Miele 41CAE031CDN C1 Celebration Canary Yellow Review (Canada)

Miele 41CAE031CDN C1 Celebration Canary Yellow Review (Canada)
The C1 Celebration is perhaps the cheapest Miele ever to hit the Canadian market. Is it worth it? We think so.

If you’re looking for a quality upright vacuum, you’re going to want a Dyson. But if you want a buy-it-for-life canister, it’s got to be a Miele. We’ve reviewed dozens of models available in the US and Canadian markets, with the Complete C3 Cat & Dog being our overall favorite. However, not everyone needs quite as much power or is able to spend quite as much money, especially when many Mieles are significantly more expensive in Canada than they are in the United States.

Fortunately, Miele is aware of this. They’ve slowly developed a number of limited-release and lower-priced alternatives exclusive to the Canadian market, and we’re going to review all of them in the coming weeks. Today we’ll review the Miele 41CAE031CDN C1 Celebration Vacuum, Compact, Canary Yellow, a limited release canister, to see how well it works in bare floor and carpeted environments, as well as around kids and pets. Our thoughts in ten seconds are to buy the C1 Celebration if you primarily have hard floors and to upgrade to the C3 Cat & Dog if you want to clean bare and carpeted floors with equal ease. Our full review is below, and you can buy the C1 Celebration here.

Pros, cons, and key features of the Miele Compact C1 Celebration

Miele 41CAE031CDN C1 Celebration Canary Yellow Review (Canada)
It includes the same powerful motor found in every Miele canister, as well as the power settings and standard accessories.

The Compact C1 Celebration is one of a growing number of Miele canisters only available in Canada; as with models available in the US and Canada, fellow members in the exclusive Canadian lineup are divided by C-cateogries. At the Compact C2 level, Canadian-only options include the Cat and Dog, Total Care, and Hard Floor. At the Classic C1 level, there’s the HomeCare and Cat and Dog. At the Complete C3 level, there’s the  HomeCare, Total care, Power Plus, and Limited Edition. And at the Blizzard Cx1 level, which doesn’t even exist in the US market, there’s the Cat and Dog Cleaner, the Hard Floor Cleaner, and the Total Care Cleaner. If these sound like too many models to keep track of, don’t worry; just read our reviews.

Miele 41CAE031CDN C1 Celebration Canary Yellow Review (Canada)
Our favorite mode remains the whisper-silent cleaning option.

Key features of the Compact C1 Celebration include the standard 1,200 watt Vortex motor and 29.5 operating radius that includes the stainless steel telescoping wand, crush-proof hose, and power cord. You’ll also find the same six power settings found on almost all Miele canisters, each adjustable via the rotary dial. We’re happy to see the classic silent setting is still present, making it easy to vacuum without waking hyperactive toddlers and sleeping babies.

Miele estimates up to a 20 year lifespan with their canister vacuums, and we can easily see the C1 Celebration lasting that long if it’s made as well as its fellow Mieles (which it is). Like the high-end C3 line, the C1 Celebration is also made in Germany, but it’s priced comparably to Mieles made in China.

It’s also worth noting that, per Miele, the C1 Celebration is a limited release model and will be pulled from the market once existing stock is sold. This is a good opportunity, as a result, to get a modern Miele canister without paying the typical Canadian tax compared to purchasers in the US.

Which accessories and cleaning heads ship with the C1 Celebration?

Miele 41CAE031CDN C1 Celebration Canary Yellow Review (Canada)
The C1 Celebration is a good fit if you primarily have bare floors in your living space.

The C1 Celebration includes the standard accessories found with every Miele canister–a dusting brush, an upholstery tool, and a crevice nozzle-and you can connect all three to the C1 where the hose leaves the canister. It also includes a mini turbo brush, the STB 101, to make it much easier to clean upholstery. We’re happy to see its inclusion whenever it makes an appearance in a cheaper Miele, such as on the C1 Cat & Dog, as it’s typically only found on the high-end Mieles like the C3 Cat & Dog.

Miele 41CAE031CDN C1 Celebration Canary Yellow Review (Canada)
While you can use the combination tool on carpets, it prefers hardwood and other bare floors.

