Miele Fridges Review & Guide
When it comes to fitting out the kitchen, the fridge is often the centerpiece. A hub for the household, the fridge is often the most essential, and most expensive, appliance you’re likely to buy. With plenty of brands available, as well as many styles, capacities and finishes, finding the fridge that will perfectly suit your household, in both practicality and style, can be a tough ask. Thankfully for consumers, brands like Miele have enough options for all household types.
With a heritage that dates back to the 19th century, Miele caters for household needs in every room of the house, but it’s in the kitchen that the German brand really shows its class. Known for its high-quality goods, Miele is now a leading manufacturer of fridges, freezers and wine coolers. Check out the brand’s range of models below and decide for yourself whether its appliances are worth the investment. Given the often high prices, investment is probably the right word. But when it comes to appliances, you really do get what you pay for.
Miele Integrated Models
Integrated fridges, otherwise known as built-in fridges, are handy for kitchens that may not have a lot of space, or for those that are after a certain aesthetic for their kitchen. Made to fit seamlessly into the fridge space, as well as look like your other drawers and cupboards, integrated models have become increasingly popular over recent years. While more expensive than other fridge models, they may be worth the money if you’re big on looks.
Miele’s two primary integrated models, the Miele KS 37422 iD and Miele KS 37472 iD, include a variety of similar functions, and will set you back similar amounts. Both models feature FlexiLight – LED lighting on individual shelves to help see what goodies are stocked in the fridge, as well as DynaCool, Miele’s dynamic cooling system which allows for air circulation and ventilation. Both models also come with SoftClose technology, meaning you can make those late night trips to the fridge without waking the household.
The main difference between the two models is their shelving and drawer configurations, with the Miele 37472 model swapping out a shelf for an additional crisper drawer. With a minimum of six shelves in each model, which you decide to go with could depend of what types of food your family usually eats. Both models also include multiple door shelves and door racks for bottles, as well as a chrome-plated metal bottle rack for wines.
Miele Integrated MasterCool
The most expensive fridges and freezers from Miele are n the MasterCool range, with each model selling for just less than $15,000! It has plenty of features, such as Miele’s DynaCool humidity function and the TouchControl system, as well as multiple drawers and crispers to ensure fruits and veggies stay fresh for longer.
For door storage, the MasterCool model contains Drop-and-Lock technology, allowing for the shelves to be moved around for personalised storage preferences. There are two full-width door shelves, along with three standard fridge shelves. Other storage options include two crisper drawers, as well as an additional vegetable drawer.
Although if you’re after the top of the line and have a spare $15,000 lying around, the MasterCool would be right up your alley.
Miele Freestanding Fridges
For those after a more traditional style of fridge, or something that isn’t as expensive as the integrated style, than a freestanding fridge may be the option for you. Here’s what’s available:
- Miele K 12820 SD Upright Fridge: $2,799 (RRP)*
- Miele 14820 SD Freestanding Refrigerator: $3,199
All models come with ComfortClean shelving, as well as DynaCool technology to ensure that your food is kept fresh through the correct humidity and ventilation. Each model also contains LED lighting, as well as multiple shelves, drawers and door racks for storage.
The pricier Miele 14820 SD freestanding fridge is a premium model that comes with a few extra features, including SoftClose technology and ComfortControl for greater convenience as well as half-width and full-width door shelves.
- Miele’s freestanding models are side-by-side enabled with selected freezers, allowing for better accessibility and an overall kitchen aesthetic
- All models are available in white, with select models also available in stainless steel to suit your kitchen
Ranging between $2,000 and $4,000, Miele’s freestanding fridges offer a variety of features that you might find useful in your home and potentially offset the price tag.
Miele Integrated Freezers
As with most Miele products, freezers are available as standalone units, or can be integrated into your kitchen, depending on your personal preferences and available space. Similarly to the fridge models, the built-in options will cost you more, but may be worth the price tag depending on what you want in a freezer. Miele’s integrated freezer range includes standard models and a MasterCool unit. Some products include:
- Miele KS 37422 iD Integrated Refrigerator: $3,749 (RRP)*
- Miele KS 37472 iD Integrated Refrigerator: $3,999 (RRP)*
- Miele K 1891 Vi MasterCool Refrigerator: $14,999 (RRP)*
The cheapest integrated fridge is the Miele KS 37422 iD, which includes features such as DynaCool to ensure even air circulation inside the fridge as well as FlexiLight so you can adjust the LED glass shelf lighting individually. This Miele integrated refrigerator uses TouchControl to give households control over the climate and temperature, and includes an Automatic SuperCool program to chill food fast. Plus, there’s user friendly features such as SoftClose and the height-adjustable tempered glass shelves.
