The EU Vacuum ban, as widely reported in the media recently, is not as black and white as it first appears. The headlines screamed out about the impending ban and advised consumers to snap up the last of the powerful cleaners before they were gone for ever. I can’t recall reading or listening to a single article which actually considered the new regulations on their merits.
The original Eco Design regulation came about in October 2009 and was adopted on 8th July 2013. The main purpose was to encourage better design and efficiency by manufacturers of certain products and in this instance it was vacuum cleaners.
Up to this point we had always equated higher wattages with better performance. This was not surprising as when a manufacturer launched a new range they would often make a point of telling us about its increased wattage and increased suction. But with this impending change producers of vacuums had to rethink.
So here we are post ban. The big wattage cleaners have mostly sold out due to the apocalyptic interpretation by the media of the directive. The question is “Are we now left with low wattage cleaners that couldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding?”.
With this in mind, we took at the New Miele Complete C3 Power Line vacuum and compared it to the ever popular Miele Allervac Sensor. The New Complete C3 Power Line comes in Obsidian Black and is rated at 1600 watts to comply with the new regulations. The recently banned Allervac Sensor in white is rated at 2200 watts.
Our first observation when lifting the New cleaner out of its box was how much lighter it was, 5.2kg compared to the weightier 6kg of the Allervac. Considering the cleaners are virtually the same dimensions we were impressed by this weight loss.
The build quality of the Power Line is typical Miele. Opening up the outer cover reveals three neatly stored tools: the crevice, stair and small brush tool. The second cover gives access to the new HyClean 3D dust bag that through clever design has increased capacity by 20% over the previous HyClean bag.
Turning on the New Power Line was interesting. As we increased the power to maximum we realized that thiscleaner packs a punch. The suction was every bit as powerful as you would expect from a higher wattage cleaner.
We then compared it to the Allervac with its mighty 600 watt advantage. With both models side by side and power controls set for maximum there was no noticeable difference in the suction.
With clever design and new technologies incorporated into the New Complete C3 Power Line, Miele have produced a cleaner to challenge the critics view that you can’t make a lower wattage cleaner that sucks!