However, Miele wouldn’t sell their higher-end vacuums if they didn’t strip features from their more affordable models, and they continue the trend of differentiating their vacuums by cleaning brush heads. The C1 Celebration, like the C1 Limited or C2 Hard Floor, is aimed toward individuals and families primarily full of bare floors instead of carpets. This means hardwood, engineered wood, vinyl, laminate, ceramic tiles, marble, bamboo, concrete, brick, and similar surfaces. You can clean low pile carpets (e.g., typical Saxonies, berbers,and  cut and loops) and area rugs, but you won’t be able to do any meaningful cleaning with medium- or high-pile carpets. The SBD285-3 combination rug and floor tool  is a decent one, but it’s not designed for heavy carpet work. Read on for recommendations of Mieles that are.

Is the C1 Celebration a good fit for homes with lots of carpeting? If not, which Mieles are?

Miele 41CAE031CDN C1 Celebration Canary Yellow Review (Canada)
Overall, the C1 Celebration remains one of the best deals we’ve ever seen for a Miele canister sold in Canada.

To sum up this information, the Miele C1 Celebration is an excellent choice if you primarily have hard or bare floors mixed with low-pile carpets and area rugs. For a few hundred dollars, you can buy a vacuum that will last for the next several decades. But if you have medium-pile carpeting, you’re going to need a turbo head, and instead of buying one separately, we’d recommend buying a Miele that ships with one in the box like the Compact C1 Turbo.

Miele 41CAE031CDN C1 Celebration Canary Yellow Review (Canada)
But if you’ve got a larger budget, we’re always going to recommend the C3 Cat & Dog first.

You’ll get a significant boost in power if you ditch turbo brush heads altogether for an electric brush head; the powered head will let you effectively clean low-, medium-, and high-pile carpeting. The Compact C2 Electro+ includes both an electric brush head to deal with any kind of carpet pile and style and a Parquet head to polish hardwood floors while cleaning them. The only thing better is our favorite all-around Miele, the Complete C3 Cat & Dog, which features the electric brush head, the Parquet head, and a powered mini brush to make quick work of upholstery.

Why buy the Miele C1 Celebration?

In conclusion, if you’re simply interested in an affordable Miele canister with buy-it-for-life engineering and sharp looks, look no further than the C1 Celebration. As long as your home doesn’t include any flooring more challenging than low-pile carpeting, it can easily serve as the only vacuum you ever need. Just keep in mind our other recommendations if you do have lots of carpeting or higher piles to deal with.

Canadians can buy the Miele Compact C1 Celebration here on Amazon. If you want a turbo brush, upgrade to the Compact C1 Turbo here.  For access to high-pile and soft carpets, get the Compact C2 Electro+ here or upgrade to the best all-around Miele canister, the Complete C3 Cat & Dog, here.

If you find our research on PMC helpful, you can follow our efforts to keep maniacally reviewing home cleaning tools by shopping through our links above. We promise to keep fighting the good fight against every horror children, animals, and grown, yet messy humans can inflict upon a clean home.

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Which Wood Floor Options are Best for Dog-Friendly Homes?

Which Wood Floor Options are Best for Dog-Friendly Homes?
We don’t recommend wooden floors if you have dogs. But if you’re going to buy wood anyway, here’s what to choose and how to care for it.

While we’re unabashed dog lovers, as our several Golden retrievers can attest, we can’t recommend wooden floors as a top choice for dog-friendly homes. Even if you’re wiling to constantly trim their claws, your dogs are still going to gouge your finish and they’re not going to stay on your area rugs and runners, no matter how many treats you offer them.

If you’re lucky enough to own a dog, the best floors aren’t going to feature an ounce of wood; we’d recommend materials like vinyl, tile, stone, or carpet instead. But if your heart is set on wood the way it’s set on your four-legged friend, you’ll want to read this article to figure out which woods stand the best odds of keeping up with your dogs. All of our recommendations are as hard as wood gets, per the Janka hardness scale, the standard way of measuring wood toughness.

Consider Brazilian hardwoods – ipe, ironwood, or walnut is a top choice

Which Wood Floor Options are Best for Dog-Friendly Homes?
Brazil is beautiful, and the wood from this country is about as good as it gets for scratch resistance.

If you’re looking for dog-proof hardwood, Brazilian walnut, also known as ironwood or ipe, is about as good as it gets. With a Janka rating of around 3,684 lbf, there are very few examples of solid wood more resistant to gouging.

That said, you can choose from any of the Brazilian hardwoods without sacrificing quality; it’s really about your personal tastes and budget. Ipe in particular can even be found on outdoor decks due to its reputation for durability. When it entered the North American flooring scene some years ago, it commanded high-end prices as a high-end wood. These days, however, it’s dropped in price enough to be reasonably affordable if durable, pet-proof wood is your priority.

