Review of Miele dishwashers

Miele designs and produces high-end household appliances, manufacturing in Germany to excellent standards. The company remains family-owned and run, with its slogan “immer besser” meaning “always better”. It’s not just a marketing angle – Miele demonstrates a genuine dedication to improving the quality of its products and Aussies are suitably impressed, consistently ranking the brand highly for its washing machines, ovens and dishwashers in particular.

You’ll find Miele products in upscale homes and professional kitchens – they tend to be the most expensive appliances around, but are they worth the extra money? Read on for an introduction to Miele’s broad range of home dishwashers. From entry-level to top-of-the-range, every model is designed with efficiency in mind. Well, you wouldn’t expect anything less from a Germany company would you?

What makes Miele dishwashers stand out?

One of Miele’s priorities is improving water and electricity efficiency. Miele claims to have reduced dishwasher water consumption by 85% over the last 30 years, and all Miele dishwashers can be directly connected to a household hot water supply (up to 60°C) to save electricity.

All Miele dishwashers include a rearrangeable MultiComfort area in the lower basket, which allows for large items such as serving trays, cutting boards and pots to be easily placed.

Miele dishwashers have a number of features to look out for, some of which are completely unique to the brand. The exact features included vary by model, so we suggest diving in and exploring the full product range to find the dishwasher that includes the right mix of features for you. Some of the standout features include:

  • ComfortClose – Dishwashers with this feature are built to remain open in whatever position you move it to, for your convenience.
  • Knock2open – Usually found on handleless models, this feature automatically opens the dishwasher door when you simply knock on it twice.
  • AutoOpen drying – At the end of the washing program, the door will automatically open to release moisture and dry dishes faster.
  • Delay start – Program your dishwasher cycle up to 24 hours in advance. You can use this feature to save money by scheduling cycles to run when electricity tariffs are cheapest. Wash up after dinner at 2am instead of at 7pm when peak prices may apply.
  • Cutlery tray – Instead of bundling them up in a basket, lay your cutlery down in a tray that keeps everything apart. This makes sure that the cleaning cycle can reach every little bit. The tray is adjustable to accommodate bulky or oddly-shaped items. The 3D cutlery tray takes this a step further – it’s highly adjustable to adapt to awkward arrangements and oddly-shaped utensils.
  • BrilliantLight – Automatically-controlled interior LEDs light up the dishwasher so you can see everything clearly.
  • Child safety lock – Keeps curious children out of the dishes and away from danger such as sharp knives.
  • SolarSave program – This option uses only heat from water heated by your home’s solar-thermal panels, heat pump, or gas/oil central heating.

What kinds of dishwashers does Miele make?

Dishwashers designed for installation under kitchen countertops come in three different sub-categories:

  • Built-under
  • Semi-integrated
  • Fully-integrated

The difference between these three is primarily aesthetic. Consider what kind of look you’d like for your kitchen and what kind of dishwasher will best match.

Regular built-under dishwashers are designed for installation under a countertop, but aren’t designed to necessarily match in seamlessly with the surrounding cabinet fronts.

Both types of integrated dishwashers can be matched to your kitchen cabinetry, or have a flat stainless-steel front panel. Semi-integrated types still have the buttons and display on the front exterior, while fully-integrated types keep them hidden inside to create a completely smooth, minimalist look.

Miele currently offers 24 different dishwasher models. In this article we provide a general overview of the range, with a few in-depth looks at example models. But first, a video:

How much do Miele dishwashers cost?

As premium appliances, you can expect to pay more for a very reputable brand and high build quality. The table below shows the current recommended retail price range for the four subcategories of Miele dishwashers.

Type Low End High End
Freestanding $1,199 $1,699
Built-under $1,299 $2,399
Semi-integrated $1,399 $3,899
Fully-integrated $1,499 $4,299

Miele built-in dishwashers

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Built-ins are often the most affordable choice, but in terms of appearance they can stick out the most in your kitchen (if that’s a concern). That being said, even Miele’s simplest model still has a smooth and practical design. These types of dishwashers can be the ideal choice to fit to a pre-existing kitchen.

The most affordable: G4203 SCU Active

  • Original cutlery tray
  • ComfortClose door
  • Dishwashing programmes: Automatic (normal), ECO, Intensive 75°C, Sensor wash gentle, and Short

 

RRP: $1,299 (white) or $1,399 (stainless steel)

The most expensive: G6305 SCU XXL

  • 3D cutlery tray
  • Height-adjustable glass holder
  • AutoOpen drying
  • ComfortClose door
  • Automatic load recognition, which adjusts water and electricity consumption to suit load size
  • Estimated water and electricity consumption appears on display when a program is selected, which can help you manage your usage
  • ‘FlexiTimer’ automatically uses the cheapest electricity tariff within the programmed timeframe
  • Dishwashing programmes: Automatic (normal), ECO, Intensive 75°C, Sensor wash gentle, Short, Quick Wash 40°C, Maintenance wash, Energy Save and SolarSave

 

RRP: $2,399 (stainless steel)

Miele semi integrated dishwashers

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Integrated type dishwashers take your kitchen aesthetic up a notch, designed to flow better with your cabinetry. This usually means a slightly higher price tag, but if you’re renovating the kitchen it may be well worth it to create a smooth, modern look. Semi-integrated dishwashers still have the buttons and display on the front of the appliance. The main difference is that they’re less visually obtrusive.

