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Miele 41KCE037CDN Blizzard Cx1 Cat & Dog Cleaner Review, C2 & C3 Comparison

Miele 41KCE037CDN Blizzard Cx1 Cat & Dog Cleaner Review, C2 & C3 Comparison
The Miele Blizzard Cx1 Cat and Dog is the German manufacturer’s top-tier bagless model.

In a world of disposable vacuums, machines that last a good 20 years or more are increasingly hard to find. We’ve long said that if you want a buy-it-for-life vacuum, you’re going to want a Miele. Their made-in-Germany canisters are consistently some of the best vacuums we’ve come across. But as good as they are, not everyone wants to deal with dust bags that need periodic replacement, whether due to reasons related to finances, time management, on the environment.

Miele 41KCE037CDN Blizzard Cx1 Cat & Dog Cleaner Review, C2 & C3 Comparison
Today we’ll compare it to the Complete C3 Cat & Dog as well as several other bagged and bagless Mieles.

If you’d like the advantages of Miele construction and reliability paired with bag-free convenience, you’ll want to check out their Blizzard Cx1 line. Currently there are only three models: the low-end Blizzard Cx1 Hard Floor, the mid-range Blizzard Cx1 Total Care, and the high-end model we’ll review today: the Miele 41KCE037CDN Blizzard Cx1 Cat and Dog Cleaner in Autumn Red. We’ll also compare all three models as well as the Compact C2 and Complete C3 versions of the Cat & Dog to see where they stand on the price-to-value continuum. To summarize our thoughts, you’ll want the Complete C3 Cat & Dog for the best value and greatest cleaning power, followed by the Compact C2. The Cx1 Cat & Dog is the best of the Cx1 models. Our full review is below, and you can buy the Cx1 Cat & Dog here.

Pros, cons, and key features of the Miele Blizzard Cx1 Cat and Dog Cleaner

Miele 41KCE037CDN Blizzard Cx1 Cat & Dog Cleaner Review, C2 & C3 Comparison
Out of the box, we like its modern, sleek design…

The Cx1 Cat & Dog Cleaner is the highest tier model in Miele’s bagless canister lineup. The Blizzard Cx1 bagless line has been available in Europe for years but was only brought to the Canadian market in 2017; it’s still unavailable in the United States. The other two members of the Cx1 club available in Canada are the mid-range Total Care Cleaner and the low-end Hard Floor Cleaner. Additional Miele canisters you can only buy in Canada include the Compact C1 Celebration and the Classic C1 Cat & Dog at the C1 level, the Compact C2 Cat and Dog, Total Care, and Hard Floor, and the Complete C3 HomeCare, Total Care, Power Plus, and Limited Edition. To help you tell them apart, read our reviews of all Miele canisters here.

Miele 41KCE037CDN Blizzard Cx1 Cat & Dog Cleaner Review, C2 & C3 Comparison
…the smoothly retracting power cord…

Key features in the Blizzard Cx1 Cat & Dog include its bagless design; it doesn’t use the standard Miele GN or FJM bags but a high-density plastic reusable dust bin to collect and empty dirt. The Cat & Dog is powered by a 1,200 watt motor and includes a lifetime-rated HEPA exhaust filter to make the air in your home cleaner after vacuuming than it was before. You have 33 feet (10 m) of operating radius that comes from 21 feet (6.5 m) of power cord and 12 feet of crush-proof hosing and electro-telescopic tubing. The cord rewinds at the touch of a button and the tube has electrical connectors that allow it to power both motor-driven and air-driven floor heads. The canister weighs 19 pounds (8.6 kg) assembled.

Miele 41KCE037CDN Blizzard Cx1 Cat & Dog Cleaner Review, C2 & C3 Comparison
…and the sound and feel of the smoothly clicking power dial.

Instead of the six power settings available in standard Miele bagged canisters, you only get four in the Cx1 line. While the overall power range is the same, we feel suction isn’t quite as strong on the upper end with the same head matched to a bagged canister (e.g., the Compact C2 Cat & Dog). We also noticed the absence of Miele’s famed silent mode; you can still vacuum around sleeping babies, but you’ll have to tread more carefully with the Cx1 than you would with a Miele that featured the dedicated silent mode.

