What makes a vacuum standout? Is it its looks? Maybe it’s the design or the amount of accessories it comes with. Maybe it is just simply, the way it it does it’s job. The Miele S2121 Capri is all of that and more. This powerful vacuum is lightweight, pleasing to the eye, and a powerhouse. While Dyson’s products are much more sophisticated in design and concept due to its engineering prowess, what the S2121 Capri lacks in exterior gravitas, it makes it up by simply being a cleaning warrior.
The 1,200 watt Miele has six power settings, each setting for a different type of suction power you desire. On its lowest suction, the machine purrs like a kitten, but turn it up to its full potential and it roars like a lion, sucking up everything up in the Capri’s sights. The rotary dial which houses the controls are located near the rear of the canister. To turn the vac on or off, just hit the power button with your foot or hand. The power cord retraction button is also located in the same area. Even though the Capri is a pretty pricey vacuum, there are no controls on the handle grip. Some might find the rotary dial cheapens the look of the Capri, but thankfully it doesn’t hinder the quality of the suction power.
The Capri not only bolsters amazing suctioning power but it also comes with additional accessories like a dusting brush, upholstery tool, and crevice nozzle. Moving the Capri around is super easy and dragging it up a flight of steps is very light on your back. This is truly important as so many vacuums are just murder on your back or arms to schlep around large spaces and even narrow ones. After all, you want a vaccum that moves with you, not fights with you, as you are doing an already annoying task.
We tested the Capri on hardwood floors with a high-gloss finish and the soft bristles on the floor tool was a delight to work with. For this type vacuuming we used one of the lowest settings, and pet hair along with everyday dirt got sucked up easily – without making too much noise. However, the real test for the Capri was vacuuming a thick pile of carpeting on a rather large staircase. Swapping out the floor tool with the included carpet tool, we put the suction at its highest and lifted the carpet off of the stairs! That is how powerful it is. We of course noticed and adjusted accordingly, but in the end, the carpeting on the steps looked better than ever.
The Miele S2121 Capri is a solid vacuum that may not have all the bells and whistles of its competitors, but sometimes simplicity works best. Unfortunately, the Canister vac is not bagless, so you will be investing in bags over the lifetime of the Capri which on average can cost $19 or so for 4 bags. This is pricey, but the good thing is, these bags hold a plenty of dirt before needing to be changed. There is also the option of purchasing generic vacuum bags that will save you a few bucks. The Miele S 2121 Capri retails for $399.99 at Vacuum-direct, where you can find both Miele Vacuums and Dyson Ball technology vacuums.
The Good: Terrific suctioning power, lightweight, easily portable from room to room, and solid accessories.
The Bad: Short hose, plasticky design, and a bit pricey.