Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 11, 2020 at 09:17 am
Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine Picture
9.1
Bare Floor
8.4
Low-Pile Carpet
8.4
High-Pile Carpet
8.8
Pets
8.0
Stairs
7.8
Cars
Vacuum Type
Canister
Bagless
No
Cordless
No
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine is a canister vacuum with several variants to better tackle different floor types and messes. While this model is a more bare-bones variant compared to others in the same lineup, it still delivers an overall amazing performance on all surface types and is highly maneuverable. It also has a sturdy build quality that's incredibly easy to maintain. Its only real downsides are that parts like its HEPA filter and dirtbag need to be replaced regularly. Its range is a little short, which means you may need to change outlets a bit more frequently. Still, this impressive vacuum is versatile enough to tackle a variety of different messes.

Our Verdict

9.1 Bare Floor

The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine is outstanding for bare floors. It doesn't have any problems picking up pet hair or small and large debris, and its performance remains consistent as the dirt compartment fills. It's also very easy to maintain this well-built vacuum as its parts clip together. However, there are a few recurring costs, such as the dirtbag.

Pros
  • Has no trouble picking up pet hair on all surface types.
  • Easily picks up small and large debris.
  • Outstandingly easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Several recurring costs.
  • Short cable length.
8.4 Low-Pile Carpet

The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine is great for low-pile carpet. It can pick up pet hair and most large debris, although it struggles a bit more to clean small debris. That said, this vacuum has an excellent build quality that makes it easy to maintain. It also has excellent maneuverability. However, it has a few parts that need to be replaced over time.

Pros
  • Has no trouble picking up pet hair on all surface types.
  • Picks up most small and large debris on carpet.
  • Outstandingly easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Several recurring costs.
  • Short cable length.
8.4 High-Pile Carpet

The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine is great for high-pile carpet. It can pick up pet hair as well as a lot of large debris, although it has a bit more trouble with small debris. That said, this well-built vacuum is easy to maintain and maneuver throughout your home. There are several recurring costs such as the disposable dirtbag though.

Pros
  • Has no trouble picking up pet hair on all surface types.
  • Picks up most small and large debris on carpet.
  • Outstandingly easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Several recurring costs.
  • Short cable length.
8.8 Pets

The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine is excellent for pets. This well-built and sturdy vacuum easily picks up pet hair from all surface types and it has excellent maneuverability. It's also outstandingly easy to maintain, although there are several parts such as the disposable dirtbag that need to be replaced over time.

Pros
  • Has no trouble picking up pet hair on all surface types.
  • Outstandingly easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Several recurring costs.
  • Short cable length.
8.0 Stairs

The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine is great for stairs. While it's a somewhat heavy vacuum, it has a handle to make it a little easier to carry it up steps. Thanks to its handheld configuration with a built-in LED light, you can also get into harder-to-reach areas and see what you're doing. It has an overall amazing performance on all surface types too.

Pros
  • Can be used in a handheld configuration.
  • Outstandingly easy to maintain.
  • LED light on vacuum handle.
Cons
  • Several recurring costs.
  • Short cable length.
7.8 Cars

The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine is good for cars. While this very well-built vacuum can be a bit heavy to move around, thanks to its handheld configuration, you can get into difficult-to-reach areas and crevices. Its LED light is also a nice touch to help illuminate shadowy areas. It has a great performance on low-pile carpet like car rugs. However, some people may find its cord and hose length to be a little short.

Pros
  • Can be used in a handheld configuration.
  • Outstandingly easy to maintain.
  • LED light on vacuum handle.
Cons
  • Several recurring costs.
  • Short cable length.
  • 9.1 Bare Floor
  • 8.4 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 8.4 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.8 Pets
  • 8.0 Stairs
  • 7.8 Cars

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Test Results

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Design
8.5
Design
Build Quality

This vacuum has excellent build quality. It has a sturdy plastic body while its telescopic wand is made from stainless steel. The bottom of the head is aluminum, while its rubber-like wheels help it to move smoothly around your home. There are several thoughtful details in this vacuum's design. There's an LED light button on its handle to help you see in darker areas of your home as well as an auto-cable winding button.

This vacuum is easy to assemble as most of its parts and tools clip to one another. However, you still need to connect the hose to the handle and wand before it's ready to use. You also need to insert its batteries to use the LED light.

9.5
Design
User Maintenance

This vacuum is outstandingly easy to maintain.

  • Dirt compartment: This part is easily accessible by pressing the top cover lid. There are arrows to let you know how to take out the bag. It needs to be disposed of when full.
  • Pre-motor filter: It's located behind the dirt compartment and it can be unclipped if you want to replace it. It should be replaced after every four dirtbags.
  • HEPA filter: The HEPA filter is located on top back of the dirt compartment. It has a time strip on it to let you know when it needs to be replaced too, which is after about one year of normal use.

