Miele CAT & DOG
Sledge Cleaner - Mains Power Supply - 2200 Watt - Bagged - without HEPA Filter
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Review of "Miele CAT & DOG"
A few years ago we replaced our vacuum cleaner and it is still working so well I thought it was about time I told you about it.SO WHY DID WE BUY A ONE?
Well about eight years ago we bought a house here in Llandudno which the previous occupants had run as a guest house and we converted the ground floor into a flat for mom and dad before we lost them to Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer’s respectively and the two upper floors for my husband and me.This involved a fair bit of building work such as installing an en suite downstairs, removing a partition wall to make our lounge and numerous other minor jobs. A lot of these produced plaster dust and chunks of plaster and, since it is a Victorian house, you can imagine the mess. You can see where this is going now can’t you?
Both mom and I had new vacuum cleaners when we came here but after a couple of years they were both well past their best to say the least. Maybe hoovering up plaster bits isn’t such a good idea then? Once the major building work was finished and after a bit of discussion and investigation we decided to buy one good vacuum cleaner between us – mom and I we’re not THAT interested in housework believe me!SO WHICH ONE DID WE GO FOR?
Well we looked round places like Curry’s, Comet and in the Argos catalogue and we kept coming back to the Miele. I hadn’t had a cylinder vacuum cleaner before, always preferring the uprights that I grew up with and I hadn’t even heard of Miele!The one we decided on was the Miele Cat and Dog TT 5000 although at the time we had neither a cat nor a dog but this one seemed to be the best for power and performance from what we could see so this was the one we chose.
HOW MUCH DID IT COST?As I said we looked in one or two places at the various sorts of cleaners and priced them as we went along. The best price we could get was Argos at £189.99. I have just checked the Internet and the price is still pretty much the same now.
SO WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?It is a compact cylinder model in Autumn Red with a stainless steel telescopic tube and an operating radius of 10 metres.
It has an onboard container set in the lid which houses the crevice nozzle, upholstery brush and dusting brush.There are two foot switches, one of which is the on / off switch and the other is the mains cable rewind to save you having to bend down and wind the cable manually. There is also a release button to open the cleaner for the changing of the dust bag.
There is a suction power selector which means that the suction can be altered to any one of six different settings. The lightest setting is for curtains, then upholstery, carpets, daily energy saving vacuuming, lightly soiled carpets and finally the strongest suction for intensive cleaning of carpets. There is also a red warning display to show when the dust bag is full.There is a notch at the back of the cleaner to park the tube during pauses in cleaning, you just slot the floorhead into the notch and Bob’s your uncle. There is another of these notches on the side of the cleaner so that, when you put it away standing on its end, you can park the tube on the side for neatness and convenience.
It also has a carrying handle so that it can be carried easily a bit like a suitcase. It is supposed to be lightweight but I think it is fairly heavy - maybe I'm just a weakling!WHAT DO YOU GET WITH THE CLEANER?
As I said before there is a telescopic tube complete with a standard floorhead, a turbobrush and a turbo mini. The accessory chamber contains the crevice nozzle, upholstery brush and dusting brush. The machine comes with a couple of dust bags and a spare filter.You also get a guarantee for two years and a full set of easy to follow instructions. These are in English. You may think that this is a funny comment to make but it does annoy me when you have to plough through a huge book of instructions to find the few pages in the relevant language. It makes so much more sense to just supply the instructions in the language pertaining to the country of sale.
NOW FOR MORE DETAILSTHE DUST BAG, FILTER AND THREAD LIFTERS
To insert the dust bag is simplicity itself – following the instructions in the booklet you just have to open the lid of the cleaner, take the dust bag which has a plastic collar and slide the collar into the holding device inside the cleaner being sure not to trap the actual bag as you do so, push it until it clicks into position and close the lid.You are then ready to begin your work. When the dust bag is full a warning light will show on the cleaner and you will then remove the bag in the same way and replace it with a new one. Incidentally when you remove the full bag the closing flap on the bag will close automatically to stop the dust escaping. The dust bag must then be replaced – it cannot be emptied and reused. The bags cost about £6 for five bags but each one does last a long time – even in our house!
The filter also needs to be changed about once a year and although we haven’t done this yet the instructions do seem to imply that it is simple enough!The other thing which may need changing in the fullness of time is the thread lifters on the standard floorhead. There are instructions on how to change these and they look easy enough to follow although I wouldn’t have thought that these would need changing too often. They only lift bits of thread off your carpet to be picked up by the cleaner after all.
