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Compact, versatile, effective
My miele moves up and down the stairs with relative ease, the cord is long enough to extend the entire stairwell.
The adjustable power means I can deep clean rugs but not expend energy on carpet, tiles or lino. The top power setting is STRONG though the vacuum head will clog up if i vacuum up whole popcorn kernels.
I use it across all surfaces, including my lounge. It comes with changeable vacuum heads, depending on your task and surface. The vacuum bags don't last forever (toddler mum) but are easily to find in store or online. It stores easily enough but i leave mine plugged in.
I love my Miele!
Good so far, but will it last?
After my Volta vac of 30 years finally packed it in, I was looking for a robust product that might do a similar length of service. A big ask I know, given the built in obsolescence of so many consumer goods these days. A basic product without all the bells and whistles is what I wanted, so originally settled on an Electrolux (I believe they also manufactured the Volta?) in a moderate price range (approx. $250). However it was out of stock, so after a second round of investigations, I have gone for this machine, even though it was an additional... Read more (discounted) $130. CONSTRUCTION. The outer casing is made from plastic with the top a particularly thin lightweight plastic, a concern as day to day use inevitably results in a machine taking knocks. By comparison, the Volta was encased in a tough hardened plastic and even had a surround bumper strip for additional protection. None of the others I compared came close to the obvious toughness of the old machine, but on the plus side, it does make for a lighter unit. The wand is metal with click lock joins and attachments are made from a more durable plastic. The small rotating wheels work well to make the unit easy to manoeuvre. SUCTION POWER. The motor is a modest 900w, compared to the 2000w of the Volta and many others on the market today. More than enough suction though with the carpet hugging/lifting characteristic noted by others being immediately apparent. This affect varied greatly with the type of rug, carpet or hard surface being cleaned. The variable suction control effectively moderates this so that moving the wand backwards and forwards is not impeded or made difficult. Cleaning power exceeds both the retired Volta and my expectaions. SWITCHES. The introduction of electronic switching to replace mechanical operation on a variety of machines (not just vacuum cleaners) is often a weak point in that once the switch deteriorates, it reduces the usefulness and sometimes the life of a machine. As such I wanted to avoid a machine with electronic switching that feature on many cleaners, especially pricier models. The C1 has a rotating mechanical switch to vary the suction power that can actually give a finer variation compared to a machine that has a limited number (often around 5) of press button electronic options. ATTACHMENTS. The C1 comes with a number of tools for furnishings, crevices etc that can be carried on a tool holder attached to the top of the wand. Together with the main head, they are made of a hardened plastic. I believe an optional floor head is available, however the standard seems to work well. As with the Volta, this is the most obvious weak point as it is the part of the machine that is most susceptible to damage taking the most knocks against walls, furniture etc. I'd advise not using the 'foot' switch to change between fabric and hard surfaces. Instead take the time to lift the wand and change by hand as it will likely ensure a longer life of the head. DUST BAGS. I've used bagless machines in the past and found them often difficult to empty without making a mess. The C1 uses bags that are more expensive than most as they are a fabric type instead of paper. Miele claim an important feature of the fabric bags is that they are part of the filtration system helping to reduce fine dust exhausting back out. Replacement bags come in lots of four and include replacement filters that are also easy to fit. NOISE. The noise produced by the motor is surprisingly low and increases only slightly under load. It is more of loud purr than the whine and growl some cleaners can produce. GENERAL USE. Overall, the machine is easy to use and moves around obstacles reasonably well. It is compact and sits upright for easy storage. Controls are minimal and easy to use, though the labelling of switches could be a little bolder and obvious (a very minor point really). SUMMARY. It has only been three months, but I am impressed so far. Uncertainty about its longevity, is the major concern at this early stage. Aware of its weaker outer construction compared to the Volta, I'm hoping with careful use and storage, It will be a feature in this household for many years to come. If it does, I'd come back and give it five stars.
Miele are just money hungry
It’s not worth the money when you go to change the bag and discover that it costs $30 just for a packet of four vacuum bags. We’ve saved money by selling our Miele on Gumtree and we bought another vacuum without a bag system. The chamber is easily emptied into the bin and that’s saved us $100 a year. I’m not sure why anyone would buy this vacuum knowing that it will cost you $30 just to change the bag every month.
