Miele Complete C3 Brilliant Canister Vacuum Cleaner Review

Updated on July 23, 2020 by Joseph D. Nielson

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Feel like you’re fighting a losing battle against dirt, dust and allergies in your home? Keeping your floors, carpeting, and upholstery dust-free takes a vacuum with heavy duty suction power and quality engineering. Fortunately, the corded Miele Complete C3 Brilliant Canister Vacuum Cleaner is a great solution.

Bag changes, filter replacement, suction power, safety features – there are a lot of aspects to consider before choosing the best vacuum cleaner for your needs. Considered by many to be Miele’s best vacuum cleaner, the C3 Brilliant Canister Vacuum is our pick for the best canister vacuum with a cord.

Built for cleaning multiple surfaces (hardwood, carpet, drapes, upholstery), the C3 Brilliant Canister Vacuum Cleaner has received rave reviews from Amazon customers. In our Miele Complete C3 Brilliant Canister Vacuum Cleaner review, we examine the features in detail.

Amazon Rating: 3.9 / 5

Key Features:

  • 1200 watt vortex motor system
  • Electro premium power brush
  • AirClean filtration system
  • 4.5L filter bag
  • Silence motor with 6-speed settings
  • 36 ft operating radius
  • Telescopic suction wand
  • 3D bumper strip
  • LED lighting
  • Cleaning tool attachments
  • Auto shut-off

Best Suited For:

  • Low pile and high pile carpets
  • Hardwood floors
  • Drapes and upholstery
  • Above-floor surfaces

Miele Complete C3 Brilliant Canister Vacuum Cleaner – Corded (Full) Review

Your home is constantly under siege by dust mites, bacteria, dirt particles, hair, pet dander, and odors that can easily trigger symptoms for allergy sufferers [1]. Keeping up with the dust can feel like a hopeless endeavor that never ends. When considering the best corded vacuum cleaner for your home, you want a machine that allows you to clean most effectively.Sleek, powerful, and quiet, the C3 Brilliant Canister Vacuum Cleaner outperforms Dyson and other leading brands in several respects.


The Miele Complete C3 Brilliant Canister Vacuum Cleaner is a portable handheld canister vacuum cleaner with a 36ft operating radius. Designed for residential use on hardwood flooring and medium to high pile carpeting, the C3 is probably the best canister vacuum on the market. While considerably more expensive than Dyson and other comparable models, it outperforms them in many ways. The company claims the C3’s powerful vortex motor can perform effectively for 20 years, even with daily usage. Engineered with six adjustable power settings, the C3 also includes several accessories and three brush heads for deep cleaning the carpets in your home. Its powerful vortex motor won’t degrade with use over the years, and operates at extremely low decibels. So you can vacuum your home while you enjoy your favorite jams without cranking the volume on your speakers and disturbing the rest of the household!The Electro Premium electrobrush is designed to not only deep clean your carpet, but actually restores the piles and revitalizes them to their original plushness. Your carpets will look as if they were shampooed and vacuumed when you’re done!Responsive steering and handling, as well as portable, this lightweight canister vacuum travels easily up stairs or down, automatically adjusting the suction level for the appropriate surface. Easily transition from your kitchen floor to your living carpet, or use the telescopic wand to reach above-floor surfaces, nooks and crannies where cobwebs and dust bunnies can gather.Thanks to the Miele AirClean Filtration System, you’ll also breathe easier after using the C3. The filtration is designed to capture 99.9% of all allergens lurking in the air, with replacements that can be ordered either from any registered dealer or directly from the manufacturer.Now, let’s take a closer look at the Miele C3 Canister features we like best.

