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Miele S5981 Capricorn Canister Vacuum Cleaners
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"Gulped and spent the $1200 for a vacuum cleaner ... and discovered it truly is worth it! It picks up more dirt, more efficiently, and has so many great features to make the process easier on the person doing the work. Much quieter than the Kenmore I used for 10 years - even the cats no longer jump a..."
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Miele S5981 Capricorn S5 Canister Vacuum Cleaners

The Miele Capricorn has been discontinued. As an alternative we suggest the new and improved S8 Miele Marin Vacuum Cleaner with choice of power brush.
 

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MI VA HCGN
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Description of Miele S5981 Capricorn S5 Canister Vacuum Cleaners

It's hard to believe, but Miele just raised the bar on themselves' with this top-of-the-line HEPA vacuum cleaner, sporting larger high efficiency fiber bags for more power and less bag changes. Enjoy finger tip suction controls, exceptionally easy swivel action, and other deluxe features such as bag change indicator, an extra long 33' operating radius, and noise reduction. The Miele S5 Capricorn vacuum cleaner is for those who would not be content with anything but the best. German-made durability couples with European sleek styling for a vacuum cleaner that makes vacuuming almost pleasurable - what more could you ask for? Includes your choice of power brush and a parquet twister floor brush for your hardwood floors.

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Miele S5981 Capricorn S5 Canister Vacuum Cleaners are ideal for someone who...
  • Wants a luxury canister vacuum that has finger-tip suction adjustment and power controls on the operating handle.
  • Wants a quality vacuum cleaner with a life expectancy of 20 years.
  • Has medium or thick pile carpets or area rugs and smooth flooring.
  • Wants an allergy friendly HEPA Sealed system vacuum cleaner.
  • Wants ultra quiet, easy operation and luxury features.

Features of Miele S5981 Capricorn S5 Canister Vacuum Cleaners

  • 6-stage suction control via +/- controls on the deluxe handle
  • LED suction speed indicator
  • 1200 watt, high output Miele-made Vortex Motor System™
  • Silence insulation for ultra-quiet operation
  • Active HEPA filter with Activated Charcoal filter captures and retains tiny, lung-damaging particles as well as absorbs odors – 99.9% efficiency down to 0.3 micron
  • Exclusive Sealed System™ construction combines the very best in raw materials with revolutionary, electrostatically-charged, AirClean™ 9-layer filtering dust bags and high-quality active HEPA filters to provide the essential formula necessary to safeguard your indoor air quality
  • Air-tight sealed system retains 99.99% of particles at 0.3 micron (results from independent testing at IBR laboratories)
  • Deluxe Parquet floor brush (SBB 300-3) with 90° rotation perfect for cleaning around obstacles such as table legs and in tight places
  • Choice of Power brush:
    • Mid-size Power brush (SEB 217-3): 10.5-inch wide brush roll, floating head and swivel neck design, recommended for low to medium pile carpets
    • Full-size Power brush (SEB 236): 13 3/8-inch wide brush roll, swivel neck and 5 height adjustments, recommended for use on all types of carpet, deep cleaning and restoring crush pile
  • Direct connect, electric hose with dual swivel ends (SES 119)
  • Direct connect, electric metal telescopic wand (SET 210)
  • Deluxe handle with ergonomic hand grip to reduce wrist strain
  • Finger tip brush roll on/off control
  • 3 integrated onboard accessory tools: crevice nozzle, dusting brush, upholstery tool
  • Filter change indicator light
  • Bag change indicator light
  • 4.76 quart, large capacity type G/N AirClean™ 9-layer filtering dust bags with spring-loaded, self-sealing collar
  • Automatic cord rewind with step-on button
  • Dual parking system for wand
  • Three smooth-running 360° caster wheels
  • Impressive 33-foot operating radius
  • Safety shut-off on overheating with indicator light

SBB 300-3

Parquet Floor Brush SBB 300-3
SEB 217-3
Mid-size 10.5" Power brush SEB 217-3
SEB 236
Full-size 13 3/8" Power brush SEB 236

 

