Miele S2121 Delphi Canister Vacuum Cleaner (Old Model)
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- Exceptionally lightweight
- Air Clean filter
- Dusting brush, upholstery tool and crevice nozzle on VarioClip
- 29.5-feet cleaning radius
- Electro Comfort electrobrush with floating head and swivel neck design for use on low to medium pile carpeting, rugs and smooth flooring
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S2121 Delphi Miele’s S2 Delphi vacuum cleaner features an Electro Comfort electrobrush ideal for cleaning low to medium pile carpeting, rugs and smooth flooring. The Electro Comfort electrobrush is an electrically-driven carpet tool with floating head and swivel neck design for easy maneuverability. The Delphi features a telescopic, electric, stainless steel wand and long electrical cord with automatic rewind for a total cleaning radius of 29.5 feet. S2 Delphi also features a deluxe handle grip with electrobrush control. Other conveniences include three accessories — a dusting brush, upholstery tool and crevice nozzle — held in place by a VarioClip.
Six-Stage Suction Easily adjustable, rotary dial power selector ensures the correct level of power for the surface being cleaned.
Electro Comfort Electrobrush Electrically-driven carpet tool with floating head and swivel neck design for easy maneuverability on low to medium pile carpeting, rugs and smooth flooring.
VarioClip with Three Onboard Accessories Provides optimal cleaning for every corner and surface, including upholstery, hard-to-reach places and delicate items.
Telescopic, Stainless Steel Wand Delivers a superior operating radius of 29.5 feet for effortless reach.
Auto-Seal Closing FilterBag Instantly locks in dirt, dust and allergens when the FilterBag is removed.
Deluxe Handle with Electrobrush Controls Ergonomic grip with convenient on/off power switch.
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I live in a small home with only one room being carpeted, but with a few rugs throughout the house. Bought this vacuum (Delphi) over the Olympus and Capri versions because its has the powered brush head which I feel is needed for any carpeting. The Titan model has features that I did not want, will go over that later.
After using this product to vacuum my entire home twice (I know, not a lot to go off) here is what I think about it.
- Not too heavy
- Great suction
- Extendable wand is of acceptable length (I'm 6' tall) I'm sure taller people will be pleased with its length as well.
- Quiet. My pets (1 Golden Retriever, 2 Cats) still don't like it but now they just keep a little distance instead of running as far away as possible as with my old vacuum.
- The electric head works great for any surface in my home including medium pile carpet and wood floors.
- Not sure of the total capacity of the bag, but it has yet to be full from a full vacuuming of my house twice.
- The automatic powered cord retract works well and pulls the cord ALL the way back.
- Power Head has an on/off switch (for the rotating brush only) on the handle to easily transition from carpet to wood floor.
- Power cable is short. I was surprised when I first pulled it all the way out. Still long enough to not be a real issue but surprising none the less.
- This really shouldn't be a con but I'm listing it so people know. I figured that since this was a canister it would be easier to move the lighter vacuum head back and forth as compared to a heavy upright. Not the case because of the strong suction that this vacuum has it really grabs hold of rugs/carpet. It does have wheels though so it doesn't just get stuck to the floor when you push, it will go forward.
- I have to bend down every time I want to change the power settings.
- Overall this seems to be a great vacuum even if it is a bit pricey. For $560 with tax+shipping I really try to view this as an investment that will last me 10 years as compared to other cheap vacuum brands that last 2 maybe 3 years. Time will tell if it was money well spent.
- If you have back problems this vacuum might not be right for you. I find my self bending down more than with uprights. As it is small just getting started I have to reach down to pick it up off the floor and go the the room I want to clean. The power chord is at floor level, to change an attachment they are stored on top of the unit which is still low, as stated before, to change power I have to reach down. It's just a lot of reaching down. Of course any vacuum will include reaching down for whatever reason, but if you are buying this for someone else it is something you may want to consider. While an upright would be heavier it won't require as much bending down, especially if the attachments are located higher up on the vacuum.
