Miele’s vacuums have been trusted in households around the world for decades. The company is known for its wide selection of powerful upright, and canister vacuums. Most recently, the Miele cordless vacuum cleaner, known as the Triflex HX1, raised the bar with its battery performance and superior cleaning ability for the whole house (carpets, rugs, and hard floors included!) But with so many options, it can be hard to decide which of the many Miele vacuums is right for you.

When shopping for a vacuum, it’s important to have an idea of both your wants and needs. For example, you’ll want to consider the type of flooring in your home, the size of the space you’ll be cleaning, and any asthma or allergy concerns your family may have. And, of course, you’ll be able to further narrow down your search based on other preferences such as noise level and ergonomics.

As an example, if you’re a parent of young children and have two cats that won’t stop shedding, you’ll need a different Miele vacuum cleaner than a young professional moving out on their own for the first time. The same is true if you have a two-story house or a tiny New York City apartment. At the end of the day, your unique needs are what's important when selecting a vacuum. Luckily, Miele has a vacuum to match every lifestyle.

In this article, we’ll review our picks for seven of the best Miele vacuums and break down some of the top features for each.

Miele Cordless Vacuum - A Close Look

Our 7 Best Miele Vacuums

Miele makes many different types of vacuum cleaners, including canister, upright, cordless and robotic models. The Miele Blizzard CX1 series even features bagless canister vaccums. However, the company is really known for its canister and upright vacuums that come with a bag. Most recently, Miele released a line of cordless stick vacuums, which are great for your entire home. Below are our top 7 best Miele vacuum cleaner picks based on their unique cleaninig abilities.

If you are still researching the best cordless vacuum on the market regardless of the manufacturer, check out our ranked list for 2020.

1) Best Canister Vacuum: Miele Complete C3 Marin

Miele Marin Vacuum

First up is Miele’s C3 Marin. As part of the company’s Complete series, the Marin continues the strong Miele tradition of performance, design, and outstanding quality. This canister vacuum, with its beautiful Marine Blue finish, is whisper-quiet without sacrificing any suction power.

Some key Miele C3 Marin specifications include:
MSRP - $1,099.00
Operating radius – 36ft
Total weight – 23 lbs
Suction power – 1,200 W

Brush head and Tools
The Miele C3 Marin comes with an electro premium brush, which is recommended for cleaning medium and high-pile carpets. The 13-3/8 inch wide brush roll is electronically-driven and provides you with five height adjustments to suit a variety of carpet densities.

The brush also has a swivel neck for maneuverability, an all-around bumper strip to protect your furniture, and an automatic shut-off feature that goes into effect when in the parked position. This attachment even has an integrated lighting feature to illuminate dust and other particles on the floor.

The C3 Marin’s second attachment, the parquet twister, is perfect for getting in hard to reach places. The 12-inch twister has the ability to rotate 180 degrees and offers exceptional cleaning for all smooth flooring. The horsehair bristles even reduce electrostatic forces for long-lasting dust removal.

The best part? There’s no need to worry about misplacing your attachments! The Marin (like all of the models in the Miele Complete C3 series) has a built-in velvet compartment to hold all of your accessories.

Air Filtration
The Miele Complete C3 Marin is a great option if you have allergies. The AirClean dust bag helps to trap dust particles so that no allergens or dust enter the air while you are vacuuming. Its powerful suction also prevents cross contamination so that you don’t have to worry about carrying dust or hair from one room to another.

The Miele Complete C3 Marin is equipped with a HEPA AirClean Filter that meets the stringent European HEPA 13 standards. This means it captures over 99.5% of all lung-damaging particles down to 0.1 microns. The HEPA filter also features a unique TimeStrip replacement indicator that, once activated, releases a red line of liquid over the course of one year. This way, you will know exactly when it is time to replace the filter.

The revolutionary and patented AirClean dustbag is also an integral component of Miele’s filtration system. The unique bag features 9-layers of electrostatically charged material that is designed to trap micro-sized debris in the airtight vacuum chamber. With its spring-loaded, self-locking collar, you never have to worry about being exposed to any lung-damaging dust and allergens.

Other Key Features of this Miele Vacuum Cleaner
The Miele Complete C3 Marin comes with a gentle one-touch cable rewind system that fully retracts the cord. A simple press of the switch allows it to retract, so that you don’t have to worry about standing on the switch or bending down to wind up the power cord.

Is the Miele C3 Marin quiet?
Miele has always been regarded as quieter than its competitors. The Marin is specially constructed with sound insulation to make it whisper quiet. There is even a special “Silence Setting” that combines the lowest noise level with the ideal power level for the most efficient and quiet results.


2) Best Value for Cleaning a Variety of Surfaces: Miele Compact C2 Electro Plus

Miele Electro Compact Plus

Next up, we have a member of Miele’s Compact series - the C2 Electro+. As its name suggests, this model is smaller than those in the Complete series. However, the suction power is just as powerful at 1200 watts. The canister is also just as sturdy as that of its larger counterparts. This Miele vacuum is versatile enough to clean both high-pile carpets and sensitive hard floors with a simple change of the floorhead.

