This head-to-head match-up will walk through each brand considering design, cleaning capabilities, usability, price, value, maintenance, and more.
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Miele Vacuums Overview
The name Miele has been around for over 100 years, making its big debut in Germany with the cream separator (for dairy products). They later expanded into various home appliances and produced their first vacuum cleaners in 1927.
Today, Miele manufactures canister vacuums, stick vacuums, upright vacuums, and robot vacuums. They offer bagged or bagless models and an assortment of varying features, depending on the model. In the 2016, they generated $4.6 billion in revenue.
Dyson Vacuums Overview
Dyson, although quite well known across the vacuum market, was founded just in 1987 and started out in the shed of James Dyson where he developed 5,127 prototypes between 1979 and 1984. Determined to develop a vacuum that wouldn’t lose suction.
Dyson based all of his designs on a cyclonic suction model, inspired by the coating system for spraying epoxy paint, at a company he worked with at the time.
Cordless vacuums are increasing in popularity, as fast-paced lives increase the need for easy and quick cleaning. Both Miele and Dyson offer cordless models, although Dyson really does take the cake here.
Miele’s only cordless vacuum is a robot vacuum, the Scout RX1.
|Model||Dyson V10||Miele Swing H1||Dyson V8||Dyson V6|
|Weight||5.9 lbs.||9.7 lbs.||5.75 lbs.||4.5 lbs.|
|Power||2,600 mAh |
28' cleaning radius
|2,200 mAh |
|Dust Bin Capacity||0.77 L|
|Maintenance Costs||$0 / year||$57 / year||$32 / year||$18 / year|
- Extended 60-minute run time offers plenty of time to clean homes of any size.
- Advanced dust bin design makes it easier to empty with a “Point-and-Shoot” approach.
- 2-in-1 design allows the vacuum to be a powerful stick vacuum or portable handheld.
- One of the most expensive models of cordless stick vacuums on the market today.
- Slightly heavier than comparable cordless sticks, coming in at 5.8 lbs.
Miele Swing H1
It comes with two accessories, a crevice tool and an upholstery tool, that can be attached when in handheld mode. It’s use of high-dollar filters and disposable dust bags do equate to a high annual maintenance costs, but for some users looking for corded power, it may still be a solid option.
- XL dust bag capacity at 2.5 liters, twice that of any of the Dyson cordless models.
- 28′ cleaning radius still provides a large degree of flexibility when cleaning your home.
- About half the size of the Dyson V-series models. (Shorter height could be a con for taller users.)
- At 9.7 lbs, it’s almost twice the weight of the Dyson stick vacuums.
- Dust bags and filters equate to higher annual maintenance costs.
- The cord could get in the way of ultimate cleaning freedom.
- The 40-minute run time is still longer than most comparable cordless stick vacuums on the market.
- Excellent cleaning performance (captured 95% of debris during our 4-debris cleaning test).
- 2-in-1 capability makes the V8 more versatile than stand-alone models.
- One of the more expensive models on the market today.
- Smaller dust bin capacity compared to the Dyson V10.
- Does not stand upright on its own (use wall mount or lean it).
However, you will find better large debris performance if you get a V7 model that includes the soft roller cleaning head (ex. V7 Absolute).
It excelled at cleaning small debris during our sugar and kitty litter test. Similar to the other Dyson V-series models, the V7 can convert between an upright stick vacuum and a portable handheld.
- The 30-minute run time should still be sufficient for most areas.
- Low annual maintenance costs make it easy to keep it running smoother for longer.
- 2-in-1 design is great for versatility, acting as an upright and handheld model.
- Same 100AW max suction as the (less expensive) V6 model.
- Small dust bin at 0.4 L max capacity.
That being said, the cleaning performance for small debris is still good and certainly worth considering.
- Least expensive price tag of all the Dyson V-series cordless stick models.
- Same 100AW max suction as the Dyson V7 (which is a more expensive model).
- Very lightweight unit, at 5.1 pounds.
- Poor cleaning performance of large debris.
- Relatively short overall run time of only 20 minutes.
- Smaller than average dust bin with only a 0.4 L capacity.
Miele vs. Dyson Cordless Vacuums
Let’s dive into the details below.
DESIGN | The designs of these two vacuums are notably different. The Miele Swing H1 conceals all working parts of the vacuum with a shiny exterior. The vacuum uses a disposable dust bag and a concealed brushroll cleaning head.
