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If you're thinking of purchasing a Miele vacuum cleaner, ask yourself these questions first:

1. What type of flooring will this vacuum be used on? All of Miele's vacuum cleaners are great on tile, hardwood, and other bare floor types, but we recommend only using models with height-adjustable power nozzles on medium- to deep-pile carpeting. 

2. How many levels/floors are in your home? If you have several flights of stairs to negotiate, you might want to consider the size and weight of each model before purchasing. Check out this helpful chart, or see the "Product Specifications" tab on each Miele canister's respective product page for weight and dimensions. 

3. Do you have allergies, or do you have pets? All of Miele's vacuum cleaners feature multi-layer dustbags, and all of them can accommodate allergen-trapping HEPA filter cartridges. Thanks to some new regulations, these heavy-duty filters can effectively capture up to 99.99% of dust, pet dander, pollen and mold spores, and other irritating particles down to 0.3 microns in size.

Once you've answered these questions, you'll have a clearer idea what kind of Miele canister vacuum cleaner you will need. Miele categorizes its vacuums into three distinct series, each of which offers its own selection of models to choose from. 

The Classic C1 Series

Miele C1 Delphi

Most of Miele's C1 series vacuum cleaners draw their names straight from classical Greek mythology: there's the Delphi, the Titan, and, of course, the Olympus. These may be entry-level Miele vacuums, but their superior cleaning power and construction set them apart from other manufacturers' base models. Miele's 1200-watt Vortex Motor system and straight-suction cleaning heads make the vacuums in this series ideal for homes with bare flooring. For cleaning drapes, upholstery, and other above-the-floor surfaces, each C1 series vacuum cleaner comes with an upholstery tool, a crevice nozzle, a dusting brush, and a VarioClip tool caddy. Regardless of the surface type you want to clean, a Miele C1 series vacuum cleaner will clean it quietly: models in this series have average operating volumes of 57 to 68 decibels.

Vacuums in the C1 line are sturdily built, and all feature suction control dials, automatic cord rewind buttons, and ergonomic handles that are designed to ease wrist strain. The C1 clamshell design allows operators easy access to the bag and filter chamber. All of the C1 vacuums use Miele's multi-layer dustbags and can accommodate SF-HA30 HEPA AirClean filters for extra allergen and particle filtration. 

The Compact C2 Series

Miele C2 Onyx

The power heads on Miele Compact C2 vacuum cleaners can clean bare floors, large area rugs, and even wall-to-wall carpeting. Their gasket-sealed systems, genuine Miele dustbags, and optional HEPA filtration compatibility are great in asthma and allergy households and homes with pets. Models in these series are named after stones: there's the Quartz, the semi-precious Onyx, and the precious Topaz. When compared with Miele C1 series vacuums, C2 series are slightly smaller and easier to store and transport across multi-level homes. They also offer operate at a slightly lower volume, with an average noise output of 55 to 67 decibels. 

All of Miele's C2 series vacuums feature six-setting suction control dials and automatic cord rewind. Each model also includes a crevice nozzle, a dusting brush, an upholstery tool, and a detachable VarioClip for convenient tool storage. 

The Complete C3 Series

Miele C3 Marin

Just the name of the C3 series says it all: these vacuum cleaners are the complete package. Models in this series include Miele's high-end Alize, Calima, Marin, Kona, Cat & Dog, and Brilliant canister vacuums. All of these models feature on board tool storage, 100% gasket-sealed systems, pre-installed active HEPA exhaust filters, and electronic suction control panels. All of them operate at a volume of 56 to 67 decibels. What's more, most models in this line can accommodate Miele's height-adjustable ElectroPlus or ElectroPremium power nozzles, and therefore are ideal for homes with deep-pile or soft carpeting. For homes with a range of different floor types, these vacuums also include Miele's parquet floor brush, which easily agitates dirt and debris from the crevices of hardwood tile for a thorough clean.

Within this series, there are some notable differences from one vacuum to another. For specifics about each model, we encourage you to check out our comparison chart and the product pages of the models that interest you. 

For additional information about any of the vacuum cleaners covered in this post, please call (866) 972-8227.