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Decision Made - MIELE MARIN WINS!
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Post# 379210   10/4/2017 at 08:42 (354 days old) by Jumby75 (Los Angeles, CA)        

First, thanks to everyone who has helped me so far with all the input and opinions. You all made great sense and gave me a lot to think about.

So with that said, after testing the Brilliant and Marin side by side, I have decided to purchase the Miele Marin. The Brilliant is an excellent vacuum and there were features that I did like such as the longer warranty and the concept of the handle controls. But as many people have stated, Miele's are solid and everyone I've talked to who owns one has never had a problem, so I put the warranty issue aside and focused on the other main difference-the handle.

As for the handle controls, while I did like them, it was just a bit too much. There was a P/N on/off and a standby button, as well as the +/- buttons for the suction. I think Iím a bit more simplistic and would have appreciated a simple slide switch for the suction. The on/off button wasnít important to me since itís not a huge deal to walk over and shut the vac off. The light up indicator on the handle was great, but it was another thing that could go wrong. If the vac handle were to fall, there is more to be damaged on this than a vac handle with a slide switch for suction control (like the SEBO).

I also did not like that I would be limited to using only one hose and handle. If I purchased the Brilliant, I would have no other hose option than the one it came with because the suction is controlled on the handle, not the machine. There is a shop in CA that sells a custom hose that extends 6-24 feet made specifically by them for Mieles. While I would have been able to use that for the Brilliant, it would have to attach to the handle and not directly to the machine and that didn't seem like it would work out too well. At least having the suction control on the machine, I can use an electric or non-electric hose and the suction could still be controlled without worry or just set to automatic.

Another issue I realized with the Brilliant is the handle control does not really turn the machine on and off. It only puts it in standby mode and the manual states you shouldn't leave the machine in that state for too long. Now how long is too long is probably debatable, but I get distracted sometimes and don't want to worry about forgetting to turn the actual machine off.
All the other features were not worth it. The running lights didnít seem to make sense to me and the velvet bumper was no different than the Marin except a thin layer of velvet added. It wasnít like the SEBO D4 which has, in my opinion, the best bumper of them all. Itís cushioned to absorb bumps and is much better than the Miele.

Other than what I mentioned, the vacuums are the same in all regards. Both have the same motor, body casing, filtration and P/N. SO, with the money I saved on purchasing the Marin, I also picked up the Miele Quickstep to replace my horrible Bissell stick vac. Reviews vary on the Quickstep but what I like about it the most is that you can put any P/N on it or floor brush and it even doubles as a mini canister if you purchase a separate hose and wand package. Itís pretty versatile since the attachments will be interchangeable with the Marin

Post# 379242 , Reply# 1   10/4/2017 at 18:56 (354 days old) by Tseg (World Traveller)        

Congrats!... once you get a non-electric hose (Miele 7863553) and the enlarged dusting brush (SUB20) you'll find it an enlightened joy for above-ground dusting as well. The brush is designed to attach directly to the hose or the handle/wand connectors. For weight reduction, I usually use it just with the non-electric hose.

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Post# 379264 , Reply# 2   10/5/2017 at 06:39 (353 days old) by Magic-Clean (FL-GA)        
Congratulations on your new cleaner........

Can you share information about this please: "There is a shop in CA that sells a custom hose that extends 6-24 feet made specifically by them for Mieles".


Post# 379267 , Reply# 3   10/5/2017 at 08:45 (353 days old) by Jumby75 (Los Angeles, CA)        
Expanding hose link....

Here is a link for anyone who is interested in the expanding hose. There is also a video that shows it in action. It seems pretty cool. I called and talked to them and it is a kit that also comes with the wands and I believe some type of connector or something. I asked how it fits on the Brilliant and they said it doesn't connect to the actual machine, but on the handle itself. All other machines connect exactly the way he shows in the video.


Post# 379394 , Reply# 4   10/7/2017 at 20:27 (351 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Great choice Jumby! I really like the colour too. Iím sure it will make vacuuming a real pleasure for you for many years to come!!! 😊

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