My old workhorse, no-name bag-free cylinder vacuum, had started dying lately, so I'd been looking around for something "basic" in the sales. Chatting to some of my friends about it, BOTH recommended a Miele. Personally, I'd never heard of the make (I'm a bloke after all), but I did some research. To cut it short, I bought the S111 for £114..BEST VACUUM I'VE EVER HAD...and this is the cheapest and lowest power model in the range (1600W). I do the whole house (short pile carpets) on the LOWEST power setting and there is plenty of suck available...one pass and the dirt is gone!!At 1/2 power it'll suck the carpets off the floor. OK, you have to buy bags for it, but I get them cheap from Amazon,and you don't get the tickly throat scenario when emptying the old bag-less cylinder. If you want to clean your house more efficiently and quickly, just buy a Miele.
The accessories stand that fits to the base of the S2111 hose is a bit flimsy, but so what...just don't fit it!..a minor niggle!
I've vacuumed up 3 times this week already....must be a record for a bloke? :)
(I work from home and have a lot of people coming thro, daily)