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How Reliable is the Miele Complete C3 Marin? (Long Term Review)

How Reliable is the Miele Complete C3 Marin? (Long Term Review)
The Marin is one of the best vacuums Miele has ever made…

The Miele Complete C3 Marin is, in our books, one of the best vacuums on the market. We’ve reviewed it multiple times (e.g., here where we compared it to the Brilliant, here where we troubleshooted it, and here where we discussed its allergy remedy potential) and prefer it to the flagship Complete C3 Brilliant.  But if you’re going to spend more than $1,000 on a vacuum (which is how much you’ll spend to bring hom ea Marin), you’re probably going to want to make sure it’ll last for a number of years. Fortunately, we’ve got the scoop on what you can expect from your Marin in the next several years of ownership, which will hopefully put any fears you might have of its long term reliability to rest. Here’s what you need to know, and you can buy the C3 Marin here.

How many years of warranty coverage will I get with the Miele Marin, and what do they cover?

How Reliable is the Miele Complete C3 Marin? (Long Term Review)
…even if it doesn’t include a warranty as good as the vacuum itself.

When you buy a Miele Marin, you’ll get one year of warranty coverage on all parts on the vacuum as well as the labor required to repair any issues. You’ll  get seven years of coverage on the motor and casing. The one year of coverage starts when the vacuum is purchased. The “casing” is defined as the body of the vacuum. Both the motor in the vacuum and the motor in the SEB 236 electric power head receive seven years of coverage.

It’s important to note that the warranty coverage drops to six months for parts and labor if the vacuum is used commercially; the motor coverage drops to two years for commercial use. Beyond this, your warranty won’t cover ordinary wear and tear of the vacuum or cosmetic damage, which includes dents, scratches, scuffs, gouges, and the like. Similarly, abuse, misuse, negligence, or accidental or abnormal use, damage, or maintenance aren’t covered.

What’s the average or typical life expectancy of a Marin canister?

How Reliable is the Miele Complete C3 Marin? (Long Term Review)
You can still expect a 20 year lifespan…

Per Miele, canisters like the Marin, which are made in Germany, are tested to simulate 20 years of weekly use in a home environment. From what we’ve seen, you can expect 20 or more years from a well-maintained and cared for canister. As the Complete C3 Marin hasn’t been out for 20 years yet (it was just released in 2015), we can’t guarantee it’ll last that long, but given how long similar Mieles have lasted, we’d expect it to.

What will break or wear down first in the C3 Marin?

How Reliable is the Miele Complete C3 Marin? (Long Term Review)
…although the retractable cord may not make it that far…

While the C3 Marin is overall a robust and hardy vacuum, from time to time, you’ll come across models with parts that broke unexpectedly. Similarly, over the years, you’re likely to see some parts go prematurely. The part most likely to break down first is the power cord retracting mechanism; if it starts sticking, you’ll need to press the switch multiple times to get it to retract the cord, and eventually, if it breaks completely internally, you won’t be able to retract the cord at all. You’ll want to get this taken care of under warranty if possible, as  it can cost close to $300 to have it fixed if you choose a Miele authorized service center. On the other hand, if you’re already out of warranty, you can get it fixed for around $50 at a vacuum repair shop, which we’d recommend.

Are there any weak or defective parts in the Marin to be aware of?

How Reliable is the Miele Complete C3 Marin? (Long Term Review)
…nor the default electric brush head.

The SEB 236 electrobrush is probably the weak link in the Miele Marin; it’s a competent brush head but the foot switch to adjust the cleaning height is poorly designed and is highly likely to break over time. A more robust alternative is the SEB 228 electrobrush that ships with the C3 Soft Carpet, Kona, and Cat & Dog; it has a far more proven design and is likely to last for decades along with the canister. If you’d like the conveniences of the Marin along with the reliability of the SEB 228, the good news is that you can buy the SEB 228 separately and leave the SEB 236 in the closet for a rainy day.

What’s the best way to keep the Marin in good condition?

How Reliable is the Miele Complete C3 Marin? (Long Term Review)
Just remember to keep up with bag and filter changes….

The best way to keep your Marin working well is to keep up with dust bag and filter changes, and to use original manufacturer replacements. While it’s tempting to try to save a few dollars here and there with cheap bags, when you’re spending this much on a vacuum, it makes sense to protect its internal components with quality accessories. We’d suggest buying the Miele GN Airclean 3D Efficiency Dust Bag. Each box contains four bags and two filters (one motor, one air) and they’re very cheap. We tend to buy the boxes in sets of five since we go through them quickly. However, if you don’t frequently vacuum, you can buy individual boxes without worry. For HEPA filtration, you’ll want the Miele HEPA AirClean SF-HA 50. It only needs to be replaced when the filter indicator changes color, which typically will only be after every 50 hours of active vacuuming, or about 12 months for residential use.

Which is the most reliable – the Marin, the Brilliant, or the Soft Carpet?

How Reliable is the Miele Complete C3 Marin? (Long Term Review)
…and consider preemptively replacing the SEB 236 with the SEB 228.

Between the Complete C3 Marin, Brilliant, and Soft Carpet, we’d rate the Soft Carpet to be the most reliable simply because it’s paired with the SEB 228 electric brush head, which we find more robust and a better long term bet than the SEB 236 that ships with the Marin and Brilliant. Regarding the canisters themselves, however, we’d expect all three to last for equal amounts of time–on the order of 20 years or more. And as we mentioned above, remember that you can easily buy the SEB 228 to replace the SEB 236 at any time.

You can buy the Miele Complete C3 Marin here on Amazon. If you want the flagship canister or a less expensive Marin alternative, you can buy the Brilliant here instead or pick up the Soft Carpet here.

Canadians can buy the C3 Marin here, buy the Brilliant here, or buy the Soft Carpet 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 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.