The pricier MasterCool fridge includes many of the same features, such as DynaCool, ComfortClean and SoftClose, but has extras like Variobord.
Miele Fridges & Freezers
Miele offers a wide selection of fridge-freezer models in addition to its singular range, with built-in, freestanding and side-by-side styles available. While the upfront cost ultimately depends on which which model you choose, freestanding options are generally cheaper than the built-in alternatives. Some models include:
- Miele KFN 12823 SD-1 Freestanding Fridge-Freezer: $2,699 (RRP)*
- Miele KFNS 37432 ID Built-in Fridge-Freezer Combination: $4,149 (RRP)*
- Miele KF 1911 Vi MasterCool Fridge-Freezer: $14,999 (RRP)*
The combined models come with all the standard features, including the ComfortClean shelving, the SoftClose doors as well as the DynaCool circulation system. Additional features include the NoFrost technology, which allow food in the crisper to be kept fresher through cooler air flows, as well as the VarioRoom adjustable storage system, which allows bulkier items to be stored more easily without having to play Tetris with your food.
- On select models, households can be treated to self-closing drawers with Miele’s SelfClose function, which will be handy for when you have your hands full
- Some models will also include ice makers and water dispensers
Features for the freezer include SuperFreeze, which allows food to be frozen quickly for those hot days, as well as independent temperature regulation for individual zones throughout the unit. The freezer can also be turned off for those who are often going away for the weekend or for long holidays, helping you save on your electricity bill. For those after the top of the line, the MasterCool model is also available for freezer compartments, with plenty of features and space to suit large households.
- Additional extras across all models include butter dishes, egg trays and ice packs
Depending on which model type you go with, a Miele Fridge & Freezer model will cost you between $2,699 and $14,999.
Miele Freestanding Freezers
The Miele FNS 37402 i Freestanding Freezer is currently the only model available in the range. It includes features like VarioRoom to expand the freezer compartment as well as Frost Free to prevent ice build up and minimise the need to defrost food. Like many Miele appliances, this unit is compatible with the Miele@mobile app so you can manage your cool freezer from your smartphone or tablet.
The Miele freezer contains eight freezer drawers/baskets.
- RRP: $3,749*
Miele Wine Coolers
For those looking to safely store their wines, or just looking for some extra space in the fridge, a wine cooler – otherwise known as a wine conditioning unit – may be a suitable option. Miele offers a few options from small 34 bottle units to larger 100 bottle units. Available wine fridges include:
- Miele KWT 6321 UG Built-under Wine Conditioning Unit: $4,299 (RRP)*
- Miele KWT 6831 SG Freestanding Wine Conditioning Unit: $9,299 (RRP)*
The appliance brand’s smaller wine fridge, the Miele 6321 UG, comes with a glass door and LED lighting so you can keep an eye on how much stock you have, as well as TouchControl to alter the settings and temperature. The unit also has a lock function and door alarm to ensure your wine collection stays safe, with the dual temperature zones ensuring that both your reds and whites remained properly chilled and stored.
The larger unit, the 6831 SG, is capable of storing plenty of bottles, making it suitable for those who like to entertain, or those that are looking to start collecting. Similarly stacked with features, the larger wine cooler features Active AirClean filters to ensure the wine is properly stored, as well as stability through the FlexiFrame.
- Additional racks and storage are also available for purchase
Costing between $4,000 and just over $9,200, keeping your wine properly stored and chilled won’t come cheap.
Is a Miele fridge worth the money?
As essential as it is, purchasing a fridge can still prove a long process, especially when the decision relies on how your household uses it. How much food your family eats will determine the size and capacity of the basic unit, whereas the type of food will also have an influence on which features and extras will be worth considering. While it initially may prove overwhelming, Miele has plenty of options and models on hand to make the decision easier – provided you can afford them!
Before you step into an appliance retailer, however, it’s best to do your own research before you set your heart on a model. By looking at features such as energy efficiency, as well as simply measuring the space you have in your kitchen for a fridge to fit, will give you a better idea as to what model you should walk out the door with. Then it comes down to the fancy features you need and want – and are happy to pay for.
*Prices taken from Miele, correct as of April 2020.
About the author of this page
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.