They’re also heavy and annoying to use. Not worth it.Show details
Fantastic suction but floorhead a problem
My faithful Miele S247i which I purchased in 1989 died yesterday after 33 years of service (it actually says "Made in West Germany" on the base of the barrel, so manufactured before reunification!). I'm not a diligent vacuumer as it obviously had an easy life to last that long but, with such a great track record, I didn't bother to look at any brand other than Miele for a replacement. I made my selection online, then drove off to Retravision who were selling the C1 Classic Powerline at a good price (with an extra 5% discount for RAC members).... Read moreReturning home, I whizzed around the tiled floor areas in no time. It's funny how having a new toy actually makes housework fun! The suction is fantastic and the machine feels sturdy and well made, although not as solid (or heavy - a bonus) as my old S247i. As I've since discovered, others commented on how they didn't like the accessories kit (comprising a crevice tool, a round dusting brush and a upholstery tool) connecting to the barrel end of the vacuum hose on the outside. I don't either, so removed it and am storing it in a cupboard which is vaguely annoying and inconvenient. My S247i had onboard storage which was great and which I will miss with the new machine. Trying to vacuum my short-pile wall-to-wall carpets was a problem. I couldn't! Even with the suction power switched to carpet mode, it is impossible to move the floorhead backwards and forwards. It just stuck to the carpet like a limpet to a rock and wouldn't budge! I turned the suction level right down to rug mode, and only then was I able to move the floorhead backwards and forwards as one does when vacuuming. On carpet mode, all I could do was drag the floorhead backwards with a huge amount of effort - and I'm very fit and strong. This lack of functionality is alarming, and is the sort of thing you only discover when using the appliance. I wish I'd read more reviews before purchasing it as I might have looked at a different model. Too late now, I suppose. Then I read the earlier review where someone recommended changing the floorhead to solve the excessively powerful suction issue. I switched to the floorhead I used on my old S247i (a generic one I bought online a few years ago when the OEM Miele floorhead broke). This works really well and I can actually move it backwards and forwards - but why buy a new machine and then have to cannibalise the old one to make the new one functional? I phoned Miele Customer Service today and spoke to a very helpful person in the floorcare area, but she was unable to do more than suggest I buy a turbo tech floorhead for $179 (which she kindly offered to discount by $60) as it has airflow/suction control. This didn't really make financial sense as the discounted price of the turbo tech floorhead is half the cost of the new C1 Classic. On closer inspection of the new problematical floorhead, I noticed that there are two rubber blades, one on each of the long sides of the floor head on either side of the suction hole, which seem to protrude about 3mm beyond the flat surface (easily seen in the pictures I uploaded). So when you're vacuuming carpet (with the hard surface brush row retracted), these two rubber blades are brushing the carpet surface and sweeping the dust into the hole. My old floorhead does not have this set-up, and I think that these two protruding blades in combination with the high suction are actually causing a vacuum seal and making the floorhead stick to the carpet. If so, this is a design flaw. I might further down the track try to cut these rubber blades down to be flush with the surface of the floorhead, but it's a bit early in the piece for that and I need to ask around and do some research.
Great value all round and brilliant performance . Would recommend this one all day long .Show details
Glad I did my research
Living in a multi-storey house with young children I needed an effective vacuum with good suction but light enough to move up and down stairs. I have not been disappointed - 6 different suction options, a large dustbag and not too heavy to push around or move upstairs.Show details
Fantastic value for your money!
We have had two Miele vacuum cleaners for some time now, but the older of the two which was around 20 years old, met with a horrible accident recently.
For the first time ever, it's bag broke at the seam sucking a huge amount of dust and dirt into the motor. The filter was powerless to stop it all. Shortly after, it started making strange noises followed a little later by a nasty smell. RIP Miele S748. Previously to this event, two close family members had purchased the little Miele Compact C1 and both have been very happy with them. I starte
15 years and still going, this machine I can’t live without!
I have used this machine on Carpet, tiles and timber flooring, it has different attachments for each type of flooring. It has made my life easier, with 6 kids, full time job and 2 cats.Show details
Very happy with my new little C1 Miele vacc
Great little vacc! I haven't used thoroughly yet, purchased it last weekend and only tonight opened the box and put it together, flick through instructions etc. Tested on my tiled floors - turned it up high and yep does a great job. Then tried the little brush attachment on the door architraves and window sills - worked a treat! I have an almost identical Miele vacc in our London house, and it's a brilliant little vacc. There, our cleaner thrashes it weekly doing our downstairs hard floors then our upstairs carpeted areas. I also use it for dus... Read moreting and hoovering out our suitcases after travelling, or use the 3 attachments when doing the interior of the car. I WAS tempted to buy a steam- all- round cordless dyson type of vacc, but at several hundreds more, and my brother who is an electrician telling me they're crap, better to get a traditional vacc and mop for the floors. Very happy with this purchase so far. Wheels around well.
