Miele is a German manufacturer specializing in high-end household appliances, including everything from refrigerators to washing machines, not to mention cooktop ranges and coffee machines. Their lineup of vacuum cleaners is well-renowned for their premium build quality, strong performance on a wide variety of surfaces, and general ease of maintenance.
The best Miele vacuum with a corded design that we've tested is the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine. This premium canister vacuum feels amazingly well-built, with a dense plastic body, a stainless steel telescopic wand, and a floorhead with an aluminum bottom plate. It's also outstandingly easy to maintain, as the few parts of the vacuum that require regular maintenance are readily accessible. Performance is exceptional on bare floors, and despite this variant lacking a floorhead with a motorized turbo brush, it still does a great job cleaning debris on carpets. Its seven-level suction power adjustment feature enables you to adjust to varying surface types on the fly, and the vacuum has a HEPA filter to help improve its filtration performance. There are other useful quality-of-life features, too, including an automatically retractable power cable, a handle-mounted LED light to help you see in dark corners, and onboard storage for its dusting brush, crevice tool, and upholstery tool. It's also compact and has rubber-like wheels that enable it to roll smoothly on a wide variety of surfaces, allowing you to maneuver even in cluttered rooms without too much difficulty.
Unfortunately, this vacuum does incur somewhat high recurring costs, though its dirtbag's large capacity ensures that it shouldn't need replacing very often. It's also a little heavy, but it does have a carrying handle that makes it easier to bring up and down flights of stairs. Its hose is a little short, which can make it hard to clean areas like high-placed shelves.
The best Miele vacuum with a cordless design that we've tested is the Miele Triflex HX1. This well-built vacuum has a unique design that allows you to configure it as a stick, upright, or handheld, depending on your exact needs. It does a fantastic job clearing debris on bare floors and delivers impressive overall performance on low and high-pile carpet, though it can struggle slightly with sucking up fine material. While its fine dust filter doesn't have a HEPA designation, it's still advertised to trap 99.98% of fine particulate matter, which should be handy if you suffer from severe allergies. Also, since this filter has an expected service life of three to four years, the vacuum incurs remarkably low recurring costs. It also features a surface detection feature that enables it to automatically adjust the power of its motorized brushroll to suit the floor type that you're on, or even stop the brushroll's rotation if something's stuck in it. Its lightweight construction and rotating floorhead make it easy to maneuver, even in cluttered areas. Battery performance is good overall, as you can expect roughly anywhere between 20 to 30 minutes of runtime on a single charge. Its removable battery can be charged separately on its docking station, allowing you to extend your runtime if you purchase an additional battery.
Unfortunately, its dirt compartment is a little small and consequently needs regular emptying. This variant of the vacuum also doesn't come with a turbo brush to more easily clean upholstered surfaces when the vacuum is used in a handheld configuration, thought the pricier 'Cat and Dog' variant does. Also, while it feels well-built for the most part, its handle feels a little cheap and hollow.
The best budget Miele vacuum we've tested is the Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction PowerLine. While this canister vacuum is still notably pricier than many other canister vacuums from other brands, it's considerably more affordable than other Miele models yet feels just as well-built. It's outstandingly easy to maintain and has a compact body that makes it easy to maneuver in tight spots. Its power cable retracts at the press of a button, and there's onboard storage for its crevice and upholstery tools and its soft-bristle dusting brush. It has a six-level suction power adjustment feature that you can use for different surface types, from curtains to carpets, and its primary floorhead has bristles that can be retracted or extended depending on your needs. It performs outstandingly well on bare floors and does a great job sucking up debris on carpets, especially pet hair, though you may need to make another pass to fully clean very fine debris.
Unfortunately, it has a very short power cord and hose, so you may need to swap outlets when vacuuming larger areas. This variant of the vacuum doesn't come with a HEPA filter for superior filtration performance. Recurring costs are also high since its primary and pre-motor filter need to be replaced periodically, as does its dirtbag, though its relatively large capacity ensures that it doesn't fill up too quickly.
Miele offers a wide range of vacuum cleaners, though their canister lineup is the broadest. Their vacuums are usually easier to maintain and have far more quality-of-life features than most Shark or BISSELL vacuums. They also deliver similarly strong performance on a variety of surfaces compared to alternatives from other high-end brands like Dyson and feel much better-built, but their selection of included attachments tends to be a lot smaller.
Miele has a diverse lineup of vacuums, and their naming convention can sometimes be a little confusing.
Cordless Stick Models
Common Trim/Equipment levels
Some of these trims are only available on some models or have slightly differing accessories bundled in the box, while others have specific designations that aren't noted here.
Miele specializes in manufacturing a wide range of high-end household appliances. Their range of vacuum cleaners is mainly focused on canister models of both the bagged and bagless variety, but they've recently branched out into building cordless stick and robot vacuums. As a general rule, Miele vacuums are pricier than alternatives but offer a wide range of thoughtful quality-of-life features, strong cleaning performance, and premium build quality.