Need a vacuum cleaner? My wife just brought home a new Miele and test-drove it. She loves it. We have bought and maintained lots of vacuums over the past ~30 years, and none of them performed all that well - even the top-end Electroluxes. A co-worker of hers used to sell and service Mieles and he highly recommended the line. He went to his former boss and negotiated a price of $472.50 (tax included) for a Miele S318 (available only from Miele Diamond Dealers). We paid with a check, and when my wife found out that the S318 was white, she asked if there was another color available. Her co-worker asked the owner if there was another color available, and he upgraded her to a Miele Blue Moon (S5001) at no additional cost. It's a discontinued model, but brand new and top of the line. I looked them up on-line, and even with discounts, they retailed for over $1000. Edit: Here's about the cheapest one I found. We have the standard floor head with retractable brush, the standard crevice, dusting, and upholstery heads, and the Mini Turbo brush, all for less than half price. http://www.allbrands.com/products/abp09594.html [Broken] Nice features include a cord that retracts easily, but with a very light spring loading that doesn't stress the cord, multiple power settings for heavy-to-light jobs, four stable 360 deg swivel wheels so that it moves with a light touch, extendable wand with a thumb-actuated bypass that allows you to bleed off vacuum for even more control when vacuuming curtains, etc. Best of all, the discharge filter meets European HEPA standards (0.3 micron, IIR) so that dust mites, their feces, pollen, etc doesn't get discharged back into the air. Even on the highest power setting, the vacuum's noise level is reasonable. Too soon to tell about durability, of course, but the performance is great. Also, the fellow that brokered the deal for us was the service-man for that All-Vacuum business for years, and he claims that Miele vacuums needed service far less frequently than Electrolux, Hoover, Bissel, Rainbow, etc, and that Miele had standardized on the motors, fans, etc making service simpler, with very short turn-around times.