Miele is a vacuum cleaner brand you have likely heard of, but what about getting answers to your most pressing questions? Below, you will find a handy FAQ that contains everything you need to know about this fantastic and reputable vacuum.
Are Miele Vacuums Better Than Dyson?
Honestly, it’s a pretty tough decision. Both have their merits and their downsides, and you will often find that it is down to personal taste and preference in the end. The main thing that separates Miele from Dyson is not just the fact they are bagged, but also the way they are tested. Miele vacuum cleaners are put through a rigorous testing process, where 15-20 years of use is simulated to ensure that they last that long.
The hose is wound and unwound 10,000 times, and it must be able to withstand over 1,200 miles of vacuuming across a variety of surfaces. Their motto forever better really is quite fitting here. They also tend to be very quiet, and are superb for asthma and allergy sufferers. It’s a tough call, but many would argue that Miele wins every time.
Does Miele Produce a Bagless Vacuum?
Yes, they do. While they are famous for their bagged vacuum cleaners, they do also produce bagless ones if that is more to your liking. The most popular of these is the Blizzard CX1, which has been designed to tackle dirt, pet hair, and allergens effectively. They are easy to open and empty without getting dust everywhere as well, which is quite a handy feature.
Does Miele Produce a Cordless Vacuum?
Currently, Miele only manufactures corded vacuum cleaners, and so there are no cordless models available. It is not certain if this will change in the future, but they do tend to have excellent cable lengths on their corded model for comfortable reach and use. They do have robot vacuums, and these could be considered a cordless model.
Where Can I Buy a Miele Vacuum Cleaner
There are loads of great places to buy a Miele vacuum cleaner. You can find them on the Miele website, Amazon, eBay, and even other online stores like Argos and Very. They are also sold in physical stores such as Curry’s and John Lewis. Essentially, you can find them everywhere.
Who Sells Miele at Cheapest Price?
The best place to find Miele vacuum cleaners at the cheapest and best price is Smart Vacuums. There are some great guides on the best Miele vacuum, as well as the associated prices, but also detailed reviews for individual models. Comparisons are also present if you find yourself stuck between two, and it is the best way to get all the information you need, as well as bargain prices.
Where are Miele Vacuums Made?
All Miele vacuum cleaners are manufactured in their German factory, Bielefeld. There are 11 production sites in Europe, and this factory is both the second oldest and largest. The motors are also made in Germany, but in a separate factory, while German and Romanian factories supply the sensors and electronic modules. There is also a factory in China, but this is not used on the same scale as the European ones.
Where Can I Buy a Reconditioned Miele Vacuum?
You can probably find them in your local vacuum cleaner store, as refurbished models are often sold at a lower price. However, one of the best places to pick on up is actually eBay. There are loads of sellers on there who professionally refurbish these old models and get them running again. It’s worth looking for a good deal.
Which Model is Best for Carpet?
There are quite a few Miele’s that are perfectly suited to cleaning carpets. The Complete C3 Cat and Dog and the Blizzard CX1 Comfort are just two examples of this. They provide superb levels of power, while also reaching deep into the carpet to pull up hair and dirt that has been sitting there for a while.
Read our guide to the best Miele vacuum cleaner in detail here.
Personally, I am a big fan of the C3 Cat and Dog because it is able to clean up after my dog perfectly; especially during shedding season.
This video might also be able to provide you with some help as to which model you should choose:
How Long Should a Miele Vacuum Last
The average lifespan of a Miele vacuum cleaner is 15 years, and they are designed to potentially go as high as 20 years. This, of course, depends on the way you use them and how often. Rigorous testing ensures that they are hardwearing, and looking after your vacuum plays a major role in its lifespan.
How to Take Apart a Miele Vacuum?
It really can depend on the model and the repair work that it requires. However, I was able to source this fantastic (and relatively recent) video in which a Miele C1 is taken apart and repaired in a way that is easy to learn. Take a look, and there are subtitles available if needed.
How to Change the Bag on a Miele
Most Miele vacuum cleaners come with a bag indicator light to let you know when it is full and needs to be changed. This is an exceptionally handy feature, but what about the process of changing the bag itself? Here are some quick and easy steps to follow:
- Turn the vacuum cleaner off and unplug it.
- Press the release button (likely on the top of the vacuum) and allow the front to open up, revealing the vacuum bag.
- Gently pull the full bag out of its fastenings and throw it in the bin. Then, grab the new vacuum bag and slide it into the holder. Ensure it all clicks into place.
- Close the front of the machine and make sure you hear a click as it all secures back together. You are now free to use the vacuum as normal.
Why Does my Miele Vacuum Smell Bad?
There are a few reasons why your Miele vacuum cleaner smells bad, and it could be any one of them. Below, you will find a handy and detailed list of all the reasons why you find it hard to clean through the odour:
- The bag. If the bag is full, old, or you have sucked up something you shouldn’t have, it will smell. The first thing you should do when you encounter an unpleasant odour is change the bag and see if that gets rid of it.
- Filters. If they are dirty and have not been cleaned/replaced in quite some time, they will often smell. As all the air goes through the filter before the excess is pushed back out, the smell comes with it. Clean or replace the filters and see if that fixes your smelly problem.
- The motor/belt. If it is one of these two things, you will find that it is a burning smell. In these instances, you can try to fix it yourself, but I strongly recommend a Miele professional. You can find your local dealer or call them up to arrange a repair service.
Miele Vacuum Troubleshooting Problems
The Miele website has an exceptionally extensive troubleshooting guide that you can take a look at, and it covers all of their appliances. However, I will go through some of the most common issues here as a handy emergency guide.
#1 Dust bag full indicator comes on even though the dust bag seems empty
This is because the indicator doesn’t actually refer to the volume of dust it has collected, but rather the amount of performance left in the filter. If your vacuum cleaner has sucked up a lot of fine dust, the tiny pores within the dust bag become blocked quickly. This is the case even when the amount of dust and debris within the bag is quite small. The best thing to do in this situation is replace the dust bag and get vacuuming again.
#2 Loss of suction
This could be due to a blockage in the floorhead, hose, or wand, therefore restricting airflow and causing a loss of suction. The best thing to do is to take these three pieces apart and check them individually for blockages.
If you look down the hose or wand and see a blockage, you can usually remove it using a broom handle or similar object, and carefully pushing it through. If the floorhead is blocked, you can use something akin to a bent paperclip or hooked wire to clear the blockage out.
It could also be caused by a full dust bag, and this is quite a common reason for loss of suction. All you need to do here is change the bag, and this can be done following the steps in the previous section.
#3 The vacuum cleaner switches itself off automatically
This is where the temperature limiter switch turns the vacuum off automatically if it starts to get too hot and overheats. Some models may even have a warning light for this. It can be caused by a blockage in the floorhead, or even the hose or wand. In order to remedy this, follow the steps from issue two in order to unblock it.
It may also be that the bag is full, or the filters need to be cleaned/replaced. After doing this, check the machine to see if it is now working as intended. If it is still turning itself off automatically, it is best to call the Miele support line and ask for professional assistance.
I hope this FAQ was able to answer your questions. If you have anything further you would like to ask or learn about, please leave us a message in the comment section below. We will make sure to get back to you, and we love hearing your thoughts and feedback.
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.