Miele Complete C3 Celebration Electro Ecoline Plus - Stairs, Pet Hair and Verdict

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Miele Complete C3 Celebration Electro EcoLine Plus – Stair Cleaning

The ElecroPlus head is totally incompatible with stair cleaning as it is simply too heavy to manhandle up step by step and too big to effectively clean a step, particularly those on tapering turns. For stairs with hard floors the special head is light and ideal, but those with carpets will need to use the standard brush head or one of the smaller tools.

Neither is ideal for carpets as they have no rotating brushes at all, but once again the built-in dusting brush saved the day. Its fairly stiff bristles proved effective at scrubbing across carpets and the short pistol-grip like handle made poking into edges and tight corners easy.

Again the 7.5m cable may restrict complete top to bottom cleaning without moving plug sockets and care must be taken with the hose. It is chunkier and heavier built than some of Miele’s other hoses so more likely to pull the cleaner off of a stair if placed upon it.

 
Miele Complete C3 Celebration Electro EcoLine Plus – Pet Hair Cleaning

On hard floors with our usual Collie and Labrador hairballs drifting around like tundra, the C3 Celebration and the dedicated hard floor head proved more than a match for the task. Extending the tubes fully meant the head was tilted up slightly, which allowed hair to be sucked into the head with ease. The larger standard floorhead in ‘brush down’ mode also worked exceptionally well at hairs throughout the kitchen and covered a larger area every sweep.

However, the real star of the C3 Celebration’s pet hair performance is the ElectroPlus head. Wow, nothing removes pet hair from carpets like a fully powered Turbobrush head and the ElectroPlus head is one of the most effective and efficient we have tried. It cleaned our pet hair test in a single pass with a second and third pass made more out of habit than necessity. Even so, it cleaned our 30cm patch of pet hair in deep carpet in just 6.5 seconds – around three seconds faster than the Recommended Miele Compact C2 Cat & Dog.

 

Should I buy the Miele Complete C3 Celebration Electro EcoLine Plus?

There are good reasons to consider it, but a few caveats mean we can’t recommend it outright. Its weight, short power cord and large main head make it tricky to use on stairs, while the cumbersome design make it hard work to use. Its edge cleaning is a little disappointing, too.

In its favour, however, is its outstanding general cleaning – particularly on pet hair – and the fact it tackles deep pile carpets better than most vacuum cleaners. The fact it has excellent dust filtration is one further attraction.

On balance, though, we’d recommend considering the Dyson DC54 Animal ahead of it – it’s equally good (if not better) on pet hair, but is easier to use on stairs and cleans better right up to the edge. The Dyson DC41 Mk2 and Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog are worth considering, too. Read our best vacuum cleaner roundup for more options, and our vacuum cleaner reviews for the latest we’ve reviewed.

Verdict

Very good cleaning, but too heavy and cumbersome to use compared to rivals.

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