Miele Washing Machines Review
On the market for a new washing machine? Going for a model from a reputable brands is always a safe bet. Sure, it may cost you more up front, but when it comes to major household appliances, you’ll generally get what you pay for. Not many brands are held in higher regard than Miele – the name is synonymous with quality, whether you’re buying a washing machine, dishwasher or oven. Miele frequently tops Canstar Blue’s customer satisfaction ratings, so find out what all the fuss is about with this review of Miele washing machines.
Miele Front Load Washing Machines
Miele’s reputation as a high-end brand is down to the quality and longevity of its appliances. Many are made in the company’s home country of Germany, while others are made in the Czech Republic. Either way, you’re likely to get a high-quality product – but you’ll need to pay for it! Miele washing machines are among the most high priced you’ll find. But like we said, you generally get what you pay for. You’ll also be interested to know that Miele deals exclusively in front loader washing machines, so if you’re in the market for a top loader, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
Miele offers three ‘budget’ washing machines priced under $2,000. Generally, they are smaller in size and suitable for a smaller household of about 1-3 people. The sizes generally consist of 7kg, 8kg and 9kg models.
Miele WDB030 Eco 7kg Classic Front Loader
Miele’s most budget-friendly washing machine is the WDB 030 Eco 7kg front loader that features Miele ProfiEco Motor, claimed to provide a quiet and powerful energy-saving wash.
This Miele washing machine has a 4-star efficiency rating for both water and energy, and provides 12 wash programs to choose from. Some features to expect include:
- CapDosing: allows you to dispense special detergents, fabric conditioners and additives using Miele’s portioned capsules.
- Delayed start: can be set for up to 24 hours, with the display also indicating when the program will finish, ideal to make use of night time electricity tariffs.
- ProfiEco motor: maintenance-free motor which helps the washing machine consume less electricity and run with minimal noise.
The 7kg washer boasts a patented Miele honeycomb drum, with a hexagonal sculptured surface for gentle laundry care. The Direct Sensor is claimed to provide easy fingertip operation. It also has an automatic load control, which automatically adjusts water and electricity consumption for the load.
This model fares quite well for both water and energy usage, scoring a four-star WELS (water) and four-star energy rating for power efficiency. It consumes 63L per wash and 236kWh in energy per year. That’s only an additional $67.26 on your electricity bill (according to the Standard Test based on 28.5 c/kWh), which is below average for washing machines, as some cost more than $100 a year to run.
- RRP: $1,599*
Miele WCE 330 8kg Front Loader
Miele has several high-end models that retail for under $3,000, including the Miele WCE 330 8kg Front Loader. According to the brand, you can expect quick and efficient washing performance with programs like SingleWash and QuickPowerWash designed to wash items fast and with less strain on the environment. The 4.5-star rating for both water and energy efficiency also places this Miele washing machine among the more economical options on the market.
The Miele 8kg Front Loader offers 16 wash programs and includes features such as:
- Pre-ironing: reduces the need to iron by supposedly 50%.
- ProfiEcoMotor: minimises the need for maintenance and ensures the machine is economical, powerful and quiet.
- WaterControl System: monitors water intake and detects leakages.
Providing a spin speed of 1,400 rpm, the front loader uses the Miele honeycomb drum to ensure gentle garment care.
- RRP: $2,299*
Miele WWV980 WPS 9kg Front Loader
As we step up into the high-end range that Miele has to offer, expect advanced features and even bigger capacities. This WWV 980 WPS 9kg front loader is currently Miele’s dearest washing machine with a $4,499 retail price tag.
With that said, you’ll likely save a bunch on running costs as this Miele washing machine achieved a 5-star rating for both energy efficiency and water efficiency. Plus, it comes with a hot and cold water connection. It additionally provides 1,600 rpm spin and 28 wash programs, with some key features including:
- QuickPowerWash: can wash up to 5kg of laundry in 59 minutes.
- SteamCare: reduces the need to iron by 50%.
- TwinDos: automatically dispenses liquid detergent at the push of a button.
With this latest model, Miele has replaced the traditional turn dial with an intuitive touch display which lets you control the appliance with a tap or swipe. It also works with Miele@home and WiFiConn@ct, so you can manage your washing remotely.
- RRP: $4,499*
Miele stands out for its innovative technology and its ‘TwinDos’ technology is just one of its many high-tech features. TwinDos is a two-step washing system that comes with many Miele models.
- It uses two cartridges, where the first is filled with detergent and the second with a detergent enhancer including bleach for stain removal.
These two liquids are dispensed at differing times and the technology takes care of timing depending on the kind of wash. This innovation introduces a unique approach to washing clothes, and after all, timing is everything, right? The timing of the dispensing of these two liquids ensures that nothing is wasted and that the liquids are used optimally for optimal results. It removes the guess work of adding laundry detergent to your washer, automatically using the correct amount depending on the wash cycle.
Miele is frequently seen as one of the premium washing machine manufacturers. With Miele’s engineering and tech features, many customers and other manufacturers look to it as the benchmark for household appliances. But be prepared to pay a premium – even at the lower end of the pricing pyramid you’ll pay nearly $2,000, where other brands offer models for less than $1,000 for front loaders of an equivalent capacity size. But if garment care and appliance quality are your number one priority, Miele is definitely your best option.
Is a Miele washing machine a smart move?
Miele has a range of technologies which set it apart from most other brands. As the price range goes up with Miele washing machines, expect load capacities to increase, program modes to get more complex, and general features to expand. Whether you actually need or want them is another matter! Also expect better water and energy ratings – not that any of Miele’s washing machines could be considered less than optimal in this regard.
Despite the premium price tags, Miele’s washing machines are built to last. You can expect to pay for reliability and efficiency with a Miele appliance. If you want top of the range and nothing less, Miele will be right up your laundry alley. If you’d rather save a few bucks, keep looking around. Brands like Asko and Euromaid are worth a look. And check out our latest customer ratings for further inspiration.
*Prices taken from respective retailer, correct as of March 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.
What do customers think about Miele Washing Machines?
In 2019, Australian customers gave Miele 5 out of 5 stars for overall customer satisfaction for front loader washing machines.