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Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction Powerline Review

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The Miele Classic C1 is a great pick offering exceptional bare floor and carpet cleaning for a mid-range price. It also has strong suction power and a large dirt compartment, but unfortunately, it doesn’t feature many attachments and has a moderately loud operation.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction PowerLine is a mid-range vacuum cleaner that was first launched in 2019. The vacuum cleaner offers six suction power settings to choose from, which is not as common even among the best vacuum cleaners on the market. Its combination floorhead can be conveniently switched from hard floor cleaning to carpet cleaning through a foot switch, and it also ships with a dusting brush, an upholstery tool, and a crevice tool.

Its stainless steel wand allows for a cleaning radius of up to 29.5 feet, and the dirtbag can hold up to 2.5 liters of debris. Unfortunately, the Miele Classic C1 doesn’t ship with a HEPA filter, owners can purchase and install one separately.

Best For

  • Bagged

  • Canister

  • Miele

  • Multi Surface

  • Upright

Consensus

our Verdict

The Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction PowerLine is a very powerful vacuum cleaner with a 4.98 kPa power rating that allows it to effectively pick up up to 99.75% and 84.68% of debris on bare floors and carpets. It also clears up to 98% of pet hair on different surfaces, earning it a top 20% ranking compared to other alternatives in its category. The vacuum cleaner is also optimized for maneuverability, with a wand that extends up to 29.5 feet and is light in hand, a cord that is 17.88 feet long, and a weight of only 1.54 pounds.

With a 73.05dB noise output, the Miele Classic C1 is a fairly loud vacuum cleaner and doesn’t clean wet messes. Despite shipping with a limited range of attachments, the Miele Classic C1 has a very large 2.5-liter dirtbag, much bigger than most of its alternatives within the same mid-range category.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Powerful suction force
    • The Miele Classic has a powerful suction force, averaging 4.98 kPa, which is great for cleaning up messes on hardwood floors and carpets. It also offers six power modes to choose from, which regulate the amount of suction force used.

  • Great bare floor cleaning performance
    • The Miele Classic C1 clears up to 99.75% of debris from bare floors, which places it in the top 10% of tested vacuum cleaners.

  • Good carpet cleaning performance
    • The Miele Classic C1 eradicates up to 84.68% of debris from carpets. This earns it a top 20% ranking compared to other alternatives.

  • Exceptional pet hair cleaning performance.
    • The Miele Classic C1 clears up to 98% of pet hair from surfaces, and this places it in the top 10% of our certified, tested vacuums.

Reason to Avoid

  • Loud operation
    • The Classic C1 averages 73.05 dB, placing it on the loud end for an average vacuum cleaner.

  • Limited range of attachments
    • The Miele Classic C1 has a very limited set of assortments that it ships with.

  • No HEPA filter
    • The Miele Classic C1 doesn’t include a HEPA filter, but one can be bought separately.

Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction Powerline Specs

BaglessBaglessNo
Bin CapacityBin Capacity0.9 gal
Brush Roll Shut-OffBrush Roll Shut-OffUnknown
Carpet Height AdjustmentsCarpet Height AdjustmentsNo
Cleaning Path WidthCleaning Path Width13"
Compatible Floor TypeCompatible Floor TypeAll floors
Cord LengthCord Length30 ft
Corded/CordlessCorded/CordlessCorded
Filter TypeFilter TypeOther
HypoallergenicHypoallergenicNo
PetPetNo
Product WeightProduct Weight14.8 lbs
Vacuum TypeVacuum TypeCanister
Wet And Dry UsageWet And Dry UsageNo

All Specs

Test Results

Bare Floor Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)99.75
Carpet Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)84.685
Pet Hair Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)98
Noise Level (dB)73.05

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Market Context

The Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction PowerLine is a mid-range vacuum cleaner that was first launched in 2019. The vacuum cleaner offers six suction power…

The Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction PowerLine is a mid-range vacuum cleaner that was first launched in 2019. The vacuum cleaner offers six suction power settings to choose from, which is not as common even among the best vacuum cleaners on the market. Its combination floorhead can be conveniently switched from hard floor cleaning to carpet cleaning through a foot switch, and it also ships with a dusting brush, an upholstery tool, and a crevice tool.

Its stainless steel wand allows for a cleaning radius of up to 29.5 feet, and the dirtbag can hold up to 2.5 liters of debris. Unfortunately, the Miele Classic C1 doesn’t ship with a HEPA filter, owners can purchase and install one separately.

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The Miele Classic C1 is significantly smaller than the SEBO Airbelt D4, making it more maneuverable and easier to handle. However, the D4 has a larger dirtbag than the one on the C1. In terms of suction power, the C1 is the more powerful pick, but the D4 has a HEPA filter, while the C1 does not. This makes the D4 preferable for individuals who are easily affected by allergens. Go ahead and check out the C1 in our Sebo Airbelt D4 review.

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Bagless

No

No

Bin Capacity

0.9 gal

0.18 gal

Brush Roll Shut-Off

Unknown

Unknown

Carpet Height Adjustments

No

Unknown

Cleaning Path Width

13"

Unknown

Compatible Floor Type

All floors

n/a

Cord Length

30 ft

Unknown

Corded/Cordless

Corded

Corded

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

89

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    79
    The Miele Classic C1 is outstanding for bare floors. It can easily clean all kinds… Read More

    By:

    Dagobiet Morales Alfaro
  • Vacuum Cleaner Advisor
    83.26

    Category Trust Rating

    91
    The Miele Classic C1 Pure Suction canister vacuum is popular and it is a good… Read More

    By:

    Nigel Russco
  • Modern Castle
    97.33

    Category Trust Rating

    99
    The Miele Classic C1 is a canister vacuum built with a purpose. Six different surface… Read More

    By:

    Derek Hales