Miele Canister Vacuum Guide (U.S. Market)

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In short: Miele canister vacuums are popular worldwide. They are praised for their high suction power, good (German) build quality and enormous versatility. There are currently more than 30 different canister vacuum cleaners, divided into five different vacuum cleaner series.

Miele vacuum cleaners are popular worldwide. The canister vacuum cleaners are particularly popular from Miele: vacuum cleaners on wheels with a cord, which you can easily roll behind you.

Because there are so many different types (which have a different name in every country), I decided to make a complete Miele canister vacuum cleaner guide per country. In this guide I list all Miele canister vacuum cleaner models in the United States.

Why a Miele canister vacuum cleaner?

Let me start with why a Miele canister vacuum is an interesting choice for many people. A canister vacuum cleaner is a vacuum cleaner on wheels that you can roll behind you. Unlike a stick vacuum, you don’t have to carry the vacuum cleaner in its entirety.

A canister vacuum cleaner is a vacuum cleaner on wheels that you can roll behind you.

In addition, you enjoy the following benefits with a canister vacuum:

  • There is often a much higher suction power, because it does not work on a battery
  • They are often a lot quieter than cordless vacuum cleaners
  • A canister vacuum cleaner is easier to use
  • This type of vacuum cleaner is more compact and easier to store

Miele canister vacuums with bag versus bagless

Like many other vacuum cleaner brands, Miele offers both bagged and bagless canister vacuums. But, which one is best to choose? Each type of vacuum cleaner has its own advantages and disadvantages. In an earlier article I highlighted the biggest differences between a bagged vs bagless vacuum cleaner. In brief:

  • A vacuum cleaner with a bag is more hygienic to empty, and therefore more suitable for allergy sufferers
  • With a bagless vacuum cleaner you never have to buy vacuum cleaner bags again
  • A canister vacuum cleaner with a bag is often quieter, because a vacuum cleaner bag muffles the sound
  • A bagless vacuum cleaner does not lose suction as the dust container fills up
  • With a bagless vacuum cleaner you have to clean and/or replace the filters more often

Which Miele canister vacuum cleaner series are there?

At the time of writing, Miele has five different canister vacuum cleaner series, including the recently launched Miele Boost CX1 series. All series in a row:

Miele Canister Vacuum SerieTypePrices
Miele Classic SeriesBagged Canister vacuumCheck prices >
Miele Compact SeriesBagged Canister vacuumCheck prices >
Miele Complete C3 SeriesBagged Canister vacuumCheck prices >
Miele Blizzard CX1 SeriesBagless Canister vacuumCheck prices >
Miele Boost CX1 SeriesBagless Canister vacuumCheck prices >

Within each vacuum cleaner series you will discover different versions: with each version you get different vacuum cleaner accessories. It is very important to pay close attention to this, as this determines how suitable a vacuum cleaner is for your floors.

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What you get with a Miele canister vacuum cleaner depends on the version you choose. © Vacuumtester

Miele canister vacuum cleaners with bag

As you could just see, there are currently three different canister vacuum cleaners with bag: the Complete C3 series, the Compact series and the Classic series. To make it all a bit more difficult, you will also discover different versions and colors within these series.

Miele Complete C3 Series

The Miele Complete C3 is Miele’s most powerful canister vacuum cleaner with bag. The vacuum cleaner has a dust bag with a volume of 1.19 gallon, a cord with a length of 27.89 ft and a noise level of 76 decibels.

The weight of the canister vacuum cleaners from this series is about 16.53 lbs, which makes it not a lightweight vacuum cleaner. However, you do not have to carry a sled vacuum cleaner in its entirety, but pull it behind you while vacuuming.

The Miele Complete C3 series is available in the United States in the following versions:

  • Miele Complete C3 Calima
  • Miele Complete C3 Kona
  • Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog
  • Miele Complete C3 Brilliant
  • Miele Complete C3 SoftCarpet
  • Miele Complete C3 Alize
  • Miele Complete C3 Marin

Depending on the version, you get different accessories. For example, if you opt for the Cat&Dog version, it is equipped with a pet hair brush. Check all Miele Complete C3 vacuum cleaners in a row.

Miele Compact Series

The Miele Compact series is – as the name suggests – a small canister vacuum cleaner. It’s not just a small vacuum cleaner, this canister vacuum is also a lot lighter than the Miele Complete C3 series just mentioned.

