At a Glance
Miele has new dishwashers with brand new features just in time to compete with their main competition, Bosch and KitchenAid.
Bosch and KitchenAid are also marketing new dishwashers.
In this article, you will learn Miele's best features, along with the four best dishwashers to consider.
You will also see how reliable Miele dishwashers are based on our service calls. Then we'll compare Miele dishwashers to comparable models from Bosch and KitchenAid.
The 4 Best Miele Dishwashers to Consider for 2020 are:
- Least Expensive: Miele Classic G4228SCUSS
- Most Popular: Miele G7106SCUSS
- Best for Cycles and Racks: Miele G7366SCVISF
- Best Overall: Miele G7566SCVISF
Everything You Should Know About Miele Dishwashers
Miele G 7000 Series Front Control Dishwasher
The main benefit of a Miele dishwasher is its quality of components that are made to last longer.
In an era of outsourcing many parts to any product, Miele distinguishes itself by manufacturing 96.8% of all its components in Germany.
Usually, this is more expensive. Outsourcing allows for better specialization and lowers costs - except during a pandemic.
When one of those outsourced parts companies has been shuttered, the production of dishwashers stops.
That is the problem you see currently shopping for any appliance.
In this one moment in time, Miele has a distinct advantage and has been affected the least by COVID-19 than any other manufacturer.
However, buying a Miele dishwasher is not easy. Their dishwashers look similar but have widely varying features.
You will learn a bit about each series and feature difference plus recommendations on which might be the best for you.
First, Miele has been bashed a bit lately. You should know why. Let's start there.Short on time? Get our free Dishwasher Buying Guide
Miele Dishwasher Reliability
We calculate reliability by looking at our service calls and divide them by sales over 12 months for a percentage.
In this case, we are looking at 2020 so far and last year's reliability stats for dishwashers.
We have 35 service technicians who performed over 100,000 appliance service calls over the last three years. In the previous two years, Miele's reliability has fallen. Have a look:
Most Reliable Dishwashers for January 2020 to October 2020
|Service Qty||Shipped Qty||Service Ratio|
|Fisher & Paykel||51||180||28.33 %|
|GE Appliances||11||54||20.37 %|
|Bosch Benchmark||14||83||16.87 %|
|Café Appliances||11||75||14.66 %|
|GE Profile||8||65||12.31 %|
|Beko Appliance||30||508||5.91 %|
|Grand Total||1181||8825||13.38 %|
Most Reliable Dishwashers for January 2019 to December 2019
|Service QTY||Shipped QTY||Service Ratio|
|Fisher & Paykel||56||193||29.02%|
Miele was the most reliable brand sold at Yale. In 2018, they had an issue with frozen motors in a particular lot. That was cleared up quickly.
Last year, the problem was a buzzing solenoid, so it was noisy. That, too, was an easy replacement.
These problems aren't leaks or water issues, but more of a nuisance. It wouldn't dissuade me from buying one (I did, actually).
So far, this number is dropping as Miele works out the issues.
Read More: Most Reliable Dishwashers
Let's look at Miele's best dishwasher features.
Best Miele Dishwasher Features
1. Third Rack
Cutlery Tray or Third Rack in a Miele Dishwasher
All Miele dishwashers have a third rack for silverware. You will like this feature because you can fit more on the bottom rack without the silverware basket.
The better Miele series has the 3D cutlery rack. You can swivel this out of the way for taller glasses on the top rack.
2. Three Full Wash Arms
Multiple Wash Arms in a Miele Dishwasher
Miele is one of the only dishwashers with top, middle, and bottom wash arms. Most brands have two wash arms, or they will have much smaller spigots on the top.
Three arms are important with the third rack because it washes silverware better. The top wash arm concentrates on the cutlery tray.
Miele is also one of the only dishwashers with a real drying cycle.
It allows the colder outside air into the inside of the dishwasher. Steam is attracted to the "colder" side and is fully dissipated as water.
The better series features two fans at the bottom for even faster drying.
The better Miele G 7000 series will all pop open at the end of the cycle to allow steam to escape. This also speeds drying.
4. Double WaterProof System
Miele's Double WaterProof System automatically shuts off the water supply if the dishwasher starts to leak. Many dishwashers have some leak protection, but Miele's is better.
One of my friends had an upstairs neighbor with a water leak. It leaked through their unit to the units below, as well as other units on the side.
That's an insurance claim nobody wants. Miele has the best at leak prevention.
Pro Tip: Make sure your installer knows how to install. If you live in a condo on the 35th floor, you should also make sure they are insured as well.
5. Integrated Look (Panel-Ready)
Integrated, Panel-Ready Miele Dishwasher
European dishwashers like Miele, Bosch, and Beko fit within a 24-inch cabinet, so it does not protrude. The dishwasher becomes indistinguishable from the cabinet.
It should be the only way to buy an integrated dishwasher.
Read More: Best Panel-Ready Dishwashers
Differences Between Miele Dishwashers
Miele Dishwasher Styles
Miele has multiple dishwasher series and models.
The difference between Miele dishwashers within the sames series is having regular front controls (visible) versus integrated controls (not visible) or ones designed for your cabinet panel.
1. Adjustable Racks
Adjustable Rack System on a Miele Dishwasher
The top rack is fully adjustable on all Miele dishwashers.
However, the better dishwashers have adjustable racks within the rack itself to accommodate almost anything.
Note: Any piece in orange in a Miele dishwasher is either adjustable or removable.
Miele ranges from 38-46 dB. Quiet dishwashers are 44 dB and less. Here is what a typical dishwasher sounds like.
