Best Miele Vacuum Cleaner

Miele has a reputation for high-quality major appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines so their vacuum cleaners have a lot to live up to. The best Miele vacuum cleaners can compete with other premium brands such as Shark and Dyson. but you need to know what to look out for.

Miele large appliances like fridges and washing machines may cost more than many other brands but we wouldn’t classify them as expensive because you can expect them to last a lot longer than most.

I have personally owned a Miele washing machine that lasted 15 years before it packed up and at the time I spent twice as much as the price of others I was considering but I was glad I spent the extra in the end because it lasted 3 times longer.

So in fact it worked out the cheapest option in the end because the cost over the time I owned it was less than the cost of other cheaper brands and models.

And it’s not just me. It’s very common to speak to anyone that has owned a Miele appliance for them to tell you that it is still going strong after 10 years, Sometimes it is better to pay for something quality that will last rather than the cheaper option that will break soon after the warranty expires.

As well as all of their hugely successful and reliable large appliances Miele also offers a large range of up to 27 different types of vacuum cleaner at any one time.

That sounds like a lot but when you break it down into the various types they offer it makes it easier to choose one that is suitable to the home and lifestyle you have.

Before we breakdown the best of the bunch that Miele has to offer for a deep clean of your home, it’s worth understanding first of all what the different types are and who they are suitable for.

Miele cylinder vacuum cleaners with bags

Despite the move in recent years towards bagless vacuum cleaners Miele continues to manufacture and offer a range of cylinder hoovers with bags because there is still a market for them.

Why would you choose a vacuum cleaner that has bags?

There are more reasons than you may think. Bagless vacuum cleaners tend to have very small waste containers that need emptying often.

So if you are not keen on making a trip to the bin every time you hoover your home and you prefer the convenience of only disposing of your dust and debris about once a month then a vacuum cleaner with a bag is a good option to consider.

Not only do vacuum cleaners with bags have much bigger bags than bagless but they are also a lot more hygenic on two levels.

If you have ever used a bagless vacuum cleaner then you’ll now that they are a pain to empty easily and effectively. You have to take the waste container over to the bin and release the lid and try and get as much of the dust and dirt that you have picked up into the rubbish bin but that is easier said than done.

We have yet to find any bagless vacuum cleaner that doesn’t release some of what you have picked up back into the air and that can be really annoying.

You can take it outside and empty it into the big rubbish bin but that’s just not realistic on a day to day basis.

You’ll never have that problem with a Miele with a bag. Often the bags are 5 to times larger than bagless equivalents so you won’t even need to think about emptying it more than about 12 times a year and when you do you’ll find a sealed system that seals the bag completely when you remove it from the vacuum cleaner.

No more puffs of dust as you try and empty as much as you can into the bin, the bag just goes straight into the bin outside with zero mess.

Bagged vacuum cleaners are also good for any homes with dust allergy sufferers because everything that goes into the bag stays in which can’t be said for all bagless hoovers.

Sure, the most expensive vacuum cleaners from the likes of Dyson or Shark have excellent filtration but some cheaper bagless hoovers release a surprising amount of dust back into the air instead of being retained in the waste container.

Miele bagged hoovers are a great low-cost way to get filtration performance as good as the most expensive brands but at a much cheaper price.

One of the things I find pretty disgusting with bagless vacuums is the way you have to get your fingers into the waste container to scoop out the clumps of dust that get stuck inside.

No such problem with bagged Miele hoovers as every single speck of dust gets trapped in the bag and you’ll never have to clean out the waste container because again everything goes into the bag.

So as you can see it is not as clear cut as it seems between bagged and bagless and there is some value for money to be found in Miele’s hoovers with bags.

This is the best Miele bagged cylinder vacuum cleaner:

Miele C3 bagged Complete Powerline cylinder vacuum cleaner 

Miele has a reputation to uphold as a premium manufacturer of high-quality home appliances and this vacuum cleaner delivers from a brand you can trust and at a very reasonable price compared to what you can expect to pay with other Miele products.

