Find the Right Miele Vacuum Bags: GN vs FJM What’s The Difference

Find the Right Miele Vacuum Bags: GN vs FJM What's The Difference

When our customers need Miele vacuum bags, they always ask two questions: What’s the correct bag for my vacuum cleaner? Do I need to use the Miele brand, or can I consider alternatives?

Since this is an infrequent purchase, it can be challenging to remember which Miele bags fit your machine. You want to keep plenty of extras on hand, so we put together this guide to help you avoid costly mistakes.

A Miele vacuum with a dust bag is great for people who have allergies because they don’t release dirt, dust, and other irritating particles back into the air while they’re running or when you change the bag out. Families with infants also opt for bagged vacuum cleaners for this reason.

It’s best to change the bags out regularly for your vacuum to keep doing its job well. This guide lays out which Miele vacuum bags fit which vacuum and the differences between them. We’ll show you how to buy the right bags and explain when and how to replace them.

What’s The Correct Miele Vacuum Bag For Me?

Over the years, Miele products have changed, which means that you need to be mindful before purchasing a new supply of vacuum bags and filters.

The Miele vacuum cleaner bag that you need depends on your model. Some canister vacuums have bigger bodies and require larger GN bags. However, the entry-level canisters are typically smaller and take FJM bags. The stick and upright vacuums require more slender bags.

You can also mix and match filters and bags to create a custom vacuum system. For example, if you don’t have allergies, you don’t necessarily need to buy replacement HEPA filters.

Popular Miele Vacuum Bags for Canisters
The most popular Miele bags for canister vacuums

Current Miele Vacuum Bag Lineup

There are four Miele vacuum bag sizes on the market: GN, FJM, U, and KK. To help you remember which type your vacuum uses, Miele color-coded them. Miele canisters can take two types of dustbags: FJM or GN. Miele upright vacuums take U, and Miele upright/stick vacuums use KK.

BAG TYPE COLOR VACUUM TYPE CAPACITY
GN Blue Miele canister vacuums 4.76 Quart
FJM Red Miele canister vacuums 3.7 Quart
U Green Miele upright vacuums 5.45 Quart
KK Yellow Miele upright/stick vacuums 2.6 Quart

Pro Tip: Please see the comprehensive chart below for all Miele vacuums and their respective bags and filters.

Miele vacuum bag for uprights
Bags for specialty vacs (uprights and sticks)

When searching for Miele canister vacuum bags, it’s easy to get confused by the similar GN and FJM bags. The only difference between them is their size.

Miele GN vacuum bags, which have a 4.76 quart capacity, are made for larger canister vacuums such as the Classic C1 and Complete C2 & C3 Series.

Miele FJM vacuum bags are smaller and have a 3.7 quart capacity. These bags fit smaller canister vacuums including the Complete C1, Compact C1, and C2 Series.

However, all the bags have the same fitting, so if you happen to buy the wrong ones, the only difference will be how much dust and debris each bag can hold.

Pro Tip: Each box of Miele vacuum bags comes with 2 filters (a motor filter and an exhaust filter). Change the motor and exhaust filters every 4 bags.

Miele vacuum bag close-up
Miele vacuum bag close-up

Miele Vacuum Bags Are Also A Filter

Have you ever felt like your vacuum was releasing a smell as you cleaned? Not with a Miele. Miele vacuum cleaner bags have a thick, multilayer, cloth-like texture that doubles as an initial filter. They help make sure that the dust and debris you vacuum up doesn’t escape back out.

Miele vacuum bags as part of the miele filtration system
Miele vacuum bags play a big role in protecting you from allergens and dust.

As dirt and debris get sucked into a Miele vacuum, they go directly into the bag, where they get sealed up tightly. Miele dust bags are so powerful that they capture over 99.9 percent of all dust particles. Next, the air moves into the motor, which is protected by a motor cleaner filter. (P.S.: This filter should be changed every four bags. It is included in all Miele vacuum bag packages.) Finally, the air moves through a HEPA, charcoal, or standard clean air filter.

High-quality filtration is what makes Miele vacuums stand out from the competition. If you suffer from allergies or have an infant in the house, you will appreciate the fact that the air Miele canister vacuums emit is cleaner than the air they pull in.

You’ll also appreciate that there’s no reusable dust bin to empty and wash out. The vacuum bag keeps the interior of your vacuum clean.

Is It Okay to Purchase an Aftermarket Vacuum Bag?

