Miele has been making residential compact vacuum cleaners since 1931. Throughout the last 20 years the company has risen through the ranks to become one of the premier vacuum cleaner manufacturers in the world by pioneering new advances in three core areas of vacuum cleaner design:
- Hygienic Air Quality
- Strong Suction
- Quiet Operation
The Shift to Bagless
Miele engineers have been resistant to the idea of bagless vacuum cleaners, and the new Blizzard CX1 bagless vacuum is a giant shift. Although the consumer cost savings of eliminating the ongoing Miele vacuum bag replacement expense was undeniable, brand’s hesitation to make the switch was also logical. You see, though some bagless vacuums enjoyed silent operation, and some high end products generally had good suction, air quality remained problematic for the majority of bagless vacuums.
Miele was hesitant to release a bagless vacuum cleaner to the market knowing that many households, especially the ones with infants, young children, and allergy sufferers, were dependent on its clean-air-technology.
Most recently, the company embraced the cordless technology and released the Miele Triflex HX1 cordless vacuum. This new vacuum incorporates the bagless cyclone technology, long battery life, and a multifunctional cleaning head that is able to tackle whole house cleaning no matter what surface you throw at it.
Let’s Talk About Air Filtration: Bagged Vacs vs. Cyclone Vacs
First, the Bagged Vacs:
Miele vacuum cleaner provides an amazing clean with the world’s best filtration system, which ensures allergens and dust particles are removed from the floor, but also the air in the room. With traditional Miele bagged vacuums you can choose from three different exhaust filters:
- AirClean filter: effective filtration for everyday needs. Which provides >99.9 % dust retention capacity in combination with the HyClean dustbag.
- Active AirClean filter: Which provides significant reduction of unpleasant odours, and is ideal for pet owners.
- HEPA AirClean filter: Which provides >99.999 % dust retention capacity, filters even fine dust and allergens, and is ideal for those with house dust allergies.
Additionally, Miele’s bagged vacs have the Original Miele AirClean dustbag’s collar, which means that “when the vacuum cleaner is opened collar closes automatically and locks in the vacuumed dust for good. Furthermore, the material prevents the bag from tearing, even when sharp objects such glass fragments are vacuumed up. So fine dust which has been vacuumed up cannot escape again”.
Now, the Cyclone Vacs:
It was not easy to improve on the cyclonic separation technology, which was first introduced in 1970’s by none other than Sir James Dyson. After years of research and testing Miele is finally releasing their version of cyclonic separation, and have dubbed it the “Vortex Engine”, and it is one of the components that make Miele bagless vacs so remarkable.
How Does it Work?
The Vortex Engine generates a cyclonic air flow in excess of 60 mph – an impressive speed in such a small space! At this speed, you can be assured that the fine dust will be separated from the debris. You will appreciate the Vortex Engine technology the most when you are emptying the transparent debris container: there will not be any dust escaping to the air! Which means that you will be spared from the trip outside your house to empty the container, and family members will not have to pull out their asthma inhalers.
Wait, so, where does the fine dust end up? The fine dust gets trapped in the GORE filter. Remember the company that brought you GORE-TEX coats?
The GORE filter is a lifetime filter that is tucked away in the body of the machine, which you can remove and wash with water (yep, it’s that simple!) when needed.
Miele bagless vacs also have an exhaust filter for trapping any final remnants of dust, and captures 99.5% of particles. Higher-end models feature a HEPA AirClean filter that removes 99.999%* of allergens and particles (* According to EN 60312-1). Both exhaust filter types are maintenance free with lifetime operation.
If you weren’t already convinced that Miele’s bagless vacs had provided the best in air filtration, Miele’s hygienic method of filtration gained the favorable acclaim of the world’s leading independent filtration testing agency IBR Laboratories.
How About Suction Power?
Most of us want to be thrifty with our time and resources. In the case of a bagged vacuum, this thriftiness tends to mean that we hold on to the old bag in the vacuum cleaner until it’s absolutely necessary to change it. By that time, the bag is usually filled to the brim and, in addition to creating an unpleasant bag-changing situation, a completely full bag will also compromise even the strongest motor’s ability to generate the suction needed to get the floor clean.
Cyclone vacs have a transparent, easy to empty container, which helps to ensure that suction will always be at it’s best by working with your natural inclinations: you vacuum, you see the dirt in the container, you empty the container, you pour yourself a glass of wine in celebration of a clean house, and a job well done. Oh, and you saved some money, too! #hero.
Strong Motors with Manufacturer Guarantee
Miele’s vacuum cleaner motors have always been a hallmark of the product, maintaing suction, year over year. So much so, that they have a 7 year suction guarantee on all of their vacuums and a 10 year warranty on their exclusive HomeCare line.
Convenient Floor Head Controls
Another contributor to strong suction is the ability to match the floor head to the surface you are cleaning. “This makes the floorhead easy to move and enables optimum cleaning results. Graphic symbols for the various applications make it easy to choose the right performance level.”
The Blizzard CX1 Cyclone offers convenient control placements:
- Multi-function rotary dial: The suction power is regulated by turning the rotary control to the floor type desired.
