Last Updated – April, 2017
In 2015, Miele rolled out a new “Series Organization” to better align their US models with their European models. Please note the below key:
- S2 Series = Classic C1 Canister Vacuums
- S6 Series = Compact C2 Canister Vacuums
- S8 Series = Complete C3 Canister Vacuums
- S7 Series = Dynamic U1 Upright Vacuum Cleaners
In 2017, Miele discontinued all models within the Classic C1 and Compact C2 canister series’ and introduced three new models in their place. Below is a list of the changes:
Classic C1 Canisters –
- All Discontinued:
Miele Capri , Miele Delphi, Miele Olympus, Miele Titan
Compact C2 Canisters –
- All Discontinued:
Miele Onyx, Miele Quartz, Miele Topaz, Miele Limited Edition Compact C2
- New Models Introduced: Compact C1 Pure Suction, Compact C1 Turbo Team, Compact C2 Electro+
Complete C3 Canisters –
- Miele Alize, Miele Calima, Miele Cat & Dog, Miele Kona, Miele Marin, Miele Brilliant, Miele SoftCarpet
Dynamic U1 Uprights –
- Miele Cat & Dog Upright, Miele Jazz, Miele Maverick
Keep reading to compare the similarities and differences between these models.
Miele vacuums are recognized worldwide for their superiority in quality, cleaning, and air filtration. The German engineering and unsurpassed attention to detail set this brand in a class all their own. But which Miele vacuum is right for you? The below comparison by series will help you determine which model will best suit your needs. Rest assured, however, you’re already making an excellent choice in Miele.
What do we mean by series?
Each Miele vacuum is part of a particular Series, for example, the S2 Series or the S5 Series. A Series represents a group of vacuums that have similarities in their overall design. Each vacuum in a Series may come with different options and accessories but each Series of Mieles has distinct features that make that Series unique from the others. As you’ll find in the below comparison, the basic differences between the Miele’s canister vacuums (S2, S5, S6 and S8) are size and features.
DISCONTINUED: The Miele Classic C1/S2 Series is the entry-level, less expensive, Miele canister. They have the same motor and similar features as the Miele S5’s and S6’s but are not manufactured identically and do not have the certified, sealed filtration system which is rated so high in the industry. They also do not use the same type of disposable bag. The machine itself is larger than the S4’s and S5’s. If you want the power of a Miele in a more cost-effective package, the S2 may be for you. The Olympus comes with a combination floor rug tool (for homes with bare floors,) the Capri with a Turbo Air-Driven powerbrush (for homes with some area rugs,) and the Delphi and Titan come with an electric powerbrush (for homes with carpeting.) All have just 3 simple controls, an on/off switch, a rotary dial to control suction, and an automatic cord winder. The S2’s use a convenient vario clip to store the included tools right on the hose.
The Miele S4 & S5 Series are discontinued. They were full-size canisters with Electric Powerhead capabilities. Electric powerheads are essential for cleaning carpeting. Each model, except the Ariel, came with the HEPA filter as standard, but you could use either the Super Air Clean or Active Air Clean, instead, if you so choose. They were the same size and all had the same suction power. They had three included above-the-floor cleaning tools on-board, directly under the lid. With this extra layer, it also made these models a bit quieter. Each unit had the capability of changing the level of suction power. All had 6 graduated suction levels EXCEPT the Earth, which only has 3. The Ariel, Pisces, Libra and Callisto had a Rotary dial for suction control. The Earth and Leo had a foot pedal. The Capricorn had the controls on the hose handle.
The S4 & S5 Mieles were replaced with the below S6 & S8 Series
- The Miele Compact C2/S6 Series is a smaller canister weighing just under 10lbs. Because of their smaller size, the three included above-the-floor cleaning tools are mounted outside the canister on a vario clip conveniently connected to the hose. These vacuums have the option of using any of Miele’s three different superior exhaust filters, Super Air Clean, Active Air Clean, and HEPA. They also feature an unbelievable 33 foot cleaning radius allowing you to tackle more floor without needing to unplug and re-plug. The Compact C1 Pure Suction includes a combo floor tool and the Compact C1 Turbo Team includes a Parquet Floor Tool and the Turbo (Air-driven) powerhead. TheCompact C2 Electro+ is the better of the three and includes an Electric Powerbrush, electric hose, and electric telescopic wand. The S6 line from Miele has even earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for its brilliant design.
- Currently available models in the Compact C2: Compact C1 Pure Suction, Compact C1 Turbo Team, Compact C2 Electro+
- Miele Dynamic U1/S7 Upright Vacuum Cleaners are quite different from the S2, S5 and S6 Series Miele Canisters. The S7 upright vacuum cleaners are designed for homes with large amounts of carpeting and very small areas of bare floors. The Miele S7 does allow you to move from carpet to bare floor easily. It does offer cleaning attachments, but we usually recommend a canister vacuum cleaner for homes with more than just a small amount of bare floors. Uprights continue to be the preferable machine for cleaning carpeting when you don’t need the use of powerful tools.
- The Miele Complete C3/S8 Series is the crème de la crème of canister vacuum cleaners. The Miele S8 was designed with a new ergonomic handle and lightweight build. This combination makes these models exceptional for the elderly or anyone with disabilities. But perhaps what the S8 models are best known is the 12-Stage AirClean Sealed System & Filtration. This incredible advancement in vacuum manufacturing allows the S8 Series to capture 99.95% of particles as small as .01 microns! Also, their Silence Insulated Motors allow us to recommend these vacuums to pet owners around the world. In fact, Miele’s S8 Cat & Dog model was created for just that purpose and even includes a Handheld Turbo Brush to remove pet hair from stairs, upholstery or other hard to reach fabrics. The S8 Alize features the new Spotlight Handle, illuminating your vacuum’s path, and is the only model to feature “Dynamic Drive” which integrates shock absorbers within the rubber wheels. The Kona and Marin are two of our favorite units to recommend and have proven to be universal favorites.The most advanced unit, the Miele Brilliant, offers LED Underbody Lighting and a velvet lined bumper strip. If the exceptional is what you’re looking for then the S8 line from Miele is your answer.
How Can I Easily Compare Mieles Against Each Other?
Visit our Miele Homepage and select a vacuum you are interested in. From the product page, you can select the “ADD TO COMPARE” button. The system will automatically generate a side-by-side comparison with any other unit you choose.
For another option, take a look at our Miele Matchmaker Tool. Just answer a few key questions regarding your flooring and needs and you’ll receive a list of ideal units for you! The Miele Matchmaker generates models that fit your exact wishes to help you narrow the search.
If this decision is still too tough to make on your own, call our team of Miele experts at 1-800-221-8227 for personal service.
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