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Miele Compact C2 Onyx Vacuum Cleaner with STB 205-3 Turbobrush
Powered by the 1200 Watt Miele Vortex motor, this Miele Compact C2 Onyx compact vacuum cleaner is great for those with mostly vinyl and hardwood floors plus limited carpeted area. Popular features include its very light weight, telescopic stainless steel wand, air-driven STB 205-3 Turbobrush, 12" wide SBB 300-3 Twister Floor Brush and Whisper-quiet operation. Strong suction and high air flow provide outstanding cleaning performance.   See also the Product Description Sheet and Owner's Manual by Miele, Inc.

The Miele Compact C2 Onyx replaced the Miele S6270 Onyx in February 2015.  For similar products see our list of current Miele Canisters w/Turbine Nozzles.   See also the optional accessories and supplies on the Accessories tab below.   View Larger Image
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Code: Miele C2 Onyx     Mfg. Code: 41DAE031USA
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This page describes the Miele Compact C2 Onyx Canister vacuum which includes their air-driven STB 205-3 Turbobrush. We also have the more deluxe Miele Compact C2 Topaz Power Team with their SEB 217-3 Powerbrush available. Motor driven powerbrushes have more torque, enabling them to be more effective than air-driven turbobrushes.

Miele Compact C2 Onyx Vacuum Cleaner Introduction

Miele - Made in Germany

Miele has been designing and manufacturing products for the home since 1899. They produced their first vacuum cleaner in 1927 and celebrated their 100th Anniversary in June of 1999. Their products are world renowned for their power, durability and performance. The introduction of the Miele Onyx compact vacuum, with its beautiful Obsidian Black finish, reflects their commitment to designing and manufacturing outstanding vacuum cleaners. As with all Miele products, all its advanced technology and incredible power is harnessed within a truly beautiful work of art. You may even be tempted to purchase a Miele Compact C2 Onyx vacuum cleaner on its looks alone.

Multi-Layer Filtration System

The Miele Onyx vacuum cleaner uses a multi-layer filtration system which increases the life of the high filtration exhaust filter. The air passes through their high filtration AirClean Bag and a secondary electrostatic filter before reaching the special exhaust filter. Each layer of filtration captures more particles as the air passes through them. Ideally, multi-layer filtration enhances performance by ensuring good air flow through the system. It prevents large particles from reaching and blocking the exhaust filter, saving it for critical particle retention.

The Miele Onyx vacuum comes standard with their Super Air Clean exhaust filter for those desiring outstanding filtration but who do not have dust related sensitivities which require the level of filtration which meets the stringent HEPA 13 specification.

High Efficiency Filtration

Using the Miele Compact C2 Onyx canister vacuum differs from your typical home vacuum cleaner because of its special high filtration capabilities built into its system. The Miele Onyx vacuum is carefully designed so the sub-micrometer dust you pick up actually reaches the high filtration exhaust filter and is not blown out through minute cracks in the case or around the exhaust filter like many competing cleaners with high filtration exhaust filters. To protect you even more the dustbag is designed to automatically close its opening when you open the vacuum to remove it for disposal.

Vacuum cleaners are designed so that air flows through the nozzle and hose into the dustbag, and then through any additional filters before leaving the machine at the exhaust. Filters capable of achieving sub-micrometer filtration are important but equally important is how much of the air flow containing these allergens, etc. actually passes through the filters to be cleaned by them. With the Miele Onyx vacuum you can rest assured that all the air flow passes through and is filtered by the Super Air Clean or optional HEPA AirClean and Active Air Clean exhaust filters.

The Miele Sealed System™

Using the Miele Compact C2 Onyx canister vacuum differs from your typical home vacuum cleaner because of its special high filtration capabilities and its Sealed System™. This means that the sub-micrometer dust you pick up actually reaches the high filtration exhaust filter and is not blown out through minute cracks in the case or around the exhaust filter like many competing cleaners with high filtration exhaust filters.

Vacuum cleaners are designed so that air flows through the nozzle and hose into the dustbag, and then through any additional filters before leaving the machine at the exhaust. Filters capable of achieving sub-micrometer filtration are important but equally important is how much of the air flow containing these allergens, etc. actually passes through the filters to be cleaned by them. With the Miele Sealed System™ you can rest assured that all the air flow passes through and is filtered by the Super Air Clean or optional Active Certified HEPA or Active Air Clean exhaust filters. Having a completely sealed system also helps improve suction by ensuring that all air flow through the motor is also pulled through the hose and attachments, not entering through unsealed joints in the case, wands and attachments.

High Performance AirClean™ Dustbag

Miele FJM AirClean Dustbag

Miele's revolutionary new AirClean™ dustbag offers unbeatable advantages which really enhance the performance of the Miele Compact C2 Onyx canister vacuum cleaner. First and foremost, the unique new material which composes AirClean dustbags has made significant progress in the quality of filtration: Thanks to its intricate web of three-ply random-spun polymer fibers, far more tiny particles and allergens are retained than with conventional dustbags. This alone accounts for a reduction in dust emissions from the dustbag of up to 50%, based on levels which were already extremely low. Therefore, this vacuum's secondary filter and high efficiency exhaust filter will be kept cleaner, providing outstanding cleaning performance with reduced resistance to the air flow.

