Picture this… you’re on the hunt for a dishwasher, and eventually, you narrow it down to two similar dishwasher models from Miele and KitchenAid. Which would you pick over the other? What features and factors would you consider before making your choice?
Chances are you probably haven’t shopped for a new dishwasher in quite a few years. Therefore, you may have limited knowledge of the latest features that are available. Since both Miele and KitchenAid dishwashers look similar from the outside, you may find it hard to determine which one is right for your kitchen. But that’s precisely where we come in – to highlight the unique offerings of each brand so that you can make your choice with confidence.
We have covered and Miele dishwashers in our exclusive, in-depth articles. Here, we are going to highlight each brand’s strong points and weaknesses to help you make an informed decision.
How Do Miele and KitchenAid Stack Up?
Miele and KitchenAid are among the best dishwashers on the market. They have both been in the industry for decades and make quality dishwashers with excellent cleaning efficiency and reliability.
Miele dishwashers set the pace for excellence in the functionality and design of modern dishwashers. Every Miele dishwasher is built to last twenty years, which is twice as long as what other dishwasher brands offer. They are ultra-quiet and can safely wash delicate dishes, unlike some KitchenAid models.
KitchenAid once dominated the US market but lost its top spot to Bosch due to noise concerns. However, recent KitchenAid dishwasher models are considerably more quiet and offer a better cleaning options for baked-on dishes and bottles. KitchenAid also has more affordable dishwasher price points than Miele appliances.
Miele towers high above KitchenAid in terms of connectivity. While Miele has some wifi enabled dishwashers, KitchenAid has none. Connectivity in KitchenAid home appliances is only found in their cooktops and ovens.
Let’s see how these two brands measure up in terms of other important factors.
Are Both Miele and KitchenAid Quiet?
Given that there is no standard measuring body, it’s hard to determine which dishwasher brand is quieter. In a bid to improve their ratings, most manufacturers take their measurements during the wash cycle, leaving out noise generated while pumping water in or out.
But Miele takes quietness seriously. For many years, the company resisted the idea of reporting on quietness in order avoid dignifying the statistically insignificant measurements of their competition. As of today, most Miele dishwashers fall into a range between 38dB and 42dB. Even the entry-level Miele Classic series models are extra quiet at 46 dB. This makes the brand one of the quietest dishwashers in the industry. And in case you’re wondering what dB (decibel rating) means, we covered the quietest dishwashers in an article and video.
KitchenAid was not always known for its quiet dishwashers. But in recent years, the company has dramatically improved in that category, producing dishwashers with noise levels as low as 46dB. The KDTE334GPS is KitchenAid’s quietest dishwasher at 39dB. To put this into perspective, this is just slightly louder than the sound of rustling leaves.
One remarkable feature of Miele dishwashers in the cleaning category is the variable pump speed. You are more likely to find this in commercial dishwashers, as it is a rarity in residential dishwashers. Miele equips all dishwasher models manufactured from 2015 to date with industrial pumps.
With commercial-grade pumps, Miele dishwashers can adjust the spray pressure for each wash program. This is one of the main reasons why Miele dishwashers have superior cleaning performance. Industrial pumps are also less likely to break down, which adds to the longevity of your dishwasher.
Both brands also have a sensor for measuring the soil level on your dishes and determining the best wash time and temperature for each load. For example – the dishwasher will initiate longer cycle times and higher temperatures for loads that have excessive soiling. KitchenAid calls this feature the “ProWash.”
Although Miele is the pioneer of this sensor technology, it simply provides a superior clean and does not bother adding to the marketing jargon. We should also note that unlike its competition, Miele takes more than one measurement and covers the sump area for its measurements in order to provide utmost accuracy.
Miele is also the only dishwasher brand with a full wash arm at the top, which helps to clean the 3rd rack effectively.
Thus, Miele is the best dishwasher brand for fragile dishes such as expensive china and delicate crystals.
All Miele dishwashers in the Crystal Series and above are equipped with a water softener. This is another feature absent in KitchenAid dishwashers. Water softener ensures a smooth clean in localities with hard water. This means you will no longer see streaks on the dishes and water stains on your glassware.
Both brands have similar programs and options such as normal, sani-wash, and pre-rinse. Miele, especially for its higher echelon of dishwashers, has a rich setup programming. Most Miele dishwashers also come with a self-clean program to keep the interior fresh.
Both Miele and KitchenAid have excellent drying systems.
Miele pioneered the condensation-drying method, which is energy efficient and does not melt plastics. The hot stainless-steel walls of the Miele dishwasher act as a sponge and draw moisture from the surface of the dishes.
KitchenAid, on the other hand, has the “ProDry” (a.k.a the code word for “condensation-drying”) that corresponds to Miele’s drying system. High-end KitchenAid dishwashers employ a heating element in addition to “ProDry” (i.e. “Extended ProDry”), which is the most reliable drying solution in a dishwasher (just make sure not to place plastics in the tub).
