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This machine is incredible- we cannot use it on its full power as it pulls up our carpet!
We got it to replace an old vacuum, and were assured by the staff in John Lewis that it is better than a Dyson. We have not been disappointed at all.
The actual unit is fairly sturdily built, and a bit heavier than some other similar machines I have used, although the tubing is very securely fixed and looks like it will last. The only problem that I have noticed with it thus far is that the cleaning pole (not sure what they are called- the ridgid bit on the end) is quite short, and so I as a fairly tall man have to stoop when using it.
I am sure that it can be picked up quite cheaply- it was just over £100 from John Lewis when we bought it mid-2008.
The S5260 is a Canister vacuum with 2200 watts power / Short name: Miele S5260