The enhanced composition of AirClean virtually eliminates clogging, improving cleaning performance even further. This material captures millions of tiny dust particles and holds them tight within its fibers, keeping the pores of the dustbag open longer. As a result, this Miele vacuum cleaner retains its excellent cleaning performance, even when the dustbag is full. This special polymer material also makes the dustbag practically tear-proof. The risk of damage caused by sharp, pointed objects in the bag is now a thing of the past.

Optional High Efficiency Filters

Miele HA-50 HEPA AirClean Filter

For those with dust related allergies or asthma, Miele has an optional HEPA AirClean exhaust filter which meets the stringent HEPA 13 specification. It has been proven to retain over 99.99% of dust particles. It only needs to be replaced approximately once a year. A special "Timestrip" provides a visual indication of when the filter should be replaced. Packaged in a white case, the SF-HA 50 HEPA AirClean filter takes clean air to an even higher level. It replaces the former SF-AH 50 HEPA filter in a light blue case which met the "HEPA 12" specification. When purchasing your new Miele Onyx from Ristenbatt Vacuum Cleaner Service, turn it into an outstanding allergy vacuum with extremely low dust emissions by adding the HEPA AirClean filter for only $49.95.

Miele Active Air Clean Filter

Miele even has a special filter designed for the pet lovers in our world. Their Active Air Clean Filter features a thick layer of Activated Charcoal sandwiched between two Super Air Clean filters for outstanding odor trapping abilities. It's great for cat & dog owners. When purchasing your new Miele Onyx from Ristenbatt Vacuum Cleaner Service, turn it into an allergy vacuum with very low dust and odor emissions by adding the Active Air Clean filter for only $39.95.

Efficient Miele Vortex Suction Motor

Miele Vortex Motor Fan

The powerful 1200 Watt, Miele Vortex suction motor produces plenty of suction for cleaning low to medium nap carpeted floors when used with its SEB 217-3 Powerbrush. As such it is a very effective 1440 watt (12 Amps.) power team...both in its ability to pick up dirt and allergens and in its ability to retain them. This high performance motor has fan parts that are aerodynamically designed with no parallel surfaces and nine long fan scoops compared to the typical six shorter ones. These scoops are quite wide near the hub of the fan and become more narrow toward the outer edge similar to that of a jet engine compressor. This single stage "compressor design" optimizes the air flow and increases the overall motor efficiency. Featuring lifetime lubricated ball bearings, well balanced motor parts, enhanced motor suspension and lining of the motor housing, the Miele Onyx vacuum will perform quietly for many years. Due to its typical life expectancy of 1200 hours, Miele proudly warranties this motor for seven years. To learn more about this outstanding motor, see our article on the Powerful Miele Vortex Motor.

Electronic Motor Speed Control

The Compact C2 Onyx vacuum is also equipped with six different motor speed settings which adjusts the air flow, giving you complete control when you clean. The electronic speed control dial on the vacuum enables you to easily select the proper amount of power for cleaning anything from draperies to medium height carpeting. Reducing the suction prevents curtains, upholstery or area rugs from inadvertently being drawn into the cleaning nozzle.

Option to Upgrade to the Deluxe Hose Handle

Standard and Deluxe Hose Handles

When purchasing your new Miele Onyx vacuum from Ristenbatt Vacuum, make it even more user friendly by upgrading to Miele's Deluxe Hose Handle. The thinner handle located above the hose makes it easier to hold, especially for smaller hands. Its soft top grip and the way it lays nicely in your hand make it even more comfortable. With the hose attached closer to the wand or cleaning nozzle this Deluxe Hose Handle provides superior flexability which you'll really appreciate when working in fairly tight areas. A slight swivel built into the handle enhances its maneuverability as well.

The special upgrade price of $39.95 is only available at the time when you purchase this vacuum. Check this option's box on the vacuum cleaner's order form to receive the special upgrade price. If purchased separately the Deluxe Hose Handle would sell for $69.95.

Versatile Stainless Steel Telescopic Wand

The stainless steel telescopic wand on the Onyx Compact C2 vacuum cleaners can be adjusted to match your individual stature. For storage, it collapses to about half height to save storage space. It is well sealed at all joints to maintain Miele's outstanding performance. This is a good example of how Miele goes to great lengths, even with small details, to ensure the quality, performance and beauty of their products.

Air Driven Turbobrush for Carpets

STB 205-3 Turbobrush

The Miele Compact C2 Onyx canister comes complete with the Miele STB 205-3 Turbobrush for cleaning low or medium nap carpets. It incorporates a turbine to obtain its power to drive the 10 1/2" wide revolving brush roll from the air flow passing through the system. By doing so, it is drawing power from the main suction motor, actually reducing the air flow through the system. A cog type belt is used to provide positive power transfer from the turbine to the brush roll. Since this nozzle does not require electric to operate, it can be used on the standard non-electric hose.

