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I’ve become really fond of Miele recently. I’ve always known them to be a popular and reliable brand, but it wasn’t until I actually used one myself that I realised why people love them so much. Who can resist a vacuum cleaner that is not only made to last at least 15 years, but also provides some seriously powerful suction?
The main reason I used to be so hesitant with Miele is that I am not a huge fan of vacuum cleaner bags. I have used bagless machines for so long; I didn’t feel like I could go back to the old ways. So, when I discovered that the Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine was a bagless machine, you can bet that I was exceptionally interested in what it had to offer. That’s how I began my bagless Miele journey, and also how I came to really admire the brand.
You could easily say that I liked the Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine, and that it did a pretty good job in my home. I had a great time with it, and I can see it easily becoming a regular part of my cleaning crew. But what about the details? What about the other models in the CX1 line? Fear not; everything will be answered in glorious detail below.
The first bagless vacuum cleaner from Miele, it’s a pretty exciting addition to the family. Promising powerful suction and a good canister capacity, it is a pleasure to use around the home. With a superb range of accessories and a wide selection of suction settings, it is amazing to see how far Miele has come with their bagless technology. Say hello to the next generation; it’s here to stay.
- miele Blizzard cx1 PROS AND CONS
Presenting the Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine
The Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine is the ideal vacuum cleaner that wants the power and reliability of a Miele, without the bag hassle. It provides superb power and suction to ensure that you are able to give your home the clean it needs, while also removing the need to replace bags. Instead, you have a dust canister that can be emptied regularly.
However, it doesn’t quite have the same feel as the bagged range. The CX1 is heavier, and it may not be suited to everyone. Of course, for those who have been eagerly waiting for a bagless Miele, I don’t think you will be disappointed by its performance. However, I do have a selection of other models in the CX1 line at the end for you to flick through, as well as guides for the bagged ranges.
Looking at the Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine in Detail
Design and Features
I did fall in love with the modern feel that the Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine has. I have always liked the retro look that Miele go for, but it was nice to see them switch things up a little with this model. It was also simple to assemble; just needed to click the hose in place, and I was done. I am always appreciative of a vacuum cleaner that requires minimal work before it can be used.
It has 900w of power, which complies with EU regulations, and provides exceptionally strong suction. This model also features Miele’s new Vortex technology, which has been designed to improve the airflow through the machine to ensure constant suction; even when the canister starts filling up. Overall, it works really well, but it hasn’t quite reached the peak levels of Dyson’s cyclonic tech. I reckon it won’t be long before they do though.
It comes with an EcoTeq floorhead, which can be used across both carpets and hard floors to ensure a clean finish. The foot pedal on the actual head can be pressed to release or retract a brush; depending on the flooring that you are vacuuming. The floorhead itself has side suction for increased cleaning, as well as litter pickers for hair and fluff.
The rotary controls on the main body of the machine are easy to access, so you can decide on the power levels you need for cleaning. There are four to choose from, and it is located next to the power and cable tidy buttons. The telescopic wand can also be removed and extended to make cleaning more flexible.
You can also benefit from handy tool storage inside the actual vacuum cleaner, and this is located by the dust canister. There is room for the crevice and upholstery tool, but sadly, there is no space for the dusting brush. This is a shame because I have always enjoyed that you could store all three tools inside the actual machine. However, the provided tool storage is really handy.
How Noisy is it?
This vacuum cleaner only reaches 77db, which is very quiet. It is also in full compliance with the EU laws and regulations for vacuum cleaner sound. For those like me that can’t stand a noisy vacuum, this is quite a welcome addition to the home.
Cord Length and Storage
The Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine comes with a 10m cord, which is more than enough to clean the vast majority of your house without needed to switch sockets regularly. Personally, I try not to go with vacuum cleaners that have less than 10m of cord because the cleaning ability can be so restricted.
As for storage, there is a fantastic cable tidy button that will scoop everything up in record speed so that you can pack the machine away again. It doesn’t tangle either, so you can expect a smooth experience. It’s a compact little thing for your convenience.
Weight and Handling
It weighs 8.45kg, which is quite heavy for a Miele vacuum cleaner. It makes sense, though, because it has a dust canister and a different filter from its bagged lines. If you are lifting the vacuum cleaner, you will definitely feel the weight difference. The Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine does have a bit of heaviness to it that can make things like stair cleaning trickier, but there are certainly heavier models on the market.
The handling remains quite easy as well, especially thanks to the wheels on the bottom of the machine. As it runs along behind you, you don’t feel the weight as much during regular cleaning. Therefore, it is perfectly suited to most homes; just be warned that if you have stairs, you might need to work those arm muscles a little.
