Miele Dishwashers Review

Miele designs and produces premium household appliances, manufactured in Germany to the highest of standards. The company remains family-owned and run, with its slogan ‘immer besser’ translating to ‘forever 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 rating 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 mid-range to top-of-the-range, every model is designed with hygiene and sustainability in mind.

What kinds of dishwashers does Miele make?

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

  • Freestanding dishwashers
  • Built-under dishwashers
  • Semi-integrated dishwashers
  • Fully-integrated dishwashers

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.

Freestanding dishwashers are completely standalone appliances, which don’t need to be installed under a countertop.

Unlike freestanding dishwashers, which are standalone units, regular built-under dishwashers are designed for installation under a countertop. But such built-in models aren’t designed to necessarily match seamlessly with the surrounding cabinet fronts.

Alternatively, 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 displays on the front exterior, while fully-integrated types keep them hidden inside to create a completely smooth, minimalist look.

Miele currently offers a variety of dishwashers to cater to different households. This article provides a general overview of the range, with independent reviews of some popular models.

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 loaded.

Miele dishwashers have a number of features to look out for, some of which are completely unique to the brand. 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. 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.
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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
Built-under $1,499 $2,699
Semi-integrated $1,599 $4,299
Fully-integrated $1,699 $4,499
Freestanding $1,399 $1,899

*Prices taken from Miele, correct as of March 2020.

Miele built-in dishwashers

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 most elementary models have a smooth and practical design. These types of dishwashers can be the ideal choice to fit to a pre-existing kitchen.

The most affordable: Miele G 4203 SCU Active Built-Under Dishwasher

Miele G 4203 SCU Active Freestanding Dishwasher Miele Dishwasher Rating Review Prices Australia

 

While a $1,400+ price tag isn’t exactly ‘cheap as chips’, the Miele G 4203 SCU Active is still one of the most affordable high-end built-in models from the Miele. The 60cm dishwasher has a 3-star energy rating and 4-star water efficiency rating, and provides a hot water connection that Miele claims can help lower electricity usage by up to 50% and reduce running times by up to 10%.

Features include:

  • Original cutlery tray
  • EasyComfort basket design
  • MultiComfort area
  • Ergonomic basket handles
  • Child safety lock and check indicators

Programs include ECO, Automatic, Intensive 75°C, Light soiling 50°C and Short.

  • RRP: $1,499*

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The most expensive: Miele G 6727  SCU XXL Built-Under Dishwasher

Miele G 6727  SCU XXL Built-Under Dishwasher rating review prices

Whether it’s short running times or ergonomic handling, the Miele G 6727 SCU XXL is claimed to provide maximum convenience in the kitchen. The 60cm built-in dishwasher offers 15 place settings, and maintains a 4.5-star energy rating and 5.5-star water efficiency rating.

Some major features include:

  • Freshwater dishwasher
  • 3D cutlery tray
  • QuickPowerWash
  • AutoOpen drying
  • FlexiTimer with EcoStart
  • Height-adjustable glass holder
  • Comfort close
  • Reduced load

Wash programs include ECO, SolarSave Automatic, Light soiling 55°C, Intensive 75°C, Maintenance Wash, Short, Energy Save and QuickPowerWash.

  • RRP: $2,699*

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Miele semi-integrated dishwashers

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

The most affordable: Miele G 4203 i Active Integrated Dishwasher

Miele G 4203 i Active Semi Integrated Dishwasher rating review prices

Despite being the cheapest semi-integrated dishwasher from the high-end brand, the Miele 60cm G 4203 i Active still has functions included in the premium models. Notably, the Delay start feature allows you to choose a program up to 24 hours in advance to allow the machine to run at your convenience or during electricity off-peak times.

Features include:

  • Cutlery basket
  • MultiComfort area
  • Hot water connection
  • Child safety lock and check indicators
  • CleanSteel
  • ComfortClose
  • Countdown indicator

The integrated dishwasher offers 14 place settings, and comes with both hot and cold water inlets. It maintains a 3-star energy rating and 4-star water efficiency rating.

RRP: $1,599*

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The most expensive: Miele G 6927 SCi XXL Integrated Dishwasher

Miele G 6927 SCi XXL Integrated Dishwasher rating review prices

The Miele G 6927 SCi XXL Integrated Dishwasher is one of the most expensive dishwashers from the brand. But with premium price comes unique high-end features, such as AutoClose. This lets you close the door with a light touch, prompting the motorised door to close itself gently.

The Miele integrated dishwasher has a 4.5-star energy rating and 5.5-star water rating, making it among one of the most efficient models in the entire range. Features include:

  • Miele basket design
  • Hinged bottle holder
  • Height-adjustable glassware rail
  • SmartStart
  • Hot water connection
  • FlexiTimer with EcoStart
  • AutoOpen drying
  • Freshwater dishwasher
  • QuickPowerWash

Some special-purpose programmes include ECO, SolarSave, Pasta/Paella (for dishes containing starch), Tall items 65°C, Hygiene, Gentle and Appliance care.

