Comparison Made Easy: Miele C1 vs C2 vs C3 (2021 Edition)

Miele is widely known for their long-lasting canister vacuum cleaners. They are mainly divided into three model – C1, C2 and C3. Miele C1 vacuum cleaners are their mid ranged full-sized canister vacuum cleaner.

Miele C2 vacuum cleaners are on the cheaper side while the sizes of the main vacuuming unit are compact in size.

Miele C3 vacuum cleaners are premium canister vacuum cleaners.

Each C1, C2, and C3 has several models under them. I will be discussing about them below.

Different models differ for their different vacuum cleaning heads. I have described them elaborately below. Please check them carefully to reveal the best choice for you.

Miele C1 vs C2 vs C3

Miele C1 vs C2 vs C3

C1 Classic Series

Miele C1 vs C2 vs C3

There are three models of C1 Classic series: Delphi, Titan, and Olympus. All of the three names are derived from classical Greek mythology. While the names are fancy, the models are mostly, on the cheaper side.

Later, Miele have included two other models keeping pet owners in mind. Those are, the Miele C1 Turbo Team Canister and the Miele C1 Cat & Dog.

Each of the C1 classical models has a 1200 watt power; each of them has similar supplementary tools, a sturdily built outlook.

While being a C1 model, one variant stands out from the remaining based on one strong factor: filtration. Titan is the only differential modelwhere a built-in HEPA filter is present.

As mentioned in the previous section of the review, HEPA filters take air filtration into the next level, especially for people who have allergies and asthma issues. While the remaining models have access to adjust such filtration, having a built-in one causes less maintenance.

 

Vacuum head used on different Miele C1 models at a glance,

Miele C1 vacuum cleaner head

Saying again, you can always replace stock filters with a HEPA filter.

These models are mainly different considering the cleaning heads. Which cleaning head you’ll get is quoted below. But firstly, it is important that you know them. What are the strong zone of each cleaning head, what are the differences, which cleaning head will suit your needs the most, you must know them first.

Thanks to MR. Scott Lombardi, the director of Miele USA floor care division; for creating a sweetly informational video of these cleaning heads. You’ll get all the necessary information by taking a glance at the video.

Olympus (C1 pure suction) – Sbd 285-3 combination nozzle.

Delphi – Seb 217

Titan – Seb 217

Turbo Team – Stb 205

Cat & dog – Seb 228 and Stb20 mini turbo brush

Reasoning to buy and whose interest it serves.

The Classical C1 models serve the purpose of essential flooring, with some carpets. Simply check below to know which one will be the most suitable for you.

Olympus (Currently C1 pure suction) – The cheapest. Uses only suction. Usable on hard floor and low-carpeting.

  • If you are looking for the most budget friendly vacuum cleaner.
  • If you seek vacuuming solution for hardwood floor and thin carpet.
  • If you have a pricey, aesthetic and delicate thin carpet; it’s a very gentle cleaner.

Delphi – for mid pile carpet

  • Only one vacuuming height setting. It can handle mid pile carpet to hard floor. If you are quick but frequent vacuum cleaner, this is the most suitable for you.
  • If you do not have high pile carpet, this is for you.
  • If you have only one pet which doesn’t shed much, the bristle can handle minimum amount of pet hair.

Titan – Same as the previous model Delphi, with HEPA filtration

  • Only one vacuuming height settings. It can handle mid pile carpet to hard floor. If you are quick but frequent vacuum cleaner, this is the most suitable for you.
  • If you do not have high pile carpet, this is for you.
  • If you have only one pet which doesn’t shed much, the bristle can handle minimum amount of pet hair.
  • HEPA filtration. The purest air quality possible.

Turbo team – Turbo vacuuming nozzle with bristle around. But it is not electric, suction powered, not ideal for high pile carpet.

  • If you only have low pile carpet, this is for you.
  • Cheap considering the vacuuming nozzle you get.
  • This vacuum cleaner can handle pet hair but not much.

Cat & Dog – Hardcore vacuuming solution for pet owners. Five height adjustment settings, sophisticated vacuuming nozzle; for every type of surfaces.

  • For pets those shed a lot. The Seb 228 is excellent for pet hairs. Moreover, you will get a Stb20 mini turbo brush for pet hairs stuck in critical places.
  • Only C1 that can handle every type of surface.

 

C2 Compact Series

Miele c2 series

Like the classical C1, the compact C2 has three variants: Quartz Onyx and Topaz. All these three names resemble precious stones.

