We have compared the three in separate articles, but now we compare our top three brands. Each has its advantages.
KitchenAid is a subsidiary of the Whirlpool Corporation and produced their first home use
dishwasher in 1946. It was the first dishwasher in the world to clean the dishes with a pressurized rinse system, compared to other brands that simply cascaded water over the dishes.
Bosch, like their counterpart Miele, is a German company, who produced their first home use dishwasher in 1964. It would take some 20+ additional years to make their dishwashers a common household appliance, as up until then, they were still too obtrusive for most homes.
Miele was founded in 1899 by Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann. Their first residential
dishwasher, the G45, was introduced in 1963, with a stainless steel interior and an automatic detergent dispenser.
KitchenAid is an American designed dishwasher. It uses a heated dry system that produces heat from a calrod (steel composite) element located at the bottom of the dishwasher tub. The heat produced evaporates the moisture, thus making the dishes dry quickly.
It contains a hard food disposer, similar to a mini garbage disposal, in the pump assembly. This will grind up any food that is not dissolved by the detergents you are using. This feature is found in the entry to mid-level models, but the higher end models use a filtering system, making them operate more quietly.
These pieces cannot be flush mounted to your cabinets because of the venting required for the heated dry system which produces steam.
Bosch is a European designed dishwasher. It uses a condensation drying system that retains heat produced during the wash cycle. When warm, moist air encounters the cooler stainless interior walls, the moisture cools, condenses and runs down into the bottom of the dishwasher. This makes the dishwasher a more energy efficient unit.
It uses a filtering system to catch any larger food particles, should you be one of the few people not rinsing the dishes before washing. This reduces the decibel level of the dishwasher, making it a quieter operating piece.
The racking system has smaller dimensions than its American counterpart. It holds the same amount of place settings because the tines that hold the dishes in place are closer together. These dishwashers can be installed flush with your cabinets because of the smaller dimensions, and lack of heated drying system that requires venting.
Miele is also a European designed dishwasher. They manufacture nearly every part in the dishwasher, except for the wheel rollers on the dishwasher racks. They have a superior quality control standard in their manufacturing process, which allows them to be the most reliable appliances sold at Yale.
Their air intake drying system allows room temperature air to be brought in to the backside of the stainless steel tub and door, allowing the moisture to condense quicker and more efficient.
In their premium models, the AutoOpen Drying feature, allows the door to open automatically, allowing fresh air to circulate throughout the dishwasher, helping to dry even plastics.
Let’s review a more entry level model and a premium model in each brand.
Entry Level Comparison
KitchenAid KUDS30IXSS - $699.99
Bosch SHE53TL5UC - $799.99
Miele G4225SS - $999
KitchenAid KUDE48FXSS - $1,074.99
Bosch SHX7PT55UC - $1,224.99
Miele G5285SCSF - $1,599
* prices after all instant and/or mail in rebates
Miele vs Bosch vs KitchenAid
All of these dishwashers are excellent selections. They offer many features, wash cycles, programs within each cycle, and a wide array of racking options. They are available with exposed controls or hidden controls (known as integrated).
It really depends on what you like. KitchenAid has the grinder on most of their models (but oddly not on their best models). Bosch is consistently the quietest and probably the best value. The most intriguing is Miele. It is the most dependable with the only true drying cycle. However, it is $300 more expensive per machine. Bosch and KitchenAid will also have rebate deals during the year, whereas Miele will not.
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