Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum
Pet owners often face a unique challenge when it comes to keeping the home clean. Pet hair and odors are often difficult for traditional vacuum cleaners
to adequately handle. With the Miele Cat & Dog canister vacuum cleaner, you can do just that - remove pet hair (across all surfaces), reduce pet
odors and help to keep your home cleaner and freer or allergens. With the Cat and Dog in tow, I spent a weekend catching up on some much needed
house cleaning, and this is how the Cat & Dog performed.
What I like about the Miele C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum
The Cat & Dog has tools that are uniquely suited for homes with pets. In terms of filtration, the sealed system ensures excellent
airflow but also keeps allergens, dirt and debris from escaping. The G/N bag traps hair while the Active AirClean filter serves two purposes. First,
it uses activated carbon to adsorb nasty pet odors. Second, in addition to the carbon, the filter also contains an AirClean filter that removes a
wide range of microparticles. You may notice that the Cat & Dog vacuums
are the only ones that boast 12-stage filtration. This is due to the carbon (an additional stage of filtration) in the Active AirClean filters.
Overall, the Active AirClean filter and filterbags tackle the odors and hair that often plague homes with pets.
The next way in which the Cat & Dog is well suited for cleaning up after pets deals with the tools that are included with this
model. For floors, there is the SBB 300-3, a mainstay tool when it comes to cleaning smooth flooring. For carpets, the Cat and Dog comes with
the SEB 228. I have always liked this carpet cleaning tool. It has a wide cleaning path (14") and is height adjustable. Because the
Complete C3 has a brushroll control switch on the handle it is easy to disengage the brushroll and rely on straight suction to clean. I like this setup,
particularly when you are cleaning carpet but then have a small area of smooth flooring to tackle. The SEB 228 is strong enough to pull out
pet hair from any pile and density of carpet.
Also included in the box is the STB 101 turbobrush. This tool is handy for cleaning upholstered furniture or carpeted steps. This air
driven tool is compact and will fit in spaces where the SEB 228 will not. Lastly, the Cat and Dog has the three standard mini accessories
tucked conveniently away under the hood.
For overall features, the Complete C3 Cat & Dog has dumped the rotary dial in favor of +/- foot buttons. The Vortex motor is encased and when combined
with the silence insulation, my dog hardly batted an eye while I was cleaning. I literally had to tell him to move so I could vacuum where he
was laying. The raised bumper is a nice feature on this C3 model. The bumper strip only sticks up a fraction of an inch but it helps to avoid
damage or marks caused from canister bouncing off a coffee or end table. Finally, the Cat and Dog has a durable ABS shell, that resists the dings
of everyday use while the warranty provides unmatched piece of mind in your investment.
What I do not like about the Miele C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum
There are few drawbacks to this model beyond cost. Like all Miele's the Cat and Dog carries a premium price tag, but unlike other
vacuums, Miele's generally run for anywhere from 2-5 times as long as a less expensive vacuum. Aside from any issues with price, the only
thing that I would have liked to have seen with this model that is not included or available is some type of brush attachment to help remove loose
pet hair. My dog has little issue with vacuum cleaners, and a brush that would help me remove then suck up with dog hair all in one
step would be a great addition. Perhaps that's a good R&D suggestion to pass along to Miele?
The Miele Cat & Dog is an excellent vacuum for pet owners. No matter if you have a dog, cat or gerbil, the Cat & Dog canister can remove hair, soil and
mess that these four-legged friends can leave behind. The filtration does a great job at removing dander and hair, and most tools that you would need
to clean up after pets are included. The body and motor are covered by a 7 year warranty, though most Miele owners have their vacuums for literally a
decade or two before they ever need to think about replacing it. In all, you cannot go wrong with this vacuum for any household that has pets.