I’m back, this time to bring you a detailed review of the Blizzard CX1 series of vacuums from Miele. This line of products is made for people who want a Miele, but also prefer a bagless. I think most millennials fit this description.
Miele has been in the market producing both home and commercial appliances that have proven to be of superior performance and quality. A notable feature of their vacuums, and which I find appealing, is the exceptional durability and specialized cleaning ability. With a Miele vacuum cleaner, you can change the head to match the requirements of the surface being cleaned. The Blizzard CX1, for instance, is made to cover the needs of all types of home. It all depends on which version you choose.
Miele is very careful with the adoption of new technologies. It took a while to jump into the bagless trend. Just for the record, a bagless vacuum lets you reuse the dust compartment by manually emptying the contents and cleaning it. No more money spent on dust bags, however, note that bagless vacuums also have disadvantages. One of the most important is the limited filtration options. However, Miele is known to have that perfect filters craved by people with allergies, so let’s see how they’ve tackled the problem.
- 1 Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine comparison chart
- 2 Common features shared by all the models from Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine
- 3 Pros
- 4 Cons
- 5 Miele Blizzard CX1 vs Miele Compact C1 vs Miele Complete C3
- 6 Final thoughts
Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine comparison chart
Here are all the Miele Blizzard CX1 Powerline vacuums, nicely presented in a comparison chart which puts accent only on their differences:
|Miele Blizzard CX1 PureSuction||Graphite grey||- AllTeQ Combination Floorhead SBD 285-3|
- Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3
|- Three-piece accessory set||around $500|
|Miele Blizzard CX1 TurboTeam||Tech blue||- Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3|
- Turbo Brush Floorhead STB 305-3
|- Three-piece accessory set||around $600|
|Miele Blizzard CX1 Electro+||Obsidian black||- Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3|
- Electro Plus Floorhead SEB 228
|- Three-piece accessory set||around $800|
|Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog||Lotus white||- Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3|
- Electro Plus Floorhead SEB 228
|- Three-piece accessory set|
- Handheld Mini Turbo Brush STB 101
|Miele Blizzard CX1 HomeCare||Mango red||- Parquet Twister XL Floorhead SBB 400-3|
- Electro Premium Floorhead SEB 236
|- Three-piece accessory set|
- Extended Flexible Crevice Tool SFD 20
- Adjustable Universal Brush SUB 20
Now, let’s move on to the detailed description of each model:
Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine PureSuction
- The PureSuction model is perfect for hard floors, including sensitive hardwood, bamboo and other types of parquet.
- It comes with 2 nozzles: the AllTeQ Combination Floorhead SBD 285-3 and the Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3. None of these have a passive or an active brushroll.
- The AllTeQ head can also be used on short-pile carpet with moderate results. With a double swivel head, you can reach any nook and cranny with ease.
- The smooth synthetic fibers of the Parquet head can help you clean even the smallest dust particles. The swivel joint rotates smoothly.
- Uses the same Vortex motor found in the other more expensive models. The airflow produced by the vacuum cleaner reaches speeds up to 62 miles/h
- The bin is easy to empty and clean. The emptying process is thoroughly analyzed, and a simple yet effective push-to-open mechanism ensures you won’t get in contact with the debris collected by the machine.
- Comes with the Hygiene lifetime filter, which can filter 99.98% of the airborne particles.
- The PureSuction is the cheapest Miele CX1. However, it enjoys all the common features of this line: high suction power, good filtration, quality materials, long warranty and so on.
Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine Turbo Team
- The TurboTeam model is perfect for both hard floors and short-pile carpets.
- It also comes with 2 nozzles: the Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3 and the Turbo Brush Floorhead STB 305-3. As you see, the latter replaces the AllTeQ nozzle found in the previous model of CX1.
- While the Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3 is perfect for sensitive hard floors, the Turbo Brush STB 305-3 (also called TurboTeQ) is a great passive brushroll (powered by the airflow). It’s light weight and thanks to a special air valve, it doesn’t stick to the carpet.
- This Blizzard also comes with a better filter then the PureSuction model: the HEPA AirClean lifetime filter, which can filter 99.999% of the airborne particles attracted by the airflow.
- Also improved over the previous model are the 4 castor wheels, which are using a new technology called DynamicDrive. Basically, this means that the swivel wheels are now using rubberized castors and steel axles equipped with shock absorbers. If you want to operate quietly and to have your floors scratch-free, this system could be considered an improvement.
- Because of these 3 main differences (the nozzle with the passive brushroll, the better filter and the improved castor wheels), the Turbo Team costs around $100 more than the entry-level model.
Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine Electro+
- The Electro+ model is the first from the Blizzard CX1 series to come with an actively powered brushroll: the Electro Plus Floorhead SEB 228 nozzle. This meas that unlike the previous CX1 models, this one can also handle high-pile carpets. Considering that it has included also the Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3, this model is perfect for any type of flooring.
