If you’ve made it to this post, you’re probably in the market for a new Miele vacuum cleaner. However, buying a vacuum can be seriously overwhelming. From industry jargon and fancy technical terms to an overload of options for both vacuums and accessories, it can be difficult to decode what it all means. That’s why we decided to compile absolutely everything you need to know about Miele vacuums in one convenient space. By the end of this guide, you’ll have a full understanding of the company’s offerings, in order to decide which option is the best Miele vacuum cleaner for you.
Why Choose a Miele Vacuum?
There are many reasons why you may choose a Miele vacuum. Miele has been making top quality vacuum cleaners in Europe since 1931. In the last 25 years, the company has risen through the ranks of the U.S. market to become one of the top choices for people who seek the maximum clean of their carpets and hardwood floors. If you are sensitive to dust, Miele's air filtration systems are so good that many enthusiasts even used its vacuum bags as makeshift face masks during lockdowns (defying a myriad of warnings from the company.)
Overall, Miele vacuums are known leaders in all the areas where it counts, including cleaning performance, long-lasting suction, convenience, and air filtration.
1) Cleaning Performance and Powerful Suction
A vacuum is essentially useless if it doesn’t perform well on the surfaces in your home. Some Miele vacuums are made specifically to handle simple tasks such as hardwood floors and area rugs. Others are more versatile and can tackle a wide range of surfaces, including wall-to-wall and high-pile shag carpets.
One of the best things about Miele’s vacuums is that they can easily pick up dirt and debris with one single pass. With a Miele, there’s no need to spend unnecessary time going over the same area more than once. This saves you valuable time so that you can actually enjoy your clean home.
As an example, the Miele Marin canister vacuum is the most powerful vacuum you can get on the market to tackle any kind of work you throw at it. It does not lose suction, and the company goes so far as to back this claim up with a 7-year suction warranty. The Miele Complete C3 Marin comes with a rich set of accessories to help you clean all floor types, furniture, and even cobwebs in hard to reach corners.
2) Convenience: Light in Weight, Highly Mobile
Carrying around a canister or upright vacuum is a hefty chore. Most people find them awkward, hard to maneuver, and frustrating to store. Moreover, in the age of technology, most people think of a vacuum with a cord akin to a rotary dial phone. As technology continues to evolve, better options are made available. Out of the many features of the best cordless vacuums, weight and ease of storage and use play a major role in helping to find the one that works for you.
Having said that, Miele canister vacuums still weigh under 10 lb's without the hose and the cleaning head. This makes Miele vacuums some of the best on the market in terms of weight. However, no other vacuum can beat the convenience of the new Miele cordless vacuum, Triflex HX1.
When deciding which weight and size are best for you, you want to consider easy mobility when turning the vacuum, cleaning underneath furniture, and reaching blinds and shelves. Luckily, all Miele vacuums come with different attachments to help with specialized tasks such as dusting blinds, cleaning furniture, and getting to hard to reach areas.
In summary, no matter which type of home you live in, Miele has the perfect vacuum for you. If you have a ton of heavy duty carpeting, you may want a powerful canister vacuum like the Miele Complete C3 Marin. However, if the thought of carrying around a canister vacuum cleaner makes you cringe, you may opt for a more lightweight option like the cordless Triflex HX1 vacuum.
3) Filtration for Allergies
Vacuum cleaners take in dirt, dust and other particles from the environment. A good vacuum cleaner retains coarse particles smaller than a micron in its filters, and releases only clean air back into the room. Likewise, a good filtration system prevents dirt and dust from infiltrating the motor, protecting it against damage.
People who suffer from allergies or asthma seek out Miele vacuums for their superior air filtration. You will never notice the distinct smell of dust near a Miele vacuum. Even the entry-level Miele Classic C1 Compact vacuum has the "AirClean filter" to trap 99.9% of particles up to 0.3 microns. The upgraded models come with a sealed system, which means the air they release is actually cleaner than the air they take in. This sealed system prevents any dust or allergens from leaking out of the canister and dispersing back into the air.
The Miele HEPA AirClean filter is an industry leading top-of-the-line "purifier" for fine dust and allergens. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the term HEPA filter stands for "high efficiency particulate air filter". These filters can trap at least 99.97% of particles like dust, pollen, pet dander, bacteria, and mold, making them a must for allergy concerns.
Select Miele vacuums for pets, dubbed as the "Cat and Dog series," come with an "Active AirClean Filter." The Active AirClean Filter has a carbon filter to neutralize unpleasant odors in your home.
