Miele and Bosch are some of the biggest names in dishwashing, sharing similar reputations for producing exceptionally quiet, flexible and efficient dishwashers. While both Miele and Bosch's dishwashers deliver a powerful wash performance, each brand has introduced their own unique innovations to dishwashing. It can be hard to choose between them, so in this post we'll take a close look at two outstanding selections (based on sales and customer satisfaction) from each brand to give you a sense of what they have to offer.
Miele has been family-owned since 1899. They specialize in kitchen and laundry room appliances, producing most of their products in Germany. The brand strives for quality, ease of use and flexibility—a commitment that's expressed in their mantra, "Immer Besser" ("Forever Better"). Miele products are rigorously tested. Miele says the following of their products: "We are the only manufacturer in our branch of industry to test products such as our washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers and ovens to the equivalent of 20 years of use."
Since 1906 Bosch has produced appliances that are "Invented for life." The brand specializes in kitchen appliances, drawing much inspiration from European designs. They offer a diverse line of built-in appliances for an integrated and seamless kitchen. They frequently receive outstanding ratings from JD Power and various consumer magazines. Most notable among their achievements is their industry-leading quiet technology. In fact, Bosch is the quietest American dishwasher brand.
Miele’s EcoFlex series includes some of the brand’s most interesting innovations. The G 6665 SCVI SF in particular is an alluring choice: it features Miele’s patented AutoOpen drying system, 3D+ Cutlery Tray and ComfortClose Door. With AutoOpen, the door automatically opens slightly at the end of the cycle to let fresh airflow in. The 3D+ Cutlery Tray is width, height and depth-adjustable to accommodate items of all sizes, even awkward items like whisks and ladles. The ComfortClose door remains open at any position you leave it, giving you more loading flexibility. Plus, this model features a water softener to ensure that your dishes leave the dishwasher spot-free. Like the other models on this list, it features a third rack for extra flexibility. With its many unique features, the G 6665 SCVI SF is an exemplary Miele selection.
- Six wash cycles (Normal, QuickIntenseWash, Pots & Pans, SaniWash, Rinse & Hold, and China & Crystal)
- 45 dBA sound level
- 16 place setting capacity
- ENERGY STAR® approval
- AutoSensor technology (automatically adjusts temperatures, cycle times and water consumption based on the intensity of soiling)
- Triple filtration system
- Fingerprint-resistant CleanTouch Steel
Miele Classic Plus G4976SCVISFThis section from the Classic Plus series shares many features with the above model, including CleanAir drying technology, a third rack, CleanTouch Steel, double waterproof system and the ComfortClose door. Although it lacks the China & Crystal cycle, it still features the essentials like an Express cycle and SaniWash cycle. If you don’t want to splurge on something from the aforementioned EcoFlex series (which generally features Miele’s most exciting dishwashers), the Classic Plus is a good step down and you wont do any better than the G 4976 SCVI SF.
- •Five wash cycles (Normal, Express, Pots & Pans, SaniWash and Rinse & Hold)
- •46 dBA sound level
- •16 place setting capacity
- •ENERGY STAR® approval
- •AutoSensor technology, Triple filtration system, Fingerprint-resistant CleanTouch Steel
The 500 Series SHP865WD5N dishwasher is one in a slew of new third rack dishwashers from Bosch, and it stands out as an enticing pick. The third rack features Bosch's RackMatic technology, which allows it to be easily adjusted even when loaded. It adjusts to up to three different heights for up to nine rack positions. FlexSpace tines can be folded back to fit large pots and pans. Among this dishwasher's six wash cycles is an NSF® certified Sanitize cycle. And with an ultra-low 44 dBA silence rating, this dishwasher is so quiet you might not even know its running. That's why it also features the InfoLight, which shines a light on the floor during the cycle so you know it's on. Like many other Bosch dishwashers, this one is an excellent choice due to its incredible loading flexibility.
•Five wash cycles (Heavy, Auto, Normal, Speed60, Rinse)
•44 dBA sound level
•16 place setting capacity
•Extra Dry option
•EasyGlide rack technology
This model, too, features a third rack with RackMatic, the InfoLight, an NSF® certified sanitize cycle and ENERGY STAR® approval. It's even quieter than the previous model, boasting a sound level of 44 dBA. It also has the added bonus of the Eco option (ideal for delicate items), making it even more efficient.
•Six wash cycles (Heavy, Auto, Eco, Normal, Speed60®, Rinse)
•42 dBA sound level
•16 place setting capacity
Miele vs. Bosch dishwashers - which is right for you?
First and foremost, you'll find that Bosch dishwashers are generally cheaper than Miele. It's very easy to find a quality Bosch dishwasher between $800 and $1,000. Miele dishwashers will tend to run you more than that. Bosch is a practical choice, especially considering it's an industry leader when it comes to quiet performance. Furthermore, Bosch dishwashers have a higher tendency to meet NSF certification, which is the best guarantee that you're getting an extremely sanitizing wash. With Bosch, you will get an incredible bang for your buck. A $949 Bosch will offer plenty of space, meet ENERGY STAR guidelines, run quietly and deliver an excellent wash performance.However, Miele is not far behind Bosch in terms of quietness, and their dishwashers meet the same ENERGY STAR® guidelines. Many consumers will agree Miele dishwashers tend to be more eye-catching. They also boast some very unique innovations that make them worth the higher price in the eyes of some consumers, such as the CleanAir/AutoOpen technology and ComfortClose door. There are several other Miele innovations that we didn't get to touch on such as the Knock2Open technology, which allows the door on select models to open with a quick knock of the hand. Other select models in the EcoFlex series feature the innovative EcoTech Heat Storage system, which uses heat from the previous cycle to pre-heat the incoming water to save energy.You might conclude that Miele dishwashers are more of a gourmet product. They're sleek and undeniably eye-catching, and feature plenty of innovations you'll be excited to show off to your guests. For a more economical consumer, Bosch is tough to beat. The good news is that it's hard to go wrong with either brand. Whether you shop Miele or Bosch, you'll be buying a dishwasher that's efficient, effective, quiet and features industry-leading loading flexibility.