If you don’t want to pay the top prices that the likes of Dyson are asking but you want cleaning performance that matches the best then this is a worthy contender.

You get an 890 watts motor that delivers incredibly strong suction power and we found that we hardly ever use it on maximum power especially on carpets because it will just suck your carpet off the floor it’s that strong.

It comes with a very large 4.5 litre dust bag that will ensure you are not emptying it more than about once a month in an average home so no more annoying trips to the bin after every clean to then see some of the dust spills back out onto the floor. This bag is fully sealed when you remove it and retains 100% of the dust that goes in.

It is corded so it needs to be plugged into the wall but the 8.5 metre cable ensures you won’t need to change the socket often and the auto cable rewind with one button easily retracts the cord back into the vacuum.

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See the full review of the Miele C3 Complete Powerline cylinder vacuum cleaner

Miele bagless cylinder vacuum cleaners

If you don’t want the hassle of buying bags then the trend is definitely moving towards bagless vacuum cleaners.

Miele bagless vacuum cleaners have been best sellers in the vacuum cleaner market now because they quite simply offer great value for money for the quality of product that you get.

You get extremely strong suction power that you will pay a lot more for with brands like Dyson but the cleaning performance is at a very similar level to the most expensive bagless brands like Dyson.

All vacuum cleaners make a racket and there is no getting away from the noise but Miele cylinder vacuum cleaners are quieter than most as this is something that Miele have deemed to be important and have built-in sound suppression into their vacuums.

So if you feel like you need to be putting on some ear protectors each time you get the vacuum cleaner out then Miele can offer you some peace in that respect.

Bagless means you won’t have the expense of buying replacement bags but you will need to empty the waste container more often and clean it out on a regular basis so it’s a trade-off between the two.

This is the best Miele bagless cylinder vacuum cleaner:

Miele CX1 Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

If you prefer a vacuum cleaner without bags then the CX1 is one of the best premium branded cylinder hoovers out there. 

It has a fully adjustable telescopic pole so you can adjust to perfectly fit your height and the accessories tools sit on board the vacuum cleaner so you won’t lose them nor will you have to go looking for them in a cupboard when you want to use them.

There are a number of different models in the range with the basic model (SKRF3) coming with a standard filter and then the next model up (SKCF3) coming with a HEPA filter that ensures 99.99% dust retention and then the cat and dog version comes with a motorised brush tool to deal with stubborn pet hair.

There are 4 different power levels that can be controlled with your thumb from the handle so you can easily switch power levels without having to move. It has automatic cord rewind by just pressing a button on the vacuum and the hose clips into the back of the vacuum for easy storage.

It can be quite annoying and cumbersome to clean filters on vacuum cleaners because you have to work out how to remove it and then dust goes everywhere and then you have to clean it, let it dry and then reinsert it.

The CX1 has a self-clean button that will automatically clean the filter when the vacuum cleaner tells you that it needs cleaning so that’s one less thing to think about when cleaning your home.

It also comes with a 2 litre waste container which is a lot more than the average for a bagless vacuum cleaner.

Here is a detailed video that demonstrates the performance of the CX1:

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See the full review of the Miele CX1 Blizzard cylinder vacuum cleaner

Miele Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaners

All of Miele’s cylinder vacuum cleaners are corded so you need to plug them into the wall but you now have another option if you love the Miele brand and that is a cordless upright stick vacuum.

Probably the most impressive thing about this option from Miele is that you get the same suction power from this cordless range as you do with their corded cylinder models.

The reason that is so impressive is that the suction on the cylinder models is seriously powerful, so much so that you never really need to turn it up to maximum especially on carpet because it will literally suck the carpet up so to achieve that on battery power is quite something.

Dyson and Shark dominate this sector of the market and they both have very impressive cordless vacuum cleaners to choose from so Miele has their work cut out if they want to convince customers to choose them over already established brands in the cordless vacuum cleaner market.

