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Heard the Miele dishwasher reviews from obsessed family and friends yet? “Best of the best,” they’re saying. But perhaps Miele (pronounced: “mee-lah”) is new to you. And at twice to thrice the price of other dishwashers, is a Miele dishwasher worth it?

I'm the co-founder of Designer Appliances, a premier appliance store in New Jersey, and I’ve helped thousands of customers select their dream Miele. (I also have our top pick in my own home, so read on!) My team and I have visited the factory in Germany where Mieles are made, and I’ve seen the brand evolve and work out kinks over the years. But most importantly, I've heard real-life feedback from our customers in real-time.

I confidently recommend Miele to my customers, family, and friends. In this article, I explain why. I’ll cover whether Miele is the best dishwasher around, which features are worth paying more for, and how it compares to other manufacturers and products.

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Pros and Cons of Miele Dishwashers

Pros: Reasons To Buy:

  • Get a superior clean every time. Miele has precisely choreographed tub water motion (along with its temperature and pressure) to eliminate the chance of food lingering on your dishes. Also, thanks to a built-in water softener, the Miele dishwasher doesn't create subtle etching on glassware.
  • You can trust it with wine glasses and fine china. No need to handwash: Miele has a setting for delicate items that ameliorates harsh detergents and excessive water pressure.
  • Superior drying without musty odors. High-rinse temperature along with the stainless steel interior help condensate and dry your dishes. The Miele dishwasher door (AutoOpen door) will open ajar to release any remaining moisture.
  • Sanitize baby bottles. No gimmicks like bottle wash jets. At 167 degrees you will get superior sanitization well above the closest competitors on the market.
  • You’ll never hear it running. Miele’s lineup includes the quietest dishwasher on the market at 38 decibels. In fact, all Miele dishwashers are quieter than the quietest library. Even intense programs such as Pots and Pans won’t interfere with your reading.
  • Unique automatic detergent dispenser that is crazy-convenient. When shopping for a Miele dishwasher, definitely look for the "AutoDos" feature. Simply insert a Miele detergent disk, a round puck that dispenses powder detergent, and you don’t have to think about adding detergent for about 20 cycles.
  • Perfect fit allows for design choices. Miele is the only brand that has a dishwasher solution for all kitchen designs and types of use. Miele dishwasher finishes include models with a pocket handle, visible front controls, hidden controls on the top, towel bar handles, and even handle-free (knock-to-open) versions.
  • Strong endorsement from trade professionals. Interior designers routinely recommend Miele dishwashers because they fit flush with cabinets without displeasing protrusions. You can even seamlessly blend panel ready dishwashers with your kitchen cabinets.
  • Can't stand fingerprints on the door? Not a problem with Miele. The company uses its own engineering formula to fight smudges on stainless-steel doors.
  • Miele dishwashers are designed to last a long time. As an engineering-focused company, Miele designs all of its products for a 20-year lifespan. Keep in mind that most dishwasher brands design for five to seven years longevity. You will feel the quality of Miele workmanship, from how the door opens and closes to the easy gliding racks even when loaded.
Cons: Reasons To Avoid:

  • Availability. Be prepared to wait given the post-pandemic rush. Get in line now if you're planning a kitchen remodel. For a quick replacement, you may need to consider a different brand.
  • You’re not picky about your dishes. Other dishwashers get the job done, albeit not with the persnickety thoroughness of a Miele. If you’re OK with occasional water marks and cloudy glasses, you might also be fine with spending less on this kitchen appliance to make room in your budget for your fridge or stove.
  • Pricier than most brands. You could be planning on moving soon or simply don't want to invest heavily in a dishwasher. In that case, you might want to consider something that just gets the job done for a little less money. Also, note that dishwashers equipped similarly, such as Bosch dishwashers, cost as much as a Miele.
  • You don’t need a water softener. This feature is a big reason people choose G 7000 series Miele dishwashers. Water softener helps eliminate unwanted watermarks on dishes and keeps internal pipework calcium-free for longevity. If you don’t need it, you might look at the lower-end G 5000 series Miele dishwashers or other comparable brands.
  • Proprietary PowerDisk detergent. You can use any dishwasher detergent on the traditional dispenser. However, the automatic dispenser only works with Miele PowerDisk.
  • Cumbersome WiFi set-up. Great app support and connectivity options. But the initial setup can be frustrating.
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Differences Between Miele Dishwashers