The most affordable: G4700 SCi AUS

  • Original cutlery tray
  • EasyComfort basket design
  • ComfortClose door
  • Automatic load recognition, which adjusts water and electricity consumption to suit load size
  • Dishwashing programmes: Automatic (normal), ECO, Intensive 75°C, Sensor wash gentle, and Short

 

RRP: $1,399

The most expensive: G6905 SCi XXL AUS

  • 3D cutlery tray
  • AutoOpen drying
  • AutoClose door: with a light touch the door automatically closes itself gently
  • In-door detergent salt container
  • BrilliantLight interior LED lighting
  • MaxiComfort basket design
  • Jumbo cup rack in upper basket
  • Hinged bottle holder, which keeps bottles, vases etc. secure
  • Height-adjustable glass holder and support rail in lower and upper baskets
  • Automatic load recognition, which adjusts water and electricity consumption to suit load size
  • Estimated water and electricity consumption appears on display when a program is selected, which can help you manage your usage
  • ‘FlexiTimer’ automatically uses the cheapest electricity tariff within the programmed timeframe
  • Dishwashing programmes: Automatic (normal), ECO, Intensive 75°C, Sensor wash gentle, Short, Quick Wash 40°C, Maintenance wash, Energy Save, SolarSave, ExtraQuiet, Hygiene, Pasta/Paella, Tall items 65°C, Glasses warm, Extra dry, Intensive lower basket and Pre-rinse

 

RRP: $3,899

Miele fully integrated dishwashers

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Fully-integrated dishwashers move the controls and displays to the interior, so that you’re left with a smooth simple exterior surface. Most of Miele’s fully integrated dishwashers have simple handles on the exterior, with their most premium models featuring automatic doors that open themselves after being lightly knocked twice.

The most affordable: G4263 Vi Active

  • Cutlery basket
  • EasyComfort basket design
  • ComfortClose door
  • Dishwashing programmes: Automatic (normal), ECO, Intensive 75°C, Sensor wash gentle, and Short

 

RRP: $1,599

The most expensive: G6995 SCVi XXL K2O AUS

  • 3D cutlery tray
  • BrilliantLight interior LED lighting
  • Knock2open door
  • AutoOpen drying
  • AutoClose door
  • TimeControl
  • In-door salt container
  • Controls sit flush in stainless steel fascia panel on the top edge of the door
  • PremiumComfort basket design: height-adjustable upper basket with support rail for glasses, hinged spike row and jumbo cup rack with adjustable width in upper basket, MultiComfort area in lower basket, two spike rows and four height-adjustable glass holders in lower basket, hinged support rail for glasses and hinged bottle holder in lower basket
  • ‘FlexiTimer’ automatically uses the cheapest electricity tariff within the programmed timeframe
  • Automatic load recognition, which adjusts water and electricity consumption to suit load size
  • Estimated water and electricity consumption appears on display when a program is selected, which can help you manage your usage
  • Dishwashing programmes: Automatic (normal), ECO, Intensive 75°C, Sensor wash gentle, Short, Quick Wash 40°C, Maintenance wash, Energy Save, SolarSave, ExtraQuiet, Hygiene, Pasta/Paella, Tall items 65°C, Glasses warm, Extra dry, Intensive lower basket and Pre-rinse

 

RRP: $4,299

Miele freestanding dishwashers

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Freestanding dishwashers are completely standalone appliances, which don’t need to be installed under a countertop. They also have a strong top panel, so that the top of the dishwasher can be used as a kitchen work or storage surface. The advantages of freestanding dishwashers include being the easiest to move around and take with you when moving house, and providing more kitchen surface space.

The obvious drawback is that they don’t necessarily fit in a space underneath your cabinet. If you want the option to fit it into a dishwasher nook in a kitchen, check the dimensions before buying a freestanding model.

The most affordable: G4203 SC Active

  • Original cutlery tray
  • EasyComfort basket design
  • MultiComfort area in lower basket
  • Child safety lock
  • ComfortClose door
  • Dishwashing programmes: Automatic (normal), ECO, Intensive 75°C, Sensor wash gentle, and Short

 

RRP: $1,299

The most expensive: G6100 SC AUS

  • 3D cutlery tray
  • ExtraComfort basket design in both the upper and lower baskets, including glass rails and hinged spikes to accommodate stemware, and height-adjustable and rearrangeable areas to accommodate large containers
  • Automatic load recognition, which adjusts water and electricity consumption to suit load size
  • ComfortClose door
  • Dishwashing programmes: Automatic (normal), ECO, Intensive 75°C, Sensor wash gentle, Quick wash 40°C and Short

 

RRP $1,699

Are Miele dishwashers worth the money?

Choosing a dishwasher from the Miele brand can be a good long-term investment. However, that comes with a hefty price tag. Most of Miele’s dishwashers rank at the most expensive end of the market. Consider whether you’ll make the most of these very high-end appliances, and whether you’d rather have a better dishwasher or a bit more cash in your pocket.

Entry-level Miele dishwashers tend to sit around the middle of the overall price range for dishwashers currently on the market. A simpler model with fewer special features may be a more money-conscious choice without sacrificing quality.

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