While all of the C2 models are capable of cleaning hard flooring and area rugs, the Topaz model has the edge over its other C2 counterparts.

Topaz stand out from the rest for its’ supplementary equipment. It’s the only aberrant aspect.

Firstly, it has an electric brush for cleaning all types of rugs. It has a brush roller to lift the dirt and debris from the carpet fibers.

Lastly, it has a floor brush that has an extensive suction channel and soft bristles. The soft bristleshugs the ground with a high swivel neck.

It has HEPA filters.

Alongside these comes with customary crevice and upholstery tool and dust brush.

Onyx, on the other hand, offers similar facilities but with limited short pile carpeting and doesn’t have an electric brush. Rather it has a turbo brush, which is deemed traditional.

For the Quartz model, it only has one supplementary model as it solely caters to hard flooring. While the combo floor tool is impressive, it doesn’t exactly stand out against the more multi-functional Onyx and Topaz Model.

For not being successful, Onyx and Quartz is discontinued now. Miele has launched two different C2 line up using the Sbd 285 and Sbb 400 vacuum nozzle. One contains HEPA filter while the other doesn’t. Both are named complete C2.

Vacuum head used on different Miele C2 models at a glance –

Topaz – Seb 285

Complete C2 without HEPA filters – Sbd 285 and Sbb 400

Complete C2 with HEPA filters – Sbd 285 and Sbb 400

Reasoning to buy and whose interest it serves.

Miele C2 line-up is mainly intended for small apartments. That’s why it is built petite. It has less stronger suction power. That’s why it is not appropriate for high pile carpet.

Miele C2 Topaz – The most powerful in this line-up for its electric vacuum head.

  • The vacuum head has the capability to clean high pile carpets but the machine itself has less suction power. You will have to pass more than once to clean your high pile carpet properly.
  • If you live in a small apartment but covered with high pile carpet, this is a wise choice.

 

Miele Complete C2 without HEPA filter – You won’t get HEPA filters, for of course, a cheaper price. You already know what vacuum head comes with it.

  • Its cheap, it is the only reason to buy. Not for long apartment.
  • Not for mid and high pile carpets. Only buy for hard floor and low pile carpet.

 

Miele Complete C2 with HEPA filter – You will get HEPA filters for about an additional hundred buck

  • Its cheap, it is the only reason to buy. Not for long apartment.
  • Not for mid and high pile carpets. Only buy for hard floor and low pile carpet.

Complete C3 series

Miele c3

Unlike the other two, the C3 series comes with six models: Calima, Alize, Kona, Marin, Cat & Dog, and the high-end Miele C3 Brilliant. Each of the series has its attributes that stand out from one another.

The Calima series comes with two different floor attachments. The first one is the air-driven turbo head Stb205. It’s for area rugs and short pile carpeting. In addition, there will be a floor brush. It has a soft-bristle swivel neck for easy maneuvering. You can use this to do the entire hard floor cleaning. Automatic height adjustment is available. It will detect the surface and adjust the height itself. But remember, it is not meant for high pile and plush carpeting.

 

For the Alize series, while it has one flooring attachment and with one setting, it stands out with a cool feature named spotlight handling that helps maneuverability easier. There is a light here to aid upholstery cleaning in dark places.

 

In Kona, electric vacuum head is introduced for the first time in C3 line-up. Ideal for high pile carpets.

Marin have an Electro Premium head. Its Miele’s top of the line powerhead, with five height adjustments. Also, a headlight is there to illuminate dust and debris that might not be visible on the carpet in a naked eye.

The Cat & Dog also offers all sorts of flooring like the Kona, same vacuum head is used here.

However, the one additional tool it offers Mini Turbo tool. It cleans couches and other types of upholstery, a very strong tool to remove pet hair.

Unlike the rest, it comes with the charcoal filter.It removes pet odors from home. Saying about the charcoal filter, it offers the same particle blockage with something more. It effectively blocks fumes. Pet odor gets ruled out for that.

Lastly, the Miele C3 complete brilliant model. It uses the same vacuum head that marin model used. Perfect for every type of carpet. Just to remind you, automatic height adjustment feature comes with this vacuuming head.

You will get two additional vacuum head. Sbd 285 for cleaning low pile carpet and hardwood at one run. Another one is sbb 400 parquet brush, to ease your hardwood cleaning.HEPA filters are there.

