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Miele Classic C1 Review

Derek Hales

Written By: Derek Hales

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Not a fan of the traditional upright vacuum and think you want to try something other than a robot vacuum? Are you familiar with canister vacuums?

This week we will be taking a look at the Miele Classic C1 canister vacuum.

Does this canister vacuum have what it takes to compete robots or uprights? There’s only one way to find out!

Continue reading below to discover if the Miele Classic C1 is the best canister vacuum for you.

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Miele Classic C1

The Miele Classic C1 is a powerful canister vacuum designed to clean a variety of surfaces in a convenient manner for the user. Six different cleaning modes are available in addition to multiple accessories. If you like the idea of a handheld vacuum, but want the power of an upright, the Miele C1 could be a good option to consider.Check Price


  • The Miele Classic C1 has a 29.5 foot cleaning radius.
  • This canister vacuum has several floor surface options for more specific cleaning styles.


  • Disposable debris bags are more costly to replace and may require additional maintenance
  • Images on the cleaning control mode knob are difficult to understand

Table of Contents


The Miele Classic C1 canister vacuum embodies an egg shape with a vast majority of the unit utilizing a gray color scheme with hints of black and white. The glossy look helped to create a sleek appeal overall.

A small handle is built into the top of the Miele C1. Just below the handle is the hose connection point. This is where users can insert the suction hose into the canister to ensure dirt and debris is placed into the bag after being sucked up. As you continue to move down the vacuum, there is a knob that rotates between eight different cleaning options.

Lastly, the power and cord retraction buttons are located next to the cleaning cycle knob, and are big enough to be pressed with a foot.

  1. Power button
  2. Cord wrap
  3. Cleaning knob
  4. Hose attachment
  5. Cleaning wand
Labeled image of the design components on the Miele Compact C1

The cord is stored inside of the Miele Classic C1 vacuum. As the cord is pulled it will unwind from the inside of the vacuum but it can also be put right back into the vacuum with the push of a button.

This is a nice addition as users don’t have to look at the cord since it is stored away while not in use.

How It Cleans

As a canister vacuum, the Miele Classic C1 has a multitude of cleaning options. That said, each one of these options uses the same vortex motor and filtration system to ensure the dirt, debris, and dust is sucked up and stored properly until thrown away.

All of the cleaning modes are shown on the vacuum by a small image and described as follows:

  • Curtains & lightweight fabrics
  • Upholstery & cushions
  • High pile carpet, rugs, & runners
  • Energy saving mode (low noise)
  • Low pile carpet
  • Hard floor surfaces

Some of the images shown on the vacuum can be difficult to understand. That said, the image of the curtains is one of the more clear options.

Once you spot this image on the power knob, you can work in a clockwise direction to pair the image with the style of cleaning listed above.

Close up shot of the interior cleaning components of the Miele Compact C1 vacuum

The Miele Classic C1 uses a bagging system instead of a dust bin. Debris is sucked up and filtered into the bag as shown in this image.

Size & Dimensions

With the egg shape of this Miele vacuum comes a slightly heavier weight. In total, the unit weighs 16.1 pounds.

Additionally, the Miele C1 is 18.2″ long, 8.7″ tall, and 11″ wide.

Miele C1 canister vacuum size and dimensions

Although this is not a small unit, it does not feel like a large one by any means. The low-profile design keeps it from feeling bulky or unnecessarily large.

Accessories & Parts

The Miele Classic C1 canister vacuum came with quite a few parts and accessories, including:

  • Pure suction combination floorhead
  • Pure suction parquet floorhead
  • Hose
  • Dusting brush
  • Upholstery tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Accessories clip
Parts and accessories included with the Miele Compact C1
1) C1 Base, 2) Wand, 3) Hose, 4) Cleaning Heads, and 5) Cleaning Tools

Cleaning Tests

The following vacuum cleaner tests are designed to show how the Miele Classic C1 canister vacuum performs on different surfaces, picking up a variety of debris types.





