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Abha Shah

Best Miele vacuum cleaners in 2023 tested and compared

While perhaps not as shouty in its advertising as Shark or Dyson, Miele’s vacuum cleaners are some of the best-performing on the market.

The brand boasts no less than 26 vacuums in its range, spanning corded, cordless, and robotic.

There are models designed specifically for lifting pet hair from carpets, floors and surfaces, and others with attachments for coaxing dirt from awkward spots, like stairs, sofas and car seats. In short, no matter how dirty your home, there’s a Miele that’s up to the job.

Below we’ve listed the best in the range - but not all 26, as that’ll only likely confuse you further. Instead, we’ve picked the options that are either bestsellers or have special extras that you need to know about before you put your hand in your pocket.

Which Miele vacuum is right for my home?

The good news is that most of Miele’s domestic vacuum cleaners are a compact size, so you should have no trouble finding storage for it in a cupboard or laundry room. That said, a vacuum is more than its dimensions.

The right machine for your home will depend on your individual variables: things like whether you live in a flat or house, are a pet-owner (or someone that sheds a lot of hair themselves), and whether you like to do a deep clean every so often, or vacuum as you go multiple times a week.

Also consider your square footage, as well as your floor type: wall-to-wall carpet or hard floors/ tiles with area rugs. Knowing all these factors will help narrow down the choice to find a Miele that’ll work harder for you.

What types of Miele vacuums are there?

As mentioned, the brand does it all, from lightweight cordless designs to compact cleaners that need to be plugged into the mains. If you like the idea of putting your feet up instead of ticking off another chore on your to-do list, a robot vacuum might be a good investment for you.

Here’s a little more about the ranges and how they differ:

  • Classic: an entry-level machine with a price to match, the classic comes in red and white livery. A lightweight model tipping the scales at 5.8kg.
  • Complete: a cylinder vacuum with strong suction and foot controls for seamless cleaning of spaces within a 12m radius.
  • Compact: a compact cylinder vacuum ideal for smaller homes.
  • Boost: small and corded, this bagless cylinder vacuum offers maximum extraction power packed down into a compact design.
  • Blizzard: this is a bag-free cylinder vacuum cleaners with a special EcoTeQ floorhead to ensure energy efficient vacuuming.
  • Triflex: Miele’s cordless stick vacuum cleaner features patented 3-in-1 design for exceptional flexibility in various spaces (car, home).
  • Scout: say hello to Miele’s robot offering. The state-of-the-art devices are the most expensive of the brand’s vacuums, but they offer the ultimate in convenience.

Are Miele vacuum cleaners expensive?

When it comes to household appliances like a vacuum, you really do get what you pay for. Miele’s pricing is in line with competitors like Shark and Dyson, all in the triple figures. They start at £169 for a Classic with a top-end RRP of £899 for the Triflex HX2 Pro, which is the brand’s most powerful and longest-running option.

Still confused? Don’t worry - we’ve put together a guide on the best appliances in each range to demystify it even further.

See the best Miele vacuum cleaners below

Miele Classic C1 Flex Vacuum Cleaner, Lotus White

Best for: small footprint

This tight little vacuum is the brand’s smallest cylinder cleaner, weighing just 5.8kg. It needs to be plugged in but you’re not locked to the wall as the cord stretches out to a max of 9m. There are six pre-set programmes to choose from: curtains, soft furnishings, rugs, silent, carpet, and hard floors so you can give your home a top-to-bottom rundown.

It does require vacuum bags, but with roomy 4.5L capacity, emptying it probably won’t be a weekly chore. The C1 is also fitted with a AirClean filter, helping to suck in dust and dirt dislodges from cleaning to leave you with a fresher and tidier home.

Also available in red.

