The Miele S7580 comes in three versions, differentiated only by color: the black Bolero, the red Tango and the silver Swing. All three offer a wide array of features, including adjustable suction, automatic height adjustment and separate motors to control the suction and brushroll. In professional tests, this vacuum performs very well on both carpets and bare floors, and its emissions control (which includes a HEPA filter) is excellent. At 22 pounds, it's heavier than most vacuums, but it is fairly maneuverable thanks to Miele's patented pivoting body. The Bolero is also quieter than most upright vacuums.
One drawback of this vacuum, aside from its high cost, is that Miele will not honor its warranty unless the product is purchased through an authorized Miele dealer. Among luxury vacuums, the bagless Dyson DC25 Multi-Floor (*Est. $400) gets more recommendations overall.
The Miele S7580 Bolero has been tested by ConsumerReports.org, which rates upright vacs for performance on both carpets and hard floors, as well as ease of handling, noise level, emissions control and pet-hair removal. This vacuum is one of the best-rated upright vacuums in tests conducted by Good Housekeeping magazine, and it is recommended at the retail site
AllergyBuyersClub.com. We found less than 30 owner reviews for this model at Amazon.com, but they are generally positive.
ConsumerReports.org evaluates more than 80 upright vacuums, including the Miele S7580 Bolero, by testing them on carpet and bare floor. It rates each one for cleaning ability, noise, emissions and ease of use, as well as its ability to pick up pet hair from carpeting.
Review: Upright Vacuum Cleaner Ratings and Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Good Housekeeping
Staffers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute award the Miele S7580 Bolero a grade of "A" in their detailed tests of vacuum cleaners. It performs well on all surfaces and earns praise for its maneuverability and overall ease of use.
Review: Miele S7 Bolero Upright Vacuum S7580, Editors of Good Housekeeping, September 2010
We found about a dozen reviews for the Miele S7580 Bolero at Amazon.com, plus another 15 or so (on separate pages) for the Tango and Swing models. Reviewers generally say this vacuum is powerful, maneuverable, quiet and well built, though a couple do not consider it worth its high price.
Review: Miele S7580 Bolero Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Miele S7580 Tango (the red version of the Bolero) is named the best upright HEPA vacuum at this retail site. It gets a perfect 5-star rating from the editors and a 4.3-star overall rating from a handful of users who like its filtration and maneuverability but complain that the cord tangles easily.
Review: Miele S7580 Upright HEPA Vacuum Cleaners, Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com
5. Ristenbatt Vacuum Cleaner Service, Inc.
David Ristenbatt, the proprietor of Ristenbatt Vacuum Cleaner Service, includes the Miele S7580 Tango in his list of preferred upright vacuums. The brief review cites some of the vacuum's more desirable features but does not compare it directly to other models.
Review: Ristenbatt Vacuum's Preferred Models, David E. Ristenbatt