Somehow I always seem to have a vacuum that’s in the process of breaking. Granted, I can’t really stomach the idea of shelling out hundreds for an appliance used a couple of times a month, if that. So, I opt for the less-expensive version, which inevitably develops a high-pitched whine and loses suction by the second or third usage.
Turns out that in addition to being loud and cumbersome, my “cheap” upright vacuum is probably costing me extra in wasted energy. Miele, a German appliance manufacturing company, uses advanced technology to develop practical products which are mindful of the environment. Their new S8 Alize vacuum cleaner might not look fancy on the outside, but inside are a number of features that dramatically reduce energy use without sacrificing power, performance or design.
Vacuum cleaners use a fairly simple technology: a motor spins inside the machine, creating suction, while some sort of roller or brush kicks dirt up into the vortex where it’s whisked away into a bag or canister. To this simple form, Miele has added intuitive technology that can stop the S8 from using extra energy when it isn’t needed.
By automatically adjusting to maintain the appropriate level of suction for every surface, the S8 Alize only uses the amount of power required without a compromise in performance for perfect cleaning results. A flexible double joint allows the wand to maintain continual contact with the floor and the perfect suction. The company claims that this provides the same cleaning results as a power brush, while using less energy.
In addition to moderating its own power consumption, the Miele vacuum features integrated shock absorbers and low pressure, inflated tires for smooth and quiet movement across hard flooring. It also comes with a standard HEPA filter and Miele’s patented AirClean FilterBag plus Sealed System which captures 99.99 percent of particulate so none of that sneeze-inducing dust will be released into the air.
All that tech doesn’t come cheap, however. The S8 retails for $649 and is currenctly on backorder.