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Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine Review

This model's high price tag does not translate to a high performance
Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine
The Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine.
Credit: Miele
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Price:   $799 List | $798.98 at Amazon
Pros:  Great carpet cleaning, long reach
Cons:  Expensive, no brush control
Manufacturer:   Miele
By Ruth Bruckbauer and Jessica Riconscente  ⋅  Jul 26, 2022
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  • Carpet Cleaning - 35% 7.1
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6.6
  • Handling - 20% 6.0
  • Hard Surface - 10% 2.5
  • Pet Hair - 10% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine delivered great results in almost every test apart from hard surfaces. This model is easy to use and has a long reach compared to others. We found the Miele Calima to be an excellent canister vacuum, but with its extremely high price point, we expected near perfection, which this vacuum is not. The Miele Calima was abysmal in cleaning hard floors. If you hope to use a new canister vacuum to clean your hard surface floors like the kitchen and bathrooms, you should look for other better-performing models in our canister vacuum review.

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Pros Great carpet cleaning, long reachGreat edging, hard surface, and carpet cleaning performancesGreat maneuverability, cool features, picks up finer debris, great with hairEasy maneuverability, strong suction, good on hard floorsGreat carpet cleaning, easily suctions small debris
Cons Expensive, no brush controlPoor pet hair cleaning, short reachPoor with larger debris, expensiveStruggles with pet hair, non-adjustable shaftExpensive, poor on hard surfaces
Bottom Line This model's high price tag does not translate to a high performanceThis little vacuum can pack a punch in performance, cleaning carpets and hard surfaces with ease at an affordable priceGreat cleaning performance with additional features that will keep you happy and your house cleanGreat maneuverability and cleaning performance makes this a go-to vacuum, especially if you're looking for a bagged modelExcellent cleaning carpet performance, but if you're seeking a vacuum to tackle hard floors, look somewhere else
Rating Categories Miele Complete C3 C... Eureka WhirlWind Dyson Big Ball Mult... Eureka Mighty Mite Miele Compact C1 Turbo
Carpet Cleaning (35%)
7.1
6.7
6.0
6.8
7.4
Ease of Use (25%)
6.6
6.3
6.6
5.8
5.9
Handling (20%)
6.0
7.5
7.2
7.0
5.4
Hard Surface (10%)
2.5
8.0
5.5
8.0
2.5
Pet Hair (10%)
6.0
4.0
9.0
4.0
6.0
Specs Miele Complete C3 C... Eureka WhirlWind Dyson Big Ball Mult... Eureka Mighty Mite Miele Compact C1 Turbo
Model Number SGFE0 NEN110B N/A 3670G SCAE0
Dirt Collection Bag Bagless Bagless Bag Bag
Measured Head Width 11.0" 10.5'' 10.5'' 10.5'' 10.75''
Measured Weight 15.5 lbs 11.0 lbs 17.4 lbs 9.3 lbs 14.2 lbs
Measured Brush Width 10'' N/A 9'' N/A 10''
Measured Weight Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brush On/Off Switch No N/A Adjusts N/A No
Measured Maximum Reach 36' 26' 10" 33' 4" 31' 10" 30'
Measured Power Cord Length 24' 16' 6" 22' 19' 6" 18'
Automatic Cord Rewind Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Measured Noise 66 dBa 68 dBa 74 dBa 72 dBa 67 dBa
Measure Suction Power 76'' 60'' 80'' 90'' 72''

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine is amazing at cleaning carpets. This yellow canister packs a punch with its rotating brush head and long reach. With 24 feet of cord and a long wand, you'll be able to vacuum those stairs with ease. The 4.2-liter bag is the largest of all the bags or dirt cups on the canister vacuums we tested, and that means you won't need to change bags so often. With very high ratings overall, this little yellow vacuum is also easy to use, handle, and manages to pick up pet hair relatively well. There are many great attributes with the Miele C3 Calima, but some pretty disappointing ones too.