On the other side of the spectrum, the Dyson V10 takes a more transparent approach. You can see all working parts, including the filtration, cyclones, dust bin, and even the majority of the cleaning head. This make it easier to identify the problem in the event of troubleshooting.
ACCESSORIES | The Miele Swing H1 comes with two simple on-board accessories, a crevice tool and an upholstery tool. The Dyson V10 comes with a wall mount / docking station, two cleaning heads (one for bare floors and one for carpet), a combination tool, crevice tool, soft dusting brush, and a mini-motorized tool.
THE MAIN DIFFERENCE
- The Miele Swing H1 Quick Step is a corded stick vacuum that uses a bagged canister and has a 2-in-1 design. There are two speed options and it comes with two on-board tools—the crevice tool and an upholstery brush. In addition, it comes with a filter, but when it’s time to replace the filter, it’ll cost you a bit.
- The Dyson Cyclone V10 is a stick vacuum that also works as portable handheld. The Dyson Cyclone V10 has approximately a 60-minute run time and uses a lifetime-washable filter. The Dyson comes with a variety of accessories and attachments. And the battery will reportedly last 15 years.
Outside of the cordless market, we have upright vacuum cleaners. Both Miele and Dyson manufacture a number of upright models, each varying in features, price, and power. The table below outlines some of the most popular models from each brand.
|Model||Dyson Ball |
|Miele Dynamic U1 Jazz||Dyson Ball |
|Miele U1 Maverick||Dyson Small Ball||Miele Dynamic U1 Cat & Dog||Dyson Cinetic |
|Weight||17.35 lbs.||21.4 lbs.||15.6 lbs.||20 lbs.||12.15 lbs.||21.4 lbs.||19.0 lbs.|
|Power||30' cord||40' cord||30' cord||40' cord||30' cord||40' cord||30' cord|
|Dust Bin Capacity||2.1 L||5.2 L (bag)||1.6 L||5.2 L (bag)||0.8 L||5.2 L (bag)||1.6 L|
|Maintenance Costs||$12 / year||$54 / year||$12 / year||$54 / year||$12 / year||$54 / year||$12 / year|
|Buy||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Dyson Ball Animal 2
It has a lifetime washable filter, a turbine brush tool for cleaning pet hair off of upholstery, a combination tool, tool for reaching high areas, and a stair tool. It uses the Dyson Ball design for great swivel steering and maneuverability.
- XL dust bin capacity stores over 2 liters of dirt, dust, and debris.
- Lighter weight compared to the Miele Dynamic series
- Lifetime washable filter means lower maintenance costs overall.
- Doesn’t convert to a handheld like the Dyson V-series stick vacuums do.
- Relatively high price tag.
Miele Dynamic U1 Jazz
The Miele Dynamic U1 Jazz upright vacuum is a 22-pound upright with a bagged-system for debris collection.
The bag does help limit the release of allergens and other particulate, but it also increases maintenance costs and is another step you have to consider when using this vacuum.
The U1 Jazz does have an on and off switch for the brushroll as well as a full bin indicator when it’s time to change the bag.
- Bagged system may be better for people who suffer from allergies.
- Automatically adjusts to different level floor height.
- Swivels at the neck and can lean back quite far, making it easier to vacuum under furniture or beds.
- Bagged system also means more maintenance and added costs.
- Less easy to maneuver compared to Dyson Ball models.
Dyson Ball MultiFloor 2
Accessories include the high reach wand, washable lifetime filter, stair tool, and combination too, similar to the parts of the Dyson Animal 2 upright model.
- Designed to adjust for multiple flooring surfaces in a home.
- Large dust bin capacity at just over 1.5 liters.
- Six pounds lighter than the Miele Dynamic U1 Jazz.
- Only a 30′ cord compared to Miele’s 40′ cord.
- Older style technique for emptying the dust bin, less hygienic.
Miele Blizzard vs. Dyson: Bagless Vacuum Comparison
Read below for the full breakdown of some of the most important features on each model.
FILTER | Both the Miele and the Dyson have lifetime HEPA filters for collecting even the smallest of particles. Neither of these filters need to be replaced throughout the lifetime of these vacuums.
DUST BINS | The dust bins for the Miele Blizzard CX1 Electro and Dyson Multi-Floor are also pretty similar. The Miele has a dust bin release at the bottom of the canister that opens the latch and releases the dust bin door, allowing debris to fall into a trash can below.
The Dyson does put a little more space between the debris and the user, by having the release button be at the top of the canister, versus the bottom. It’s a small thing, but it is a little more hygienic when it’s time to empty the can.
