If you want the power and performance the Miele brand is known for at a slightly more affordable price, the Miele S 7210 Twist is a basic model in the S7 series that still packs quite a punch. With many of the features of more-expensive models, the Twist actually scores higher in one professional test than its more-expensive S7-series siblings. There are some problems reported with poor suction and malfunctioning motors.
Basic model with advanced performance. Editors at AllergyBuyersClub.com call the lower-priced Miele S 7210 Twist an "entry-level" vacuum in the Miele S7 series. Still, this vacuum is a standout in one professional review, scoring better overall than more-expensive Miele vacuums, and owners posting to Amazon.com call it "the BMW of vacs." The Miele S 7210 Twist earns excellent ratings for carpet and pet-hair performance, and very good ratings for bare floor cleaning, noise and total airflow. Experts give it a very good score for emissions, as well. Its 12-inch cleaning path is also comparable to more-expensive Miele S7 models.
Doesn't skimp on features. With automatic pile-height adjustment, four levels of suction power, a 12-foot hose and telescoping wand, along with three accessory tools including an extra-long crevice tool, dusting brush and upholstery tool, the Miele S 7210 Twist doesn't skimp on accessories. HEPA filtration doesn't come standard but is an optional add-on. Four levels of suction power are easily adjustable with fingertip controls. Also at your fingertips is the brushroll activation switch for easy transitioning between flooring types. There's no retractable cord or filter-change indicator, but there is a bag-change indicator.
Exceptional swiveling action. The Miele S 7210 Twist weighs 22 pounds, but that doesn't impact its maneuverability. With Miele's swiveling action, the power head rotates easily to navigate around furniture and obstacles. Owners posting reviews to Amazon.com praise its swiveling head and onboard tool storage for easy access no matter what cleaning task you're tackling. The Miele S 7210 Twist uses filtration bags, which users say are simple to change and not messy like bagless upright vacuums. Like other Mieles in the S7 series, the S 7210 Twist has an extra-long 39-foot power cord for an overall reach of 54 feet.
Repairs are a hassle. Optional HEPA filters for the Miele S 7210 Twist can be purchased for about $50. The Air Clean dust bags, which cost about $5 each, have a large capacity for less-frequent changes. These fiber bags are designed to retain dust and allergens, preventing more than 99 percent of particles from escaping and re-entering the air. The Miele S 7210 Twist is backed by a seven-year warranty covering the casing and motor. We read a few complaints regarding loss of suction and malfunctioning motors. Repairs must be completed at authorized shops, which owners say is a hassle.
The Miele S 7210 Twist is one of 25 bagging vacuum cleaners included in this latest round of testing conducted by ConsumerReports.org. Editors put each vacuum to the test in real-world scenarios, rating each for its ability to pick up pet hair, carpet and bare-floor performance, noise, airflow, emissions, and maneuverability.
Review: Upright Vacuum Cleaner Ratings and Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
2. Which? magazine
The U.K.-based equivalent of ConsumerReports.org, Which? magazine also conducts ongoing testing of vacuum cleaners. Editors rate each vacuum, including the Miele S 7210 Twist, for performance on carpeting, floorboards, laminate floors, and walls and corners based on the results of hands-on testing. Many of the models are available in the U.S.
Review: Vacuum Cleaners, Editors of Which? magazine, As of December 2013
3. Good Housekeeping
Editors at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute award the Miele S 7210 Twist a perfect A rating, thanks to its easy operation, suction control and excellent maneuverability. The only con listed is that it easily tips over when the hose is extended.
Review: Miele S7 Twist S7210 Vacuum, Editors at Good Housekeeping, September 2010
More than 200 owners have weighed in with comments on the Miele S 7210 Twist at Amazon.com. Overall, it earns an average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. Owners say it's a powerful machine with excellent swiveling action for easily navigating around furniture.
Review: Miele S7210 Twist Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com review all the vacuum cleaners sold on the site. The Miele S 7210 Twist is available both with a HEPA filter and without. Editors call the Miele S 7210 Twist an "entry-level" vacuum for users who want the power of a Miele without the accompanying price tag.
Review: HEPA Upright Vacuum Cleaners, Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com, As of December 2013