Which are the Best Miele Vacuum Cleaners?

Written by James Hall | 3 Comments| Last Updated: April 5, 2017

Miele are one of the top manufacturers of vacuums, but which are their best models? In this article, we’re going to talk a bit about the brand – including their strengths and weaknesses – before listing what we think are the best Miele vacuum cleaners.
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One of the most popular vacuum manufacturers, especially for domestic cylinder models, is Miele. The company produces much more than just vacuums though – and has been awarded the “Best Home Appliances Brand” by Which in both 2015 and 2016.

While the company is often associated with their large range of cylinders, they also manufacture upright models (we’ve listed the best upright below). Even so, the majority of their models are cylinders, so they naturally dominate our list of the best Miele vacuums.

If there’s a downside to this brand’s cleaners, it’s the price. While we think their best vacuums provide excellent value for money, the prices for most of their models are comparable to brands such as Dyson.

Which are the Best Miele Vacuums?

The table below is designed to help you quickly compare Miele vacuums (or Miele hoovers as they are often called in the UK) and see which is most likely to meet your requirements. For full Miele reviews, use the navigation to skip to the review section.

ImageNameTypeCapacityWeightBagged/Bagless
Miele Complete C3 Cat & DogCylinder4.5 litres5kgBagged
Miele Blizzard CX1 Comfort PowerLineCylinder2 litres6kgBagless
Miele Dynamic Allergy Plus PowerUpright6 litres10kgBagged
Miele Classic C1 Junior Power LineCylinder4.5 litres4.3kgBagged
Miele Complete C3 PowerLineCylinder4.5 litres5kgBagged

1. Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog

Miele C3 Cat & Dog

The Miele Complete C3 Cat and Dog is one of the best bagged cylinder vacuums for pet hair. In fact, we included it in our list of the best pet vacuums. But what makes it such a special and highly rated model?

Firstly, it’s a powerful cylinder which the company claims provides the suction power of a 2000W model – yet only using 1200W of power.

It also comes with an Active filter and the Miele Turbo Brush for getting rid of both pet hair and associated odours, and controls to adjust power settings depending on the type of floor. Other features include a hard floor brush, bagged system with automatic-shut mechanism and one touch rewind for the cable.

We're big fans of the C3 Cat & Dog and think it does a great job with pet hair. It's also easy to use, and with both the turbo brush and hard floor nozzle it can tackle almost any cleaning task. We certainly think it's the best Miele cat and dog vacuum available at the moment (although the Blizzard Cat & Dog is a close second).

If you’re looking for a high-quality Miele pet vacuum then the Complete C3 is an excellent option. It’s powerful, easy to use and relatively inexpensive for a model of this quality – making it one of the best cleaners available at the moment.

Key Features:

  • Powerful bagged cylinder
  • Excels at picking up pet hair
  • Adjustable power settings
  • The best Miele vacuum for pets

Specification:

  • Weight: 5kg
  • Power: 1200W
  • Price Range: £££
  • Dust Capacity: 4.5 litres
  • Filter: AirClean

2. Miele Blizzard CX1 Comfort PowerLine

Miele Blizzard CX1 Comfort

If you've always wanted a Miele bagless vacuum, you're in luck! At the start of 2017, the company released the Blizzard CX1 range. It's powerful, has great filtration and, most importantly, features a bagless cyclonic design (which Miele calls "Vortex").

As you would expect from a Miele cylinder vacuum, the CX1 Comfort is built to a high standard. The cyclone provides great suction, so you'll never be lacking cleaning power. It's not great with pet hair (there's a CX1 Cat & Dog version for that), but excels at almost every other task. We're also big fans of the wide floor head for laminate and tiles.

Along with the cyclone technology, the CX1 uses a HEPA 13 filter instead of the company's AirClean filter. The HEPA filter, along with the cyclone's method for removing smaller dust particles, means that the CX1 has an A rating for dust re-emission. It also has an A rating for hard floor pickup, so it's probably the best Miele vacuum for hardwood floors.

As you can probably tell, we're big fans of the first Miele bagless cleaner - but that doesn't mean it's perfect. It's an expensive model - the RRP is £400 - so it's not for people on a tight budget. As we mentioned, the Comfort version of the Blizzard also isn't effective when trying to remove pet hair from carpets.

Even with these drawbacks, Miele's first bagless vacuum jumped immediately onto our list of the best cylinder vacuums. With its powerful suction and range of useful features, it won't let you down - as long as you don't mind paying a premium. It's also a great choice as a Miele allergy vacuum due to the HEPA filter.

Key Features:

  • Miele's first bagless cylinder vacuum
  • Great on hard floors
  • HEPA filtration for allergy sufferers

Specification:

  • Weight: 6kg
  • Power: 1200W
  • Price Range: ££££
  • Dust Capacity: 2 litres
  • Filter: HEPA 13

3. Miele Dynamic Allergy Plus Power

Dynamic Allergy Plus

While Miele specialise in producing cylinder vacs, they also manufacture some upright models – including the Dynamic Allergy Plus Power. This vacuum comes with a powerful 1500W motor, large 14m cleaning radius (especially compared with other uprights) and an extendable tube. It also has a large dust capacity of 6 litres, so it’s suitable for extended cleaning sessions.

One of the stand-out features is the HEPA 13 filter. This removes up to 99.999% of microscopic particles from the exhaust air, making this model more suitable for people who suffer from allergies.

Considering the power and size of the vacuum, it's relatively quiet. The Dynamic also provides strong suction and is suitable for most cleaning jobs.

