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Review of Miele vacuum cleaners

Miele is a German manufacturer of premium household appliances, including washing machines, dishwashers and ovens. Founded in 1899, Miele appliances can be found in almost 50 countries around the world, and Australians have certainly taken to the brand which usually delivers on its promises of quality and innovation.

In addition to big ticket home appliances, Miele also produces several smaller, more affordable items, such as vacuum cleaners. This review will cover Miele’s range of vacuum cleaners to help you find the model that’s right for you.

Miele vacuum cleaners

Miele vacuum cleaners are claimed to be extremely effective, thanks to a 12 step filter system which incorporates the Miele HyClean dust bag, motor protection filter, and an air clean filter. Designed to be both aesthetically and economically pleasing, Miele has an extensive range to choose from, which can be divided into the following categories:

  • Cylinder Vacuum Cleaners
  • Mini Upright Vacuum Cleaners
  • Robot Vacuum Cleaners

We will review some of the most prominent vacuums in each category, looking at the price and special features of each to help you determine which one suits your needs.

Cylinder Vacuum Cleaners

compare miele vacuum cleanersComplete C3 Powerline Vacuum

Specifically designed for comfort and ease of use, this 2000 Watt, 6.5 Kilo vacuum is the peak of Miele’s range in terms of price. A 7.5 meter long cord means it’s easy to manoeuvre, and comes with a number of extra features that help make it a worthwhile purchase.

One of the main attractions to this vacuum is its compact locking system, where every part of the appliance – including the handle and sunction tube – locks into place, enabling the vacuum to fit in tight and compact places. It comes with a dynamic swivel mechanism, which ensures a quiet driving experience and easier navigation around obstacles.

The final distinguishing feature of this vacuum is the comfort handle, where the touch controls are located. This means you don’t have to bend down to turn it on or up/down, and it can be easily manoeuvred thanks to the flexible hose connector.

RRP: $1,037

C3 Hardfloor Powerline Vacuum

At 6.5 kilos and 1200 watts, the Hardfloor vacuum is less powerful than its more expensive predecessor, but it continually scores high reviews among customers regardless. It’s a bit of a fan favourite according to Appliances Online, and it’s easy to see why, heavily geared towards convenience as it is.

Like the C3 Powerline, it comes with the handy locking system and comfort handle, meaning it can be easily manoeuvred and stored. It also comes with an 11 metre cleaning radius, which is much more than the more expensive model above. The Hardfloor twister accessory ensures a scratch-free clean on any surface, and it also comes with a ‘silence mode’, which performs at the lowest possible noise level without compromising on performance.

RRP: $629

review miele powerline vacuumC3 Electro Powerline Vacuum Cleaner

The final cylinder vacuum we’ll examine is the C3 Electro Powerline model. This vacuum is extremely powerful, as the tight seal and perfect air flow within ensure a strong suction on most surfaces. The electro model performs strongly even on the lowest power setting.

This vacuum comes with the silence system, dynamic swivel castors, handy locking system and comfortable handle controls like the first two, but it has a little more that helps set it apart.

It comes with an exceptional filtration system that filters more than 99.9% of fine dust, allowing you to breathe easy in your home without worrying about germs and dust particles in the air. It also has a massive 13m radius, meaning you will rarely need to move it to another power point while cleaning!

RRP: $720

Mini-Upright Vacuum Cleaners

upright vacuum cleaner mieleSwing H1 Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Miele’s upright vacuum cleaners are said to be ergonomically designed, made to look aesthetically pleasing as well as easy to handle. The swing H1 Powerline cleaner has a high suction power given its relative lack of size at 1,400W, meaning you have a powerful device that is extremely easy to manoeuvre. They are also extremely easy to store thanks to their compact design, and have a decent nine metre operating radius.

This model (pictured) also has two features that are exclusive to Miele’s Mini-Upright range. It has a quick release cable hook and an ergonomic double slide switch, where the switch is positioned on the elbow of the handle for convenient operation. Finally, it comes with a temperature limiter to protect from overheating, which helps to extend the products life span.

RRP: $349

Dynamic U1 Obsidian Black Vacuum Cleaner

The other upright vacuum cleaner Miele has to offer is the dynamic U1 obsidian model. This vacuum has a sleek black design and is extremely energy efficient, with a power output of 1,400 watts. It’s very similar to the previous upright model – it has a nine metre radius, easy storage and manoeuvrability, a quick-release cable hook and an ergonomic double slide switch, as well as having an adjustable working height.

Additionally, it has a gentle-start motor, where the power level increases slowly to the selected level of suction to prevent overloading, as well as a stainless steel tube and an electro brush for intensive deep cleaning of carpets.

RRP: $629

Robot Vacuum Cleaners

scout robot vacuum cleanerScout RX1Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Miele’s robot vacuum cleaners are among the most advanced on the market, mainly due to the extensive range of features they come with that ensure that they consistently perform at the highest standard. The Scout RXI Robot Vacuum comes with a triple cleaning system, including two rotating side brushes that pull dirt from under appliances, a roller brush that picks up larger particles of dirt, and a DC motor that powerfully vacuums up fine particles.

This model also moves around at ease, with its corner cleaning and furniture protection technology allowing it to navigate tricky rooms at ease without damaging itself or your furniture. A powerful lithium-ion battery ensures that it still runs as good as new after 300 full charge cycles, meaning it has a longer life cycle than many other vacuum models. This model is on the expensive side, but most robot vacuum cleaners are. Given the features that the Scout RX1 comes with, the price tag seems justified. But only you can decide if it’s right for you.

RRP: $1,199

Are Miele vacuum cleaners worth the money?

Miele is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of home appliances, and its vacuum cleaners certainly appear top of the range. Whether or not they are worth the investment, however, is up to you. The ones listed in this article are more expensive than the average vacuum in Australia (they have cheaper models that we didn’t cover here), but they more than justify this price with the convenience, power and manoeuvrability they offer. If you’re looking for a high-end vacuum cleaner and aren’t afraid to splash the cash, then Miele’s range is definitely worth looking at.

For more on Miele and other vacuum cleaner brands we have rated, check out Canstar Blue’s star ratings for vacuums.

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