Miele 41KCE037CDN Blizzard Cx1 Cat & Dog Cleaner Review, C2 & C3 Comparison
We’re also fond of the park and stand feature…

A textured rotatory power knob allows you to move from one power level to the next with a satisfying click. You also get to enjoy a park and stand mode normally only present on Complete C3-level Mieles; it lets you pause the vacuum and stand the cleaning head by it while you walk away to deal with whatever interruptions life has thrown at you. The canister includes a fine dust filter in to keep dust in the bin and out of the air when you empty it. The bad news is that it needs cleaning from time to time; the good news is that the vacuum senses those times and cleans it automatically.

Which accessories and cleaning heads are included with the Cx1 Cat & Dog?

Miele 41KCE037CDN Blizzard Cx1 Cat & Dog Cleaner Review, C2 & C3 Comparison
…the ride-along accessories…

The Cx1 Cat & Dog includes three accessories: a crevice nozzle and compact upholstery nozzle, both of which can be stored behind the canister for easy retrieval, and an integrated dusting brush that’s connected to the vacuum’s handle. It’s a convenient way to clean upholstery, countertops, shelves, and computer keyboards. The telescoping wand slides into the handle and the brush surrounds it neatly.

Miele 41KCE037CDN Blizzard Cx1 Cat & Dog Cleaner Review, C2 & C3 Comparison
…the hardwood-polishing Parquet head…

Miele ranks the Cx1 models the way they do with the C1, C2, and C3 lines: by the effectiveness of their cleaning heads. As the Cx1 Cat & Dog is the high-end model, it includes the most equipment, making it capable of cleaning bare floors and low- to medium-pile carpets and area rugs with the default cleaning heads.  The Parquet brush SBB 300-3 Twister efficiently deals with hardwood, engineered wood, vinyl, laminate, ceramic tiles, marble, bamboo, concrete, brick, and similar surfaces while the SEB 217-3 electrobrush will handle low-to medium-pile Saxonies, berbers,and  cut and loop carpets and area rugs.

Miele 41KCE037CDN Blizzard Cx1 Cat & Dog Cleaner Review, C2 & C3 Comparison
…and the electric brush head (a first in the Cx1 line).

However, to deal with high-pile carpets, friezes, or soft carpets, you’ll want to upgrade it to the SEB 228 electrobrush or buy a vacuum that already includes it like the Compact C2 Electro+ or Tayberry Red Complete C3 Cat & Dog. You also get an STB 101 mini turbobrush to clean stairs and upholstery; it has a wider coverage than the integrated dusting brush and a cleaning head that makes it more efficient when removing pet hair and other fibers.

What’s the difference between the Miele Blizzard Cx1 Cat and Dog, Cx1 Total Care, Cx1 Hard Floor, Compact C2 Cat & Dog, and Complete C3 Cat & Dog?

Miele 41KCE037CDN Blizzard Cx1 Cat & Dog Cleaner Review, C2 & C3 Comparison
However, it can’t compare to the SEB 228 electric brush…

Between the Cx1 models, the main differences aside from color and price involve cleaning heads. The Hard Floor comes solely with a combination floor head that’s really only good for bare floors. The Total Care adds a Parquet head that does a better job on bare floors and a TurboBrush that can tackle low-pile carpets and some medium-pile carpets. The Cat & Dog keeps the Parquet head, swaps the TurboBrush for the SEB 217-3 electric brush, which is more powerful and does a better job on medium-pile carpets, and adds a mini turbo brush. All three are bagless designs, and the Cx1 Cat & Dog is the best of the bunch.

Miele 41KCE037CDN Blizzard Cx1 Cat & Dog Cleaner Review, C2 & C3 Comparison
…or to the various other advantages of the Complete C3 Cat & Dog in our books.

The Compact C2 Cat & Dog and Complete C3 Cat & Dog are both bagged traditional Miele canisters. The C3 has a larger cleaning radius at 36 feet than the C2 and Cx1, which are both capped at 31 feet. The C3 and C2 are lighter (11.9 and 10.6 pounds respectively) than the Cx1 at 19 pounds, and both the C3 and C2 come with six power settings (including a silent mode) compared to four (without a silent mode) in the Cx1. All three can accept electric power heads and all three ship with a Parquet head; however, the C2 and Cx1 include the SEB 217-3 electrobrush while the C3 uses the more powerful and more adjustable SEB 228 head, giving it the power to clean high pile and soft carpets as well as any other floor on the market. The Cx1 does include a mini turbobrush not found on either of the bagged Miele canisters. The C3 also includes foot-switches to change power levels instead of a rotary dial as on the C2 and Cx1.

Why buy the Blizzard Cx1 Cat & Dog?