The short answer: No. You won’t get the same performance from an aftermarket bag, with its inferior filtration capabilities.

For one, you might get more of an odor. Less effective vacuum bags release fine dust particles and dirt back into the air, along with their stinky aroma.

You should also know that aftermarket bags are not regulated, and can expose you to fiberglass and other hazardous materials.

Finally, using an aftermarket bag can void your Miele warranty.

We recommend going with Miele’s high-quality bags.

Where to Buy Miele Vacuum Bags?

If you don’t have an extra bag when it comes time to change yours, you may find yourself wondering where to buy Miele vacuum cleaner bags. Thankfully, locating additional bags can be easy.

Miele started making packs of products so you have plenty on hand. It has also begun bundling HEPA filters into these packs to give you extra savings.

Visit our appliance store if you are in New York or New Jersey. Otherwise, here are some trustworthy links to shop online nationwide:

How to Replace a Miele Vacuum Bag?

When it’s time to change your Miele vacuum cleaner bag, you’ll need to know how to to take your vacuum apart and install a new one.

1. Access and remove the full vacuum bag. Lift the release button on the dust compartment lid until it clicks. That lets you open up the compartment where the bag is. Firmly grasp the plastic collar of the filter bag and pull gently to remove it. No worries if you have allergies: Miele designed its vacuum bags with a unique flap that closes over the top to prevent dust or debris from spilling out.

How-to-empty-miele-vacuum-bag

2. Install the new vacuum bag. Press the new bag into the blue holder as far as it will go. Make sure you don’t unfold the vacuum bag when removing it from its original box. Only unfold it after the bag is situated in the blue holder.

3. Secure the new vacuum bag. Close the dust compartment lid and press down until it snaps into place.

Pro Tip: The dust compartment lid is designed to close only when there’s a bag in place, so if you’re only removing an old bag, don’t use force trying to close the lid. Otherwise, you could break the lid. You’ll be able to safely and securely close it again once you insert a new bag.

How Long Does a Miele Bag Last?

With average use, a Miele vacuum cleaner bag should last for around three months. However, this can vary depending on your home and how often you vacuum. If you have a large home or wall-to-wall carpets, budget to replace your bag every month.

Pro Tip: Change your Miele vacuum cleaner bag before it’s full. You’ll notice significantly better suction and extend your vacuum’s life.

How Do I Know When My Miele Vacuum Bag Is Full?

Thankfully, Miele takes the guesswork out of knowing if your vacuum bag is full. On top of your vacuum’s bag door, there should be a small window with an indicator light. When the Miele vacuum bag full indicator turns red, you’ll know it’s time to change the bag.


The Fit Chart for Miele Vacuum Bags

Swing H1/Universal Uprights

VACUUM BAG FILTER TYPE
S163 K/K (SF) AC10, AA10, & H10
S168 K/K (SF) AC10, AA10, & H10
S194 Quickstep K/K (SF) AC10, AA10, & H10
Swing H1 Tactical/Quickstep K/K (SF) AC10, AA10, & H10

Powerhouse

VACUUM BAG FILTER TYPE
S183 & S184 Z HEPA – S02Z6000
Miele Z vacuum bags have been discontinued.

S200 Series

VACUUM BAG FILTER TYPE
S246 Naturell FJM SF – AC20/30
S251 Miele Plus FJM SF – AC20/30

S300 Series

VACUUM BAG FILTER TYPE
S312/314 White Star FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S312/314 Red Star FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S316 Cat & Dog FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S318 Bahama Blue FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S318 Polar Ice FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30

Complete C2/S5000 Series

VACUUM BAG FILTER TYPE
S5210/S5211 Ariel GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S5280/S5281 Pisces GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S5281 Libra GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S5280/S5281 Callisto GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S5280 Jubilee GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S5380/S5381 Gemini GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S5380/S5381 Leo GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S5380 Venus GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S5381 Park Ave GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S5481 Earth GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S5481 Terrane GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S5580 Aquarius GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S5980/S5981 Capricorn GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
Complete C2 Limited Edition GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
Complete C2 Hard Floor GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50

S500 Series

VACUUM BAG FILTER TYPE
S514 Electro-Direct FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S516 Cat & Dog FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S524 Crystal FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S524 Mercury FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S538 Monte Verde FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S548 Aluminium FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S548 Champagne FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S558 Silver Moon FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S558 Red Velvet FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30

