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Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction PowerLine Review

The House Method team tested the Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction PowerLine on carpets and hard floors and measured suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full review here.

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Miele has embodied first-class quality and German engineering since 1899. If you can come to terms with non-reusable vacuum bags, chances are you’ll love the Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction vacuum. Its powerful suction had us cleaning with confidence, and the included attachments made floor-to-ceiling cleaning possible. This Miele vacuum cleaner has six suctioning modes for a custom-surface clean, though we found it works best on hard floors and low-pile carpet.

Overall score: 8.4/10

The value prop

This canister vacuum delivers high suction power and provides a telescopic tube for thorough and convenient vacuuming. It works best on hard floors, low-pile carpeting, and area rugs but truly exceeds on hard flooring.

Pros
  • It has a 29.5-foot cleaning radius.
  • It comes with multiple floor settings for a more precise clean.
Cons
  • The vacuum comes with non-reusable bags.
  • It doesn’t do well on high-pile carpet.

Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction design

The Miele Compact has a lotus-white color and comes in a lightweight, egg-shaped design. It’s easy to store and is built with a retractable, 18-foot cord. This long cord combined with the hose and wand give the Miele Compact C1 an impressive cleaning radius of 29.5 feet. However, unlike upright vacuums, the Miele Compact C1 won’t stand on its own and has a clunky storage design.

This canister vacuum also comes with a dual-action floorhead: the AllTeQ Combination Floorhead. By gently pressing your foot on a switch, this floorhead transitions from hard flooring to low-pile carpeting without requiring an attachment change.

Some other important design features of the Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction include:

  • Handles with an anti-static conductor—A metal insert in the handles prevents static discharge between the vacuum and the user.
  • Thermal protection—A fully automatic temperature limiter protects the motors of Miele’s cylinder vacuum cleaners from overheating.
  • A combination floorhead—This floorhead includes a metal sole plate for easy gliding across surfaces and rubberized wheels to prevent scratches on flooring.

Vacuum assembly

Assembling the Miele Compact is pretty straightforward. We found it’s best to start by unpacking all of the parts and then assembling the vacuum in the following order.

  1. Insert the wide end of the hose into the vacuum canister.
  2. Insert the other end of the hose into the curved, plastic handpiece until it clicks.
  3. Attach the other end of the handpiece to the metal wand (you’ll hear a click when it’s connected).
  4. Insert the opposite end of the metal wand into the floor brush, twisting until it clicks.

Note: An accessory holder is provided to store the three included attachments. The holder can be attached to the plastic piece at the end of the hose (where the hose meets the vacuum canister).

How the Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction cleans

The Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction PowerLine cleans with a combination floorhead that’s ideal for hard floors and low-pile carpet. A foot switch allows you to go from hard floors to carpet with ease. Another great performance feature is its six-stage, Miele-made, variable speed vortex motor—this works to increase power efficiency at the selected power level.

On hard floors, this Miele vacuum is unstoppable. It’s easy to move and suctions everything in its path. It’s especially great at removing hair and lint with its turbo brush. Unfortunately, not having a motorized brush makes vacuuming carpet a bit more difficult.

This model features Miele’s AirClean Sealed System and an AirClean Filter that picks up dirt and debris and filters harmful pathogens from your home’s air. Not only are you cleaning your floors with this device, you’re improving indoor air quality with Miele’s nine layers of filtration (this comes standard with every Miele vacuum).

What to note about the Miele Compact C1

  • The Miele Compact has a low noise level, making it much less intrusive than traditional vacuum cleaners.
  • Emptying the vacuum means buying a new bag instead of dumping the canister contents into the trash.
  • The vacuum does not contain a motorized brush head, so vacuuming high-pile carpet is difficult and not very effective.

How big is the Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction?

Dimension Measurement
Height 8.7 inches
Length 18.2 inches
Width 11 inches
Cord length 18 feet
Maximum reach 29.5 feet
Dust bag capacity 0.93 gallons

Accessories included with the Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction

This Miele Compact canister comes with an upholstery tool, a crevice tool, and a dusting brush tool so you can tackle any job, anywhere. These three attachments can be stored on the Miele VarioClip and can be attached to the vacuum’s handle.

Upholstery tool

This tool comes with most Miele vacuums and offers gentle, convenient cleaning thanks to velvet strips located on the bottom of the attachment.

