Working at Harvey Norman, one of the many bits of knowledge about vacuum cleaners that I’ve picked up over the years was that Miele didn’t make a bagless vacuum cleaner. Some other brands certainly have them, but Miele stuck with the bag system because they weren’t satisfied that the bagless technology available could match the suction, capacity and cleaning power of what they already had.
It’s that kind of reasoning and integrity that makes Miele one of the leading brands on the market. If they don’t believe in something, they won’t do it. So when I heard that there was a new Miele bagless barrel vacuum cleaner on the market I knew that it would have to be impressive. There was no way Miele would make a bagless model unless they knew it was up to scratch.
So let’s take a look at the brand new member of the bagless club, the Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog Barrel Vacuum Cleaner.
Why choose a bagless vacuum cleaner?
The main appeal of a bagless vacuum cleaner is that without bags it’s quicker and easier to empty, and that you’ll save on running costs because you won’t need to keep buying replacement dust bags. Generally, bagless models have smaller dust capacities than the bag variety due to the space required for the vortex suction technology – but Miele didn’t want to compromise on capacity with the Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog Barrel Vacuum Cleaner, so if it looks a little bulkier than other models, that’s because it has more capacity, and more capacity means you won’t need to empty it as often.
What features does it have?
The Miele Blizzard CX1 comes with loads of handy features that all make cleaning easier. The main points of interest start with the bagless vortex technology, which works together with airflow-optimised air guides and the floorhead to provide powerful cleaning performance.
The Miele Allteq floorhead has a great swivelling action and can quickly switch between hard floor and carpet/rug modes using the pedal.
On the barrel itself is a 4-stage rotary selector. This is used to change between four power settings designed for the most common cleaning functions – curtains, hard floor, carpets and rugs. Just choose the setting that matches what you want to clean and the suction level should be just right.
The steel telescopic tube has a pump-action method for extension that makes everything simpler, while the Eco Comfort handle makes it easier to grip in a variety of positions. The handle has a dusting brush attached to it for convenience, and there are also crevice and upholstery nozzles stored onboard at the back of the barrel.
As this is the Cat & Dog model, it also comes with a Miele Turboteq turbobrush floorhead. This floorhead features a rotating rollerbrush which is very effective at picking up material threads, hair and fluff. This head is designed for use on cut-pile carpeting, not deep-pile carpets or rugs – the Allteq floorhead has got that covered for you.
And last but not least, there is the HEPA AirClean Lifetime filter, which makes this a great choice for allergy sufferers.
Is it light and easy to move around?
It’s not the smallest cleaner I’ve ever used (as mentioned above, that’s for capacity reasons), and because of that it’s not the lightest either, but the size and weight largely become irrelevant when you’re cleaning thanks to the castor wheels with 4-point manoeuvrability. The Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog will follow you around with ease in any direction with a super-smooth action – whether you’re on carpet, timber, tiles or a rough surface.
The power cable gives you an operating radius of 10m. While we would always like more length in a power cable, this feels quite long for the built-in cable for a vacuum cleaner.
Will it reach into crevices and other hard-to-reach spots?
The standard crevice tool is very handy, and will fit into loads of tight spots. The telescopic tube and handle grip make it easy to reach high places, which made it perfect for cleaning the architraves and cornices on the high ceilings in my apartment and for dusting on top of cabinets. I’d have needed to get a ladder out otherwise, so this was much more convenient.
Is the machine quiet?
Being a Cat & Dog model, it’s been designed to be quieter and work more efficiently at variable power levels than vacuum cleaners with multi-cyclone designs. This means it’s less likely to disturb your pets – a problem that some cleaners can have. Personally, I found it to be much quieter than I was expecting when looking at its size.
Is it effective?
I found the suction to be quite powerful. It really got a hold of the deep pile of the rug in my living room and left it feeling thoroughly clean. My hard floor likewise felt very fresh after going over it with the Blizzard CX1. Miele have said that the suction and power is almost on-par with their bagged models.
As this is the Cat & Dog model and I don’t currently have a pet at home, I thought I’d test this out on the next-best thing: the wave of debris left in the wake of a visit from my 1-year-old nephew Zane.
Zane was staying over with my parents, so I got in touch to see if they could use a hand cleaning up after doing their grandparenting duties. As you can imagine, there were crumbs and dirt and goodness-knows-what all over the carpet. Zane’s not an excessively messy kid; he’s just learnt to walk and wants to explore everything. In other words, a perfect test case for a vacuum cleaner.
The great news is that the Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog Barrel Vacuum Cleaner did a great job. The Turboteq floorhead is super powerful and efficiently cleaned up all the hair, fluff, crumbs and various bits of debris off the carpet – so much so that it looked like Zane had taken the day off.
Emptying the vacuum cleaner was also super-easy – just lift up the canister from the barrel using the handle and it releases itself in one action. Then when you’re at the bin you just push the yellow lever and all the dust and dirt falls out, clumped together thanks to the mono-cycle design and effective filter system. Simple, clean and effective.
I think the Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog is a great barrel vacuum cleaner. It did everything I asked of it with no fuss and minimal noise. It made the tougher tasks easier to do, and seems like a reliable machine that I’d get a lot of use out of over a long period of time.
If you’d like to check out the Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog Barrel Vacuum Cleaner for yourself you can find it online here, or you can go to your local Harvey Norman store and see it in person while getting more great advice from the friendly expert staff.