Low Carpet


High Carpet


We test on three different floor types, including hardwood floors, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet. For each floor type we test the vacuum cleaner against:

  • Rice – 3 ounces
  • Dry Cereal – 1 ounce
  • Kitty Litter – 3 ounces
  • Sugar – 3 ounces

Each of the aforementioned debris types was spread across our testing lane. The base surface of our testing lane is an engineered hardwood floor. For our carpet tests, we slide in a low pile and high pile carpet insert on top of the hardwood floor.

Cleaning test debris types
Testing Debris – From left to right: Rice (3 oz.), Kitty Litter (3 oz), Cereal (1 oz), Sugar (3 oz)

Our vacuum cleaning process strives to be as consistent, fair, and true to real world use as possible. Our tests utilize the following procedure:

  1. Measure the weight of the testing debris and the weight of the empty vacuum debris container.
  2. Spread the respective debris type evenly across the central portion of the testing lane.
  3. Run the vacuum cleaner over the testing lane.
  4. Measure the weight of the now filled container and take notes on the cleaning performance.

UPRIGHTS – Think you’d prefer an upright vacuum? See our reviews for SharkDyson, and Bissell.

Hardwood Floor

The hardwood floor tests were no match for the Miele Classic C1 vacuum as each debris type was cleaned up at a level of 100%. 



Kitty Litter






The vacuum did not struggle with any of the debris on the hardwood floor and was able to capture each one with a single pass over each specific section.

Miele C1 canister vacuum hardwood cleaning test

Low Pile Carpet

Once again, this Miele canister vacuum was able to eliminate the debris fields without any issues.



Kitty Litter






After changing the floor type setting to low-pile carpet, I was able to clean up each debris type with the Classic C1 vacuum quite easily. There were no pieces of debris remaining after the four low-pile carpet tests.

Miele C1 canister vacuum low carpet cleaning test

High Pile Carpet

Last but not least, the high carpet tests. Both rice and cereal did not stand a chance against the Miele Classic C1, as each was cleaned up to a level of 100%. Sugar and kitty little showed the slightest of slight struggles, cleaning up 99%.



Kitty Litter






Nevertheless, this is still the best cleaning performance we have tested in any vacuum to date.

Miele C1 canister vacuum high carpet cleaning test


Using this Miele canister vacuum is not difficult. There are a few steps users need to complete in order to get this unit up and running:

  1. Choose the cleaning tool you’d like to use – With a few different options available, users have to select which tool is the most appropriate for the cleaning session they are about to complete. Simply snap the preferred tool into the hose / wand and you should be good to move on.
  2. Plug the Miele C1 vacuum in – While the cord is stored inside of the vacuum, you are able to grab the main plug and pull the cord out so it can be plugged into the wall. Unroll as much of the cord as necessary.
  3. Select the appropriate cleaning style and turn the vacuum on – There are six different cleaning modes available, which means users need to be sure they have turned the cleaning mode knob to the correct position. Small images are the labels for each surface type and they can all be described in the user manual as well. After selecting the cleaning mode, press the power button and begin cleaning.

PORTABILITY – If you need easier portable, see our handheld vacuum reviews.

These three steps are all quite easy to knock out, making using the Miele Classic C1 a simple task.

Close up shot of the power button, cord wrap button, and cleaning mode knob on the Miele Compact C1 vacuum

Close up shot of the power button, cord wrap button, and cleaning mode knob on the Miele Classic C1 vacuum

The setup was also painless. The main unit came assembled, but you do have to attach the hose and cleaning tool.


Maneuverability is what you make of it with regard to the Miele Classic C1 canister vacuum. A combination of features make this vacuum extremely easy to move around and clean your home. 

These features include wheels on the canister itself, a long hose / wand, and a long cord.

total reach of 29.5 feet is impressive.

The hose and cord combination allows users to roll the vacuum with them as they clean, then stretch the hose while unrolling the cord completely.

The cord is 18 feet long and the hose is another 5 feet long. After connecting these two together, you can add a brush head to the hose which will add more length the the unit as a whole.

  • Weight: 16.1 pounds
  • Power: 18′ cord
  • Hose: 5′
  • Modes: 6

When looking at the overall picture of this vacuum, you can maneuver it with little effort. The wheels on the bottom of the Miele Classic C1 roll smoothly, requiring hardly any extra force from you during a cleaning session. The hose / wand move fluidly as well, creating a easy maneuverable vacuum cleaner.