Crevice tool

This is the standard Miele crevice tool that comes with all new Miele vacuum cleaners. It’s perfect for cleaning small, hard-to-reach spots.

Dusting brush

With the cleaning ability and toughness of synthetic bristles, this small, circular dust brush picks up impediments and dusts surfaces simultaneously to complete the job.

Miele product comparison

Miele offers a variety of canister vacuums that deliver incredible suction power, are lightweight, and come with multiple cleaning accessories. Here are some of the top Miele canister vacuums on the market.

Suction power
Dust bag capacity
Weight
Power cord length
Max reach
Accessories

Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction PowerLine

Suction power

1,200 watts

Dust bag capacity

0.93 gallons

Weight

9.11 pounds

Power cord length

18 feet

Max reach

29.5 feet

Accessories

Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush

Miele Complete C3 Calima Canister Vacuum

Suction power

1,200 watts

Dust bag capacity

1.19 gallons

Weight

8.8 pounds

Power cord length

24 feet

Max reach

36 feet

Accessories

Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, turbo brush floorhead, parquet twister floorhead

Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog PowerLine

Suction power

1,200 watts

Dust bag capacity

1.19 gallons

Weight

10.34 pounds

Power cord length

23 feet

Max reach

N/A

Accessories

Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, STB 101 handheld turbo brush

Cleaning tests

We performed three different tests that measured suction power, maneuverability, and mobility on hard floors, low-pile carpet, and high-pile carpet. For our suction tests, we used Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair.

Cleaning score: 8.5/10

Test 1—Suction test on hard floors

The Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction performed the best on hard floors. The Cheerios, coffee grounds, kitty litter, and pet hair were no match for this canister’s powerful suction (the vacuum was able to suction up all four messes in a single pass).

Test 2—Suction test on high-pile carpet

This Miele isn’t designed to effectively clean on high-pile carpet, but we wanted to see if it was even possible. We learned that when it comes to suctioning messes on high-pile carpet, pulling the vacuum back over the mess is key. If you try to pick up the mess by pushing the vacuum, the head of the vacuum will push larger pieces forward.

When we pulled the vacuum back on its backstroke, the Miele vacuum was able to pick up the Cheerios, kitty litter, and pet hair. The coffee grounds proved a bit more challenging and the vacuum seemed to push some of the grounds further into the carpet.

Test 3—Suction test on low-pile carpet

As with the high-pile test, the backstroke was the way to go for suctioning the Cheerios, pet hair, and kitty litter. Unfortunately, we found that the coffee grounds were pushed into the carpet and we had to use another hand vac to completely remove the mess.

Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction PowerLine vs. Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor vs. Bissell Hard Floor Expert Canister Vacuum

Here’s a comparison of how the Miele Compact C1 compares to the Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor and the Bissell Hard Floor Expert. The biggest difference between these vacuums is that the Miele comes with a larger dust bag capacity (note: these bags aren’t reusable, so you’ll have to buy replacement ones).

Suction power
Dust bin capacity
Weight
Power cord length
Max reach
Accessories

Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction PowerLine

Suction power

1,200 watts

Dust bin capacity

0.93-gallon bag

Weight

9.11 pounds

Power cord length

18 feet

Max reach

29.5 feet

Accessories

Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush

Dyson Big Ball Multi Floor

Suction power

250 air watts

Dust bin capacity

0.5 gallons

Weight

17.6 pounds

Power cord length

21 feet

Max reach

35 feet

Accessories

Combination tool, stair tool, turbine head

Bissell Hard Floor Expert Canister Vacuum

Suction power

9.2 amps

Dust bin capacity

0.5 gallons

Weight

9.3 pounds

Power cord length

18 feet

Max reach

N/A

Accessories

Crevice tool, dusting brush, metal telescoping wand

Maneuverability

The thin, lightweight handpiece/wand makes it easy to maneuver this Miele vacuum under and around furniture and fixed objects, like heavy plant stands and furniture legs. When we tested the vacuum around a couch corner and under a two-foot coffee table, it had no trouble moving in these spaces.

Usability

Using this Miele vacuum is pretty intuitive. Simply choose the cleaning tool you’d like to use, plug the power cord into an outlet, select the appropriate cleaning style (there are six different cleaning modes available), and turn the vacuum on.

