a small dog lying on a sofa covered in dog hair

Miele C3 Cat & Dog Review: The Pet Test

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Today I have a Miele c3 cat & dog review for you and it’s perfect for all of us pet owners.

We are looking at The Miele C3 Complete Cat & Dog Vacuum Cleaner (which is available on Amazon UK / Amazon USA) and let me just add that it also fits the bill for very ‘flooffy’ rabbits. You can see the culprit Bertie below in the photo. In fact, that was when he was quite young and if anything he has got even fluffier as time has gone on.

a black lop rabbit called Bertie

Bertie is my house rabbit (and mess maker ☺) and as such has the run of certain bunny-proofed rooms of our home where he is happy to shed as much fur as possible. Rabbits go through regular moults so their fur can be as difficult to remove from carpets and soft fabrics as that of a cat or dog.

Miele’s Reputation

Miele definitely has a reputation for quality and I was keen to see if the build of the machine matched up to what I had heard about them. With quality comes a higher price point but if the machine is built to last then it makes the investment worthwhile. I think if you want something that does the job, and does it well, you are going to have to pay a little more for it.

The Design

Opening the box reveals a cylinder vacuum cleaner with a red and black body. It has a traditional design but this is no bad thing as I have found the shape very easy to store in a fairly small corner of the cupboard. The handle is large and easy to hold and then there is a silver tube that connects to a choice of 4 heads.

The main one that will be doing the heavy cleaning of the carpets, a head for fabrics, a brush head, and then a nozzle to get into all those hard-to-reach corners and which was excellent to clean our stairs. What I found also with the nozzle head is that it’s great for picking up all my long hair which seems to make its way onto the carpet. I run over any problem areas on the floor with this before I do a normal vacuum. (Just a tip for those with long hair who will recognise this problem!) The main head is also very easy to open up if you get any hair caught around it, so it’s accessible to clean.

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Testing It Out

The main cleaning head is large, rectangular and grey but what is particularly good about it is that it is not heavy. It contains a turbo brush which is meant to lift lint and hair easily, which is what I was about to test. At this point all I had to do once the hose was assembled and head attached was plug it in.

The cord has a better mechanism for extension and retraction than anything I have experienced before. The mechanism is very smooth and this also makes retraction super-fast – so you may just want to hold on to the plug so that it doesn’t whizz away from you. Just make sure the metal prongs of the plug are facing down when it retracts.

Once the vacuum clean is switched on, the quality becomes very clear. The Miele C3 is about 10x quieter than the sound I am used to with my previous vacuum cleaners. (This makes it perfect for Bertie as he is often frightened by noise, but this didn’t worry him at all) The head anchors very slightly to the floor and you can adjust the suction on the body of the machine itself from min to max, depending on whether you are dusting, cleaning curtains or vacuuming the floor.

The Action

When it comes to the handle, you don’t get wrist strain lifting the whole thing up from the top to the head at the end. There’s no leverage or pull when you lift. It’s balanced. Then there’s something else you notice. The head on the floor doesn’t change the distance between its surface and the surface of the carpet. There’s no shift in height when you push it forward or pull it back. It’s one height. This is a great asset because you don’t feel constant changes in force of movement and the sound of the motor doesn’t change either. Obviously, I’m not an engineer but to me, this indicates there is no extra strain on the motor – something I have had a problem with in previous cleaners. It also makes vacuuming really easy, the machine glides over the carpet with very little effort and this makes cleaning not only quick but also much less strain on your back and shoulders.

The Question of Fur

a cat lying on a lap being brushed

The main question you probably have right now is how well does this vacuum cleaner pick up fur? The answer is very, very well. The turbo brush ensures all the black fur from the carpet is removed and even little bits of hay and sawdust – which he seems to magically sprinkle behind him like fairy dust – are gone.

The same with the sofa cushions and areas of the room where he likes to sleep as these particularly can get covered in fur. There is also an Active Air Clean Filter built into the machine which helps neutralize any pet odours. The bag in this vacuum cleaner is very strong, which means that even if something a little jagged got pulled into the cleaner, the bag itself shouldn’t rip. This is very important when you think about all that hair and dander inside.

My two previous cleaners have both been cyclone models and I have to say that I got quite tired of seeing all the dirt in the body of the machine and it made it very difficult to empty, especially when you have a lot of fur and fluff flying around.

Miele C3 Cat & Dog Review – What’s the Verdict?

So, as you can see from this Miele c3 cat & dog review, I was very pleased overall with this vacuum cleaner (Amazon UK / Amazon USA). The high points for me were the ease with which it glides over the floor, the quiet functioning of the machine and above all the ability to pick up easily all the rabbit hair which Bertie leaves behind. Therefore in our ‘Naughty Pet Rating’ I am more than happy to give it a 5!

** For full disclosure this vacuum cleaner was given to me by Miele for review but all opinions are fully my own **

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