We’d recommend buying the Cx1 Cat & Dog if your heart is set on a bagless Miele canister, as it’s the best on the market right now. It’ll allow you to clean everything from bare floors to medium-pile carpets while giving you the ability to upgrade to the SEB 228 electrobrush in the future should you desire. However, if you want the same power (or rather, a little more) in a much lighter canister while spending less money and are willing to use bags, we’d suggest getting the Compact C2 Cat & Dog instead. And if you want to be able to clean any floor in existence out of the box while still saving weight, we’d get the Complete C3 Cat & Dog instead. It doesn’t cost any more than the Cx1 but is a much more powerful machine.

Canadians can buy the Miele Blizzard Cx1 Cat and Dog here or save a bit of money with the Blizzard Cx1 Total Care here. However, we’d recommend an upgrade to the Complete C3 Cat & Dog in Tayberry Red if a much stronger cleaning head,  greater range, and lower weight, and  electric powerhead upgradability are priorities. Alternatively, you can save money while still obtaining more power and less weight with the Compact C2 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.

Miele 41KCE038CDN Blizzard Cx1 Hard Floor Cleaner Review, Total Care Comparison

Miele 41KCE038CDN Blizzard Cx1 Hard Floor Cleaner Review, Total Care Comparison
The Miele Cx1 Hard Floor is an entry-level member of the German company’s bagless vacuum line.

If you’re in the market for a buy-it-for-life vacuum, the truth is that there aren’t that many manufacturers left to choose from. Most have chosen the disposable route, and it’s hard to find a vacuum that’ll last longer than a few years before breaking down in ways that cost more to fix than to replace. Miele continues to be a notable exception, and we’ve found their German-made canisters to be among the most reliable vacuums money can buy. However, not everyone appreciates dealing with dust bags, no matter how reliable the vacuums themselves may be.  This is where Miele’s Blizzard Cx1 line comes in. If you’re looking for a Miele vacuum but don’t want to deal with bag changes, whether for financial, time-related, or environmental reasons, you’re a prime candidate for their bagless line. We recently reviewed the Blizzard Cx1 Total Care; today we’ll review a lower-end sibling, the Miele 41KCE038CDN Blizzard Cx1 Hard Floor Cleaner in Obsidian Black and see how it compares to the Total Care. Our thoughts in ten seconds are to buy the Total Care if you have a significant amount of carpet to clean and to stick to the Hard Floor if you primarily have (you guessed it) hard floors. We fully review it below, and you can buy the Cx1 Hard Floor here.

Pros, cons, and key features of the Miele Blizzard Cx1 Hard Floor

Miele 41KCE038CDN Blizzard Cx1 Hard Floor Cleaner Review, Total Care Comparison
We like it’s futuristic, minimal design…

The Cx1 Hard Floor Cleaner is the entry-level member of three recently released Miele bagless canisters. It belongs to the Blizzard Cx1 bagless line, which was recently released in Canada and is not yet available in the US market. The Hard Floor’s siblings include the Cat and Dog Cleaner and the Total Care Cleaner, which we recently reviewed. There are a number of other Miele canisters exclusive to the Canadian market, including the Compact C1 Celebration and the Classic C1 Cat & Dog at the C1 level, the Compact C2 Cat and Dog, Total Care, and Hard Floor, and the Complete C3 HomeCare, Total Care, Power Plus, and Limited Edition. If you’re finding it hard to keep track of these Miele canisters, you’re not alone; there are a lot of them. Fortunately, we’ve reviewed just about all of them here.

Miele 41KCE038CDN Blizzard Cx1 Hard Floor Cleaner Review, Total Care Comparison
…the retractable cord…

The Blizzard Cx1 Hard Floor’s key features include the bagless design inherent to the series; instead of the standard GN or FJM bags found in Miele’s canisters, the Cx1 line opts for plastic canisters to collect and empty dirt. The Hard Floor also includes a 1,200 watt motor to generate suction and a HEPA-grade exhaust filter rated for lifetime use. The vacuum delivers a 33 foot (10 m) operating radius with a  21 foot (6.5 m) power cord that includes a one touch rewind button. You also get a crush-proof hose and telescopic tube with the canister, which weighs 19 pounds (8.6 kg) when fully assembled.

Miele 41KCE038CDN Blizzard Cx1 Hard Floor Cleaner Review, Total Care Comparison
…and the satisfying click of the power dial.

While Miele’s bagged canisters include six power settings, the Cx1 line cuts these to four but retains the same overall power range, although it doesn’t seem quite as powerful on the upper range with a given head as a bagged canister (e.g., the Compact C2 Total Care). An additional bit of bad news is that Miele’s silent mode is not available, making it harder (though still possible) to clean around sleeping children. You won’t get as much precision when shifting from minimum to maximum power in a Cx1 as you would in the 6-step C1, C2, and C3 lines.