The vacuum cleaner has a noise level of about 79 decibels, a dust container of 0.92 gallon and a short cord of 21.33 ft. Within the Miele Compact series you can choose from the following variants in the U.S.:

  • Miele Compact C2 Electro
  • Miele COmpact C2 Electro +

Here too, the choice for a specific version determines which accessories you get. View all Miele Compact vacuum cleaners in a row.

Miele Classic Series

Finally, there is also the Miele Classic series. This Miele vacuum cleaner is the cheapest model canister vacuum cleaner at the moment. With a cord length of 19.69 ft, the working range is a lot smaller than the other series.

Finally, there is also the Miele Classic series. This vacuum cleaner is the cheapest Miele canister vacuum cleaner at the moment.

The vacuum cleaner has a noise level of 78 decibels and a dust capacity of 1.19 gallon. With accessories, the vacuum cleaner weighs about 13.01 lbs, making it the best lightweight choice if you want to go for a Miele canister vacuum cleaner.

Within the Miele Classic series you can choose from the following versions in the United States:

  • Miele C1 Pure Suction
  • Miele Compact C1 Turbo Team

Miele Classic vs Compact vs Complete

It is interesting to keep the different canister vacuum cleaners with bag next to each other.

SpecificationMiele Complete C3Miele Compact SerieMiele Classic Serie
Capacity1.19 gallon0.92 gallon1.19 gallon
Cord length27.89 ft21.33 ft19.69 ft
Noise level76 decibels79 decibels78 decibels
Weight16.53 lbs14.77 lbs13.01 lbs
Price indicationCheck prices >Check prices >Check prices >

As you can see, each vacuum cleaner series has its own unique advantages over the others.

Bagless Miele canister vacuum cleaner

Miele recently expanded its range with the new Miele Boost CX1. This gives you a choice of two different series if you prefer a bagless canister vacuum: the Miele Blizzard CX1 or the Boost CX1. Let’s take a closer look at both vacuum cleaner series.

Miele Boost CX1 series (NEW)

Miele recently expanded its range with the Miele Boost CX1 series. This vacuum cleaner is equipped with Trackdrive technology, among other things. Thanks to this technology, the vacuum cleaner is very manoeuvrable and it easily follows you.

It is a bagless vacuum cleaner that is very easy to empty: the dust container has a capacity of 0.26 gallon. The vacuum cleaner itself weighs 17.9 lbs, has a noise level of 78 decibels and a cord length of 22.97 ft.

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A bagless Miele Canister Vacuum Cleaner © Vacuumtester

As with the other Miele canister vacuum cleaner series, you can also choose from different versions. In the U.S. these are the following choices:

  • Miele Boost CX1
  • Miele Boost CX1 Parquet
  • Miele Boost CX1 Cat & Dog

Check out all the different Miele Boost CX1 vacuum cleaners from the Boost series.

Miele Blizzard CX1 Series

The Miele Blizzard CX1 Series is the predecessor of the Boost CX1. This is a popular bagless vacuum cleaner. The vacuum cleaner does not differ much from its successor. This is also an easy to empty vacuum cleaner. The vacuum cleaner has a cord length of 22.97 ft and a noise level of approximately 76 decibels.

With 18.96 lbs, it is much heavier than other Miele canister vacuum cleaners. The capacity of the dust container is 0.52 gallon, which makes it twice as large as the Boost CX1. The vacuum cleaner is available in America in the following versions:

  • Miele Blizzard CX1
  • Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog
  • Miele Blizzard CX1 Parquet

View them in a row here.

Miele Boost CX1 vs Blizzard CX1

Now that we have also discussed the bagless canister vacuum series from Miele, we can compare them on the most important specifications.

SpecificationMiele Boost CX1Miele Blizzard CX1
Capacity0.26 gallon0.52 gallon
Cord Length22.97 ft22.97 ft
Noise level78 decibel76 decibel
Weight17.09 lbs18.96 lbs
Price indicationCheck prices >Check prices >

This shows that the Miele Blizzard CX1 is still a good alternative to the new series.

In summary: Miele offers more than 30 different canister vacuums. These are vacuum cleaners with and without bags. It is good to pay attention to the different series and versions: with each version you get different accessories.
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