If you’re looking for the best Miele upright vacuum cleaner, the Dynamic Allergy Plus Power could be the perfect option. It’s powerful and has excellent filtration – which is vital for allergy sufferers.

Key Features:

  • Powerful upright cleaner
  • Large dust capacity
  • Excellent filtration system

Specification:

  • Weight: 10kg
  • Power: 1500W
  • Price Range: £££
  • Dust Capacity: 6 litres
  • Filter: HEPA 13

4. Miele Classic C1 Junior Power Line

Miele Classic C1 Junior

If you’re looking for a less expensive Miele cylinder vacuum cleaner, the Classic C1 Junior is one to consider. It’s a more basic model than the C3 range, yet still comes with a 1400W motor, 9 metre cleaning radius and a lightweight design.

Other features include an accessories clip, including crevice and upholstery nozzles, and the company’s AirClean filter system. It’s also built with the same automatic bag-sealing mechanism as the C3.

Like the C3 Dog and Cat, the Classic C1 Junior has received many positive reviews from buyers at the time of writing. Reviewers praise how easy it is to move around the home, due to its lightweight design. They also like its strong suction power.

If you're looking for a cheap Miele vacuum cleaner, the Classic C1 Junior is one of the best options. It’s lightweight and relatively inexpensive, yet still has strong suction power and an AirClean filter.

Key Features:

  • AirClean filter system for reduced quantity of escaped allergens
  • Several tools and accessories
  • Strong suction for a model in this price range

Specification:

  • Weight: 4.3kg
  • Power: 1400W
  • Price Range: ££
  • Dust Capacity: 4.5 litres
  • Filter: AirClean

5. Miele Complete C3 PowerLine

Miele C3 Powerline

We’ve already included the Complete C3 Cat and Dog, but we think the PowerLine version deserves a place on our list of the best Miele vacuum cleaners. It comes with a more powerful 1600W motor for excellent dust pick-up (although without the more energy efficient technology), an 11 metre cleaning radius, several power settings, three included accessories and a cheaper price tag.

Other features include a filtration system that has 11 separate layers, including an AirClean filter, and metal-plated floor head for easier moving. The vacuum also comes with an accessory holder and telescopic suction tube.

But the most impressive thing about the Miele C3 PowerLine is its suction power, which can match models that cost considerably more. It's also versatile enough to be used on almost any surface in the home.

If you’re looking for a powerful all-round cylinder vacuum but don’t need the TurboBrush included with the Cat and Dog, then the Complete C3 PowerLine could be the best option available. It’s highly rated, provides excellent suction and provides good value for money.

Key Features:

Specification:

  • Weight: 5kg
  • Power: 1600W
  • Price Range: £££
  • Dust Capacity: 4.5 litres
  • Filter: AirClean

Latest Miele Vacuum Reviews

In addition to the brief summaries above, we also provide in-depth Miele vacuum cleaner reviews. The most recent reviews are listed below, but if you're looking for a specific model use the search bar at the top of the page.

Miele Blizzard CX1 Comfort PowerLine Review
Released to much fanfare in early 2017, the Miele Blizzard CX1 Comfort is one of the most exciting new vacuums[...]
Miele C3 Cat and Dog PowerLine Vacuum Review
Miele has a history of manufacturing excellent vacuums for pet hair, but the company was forced to change their designs when the[...]
Miele Complete C3 PowerLine Bagged Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner Review
The Miele Complete C3 PowerLine cylinder vacuum is a sleek, stylish model that's been received extremely well by buyers. It's got[...]

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Miele vacuums better than Dyson?

This is a difficult question to answer. Both companies produce excellent cleaners in similar price ranges, so the comparison is a natural one. The "best" depends on your requirements and preferences though, so there isn't a single answer.

In recent years, Dyson has moved away from uprights and focused more on cordless vacuums. Miele has continued to focus on their cylinders (although they also produce upright models), but has signalled an intent to move towards a bagless design with the Blizzard range.

So to try and give a helpful answer, if you're looking for a cordless or upright vacuum, Dyson are probably the better choice. For cylinder vacuums, Miele are the best option.

Does Miele produce a bagless vacuum?

Yes! As of 2017, the company now produces the excellent Blizzard range of cylinder bagless vacuums. There are several options, including a Cat & Dog version, and all use the company's new Vortex design. Check out our review of the CX1 Comfort for more information.

Conclusion

Miele are an excellent manufacturer of vacuum cleaners, especially cylinder models. The best Miele vacuums are reliable, powerful and provide excellent value for mone. While the company's models are often at the mid-high range in terms of price, even the cheapest Miele vacuums provide strong suction power. 

If you’re looking for a cylinder model that can deal with cat and dog hair, we recommend the C3 Cat and Dog. It’s one of the highest rated models by buyers, and provides fantastic all-round performance. While they don’t produce many upright vacuums, the Dynamic Allergy Plus Power Upright Vacuum is a good option if you want a Miele but don’t want a cylinder.

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HPT
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Loved the miele C2 personally. Easy to use and reliable. The bag lasts ages. It can be a pain to drag about but it is worth it because it is really awesome at deep carpet cleaning

Kevin Allen
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We have a complete C3 and have had it a couple of years now, would we have another one? in a nutshell no, no way. We thought the deep cleaning might be of use for an asthma sufferer we have. I can’t say it made any difference but that’s not the complaint. All was good to begin with, then in very short time the filter got clogged so the cleaner cuts out. These filters are not cheap, I mean really not cheap, we get through 3 or 4 a year and that’s a decent amount of money. I’m not even… Read more »
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