Compact C2/S6000 Series

VACUUM BAG FILTER TYPE
Compact C2/S6270 Quartz FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S6270 Red Velvet FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
Compact C2/S6270 Onyx FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S6270 Manhattan2 FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
Compact C2/S6270 Topaz FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
Compact C2/S6290 Jasper FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
Compact C2/S6290 Homecare FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
Compact C2 Electro+ FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50

S600 Series

VACUUM BAG FILTER TYPE
S658 Blue Moon GN (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30

S700 Series

VACUUM BAG FILTER TYPE
S768 HEPA FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30

S900 Series

VACUUM BAG FILTER TYPE
S930 Hot Chocolate L/L (SF) SAC40, AAC40, & AH40
S930 Mojito L/L (SF) SAC40, AAC40, & AH40
S938 Red Roses L/L (SF) SAC40, AAC40, & AH40
Miele LL vacuum bags have been discontinued.

Classic C1/S2000 Series

VACUUM BAG FILTER TYPE
Classic C1 Pure Suction GN (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Classic C1 Turbo Team GN (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Classic C1/S2120/S2121 Olympus GN (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Classic C1/S2181 Exclusive GN (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Classic C1/S2121 Capri GN (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Classic C1/S2120/2121 Delphi GN (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Classic C1/S2121 Centennial GN (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Classic C1/ S2121HomeCare GN (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S2180 Atlantis GN (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Classic C1/S2180/S2181Titan GN (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Classic C1 Electro+ GN (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Classic C1 Cat & Dog GN (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Classic C1 Limited Edition GN (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30

Compact C1/S4000 Series

VACUUM BAG FILTER TYPE
S4210 Carina FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S4210 Polaris FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
Compact C1 Pure Suction FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
Compact C1 Turbo Team FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
Compact C1 HomeCare & Turbo Team FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S4210 Antares FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S410 Capella FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S4210 Sirius FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S4212 Manhattan FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S4212 Neptune FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S4280 Zephyr FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S4580 Luna FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S4582 Eclipse FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
S4780 Orion FJM (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50

Dynamic U1/S7000 Series

VACUUM BAG FILTER TYPE
Dynamic U1/S7210 Twist U (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Dynamic U1 Limited Edition U (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Dynamic U1 Maverick U (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Dynamic U1 HomeCare U (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Dynamic U1/S7260 Cat & Dog U (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S7280 Calypso U (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Dynamic U1/S7280 Salsa U (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Dynamic U1/S7280 Jazz U (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Dynamic U1/S7280 FreshAir U (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S7580 Pirouette U (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S7580 Bolero U (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Dynamic U1/S7580 AutoEco U (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
Dynamic U1/S7580 HomeCare U (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S7580 Tango U (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30
S7580 Swing U (SF) AC20/30, AA30, & HA30

Complete C3/S8000 Series

VACUUM BAG FILTER TYPE
S8390 FreshAir GN (SF) AC20/30,AA50, & HA50
Complete C3 Limited Edition GN (SF) AC20/30, AA50, & HA50
Complete C3/S8390 Calima GN (SF) AC20/30,AA50, & HA50
Complete C3 SoftCarpet GN (SF) AC20/30,AA50, & HA50
Complete C3/S8390 Kona GN (SF) AC20/30,AA50, & HA50
Complete C3/8380 Cat & Dog GN (SF) AC20/30,AA50, & HA50
Complete C3/8390 HomeCare GN (SF) AC20/30,AA50, & HA50
Complete C3/8590 Alize GN (SF) AC20/30,AA50, & HA50
Complete C3/8590 Marin GN (SF) AC20/30,AA50, & HA50
8990 UniQ GN (SF) AC20/30,AA50, & HA50
Complete C3 HomeCare + GN (SF) AC20/30,AA50, & HA50
Complete C3 Brilliant GN (SF) AC20/30,AA50, & HA50

Miele Vacuum Bag FAQs

If you recently switched to Miele from a different brand, you may have additional questions. We’ve answered some of the most common ones below to help you better understand Miele, whether you’re new to it or just looking to learn more about your vacuum and the options available to you.

1. Why does my Miele vacuum smell bad?

Miele vacuums have strong filters that help contain and trap odors. Things can happen, though, and every vacuum has at least the faintest hint of an odor when used. If you’re noticing a particularly strong scent coming from your Miele vacuum, it may be a sign that it’s time to replace the vacuum bag or filter, clean the vacuum hose, or have your vacuum serviced by a professional.

