When I think of an ideal canister vacuum, the Miele Classic C1 Titan has not only the features but the quality that I would want.
Electric Powerbrush and HEPA AirClean filtration? Those are great features.
The build quality to last 20 years, and not diminish its performance? That’s quality.
Miele’s Classic C1 series peaks with the C1 Titan. It brings the best standard filtration of the C1 series and the best cleaning attachments you can get with a Miele vacuum. The Titan is recommended for hard flooring and up to medium-pile carpeting.
If you’re a fan of canister vacuums, it’s hard to go wrong with the Titan. Though it lacks some of the features in the C3 series, it has all of the basics.
Most notably you get:
- HEPA AirClean Filter
- Parquet Floor Brush (for hard floors)
- SEB 217-3 Electric Floor Brush (for up to medium-pile carpet)
Here’s the big difference in the C1 Series and the C2/C3 Series:
The C1 series vacuums do not have the AirClean Sealed System. If you put a C1 Series vacuum with HEPA filter next to a C2 or C3 Series with a HEPA filter and the Miele AirClean Sealed System, there is a measurable difference in the quantity of particles being released into the air.
That’s not to say the C1 Series vacuums have poor filtration. In fact, it’s still within the best in the industry. It’s above and beyond and bagless vacuum, for sure.
If you’re one of the 20% of Americans that suffer from asthma and allergies, then consider getting a vacuum with a sealed system. Either way, if you get a Miele you will be getting better filtration than any other vacuum you’ve owned.
So now let’s get to the details of the Miele Classic C1 Titan:
- Hard (bare) floors
- Low to Medium Pile Carpet and Rugs
- RV’s, Vehicles
- 29.5 Feet cleaning radius
|Electric Powered Brush for Medium-Pile Carpet (Great for most homes)||Filtration system is not sealed, but is still miles ahead of most vacuums.|
|HEPA AirClean Filter is standard||Accessories are stored on the outside of the canister instead of inside (It’s hard to come up with a negative, so this is grasping!)|
|Parquet Floor Brush included (for Hard Floors).||Cleaning head is not self-propelled, and can be hard to push on carpet.|
|Turn on/off the Electric Brush on the handle.||Storage requires more space than an upright, for example.|
|Telescopic, stainless steel wand for floor-to-ceiling cleaning.|
|Rotary Dial Power Selector to change power based on the surface you’re cleaning.|
|Probably the quietest vacuum you will have owned.|
Bagless Vs. Bag
If you know you’re looking to buy a bag canister vacuum then just skip this section.
It’s difficult not to mention this in light of all the bagless vacuums flooding the market, and people’s inclination to go for things that seem “easy” or “convenient.” I’ll probably talk about this in every bag vacuum review I do.
I’ve used bagless vacuums for at least the last 15 years. In my opinion, after getting my Miele canister I can’t see how settled for anything less. Bagless vacuums are anything but convenient.
Cleaning a bagless dustbin always means dust flying out of the garbage can and having to dig out hair stuck inside. The dustbin never really seals quite right when you attach it back to the vacuum. So you remember how the Titan doesn’t have a sealed system? Well, it’s sealed better than any bagless vacuum. This is part of the reason Miele canisters are so much quieter. The flaws in the suction system cause more noise, but even the cheapest Miele canister is so much quieter than any bagless vacuum.
With a bag you simply pull it out and throw it away. Done. Miele’s bags are affordable and hold nearly 5 liters of debris. Bagless vacuums are a terrible solution, especially if you have any concern about allergens.
The 1,200 Watt motor used in the C1 Series is the smaller of the Miele canister motors, but the suction is anything but excellent. Not only that, but it’s built to last.
Miele’s Vortex Motor System has powerful suction and precise adjustment using the rotary dial on the canister body. There are pictures of commonly vacuums items next to the recommended power setting, so there’s no guessing how much power you need to clean your curtains, rugs, or hard floors.
You don’t get to be one of the best-filtered vacuums in the industry by having a leaky suction system. This is one of the great things about bag vacuums; their filtration and suction aren’t weakened by poor seals around a plastic dustbin.
High-quality seals also mean less noise. A lot of the noise generated by vacuums comes from air flow over poorly sealed piping.
Miele canisters, compared to any other brand, are the quietest.
No matter how big of a motor you have, you will still have terrible suction without excellent seals around piping connections and filters.
The Titan is recommended for up to medium-pile carpet and rugs.
Since it has the electrobrush attachment, it will deep clean carpet better than other C1 Series vacuums. You are also able to turn the electrobrush on or off with a switch on the handle, so transitioning between carpet and hard floors is simple.
The suction is nothing short of excellent. You will, however, find it is more difficult to push the cleaner head around on carpet than an upright. The cleaner head is not self-propelled but is light.
Bare Floor Performance
Bare floors are really ideal for this vacuum. The Parquet floor brush is specially designed for cleaning every corner and hard floor surface, including upholstery, hard-to-reach places, and delicate items.
You have the option of using the electrobrush on bare floors since the brush can be turned off. However, the soft bristles of the Parquet tool really help get up dust that clings to bare floors. The long, soft bristles of the Parquet tool also allow you to clean delicate wood and smooth surfaces thoroughly and with extreme care.