- The motor is not changed. The same Vortex unit which features new paradigms (e.g. the gentle-start which protects the unit from overload, or the temperature limiter which prevents overheating) can be found in all the CX1 models.
- In order to bring the electric power to the nozzle, Miele had to replace the Eco handle and the telescopic wand with other parts which include the electrical circuits. In the process, Miele redesigned the handle to be more ergonomic and to accommodate the controls right were you need them. It kept the small metallic strip which acts as an anti-static shield which protects you from potential static discharges.
- Lacks unfortunately the Dynamic Drive system present in the Turbo Team model, but keeps the same HEPA filter.
- Due to the fact that it comes with the electric brushroll, the price for this unit is approximately $200 higher than the price of the previous Turbo Team version.
Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine Cat & Dog
- The Cat & Dog models from Miele are usually (and trivially) built for pet owners. This means better filtration and specialized tools. The Blizzard CX1 Cat&Dog makes no exception to this rule, as it features the same highly-efficient lifetime-guaranteed HEPA filter and the Handheld Mini Turbo Brush STB 101. Other than this and the obvious color difference, it is basically the same unit as the Electro+.
- If you are interested in the Cat & Dog and you don’t care about the color of your vacuum cleaner, one tip which I have at the moment which can save you $50 or so is to buy the Electro+ and the Handheld Mini Turbo Brush STB 101 separately.
- The Handheld Mini Turbo Brush STB 101 is passively powered by the air flow generated by the unit. The relatively wide path makes it perfect for delicate upholstery and car detailing. It also features an air valve which prevents it from sticking on surfaces. Since the part is not new and fits most canisters from Miele, you can probably find it online at cheaper rates.
- I believe that Miele is capitalizing at the moment on the Cat & Dog brand, since most pet owners like to have their tools, no matter their usefulness and area of application, branded for their gang. I’ve seen this happening before with their Cat&Dog upright models (Dynamic U1). Nevertheless, I can understand the attraction for a creamy white appliance.
Miele Blizzard CX1 PowerLine HomeCare
- The HomeCare models from Miele are traditionally the most complete ones, and the Miele Blizzard CX1 HomeCare makes no exception. It features 2 nozzles which aren’t used on any of the other models: the Parquet Twister XL Floorhead SBB 400-3 and the Electro Premium Floorhead SEB 236.
- The Parquet Twister XL Floorhead SBB 400-3 is basically a bigger version of the Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3. Measuring 16″, the 400-3 is actually 25% larger than the standard 300-3 nozzle. The Electro Premium Floorhead SEB 236 can be adjusted in height and has LED lighting. It is the best choice for people with high-pile carpets. You can also purchase it separately, but it costs a whooping $250.
- The standard accessories are completed by 2 special ones: the Extended Flexible Crevice Tool SFD 20 and the Adjustable Universal Brush SUB 20. With the first, you can reach ceilings and vacuum drapes, and with the latter, you can dust bookshelves and fans. I believe this set of attachments is enough to satisfy even the most demanding customers.
- The HomeCare is also the most expensive model, with a price tag of over $1000. HomeCare models are usually available only at Miele official stores and partners.
Miele CX1 is powered by a Miele-made Vortex motor that draws 1200 watts to provide suction. The high powered motor together with the unique dirt pick up technology and attachments provide an efficient cleaning system that achieves a suction power estimated at 400AW. It makes the Miele Blizzard CX1 a powerful vacuuming equipment for the cleaning of household dirt. The motor itself features aerodynamic fans and a unique compression system for optimum and efficient air flow. The unit also comes with accessories for use in different situations to improve dirt pick up capability. They include the carpet/bare floor nozzle, a dusting brush attached to the handle, an upholstery tool, and a crevice nozzle. With these attachments, the unit’s cleaning ability is enhanced and your vacuuming tasks are made easy. It is also worth reinstating the gentle-start capability, which ensure the motor doesn’t overload in a small amount of time, and the temperature limiter which automatically shut down the motor to prevent overheating, in case the hose is clogged.
It can be powered from a 100-240V mains outlet via the cable it comes equipped with. The motor requires 12 amperes to operate and uses 1200 watts. The amount of power it consumes contributes to the overall vacuum’s cleaning prowess. It is worth mentioning that Miele improved their energy consumption, as their previous canister models had motors which consumed 1600W.
The Miele Blizzard CX1 is a bagless vacuum that makes use of a reusable compartment to hold sucked up dirt and debris. The capacity of the dirt chamber is 0.5 gallons (2 L) which offers ample space for several cleaning sessions before it requires emptying. The container is transparent and allows you to monitor the buildup of dirt. A mark on the bin indicates the level which you must not let dirt to go past. For convenience, Miele made the dust compartment easy to empty. One more thing I would like to mention here is that Miele managed to separate coarse soil from fine dust in different containers. By just pressing a button, the bottom opens to let out the contents, minimizing the user contact.
