Miele Red Velvet Canister Vacuum Review

The Miele Red Velvet Canister Vacuum (S6270) represents Miele’s relaunch of the S6 series vacuum cleaner. A high quality, full-featured vacuum that balances beauty with power and functionality.

Miele Red Velvet Canister Vacuum

Price: $469.00 (MSRP)

  • Very quiet
  • Agile
  • Excellent suction and filtration
  • Cannot use hose or attachments without the handle

The Miele Red Velvet works well on bare floors and low pile carpeting, as well as any above floor cleaning needs. A terrific combination of Miele’s legendary quality and performance in a unique, fuzzy red package!


Miele Red Velvet Canister Vacuum Review


The Miele Red Velvet is like no other canister vacuum cleaner you have seen. The entire canister is covered in rich, red velvet that gives it an air of elegance. But don’t think that show stopping good looks is all this machine brings to the table, this vacuum cleaner is definitely Miele quality, through and through!

The Red Velvet maintains the excellent standards that you’ve come to expect from Miele, a company that builds its vacuum cleaners to last 20 years, with uncompromising performance.

The entire S6 series uses an innovative skeleton construction that keeps its weight below 10 pounds, yet can withstand up to 220 pounds sitting on top of it! How many vacuum cleaners can make that claim?

A 1200 watt Miele-made Vortex Motor System™ provides the power … extremely quiet power! The Red Velvet canister vacuum strategically uses insulation blankets around the motor compartment, making it extremely quiet, in fact, you barely hear the motor at all. What you do hear is the rush of air flowing, the source of the Red Velvet’s very strong suction.

Great suction alone does not make a great vacuum cleaner, it takes high quality filtration as well, and the Red Velvet is equipped with Miele’s legendary AirClean Sealed System™.

The AirClean Sealed System combines high efficiency filters with a high efficiency dust bag and a sealed vacuum compartment. The sealed bag compartment ensures that 100% of the air flowing through the vacuum is scrubbed clean by the bag and filters before it exits the vacuum.

Rounding out the benefits of the AirClean Sealed System is the spring-loaded collar on the dust bag. Whenever the bag compartment lid is opened, the dust bag seals shut, providing you with a sanitary means of changing the bag.


The Miele Red Velvet canister vacuum cleaner is a direct suction vacuum, meaning it uses a non-powered hose and floor head. The floor head is Miele’s Classic Combination carpet/smooth floor tool which is designed for low pile carpets and smooth flooring.

On carpeted surfaces, felt strips help to snatch up hair and debris as you vacuum. You can quickly transition from carpets to bare floors by flicking your toe over a rocker switch located on the floor head. The rocker switch extends brushes from the floor head that help to collect dirt and debris for the vacuum cleaner to suction up.

Deep suction passages under the floor head provide good cleaning across the entire 11-inch width of the floor head and also direct suction to the sides for edge cleaning. The neck of the floor head swivels a full 360º to aid in cleaning around objects and under low furniture.

Speaking of suction, the Red Velvet has a six position dial that allows you to adjust the motor speed to meter the precise level of suction for any given task, from a low of 200 watts for delicate fabrics and surfaces, up to 800 watts for your general cleaning tasks and low noise, all the way up to 1200 watts for carpets and bare floors.

Most Miele canister vacuums have two wand parking locations, one on the end and one on the bottom of the canister. The Red Velvet has THREE parking locations, one on the end as usual, but then one on each side as well. This is to allow for more flexible storage and ease of use.


Included with the Miele Red Velvet Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Mieie Red Velvet canister vacuum suction controls

Suction Control

The Red Velvet has a 6 position rotary dial that controls suction through motor speed control.

Miele Red Velvet canister vacuum suction control

Color Coded System

To simplify finding the right original Miele FilterBag, the docking bay and bag collar are color coordinated. In the case of the Red Velvet, these parts will be colored red, indicating the FJM bag.

Miele Red Velvet Air Clean Filter

AirClean™ Filter

The AirClean™ filter is designed for normal use and is made of multi-ply material that is electrostatically charged to retain dust particles. This filter can be upgraded to HEPA filtration media.

Miele Red Velvet Vario-Clip

Integrated Tools

The Red Velvet S6 series vacuums come standard with the VarioClip, that attaches to the hose and holds three handy accessory tools: a crevice nozzle, natural bristle dust brush, and an upholstery tool.


