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Soniclean Soft Carpet FAQ, Cleaning Guide, and Miele Comparisons

If you’ve got a soft carpet (e.g., berber, plush, saxony, or anything made by Mohawk), you probably already know that you can’t clean it with just any vacuum. There are only a few good vacuum cleaners on the market actually capable of pushing through soft carpet without damaging the carpet or damaging their warranties. On the expensive end, there’s the Miele C3 Soft Carpet. But if you don’t like canisters or don’t fancy spending $800 on a vacuum, you’re going to want the Soniclean Soft Carpet instead. Is there that much of a difference between them? And if you buy the Soft Carpet, what kinds of carpets can it handle and how do you set it up to do the best job possible? We’ll tackle these questions and more below.

Which Sonicare Soft Carpet should you buy? The standalone or the handheld combo with extra tools?

Perhaps the most frequently asked question we come across is whether or not the additional tools and handheld combo are worth buying, or whether it’s better to save a bit of money and buy the individual Sonicare instead. We recommend buying the combo set because if you’re anything like us or most owners, while you’ll primarily use the upright, you’ll find yourself using the handheld vacuum for all kinds of odd tasks around the house and you’ll be glad you picked it up. Most people who buy the individual vacuum, on the other hand, either end up buying the additional tools piece by piece, which inevitably costs more, or end up with some degree of buyer’s remorse, which is even worse. It doesn’t cost much over what you’re already spending on the Sonicare to buy the combo the first time.

Can you use the Sonicare to clean deep pile shag rugs and other thick or plush carpets?

This is another frequent question, and we’ll generally answer yes to it with some qualifiers. First of all, Sonicare actively discourages owners from using the Soft Carpet with shag carpets, recommending straight suction vacuums without brush rolls instead. This is understandably confusing, since when most people think of thick carpets, shag carpets are one of the first (and only) carpets that come to mind. Sonicare’s reasoning is that any fibers with pile lengths beyond one inch can get caught in the Soft Carpet’s brush roll.

However, practically speaking, most people aren’t going to pay attention to this information and are going to assume that their “Soft Carpet”-labeled vacuum can clean…well…soft carpets. And practically speaking, the Sonicare does just fine with deep pile shag rugs and carpets. It also will clean Mohawk Smartstrand carpets and similar brands with very little effort. The main thing to do is to read the directions regarding opening the vents in the cleaning head. It’ll also do a good job on premium soft carpets and low pile carpets, but as noted earlier, the reason most people buy it will be to tackle plush, thick carpets, including shags, and it will clean them with confidence and ease.

Which filters do you need for the upright and handheld vacuum, and when and how often do they need to be replaced?

Both the upright and handheld vacuum, presuming you buy the combo (which we recommend: see above) will need HEPA bags. The bad news is that they use different kinds of bags. The good news is that both are cheap and last a decent amount of time. The upright uses Soniclean Upright HEPA Filter Bags. Each package includes 8 bags, or approximately a year’s supply; each bag is around 7.5 liters in capacity and will last for around 6-8 weeks, depending on how often you vacuum and what you’re sucking up. The handheld uses aptly-named Soniclean handheld Vacuum HEPA Filter Bags; like those in the upright, you’ll get 8 at once and they’ll last about one year in total and around 6-8 weeks each.

Can you use the Sonicare Soft Carpet on hardwood floors and tile flooring?

Absolutely; even though the Soft Carpet is designed to work particularly well with carpeting, you can use it with hard flooring all day long. You’ll want to set it on the low mode for floors; the high mode is for carpeting. The biggest adjustment will be learning to push it more slowly when you transition from carpeting to hard flooring, but this isn’t that different from the adjustment you’d need to make with any vacuum.

How does the Sonicare Soft Carpet compare to the Miele C3 Soft Carpet?

While we like the Sonicare Soft Carpet and consider it the best soft carpet vacuum under $300 in our review, if you’re looking for the best overall soft carpet vacuum cleaner, it’s not the Sonicare; it’s the Miele Soft Carpet. It pains us to say so, as we’re always on the lookout for a good deal, but if you want the best results, you’ve got pay for them.

While the Miele Soft Carpet isn’t perfect (no vacuum is), compared to the Sonicare, it’s stronger, quieter, more customizable, and simply does a more thorough job when it comes to cleaning all kinds of soft carpets. Sonicare explicitly discourages owners from using their vacuum with frieze carpets as well as with shag carpets, while Miele has no such restriction for the Soft Carpet; it will clean your shags, silk strands, tigress, caress, smart strands, and whatever else is on the market. As we’ve noted in our FAQ for the Miele, it’s not a cheap vacuum, but it does certain things that pretty much no other vacuum will do when it comes to caring for rugs and carpets that cost more than many people spend on their cars. We call it a buy-it-for-life vacuum, because it’s truly the kind of vacuum that can last for a lifetime while giving the same levels of cleaning power year after year.

You can buy the Soniclean Soft Carpet and handheld combo here on Amazon. If you just want the vacuum, you can buy the standalone Soniclean Soft Carpet here. If you’re ready to buy your last vacuum, you can buy the Miele C3 Soft Carpet here. It’s more expensive, but you’ll never look back.

