Miele Classic C1 Canister Vacuum Cleaners - Olympus, Capri, Delphi, Titan Models
Miele Classic C1 Olympus, Capri, Delphi, Titan Canister Vacuum Cleaners are, as their name suggests, classic canister mid-range vacuum cleaners. They provide everything one can expect from units of this type in their class - strong suction, good air filtration, various cleaning tools, dirt bags, and generally, good cleaning from the floor to the ceiling.
Miele Classic C1 canister vacuum cleaners are available in four version: Olympus, Capri, Delphi and Titan.
These models differ in color, available cleaning attachments and air filtration level.
They are all bagged units, powered with strong 1200 W Vortex motor and having six power control settings. Cleaning radius is 29.5 feet (~9m) and perhaps could be longer.
All four models feature a telescopic, stainless steel wand, ergonomic handle and a power cord with automatic rewind system.
Miele Classic C1 Canister Vacuums Comparison
Comparison of all four C1 classic models is given in the following table:
|1200 W Vortex Motor||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Six Power Control Settings||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|29.5 ft (9 m) Cleaning Radius||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dusting Brush, Upholstery Tool, Crevice Tool||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Main Cleaning Tool||SBD 350-3 FiberTeQ Rug & Floor Combination Tool||STB 205-3 Turbobrush||SEB 217-3 Electric Powerbrush||SEB 217-3 Electric Powerbrush|
|Recommended For Hard Floors||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Recommended For Low Pile Carpeting||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Recommended For Medium Pile Carpeting||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Additional Dedicated Hard Floor Brush||No||SBB Parquet-3 Floor Brush||No||SBB Parquet-3 Floor Brush|
|Included HEPA AirClean Filter||No||No||No||Yes|
|Land of Origin||Germany||Germany||Germany||Germany|
Like many of the Miele vacuums, Miele Classic C1 Olympus, Capri, Delphi and Titan come from Germany - they are not cheap, but unless you hit them with a hammer, they can last for ages.
Few notes about cleaning tools:
Miele SBD 350-3 FiberTeQ Rug & Floor Combination Tool
Miele SBD 350-3 tool is excellent cleaning tool for all smooth floors and low-pile carpets.
Transition from smooth floors to carpeted surfaces is not automatic - user must use so-called the rocker switch, but it can be done quickly and easily with a foot.
Miele SBD 350-3 has soft bristles located on the front of the tool and a rubber seal on the rear of the tool. Bristles agitate and loosen the dust and other dirt, while strong air flow sucks the dirt into the vacuum cleaner. Rubber seal improves the suction of the tool, and thus, helps the tool clean even better.
Miele STB 205-3 Turbobrush
Miele STB 205-3 Turbo Plus Power Nozzle Attachment is based on a rotating roller brush powered via air turbine. Rotating brush loosens the dust, hair, lint and other dirt in the floor, which is than picked by strong suction.
Roller brush adjusts automatically to different carpet heights, but it is not so good on medium- and high-pile carpets.
Note that the design is not 'tangle-free' and periodically it must be cleaned from long hair and similar debris.
Miele SEB 217-3 Electric Powerbrush
Miele SEB 217-3 Electric Powerbrush uses brush roll which is powered with electric motor.
It has 10 inches (25.4 cm) wide cleaning path, enabling the user to clean rather large area quickly.
Swivel neck helps in maneuvering around the corners, edges, around and under furniture and similar obstacles.
Miele SEB 217-3 is great cleaning tool for low to medium-pile carpets and rugs, but also for smooth floors.
A really great tool, which can be ordered separately, but it doesn't fit on every model. Also, very expensive. But, like many items from Miele, what you pay is what you get :)
Miele SBB Parquet-3 Floor Brush
Miele SBB Parquet-3 Floor Brush contains 100% natural bristles and enable the tool to glide effortlessly across smooth, scratch-sensitive floors like parquet, laminate and similar.
Gentle bristles loosen the dust and dirt and help keep the floors clean.
Since the tool is suitable for very delicate surfaces, it can be also used for cleaning upholstery and delicate household items - just be sure to adjust the suction level properly.
Miele Classic C1 Canister Vacuum Cleaners also come with Miele VarioClip containing three basic onboard cleaning tools - Dusting Brush, Upholstery Tool and Crevice Tool.
These cleaning tools help clean surfaces like upholstery, cushions, tight and narrow hard-to-reach places, delicate items, book shelves etc.
With so many options, it is sometimes hard to decide which model is the best one.
Miele Classic C1 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner - it comes with SBD 350-3 FiberTeQ Rug & Floor Combination Tool. This tool is gentle on the hard floors and does good job on the low-pile carpets. Since SBD 350-3 can be used on sensitive wooden floors, Olympus doesn't come with dedicated parquet cleaning tool. Also, for people having large areas with sensitive carpets, other main cleaning tools (with rotating brushes) might be too aggressive - in that case, definitely go for the Olympus model.
Miele Classic C1 Capri Canister Vacuum Cleaner - it comes with air-driven STB 205-3 Turbobrush. Miele STB 205-3 does excellent job on carpets, but it can be little bit too aggressive for really sensitive floors. Thus, Capri comes with additional SBB Parquet-3 Floor Brush.
Miele Classic C1 Delphi Canister Vacuum Cleaner - it comes with SEB 217-3 Electric Powerbrush, which is expensive, but very effective cleaning tool for carpets and hard floors. It can be used on wooden floors, too, but it can be also little bit too aggressive for really sensitive wooden floors. People having large carpeted surfaces with some hard floors should consider Delphi.
Miele Classic C1 Titan Canister Vacuum Cleaner - like Delphi, Titan also comes with SEB 217-3 Electric Powerbrush, but Titan includes additional SBB Parquet-3 Floor Brush. Although all Miele Classic C1 models have excellent air filtration, only the Titan comes with HEPA AirClean filter. This can be very important for people having health issues like asthma and allergies.
Note: some manufacturers advertise their vacuums as having HEPA-style filters or similar. Miele makes no such claims.
Long Story Short - Miele vacuums are not cheap, but many people preferring bagged canisters look no further. Miele C1 Olympus, Capri, Delphi and Titan are excellent vacuums, just be sure to pick the right one.
Note: Miele Classic C1 Olympus, Capri, Delphi and Titan are being replaced with new models from Miele. For the best offers, check Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction Canister Vacuum and Miele Compact C1 Turbo Team Canister Vacuum Amazon links (links open in the new windows).