First let me say I’m a vacuum collector so I am VERY picky when it comes to what machines I collect and use.
This Miele is TINY bit packs a huge punch!!!!!! First impression is that it feels more powerful than the full sized Miele canister I have and that could be due to the smaller bag compartment concentrating the suction but it’s a little beast on hard floors and was pulling in particles about an inch in front of the nozzle into the machine and sucking the nozzle to the floor.
The quality is typical Miele and is built beautifully even though this model is assembled in China using German parts. Miele’s other canisters are built in house in Germany and this one feels just as solid as my other machines.
The turbo nozzle is excellent on area rugs and very low pile but it sucks on regular pile carpet (no pun intended lol). It bogs down on my plush red rug which doesn’t bother me because I know it’s not made for pile that high, my vintage green carpet with low and medium low sections it loves and my mothers carpet is a medium pile and it didn’t really groom it so that will get the power nozzles from other machines. All the other area rings in the house it performed as intended but doesn’t provide any agitation like a power nozzle.
The cord is short! I had to use 3 different plugs to move around the whole house where I only use one central plug with my C3 canister and U1 upright.
This model is fully sealed but doesn’t include a HEPA filter but you do get Miele’s air clean filter which combined with the bag has great filtration as is and is perfect for those that don’t suffer from bad allergies. You can however upgrade to a HEPA filter or the active air clean filter with activated carbon to reduce odors specifically for pet owners since their hair has oils on it that will turn rancid in the bag.
The hose is the most flexible hose I have ever seen on a vacuum! It moves with you without fighting you or being too stiff and has a tiny bit of stretch to it as well. The hand grip has a built in suction relief valve for quick reduction of suck haha! The extension wand however doesn’t feel as smooth as the other wands I have which contain electrical connections for the power heads, it may just need a wipe down with WD40 and a nice buff to smooth things out.
The tools on the C1 do not store inside the machine since it’s a compact model. Instead they store on a “C” shaped caddy that attaches to the base of the hose on the machine end. Included are a crevice tool, upholstery/stair tool and a synthetic bristle dusting brush which seems really stiff compared to the higher end horsehair dusting brush you get with higher end Miele’s so I wouldn’t use it on delicate surfaces. Also included is a horsehair parquet/hard floor brush which is very soft so it won’t scratch delicate floor finishes.
This little guy will be perfect for days that I just want to clean hard floors, above floor dusting and jobs not requiring me to haul around my full sized C3 or S8. The C1 and C1 Turbo Team would be a perfect vacuum for those with limited carpet and lots of hardfloors along with someone that lives in a smaller home, apartment or dorm room.
I would also recommend this to someone that is older and needs a lighter vacuum to use around the house!
So all in all I’m happy with this little fella and I’ll enjoy using it for many years to come.