The following table indicates the frequency at which you will likely want to replace the various parts and components of the vacuum. The following replacement frequencies are what the manufacturer recommends.

However, your individual experiences may vary.

Accessory / PartReplacement FrequencyReplacement Cost
HEPA Filter6-12 monthsCheck Price
Filter BagAs the color indicator changes to fullCheck Price
Exhaust filterAs the color indicator changes to fullCheck Price
Pre-motor filterAs the color indicator changes to fullCheck Price

Maintaining the Miele C1 vacuum requires a bit more from the user. 

There are four main parts that need to be replaced; the filter bag, exhaust filter, pre-motor filter, and dust compartment HEPA filter.

None of these are difficult to replace, per say, but they are important pieces of the puzzle.

Annual maintenance costs could vary depending on how often you need to replace the filter bag

If you replace the bag four times a year, both the pre-motor and exhaust filter once a year, and the HEPA filter twice a year, you can expect to pay around $36 annually.

In addition, users should be sure to clean the heads of the brushes included with the Miele Classic C1 after a few uses. Maintaining these pieces will help ensure the vacuum cleaner is working to its optimal performance level.


All vacuum cleaner reviews on Modern Castle are put through our standard noise test. For this test, we use a sound meter to measure noise in terms of decibel level approximately 3′ away from the vacuum.

At 3' away, the Miele Compact C1 vacuum emits 81 dB of sound.

At 3′ away, the Miele Classic C1 vacuum emits 81 dB of sound.


Based on the cleaning performance, a reasonable price, a variety of included parts and accessories, and a sturdy design, this Miele canister vacuum offers an incredible value.

The Miele Classic C1 flew through our cleaning tests with ease. There was not a point where this vacuum cleaner struggled with any debris field on any of our three surface types.

CONVENIENCE – If the canister sounds like too much work, check out our robot vacuum reviews. The Roomba 980 or Ecovacs Deebot N79 are great choices.

If you’re a fan of the canister design, the Miele Classic C1 is one you should consider.

The warranty is also a bit different than most vacuums we have tested to date. Miele offers a seven year warranty on parts and labor for this model, and a one year warranty on the motor and casing.

Although it would be nice to see the warranty extend a little longer on the motor, the seven year parts and labor warranty certainly adds value.


Below is a complete list of important specifications and features included on the Miele Classic C1 canister vacuum:

ModelClassic C1
Length (inches)18.2
Width (inches)8.7
Weight (pounds)16.1
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
Filter bag3.5 liters
CordlessNo -18' cord
ReturnsVaries by retailer
Warranty1 Year (parts & labor), 7 Years (motor & casing)
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Who Should Buy the Miele Classic C1 Canister Vacuum?

The Miele Classic C1 canister vacuum is one powerful vacuum cleaner. With six different cleaning modes available, the suction of this unit can be changed to suit your specific needs for each cleaning session.

Designed with a 29.5 foot cleaning radius, users have the ability to cover a lot of ground when plugged in. The Miele C1 offers an exceptional performance and an incredible value.

I would recommend the Miele Classic C1 if you’re looking for the following features in a canister vacuum:

  • Want a canister vacuum – Canister vacuums are virtually a handheld vacuum with the power of an upright vacuum. Users have the ability to place the head of the unit directly on top of a debris field and clean it up immediately. That said, canister vacuums do typically have bags instead of a dust bin, which can be a little more daunting to empty / change.
  • Want a longer reach with from their vacuum – This vacuum has a cleaning radius of 29.5 feet. The cord, hose, and wand give this vacuum a longer reach than most corded upright or corded stick vacuums.
  • Like the idea of multiple floor type cleaning modes – With six different cleaning modes available, users can narrow down exactly what style of cleaning they are looking to complete. Whether it is cleaning some curtains or digging deep into high pile carpet, the Miele Classic C1 has a mode for both.

For more information on the Miele Classic C1 visit here.

