Until now, the Miele-Dyson debate really was about whether you preferred the old-fashioned canister-style vacuum to the newer upright style. But the latest introduction from Dyson may tempt even hard-core Miele fans.
The Dyson DC39 has a radical new design in which key components, including the motor, are located inside a central ball for a low center of gravity, greater stability, and easy maneuvering around furniture and other obstacles. Couple that with its bagless approach, and you have a very technologically advanced machine. Miele, on the other hand, is known for its superior air filtration system (which is why they have not embraced the bagless technology). Have a look below and decide for yourself.
Above: Remodelista editor Christine is a fan of Dyson. "They rethought the vacuum cleaner, how it works and how it looks," she says. The new Dyson DC39 ($449.99; available in mid-March) has a "triggerhead" tool that lets you adjust for different floor types at the handle—no more bending down to swap out vacuum heads.
Above: Also available in mid-March, the Dyson DC39 Animal ($499.99) is specifically designed to pick up pet hair (nearly 40 percent of US households own a dog).
Above: My personal favorite is the Miele S5 Galaxy Ariel Canister Vacuum, designed for low-pile carpeting and smooth flooring. All Miele vacuums are known for their quiet operation, but this one has extra sound insulation; $519 through Amazon.
Above: The Miele Titan Canister Vacuum accommodates medium-pile carpeting with a power head that is designed for carpets; $599 at Amazon.