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The Miele S 5281 Callisto with SEB228 is a high-end canister vacuum.

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strong suction power - enough to pick up just about anything

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brush duster - gets into lots of very narrow, hard to reach places

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build quality - designed to last 10-25 years

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agile - comes with a smaller 10.5" powerbrush for easier maneuverability

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buggy bag full indicator - doesn't always work as expected

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confusing indicators - users will have to read the instructions to figure out what the symbols mean

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poor documentation - the included manual isn't very clear

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difficult to press release buttons

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The Miele S 5281 Callisto with SEB228 is a high-end canister vacuum. Miele promotes this vacuum as being ideal for medium to high-pile carpeting, area rugs and all smooth flooring. The 4.76 quart Type G/N AirClean dustbag of the 5281 Callisto is comprised of a 9-layer fortress of electrostatically charged material that traps micro-sized debris in the airtight vacuum chamber. Thanks to the spring-loaded, self-locking collar, you will not have particles leaking out of the bag. The 1,200 watt Vortex motor of the 5281 Callisto has improved dust intake compared to previous models. Miele promotes the Sealed System cartridge of this vacuum as providing maximum air protection. This vacuum is a step up from the lower cost 5211 Ariel in that it has better accessories (such as the SBB300-3 Parquet Twister for tile, wood and smooth surfaces, the SEB228 ElectroPlus for plush carpeting, and an electric hose instead of non-electric), as well as an Active HEPA filter (instead of an Air Clean filter), which traps 99.99% of all particles as tiny as 0.3 of a micron, as well as odors. However, it lacks the slightly higher cost 5381 Leo model's electronic suction controls (which operate with plus and minus buttons), and ergonomic deluxe handle assembly. However, the Leo does not have the SEB228 attachment. There are model variations for the Miele S 5281 Callisto with SEB228, which cost less because they lack the SEB228 (having instead the SEB217-3).

  • Dimensions: 8.25" x 10" x 19"
  • Color: Deep Black
  • Active HEPA filter
  • Active Air Clean filter (optional)
  • Overheating lamp
  • Safety shut-off on overheating
  • Silence insulation
  • Dustbag change indicator
  • Filter grill
  • Stainless steel wand
  • SEB228 ElectroPlus
  • Electric hose
  • SBB300-3 Parquet Twister
  • Combination carpet/smooth floor tool
  • DMT Air Quality Testing Institute certified
  • 33 foot cleaning radius
  • Dusting brush
  • Upholstery nozzle
  • Crevice tool
  • Sealed system canister construction
  • 4.76 quart Type G/N AirClean dustbag
  • Air Clean Filter (optional)
  • Pre-motor filter
  • 1,200 watt Vortex motor
  • Rotary dial suction control
Model Variations
  • Libra - $899, mango red, SEB217-3
  • Pisces - $899, royal blue, SEB217-3
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