Best hardwood floor vacuum
We’ll get right to it. After carrying out hours of research and a weekend of some serious vacuuming, we’re convinced the Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction Canister Vacuum is the best hardwood floor vacuum cleaner for your money.
When you’re talking about hardwood floors, suction comes first. There is no question this C1 canister delivers. In fact, the C1 Pure Suction is state of the art in suction. But it’s also state of the art in maneuverability and design. And that makes it an incredible product that offers the performance of more expensive vacuums without breaking the bank.
Specifically well suited for cleaning smooth floors, we found the lotus white C1 Pure Suction equally effective in getting rid of dirt and dust particles from low-pile carpets. Made using durable ABS plastic—the same plastic used to manufacture safety helmets—the C1 promises years of faithful use.
Unlike the more expensive Miele C1 Turbo Team PowerLine, which ships with a separate brush for carpets and a separate tool for hard floors, the C1 Pure Suction comes with with a combination carpet/smooth floor tool.
We did a side-by-side comparison of the bare floor cleaning ability of the C1 Pure Suction vs. that of the C1 Turbo Team. From our perspective, the vacuums are identical, even on uneven stone floors. That’s mostly thanks to notches in the front of the C1 Pure Suction’s combination brush that allow dirt to entre the nozzle. In truth, both machines did an outstanding job at everything we threw at them thanks to a rotary dial with six variable power settings. When on high, the upholstery nozzle (the same for both machines) easily removes pet hair from stairs and furniture.
As powerful as it is striking, the C1 Pure Suction can do just about everything.
That being said, the carpet cleaning skills of the C1 Turbo Team, though not significantly different, are better for medium-pile carpets. That’s due to a rotating roller that activates as air is drawn through the vacuum’s carpet floorbrush. In our testing, this Turbo brush performed slightly better on medium-pile carpets than the combination tool. But if you don’t have medium-pile carpets, who cares.
As powerful as it is striking, the C1 Pure Suction can do just about everything. Several features like the VarioClip with three tools, an impressive 29.5-foot cleaning radius, a height-adjustable stainless steel telescopic wand,and one-touch cable rewind stand out. But we are really impressed with Miele’s two-year warranty on the C1 Pure Suction. In fact, every Miele vacuum bears the Good Housekeeping Seal—earning you a two-year warranty.
Filtration far and away better than the competition
By including a multi-ply, electrostatically charged AirClean filter as standard equipment, the C1 Pure Suction captures 99.95% of particles down to 0.5 of a micron and 94% of particles down to 0.3 of a micron. The filter lasts as long as 5 dustbags. A new filter comes free with each box of Miele certified Type FJM dustbags.
So powerful yet so affordable
For convenience, here are the main features of the C1 Pure Suction:
- 1200-watt, high-output German-made Vortex Motor System
- AirClean filter
- SBD 285-3 combination carpet/smooth floor tool
- Type FJM 3.7-quart AirClean FilterBag
- AirClean construction
- Lightweight telescopic stainless steel wand
- Impressive 29.5-foot operating radius
- Automatic cord rewind
- VarioClip with dusting brush, upholstery nozzle and crevice tool
- Safety shut-off on overheating
With many vacuum cleaners we’ve tested, much of the sucked-up dirt and dust from your home is released back into the air. This is generally due to faulty construction. In addition to employing an AirClean filter, the C1 Pure Suction features Miele’s exclusive AirClean construction. This prevents dirt and other contaminants from escaping into the air. With an AirClean Filter and sealed construction, and incredible suction power, the C1 Pure Suction outperforms competitive brand vacuums double its price.
Just to be sure about things, we tested the C1 Pure Suction with a particle counter supplied by the nice people at IQAir. We found that barely anything escapes Miele’s advanced filtration. Even when changing the bag. Comparing that to some other vacuum brands on the market—including Dyson—we found that bag leakage and poor construction that reduce efficiency is common. This means that while many vacuums leak harmful particles back into the air you breathe, Miele vacuums do not. Now that’s impressive!
The bottom line
In the end, if you’re on the hunt for an excellent vacuum for hardwood floors, the C1 Pure Suction is an amazing machine for its price. And it’s a Miele! At $299, you get the same level of performance on smooth floors and low-pile carpets as you do with the $399 Miele C1 Turbo Team PowerLine. But you don’t get a Turbo floorbrush. In our book, having a separate carpet brush is not worth the extra cost unless you have medium-pile carpets. If that’s the case, then the C1 Turbo Team PowerLine is a smarter choice.