Miele matches KitchenAid in the drying category with its CleanAir system that collects moist air within the dishwasher and dissipates it outside as water. High-end Miele models (the Lumen, Dimension, Diamond, and G7000 series) have the AutoOpen Door option, which makes the doors pop open after each cycle to let ambient air in. This means that if you typically turn on the dishwasher before going to bed, you won’t observe a musty smell when you open the dishwasher in the morning.
We recommend that you use your favorite dishwasher rinse aid in both brands to enhance drying.
Miele’s rich history and commitment to quality are probably the reason why their dishwashers are some of the most reliable in the industry. The brand set unmatched standards in dishwasher durability, performance, and energy-efficiency. To guarantee steady operation at peak efficiency, each dishwasher is run 7,500 times and its door is opened 100,000 times.
The average KitchenAid dishwasher is quite reliable and can last for as long as 12 years if maintained properly. But the average Miele dishwasher has a lifespan of 20 years and is more reliable.
Miele towers high above most other dishwasher brands, including KitchenAid, in terms of design. Miele dishwashers are known for their minimalist designs without compromising functionality. KitchenAid also has some high-end models with elegant designs.
Door Design Options
Miele has one very unique door design option that sets it apart from any other dishwasher brand in the industry – the knock to open (K2O) door option. You can find this option in models like the G75 Series G7596SCVi and the G79 Series G7966SCVi. The dishwasher door is handless and opens up to reveal the controls when you knock twice on the door. Cool, right?
Miele door design options include
• Pocket handle design with visible control panel
• Towel bar handle with different handle options and hidden control panel
• Knock to open door design without handle
• Panel ready designs with black glass control screen.
KitchenAid has equally great door design options
• Pocket handle design with hidden top control panel
• Towel bar handle with hidden top control panel
• Panel ready designs (like in the KDTM504EPA)
• Door design with glass window
Panel Ready Dishwashers to Match Cabinets
KitchenAid dishwashers have a significant design issue – There’s no model with the standard 24” kitchen cabinet depth (they are either 24 ¾-inches or 24 1/2 -inches deep without considering the handle). The dishwashers stick out of a regular kitchen cabinet and make it hard to achieve a flush and seamless kitchen decor design.
Miele, just like Bosch, provides panel ready dishwasher options if you are looking to achieve a seamless kitchen design finish. Miele dishwasher models do not stick out of a standard 24-inch kitchen cabinet. The company also has 6-inch high toe kick dishwasher models for a uniform fit in kitchens with high-end, European cabinets.Miele, just like Bosch, provides panel ready dishwasher options if you are looking to achieve a seamless kitchen design finish. Miele dishwasher models do not stick out of a standard 24-inch kitchen cabinet. The company also has 6-inch high toe kick dishwasher models for a uniform fit in kitchens with high-end, European cabinets.
18-inch Width & ADA Models
Unlike KitchenAid, Miele manufactures dishwasher models that are ADA-compliant. ADA dishwashers can fit under the counter even if the surrounding floors have been raised.
If you’re looking for a separate dishwasher for your pool or secondary bar, Miele also makes 18-inch variants of some of its dishwasher models. These dishwashers, like the Miele G4780SCVI, are meant for galley kitchens and small apartments with limited kitchen use. Again, Miele provides a stainless steel finish with or without visible controls, as well as custom panel-ready models. KitchenAid does not have 18-inch dishwasher models at this point.
You will be able to fit 16 place settings in a Miele dishwasher. (A typical KitchenAid dishwasher holds 14 place settings, while the higher-end models can handle up to 15.) The interior is laid out intelligently and will give you the flexibility to handle odd pieces and large pots and pans. Its tines have surgical grade coating; therefore, they do not discolor or chip. Miele uses bright yellow color markers in its dishwashers to indicate that you can either remove or flip the part in several ways.
Miele’s middle rack is easily adjustable and can be moved up or down, even when it is loaded. Miele invented the cutlery tray (a.k.a. the 3rd rack) in dishwashers for silverware, ladles, spatulas, and ramekins. Miele’s 3D design also allows the 3rd rack to move out of the way when you have tall stem glasses in the rack below. It comes with many other convenient traits to make the chore of dishwashing a bit easier.
Miele dishwashers, unlike other brands, all have racks that are built to glide smoothly. Most KitchenAid dishwashers have the smooth glide feature reserved for one rack only. Without the smooth glide, you will find it hard to move the rack, especially if it contains heavy dishes.
Miele dishwashers all have a unique, double-waterproof system. This is a feature you may not find in regular dishwashers (with the exception of Bosch.) Although a good dishwasher should never leak, the double-waterproof design and leak detection system are designed to give you peace of mind.
But how does this system work? The dishwasher will turn off the water supply if it detects moisture at the bottom of the basin. Over the years, Miele went even further to include the leak detection systems in its hoses. Therefore, you’ll notice that unlike other brands, Miele dishwashers will come with their own factory-supplied intake and drain hoses.
Due to the extra lengths the brand goes to ensure longevity and durability, Miele dishwashers are available at a considerably higher price tag compared to other brands. Some of the least expensive Miele dishwasher models can still be as high as $999 (occasional promotions bring the price down to $899). This makes sense, given the longevity, quality, and top performance Miele offers.
