In the arena of best-selling canister vacuums, the Miele brand ranks right at the top, and it’s definitely number one for bagged canister vacs. With a high price tag, every model in this line is built to last. With several models to choose from, it’s really only a matter of which features suit you best.
If you’re looking for a mid-priced Miele with great features, the S8590 Alize and the newer version, the Complete C3 Alize, are both very good choices. Both excel on rugs, hard floors and lower pile carpeting.
While all Miele canister vacuums are easy to use, this one is a step above the lower priced models. First, it is much quieter, even when running on full power. This is such a nice feature, as so many vacuum cleaners are really noisy, and it’s hard to hear anything else when they are running.
Also, it has an automatic cord rewind, a feature found more often in high-end vacuums. Along with this, the 6 power settings are operated by pushing a button instead of having to twist a dial. Unlike many less expensive models, the tools for this canister are stored inside the canister itself under an access panel. This is really something to appreciate if you’ve ever had your vacuum attachments floating around without a home, getting lost or misplaced in the fray of getting you house clean.
As for allergies, the S8590 Alize comes standard with a HEPA filter, so you know allergens like pet dander, pollen, dust and mold particles are going into the bag instead of back into the air. When you remove the bag after its full, it automatically seals itself so there’s no giant cloud of dust when you dispose of it.
While the Alize has the same 1200 watt motor as many of the other models from this manufacturer, this one also incorporates a low-noise feature, meaning it’s much quieter than other models. Much like the Capri canister, it also has 6 settings for the power and suction, however, the S8590 has push-button switches instead of a dial control.
Like all the best vacuums from this company, the Azure has the sealed AirClean system to keep allergens and dust in the bag instead of floating in the air. However, this one goes a step beyond and includes a HEPA filter into its design, so you can rest assured those particles aren’t floating around to irritate your nose and lungs, especially if you have allergies or asthma.
This is a bagged vacuum, so going forward, you will need to purchase bags and filters for the unit. Fortunately, the bags hold 4.76 quarts, so they are quite large, meaning you won’t need to replace them as often. The bags and filter can be purchased on Amazon in various quantities cheaper than at a regular retail store for about $18 for one bag and filter up to about $75 for 4 bags with 2 filters.
Tools & Accessories
- AirTeQ Floor Brush – Great for bare floors and area rugs
- Dusting Brush
- Upholstery Tool
- Extended Crevice Tool
- Handle Grip with Spotlight
- Telescopic Wand – Stainless Steel
- Color: Ivory White
- Motor: 1200 watt low-noise
- Power Settings: 6
- Filters: Disposable HEPA filter included
- Operating Radius: 36’
- Auto Cord Rewind: Yes
- Warranty: 7 years (motor and casing); 1 year (all other components)
- Owner’s Manual
S8590 Alize vs Complete C3 Alize (newer model)
These are very similar in design and construction (even the color is the same), in fact, there seem to be no significant differences at all in these two models. Both use the same bags and have the same included attachments as well as the same motor, filtration system and warranty.
- Great suction: One woman in her review comments that even though it doesn’t have a motorized rotating brush, the Alize left her favorite wool Persian rug looking like it had been professionally shampooed after it was only vacuumed with the canister.
- Automatic Cord Retractor
- Onboard Tool Storage
- Long Cord
In user reviews, it seems the biggest complaint is the same as it is for just about any canister vacuum. Plainly, they are not meant to work well on deep pile carpet like shag. While they do a fantastic job on hardwood floors, linoleum and other bare floors as well as low pile carpet, canister vacuums simply do not have the weight to dig into deeper piles. If this is a concern for you, the best option is to consider an upright like the highly rated Miele Twist or if you prefer a bagless model, the Dyson DC65 series works great on carpets as well.
The Miele S8590 Alize, while on the higher budget end for most people, is a very good investment. With a great warranty as well as the Good Housekeeping seal of approval, it is a vacuum cleaner that will last over time. If you’re budget allows for it, it’s a great value. You can actually get a really good deal online. In fact, Amazon has it on sale right now for $120 off. They also have a really good deal going for the newer model, the Complete C3.
However, if the Alize is a bit over your budget, the Capri, while not quite as fancy, does a great job as well.