G 5000 Series Miele Dishwashers

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You'll like:

  • Lower price point within the Miele realm.
  • Very quiet (42-44 decibels).
  • 167 degree F sanitize cycle is ideal for cleaning baby bottles.
  • The renowned reliability of Miele engineering.
  • If you don't need a built-in water softener. (G5226 incorporates upgrade features.)
You Might Not Like:

  • AutoOpen door feature dramatically improves drying. It starts at the higher-end model.
  • No Wi-Fi or smartphone support.
  • No elegant interior lights despite the luxury price point.
  • G 5000 platform is based on Miele's 2010 tech platform. It would have been nice to have a budget-oriented model.
Miele G 5000 dishwasher differences
Miele G5056SCViSF

The Best Budget Miele Dishwasher: G 5000 Series G5056SCViSF

Boasting the lowest price tag of any current Miele model, this entry-level value option still packs a load of excellent Miele features, including quiet operation (44 dB), plenty of storage space (16 place settings), and a visually appealing design.

The smudge-free, high quality stainless front on the Miele G5056SCViSF blends seamlessly with any kitchen design. Miele also utilizes fingerprint and scratch-resistant stainless steel, which will keep your dishwasher safe from little hands (or paws). It also has a front control panel that allows you to select from five different cycle settings, including Pots and Pans, Normal, SaniWash, Rinse/Hold, and Economy. The "Short" option helps you get express results within each program level.

The G5056SCViSF features Miele’s signature stainless-steel tub, which gives you better sound insulation and allows your dishes to be cleaned at higher temperatures for better cleaning results. The tub also aids in the condensation drying process, which relies on the high temperature of the final wash cycle to allow the water to evaporate naturally.

The innovative third rack is another Miele signature, which protects silverware from scratches, gives them a better clean, and allows for easy unloading after the wash cycle.

Like all of the Miele Dishwashers we recommend, the G5056SCViSF is Energy Star rated, which saves you energy and money!


G 7000 Series Miele Dishwashers

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Upgrades Over the G 5000 Series:

  • New and improved technology platform for better clean and reliable performance.
  • AutoDos automatic detergent dispenser.
  • Water softener on all models.
  • AutoOpen door on all models.
  • Wi-Fi and smartphone support.
  • Interior lights.
  • Ultra quiet: 38-43 db.
  • Extra-flexible interior to accommodate all of your needs, from large plates and pots to long-stemmed wine glasses.
  • Modern door designs including knock-to-open handless design.
  • IPhone-like touch control panel & 5-year warranty on the highest-end model.
Potential Trade-Offs:

  • Luxury price point.
  • Cumbersome setup procedure for Wi-Fi.
  • Proprietary PowerDisk detergent.
Miele dishwasher differences G 7000 series
Miele G7106SCUSS

The Entry-Level Miele Dishwasher: G 7000 Series Miele G7106SCU

The G7106 is one of Miele’s newest models, included in the G7000 series of dishwashers. It includes a number of important upgrades over the Miele Classic models. As an example, the AutoOpen Door helps to ensure your dishes are bone dry at the end of the wash cycle and that there is no residual musty smell in the tub.

Water softener is a huge plus for those of us who live in an area with hard water. If you have been wondering why your dishes come out with water spots in your current dishwasher, the Miele G 7106 SCU XXL (the "company speak" for G7106) will put your mind at ease. This is thanks to its built-in water softener.

You can even trust Miele with your delicate wine glasses and heirloom china. The China and Crystal program will provide an unmatched clean while preventing etching and discoloration.

