When Miele introduced the Triflex cordless vacuum cleaner a couple of years ago, they clearly did their research. And in typical Miele fashion, they take every aspect of the vacuum cleaner one step further than the competition.

With the Triflex, Miele’s German engineering is on full display. Sporting a versatile 3-in-1 design, the Triflex proves to be a powerful cordless vacuum that fits seamlessly inside the Miele ecosystem – for example, the attachments for your Miele C1 canister can be used on your Triflex!

Three Different Models of Miele Triflex

The Miele Triflex comes in several different versions. The white and gray version is their base model. The red one is the Home Care version. And the black one is the Cat and Dog version. The vacuum itself is all the same. There’s no physical difference as they all have the same power, same brush and same filter, with a few added features across the models.

Base version, Home Care, Cat and Dog (Left to Right)

How the Miele Triflex “Stands Up” Against The Competition

One of Miele Triflex’s unique qualities when compared to Dyson or any of the other rechargeable stick type vacuum is that it can stand up by itself. Miele has clearly done their research and surveyed the rechargeable landscape, and looking for ways to improve. For instance, Dyson is an extremely popular rechargeable vacuum – primarily because it’s a decent performing machine with a lot of marketing behind it. Miele is a great performing machine with a great reputation of the Miele name, and it also interacts with the other Miele equipment – which we’ll explain in more detail later. The basics of the machine is by being freestanding you can keep it anywhere. It could be in your kitchen, your closet, or your living room and if you have a quick mess to pick up, this is quick alternative to your regular plugin vacuum.

Double The Run Time

On the handle of the machine are three speeds. There is an off position, a one speed, a two speed, and a third highest speed. A lot of users want to go to the highest speed so they have the most power. But on battery operated equipment, you have to remember that the highest speed is also consuming the most battery. This means you will have a shorter battery run time. So if you can do what the job requires on the low speed, you’ll almost double your battery run time. Miele’s battery is one of the only ones that we know of that is actually not made in China as it’s made in Germany.

Washable Dust Cup and Filters

The dirt will go into the dust cup, where the filter is also located. A little turn of the lid allows the dust cup to come off. Then when you turn the lid a little further (do this over the trash can) it’s going to open so that you can dump the dirt. And when it’s time for cleaning, just keep turning and the filter cartridge can be removed.

The filter cartridge basically is entirely washable. We recommend you don’t wash the HEPA filter. You will want to dry clean it, tap it against the trash can or vacuum it with your Miele vacuum. But the rest of the filter assembly is completely washable. This includes the pre-screen, which is the outside piece and your micro filter which is the inside piece. These are both washable. Just make sure to let them dry completely before you put it back together and resume cleaning.

The Miele Triflex is very simple and very easy to maintain because everything is individual pieces that come away from the machine. We find through the service side of our business that people are dumping the containers and some are even cleaning their filter but they’re not cleaning the pre-screens and the rest of it because they don’t know how to get it apart. That’s something that Miele has fixed well.

Brush Roll Maintenance

On the bottom of the Miele Triflex is a rotary brush for your carpet. These brushes are completely hard floor safe so they can be used on any type of hard floor. The Miele Triflex has rubber wheels on the front and rubber wheels on the back, so the machine is really rolling on those rubber wheels when you’re on a hard surface. And when you’re on carpet, the brush is going to have the agitation ability.

Anybody with long hair knows that hair is going to wrap around this brush roller. But what Miele has done is incorporated a simple cleaning system. The brush comes out very easily. So if you are a pet owner or have long hair, you will want to remove the bearing – no tools required – because hair will get wrapped around the bearing. It needs to be removed periodically but is very simple to do. When you’re done cleaning the roller, it’ll slide in basically just as easy as it comes apart. It’s very form-fitting, so everything will slide, snap, and latch back together. The brush is also replaceable, so if you ever wear the brush down, it’s very simple to replace. We stock replacement brush rolls in our inventory.

Pro System Charging

Miele makes what they call the pro system. The Pro System comes with two batteries so you can charge and have two batteries ready to go. Just simply swap batteries out from one to the other and continue going. It’s pretty easy to get about 30 minutes of constant run time if you run this on low speed. But again, if you’re going to flip it up on high, you’re going to experience about 15 minutes of run time. That makes having a second battery even more beneficial.

Miele Triflex Transforms for Multipurpose Cleaning

A big win for Miele is that Triflex stands up on its own but that’s not all it does. This machine actually transforms. The Miele Triflex can become a hand vacuum for stairs or furniture with the rotary brush. If we want to take the rotary brush off, we can put the wand in place and that allows us the reach to go underneath the beds. With the tool kit that comes with the Mieles, you’re going to have an upholstery tool, a crevice tool, and a dusting brush. So if I wanted to use the dusting brush, with my reach, I can clean 10 foot ceilings and chase cobwebs. So basically you have a hand vacuum, a stick vacuum, and a stand-up vacuum that can very easily be converted.

Miele Triflex Home Care

The Home Care series is available in-store only. It has have a three year warranty, while the standard warranty on a Triflex from Miele is two years. Also, Miele’s warranty does cover the batteries.

Miele Triflex Cat and Dog

The cat and dog version is exactly like the white one we’ve been demonstrating with all the same features. However, it does have with two added features. The Cat and Dog includes a headlight in the front that illuminates and you also have a smaller version of the rotary head okay so for stairs, furniture and upholstery.

Miele Triflex Pro Pack

The Pro Pack is Miele’s top dog. It is the same as all of the other Triflex vacuums but it does come with two charging systems and two batteries which again allows you to double your run time, so to speak, just by changing out a battery which is quite simple.

Seamless Integration Within the Miele Family of Vacuums

As with all Miele equipment, we do stock Triflex accessories. We stock batteries, we stock the turbine driven hand tool. So let’s say you wanted the additional hand tool but you wanted to buy the basic version. We can combine those and make that work any way you want to do it. If you are a current Miele owner of let’s say one of their canister vacuums, any of the tools on the Miele canister will also work on any of the Triflex. So if we wanted to use say our combination tool from our canister or you would like this tool and you don’t have a Miele canister, you can buy this tool and now this gives you a non-rotating head, a little bit more swivel or pivotability, and it’s channeling the suction into a tighter area. So the versatility is just non-stop with Miele.


Triflex has been out for a couple years now and we’ve experienced very very little warranty claim. Overall it’s a huge winner. They’ve done a fantastic job of including it in the Miele family and like Miele always does, they look at survey the landscape, they see what everybody’s done pretty well, and then they just do it one step better.