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Best Miele Dishwashers for 2018 (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  August 02, 2018  |  7 Min. Read

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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.

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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 have custom panels to match your cabinets. The differences are in features like silence ratings, racks, cycles, and drying systems.

Let's look at Miele's features.

Racks

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Miele Classic 

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Miele Futura

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Miele Dimension

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 tines from the bottom rack in these dishwashers, to accommodate larger pots and pans.

Note: Any piece in orange in a Miele dishwasher is either adjustable or removable.

3rd Rack

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 top rack.

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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.

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Miele 3 Full Wash Arms

Three arms are important with the third rack because it washes silverware better. 

Drying

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.

Knock2open

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

 
 
 
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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

The Best Miele Dishwashers for 2018

Pricing for August 2018

1. Miele Classic G4228SCUSS - $799

Features:

  • Cutlery Tray 
  • Auto Sensor Technology  
  • 46 dBA Noise level  
  • Delay Start  
  • Adjustable Upper Rack 

$799 is the lowest Miele has ever been priced.

It has their main cycles plus the third cutlery tray was added as well as an adjustable top rack for maximum capacity.

It does lack China cycles for more delicate plate and stemware. At 46 dB, you could hear the dishwasher faintly from the next room.

 

2. Miele Classic Plus G4977SCVISF - $1,199

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Features:

  • 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. The G4228CUSS is a better unit for the money at a lower price.

3. Miele Futura Crystal G6625SCU - $1,699

Features: 

  • 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 to accommodate any dish.

The tines on the lower rack are also removable to fit that odd shape pot or platter. This series and above are the best loading dishwashers on the market.

Lastly, the door pops open at the end of the cycle to speed the drying process.

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4. Miele Dimension G6785SCVISF - $1,799 

(White Finish G6785SCVI - 1,699)

Miele G4975SVISF Classic Plus Series dishwasher

Features:

  • (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 are adjustable in the front part of the dishwasher and more specially designed cycles like ones for stove grates and hood filters.

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Miele Classic vs. Dimension Series

 
 
 
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5. Miele G6875SCVISF - $2,099

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Features:

  • Miele@Mobile
  • EcoTech Heat Storage
  • 3D+ Cutlery Tray
  • AutoSensor
  • 12 Wash Cycles
  • BrilliantLight
  • Water Softener
  • Silence Rating of 42 dBA
  • 16 Place Settings
  • ENERGY STAR®

The Futura Lumen is quieter at 42 DBs had has the two air ports for faster drying. You also have more cycles and their Knock 2 Open feature. Knock twice and the dishwasher opens.

The Quick Intense Wash allows you to wash and dry a normal load in 58 minutes.

6. Miele Diamond G6985SCVIK2O - $2,699

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Features:

  • 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.

Reliability of Miele Dishwashers Based on Actual Service Calls

 

Service Qty

Shipped Qty

Service Ratio

Electrolux

13

11

118.18 %

Gaggenau

8

19

42.11 %

Fisher & Paykel

43

142

30.28 %

LG Electronics

4

21

19.05 %

Jenn-Air

101

575

17.57 %

Blomberg

10

57

17.54 %

Frigidaire Gallery

32

196

16.33 %

Thermador

125

954

13.10 %

Asko

20

164

12.20 %

Maytag

10

89

11.24 %

Bosch Appliances

273

2622

10.41 %

Frigidaire Professional

6

59

10.17 %

Kitchenaid

73

766

9.53 %

Samsung

24

285

8.42 %

Miele

67

1126

5.95 %

Frigidaire

29

508

5.71 %

Amana

4

72

5.56 %

Bosch Benchmark

15

287

5.23 %

Whirlpool

11

779

1.41 %

Dacor

0

1

0.00 %

Bertazzoni

0

1

0.00 %

General Electric

0

5

0.00 %

Grand Total

868

8739

9.93 %

In terms of fully featured dishwashers, Miele would be the best at 5.95% vs. 9.93% for the average and 8.44% if you combine the Bosch dishwasher percentages.  

Whirlpool, Amana, and Frigidaire are more basic and most commonly sold to builders. 

Note: They did have a frozen motor issue, but we returned the dishwashers in that lot.

Are Miele Dishwashers Worth it?

Miele is certainly not cheap, but it is built to a higher standard than other dishwashers. By manufacturing the components instead of outsourcing like most other manufacturers, Miele has built a more reliable dishwasher.

The difference between the Miele dishwashers is quietness from 37-47 dBs. 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 have a panel to match your custom cabinets and will not protrude from the cabinet itself like most dishwashers.

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Steve Sheinkopf

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