Miele Complete C3 Canister Vacuums are group of corded canister vacuums that offer large radius of operation, good air filtration, variable speed motor, good suction and many attachments for thorough cleaning from floor to the ceiling. They are not the cheapest vacuums around, but they are made in Germany, they do their job properly and they come with nice warranty.
Updated: March 21, 2017.
In order to distinguish them, Miele Complete C3 Canister Vacuums differ in color. They also differ in cleaning attachments and many other features and specifications.
Miele Complete C3 Canister Vacuums Features and Specifications
All Miele Complete C3 Canister vacuum cleaners come with 1200 W Vortex Motor which ensures good suction. Also, all models come with AirClean Sealed System, 4.76 quart Type G/N AirClean FilterBag™ with spring-loaded self-sealing collar, and three fully integrated tools: SSP 10 Dusting brush, Standard Upholstery tool, and SFD 10 Extended Crevice tool.
They also feature Telescopic stainless steel wand and 36' (11 m) operating radius.
Miele Complete C3 Alize: silent motor with 6 speed settings controlled via +/- footswitch controls, automatic speed control setting, spotlight handle, HEPA AirClean filter, SBD 650-3 AirTeq floor brush, recommended for low pile carpeting, rugs, & hard floors.
Miele Complete C3 Brilliant: silent motor with 6 speed settings controlled via handle controls, automatic motor setting, LED lighting on sides and bottom of the canister, SEB 236 Electro Premium Electro brush with LED lighting, SBB 400-3 Parquet Twister XL, SBD 285-3 AllTeQ Combination smooth/carpet floor tool, recommended for all flooring types.
Miele Complete C3 Calima: silent motor with 6 speed settings controlled via +/- footswitch controls, HEPA AirClean filter, STB 205-3 Turbo Brush, SBB 300-3 Parquet Twister, recommended for low pile carpeting, rugs, and hard floors.
Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog: silent motor with 6 speed settings controlled via +/- footswitch controls, Active AirClean filter, SEB 228 Electro Plus Electro brush, SBB 300-3 Parquet Twister, recommended for all flooring types.
Miele Complete C3 HomeCare: silent motor with 6 speed settings controlled via +/- footswitch controls, HEPA AirClean filter, Optional Electric floor brush (SEB 217-3, SEB 228, or SEB 236), SBD 285-3 AllTeq floor brush, recommended for all flooring types (depending on optional Electro Floor brush selected).
Miele Complete C3 HomeCare+: silent motor with 6 speed settings controlled via handle controls, automatic motor setting, 36" operating radius, SEB 236 Electro Premium Electro brush with LED lighting, recommended for all flooring types.
Miele Complete C3 Kona: silent motor with 6 speed settings controlled via +/- footswitch controls, HEPA AirClean filter, SEB 228 Electro Plus Electro brush, SBB 300-3 Parquet Twister, recommended for all flooring types.
Miele Complete C3 Limited Edition: silent motor with 6 speed settings controlled via +/- footswitch controls, AirClean filter, STB205-3 Turbo Brush, SBD 285-3 AllTeQ Combination floor brush, recommended for low pile carpeting, rugs, and hard floors.
Miele Complete C3 Marin: silent motor with 6 speed settings controlled via +/- footswitch controls, automatic motor setting, HEPA AirClean Filter, SEB 236 Electro Premium Electro brush with LED lighting, SBB300-3 Parquet Twist, recommended for all flooring types.
Following table compares Miele C3 vacuums features and specifications.