The Miele G 7000 series of dishwashers also introduced the 3D Multiflex 3rd Rack, which is an improved version of Miele’s signature third rack design. Unlike the third rack in the previous generation (a.k.a. Miele Crystal or Dimension) the left-hand side can be pushed to create more space for tall items like wine glasses. The right section of the tray can be adjusted up or down to create more space for large bowls or plates. The middle of the 3rd rack now extends deeper to allow for small bowls and ladles to fit. We found this design more useable compared to the old design, which is still part of the Classic Plus series and an improvement over the Bosch MyWay rack.

The Miele G7106 is even quieter than the aforementioned G4228, registering at about 43 dB. The QuickIntenseWash Cycle also helps to clean your dishes in 58 minutes with the help of higher temperatures (consistent 167°F) to ensure a complete clean. You will still have access to the Normal wash cycle, which washes between 117°F and 140°F. The Intense Zone option even lets you tackle a half load, saving time and energy.

This model features Miele’s stunning stainless steel design, as well as standard top controls with a towel bar handle front. Miele also offers a panel-ready design of this dishwasher to blend with your cabinets.


Miele G7316SCUSS

The Best Overall: Miele G7316SCUSS

The Miele G7316 dishwasher includes many of Miele’s most prized new features, including AutoDos, AutoStart, and wifi connectivity.

AutoDos is a patented automatic detergent dispenser that releases the perfect amount of detergent based on the cycle you choose, as well as how dirty the dishes are. Miele's PowerDisk sits in the AutoDos compartment on the interior side of the dishwasher door. It holds enough detergent for about 20 cycles. This is a huge convenience, as you can run your dishwasher for weeks at a time without having to refill the detergent. If you prefer to use your own detergent or tablet, the G 7316 SCU XXL still has a traditional detergent compartment.

Wifi via the Miele@connect app naturally reveals the opportunity to take advantage of the new AutoStart feature. We’ve all experienced that crushing feeling of forgetting to start the dishwasher after getting wrapped up in a good movie or book after dinner. In the morning, this leaves us with dirty dishes to deal with. This is why the AutoStart feature is such a big bonus. It allows you to go about your day without having to wonder whether or not you turned the dishwasher on. And by the way.…you’ll never be interrupted by the sound of your Miele G7316, as it operates at an ultra-quiet 40 dB.

Other features that are available in the G7300 series models include Self Clean, Extra Quiet, and Grates and Filters programs. We will discuss these features in detail in our next pick below.

The Miele G7316 also has sleek and modern glass buttons, which make switching between modes quick and easy. The G7300 series dishwashers feature panel ready and towel bar handle door options.


Miele G7566SCViSF

Best Miele Dishwasher for Quietness: G7566SCViSF

When upgrading to the Miele G 7566 SCVi SF, you’ll enjoy the added perk of LED interior lights. These lights brilliantly display your sparkling clean dishes - a nice moment of pleasure while completing your chores for the day.

And best of all, the Miele G7566 can operate on two different modes - Extra Quiet or standard. The Extra Quiet mode is energy-efficient and whisper-quiet at 38dB. The downside is that it adds an additional half hour to the cycle time. The standard mode consumes a bit more energy, but the noise level does not exceed 42dB, even on the most demanding programs. Miele is the only brand that is transparent enough to disclose all of their sound levels, while other brands tend to showcase only their quietest moments.

Self Clean is an important convenience for discerning households. This special wash cycle is designed to operate when the dishwasher is empty to sanitize the interior, and to get rid of all the grime build up from filters to nozzles. For more information on how to clean your dishwasher read our 4 easy tips.

If you opt for the seamless version of the G7566, you’ll also get the Knock2Open feature instead of a handle. This is a cool technological feature that also has major aesthetic benefits for your minimalist kitchen design.


Miele G7966SCVi

Best High-End Miele Dishwasher G7966SCVi

And finally, as our pick for the best high-end model, we have the gold standard of the Miele G7000 lineup - the G 7966 SCVi. This revolutionary dishwasher includes all of the features of the lower-end G7000 models, with the addition of Miele’s M-Touch controls. The M-Touch controls work like an iPhone, allowing you to swipe between different cycle options and features.