Reports by Experts - Miele S5981 Capricorn S5 Canister Vacuum Cleaners

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EXPERT REVIEW PARAMETERSSTAR RATING
1. Filtration Efficiency
2. Cleaning Power and Effectiveness
3. Easy to Use Controls
4. Noise Level
5. Maneuverability
6. Ease of Assembly & Attaching and Removing Parts and Accessories
7. Quality of Floor Tools
8. Quality of Accessory Tools
9. Quality of Dust Bags
10. Durability
11. Cleaning Radius
12. Warranty
13. Value for Price


The Miele Capricorn is the "cream of the crop" for canister vacuum cleaners. It is a top of the line luxury vacuum cleaner that has all the features you desire, plus some. If you want nothing but the best, than look no further. This vacuum is easy to use requiring little user effort, has by far the most superior filtration system, is super quiet, and cleans like a champion.

Pluses:

  • The fingertip controls for suction speed, power on/off, and brush roll on/off are easy to use and conveniently located on the deluxe handle for effortless operation. The LED indicator below the controls makes it easy to know what suction speed you are on.
  • Miele's built-in silence insulation makes the Capricorn one of our quietest vacuum cleaners on all speeds.
  • The Capricorn’s Active HEPA Filter and sealed system construction truly provides excellent air quality by trapping dust and other particles inside the vacuum cleaner. Our testing showed it exhausts 0 particles back into the room!
  • We love the large 4.76 qt. (approx. 1 gallon) AirClean dust bags because they hold so much and do not need to be replaced until they are truly stuffed full. They are some of the best quality bags we have tested. They are 9 layers thick for filtration quality and durability, have excellent air flow for efficient use, and spring-loaded self-sealing covers for no-mess disposal.
  • It is beyond easy to maintain with dust bag and filter change indicators to tell when it is time to replace a full bag or change a dirty filter. These indicators help keep the vacuum operating at tip-top performance and efficiency.
  • Miele vacuums are the easiest to assemble, changing the floor tool, putting on an accessory tool, removing the wand, etc. thanks to quick release buttons and snap-into-place construction.
  • The full-size 236 power brush is not only a superior power brush for cleaning all types of carpets with 5 height adjustments and a headlight, but it also parks on its own and will automatically power-off the vacuum when parked. Please note that the smaller 217 power brush does not park on its own and does not have auto-shut off feature.
  • The Parquet Twister floor brush has an improved swivel design which is most helpful when cleaning hard to reach areas like under the bed. The Parquet Floor Brush has been redesigned with shorter natural bristles and spaces between the bristle sections to provide for maximum suction and longer life.
  • The Capricorn is a mid-size canister vacuum with a lightweight design weighing 13.5 lbs, so it is still easily maneuvered and carried up or down stairs.
  • Miele has satisfied our desire for looks and protection, by outfitting the Capricorn with an attractive midnight purple color with a pearl finish and integrating rubber PVC bumpers along the front, back and sides.

Minuses:

  • Miele's crevice tool is not as long as we would have liked. It only offers a 4" reach where some competitors offer a full size 8" crevice tool.
  • Miele's dusting brush has the industry standard round design which we have found clogs easily when used on high suction because the bristles are sucked inwards leaving little room for dust and dirt pass through. A triangular dusting brush proves to be a more efficient design because it does not become clogged by its bristles.
  • The Capricorn is very expensive, however it is a premium vacuum cleaner with all the bells and whistles, and with Miele's quality manufacturing you can be sure it will last for years.

Summary:

As Miele's top-of-the-line luxury vacuum, the Capricorn is packed with convenient features for hassle-free vacuuming. We really love how you can control everything right at your fingertips. Not to mention, how easy it is to assemble the vacuum, exchange out the floor tools and use the accessories tools. We praise the full-size 236 power brush, not only for its extra features, but because it is easy to use and does an awesome job deep cleaning carpets of all variety. The parquet twister did a fantastic job maneuvering around furniture and gently cleaning delicate smooth flooring such as tile and highly polished hard wood. The onboard accessory tools are conveniently stored and are well-made, good quality tools. We would have liked the crevice tool to be longer and the dust brush to be less prone to clogging. The nice thing about Miele is they offer a fantastic variety of other accessory tools that can be purchased separately, which include a 22" flexible crevice tool and a universal dusting brush with a swivel neck and triangular design to avoid clogging. All-in-all, the Capricorn proves to be a 5-star "excellent" canister vacuum that can tackle any job. If you splurge and spend the extra money, we're sure you will not be disappointed!

