Written by Tim Ribonee | 1 Comment | Last Updated: October 17, 2017
Miele Blizzard CX1 Comfort PowerLine
- Excellent suction power
- Excels at cleaning hard floors
- Two floor heads including a wide hard floor tool
- Manoeuvrable design
- Struggles with pet hair on carpets
- Too bulky to sit on stairs
- Only a 10 metre cleaning radius
- 2 litre capacity is less than half the bagged C3
Note: There are several models of the Blizzard available, including a pet version. This review is for the Comfort PowerLine, but we’ll be reviewing the other models in the near future.
Overview of Blizzard CX1 Comfort
- Miele’s first bagless vacuum cleaner with Vortex technology
- EcoTeq Plus floorhead for both hard floors and carpets
- Extra wide floorhead for laminate or vinyl floors
- One-button emptying
- Wireless handle controls
- Lifetime HEPA filter for A-rated dust re-emission
- Two litre capacity
- A-rating for hard floor pickup
In-Depth Look at the CX1 Comfort’s Features
Miele have always been a strong supporter of bagged vacuums. While bags certainly have advantages – especially if you have allergies – the company has finally decided to enter the bagless vacuum market. The good news is they haven’t done a half-hearted job – the Blizzard CX1 has a range of unique and useful features that make it stand out from the crowd.
Appearance and Design
There’s no doubt that this is an attractive vacuum. With its sleek white colour scheme and modern shape, it’s a stylish vacuum that certainly lives up to its premium price tag. It’s not the slimmest or lightest cylinder vacuum we’ve reviewed, but that doesn’t detract from its undoubted style.
One of the most interesting features of the Blizzard Comfort is the ergonomic hose connector. This is a unique handle that can twist around the hose, so it points in the same direction even when the hose is fully stretched. It also has several buttons on a wireless control panel, including options to increase or decrease suction power.
To help offset the 6kg weight, the CX1 Comfort has four castors that are able to rotate through a full 360 degrees. Each castor is also fitted with a shock absorber, so it glides over most surfaces. Miele have even included moulded “skis” onto each castor to prevent them getting stuck in deep carpet. The result is the CX1 is easy to manoeuvre around the home despite its somewhat bulky appearance.
We’ll go into more detail on the Vortex technology later, but a useful feature is that it’s located at an angle to the bin. This prevents the core becoming tangled and clogged with larger debris.
A downside is that the CX1 only has a 6.5 metre cable and a 10 metre operating radius. This is considerably smaller than models such as the Numatic HVR200 (more commonly called the Henry Hoover) – especially for such a premium model. The extendable tubes mean the CX1 is great for getting rid of cobwebs though.
Suction Power and Performance
The Blizzard CX1 Comfort is powered by a single cyclone (Miele calls this a Vortex). This is able to spin air at over 100km/hour, providing excellent suction while separating dust from exhaust air. As you can see from the image to the right, larger debris drops into the bin, while smaller particles are collected in a separate container with an additional filter.
There are four power levels depending on the type of surface. The level is selected via the wireless control, which is positioned within easy reach on the handle.
The primary floor head is Miele’s EcoTeq Plus. This is a multi-floor head that’s built with a pivot neck and has a couple of rollers to increase its mobility. The EcoTeq Plus can be switched between carpet and hard floor mode using a foot switch.
In addition, the CX1 also comes with a hard-floor cleaning head. This is a wide tool that’s perfect for large hard floors, such as vinyl or laminate. It has a lower profile than the EcoTeq Plus, so it’s great for getting under furniture, although the large surface area means that suction is slightly reduced. We’re a big fan of this tool, as the width makes cleaning large areas of floor quick and easy.
But can the CX1 match the power of other Miele models? Fortunately, the suction power of the CX1 Comfort PowerLine is very impressive. The Vortex system and rapid air-flow combine to provide outstanding cleaning performance on hard floors (the model has received an A-rating for hard floor pickup). The EcoTeq head isn’t quite as powerful on carpets, but it still does a great job, which is why it made our list of the best carpet vacuums. You’ll probably need to use a lower setting to stop the head getting stuck in deep carpets, which reduces suction but makes the vacuum easier to manoeuvre.
