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Miele vs Gaggenau vs Thermador Integrated Columns (Reviews/Ratings)

December 18th, 2012 | 2 min. read

By Chris Wurlitzer

Integrated columns are all refrigerator or freezer units. The big advantage is their shallowness, so you do not see any part of the refrigerator. The refrigerator becomes indistiguishable from the cabinet itself like these Thermador refrigerators.

thermador integrated refrigerator display yale appliance

Thermador integrated refrigerator display at Yale

The other part is their energy efficiency. The government has increased standards, so you will see more of these units in the future.


Miele is a German company that was founded in 1899 by Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann. Miele aims to manufacture the highest-quality domestic appliances and commercial equipment in the world. It has always been a family-owned, family-run company.

The company’s founding fathers motto was "Success is only possible in the long term if one is totally and utterly convinced of the quality of one's products". They are the most integrated appliance manufacturer, producing an astounding 96.8% of all their dishwasher components.

However, refrigeration is not their strong suit...


Thermador is part of BSH Home Appliances Corporation, the third largest appliance manufacturer in the world. They have been providing cooking innovations for over 75 years. From the world’s first wall ovens to their patented star burner system that provides a greater amount of flame coverage than a round burner. Although they are known as a cooking company, they had the vision to build an integrated refrigeration plant about 10 years ago.


The Gaggenau company was actually founded in 1683 as a hammer mill to make nails and other household goods. In 1873 they moved on to manufacture agricultural machinery, tools and other metal goods. During the industrial revolution they started making enamel advertising signs. This enamel was used in their coal and gas fired stoves in 1880 and is still being used in their wall ovens today. More recently, they were acquired by the BSH company who has reinvigorated the brand.

All three are high end companies known for products other than refrigeration, let's see how they compare.

Miele vs Gaggenau vs Thermador Integrated Columns

miele integrated refrigerator K1801VI


gaggenau integrated refrigerator RC472


thermador integrated refrigerator T30IR800SP

Miele K1801VI

  • MasterCoolTM controls
  • ClearViewTM lighting system
  • Drop and LockTM shelving system
  • SmartFreshTM storage drawers
  • FullViewTM extendable storage drawers
  • RapidCool loading function
  • RemoteVisionTM capable
  • Storage capacity
  • Dual compressor system
  • Stability-HingeTM
  • 311 kWh consumption per year 

Gaggenau RC472OV

  • Electronic precision temperature control with digital temperature display.
  • Dynamic cool air distribution with Multi-Flow Air system.
  • Automatic defrosting with defrost water evaporation.
  • Energy-saving vacation mode.
  • Net volume 13.1 cu.ft. (314 liters).
  • No-frost technology with fast cooling.
  • Temperature adjustable from 35 °F to 46 °F (+2 °C to +8 °C).
  • Four safety glass shelves (one is motorized, two are manually adjustable.
  • Two fully extendable drawers (low and high) with transparent front.
  • Bright interior lighting with two ceiling spotlights and two halogen light pillars on the side.
  • Separate automatic temperature control with settings for poultry, fish, meat and produce.
  • Energy consumption 0.762 kwh/24 h.

Thermador T30IR800SP

  • FREEDOM® Hinge enables true flush design
  • Full height door - True cabinet integration without exposed venting grille
  • ALL LED sidewall and theater lighting
  • Accepts custom or stainless steel panels
  • Reversible Door Swing
  • Dedicated compressor and evaporator
  • FreeFlow® Cold Air System - Air channel in the door ensures that items stored on the door are as cold as on the shelves
  • Electronic controls for precise temperature management
  • FlexTemp® Drawer optimized for fish, meat and produce
  • Carbon air filter reduces odors and keeps air clean and fresh
  • Full length cantilever racks for ultimate adjustability
  • Full width glass shelves with metal trim
  • Full extension drawers at 90° door opening angle
  • Gallon door bins
  • SuperCool - Chills food quickly
  • Sabbath mode
  • Economy mode
  • Vacation mode
  • Door open alarm
  • ENERGY STAR® Qualified
  • 17.1 Cu. Ft.

Although these refrigerators look different, they are the same box. They are all manufacturered in the BSH plant in Turkey. There are differences. The Gaggenau is stainless on the inside, which of course adds almost $3,000 to the price.

Miele adds halogen lights and a better "MasterChef" crisper bin. For this reason, I like the Thermador. It is more reasonable and can be combined with other Thermador products for free dishwashers and hoods.

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