 

Technical Specifications of Miele S5981 Capricorn S5 Canister Vacuum Cleaners

 
Miele S5981 Capricorn Canister Vacuum Cleaners
Miele Capricorn S5981 Canister Vacuum
Type of vacuum Compact canister vacuum
Finish - Color New Midnight Purple color with a matte-metallic pearl finish
Vacuum Cleaner hood material ABS Plastic
Motor (watts) 1200 watt Miele-made Vortex Motor System
Airflow (cfm - cubic feet per minute) 141 CFM
Pre-motor filter for motor protection Yes
Radius of Use (reach) 33 ft.
Included Standard Floor tool(s) Deluxe Parquet Floor Brush (SBB-300-3)
Choice of Mid-size power brush SEB 217-3 or Full-size power brush SEB 236
Included standard vacuum filter Active HEPA Filter
Suction adjustment Six level suction control via +/- controls with LED indicator
Vacuum maneuverability Deluxe handle, 3 smooth-running 360° castor wheels mounted on steel axles and flexible hose
Indicator lights on vacuum canister Dust Bag change indicator, overheating lamp and filter indicator
Standard hose Electric hose (SEB 130)
Vacuum wand Electric Stainless Steel telescopic wand
Wand park feature Yes -2 park positions
Replacement vacuum dust bags AirClean bag with 4.76 quart capacity (2 supplied with vacuum)
Optional accessories (available for purchase below) Hand Turbo brush, Micro Clean Tool Set, Car Clean Set
Auto-reverse cable rewind Yes - step on rewind button to retract cord
Power cord length 21 ft.
Vacuum Dimensions 19" L x 10"W x 8.25"H
Weight of vacuum 13.5 lbs.
Warranty 2-year limited warranty on Miele vacuum parts and labor. 7-year warranty on motor and labor.

 

13
of 14 (93%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
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Written By: Ed
I have used this product for: less than a month
Expertise: expert
This product is: the first product I have had like this
Miele Capricorn Vacuum Date: March 12, 2013
Pros: high quality, effective, quiet, reliable, easy to use, met my expectations
Over the past several years I have allowed to be taken by purchasing a Kirby Sentria, Aerus Guardian, Filter Queen Majestic, and finally the Rainbow E2 series. Each sales representative was welcomed i... (see entire review)
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jUST BOUGHT MY FIRST MIELE Date: October 27, 2012
Pros: high quality, effective, quiet, easy to use, met my expectations, Add a pro
I just bought the Capricorn and am very impressed with power and attachments. Purchased the air turbo brush for furniture and returned because brushes did not work as they are air driven, and would s... (see entire review)
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Written By: akamom (Connecticut)
I have used this product for: 1-3 months
Expertise: expert
This product is: a replacement for another, similar product
Worth the price Date: February 24, 2012
Pros: high quality, effective, quiet, reliable, easy to use, met my expectations
I read all of the reviews available on this site and on others. The vacuum works extremely well and it's lightweight so I am able to bring it up and down stairs with ease. The suction is amazing even ... (see entire review)
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Written By: LL Cool J (Oregon)
I have used this product for: less than a month
Expertise: expert
This product is: a replacement for another, similar product
So Worth It! Date: June 18, 2011
Pros: effective, high quality, met my expectations, quiet, easy to use
Cons: heavy hose/power head
Gulped and spent the $1200 for a vacuum cleaner ... and discovered it truly is worth it! It picks up more dirt, more efficiently, and has so many great features to make the process easier on the perso... (see entire review)
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Written By: sophia (seattle, wa)
I have used this product for: 1-3 months
Expertise: expert
This product is: a replacement for another, similar product
effective Date: May 07, 2011
Pros: reliable, effective, high quality, met my expectations
Cons: difficult to use, heavy wand and hose
A major plus for me is the positioning of controls in the handle of the Capricorn model. Most convenient is the handy pause/stop action button. i use this button every time i need to move something wh... (see entire review)
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Written By: Bonbry (NJ)
I have used this product for: 1-3 months
Expertise: intermediate
This product is: a replacement for another, similar product
Great Hepa Vacuum Date: May 06, 2011
Pros: reliable, effective, high quality, met my expectations, easy to use, great suction
Cons: cord too short, power brush keeps turning off when upright
I brought this vacuum to replace another Hepa vacuum that I have had for about 10 yrs. (Different company) I needed a more powerful power brush for carpets.
This vacuum performs well. The power br... (see entire review)
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Bags & Accessories for Miele S5981 Capricorn S5 Canister Vacuum Cleaners