Some key Miele C2 Electro Plus specifications include:
MSRP - $699
Operating radius –32 ft
Total weight – 20 lbs
Suction power – 1,200 W

Brush head and Tools
The Miele C2 Electro+ comes with the electro plus floorhead, which is specifically designed to deep clean carpets. Its five height settings allow you to easily move from low to high-pile carpets with ease, and its wide design helps you cover more ground at once. According to Miele, it also includes an electric roller brush to remove stubborn dirt and debris.

The second attachment is the small parquet floorhead, which serves as the perfect compliment to the electro plus floorhead. This brush works best on hard, sensitive flooring and has rubberized wheels and soft bristles to prevent scratching. This attachment is also ideal for grabbing small debris that gets stuck between tiles.

Air Filtration
The Miele C2 Electro+ has a sealed filtration system to prevent dust and debris from being released back into the air. It also comes with an all-important HEPA filter to further control dust and other allergens.


3) Best Casniter Vacuum for Hardwood Floors and Area Rugs: Miele Complete C3 Alize

Miele Complete c3 Alize

The Miele Complete C3 Alize is another member of the Complete series. This model is less expensive than the Marin, but has just as much suction power at 1200 watts. However, this Miele vacuum is mostly suited for hardwood flooring, low-pile carpets, and area rugs. It’s also slightly lighter than the Marin, weighing in at just under 20 pounds.

Some key Miele C3 Alize specifications include:
MSRP - $699
Operating radius – 36ft
Total weight – 20 lbs
Suction power – 1,200 W

Brush head and Tools
Unlike the Marin, the Miele C3 Alize only comes with suction-based attachments. This means that the Alize is air-driven instead of electrically driven. Instead of a parquet twister, this model comes with an AllTeQ combination floorhead, which is excellent for hardwood floors and low-pile carpets.

One of the coolest features of the AllTeQ combination floorhead is the retractable bristles, which are in place to protect your hardwood floors from scratches. When the bristles are inside the floorhead, the metal soleplate allows you to quickly and smoothly clean area rugs and low-pile carpets. However, when working on hard surfaces, the bristles come out to cushion your flooring and protect it from scratches.

Air Filtration
Like the Marin and Electro+ models, the Alize is equipped with a HEPA filter, as well as the Miele AirClean dustbag. This model also has a sealed system, which means the air that it exhausts is cleaner than the air it sucks in. This is a huge bonus for those who have asthma or allergy concerns!

Other Key Features of this Miele Vacuum Cleaner
The handle has a spotlight that illuminates dust and debris in closets, crevices, drawers and small spaces.


4) Best Lightweight Canister Vacuum: Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction

Miele Classic C1 Compact

The Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction is without a doubt the lightest (and least expensive!) canister vacuum on our list. However, this model is only the right option for you if you live in a home with predominantly hard flooring. This vacuum is not equipped to handle medium or high-pile carpets, and should only be used on delicate area rugs or small areas with low-pile carpet.

Some key Miele C1 Pure Suction specifications include:
MSRP - $299
Operating radius – 29ft
Total weight – 13 lbs
Suction power – 1,200 W

Brush head and Tools
This Miele C1 Pure Suction comes with only one floorhead attachment - the AllTeQ combination floorhead. As mentioned with the Miele Complete C3 Alize, this floorhead has retractable bristles designed to protect your delicate hardwood floors. Like all of Miele’s canister vacuums, this model comes with six adjustable suction settings.

Air Filtration
The Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction comes with the AirClean filter and dustbag. However, you can easily switch this out with a HEPA filter for more advanced filtration, if desired.


5) Best Upright Vacuum: Miele Dynamic U1 Cat and Dog

Miele Dynamic U1 Cat and Dog

The Miele Dynamic U1 Cat and Dog is the only upright vacuum on our list and has extremely impressive suction power. This vacuum is a pro at picking up pet hair, dirt and debris on all surfaces, making your home safe and clean for the entire family.

Some key Miele U1 Cat and Dog specifications include:
MSRP - $699
Operating radius – 45ft
Total weight – 23lbs
Suction power – 1,200 W

Brush head and Tools
In addition to the standard dusting brush, upholstery tool and crevice tool that come with all of Miele’s canister and upright models, the Dynamic U1 Cat and Dog includes a Mini Turbo Brush designed to remove pet hair from steps, furniture and upholstery.

Air Filtration
If you have pets, you know that they can get smelly from time to time. Luckily, the Miele Dynamic U1 Cat and Dog uses an Active AirClean filter to effectively neutralize odors. Although this model doesn’t come with a HEPA filter, it does have a sealed system to trap 99.9% of dust and allergens.

