When you mention the name Miele, most homeowners identify with it. And why not? For so many years, Miele vacuum cleaners have kept thousands of homes clean and with fresh air. It is among the oldest and the best selling brands in this line of products. Their vacuums are renowned for their quality build, having incomparable performance and a whole range of features while maintaining competitive prices. Indeed, the company's mantra "Immer Besser" translated into English means "Forever Better". But, where are Miele Vacuums made?
The History of Miele Vacuum Cleaners
You cannot understand where Miele vacuums are made, if you do not know their history. Let’s look at it briefly. To start with, Miele is an Italian name for “honey”. But, that is not all. Actually, the cleaners got their brand name from their originator Carl Miele. The founder established the manufacturing company back in 1899 in Germany as a family business. However, they did not manufacture vacuums until 1927, when they released their first cleaner.
For a brand, which has seen a couple of decades, nothing short of high quality and top performance is expected of them. Over the years, the Miele vacuum cleaners have been amongst the premium brand in this line of home appliances. It would interest you to know that besides producing vacuums, the company also manufactures dishwashers, cooking appliances and laundry systems.
Are all Miele Vacuums made in Germany?
Miele vacuum cleaners are made at their Bielefeld factory in Germany, the second oldest and second largest factory of the Miele group’s 11 production sites in Europe. Motors for the Miele product range are made and supplied from their factory 230km away in Euskirchen. Their other factories in Gütersloh, Germany and Brasov, Romania supply electronic modules and sensors and their factory in Warendorf, Germany supplies plastic components to Bielefeld. At this location, Miele also develops and manufactures dishwashers and washer-disinfectors for clinics, doctor's surgeries and laboratories. In all, Bielefeld manufactures about two million units per year. In addition, from this location Miele coordinates the production of additional series of vacuum cleaners at its only other production centre outside Europe, which is in Dongguan, China.
Currently Miele produces S190, S700 S4, and S5 series vacuum cleaners from their Dongguan facility. This includes, for example, the production of plastic components through in-house injection moulding as well as assembly. As with the Miele vacuums made in the Bielefeld factory, all motors used in the china-made models also come from their factory in Euskirchen, Germany. Approximately 450 employees manufacture about 600,000 vacuum cleaners per year at the Dongguan factory.
The video below takes you inside the Miele vacuum cleaner factory in Beilefeld and provides a look at their vacuum manufacturing processes. This includes conducting rigorous tests designed to simulate 20 years of use. The dedication to quality and precision, fault free engineering is evident.
Top Characteristics of Miele Vacuum Cleaners
Miele produces vacuum cleaners in upright, canister, stick and robot models. The cleaners are suited for different floorings and its possible to find a type and model that specifically meets your needs. To determine what type of vacuum is best for you check out our Ultimate Vacuum Buying Guide.
The Miele canister vacuum is a powerful machine. This differentiates it from others within the same range. The canisters are easy to use and very responsive. A powerful motor energizes them, which helps to increase airflow that enables deeper penetration into the flooring. This ensures quality cleaning. A compelling feature in this type of Miele vacuum cleaners is the airflow control. This means, you can regulate the airflow based on the type of flooring you are cleaning. For example, you cannot use the same airflow, you use when cleaning carpets and hard floors when you are handling your curtains and upholstery.
In addition, all Miele vacuums be it upright or canister, come with a comprehensive filtration system. They feature a double layer bag and an exhaust. The brand was the first to release into the market, HEPA certified cleaners for the very first time. All Miele vacuums, except the Classic C1 models, feature a Sealed System known as the Air Clean Sealed System™, meaning that the design retains 99.9% of particles inside the vacuum.
While the interiors are metallic, Miele vacuums have an external plastic casing. This helps to trim the weight whilst maintaining a robust, hard wearing product. Therefore, you can move it around the house with ease. The cleaners also feature a toolbox right at its back, where you can store all the tools and the accessories. These are features that the manufacturer has incorporated in the design of the most ingenious vacuum cleaners there are in the market, over the years.
Miele manufacturer has also ensured that their products are suited for people with allergies and asthma. Their Miele Red Velvet vacuum cleaner is a healthy choice for allergic people. It is lightweight and it is easy to use. It also features HEPA filtration, which ensures that all the dirt, dust, dander, hair or any other type of allergens, are kept within the vacuum cleaner.
Understanding Miele Vacuum Cleaners
For so many years, the Miele vacuums have been premium. But, you need to choose the one to buy. With all the models, which are in this line, it might be daunting to make a choice. However, it does not have to be so. Actually, there are four series of upright and canister Miele vacuums. Three have a canister style (the C1 and C3 are featured in this review), whereas one line is an upright. The C3 canisters represent the premium Miele vacuums. They all feature HEPA filtration and other features, which are not present in many other series. However, there additional features, high quality and dependability, increase their prices significantly.
There are Compact C2 canisters. These lack the HEPA filter and they feature a smaller bag. They are lightweight and operate on a quiet mode. Unlike the C3, they are relatively cheaper. Then we have the C1 canisters. These are the same size with the C3 but they are a bit noisy. It is also not a must for them to have the HEPA filter. But, they are affordable among all the Miele vacuums.
The video below courtesy of McHardy Vacuum provides a good insight into the different Miele canister models C1, C2 & C3.
Miele's only current upright model is the Dynamic U1. This series treats you to the capabilities of an upright vacuum cleaner, but with all the features in a Miele canister. They have large dust bags and they are able to reach out to areas, where a canister would not.
Miele also produce a robot vacuum, the Scout RX1 Red and a stick vacuum, the Swing H1 Quickstep. All the models available are made for different uses. It is upon you then to select the one, which suits your needs.
Where Can You Find Miele Vacuum Cleaners?
Miele Vacuums are made primarily in Germany. However, that does not mean you will have to visit or be a German citizen to buy their products. Fortunately, the company owns an established website from where you can order your Miele vacuum. Alternatively, you can look for dealers near you, who stock this brand of vacuums. But, it is best if you buy from their website or any other online store. Here you can compare the features and prices of different models. Some websites will go to the length of providing comparisons of Miele vacuums with other top brands. This can help you to make an informed purchase decision. Indeed, we recently published a detailed comparison of Miele vs Dyson vacuums.
After almost a century of existence, Miele vacuum cleaners are yet to lose their popularity. On the contrary, they keep on attracting more customers. Their quality, efficiency and wide range of features, have made them stand out. But, you should know that this comes with a high price tag. Actually, they are some of the high-end vacuums in the market today. They are available in several households all over the world, and are worth every penny you spend on them. In particular, if you have allergies, you will find these vacuums to be indispensable.
If you're interested in purchasing a Miele vacuum in the future, we recommended two of their latest canister vacuums from the Miele C3 and C1 ranges in our recent review of the Best Canisters for 2016. Check it out here.