Miele Triflex HX1 Cat & Canine Cordless Vacuum

“Versatile and highly effective, the Miele Triflex HX1 Cat & Canine is a superb cordless choice.”

A lot of instruments and configurations

Bin would not emit a cloud of mud when emptied

Extraordinarily highly effective

Compact

Costly

Brief battery life

Bagless vacuums are infamous for puffing mud again into the air once they’re being emptied. In 2016, Miele promised its bagless vacuums wouldn’t do this. 4 years later, I lastly received one to check out, the Triflex HX1 Cat & Canine.

This cordless stick vacuum is modular and may be assembled in just a few other ways, together with a handheld system. Miele mentioned it’s made for pets, so I set it on my cat tree.

Getting connected

For my present vacuum, I’ve a reusable grocery bag of equipment. Miele offers a wall mount for the HX1, which may additionally maintain a number of of the attachments. I’m guessing there’s simply no elegant means of storing the cumbersome handheld brush attachment, in order that has to go on the ground subsequent to hoover.

Along with the hand-held brush and commonplace vacuum head, the Miele comes with a crevice device, upholstery accent, and dusting brush. Cleansing my cat tree took the hand-held brush, upholstery accent, and dusting brush. This isn’t the vacuum’s fault; my cat tree is a mixture of carpeted platforms, squishy pillows, and a Papasan chair-style bowl for lounging. Nice for cats, horrible for cleansing.

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The explanation the vacuum is known as the Triflex is that it may be configured to be strictly handheld (to cite the Beastie Boys), or work in two totally different flooring kinds, with the bin nearer to the ground or up close to the deal with. Swapping the totally different nozzles and brush heads is usually simple, however detaching the wand that lengthens the vacuum deal with might typically take a little bit of tug of struggle.

With the mud bin, motor, and battery, the vacuum weighs round three kilos, sans attachments, which don’t add an excessive amount of heft. It’s undoubtedly manageable however may get fatiguing for individuals used to solely utilizing a hose with an attachment. There’s no getting round having to carry the complete vacuum if you’re utilizing it like a dustbuster.

Max energy

The deal with of the HX1 lets you choose between three energy settings. Let’s face it, although, the one time you’re most likely not going use max energy is on delicate rugs. The max setting lives as much as its title and sucked up every little thing in sight. The hand held brush labored nice on the cat tree platforms, that are normally a bit difficult to wash. The dusting brush and fabric device did higher on the softer surfaces, just like the cushions, the place cat fur abounded. It nonetheless took time and endurance, going over the furrier areas a number of instances, however the tree was far much less furry after the vacuuming.

Along with the cat tree, I additionally examined the Miele on carpet and hardwood flooring, with a wide range of substances, together with rice and cereal. With some vacuums, I’ve discovered that vacuuming can ping little items of particles throughout hardwood flooring. Not so with the HX1. It saved every little thing contained, even when it did battle with — admittedly, cumbersome — absolutely intact Golden Graham squares. It picked up practically every little thing else although, doing an impressively thorough job.

The max setting lives as much as its title and sucked up every little thing in web site.

The vacuum’s commonplace brush head has a low profile, which inserts rather well below my bookshelves and console desk, which typically are too low for taller vacuum heads. It’s additionally outfitted with a headlight, for if you shove it into these darkish corners.

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It took about 12 minutes to totally clear the cat tree. The HX1’s battery solely lasted round 16 minutes on max. That’s a bit on the brief aspect, in comparison with some competitors, and there’s no backup battery for larger jobs. On low-power mode, the battery will final about an hour. The longevity is a bit shorter than one other direct rival, the Dyson V11 Outsize, which stretches out to a barely longer 120 minutes in eco mode. It takes 4 hours to recharge the battery, which is fairly commonplace for cordless vacuums.

Undustables

With my very own bagless vac, I normally take it exterior earlier than emptying it into the rubbish. It emits a plume of mud, redistributing the very kitten dander I used to be attempting to banish within the first place. The HX1 actually had massive particles within the bin once I was achieved vacuuming, however once I opened it to empty it out, that poof of mud was absent. The filters — which should be rinsed each month or so — actually do appear to maintain every little thing contained.

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Every little thing in regards to the HX1 is fairly petite, together with the mud bin. It holds about half a liter of filth and different refuse. The capability is nice sufficient for residences or studios, however would require frequent emptying with bigger houses. The Dyson V11 Outsize, for instance, incorporates a considerably bigger 1.Eight-liter dustbin. Opening the bin occurs with a twist of the bin on the prime, a bit totally different from most different vacuums. You’ll most likely should learn the guide the primary time to determine it out, but it surely’s fairly simple thereafter.

Our take

The $699 price ticket places the Miele Triflex HX1 Cat & Canine vacuum on par with some high-end Dyson stick vacs. Its battery life is on the brief aspect and it may get heavy in handheld mode, but it surely’s a really highly effective, easy-to-use vacuum. And that lack of a mud cloud? *Chef’s kiss.*

Is there a greater various?

Nice because the HX1 is, Miele’s price ticket is just too excessive for many individuals. There are actually cheaper stick vacuums, just like the Dyson V7 ($288) or Tineco Pure One S12 ($530).

How lengthy will it final?

Shopper Studies has discovered that cordless vacuums have iffy reliability, because of their diminishing battery life. The HX1 is in any other case nicely constructed and comes with a one-year guarantee.

Do you have to purchase it?

When you have a reasonably small house you could vacuum in round 15 minutes and wish to spend a number of hundred dollars on a cordless system, the HX1 is a superb selection. It’s highly effective, versatile, and doesn’t take up an excessive amount of house.

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