Pretty colored, aren’t they? These are a few of the Miele canister vacuums that are available. From left to right, we have on the first line the Kona, the Alize, the Brilliant and the Calima. On the second line is the Homecare, the Homecare+, the Limited Edition and the Marin models. All units measure the same dimensions: 15 x 17 x 23.2 inches, specs which are common among most of the canisters. But here’s where Miele clearly differentiates from the competition:
Features shared by all models
For starters, let’s talk about their motor. Miele has come up with a new 2015 low-noise, 1200-watt Vortex Motor, which is used by all these models. Why only 1200 Watts? To comply with the newest regulations imposed by the EU commission. There are 6 speed settings which can be controlled either by the plus – minus buttons located on the unit, or by the handle controls (only for Brilliant and Homecare+ models), allowing for seamless transitions from hardwood floors to carpeted areas.
All models use the same AirClean Sealed System for ensuring that all the dust and debris vacuumed stays where it belongs – inside the bag. By the way, the bag has a great storage capacity of 1.18 gallons. The G/N bag type is also an active component of the AirClean system. The bags are made out of an electrostatically charged material and are staying tight thanks to the spring-loaded mechanism and to the self-sealing collar. Last but not least, all the models (except the Cat&Dog and the Limited Edition) have a HEPA filter. But this is not an ordinary HEPA. This product part meets the European HEPA 13 standard, meaning that it will filter 99.95% of all airborne particles, down to 0.1 microns (vs 0.3 microns, which is common in standard HEPA filters). This part also comes with a TimeStrip indicator which shows you when it’s time to change the filter. The Cat&Dog and the Limited Edition have an Active filter, which is a HEPA filter with additional charcoal layers, for completely eliminating any unwanted odors.
Now, all the models have a stainless-steel telescopic wand. You can connect a lot of attachments to this wand, including a set of 3 accessories which is stored on-board: the SFD 10 Standard/Extended crevice nozzle, the upholstery tool, and the SSP 10 dusting brush. The other attachments vary from model to model, but we’ll see about that later.
The usability of the Complete C3 is enhanced by a 22 ft. long power cord, which contributes to the 36 ft. cleaning radius. With just a push of a button, you can automatically rewind the cord inside the appliance. All C3s glide smoothly thanks to the Dynamic Drive technology which uses specialized castor wheels with air-injected tires that absorb shocks. The light weight of only 11.9 lbs. improves the user interaction.
With the exception of the Brilliant and Homecare+ models, all units have a 7-year warranty on the motor and casing, and a 1-year warranty on all other parts. The Brilliant and Homecare+ have a 10-year warranty on the motor and casing and a 5-year warranty on all other parts, which I might add is pretty neat!
As you can see from the first picture, not all head nozzles from all models are the same, which translates into the fact that not all vacuum cleaners are suitable for medium or high pile carpeting. Of course, all units can vacuum hard floors or low pile. However, the models Alize, Calima and Limited edition are not meant for thick rugs, whereas with the Homecare model, you’ll need to purchase optional accessories to compensate for this functionality. Since head nozzles are important, let’s discuss each in particular:
The STB 205-3 Turbo Comfort brush uses air to activate a rotating roller in order to agitate and loosen the dirt, hair and so on. It’s ideal for low pile carpets and comes as default with Calima and Limited-Edition models. This is the standard attachment, improved with the following carpet nozzles.
SEB 217-3 Electro Comfort is an electrically driven tool with an auto-adjustable head and swivel neck, perfect for low/medium pile carpets. It’s a basic Miele brushroll for rugs, improved in the 228 and 236 versions, which can be bought as an optional accessory with the Homecare model.
The SEB 228 Electro Plus brush is 14 inches wide and offers a 5-setting height adjustable feature. It has swivel technology for flexible maneuverability and was built to conquer carpets both medium to plush in thickness. This means you’ll need it i.e. for vacuuming a frieze carpet.
The SEB 236 Electro Premium is an electrically driven brush roll, especially designed for deep cleaning your carpets. It has a wide opening of 13 3/8″, and it also has 5 height adjustments (which you can vary, depending on your carpet type). It comes with a swivel neck, LED lights and an all-around bumper strip to protect your furniture. It can automatically shut-off if it is set in the parked position.
Another tool perfect for low pile carpets and bare floors is the SBD 285-3 AllTeQ Combination Rug/Smooth floor brush.As you can see from the image, you can quickly switch from had floors to carpets by using the foot switch. This is the default nozzle for the Homecare model.
The SBB 300-3 Parquet Twister floor brush is perfect for the hardwood floor in your house. The twister tool rotates a full 180 degrees and provides the ability to clean easily around table and chair legs, furniture, appliances, and other spaces. As its name states, is designed for flat wood surfaces such as parquet.
The SBB 400-3 Parquet Twister XL smooth floor brush has its bristles made out of a chemical composite named polyamide mixed together with natural hair, in order to provide a soft touch, helping you to clean tiles, hardwood and other bare surfaces. Also has the swivel neck, but offers a wider suction area, helping you to vacuum with up to 20% faster. Only comes with the Brilliant model.
SBD 650-3 AirTeQ floor brush is an improved version of the SBD 285-3. It’s perfect for low pile carpeting, rugs and bare floors, and comes as default on the Alize model. The flow of air is assured by a perfect floor contact, even when switching from bare floors to carpets. The control is also achieved by foot pedals.