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Miele M Touch vs. Thermador Pro Grand 48 Inch Pro Ranges (Reviews/Ratings)

William Hanley  |  December 26, 2014  |  3 Min. Read

Thermador  |  Miele  |  Professional Ranges

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Miele vs. Thermador was not a comparison for professional ranges until December 2014, because Miele is that new to the market.

The two companies represent the two most technologically advanced cooking products. They are also the most reliable premium appliance companies in the industry according to our service numbers (Read Most Reliable Appliance Companies). 

Technology aside, these companies could not be more different. Thermador is part of a conglomerate whereas Miele is family owned.

Let's look at both companies and products.

Thermador

Thermador is also one of the top brands in the industry. Founded in 1916 Thermador introduced many of the industry’s firsts throughout the years like wall ovens, downdrafts and cook tops to name a few. They were the first American premium appliance manufacturer.

The Thermador Corporation was acquired by the multinational BSH Company in 1998. Thermador is now the premium line in Bosch’s portfolio and is also one of the most reliable brands sold at Yale.

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The Pro Grand was really the first advanced professional range. Instead of a side oven, there is a steam oven and warming drawer. Steam is the healthiest way to cook since it does not bake out the nutrients. The warming drawer can maintain food temperature for up to three hours. It is also great for refreshing leftovers.

Features

  • 6 Star Burners
  • 27 Easy Cook Programs
  • 9 Advanced Conventional Cooking Modes
  • Power Burner (NG/LP):22,000/18,000 BTU (Right-Front)
  • Griddle Interchange with Grill Accessory
  • Ovens and Warming Drawer
  • Self-Clean Cycle
  • Meat Probe
  • Star-K Certified
  • Capacity 1.4 Cu. Ft. Steam Cavity
  • Steam Clean Function

Miele

Miele is a luxury appliance brand that originated in Germany in 1899. Today Miele is the largest family-owned appliance company in the world. Their products are almost entirely designed and manufactured in one factory in Germany. Due to their strict quality control, Miele is known for manufacturing some of the highest quality products in the industry.

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Miele is the first stove to really focus on oven technology. Their MasterChef controls can automatically cook just by pressing the type of meat, weight and doneness. Miele also adds a speed oven for microwave, oven or combination cooking. Like the Thermador, Miele has a warming drawer as well.

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Features

  • M Touch Controls
  • 6 Sealed Burners
  • Power Burner 19,000 BTU/12,000 BTU
  • 21 Operating Modes
  • Self-Cleaning
  • TwinPower Convection Fans
  • Warming Drawer
  • Wireless Roast Probe

Thermador vs. Miele Pro Ranges

From a strict comparison, Thermador has an edge in cooking BTU output with 22,000 and 18,000 BTU burners VS 19,000 for Miele. It also simmers better as well down to an incredibly low 100 degrees.

Miele has the better oven. First, it is twin convection versus single convection for the Thermador, so it spreads heat even more evenly. Miele also has steam in the main oven and the speed oven on the side, so you have more varied cooking in the Miele.

However, the technology of intuitive controls separates Miele from Thermador as you have modes for practically any type of food. There are 16 modes just for bread.

Reliability

Miele and Thermador are the two most reliable premium manufacturers. However, Thermador sells a more broad spectrum of cooking products, whereas Miele sells mostly dishwashers.  

This is Miele's first pro cooking product which is either alarming or exciting depending on whether you are an early adopter or a bit more cautious.

Final Analysis

Both are fantastic products and best in class. Thermador has a better cooktop as well as a long history selling professional products in the US. Miele is a true newcomer with a fresh perspective and a history of being very reliable. I find their technology refreshing and much needed.

What do you think?

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

William Hanley

William Hanley is an appliance sales consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Before joining Yale, William worked for twenty years in jewelry sales and is a lifelong Patriots and RedSox fan.

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