Tag Archives: vacuum

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.

DuoVac Simplici-T Central Vacuum Review (US, Canada), Air 10 Comparison

DuoVac Simplici-T Central Vacuum Review (US, Canada), Air 10 Comparison
The DuoVac Simplici-T is one of the best choices on the market today for a compact central vacuum unit.

If you want a central vacuum to replace an existing model or have simply moved into a home with the hookups for a whole house vacuum but without the unit, we’ve got good news: there are more options now than ever before, and just about any you choose will last longer than the models that existed when your parents had to shop for central vacuums through the Sears catalog. Some things haven’t changed– upright and canister vacuums are still going to be easier to move from house to house–but others have; for example, today’s central vacuums run longer, run stronger, and require far less maintenance to keep in good condition. If you’ve got a larger budget, models like the DuoVac STAR can deliver almost unlimited power.

DuoVac Simplici-T Central Vacuum Review (US, Canada), Air 10 Comparison
It offers up to 3,500 square feet of coverage, making it well suited to homes, apartments, and townhouses without being overkill.

But if you’re on a smaller budget or simply need a smaller unit to fit in an apartment, townhouse, RV, boat, or a modest home, there are still a number of appealing choices, including the Prolux CV12000, the DuoVac Air 10 and the model we’ll review today, the DuoVac Simplici-T Central Vacuum Unit. We’ll also compare it to the aforementioned Air 10 to find out which offers more value for the price. Between the two, we’d choose the Air 10 for the larger square footage coverage and  hybrid bag system and the Simplici-T if you’re fine with less coverage and don’t mind buying replacement bags. Our full review is below, and you can buy the Simplici-T here. If you’re in Canada, buy it here.

Pros, cons, and key features of the DuoVac Simplici-T Central Vacuum System

DuoVac Simplici-T Central Vacuum Review (US, Canada), Air 10 Comparison
It has a single filtration system unlike the hybrid system found in the higher end DuoVacs.

The DuoVac Simplici-T is one of a range of DuoVac central vacuum units you can currently buy in the US and Canada; other options include the Typhoon, Design 550AW, STAR, Air 10, and Select. Marketed as a simple and compact central unit, the Simplici-T is capable of cleaning homes up to 3,500 square feet in area and is powered by a motor that can generate up to 642 airwatts in suction with 134 inches of water lift and a peak airflow of 134 cubic feet per minute, or CFMs. It’s important to remember that this is a central vacuum, and not a standalone or portable unit. To use it, your home, RV, boat, or apartment needs to be ducted for central vacuuming. If you don’t have such ducting, you’ll either need to DIY it or hire an HVAC. To avoid the time and money that would take, we’d recommend simply buying a Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog instead. But if your place of residence is already fitted for a central unit, this is a compact, affordable, and reliable solution.

DuoVac Simplici-T Central Vacuum Review (US, Canada), Air 10 Comparison
Its small size makes it a good fit for recreational vehicles and boats with central vacuum ducting.

Unlike all other DuoVac vacuums, the Simplici-T doesn’t include a hybrid filtration system; it only uses disposable cloth filter bags for HEPA filtration. Measuring a scant 19 inches tall and 11.4 inches in diameter, it’s one of the most compact central vacuums on the market, and will easily fit in tight spaces such as boat or RV compartments, apartment closets and laundry rooms, and the standard garage and basement installation sites.

DuoVac Simplici-T Central Vacuum Review (US, Canada), Air 10 Comparison
While small, the Simplici-T still packs almost as much suction into its canister as the Air 10.

As with other DuoVacs, it can be mounted easily with a bracket. The dust bin capacity is 2.7 gallons and the steel canister weighs 17.1 pounds on our scale. It uses 110-120V AC and draws a maximum amperage of 13.2A. Noise levels are barely noticeable at 52 decibels. The Simplici-T doesn’t include full canister or filter replace indicators, and it includes a 10 year limited warranty where labor costs are only covered for the first 5 years.  You’re also required to have the unit inspected by a Duovac approved technician when the machine is 5 years old to maintain the remaining 5 years of warranty coverage.

What are the differences between the US and Canadian DuoVac Simplici-T?