|Model||Complete C3 Alize||Complete C3 Brilliant||Complete C3 Calima||Complete C3 Cat & Dog||Complete C3 HomeCare||Complete C3 HomeCare+||Complete C3 Kona||Complete C3 Limited Edition||Complete C3 Marin|
|Color||Ivory White||Bronze Pearl Finish||Canary Yellow||Lotus White||Mango Red||Mango Red||Obsidian Black||Racing Green||Navy Blue Metallic|
|1200-watt Vortex Motor||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Suction control via +/- controls with 6 settings||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Deluxe handle grip with Electrobrush controls and suction controls||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Deluxe Comfort Grip handle with Electrobrush control||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic motor setting||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|AirClean Sealed System||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|HEPA AirClean filter||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Active Air Filter||Yes|
|SEB 228 Electro Plus Electrobrush||Yes||Optional||Yes||Optional|
|SEB 236 Electro Premium Electrobrush||Yes||Optional||Yes||Yes|
|SEB 217-3 Electro Comfort Electrobrush||Optional||Optional|
|SBD 650-3 AirTeQ floor brush||Yes|
|SBB 400-3 Parquet Twister XL floor brush||Yes|
|SBD 285-3 AllTeQ Combination smooth/carpet floor tool||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|STB 205-3 Turbo Comfort Turbobrush||Yes||Yes|
|SBB 300-3 Parquet Twister floor brush||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|STB 101 Hand held turbobrush||Yes|
|SUB 20 Universal dusting brush||Yes||Yes|
|SSP 10 Dusting brush||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Standard Upholstery tool||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|SFD 10 Extended Crevice tool||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|SFD 20 Extended flexible crevice tool||Yes|
|SGC 20 Comfort handle with SpotLight||Yes|
|Telescopic stainless steel wand||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|36-foot operating radius||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic cord rewind system||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Filter replacement indicator||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Illuminated Park System||Yes|
|LED underbody lights||Yes|
|Velvet bumper strip||Yes|
|Automatic standby switch in rear park||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|10-Year Motor and Casing Warranty||Yes||Yes|
|7-Year Motor Warranty||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|7-Year Casing Warranty||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|5-Year on all other components||Yes||Yes|
|1-Year Warranty on all other components||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Recommendation||Low pile carpeting, rugs, and hard floors||All flooring types||Low pile carpeting, rugs, and hard floors||All flooring types||All flooring types (depending on optional Electro Floor brush)||All flooring types||All flooring types||Low pile carpeting, rugs, and hard floors||All flooring types|
|Amazon Link||Miele Complete C3 Alize||Miele Complete C3 Brilliant||Miele Complete C3 Calima||Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog||Miele Complete C3 HomeCare||Miele Complete C3 HomeCare+||Miele Complete C3 Kona||Miele Complete C3 Limited Edition||Miele Complete C3 Marin|
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Miele Complete C3 Air Filtration
All models of Miele Complete C3 have very good air filtration. They are all based on the so-called AirClean Sealed System, AirClean FilterBag and additional air filter. Keep in mind that:
- Miele Complete C3 Limited Edition has 'ordinary' AirClean filter, which can be replaced with Miele HEPA AirClean SF-HA 50. Miele HEPA AirClean SF-HA 50 meets Europe's HEPA13 standards, capturing over 99.95% of all particles. It is designed for Miele's S4000, S5000, S6000 and S8000 canister vacuum cleaners.
- Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog uses Active AirClean filter, which uses active charcoal layers to neutralize and absorb unwanted pet odors and provide exceptional air filtration.
- all other Miele Complete C3 models uses 'HEPA AirClean Filter'.
So, if you really need HEPA level of air filtration, Miele Complete C3 vacuums are excellent choice, just be sure to use HEPA air filter in 'Limited Edition'. And if you have pets, feel free to consider 'Cat & Dog' model.
Miele Complete C3 Cleaning Tools
Miele C3 vacuums come with various cleaning attachments suitable for various areas and surfaces. Here is the list of some most common ones.
Standard Upholstery tool
Standard Upholstery tool is suitable for cleaning most common small areas including upholstery, furniture and hard to reach areas like edges, corners, stairs and similar.Read more on Amazon: Miele Standard Upholstery Tool
SFD 10 Extended Crevice tool
Miele SFD 10 Extended Crevice Tool is extra long crevice nozzle which fits standard nozzle. It enables one to clean in narrow spaces like behind and below beds and other furniture, between car seats, and in any tight spaces.
Read more on Amazon: Miele SFD 10 Extended Crevice Tool
SSP 10 Dusting brush
SSP 10 Dusting brush uses soft bristles, and gently cleans delicate surfaces like sculptures, picture frames, monitors and similar sensitive objects.
Read more on Amazon: Miele SSP 10 Dusting Brush
SFD 20 Extended flexible crevice tool
SFD 20 Extended flexible crevice tool is excellent cleaning tool for reaching around furniture and appliances. Extended flexible crevice nozzle bends easily and cleans efficiently areas that are often impossible to reach and clean with other cleaning tools.
Read more on Amazon: Miele SFD 20 Extended Flexible Crevice Tool
SUB 20 Universal dusting brush
SUB 20 Universal dusting brush has soft bristles and a swiveling neck, and is excellent cleaning tool for dusting bookshelves, mantles, moldings, ceiling fans, sculptures etc.
Read more on Amazon: Miele SUB 20 Universal dusting brush
STB 101 Mini Turbobrush
STB 101 Mini Turbobrush is hand held tool ideal for vacuuming cut-pile and sensitive carpets and delicate upholstery, heavily-trafficked stairs, it can clean crumbs and pet hair from furnishings with ease. It is suitable for smaller surfaces.