The Blizzard CX1 line of Miele vacuums is famed for their excellent multi-stage filtration. The filtration solves the problem of dust escaping the collection chamber during the emptying process and posing a health risk to allergy sufferers. The company utilizes what they call a “Vortex Engine.” In this system, sucked up air goes through three stages of filtration; separation, fan-fold filter, and the exhaust filtration.
The process starts by rushing sucked up air through the vacuum’s system at high speed. The air in the Blizzard CX1 cyclone system attains 62mph. This creates an airflow that ensures fine dust gets separated from the large particles. As I was saying above, the separated dirt ends in different compartments. The fine dust is trapped by the Gore filter which is incorporated in the unit. This filter is self-cleaning, and consists of a bundled up filter material around a cylindrical container. It ensures sucked up fine dust particles don’t pass through. The exhaust filter traps the smallest of particles and allergens that don’t get retained by the gore filter. This filter is a HEPA 13 capable of retaining up to 99.99% of the particles that pass through it. It’s is a low-maintenance one that will not require much of your attention. It’s also a lifetime filter that doesn’t need changing for the entire time you will use the Blizzard CX1.
Weight and Dimensions
The unit measures 19.1 inches ×15.2 inches × 23.4 for the width, height and diameter respectively. It weighs 9 lbs, a weight that can be said to be on the lighter side. Lifting the vacuum is made easy by the ergonomic and comfortable handle on the unit. For short breaks during vacuuming, the cleaner lets you prop it against the cleaning head.
The Miele Blizzard CX1 vacuum cleaner comes backed by a 7-year warranty that covers the unit’s motor and casing. A limited one-year warranty covers other parts if the vacuum is used for home cleaning. The guarantee reduces to six months if the unit is used for commercial cleaning.
All versions of the Blizzard CX1 come with 3 integrated tools, the dusting brush, the crevice tool and the cleaning wand. Depending on which model you choose, you may also get other more specialized attachments, such as: the Handheld Mini Turbo Brush STB 101 (Cat & Dog), the Extended Flexible Crevice Tool SFD 20 (HomeCare) or the Adjustable Universal Brush SUB 20 (HomeCare). There are also a ton of optional attachments you can obtain later to enhance the cleaning efficiency, depending on your preference and needs. Finally, inside the package you will most likely find the user manual.
A number of features enhance the cleaning ability and quality of the Miele Blizzard CX1. The motor is durable and stable, made by the company itself. Miele even offers a 7-year guarantee for the motor which shows how confident they are about its quality. Part of the motor’s increased lifespan is as a result of the incorporated automatic thermal regulation. Sensors detect when the motor has reached dangerous temperature levels and trigger a shut-off mechanism. This can happen during long vacuuming sessions or when the cleaning head has sucked up a piece of cloth that stops the motor’s rotation. To further protect the motor, the switch of suction power to a higher level doesn’t happen all at once. It ramps up gradually to prevent cases overloads.
Depending on the surface you intend to clean, you can raise or lower the vacuum’s suction power. A rotary switch allows you to change the motor’s power to four different settings. Alternatively, you can control the settings via the remote control that’s conveniently located on the handle. Graphic symbols on the rotary dial depicting various surfaces serve as a guide to select the right setting.
The vacuum comes with a 21′ cord. This cannot be said to be long enough. However, its reach is enhanced by the combined length of the unit’s hose, telescopic wand and other attachments to a sufficient 33 feet. The cleaning range you achieve with this length is enough for convenient cleaning. That’s unless you have a large home or when cleaning a high staircase. The cable features an easy rewind function. Unlike other vacuums you may have come accords, the Blizzard CX1 cable rewind button doesn’t require you to hold it down until the whole length of the cord retracts; you only hit it once, and the rest is automatic. In the case you do not intend to make a full-length rewind, all you need to do is give the cord a slight pull, and the retraction will stop.
Apart from the efficient filtration, a mechanism within the vacuum ensures the Gore filter doesn’t clog up with dirt and affect the unit’s efficiency. Whenever there’s a buildup of dust on the filter’s walls, the vacuum switches off for a 20-second filter cleaning session. The whole operation is automatic and happens when the filter is in danger of having its ability to trap fine dust compromised. You can also manually initiate the cleaning. This can be when you’ve vacuumed a lot of dirt at once and you still have more cleaning tasks ahead. Also, if you are cleaning a large area riddled with dust. To start the filter cleanup session, you press the ComfortClean button on the unit and the mechanism is triggered.