Above Floor Work:

The Red Velvet is equipped with a six foot hose, when added to the handle and telescopic wand you have over ten feet of reach from the floor. Combine that reach with the long power cord and you get a total cleaning radius of up to 33 feet.

The stainless steel telescopic wand has a spring loaded latch that locks incrementally along its length. To operate it, simply press the release button and extend or retract the wand to your desired length. This is something that you will want to take the time (mere seconds) to adjust appropriately to suit the cleaning task, as it significantly eases stress and strain while you use the vacuum.

The Miele Red Velvet has three accessory tools, a dust brush, crevice tool, and an upholstery tool. These tools stow onboard the S6270 canister vacuum via the VarioClip™, which can be positioned, near the handle or at the base of the hose. To prevent getting in the way while cleaning, we like the hose base location best.

We very much like the long natural bristles of the dust brush, as natural bristles make a big difference in the cleaning ability of the tool. The soft bristles conform to irregular surfaces well and won’t harm delicate items. The head articulates easily from 0º – 90º to aid cleaning from different angles.

The crevice tool is a bit short, but works well for places where other attachments can’t reach, such as furniture folds, crevices, or tight corners. The upholstery tool incorporates two felt strips that aid cleaning by attracting dirt and pet hair from nearly any surface.

The S6270 comes standard with an automatic one-touch power cord rewind. Now there is no need to stand on a switch until the power cord fully retracts and no whiplash effect as the end of the cord returns to the docking port.


As with all Miele vacuums, the S6270 Red Velvet canister vacuum is very user friendly when it comes to maintenance. For starters, a bag change indicator tells you when the dust bag has reached its useful end and needs to be replaced.

The dust bag and filters are all accessed from within the vacuum bag compartment. The compartment lid can be opened with or without the hose attached, adding to your convenience.

The dust bag simply pulls out of the docking collar. The new bag slides back into the docking collar with ease and you tuck the folded bag down into the compartment. The docking collar is the same color as the bag that fits the vacuum, in this case red, taking even more guess work out of the equation when bag replacement time comes.

The pre-motor filter sits behind the dust bag. With the bag removed, the filter screen is accessible. Open the screen and replace the filter pad. The post-motor filters sit on top of the motor. Lift the screen and replace the filter pad. Miele vacuum cleaners use replacement only style filters, they are not washable, nor reusable.

The standard S6 Red Velvet is equipped with the AirClean filter, however this vacuum filter can be upgraded at any time to an Active HEPA filter if you so desire, simply by changing out the filter cassette.


The Miele Red Velvet canister vacuum cleaner is a straight suction machine that excels at cleaning bare floors and low pile carpeting, as well as most above floor cleaning needs. For those with mostly wall-to-wall or high pile carpet, an S6 series model that includes either a turbo floor head (Miele Onyx) or an electro floor head (Miele Topaz) may be a better choice, as powered floor heads, both turbo and electro, clean deeper pile carpets better.

Whatever you choose one thing is certain, the Red Velvet gives you Miele’s legendary quality and performance, in a package that is as beautiful as it is capable.


Miele Red Velvet Canister Vacuum Cleaner
Technical Specifications

Vacuum Type: Compact Canister
Construction: ABS body
Motor: 1200 Watt Miele Vortex Motor
Recommended For: Short-pile carpeting, area rugs, smooth flooring, above floor cleaning
Power Controls: On/Off switch, 6-position rotary dial suction control
Dust Bag Capacity: 3.7 quart, Type FJM, AirClean™ dustbag, with spring-loaded, Auto-Seal™ Closure
Standard Filters: Pre-motor filter, Air Clean filter
Optional Filters: HEPA filter
Floor Tool: SBD350-3 Classic Combination carpet/smooth floor tool
Included Attachments: VarioClip with dusting brush, upholstery nozzle, and crevice tool
Suction Wand: Stainless steel telescopic wand
Operating Radius: 33 ft.
Auto Cord Reel Rewind: Yes
Safety Shut-off: Yes
Wand Park Feature: Yes
Dimensions: 10" W X 9" H X 17" L
Warranty: 1 year on vacuum and accessories
7 years on motor and body casing
Price (MSRP): $469.00
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Disclaimer: The manufacturer, MieleUSA, generously sent us a complimentary unit for the purposes of testing and review. However, that in no way influenced the information presented here. We always give our honest opinions, findings, and reviews. You can read our full Disclosure Policy here.


  1. I just posted a video on youtube of me opening the machine. It’s really cool looking!

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