The Great Vacuum Debate: Dyson vs. Miele by

Issue 105 · Editors' Picks: 2013 · January 2, 2014

The Great Vacuum Debate: Dyson vs. Miele

Issue 105 · Editors' Picks: 2013 · January 2, 2014

Until now, the Miele-Dyson debate really was about whether you preferred the old-fashioned canister-style vacuum to the newer upright style. But an 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 the company has not embraced the bagless technology). Have a look below and decide for yourself.

Dyson DC39 Multi Floor Vacuum Cleaner

Above: Remodelista editor Christine is a fan of Dyson. "They rethought the vacuum cleaner, how it works and how it looks," she says. The Dyson DC39 ($449.99) has a "triggerhead" tool that lets you adjust for different floor types at the handle—no more bending down to swap out vacuum heads.

Dyson DC39 Animal Vacuum Cleaner

Above: The Dyson DC39 Animal ($499.99) is specifically designed to pick up pet hair (nearly 40 percent of US households own a dog).

Miele Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner | Remodelista

Above: My personal favorite is the Miele S2 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner, designed for low-pile carpeting and smooth flooring; $329 through Amazon. Izabella is a convert; see Why I Love My Miele.

Above: The Miele Titan Canister Vacuum accommodates medium-pile carpeting with a power head that is designed for carpets; $599 at Amazon.

Some options at more affordable price points? See 5 Hard-Working Vacuums for Serious Cleaning. Which vacuum gets your vote? Please share your finds in the comments section below. Doing some New Year's tidying? See Expert Advice: Editors' Top 10 Cleaning Tips and Editors' Essential Cleaning Tools.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 7, 2012 as part of our Channeling Downton Abbey issue.

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