Dust Canister and Filter
It has a 2L capacity, which is impressive for a bagless vacuum cleaner. This large container means that you don’t need to worry about emptying it after every clean (although I would recommend that you do so). It is also very easy to empty, clicking out of its slot before being held over the bin and having its contents emptied.
The filter is also located behind the canister, and this can be removed easily for cleaning. I quite liked that they did not have a replaceable one in this model, and that it was instead washable. It is a pleated filter to help capture all of the dust and grime in the home, and can be washed by simply running cool water over it before leaving it to dry completely.
How Well Does It Clean?
This model is actually pretty effective across all floor types. On hard floors, it does a good job with the finer debris, but unless you angle the head up, you will find that it snowploughs a lot of the larger stuff. So, if you want less passes over the floor, I would strongly recommend lifting the head a little. Other than that, it will leave hard floors looking lovely and clean afterwards.
On carpets, I also encountered the snowploughing issue, but angling the floorhead upwards fixed it here too. Otherwise, it did a good job of sucking up dirt and grime, really reaching down to grab some of the older dirt. I will say that this model is not suitable for pet hair though, and would recommend the Cat and Dog model instead.
Stairs are also fairly easy because the hose has a long reach. However, you will need to lift the machine onto the steps to get the last few. It doesn’t quite reach far enough, but it does a great job with the help of the supplied attachments. Floor to ceiling cleaning is also a breeze thanks to the telescopic wand, accessories, and long reach.
The Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine comes with the standard tools you would expect from a Miele vacuum cleaner. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect to find:
- Crevice tool (short). This is ideal for reaching small crevices and gaps that you wouldn’t be able to get to otherwise.
- Dusting brush. Perfect for delicate areas and surfaces, it gently removes any dust and debris from the area. Many like to use it on bannisters; I use it on my kitchen floor.
- Upholstery tool. This is used for furniture and car interiors. It removed fluff, debris, and dirt so that it looks perfectly clean afterwards.
What About the Other Models?
The CX1 series isn’t all about the standard PowerLine. No, there are four other models for you to choose from. The basics of each remain the same, and it’s the little extras that make up the difference. Take a look and see if the Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine is going to be right for you, or if one of its counterparts is going to get the job done better.
Miele Blizzard CX1 Comfort PowerLine Review
It’s a good vacuum cleaner, and certainly one of the most powerful in the CX1 range. What really sets it apart, however, is the remote-control handle. It makes life so much easier, because there is no need to use manual controls on the body of the vacuum cleaner. Both the power and suction control are there, and the actual suction is exceptionally strong, considering this is new bagless tech. It’s certainly one of the most expensive in the CX1 range, but it is also worth the price.
Miele Blizzard CX1 Parquet review
This model comes with the parquet floorhead, which has been designed to be gentle on hard floors so that they don’t get scratched and damaged. It also comes with the EcoTeq floorhead, which means it is able to tackle all floor types with minimal effort. Other than that, there isn’t anything else that really separates this model from the rest. It’s just a lot gentler on hard floors, and especially good on those with dips and crevices.
Miele Blizzard CX1 Excellence review
I love the rotary controls on this model. It gives it more of a classic Miele feel, and I find it easier to use than the new button system found on most of the CX1 line. This model has an improved filtration system that is close to the Cat and Dog than the standard PowerLine. This is good news for those with asthma and allergies. Otherwise, it maintains the same level of power and efficiency as the other models within the range, and it remains a solid vacuum cleaner choice.
Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat and Dog Powerline Bagless Vacuum Cleaner review
So, this is the pet version and the one I would always recommend for fellow animal lovers. It works fantastically on all floor types, and no pet hair is able to stand in its way. I tested it in a home with ten pets, and there were no clogging issues. It comes with a turbo tool to really work that hair out of the carpet or furniture, and just does a better job overall where fluff is concerned. There is also a HEPA filtration system instead, so that asthma and allergy sufferers are protected.
Well, I hope that you found my Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine review useful, and that it has helped you to figure out which vacuum cleaner is going to work best for you and your home. I know it’s not an easy choice to make.
There are loads of similarities between all of the CX1 models, as well as differences. The standard PowerLine model that I focused on here is perfect for the average home, and certainly one of the best on the list. The Cat and Dog are ideal for homes with pets, and it makes sense in those circumstances. If you ask me for my personal favourite? It would be the Comfort PowerLine for that amazing remote-control handle. It’s just a little more advanced than the rest, and I love it.
What did you think of my Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine comparison guide? Do you agree with my thoughts on the models listed, or are there others that you think are better suited to the task? I love hearing from you, so make sure you leave us a message in the comments below.
Gemma Tyler is a freelance journalist with 15 years of experience writing for consumer publications. She has tested and reviewed a wide range of household items from vacuum cleaners to washing machines and dehumidifiers to steam irons. Her attention to detail and exhaustive testing certainly makes her an expert in her field.