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Thermador vs. Miele Steam Ovens (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

Rick Medeiros  |  May 17, 2016  |  5 Min. Read

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Steam has become much more popular in the last 5 years. In fact many people are forgoing their microwaves for steam. Before you read about Thermador and Miele, let's look at how steam works.

Steam Cooking

Miele steam oven interior

Steam ovens are fantastic and can handle all types of food. Veggies are a no-brainer when using a steam oven but you could also do fish and poultry.

Steam ovens work by heating with moisture either by a container you fill with water manually or by a direct plumbing connection depending on the model.

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Benefits

It's the healthiest way to cook. Moisture will maintain the food nutrients instead of baking them out. The food will also have a lower fat content because you’re not using any oil to keep the food moist when baking.

Steam ovens offer tremendous flexibility; they’re great to proof or even bake bread, bagels or pastry. They also work wonders for steaming leftovers, allowing the reheated food to retain more nutrients, moisture and better texture.

With that, the end result from reheating in a steam oven is far superior to that of a microwave. Steam cooks with moisture while microwaves absorbs the moisture in foods.

Steam alone, does not the have capability to brown meat. However, you can still cook in the steam oven with a convection combination. Read more about The Benefits of Steam Cooking here.

We will look at Miele, Thermador, their products and then compare.

Miele

Miele is a privately owned German manufacturer. They still produce almost all their products, including controls and components. Such manufacturing competence has allowed them to create the "Master Chef" intuitive touch screen.

It will have pre-programmed settings for various foods, making it effortless and very easy to experiment with new recipes. In addition their exclusive “Clean Touch Stainless” will reduce the appearance of fingerprints.

In terms of overall reliability, Miele has always been ranked the best in terms of least serviced brands at Yale. In fact it is more than 50% better than the average in terms of reliability and service needed in the first year.

Thermador

In 1932, Thermador established its appliance manufacturing as Cranston merged with business owner H.H. Fogwell to form the Thermador Electric Manufacturing Company.

Thermador is part of BSH Home Appliances Corporation, a fully owned subsidiary of BSH Bosch since 1998. Did you know they are the third largest appliance manufacturer in the world? Founded in 1916 in California by William E. Cranston, and began as a manufacturer of electric items, most notably portable and built-in heaters.

Notable personalities such as Julia Child used Thermador ovens in her critically acclaimed PBS TV series, and Alice from The Brady Bunch cooked with Thermador appliances.

Now let's look at the products.

Miele DGC6705XL (combi-steam) - $4,199

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Features:

  • 24" Single Steam Oven with 1.7 cu. ft.
  • True European Convection Cooking
  • MultiSteam Technology
  • M Touch Controls Connects directly to home plumbing- (non plumbed version available)
  • True European Convection Oven Steam Oven
  • Steam-Convection Combination Oven
  • MasterChef and MasterChef Gourmet menus offer over 150 food types to cook to perfection. MultiSteam technology generates powerful, external steam, and distributes optimum steam across six (6) inlet ports.
  • Innovative and revolutionary controls are easy to operate and navigate.

Take a look at Miele's MasterChef controls in action:

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Inside the Miele steam oven.

The dimpled interior makes it harder for any mess to adhere to the interior and is the easiest interior of any oven I have ever seen.

Thermador MES301HS (combi-steam) - $2,999

Thermador MES301HS combi-steam oven

Features:

  • 24" Single Combination Steam/Convection Wall Oven with 1.4 cu. ft. Capacity
  • 40 EasyCook Programs
  • Steam Clean True Convection
  • Steam and Convection pre-programmed modes automatically set the oven temperature and humidity to ensure perfect cooking results
  • Stainless steel cavity is illuminated with powerful halogen lighting

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Inside the Thermador steam oven. Regular stainless interior.

Which is Best?

It really depends on what you will cook. The Miele will have a multi-mode where you can bake, steam and boil in sequence for optimal results. Thermador, however, will have a better price and an aggressive rebate program.

Miele, however, is the better product with the most user friendly interface. It is important, because you do not want a learning curve on a new product. You just want to use it.

It can also be plumbed directly to your water line, so you do not have to refill the water chamber each time. Also, look at the dimpled interior (this makes the unit extremely easy to clean).

Miele is the most reliable brand in the industry. They are also one of the first steam oven manufacturers and actually produce the product themselves. Thermador and Wolf merely source it from other manufacturers.

Thermador is the better price, but Miele is the better unit by far.

Additional Resources 

Need some more information on steam ovens? Download the Yale Steam and Speed Oven Guide with features, terms and specs plus detailed profiles of the major brands like Miele, Gaggenau, Wolf, Thermador and more. Well over 155,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

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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.

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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