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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.

Shark Flex DuoClean HV391 Review, IONFlex IF201 Comparison

Shark Flex DuoClean HV391 Review, IONFlex IF201 Comparison
The HV391 is one of Shark’s best ultralights, as long as you’re fine plugging it in.

We’re still waiting for a Jetsons’-like world where robots do our cleaning for us. Until then, we’re not selling our vacuums any time soon. Yes, you can buy a robotic vacuum or mop if you’re really sick of cleaning, and it’ll do a far better job than training your pets to walk around with wet wipes beneath their paws, but you’re not going to get a thorough job done with a robot. They won’t clean stairs, sofas, countertops, car interiors, or pretty much anywhere else that doesn’t involve bare floors or carpets. So what’s a busy grown-up to do?

Shark Flex DuoClean HV391 Review, IONFlex IF201 Comparison
Like the IF251 or IF201, it includes DuoClean and Flex functionality.

Well, if you’re Shark or Dyson, the answer is to make a vacuum that makes cleaning more tolerable, efficient, and, if you’re lucky, enjoyable. If you prioritize power and suction over anything else, the strongest uprights on the market right now are the Shark APEX DuoClean AX951 and the Dyson Ball Animal 2. But if you want a middle-ground between the portability of a handheld like the V7 Car+Boat and the power of a full-sized upright, you’ll probably want to buy a stick vacuum.

Shark Flex DuoClean HV391 Review, IONFlex IF201 Comparison
It will also transition seamlessly from stick to handheld mode.

The best two on the market are the Dyson V8 Absolute and the Shark IONFlex 2x DuoClean IF251, while the V8 Animal and IONFlex DuoClean IF201 are right on their heels. But if you want stick convenience but don’t mind using a power cord, or specifically want to be able to clean without worrying about battery life, you’ll want to consider what we’re going to review today: the Shark Flex DuoClean Corded Ultra-Light HV391 Upright. Our ten second summary is to buy the IONFlex IF201 if you value portability and to buy the Flex HV391 if you don’t want to deal with batteries; the vacuums are essentially the same otherwise. Our full review is below, and you can buy the Flex HV391 here.

How does the Shark Flex DuoClean HV391 rank compared to other Shark cordless vacuums?

Shark Flex DuoClean HV391 Review, IONFlex IF201 Comparison
Physically and ergonomically, it’s identical to the IONFlex DuoClean models except for the use of a power cord instead of batteries.

The Flex DuoClean HV391 is one of about two dozen ultralights, both corded and cordless, that Shark has flooded the market with in recent years to unseat Dyson from its long-held position of dominance. We won’t try to review them all; we’re not even sure Shark is keeping track. Here’s where the HV391 stands compared to its fellow Shark ultralights.

Shark has some brand-specific jargon to be aware of. ION means the vacuum is powered by a Lithium-ion battery. Flex means the vacuum can bend in the extension hose to make it easier to reach beneath beds and furniture while saving your back and knees. DuoClean means the vacuum includes a dual brushroll system (unlike Dyson’s multiple head system, such as in the V8 Absolute) for greater efficiency.

The Flex DuoClean HV391 is the company’s highest-end corded ultralight. It’s basically the IONFlex 2x DuoClean IF251 or IONFlex DuoClean IF201 with a power cord instead of with batteries. Close relatives include the HV382 and HV322, which are corded but don’t flex, and the ION Rocket IR101, which lacks flex  and DuoClean but is cordless.

Pros, cons, and key features of the Shark Flex DuoClean HV391 Vacuum

Shark Flex DuoClean HV391 Review, IONFlex IF201 Comparison
And like the IONFlexes, it can fold into a standing position.

Key features of the Flex HV391 include its flex and dual brush systems outlined above and an estimated 115 airwatts of maximum suction based on our comparing it to the V8 Absolute. It can clean bare floors, low-pile carpeting, and upholstery, and features an adjustable cleaning head. When folded, it stands independently. It is 49 inches tall, weighs 9 pounds on our scale, and has a 10.2 inch wide cleaning path. Its reach is just over 40 feet with a 30 foot power cord and the dirt cup holds .07 gallons at full capacity. It also includes LED lights to help find dirt when vacuuming beneath furniture. It ships with three cleaning tools: a duster crevice tool, multiflex under appliance wand, and pet multi tool. Inside the box, you’ll also find a user manual and quick start guide as well as Shark’s 5 year limited vacuum warranty.

What’s the difference between the Shark Flex HV391 and the IONFlex IF201?

Shark Flex DuoClean HV391 Review, IONFlex IF201 Comparison
The only significant difference between the HV391 and IF251 and IF201 is where they source their electricity.

The only meaningful difference between the Flex HV391 and the IONFlex IF201 is the fact that the Flex runs on AC power and the IONFlex runs on a 30-minute Lithium-ion battery. You can swap the IONFlex’s battery with additional batteries to have a theoretically unlimited runtime, but it ships with one battery by default.

Shark Flex DuoClean HV391 Review, IONFlex IF201 Comparison
While the accessories are slightly different, they aren’t enough to give either vacuum an advantage over the other.

It’s also worth noting that you get slightly different accessories with both vacuums; while both include the duster crevice tool, the HV391 then adds an under appliance wand and pet multi tool while the IF201 adds a dusting brush, wide upholstery tool, and anti-allergen dust brush. Practically speaking, you won’t use any of them nearly as much as the main cleaning head for the vast majority of your cleaning jobs and the handheld mode for spot cleaning here and there. Both vacuums are already highly functional out of the box; it’s just a question of whether you want a cord or batteries.

How thorough is the Shark Flex HV391 when cleaning floors, furniture, and pet hair?

Shark Flex DuoClean HV391 Review, IONFlex IF201 Comparison
Overall, which Flex or IONFlex works best for you will depend on whether you want AC or battery power, and how much.

To summarize our thoughts and conclude our review, the Flex HV391 is every bit as powerful as the IF251 and IF201, which says a lot when the IF251 is the best ultralight vacuum Shark has made so far. We’re not saying the HV391 is a perfect vacuum; the fact that it’s corded will be a deal-breaker for many, especially anyone comparing it to a Dyson ultralight like the V8 Animal.

That said, the HV391 is as powerful as any Dyson cordless and offers the foolproof assurance of never running out of battery life or dealing with diminished runtimes due to battery decay over time. It’ll easily take care of bare floors (e.g., hardwood, vinyl, ceramic tiles, marble, bamboo, etc) or most residential carpets (e.g., Saxonies, berbers, and cut and loops). It’ll also have the flexibility to clean in both stick and handheld mode, which means you’ll be able to handle dirt, grime, pet hair, and dust throughout your home and life, including in your car and kids’ car seats, which seem to become magnets for crumbs over time. Our main recommendation would be to buy the IF201 if you know you don’t want to deal with a power cord and to stick with the HV391 if you don’t want to deal with a battery.

You can buy the Shark IONFlex IF201 vacuum here on Amazon. If you don’t need cord-free portability, you can buy the Flex HV391 here.

Canadians can buy the Shark IONFlex IF201 or IF201C vacuum here on Amazon or skip the battery and embrace corded reliability with the Flex HV391 here instead.

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.