Miele washing machines review & guide

On the market for a new washing machine? Going for a model from reputable brands is always a safe bet. Sure, it may cost you more upfront, 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 review

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 at a high-end price. Prices start from $1,499 and go up to $4,999, for its standalone front loaders, while its sole washer-dryer model costs just under the $4,300 mark.

Miele washing machines are among some of the highest-priced front loaders you’ll find. But like we said, you generally get what you pay for. It’s also worth noting 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. We take a look at some of Miele’s front loader models below.

Miele 7kg Front Load Washing Machine − $1,499 RRP*

Miele 7kg Front Load Washing Machine Review

Miele’s most budget-friendly washing machine is this 7kg front loader (WCA020). It provides 12 wash programs and comes with a 4-star water efficiency rating and 4.5 stars for energy. Some features include:

  • CapDosing: automatically dispenses Miele Caps, the brand’s range of portioned fabric conditioner capsules at the optimum time. This can be used on specific fabrics, such as silk, wool, and sportswear.
  • 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 nighttime electricity tariffs.
  • ProfiEco motor: maintenance-free motor which helps the washing machine consume less electricity and run with minimal noise.

Similar to other Miele washing machines, this 7kg washer boasts a patented Miele honeycomb drum that contains a hexagonal sculptured surface for gentle laundry care. Other handy pieces of tech include AddLoad, a function that lets you add extra items mid-wash cycle, plus Pre-ironing to flatten creases and reduce the amount of ironing later on. Miele offers two washing machines priced under $2,000. The capacities are generally small to mid-size and come in either 7kg or 8kg units, making them suitable for single to three-person households.

Miele 9kg Front Load Washing Machine − $2,599 RRP*

Miele 9kg Front Load Washing Machine Review

Miele has several high-end models that retail for under $3,000, including this Miele (WWG 360) 9kg front loader. You can expect quick and efficient washing performance with programs like SingleWash and QuickPowerWash designed to wash your clothes faster 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.

This 9kg Miele front load washing machine offers 17 wash programs and includes features such as:

  • Pre-ironing: reduces the need to iron by up to 50%.
  • WaterControl System: monitors water intake and detects leakages.
  • Compatible with Miele@home, MobileControl and Wi-Fi Conn@ct for appliance networking.

This front loader also contains the same honeycomb drum used across the rest of Miele’s range to ensure gentle garment care and provides a top spin speed of 1,400RPM.

Miele 9kg Front Load Washing Machine − $4,999 RRP*

Miele 9kg front load washing machine review

As we step up into the high-end range that Miele has to offer, expect advanced features and even bigger capacities. This Miele 9kg model (WWV 980 WPS) is currently the most expensive washing machine in the range, packing a 9kg load capacity and $4,999 retail price tag.

With that said, you’ll likely save a bunch on running costs as this Miele washing machine has a five-star rating for both energy efficiency and water efficiency. Plus, it allows for hot and cold water connections. It additionally provides a 1,600RPM maximum spin speed 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 that 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.

Miele washer dryers review

Miele washer-dryer − $4,299 RRP*

Miele Washer Dryers

Miele additionally offers a washer-dryer range for households that need an all-around laundry appliance. Since these types of units come with the functionalities of both a washing machine and dryer, you can expect a higher price tag compared to Miele single-function front loaders. But if you’re already in the market for a high-end washer and dryer, opting for a hybrid model could end up costing less than if you were to buy two machines separately.

There’s currently just one model available, at the time of writing ─ the Miele Washer Dryer (WTZH 730). This Miele front load washer dryer is described as ideal for large laundry loads, offering an 8kg washing capacity and 5kg drying capacity. It also boasts four-star ratings for water and energy efficiency, although it bumps up to 4.5-stars for its energy efficiency when in dryer mode. Several features include:

  • 20 washing programs & 20 drying programs
  • 1,600RPM maximum spin speed
  • LED drum lighting.

For days when there isn’t much to wash, this machine has a SingleWash setting so you can clean up to 1kg of laundry without having to worry about using the same amount of water and electricity as if you were running a full load. It additionally contains M Touch, which lets you control the appliance by swiping or tapping the screen.

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Is it worth buying a Miele washing machine?

Miele front loaders are a good buy if quality and brand name are particularly important to you. The brand is seen as one of the leading washing machine manufacturers in Australia and globally, with its German engineering and tech features prompting many customers (and even other competitor brands) to view it as a good benchmark for other household appliances. This reputation makes Miele especially attractive for those willing to spend extra for the sake of getting premium-level garment care, appliance quality, and durability. Miele is also worth checking out if you have the cash to splash and want to invest in a reasonably efficient washing machine, which can help keep your water and electricity bills down in the long term.

However, Miele front loaders are expensive. There are several other major appliance brands that offer washing machines with similar capacities and water and energy efficiency ratings for cheaper. Bosch and Fisher & Paykel, for instance, currently have front load washers with prices ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

If you’d rather save a few bucks, keep looking around. And check out our latest customer ratings for further inspiration.

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*Prices are taken from Miele, correct as of February 2022.

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 2021, Australian customers gave Miele 4 out of 5 stars for overall customer satisfaction for front loader washing machines.

Miele Front Loader Washing Machines

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