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Miele vs. KitchenAid Dishwashers (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Rick Medeiros  |  August 04, 2016  |  8 Min. Read

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If you are looking for a premium dishwasher, then Miele and KitchenAid should be at the top of your list. Both are excellent, but there are numerous differences, especially if you have not been in the market for a few years.

We will look at both brands then compare a few different dishwashers. First we will look at the blurring lines between American and European style dishwashers.

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American vs. European Dishwashers

One of the reasons you may have chosen a European-style dishwasher over the American-style dishwasher in the past is quietness. American dishwashers, like KitchenAid, used a noisy soft food disposer while the Europeans used a washable and noiseless filter.

To solve this problem, KitchenAid released a new line of dishwashers with filters in the bottom for the quieter decibel ratings of their European competition. KitchenAid also included their high-end glide racks at a more affordable price as well as a third cutlery rack for silverware.

KitchenAid Dishwasher Third Cutlery RackKitchenAid Third Cutlery Rack

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So, American and European have started to mirror each other.

However, the Europeans sit flush with the cabinet, so they are better for custom panels and matching cabinets. American dishwashers protrude out of the cabinet, but are slightly larger on the inside. Read more on American vs. European Dishwashers

Now, let's look at the brands.

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Miele

Miele is the largest family-owned appliance company in the world, headquartered in Germany. They manufacture almost every component for their appliances including the controls. Each unit is tested before leaving the factory.

In a world of outsourcing, Miele designs, engineers and manufactures all their equipment in one factory. An average appliance lasts 6-10 years, Miele designs their machines to operate for 20 years.

Miele is known for reliability, simplicity of design and a very different drying cycle.

 
 
 
 
 
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KitchenAid

For years, KitchenAid has been a well-known brand in the consumer market. KitchenAid makes a solid, reliable, American-style dishwasher with a variety of features at a range of prices.

KitchenAid is an appliance brand owned by the Whirlpool Corporation along with Jenn-Air, Maytag,Whirlpool, and Amana.

Features of KitchenAid Dishwashers:

Miele vs. KitchenAid Dishwashers

American-style dishwashers are known for accommodating the needs of the American family, offering a large capacity, heated air dry cycle, and adjustable tines to accommodate a wide array of bowl and plate sizes.

One of the reasons people choose a European-style dishwasher over the American-style dishwasher is that previously European dishwashers were quieter than American models with a hard food disposer in the bottom.

I will compare the KitchenAid and Miele’s best dishwasher models. You can buy KitchenAid starting at $599-$649 and Miele starting at $999 with less features but similar interiors.

Miele Diamond G6985SCVi - $2,499 panel ready

Miele Diamond G6985SCVi  dishwasher

Features:

  • FlexiCare Deluxe 3D Cutlery Tray
  • AutoClose
  • BrilliantLight
  • Delay Start
  • 2 Port Drying
  • ComfortClose
  • Perfect GlassCare
  • 5 Year-Warranty (with registration)
  • Double WaterProof System
  • Quiet Rating - 37dB with ExtraQuiet program in use; 42dB without
  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • RemoteVisionTM capable
  • AutoSensor
  • SensorDry
  • Water Softener
  • Automatic Load-Size Sensor

KitchenAid KDTM804ESS - $1,799 

KitchenAid KDTM804ESS dishwasher

Features:

  • ProDry(TM) Option: Heated Dry with Fan assist.
  • SatinGlide(R) Max Upper and Lower Racks
  • Third Level Utensil Rack
  • ProScrub(R) Trio Option: More spray coverage areas
  • Ultra Handle: Throwback design
  • ProWash(TM) Cycle: Determines the appropriate cycle for washing, makes real-time adjustments for the best performance.
  • Concealed Controls
  • Whisper Quiet(R) System at 39 dBA
  • Top Rack Cycle
  • Fold-Down Shelf with Stemware Holders
  • Exclusive window design, let's you see inside

Comparsion

KitchenAid Pros:

  • Package rebates (usually 3 or more appliances)
  • Assembly line is based in USA
  • Matches an entire suite of kitchen appliances
  • Larger depth
  • Current generation has adopted European filter type (this should also equal to less service calls, we’ll see)
  • Dynamic Wash Arm - This unique design directly sprays water everywhere in the dishwasher, including hard to reach places. This means dishes get a powerful clean no matter where they are placed in the rack. Kitchenaid claims to have the best coverage
  • Maintenance Free Microfilter

KitchenAid Cons:

  • Panel ready models are not usually flush with cabinets in most installations
  • Typical life is 7-9 years
  • Although deeper, you still have the same amount of place settings due to tines being far apart

Miele Pros:

  • Built with the intent to last 20 years
  • Quietest brand in North America
  • Entry level models are nice and basic (less is more mantra)
  • Several handle style options
  • Less energy/water usage than comparable American models
  • 5 year warranty- Parts/Labor
  • Great Dry Cycle - There is an air intake valve at the bottom of the dishwasher. Colder room air is sent to the outer side of the dishwasher, and the hotter air is attracted to the colder wall and then dissipated

Miele Cons:

  • Unique rack design takes some getting used to and may seem like a puzzle at first
  • No package deals
  • Miele manufactures their own stainless steel. May clash with other stainless steel
  • In certain U.S. markets (not at Yale) you need to call Miele for service (not really their strong suit)

Which Should You Buy?

Many will choose the KitchenAid for its heated dry option. Also the fact that they are assembled, (although not manufactured) in the United States.

KitchenAid tends to also have year round rebates and or package deals. Miele does not. I’m not sure if everyone is going to be a fan of KitchenAid's see through window. (Remember you can buy both brands for far less).

KitchenAid is good, but Miele is better.

Miele's dry cycle is the best in its class. In the top of the line dishwasher, there are two ports for air to enter on both sides instead of one, so the steam is disspated to water much quicker. The door automatically opens for greater drying.

In addition to the dry cycle is the reliability. KitchenAid is pretty good at about 18% service calls in the first year. Miele is 7.9% and one of the most reliable brands at Yale. This particular Miele also has a standard 5 year warranty.

One Final Note

Before you spend at least $1,000 for either, there are a couple other considerations. Buy the Miele with panel, because it will look flush and not protrude from your cabinets like this.

Grove Lane

You will pay much more for a Miele as of July 2016. They have set higher nationwide delivery and installation rates than other companies.

KitchenAid also will have aggressive rebates, so the price between the two could be substantial at various times of the year.

Miele is the better dishwasher. However, KitchenAid may be an irresistible value.

Additional Resources

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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.

Rick Medeiros

Rick Medeiros has over 10 years of appliances sales experience and is in the appliance sales department at Yale Appliance + Lighting. He enjoys travelling, live music and learning to play the guitar.

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