Domestically, look to hard maple for high Janka ratings

Which Wood Floor Options are Best for Dog-Friendly Homes?
A good domestic alternative is the maple tree native to the northern US and Canada.

If you don’t want wood shipped from faraway forests and jungles but do want toughness grown a little closer to home, you’ll want to consider hard maple. While the Janka rating isn’t as high–it’s typically around 1,450 lbf for either hard or sugar maple–it’s still strong enough to work for pet traffic; it’s been used for decades as a basketball court floor. That said, if you have particularly heavy dogs or dogs prone to digging behaviors on your floors, you can see some gouging over time. Fortunately, you’ll typically be able to sand it out.

What characteristics does wood need for durability in a dog-friendly home?

Which Wood Floor Options are Best for Dog-Friendly Homes?
If you’re going to choose wood, here’s what’s important, regardless of which species you choose.

If you want to use wood in a home with dogs, you’ll want it, ideally, to be pre-finished, to be an actual hardwood instead of a soft wood, and to be made from solid instead of engineered wood. Let’s look at these three factors in detail.

First of all, pre-finished hardwood floors are those that arrive at your home already sealed and stained with urethane to make them highly resistant to scratches, dings, and gouging. The alternative is site-finished or unfinished wood, which will be more water-resistant but less scratch-resistant.

Second, actual hardwoods are essential because you need woods that are “hard” to stand up to scratches. Soft woods, in contrast, simply aren’t going to resist dog claws for long, no matter how much they’re prepared with sealing and staining. Maple and oak are examples of hard woods; pine and fir are examples of soft woods.

Which Wood Floor Options are Best for Dog-Friendly Homes?
Stay away from engineered wood if you ever want to sand your floors.

Finally, you need solid hardwood and not engineered wood flooring. The reason here is because hardwood can be sanded dozens of times while retaining its structural integrity. Engineered flooring, in contrast, can only be sanded once in many cases before exposing the plywood base. If you never plan to sand away scratches, this won’t be a problem. But if you do, you’ll want solid wood and not engineered wood, which is really a hardwood veneer atop a mountain of plywood.

If wood isn’t the best choice for dog-friendly flooring, which floors are?

Which Wood Floor Options are Best for Dog-Friendly Homes?
Overall, carpet is probably the best compromise for durability and comfort.

If we’ve convinced you at this point to choose a flooring besides wood, you might be wondering which options are actually recommended for pet-friendly homes. For us, the answers are simple: carpet, tile, and vinyl, with stone if you have a taste for the exotic. While each of these floors still has its disadvantages, they collectively offer the best blend of durability, aesthetics, and comfort for humans and dogs alike in our books. Carpet, in particular, will give you by far the best reduction in allergens if anyone in your home is allergic to your dogs.

Which vacuum cleaners do the best job of cleaning pet hair from wooden floors?

Which Wood Floor Options are Best for Dog-Friendly Homes?
A Parquet head is the best way to care for a wooden floor, particularly one ravaged by dog claws.

When it comes to removing pet hair from floors, there are two types of cleaning heads you’re going to want for your vacuum: a Parquet head and an electric brush head. The Parquet head is essential for cleaning bare floors efficiently, as the brushes will both polish the floors while removing pet fur and hair instead of simply blowing or pushing it around with air currents.

Which Wood Floor Options are Best for Dog-Friendly Homes?
And if you want whole-house cleaning, the aptly named Cat & Dog is your vacuum.

An electric brush head isn’t necessary for bare floors, but it’s by far the best way to clean carpeted floors, and since most homeowners with pets aren’t going to have bare floors exclusively in their homes, it makes sense to have one machine capable of tackling both floor types at once. Unfortunately, there are relatively few machines on the market that include both cleaning heads. Two exceptions are the Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog (reviewed here and here) and Miele Compact C2 Electro+ (reviewed here and here). Between the two, we prefer the Cat & Dog due to its larger cleaning capacity and the additional powered mini brush that makes cleaning fur from upholstery much easier. However, either will do an excellent job on all flooring types and help you win the war against your four-legged shedders.

You  can buy the Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog here on Amazon or buy the Miele Compact C2 Electro+ here.

Canadians can buy the Miele C3 Cat & Dog here or buy the Compact Electro+ here.

If you find our research on PMC helpful, you can follow our efforts to keep maniacally reviewing home cleaning tools by shopping through our links above. We promise to keep fighting the good fight against every horror children, animals, and grown, yet messy humans can inflict upon a clean home.

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