Two of the best cylinder vacuums available at the moment are the Miele Blizzard CX1 Comfort PowerLine and Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Musclehead. Which is the right option for your home though? And which provides the best value for money? Let’s find out…
The Quick Pick...
Winner: Blizzard CX1 Comfort PowerLine
Both the Dyson and Miele are excellent vacuums, but we think the Blizzard CX1 Comfort PowerLine is the top choice. It’s better at cleaning carpets, has a lifetime HEPA filter and useful handle power controls.
The downside is that it’s more expensive than the Dyson – but we think it’s worth the extra cash.
Please Note: This comparison used the 1200W version of the CX1. This has since been replaced by a 900W version to comply with EU regulations. Many of the points below remain the same, but there may be minor differences, so check before you buy.
Until recently, choosing between Dyson or Miele mainly depended on whether you wanted a bagless vacuum. All Dyson vacuums are bagless, while Miele had refused to move away from their bagged design.
Since Miele released the bagless Blizzard CX1, however, things aren’t quite as straightforward!
Let’s start by saying that the CX1 is an outstanding vacuum cleaner. It’s a powerful vac that excels at cleaning almost every surface. Miele has also designed it to be suitable for allergy sufferers, which isn’t always the case with a bagless vacuum.
Dyson has much more experience producing bagless cylinder vacs though – and the Cinetic Big Ball Musclehead is also a great vacuum cleaner. It’s powerful (as you would expect from a Dyson), great with pet hair and relatively quiet. The Dyson is also a bit cheaper than the newer CX1.
If you’re struggling to choose between the two, you’re in the right place. We’ve compared the CX1 Comfort Powerline to the Cinetic Big Ball Musclehead below, including a comparison table and information about how each performs on various floor types. Let’s find out which is the King of the cylinder vacuum world!
Comparison of the Miele Blizzard CX1 Comfort PowerLine and Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Musclehead
Both the CX1 and Musclehead are top-end vacuum cleaners – with a high price to match. In terms of design and features, however, they are very different. Here’s an overview of how each performs.
Note: We’ve used the “Comfort Powerline” version of the CX1 for this comparison, but there are other versions with different tools. The Cat & Dog version, for example, comes with a turbo brush for cleaning pet hair.
|Miele CX1 Comfort PowerLine||Dyson Cinetic Musclehead|
|Hard Floor Cleaning|
|Tools and Accessories|
|Summary||Excellent bagless cylinder vacuum with outstanding carpet cleaning performance and great filtration.||A great vacuum but worse carpet performance than the Miele. Greater mobility and cheaper though.|
As we mentioned, the Blizzard CX1 is Miele’s first entry into the bagless vacuum cleaner market – but you wouldn’t guess that from the design. It’s a stylish model that’s built with “Vortex” technology and a two litre dust capacity.
A useful feature is the power controls located on the handle. This allows you to quickly adjust the power without bending down. As the CX1 is such a powerful vacuum, you’ll need to change settings regularly so this is a great time saver. It’s only available on the Comfort version though.
The CX1 is built with four swivel wheels and has decent mobility. It also has a relatively large cleaning radius of 11 metres, due to its 7.5 metre cable and telescopic hose. The powerful motor means it’s a relatively bulky and heavy vacuum though.
How does the Dyson compare? Like the Miele, it’s a bagless model that’s slightly lighter than the CX1. It also has Dyson’s popular “Big Ball” feature to make it easier to clean around furniture. The downside to the Ball is that it can be an awkward shape on stairs, but most of the time it’s a great feature to have.
In other respects, the Dyson is similar to the Miele. It has a cleaning radius of 10.75 metres, so it can clean roughly the same area before needing to change sockets. The dust capacity is slightly smaller though.
The Winner: Tie
It’s difficult to pick a winner in this category, as it depends on your requirements. The Dyson is a bit lighter and more manoeuvrable, due to the Big Ball design. The Miele has a larger dust capacity though, so you won’t need to empty it as often. Having power controls in the handle is also a bonus of the CX1 – but this feature isn’t available on all versions.
Cleaning Performance and Suction Power
Both Dyson and Miele claim their vacuums are the best when it comes to cleaning performance. But how do they compare?
The first thing to note is that both models have excellent suction power and high-quality floor heads. Neither are a let-down when it comes to cleaning, so you don’t need to worry about being disappointed. What that said, there are some differences in performance.
One of the biggest differences is that the Dyson comes with a self-adjusting floor head. This automatically changes height when switching between long pile carpets, short pile carpets or hard floors. In contrast, the CX1 comes with two floor-heads – one that’s suitable for carpets (and other floors), and another designed specifically for hard floors.
The CX1’s universal floorhead does a fantastic job at cleaning carpets. The combination of powerful suction and effective floor head allows it to remove dust that’s deep in carpet fibres.
While the Dyson is also great for carpets – and much more effective than most cylinder vacuums – it can’t quite match the Miele. It’ll still remove nearly all fluff, dust and dirt from your carpets though.
