We’ve spoken a lot about the out-of-this-world-ness of Miele-made canister vacuum cleaners, and we’re not going to stop. Today, we’re going to take a look at the Miele Complete C3 Alize Canister Vacuum—a model that is on the less-costly end of the Miele price spectrum but where cleaning capacity can be limited.
Is it worth the cost? Spoiler alert: yes, it is, only if you plan on spending money on one vacuum cleaner in your lifetime.
1200W Motor and 18-kPa Suction Power
First things first, let’s take a look at the motor. Like every other product in the C3 family, the Alize comes with a redesigned 1200W Vortex Motor that delivers an astounding amount of suction pressure. On its max setting, the Alize delivers up to 18 kPa of suction, making it more than capable of medium-pile carpets and bare floors in a single sweep.
However, the Alize is limited by what sort of floor surfaces it can clean. The vacuum head that comes with the Alize is dubbed the AirTeq Floorhead and does not have an agitator or beater brush. Essentially, this is made for delicate carpets where a spinning brushroll would actually end up causing damage.
However, if you need something that digs deep into medium-pile carpets, sadly, the AirTeq Floorhead and the Alize may not be your best option.
Six Power Settings
The versatility of the Alize, like every other C3 canister vac, comes in the shape of adjustable power. For whatever surface you’re cleaning, all you need to do is press the oversized + and – buttons to get to the right setting to limit or increase suction power. For delicate objects like curtains, the lowest power setting should do the trick.
For carpets and auto interior, kick it up several notches to max power.
One handy feature found in the Alize is auto-suction adjustment. The vacuum tests the surface you’re currently cleaning by measuring resistance and automatically sets the motor to the appropriate suction power setting.
This makes the Alize a lot more power-efficient than most canister vacuums out there, and by our tests, auto-suction adjustment mode worked perfectly 100% of the time when transitioning between carpets and bare floors.
Standard 3-piece Cleaning Tool Set
The Alize comes with the standard set of three cleaning tools—a crevice tool, a 2-in-1 dusting brush, and an upholstery nozzle. These are no different than what you’d find in other Miele canister vacs or in other brands in terms of where and how they work.
All three tools sit comfortably in the Vario Clip which connects to the suction hose for quick and easy access and swapping while working. These tools attach to the end of the 6-foot hose.
Foot-Operated Oversized Buttons
The buttons on the control panel are oversized for a reason. Instead of leaning down and turning a dial, all you need to do is tap the buttons with a toe and you can change between power settings instantly. There are two other buttons—the on/off button and the auto-retract button which sends the 22-foot power cord reeling in.
The Alize sticks to tradition by being a bagged canister vacuum, meaning that you’ll have to toss out the 4-1/2-liter bag when it reaches capacity to keep this machine going. Though a pain, and replacement bags are quite difficult to find in brick-and-mortar shops, it’s undoubtedly a big bag.
Plus, it keeps all of the contents inside without the risk of it spilling out and shooting out the vacuum’s exhaust port.
AirClean Sealed with HEPA Filter
Miele added extra insurance measures so absolutely no dust, no hair, no debris has the slightest hope of exiting the Alize. Sealed with AirClean Technology, the bag and canister unit are completely shut to allow no air to go in except through the vacuum head.
It’s protected by none other than a HEPA filter that works up to 99.97% of the time at retaining particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. For those with pets or who suffer from allergies, the Alize is definitely worth considering.Related Miele Canister Vacuum Articles
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Verdict: Should I Get the Miele Complete C3 Alize Canister Vacuum?
From all of the Miele canister vacuums belonging to the C3 clan, the Alize is probably one of the simpler models with limited vacuuming capacities. This, however, doesn’t mean it’s a bad vacuum.
In fact, judging by its adjustable suction power and handy cleaning tools, along with the perfect filtration system that all C3s come with, the Miele Alize is a great tool to have for homes or apartments with delicate carpets. The auto-power adjustment function itself is also another astounding feature uncommon in most canisters.
|Best of the Best!||Budget Option||Also Great|
|Miele Electro+||Eureka NEN110A||Miele Classic C1|
| • Hard Floor / Carpet
• 18.7 lbs
• HEPA Filtration
| • Hard Floor
• 8.3 lbs
| • Hard Floor / Low-Pile Carpet
• 11.4 lbs