As the vacuum head doesn't have a brushroll, you don't really have to worry about detangling hair from the vacuum.

5.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
GN AirClean 3D
Filter Part Number
SF HA 50
HEPA Filter Part Number
SF HA 50

This vacuum has a few recurring costs as three parts need to be replaced quite often. The dirtbag needs to be disposed of when full. The pre-motor filter needs to be replaced after every four dirtbags depending on your usage, while the HEPA filter needs to be replaced when its time strip turns red, which is estimated at 50 hours of normal use. Luckily, you can buy all of these parts from Miele directly.

7.4
Design
Storing
Height
40.94 in (104.0 cm)
Width
11.81 in (30.0 cm)
Depth
25.20 in (64.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Automatic
On-Board Tool Storage
Yes
Vacuum Rack/Station
No

This vacuum has decent storing compatibilities. Just like the Miele Classic C1, you can store your tools and brushes directly onto the vacuum to help save space. It also has an automatic retractable cable.

8.0
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.66 gal (2.50 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
1

This vacuum has a great-sized dirt compartment. Although Miele advertises that this dirtbag can hold 4.5L, we measured much less. It can still hold a lot of debris. There's also an indicator to let you know when the dirt compartment is full.

Design
In The Box

  • Telescopic wand
  • Handle
  • Hose
  • 1x Bag
  • 1x HEPA Filter
  • 1x Pre-motor filter
  • Main head
  • Crevice tool
  • Upholstery tool
  • Soft brush
  • 3x AAA batteries (for handle LED light)
  • Vacuum canister
  • User guide

6.6
Design
Range
Cord Length
24.38 ft (7.4 m)
Hose Length
6.40 ft (1.95 m)

This vacuum has an alright range. Its cord length is a bit longer than the Miele Classic C1, but you still may have to change outlets if you're cleaning a big room.

7.1
Design
Portability
Total Weight
15.87 lbs (7.20 kg)
Weight In Hand
1.94 lbs (0.88 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

This vacuum has decent portability. It's quite heavy, but it feels lighter in your hands. There's also a carrying handle to help you bring it up and down stairs.

0
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
N/A
Maximum Battery Life
N/A
Recharge Time
N/A
Recharge Dock
No
Battery Life Indicator
No
Removable Batteries
No

This is a corded vacuum. It does use three AAA batteries, but this is for its LED handle light.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
Yes
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
Manual

The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine has a suction power control feature that can be raised or lowered to seven different levels: Min. (curtains), Furniture, Rugs, Auto, Ear (quiet mode), Carpet, and Bare Floor. There's also a LED light on the handle, which can help you clean dark, shadowy parts of your home. When the vacuum head is placed in the stored position, the vacuum automatically turns off, which is a nice touch.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
No
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
No
Turbo Brush
No
Crevice Tool
Yes
Upholstery Tool
Yes
Soft Bristle Brush
Yes
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
Yes
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

This vacuum comes with a couple of different tools. There's a soft bristle brush for cleaning more delicate objects as well as a crevice tool and an upholstery tool. All of them can be stored in the vacuum's body, which is convenient.

Design
Alternative Configuration

You can use this vacuum in a handheld mode by connecting a brush or tool to its handle, which is handy for cleaning inside your car or hard-to-reach places.

Performance
9.9
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
97 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
100 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
100 %
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
100 %
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Auto", Head Position "Floor Brush"

This vacuum has an incredible performance on bare floors. It's able to easily pick up pet hair as well as small and large debris. Its performance also stays consistent, even as the dirt compartment fills up.

8.5
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
101 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
92 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
92 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
92 %
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
91 %
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
68 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
68 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
68 %
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
68 %
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Auto", Head Position "Floorhead"

This vacuum has an excellent performance on low-pile carpet. It doesn't have trouble with pet hair or large debris like sand. However, it has a bit more trouble picking up small debris like baking soda.

8.4
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
103 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
77 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
77 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
76 %
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
76 %
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
65 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
65 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
65 %
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
65 %
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Auto", Head Position "Floorhead"

This vacuum has a great performance on high-pile carpet. Just like on low-pile carpet, it can clear pet hair without a problem. While it picks up most large debris, it has a harder time with small debris. That being said, its performance remains consistent, even as the dirt compartment fills.