Read more on Amazon: Miele STB 101 Mini Turbobrush
STB 205-3 Turbo Comfort Turbobrush
STB205-3 Turbo Comfort TurboBrush contains a rotating roller brush that works to loosen the dirt in the floor while collecting lint and thread. Loosen dirt is easily vacuumed with the rest of debris.
Read more on Amazon: Miele STB 205-3 Turbo Comfort Turbobrush
SEB 217-3 Electro Comfort Electrobrush
SEB 217-3 Electro Comfort Electrobrush is mid-size, electrically-driven carpet tool with 10" (~25.5 cm) wide brush roll and swivel neck design.
It is great cleaning tool for low to medium-pile carpeting, with great maneuverability and can also reach under the furniture and other areas like corners, stairs, edges and similar.
Read more on Amazon: Miele SEB 217-3 Electro Comfort Electrobrush
SEB 228 Electro Plus Electrobrush
SEB 228 Electro Plus Electrobrush features a five-level height adjustment, making it great cleaning tool for medium to high-pile carpeting, as well as smooth surfaces.
Read more on Amazon: Miele SEB 228 Electro Plus Electrobrush
SEB 236 Electro Premium Electrobrush
SEB 236 Electro Premium Powerbrush is electrically-driven carpet tool with a 13 3/8 inch (34 cm) wide brush roll and is recommended for medium to high-pile and plush carpeting. It is equipped with a swivel neck and five level height adjustment, and it offers great maneuverability and versatility. To ease the cleaning in low light environment (under the furniture, for example), it has bright LED headlights.
Read more on Amazon: Miele SEB 236 Electro Premium Electrobrush
SBD 285-3 AllTeQ Combination smooth/carpet floor tool
SBD 285-3 AllTeQ Combination floor tool is recommended cleaning tool for low-pile carpeting, rugs and smooth flooring. It has a foot switch which allows one to go from smooth floors to carpeted surfaces and vice versa quickly and easily.
Read more on Amazon: Miele SBD 285-3 AllTeQ Combination Tool
SBB 300-3 Parquet Twister floor brush
SBB 300-3 Parquet Twister rotates 180° and offers exceptional maneuverability for cleaning all smooth flooring, including hard to reach areas like behind furniture, edges, corners and similar.
Read more on Amazon: Miele SBB 300-3 Parquet Twister
SBB 400-3 Parquet Twister XL floor brush
SBB 400-3 Parquet Twister XL floor brush is made using a mix of polyamide and natural hair which provides a gentle cushion, ensuring that tile, wood and other surfaces are cleaned thoroughly without scratches. A 180 degree rotation makes the Parquet Twister very agile and enables it to easily clean around the edges and in the corners.
SBB 400-3 has a wider cleaning head than the standard Parquet Twister cleaning the larger area in the single pass.
Read more on Amazon: Miele SBB 400-3 Parquet Twister
SBD 650-3 AirTeQ floor brush
Miele SBD 650-3 AirTeQ Combination Floor Tool has a soft bumper strip, it is very quiet during operation and it delivers excellent dust pickup and streamlined airflow. It is suitable for smooth surface and carpets with the switches located on both right and left side of the brush.
Read more on Amazon: Miele SBD 650-3 AirTeQ Floor Brush
Believe it or not, but Miele has even more available cleaning attachments, some of them are:
Miele SPD 10 Wide Upholstery Tool
Miele SPD 10 Wide Upholstery Tool makes easy and faster work of pulling stubborn pet hair, lint and other dirt from upholstery, curtains, furniture etc.
Read more on Amazon: Miele SPD 10 Wide Upholstery Tool
Miele SMD 10 Mattress tool
Miele SMD 10 Mattress tool has wide, flat nozzle which lets one reach between mattresses and bed frames to clean every last bit of dust and debris. Of course, it can be used for cleaning other similar smaller flat areas.
Read more on Amazon: Miele SMD 10 Mattress tool
If required, cleaning attachments can be ordered separately, if and when required.
Which Miele Complete C3 vacuum cleaner to choose? Well, they all differ mostly in available attachments, except 'Cat & Dog' which has air filter based on activated carbon.
If you need a vacuum cleaner that will last for a really long time, go for Miele C3 vacuums, just be aware that they are not cheap vacuums.
Personally, I like additional filtration and protection that activated carbon offers, but if you like to add scent in the form of powder vacuumed in the dust bag, forget 'Cat & Dog' model.
Available attachments are also very important, but they can be ordered later separately, just be sure that they fit your model.
Personally, if you have different surfaces to clean, go for 'All flooring types' models. If you have mostly low pile carpets and hard floors, go for 'Low pile carpeting, rugs, and hard floors' models.
In any case, you will get excellent canister vacuum cleaner that will last for years to come. After all, they come with 7- or 10-Year motor and casing warranty, depending on the model.
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