4) Pets and Pet Hair Performance
Different types of vacuums offer different features for optimal convenience. The entire lineup of Miele vacuum cleaners offers great performance on pet hair. The Miele Cat and Dog series vacuums even come with a motorized 6-inch brush to help clean upholstery and furniture with ease. This is a good example of another area where Miele excels - the company offers a unique vacuum for every way of life.
After all, if you have two pups that shed, you’ll need a different vacuum than someone who has two teenage children. The company offers four vacuums for those with pets - the Miele Dynamic U1 Cat and Dog as an upright, Complete C3 Cat and Dog canister vacuum, Blizzard CX1 Cat and Dog bagless canister vacuum, and the cordless Triflex HX1 Cat and Dog. As their names suggest, these vacuums are incredible at picking up pet hair.
Miele Vacuum Quality Assurance
One of the most impressive things about Miele overall is its dedication to comprehensive product testing. In fact, the company is known for testing its products more than any other manufacturer in the world. Before making products available in the U.S., Miele releases them in the global market to work out any and all kinks. However, before the Miele vacuums are released anywhere, they go through rigorous endurance tests that equate to at least 10 to 20 years of use.
Take, for example, the new Miele Triflex HX1. Before mass producing the cordless vacuum, Miele performed the following tests:
- The handle was loaded 120,000 times with over 11 lbs
- The dust bin was opened and removed from the base mount 3,000 times
- The battery was replaced 6,000 times
- The model was snapped into the parking position 20,000 times
This type of testing isn’t unique to the Triflex HX1. In fact, the hose on a canister vacuum is twisted and stretched up to 120,000 times (with an 11 pound weight!) And to ensure the cords on the canister vacuums are sturdy enough to withstand the test of time, Miele winds and unwinds them at least 10,000 times.
Miele Vacuum Warranty
In the unlikely event that your Miele vacuum needs service, the company offers extra long warranties for all of their machines. All canister vacuum models are backed by a 7-year suction and casing warranty. Although the casing is made from super durable materials that can withstand accidental drops, it's always nice to have peace of mind with a warranty.
The new cordless Triflex HX1 models come with a two year factory warranty - which is double than that of most other cordless vacuum manufacturers. These extra-long warranties give you the peace of mind that you will not have to replace your vacuum anytime soon. Miele also offers a nationwide service network with an ample amount of parts available. So if you are in need of a Miele vacuum repair, you can rest assured that an expert professional can help you out.
Miele also offers a home-care series in all of its vacuums. These models come in red and are only sold in authorized stores such as Designer Appliances. As a benefit to its brick and mortar authorized stores, Miele provides an extended warranty on its vacuums. For example, the red cordless Triflex HX1 vacuum comes with a 3-year warranty, which even includes the battery.
Types of Miele Vacuums
If your head is spinning trying to make sense of the sizeable catalog of Miele vacuums you are not alone. Especially, when it comes to navigating among the traditional canisters with bags the 5-part naming structure does not help (as an example: "Classic", "C1", "Pure Suction", "Powerline", "SBAN0" is the name of an actual canister vacuum).
There are five categories of Miele vacuums:
- Cansiters with a bag
- Bagless canisters
- Upright vacuums
- Robotic vacuums
- Cordless vacuums
Miele Canister Vacuum Cleaners
Miele is best known for a large selection of high quality canister vacuums with bags. The company currently has three series of canister vacuums: The C1, C2, and C3. Each of the vacuums in these three series share the same powerful motor, but differ in weight, size, and features.
The C1 Series is lightweight at about 10.2 pounds, and has an operating radius of up to 29 feet. The entry level model ($299) Compact C1 Pure Suction is great for hardwood floors and it does not have a rotating agitator cleaning brush. For $100 more you will get the Turbo Team model with an air driven agitator brush.
The C2 Series adds the sealed system filtration, meaning the vacuum is designed to prevent any dust from being released from its body. The cleaning head is operated via a motorized agitator brush. In addition, you will get a tool to clean hardwood floors. Vacuums in the C2 series vacuums weigh around 9.4 lb's (canister portion). Their cords are also longer at 33 feet.
The C3 Series is what Miele is really known for. Our favorite vacuum Marin is part of this series. These vacuums feature HEPA filtration, quiet motor performance, an exceptional cleaning head, and overall, the best clean for your home. The cord is longer at 36 feet. The weight of this vacuum is around 11.8 lb's.
