Miele C-Series Round Up: Comparing the C1 vs. C2 vs. C3

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Miele is one of the most well-known and renowned vacuum cleaner brands in the world. With performance greater than Dyson, power equal to Kirby and Rainbow and designs to fit any style or need, Miele excels everywhere.

There is a lot of confusion with their models, though, from the names to the types and even the accessories. In this Miele C-series review, we will look to clear up the confusion while comparing and rating the C1, C23 and C3 models side by side.

Most Popular Miele Vacuum Models

There are several vacuums to choose from, should you decide to go with Meile. However, they have a lot of options. The C-series alone has over 20 models. Here are the most popular versions.

  • Classic C1 Pure Suction. The least expensive and most basic model offered by the brand, that still gets the job done.
  • Miele Electro+ C2. For those that want more than basic but may not have the budget for premium.
  • Miele Complete C3 Kona. This is the model that everyone wants. It has it all, including the premium price tag.
  • Miele Classic C1 Cat and Dog. Pet hair is easily handled with the Cat & Dog models.

Who is Miele?

Miele is a premium appliance brand started in Germany in 1899. Currently they are the world’s largest family-owned and operated appliance company. Boasting over 16,000 employees, 12 production facilities and available on every continent in over 100 countries, Miele is well known.

Many complain about the higher than average pricing, but it is this pricing that helps Miele maintain their promise of “Immer Besser,” or Forever Better.

By producing some of the most durable, user-friendly and highest quality vacuums, it is no wonder Miele has been around for over 120 years and will be around for 120 more.

Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Right Vacuum for Your Floors

buyers guide choosing right vacuum for your floors

Buying a new vacuum can be difficult, especially if you don’t know exactly what you need or what is available. In this section we will cover the more important factors worthy of consideration before you buy.

Cleaning Area Size

The size of the floor you need to clean is a big factor. With battery powered models, large spaces, larger homes and bigger areas may need multiple recharge cycles. For corded models you need to ensure that you have outlets in the right places so the vacuum can reach.

Smaller homes and spaces may not have the concerns, but there are still factors to consider. The flooring type and traffic levels (see below) will also affect the type of vacuum you choose.

Flooring Type

Most vacuums are designed for carpet, as would make the most sense. However, modern machines are geared towards cleaning multiple floor types. Hard flooring, laminate, vinyl, tile and other flooring can now be cleaned by vacuums.

However, some models are only capable of cleaning hard flooring. You need to evaluate what you want from your vacuum. If you need carpet and hard flooring cleaned, your chosen model should be capable of that. Likewise if you only need carpet cleaning or only hard floor cleaning, the chosen model should be capable of that.

Foot Traffic Levels

The amount of traffic over your floors will also dictate the type of vacuum cleaner you need to buy. High traffic areas such as entry ways, hallways and living rooms will require a vacuum that can deep clean with ease.

If your home has light foot traffic, no pets or small children, for example, you may not need a highly powerful model, but it still needs to be able to agitate carpet fibers and get to the base of the carpet for a full clean.

Power Options

The power supply of your vacuum will be a big factor as well. Battery power and corded power offer different advantages and disadvantages. For example, battery powered models give you the freedom to move anywhere in your home, up stairs, in smaller areas and more.

Corded models typically have more powerful motors than battery powered models. With a corded model you can get a deeper, more thorough clean than with battery powered options, but you are more restricted in their maneuverability.

Taking the good with the bad is the choice that you have to make when deciding on the right model for you. With Miele, though, all power supply options offer a high quality clean with enough power and maneuverability and almost no noticeable difference.


Accessories help you clean more spaces than models that don’t have any. You can clean window dressings, shelving, furniture and even stairs or overhead with the right equipment.

Some models will come with extension tubes, hoses, pet fur cleaners, hand tools, brushes, furniture cleaners and more. You will need to decide what each model offers and if it is something you need, want or will never use.

While most accessories won’t add anything to the price, some of them can. Make sure you know what you are getting and if it is the best deal based on your needs.

Cost & Warranty

The cost and warranty are also major factors in a buying decision. You want to ensure that the investment is covered by a warranty to protect against damage, defects or other issues. No product is perfect and there will be some units released that have a defect. With Miele, this is not a problem.

Anything that you find wrong with the unit will be made right. However, the warranty is clear on what is and isn’t covered. Make sure you read through the paperwork and understand everything that is required before you buy.

How much you want or can afford to spend will vary from home to home and budget to budget. With Miele you expect to pay more, but you will always get more. Still, it is important to know what your budget is and to stay within it.

Miele C1 vs. C2 vs. C3: Compared and Reviewed

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Miele has a lot of models to choose from. The C1, 2 and 3 in the model numbers is more a category than a single model identifier. Before we can look at the differences we need to explain the models, explain what you are looking at when you research Miele vacuums.

Once the models are explained we will then cover the major differences between the C-series models. Finally we will cover the 5 major models in a side by side comparison to help you decide which one is the best for you.

The C-Series Explained

C models from Miele are some of the most durable, reliable and high-quality vacuums on the market. With over 20 models those in the C-series are some of the most popular units in the industry. But why are we only reviewing 5?

We go into detail about the model nomenclature further below. What you need to understand though, is that the C1, C2 and C3 names are not models but categories. Each category has submodels inside it and those are the models that have subtle differences you may or may not notice.

While we look at the bigger categorical differences, we will also touch on the model differences in the sections below. Read through the topics below and they will help you figure out which Miele vacuum is the best match for your needs.

