The Miele S 7260 Cat & Dog is an excellent vacuum for pet owners who need powerful suction and versatile cleaning tools. With several attachments that store on-board for easy access, the Miele S 7260 can tackle pet hair, upholstery, and nooks and crannies with ease. Owners consistently praise its swiveling action, making the 12-inch power head an agile machine in cluttered rooms. Owners can choose to buy a HEPA filter, although it doesn't come standard with this model.
Excellent multi-surface performance. In one professional roundup of 89 upright vacuum cleaners, the Miele S 7260 Cat & Dog earns excellent scores for performance on carpets, bare floors and pet hair. Stephanie Sisco, who reviews the Miele S 7260 for Real Simple magazine, says, "The power of an army with the agility of a Porsche, it navigates corners effortlessly." Owners praise the Miele's 12-inch power head's swiveling capabilities and easy transition between flooring types. Sisco also notes its "unrivaled suction." It scores well in professional tests for emissions and total airflow. Both professional reviewers and users praise its ultra-quiet operation.
Packed with features, but missing retractable cord. The Miele S 7260 Cat & Dog features an LED headlight for added visibility, an integrated telescoping wand and a 12-foot extendable hose. All controls are conveniently located on the handle, and it includes a mini turbo brush, a dusting brush, crevice tool and upholstery brush for versatile cleaning. The Miele S 7260 features an automatic pile-height adjustment, a rotary dial with four power settings for suction control, and convenient full-bag and filter-change indicators. This upright vacuum comes with Miele's Active Air Clean filter, which includes charcoal for pet-odor removal. The power cord is not retractable.
Swiveling superstar. Both professional testers and owners say the 22-pound Miele S 7260 Cat & Dog is heavy, although it incorporates an anti-tip parking device so it won't topple over. All tools and accessories are integrated or stored on-board for easy access. It's not self-propelled, but the swiveling head makes it easy to maneuver, users say. "The handle reclines to lie completely flat, allowing you to reach way under the bed," says Stephanie Sisco in a review for Real Simple magazine. The bags are simple to change and don't create a dusty mess like bagless dirt canisters tend to do.
Expensive filters and bags. The Miele S 7260 Cat & Dog doesn't come standard with an active HEPA filter, but they can be purchased separately for about $50 each. The Active Air Clean filters are about $35, and filters should be replaced annually. The Active Air Clean bags standard for this unit are about $5 each, and alternatives are available. The Miele S 7260 is backed by a seven-year casing-and-motor warranty. We read only a few complaints about malfunctioning control switches, faulty motors and loss of suction. Miele customer service is accommodating, but authorized repair shops are quite a distance from some owners.
The Miele S 7260 Cat & Dog is among 25 bagging upright vacuum cleaners evaluated by editors at ConsumerReports.org. Each vacuum is subject to rigorous testing and rated on its ability to pick up pet hair, performance on bare floors and carpets, noise level, emissions and total airflow, and maneuverability.
Review: Upright Vacuum Cleaner Ratings and Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
2. Which? magazine
Which? magazine, based in the U.K., conducts thorough testing of 64 vacuum cleaners, including the Miele S 7260 Cat & Dog. Editors rate each model for its ability to remove ground-in pet hair from carpet, noise level, ease of use and dust retention. Miele and Dyson earn the most recommendations overall.
Review: Vacuum Cleaners, Editors of Which? magazine, As of December 2013
3. Real Simple
Stephanie Sisco names the best vacuums in different categories. The Miele S 7260, named the "Best Luxe," offers "the power of an army with the agility of a Porsche," Sisco says. She also praises the flat-reclining handle and effortless corner navigation, and says its "unrivaled for suction."
Review: Road Test: The Best Vacuums, Stephanie Sisco, Not dated
More than 70 owners comment on the Miele S 7260 Cat & Dog at Amazon.com, where it earns an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Owners like the bagging design, reclining handle, extra-long cord and onboard tools. One owner says it "maneuvers like a sports car."
Review: Miele S 7260 Cat & Dog Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
AllergyBuyersClub.com sells products for allergy sufferers. Editors provide thorough reviews of the vacuums sold here, although ratings seem to be correlated with price. Editors say this is the ideal vacuum for pet owners, with excellent pet-hair pickup capabilities and an odor-absorbing filter for clean, fresh air.
Review: Miele S7260 Cat & Dog Upright Vacuum Cleaners, Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com, As of December 2013
This site is operated by a stay-at-home mom who has used many vacuums over the years. In an individual review, the Miele S 7260 is given a perfect 5-star rating across the board for carpet and bare floor performance, air flow, noise, ease of use and pet-hair pickup.
Review: Miele S7260 Review, Editors of VacMag.com, As of December 2013