The Miele Classic C1 is the entry-level model in the manufacturer's line of bagged canister vacuums. While it doesn't have the pricier Miele Complete C3's onboard tool compartment and feels a little less robust, it still comes with the same 1200 W motor and offers strong performance on a wide variety of surfaces, even with a fairly simple pure suction floorhead.
The Miele Classic C1 is outstanding for bare floors. It can easily clean all kinds of debris and hair on bare floors. However, some hair can catch on the bristles, and small debris can get stuck in crevices within the brush head. That said, it's remarkably easy to clean and maintain. Build quality is pretty sturdy too, and its small canister body makes it easy to maneuver. Unfortunately, the power cable is on the short end of the scale, so you'll need to swap outlets when vacuuming larger areas.
The Miele Classic C1 is great for low-pile carpet. It can clean up all pet hair and most large debris. Although it struggles to pick up smaller debris, it can still tackle a good amount of it. This well-built vacuum is easy to maintain. However, it uses dirtbags that aren't especially big, so you'll have to swap in a new one somewhat often, though this will depend on your usage habits, and suction performance remains consistent as the bag fills up.
The Miele Classic C1 is great for high-pile carpet. It easily clears away pet hair as well as fine and large debris, with minimal loss in suction performance as its dirtbag fills up. That said, you might be better off going with a pricier version of this vacuum with a motorized or air-driven brushroll if you have a lot of dense carpeting in your home. Regardless of the model you choose, it feels well-built and is easy to maintain. However, its power cable isn't that long.
The Miele Classic C1 is excellent for cleaning pet hair. It can pick up pet hair on all surfaces, which is great. Some pet hair does cling to the vacuum's adjustable head bristles if you're cleaning bare floors, but it's not hard to remove. While this variant doesn't have a HEPA filter, it's still very effective in trapping fine allergens like pet dander, and you can still purchase a HEPA filter from the manufacturer if you have very serious allergies. While it has a few recurring costs in the form of its dirtbag and filters, this vacuum is pretty easy to maintain as you can easily disassemble it. It's also pretty quiet, which is great if you have a pet that's sensitive to loud noises.
The Miele Classic C1 is good for cleaning stairs. It's pretty compact, and you can easily position it upright on stairsteps. It's also well-suited for cleaning all surface types. However, it doesn't have the longest power cord, which may be a problem if you're vacuuming a particularly tall staircase.
The Miele Classic C1 is very good for cleaning cars. This vacuum is compact and reasonably lightweight, but its power cord isn't especially long, so you'll probably need to use an extension cable. Luckily, it comes with a few tools to better help you clean your car. The vacuum itself is easy to maintain and well-built too.
The Miele Classic C1 is okay for light workshop cleaning, but that isn't its intended use. It delivers exceptional performance on bare surfaces and is very effective on low-pile rugs, but you shouldn't try to suck up heavier debris like metal or wood shavings, which can puncture its dirtbag. It also isn't suitable for sucking up liquids.
The Miele Classic C1 is available in a couple of different variants. We tested the Classic C1 Pure Suction PowerLine - SBAN0 model, which also happens to be the base model in the lineup.
|Vacuum Head||Parts Included||Canister Color||Filter Type||Notes|
|Classic C1 Pure Suction PowerLine - SBAN0||
AllTeQ Combination Floorhead 365-3
|Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush||Graphite grey||AirClean filter||
|Classic C1 Turbo Team PowerLine - SBAN0||Small Parquet Floorhead SBB Parquet-3 ,
Turbo Brush Floorhead STB 305-3
|Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush||Tech blue||AirClean filter|
|Classic C1 Pure Suction HomeCare PowerLine - SBCN0||
AllTeQ Combination Floorhead 365-3
|Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush||Mango red||HEPA AirClean filter||Only available at some vacuum dealers|
|Classic C1 Cat & Dog PowerLine - SBBN0||
Small Parquet Floorhead SBB Parquet-3,
|Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, Handheld Mini Turbo Brush STB 101, Comfort Handle||Lotus white||Active AirClean filter|
Classic C1 Home Care PowerLine - SBCN0
|Small Parquet Floorhead SBB Parquet-3,
Electro Plus Floorhead SEB 228
|Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush, Handheld Mini Turbo Brush STB 101, Adjustable Universal Brush SUB 20, Comfort Handle||Mango red||Only available at some vacuum dealers|
Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant of this vacuum.
The Miele Classic C1 is a great canister vacuum. It offers comparable overall performance to the NaceCare HVR 200 Henry, though with a smaller body that's slightly easier to store. However, it does use smaller capacity dirtbags that need more frequent replacing. Compared to the pricier Miele Complete C3, it's a little less robust and a little noisier, but it's still a great option if you're looking for something more affordable.
Take a look at our recommendations of the best canister vacuums, the best bagged vacuums, and the best vacuums if you're looking for an alternative.
The Miele Complete C3 is a better overall canister vacuum than the Miele Classic C1. The Complete C3 has a better performance on all surface types, it's more maneuverable, and it comes with a HEPA filter. It also feels better-built and slightly quieter. However, it's a bit heavier than the Classic C1.
