Miele Callisto Canister Vacuum S5281

Miele Callisto S5281
Miele Callisto S5281
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Miele Callisto Vacuum Review

miele callisto vacuum review

Welcome to our examination of the Miele S5281 Callisto Canister Vacuum Cleaner.

Miele is a well regarded German manufacturer of quality vacuum cleaners (and other products). On this page, we will be reviewing their Callisto S5281 Canister vacuum cleaner, which is one of five models in Mieles S5 Galaxy line of vacuums. Find out about the features of the Miele Callisto vacuum, compare it to other S5 models, and read both positive and negative reviews from actual customers. 

Miele S5281 Callisto Vacuum Cleaner Description

miele callisto vacuum review

If you just starting researching Miele S5 vacuums, your head might be spinning a little bit trying to tell the different models apart.  What is the difference between the Callisto and Capricorn models?  What about the Callisto and Earth vacuums?

When it comes down to it, all S5 galaxy vacuums are similar. They all come with features such as a telescopic wand, HEPA filter, powerful Vortex motor, quiet operation, and bag full indicators. Each S5 model also comes with a parquet tool for hardwood floors and tools such as a mattress tool, crevice tool, and dusting brush. 

What sets the models apart is 1) the power tool that is included with the vacuum (if any) and 2) the type of controls, which can either be a step or foot control, a dial control, or a handle control.

The Miele Callisto S5281 comes with:

  • SEB228 Electric Floor Tool
  • Dial Controls



  • Electric Floor Tool SEB228
  • Parquet Floor Tool
  • Vortex Motor, 1200 watts worth of power
  • Auto adjusting power setting
  • Dusting Brush
  • Upholstry nozzle
  • Crevice tool
  • HEPA Filter
  • Telescopic Wand
  • Dustbag full indicator

Miele Callisto Reviews

Over 92% of all customers reviews we've found of the Miele Callisto Canister Vacuum give this vacuum either 4 or 5 (out of 5) stars. Many of the negative reviews we've found have to do with the price of the bags.

Sample Customer Reviews

Positive Customer Reviews

I love, love, love the Miele Callisto vaccum. I did a great deal of investigative research before purchasing the Miele. I chose this vacuum specifically because it has every features I need. The only difference I was able to find between it and the others is that it has a dial control and no automatic power settings.
-- Kelly

I have four dogs and one kitten and I am so glad I finall found a vacuum cleaner that picks up the pet hair in one go.  I had to vacuum my floor at least two to three times with my old Oreck to get a result that is even close to the same.
-- Angie

Negative Customer Reviews

The Miele Callisto requires over a hundred dollars per year in bags and HEPA filters. Make sure you look at prices for deals on bags and filters.  The ones I have found are over $100 for a years worth.
-- Joe

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The Miele Callisto S5281 gets excellent reviews. It's not a cheap vacuum, and bags can be slightly expensive, but anybody looking for a great vacuum cleaner with outstanding suction, design, and durability can't go wrong with the S5281.