With a noise output of 76dB on full power, the Blizzard is surprisingly quiet. It doesn’t quite match the quietest vacuums, but considering the suction power we are pleasantly surprised by how loud it is. On the other hand, the 1200W power means this isn’t the most energy efficient vacuum on the market.
There are some drawbacks to the CX1 though. As it’s quite a bulky machine, it’s not the easiest cylinder to use on stairs. The hose also isn’t long enough to reach the top step in most houses, so you’ll need to clean from both below and above the stairs.
It’s also not the best model for cleaning pet hair. The floor-heads don’t have powered brush bars, so they struggle to remove hair from carpets and upholstery. To be fair, the Comfort PowerLine isn’t the pet version (for that you’ll need the Cat & Dog model), so you wouldn’t expect it to excel in this area.
Ease of Use Features
Miele clearly wanted to make a statement with their first bagless cylinder vacuum, so the CX1 Comfort includes a number of ease-of-use features. Here are a few we haven’t mentioned so far:
- Like most high-end bagless vacuums, it comes with a one-click emptying system. After removing the dust container, the button can be used to release dust from the bottom of the cylinder. This means your hands never contact the dust.
- The Comfort comes with a telescopic tube for cleaning at different heights.
- An automatic rewind function is included via a foot control.
- The floor head can be hooked to the side of the CX1 so it can stand up when not in use.
- The machine also comes with a temperature limiter. If the vacuum starts to overheat, which can happen if an item is caught in the floor head, the motor shuts down automatically.
In addition to the Vortex technology, the Blizzard CX1 Comfort is fitted with a HEPA 13 filter. This is designed to last the lifetime of the machine, and is one of the most effective filters on the market. It can filter up to 99.999% of small particles, which is great for allergy sufferers. The Blizzard has also been given a seal of approval by Allergy Australia.
A handy feature of the CX1 is its ComfortClean system. The vacuum monitors the cleaning performance when in use. If it starts to drop, it cleans the fine dust filter automatically to prevent loss of suction. This take around 20 seconds and means you won’t need to clean this filter manually, although you’ll need to empty the filter contents every so often.
As you might have guessed by the range of features and powerful performance, the Miele Blizzard CX1 Comfort’s price isn’t cheap. With an RRP of AUD400, this is one of the most expensive vacuums we’ve reviewed.
But is it worth the money? In our opinion, it’s a fantastic vacuum that excels on almost every type of floor. The unique features, HEPA filtration and powerful suction mean that it justifies the high price. The only exception is if you have pets, in which case the Blizzard Cat & Dog Powerline is probably the better option.
Accessories and Tools
Aside from the main floor heads, the vacuum comes with an integrated loose brush, small floor-head for cleaning tiles and dusting brush. We’re pleased to say that, unlike vacuums such as the Henry, the accessories and tubes all fit together with ease.
Frequently Asked Questions
Miele CX1 vs. Miele C3 – What are the Differences?
Both are excellent vacuums that provide outstanding cleaning performance. As you already know, the biggest difference between the Blizzard CX1 and C3 is the Blizzard is a bagless vacuum. The C3 uses disposable bags.
There are some other differences though. The C3 PowerLine, which is the equivalent to the CX1 Comfort PowerLine, doesn’t include a wide hard-floor cleaning head. It also comes with the AllTeq head instead of the EcoTeq, doesn’t have a HEPA filter and isn’t quite as powerful.
The C3 is much cheaper though. It also has almost double the capacity, so you’ll need to empty it less often. Allergy sufferers may prefer the C3 as the bagged design is easier to empty without dust escaping.
The Miele Blizzard CX1 Comfort PowerLine is the company’s first foray into the bagless vacuum market – and it’s definitely not a let-down. With powerful suction, two excellent floor heads and an ergonomic design, this is almost certainly the best bagless cylinder vacuum at the time of writing.
Are there any reasons not to buy the CX1 though? The biggest drawback is the price – this is certainly not a cheap vacuum. If you have pets, you’re better off getting the Cat & Dog version, as the Comfort struggles with hair in carpets. People with severe allergies may prefer a bagged model.
For most people, however, the CX1 is an outstanding vacuum that will make quick work of cleaning almost any type of floor. It’s expensive, but we think it’s worthy every penny.