The Miele Classic C1 and Dyson V15 Detect are differently designed vacuums with different strengths and weaknesses. The Miele is a canister vacuum with a corded design, making it much better suited for long cleaning sessions. Its dirtbag does need replacing once it's filled, resulting in higher recurring costs, but you won't need to worry about a plume of dust and allergens releasing when emptying it. The Miele also feels better built, has fewer parts that need regular cleaning, and is easier to maneuver on carpeted surfaces. Conversely, the Dyson is a cordless stick vacuum, so you don't need to worry about staying close to an electrical outlet while vacuuming. Its bagless design incurs virtually no recurring costs, and it comes with a lot more tools and accessories. It's more effective in clearing debris on carpeted surfaces, though its strong suction force can cause it to drag around some lighter rugs.
The SEBO Airbelt D4 is better than the Miele Classic C1 for most uses. The SEBO is better-built, incurs lower recurring costs, uses much larger dirtbags, and has a significantly longer operating range. Its power rocker switch also gives you a more precise level of control in adjusting suction power compared to the Miele's power level presets. Unlike the Miele, the SEBO also features a three-stage filtration system that includes a HEPA filter. Conversely, the Miele is smaller, lighter, and more maneuverable.
The Miele Classic C1 is a bit better of a canister vacuum than the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball. The Miele has a better build quality, it's slightly easier to maintain, and its dirt compartment is larger. It's also lighter and you can configure it so it's easier to clean surfaces like upholstery or tables. It has a better overall performance on all surface types as well. However, the Dyson comes with more tools and brushes, it has no recurring costs, and it has slightly better maneuverability.
The Miele Classic C1 is a much better vacuum overall than the BISSELL Zing Bagless Canister. The bagged Miele is much better-built, easier to maintain, maneuvers more effectively in tight areas, and delivers significantly better performance on all surface types. Meanwhile, the BISSELL is much cheaper, has a lighter design, and has slightly fewer recurring costs.
The Miele Classic C1 and Dyson Ball Animal 2 are differently-designed corded vacuums for different uses. The Miele is a bagged canister vacuum, yielding superior air filtration performance and a cleaner means of debris disposal, though this variant of the C1 doesn't have a HEPA-rated filter. The Miele is also better built, easier to maintain, and more maneuverable in cluttered rooms. It delivers slightly better performance on bare floors too. Meanwhile, the Dyson is a bagless upright that incurs virtually no recurring costs. It clears more debris on carpeted surfaces, comes with more attachments, including a dedicated pet grooming tool, and has a power cord that's nearly twice as long as that of the Miele.
The Miele Classic C1 is a better overall canister vacuum than the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe. The Miele is better built, easier to maintain, and has a larger dirt compartment. It's also more portable, it has better maneuverability, and it comes with an extension wand as well as a soft-bristle brush. Its performance on bare floors is significantly better than the Shark too. However, the Shark slightly outperforms on low and high pile carpet. It also incurs lower recurring costs as a result of its bagless design.
The Miele Classic C1 is a more versatile canister vacuum than the Eureka Mighty Mite. The Miele feels better built, it's easier to maintain, and it comes with a soft bristle brush for cleaning more delicate objects. It also has better performance on high-pile carpet and it's more maneuverable. However, the Eureka has better performance on bare floors as well as low-pile carpet, it has a longer range, and it's more portable. Its recurring costs are lower too.
The Miele Classic C1 is a better canister vacuum overall than the NaceCare HVR 200 Henry. While both vacuums are easy to maintain, the Miele is lighter and it stores away a bit better. It also delivers marginally better performance on all surfaces, and it has an easier time with pet hair. However, the NaceCare feels a little more robust, has a longer range, and incurs lower recurring costs due to its larger dirtbags.
The Miele Classic C1 is a more versatile canister vacuum than the BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister. The Miele performs considerably better on all surface types, is more maneuverable, and is more sturdily built. It also has lower recurring costs and is easier to maintain. However, the BISSELL is a little more portable.
The Miele Classic C1 and the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister are similar canister vacuums, but the Miele is better overall. The Miele has better performance on low and high-pile carpet, it's more maneuverable, it comes with a couple more tools and brushes, and its dirt compartment is larger. It's also significantly better built, and much easier to maintain and store. In contrast, the Eureka has virtually no recurring costs, it's bagless, and more portable. It also performs a bit better on bare floors.
The Miele Classic C1 and Airsign HEPA Vacuum are somewhat evenly matched bagged canister vacuums, though the Miele is a slightly better option for most use cases. The Miele feels better-built, has a longer overall range, weighs a little less, gives you a wider array of suction power modes, makes less noise, and performs better on carpeted floors. It also comes with an upholstery tool that's more effective in dealing with pet hair on fabric furniture than the Airsign's hard-bristle brush. However, the Airsign comes bundled with a HEPA filter, making it a better option if you suffer from allergies.