- Dusting Brush
- Upholstery Tool
- Crevice Tool
- SEB 217-3 Electrobrush
- SBB Parquet-3 Floor Brush
- Telescopic, Stainless Steel Wand
Unlike the C3 Series canisters, the C1 Titan’s attachments are stored on the outside of the canister body. The VarioClip attaches around where the hose enters the canister body. The dusting brush, upholstery tool, and crevice tool are the only attachments that will fit on the VarioClip.
These attachments are really all you need to accomplish any vacuuming task, and the C1 Titan is the only C1 Series vacuum that comes with the Parquet tool by default.
The Electrobrush is the best attachment for cleaning carpet and rugs, while the Parquet floor brush is best for hard, bare flooring. You are able to turn off the Electrobrush, so it can optionally be used on hard floors.
Cleaning stairs with a canister vacuum is a breeze. The swivel of the electrobrush make it easy to get in corners and transition between stairs.
Resting the canister body on the stairs will probably be more of a hassle than just holding it as you progress up or down the stairs.
With the Classic C1 Titan, you get the option of swapping the AirClean standard filter with the included HEPA filter.
Miele designs its canister vacuums to have a FilterBag, motor protection filter, and an air filter. The FilterBag is Miele’s term for their bag which also acts as a filter. When buying bags, you definitely only want to use genuine Miele bags since other bags may damage the motor and do void the warranty.
Perhaps the only improvement to be made when cleaning pet hair is if you could swap the brush roll for a spinning blade so you can just chop it right up and pull it straight to the bag.
That wouldn’t work so well on carpet, though!
Seriously, with the power of the Miele motor and the Electrobrush this is THE vacuum you want if pet hair is commonplace in your home. The only complaint might be having to change the bag more often than usual. Pet hair takes up a lot of space.
The major downside with using any old bagless vacuum for cleaning up after pets is they do not capture all of the pet allergens and odor-producing debris. You will only get that kind of performance with a Miele HEPA filtered vacuum.
Regular Maintenance & Clog Removal
Here are your main concerns for taking care of this vacuum:
- Changing the filter; either once every 2 bag changes or once per year if using HEPA filter.
- Changing the bag; as the indicator turns red.
- Clearing hair and debris from the Electrobrush.
- Check to make sure piping is clear of clogs.
How often should you change the filter and bag?
If you’re using the AirClean Exhaust Filter (Type GN):
Each time you open a new box of bags, the AirClean filter should be changed. There is an indicator on the body of the canister that completely turns red once the bag needs changing. If after a while of use you notice an odor coming from the exhaust, this is also a good time to change the bag.
A new filter is included with every box of bags. This will also help you know if you are buying genuine Miele FilterBags!
If you’re using the HEPA AirClean 30 Exhaust Filter:
This filter is designed to last for a year. Miele considers a year of average use to be 45 minutes at the highest setting once per week.
The situation with the bag is the same as with the Type GN filter, just watch for the indicator to turn red. If you notice an odor or decreased suction, change the bag sooner.
The satisfaction with this vacuum, and really any Miele vacuum, is quite impressive.
When you’ve got such a highly regarded product you have to hold it to a tougher standard to start noticing flaws or inconveniences.
The lack of a self-propelled cleaning head seems to be a minor inconvenience, and if you’re vacuuming an entire home of carpet you may get tired.
With a cleaning radius of about 30 feet, you get quite a bit of reach but having to move the cord from plug to plug is just part of the experience.
Some users complain about having to deal with bags, but if you are willing to make the sacrifices in performance to get a bagless vacuum then you have no need for this vacuum in the first place.
Warranty & Customer Service
What the warranty covers:
- Anything resulting from defects in material and workmanship.
- Parts and labor for repairs resulting from defective product.
- The warranty period for the vacuum, and all accessories, excluding the vacuum cleaner motors, power head motors, and vacuum cleaner casings, is one (1) year from the date of purchase.
- All repairs must be done by a Miele service agent.
- The structural integrity of the vacuum cleaner body, will be covered for seven (7) years from the date of purchase against defects in material and workmanship.
- The vacuum cleaner and power head motors will be covered for seven (7) years from the date of purchase.
- Vacuums cleaners used for commercial purposes, except for their motors, will be warranted for six (6) months from the date of purchase.
- This warranty only applies while the product remains within the United States, and shall be null and void in any other US territories, possessions, or foreign countries.
What the warranty doesn’t cover:
- Damage or defects caused by or resulting from repairs, service, or alterations to the product or any of its parts or accessories which have been performed by service centers or repairmen not authorized by Miele, or damage or defects caused by negligence, accident, abuse, misuse, improper or abnormal usage or maintenance of the product, its parts or accessories. Ordinary wear and tear or cosmetic damage (scuffs, scratches, gouges, dents, etc.) shall not be considered a defect in materials or workmanship.
|Bag Type||AirClean 3D Efficiency|
|Filter Type||HEPA: SF-HA 30 or AirClean Type GN|
|Cord Length||18 Feet|
|Motor Power||1200 Watts|
|Wheel Type||Rubber coated|
|Bag Volume||4.5 liters|
|Product Line||Classic C1|
|Telescopic Suction Wand||Stainless steel telescopic tube|
|Electronic Suction Power Setting||6-stage rotary selector|