SUCTION CONTROL | The Miele Blizzard has four different levels of suction control. By comparison, the Dyson Multi-Floor automatically selects the appropriate suction for each floor type.
ACCESSORIES | The Miele Blizzard Electro comes with an upholstery tool and crevice tool, integrated into the back of the vacuum, as well as a separate dusting brush. The Dyson Multi-Floor canister comes with a stair tool and combination tool (dusting and crevice tool).
If you register your vacuum at Dyson.com during check out, you also get three additional cleaning tools at no cost. You can pick from a soft dusting brush, carbon fiber soft dusting brush, reach-under tool, multi-angle brush, dirt brush, articulating hard floor tool, mattress tool, or even a pet grooming tool.
THE MAIN DIFFERENCE
- The Miele Blizzard canister vacuum is a corded, bagless canister vacuum. It includes an added feature of an automatic cord rewind and manual suction control.
- The Dyson Multi-Floor canister vacuum is also a corded, bagless canister vacuum. It automatically adjusts suction for each flooring type and comes with a larger selection of accessories and cleaning tools (when purchased from Dyson.com).
Miele U1 Maverick
Both models operate at 1200W suction with a rotary dial for suction control. The Maverick includes a wand, dusting brush, upholstery tool, and crevice tool.
- Lower price tag over the Miele U1 Jazz.
- Offers the same 1200W suction as the Miele U1 Jazz.
- Bagged system can be beneficial for allergy sufferers.
- No HEPA filtration for capturing ultra fine particulate.
- No LED headlamps (so no pitch black night time cleanings).
- Bagged system means more maintenance and higher annual costs.
Dyson Small Ball
- Compact design (at just over 12 lbs.) makes this model more compact and easier to maneuver.
- Bagless design with a lifetime washable filter means lower annual maintenance costs.
- Smaller size equates to smaller dust bin capacity, maxing out at 0.8 liters.
- Older style dust bin makes it difficult and a little awkward to empty when it’s full.
Miele Dynamic U1 Cat & Dog
The Miele U1 Cat & Dog is a bagged system and comes with a dust bag indicator to know when it’s time to replace. This model is designed for homes with pets and comes with a 15″ extended wand, dusting tool, upholstery tool, and the mini-motorized brush tool.
- HEPA filtration helps to capture even ultra-fine particulate.
- Includes extra accessories for cleaning up after pets.
- Same 1200W suction as the other Miele U1 series models.
- At 21.4 lbs., this model is heavier than comparable Dyson uprights.
- Handle controls needed for when changing flooring types.
- As a bagged system, there are higher maintenance costs associated.
But are they really the cat’s meow? Find out below.
DESIGN | The Dyson Animal has a smaller body style than the Miele U1 Cat & Dog. Overall the Animal 2 is about 4.5″ shorter and weighs about 4 pounds lighter. Width and depth are comparable between the two models.
TRANSPARENCY | As general design approaches, the Dyson Animal is more transparent, versus the Miele which takes a sleeker and somewhat reserved approach.
On the Dyson, you can see all of the main parts of the vacuum, including the dust capacity, filters, and suction system. Even the brushroll has a clear window at the top to see what’s going on.
Comparably, Miele’s approach is built more like a tank. It has a clean look, but conceals all parts, accessories, and even uses a bag versus a clear dust bin. While this doesn’t directly affect cleaning performance, it may make maintenance slightly more difficult on the Miele just for the sole fact that you can’t see what’s going on.
PET HAIR | For cleaning pet hair, both vacuums have features that make it aeasier. First off, both models include mini-motorized pet brushes. These work well for cleaning pet hair off of beds or upholstery.
Second, let’s talk about filters.
The Miele U1 Cat and Dog comes with an Active AirClean filter, which includes an odor shield for masking pet odors. While there is no HEPA filter, there is an option to add one.
The Dyson Animal 2 comes with a lifetime, washable HEPA filter, but doesn’t have odor-blocking. But, with proper maintenance, you won’t ever have to replace that filter, whereas the Miele Active AirClean filter is an added cost.
THE MAIN DIFFERENCE
- The Miele Dynamic U1 Cat & Dog is a bagged upright that conceals the mess, for a simple aesthetic and modern form. The bagged unit can be good for minimizing allergens and finite pet dander from spreading, but it also incurs additional maintenance costs over the Dyson Animal 2. In addition, the Cat & Dog does not include a traditional HEPA filter and is a larger / heavier model.
