, no children, no pets, and have as clean a house as you'll ever see! So I can't blame it on my home environment.

Desperate for a heavy-duty vacuum that I could use without becoming sick, I decided to give the Miele (rhymes with "Shiela") a whirl. Did I want to spend a king's ransom for a vacuum cleaner? NO!!!!! In my case, however, I thought of it more as a medical necessity. I also bargained with a local dealer who took one hundred dollars off of Miele's retail price. The dealers have to ADVERTISE retail price, but you do not have to PAY retail price.

Many other reviewers here and across the web have written about the pros and cons of owning a Miele. The biggest con is the price, and the pros are many. The FOUR vacuum cleaner repair persons with whom I spoke said two things for certain: 1.) Dysons are a piece of junk, and 2.) As a general rule, Mieles last for years and are worth the price.
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