Dishwasher Sound Level Comparison [VIDEO]
3. Drying Systems
Miele has the port in the bottom. The better machines have two to circulate air to the side for faster drying.
4. Wi-Fi Connectivity
You can control your dishwasher from your phone in the top two Miele series.
The cycles span from basic to customized ones like hood filters and stove grates as you step into the better models.
You can open the two best dishwashers by knocking twice on the door. It's probably not at the top of your list for features, but you do not need a handle on these models.
With better cabinets, handleless is a nice touch.
7. AutoDos With PowerDisk Dishwasher Dispenser
Miele's automatic detergent dispenser is designed to handle 20 loads and guarantees the right amount of detergent is released at the right time.
Miele's AutoDos With PowerDisk [Video Courtesy of Miele]
Best Miele Dishwashers for 2020
The Classic has its main cycles plus the third cutlery tray and an adjustable top rack for maximum capacity.
It does lack China and Crystal cycles for more delicate plates and stemware.
At 46 dB, you could hear the dishwasher faintly from the next room.
Basic Wash Cycles:
- Pots and Pans
- Rinse and Hold
- Pots and Pans
- Rise and Hold
Miele Classic Series Dishwasher Review [Video]
The Miele G 7000 Series is all new with sensor-driven cycles and options.
Miele's senor recognizes the water's soil level to adjust time and temperature in the wash and dry cycles.
In the Miele G 7100 series dishwasher, has a new drying system, racks, and silence rating.
This dishwasher is now 45 dB, just over the threshold of 44 dB in a dishwasher.
As for drying, the door pops open at the end of the cycle to speed drying.
Lastly, it has the 3D cutlery tray, so the rack can be folded to accommodate larger items on the second rack.
Miele G 7106 Dishwasher Review [Video]
- QuickIntense Wash: This new cycle cleans and dries regularly soiled dishes in just 58 minutes.
- Intense Zone: The intense zone option provides a longer wash duration in the lower basket at a higher temperature to scour plates and platters.
- Express: When things have to be done quickly, this option reduces the program's length by 62%.
- Extra Clean: Excellent cleaning properties: Enhanced cleaning performance can be added to a program.
- Extra Dry: Thanks to the extended drying phase and the increased rinse temperature, even challenging plastic items are perfectly dried.
To see all of Miele’s G 7100 series, click the links below:
Miele's G 7300 Series has better quietness at 44 dB. You can also use their extra quiet cycle down to 39 dB. However, it's a 4-hour cycle slowing the motor down.
The racks are a bit better.
Additionally, this dishwasher is Wi-Fi enabled. You can turn the dishwasher on or off remotely. You can also see how much detergent is in your new dispenser.
Lasty, the G 7300 series has "AutoDos," an automatic detergent dispenser. It allows you to pour 20 loads of detergent into the dishwasher. The dispenser will release the detergent for you everytime.
This dispenser really works. Clients claim they have the cleanest dishes and glasses using this new dispenser.
Miele G 7336 Dishwasher Review [Video]
- Clean Machine: High-temperature wash designed to clean the stainless tub
- Grates and Filters Cycle: It's a 3-hour 14-minute cycle design to clean stove grates and filters.
To see all of Miele’s G 7300 series, click the links below:
This series is 42 dB or 38 dB if you select the extra quiet cycle.
This dishwasher also has Knock2Open if you're looking for a handless design. You knock three times, and the dishwasher opens.
Miele G 7556 Dishwasher Review [Video]
- Sensor Wash: Measures turbidity (fancy word for food and liquid residue) and adjusts for time and temperature
To see all of Miele’s G 7500 series, click the links below:
How do Miele Dishwashers Compare to Bosch and KitchenAid Dishwashers?
Miele Vs. Bosch Dishwashers
At this writing, Bosch has been affected by COVID-19. Many of their below $1000 dishwashers are out of stock.
At $1,279-$1,399, this dishwasher is a good consideration. Bosch now uses the volcanic element zeolite to increase heat and absorb moisture. It works.
The $1,499 Miele will have more usable cycles along with a better wash system. Their drying is good, but Zeolite works better on plastics.
From $1,999+, Miele has a better dishwasher, especially with its new dispenser.
Miele Vs. Bosch Dishwashers [Video Review]
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Miele Vs. KitchenAid Dishwashers
KitchenAid has two series. Their less expensive dishwasher, the KitchenAid 200 Series, is 39 dB with decent cycles at $949.
However, KitchenAid's M series dishwashers at $1,199 have four wash action levels, including the largest 3rd rack.
Their drying includes an intake and a fan to dry the dishes. It's a similar system to Miele.
KitchenAid is a good dishwasher to consider for under $1,199. Their two better units don't add much for features.
Miele has better cycles and features starting at $1,499.
Read More: KitchenAid Vs. Bosch Vs. Miele Dishwashers
Should You Buy a Miele Dishwasher?
Miele G 7000 Series Dishwasher
Miele has decent dishwashers, especially starting at $1,499. They offer a nice package of racking features, as well as washing and drying capability.
You should know the dispenser works and is not the gimmick.
Then again, neither are Bosch's and KitchenAid's new dishwashers.
Still, at $999 and above, you should consider a Miele dishwasher.
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Steve is the third-generation CEO of Yale and a lifelong Bostonian. He currently resides in Boston, one mile from where he was born. Despite being one of the worst goalies of all time, he is a huge hockey fan of college hockey and the Boston Bruins. The love of his life is his daughter Sophie.
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