Update Log

  • July 11, 2019 – A commenter brought to our attention that we were incorrectly describing the model as the Compact version, when we actually tested the Classic version. We changed our Compact mentions to Classic. To clarify, this model is the Miele Classic C1.
  • August 6, 2018 – Updated the review score as part of our site-wide 1.0 scoring overhaul. Score increased from 96% to 99%.
  • Design - 98%
  • Performance - 100%
  • Quality - 100%
  • Usability - 97%
  • Value - 98%


The Miele Classic C1 is a canister vacuum built with a purpose. Six different surface cleaning modes, multiple cleaning tools, and top notch performance all combine to create a well rounded unit. Users who are interested in a powerful unit with above average maneuverability may find the Miele C1 to be a fine choice for their home. If you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner and can’t decide what style would suit you best, this Miele canister vacuum is worth giving a shot.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider,, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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25 Comments on “Miele Classic C1 Review”

  1. What could also be mentioned in your reviews is whether a specific vacuum is helpful to people with allergies. The Miele Classic C1 does have the option for a HEPA filter, which is important for many people.

  2. Hi, I have enjoyed reading your reviews and I’m hoping you can help me: I am desperately trying to find a vacuum that will work on a Ruggable rug without sucking up the rug or causing damage to it. I currently own a Dyson Ball Animal 2 upright vacuum and had no idea this would be an issue until after I purchased my Ruggable. Apparently, this is a whole “thing” if you google it and there are a LOT of people, like me, who are trying to find a good vacuum that not only works well, but works with their Ruggable area rug. Do you have any recommendations and would you consider adding this consideration to your reviews since Ruggables have become very popular?

    • What you need is a vacuum with variable suction power, so you can turn the suction power down while vacuuming Ruggable.

      The Ball Animal 2 is the highest suction vacuum in the world, so needless to say, it’s no surprise it’s giving you trouble with the Ruggable.

      In any case, I would suggest you check out the Dyson V-series. Any V-series vacuum has variable suction power and won’t cause these same types of issues while cleaning (at least while on low / normal power modes).

      Check out our big comparison of the V-series here –

    • I’m sure the C1 would do pretty good at pet hair, however, the straight suction and absence of a brushroll will probably hurt it in some comparative respects.

      What I would do is get the C1, try it for a while, and see how it’s working for you. In terms of suction power it’s got more than enough. Depending on your type of pets / pet hair it may end up being perfect.

      However, if after using it you find you really need a agitating brushroll then get this – – it’s a spinning brushroll designed for the C1, but specifically designed for pet hair.

  3. I had a Miele C1 and I really liked the soft brush that was included. Now I see that brush has been removed and only the hard brush with wheels is included. with the C1. I find the brush with wheels not as easy to use as the soft brush. Is there a soft brush that can be purchased separately for the C1? is the hard brush included safe for hard wood flooring?

    • I found this tool, which has dusting brushes – – That should work for what you’re looking for.

      As long as you’re floors are not overly delicate I see no reason why the hard tool would post any risk your floors.

    • It looks like 50-60V only. At least that’s what the online US manual says.

      Though I suspect there are international versions suited to your country’s voltage.

  4. I am having a difficult time with the on and off button. Is there a special way to turn it on? I have to tap the on bottom several times for it to stay on.

    • No, it should just stay on with a basic tap.

      Sounds like you may have a warranty issue if it’s requiring multiple taps.