KitchenAid dishwashers have lower price points, and the company is known to run frequent promotions. While it’s also a premium brand with premium-priced models, you can still get a decent KitchenAid dishwasher for as low as $600-$749.
4 Best Miele Dishwashers
Now that you have an idea of what to look for in a dishwasher, let’s look at our top picks from both brands, starting with Miele.
1) Best Overall: Miele G7316SCUSS
The Miele G7316SCUSS includes all standard dishwasher features and also packs the exciting Miele dishwasher features that we love. At 40dB, this dishwasher is one of the quietest dishwashers in the industry. It can also accomodate an impressive 16 place settings in a single load, which is equivalent to a full day’s worth of dirty dishes.
This model comes with Miele’s uniquely patented AutoDos automatic dispenser technology, in addition to the traditional dispenser that takes Miele detergent tabs, powder, or liquid detergent. We find AutoDos extremely convenient, as it eliminates the need to refill the detergent each time you want to wash your dishes.
The Miele G7316SCUSS has a built-in water softener, a cleaning system made up of three rotary sprays, and the AutoOpen door design. There’s also the superior 3D cutlery tray design for accommodating and washing bigger cutlery.
We are particularly impressed by its self-cleaning feature. Simply put your favorite cleaning agent (or baking soda and vinegar) in the tub to have your dishwasher smelling fresh and clean.
Comes in three styles:
- Stainless steel, visible controls with a pocket handle
- Stainless steel, hidden controls with a towel bar handle
- Custom panel-ready with hidden controls
2) Best Value: Miele G7106SCUSS
The Miele G7106SCUSS replaces the old Crystal series dishwashers and outperforms its competition. The AutoOpen door, which enhances drying, also helps to eliminate any unwanted smells in your dishwasher. Water softener also fights watermarks and annoying stains on your dishes. You can even wrap up a wash and dry cycle under an hour, which is perfect for on-the-go families.
The Miele G7106SCUSS is quiet at 43 dB, which means that you’ll hardly notice that it’s running. The interior design is thoughtful with a flexible third rack, and you can fit 16 place settings in various configurations. You can confidently wash your expensive wine glasses or china in this dishwasher thanks to it specialized wash system that prevents etching.
3) Best Entry Level: Miele G4228SCUSS
The G4228SCUSS is the best entry-level Miele dishwasher on the market. With a noise level of 46dB, it’s only slightly louder than a quiet library. It comes equipped with the cutlery tray third rack and has a cleaning system with three rotary spray arms.
Like most high-end Miele dishwashers, the G4228SCUSS has the AutoSensor technology for customizing wash cycles based on the level of soiling and amount of dishes in the load. The model also has 16 full place settings for maximum load capacity.
4) Best Smart Dishwasher: Miele G7966SCVi
The Diamond series dishwashers are the pinnacle of Miele’s dishwasher technology. The G6987SCVIK2O packs amazing features that set it apart from the rest. First among these is the knock to open (K2O) and handless door feature, which is great for a seamless kitchen design. Just a gentle knock will open the dishwasher for you.
The G6987SCViK2O also comes equipped with the Miele AutoClose feature, which closes the door slowly and automatically if you leave the door ajar. There is also the Miele BrilliantLight technology that lights up the interior of the dishwasher.
As expected, this Miele dishwasher is ultra-quiet at 42 dB and incorporates the usual Miele features such as water softener, AutoOpen drying, and a flexible interior design.
Wifi connectivity allows your smartphone to access cycles and maintenance information via the Miele app. The G6987SCVi K2O is the perfect choice if you want to experience the premium Miele kitchen touch.
3 Best KitchenAid Dishwashers
1) Best Budget KitchenAid Dishwasher, KDPE234GPS
The KDPE234GPS may not be as impressive as other high-end dishwasher models, but it has some talking points for its low price. Besides the regular dishwasher features, it has a noise level of 46dB, a third rack, and the KitchenAid PrintShield fingerprint-proof finish.
2) Quietest KitchenAid Dishwasher, KDTE334GPS
The KDTE334GPS is the quietest dishwasher on our list. At 39dB, it’s almost noiseless. Besides the silence rating, it also has special bottle sprays for concentrated bottle washing, as well as a third rack. It also has the classic KitchenAid ProScrub option, which offers one of the best cleaning performances in the industry.
3) Best Value KitchenAid Dishwasher, KDTM354ESS
The KDTM354ESS comes as an improvement to the KDTM354DSS and has the best washing performance of any KitchenAid dishwasher. It may not have a third rack, but its ultra-fine filter, load sensor, and 40-jet spraying option (for concentrated washing) make it one of the best in terms of functionality. It also has an electronic touch control panel that amplifies your kitchen’s classy look.
Miele and KitchenAid dishwashers both present impressive features. Miele easily surpasses KitchenAid dishwashers in terms of cleaning performance, durability, longevity, connectivity, and cutting-edge design….but that also makes Miele more pricey. KitchenAid dishwashers are more affordable compared to Miele.
Ultimately, your choice will depend on your priorities when it comes to cleaning performance, how you want your kitchen to look, and how much you would like to budget for a dishwasher.
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