I have come across many different vacuums with varying noise levels some of which were utterly noise. Comparing them with the Miele Blizzard CX1, I should say this one is among the quietest. Featuring a 1200 watt motor, you would expect the vacuum to produce a lot of noise. Surprisingly, it isn’t the case, with the model emitting only 76 dB maximum, and 62 dB minimum. The unit is excellently insulated to muffle the noise of the motor and airflow. The low noise is also a result of the innovative Vortex system developed by Miele that drives air through a mono-cyclone instead of multiple directions. In addition to creating a strong suction, it reduces the vacuum’s dB levels.
When buying a vacuum, one of the many considerations is its ease of use. I’m sure all of you want a cleaner that’s effortless to operate and maneuver so that your vacuuming tasks are less tiring. One of the things I like about the Miele Blizzard CX1 is the level of usability it accords you. The controls are easily accessible. Buttons on the handle allow you to turn the brush on and off for a quick change of vacuuming power. A rotary dial lets you conveniently switch suction powers to four different modes, while a built-in brush offers you a convenient way to quickly dust surfaces without changing the cleaning head. A foot button allows you to rewind the power cord with a single tap.
The unit’s handle is both ergonomic and comfortable to operate. It features a swivel mechanism that allows you to move around obstacles as you go about your vacuuming tasks. For comfort, the vacuum comes with a telescopic wand that lets you clean from your preferred height. The wand is made of stainless steel which provides for durability. During pauses, you will not need to have to lean your Miele Blizzard CX1 dangerously against the wall. It comes with a unique feature that enables you to keep it in a parking position. By hooking the cleaning head to the unit’s side, it will stand on its own for parking or storage.
The vacuum allows for a hygienic and easy emptying of the dust container. You will not come into contact with dust and neither will you experience dust blowing out of the chamber when emptying it. This is an important feature for allergy sufferers who cannot use bagless vacuums and have to endure the costs of replacing dust bags. The filtration technology used in the Miele Blizzard CX1 prevents fine particles from settling in the main dirt chamber. To remove the dirt-collecting container, you only need to pull a handle up, and it comes out. Emptying it is equally simple. You press the “empty button” on its side, and a flap opens to let out the contents downwards.
Despite its size and weight, maneuvering the Blizzard CX1 is no hassle. The unit is supported by 4 soft rubber wheels that can turn a complete 360 degrees. The result is a stable vacuum cleaner that can move in any direction. Being soft, the wheels are safe on different floors.
One area the Miele Blizzard CX1 scores high is in filtration efficiency. The Vortex system allows for the separation of fine particles from the coarser one before further filtering. The pre-motor filter features a pleated material to increase the filtration area while the exhaust HEPA 13 filter ensures no allergens and other tiny particles pollute your home’s air while vacuuming. The extra filtration conveniently designed dust compartment, and the safe emptying feature all work to ensure a hygienic vacuum cleaner.
The vacuum comes with great tools to suit various vacuuming needs and surfaces. The crevice tool lets you clean corners, folds, and other tight spots. The upholstery tool allows you to vacuum mattresses, cushions, curtains and other fabrics. Using the built-in dusting brush, you can clean board flooring and sensitive surfaces, while the various floor heads make it possible to clean different floorings, from bare to medium-pile carpets and area rugs.
The suction power of this model is sufficient to offer efficient vacuuming, while the unique mono-cyclone system provides for increased suction and lower noise. The combination makes the vacuum cleaner a good choice if you have an infant in your home but still want a powerful vacuum. The maneuverability of the Miele Blizzard CX1 is also great, with four wheels that provide smooth movement and exceptional stability.
The CX1 series isn’t without downsides. The power cord could be longer. It can create inconvenience when vacuuming the stairs and you have to move the unit up and down, or when you don’t have a power outlet nearby. The bin could also be a little bit bigger, but I guess this would also increase the dimensions of the product. And the most important con is the relatively high price for top models (Electro+, Cat&Dog or HomeCare).
Miele Blizzard CX1 vs Miele Compact C1 vs Miele Complete C3
|Series||Power||Cord length||Weight||Bin type||Bin size|
|Miele Blizzard CX1||1200W||21 ft||9 lbs||bagless||0.52 gallons|
|Miele Compact C1||1200W||18 ft||7 lbs||bagged||0.92 gallons|
|Miele Complete C3||1200W||22 ft||12 lbs||bagged||1.18 gallons|
Made for homes without heavy and high-pile carpets, the Miele Blizzard CX1 is an efficient vacuum when used for the job it was designed for. You will find it quite versatile and easy to use, especially on hard flooring. Combining the unique technologies developed by Miele, the vacuum is among the best you can get in a bagless vacuum. Despite the few downsides, it offers the cleaning capabilities you will find satisfactory. If you have the budget, I warmly recommend this new line of bagless canisters from Miele.