I thought I would replace the old vac before it died, and so had time to do a bit of research, including reading the reviews of previous buyers and going down to various electrical retailers to view other products. I narrowed my search down to two machines given I was after a cylinder bagged vac, Bosch and Miele. I decided on Amazon since the Bosch was over £20 cheaper than anywhere else, representing excellent value for money. I chose the Bosch since it was over £40 cheaper than the Miele and there seemed very little difference in the specification.
When it arrived I was surprised with how small and light it is, about a third smaller than the Miele. This means cleaning the stairs is a much easier job now, almost a pleasure! For such a small and light machine it also is powrful too, and very agile. The motor sounds great and is not too loud either, and although it has only a 4Ltr capacity that is very reasonable given the dimensions of the vac. Much bigger vac's have only a half Ltr more capacity than this one. The positive features of the vac are the on/off switch which also acts as the variable power control which is very smooth and offers excellent control of the power. You also have to be impressed with the filters on this vac, which includes a HEPA filter. Whilst the bags themselves have a clever sealing mechanism which is also very good.
There are a couple of negative points though. The hose I find is a little on the short side, as the one I've been used to an Electrolux was slightly longer. And the additional attachments are a little fiddly to fit into the body of the vac, a symptom of the small size of the vac itself resulting in some improvised planning by Bosch to its fitment into the vac. However, once you figure out how to do it they fit fine.
All in all a very nice machine that comes with three dust bags and represents excellent value for money. Great if you want a good quality small vac with lots of power.