- The Dyson Animal 2 is a bagless upright that uses transparency to show exactly what is going on and how it cleans. Naturally, this clear design makes it a little easier to know what happened when things go awry as well as being able to easily see when the dust bin is full. The Dyson Animal 2 includes a lifetime washable HEPA filter and is a smaller / lighter model.
Miele and Dyson each currently manufacture one robot vacuum model. Their models are both designed to be wireless controlled, Dyson using wifi-connectivity and smartphone connection, while Miele uses a remote control.
Read below to find out the specifics of each model and see how they compare.
Miele Scout RX1
When the battery is low, it uses that same infrared technology to “drive” itself back to the charging station where it can juice up, in preparation for its next cleaning cycle. The Scout RX1 comes with a remote control that you can use to start, pause, cancel, or schedule a cleaning cycle at any time.
- Muliple cleaning modes with a remote control for easy usability.
- Infrared navigation helps the vacuum to navigate smarter around the space.
- Extended 120-minute run time.
- Limited online reviews lead to questions regarding cleaning performance and overall quality.
- Vague product description of feature like “non stop power” and “triple cleaning performance”.
Dyson 360 Eye
The 360 eye uses a central camera to navigate around the space. There are eight cyclones (compared to the 14 or 15 cylinder cordless stick models from the V-series) which can capture particles down to 0.5 microns—smaller than the width of a human hair.
In addition, the 360 has wifi connectivity, and can be controlled with your smartphone. Using the Dyson app, you can start, stop, schedule, or track cleaning cycles at the push of a button.
- Lengthy 75-minute run time.
- Smart navigation with an on-board camera.
- Wifi-connectivity and can be controlled via your smartphone.
- Slightly smaller dust bin capacity (0.33 L) considering its larger body style.
- Significantly higher price tag than most other options on the market.
Here at Modern Castle, we are firm believers that the best way to know how well a vacuum cleans a particular flooring type is to put it to the test.
DESIGN | Considering body style, these vacuums are significantly different. The Miele C1 is a corded, bagged canister vacuum while the Dyson V8 is a cordless, bagless, stick vacuum. Both are light in-hand to operate.
The Miele Compact C1 has a wheeled base and a long hose with extension wand.
The Dyson V8 has the dust bin, motor, and filter in-hand with the wand and cleaning head at the base.
CLEANING PERFORMANCE | For cleaning tests, we use four different debris types to get a full assessment of how each vacuum performs. We use cereal, kitty litter, rice, and sugar.
On hardwoods, the cleaning performance of the Miele Compact C1 is flawless… literally 100% of debris for all four tested was picked up. The Dyson V8 is 98% or above for the rice, kitty litter, and sugar test.
HOW DOES IT WORK | The Miele comes with a Pure Suction Parquet cleaning head that allows it to create a strong suction against bare hardwood floors. The Dyson V8 uses either a Direct-Drive bristle-style brushroll or the Fluffy soft brushroll (only available on the Dyson V8 Absolute model).
The Dyson V10 Absolute includes the Fluffy hardwood cleaning head on all models. This cleaning head does a better job at capturing large debris as well, compared to the Direct-Drive brushroll.
THE MAIN DIFFERENCE
- The Miele Compact C1 canister vacuum has higher maintenance costs since it required a replacement bag and replacement filter. This vacuum is also much heavier (16 lbs. vs. the 5.75 lb cordless Dyson V8). But all that being said, the cleaning performance of the Miele C1 on hardwoods is flawless.
- The Dyson V8 stick vacuum has lower maintenance costs since it uses a lifetime washable filter and a clean reusable dust bin. This vacuum is much lighter as well (5.75 lbs. vs. the 16 lb. Miele). The cleaning performance on hardwoods is 89% overall and 98% or higher for small debris like rice, kitty litter, and sugar.
Miele vs. Dyson – Upright Vacuums
Miele vs. Dyson – Stick Vacuums
Miele vs. Dyson – Robot Vacuums
Miele vs. Dyson – Canister Vacuums
Below are the specific details about each sub model:
Miele Blizzard CX1 TurboTeam
Miele Bizzard CX1 Electro
Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog
Miele Blizzard CX1 Home Care
- Miele Blizzard CX1 Pure Suction | Comes with a parquet cleaning head for hardwood flooring only and standard on-board accessories.
- Miele Blizzard CX1 TurboTeam | Comes with a rotating brushroll cleaning head, the parquet hardwood cleaning head, and standard on-board accessories.