Miele Bagless Canister Vacuum Cleaners
Miele also offers a family of bagless vacuum cleaners, known as the Miele Blizzard CX1. Initially, the company was hesitant to release a bagless canister vacuum, as Miele engineers did not like the idea of empyting a dust bin. They prefered the convenience of a truly hygienic vacuum bag. After much debate, the company improved the bagless vacuum design with their cyclone vacuum, which they called the “Vortex Engine”. The Miele Blizzard Vortex Engine separates dust and debris at a speed of 60 mph. The fine dust becomes trapped in the GORE lifetime filter, and any remaining particles are trapped in the exhaust filter.
As much as we like the cleaning performance of the Blizzard CX1 (we use it to clean our office in NJ), we are not a fan of the large footprint.
Miele Upright Vacuum Cleaners
Miele currently offers only one family of upright vacuum cleaners: the Dynamic U1 Series. Miele's upright vacuum cleaners have automatic height adjustment to detect the height of your carpeting and adjust accordingly for the perfect clean. They also offer an operating radius of up to 54 feet, eliminating the need to constantly change outlets while cleaning your home. Its innovative SwivelNeck design, combined with its slim form, makes it easy to clean around and under furniture.
Miele Robot Vacuum Cleaners
Miele also offers two robotic vacuum cleaners: the Scout RX2 and the Scout RX2 HomeVision. These robotic vacuum cleaners operate independently to save you valuable time. Both models come equipped with Smart Navigation technology for a full and complete clean. The Scout RX2 also has a two hour rechargeable battery life, so you’ll never have to worry about the battery dying before your home is clean. Like all of Miele’s vacuums, the robotic vacuum cleaners come with an AirClean filter to purify the air as it cleans the floors.
Miele Cordless Vacuum Cleaners
Miele’s newest models include the family of Triflex HX1 cordless vacuums. These innovative cordless stick vacuums are as powerful as a canister vacuum and can be used on any surface in your home. However, they’re much more lightweight and convenient than a canister vacuum, weighing in at just about eight pounds. The weight is just about 4-lbs if you want to use it as a handheld vacuum.
Unlike traditional cordless vacuums that die quickly, the Triflex HX1 can operate for 60 minutes without having to be recharged. The Pro model even comes with an extra battery to provide 120 minutes of total cleaning time. Miele offers three different models in the Triflex HX1 Series: the Standard, Cat and Dog, and Pro. The Cat and Dog and Pro models also come equipped with a HEPA filter to eliminate dirt, dust, and pollen from your home. You can view our in-depth Miele’s Triflex HX1 vacuum review here.
Miele Vacuum Bags and Accessories
Miele offers a wide range of attachments and accessories for canister, upright and cordless vacuums. Almost all of Miele’s vacuums come with three standard attachments:
- A dusting brush for cleaning delicate surfaces
- An upholstery tool for cleaning furniture
- A crevice tool to get into small spaces
However, different models come with additional tools to give you access to the vacuum’s full range of cleaning power.
Types of Miele vacuum bags
Overall, there are four different types of Miele vacuum bags - GN, FJM, U and KK. Each of these bags are color coded, which makes it easier to remember which type of bags your vacuum uses. Miele’s canister vacuum cleaners take two types of bags - either FJM or GN. Miele’s upright vacuums take the U, and the Miele upright/stick vacuums use the KK.
When searching for Miele canister vacuum bags, many people become a bit confused by the difference between the GN and FJM bags. In actuality, the only difference is the size of the bag. The GN bags, which have a 4.76 quart capacity, are made for Miele’s larger canister vacuums (the Classic C1 and Complete C2 or C3 Series).
The FJM bags, however, are smaller in size and have a 3.7 quart capacity. These bags are intended for Miele’s smaller canister vacuums, including the Complete C1, Compact C1, or C2 Series. However, all of the bags have the same fitting, so if you do happen to buy the wrong bags, the only difference will be how much dust and debris each bag can hold.
Miele is home to the best vacuum cleaners on the market. From the high quality performance provided by all of their products to the unmatched customer service provided by the company itself, purchasing a Miele vacuum is an investment in both your home and your family. When using a Miele, you’ll never have to worry about whether or not your floors are clean.
But which model is the best Miele vacuum? Canister models have reigned supreme in the market for decades. Although they provide a great clean, they cannot possibly compete with the lightweight design of a cordless vacuum. The new Miele Triflex takes the best qualities of a canister vacuum and combines them with the convenience, versatility and agility of a cordless vacuum. Overall, the Triflex is a great choice for every lifestyle.
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