Incidentally the cost of a box of 5 bags plus a new filter is currently about £6 and the thread lifters are about £5 for a pair.THE VACUUM CLEANER ITSELF
I find the whole thing very easy to use and not too noisy either. The telescopic tube changes length at the press of a button (I feel sure there must be a funny remark to be had there but I will resist!) making it easy to switch from cleaning floors at a distance to cleaning stairs closer to you if you see what I mean!There is a hole in the side of the telescopic tube with a sliding cover across it. This means that you can change the force of the suction immediately by just opening or closing the hole. I find this particularly useful when cleaning smaller rugs which are likely to stick to the cleaner on full suction.
It is also a real bonus having the tools on board as I for one couldn’t be bothered to go and find them out of the cupboard if I was in the middle of cleaning and would probably use the wrong brush and thus not achieve the best results.The cleaner is a bit on the heavy side for me at 7.7kg but it easier to carry than an upright. I suffer with my back from time to time and find that carrying an upright cleaner upstairs means holding it at an awkward angle whereas the Miele is carried more like a suitcase and makes it much less of a strain on my back.
THE TOOLSThe main brush is the standard floorhead and is used for carpets and floors (not unsurprisingly!) The crevice nozzle is for getting into awkward corners, crevices or folds. The dusting brush has natural bristles and is useful for cleaning skirting boards and ornate carved articles such as ceiling roses and coving. The head can be swivelled to get the best position for cleaning. The upholstery brush is great for cleaning sofas, mattresses, covers and curtains.
The other brushes that come with the cleaner are the turbobrush which is particularly good for cut pile carpets and is the one that is really good for picking up thread, hairs and fluff and the turbo mini which is best used on the shortened tube for cleaning stairs, car seats etc.I find the turbobrush is the most effective so that’s the one I use most of the time.
There are other brushes that can be purchased such as a hard floor brush, a parquet floor brush, a radiator brush, a mattress nozzle and a few more sundry brushes but I haven’t felt the need to get any of these as the cleaner and the tools I have do the job perfectly.HOW EFFICIENT IS IT?
Well this is the most important bit isn’t it? Does it do the job? The answer is a resounding YES! We are all really impressed with it.When we still lived at the house and were having the hall and stairs redecorated part of that job was sanding a lovely old Victorian banister that some heathen had painted white with lots of coats of paint. As you can imagine the dust was amazing! We decided to leave it all until we had finished so there was a lot of it and believe me it was everywhere.
The vacuum cleaner coped perfectly with it all, I used the turbobrush for the carpets and for a quick run over the carpet with the suction set on low power, I used the upholstery brush and the crevice nozzle on the suite and it came up like new. I even got all the dust from round the buttons! The dusting brush got the dust off the skirting boards so all is now clean again.We had Cushionfloor in the downstairs kitchen which is a cross between carpet and lino being a sort of carpet with no pile to it. The bits stuck to it like mad and with the old vacuum cleaner we couldn’t get it looking really good. With the Miele – no problem! It’s the same with some mats that mom used to have downstairs – we always used to have to brush them by hand with a stiff brush, but with the Miele it was easy to clean them.
Now we live in the cottage and have Mew, who is a white, long haired cat, the Miele is worth its weight in gold! It picks up his hairs from any surface easily and quickly! Cleaning his room is a doodle even with hairs, bits of dry food and bits thrown from the litter tray.We also have a log burner and I use the tube without any brush on the end to clean the bits that drop out of the burner onto the hearth and to clean the ash from the ridge along the front of the inside of the burner – when the burner has gone cold of course!
The cable pulls out from the back of the cleaner and, when you have finished cleaning, you just have to make sure the cable is free from obstructions, press the rewind switch with your foot and in it goes!
Remember to unplug the cleaner before you change the nozzles, the dust bag or do any other maintenance.Do not vacuum up toner dust as it will create static in the cleaner and may well be blown back into the room by the fan.
IN CONCLUSIONI can honestly say that this is the best vacuum cleaner that I have ever owned. This is high praise indeed from someone who didn’t even want a cylinder cleaner in the first place!
It was a bit expensive compared to some of the others available at the time, but it has been well worth the money and I would happily recommend it to anyone.
Product Information : Miele CAT & DOG
Manufacturer's product descriptionSledge Cleaner - Mains Power Supply - 2200 Watt - Bagged - without HEPA Filter
HEPA Filter: without HEPA Filter
Power Supply: Mains
Noise Level in Decibels: 71
Type / Shape: Sledge
Type of Dust Container: Bagged
Controls in Handle: without Controls in Handle
Hardfloor Brush: without Hard Floor Brush
Animal Brush: without Animal Brush
Multifunctional: without Multifunction
Fragrance Diffusor: without Fragrance Diffusor
Maximum Wattage: 2200
Variable Power: Variable Power
Maximum Volume of Dust Collector in Litre: 4.5
Tube Material: Metal Telescopic
Cable Rewind: with Automatic Cable Rewind
Integrated Tools: with Integrated Tools
Listed on Ciao since: 06/06/2006