2. Are Miele vacuum bags HEPA?

No, Miele vacuum bags aren’t HEPA—but only because vacuum bags can’t be. HEPA stands for “high-efficiency particulate air” and actually refers to air filters, not vacuum bags. There is, however, a Miele vacuum HEPA filter that you can use in your vacuum to help fight allergies.

3. What’s the difference between Miele HyClean and AirClean bags?

While similar, Miele’s HyClean and AirClean bags aren’t identical, nor are they interchangeable. The HyClean bag, which has been discontinued and isn’t designed for U.S. models, has strips designed to prevent tears or rips. The AirClean bags are designed to function better within the vacuum and are designed to better store dust and debris without quick filling or accidental spills.

4. Do Miele vacuum bags have fiberglass?

Vacuum bags, especially those with HEPA filters, containing fiberglass fibers has been a recent concern, but it’s not one to worry about with Miele. Miele vacuum cleaner bags have never contained any fiberglass.

5. What filter does my Miele vacuum use?

Miele manufactures its own line of replacement filters, and each model vacuum calls for a unique filter. The best way to learn what filter you need is to check your user manual or refer to the table we created above explaining the different types of bags.

You can also choose different Miele vacuum filters for different needs, such as charcoal for odor or HEPA for allergens.

6. I have pets. Are there any special filters I need to use?

One reason Miele is such a popular vacuum brand is due to the variety of replacement filters it offers, including some extra strength ones designed with pet owners in mind. Miele’s charcoal filter helps fight stubborn odors left behind by pets, while its HEPA filters help remove allergens and prevent or reduce symptoms that may have been caused by pet dander and saliva.

7. Can you clean a Miele HEPA filter?

Unless otherwise stated by your user manual, you should never submerge a HEPA filter in water. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t clean it.The safest way to clean a Miele HEPA filter is to remove it from the vacuum and wipe it with a dry cloth. If the debris or dust is too fine for easy removal, you can use the small attachments on your vacuum to go over it.

8. How often to replace Miele HEPA filters?

Since your HEPA filter removes dust and debris from your home that could trigger allergies, you want to make sure it is always working as efficiently as possible. As a result, it’s recommended to replace your Miele HEPA filter at least once a year, though you may find that you need to do it more often depending on how often you vacuum and the state of the area you are vacuuming.

9. How to change filter in Miele vacuum cleaner?

Changing the filter in your vacuum is similar to changing Miele vacuum cleaner bags. Once you open the compartment where your vacuum bag is kept, you will instead gently remove the existing filter from its holder, which is often in the upper left quadrant of the compartment.

Installation is equally easy: Just make sure that your new filter is lined up properly and slide it in. This is the same process you can follow to clean and reinstall your existing filter.

10. How to activate Miele HEPA filters?

If you’re inserting a new filter, you’ll need to activate it. To do so, while you have the compartment panel open, press the green button located on the frontward side of the filter.

11. Do all Miele vacuums have HEPA filters?

Not all Miele vacuums have HEPA filters, though you can buy your own certified HEPA filter to use.

However, almost all Miele vacuums do have a sealed system, which helps prevent distributing dust into the air while vacuuming.

12. Are there any aftermarket Miele vacuum cleaner bags?

It’s always recommended to use only genuine Miele bags with your Miele vacuum. Not only are certified bags better designed to fit your vacuum and provide the best benefits, but using a generic bag can also void your warranty.

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13. Do I need to change the filter in my Miele cordless vacuum?

While your Miele Triflex cordless vacuum provides additional convenience when cleaning your home, it still functions similarly to other models in terms of care. As a result, you’ll need to change the filter every three months or so, as you do with a corded Miele vacuum.

14. Can I wash the filter of my Miele cordless vacuum?

In accordance with Miele guidelines, you shouldn’t wash the filter. However, you can clean it. To do so, remove the cover so you can access and remove any of the dirt or debris caught inside. When you’re finished, replace the cover securely.

You can use a dry and slightly damp cloth to wipe your vacuum and vacuum accessories for a more thorough clean.

15. What does 3D mean in Miele vacuum bag description?

3D designation in Miele marketing is an industry mystery. Company imprinted this on all vacuum bags but without an explanation of what it is and customer benefits. We assume that they want to make a reference to multi-layer thickness of their bags.


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