Change the vacuum head!
Wish I had read these reviews before buying this vacuum. Was recommended by salesman as I did not want a turbo head machine (issues with long hair getting caught in head on a previous machine). I found it so hard to push around that I ended with a sore back. My husband suggested using the head from our previous vacuum, and what a difference that made. The suction is really good - it is the head making it so hard to use. Works great with the non Miele head on carpet and timber. Very quiet. Only other issue is the exhaust air blowing up in... Read moremy face instead of out the back. Probably wouldn't recommend. I had done my research on a different brand, but that wasn't in stock and I needed a new vacuum quickly. Probably paid too much as well, but that's what happens when you don't check these things out beforehand.
Shocking product and shocking customer service.
I bought this vacuum for myself and one for my mother in law. Within a month of my mother in law using it, she returned it to bing lee (where it was purchased from) because the suction started playing up and the head would literally get stuck to the floor and scratch the floor when vacuuming.
2 months ago, the exact same happened to mine. The vacuum became impossible to use because the suction was sticking the head to the floor boards and it would scratch my floor. It wasn’t doing this before so I knew something was wrong. I tried to change it
I love my Miele vacuum
Considering the brands’ favourable reputation it’s disappointing to see such hypercritical reviews. You’d think that being so finicky about vacuum cleaners might spur one to do a bit more research or consult a professional before buying the product. My family has never owned any other vacuum cleaner than a Miele. My grandmother, a lifetime Miele user and cleaning connoisseur, asked to buy my Miele C3 off me when I moved back home, and I deeply regretted giving it up once I moved into a share house with no working vacuum cleaner. The place was a... Read morebsolutely filthy. They had two cheap flimsy bagless vacuums and they were completely useless. I needed a Miele ASAP so I went with the C1 which was reduced at David Jones. My roommate even commented on how powerful it is, and I said that’s cause it’s a real vacuum cleaner. The bags are convenient and inexpensive - $24 for a pack of 4 which should last you a year. I’ve never heard of anyone using “reusable bags”, but if you’re fussy about bags then best to go bagless, if you’re not fussed with the mess of emptying a vacuum. I’m happy to pay $6 a bag to avoid inhaling dust and filth. Anyway, my Miele C1 does the job perfectly, it’s good value for money, it’s easy to use, it will last me for years and I will never use anything else.
Wouldn't recommend it! Not worth the money
Was truly disappointed in buying this product!
No wonder it was reduced to $199. Great value but not worth the money.
First disappointment was the NON-ADJUSTABLE barrel. For a reputable brand, a simple thing like this should have been a given. Even by taking the second barrel to suit my height, it didn't give me any comfort.
2nd disappointment was the non-reusable bag!! If I want re-usable ones, I have to buy them online which is an extra cost. Whats the point?
Honestly, it's not worth buying this product.
I would not recommend it as now I
Disappointed with this vacuum
I am very disappointed in my purchase of this vacuum cleaner. The quality was disappointing and the cover where the bag and filter go doesn’t close properly, cheap and won’t last long. The section where the hose connects to the vacuum cleaner is of poor quality.
The vacuum is hard to push on carpet even on the lowest setting, especially if people are older, they wouldn’t be able to push it at all. I was not impressed with the outcome of cleaning my carpet, one part it did an ok job, however other carpet all it did was leave marks on the carp
Very powerful vacuum
I’ve had mine for many many years and with the proper care it has worked like brand new every time. It’s powerful at removing dirt from carpets as well as pet hair.Show details
Questions & Answers
Is the product suitable for laminate flooring? I opened the manual and it says ‘robust hard flooring’, which isn’t very clear to me. Thanks
Is it good as far as picking up animal hair from carpet ??
I don’t have a indoor pets, not sure about. It’s has incredibly strong vacuum .
Hi I agree with Max about the strength of the vacuum. There are variable suction options available, I find the strongest is too much for our tile and rug floor, so I use the lowest setting. We have a dog with short hair so he doesn't shed as much as long haired breeds. And the pile on our rugs is not deep either so the lowest setting suits me. If you can get a demonstration in a shop it would help you decide. Otherwise, I'd say there's a good chance that this vacuum would do the job well.
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|Category||Barrel Vacuum Cleaners|
|Bin Capacity||4.5 L|
|Cord Length||5.5 m|
|Suction (Air Watts)||900 AW|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)|
- GTIN14: 04002515950685
- MPN: 10797640, 36529050 and SBAF3
- GTIN13: 4002515480847 and 4002515527702
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