You may wonder how any brand can have starting prices at $899 or $400 more expensive than the average dishwasher sold in the U.S.
The main benefit of a Miele dishwasher is its quality of components and longer life. In an era of outsourcing many parts to any product, Miele distinguishes itself by manufacturing 96.8% of all its components in Germany.
Consequently, Miele is one of the least repaired brands at Yale.
However, buying a Miele dishwasher is not easy. Their dishwashers look similar but have different features that are better than most traditional dishwashers.
We will look at each series and highlight each feature difference. First, let's look at Miele's best features besides reliability.
How to Buy a Miele Dishwasher
First, all Miele dishwashers will have these basic cycles: Normal Wash, Rinse & Hold, Sani-Wash, and Pots & Pans. All Miele dishwashers, aside from Miele's Classic series, can be panelized to match your custom cabinets. The differences are in features like silence ratings, racks, cycles, and drying systems.
Let's look at Miele's features.
The top rack is fully adjustable on all Miele dishwashers. However, the better dishwashers from the Futura Crystal have adjustable racks within the rack itself to accommodate almost anything.
You can remove most of the bottom rack in these dishwashers, to accommodate larger pots and pans.
Note: any tab you see in orange is adjustable.
All Miele's have a third rack for silverware. You will like this feature because you can now fit more on the bottom rack without the silverware basket.
The better Miele's have the 3D cutlery rack. You can swivel this out of the way for taller glasses on the bottom.
Miele Third Rack Cutlery Tray
3 Full Wash Arms
Miele is one of the only dishwashers with top, middle, and bottom wash arms. Most have two wash arms, or they will have two smaller arms on the top.
Miele 3 Full Wash Arms
Three arms are important with the third rack because it washes silverware better.
Miele is also the only dishwasher with a real dry cycle. It allows the colder outside air into the inside of the dishwasher. Steam is attracted to the "colder" side and is fully dissipated.
The Futura Dimension and Diamond Series dishwashers feature two fans at the bottom for even faster drying.
In addition, the better Mieles (Futura Crystal and up) will pop open at the end of the cycle to allow steam to escape. This also speeds drying.
You can open the two best dishwashers by knocking twice on the door. It is probably not at the top of your list for features, but you do not need a handle on these models. With better cabinets, handless is a nice touch.
The Differences Between Miele Dishwashers
Miele's dishwasher series have multiple models. Thus, within the same series, the difference is essentially having regular front controls (visible) versus integrated controls (not visible). Have a look:
Front style controls
Integrated style controls
How to Buy a Miele Dishwasher
First, all Miele dishwashers will have these basic cycles: Normal Wash, Rinse & Hold, Sani-Wash, and Pots & Pans. It's really differences in quietness, racks, cycles and drying systems.
Every series has model you can panelize as well.
The Best Miele Dishwashers for 2018
Pricing updated for February 2018
Miele Classic G4228SCUSS - $999
- Cutlery Tray
- Auto Sensor Technology
- 46 dBA Noise level
- Delay Start
- Adjustable Upper Rack
This may be their best selling dishwasher. It has their main cycles plus the third cutlery tray as well as an adjustable rack for maximum capacity.
Miele Classic Plus G4977SCVISF - $1,099
- Available with cutlery basket
- Flexicare Racks
- Delay Start
- 46 dBA rating
- Economy mode (uses less water), Turbo mode (30% time reduction)
- Available without cutlery basket and front controls for $999
The differences between the Classic models are the cutlery tray and integrated versus front controls. You also have an intensive cycle for washing pots and pans.
Miele Futura Crystal G6625SCU - $1,599
- Flexicare Plus Racks
- Cutlery Basket or Cutlery Tray
- Perfect glass care and water softener
- 44 dBA rating
- Express cycle, China & Crystal cycle
- No Economy cycle
- 3D Cutlery
This dishwasher is quieter at 44 dBA versus 46 dBA from the previous Classic series. It also has the more adjustable racks and the 3D cutlery. Lastly, the door pops open at the end of the cycle to speed the drying process.
Miele Dimension G6785SCVISF - $1,699
- (Crystal features plus the following)
- Flexicare Premium Racks
- 3D cutlery tray
- 44 dBA
- Sensor Dry (adjusts drying conditions to air being pulled in from the kitchen)
- Intensive Mode - heavy wash in bottom basket/gentle wash in top basket at the same time
- AutoOpen Drying - door pops open when dry cycle is complete
- ExtraQuiet - Optional feature reduces noise by 20%
The differences between Dimension and Crystal Series is more adjustability in the front part of the dishwasher and more specifally designed cycles like ones for stove grates and hood filters.
Miele Futura Lumen G6885SCUIK20 - $1,999
- (Dimension features plus the following)
- Brilliant Light LED Illuminated Tub
- Economy and Energy Saver Cycles
- Extra Dry Option
- 44 dBA rating
This unit introduced their "Knock-to-Open" feature. You knock twice and the dishwasher door automatically opens. It also has the two fans for better drying. Handles are no longer needed to open the dishwasher. Also, 42 dBs is incredibly quiet.
The difference between the Dimension and Lumen series is an upgraded lighting system, an Energy Saver program, an Extra Dry option, and an overall better drying system.
Miele Diamond G6985SCVIK2O - $2,599
- Auto-close Door
- Remote Vision- Performance can be monitored by Miele via Wi-Fi
- 42 dBa (a quiet dishwasher will be 45 dB)
- Auto Load-Size Sensor - senses the flow of water to establish what the load size is
- Diamond Specific programs - heavy soil, sensor wash, light, energy saver, plastics, starch/cheese, tall items, glass-no rinse aid (warm), glass-no rinse aid (cold)
- Advanced CleanAir - additional fan to help circulate air
- 5-year warranty
The difference between the Lumen and Diamond series dishwashers are that the Diamond is completely customizeable for any type of washing plus it has a 5-year warranty.
Miele is certainly not cheap, but it is built to a higher standard than other dishwashers. By manufacturing the components, Miele has built a more reliable dishwasher.
The difference between the Miele dishwasher is quietness from 42-46 dBA's. The top cutlery tray changes from none to a basic one to an adjustable, multi-functional 3D tray. After that, the racks, cycles, and warranties, as well as the drying system (with different fans and sensors) differ between the models.
Miele is probably your best choice for a premium dishwasher. Not to mention, all of Miele's dishwashers, aside from the base model, can be panelized to match your custom cabinets.
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