Miele Wide Upholstery Tool SPD10
Miele Wide Upholstery Tool (SPD 10) MI VA SPD10  $32.95
Equipped with 4 thread catchers and a flexible suction opening, which adapts to various pile depths, the Extra Wide Upholstery Tool offers fast and thorough cleaning of upholstery and mattresses. Fits all S2, S4, S5, S6 & S8 canisters and S7 uprights.

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Miele AirClean Dust Bag -Type GN
Miele Type G/N AirClean Vacuum Bags - 12 bags MI VA HCGN  $58.95
Includes 12 bags, 3 pre-filters, 3 post filters. Fits Miele S8, S5 & S2 series canister vacuums. 9-layer filter bags with spring-loaded, self-locking collar. 4.76 qt capacity.

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Miele Universal Brush SUB20
Miele Universal Brush (SUB 20) MI VA SUB20  $34.95
Made from a blend of natural bristles and polyamide, the Universal Brush is ideal for dusting bookshelves, large vertical surfaces, textile wall coverings, ceiling fans and more. Two swivel joints provide a 360 degree rotation. Fits all S2, S4, S5, S6 & S8 canisters and S7 uprights.

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Miele Cat &  Accessory Case SHC 10
Miele Cat & Dog Accessory Case (SCD 10) MI VA SCD10  $150.00
For overall cleaning in homes with pets. Includes: Mini Turbobrush (STB101), Flexible Crevice Tool (SFD20), Hygiene Cap (SHV10) and Active Air Clean Charcoal Filter (AAC50). Fits all S4, S5, S6 and S8 canister models and S7 upright models.

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Miele Active HEPA Filter
Miele Active HEPA Filter (HA 50) MI VA GFILT  $54.95
Includes 1 HEPA filter. Fits Miele S4, S5, S6 & S8 Canister Vacuums. Replace after 50 hours of use, or approximately 12 months.

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Miele Extended Flexible Crevice Tool SFD20
Miele Extended Flexible Crevice Tool (SFD 20) MI VA SFD20  $32.95
This unique crevice tool offers 22 inches of flexible length and is ideal for cleaning hard to reach nooks and crannies. Fits all S2, S4, S5, S6 & S8 canisters and S7 uprights.

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Miele Handheld Turbobrush (STB 101) MI VA S300HT  $79.95
Recommended for: Gentle cleaning of stairs and other limited space carpet applications and aggressive cleaning of upholstery. Great for removing pet hair from upholstery. Fits all S4, S5, S6, S8 canister models and S7 upright models.

Availability: In Stock. Ships Same or Next Business Day.
 

Miele Micro Set Accessory Case (SMC 20) MI VA MICRO  $79.95
Great to use to vacuum your computer or collectibles
MicroSet includes: Micro hose with a combo crevice nozzle/dusting brush, Extension crevice nozzle, Angled crevice nozzle and Extension dusting brush. Fits all S4, S5, S6, S8 canister models and S7 upright models.

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Notes regarding Miele S5981 Capricorn S5 Canister Vacuum Cleaners

All Miele Vacuum Cleaners are fulfilled by our retail store partner, L.V.C. Summit Sales, of Worcester MA


 

 

 
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