Review: Miele Compact C1 Turbo Team

Effective this month, Miele is discontinuing their current line of C1 and C2 canister vacuums. This means that the Olympus, Capri, Delphi, Titan, Quartz, Onyx, and Topaz are no longer being manufactured. In their place, Miele is simplifying the series with three, brand new cleaners. The base model is the Compact C1 Pure Suction (which includes a combo floor tool) and the top model is the Compact C2 Electro+ (which includes an electric carpet tool and a hard floor brush.) Their new median model is the Compact C1 Turbo Team. Let’s review and compare the Turbo Team here.

** This is a good time to note that the Complete C3 Series remains the same. The Complete Series contains the Cat & Dog, Calima, Kona, Alize, Marin, and Brilliant. These are Miele’s better vacuum cleaners as they feature higher quality filtration, more intuitive features, and elite floor tools. To shop the Complete C3 line of cleaners, VISIT HERE. **

Turbo Team FAQs:

Who’s it for?

Homes with mostly hard flooring and some low-pile area rugs or carpets.

What’s the price?

The Turbo Team is one of the most affordable Miele cleaners at $399.

What’s it come with?

  • STB205-3 – Turbo Powerbrush
  • SBBParquet-3 – Parquet Floor Tool
  • Non-Electric Hose
  • Lightweight Telescopic wand
  • Natural Bristle Dusting Brush, Upholstery Nozzle, and Crevice tool
  • VarioClip (which attaches the tools to the hose)
  • A 3.7 quart Type FJM AirClean dustbag
  • 1 AirClean Filter
  • 1 Pre-Motor filter.
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Compact C1 Turbo Team

The Compact C1 Turbo Team gets its name from the included floor tool. The Turbo Team comes with the STB-205 3 Turbo Brush. The inclusion of this tool and the fact that it does not offer electric powerhead capability make the Turbo Team a great option for homes with low-pile area rugs and carpets. However, if your home features dense, thick, or high-pile carpeting, the turbo style tool included here will not effectively clean your rugs.

So what does “Turbo style powerhead” mean exactly?

A turbo style powerhead, like the one included with the Compact C1 Turbo Team, utilizes the suction from the vacuum cleaner to rotate the beater bar. The beater bar then agitates the carpet fibers and releases dirt and debris caught within.

This kind of suction-powered (or turbo) tool is more than enough to clean low pile or “Berber” rugs and carpets as these don’t require a powerful brush (because they’re not very thick and dirt can’t easily hide.) However, for dense or high-pile carpeting, a turbo brush just doesn’t have the power to properly clean deep into the fibers. The better option is to choose a vacuum featuring an electric powerhead – take a look at the Electro+ or Kona.

 

The Miele Compact C1 Turbo Team features an AirClean Filter, 3.7 quart Type FJM AirClean dustbag with flap for dust-free removal, and a pre-motor filter. Combined with Miele’s patented 12-stage AirClean Sealed System, the Turbo Team is exceptionally good at capturing even microscopic dirt and debris. Models within the Complete C3 Series will feature even better filtration with options for HEPA or charcoal. But the Turbo Team is still far superior to anything on the shelves of your local big-box store.

Also on the Turbo Team is a rotary dial that allows you to choose between the six suction levels. The Turbo Team ranges between 300 and 1200 watts of power so you can deep clean your rugs or gently dust your draperies. Another stellar feature is the automatic cord rewind with can be initiated with just the tab of your foot. With the cord fully extended, you have a 29.5-foot operating radius.

For an overall review, we’re giving the Miele Turbo Team Compact C1 7/10 stars. The high ranking is due mostly to the exceptional Miele filtration system. You’re just not going to find a better vacuum than a Miele so any of their cleaners will rank high. Additionally, the Turbo Team is less expensive than many other Miele models, so you’re getting that superior filtration and quality without a ding to your budget. We’re really excited about that.

The Turbo Team isn’t earning 10 stars because it’s not an electric unit, meaning it wouldn’t be sufficient for homes with carpeting outside of a few rugs. Thankfully, for many homeowners, carpeting isn’t a priority and, thus, the Turbo Team is a perfect cleaner at a really affordable price.

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