- Miele Blizzard CX1 Electro | Comes with the electrobrush cleaning head for heavy-duty carpet cleaning and standard on-board accessories.
- Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog | Comes with the parquet hardwood cleaning head, the electrobrush cleaning head, standard on-board accessories, and a couple additional accessories including an upholstery tool, another crevice tool, and a the mini motorized pet brush.
- Miele Blizzard CX1 Home Care | Comes with the electrobrush cleaning head with added LED headlamps, the XL parquet hardwood cleaning head, flexible crevice tool, universal cleaning brush, and standard on-board accessories.
Read below for details about each one.
Dyson Big Ball Cinetic
Dyson Big Ball Musclehead
Dyson Big Ball Multi-Floor
Dyson Ball Multi-Floor
- DYSON CINETIC BIG BALL ANIMAL | Comes with the turbine head cleaning tool, hose attachment, combination tool (crevice tool and dusting brush), stair tool, and a stiff brush for dried-in dirt. As an added feature, this model requires no filter and can right itself if it topples over.
- DYSON BIG BALL MUSCLEHEAD | Comes with the turbine head and musclehead cleaning head, with a slimmer profile than the standard cleaning head. Accessories include the combination tool (crevice tool and dusting brush) and a stair tool. Also comes with a lifetime washable filter.
- DYSON BIG BALL MULTI-FLOOR | Comes with the turbine cleaning head, the combination tool (crevice tool and dust brush) as well as a stair tool. The model introduces a newly designed dust bin that allows you to place the dust bin further into the trash can before releasing debris, which helps to make it cleaner and more hygienic. Also comes with a lifetime washable filter.
- DYSON SMALL BALL MULTI-FLOOR | Comes with a trigger head rotating brushroll, and two attachments—the combination tool (crevice tool and dusting brush) and a stair tool. Also comes with a lifetime washable filter.
So…Which is Better? Miele or Dyson?
Depending on what exactly you’re looking for, Miele or Dyson could have the best option for you.
So how do you choose between Miele vs. Dyson?
The first question you need to answer, what type of vacuum do you need?
- Upright Vacuum – These models generally have the most suction power and on-board features. Likewise, they are also usually heavy and can be hard to maintain at times.
- Stick Vacuum – Stick vacuums are used similarly to an upright, but they are significantly lighter, easier to maneuver. That being said, they also have smaller dust bins and may have less suction power.
- Robot Vacuum – Robot vacuums take the work right out vacuuming. Set it and forget it, these vacuums can run on their own, whether you’re home or not. Specifically considering Miele and Dyson, I have reservations about both of these models. If you’re hunting for robot vacuum, I would recommend checking out our complete Robot vacuum Review page.
- Canister Vacuum – Canister vacuums have strong suction power, are generally just slightly lighter than a traditional upright, and can be wheeled around as you clean. The in-hand portion is light like a stick vacuum. The Miele and Dyson canister vacuum models are corded.
The second question you need to answer, what is your budget?
Depending on the exact type of vacuum you’re looking for, each brand seems to excel in different areas, as far as budget in concerned.
- For upright vacuums, Miele vacuums range from the $$ to $$$ tier. Dysons have a bit wider range, starting around the low $$ tier, but going towards the top of the $$$ tier.
- For stick vacuums, Miele only has only model which floats around the bottom of the $$ tier while Dyson offers four options, supplying a range from the bottom of $$ to the top top of $$$ tier.
- For robot vacuums, the Miele model is around the $$$ tier, while the Dyson comes in hot at the top of our $$$ category (arguably brekaing ground into a new $$$$ tier).
- For canister vacuums, the Miele range is at the top of the market, around $$$ to $$$$, while Dyson comes in closer to the top of $$ and ranging up to $$$.
The third and final question, what features are important to you?
- You want a cordless stick vacuum with a long run time? You’ll want to check out the Dyson V10.
- You want the absolute best vacuum for hardwoods floors? The Miele Compact C1 can’t be beat.
- You want the power of an upright, but in a smaller size? You won’t want to miss the Dyson Animal Compact.
- You need something to remove pet hair? Dyson’s Animal 2 or the Miele Cat & Dog are both good choices.
Depending on what exactly you’re looking for, a different model may be right or wrong for you. Our hope is that the comparisons above will help you narrow down your choices and break these two mega-brands into digestible segments.
If you still can’t pick which one is right for you, send us an email here. We’d be happy to help you out.