Miele Dynamic U1 Vacuum Cleaner Review
The BMW of vacuums
About the Miele Dynamic U1 Cat & Dog
The Cat & Dog ships with a HEPA filter and handheld turbo brush for dealing with pet hair, and also features an LED headlight. It comes in Lotus White.
About the Miele Dynamic U1 Jazz
The Jazz features an LED headlight and ships with a HEPA filter. Plus it comes in snazzy Canary Yellow.
About the Miele Dynamic U1 Limited Edition
The Dynamic U1 Limited Edition lacks a HEPA filter and LED headlight, but ships with an EasyLock Extension wand and comes in Ivory White.
About the Miele Dynamic U1 AutoEco
The AutoEco features digital suction control, including an automatic mode. It's also equipped with an LED headlight and HEPA air filter. It comes in Obsidian Black.
About the Miele Dynamic U1 Salsa
The Salsa features an LED headlight and ships with a HEPA filter. It comes in Mango Red.
About the Miele Dynamic U1 Twist
The Twist is the baseline Dynamic U1 model. It lacks extra features, but it's also the cheapest of the bunch. It comes in Sprint Blue.
About the Miele Dynamic U1 HomeCare
The HomeCare features digital suction control, including an automatic mode. It's also equipped with an LED headlight and HEPA air filter. It comes in Mango Red, just like the U1 Salsa.
If you hate vacuuming, we've got two words for you: German Engineering.
Visit a Miele showroom and you'll find employees eager to tell you about Miele's vacuum factory in Bielefeld, Germany, and how much effort the company puts into quality control.
You'll notice it the second you vacuum with one: Joints don't creak, handles don't jiggle, and motors purr like brand-new BMWs. Unfortunately, you'll also notice the price tag, which is between five and ten times what your entry-level Hoover or Eureka might cost. Could a vacuum really be worth that much?
In the case of the Miele Dynamic U1 series (MSRP $449–799), we think the answer is yes. Sure, other vacuums clean better and cost less, but none of them feel like a Miele or have the same warranty coverage. If a little bit of luxury is enough to get you off your hintern and clean the floors, it's worth paying a premium.
Despite its heritage, the U1 series is designed specifically for the U.S. market, where upright vacuums rule. (Germans prefer a canister Staubsauger.) Every U1’s controls have excellent tactility, snapping clearly from position to position so there's no mistaking a change in cleaning mode. Handles on top have textured grips with the on-off toggle in easy reach.
Down at the bottom you’ll find a swiveling joint inside the brush head that lets you turn on a dime. A vacuum that pivots means less fatigue, which means you can spend extra time on those carpets before calling it quits.
There are seven discrete models in the Dynamic U1 family, with additional features—at additional cost—as we move through the lineup. The U1 Twist is the best bargain at $449, the U1 Salsa adds a HEPA filter and LED headlights, the Jazz adds a sealed air cleaning system, the Cat & Dog adds a brush for pet hair, the AutoEco has an automatically adjusting motor, and so on. All of this is yours to explore using Miele’s handy comparison tool, but for our money we think the sweet spots are the U1 Cat & Dog and the aforementioned U1 Twist. The Cat & Dog for its handy tools for dealing with hair, and the Twist for the same convenience features and Miele-manufactured motor at a lower price than the rest. (Plus, you can add a HEPA filter for just $40.)
The U1s glide over carpets like they have four-wheel drive, and that is in service to what the Germans call die saugwirkung–the suction. We test dirt pickup on tall and short carpet, and these vacuums excel at cleaning thick, luxurious carpet. The U1s we tested, on average, picked up around 12% more test dirt than the average vacuum from our high-pile carpet in a single pass.
For more information on how we tested the Twist read our Test Results Page.
While it's true a certain segment of consumers will always scoff at these kinds of prices for a vacuum, each Dynamic U1 is an investment in quality. Could you buy a month's worth of groceries for $450 or more? Sure. But if you've ever been frustrated by a vacuum that won't move with you, or can't clean out thick carpets, then maybe it's time to experience Miele's meticulous manufacturing for yourself.
Warranty information and product manuals can be found on Miele's website.
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