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Jan 2, 2011 12:14 AM

Which model Miele dishwasher -- or a Bosch?

After months of a constantly broken Kenmore DW, hopeless Sears service and dishes now dirtier at the cycle's end than beginning, it's time to move on. Seems Miele get the most consistently strong reviews, and Bosch is often well-liked but some models tend to break down and cost a lot to repair.

If we go with the Miele, are those extra cycles on the more $ models really worth the big price jump? We tend to wash pretty much everything from glasses to pots to tupperware in the DW but I don't see doing a whole load of tupperware or glasses, which is the sort of thing the extra cycles seem designed for.


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  1. I've had a Miele over a year, it's nice and quiet. If you get Miele, I rec getting the model with the upper shallow rack for utensils (I really dislike the dishwashers with the square thing you stick utensils in). After I got it, I realized that your dishes have to be rinsed pretty clean before placing in machine because there is no connection with disposal. I don't know how Bosch works. Something to think about...

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    1. re: walker

      I have the least expensive Miele and I never rinse my dishes, they come out sparking clean every time. I have the upper rack for silverware and love it. I would never even think of getting another brand.

    2. We have the Miele Professional and we adore it. The main advantage of this model is that, like dishwashers you find in restaurants, it washes dishes amazingly quickly. In fact, on the express setting, it washes the first load in 12 minutes and subsequent loads in 8 minutes by using the rinse water from the previous load as the wash water for the next. If you entertain a lot, this makes clean up a breeze since the dishes are done so quickly. The only disadvantage to this model is the the configuration of the racks is somewhat weird, but in the 3 years that we have owned it, we've adapted. Our previous Miele had had the upper rack that walker mentions, but that is not available with the Professional model.

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      1. re: roxlet

        OK, that sounds crazy -- in a good way. Does it use extremely high heat? -- Can you wash plastics in it?

        1. re: bgbc

          Yes, we wash plastic containers and such. What kind of plastic do you wash? It hasn't been a problem at all.

      2. we have the Miele with the upper flatware rack and love that feature. We have all the cycles but usually only use two of them ... like you we pack everything in at once. Our main criteria in choosing a dishwasher was noise level (our main floor is totally open concept) ... Miele really delivers on this score ...

        1. I'm on my 2nd MieleDW...the first lasted 20+ years, trouble-free...the second is now several years old, also trouble-free.

          I don't know the current models but I would decide which cycles I'd use & then get the model that has those "essentials" with the least amount of extraneous functions that would go unused.

          You can't beat Miele quality ... or service (if you ever need it). Seriously, worth every cent.

          1. My only Miele experience is my oven hood. LOVE it! But Bosch is working on technology that uses sonic waves to break up water accumulation. They have been since I redid my kitchen 2 years ago. If they have made it marketable by this time it is supposed to cut way back on the energy used for hot air drying and dry plastic much more effectively.

            Even though my dishwasher is only a couple years I intend to replace it when I know that Bosch is on the market.