The Miele G7966SCVi also comes with a 5-year warranty, as opposed to the traditional one year warranty that protects other models. It’s one of the quietest models on our list, operating at only 38dB.

And if you’re a wine connoisseur, you’ll LOVE the Miele G7966. Why? Have you ever cleaned your wine glasses in the dishwasher, only to worry about the potential of a thin layer of rinse aid left on the glasses? To avoid tainting your precious wine, Miele’s designed the G7966 to run without rinse aid. The best part? It still provides the same thorough and complete clean you expect from a Miele dishwasher.


How to find the best dishwasher.

Dishwashers 101 (And How Miele Delivers)

We use these eight criteria to judge dishwashers at every price point. Let’s see how a Miele dishwasher stacks up.

Quiet Operation

In general, when buying a dishwasher we like to see a number below 50 on the decibel (dB) front, with 44 to 48 dB being respectable (think: conversation at home), below 44 dB considered very quiet (think: bird calls), and 38 to 42 dB means your machine is ultra-quiet, though you will pay a premium for this. FYI: Over 50 dB is typically designed to be super inexpensive, around $500.

Miele is the only brand that is transparent enough to disclose all of its sound levels, while other brands tend to showcase only their quietest moments.

In terms of its dishwashers, the newest G 7000 series operates at as low as 38 decibels. Again, even extra-powerful programs such as Pots and Pans for cookware raise the noise level no higher than 42 dB. Miele’s entry-level dishwashers run at 46 dB. No matter which one you pick, the noise will never disturb you.

Cleaning and Drying Performance

We look for several features in this realm of dishwasher functionality: the number of wash arms, water distribution (how the nozzles are situated at various angles to cover the whole tub, especially when it is full), water filtration (you don’t want dirty water to circulate over and over again on your dishes; we don’t think we need to explain why for that one).

We also look at the drying method: Is it heated or condensating? A fan dry? Or are other dry cycles used? For those out of the high school science loop, let us explain. Condensation drying means your dishwasher sprays hot water on your dishes at the end of the cycle so condensation forms, and all that moisture is ultimately discarded into the drain. A stainless steel tub is key here, to retain that drying heat. Heated drying models use hot air, so steam comes out of your dishwasher’s exhaust vents.

Once again, Miele checks all the boxes. Its engineers have really figured out how to rotate the spray arms to get water evenly distributed. Depending on the program you use, the dishwasher adjusts the amount and pressure of the spray, which we also love on the cleaning front. Miele dishwashers also use condensation drying, making them more energy-efficient. In fact, Miele boasts the technology to make condensation drying more effective, namely its AutoOpen dishwasher door, which almost all Miele dishwashers have.

Some other features on various Miele models we love are the EcoPower Technology, which helps to minimize water consumption, and QuickIntenseWash if you want to get soiled dishware clean in less than an hour.

Techies out there will also love that Wi-Fi is a given. Miele’s app lets you control your dishwasher remotely, so you can start it from the living room after dinner or check if you need more rinse aid from the grocery store.

Effective Cycles

Let’s talk about dishwasher cycles. One-hour (or less) Fast and Express cycles for normal soiled or heavily soiled dishes (not just lightly soiled loads) are important if you often find yourself washing dishes just before company comes over or right before dinner. You also may want to look for a dishwasher that has the ability to handle crystal and other delicate dishes.

Miele dishwashers have various cycle settings such as Short (for express washes), Pots and Pans (for extra dirty dishes), Normal, SaniWash, Rinse/Hold, and Economy.

Newer models such as the Miele G7106 offer the aforementioned QuickIntenseWash Cycle, for when you’re low on time and heavy on grime, as well as the China and Crystal Program for fine dinnerware and glassware.

Water Spot Prevention & Water Softener

Ah, dreaded water spots. When your wine glasses come out of the dishwasher, you want to make sure there are no water spots or etching on them. This is especially important if you have hard water in your area (as we do in New Jersey).

