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When looking for a replacement vacuum cleaner to replace our ageing AEG cylinder model (still sucks, just, but one of its wheels sheered off, so I had to drag it around!), I was recommended to look at the Miele Revolution 500. A friend had done all the research for me: Which best buy, top ratings on various websites (not this one yet) etc etc. So I trawled around the net, and finally got a reasonable price by using www.scan.com. I subsequently bought it from John Lewis on their Never Knowingly Undersold scheme of price matching, for £200 (£40 off RRP). Well, first the good points. It's certainly stylish; being a nice metallic silvery/green colour, quiet, and has a full complement of tools. It also has the apparently unique "Electrobrush" head, which is Miele's attempt to make a cylinder vacuum that can actually lightly brush and beat your carpet pile. This electrically connected brush-head comes as standard, and works a treat on all our Gabehs. Also the convenience of switching the power remotely up and down from the handle (as opposed to the normal 'lunge at the machine with your right toe' is a god-send (another benefit here is that your baby or toddler cannot inadvertantly fiddle with the power setting - you have to use the switch at the top of the handle). Lastly, the plethora of indicator lights telling you when the bag is full, which power setting is currently selected, when the filter needs changing, when the brush heads are jammed and when to breathe (not really) are very useful. There are however a few negatives: It is damn heavy, the hose isn't long enough, and the Electrobrush is a bit scary to use. As far as suction goes, the Miele seems almost less powerful than my outgoing AEG, even though it has an extra 400RPM 'under the hood'. This may have something to do with the far superior filtration system that it sports - you can even get anti-allergenic HEPA filters if you feel the need, though I suspect the fineness of the filter and bag, actually make it work harder to acheive the same suction! Having more bare floorboards and tiles than carpets makes the Electrobrush a bit of a luxury for us, but sadly the standard head is an optional extra. So, the Revolution 500 is a very sophisticated beast - maybe a little too sophisticated for its own good. Still, it is very solid, has typically good Miele backup should things go wrong, and does as it claims. Conclusion - the Revolution needs a bit more evolution.