The CX1 Comfort PowerLine comes with an additional Parquet tool that’s specifically designed for cleaning hard floors. It has softer bristles to avoid scratching the surface, along with a wider cleaning surface than the regular floor tool. The Parquet is also built with a swivel joint for greater mobility.
This tool, combined with the strong suction power, means the CX1 provides great cleaning performance on hard floors. It also does a good job of getting rid of dust that falls between floor boards or tiles.
Unlike the CX1, the Musclehead has a self-adjusting floor head. This means you won’t need to manually change the floor head when moving from carpets to hard floors. Like the Miele, it does an excellent job on floorboards – and excels on uneven surfaces. It’s also great for laminate.
Neither the Miele CX1 Comfort PowerLine or Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Musclehead come with a turbo tool for pet hair. If you want optimum hair-cleaning performance, the CX1 Cat & Dog or Cinetic Big Ball Animal are probably better alternatives.
With that said, both the models do a great job of removing pet hair in stairs, carpets and on hard floors, so they are still suitable for pet owners.
The Winner: Miele CX1 Comfort PowerLine
The Miele and Dyson provide similar performance on hard floors and with pet hair. The Miele is better at carpet cleaning than the Dyson though, which is why it wins this category. It’s worth noting that the Musclehead floor tool on the Dyson saves time when switching floor types though.
Both models have a hygienic emptying system, although they work in different ways.
The Dyson has an external lever you can use to push dirt and dust out without getting your hands dirty. This is great for preventing “dust balls” getting stuck in the bin, which is a common problem for models that just rely on gravity for emptying.
Miele has taken a different approach. The vacuum separates fine dust and larger debris, which is a feature we haven’t seen before. When you empty it, the fine dust is removed first followed by the larger objects. This stops the large items from stirring up the dust into a cloud.
The Winner: Tie
Even though both have hygienic emptying systems, neither is the best option for allergy sufferers. They both do a decent job of making it easy to empty dust and dirt though. The lever design of the Dyson is particularly good for preventing dust getting stuck.
Both the Dyson and Miele have excellent dust retention. The Dyson is built with the company’s Cinetic technology, which captures dust particles without reducing suction. Miele calls their system “Vortex,” but it offers similar benefits.
An advantage of the Dyson is that it doesn’t have any filters that need to be cleaned or replaced. This reduces maintenance and saves money on replacement filters.
The CX1, on the other hand, has a lifetime HEPA filter. A HEPA filter can capture tiny particles more effectively than a regular filter, which is one of the reasons the vacuum has been endorsed by Allergy UK.
The Winner: Miele CX1
The Miele CX1 Comfort PowerLine comes with a HEPA filter that’s capable of capturing almost all small particles. This, combined with the cyclonic Vortex system, means it’s great for allergy sufferers. The Dyson also has excellent dust retention and doesn’t require you to clean or change a filter. It’s narrowly beaten by the CX1 in this category though due to the HEPA filter and Allergy UK endorsement.
Tools and Accessories
Neither the Miele CX1 Comfort PowerLine or Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Musclehead come with many extra tools, but the ones they include are useful and well-designed.
The CX1 comes with a three-piece accessory set. This includes an integrated dusting brush on the end of the nozzle, a crevice tool and upholstery tool. The Dyson has a quick-release combination tool along with a stair tool.
A useful feature of the CX1 is that all the tools have onboard storage. This means they are much less likely to get lost – plus they are always available when you need them.
The Winner: Tie
Both models have high-quality tools that are well-designed and easy to use. Neither comes with a pet turbo tool though – so for pet hair you might want to consider other versions.
As you would expect, both the CX1 and Cinetic Musclehead are expensive vacuum cleaners. The CX1 is the pricier option though, so the Dyson provides great value for money.
The question is whether the extra cost of the CX1 is justified by its performance. And, in our opinion, the answer is yes – especially considering its superior carpet performance, Allergy UK endorsement and handle power controls.
With that said, if your house is mainly hard floors then the Dyson is a great choice that could save money. Some people will also prefer the Musclehead floor tool, which automatically adjusts its height, rather than manually switching when moving between carpets and hard floors.
The Winner: Tie
The Dyson is cheaper, but the CX1 justifies its higher price with better carpet performance and various other useful features. If your house is mainly hard floors, or if you just want to spend less on a vacuum, then the Dyson is still a great choice though.
So we’ve reached the end of our Miele CX1 Vs Dyson Cinetic comparison…but which should you buy?
In our opinion, the Miele CX1 Comfort PowerLine is the superior vacuum cleaner – but only by a small margin. Both models perform well on all surfaces and have excellent suction power. The Miele is better on carpets though, which is the main reason we recommend it.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider the Dyson Musclehead. It’s a good choice if you want to save money or only need to vacuum hard floors and laminate. For all-round cleaning performance, however, the Miele is our top pick.