Here are the basic differences between the S2 Models (Olympus, Capri, Delphi, Titan): The most important difference is going to be the electric hose, as powered head attachments wont work without it. If the vacuum doesn't come with the electric hose then you will have to buy one if you want a powered head attachment (if you have carpet you will want a powered attachment). This hose running about $150 as of this review.
Olympus - the basic model. Comes with head attachment that's really only good for bare floors. NON Electric hose
Capri - Olympus + an additional head attachment that is OK with the lowest pile of carpets. NON Electric hose
Delphi - Electric head attachment that works great for carpets (and everything else IMO). ELECTRIC hose.
Titan - Delphi + Additional head attachment that is good for bare floors such as wood and tile + HEPA filter. ELECTRIC hose.
Thoughts on Titan:
The titan costs $100 more than the Delphi and comes with features I do not want. The additional head attachment (Parquet Floor Tool) is an older version that does not stay flat to the floor unless you hold the wand at a specific angle. If you want that extra head I believe purchasing the Delphi model and then buying the new version of the Parquet Floor Tool that will always stay flat to the floor is a smarter decision.
Additionally the Titan comes with a HEPA filter. This feature is of little importance to me as I do not have allergy's and will only increase the cost to own this vacuum as it will need replacing. Whenever you purchase new bags for this vacuum they come with a new Air Clean filter for free. This works great for me and will for any person that doesn't have any severe allergy's. The air is fresh. If you have severe allergy's and want the HEPA filter it is really going to be in your best interests the purchase one of the S8 models that Miele offers as they are built with a sealed system that prevents anything from leaking out of the unit as it operates.
This vacuum replaces a Kenmore upright that lasted 10 years. We were never really satisfied with it though. It's performance was mediocre and it always had belt problems. The beater was driven from the main motor by means of a cheap idler pulley arrangement (so that it could be disengaged for bare floors) which was a weak point. Like many uprights it was heavy and fell over easily when using attachments. Our house is 50/50 bare floors and low carpets. It did poorly on bare floors, particularly the tile in our bathrooms.
We use a vacuum to clean all the floors, upholstery, for dusting, and cleaning out the cars.
After a lot of research I decided on these priorities:
* Sealed system. Why clean if the dust is shooting out all over everything as you go?
* True power brush. Even though we have low carpets it was pretty clear that the combo tool would not cut it. Nor was I impressed with the turbo brush at the store. It's very convenient to flip a switch and go from carpet to bare floors. I realize that there are specific brushes for bare floors, and we may get one eventually, but they seem very expensive for what you get.
* Quality construction. Means a lot for me and I'm willing to pay for it. I'm practically an expert appliance repairman from working on all the junk appliances we bought for our new house 10 years ago. First world construction AND assembly is not everything, but it goes a long ways.
* HEPA was not a necessity. We don't have dust allergies. The ability to upgrade is a nice plus, but for now I just don't think we need it.
So why did I choose the Delphi?
If you are confused about Miele's model selection join the club. To sum the it up (canisters only):
S2 series, larger bags, powered and non-powered hose models tools mount on base of hose.
S4 series, smaller bags, non-powered hose models only, tools mount of base of hose.
S5 series, larger bags (same as S2), premium line, powered and non-powered hose models, tools mount inside.
Differences within the lines largely involve attachment packages and the type of controls on the vacuum itself.
Models with a non-powered hose cannot use power accessories. You cannot add a powered hose later. There are no provisions to power it. You are stuck with the turbo (air powered) brush heads only. As I said earlier I was not satisfied with the performance of those. All the new models with powered hoses have direct connect. That means when you connect the attachment the power plug is attached as well. There are no extra wires to connect. Some older models required extra wires which I would find inconvenient if you just wanted to change over the dusting brush for a quick second.
So on to the Miele Delphi:
The item arrived well packaged with clear documentation and only reasonable assembly required (~3 minutes, no tools). There are separate manuals for the power head and vacuum.