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Miele Classic C1 Titan FAQ, Electro+ Comparison, Cleaning Tips

The Titan is a discontinued Miele, but it cleans better than many new ones and continues to have full warranty and maintenance support.
The Titan is a discontinued Miele, but it cleans better than many new ones and continues to have full warranty and maintenance support.

Miele has been overhauling their vacuum lines lately, with the Complete C3 series, Compact C1 series, and Compact C2 series being their current models. To tell the truth, it’s all kind of hard to keep up with. However, just because new models are released doesn’t mean the older ones do a worse job of cleaning up. Rather, it often means you can get great levels of performance for discount prices, such as with the Miele Classic C1 Titan. Today we’re going to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the Titan and look at how it compares to the Compact C2 Electro+, which Miele describes as its replacement.

Which dust bags and filters does the Titan take for replacement, and when do you change them?

The Titan uses GN-sized dust bags and filters; Miele sells the Miele GN Airclean 3D Efficiency Dust Bag. Each box contains four dust bags, a motor filter, and an air filter. Replace the dust bags each time they fill up and the motor filter after going through each box. Skip the cheap air filter and upgrade to the Miele HEPA AirClean SF-HA 50 for HEPA filtration; it will last through 50 hours of vacuuming. We recommend buying several boxes of dust bags and filters so you don’t need to worry about rush ordering them when you’re on your last bag and filter.

How does the Titan compare to the Electro+? Which is better for carpets and hardwood floors?

The truth is that both vacuums are very similar, and the main differences come down to the design you prefer. The biggest advantage of either vacuum over most other Mieles is the fact that both come with electrobrushes and Parquet heads; the Titan uses the SEB 217-3 Powerbrush while the Electro+ uses the SEB 228 Powerbrush. Both powerbrushes are similar in performance and their abilities to clean low-pile, medium-pile, and some high-pile carpets. Both are equipped with the SBB Parquet-3 Floor Brush, which makes them equally capable of caring for hardwood floors.

The main differences, besides the fact that one is often slightly cheaper than the other, come down to the styles of the vacuums. The Titan is “normal”-sized, which means it weighs a bit more than the Electro+ but also uses larger vacuum bags and can fit its accessories inside it. The Electro+ is lighter, has a larger operating radius (33 feet vs 29.5 feet), takes smaller bags, and can’t fit all accessories inside it. Plenty of people are happy with both.

Where do you store the attachments in the Titan, and why can’t you store all of them in the Electro+?

The attachments fit in a tool caddy that you can connect to the base of the Titan’s hose; it’s a rounded disk with enough space to fit all of them. You can’t do this with the Electro+ simply because it’s smaller and designed differently; this is where the “Compact” comes in. If you want to be able to take all of your tools with you, you’ll want something in the Classic C1 line, such as the Titan, the Delphi, or the Capri.

How quiet or loud is the Titan, especially compared to the newer Miele canisters?

The Titan is a quiet vacuum, whether compared to the newer Miele vacuums in the C1, C2, and C3 lines or compared to most other vacuums on the market (against which it sounds next to silent). Like all Miele canisters, you can select the suction and power level you’d like to increase and decrease volume at will. In our books, it’s definitely quieter than Dysons, Hoovers, and most Sharks, although user experiences will naturally vary. When you want it to be extra quiet, turn it to the lowest power setting and use the non-powered Parquet brush head. Of course, that will limit you to hard surface floors instead of to carpets and area rugs, but everything comes with a compromise. You can also use the powered head without a motor if you’d like, and turn off the motor via the handle switch.

Are there any advantages to choosing the C2 or C3 lines over the C1 Titan?

The main advantages of choosing the Compact C1 and C2 lines over the Classic C1 is that these two lines include the current canisters produced by Miele, while the Classic C1 line was recently discontinued. Practically speaking, that doesn’t mean anything besides the fact that it will get harder to find Classic C1s over time. The parts are largely interchangeable across all Mieles with few exceptions–for example, you can’t plug electric brush heads into models that didn’t originally come with them. The Compact lines are going to weigh less and be easier to tote around, but the degree to which this is an advantage will depend on whether you’d find a C1 difficult to move on its own; most people we’ve come across already found it more convenient than their previous non-Miele uprights and canisters.

Compared to the C3 line, there are several things the C1s leave on the table, including a larger working radius due to a longer cord, wand, and hose. The C3 lines are also based on sealed systems, which means they’re better for families with allergies and they’re also theoretically more durable due to letting fewer contaminants inside them. The newer electric brush heads in vacuums like the Cat & Dog, the Kona, and the Soft Carpet are also slightly more advanced than those in the Classic C1s. That said, none of these differences are ground-breaking, and you can use a Classic C1 to clean any surface about as well as you would be able to with a Complete C3 while saving a lot of money.

You can buy the Miele Classic C1 Titan here on Amazon. For about the same price, you can buy the Compact C2 Electro+ here. It really depends on whether you want a larger capacity vacuum or a lighter one.

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