The Miele Classic C1 feels well-built. Although it's mostly plastic, it feels sturdy and solid, though not quite to the same extent as the Miele Complete C3. The telescopic wand is made from stainless steel, while the bottom of the vacuum head is aluminum. The wheels are a rubber-like material that helps it glide smoothly on most surfaces. Unfortunately, this variant doesn't have a handle for its wand.
The Miele Classic C1 is outstandingly easy to maintain, which shows in its design.
As the vacuum head doesn't have a brushroll, you don't have to worry about detangling hair from the vacuum, though hair can still get stuck in its bristles.
The Miele Classic C1 incurs moderately high recurring costs.
Dirtbags are sold in packs of four and also include one replacement pre-motor filter and one post-motor filter, as seen here. A multi-pack replenishment kit is also available.
The Miele Classic C1 isn't too difficult to store. It's pretty compact, and it does come with a VarioClip attachment that lets you store the tools and brushes directly on top of the hose connection point, though unlike the SEBO Airbelt D4, it doesn't have a built-in storage compartment for its tools. The vacuum head can also clip onto the vacuum, which can help you save more space. There's a button for automatically retracting the cable too.
The Miele Classic C1 uses reasonably spacious dirtbags. While Miele advertises this compartment to hold 4.5L, we measured quite a bit less. That said, it still holds quite a bit of debris. There's also a physical indicator on the vacuum's body to know when the dirt compartment is full. If you want a canister vacuum with a much bigger dirt compartment, check out the NaceCare HVR 200 Henry.
The Miele Classic C1 has a disappointing range. Its cord length isn't especially long, so you'll probably need to change plugs to clean large rooms. If that's a significant issue and you don't mind using an upright vacuum, look at the Miele Dynamic U1 PowerLine, which has a power cord that's more than twice as long as the C1.
The Miele Classic C1 is pretty portable. It's lighter than other canister vacuums like the NaceCare HVR 200 Henry or the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball, even with all of its brushes and tools attached to the VarioClip. Its body has a carrying handle, so you can easily carry it up and down stairs.
The Miele Classic C1 has a couple of quality of life features. It offers six levels of power adjustment for different surfaces, which can be selected using the dial at the back of the vacuum's body. They can be confusing to understand, though, as these modes are only represented by symbols. You can also retract or extend the vacuum head's bristles, depending on whether or not you want greater surface contact on carpets or want to avoid scratching your bare floors. There's even a suction power control on the wand's handle that you can slide between a closed and open position to better glide on carpet.
Unlike the Eureka Mighty Mite, the Miele Classic C1 PowerLine Pure Suction comes with a soft brush for cleaning delicate surfaces. It also comes with crevice and upholstery tools that you can attach to the VarioClip attachment on the hose when not in use.
The Miele Classic C1 has an outstanding performance on bare floors. It can pick up pretty much everything, ranging from small debris like rice to bulkier debris like cereal, with no significant loss in suction performance as its dirtbag fills up. That said, smaller material can accumulate in the gaps in the vacuum head, but you can remove them by shaking or tapping it.
The Miele Classic C1 has a very good performance on low-pile carpet. It does a good job cleaning up large debris like sand and clears away most fine material like baking soda, but you'll still probably need to make another pass to clear away everything. If you're looking for a canister vacuum with even better performance on low-pile carpet, check out the Miele Complete C3.
The Miele Classic C1 has a great performance on high-pile carpet. It does a good job dealing with larger material like sand, and even though it struggles to pick up small debris, it still does a consistent and decent job of cleaning this sort of material.
The Miele Classic C1 has great suction force at its floorhead. Its 1200 W motor is the same as the one found in the pricier Miele Complete C3. It's quite powerful, especially at its highest power setting, enabling it to suck up debris in cracks and crevices, and material embedded in carpet fibers.
The Miele Classic C1 is pretty quiet. It makes less noise than many other cheaper vacuums, including upright models from more mainstream manufacturers like the Kenmore Intuition Bagged. Still, motor noise isn't quite as well-insulated as the Miele Complete C3.
The Miele Classic C1 has great overall maneuverability. Its wheel moves very smoothly, which helps you to get around the room. However, the power cable is short, meaning you may need to change plug-ins to reach different places in a large room. You can easily clean furniture with the tools located on the vacuum hose. It can also vacuum around electrical cords, but even on low settings, it catches on rug tassels. You can clean under couches and low tables with the extendable wand, but the vacuum head can fall onto the storage clip found on the wand and cause it to not lay completely flat on the floor.
The Miele Classic C1 is very effective when it comes to sealing in fine allergens, thanks to its three-stage filtration system. That said, the entry-level Pure Suction variant doesn't come with a HEPA-rated post-motor filter, so you're better off buying one separately or springing for a variant of the C1, which comes bundled with this kind of filter if you suffer from extremely serious allergies.
The Miele Classic C1 is remarkably effective at cleaning debris from cracks. It easily cleans debris in shallow, medium, and full-depth cracks when using its floorhead, with only a very small amount left behind in very deep crevices. Still, you should use its crevice tool if you want to completely clear all debris in deeper cracks.