The included power head is the SEB 217-3. It is about 10 1/2" wide with no light bar. It is a couple inches narrower than the power head on most vacuums. Miele has a larger one available that would work on this vacuum for around $250.00 (half the cost of the entire thing). Consider that the wider the power head the more your suction is dispersed. As the suction on the Miele is excellent I think it could certainly power a wider head just fine, but unless you have a very large home I think it would be unnecessary. Probably more important to that decision is the type of carpet. The 217-3 is designed for lower nap carpets. It has no height adjustment. I suspect it would be very hard to push on higher carpets. On high suction it can get tough to push on medium to low carpets, so consider that if you have deep carpeting. It does well on bare floors and I run it at the highest setting for this. You can actually see the dust being pulled under from a couple inches out front of the head.
The head has a swiveling attachment and as such it is very maneuverable. It also lays nearly flat, but not completely so, for getting under things. The head itself is very low profile so I can get under things I couldn't before. The wand appears of very high quality stainless and the plastic latches for extension and connection appear of similar high quality and function.
The so called "deluxe" handle has a single switch for the power head which is a necessary convenience. I would not consider one without this. A second switch to power the vacuum on and off would have been a nice addition, but it's not a necessity.
They claim the power hose is crush proof and strong enough to support the weight of the vacuum plus some but I have no reason to test it. The hose is free to swivel 360 degrees at the handle end but not at the vacuum end due to the connection for the power head. It doesn't swivel all that well and it may take me a little getting used to it, but like I said I've never used a canister. As I mentioned there is a separate plug on the base of the hose for the power head. The S5 models have a plug integral with the hose. You have to unplug it to open the bag chamber but that's not a big deal.
The vacuum itself has very strong suction. It's adjustable of course by means of a knob on the top of the body. I noticed some dust on the bottom of the vacuum so decided to vacuum it off and pulled the label right off the base as well! It is fairly quiet, but noticeably louder with the small attachments due to drawing the amount of air it is through such a small opening. The cord reel works well. It rides on 3 independent caster wheels and maneuvers very well. The small attachments mount to a bracket on the base of the hose. They stay there well enough but the bracket nor the attachments are awe inspiring. Then again, what do you expect.
The bag compartment door opens by a latch at the front of the vacuum body. The cover seems pretty flimsy when open so be careful with it in that position. It looks to be held in the open position only by plastic detents in the hinge. Plastic hinges are also used on the motor filter door, but considering that this only needs changing with every 4th or 5th bag shouldn't be subject to a lot of wear. The bag compartment holds a factory installed g/n bag with a hinged closure to prevent dust leakage. By the time you open the compartment it is already closed. Removal and replacement couldn't be easier. For all the talk of a sealed system this Miele relies on a tapered plastic to plastic joint to achieve it. I expected to see a rubber gasket of some type around the bag chamber but it's not to be found on the Delphi. I think the s5 models have one and this may be what is meant by their double seal. I don't have any way to test it, but it certainly seems air tight. I suppose the motor's suction makes it even tighter when it's running.
As I alluded to earlier, the Delphi comes with a thin, non HEPA, air filter. You can buy one any time you want to put in, but at $53.00 I wouldn't get it unless you really need it. The thin "super clean" air filters come included in each box of bags. I assume if you don't have a model that originally came with this thin filter you will need to locate a carrier to hold it as it is much thinner than the HEPA filter. Kudo's to Miele for making this an option. Ongoing operational costs are something to consider with any appliance.
In summary I'm pleased with the S2120 Delphi. It has exactly the features I was looking for and I was willing to pay the higher price over something like an Electrolux Oxygen 3 in consideration of Miele's excellent reputation. At it's heart you get the same motor and suction as the higher priced models. My main concern is the durability of the plastic door, in particular it's hinges. If they break your vacuum is useless. Perhaps my fear is unwarranted. My four star rating is what I consider excellent for a new product. For me five stars would need to include a consideration of reliability. It's always a gamble, but I think with a Miele a pretty safe bet.
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