Thankfully, Miele didn’t overlook this important feature. The brand is known for incorporating water softeners (most models have this feature). Not only does this get your dishes spotless, it also helps your appliance last longer since the minerals that build up on your dishes build up in its water lines over time, too.

Worth noting: This means Miele dishwashers require salt to soften water, which you’ll need to replenish just as you do the rinse aid. You can check your user manual for best practices here.

Interior Design

Look, nobody’s judging you for how the inside of your dishwasher looks. But in general, we like to see a stainless steel interior, ideally a completely stainless steel interior versus a hybrid stainless steel one—which is still superior to a full plastic interior. Stainless steel is quieter, more durable, and stain-resistant, though it’s not strictly necessary unless you’re looking at a condensation drying dishwasher. If a dishwasher has a heated drying element, it’s just an aesthetic choice.

Some other things worth seeking out when buying a new dishwasher are adjustable racks that can go up, down, or be positioned at an angle; flexible tines with a resilient coating on them that do not chip or discolor, and a third rack or cutlery tray for utensils.

When it comes to Miele interior design, you can expect top-notch quality and unique versatility. The G7000 models include the 3D Multiflex tray third rack, which is an improved version of Miele’s signature third rack design. The left-hand side can be pushed from side to side to create more space for tall items like wine glasses. The right section can be adjusted up or down to make more space for large bowls or plates. The middle of the third rack now extends deeper to allow for small bowls and ladles to fit.

Miele also debuted two new basket styles for utensils and silverware in its G7000 models: the ExtraComfort Baskets and MultiComfort Baskets. Both the G71 and G73 models have ExtraComfort Baskets.

In addition to the 3D Multiflex third rack, the Extra Comfort Baskets include customizable upper and lower baskets with hinged and fixed spikes to protect your dishes and keep them in place. The upper rack also features a five-cup rack with silicone elements to keep your wine glasses safe.

The G75 and G79 models feature upgraded MultiComfort baskets, which give you even more flexibility to protect everything from small bowls to large glass bottles.

It’s also worth mentioning that all of the racks in the new G7000 series trays and racks also feature sleek grey finishes to add to the interior’s sophisticated look.

Door Design

You want to consider the handle style (do you want a dishtowel bar, or a hidden one? Or one that matches your other appliances?), the control panel display (hidden on the top edge and more modern or fully visible), and the size.

Depending on your space, you might be shopping slim, bar-size 18-inch dishwashers, standard 24-inch dishwashers, or ADA compliant dishwashers, which meet Americans with Disabilities Act height requirements of 32 inches versus the standard 33 or 34 inches. The latter can be useful if you have nonstandard height counters or raised floors.

There’s also the choice of having a dishwasher that fits flush with your cabinetry versus one that’s proud or sticks out; the former tends to be more expensive.

The door color is up to you, too. Panel-ready dishwashers let you cover the front with a cabinet panel that matches the rest of your kitchen. Stainless steel is popular too, and on higher-end models will have a smudge- or fingerprint-resistant finish. Other color options like white and black are also on the market.

There are several things about the door design that make Miele dishwashers so beloved. First and perhaps foremost for neat freaks, Miele has unmatched smudgeproof stainless steel, which it calls CleanTouch Steel.

Miele G7000 dishwashers also received an external makeover. The G71 models feature glass DirectSelect controls, while the G73 and G75 models offer DirectSensor controls, and the G79 dishwashers have the innovative M Touch display controls. The latter, also available on new top-of-the-line Miele washers, function like an iPhone screen, letting you easily swipe between settings and options.

Additionally, all G7000 dishwashers include Miele’s signature AutoOpen drying feature, which was previously only available in the manufacturer’s highest-end models. AutoOpen allows your door to open slightly at the end of the wash cycle to help facilitate quick and efficient drying.

Also considering a Bosch dishwasher? Miele has a new exterior style that looks like the popular Bosch 500 series. People prefer the pocket handle on the 500 series because it looks clean and mixes well with other appliances.

