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Sep 23, 2006 07:04 PM

Miele Dishwasher Owners -- Are you happy?

I have purchased a Miele dishwasher. Since it needs to be ordered, I still have some room to change my MODEL. I ordered the Diamante, but I am thinking that I need to move up to the next level to get more features??????

If you have a Miele dishwasher, could you please tell me which model you have and whether or not its features are sufficient for your needs. Are you happy with your choice?

I will make my decision in a couple of days, so I appreciate any information you can offer. Thank you!

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  1. I bought a Miele Premier Plus about a year ago and am totally thrilled. I almost always use the "short" cycle (about 24 mins) because usually there's two of us. Dishes & glasses sparkle. The top silverware tray (a Miele invention altho I think others may have knocked it off by now) is nothing short of brilliant...separated silverware cleans & dries perfectly & there's more room on the two lower racks for everything else. It's so quiet that I have to look at the display to know whether it's on or not.

    I was deciding between a Miele & a Bosch and my trusted appliance person (I'm a long time customer & buy everything from him) told me to go for the Miele. I did & I've never had even a milisecond of second thoughts. I've used an ASKO which is certainly very good but nowhere in the Miele league, btw.

    It's my second Miele DW...I had the first one for over 20 years...a problem-free, perfect piece of equipment. That's another reason I chose Miele again.

    BTW, I live in a soft water area...if you do, be sure to use the smallest amount (about a tsp) of detergent unless you've got a very soiled load...using too much is not good for the machinery.

    Sorry, I don't know the Diamante so can't help there. The people at Miele are helpful & very knowledgable. They'll be able to answer any can contact them via phone or email.

    Really, you won't be sorry!

    1. OH -- thank you so much, fauchon! I'm pretty sure it was you also who helped me out when I was looking for green tea to order online! Hey, a great cup of green tea and a reliable dishwasher -- how much better does it get!!!

      Your information is very helpful. You are correct about getting the silverware up and out-of-the-way so that there is more room for dishes. Is your top silverware tray divided into two pieces? Is this important? I never remove it since I don't have to go too far, so this might not be a feature I need. The split tray is only on the most high-end models, and I believe the one I am looking at has just the single silverware tray at the very top.

      I love that you chose Miele over Bosch. We, too, were considering the Bosch...and the Asko and the KitchenAid. You have given me confidence in our choice to go with Miele -- thanks, again!

      Thanks for your help, fauchon!

      We don't have soft water and I would have to step up to the next model to get their built in water softener. Is this a worthwhile feature? Perhaps the sales rep. will know more about our area for this question.

      1. Hi! My top silverware tray is in one piece & I've never once removed it or had any reason to since my storage is near the DW. Unless your storage is in a different room or really far away, I see no reason for this feature.

        Sorry, don't know about the water softener...this is something your sales rep or Miele can give you authoritative info about..

        Did you find green tea that you like?

        If you have any other Miele questions I might be able to help with, please don't hesitate to ask...

        1. In response to your top silverware tray -- I know that some people carry their silverware container directly to their storage drawer -- even if it IS in the same room (I am laughing at your comment!). I don't like to do this because sometimes it drips (with a KitchenAid, but not with a Miele, of course!).

          It was the drying power of the Miele that actually moved me away from the Bosch. I was told that the condensation drying method of the Bosch would not allow me to put my dishes away dry right after a cycle; it would be better to let the dishes sit overnight. This was not my style, so I know I will be happier with the Miele.

          Green tea -- I know you like Ito En, and I do drink the cold Ito En teas that I find in our local Asian markets. Online, I have tried several different sources: Upton, Red Blossom, Rishi, Harney and Sons, and various others. I still have so many to try! Right now I am enjoying the Rishi green teas. Ask, and I will tell you more, if you wish...I fear I will bore you here!

          Thanks again and again. liu

          1. I have had my Miele dishwasher for three years and I love it!
            The only time I remove my silverware rack and take it to the drawer is after a big holiday and the rack is totally full. I also love the bottom racks that fold down for large pots or plastic pieces.
            My daughter (age 17) had a party recently and one of the boy's from the neighborhood was talking with me in the kitchen, I opened the dishwasher, slid out the silverware tray, put some things in it and closed the door. He looked amazed and asked me to open it up again so that he could see that tray again. Pretty funny.
            You will love it.

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            1. re: grapevine

              grapevine -- very cute story about the 17'ish-year-old boy in your neighborhood being intrigued by your dishwasher!

              It sounds like your really enjoying the feature that allows you to wash big items in the bottom rack, and that is certainly one of the attractions for me as well. I like getting the silverware out of the way to the top shelf and having more space for the odd stuff in the bottom.

              Thanks for your input!