The Miele Onyx is designed for those with limited amounts of carpeted floors who can't justify the higher cost of a vacuum with a motorized powerbrush. For those desiring a similar vacuum with motorized powerbrush, consider the Miele Compact C2 Topaz power team. The SEB 217-3 Powerbrush on the Miele Topaz actually adds more power to the system instead of drawing its power from the air flow as this vacuum's turbobrush does.

Whisper Quiet Canister Operation

Whisper Quiet Canister Operation

For many years Miele vacuums cleaners have been much quieter than most vacuums. More recent series have become even quieter in their operation. Their S6 compact vacuum series set a new standard of very low level sound levels. (On February 1, 2015 the "S6" series was renamed the "Complete C2" series.) When used with their STB 205-3 Turbobrush the sound level is increased slightly although still very quiet.

All Three Wheels Swivel 360°

The Miele Onyx vacuum cleaners are designed to track nicely behind you as you pull them by the hose. They are equipped with three wheels which turn a full 360° making them very easy to maneuver and very stable. Going over electrical cords, door thresholds and around furniture is a breeze. Since it can be moved in any direction, being able to easily push it out of your path when working near the machine is an added convenience.

One-Year Limited Product Warranty

Miele provides a year of peace of mind, knowing that you will not have the expense of a repair which is covered by their standard One Year Limited Warranty. This limited warranty are reduced to six months if the vacuum cleaner is used for commercial purposes.

Outstanding 7-Year Motor and Casing Warranties

Miele is so confident in the durability of their unique Vortex motor that they cover it with their long Miele Seven-Year Limited Motor Warranty. Also, their vacuums are so well designed and constructed that they proudly include their Seven-Year Limited Casing Warranty with this vacuum. These extra-long waranties provide six additional years of peace of mind, knowing that you will not have the expense of a repair covered by them. These limited warranties are reduced to six months if the vacuum cleaner is used for commercial purposes.

Product Availability

The Miele Compact C2 Onyx vacuum cleaners are made in Germany and sold in the U.S.A. primarily through their network of independently owned vacuum cleaner specialty stores like Ristenbatt Vacuum Cleaner Service. We also promote and sell additional models of Miele Canisters & Power Teams, various Miele Accessories & Attachments and Genuine Miele Dustbags, Filters & Supplies.

Please feel free to call toll free at 800-413-2778 or 717-665-5126 for more details and information on this and additional models. Most of our salespeople are also skilled technicians who are very knowledgeable about vacuum cleaners, both inside and out. They will be happy to talk with you regarding your various vacuum cleaner needs, preferences and desires. We are a vacuum cleaner specialty store providing outstanding customer service to all who purchase from us.

This page describes the Miele Compact C2 Onyx Canister vacuum which includes their air-driven STB 205-3 Turbobrush. We also have the more deluxe Miele Compact C2 Topaz Power Team with their SEB 217-3 Powerbrush available. Motor driven powerbrushes have more torque, enabling them to be more effective than air-driven turbobrushes.


Key Features Major Benefits
Includes Turbobrush By including the STB 205-3 Turbobrush, this cleaner is designed to deep clean low to medium nap carpeted floors. For those desiring a similar vacuum with motorized powerbrush, consider the Miele Compact C2 Topaz power team.
Completely Sealed System Ensures that all air flow through the system reaches the high filtration exhaust filter. It also improves the cleaning performance since all air flow passes through the hose and attachments as well.
Multi-Layer Filtration System Each layer captures more particles, providing longer life and better performance of the exhaust filter.
Super Air Clean Filter As Miele's standard exhaust filter, it attracts and traps sub-micrometer particles, improving the quality of the air you breathe. For even greater filtration, use the optional HEPA AirClean Exhaust filter.
Optional HEPA AirClean Exhaust Filter
The SF-HA 50 HEPA AirClean filter meets the stringent "HEPA 13" specification. It has been proven to retain over 99.99% of dust particles.
Optional Active Air Clean Exhaust Filter
Features a thick layer of Activated Charcoal sandwiched between two Super Air Clean filters for outstanding odor trapping abilities. It's great for cat & dog owners.
1200 Watt Miele Vortex Suction Motor Delivers high air flow rates for very effective cleaning. Extra long life expectancy of 1200 hours exceeds most industrial motors.
Electronic Speed Control Enables you to easily select the proper amount of power for cleaning anything from draperies to carpeting.
Three 360° Swivel Wheels Tracks nicely behind you as you pull it by the hose. It also can be easily pushed it out of your path when working near the machine.
Automatic Cord Rewind Conveniently rewind the cord for storage by pushing the foot pedal on the top of the cleaner.
One Year Limited Warranty Miele's 1-year warranty provides one year of peace of mind, knowing that you will not have the expense of a repair which is covered by this warranty.
Outstanding Seven-Year Limited Warranties Miele provides six additional years of peace of mind, knowing that you will not have the expense of a suction motor or vacuum casing repair which is covered by their 7-Year Limited Warranties. This also reflects their confidence in this machine's excellent quality.
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