Pricing is very similar to Dyson and they are both top brands in their own right so if you have that kind of money to spend on a vacuum cleaner is it worth choosing a Miele over Dyson?

This is the best Miele cordless stick vacuum:

Miele Triflex HX1 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

There are 3 different variations of the Miele HX1. 

Triflex HX1 – There is no HEPA filter on this model and no light on the floorhead to illuminate darker areas and corners. The standard filter is still good but it doesn’t guarantee 99.99% dust retention that the other models achieve with the HEPA filter and this entry-level model is available in a range of different colours.

Triflex HX1 Cat & Dog – comes with a HEPA filter that the base model doesn’t come with, an LED light on the floorhead to clearly see all dust and debris and a motorised brush attachment for cleaning the very toughest of ingrained pet hair from all surfaces.

Triflex HX1 Pro – In addition to the cat and dog, this model comes with an extra battery and a charging cradle but it doesn’t come with the motorised pet tool that the cat & dog model comes with.

Miele is competing with the top end Dyson cordless stick vacuum cleaners with the HX1 so it needs to be really good and Miele’s reputation is at stake as a top-quality high-end brand. So what do you get for your money?

As you would expect from a vacuum cleaner at this price level you get a whole bunch of accessories that ensure you can clean every surface on the floor and above floor level including an upholstery nozzle, dusting brush, crevice tool and a motorised pet brush of you go for the cat & dog version.

In keeping with all Miele products when you hold the vacuum in your hands you know you are getting something that is well built and made to last. This is a product you can expect to last a number of years.

There are 3 levels of power (1,2 and maximum) with the maximum pretty much blowing your socks off and is definitely comparable to any top-end Dyson. It’s so powerful that you get the same amount of power from the HX1 that you get from any of Miele’s corded hoovers and that is saying something because they are incredibly powerful.

It operates in 3 different modes firstly as a handheld cleaner. You get the full power of the main cleaner as the main motor is attached to the handheld and you can use all of the attachments that you use with the main vacuum on the handheld including the main floorhead which is really useful for stairs. Suction power is as strong as the best handhelds on the market and that includes Dyson.

The next mode is the same as most stick vacuums with the waste container towards the top but with most stick vacuums that can put some strain on your wrists if using for long periods of time which is why Miele has developed what they call “comfort mode” where you can easily position the waste container towards the bottom.

This makes it more comfortable to use because the weight distribution is better being closer to the floor. Pretty impressive and it works as well. Comfort mode makes it smoother to use and helps it to glide more easily across the floor surface.

We found that most dirt and dust can be picked up in low power or level two but maximum power can be used for the really tough stuff but you mostly won’t need max power and that will preserve the battery as well.

This vacuum cleaner delivers exceptional cleaning performance on all surfaces on the floor and above floor. Another winner from Miele.

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Are Miele Vacuum cleaners better than Dyson?

Dyson has been doing cordless vacuum cleaners for several decades and are well established as a top brand that delivers supreme cleaning performance.

Miele has been around a lot longer than Dyson but are more specialists in the large appliance market of dishwashers, washing machines and fridges.

They are renowned for longevity so there is no reason to expect their vacuum cleaners to be any different and give you many years of service.

Honestly, there is nothing in it between the two and it just comes down to which brand you feel the most comfortable with.

Both provide the best suction you can get combined with ease of use and accessories to clean every part of your home to a very high standard.

This article breaks down all the best Dyson:

How to choose the best Dyson vacuum in the UK

Are Miele vacuums better than Shark?

Shark are vacuum cleaner specialists and have taken the market by storm with their excellent range of both corded and cordless vacuum cleaners.

Shark has the best choice of vacuum cleaners for every different type of home and are right up there with the best there is.

They sit just below Dyson and Shark in terms of premium pricing but there are some little gems in there that are cheaper than Dyson and Miele but perform just as well.

This article explains more:

The best Shark vacuum cleaner in the UK

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