Buy now £169.00, John Lewis

Miele C3 Complete Comfort XL Vacuum Cleaner, Marine Blue

Best for: superb power

With incredible suction powered by 890W, Miele’s C3 makes light work of housework. It comes with a HEPA filter to capture 99.9per cent of fine dust and allergens that become airborne when cleaning and comes with a range of nozzle attachments to see to practically any job.

That said, the hardworking floorhead works across most surfaces although there is a special one to use on parquet flooring. Instead of on the vacuum’s body, the control buttons sit in the handle, making it easier to switch between programmes.

And when it comes to programmes, this baby is loaded with everything from soft furnishings and curtains to rugs and hard floors with an additional silence option for cleaning quietly.

For those living with furry friends, the Miele Complete C2 Tango Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner is worth a closer look.

Buy now £369.00, John Lewis

Miele Boost CX1 Pet Corded Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

Best for: a cylinder cleaner

Vacuum cleaners are all about suction, and this elegant, compact cylinder cleaner has it in spades. It’s bagless, comes with a few small extra heads, and the company claims you’ll be able to use it for 20 years, as well as being able to repair it if it goes wrong instead of just throwing it away. There’s even a clip on the main body you can use to support the tube if you need a break from using it, preventing it from toppling onto the floor.

Suction is adjustable using a large dial on the top of the cylinder, and we can’t help but think there’s a hint of Star Wars Droid in the way that it looks. The red circle that surrounds the wheel contrasting nicely with the otherwise monochrome casing.

Got parquet floors? The Boost CX1 Parquet PowerLine is perfect for delicate surfaces.

Buy now £289.00, Argos

Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog Pet Corded Vacuum Cleaner

Best for: cleaning up after pet babies

Another corded option but with a wide cleaning arc, you won't constantly have to reposition the vacuum - or remember to charge it up before you get started, like you would with a cordless model. Made specifically for folks who are fed up of living with their pet's hair on every available surface, this model comes with a turbo brush to get at those fine strands.

Floors will be gleaming and carpets nicely refreshed after a cleaning blitz with the CX1, with dislodge particles trapped by the HEPA lifetime filter. The machine comes with an upholstery nozzl as wqell as a longer, flexible crevice one to reach those awkward dirt-magnets.

Buy now £439.00, Amazon

Miele Scout RX3 Home Vision HD - SPQL

Best for: futuristic cleaning

Most of the big vacuum brands now offer a robotic device in their offering, and Miele is no different. Controlled from your phone through an app, the smart cleaner will map your home with 3D smart navigation and give your floors a once over for two hours straight if required, before redocking to recharge.

Using a four-stage cleaning system, it can move easily from hard floors to carpet, recruiting the swing-out brushes to move debris into its path and eat it up. Sensors fitted to the front means it won't keep knocking into furniture and it can give pets and infants a wide berth too.

It's especially helpful for anyone with mobility issues who can't run a traditional vacuum as often as they'd like to.

Buy now £739.00, Currys

Miele 3-in-1 Triflex HX2 Cat & Dog

Best for: Not making a Miele out of pet mess

A name utterly synonymous with high-quality home appliances, behold the Triflex HX2 Cat & Dog is Miele’s most powerful vacuum to date, which should fill pet owners with all the confidence they need to reach for that not insubstantial sum of 600 quid.

So, what do we have? Well, a cordless affair that offers an impressive 60-minutes of use from a single battery charge, automatic floor detection so that, whether carpet, wood or vinyl, the HX2 will know what it’s working with and adapt to deliver the best performance, a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter to collect all manner of allergy causing contaminants, a whopping 99.99 per cent dust retention capacity, and a single vacuum cleaner that can transmogrify into three different forms to let you clean high, low and even in the car because, as we know, pet fur gets everywhere.

Coming complete with all the nozzles and brushes you could conceivably need to deal with rogue animal pelt peelings, plus a wall mount to let you stash the Miele safely away when its work is done, for an utterly thorough fur-removal job first-time, the 3-in-1 Triflex HX2 Cat & Dog is king.

Buy now £699.00, John Lewis

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