Miele Model Differences

There are 5 main categories of Miele vacuums. The C1, C2 and C3 model categories also house the C1 Cat & Dog and the C3 Cat & Dog, however because of the differences between the pet models and the standard options we will split them up differently

C1 vs. C2 vs. C3 Canister

The C1 vacuums are bagged, canister units in the most basic sense. Miele will most likely never win an award for most aesthetically pleasing vacuum, but that isn’t their goal. If you already know you want a Miele and are trying to see where your budget allows you to go, the C1 models are probably your best answer.

The C1 has a standard air filter, and comes with the AllTeQ combination brush roller. They feature a maximum wattage of 1200 and include an upholstery nozzle, crevice tool and a dusting brush.

The C3 units are the more premium versions that have a sealed canister system, HEPA filtration and cost the most from the options in this review. They come with the same tools as the C1 units, but have a longer power cord, slightly higher power (up to 1400 watts) and an extra foot of cleaning radius (plug to cleaner head). They also feature an additional Turbo cleaning head.

Because the C1 is considered the base option and the C3 is the premium, as you can imagine the C2 category is the middle of the road option. This is designed for those that want a little more than the C1 offers but not having to pay the premium prices of the C3 units.

The C2 comes with the Electro Plus cleaning head and brush roller, making it ideal for medium to high pile carpeting. The C2 units also come with the upholstery tool, crevice tool and dusting brush, but have the longer cord of the C3. Not all C2 models have the HEPA filtration but do offer the sealed canister system to help combat allergens.

C1 vs. C3 Cat & Dog

The Cat & Dog models of the C1 and C3 lines are specifically made to combat heavy pet hair. Once again the main differences here are power, performance and price. Both options are similar to the C3 line with the sealed canister system, HEPA filtration and various floor head rollers.

The C1 Cat & Dog opts for the Parquet floor head roller and the Electro Plus roller. However, the C3 adds the additional Turbo Twister floor head roller as well. Beyond that there aren’t any physical differences in the models. The only thing you will find with the specific models is color differences and the various kits or packages that are offered to add components or accessories to the units.

At A Glance

In the chart below we compare the 5 major models of the Miele line up side by side to show you what each one has to offer (or doesn’t) so you can get a better idea of what you need.

 C1C2C3C1 C&DC3 C&D
Dimensions18.2 x 11 x 8.7 inches16.7 x 9.6 x 9.1 inches23 x 9.1 x 9.3 inches23 x 15.2 x 17.3 inches23 x 15.2 x 17.3 inches
Weight12 – 15 lbs.14 – 18 lbs.20 – 23 lbs.2323
TypeCanisterCanisterSealed CanisterSealed CanisterSealed Canister
Floor TypesHard flooring, low, medium pileHard flooring, low, medium, high pile carpetHard flooring, low, medium, high pile carpetHard flooring, low, medium, high pile carpetHard flooring, low, medium, high pile carpet
FiltrationStandardStandard (some HEPA)HEPAHEPAHEPA
AccessoriesUpholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, AllTeQ combo rollerUpholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, Electro Plus rollerUpholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, AllTeQ combo roller, Turbo Twister RollerUpholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, Parquet Twister roller, Electro Plus rollerUpholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, Parquet Twister roller, Electro Plus roller, Turbo Twister roller
PriceSee current pricingSee current pricingSee current pricingSee current pricingSee current pricing

Miele Model Confusion: Demystified

Miele has a major problem for consumers with the model names of their vacuums. In most cases, and as expected in Western societies, a numerical change is a generational upgrade. Take Apple products for example. The iPhone 6 is a generation older than the iPhone 5 and a generation younger than the iPhone 7.

With Miele, you would expect that the C1 is the first model, the C2 was the generational upgrade over the C1 and so on. This is not the case. Instead of a numerical upgrade naming system, each model is its own thing. More like a car manufacturer naming their cars Taurus, Escort and Mustang.

With the Miele base model names, you have the Classic C1, Compact C1, Compact C2, Complete C2 and Complete C3. Each of these model identifiers also have submodels. Without counting the pet-specialized Cat & Dog models, there are 18 submodels within the 5-model range.

This is why the differences listed above in the review are so important. You want to ensure you are getting the model that delivers what you need. Try not to be confused by the Miele naming system and pay more attention to the size, filtration and brush types to know which model you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

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In this section we will answer the most common Miele brand questions posed by potential customers. If you have other questions let us know in the comment section below.

Q. Is Miele C2 discontinued?

  1. Yes. Miele has discontinued production of the C2 line in favor of moving forward with the more popular C1 and C3 lines. You can still find new-in-box C2 models and the warranties are still honored. However, new production and marketing for the C2 has stopped.

Q. Which Miele vacuum model is the lightest?

  1. The honor of lightest Miele vacuum easily goes to the Classic C1 Pure Suction model. This model weighs only 11.3 pounds and is the least expensive model offered by the brand.

Q. Is Miele made in China?

  1. Based in Germany since 1899, world wide operations has led to the brand expanding beyond German borders. There is a production plant in Dongguan City, China which produces the Compact C1, C2, Complete C2 and Swing H1 vacuum models. All other models are still produced in Germany.


Meile is a premium appliance brand with a special focus on floor cleaning. The C-series vacuums made by the company are some of the most high-quality, durable and longest lasting vacuums on the market today.

While there can be confusion on the models’ identities and what each one actually offers, you really can’t go wrong with any of them. If you prefer HEPA filtration to combat allergies you can opt for a C3 model. If you have pets and need to collect pet hair more often than others, the Cat & Dog models may be for you.

If, however, you want to save money and still have a professional clean at home, the C1 and C2 models are something you should look at further.

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Nora has more than 5 years experience in the floor covering industry, acquiring vast knowledge about installation and material selection. She now enjoys working as a writer and an interior decorator. Her work has been featured in The Spruce, Homes & Gardens, Southern Living and Real Homes. See full biography here.

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