Miele 41KCE038CDN Blizzard Cx1 Hard Floor Cleaner Review, Total Care Comparison
Miele has certainly taken cues from their bagged canisters.

To flip between settings, you’ll use a textured power knob that clicks smoothly from one power level to the next. The Cx1 also includes a neat park and stand mode that allows you to pause cleaning jobs and walk away the way you would with a C3 model. Caster wheels beneath the canister allow you to move it smoothly across hard and smooth surfaces alike, and the dust canister includes a fine dust filter to make it easier to empty the canister without spilling dust everywhere. The filter will need to be cleaned from time to time, which the vacuum itself will sense and perform automatically.

Which accessories and cleaning heads are included with the Cx1 Hard Floor?

Miele 41KCE038CDN Blizzard Cx1 Hard Floor Cleaner Review, Total Care Comparison
However, despite the efficiency of the dusting brush…

You’ll get three accessories when you buy the Hard Floor, which is the same number you’d find with a bagged Miele canister. However, the accessories themselves are arranged somewhat differently. There’s a crevice nozzle and compact upholstery nozzle; you can tuck both away into a storage compartment behind the canister to have them whenever you need them. However, the easter egg is an integrated dusting brush built into the vacuum’s handle; it’s a nice addition that makes it easy to spot clean upholstery and other odds and ends like computer keyboards. To connect it to the telescoping wand, you just push the two together; the brush fits around the end of the wand.

Miele 41KCE038CDN Blizzard Cx1 Hard Floor Cleaner Review, Total Care Comparison
…we found the combination floor tool less useful…

Miele uses the same approach in the Cx1 line as that in their C1, C2, and C3 lines to rank their vacuums: they pair them with more or less effective cleaning heads. As the Cx1 Hard Floor is the base Cx1 model, it includes the simplest equipment, limiting it to bare floors and low- pile carpets and area rugs with the default cleaning head. The included AllTec Combination SBD 285-3 Floorhead is suitable for hardwood, engineered wood, vinyl, laminate, ceramic tiles, marble, bamboo, concrete, brick, and similar surfaces. It’ll also put up a valiant effort with very low pile Saxonies, berbers,and  cut and loop carpets and area rugs. However, it’s not going to do anything with medium or high-pile carpets, friezes, or soft carpets due to the lack of a motor to drive the brushes through dense fibers. For this power, you’re going to want a Miele with an electric brush head like the Compact C2 Electro+ or Red Complete C3 Cat & Dog.

What’s the difference between the Miele Blizzard Cx1 Hard Floor and Cx1 Total Care?

Miele 41KCE036CDN Blizzard Cx1 Total Care Cleaner Review (Canada), C2, C3 Comparisons
…and would have preferred at least a turbo brush (such as that in the Total Care) for carpet cleaning.

The main difference between the Cx1 Hard Floor and Cx1 Total Care, aside from color (black vs blue) and price (a few hundred dollars) is in the cleaning heads. While the Hard Floor includes one combination rug and floor head, the Total Care includes the SBB 300-3 Parquet brush twister for bare floors and the TurboTeQ turbo brush for carpets. Frankly, the Parquet head does a better job on bare floors than the combination head while the turbo brush does a much better job on carpeting than the combination head. As a result, we’d generally recommend the Cx1 Total Care over the Hard Floor for every usage scenario simply because it’s better equipped to clean both bare floors and low-pile carpets than the Hard Floor. While you can upgrade the cleaning heads on the Hard Floor, by the time you do, you’ll have spent more money than you would have if you’d just bought the Total Care to begin with.

Why buy the Blizzard Cx1 Hard Floor?

In conclusion, while the Hard Floor is undoubtedly an attractive machine and offers the same level of bagless convenience as that in the other Cx1 models, we’d encourage you to upgrade at least to the Cx1 Total Care to have a more functional machine out of the box. If you only have bare floors in your home, apartment, townhouse, or condominium, you can get away with the stock cleaning head on the Hard Floor. However, if you have any carpets or rugs whatsoever, you’ll have a much more satisfying time cleaning them with the turbo brush included on the Total Care than you would with the combination brush head on the Hard Floor.

Canadians can buy the Miele Blizzard Cx1 Total Care here or save some money by buying the Cx1 Hard Floor here if you primarily have bare floors and little to no carpeting.

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.