The best 2017/18 power team canister units are much the same as they have been in recent years. The model numbers and or unit names change but little else. Your needs in fact should determine which product is best for you along with build quality.The top names Miele,Riccar,Dyson,Electrolux,Panasonic, Hoover and Eureka have been around for years.
Most Americans have heard about Electrolux as they have been the leading American canister vacuum manufacture for many years. The situation in the last few years became a little confusing with the Electrolux Sweden company and the Electrolux Aerus , formerly Electrolux Corp. USA. Electrolux Sweden formerly owned the Eureka Brand name and marketed that line of vacuums in the USA in retail store locations while the Electrolux USA /Aerus sold their line of machines door to door and in some service centers.
The big box store Lux isn’t of the same build quality as the Areus product nor is it the same price. The Aerus platinum is a extremely well built product that should provide 15-25 years of service in fact it comes with a 10 year warranty. This 21-pound bagged canister from Aerus has an easy-to-reach power button, full-bag indicator, HEPA filtration, suction control, brush on/off switch, and a 20-foot, retractable cord. Product features HEPA bags as well as final HEPA filter.
|Best for…||Hard Floors & All Carpet|
|Pet Hair Features||No|
|Approx. Weight||Approx 19-20 lbs (with all accessories)|
|HEPA Level Filtration||Yes|
|Power Cord Length||24 feet|
|Motor Driven Brushbar||Yes|
|Warranty||1 Year P&L, 7 Years motor/housing|
Many vacuums, especially those without height controls, will struggle to move through soft carpet. In addition, an aggressive brushroll can actually damage delicate carpet fibers. As a result, we are starting to see some newer vacuum cleaners designated as capable on soft carpet – they typically have manual height controls (and sometimes larger wheels) and brushroll on/off controls or brushroll speed controls.
– Very quiet
– Good on normal carpet, bare floors, and even pet hair
– Able to clean soft carpet
– Strong suction
– Motor driven brushroll in cleaner head
– Variable suction controls
– HEPA filter
– Quality construction (made in Germany)
Two Cleaner Heads
The vacuum comes with 2 different cleaner heads – one for carpet and one for bare floors. The carpet cleaner head is the SEB 228 SoftCarpet Electrobrush. This has a motor driven brushrolland a 14 inch wide cleaning path (fairly wide). Miele states that the tool is designed for medium, high-pile and plush carpet, however we have also heard it does a respectable job on low pile carpet. It is reasonably maneuverable given the swivel neck but is a bit hefty at about 6 lbs.
The key to the SoftCarpet Electrobrush is the multiple height settings – 5 to be exact
3 tools are provided:
– Upholstery tool
– Crevice tool
– Dusting brush
These click-fit onto the end of the telescopic stainless-steel wand or the vacuum handle. All are conveniently stored in the on-board, covered accessory/tool area built into the canister.
Cleaning reach on this vacuum is reasonable at 36 feet. It isn’t as long as some other canister vacuums we have seen like the SEBO Airbelt D4 which has 52 feet of cleaning reach, but it is sufficient. It is longer than several other Miele canisters like some of the C2’s and C1’s. A long cleaning reach is nice as it limits the amount of times one has to unplug and replug the vacuum when cleaning. Also, if long enough, it can allow you to access an area with few (or no) power outlets. Cleaning reach includes the length of the power cord, the wand and the hose. The Miele C3 Soft Carpet has a 24 foot power cord with an automatic cord rewind feature that pulls in the cord at the tap of the foot.
Tool storage compartment is the BEST in Class,in addtion there is a handy slide that allows you to park the hard wood floor tool on the main canister so you always have it with you as you move around your home. 7 year Warranty