Before I get to the review, let me give you some quick background on how I came to buy a Dishwasher that’s more expensive than a decent used Honda Civic. I did a whole house remodel about 7 years ago on my 1970’s Austin house. The kitchen was original and was in terrible shape when I bought it. Here’s a BEFORE picture.
And of course who doesn’t love a dramatic AFTER photo: (Kitchen sink and Dishwasher are in the same location)
And here’s a better picture of the wall with my dishwasher and sink:
So, when I did this remodel 7 years ago I was a good engineer and did my research on appliances. I hold an online subscription to Consumer Reports and I poured over the data on Dishwashers to pick the right one. I ended up buying their “Top Pick” Bosch model. It was about $650 and promised to deliver great performance at a value price. (They have a similar model on their site today at $730 called Bosch Ascenta) I was never really happy with it’s performance from day 1. It never seemed to dry very well, I didn’t think it cleaned particularly well, and it seemed to take forever to run a load of dishes. I actually timed it recently and it took 4 HOURS to run a load. I’m sure something was broken, but I didn’t think it was worth a service call since it’s nearly 7 years old. (Bummer that a 7 year old machine is needing replaced too.)
Ok, now for the Miele review. I bought this Miele to replace that Bosch that I never liked so it had to be awesome or I would look like a fool for spending so much on a dishwasher. Full disclosure here: I got a “Personal Use” discount as a builder from the Miele rep. It wasn’t free but I did get a nice discount Miele (it was still well over $1000 bucks!).
Anyhow, the three big reasons I went with this unit was these items.
1. Fast Cycle Time with it’s “Turbo” mode. 2. Supposedly great drying with “AutoOpen” drying. 3. Superior cleaning
Before I get into how it performs on these promises here’s a pictures:
Frankly, it looks just like my Bosch when the door is closed. Stainless front is clean and the handle looks great. But, the real magic is when you go to load this baby.
The less expensive model dishwashers have two levels and the silverware is usually in a basket on the bottom drawer. Having a top drawer for the silverware is fantastic. I had no idea how much I’d like that feature!
So, how about those three promises?
1. “Turbo Mode” for quick cleaning. This totally works as advertised! I have 4 kids and we often have gatherings with 4-5 other families at our house. With Turbo mode we can have a party load the dishwasher and 95 minutes later we’re ready for a second load. I love this feature. The regular mode is pretty quick too at around 2 hours 15 minutes. Good start, what’s next?
2. Drying. I absolutely hated this about my Bosch. This Miele is night & day better! It even drys my plastic wear! It really has a fantastic drying system. I’m not certain if all the magic is in the “AutoOpen” drying feature, but it sure seems like it. When the cycle is complete it pushes open the door by about 2″ and lets the inside dry. I think this feature is fantastic. Here’s a picture of it in action.
3. Cleaning Ability. Ok so this is where we separate the basic machines from the expensive ones. This Miele cleans so much better than any other unit I’ve ever had. I hated my Bosch, but I really liked my Kitchen Aid before that. This Miele Dishwasher blows them both away. It makes everything sparkle. Again, Miele has some magic here that I didn’t know about before I bought it. It has a built in water softener feature. When I got the machine it came with a box of rock salt that you dump into a container in the bottom of the tub. Right after I ran my first load with this Miele I took this picture. Guess which plastic glass came from the Miele and which came from my old Bosch dishwasher?
Needless to say, I’m impressed. This unit is amazing. It’s totally worth the asking price, I HIGHLY recommend this Miele Futura Dimension G 5675 SCSF !
I’ve also been impressed with Miele as a company. I’ve been using them a lot in the houses I built here in Austin, but honestly that’s mostly been driven by clients who wanted Miele or Architects who pushed them towards Miele for their sleek Euro looks. Their service has been great, they have a fantastic rep who serves Austin/Dallas (Thanks Phyllis!) and I really like that they are a family owned company. Apparently the factory in Germany that makes these dishwashers makes some crazy ammount of the parts that go into the unit onsite. I’m hoping someone from Miele might comment, but I think it’s like 90%+ of the parts are made by Miele. I heard they even have a screw milling operation to make their own screws! Pretty cool. Now that I’ve seen firsthand the quality you can be sure I’ll be recommending Miele to all my clients.
For more information on their Dishwasher collection see the Miele website.
PS> One reason I wrote this review is that their website stinks! It’s hard to understand/navigate so hopefully this was helpful.
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