And perhaps best of all, unlike most dishwashers, Miele dishwashers don’t stick out of your cabinets; they fit flush.

Conveniences

Handy design features can make doing the dirty work a little easier. Interior and exterior lighting (like an indicator light that confirms your dishwasher’s running) are conveniences you don’t know you’re missing until you have them. You might also like to have Wi-Fi with accompanying apps you can program to keep an eye on your dishwasher’s progress from afar. (Although, generally, we don’t find Wi-Fi to be super helpful in a dishwasher.) Some may appreciate a scheduled delay start feature, which lets you set your dishwasher to run, say, every night at 10 p.m.

Speaking of which, the Miele AutoStart feature lets you do just that.

Miele also added the AutoDos automatic detergent dosing system last year and it remains the only dishwasher manufacturer whose machines have this functionality. We think it’s a major convenience that’s worth the investment. You simply insert a Miele detergent PowerDisk, a round puck that dispenses powder detergent, and you don’t have to think about adding detergent for around 20 cycles.

Newer Miele dishwashers also offer Wi-Fi and app integration, so if you’re all about commanding your SmartHome from your phone, go for it.

Reliability

The most important components of a dishwasher aren’t the racks or even the spray arms. They’re the pump that pumps the water in and out and the draining system that empties it. Without them, you’ll be working with a dish dirtier instead of a dishwasher, friends. That’s the main and most important technology in a dishwasher (forget Wi-Fi!).

Miele has the best pump and drainage system on the market. It pours tons of research into their design. The company also makes its own motors and obsesses over them to ensure they meet a slew of high standards.

Miele dishwashers are designed to last for 20 years. Compare that with a Bosch model, which should last for around 10, and the rest of the brands’ five to seven years. You’re paying for longevity and less hassle when you invest in a Miele dishwasher.


Upgrade Path of Miele Dishwasher Programs

Program Classic G71xx G73xx G75/G79
Normal Yes Yes Yes Yes
Economy Yes - - Yes
Pots & Pans Yes Yes Yes Yes
SaniWash Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rinse & Hold Yes Yes Yes Yes
China & Crystal - Yes Yes Yes
QuickIntense 58 Min - Yes Yes Yes
Extra Quiet - - Yes Yes
Filters - - Yes Yes
Self Clean - - Yes Yes
Energy Saver - - - Yes
Sensor Wash - - - Yes
Options
Short Yes - - -
Express - Yes Yes Yes
Intense Zone - Yes Yes Yes

Keeping Your Miele in Tip-Top Shape

Once you’ve brought home a Miele dishwasher, you’ll want to make it last for as long as possible so that you can continue to enjoy the unprecedented level of convenience and design it offers. Here are some easy ways to ensure effective and safe operation and extend the life of your dishwasher:

  • Make sure your dishwasher is level when installed. This is vital for proper drainage.

  • Ensure the drain hose doesn’t develop any kinks once the dishwasher is pushed back into place during installation.

  • Position the drain hose with a high loop to prevent water from flowing back through the hose and into the dishwasher

  • Check that the water pressure in your home is in a suitable range for the operation of your dishwasher. Without the proper level of water pressure, your Miele dishwasher may not be able to function at peak effectiveness.

  • Use RinseAid often to achieve the best drying results and keep your dishwasher operating at full efficiency. All Miele dishwashers feature an indicator light that tells you when it’s time to refill the RinseAid compartment.

  • If your area or home uses hard water, make sure you add salt to your Miele dishwasher’s built-in water softener. This feature is available in all Miele dishwashers.

If you follow these tips, you should be able to guarantee optimal and long-lasting operation of your Miele dishwasher for decades to come.


Conclusion

Every household has its own budget and priorities based on the needs of their family. For example, a young bachelor will have fewer dishes to clean than a family of five. No matter which Miele dishwasher you choose, you can rest assured that it will wash and dry your dishes with unparalleled performance. Miele dishwashers reward you with ultra-quiet operation, trouble-free longevity, and amazing cleaning power. Miele makes the best appliances in the world with one singular objective: to make your life easier and hassle-free.