8.5
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Good
Under Low Table
Good
On Furniture
Good
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Excellent

This vacuum has excellent maneuverability. Thanks to its rubber-like wheels, it rolls smoothly as it moves around the room. The LED light is pretty bright, and it can help you illuminate dark areas of your home like under couches as you clean. When using the extendable wand, its reach under furniture is very good, although the head can fall on the storage clip on the wand, which causes it to not lay completely flat on the floor. It's easy to clean around electrical cords though and while it can suck up rug tassels, the vacuum head mostly moves around it.

Automation
0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
No
Schedule Programming
No
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
No App

This vacuum doesn't have any automation features.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine also comes in several other variants. Although they use the same PowerLine motor, these models differ from one another depending on the vacuum head(s) as well as tools and brushes included in-the-box. Each model also comes in only one canister color, which some users may find a little disappointing. As a result of these differences, we don't expect our results to be valid for these variants.

Model Name

Vacuum Head Parts Included Canister Color Notes
Complete C3 Alize PowerLine - SGJE0

AllTeQ Combination Floorhead SBD 285-3

Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush Petrol

Comes with comfort handle with spotlight, and filter change indicator

Complete C3 Calima PowerLine - SGFE0 Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3,
Turbo Brush Floorhead STB 305-3
Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush Curry Yellow  
Complete C3 Cat & Dog PowerLine - SGEE0

Small Parquet Floorhead SBB Parquet-3, 
Electro Plus Floorhead SEB 228​

Handheld mini turbo brush, upholstery tool, crevice tool,
dusting brush
Lotus White  
Complete C3 Marin PowerLine - SGJE0

Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3,
Electro Premium Floorhead SEB 236

Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush Marine Blue  
Complete C3 SoftCarpet PowerLine - SGFE0

Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3,
Electro Plus Floorhead SEB 228

Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush

Tayberry Red Comes with a filter change indicator.

Complete C3 Kona PowerLine - SGFE0

Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3,
Electro Plus Floorhead SEB 228

Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush

Obsidian Black Comes with a filter change indicator. 
Complete C3 HomeCare PowerLine - SGFE0

AllTeQ Combination Floorhead SBD 285-3, 
Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3

Extended flexible crevice tool, adjustable universal brush,
upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush

Mango Red  
Complete C3 HomeCare+ PowerLine - SGPE0

AllTeQ Combination Floorhead SBD 285-3, 
Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3,
Electro Premium Floorhead SEB 236

Extended flexible crevice tool, adjustable universal brush,
upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush

Mango Red Electro Premium Floorhead has headlights and is
designed for deep cleaning carpets. Also has a filter change indicator.
Complete C3 Brilliant PowerLine - SGPE0

AllTeQ Combination Floorhead SBD 285-3,
​Parquet Twister XL Floorhead SBB 400-3,
Electro Premium Floorhead SEB 236

Upholstery tool, crevice tool, dusting brush Bronze/Pearl Finish Electro Premium Floorhead has headlights and is
designed for deep cleaning carpets. It also has a switch
for the electrobrush right on the handle. Also has a filter change indicator.

If someone comes across a Complete C3 that's different from ours, let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared to other vacuums

The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine is a canister vacuum with an amazing overall performance on all surface types. While many canister vacuums struggle a bit more on carpet, this vacuum has a great performance as it can pick up quite a bit of small and large debris. It also has a well-built design that makes it incredibly easy to maintain as most parts clip together. However, just like the NaceCare HVR 200 Henry or the Miele Classic C1, it uses a disposable dirtbag which, along with replacing its filters, can add cost over time. Check out our recommendations for the best hardwood vacuums, the best vacuums for pet hair, and the best vacuums for high-pile carpet.

Miele Classic C1

The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine 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. However, it's a bit heavier than the Classic C1.

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister

The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine is a better overall canister vacuum than the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Canister. The Miele feels better built, it's easier to maintain, and it has a significantly better performance on all surface types. The Miele can also be used in a handheld configuration and its handle has an LED light to help you navigate more shadowy areas. However, the Dyson has virtually no recurring costs and it comes with more tools and brushes.

NaceCare HVR 200 Henry

The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine is a better overall canister vacuum than the NaceCare HVR 200 Henry. The Miele has a better performance on all surface types, especially on carpet, and it's more maneuverable. The Miele also has a HEPA filter and is easier to store. However, the NaceCare has a bigger dirt compartment, longer cord and hose lengths, and it comes with a hard bristle brush.

Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister

The Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine is a better overall canister vacuum than the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister. the Miele is better built and easier to maintain. The Miele has a better performance on bare floors as well as high-pile carpet, and it's more maneuverable. Its dirt compartment is larger, and it comes with more tools and brushes. However, the Eureka is a bit better on low-pile carpet. It also doesn't have any recurring costs.

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