  • RRP: $4,299*

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Miele fully integrated dishwashers

Fully-integrated dishwashers keep 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 its most premium models featuring automatic doors that open when knocked on twice.

The most affordable: Miele G 4263 Vi Active Fully Integrated Dishwasher

Miele G 4263 Vi Active Fully Integrated Dishwasher rating review prices

The Miele G 4263 Vi Active is one of the brand’s mid-range fully integrated dishwashers, and contains many of the basic features you can find from the brand’s premium models which can cost more than double the price. 

This 60cm dishwasher provides 14 place settings, and has a 3-star energy rating and 4-star water efficiency rating. This is on par with what you can find from similarly priced models from other high-end brands. 

  • Cutlery basket
  • EasyComfort basket design
  • ComfortClose door
  • MultiComfort area
  • Hot water connection

Dish washing modes include ECO, Intensive 75°C, Light soiling 50°C, Short and Automatic.

  • RRP: $1,699*

The most expensive: Miele G 6 999 SCVi XXL Fully Integrated Dishwasher

Miele G 6 999 SCVi XXL Fully Integrated Dishwasher rating review prices

It’s described as one of the most economical Miele dishwashers ever, thanks to the Sensor wash and Automatic programs which are said to use as little as 6.5L of water. It apparently takes more to fill a kitchen sink! There’s also functions like FlexiTimer with EcoStart, EcoFeedback, EcoFeed as well as the ECO dishwashing program designed to minimise energy consumption. Plus, this is all supported with a 4.5 star energy rating and 5.5-star water efficiency rating. 

Some features include:

  • Miele basket design
  • Hot water connection
  • SmartStart
  • SolarSave
  • Perfect GlassCare
  • SensorDry
  • ExtraQuiet

Similar to Miele’s other high-end appliances, this freestanding dishwasher uses Knock2Open to create a seamless, handless design.

  • RRP: $4,499

Miele freestanding dishwashers

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 space. 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: Miele G 4203 SC Active Freestanding Dishwasher

Miele G 4203 SC Active Freestanding Dishwasher Miele Dishwasher Rating Review Prices Australia

For a mid-range appliance, the Miele G 4203 SC Active Freestanding Dishwasher has the most wallet-friendly price tag, but compared to other options on the market, this model is still among the most expensive. Keep in mind that you often get what you pay for when buying appliances, and buying the cheapest option with the same capacity might mean you’ll have to compromise on factors like durability as well as water and energy efficiency, which can also impact running costs.

Some features include:

  • Original cutlery tray
  • Ergonomic basket design
  • ComfortClose
  • Countdown indicator

The Miele 60cm freestanding dishwasher is a true family-size model, offering 14 place settings and six programs to choose from. It also has a 3-star energy rating and 3.5-star water efficiency rating, which isn’t bad but also not great. Although it does have a hot water connection, with Miele promising this can help save up to 50% more electricity.

  • RRP: $1,399*

The most expensive: Miele G 6620 SC Freestanding Dishwasher

Miele G 6620 SC Freestanding Dishwasher rating review prices

The Miele G 6620 SC freestanding dishwasher is a true family size model. With a 4.5-star energy rating and 5-star water rating, this 60cm dishwasher is one of the more affordable efficient models available in the entire range. This freestanding dishwasher is claimed to consume as little as 6.5L of water during a normal Automatic cycle. The unit also comes with a hot water connection. 

Other features include:

  • ExtraComfort basket design
  • QuickPowerWash
  • Delayed start with integrated countdown indicator
  • SensorDry
  • Perfect GlassCare
  • Reduced load

Dish washing programs include ECO, Intensive 75°C, Light soiling 55°C, Light soiling 60°C, Short, Automatic and QuickPowerWash.

  • RRP: $1,899*

Are Miele dishwashers worth the money?

Choosing a dishwasher from the Miele brand can be a good long-term investment. However, quality comes at a price. Most of Miele’s dishwashers rank towards the top end of the market. Consider whether you’ll make the most of a quality appliance, built to last or if  you’d rather have more cash in your pocket.

Mid-range 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 cost-effective choice without sacrificing on quality.

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*Prices taken from Miele, correct as of March 2020.

About the author of this page

Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.

What do customers think about Miele Dishwashers?

In 2019, Australian customers gave Miele 5 out of 5 stars for overall customer satisfaction for dishwashers.

Miele has made it six years in a row at the top of our customer satisfaction ratings for dishwashers. In 2019, Miele scored five-star ratings across most research categories, including internal layout, performance, quietness and design.

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