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Miele Swing H1 Review

The Miele Swing H1 has impressive suction but is inconvenient in some ways. This vacuum cleaner was always crashing to the floor during testing because of its stick design and relatively heavy weight.

Our Verdict

The large cleaning path and dirt bag of the Miele S194 Quickstep can help you clean efficiently by eliminating stops. However, the vacuum lacks some standard features important for hardwood floors.

For

  • A versatile design allows this unit to be configured to function as a hand vac.

Against

  • The vacuum doesn’t let you turn off the brush-roll, which could harm hardwood floors.
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You can configure the parts of the H1 to create four different vacuum types, including a hand vac.

You can configure the parts of the H1 to create four different vacuum types, including a hand vac.
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The combination floor tool on the Swing H1 transitions from hard floor to low-pile carpets using the foot switch.

The combination floor tool on the Swing H1 transitions from hard floor to low-pile carpets using the foot switch.
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The Miele Swing H1 works on both hard surface floors and low-pile carpets.

The Miele Swing H1 works on both hard surface floors and low-pile carpets.
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You can adjust the speed of the Miele Swing on the body of the unit.

You can adjust the speed of the Miele Swing on the body of the unit.
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Soft bristles help the H1 treat floors gently.

Soft bristles help the H1 treat floors gently.
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The Miele Swing H1 has a longer warranty than all of the other vacuum cleaners.

The Miele Swing H1 has a longer warranty than all of the other vacuum cleaners.

The Miele Swing H1 has impressive suction but is inconvenient in some ways. This vacuum cleaner was always crashing to the floor during testing because of its stick design and relatively heavy weight. The uprights and canisters we tested alongside it seemed much more user-friendly. There are ways that the H1 is convenient, though. Its extra-large bag means you don't have to stop to change it very often, and a relatively wide cleaning path means fewer passes on expansive jobs.

This vacuum cleaner was great at cleaning our test messes, especially the flour that was meant to represent the fine dust that collects on your flooring. It tied for the best suction in our testing overall when we averaged the number of passes on flour, sawdust, kitty litter and pet hair. If you were hoping to get a cordless unit, though, check out the Dyson V7.

The Swing uses bags that hold 83.2 ounces, which is much bigger than most of the ones we reviewed that will require frequent stops to empty dirt cups or toss bags. The bags include both a filter and an automatic seal closure so that you won’t be exposed to the dust and particles. However, the way the bag sits on the vacuum means it can spill the contents when you are removing it, so this is not a perfect solution for allergy sufferers.

This model has an 11.25-inch cleaning path that covers more surface as you vacuum than most hardwood floor vacuums. It also has a 26-foot cord, which allows you to reach several rooms without having to plug in the cord multiple times.

The ability to function as a few different types of vacuums makes the Swing unique. You can configure the attachments to be used more like a hand or stick vacuum instead of its default mode as a small upright. It includes both a crevice tool and an extension wand for even more versatility.

This bare floor vacuum comes with a seven-year warranty on the motor and casing, which surpasses the warranty lengths of all the other hardwood floor vacuum cleaners in our review. The other parts of the bare floor vacuum are covered for one year from the purchase date. With warranties this long, you can rely on the motor to last. If you need to contact Miele, the company provides an email and phone number on its website. You also can schedule service repairs on the website.

The Miele Swing hardwood floor vacuum is very prone to tipping over, even when leaned up against a wall. It is convenient in many ways, though – a wide cleaning path, long cord and large dust bag allow you to clean uninterrupted for long periods of time. It also has great suction.