Dishwashers in the News

This section is regularly updated by our staff to include the latest industry news surrounding dishwashers.

Quiet dishwashers are in high demand. However, in order to make their dishwasher models so silent, many manufacturers have had to compromise on speed. In fact, when placed on "normal" mode, many dishwashes have cycles that last between two to three hours. In order to conserve energy during these long cycles, manufacturers also began filtering the dirty water inside the dishwasher instead of wasting ample amounts of fresh water. This is how they've achieved both silent operation and energy efficiency.

Because the "normal" cycle is so long, many people have found shortcuts to save time. In order to forego the long cycles, people have resorted to washing their dishes by hand, using cycles that bypass the energy-saving "normal" cycle, or running the dishwasher multiple times on the express cycle. However, these lifestyle changes use a lot of water and energy.

To remedy this issue, the Department of Energy (DOE) released legislation stating that manufacturers must include a "normal" wash cycle, which can wrap up cleaning and drying in under an hour. This cycle will use a sufficient amount of water and energy to give your dishes a full and complete clean.

Miele's QuickIntenseWash cycle is expected to become the new "normal" cycle on future releases in order to comply with this legislation.

In addition to regulations on energy and water efficiency, dishwasher manufacturers can also apply for a sanitation certification from the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF). This certification is increasingly important in today’s world, and is especially important for parents of young children who are often tasked with cleaning bottles. In order to receive a certification to NSF/ANSI Standard 184, the sanitizing cycle on residential dishwashers “must achieve a minimum 99.999 percent of 5-log reduction of bacteria” and “reach a final rinse temperature of 150ºF.”

Although Miele dishwashers are not technically NSF certified, they do include cycles that surpass the requirements to become certified. For example, Miele’s SaniWash and Clean Machine cycles both reach a final rinse temperature of 158-167ºF. The SaniWash cycle is made to be used for dishes, cutting boards, baby bottles, and silverware. However, the Clean Machine cycle is meant to be used with an empty dishwasher to eliminate harsh smells and bacteria in the appliance itself.


FAQs

How do Bosch vs Miele dishwashers compare?

Although there are dozens of popular brands on the market, the Bosch dishwasher is the only brand that can compare to Miele in terms of quality and cleaning performance. But is Miele dishwasher better than Bosch? We think so! However, one needs to be careful in making a pound for pound comparison.

Keep in mind that Bosch separates their dishwashers by price point, and in terms of the good, better, and best retail formula. This allows them to create some lower-end models designed to compete in the hugely popular under $750 market. However, Miele only offers the very best dishwashers, which is why their machines come in at a higher price point.

What is the life expectancy of a Miele dishwasher?
The life expectancy of a Miele dishwasher is 20 years.

Is Asko better than Miele?
We get this question a lot because ASKO used to be more prominent in the U.S. than it is now. However, they fell behind in terms of technology and organization. Owners of an ASKO often ask if they should get another ASKO or switch to a different European company. Here’s our take on the issue - ASKO was the right purchase for you 10 years ago and is still a great dishwasher. But if your current model is on its way out, we recommend going with Miele or Bosch instead. We strongly recommend Miele, because for the same price as an ASKO, you’re getting a far better dishwasher.

Do Miele dishwashers need salt?
All Miele dishwashers (except those in the Classic Series) come with a water softener system, which requires salt to operate. You can find salt and other Miele detergent, rinse aid, and cleaning products in our catalog. If you live in an area with hard water, you often get residue on the glasses such as calcium deposit or water marks. However, salt prevents these water marks. If you live in an area with hard water, the pipes inside the dishwasher can fill up with calcium. When you have a water softener, you extend the longevity of your dishwasher.

When your dishwasher arrives, it will come with a strip of paper that tells you what your water hardness is. You can optimize your water softener usage based on this.

How often do I replace the water softener?
The water softener should be replaced every 6 months. The Miele dishwasher will alert you when it’s time to do this.