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Miele Vacuum Trade-In Event

May 19th, 2016 | 2 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf


We will be offering $100 towards a new Miele vacuum when you bring in your old vacuum. 

In this article, we will talk about Miele and then look at the differences between all the vacuums.

Why Miele?

I actually toured the Miele vacuum factory back in 2004. We spent most of the time in the testing area.

There was a machine pushing a vacuum into a wall over and over (they actually invented the vacuum bashing and other testing equipment). A Miele motor has to withstand over 16,000 bashes. Their hoses are wound and rewound over 10,000 times. Their heads are tested over 1,200 miles of various surfaces.

Miele vacuums are designed for a 20 year life and should be the last vacuum you buy. As I have said in other posts, I have owned the same Miele for most of my life.

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Let's look at bagged vs. bagless vacuums and then compare the Miele vacuums.

Bagged vs. Bagless Vacuums

Dyson has been marketing bagless vacuums on TV forever. Although performance varies between the brands, I like the fact you never have to buy bags. However, you have to be careful when emptying the bag, because the dust can blow back into the room.

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Bagged vacuums are better at keeping dust in a confined space especially during emptying. Miele uses a six layer self-closing filter bag, a pre-motor filter and an air clean exhaust filter. All their vacuums are HEPA filter capable and are the best vacuums for allergy sufferers.

Differences Between Miele Vacuums

Miele sells mostly canister style vacuums with an internal motor, a separate hose, extendable wand and an assortment of accessory cleaning heads.

Miele Canisters

Miele canisters are divided into 3 series: Classic C1, Compact C2 and Complete C3 with C3 being the top of the line. The Miele-made 1,200 watt vortex bypass motor is the same, but the hoses, filters and especially tools are very different.

Classic C1 - Olympus ($329), Delphi ($449)


These units are designed for hard wood, area rugs, and low ply carpets. They also have an operating radius of 29.5 feet.

For $120, you have a better electric hose and better brushes.

Compact C2 - Quartz ($429), Topaz ($749)


The C2 series is designed for low and medium ply carpeting as well as low ply carpets and hard wood.

C2 has a 33 foot operating radius and six user controlled motor settings. The C2 also has a 100% sealed system and a quieter motor. The Quartz offers the better combination rug and floor tool. The Topaz adds the Parquet Twister smooth floor tool as well as an SEB217-3 power head.

Complete C3 - Kona ($929), Cat & Dog ($949), and Brilliant ($1,499)


All three offer a power head for all types of carpeting and the Parquet Twister for smooth flooring. The C3 is designed for all flooring types.

The C3 series adds HEPA filtration, a 36 foot operating radius, on-board under the lid tool storage, a rubber bumper to protect furniture and base boards as well as specialized tools for cleaning any area from crevices to other areas.

I like the Cat & Dog with tools for shedding animals. The Cat & Dog also adds a charcoal filter for pet odors and a hand held turbo brush for furniture, car upholstery and stairs.

Final Thoughts

At $329-$1,499, Miele is possibly one of the most expensive vacuums in the market. However, like their appliances, they are designed to last much longer than any other brands with much better performance.

If you consider HEPA and better filtration, they could very well be the cleanest as well. Although they will never be the cheapest, Miele could be the best vacuum on the market.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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