- Radio controls on the handle: You can turn the electric turbo brush on and off to regulate suction power with your fingertip. Miele calls this the comfort-handle. It is ergonomic to use. (In the traditional bagged Miele vacuums there are many versions of the comfort handle (with a light, additional controls for suction power and power on/off for the vac). Blizzard CX1 at this time only features turbo controls on the handle)
And, it’s Quiet, Right?
You will be amazed by the silent operation of this vacuum! Given the power of the Vortex Engine, Miele was able to keep the noise levels consistent with what you’ve come to expect from of their previosly existing bagged vacuum line up.
According to a 2016 Miele press release (with regards to sound levels):
The air on most brands of bagless vacuum cleaner is passed through a series of small cyclones (multi-cyclone system) which requires many deflections to the direction of travel of the air which, in turn, wastes lots of power and causes high noise levels…Miele has opted for the mono-cyclone approach called Vortex Technology in which air only passes through one single and larger cyclone. This facilitates very good cleaning performance combined with pleasant operating sound levels
Built In and Optional Tools
Because every home and lifestyle are different, each Miele Blizzard CX1 comes with a bunch of different floor tool options:
- SEB228 Electrov+ Power Brush: Turbo brush agitator powered by electricity: great for any carpet type or for families with pets. Vacuums with SEB228 come with the ergonomic comfort handle with controls to turn on/off the turbo brush agitator (aka the beater bar as our parents say). You are able to adjust the distance of this floor head from the surface with an easy foot-switch.
- STB305-3 Air Driven Turbo Brush: Agitator brush powered by air movement: great of low to medium pile carpets.
- SBD285-3 Suction Only Floor Head: Ideal for Hard Floors, Silk Rugs and Low Pile Carpets. Let’s you operate from surface to surface without changing heads. This tool does not have the agitator brush.
Each Blizzard is also equipped with a combination of the following accessorial tools for special applications in addition to the main floor heads mentioned above:
- Parquet Twister Smooth Floor Tool
- FiberTeq Combination Floor Tool
- STB101 Small Turbo Brush for Upholstery
- Crevice tool, dusting brush, and upholstery tool
- Some models in the Blizzard line up have a built-in dusting brush which extends from the handle when you don’t even want to bend down to replace any heads for a quick dust job. Truly convenient…
Other Features of the Blizzard CX1 Series:
There are so many wonderful details on these vacuums that truly revolutionize and enhance the task of vauuming.
Graphic symbols for the various applications make it easy to choose the right performance level.
Convenient sets of controls:
- Rotary dial to adjust suction power
- Handle controls so that you can turn the turbo brush on and off to regulate suction power with your fingertip.
Comfort power cord rewind with tap function: No need to stop and wait and hope the cable rewinds without tangling. A simple tap on a foot switch is enough to comfortably rewind the entire cable of the Blizzard CX1.
Extra long power cord: Thanks to a range of 33 ft., large rooms can be cleaned comfortably without having to change sockets frequently.
Helpful park system for vacuuming breaks and storage: Easy to park when you attach the floorhead to the canister in the specified positions. The park function for pausing during cleaning is on the left of the vacuum cleaner. To store the appliance upright there is another park function on the back of the vacuum cleaner.
Rubberized caster wheels for smooth gliding move: Blizzard CX1 is equipped with four durable 360° non-marring castor wheels that provide an extra smooth, luxurious maneuverability and special floor surface protection.
Attached acccessories: Accessories are all tucked away so they are there when you need them and not hidden in the corner of a dark closet.
“Comfort Clean”: Let’s you know when the GORE-filter needs to be washed.
No Overheating: Thanks to the thermal switch which powers off the vacuum cleaner in the unlikely case of overuse.
So Then, The Blizzard CX1 Cyclone Vac is Good?
It’s outstanding! The hygienic air-filtration system is enough to put this bagless vacuum in a class of it’s own. When you add in the guaranteed and superb suction action, the quietness, and all the extra features and accessories, you get a vacuum that provides a superior clean, as well as an ease of use that will allow you to spend less time worrying about the dust in your home, so you can have more time doing what you love in your home.
Which model shall I purchase and how?
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Floor type color and budget
Cat and Dog Model for families with Pets works great on wall-to-wall long pile carpets as well as smooth floors and area rugs. $899 –
Electrol Plus Model if you have wall-to-wall carpets as well as smooth floors and area rugs. $799 –
Turbo Team Model if you have medium to low pile carpets, area rugs and smooth floors. We love the Tech Blue color of Turbo Team. $599 –
Pure Suction Model for area rugs and smooth floors although a smoothfloor tool comes as a stand alone accessory this vacuum is designed for those of us who don’t want to think about changing floor-heads. $499 price point makes it extra attractive. This model is sold only in authorized Miele stores.
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SIDENOTE. This post was last modified on October 7, 2021. However, we regularly update our content as we test more products and new models are released. We also listen to the feedback of our customers and make changes to our product recommendations based on their experiences. So don’t be surprised if you see some old comments below! Since reader comments contribute to the topic, we have decided not to delete them.