Other Key Features of this Miele Vacuum Cleaner
One feature that sets this model apart from others is the LED headlight. This helps to light up dust, debris and pet hair that you might have missed with the naked eye - a huge plus for those with pets that shed.

This model also features automatic height adjustment, which allows the vacuum to automatically detect the height of the flooring and adjust accordingly without losing suction.


Miele Cordless Vacuums

6) Best Lightweight Cordless Vacuum: Miele Triflex HX1 in Gray, White, and Red

Miele Triflex HX1

The newly released Triflex HX1 is Miele’s first cordless stick vacuum. These models have all the perks of a traditional stick vacuum, without any of the limitations. Miele’s Standard Triflex HX1 is extremely lightweight at only eight pounds. But don’t let the fact that it’s lightweight fool you - this model is actually the perfect weight to make sure the vacuum is both easy to maneuver and powerful enough to suck up dirt and debris from your floors.

Some key Miele Triflex HX1 Standard specifications include:
MSRP - $499
Battery Life- 60min.
Total weight – 8 lbs

Automatic Surface Detection
The Triflex family of cordless vacuums is designed to automatically detect the type of flooring they are being used on and apply the appropriate amount of suction for an effective clean. This means you don’t have to spend extra time changing attachments or cleaning heads when you move from room to room.

Miele’s Triflex models can even be used on medium and high-pile carpets, which is a rare feature in most cordless vacuums! In fact, they’re just as powerful and efficient as traditional heavy duty canister vacuums.

3-in-1 Design
Miele designed the Triflex with an innovative 3-in-1 design, which allows you to rearrange each piece to change the vacuum’s weight distribution. Each piece of the vacuum is easy to pull apart and reconnect within seconds, and can be adjusted based on the space you’re cleaning.

When the power unit is placed at the top of the vacuum, it will be more top heavy and have the look of a traditional cordless model. Placing the power unit at the bottom of the vacuum, however, alleviates some of the pressure on your arms. This allows you to deep clean your home without feeling as though you’re getting a full-body workout.

The best part? If you detach the power unit completely, it can be used to spot clean surfaces, couches, and stairs. You can even bring the unit out to your car to quickly and easily clean your interior without having to worry about finding an outlet.

Touchless Dust Bin
The Triflex’s dust bin can be emptied with a simple twist of a handle. But don’t worry - the dust won’t end up back on the floor (which sometimes happens with a traditional cordless vacuum). You don’t even have to worry about opening the bin over a garbage can. With the Miele Triflex HX1, you can easily remove the bin and walk with it to the nearest garbage can for the most hygienic disposal possible.

Is the Miele Triflex HX1 quiet?
When operating on the lowest setting (70dBs), the vacuum’s hum is only slightly louder than the volume of a normal speaking conversation. Although competitors like Dyson also boast a 70dB volume, the frequency on the Triflex is lower, making the hum less noticeable.


7) Best Cordless Vacuum for Pet Hair: Miele Triflex HX1 Cat and Dog

Miele Triflex HX1 Cat and Dog

The Cat and Dog model comes with all of the features of the Standard Triflex. However, it is specifically designed to pick up pet hair and filter out dander and other allergens.

Some key Miele Triflex HX1 Cat and Dog specifications include:
MSRP - $499
Battery Life- 60min.
Total weight – 8 lbs

Brush head and Tools
Miele’s Triflex Cat and Dog model comes with an additional motorized mini brush to clean pet hair off of furniture and upholstery. The removable power unit also allows you to take the Triflex outside to clean stubborn dog hair from your car’s interior. Another added bonus on this model is that the cleaning head has LED lights to illuminate any fur you may have missed.

Filtration and Allergen Management
One major difference between the Standard Triflex and the Cat and Dog is that the latter comes with a HEPA filter. These filters pick up 99.999% of small particles and allergens, making this model ideal for those with allergies or asthma.


Conclusion

Miele has a ton of great options when it comes to their top-of-the-line vacuum cleaners. Our top pick overall is the Miele Triflex HX1 because of its convenience and versatility. The Triflex has the same power as the Miele C3 Calima with all the convenience of a lightweight stick vacuum. In terms of canister vacuums, you can’t go wrong with the Miele Complete C3 Marin.

At the end of the day, your unique lifestyle will help to determine which vacuum is the best choice. If you live in the New Jersey area, feel free to stop by one of our showrooms, where our knowledgeable sales staff can help you find the perfect Miele vacuum cleaner to fit your needs.


FAQ

Are Miele Vacuums reliable?
Miele vacuums are extremely reliable and are backed by a number of warranties. Most models are backed by two 7-year warranties, one for the motor and one for the casing. These extra-long warranties give you the peace of mind that you will not have to replace your vacuum anytime soon.

Does Miele make cordless vacuums?
Yes, in 2020, Miele released its first family of cordless models - the Triflex HX1. There are three cordless vacuums in this family - the Standard, the Cat and Dog, and the Pro.







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