Miele C3 Brilliant Canister Vacuum Features

Electro Premium PowerbrushFeaturing a swivel neck with 180 degrees of rotation, the Electro Premium powerbrush is an attachment for cleaning medium to high-pile carpeting. It has five adjustable height settings so you can really get in between the fibers and remove lint, pet hair, dander, dust and dirt particles. With its brush roll design, the powerbrush both cleans and revitalizes your carpet. It includes three brush heads for a thorough, luxurious clean that is truly impressive. Attaching it is easy, and a control on the handle allows you to easily adjust the height of the brush roll as needed.The suction intake is 13 and ⅜ inches wide, which means you can cover more ground with each pass to quickly vacuum a large or small room. If something like a child’s toy or piece of jewelry should get stuck or lodged in the powerbrush, the C3 shuts off automatically to prevent damage.

AirClean Filtration SystemIt may not be HEPA certified, but the C3 Brilliant filters out 99.9% of airborne allergens in your household. This is the perfect solution for families or homes with multiple individuals and pets. You’ll also notice that the vacuum is completely sealed, so virtually no air or dust escapes back into your home.

Parquet TwisterCleaning your floors with the C3’s Parquet Twister is a breeze. This floor cleaning tool attaches easily and is included with the vacuum. You’ll find it extremely agile because of the 180 degree swivel design. Vacuum around corners, under furniture and just about any hard surface with ease for a more thorough clean.

Automatic Suction SettingsTo save energy, the C3 is engineered to adjust the suction level of its powerful vortex motor depending on the surface. A built-in sensor technology detects the surface type, then adjusts the power level to suit the surface. Without thinking, you can vacuum around your home without having to change brush heads or even adjust the power! This feature helps you clean more thoroughly while saving energy and time!

Convenient Handle ControlsTalk about convenient! With controls positioned on the handle, you can easily select one of the six suction levels to suit your need using your fingers. No bending down or reaching awkwardly for buttons and controls, or fiddling with a touch screen that’s unresponsive.

Integrated AccessoriesMiele’s C3 Canister is called complete for a reason. It includes three integrated accessories – a dusting brush, upholstery tool and crevice nozzle. Using these convenient tools allows you to clean surfaces above ground including furniture and drapes, as well as hard-to-reach nooks, crannies and crevices for a total clean.

C3 Brilliant Canister Vacuum Pros and Cons

The C3 Brilliant Canister Vacuums has many pros and just a couple possible drawbacks, in our opinion.

The pros

Automatic suction power for different surfaces removes allergens from the airAs far as we can tell, the AirClean Filtration system is just as effective at removing allergens as HEPA filtration. Captures and retains up to 99.9% of airborne allergens [2].

Revives carpetingAfter a few uses, your carpet will look like it’s brand new. The Electro Premium Powerbrush does an amazing job of cleaning and revitalizing medium to high-pile carpets with ease. A wide intake allows for fewer passes, so you can vacuum your entire home in less time.

Silent motor Considering how powerful the motor is, the motor operates relatively silent. If you’re using the nozzle, you can hear the motor more loudly but otherwise it’s impressively quiet. You can still hear the TV or play music and vacuum with it on the highest setting.

Filter bag changes are easyThe hassle-free canister design allows you to easily switch out the old filter bag for a new one in only seconds. With a 4.5 litre capacity, the bag holds quite a bit and is completely sealed. Dust goes in and stays in! Follow the user-friendly instructions in the user manual the first time, and you’ll be able to do it on your own afterwards.

LED lighting Bright LED headlights, as well as lighting under the vacuum head gives you added lighting in dim conditions. Also helpful for individuals with poor insight.

The cons

PriceThe C3 Brilliant comes loaded with features but also with a hefty price tag. Be prepared for an initial investment considerably higher than the average household vacuum cleaner.

WeightThe vacuum weighs just under twenty pounds and is marketed as lightweight. At twenty pounds however, it is heavier than some other types of portable vacuums. Some older adults or people with mobility issues could find the weight challenging compared to other styles.


[1] Allergies symptoms and causes (Mayo Clinic)

[2] Airborne Allergies – Something in the air (PDF)

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About Joseph D. Nielson

Former journalist and editor for various press groups, I now dedicate my time to reviewing products for the home and family life. When I get time to myself, I enjoy rock climbing, taking my dirt bike for a rip, and most importantly providing my family with the best home possible!