Which are the Best Miele Vacuum Cleaners?

Written by James Hall | 3 Comments| Last Updated: August 28, 2018

Miele are a highly respected vacuum brand, but which are their best models? In this article, we’re going to talk a bit about the company – including strengths and weaknesses – before listing our picks for the best Miele vacuum cleaners.
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Miele is one of the most popular vacuum manufacturers - and for good reason. The German company produces high-quality vacuum cleaners with excellent performance, durability and versatility.

While Miele is often associated with their excellent range of cylinder vacuums, they also manufacture upright and robot models (we’ve included the best upright below). Even so, the majority of their models are cylinders, so these naturally dominate our list of the best Miele vacuums.

If there’s a downside to this brand’s cleaners, however, it’s the price.

While we think their best vacuums provide excellent value for money, the prices are comparable to premium brands such as Dyson. In other words, they aren't cheap! The performance and built quality justifies the price though.

Most of Miele's vacs are also bagged models, although the CX1 series has shown they are just as adept at making bagless vacuums.

Side Note: Miele produces much more than just vacuums. The company has been awarded the “Best Home Appliances Brand” by Which in both 2015 and 2016, due to their wide range of excellent home appliances.

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 litres5.4kgBagged
Miele Blizzard CX1 Comfort PowerLineCylinder2 litres6.5kgBagless
Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLineUpright6 litres9.7kgBagged
Miele Classic C1 Junior Power LineCylinder4.5 litres4.3kgBagged
Miele Complete C3 PowerLineCylinder4.5 litres5.4kgBagged

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, it's the current #1 pick on our list of the best pet vacuums. But what makes it such a special and highly rated model?

Firstly, it’s a powerful cylinder vacuum that provides excellent performance on almost any type of floor. Whether you're cleaning hard floors, laminate or carpet, the C3 is brilliant and picking up dust and dirt.

It also comes with an Active AirClean filter and Miele Turbo Brush for getting rid of both pet hair and associated odours, along with controls to adjust power settings depending on the type of floor. Other features include an automatic bag shutting 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 - plus with both the turbo brush and standard floorhead 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).

Are there any downsides to this model though? It's a relatively heavy vacuum cleaner, so it might not be the best choice for elderly people or those with back problems. It also struggles with larger debris more than previous versions, probably due to the 900W EU-compliant motor (compared to the 1600W original).

Even so, 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.

Note: The C2 Cat & Dog is another excellent option and is slightly cheaper than the C3.​

Key Features:

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

Specification:

  • Weight: 5.4kg
  • Power: 900W
  • Price Range: £££
  • Dust Capacity: 4.5 litres
  • Filter: Active 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 - even with the 900W EU-compliant motor. 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 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.

Not sure whether to get this model or a Dyson? Take a look at our Miele CX1 Vs Dyson comparison.

Key Features:

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

Specification:

  • Weight: 6.5kg
  • Power: 900W
  • Price Range: ££££
  • Dust Capacity: 2 litres
  • Filter: HEPA

3. Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine

Dynamic U1 PowerLine

While Miele specialises in producing cylinder vacs, they also manufacture some upright models – including the Dynamic U1 PowerLine. This vacuum provides powerful suction, a large 14m cleaning radius (especially compared with other uprights) and a flexible hose extension. It also has a large dust capacity of 6 litres, so it’s suitable for extended cleaning sessions.

Like the C3 cylinder series, the Dynamic U1 is a bagged vacuum with an AirClean filter. It does a great job of keeping allergens and other small particles trapped in the bag, so it's a good option for allergy sufferers.

Other features include an automatically adjusting roller head, manoeuvrable double-swivel design, and a low-profile head for cleaning under furniture. It also comes with a quick-release cable hook, which is a useful feature.

So, should you choose the Dynamic U1 over the cylinder vacuums on this list?​

If you’re looking for the best Miele upright vacuum cleaner, the Dynamic U1 PowerLine could be the perfect option. It’s powerful and has excellent filtration – which is vital for allergy sufferers.

In terms of cleaning performance, however, it can't match the C3 or CX1 series. It's excellent at cleaning pet hair, but isn't as strong on floor boards or carpets. ​The Dynamic U1 is also expensive. If you don't mind getting a cylinder vacuum, we recommend choosing one of the other options on this list.

Key Features:

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

Specification:

  • Weight: 9.7kg
  • Power: 900W
  • Price Range: ££££
  • Dust Capacity: 6 litres
  • Filter: AirClean

4. Miele Classic C1 Junior Power Line

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 9 metre cleaning radius, lightweight design and excellent performance

How does it compare to the C3 or CX1 though?

In terms of weight and dust capacity, the C1 Junior is similar to the C3 range, although it has a more lightweight design. It's brilliant for cleaning hard floors and carpets, while also excelling at removing pet hair. The 800W motor lacks the power to pickup larger debris - but it's still a bargain considering the low price.​

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.

To summarise, 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: 800W
  • Price Range: ££
  • Dust Capacity: 4.5 litres
  • Filter: AirClean

5. Miele Complete C3 PowerLine

Miele C3 Powerline

We’ve already mentioned the C3 Cat and Dog, but we think the C3 Complete PowerLine version also deserves a place on our list of the best Miele vacuum cleaners. It's a brilliant vacuum cleaner that's arguably the best cylinder for the price - especially if you don't have pets.

What makes the Complete C3 so highly rated though? Firstly, the model provides excellent dust pick-up on almost any type of floor. This is despite the lower wattage design to comply with EU regulations. It also has an 11 metre cleaning radius, several power settings, a variety of accessories and a cheaper price tag than the Cat & Dog.

That's not all though. The C3 is built with Miele's AirClean Filter to prevent dust escaping, so it's great for people with allergies. The vacuum also comes with a metal-plated floor head 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 money. 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. It’s highly rated, provides excellent suction and is available for a very reasonable price.

Note: The latest version of the PowerLine has a 900W motor, but the previous had a more powerful 1200W motor. Don't hold your breath for the 1200W to return though, as it's no longer compliant with EU regulations. Fortunately, the 900W version still provides plenty of suction power.

Key Features:

Specification:

  • Weight: 5.4kg
  • Power: 900W
  • 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 money. 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 best pet vacuums and provides fantastic all-round performance. While they don’t produce many upright vacuums, the Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine is a good option if you don’t want a cylinder.

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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

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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 sure all the dust reaches the filter via the bag either. The other little filter you have to cut to fit gets clogged with fluff not just dust so I’m pretty sure a quantity of dust never gets collected properly in the bag. When these filters get clogged the machine will not switch on, it takes some time cleaning and replacing these filters and is a real pain when all you want to do clean and get on. I think all in all poor value for money, a pain to live with and not particularly good at the job they are designed for. It has now started to sound like an airraid siren and run hot, I will not be that sorry when it finaly gives up, one thing is for sure it will not be replaced with another over priced Miele. I have a hepa filter cleaner that is designed to be connected to power tools, it has to deal with a lot more than a domestic Miele. It performs better is much cheaper to run and frankly better made. Too big to for my Wife to use but I manage it, quiter too and will suck up liquid. The Henry we had did a better job than the Miele and lasted years