Miele-c3-unboxing

Vacuum head used on different Miele C3 models at a glance,

Calima–Stb 205, Sbb 300

Alize –Sbd 650

Kona –Seb 228 + Sbb 300

Marine –Seb 236 + Sbb 300

Cat & Dog – SEB 228, SBB 300, STB 101

Brilliant – SEB 236, SBD 285, SBB 400-3

 

Reasoning to buy and whose interest it serves,

As the C3 is the elite level of vacuum cleaning, all of them offer premium features. Which one for you?

the only question is who has pets, or who wants all three flooring tools built in. Whether the users have high carpeting or short ones?

 

Miele C3 Calima

  • You will get two vacuum head, one for low to mid pile carpet; other is dedicated to hard floor cleaning. If your floor contains frequent carpeting and hard floor, you should avoid these. You would have to switch vacuum head for every time you switch surface. It’s not an ideal choice for pets either.
  • So, it is the perfect Miele C3 for cleaning low to mid-level carpeting; at this price. And about the hard floor cleaning head, it is good choice for sticky hard floor mess. Buy it if you have children in your family, who loves to create a mess.

Miele C3 Alize

  • Sbd 650 vacuum head adjusts it height automatically. That’s why what C3 calima couldn’t do, the Alize will.
  • If your floor consists of hard floor and carpeting except high-pile carpet, you should buy these Miele C3. You can vacuum all over the place without changing the vacuum head, at one pass.

Miele C3 Kona

  • The electric vacuum head can handle every type of carpeting. It has 5 height adjustment but its not automatic. You’ll have to change the height manually after changing the cleaning surface. Check Miele C3 Marine or Miele C3 Brilliant for automatic setting.
  • This vacuum head contains bristles, perfect for pet hair. If your pet doesn’t shed in crucial to reach places, this is your pick. Otherwise, check the Miele C3 cat & dog for additional attachments. Those can reach hard spots.

Miele C3 Cat & Dog

  • The most sophisticated solution for pet owners. Along with the vacuum head Seb 228, you will get extra large hard floor vacuuming nozzle and a mini turbo brush. The mini turbo brush can pick up pet hairs from critical places like the corner of a couch.
  • You will get charcoal filters within it. This is the endgame for pet owners in my opinion. Complete cleaning. These filters are as effective as a HEPA filter is. Additionally, it can block bad pet odor.

Miele C3 Marine

  • It can clean any type of surface effectively without the need for changing the head. And the height is automatically adjusted. There are five height adjustment, and you do not have to select them manually.
  • There are LED light to clean dark places. Good choice for big houses where not every place is bright.

Miele C3 Brilliant

  • This is the most advanced vacuum cleaner of this line-up. Name anything needed while vacuuming, you will get here. Very effective at picking up pet hair, and its stronger suction power makes that very easy.
  • Bright LED lights for easy cleaning. As said before, this vacuum cleaner is all about comfort.
  • You can additionally buy mini turbo tool for pet hair of hard to reach places. Now the Miele C3 brilliant is the complete all-rounder.

All Miele C3 models have an automatic cord rewind feature, less hassle managing the cable.

 

Mutual Features of each Miele Series

All of the Miele series serves the purpose of hard flooring, short-medium pile carpeting, and area rugs. Some of the C1 models performs carpeting cleaning better than even C3 series when it comes to the length of the carpeting. So, if the customers are having budget constraints, buying a supposedly won’t fare much differently from the C2s or even C3 models.

Most of Miele’s vacuum cleaner comes with the floor brush. It makes hard floor cleaning much easier. Some models have Electro Brush featured. Electric vacuum head effectively cleans carpets. Along with some C3 vacuum cleaners, some Miele C1 have electric head too. They provide great value for money, you can consider these C1s if are slightly short on budget.

All Miele vacuum cleaners have either built-in HEPA filters or can be externally adjusted. One of the C1 models offers a built-in one, similar to most C3 models. So, if you are allergic to dust, there is simply no point in buying a premium model to cater to this particular need.

Conclusion

Last but not the least, I have something to say about these vacuum cleaners’ longevity. I was saving it for the last.

Miele vacuum cleaners usually costs more than other regular vacuum cleaners. But these vacuum cleaners are built to last about 20 years on an average. Now calculate by yourself, which is better? Buying a cheap vacuum cleaner that won’t last a year or buying a Miele that is designed to last 20 years.

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