Performance Comparison



Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine canister vacuum - the rotating brush head on this made it one of the top carpet...
The rotating brush head on this made it one of the top carpet cleaners.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Carpet Cleaning


Most buy a vacuum cleaner exclusively to clean the carpet. Therefore, carpet cleaning garners 35% of the overall score for each vacuum. We worked hard at vacuuming up rice, oatmeal, Cheerios, and flour on both low and medium-pile carpeting. Those four kinds of debris are usually pretty difficult for a vacuum cleaner to pick up, which is why we chose them.

Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine canister vacuum - our review team used rice to test the canister vacuums.
Our review team used rice to test the canister vacuums.
Credit: Chris McNamara

The Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine plowed right through our rice on both the low and medium-pile carpets, taking only three to five passes to get it all. Oatmeal was nearly as good, taking just a couple of passes to sweep up everything. When we moved on to the Cheerios, things headed south. Granted, most canister vacuums struggled with Cheerios. Its flour cleaning performance was also so-so, taking five passes to vacuum up everything.

Ease of Use


We gave ease of use 25% of the total score and broke this metric down into four tests: edging, reach, maneuverability under furniture, and surface transition. The Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine did a great job at getting nearly everything cleaned up along the edges of the room. But what really impressed us was the fantastic reach of the C3. It made cleaning under furniture a breeze.

Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine canister vacuum - this canister vacuum can clean quite far under furniture.
This canister vacuum can clean quite far under furniture.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine is not good with transitioning onto hard flooring. While there is a suction adjustment for the head, there is no height adjustment, making the transition from carpet to hard flooring tricky.

Handling


Going hand in hand with Ease of Use, the Handling metric measures Maneuvering, Pulling/Pushing Effort, and Stairs, three things to really look for in a canister vacuum, which is why it earns 20% of the total score.

Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine canister vacuum - the miele handled the tight turns with ease.
The Miele handled the tight turns with ease.
Credit: Chris McNamara

The Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine did very well at maneuvering, making the tight turns with ease. The way the head swiveled helped a lot with this, and the canister followed nicely without tipping over. But the pushing/pulling effort wasn't as good. At least you don't have to haul the canister up and down the stairs as the hose and cord are quite long.

Hard Surface


Hard surface cleaning earns 10% of the final score for each canister vacuum. This is where both the Miele failed miserably. It was awful at picking up rice, oatmeal, and Cheerios — plowing and throwing the debris around rather than picking it up. This vacuum created an even larger mess when vacuuming cereal.

Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine canister vacuum - the miele did not do well at picking up the oatmeal on hard floors.
The Miele did not do well at picking up the oatmeal on hard floors.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Pet Hair


Pet hair is the final metric we used to test the canister vacuums. After that horrible experience with the hard surface testing, we were relieved when the Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine actually did a decent job of vacuuming pet hair. This vacuum collected up to 78.20% of pet hair after four passes.

Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine canister vacuum - the rotating brush really helps with picking up fluffy's hair.
The rotating brush really helps with picking up Fluffy's hair.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Should you buy the Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine?


The carpet cleaning performance of the Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine was wonderful, but the way it cleaned — or rather, didn't clean — the hard surfaces was simply unsatisfactory. For what you'd pay for this canister vacuum, it should clean the hard surfaces and do the laundry too. This model is too much money for not enough performance. Other canisters we tested are just as good with carpets and much better with hard floors — we recommend saving your money and buying one of those.

Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine canister vacuum - for such a high price, we expected more out of the miele c3.
For such a high price, we expected more out of the Miele C3.
Credit: Chris McNamara

What Other Canister Vacuum Should You Consider?


A very high price tag does not equal great cleaning performance on all surfaces with the Miele Complete C3 Calima PowerLine. Other canisters we tested are just as good with carpets and much better with hard floors. We recommend saving your money and buying the Eureka Whirlwind for the best overall performance or the Dyson Big Ball Multi Multi Floor for a superb pet hair performance. Unless you want the Miele for its sleek style and carpet cleaning performance, go with a different model.

Ruth Bruckbauer and Jessica Riconscente
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