Miele Compact C1 Turbo Review
Pros: Great carpet cleaning, easily suctions small debris
Cons: Expensive, poor on hard surfaces
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Miele Compact C1 Turbo
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|Pros||Great carpet cleaning, easily suctions small debris||Great edging, hard surface, and carpet cleaning performances||Great maneuverability, cool features, picks up finer debris, great with hair||Easy maneuverability, strong suction, good on hard floors||Lightweight, inexpensive|
|Cons||Expensive, poor on hard surfaces||Poor pet hair cleaning, short reach||Poor with larger debris, expensive||Struggles with pet hair, non-adjustable shaft||So-so with pet hair, can get clogged|
|Bottom Line||Excellent cleaning carpet performance, but if you're seeking a vacuum to tackle hard floors, look somewhere else||This little vacuum can pack a punch in performance, cleaning carpets and hard surfaces with ease at an affordable price||Great cleaning performance with additional features that will keep you happy and your house clean||Great maneuverability and cleaning performance makes this a go-to vacuum, especially if you're looking for a bagged model||While being light and easy to handle, this product struggles with more intense cleanup challenges|
|Rating Categories||Miele Compact C1 Turbo||Eureka WhirlWind||Dyson Big Ball Mult...||Eureka Mighty Mite||Bissell Zing Bagles...|
|Carpet Cleaning (35%)|
|Ease of Use (25%)|
|Hard Surface (10%)|
|Pet Hair (10%)|
|Specs||Miele Compact C1 Turbo||Eureka WhirlWind||Dyson Big Ball Mult...||Eureka Mighty Mite||Bissell Zing Bagles...|
|Measured Head Width||10.75''||10.5''||10.5''||10.5''||10.0"|
|Measured Weight||14.2 lbs||11.0 lbs||17.4 lbs||9.3 lbs||9.2 lbs|
|Measured Brush Width||10''||N/A||9''||N/A||N/A|
|Brush On/Off Switch||No||N/A||Adjusts||N/A||N/A|
|Measured Maximum Reach||30'||26' 10"||33' 4"||31' 10"||26' 6"|
|Measured Power Cord Length||18'||16' 6"||22'||19' 6"||16' 6"|
|Automatic Cord Rewind||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Measured Noise||67 dBa||68 dBa||74 dBa||72 dBa||72 dBa|
|Measure Suction Power||72''||60''||80''||90''||64''|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Miele Compact C1 Turbo stood out by being an overall exceptional vacuum. It handled our test messes easily, delivering noteworthy performances at cleaning carpets while being easy to use. This model is also on the lighter side, so it's easy to move and particularly adept at cleaning cluttered areas.
This metric accounts for 35% of the final score for each vacuum. To evaluate the performance of each product in cleaning carpets, we used four different debris types on both low and medium-pile carpets, comparing the amount of material collected. The Miele Compact C1 Turbo did very well compared to others in our lineup of canister vacuums.
The Miele Compact C1 Turbo did very well at collecting rice on flat carpet, only taking two passes to collect all of the whole and partial grains, with an additional third pass to get the remaining dust and small pieces. This model does its best work on low-pile carpeting.
This vacuum did an exceptional job in our flour collection test. The Miele Compact C1 Turbo was among our better contenders for this finer debris on both low and medium-pile carpets.
The oatmeal collection test was next, and again we saw a great performance. The Miele Compact C1 vacuum collected all of the debris laid out, taking just three passes to do so. Oatmeal is one of the more challenging debris to clean up since it breaks into little pieces and creates dust. So, we were impressed with its oatmeal performance.
When vacuuming Cheerios, this model did OK on the flat carpet, occasionally crushing the cereal instead of collecting it, but we found that angling the head over the debris helped with this. The Miele Compact C1 Turbo didn't do as well on the medium-pile carpet, grabbing only one or two of the Cheerios at a time, which meant making many more passes.
Ease of Use
This metric — accounting for 25% of the overall score for each vacuum — consisted of evaluating the ease of swapping between different types of flooring, how well each model could clean close to edges and under furniture, as well as assessing the maximum reach of each model.
The Miele Compact C1 Turbo requires a little bit of work to switch between hard and soft flooring types, as you have to manually switch out the brush heads between the hard floors and the carpets. You use the brush in the head for the carpeting, but then you'll need to take it out for the hard floors. We found this to be quite the inconvenience, especially for such an expensive vacuum. When we got to the edging test, the Miele Compact C1 did well above average, leaving some rice behind, but not much.
The Miele Compact C1 did a fantastic job of vacuuming under furniture. It managed to clean the entire area underneath our simulated sofa. Its maximum reach from an outlet is about 30 feet — a respectable length in line with some of our top-performing models. Having a vacuum cleaner that can reach all the way under your furniture and clean effectively may be well worth the money for some.
The Miele spanned a range of decibel levels regarding its measured noise. With regular use, it was one of the quietest models in the group, both in the opinions of our rating panel and the levels that we recorded with an SPL meter. It measured just 70 dBA (decibels) with normal use but reached up to 81 dBa with the suction reducer fully open.
This metric made up 20% of the final score for each vacuum, encompassing a series of tests that included the required effort to push and pull, overall maneuverability, and how easy it was to clean a flight of stairs.
The Miele Compact C1 Turbo handles decently and is great at getting into tight spaces. However, several other models were a little more agile and less prone to becoming entangled or tipping over. At 14.2 pounds, the Miele lands right about in the middle of the pack — pretty light, but nowhere near the lightest of our tested models.
The Miele C1 Turbo has a great reach for cleaning stairs, effectively cleaning almost eight steps before relocating the plug. We also enjoyed pushing and pulling this vacuum on hard surfaces, as it easily glides along the surface.
Hard Surface Cleaning
Accounting for 10% of the final score, this metric is one where the Miele Compact C1 Turbo did not shine. Four tests were given in this metric: flour, oatmeal, rice, and cereal collection from a hardwood floor.
The Miele Compact C1 has a less-than-stellar performance on hard floors. We found that the Miele often plows the debris around or spits them back out for all four types of debris. When we tested it on hardwood flooring, it was not able to get into any cracks or crevices. If you are looking to clean primarily hard surfaces, we recommend other vacuums in our lineup.
The Miele Compact C1 Turbo finished out our tests with a very good performance in pet hair collection. For this test, we weighed pet hair out to exactly 50 grams. Then, we placed it on the medium-pile carpet. We then vacuumed, emptied the cup or the bag, and weighed how much of the pet hair was picked up. The Miele picked up 86.80% after just four passes — a satisfactory result.
Should you buy the Miele Compact C1 Turbo?
To us, value is measured by how well a product performs in addition to its price. The Miele Compact C1 Turbo will have value for some, but not all. We highly recommend this vacuum if you have loads of carpeting to clean and a lot of pet hair. But, if your home is full of hard surfaces, we recommend saving your money and looking for other models that do better on hard flooring.
What Other Canister Vacuum Should You Consider?
The Miele Compact C1 Turbo is a good bagged canister vacuum. While it's expensive and other models in our lineup performed better, for those who prefer this style of vacuum, this is a trustworthy brand and a model that will no doubt last for a long time. We've tested other canister vacuums in the past, and this one remains one of our top choices. All told, it is indeed an investment, and you will also need to factor in the additional cost of bags. For those who wish to save money while still maintaining high performance, we recommend the Eureka WhirlWind or the Eureka Mighty Mite.
— Ruth Bruckbauer and Jessica Riconscente
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