As is the case with all DuoVacs, there are few meaningful differences between the US and Canadian Simplici-Ts. The main to be aware of is motor power. The Canadian Simplici-T is limited to 602 airwatts and up to 2,000 square feet of home coverage while the US model achieves 642 airwatts and up to 3,500 square foot living areas. Both power figures are more than powerful enough to cope with messes in any home environment. The Canadian square footage coverage, however, will not be enough for large homes, and we’d recommend the Air 10 as a minimum model instead, as it offers 4,000 square feet of coverage in the Canadian edition.

What are the differences between the DuoVac Simplici-T and the Air 10?

DuoVac Air 10 Power Unit Central Vacuum Review (US & Canada)
The Air 10 is a direct upgrade to the Simplici-T if you want more suction, more coverage, and more filtration.

The Air 10 is a significant upgrade over the Simplici-T in two key areas: square footage coverage and filtration. Because the Air 10 is equipped with a stronger motor (it generates 694 airwatts compared to the 642 in the Simplici-T), it can cover up to 6,500 square foot living spaces compared to the 3,500 square foot limit in the Simplici-T.

The difference is more dramatic in the Canadian versions; while the Air 10 drops to 4,000 square feet of coverage, the Simplici-T drops to 2,000 sq. ft., making it impractical for a number of modern homes, unlike the Air 10. The Air 10 also includes a hybrid filtration system that lets you choose  between using the washable filter and buying additional disposable filters for double filtration. With the Simplici-T, you’re required to buy filters and don’t have the option of just using the included reusable filter, adding to its long term expenses.

How difficult (or easy) is it to install the DuoVac Simplici-T?

Wessel Werk EBK 360 Power Nozzle & Wand Review (with Central Vacuum Kit Direct Connect, Pigtail Comparisons)
If you want a good cleaning head for the Simplici-T, there’s nothing better than the EBK 360.

While every central vacuum installation will vary to some degree due to ducting, home arrangement, and power setup difference, we’d rate the DuoVac Simplici-T as a straightforward installation. Mount it beside your 2 inch inlet pipe, hook up the unit to your piping via  PVC pipes and elbows or an inlet hose, and plug everything in. Remember that piping isn’t included; you can buy that at a hardware store if you don’t have it already.

We’d also recommend buying new hoses and a quality cleaning head unless you already have a setup you particularly like; a good head can make the difference between an acceptable central unit and an amazing one. We recommend a 35-foot hose and power head that works with either direct connect or pigtail connections. The Wessel Werk EBK 360  is our top choice for homeowners who’d prefer to only buy one tool to clean both bare floors and every kind of carpet (including high-pile and soft carpets) without constantly switching cleaning heads.

How well can the DuoVac Simplici-T clean floors, furniture, and pet hair?

DuoVac Simplici-T Central Vacuum Review (US, Canada), Air 10 Comparison
The Simplici-T will handle just about any bare or carpeted surface when paired with the right cleaning head.

When paired with a quality powered brush head like the EBK 360 we profiled above, the DuoVac Simplici-T is a strong and capable central vacuum unit. It’ll handle any bare floor (e.g., hardwood, engineered wood, vinyl, laminate, ceramic tiles, marble, bamboo, concrete, brick, and more) or residential (e.g., Saxonies, berbers, cut and loops, and friezes) or commercial carpet with ease, including soft, plush, and high pile carpets that you won’t be able to clean with any portable vacuum besides Miele canisters. Its compact size means you can fit it just about anywhere, and the simple internal design increases your odds of being able to maintain it as the years go by without expensive repairs.

Why buy the DuoVac Simplici-T?

The Simplici-T is perhaps the best choice on the market if you want as small of a central vacuum as possible to fit in a small home, townhouse, apartment, RV, or boat. It’s decently powerful, exceptionally quiet, and well-designed. We’d strongly recommend pairing it with the EBK 360 to make the most of its suction and upgrading to the Air 10 if you need more square foot coverage, a longer warranty, or the hybrid filtering system, but still want to maintain the compact profile of the Simplici-T.

You can buy the DuoVac Air 10 central vacuum system here on Amazon or choose a more minimal setup with the Simplici-T instead. We’d also recommend buying a Wessel Werk EBK 360 central vacuum kit with a long hose and power head if you don’t have one already.

Canadians can buy the DuoVac Air 10 central vacuum system here on Amazon or save some money with the entry-level Simplici-T instead. We’d pair either with this Wessel Werk EBK 360 central vacuum kit with a hose and cleaning head.

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.