Updated – May 2018
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 Complete 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 are size and features.
***New Miele Bagless Models Introduced***
As of mid-2018, there’s a new player in the bagless vacuum cleaner game. That’s right – Miele rolled out a brand new line of bagless, canister vacuum cleaners and we couldn’t be more excited. The new series, aptly named Blizzard, hit the market in May 2018.
New Miele Blizzard Bagless Vacuum Series Comparison:
The Miele Blizzard series uses Vortex technology to sift and separate small particles of dust into one container and larger debris into another. This allows the containers to be emptied at the base leaving very little room for the escape of even the smallest particle. Combined with the Lifetime HEPA AirClean Filter, the Miele Blizzard bagless is a big, dirt-capturing machine in a small, 19lb package.
The Miele S4 and S5 Series
The Miele S4 and S5 Series 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 had 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 Miele Classic C1 Series
(Formerly the S2 Series)
Currently available in the Classic C1 Series is the Miele Cat & Dog Classic C1. It features an electric powerhead, a hard floor brush, and the handheld turbo brush – an added accessory for powerfully cleaning pet hair from furniture. This exceptional cleaner is a real value considering all it includes. It is also the only remaining Classic cleaner available. The former Classic/S2 models – the Capri, Delphi, Olympus, & Titan – have all been discontinued.
The S2 Series were entry-level, less expensive, Miele canisters. They had the same motor and similar features as the Miele S5’s and S6’s but were not manufactured identically and did not have the certified, sealed filtration system which is rated so high in the industry. They also did not use the same type of disposable bag. The machine itself was larger than the S4’s and S5’s.
If you wanted the power of a Miele in a more cost-effective package, the S2 may have been for you. The Olympus came 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 with an electric powerbrush (for homes with carpeting.) All had just 3 simple controls, an on/off switch, a rotary dial to control suction, and an automatic cord winder. The S2’s used a convenient vario clip to store the included tools right on the hose.
The Miele Compact Series
(Formerly the S6 Series)
The Miele Compact 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 were previously known as the S6 Series. The current Compact Series includes the Pure Suction, the Turbo Team, and the Electro+.
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. The Compact C2 Electro+ is the better of the three and includes an Electric Powerbrush, electric hose, and electric telescopic wand. The Compact S6 line from Miele has even earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for its brilliant design.
The Miele Dynamic U1 Upright Series
(Formerly the S7 Series)
Miele Dynamic U1 Upright Series contains Miele’s upright, full-sized cleaners. These vacuums are ideal for commercial settings or single-story homes with expansive carpeting. Housed within the Dynamic U1 (formerly the S7 Series) are the Miele Cat & Dog U1, the Miele FreshAir U1, and the Miele Maverick U1. The Miele Jazz U1 has been recently discontinued.
The U1 upright vacuum cleaners are designed for homes with large amounts of carpeting and very small areas of bare floors. The Miele Dynamic U1’s do allow you to move from carpet to bare floor easily, however, the can be too heavy for multi-story homes. Dynamic U1’s offer a variety of cleaning attachments, but we usually recommend a canister vacuum cleaner if your home or facility has hard-surface flooring.
|The Miele Complete C3 Series
(Formerly the S8 Series)
The Miele Complete C3 Series is the crème de la crème of canister vacuum cleaners. The Miele Complete C3 Series 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 C3 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!
Included in the Complete Series is the Alize, Callima, Kona, Cat & Dog, Soft Carpet, Marin, and Brilliant.
Their Silence Insulated Motors allow us to recommend these vacuums to pet owners around the world. In fact, Miele’s Complete C3 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 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.
In 2017, Miele introduced the SoftCarpet Complete C3 in response to the latest carpeting trend. The SoftCarpet model is designed specifically to care for the delicate, synthetic fibers found in the ultra dense and ultra lush carpeting being installed in today’s homes. The most advanced unit, the Miele Brilliant, offers LED Underbody Lighting and a velvet lined bumper strip. If exceptional is what you’re looking for then the Complete C3 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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If you’ve found this blog, you must already know how incredible it is to own a Miele. Let us help you choose the best one!
NOTE: 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 Vacuums
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 –
Miele Capri , Miele Delphi, Miele Olympus, Miele Titan
Compact C2 Canisters –
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 Maverick, Miele FreshAir