    • Kristen,

      I have noticed this about my Miele classic C1 as well. I believe that in order to ensure that it stays in the on position, you have to clear the area surrounding the on/off button, ideally by putting the vac on its back with the pictographs and dial facing up towards you. Although I do like to put it in the vertical position at times, such as when cleaning drapes, it’s all but impossible to turn the unit on when in that position. I think this is because when it is vertical it is putting some pressure on the on/off button when it’s just standing there and anything in the way of the button seems to impair functioning. I just turn it on while on its back and then put it on its feet. I confirmed this (in my mind at least) when noticing that whatever is happening here can be triggered if you have the unit standing vertical while on, and then try and drag it somewhere and it lands on its side (either one it does this but much worse when the on/off button is on the floor side, so you would only have one wheel on the ground and the other in the air with the carry handle and dial still positioned horizontally.) The vac will continue running while laying on its side but it turns off if you correct it either horizontal or vertical. Basically like you turned it off when it fell over but the off button didn’t fully trigger because it is stuck laying on top of it. This has happened enough times in the year I have owned it that I know to just leave it on its side, if I don’t feel like bending over to correct it and then turn it on again. A final note on how to press the button- once nothing is in the way of the button, again, ideally the vac is fully on its back and there’s a few inches clearance on all sides (but I have also done it while holding the vacuum up vertically, with no pressure on its feet and on/off button because I am holding it from the top carry handle.) Once it is clear you need to hold down the button until it runs for a second or two, mine won’t fully engage if you don’t commit to the on button and follow through (heh.) So it will sound like it is on and then turn off if i don’t wait a couple more seconds. Hope this helps, if all else fails, tell the vacuum gutes neues Jahr für alles in ihrer Muttersprache.

  5. I ordered this vacuum, based on this review. Unfortunately, I realize now, it does not have a power head. I should have taken notice of that detail. I need a light and yet self propelled vacuum head due to my weakness from muscle disease. This vacuum head does not glide smoothly on carpeting, so it’s more like dragging bristles across a rug, while the suction is holding it in place. Too much effort for me. Just thought I’d add my 2 cents, in case anyone else needs to note -> no power head. (Unfortunately because I’m a “find the cheapest option” shopper, I bought it from an individual on e-bay – with no returns. You’ll see it on e-bay again later this evening. :-)) I’m still thankful for these reviews – keep up the good work for the sake of the consumers.

    • Hey Nancy,

      I’m sorry to hear the C1 didn’t work out for you. I’d be happy to help find something that better suits your needs.

      Based on your comments I’m hearing that you need…less expensive ($200’ish?), powered head, and easy to maneuver.

      Are you open to uprights or cordless vacuums? Anything else I should take note of?

  6. Thanks for your excellent review! Very helpful. I placed my order today!

    On more question, what are the bag and filter styles, so I can plan ahead for upkeep?

  7. Is it true that the Miele Classic C1 “limited edition” gray co.or model, may be slightly different than the regular Miele Classic C1, which is blue?

    I’ve seen different prices for the two models,,,and so I’m wondering, before I go ahead and buy the blue Classic C1 that it’s the same as the model you reviewed.
    Or if there are differences, what are they?
    Thanks, Neil

    • To be the best of my knowledge, they are the same machine. I really think it’s just a color difference.

  8. I think you got warranty wrong. 7 years motor and casing, 1 year parts and labor. You have other way around.

    in “cons” section you say “difficult to empty the bag”. The bag in this vacuum is disposable and should not be emptied.

    • Great catch, thanks for letting me know! You are correct on the warranty and the fact that the bag is disposable. I’ve updated the content to reflect these changes.

  9. Your article is a bit confusing in the sense that what your displaying in both pictures and video is a “Classic” model, not a “Compact”.
    Please correct me if I’m wrong since I want to purchase what you have tested.

    • Hey Richard,

      Thanks for your comment.

      You know…before today I would have sworn anything that what we had was the Miele C1 Compact.

      To double check, I just pulled up the original order from Amazon and you are correct.

      This is the Miele Classic C1 Limited Edition canister vacuum in Graphite Grey.

      Please accept my apologies for the confusion. I am fixing these erroneous “compact” mentions now.

      Thank you again for bringing this to my attention.

  10. Great video. I actually was reading some reviews on the Classic C1 Pure Suction model though, and everything I read said that this model is only good on hard wood flooring and not made for carpets. The exception being if you had some small rugs that were very low pile. Hate to spend the $300. on a vacuum if I can’t use it on my carpets. Do you know for certain it’s made for carpets as well?

    • The only reason you might say it’s not “ideal” for carpets is because it has such incredible suction power that it could be hard for some users to pull / push it through the carpet fibers.

      That said, in our cleaning tests it absolute crushed both hardwood and carpet tests. It’s easily the best canister we’ve tested to date.

      Suffice to say, it’s my view that the C1 is excellent for carpets.