The canister body moves behind you on three wheels which can each turn a full 360 degrees. The vacuum head isn’t motorized, so the handheld part is much lighter than most vacuums. The only trouble we ran into was using the vacuum on high-pile carpet. Moving forward across high-pile carpet added extra friction, which made it a bit more difficult to vacuum up finer substances.

Noise

Of all the vacuums we’ve tested so far, the Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction is by far the quietest. With its noise optimized fan for quieter vacuuming, this Miele vacuum measures 63.8 decibels (comparable to the loudness of a dishwasher). Note: the average vacuum measures between 78 and 80 decibels.

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Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction maintenance

Emptying the Miele Compact C1 is different from most modern vacuums. Instead of a dust canister, it relies on non-reusable dust bags. Fortunately, the dust bag used by the C1 Pure Suction is the AirClean 3D Efficiency FJM filter, which can hold a lot of dust and debris—3.5 liters to be exact. The vacuum also has a dust bag change indicator built into the canister body that will light up when it’s time for a replacement.

Filtration

The Miele vacuum cleaner comes with four layers of filtration:

  • A HEPA dust compartment filter
  • An AirClean 3D Efficiency FJM filter bag
  • An AirClean exhaust filter
  • A pre-motor filter

Is the Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction a good value?

The Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction vacuum may look a bit old-fashioned, but its suction power is undoubtedly up to speed. If you’re looking for a long-reach, canister vacuum for hard floor and low-carpet cleaning, we suggest giving this Miele vacuum a try.

Who should buy the Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction PowerLine?

We recommend the Miele Compact if you’re looking for the following:

  • A canister vacuum that cleans hard floors and low-pile carpet—This canister is designed to clean hard floors and low-pile carpet.
  • A lightweight canister—Weighing just 11 pounds, this is one of the lighter canister vacuums we used. If you struggle to hold and carry heavy objects for an extended period, we recommend going with this option.

Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction specifications

Below is a list of the most important Miele Compact C1 specifications.

Specifications
Type Canister
Manufacturer Miele
Model Compact C1 Pure Suction PowerLine
Length 18.2 inches
Width 11 inches
Height 8.7 inches
Weight 9.11 pounds
Floor type Hard floors, low-pile carpet
Dust bag capacity 0.93 gallons
Power cord length 18 feet
Maximum reach 29.5 feet
Cordless or corded Corded
Bagless No
Warranty 7-year parts and labor; 1-year motor and casing

Consumer ratings

See how other sites rate the Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction.

Source Consumer rating Number of ratings
Amazon 4.3 stars out of 5 148
Bed Bath & Beyond 4.7 stars out of 5 105
Walmart N/A N/A
Best Buy 5 stars out of 5 1
Sylvane 4 stars out of 5 3

Customer reviews

“My house is 90% hardwood floors, with some indoor/outdoor rugs scattered throughout. For these surfaces, this vacuum works FANTASTIC. The one patch I have a more regular type carpet, there is some resistance….and this probably would be a poor choice for those situations. I’d recommend one of the models with a different head. That said, the power is more than enough, it’s super light, it’s quiet. The retractable power cord is convenient. Overall, it’s great for my house. If you have carpeting, you should look at the other models.” — Amazon review

“I had a Miele (that cost me about $500) that I loved and lasted me 15 years until I lost it when my basement flooded. I didn’t want to spend as much money this time. I checked the reviews and if you don’t have super thick carpets that require a beater brush attachment, this is the vacuum for you. I have a cat and a dog and this is great for picking up pet hair on upholstery, hardwood floors, and area rugs.— Amazon review

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Frequently asked questions

Is Miele better than Dyson?

Both vacuum brands have their pros and cons. Miele offers quite a few more canister vacuum options than Dyson does and most Miele products are bagged instead of bagless. To determine which brand is best for you, consider your budget, the type of vacuum you need, and what accessories are most important to you.

How long do Miele bags last?

A box of bags usually lasts for six months.

Do Miele vacuums have HEPA filters?

Miele vacuums feature hygienic self-cleaning and AirClean or Intensive Clean dust bags to help you avoid exposure to allergens.

About the author

Kealia is a staff writer and social media coordinator for House Method. She writes for a variety of beats, including home inspiration (her favorite), real estate, and home wellness.


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